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The Revenant

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 11:53:14 Europe/London

Aside from the fact that it finally earned Mr DiCaprio a shiny trophy from one of the big award shows, this is a film which will be long regarded as a bold and brave masterpiece of cinematography. Based on the book of the same name, it tells the story of a fur trapping expedition gone horribly wrong and focuses primarily on DiCaprio's character as he suffers a horrific attack at the hands, well...claws and jaw, of a grizzly bear and then has to survive the wilds after being left for dead by his apparent friends. Unsurprisingly, he is slightly annoyed at the way they abandoned him and spends much of the film working his way through a long, drawn out quest for revenge. Despite the graphic violence, this is a film which draws on your sense of empathy and utilizes the stunning environments to great effect. Beautiful scenery spills from the screen whilst simultaneously giving you chills from seeing how punishing nature's ferocity can be. Long, intense and incredibly memorable. 

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Ghostbusters - 12

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 11:51:20 Europe/London

I'm not a fan of remakes. There, I said it. Too many of my childhood favorites have been massacred by Hollywood honchos who are keen to kick out a well-known name without considering how it might impact on the legacy of the original. When Ghostbusters was first announced, it was met with skepticism by some and outright hate by others (I'm looking at you, Internet) , but far too many people were only able to identify that this iteration had decided to change the gender of the protagonists. Some people are idiots. Against my better judgment, I decided to put aside my concerns and approached this without any kind of expectations. To be fair, it's not a bad movie but it's not exactly a great movie either. A decent plot is held together by fun scares and reasonable performances from the main cast ensure that there are more than a few laughs to be had. I am still afraid of remakes though. 

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