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Things I’ve watched this week

Actually it’s films I saw this last two weeks as I forgot to do this last week.

First up I watched the first Scream(1996, dir. Wes Craven) in it’s entirety. I’ve never actually done that before. Pretty much seen it all but in bits so never really appreciated it properly. Sure most of the jumps and scares are way less genuinely terrifying compared to the recent generation of Saw/exorcism etc gore-fests but this film contains things those ones sorely lack; a good sense of humour & fun and genuinely interesting characters. Really enjoyed it and think I’ll follow it up with numbers 2 & 3 this week…

Then in the company of my girlfriend’s media friends/co-workers I saw a screening of the Bradley Cooper film Limitless(2011, dir. Neil Burger) at The Soho Hotel(also starring Robert DeNiro as Robert DeNiro!!). After some ridiculously nice canapés we settled down in what looked like slightly uncomfortable screening room. Luckily looks were deceiving and it was extremely comfortable with plenty of leg room and excellent projection of the film. I was impressed. The film itself was enjoyable enough. Nothing too testing and Cooper is still good fun to watch on screen (and the ladies obviously very much appreciated his other qualities!). It did have some cool, weird ‘zooming down endless streets’ camera technique which I’ve yet to find out how they did…

Then finally I saw Un Prophète(2009, dir. Jacques Audiard) on BluRay. I’d heard big things about it and wasn’t to be disappointed! It’s a truly fantastic bit of film making being powerful, scary, thrilling and many other things at any given time. The two lead performances, by Tahar Rahim as a young inmate in a very violent prison who through no choice of his own comes under the protection and employment of incarcerated mob boss César Luciani(Niels Arestrup), are  quite brilliant. Also the director creates a fantastic sense of threatening and impending violence with tight framing very gloomy, low colour surroundings. It’s really a fantastic film and one everyone should watch provided you don’t have a weak stomach.