Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a drama fantasy film enriched with an enchanting story of love and adventure. It is a unique account of reverse aging where Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born with elderly characteristics and comes to know Daisy Fuller (Cate Blanchett) at the nursing home he lives at with his adoptive parents who are on the staff there, and where Daisy visits her grandmother who is a resident. Pitt and Blanchett have inherent screen chemistry which sees them teamed up again having previously starred together in the 2006 film Babel. The narrative is multilayered with both Daisy and Benjamin having their own tangents yet they come together and shift apart at several junctions in the movie. It is a unique film that is very satisfying with a masterfully constructed story. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. To purchase any of my books please refer to these links The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Descendants

The Descendants is a comedy-drama genre film where the lives of the King family is shoved into a state of disarray following the critical injury of Elizabeth King, who is the wife of Matt (George Clooney) and mother to Alex and Scottie. The tragedy of Elizabeth's injury brings the King family together and suddenly Matt has to urgently reassess his priorities. Despite their mother's injury the children like any youths are experiencing a confusing stage in their lives and Matt is forced to find caring and leadership skills, which he for years has avoided. Matt already has his hands full as the sole trustee of a family trust, which has ownership of 25,000 pristine acres of land on the island of Kaua'i and also his normal job as a lawyer. The narrative is very much focused on a collective path of discovery and transition for Matt King and his daughters, which is at times tragic, humorous and satisfying for the viewer. Matt's ultimate decision regarding the family trust is influenced by his grief experience, but more so by the clarity he receives after assessing his life. George Clooney provides a solid performance as Matt King with a convincing screen presence and the entire cast present as unique and interesting characters. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of The Descendants. To purchase any of my books please refer to these links The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a captivating drama thriller film centred on solving the Vanger Family secrets. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a journalist and magazine co-owner who is disgraced by a dubious unfavourable court ruling, but despite negative headlines he is hired by Henrik Vanger, after a process of meticulous due diligence, to try and solve the disappearance of Henrik's niece Harriet whilst masquerading as writing Vanger memoirs. Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is presented as a highly troubled young adult, but is actually a talented investigator with special computer hacking and research skills. Her demeanour is icy cold and at times vicious, yet this is simply a shield of protection from the abuse she has suffered. At first Blomkvist learns of her as a faceless person who hacked into his life at the request of Henrik Vanger's security advisor, yet Salander and Blomkvist come together as research partners. The mystery of Harriet becomes their project and they uncover the shocking truth at the risk of their own safety. Rooney Mara gives an explosive performance as Lisbeth Salander, and Daniel Craig is warm yet quite steely as Mikael Blomkvist. The entire cast present unique and convincing characters. The film is at times graphic and contains themes which may dislodge some viewers from their seat, with a sensational narrative that engages the viewer in a search for the truth. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To purchase any of my books please refer to these links The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter follows the story of three friends who volunteer to join the U.S. Army and serve in the Vietnam War. Michael Vronsky, played by Robert De Niro, is the central character of the film and of the trio he is the only one to return home to some normality. However, Michael is a different man to the one that left for war. It is the shattered lives of these men that provide a moving and tragic narrative. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of The Deer Hunter. To purchase any of my books please refer to these links The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

The World's Fastest Indian

The World's Fastest Indian is the story of speed record breaking motorcyclist Burt Munro. Anthony Hopkins was well cast for the role of Munro and his New Zealand accent was reasonably convincing, which is often regarded as a difficult accent to impersonate. Munro's tenacity to ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week in Utah was inspiring as just getting his Indian Motorcycle from New Zealand to America was a massive effort. His improvisation of his Indian appeared crude to safety inspectors, yet his ingenuity made it a record breaker! The film contains many enjoyable and humorous scenes and it is pleasing Munro's achievements are well documented in this movie. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of The World's Fastest Indian. To purchase any of my books please refer to these links Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller and Brennan Cooper cheapest seller.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America is the story of neighbourhood friends who take a youthful interest in crime to adulthood. As a unit they are loyal and formidable, but it is greed and ruthlessness which causes great treachery, yet the perfect plan to take all doesn't fool the most astute of the group. It is the realisation that David "Noodles" Aaronson has been outplayed which provides for a surprising conclusion. To purchase a copy of any of my books please refer to these links The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller, Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

They Died with their Boots On

They Died with their Boots On is a positive depiction of George Armstrong Custer and many of his military exploits. Errol Flynn represents Custer with natural exuberance and appears in his element as the famous cavalry commander. Historically there are some mixed opinions of Custer's character and military strategy. This film does convey him as at times taking some reckless risks and not respecting authority, but on the other hand he is displayed as a determined leader, with initiative in battle and a gentlemanly disposition towards people regardless of their status. It is important to acknowledge that in war decisions are made where the odds of success can be slim and whilst the unnecessary loss of life is tragic, history proves that it is human nature to sometimes take excessive risks for the sake of battlefield victory. This film certainly confirms that duty and camaraderie is the most valuable currency in war. To purchase a copy of any of my books, please refer to these links Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller, The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller, The Tourist cheapest seller, Brennan Cooper cheapest seller.