Sometimes the films are so important, you end up buying the physical media out of respect. When the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps were liberated, British cameras followed the soldiers in there, seeing every sight as the soldiers were seeing them first-hand, recording everything as they saw it. So powerful was the footage that they decided to send cameras into every other such camps that were still being found and liberated, with the hope of making a feature-length film that would silence any future naysayers of the Holocaust. The project was subsequently shelved, even though the footage and the script lingered in the Imperial War Museum archives, which was made available in bit and parts over time for various screenings and to feature in other documentaries. It was only recently that the IWM produced a complete restoration and completed the film as per the original script. The result is a film so harrowing, it makes you sick to your stomach. A documentary film on the Holocaust should probably not be called a “favourite”, but I’ll go far as saying this is as important a film for me as Night and Fog was, if not more. It had me feeling the same feelings I felt when I say Resnais’s film for the first time. If you have an interest in the Holocaust as I do, please, please, PLEASE buy this package (it also comes with a DVD) and watch this incredible film, but do bear in mind you will need a strong stomach, because what you’ll be watching is not fiction. It’s not staged, it’s not make up, it’s not practical effects. It is a real-life visual representation of the horror that was the Second World War. Thank you to the @britishfilminstitute for making this bluray available! 🙏🏼
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Movie Title: Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Avg Online: 56%
Interesting Fact: After The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) did not fare as well as expected at the box-office, the Walt Disney Company decided for budgetary and logistical reasons not to co-produce and co-finance this, or any of the following chapters of the Narnia series. Ironically, they would end up owning the film anyway with their acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox.
Review: The Third Part of the Narnia Franchise (and the one that put the end to it apparently before it’s completion) is still a fun one. Where I feel the first two had a little bit more range between age demographics, this one I think drives more towards the kids. It’s still entertaining enough with some ok set pieces and visual effects that are still pretty impressive. Where this movie stood out for me was a bit step for the very young, back then, Will Poulter. After the movie I turned to my friend and said “that kid will be huge, best part about the movie”. He has certainly gone up and up since then and I still believe he has incredible range and could go right to the very top. Just seeing We’re The Millers and Detroit will tell you all you need to know about him. One of my favourite up and comers.