Film Club - January Releases

january20The new year brought with it the DVD release of some blockbuster hits. We sat down to discuss some of the films we watched during the month of January - Check out what we thought!

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A five-star rating
Speak to anybody about this film and they’re sure to mention the incredible performance from Joaquin Phoenix. In my non-cinephile opinion, he really did elevate the film to a dark and genuine place. This film is precisely as good as audiences make it out to be, and kept my attention from the opening scene, right until the end credits. 
- Sally

A five-star rating
Really enjoyed this. A dark modern take on the classic comic book villain. The film was brilliantly acted and produced and had just enough fan service for fans of the Batman universe. 
- Shawn

A five-star rating
I got peer pressured into watching this. I wasn't interested because I haven't seen anything from the Batman franchise so an origin story held even less appeal. After watching it I had to admit I was wrong. The screenplay and production is amazing. Joaquin Phoenix is an absolute star and embodied his character to point of me watching a cast interview afterwards just to check what he's like in real life. Frances Conroy is amazing as per usual and a great casting choice. The thrill was perfectly paced as was the level of intrigue. 
- Maya

A five-star rating
I was somewhat hesitant going into this film, but came out of it mostly just appreciating the craftsmanship. While I don't feel as though the themes explored were particularly new, it was certainly a great take on an origin story and a new perspective on a quite (in my opinion) overdone genre. The acting was wonderful and the cinematography sublime.  
- Mali

A five-star rating
Loved Joaquin Phoenix performance as Joker. Don't expect Christopher Nolan's magic ingredients as this film isn't really a superhero movie rather discloses a dramatic version of the Joker´s origin. The dark cinematography shows a dirty Gotham City and how the chaos started happening with Joker on top. The music score is also spectacular with hits from the 70´s and 80´s.  
- Abhi

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A five-star rating 
I was beyond impressed by how well Renee Zellweger played Judy Garland. Retrospectively, the storyline wasn’t riveting in any sense – but the lead performance was so good that it lulled me into believing I was watching one of the best films of the year. - Sally

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A five-star rating
Whilst it's certainly got the nostalgia factor, this sequel doesn't quite live up to the excitement and originality of the first. The jokes and characters feel a little tired and overdone, and the storyline feels a bit haphazard. However, it was still enjoyable to watch, with a couple of funny moments. This is one for fans of the first, who want more of the same. 
- Mali

A five-star rating
If you feel like an hour of entertainment, this film is highly recommended! The characters are as humorous as they were in the original, which makes for an enjoyable watch with a few laugh-out-loud moments.
- Sally

A five-star rating
Same old same old. Nothing new, not a very good plot, story base, direction. Characters displayed mediocre performances. Nothing memorable here. - Abhi

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A five-star rating
I loved this film. The acting, the story and the characters were all great and a highly enjoyable watch all the way through.
 
- Mali

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A five-star rating
This movie was enjoyable. It does it’s best to tug at the heart strings but it’s strength lay in the choreographed chaos. Young Felix gives a wonderful performance, which manages to stand out against the blood and gore of this Australian zombie-comedy.
 - Sally

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A five-star rating
I was expecting a dark comedy/thriller movie but really disappointed with it, could've been better. Too much predictable, gave away too many things in the trailer itself. Characters are confusing, at a point felt like why so many characters are wondering around without any real purpose. - Abhi

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A five-star rating
Having read the book I suspected it might be a bit challenging (due flash backs, chronological rearrangements and late reveals) for those who hadn’t. There must have been a more efficient way to tell the story (already at 2.5 hours running time) and perhaps better suited to a mini series. Good character portrayal but a bit of a hard slog throughout. - Eddy

 

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