Film of the Week: Yellow Submarine (1968)

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Directed by: George Dunning

Starring: The Beatles, Paul Angelis,  John Clive, Dick Emery, Geoffrey Hughes

Summary

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

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Goodbye Hiatus, Hello Scavenger Hunts 👋

“Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

I’m back after two years of not touching this blog; a lot happened so I took time away and ended up never returning.

Since my last blog post about season six of Game of Thrones, I graduated from my undergraduate Film degree with a first, and then I completed my Masters in Media (with a Television Studies focus), moved into my own flat and got engaged.

I became recently inspired to return to the world of blogging as many of my friends have their own blogs and I’ve become more comfortable rating and reviewing films in my recent Letterboxd revival. I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to write reviews on Letterboxd if I didn’t get involved in the monthly Scavenger Hunt challenges (even though most of my reviews are one sentence long and usually sarcastic).

A quick overview of what a Scavenger Hunt is; basically a new host each month creates a Letterboxd list with 30/31 tasks for participants to find films that fit that category. The films chosen are to be mostly unseen films by the participant and they should write at least a short review on each film. It’s been my New Year’s Resolution to complete every 2018 Scavenger Hunt, so far so good half way through the year. I’m going to choose my favourite film I’ve watched each week (as I’m averaging on seven a week) and write my thoughts on here as well as on Letterboxd; I’ve also bought an Odeon Limitless subscription so I’m going to be writing about new releases more as well.

I just want to use this big comeback blog post to share a few recent film discoveries from 2018 that have quickly been added to my favourites:

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Game of Thrones S6: Mid-Season Review

Five episodes into the newest season of Game of Thrones and the latest episode being the most emotional of this season so far; this is a review of the season so far and to voice my opinions and theories – this will not be spoiler free.

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The Jungle Book (2016)

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Year: 2016

Directed and Written by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken

Music by: John Debney

Distributor: Fairview Entertainment, Moving Picture Company (MPC), Walt Disney Pictures

Summary

After a threat from the tiger, Shere Khan, forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub, named Mowgli, embarks on a journey of self discovery with the aid of the panther, Bagheera, and the free spirited bear, Baloo.

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Zootopia (2016)

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Year: 2016

Directed and Written by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk

Music by: Michael Giacchino

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Summary

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

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‘Hail, Caesar!’ (2016)

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Year: 2016

Directed and Written by: The Coen Brothers

Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton

Distributor: Dentsu, Mike Zoss Productions, Working Title Films

Summary

In 1951 Hollywood, a studio executive acts as “fixer,” shielding his company’s stars from controversy, including the kidnapping of a male movie star by a group of disenchanted Communist writers.

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