Apocalypse Now (1979) Cheat Sheet

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Apocalypse Now is a 1979 film adapted from the book ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad. The book is set in 1890 and depicts a voyage going up river into the Congo Free State, a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908. Francis Ford Coppola, who both directed, produced and co-wrote ‘Apocalypse Now’, updated the time-period by setting it during the Vietnam War.
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Arrival (2016)

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Arrival is based on an online short-story called ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang which was first published in 1998 and then again in 2002 in Chiang’s collection of short stories. The film was adapted by Eric Heisserer and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The story explores the arrival of 8 different vessels who have suddenly appeared all over the world. Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) a linguistic lecturer and Dr Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) a theoretical physicist are approached by Colonel G.T.Weber (Forest Whitaker) to understand these new arrivals, and to find an answer to questions such as “What is your purpose on Earth?”.

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Iron Fist (2017)

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The latest Marvel/Netflix series and the introduction of the last member of ‘The Defenders’. ‘Iron Fist’ marks the last step before the big team-up that began with Daredevil in 2015. So, now we have met the entire assemble, the question is, how does Iron Fist fare as its own series? and, how does it compare to all we have witnessed thus far in this Marvel/Netflix relationship. There are some spoilers.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Cheat Sheet.

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Welcome to the first of hopefully many, in a new series I am calling ‘Cheat Sheets’. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means a concise set of notes which enables the reader to become familiar with the subject without having to read through various textbooks, or in this case watch particular films. So, each week I shall be writing a Cheat Sheet for classic films, there won’t be any rhyme or reason for choosing each film, other than simply popping into my head. Oh, and of course, there will be spoilers.

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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“A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him” Nicolas Boileu.

I must begin this article by profusely apologising to everyone, men, women and children alike. I pride myself on my ability to critic and analyse a film with a clear mind, but on this occasion, I have been a blind fool. Months ago, when I first watched this film I was blown away by the passion, the style, the Mise en Scene of the piece. I sang its praises to anyone who would listen about how this film was one of my favourites of last year. Then something quite fantastic happened, Continue reading

American Pastoral (2016)

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Ewan McGregor both directs and stars in the Philip Roth adaption of the novel by the same name, he is joined by Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this exploration of turbulent family life.

There are spoilers in this review.
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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Directed by Edward Zick, starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger.

A government conspiracy that Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind if he is to clear both his name and Turner’s (Smulders), whilst also protecting Samantha a girl who might be his daughter.
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Taboo

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Created by Chips Hardy, Tom Hardy and Steven Knight. Starring Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Edward Hogg, Stephen Graham, Franka Potente, Michael Kelly, Tom Hollander, Mark Gatiss and many many more.

From the start, I must make this absolutely clear, before I am heckled or have rotten fruit thrown at me online, this article is full of Spoilers. So, if you are reading this as a taster because you are unsure whether the show will appeal to you, do not read my review, watch the series and then return. You have been warned.

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Free State of Jones (2016)

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Directed by Garry Ross, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Kerri Russel. A confederate army deserter, Newton Knight (McConaughey), returns home to Mississipi and leads a group of fellow deserters in an uprising against the local Confederate Government.

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