Category Archives: Film

London Film Festival

Throughout October I’ll be working at the BFI Southbank during the London Film Festival (hold tight for blogposts during the festival) but this post is more of an “I’M EXCITED” than anything else. Let’s be honest, it might also be a tiny bit of a humble brag, but it’s okay because I’ve admitted it.

At any rate. I figured I’d give my picks of some of the cool films that are going to be shown while the festival is on for any interested parties. It’s a great time to visit the BFI, there will be so much going on and it’s open to the public so there’s no excuse not to have a mooch.

Amour dir. Michael Haneke (Trailer)

Movie buffs will already be well aware of this film. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and follows an ageing French couple whose relationship is tested when the wife suffers a damaging stroke. It doesn’t look like a barrel of laughs, but undoubtedly great cinema.

Blancanieves dir. Pablo Berger (Trailer)

Hot on the heels of The Artist’s success. This silent, black and white, Spanish adaptation of Snow White will surely be popular.  Expect fantastical imagery and a healthy dosage of gothic strangeness.  I’m trying hard not to mention a certain director who notably collaborates with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter. If you like him – go and see this.

Argo dir. Ben Affleck (Trailer)

It’s not all auters and arty shit!! Ben Affleck, always Hollywood’s bridesmaid, never its bride, directs films! Remember The Town?! And you can see this one at the festival! It’s a true story about a CIA mission to get six American hostages out of revolutionary Iran after their embassy is stormed. Ben Affleck grew a beard for it and everything. I’m sure that means he’s serious.

 

There are a whole host of other great films and events going on other than this teeny little taster. Look at the link at the top of the post and see for yourself! It will be awesome! Go, London! I implore you.

Breaking Bad: what’s so special?

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Breaking Bad is, as anyone with a Netflix account knows, brilliant.

It took me a long time, however, to watch it and realise so myself. A television programme about Hal from Malcolm in the Middle with terminal cancer dealing meth. Really? Isn’t it just going to be Weeds but with Methamphetamine and set in fucking Albuquerque? Where’s the fun in that?

Eventually, though, I jumped on the bandwagon after one too many glowing reports for me to just ignore. This wasn’t going to be The Wire all over again. I’ve never seen The Wire, and I if there was ever a time I was going to, it has long since passed.

So yes. It’s probably one of the best programmes ever made, but why? I won’t be able to offer anything particularly original here and these things are so subjective, but it must be to do with the character development. Yes, the acting is brilliant. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are revelations, but Breaking Bad’s characters, these two especially – though not exclusively, are so skilfully crafted and three-dimensional that they put a lot of literature to shame, according to Noah Charmey, and I can’t help but agree.

On top of this, the show deals with big philosophical issues of morality and ethics – whether it’s possible to do bad things for good reasons and how far our deeds and choices change us as people. Breaking Bad essentially shows Walter White in a tailspin, physically and morally. As he becomes more and more successful in the shady underworld of meth manufacture, he loses more of his integrity and humanity. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, but he is simultaneously rising and falling by different estimations, trading one for the other.  As creator Vince Gilligan notes, by the fourth season, Walter has become more of a badass than anything else.

I appreciate this post has little substance and is rambling, frankly I just wanted an excuse to post the brilliant picture above.  But if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, do. You won’t regret it.