Director: Armando Iannucci
Director: Paul McGuigan
“Starfish” tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.
If ever a film was a tough watch, it is Starfish: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.
The film goes on (limited) general release on Friday, 28th October, and is well worth seeing. The hope is that it will raise a lot of money for www.sepsis.org, which is designed to offer support, and to provide awareness of the symptoms to the public and medical community, because speedy treatment can mean a full recovery with no lasting damage in many situations. Currently, in the UK, it results in more deaths per annum than road deaths and several of the major forms of cancer combined (roughly 44,000 deaths).
None of this makes it an easy film to watch, but it has moments of humour, tenderness and joy and hope for the future, and is really beautifully made so do go along and boost the audiences. For us Rutlanders, it makes us proud of where we live and the family are just amazing!
What movies did you see this year? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
The reason studios and indies alike pursue Oscars — at considerable cost in time and money — is not only for prestige and bragging rights in Hollywood, but to get a box office boost from the drawn-out awards season. This year’s results follow a similar pattern from recent years, as most distributors played from an established playbook. Industry experts could look at where nominees stood in mid-January when the Oscar nominees were revealed and given each release plan, project home viewing dates and final results.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” finally opens this week amid unprecedented fanfare – and while devotees of the space-based saga may be drooling with anticipation, the average “Star Wars” layman may be curious what all the fuss is about, or even downright hostile.
“Star Wars” movies are all about pop entertainment, pure and simple; they don’t aim to address a significant sociopolitical issue. Still, the films have undeniable staying power, particularly the original trilogy. Besides ranking among the most financially successful films of all time, they have also influenced hundreds of films in the wake, inspired artists and performers in a number of mediums and permanently permeated our cultural identity. Even if you’ve never seen a “Star Wars” film, you’ve likely heard of some of its characters or lore.