This Is It Review & Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson in This Is It

Opening Date: 28th October (UK & US)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Certification: 15 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Rating: ★★★★.5 / ★★★★★
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With all the hype surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and the ensuing furore over whether his doctor, Conrad Murray, is guilty of causing his untimely demise, it was hard to know what to expect from AEG‘s This Is It, the music documentary about Jackson’s last days, pieced together from rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage originally meant for the DVD of his 02 Arena concert tour.

As a big Michael Jackson fan myself, I expected to feel very sad while watching the documentary, particularly after reading reports and the fan campaign “This Is Not It”, which claimed that Michael Jackson had been reduced to mere skin and bones in the last days of his life and was being forced by AEG to keep rehearsing. And despite knowing that film was almost certainly AEG’s new money-making vehicle to try to re-coup their losses from the 02 Arena tour, I had to see it. Read More… »

Knowing – Movie Review

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Opening Date: 25th March (UK), 20th March (US)
Running Time: 121 minutes
Certification: 15 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury
Rating: ★★★.5 / ★★★★★

When I was a child, I used to watch a lot of the popular long-running sci-fi series Outer Limits on TV. In one episode, entitled “The Message“, aired in 1995, a young woman is given a new sophisticated hearing aid to improve her hearing. Unfortunately all she hears are strange sounds, combined with nightmares and searing pains in her head, and a compulsion to write out a strange binary code. Everyone else thinks she’s going mad, but a former astrophysicist-turned-janitor takes pity on her and feeds the code into his computer. He realises that the code translates into a giant pictorial message from aliens sending out a distress call across the light years because their planet is going to collide with the sun soon. So the janitor uses a laser he still has access to in his old lab, shoots a beam and saves the aliens, with the young woman’s help. Read More… »