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Netflix, Prime, the silver screen - you name it, we'll watch it. Current favourites are

Ciske De Rat

Ronald

Ciske De Rat

Ronald

Ciske de Rat is a 1984 Dutch drama film based on the novel by Piet Bakker.

I was asked to choose a film to recommend so here goes; A harrowing, gripping and emotional film from 1984 called 'Ciske de Rat'. This famous film is a Dutch classic about a young 11 year old boy (Ciske) who was neglected by his family. His father was at sea and his mother worked at a bar but also turned to prostitution late into the nights. You feel helpless watching the neglect and abuse for poor Ciske. In a fit of anger he grabs a knife and stabs his mother, who dies. After going into a children home, everything ends well and ends up going back to his old school. He moves in with his dad and step-mum who later get married.

The film won a UNICEF Award at the film festival with more than 1.5million admissions.

 

Een echte mooie film!

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Building Jerusalem - the journey to RWC 2003

Mark

Building Jerusalem - the journey to RWC 2003

Mark

First released in 2015 but only recently added to Netflix, Building Jerusalem tells the story of rugby union becoming a professional sport in the 90s and England's journey from amateur players with full time jobs to World Cup Winners in 2003.

 

Primarily narrated by Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson and Sir Clive Woodward, the documentary follows the tumultuous transition between amateurs who played eighty minutes beating seven bells out of each other and getting hammered in the bar afterwards to professionals with the best coaches, staff and trainers.

 

You're transported back to 22nd November 2003, which I remember like it was yesterday, and that incredible game which England should have won in normal time - but where's the fun in that?

 

Great documentary - definitely worth a watch, even if you're not a massive rugby fan.

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Sing

Paul

Sing

Paul

Sing is a great family film. I went to see it with my girlfriend who is a sucker for this sort of movie and I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I was very pleasantly surprised!

 

The storyline is simple enough for kids but engaging enough for the adults and it relates quite well to what we see nowadays with all these talent show style TV series. It really well voice acted by some big names and the music is pretty good with some pop along with some Stevie Wonder and Elton John along the way.

 

I would absolutely recommend this for anyone that's looking for an easy watch and a good fun day out at the cinema, you'll leave with a smile.

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La La Land

Mark

La La Land

Mark

We'll just come out and say it from the off - we're not certain what all the fuss was about. Sure it was clever, well acted and extremely well put together, but on the whole a little confusing.

It was a decent spectacle - one of those films you just want to sit and take in, rather than try to understand too much or over-analyse. Once you've got used to the editing style and camera angles (which are a bit of an assault at first) you can sit back and enjoy the musicality of the film, particularly if you're a jazz fan.

 

Enjoyable, even if it took a little getting used to, but we're not sure what actually happened. We left with many questions.

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Shawshank Redemption

Matt

Shawshank Redemption

Matt

All-time classic with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. A gripping film based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption.

In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne is convicted of a double murder, even though he claims his innocence, he's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison, where another prisoner, Ellis Red Redding, picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure.

The realities of harsh and gruelling prison life are quickly introduced to Andy with a corrupt warden, sadistic guards and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance.

But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favour with the warden and the guards and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff.

In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red.

 

A truely great ending where Andy get's what he deserves...in my opinion anyway

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Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Being an avid Star Wars fan (I grew up in the '70s) I was doubtful that the spin-off would be any good. My son wanted to see it, so I reluctantly took him. I felt sure it would not be up to my nerdy standards and expected gaps in the storyline, details that had been overlooked, etc. None of the main characters were going to be in it and I really couldn't imagine a Star Wars film being any good without Harrison Ford in it (yes, I know his character has been killed off but I'm in denial!)

All I can say is what an epic film! The storyline was brilliant and perfectly led into the original Star Wars New Hope trilogy. It seamlessly fits the gap between the 70s old school and ultra-modern special effects. All the way through the film there are visual acknowledgments to previous Star Wars films and even deceased actors have been revived using digital manipulation (I understand this can be alarming to some people). I don't want to give the storyline away so I'm not mentioning it! But I will say this, nothing is predictable and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. The main character 'Jyn' is played by Felicity Jones who is a class act and has all the grit and determination of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films.

 

A not to be missed film for sci-fi lovers

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