Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Directed by: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Running time: 119 minutes
A fictional film! AT LAST. After a slate of screenings of, and trailers for, “true stories” at last we come to a completely original, FICTIONAL story. The curse is ended, and originality prevails! Rather than a historical, emotional roller-coaster, we now have a surreal tale of an aging Hollywood actor trying to throw off the shackles of his blockbuster days by pursuing his more artistic desires that also doubles as a clever parallel of the lead actor’s real life career-
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Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Running time: 137 minutes
And so, the “based on a true story” trend continues. I don’t have a problem with this trend as such as there are plenty of amazing stories to be told from history. But when every film, every trailer and every poster use the phrase “true story” as its main selling point, then the phrase begins to lose meaning.
But I digress.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Running time: 114 minutes
Sitting in the cinema the other day, escaping from the sweltering Melbourne summer heat, I had a realisation: there are a lot of movies coming out that are based on/inspired by true events. I mean A LOT. Not only was I sitting down the watch The Imitation Game (a true story), but earlier in the day I saw The Water Diviner (“inspired” by a true story), along with trailers for Unbroken, Selma and In the Heart of the Sea, all dramatisations of true stories. Does this feed into the calamity of Hollywood making nothing but remakes and reboots? Possibly, as they all run the risk of being stories that we would already know. But we still occasionally get completely fictitious gems like Interstellar, so I wouldn’t be too concerned.
It still catches me as a recent trend though. Anyway, moving on! Continue reading
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Running time: 144 minutes
Here we are: a new year, a new Hobbit to review. And this one is allegedly the BIG one. “The defining chapter” as the poster states, even though I would have thought the defining chapter of a story about a bunch of Dwarves trying to reclaim their home from a dragon would be when they actually confront the dragon. But then again, what would I know! As I mentioned when writing about Desolation of Smaug, there was not much story left to tell from The Hobbit novel so I did not know what would be contained within Armies. Well, now I do know and there was somehow two and a half hours of it!
OK, and I shall throw up a mild SPOILER WARNING here as well. Sorry. Continue reading