Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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When I first saw the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel I sat there and thought it looks like a complete farce of a slapstick comedy. Now it cannot be denied the cast list is beyond impressive. But everything about the trailer from it’s speed, to it’s soundtrack, and it’s constant pushing of one line quips and it’s easy to see why I fell to this conclusion. In fact, watching the trailer again a few moments ago and I am instantly back there, the images and expectations the trailer produce are the same now as they were then and I’ve even seem the film this time.

As a result of my preconceived ideas based on the trailer I was going to let The Grand Budapest Hotel slip by, I wasn’t overly interested in it – which is slightly strange as I have seen Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums all by Wes Anderson – and was planning to happily let it walk in and out of my local cinema without having me grace a showing. However, as with all good plans, my Dad saw the trailer, said he quite fancied it and then combined with both critic and public reception placing it into lofty heights I re-evaluated my decision, and while still not 100% sold trotted off to the cinema to see what all the fuss was about. So-to-speak.
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Film Review: Quiz Show

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It should really be a surprise that a magazine about movies produced by a national cinema chain should be a good source for filming films that have somehow managed to pass me by but once again, Vue Cinema’s monthly free magazine has come up trumps. Having introduced me to Bringing Out The Dead at the start of January, this time around it’s welcomed into my life Quiz Show. A mid-nineties film from Robert Redford about the Quiz Show Scandals that rocked America in the 1950s as the nation became obsessed with television.

Going into Quiz Show I know absolutely nothing about it, I didn’t realise that it was actually based on true events and a real life scandal. I didn’t even watch the trailer. I simply looked at the critics rating on Metacritic, and combined with the review in the Vue Magazine (and a low price tag) pushed buy.
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