Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommends:
These Amazing Shadows
Having gone on a bit of a documentary binge recently, I was eager to discover something new. I wanted to find horror or film related documentaries, and good friend of the site A.J. Hakari recommended These Amazing Shadows, his favourite film of last year. I looked up the synopsis and I saw it was about the National Film Registry, the organisation that works to preserve motion pictures for the current and future generations.
What a great idea I thought, but I didn’t expect the film so have so much heart and actually cause me to tear up several times. It reminded me of why I love cinema so much and why I devote so much time to film and bringing you readers this wonderful website. They talk about how the Registry got started, after Ted Turner wanted to colourize old black and white films. They go over how films get chosen, and even over the restoration process. It is a fascinating film and one that every fan of film should see.
Logan J. Fowler Recommends:
We Bought A Zoo
Last week I tried to go see The Adventures of Tin Tin, but apparently I guess I missed the boat on that one because it wasn’t at my local theater. Oh well. As a substitute, me and my lady friend chose We Bought a Zoo for the viewing of the evening,
Cameron Crowe’s latest is a very cute film that has some vulgarity in it, but is fun for pretty much all ages. The story centers around Benjamin (Matt Damon) a widower with two kids who needs a life change. He has a very troublesome relationship with his son (Dylan), who is rebellious against his father’s parenting. When Benjamin decides to buy a house in the country that is actually on zoo property, he needs the help of the staff he becomes acquainted with and his family to put the animal attraction back on the map.
I must give major applause to Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who plays Rosie, Benjamin’s daughter. She is the cutest little actress I’ve ever seen and she steals every moment she has in the film. Her facial expressions are priceless and she never, ever came off as annoying. Hollywood may not be kind to her in the future, as with child actors, it never is but I hope she gets roles in the near future. She was absolutely adorable.
We Bought a Zoo does run some cliche routes-the father/son problematic relationship, and its a “by the numbers” kind of tale with the zoo upkeep and the “will they/won’t they” ability to succeed by the date of opening, but the film uses its wonderful cast, both humans and animals, to rise above those factors and make it its own. With that said, We Bought a Zoo is an uplifting, beautifully shot film, and I quite enjoyed it, as well as the company I was in the presence of.
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Nick Bosworth Recommends:
There’s been a huge amount of British gangster films over the past decade or so that have been pretty amazing for the most part. However one gem always stands out in my mind as one of the best ever and that is the unforgiving and powerful SEXY BEAST. It’s the story of a former British gangster anmed Gal (Ray Winstone) who has left his criminal life behind in the secluded hills of Spain yet he still suffers the demons of his past life. The demon I speak of is a psychotic gangster named Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) that tracks him down to his home in Spain in order to recruit him for a special job back in Britain. However Gal has had enough of that life but his refusal to Don has major consequences that take place throughout the rest of the story (I won’t spoil anything here).
There’s no question whatsoever that this film is purely about a battle between two men which means that the performances are absolutely key to the film making an impact. Well Ben Kingsley not only made an impact but he forever proved that just because he played Gandhi doesn’t mean that he can’t scare the piss out of you in another role playing a hardened criminal. The role of Don Logan earned Ben a Best Supporting Actor nomination and I still feel to this day that he deserved the win even though it was taken by Jim Broadbent for “Iris”. On top of Ben’s legendary performance was also the rest of the cast who were superb with the biggest stand-outs being Winstone and the king of cool Ian McShane.
With top-notch directing, a terrifically mind-bending soundtrack, a brilliant script and amazing performances given by all involved, SEXY BEAST while still a small gangster film remains one of my all-time favourites amongst others like LONG GOOD FRIDAY and GANGSTER NO. 1 (which funny enough came out the same year). It gets an incredibly high recommendation from myself so if you haven’t seen it like so many out there haven’t still, you’re really missing out. Cheers!
Garrett Collins Recommends:
Imaginarium by Nightwish