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Just sat through the cinema screening tonight (4th October 2011). First of all, it's a really well put together piece - it basically covers every facet of Harrison's life in great detail - there's hardly any aspect of his career that's not mentioned.
The film starts off brilliantly with pictures of 1940s wartime with the soundtrack of All Things Must Pass. It's a great start and sets the scene of what's to come. There's also some really cool, previously unseen footage of Harrison and McCartney signing the legal papers (looks like circa '71 judging by McCartney's hair) and there's also a film of the early Beatles gigging at some sort of church hall (circa '59).
The Beatles years are dealt with brilliantly - great insights from Kircherr and Voorman about the Hamburg days and the film skips nicely along through '63 - '67 inter-cut with great interviews and music. The '67 - '70 years are also dealt with really well, dealing with Pepper, White Album and the eventual breakup. Some of McCartney and Starr's interviews are really insightful.
The post Beatles years are dealt with in detail - from All Things Must Pass, the Concert for Bangladesh, Dark Horse tour, Life of Brian, Wilbury's and so on. The last twenty minutes or so is perhaps the best - it manages to eclipse Harrison's final years really well with some emotional words from those closest to him.
There's some nice touches - Scorsese has the habit of playing a Harrison tune and then cutting it short when you least expect it. The other contributions are also fantastic - Clapton, Idle, Martin, Petty and Jackie Stewart, to name a few.
Annoyingly, something that isn't even mentioned, is the 'He's So Fine/My Sweet Lord' plagiarism lawsuit. Seen as this was a big deal in Harrison's life, it seems really bizarre it wasn't included. Also, there weren't any Lennon interviews of him talking about Harrison - this would have been a nice addition. Another omission was any mention of his Cloud Nine album. If you're making a documentary that's three and a half hours long, you'd think these sorts of things would have been included.
All in all, it's a great documentary. It felt very long, in the cinema, even with a break, but I don't see this as a negative at all - the film benefits from it. It'll probably suit watching on DVD more - in summary, a great documentary, a truly fitting tribute to George Harrison. And all I want to do now is play his records...
Saw V (2008)
One of the worst films I ever Saw
OK, let's get something straight. This film is truly awful. Yes, I've seen all the other instalments (although I did see Saw 2 prior to seeing Saw 1),and I would go so far as to call myself a fan. Saw 1 was the best, Saw 2 the next best, and so on. And to be honest, I can't really remember what happened in Saw 3 and 4, they kind of just blended into one film.
And so to Saw 5. Believe me folks, save your money. I couldn't believe how bad it was. No plot, weak characters, poor acting, no twist at the end (couldn't believe it?) and a story that jumps around more times than a kid on a pogo stick. I couldn't figure out where the film was on the timeline at certain points - at one point I though Jigsaw had come back from the dead.
The truth is, you don't really care about the characters, the games are poorly conceived and it seems that the makers just want to go for gore and guts without going any deeper, which would be the smart thing to do.
I expect these films will just keep going and going, they should have quit while they were ahead but alas, money is the dictator.
So 1 out of 10 I feel is fair, only because it didn't last longer than 90 minutes. If you have to watch this, wait til it comes out on DVD and go see Ricky Gervais at the cinema instead.
A Good British Film
After much pestering from my mate, I finally watched this film last night. He thoroughly recommended it and now having seen it, I agree that it is a film worth watching.
The viewer immediately gets a feel for what is to come; there is non-stop suspense and the film has a really dark feel to it. The acting is brilliant - Andy Serkis and Jamie Bell are outstanding - and the plot keeps you watching and guessing throughout.
There's no messing about with the story either, you immediately get an idea that something is not quite right. Although the film is not too long, the characters are built up well and by the end, you have an idea as to what each individual is about - there's the young stubborn captain, the crazy maniac and the young lad who desperately tries to persuade everyone that the right thing to do is to get out of there. I'd probably say my favourite scene is where the captain orders his men to stand in line for inspection - the captain trying to create some normality in the craziness that surrounds him.
The film uses good special effects but doesn't rely on them - the scene where Serkis' character is killed is great and the film's finale is especially good.
I've always been a fan of war films but Deathwatch has a bit more to it: go out and buy this film, I'd recommend it to anyone.