11 through 15!

11. The Guv’nor (2016)

A biopic that came out late last year, this is on Netflix so it’s not hard to track down, which tells the life story of London tough guy Lenny McLean through the eyes of his son Jamie. My only encounter with Lenny McLean within the world of entertainment was watching him in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels as Barry the Baptist, he was a frightening movie villain only to learn he was just as frightening in real life as he was on the big screen. Lenny Mclean is a real life example of a rags to riches story & seeing the life of such a feared & ferocious  man told through the eyes of his son gives a completely different perspective on the man known to many as ‘The Guv’nor’. Venturing through his impressive boxing career to his life at home as a humble, loving father & into his switch over into acting and being thrust into the spotlight for all the right reasons. I never expected this to be so surprising and as emotionally driven as it was. Also the fact that it was his son who was doing the voice over and most of the story telling throughout kept it very real and very true throughout.  7/10

12. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

This is the story, based on true events, of Paul Rusesabagina who was a hotel manager in Rwanda who housed, protected & saved over a thousand Tutsi refugees from the Hutu militia. Don Cheadle put in a stellar performance as the lead character and was unfortunate to be pipped to the Oscar by Jamie Foxx for his performance as Ray Charles as either one would’ve been worthy winners of the prize that year. I was gripped from the very beginning and as the movie progressed my eyes were well and truly open. It’s a piece of history that was so shocking and so atrocious that countries essentially turned a blind eye to the on goings in Rwanda, that was probably the most shocking part. If Rwanda was rich in oil, then maybe things would’e turned out differently and other nations would’ve stepped in before it got out of hand but unfortunately this was the story that unfolded. This movie explores genocide and political corruption and the genocide that took place in the spring of ’94 just goes to show that events like the Holocaust can happen at any time. This has been the best movie I’ve seen this year so far and couldn’t recommend this enough to anybody who wants to learn about the events in Rwanda and for a brilliant display of acting from Don Cheadle in a heart wrenching & emotional story. 9/10

13. Funny People (2009)

Funny People follows the story of George Simmons, played by Adam Sandler, after receiving a diagnosis for an untreatable blood disorder he tries to change his ways and mend some broken bridges in his personal life as well as get back into stand up comedy rather than taking an easy payday with another stupid movie. Watching this movie I felt that this could quite easily be a glimpse into the real life of Adam Sandler if he were to come down with such an illness. In a world of celebrity who are surrounded by people, behind closed doors they live such a lonely existence with a desire for true friendship and for me is very believable as a premise. This is vastly different to a typical run of the mill Adam Sandler comedy movie, it has elements of realism intertwined within the story and the support from Seth Rogen is a nice addition to a pleasant movie. Not many Sandler movies are worth recommending since his hay day in the ’90s, there are of course a few exceptions and this for me is certainly one of them.  7/10

14. Sucker Punch (2011)

This is very much a love it or hate it kind of movie, it’s very fantasized and although unfolds and makes sense at the end, at the beginning is a bit of a puzzle to piece together. Emily Browning and Oscar Isaac put in good performances and were the standouts of the movie although the rest of the cast were pretty solid. The action sequences were very impressive and Sucker Punch delivered a very original idea and did pretty well at doing so. It was a fun movie that still required a certain degree of thinking behind it too so you couldn’t switch off and relax during the course of it.  6/10

15. Foxcatcher (2014)

This is a movie I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time. I didn’t get round to watching it in the cinema, so when I bought this on DVD I meant to watch it straight away but it was another movie that just got lost within the shuffle of the masses I bought. Finally a couple of years after I initially wanted to watch it I managed to dig it out, dust it off and spared an evening to watch it. For the most part I was pretty disappointed, although based on a true series of events, the movie was very slow and was hard to get into and fully get behind the characters. Steve Carell was the redeeming quality of the movie, this was an in depth character study of a self destructive multi-millionaire who had a passion for wrestling and I think Steve Carell applied himself brilliantly. Overall this was quite lack-luster and as this movie came to it’s conclusion I was left just yearning for better, hoping for the movie to be as good as the one I had envisaged.   5/10

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