Monday, 23 November 2015

99 Homes

Director: Ramin Bahrani
Length: 99 mins

So far one of the year's really memorable films, 99 Homes is guaranteed to stress you out big time! It's the story of the ordinary folks who got kicked out of their homes after banks foreclosed on them as a result of the GFC. Wheeling dealing Rick Carver (Michael Shannon ) is an estate agent with few scruples and a determination he will make big bucks from others' misfortunes. Dennis Nash has even fewer scruples. After being evicted by Carver he ends up working for the man, and doing the same to others as was done to him. This relentlessly tense, superbly acted film will get your heart in your throat, and make you re-examine the meaning of home, and what you might do to hang onto it. 

A must see film!

For my full review:

The Crow's Egg

Director: M Manikandan
Length: 99 mins

Two young brothers live in the slums of Chennai with Mother and Granny. When their only playground is taken over by greedy developers to build a pizza shop, life for the boys focuses around a new obsession - to squirrel away enough money to treat themselves to a pizza. This Tamil language, non-Bollywood film is a lovely combination of humour, compassion, and satire. It is a gentle tale that is guaranteed not only to entertain but also to show up the endemic issues of corruption and the ever-present class divide in Indian society The little boys are total charmers too!  

Definitely worth seeing!

For my full review:

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2

Director: Francis Lawrence
Length: 137 mins

Finally another epic four-film saga reaches its conclusion! And a thoroughly satisfying one at that. If you've followed the trials and tribulations of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), you'll want to see how she fares in the final showdown between the districts and the Capitol, led by the cruel dictator Snow (Donald Sutherland). This all probably means nothing to those who aren't familiar with the highly popular futuristic best-selling teen novels upon which the films are based. The good news is that the special effects are excellent, the plot quite gripping, and Everdeen a feminist heroine to be admired.   

Definitely worth seeing if you've followed the saga so far!

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