Films to Watch

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The type of films you will find on here

Films which will both make you think and entertain you, with the aim being to broaden your perspective during your time of relaxation, resulting in you making more productive use of your time.

All the reviews of the films are short and to the point.


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Apollo 13 – the Ingenuity of Man in All Its Splendour

What it’s about Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert of the Apollo 13 moon mission find themselves stranded when their spacecraft gets damaged. NASA must now find a way to bring them back before it is too late. Why you should watch it This film in nailbiting fashion tells the story of the fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon, and in doing so splendidly captures both the ingenuity of the space program in getting people to the moon full stop along with the power of man to pull together to save lives. For that reason along with the fact that … Continue reading Apollo 13 – the Ingenuity of Man in All Its Splendour

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Looper – a Single Moment Can Define a Lifetime

What it’s about In the near future, the mob sends their victims back in time to get them executed by the loopers. Joe, one such looper, finds himself to be the victim of his own actions. Why you should watch it This is a very clever film which does its very best not to be confusingly clever, some may argue that it has succeeded in doing just that others may argue otherwise. But one thing is indisputable, and that is that the premise of this film is brilliant. And that premise is one moment has the power to define a … Continue reading Looper – a Single Moment Can Define a Lifetime

Saving Private Ryan – In A World Of Equals Does One Life Ever Merit Saving Over Another

What it’s about During the Normandy invasion of World War II, Captain John Miller is assigned the task of searching for Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have already been killed in the war. Why you should watch it This film is based on the sole survivor directive that the US implemented to stop a family from losing all of its children to war. Derived from a true story, it brilliantly asks the question is it right to risk the lives of other soldiers to save one soldier, simply because that one soldier has lost all his siblings. But what … Continue reading Saving Private Ryan – In A World Of Equals Does One Life Ever Merit Saving Over Another

Gandhi – Nonviolence Is the Most Powerful Weapon for Change

What it’s about A lawyer, Mohandas Gandhi, returns to British India from South Africa. He begins a nationwide campaign of non-violent resistance against the British rule, pressuring Britain to liberate India. Why you should watch it Winner of nine Oscars, this film is a brilliant example of the power of nonviolence as a method for bringing about change. It is not a documentary as such of Gandhi it is more a snapshot of his motivations and methods for bringing about independence, but in that is its power. This film brilliantly presents what it was Gandhi was fighting for, how he … Continue reading Gandhi – Nonviolence Is the Most Powerful Weapon for Change

Twelve Years a Slave – Riveting Tale of the Human Cost of Slavery

What it’s about Based on a true story. Solomon Northup, a free African-American, is promised a fortnightly job by Brown and Hamilton. However, after arriving in Washington DC, he realises that he has been sold into slavery. Why you should watch it This film provides an excellent insight into the human cost of slavery and does very well at avoiding telling people what to think by focusing simply on telling a story and allowing the viewer to form an opinion. It also does well at avoiding making this a story solely about skin colour, there are just people and some … Continue reading Twelve Years a Slave – Riveting Tale of the Human Cost of Slavery

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Friendship Has No Prejudice

What it’s about Bruno is the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp during WWII. His friendship with a Jewish boy he meets across the fence leads to unexpected consequences. Why you should watch it Is hatred for those who think different to us in our blood or do we learn to hate those who think different? This film uses a story between two young boys to search for the answer. And without question is one of those films that is so simple and yet through its simplicity creates magic. Truly empowering story about friendship with an extraordinarily … Continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Friendship Has No Prejudice

Schindler’s List – The Kindness And Cruelty Of Man

What it’s about Based on a true story. Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party, tries to save his Jewish employees after witnessing the persecution of Jews in Poland. Why you should watch it One of the most powerful stories in history, this film captures perfectly the contrast between the human ability to commit good and evil. Arguably no other story captures the horrors of the Holocaust and the fight to survive it better than this one. And no person who watches this film will ever see the world in the same way again. The fact … Continue reading Schindler’s List – The Kindness And Cruelty Of Man

Meet Joe Black – What If Death Fell in Love with the Living

What it’s about Disguised as a human, Grim Reaper Joe Black comes to Earth to escort back the soul of media tycoon William Parrish. But Joe’s fascinating journey ends with him falling in love with William’s daughter. Why you should watch it What would happen if death fell in love with the living and the only way for them to be together was for death to take the life of the person he loves? This is the tantalising question that is asked in this film, and the journey to the final resolution is executed superbly. Brad Pitt nails it as … Continue reading Meet Joe Black – What If Death Fell in Love with the Living

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