“12 Years a Slave” Review

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Coming from Steve McQueen (director of Shame‘ (2011)), ‘12 Years a Slave’ can now be comfortably described as this year’s cinematic sensation. The film, based on a self-autobiographical novel by Solomon Northup, tells the story of a black free man, who lives a happy family life in Saratoga, New York in 1841. After he is tricked, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South, his life turns up-side-down, and a once brilliant musician and an educated family man is now forced to endure an unjust hard life of a slave in Louisiana. The film is very truthful to Northump’s novel, and is filled with so much realism that when one of the characters at the end of the film starts talking about freedom and black people’s rights, the audience may find it hard to believe a word he says – so engrossed they have become in the political/social ideology of that time and in black people’s lives on a plantation in Louisiana.

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Preview: “12 Years a Slave”

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’12 Years a Slave’ is a new film by Steve McQueen, the director who also brought us ‘Hunger’ (2008) and ‘Shame(2011). The film is based on a true story of a free black man from New York, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana. The film portrays Solomon’s journey to regain his freedom, escaping a cruel plantation owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), while at the same time striking up friendships with such people as a Canadian carpenter and outspoken abolitionist, Mr Bass (Brad Pitt). According to many polls around the world, Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ is an early frontrunner for the Oscar Award 2014, along with Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’, David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle’ and the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’.

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Sequel planned for ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

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By Ben Arnold | Yahoo UK Movies News

Producer reveals that work is already underway

A sequel is being planned to spy thriller ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.

The film, based on John Le Carre’s 1974 novel and directed by Tomas Alfredson, proved a hit on its release last year, pulling in $80 million (£49 million) on a $20 million (£12 million) budget.

Producer Eric Fellner told Collider: “We are working on another one. (Producer) Tim Bevan is putting it together as we speak with (screenwriter) Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson, so yes it’s in development.

“It did unbelievably well and it didn’t cost hardly anything… But things take time. Tim is passionate about making sure we do another one.”

It’s thought that the sequel may take on ‘Smiley’s People’ as subject matter, another of Le Carre’s novels, in which George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman in ‘Tinker Tailor’, is called from retirement for a last job.

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ received rave reviews, and featured an all-star cast alongside Oldman, including Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Toby Jones.

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/sequel-planned-for-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-122551790.html

“War Horse” Mini-Review

War Horse (2011)     

Directed by Steven Spielberg (‘Schindler’s List‘ (1993), ‘Saving Private Ryan‘ (1998)) and based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, ‘War Horse’ is a moving picture about the strong ties of friendship which develop between a boy and his horse. The film begins with the boy’s father, Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan), buying a horse, Joey, at a horse market for a very high price. Young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) becomes instantly attached to the talented Joey and teaches him to plough to try to pay the family’s rent in Devon. When the war breaks out, however, Joey is sold to the army, but not before young Albert promises Joey to honour their friendship, and to find him someday. Although the film is full of sentimentality, it is also entertaining and heart-warming.

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