52. The Constant Gardener
Thankfully Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock are nowhere to be seen in Fernando Meireles’ follow up to City of God, an African-set thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat trying to find the motives behind the death of his wife Rachel Weisz.
What Tierna thinks: “I’m glad this wasn’t based on a true story although I suspect it’s based on a lot of realities. The two main characters are people we can believe in; the film follows their romance yet there’s a strong focus on the corruption and conspiracies surrounding their lives. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. I really liked this one.”
What Tom thinks: “City of God is the highest rated film on our list (so far) and so you would expect Fernando Meireles’ follow up to be good… and it kinda is although not in the same league. Have to admit I didn’t really think of seeing this when it came out purely because of its name, silly but true. It’s a bit slow at times but an all-round intelligent film and well shot. I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: The Son’s Room (La Stanza del Figlio)
Posted in BAFTA, Fernando Meirelles, Golden Globe, Oscar Nominated, Thriller
Tagged Africa, Bill Nighy, Drugs, Kenya, Pete Postlelthwaite, Pharmaceuticals, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Tuberculosis
The true-life story of Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, a notorious Australian gangster turned best-selling author, following his time both in and out of prison from the 1970s to 1990s.
What Tierna thinks: “This was generally quite grotesque and more than a little bit psychotic. It was a good film though, putting my issues with blood aside I actually found it amusing in parts. It’s a scary thought that it’s based on a true story and it was interesting to see the real chopper on the commentary! While it’s not something I’ll ever want to watch again I can see that it’s a good film and it was pretty entertaining so I’ll give this an eight out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “Really glad to see Chopper on the list, it’s a film I had seen a good few times before (and own on DVD!) and love. Eric Bana is amazing as Mark Read… just check out the real Chopper on the DVD extras and the performance is uncanny. He’s the kind of guy you’d love to share a pint with but you would be waiting for him just to pull his shotgun on you for asking him to repeat himself or something! Really good film, well worth an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Bad Santa
66. City of God
Set in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janiero, City of God follows a group of young boys as they grow up in the world of organised crime.
What Tom thinks: “After the disappointing Gomorra, this was great to watch. It’s been described as the ‘Brazilian Goodfellas’ and that’s not far off the mark. Starting in the 60s and following through to the 80s it is something of an epic. There’s lots of characters and each of them has their own story. I love the way this film is almost broken into chapters and flashes back in time to tell the story of how we’ve reached the present. A superb film which is well worth a ten out of ten.”
What Tierna thinks: “Woaah. Tom just gave that a ten… I’m in shock. It’s not that it wasn’t a good film but he’s hard to please with movies! Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but it didn’t disappoint. Despite being about deprivation and corruption, there was a good deal of humour and an excellent storyline. I particularly enjoyed the added photography storyline that ran throughout. I’ll give this a nine out of ten.”