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V for Vendetta

God is in the rain,” spoken by Natalie Portman in the 2006 dystopian thriller film V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. So V for Vendetta is about a masked and charismatic freedom fighter wanting to exact revenge of those responsible for disfiguring him. In this case, an oppressive government is to blame. Sweet Natalie Portman gets mixed up in his affairs and struggles to uncover whether the vigilante is a true hero or actually just a madman with strong tendencies to blow stuff up. As with most of my favourite films, V for Vendetta is incredibly dramatic with overly grandiose emotional sequences that send welcome shivers down the spine. Natalie Portman is tortured for the purposes of a “political rebirth” and she delivers a performance so exceptional it gives old Meryl a run for her money. The goddess that is Natalie Portman proves that she was already delivering stunning performances back in 2006 before her noteworthy emo ballet roles. V for Vendetta is truly a great political film that will undoubtedly evoke debate and will stay with you long after the credits role.

Is there anything more glorious than bald Natalie Portman gasping in the rain?? No.

Besides bald and tortured Natalie, there are many other aspects that will attract you to this gem of a film. Sad lesbian stories, ruthless dictators, extinct roses, brilliantly intellectual writing as well as the themes of hope and freedom are amongst these. Oh, and V for Vendetta was also produced by the Wachowski brothers who are responsible for The Matrix trilogy. So expect some matrix-esque action sequences.

The next two points require their own paragraph. Firstly, the soundtrack in this film is so moving that I fight back tears during every screening. Literally, I wish this soundtrack was the soundtrack to my life. Secondly, the masked anti-hero, V, makes use of stupidly long domino lines whilst executing his intricate and devilish plans. Mr McTeigue crafts montage scenes which cleverly utilize the above points concurrently. These montage scenes will have you writhing on the floor in glee. I should know…

Long domino lines excite me

For more wonderfully dramatic and sexy V for Vendetta time, check out the trailer!

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

If what I think is happening is happening, it better not be.” spoken by Meryl Streep in the 2009 animated comedy film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Different and eccentric, Fantastic Mr. Fox is definitely one of my favourite animated films of all time. Its offbeat humour, interesting characters, whimsical soundtrack, old-school animation technique as well as touching story results in a warm-hearted and hilarious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. The moody adolescent son, alone, is enough reason to give this film a look-see. Also, expect to be saying “cuss” a lot after watching this film. Fantastic Mr. Fox is charming as hell and deserves attention.

A taste of the delightful soundtrack: Kristofferson’s Theme

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