Spotlight (2015) 4.5 out of 5

Spotlight (2015) 4.5 out of 5

Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaten did an amazing job and really tied this great movie together. Based on a true story. It’s about the hard truths most of us sweep under the denial rug because either 1) we were unable to handle the truth at that particular moment in time 2) didn’t have the resources to do anything about it 3) had our own personal issues to handle 4) the assumption that there’s nothing we could do to change things and 5) standing against it would mean losing something that is precious to us, be it sanity, support or physical possessions. In short, being bullied by those that are in power and worse of all, by your own thoughts. What resonates from Spotlight is that, while it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to abuse one.
Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

The gist of it – the main character Christopher McCandless was resolved in completing his mission of being free of mundane day to day life no matter the physical and emotional cost. The rigmarole of completing a degree and pursue a career. How he had a rocky childhood. He felt trapped. He felt doomed to live life like the rest of us. The movie was based in late 1980s to early 1990s and yes, based on a true story. Uncanny how the real person and the actor (Emile Hirsch) chosen to play him, look eerily alike. As journeys often lead you to surprising paths and pitfalls, he made plenty of life threatening mistakes (involving a moose!) but also met many people who eventually became family (which he saw and met now and again predominantly by chance). He liked living by chance. Nothing planned. If it was meant to be, it just would. The scenes, they had put a lot of heart and thought into it. No special CGI or sound effects in play. Those movies usually have a greater impact, if not on your mind, in your soul. If slightly slow moving movies with deep story lines isn’t your thing, I don’t recommend it. It’s not for everyone. Apart from it being a little draggy, still pretty good.
The Danish Girl (2015) 5 out of 5

The Danish Girl (2015) 5 out of 5

As many Working Title movies have in the past, The Danish Girl managed to hook me in as well from the get go. Working Title has produced beautiful works of moving picture art from Anna Karenina, The Theory of Everything and also an old favourite of mine, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. This movie stars none other than, Eddie Redmayne (aka Eponine’s Marius and Mr. Hawking) and Alicia Vikander (Kitty from Anna Karenina and Ava from Ex Machina). Eddie never disappoints and Alicia Vikander managed to play the leading lady immaculately. What comes to mind is that she’s the next Ellen Page! If you have a heart, complete or broken, you WILL cry. For me, The Danish Girl is my most favourite movie for 2015. Last year, it was The Imitation Game with Kill Your Darlings coming in a very close second. Working Title has consistently produced movies with powerful story lines, solid screenplays and no doubt, have given actors the opportunity to challenge themselves to be play inspiring characters. Yes. Please watch. Bring tissues and grab your blankie, pets and significant other.
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