Diana

 diana_ver2_xlgFor many, the night Princess Diana was killed is one of those “where were you?” moments. Even if you didn’t follow the worlds of celebrities or royalty, or the causes Diana highlighted, or even if you were just a little kid from Norway, you knew who she was and what she stood for, and that her life – to quote the film – was dramatic.

The film that bears her name has a lot it can explore. Diana and Charles supplied the gossip rags for years with their affairs and divorce. Her death is forever linked to the paparazzi culture, and her role as the People’s Princess is a fascinating phenomenon. With so many areas to explore, where will the film even begin?

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Scary Weekend: The Pact + The Innkeepers

FINALLY, autumn is here and I can watch movies in the dark!  With that awful life-giving ball of gas gone, I decided to spend some time catching up on my ridiculously long horror watch list. I picked two at random, both from last year. Let’s see which one (if any) gave me nightmares. Minor spoilers ahead because it’s impossible to write without them.

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Radio Review: Rush

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Ron Howard always delivers when he is exploring real people who step up when challenged. In his next outing he lets Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl run around a Formula 1 track as racers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. This year’s most perfect casting? It just might be. Especially when combined with the eerily similar Olivia Wilde/Suzy Miller and Alexandra Maria Lara/Marlene Lauda, and the timewarped twins Pierfrancesco Favino/Clay Regazzoni. Although it doesn’t have quite as many racing scenes as the title would suggest (Ron Howard didn’t learn anything from Drive there) it still gets the adrenalin pumping while keeping the focus on the characters.

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Radio Review: Hannah Arendt

5In a remarkably personal and grounded film, the story of Hannah Arendt’s rapport on the trial of Adolf Eichmann gives us a slanted view into the nature of evil.

The story follows Hannah Arendt, coiner of the phrase “the banality of evil”. We follow her coverage of the trial in Jerusalem in 1962, and the subsequent reactions to her publications on the subject. It covers roughly four years, apart from a few flashbacks to her time in school and her affair with the philosopher Martin Heidegger.

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Why I Loved Man of Steel

I did an explanation post for The Hobbit back in January, and I enjoyed writing it so much I thought I might do something similar for all the big movies this summer – or at least those films I’ve had to defend the most to people.ManofSteel

Disclaimer: These posts do NOT mean I do not appreciate and agree with a lot of the criticisms and fan-feeling towards these films. They just an attempt to understand why I liked them so much more than I expected myself to. It’s not a defence, but an explanation.

So without further ado, here is why I loved Man of Steel. There will of course be spoilers!!

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Radio Review: Behind the Candelabra.

3I am back on the radio! (well, technically that was last week, with Kick Ass 2 but I’m only just announcing it now, ops) Summer is officially over, studies have commenced, and we students are back to talking about what we love and hate about the movies we watch.

This week I got to see Behind the Candelabra, or the much less interesting Norwegian title My life with Liberace (Mitt Liv med Liberace). Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson. Through the ups and downs in their relationship, we get a glimpse into the life of the blindingly bright entertainer.

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