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Review : Don Jon

23rd October 2013 | Films

Review : Don Jon


Life is fairly simple for Don Jon, he only has a short list of things he cares about: his body, his pad, his ride, his family, his church, his boys, his girls, his porn”. Those opening lines perfectly summarise this hilarious romantic comedy about an average, sex enthused young adult who hates rom-coms.

His daily routine is the same every day: he drops into some classes at college, he lifts weights, he goes to the nightclub, and he has sex. With an impressive track record of women Jon is envied by most of his friends. However, this track record loses all meaning for Jon when he spots Barbara Sugarman (Sarlet Johansson) who very quickly has him wrapped around her finger.

Suddenly, for Jon, the meaning of life has changed. Previously, porn was his main pleasure – now, it’s all about Barbara. It doesn’t take long for Jon to work out that pleasing a woman is a lot harder than a one night stand. Especially if, for the first time ever, you’re in love.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hilarious, modern day version of Don Juan who has all of the girls blushing and all of the guys laughing. He plays this easily satisfied, porn addicted, neighbourhood star with perfection – leaving all in the cinema believing you are watching a documentary rather than a film.

His relationship with Scarlett Johansson (Barbara Sugarman) is amiable and natural with comedy at every time. However, this relationship (as well as the majority of the film) is just like every other rom com: hugely predictable.

Albeit an impressive direction debut by Gordon-Levitt, nobody would be surprised if writing the storyline took the duration of one beer. If you have seen any other romantic comedy in your life then you…

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

20th October 2013 | Films

For a very long time, Disney’s Mary Poppins has been a Christmas must watch on many a television channel and it’s one of the few classics to have not yet made it in the Bargain Bin at any of your local supermarkets. It tells the story of the rich British ‘Banks’ family who have their world turned upside down by a magical nanny who teaches them that you can make so much more of life if only you allow a spoonful of sugar into it every now and again.

The film, based on the book originally written by P.L. Travers has won Oscars for Besst Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song and Best Visual Effects – among many others.

However, one thing not many people know is how the book was turned into the hugely successful and famous film.

Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, tells precisely this story with all of its emotionally-draining twists and turns.

Tom Hanks portrays a caring and loving Walt Disney who has spent the past 20 years trying to fulfil the promise he made to his children of turning P.L. Travers’ magical story into a feature film that fly’s off the pages. However, as he and his colleagues learn in this inspiring tale, Miss. Travers (played expertly by the beautiful Emma Thompson) doesn’t step in time with his vision.

Disney and Travers’ relationship that starts with lust (by Emma Thompson’s character) and slowly turns into mutual love makes this film the perfect drama to go alongside Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke’s classic.

The film tells two story’s side-by-side – primary scenes focus on the story of Disney trying to persuade Travers to allow him to turn the book into a…

Review: Kill Your Darlings

15th October 2013 | Films

5 Stars - This tragic story portraying the collision of love, lust and literature is irresistibly beautiful and engaging. One film you must NOT miss.

In 1944, literature was the way forward. It was an era of poetry and rebellion for the hugely popular literary world and, at the same time, a generation of great poets was forming. Most notably, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. However, there was another name who was supposed to be on that list.

Lucien Carr was born in New York City and, at the age of 14, met David Kammerer a man who, he was yet to find out, would have a profound influence on the course of his life. Kammerer was an English teacher at Washinton University and he was also a childhood friend of William S. Burroughs who also knew the Carr family.

Kammerer became obsessed with Carr and, over the next five years, he pursued Carr – showing up wherever the young man was enrolled at school.

On August the 13th, 1944, Carr and Jack Kerouac attempted, and failed, to ship out of New York to France on a merchant ship hoping to be in Paris in time for the liberation and to start a literary revolution. On the way back from the sign-up station, Kerouac bumped into Kammerer who asked where Carr was, Kerouac told him.

Kammerer, attempting to pursue his sexual desires, caught up with Carr and the two men went for a walk. According to Carr, from then Kammerer made a sexual advance on him – when Carr rejected it, Kammerer assaulted him physically which resulted (in desperation and panic) in Carr stabbing the older man. Carr then tied Kammerer’s hands and feet, wrapped a belt around…