Friday, September 9, 2016

Sully

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart

In 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) was the captain of US Airways 1549 that ditched into the River Hudson after his plane was hit a flock of birds soon after takeoff. The engines were rendered useless and with only minutes to decide what to do, he and his First Officer, Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), safely completed an emergency water landing saving the lives of all on board. The movie deals with the aftermath and the subsequent inquiry by the National Transportation Safety Board investigation. Sully has to justify his actions and explain why he put the plane down on the water instead of on a nearby runway. The riveting drama which follows is crafted from a real-life event with a happy ending, yet it is amazing how much suspense Eastwood and Hanks are able to achieve. This is a feel good movie and the story of a real, humble, All American hero. Worth a watch.

Snowden (Trailer)


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eight Days a week - the Touring Years

Director: Ron Howard

Gear, fab and groovy !! The magical, demystifying, early tour years is both entertaining and informative. Howard has caught the Fab Fout to a T and the ultimate behind the scenes documentary of the Beatles is a must for all fans and those interested in the 60s and teenage culture. Matching lyrics with reality is revealing as the mop tops grow up under relentless scrutiny of the media. Highly recommended and can only be seen (and appreciated) at a cinema theatre near you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eddie The Eagle


Director: Dexter Fletcher

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken (cameo), Keith Allen, Iris Berben, Tim McInnerny

Mild mannered Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), believes he can be a champion and despite all the odds and with the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie the Eagle is an inspiring (based on a true story) which jollies along helped by a good performance from Hugh Jackman. The movie might have made more of 80s music which would have been a perfect match for the climate and climatic nature of the plot. Not exactly the best British comedy but no less enjoyable and full of the usual sporting clich├ęs which makes it prefect for the kids.