Over Christmas, you have plenty of time to watch a couple of interesting films. Let us quickly present our MyPrime favourites.
In addition to unwrapping gifts, enjoying the delicious feast and spending time with the family, Christmas and the days leading up to New Year offer the perfect opportunity to watch a couple of good films. We have combed through our MyPrime offer and come up with a colourful list of very different films that we would like to recommend to you as festive treats.
The Community team recommends:
Big Fish - Tim Burton’s films are always a feast for the eyes, with their colourful images and magical characters. In “Big Fish”, he tells of a son who becomes interested in the life story of his dying father and sets out on a road scattered with myths and fantastic events. The screen adaptation of the book fizzes with innovative ideas and tells a story that is as moving as it is beautiful for the entire family.
Beasts of the Sothern Wild - Young Hushpuppy lives with her father in a post-apocalyptic swampland, separated from the mainland and disfigured by natural catastrophes. The film takes us on a journey hunting for insects, tramping through knee-high mud and scurrying between the rusty relics of numerous vehicles, all viewed from the girl’s perspective. In this multiple-award-winning low-budget film, an entirely realistic climate catastrophe is brought to life while our curiosity about and yearning for nature is aroused in a form that can only come from children. The film also serves up beautiful pictures of the unsightly which are simply captivating.
Jackie Brown - January will see the release in cinemas of “The Hateful Eight”, the long-awaited eighth film from Quentin Tarantino. So what better time to discover, or rediscover, his previous works? “Jackie Brown” is probably the most underrated of this exceptional director’s films. His brilliant debut film “Reservoir Dogs” and the cult film “Pulp Fiction” were hard acts to follow for Tarantino’s third film. From today’s perspective, it is well worth re-watching this film starring Pam Grier, not only for the cool retro-music and technical subtleties but also for the Tarantinoesque dialogue. The performances of Robert DeNiro, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton speak for themselves!
Mud - Before Matthew McConaughey flexed his muscles in “Magic Mike”, won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club”, delighted TV audiences in “True Detective” and flew off into space in “Insterstellar”, he starred in “Mud”. The film is a wonderful adventure with dramatic tension. McConaughey plays a criminal on the run who hides out on a small island in the Mississippi somewhere in Arkansas. When two curious teenagers happen upon him, they help him to stay hidden and to win back his true love. With its outstanding actors and thrilling landscape, this film is a pure joy, reminiscent of other cinematic children’s adventures such as “Stand by Me”.
Groundhog Day - It doesn’t matter what he does, Bill Murray plays TV reporter Phil who finds himself reliving the same day, over and over. That gives him ample time to win the heart of his great love Rita. Rita, however, doesn’t recall his advances because irrespective of what happens, he has to start all over again the next day: the alarm clock rings at 6 a.m. and the same day begins once more. The comedy does away with the laws of physics and serves up top-quality entertainment. Even if you wouldn’t watch the film every day, you should give it an airing at least once a year. The ideal time is during the festive period so that you and your loved ones can ponder the question: what would you do if you relived the same day over and over?
And now it’s your turn. Which films have you already seen on MyPrime or OnDemand that you would recommend to others?