100 Word Review – Trumbo (2015)

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Based on the life of the Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Sparticus) and his time on the Black List as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten.

Brilliantly cast and put together, the film breathes a new life into antime of constructed fear and censorship that holds up a mirror to politics throughout the ages. Despite the heavy content, it retains a levity and humanity that is truly brilliant.

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is superb in the title role and his co-stars all shine just as bright. It’s unsurprising¬†that he’s been nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

100 Word Review – Animal Farm (1954)

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

Based on the communist fable from George Orwell in which farmyard animals overthrow their human oppressors and attempt to forge their own path.

Not suitable for children. This isn’t Disney.¬†The animation from Batchelor and Halas is simultaneously dated and timeless, creating an eerie sense of a warning being shouted across the ages.

It was funded to a large extent by the CIA as anti-communist propaganda. This film is so steeped in history it’s impossible to ignore, and is probably best enjoyed with a generous side of Wiki.