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Les Miserables Review

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Director Tom Hooper gave us The King’s Speech as well as the miniseries John Adams which were both fantastic. You would think that as he has directed on a large scale with historical context you would think he would be able to make a great film with Les Miserables. This is a musical film and I knew that going in but the cast and the director gave me hope watching it. I don’t think all musicals are bad but it is something that I don’t really watch because it just doesn’t appeal to me.

This is the first time a musical did live recordings of the performances. Usually they would record the soundtrack in the studio and then lip syncing on the set of the film. I did think live seeing added something but that hardly saves the film. I am glad that Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter feature and provide the much needed comic relief to the film. I think it would be too dull without something to break up the drama. I don’t think any of the cast are bad singers at all but I feel that they deliver forgettable performances. I expected a lot more from a cast of such talented actors.

I don’t like long films and if they are long they need to be interesting. I am sure this film is interesting to some but it wasn’t for me. After and hour I was checking the time. I remember joking to my friend about 20 minutes before the film was due to end that there was another hour and a half to go. He said’ You’re f**king kidding me?’ I think that proves how boring the film is. My friend had lost his sense of time and was annoyed when he thought it was no where near the end.

The film did manage to pick up some Oscar nominations and Anne Hathaway took away best supporting actress Oscar. This really was not deserved at all in my opinion. A lot of people liked her performance and think it was deserved but I felt it was too over the top at times and too subtle at other points. Also the fact that she is hardly in it makes me wonder why she got the Oscar. Even a supporting actress Oscar is too much praise in my opinion.

Hugh Jackman picked up an Oscar nomination for his role of Jean Valjean although he missed out on the win. I felt that this films only good bits had Jackman in them. It is good to see that Jackman can play an intense character other than Wolverine and he demonstrates his performance skills as well and a great deal of emotion. I don’t really know how this film could be improved at all. I know it is easy to criticize the film without giving solutions but I really have no interest in giving solutions for this film. I do appreciate that any motion picture has so much effort put into it and that is something to be proud of. But the film failed to keep me entertained but I don’t want to take away its success. Me not liking it is just my opinion.

Overall, this film does have some impressive sets and a decent cast but that cannot save the film from how dull the plot is. I don’t think fans of musicals would like this film that much either as it is so different. The film may have deeper meaning but it was lost on me because I felt the film was so boring and it was a painful experience to watch. Regretfully I have to give this a low rating. I think I am being generous but I did like Jackman’s performance but a lot more than one decent performance to save this miserable film.

4/10

What did you think of the film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Marvel 4 Live Action Series Deal With Netflix

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I have spoken about Netflix before on my blog and I have talked about how this is revolutionizing television and will likely be the future of the television industry. New Media is making a large impact on our everyday lives and it makes sense that television and films are moving from the silver screen and the small screen to online viewing.

Academics argue why this is but I don’t want to go into that now. Like HBO and the BBC charging viewers a fee and allowing unlimited access to their broadcasting seems like a better idea. This takes advertising out of these TV shows and it would be better.

By 2015 Marvel aims to start 4 live action TV series. They will start with a Daredevil TV series and they want to lead it to ‘The Defenders’ mini series. The three other series will follow Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. I am excited to see these TV shows and to see how they turn out however I do have my concerns.

I have not seen Agents Of Shield but I have heard many mixed reviews and I feel that Marvel may only be able to sustain quality in motion pictures and should not focus on television series. The Daredevil film that was released was slated by the critics so maybe being able to explore the character of a longer period of time will help the audience enjoy the character.

Some of these characters are not that mainstream and I am sure that people would rather see other characters on the the small screen. However Marvel may be using these characters as a test and depending on how well these shows do this may green light more and more TV series. I will be optimistic however I do think Marvel should stick to motion pictures. I would like these shows to do well as TV shows do allow more character development and more investment in characters.

So are you excited about this news? Is there another character you would rather see a TV series on? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Piracy is a crime?

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So if you have ever purchased a DVD you will have had to sit through the anti piracy advertisement. It’s not destroying the film industry essentially. It represents people fighting back against greed. Cinema tickets are through the roof. Rather than it being a hobby going to the cinema it has become a rare treat. I do understand this but I am really interested in films and I would like to go to the cinema every week but I can’t. Its far too expensive.

Why do cinema’s charge so much? Is it the greed of multiplexes? No it isn’t. Looking at the budgets of films it is the industry to blame. For example Robert Downey Jr got paid 50 million dollars for his role in Avengers Assemble. Of course many people would happily be given that sum of money for that role. Because of actors getting paid huge sums of money this puts pressure on the studios to break even and therefore pushes up the prices of the cinema tickets. Not only that food at the cinema is through the roof as well. It costs too much to go to the cinema.

If cinema tickets were cheaper I would go every week maybe even a couple of times but until the industry makes changes to their budgets. However we cannot stop big business and I do not think things are going to change.

Some cinemas offer customers a monthly card which allows you to see unlimited films which is likely the only way you can save money. Still the problem of the price of food comes into the equation. So I do not blame people for piracy. Most people buy pirate DVDs to save money. Anti-piracy adverts claim the experience is not the same, but they should make it affordable. Also this may encourage more people to go to the cinema and therefore they can make more money.

Netflix is the Future of TV

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If you don’t already have a Netflix account then you should probably get it. However I will explain this before you get this. Netflix allows you to watch a large selection of films and Television for £6 a month. May I say this is a good deal. It does have some issues but I do think that Netflix is the future of Television at least. Let me explain.

Netflix has now started to produce its own shows which is fantastic. I have watched House of Cards and I loved it and Arrested Development and I was so happy to see that return. As you will know TV Shows have several episodes and usually they are released every week for a few months until the show is over. Despite this is the normal way to watch TV, most people would rather record the whole series and watch it in a few sittings. It makes practical sense to have a show on weekly and waiting for the show does become part of your routine, But as most people just record shows anyway and watch them later it does make far more sense to release all the episodes at the same time. When I first got Netflix there were lots of shows available that I had never watched but always wanted to such as Arrested Development and Breaking Bad, I do think I got more pleasure out of the series and got more out of the stories told by watching episodes back to back.

So when House of Cards was released as a Netflix Original program all the episodes came out at the same time and I believe I watched it in three sittings. Same with Season 4 of Arrested Development I was able to watch all the episodes in a couple of sittings and I think I enjoyed it a lot more. Netflix simply is like having the box set and I hope that Netflix starts to produce more shows and release them in the same way. Audiences can get up waiting 20 weeks to see the end of the season, so why not release all the episodes at the same time?

This is a long way off yet I think and Netflix in its early days or market domination. With the income they get from viewers each year masses up to around $2 billion. If more people start to use Netflix they will be able to start producing more original content and give it to the audience when they want it and a reasonable price.

So I think that this will be the way that Television works in the future but it is a long way off. Obviously income on channels comes from advertising and we are far away from telling the advertisers to go away. The way Netflix is delivered to us should be considered by other channels and now we just have to sit back and wait for the evolution of television to take its course.