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12 Years of Tears

After watching the Golden Globes and seeing 12 Years a Slave rake in the nominations and even take out Best Picture Drama, I decided I had no choice but to go and see it. I had heard it was fairly depressing but being the naive youngin’ that I am, I decided it really couldn’t be that bad.. This is coming from someone who still cries every time they watch The Notebook.

From the word go, this film was sad.

Steve McQueen was not going to wean me into it, and I literally had tears in my eyes from about the 15 minute mark until the credits rolled (in The Notebook I tend to save my tears for when I curl up in a ball on the floor after the film ends).

There was whipping, there was lashing, there was “nigger” bashing. It was devastating.

Now I don’t want to let all this sadness deter you from the film. It was utterly fantastic. It was a jaw-dropping insight into slavery that encourages us to question the values of the human race, and I think unintentionally even made me feel somewhat guilty (albeit grateful) for my privileged lifestyle.

There was only one major let down, and that was Brad Pitt’s character- and trust me when I say it is a strange thing for me to diss any role that the God-like man himself BRAD PITT takes on. However in this case I found him more painful to watch than the lashing.. He was the one character who truly sympathized with the slaves, and the one white character who stood up for equality- here comes the producer to the rescue!! It was somewhat a bit of a cliche.. Image

12 Years a Slave is definitely a must-see-once kind of film. I don’t think I could bring myself to watch it again despite appreciating its brilliance, but would highly recommend it- just make sure you’re prepared for a tear-jerker.

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Watch Out For Patrick

Last night I was lucky enough to get tickets to the world premiere of Australian film Patrick, Mark Hartley’s remake of the 1978 horror. Arriving at the Greater Union Cinema, I found the queue to get into the cinema to be out the door, round the corner and down an alleyway. At this point I knew I was in for something good.

Now I don’t know if I am being ignorant when saying this, but I don’t believe that Australia has a very deep horror movie pool and it seems to me that directors here tend to steer away from the genre. However, I was utterly impressed by the spooky atmosphere created in this film, and you could tell that the rest of the audience were too.

The film certainly could be considered a bit of an homage to the original, with the old fashioned, gothic style settings and costumes, but it has also been brought into the future with Mac laptops and IPhones making significant appearances throughout the film. This juxtaposition was cleverly done- the technology slid in alongside the old-style elements so seamlessly that I didn’t even question it until my observant boyfriend asked me how this could be so.

It was evident from the audience’s reactions throughout the film that it had achieved its goal of scaring people, while also encouraging them to have a bit of a laugh at the same time. People were jumping five feet in the air at certain heart racing moments, but also chuckling at the cleverly cut and juxtaposed shots- a wink to the audience.

Being a bit of a horror movie buff, it is hard to find movies that I find scary.. There are so many bad attempts at horror out there that it means the genre lacks credibility. I will admit though that I was on edge throughout Patrick, and found that the film explained itself adequately with a twist which is something that I can’t look past in a horror film.

My final test to determine that I really did get creeped out by Patrick was walking out of the cinema past Jackson Gallagher, who played the title name character, and thanking God that I wasn’t sitting next to him while watching the film.. He was a very believable and frightening obsessive telekinetic coma patient.

Overall kudos to the actors, in particularly Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance and of course to Mark Hartley for bringing the original back for a modern audience. Image

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