Film Review: Dead Poets Society

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Dead Poets Society is one of those films that people seem to hold in the highest of regards. Granting cult like status based purely on rumour and reputation rather than any concrete foundation. If you speak to people about it, then more often than not you will hear the same response – they know it stars Robin Williams and they know it is good, but more tellingly, they haven’t seen it, or don’t remember doing so. For those that have seen it, you can usually define them into two camps: those you came away feeling happy and warm buts nothing more and those who were so inspired by the film that they are now teaching English.

Dead Poets’ has had something of a revival into the public conscience due to that sad and unexpected death of Robin Williams and so, I decided to grab a copy when I could find it in stock and remind myself of what a lesson with Williams would truly be like. Read more

Film Review: One Hour Photo

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There are some movies that you go into with preconceived ideas as to what to expect, what the film is about and the direction you expect it to take you in. For me, One Hour Photo was one of these films. I had long a long time held the belief that this was a dark thriller, verging on the boundaries of a horror film about what happens when you trust something intimate to a complete stranger. What happens when you give access to your inner lives to someone you don’t know.

I’ve been waiting to see it for a long time. It appeared many months ago in Empire Magazine’s “Reviews” section as a highly rated film and so, went onto my list of films to watch, and finally, having put it off for a long time, I got around to seeing it. However, what I was expecting and what I met were two distinctly different films. In fact, they are so different that I’m actually wondering, where or how, I came to my original idea about the film’s plot. Read more