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10 Cloverfield Lane

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Monsters come in many forms.

20161 h 45 min
Overview

Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.

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Director Dan Trachtenberg
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 9 March 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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I somehow missed the original, ‘found footage’ film, Cloverfield and I hadn’t read any reviews at all before I went to see 10 Cloverfield Lane so had no idea what to expect. The story revolves around Howard (the fabulous John Goodman), an American prepper who has been getting ready for any and all doomsday scenarios for years. His well stocked underground bunker is decorated like a bizarre ‘Happy Days’ set complete with 50s style juke box. He’s not alone down there.  There is also the girl he seemingly rescued from a car accident, Michelle and Emmett, a neighbour who asked to be let in when the ‘incident’ began.   We are led a merry dance as we try to decide between truth and lies and Goodman is excellently menacing and avuncular in equal measure. The claustrophobia and tension is ramped to  fever pitch and the ending is stunning. I only had a couple of reservations, first that ending for me was unexpected and disappointing..it wasn’t the ending I wanted!! Not sure that’s a legitimate reason to pout but I did!  Secondly, and this is huge (SPOILER ALERT) ….the shower curtain, the damn shower curtain, surely Howard would have missed it???

 

Don't mess with Howard!

Don’t mess with Howard!

Joy

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Joy

20152 h 04 min
Overview

A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

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Director David O. Russell
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 25 December 2015
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Movie Rating Very good
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I know I sound like an ageing X-Factor judge but did you know that Jennifer Lawrence is only 25 years old? I had to Google that last night to double check her age after the mature and assured performance I had just witnessed in Joy, the latest and much anticipated offering from David O.Russell.  Lawrence triumphs as the girl who has lost her dream as she struggles with chaos and mundanity and finds it again when she invents, of all things, a mop.  To be more accurate she find it again when she symbolically cuts her hair, puts on shades and goes baddass.

I admit it is quirky, the camera never stops and Lawrence’s bizarre and dysfunctional family are all over the place, occasionally mixed in with a TV soap opera.  It doesn’t do stereotypes for sure and we should be applauding that.    The chemistry between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper wasn’t as electric as Silver Linings Playbook but given the very different roles that was to be expected.   Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black) caught my eye as Joy’s childhood friend, Jackie.  More please!

 

 

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