Pulp Fiction

Jules and Vincent (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta) are hitmen working for a gangster by the name of Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). They are tasked with retrieving a suitcase containing something belonging to Wallace from some low level associates. Later, Vincent is supposed to escort Marsellus’ wife Mia (Uma Thurman) for the evening. Meanwhile, Marsellus has recruited boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to take a dive in an upcoming boxing match. When Butch fails to do so, he finds himself needing to leave town as quickly as possible, or face Marsellus’ wrath.
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The Adventures of Robin Hood

When King Richard is taken captive in Europe in 1191, his villainous brother Prince John usurps the throne, raising taxes dramatically and forcing many of his subjects into poverty. Enter Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), the self-proclaimed greatest archer in the land, who amasses an army of townsfolk and loyal followers, with the intention of righting Prince John’s misdeeds, and winning the heart of Lady Marian (Olivia DeHavilland), who is to be wed to John’s right hand man, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone).
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Rocco and His Brothers

This review was originally written for Blueprint: Review.

After the death of her husband, Rosario Parondi (Paxinou) takes her four youngest sons Simone (Salvatori), Rocco (Delon), Ciro (Cartier) and Luca (Vidolazzi) to stay with their oldest brother Vincenzo (Focás) in Milan. However, Vincenzo is trying to build his own life there, having just celebrated his engagement to Ginetta (Cardinale). The family are forced to stay in very humble lodgings, all sharing one room and not enough beds, whilst the boys struggle to find work in the city. Eventually the multitude of vices commonplace to city life begin to drive the brothers apart, especially by the beautiful yet troubled Nadia (Girardot).
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The Lovely Bones

Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is an ordinary 14-year old girl. She has a younger sister Lindsey (Rose McIver), an even younger brother Buckley (Christian Ashdale), a perfectionist father obsessed with building model ships in bottles (Mark Wahlberg), a stressed out mother (Rachel Weiz) who knits terrible headwear, an alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon) and is developing her first crush on fellow schoolmate Ray Singh (Reece Ritchie). One day, however, Susia doesn’t make it all the way home from school. Whilst crossing a field near her family home she is lured into an underground bunker by her creepy neighbour George Harvey (Stanley Tucci), Harvey kills Susie, and the ramifications of this will throw her family into turmoil.
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My Week in Movies, 2016 Week 11

Nothing much to report this week. Work has been busy, time has been limited, and few films have been watched, although I have been working my way through seasons 4 and 5 of The Walking Dead, which remains interesting enough for me to keep watching it, but not quite enough for me to blitz through the rest of the available episodes. Here are the films I saw this past week:
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My Week in Movies, 2016 Week 10

Dammit, I suck at posting reviews lately, sorry everyone. I shouldn’t have watched Pulp Fiction, that’s the problem, I’m having real difficulty in getting my thoughts down on that one. Everyone has already discussed it, so I’ve got very little to add, and I also can’t quite fully put into words why I don’t seem to love it as much as everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good movie and will most certainly be awarded a “Choose Film” badge, but I’m not at all compelled to re-watch it again any time soon, unless I leave the review so long that I’d feel bad doing a write-up based on my notes alone. The fact that I’d be willing to re-watch it for the sake of a review should be proof that it’s not terrible, unlike such films as Silver Linings Playbook, which I still keep meaning to review despite having watched it about 10 months ago. Why everyone loves that movie, I really do not know. Anyway, here’s what I watched this week:
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Naked Lunch

A bug exterminator, Bill Lee (Peter Weller) discovers the supply of his bright yellow bug-killing powder is running low, because it turns out his wife Joan (Judy Davis) has been shooting it up like heroin. Bill gives the powder/drug a try too, leading to some rather bizarre possible-hallucinations involving giant bugs, alien-like creatures and who knows what else?
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My Week in Movies, 2016 Week 9

Another week where I didn’t get a whole lot of watching done, but I got some writing done instead, so there’s that. But this week marks something of a milestone for me. I am, and have been for a few years now, a member of the Large Association of Movie Blogs, otherwise known as the LAMB. The LAMB is ordinarily run by a Shepherd. The first was the founder, Dylan Fields, who stepped down after a few years and Rachel Thuro replaced him. However, After a few months Rachel lost the drive for it and Joel Burman stepped in, but sadly in late 2014 Joel became increasingly busy with his home life and the LAMB took a back seat. Well, as of this past week I became too tired of seeing the LAMB dwindle. It’s a community that has served me well in terms of finding friends, blogging and, most recently, podcasting, as it is for the LAMB that I host the Lambcast. I’ve been keen to keep the show going, and the best way of doing that, in my opinion, is to keep the LAMB thriving too, so I am now the fourth official Shepherd of the LAMB.
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So what does that entail? Well, I’m kind of running things, and my aim is to get the site up and running again, which to begin with involves letting all the pending members in, which is around 500. This has already begun, and will continue for a while. I’m also planning on bringing back some old features, but for now it’s a case of tuning the site up and getting everything into working order. If you want to be an active member of the LAMB staff, maybe writing or hosting some features, then please let me know! Or if you have any thoughts on directions the site could take, I’m always eager for suggestions. I’m happy for any help I can get!
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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

A magician known as the African Sorcerer conjures up a flying horse, which he refuses to sell for anything other than the Caliph’s daughter, Princess Dinarsade. Disgusted at the notion, Dinarsade’s brother Prince Achmed is convinced by the Sorcerer to ride the horse, but he is only shown how to make it fly up – pulling the lever at the horse’s head – but not how to make it come down – a similar lever at the tail. The Prince flies ever higher, unable to control the horse, until he eventually descends in a strange land, and that’s only where his adventures begin.
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