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Gone Girl was the one film of 2014 that probably deserved an Oscar but missed out, its early spring release killing its chances. If you don’t heavily lobby your film and release it as near as possible to the deadline in January for nominations you have no chance with the lazy Academy these days, members tending to back a film on the size of the goody bag than actually vote for the best film. Barely 1- in -100 Academy voters watches the foreign film category entrants. David Finchers smart, dark and cynical take on the façade of middle-class love and marriage deserved at least one Golden Statue, Bond Girl Rosumund Pike nominated in the Best Actress category their only nod, fully deserved for what is an excellent performance.
This one hit the high notes on the IMDB at 8.2 no less, Finchers third movie in the top 250 on film’s most democratic website, very few modern day directors achieving that feat. That’s an exaggerated rate, of course, due to various marketing tricks on that particular website with an unlikely third of a million people putting a tick in the box, most of those living in a Bangladesh IT sweatshop no doubt. But its $368 million return from its $61 million budget suggests that pretty much everyone who saw it liked it enough to let you know, they were that impressed.
Magazine writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) meets the beautiful Amy Elliot (Rosamund Pike) at a swanky Manhattan party, Amy also a writer of sorts, known as Amazing Amy for her puzzle page in the NY Times. Through flashback we see that they quickly fall in love and plan to marry, an arrogant and aloof metropolitan couple who care only for themselves. But when recession hits and Nick is fired they have to move to Missouri to downsize and help Nick’s twin sister Carrie (Margo Cloon) look after mom Dunne (Cyd Strittmatter), who is struck down with breast cancer.
When she dies they are left the house as dad moves into a rest home and the couple settle into a dull small town American life, Nick now running a bar with his sister, Amy unemployed, the couple living of her parents trust fund in the big house. Amy is increasingly unhappy with all this humdrum and has become the dutiful wife she promised her husband she would never be and Nick looking for his fun elsewhere. But on their five year anniversary Nick wakes up to find that his wife has disappeared and there appears to have been intruders in the house, hinting at kidnap.
Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) is put in charge of the investigation and although public support is strong for Nick and the loved ‘Amazing Amy’, early on the cops only have one suspect in mind, Nicks phlegmatic and emotionless approach to his wife’s disappearance not looking great on the media appeals.
Amy’s parents Marybeth (Lisa Barnes) and Rand (David Clennon) Elliot are indifferent to their son-in-law and set up an appeal headquarters at a local motel to speed up the search to cash in on the early good will for the couple. But it’s not looking good for Nick as circumstantial evidence starts stacking up against him and has to finally call in a lawyer, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), the best in the business at this type of media case. But you can’t convict a husband for murder without a body, the cops expecting to find one, Nick, Margo and Bolt trying to find her alive to prove he is innocent. Is Nick covering up her murder with his meticulous approach or is something else going on? The twists come thick and fast.
Although way too long at 149 minutes (a film for two DVD sittings), Fincher Oscar chasing by yet again waving his length and girth around, it’s still an intriguing and entertaining film. You never really know what’s going on and who did what until the end and although the big reveal is half-way through it still could go in an unexpected direction its that ambiguous and sly in plotting. A good director tries to make the viewer feel intelligent by allowing them to think they have worked out the plot early on, then pull the rug away late on, even if the rug pull still leaves the viewer on their feet. Although the film appears to become clear early on its still hints for the second act that all is not as it seems.
Although a Hitchcock style whodunit there is a lot more going on here, no doubt fans of the book getting that clever stuff in more detail. At times it feels like Fincher is trying to pack in too much here as the book is that rich with plot and writing but manages to pull it off and keep you hooked. It’s a black comedy about the way married and regular couples project a version of themselves to each other to keep the romance alive and end up putting up with a lot to stay together as the illusion of happiness dissolves, often having kids to so to stay together.
It’s intelligently done on those relationship issues with some strong writing and interesting comment on the media and how they manipulate our emotions towards these trails by media, the Kate McCann case a great example of. In that case the media decided when it was finally ok to start pointing the finger at the couple, the very same moment the couple stopped talking to the media. Like with this recent murder case in Bristol where the young girls body parts where found in her step brothers house, we all have our opinion on the extended family and motives on what we have read in the tabloids and its easily exploited by the media as they bend the story one way then another to suit newspaper sales.
I’m not a huge fan of the one expression actor that is Ben Affleck but he is ok here and the foil that Pike needs to turn in such an excellent performance as the chameleon wife with secrets. Who knew a Bond girl had this level of acting chops? The supporting cast is not that well known and so it’s basically a double-header for Affleck and Pike as the cliché small town cop tries to unravel the mystery. Some liberties are taken to keep the film moving forward but you are always involved. It does get a little bit unlikely towards the end but the flashback sequences and non linear storyline do paper over most of the cracks. For sharp social observation on the power play performance marriage eventually ends up it’s not a bad film to watch to highlight your own indifference towards marriage. It’s not the great film it’s rated as but its pretty good, reminiscent of ‘To Die For’ with Nicole Kidman.
We have had Sky installed for over a year now, and just before Christmas sky offered 2 months of the complete movies pack for £5 per month. At a usual price of £16 per month we thought we would try it as I absolutely love watching films. Since the trial period we have upgraded to the movie pack full time and still love the channels.
Sky movies offers 3 types of movie package, Sky Movies 1, Sky Movies 2 or the Sky Movies complete pack. So here's what you get for your money:-
Sky Movies 1
This is £8 per month and includes 5 film channels:-
Romance and Drama
Sky Movies 2
This is also £8 per month and includes another 5 different channels:-
Action & Adventure
Crime & Thriller
Sci-Fi and Horror
If you decide you want both sets of channels you have the complete pack at a price of £16 per month. You would think the mighty Sky would offer you a discount if you take both, but instead give you bonus channels of Sky Movies Premier, Sky Movies Showcase and the Disney channel - which I have yet to find!
Sky Movies Premier offers 5 new movie blockbusters each week which means you do get a steady turnover of new films way before they hit terrestrial TV.
Sky Movies Showcase dedicates itself to Movie Specials, Boxsets and Film Collections and changes with the seasons. At Christmas this channel is overrun with festive favourites!
The Benefit of the Sky movies is that you get a wide selection of films without any advert breaks. But it does mean that you get loads of repeats, which is great if you miss a film you want to see, but the vast amount of repeats is annoying after a while. But you'll never be without a film to watch, and we have not rented a movie since from either the Blockbusters of this world of the Sky Box Office.
At £16 per month it does place a huge jump on your sky bill and ours was nearing £55 per month for the Sky+, Movies, Broadband and Phone (+line rental) so I rang Sky to see if I could haggle some off! With a bit if haggling I managed to get my monthly bill down from £55 p/m to £37 p/m meaning in essence I was getting the movies free and a little more knocked off. Now this tactic won't always work but it may be worth a try, but you do have to be with Sky for over a year for them to be more willing to offer you a deal.
As the sky movie package is included amongst the rest of my sky subscription it's hard for me to say exactly how much it costs per month at the moment but I definitely feel it offers value for money and when I first subscribed it was no different to visiting the cinema or renting a film once a week.
Of course, the difference between taking a sky movie subscription and regularly renting a film or visiting the cinema (with exception of the large screen, loud speakers and ever increasing cost at a cinema) is that you are always restricted to watching what is available on their broadcast schedule without the option of not paying that day if there isn't anything you fancy. Sky+ has made a move to combat this with the opportunity to record films and store them for later if you want but some may still prefer the wide selection offered at a video store and the option of not paying to rent a film if you don't find something that catches your eye.
The sky movie package is split across many channels including sky premier, comedy, sci-fi and family all of which concentrate on specific genres. This tries to ensure there is something for everyone but on all channels it is mostly hollywood big name, high production value and high marketing budget selection of films.
There is little room for the independent film makers and even those who begin to break into the main stream are left untouched and left mostly to the likes of film4 to cover. This may leave some of the more discerning film fans left a little disappointed.
If you can find something you wish to watch though with the right equipment at home and a combination of 5.1 or above speakers, a sky HD subscription and full HD TV you are likely to be amazed by the experience created which is one of crystal clear sound and perfect HD images that at least attempt to compete with the cinema environment within the constraints of your front room. I've never been left disappointed by any of the broadcast quality on the HD channels.
In summary, a sky movies subscription costs little more than renting a film weekly but gives the opportunity to see far more than one film a week if you can find something to watch. The selection available may be a little mainstream for some but the broadcast quality of all films is barely distinguishable from a Blu-Ray disc.
Sky movies is an add on package which you can buy and pay for monthly when you subscribe to the satellite T.V provider Sky.
The full package contains the premiere channel which shows the latest offerings from Sky, there is also a plus 1 hour version which means you get double the chance to watch the movies and can be very handy if you have just missed the start of a movie.
New movies are shown every Friday and are repeated for that whole week which gives you plenty of chance to see the new films.
Most of the movies that are on this channel have already been released onto dvd so if you are a movie buff then you will probably have seen most of the movies already.
You can only get the premiere channel when you get the whole movie package which costs around £16 per month extra for the whole kabooble not including the HD channels as this is also extra.
You get 8 other channels which show different types of films ie Sky comedy will just show funny films and ScFi/Horror has that type of film.
You will also get sky screen 1 and 2 and TCM 1 and2 along with a selection of other movie channels which may be free anyway.
You can also choose to just have half the package which is either sky movie package 1 or 2.
This means you will have to decide which movies you watch more often and you will only get one of the Sky screens and you also dont get the TCM.
This will save you £8 a month though so is worth doing.
Right my opinion of this service is its one of those things once you have had it its hard to give up a bit like fags.
We have had the movies for 5 years but as we have had to make some cut backs recently we have now just got the half package.
As big movie lovers we do tend to just want to chill out to a film but recently I am asking why are we paying for this service.
All of the movies we have usualy seen a few months before and they are just shown over and over again I mean come on theres only so many times you can watch die hard.
I think we may wean ourselves soon from the movies but giving up sky altogether will be hard as I just love Sky plus unless anyone reading this knows of anything similar that is free??
I used to love Sky Movies, but alas, that was before both the proliferation of streaming websites and downloads, and of course, the inception of the far more engaging Film4. Although Sky Movies offers up a wealth of quantity, it doesn't offer a too much quality to the more discerning filmgoer, even if I can see what the appeal is to more casual tastes.
A few years ago Sky decided to change their format from the numerically assigned "Sky Movies" channels to sorting their channels by genre, such as Movies Premiere (where all the new films reside), Comedy, Family (is there really much of a difference between Comedy and Family!?), Action & Thriller, Drama, Classics, Sci-Fi & Horror, Modern Greats, and Indie (the most Film4-esque of the channels, but not as good). While on paper this segeregation is a good idea, it doesn't work in practise because it results in Sky ceaselessly repeating the same films OVER AND OVER AGAIN. It wouldn't be so bad if the output was good, but particularly in the Premiere section, Sky have failed to dilligently cherrypick the best ones out and have sought to show simply the box office hits, whether they're in fact good or not. It makes sense perhaps from a business perspective, but I'm not a businessman: I'm a cineaste who wants the best of the best, and Sky Movies does not deliver that.
I'm not some arthouse snob, but I simply don't want to watch Meet the Spartans and I Know Who Killed Me on endless repeat. I want something with a little bite, and so I tend to watch the ironically free Film4 to fill this void, or catch films online.
I'm probably in the minority here, but I find their systemisation of film genres detrimental to the quality of the programming.
Once upon a time (before April 2007, to be precise), the Sky Movies package was great. The channels were not split up according to genre and the same movies were not shown ad nauseam; unique films ran non-stop so on any one channel you could watch 12-15 different movies in a day.
Then the powers that be had a brainwave and revamped the package - the result is a mediocre product that is definitely not worth the money and that offers a very narrow range of movies that makes the local Vue multiplex edgy and adventurous by comparison.
The backbone of the package (ignoring the HD frills) is made up of Movies Premiere and Movies Premiere +1 (which is essentially the same channel) Comedy, Action & Thriller, Family, Drama, Classics, Sci-Fi & Horror, Modern Greats, and Movies Indie.
The first major drawback is that the movies are repeated over and over again. And again. And again. In the past week, for example, the third instalment of the "High School Musical" has been shown at least 4 times (that I've counted). If you don't want to watch 30-year-olds pretend they are still in high school, you could watch them pretend that they are at uni in the "College Road Trip". That's been on 5 times. And it's the same story across every genre channel; the Movies Premiere is even worse - it seems to be repeating the same 5 movies for the past fortnight!
The second drawback is that the new genre system designated the Movies Indie channel as a junkyard for anything foreign, non-mainstream or low-budget. Which basically means that you are not going to see a French comedy on the Family channel or a Pedro Almodóvar's drama on Modern Greats - being foreign they are designated to the indie channel, even though there is nothing indie about French slapstick. Thus, the movies on offer across all the channels are mainstream, and of the worst kind - does anyone really care about the Flintstones prequel with one of the Baldwin brothers??
Which brings me to my final grievance - the quality of the movies is atrocious. Sky invests mainly in numerous sequels (the third Shrek, the third Godfather and the second Hellboy are all playing at the moment) and cheap comedy trash that was slaughtered by the critics (10,000 B.C., Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans and Superhero Movie all come to mind). There is no accounting for taste and we are all free to watch what we like, but it's unfair to cater only to the teenage segment of the audience, particularly when it's the adults who are footing the bill.
Overall, if you are a movie buff, or just looking for good quality entertainment, I strongly advise you from wasting your money on this Sky rip-off. It's better value to buy all the movies you could possibly want on eBay, or to borrow them from one of the many cheap online rental shops.
Take care and have a nice day :)
Sky movies is a sports package offered by sky, which can be bought as a package, and then you can watch films all day long. New films are added every so often, with brilliant films constantly being added.
Around 10 movie channels are in this package, and include, Sky Premier, and Sky Premier +1, with Comedy, Action, Family, Drama, Classics, Indie, Modern greats, and ScifI/Horror, all having their own dedicated channel, so there is always a film for you available.
Films can be watched in HD on Premier and Sky Screen 1, however the channels are still in standard definition, however this is likely to change in the coming years, as we make the move to HD programmes. These HD channels are more cost, and require you to have the Sky HD box.
If you have Sky+ then you can pause, record, rewind your favourite movies so you never miss a show, this is brilliant, as if you are out when your favourite film is on, simply hit the record button and you can watch it when time suits you.
This Sky Movie package costs more money to add on to the general sky package, however if you are a film fan than this is a great package.
Sky Movies is another of the Sky packages that I really do enjoy very much and is certainly a package that offers much choice in the different variety of movies that it shows throughout its many different movie channels.
The different movie channels certainly cover a wide variety of genres including premiere which is the channel where the latest movies will be shown, there is also a classics channel and also Family, Modern greats, Indie, Sci-fi & Horror, Action & Thriller, Drama, Comedy as well as Screen 1 & 2 channels as well.
It certainly shows a great variety and if you are a really into your movies then you really can not go wrong with this package at all. The Premiere channel is probably the main one as every saturday it shows new films that came out in the cinema aout a year before. It usually has about 2 to 3 new premieres every saturday which is quite good. The other channels certainyl cater for most tastes and being somone whole likes most genres that are out there it is great. The films do get repeated quite often throughout the channels but that is something you would expect.
The package i recieve myslef is the full pack each month that comes in at about £46 but I think that the Sky movies pack comes in at around £16.50 on its own. The channels can also be received in HD as well and at the moment I think there is around 6 movie channels in HD format at this present moment.
Overall Sky Movies is a fantastic packge and certainly one that will keep you entertained, if you are onto your movies then you cant go wrong in getting this package.
Sky Movies is Sky's very own collection of broadcsted movies.
The main channel of the collection of around 15+ is the Sky Movies Premiere and HD channels.
On Sky Movies Premiere there is around three new movies broadcast throughtout the week. Once the week is over these movies are spread throughout the other channels such as- Comedy, Action, Horror, Drama etc.
Generally movies appear on Sky Movies about a year after they are released in the cinema, so there isn't that long of a wait.
The movies shown on Sky Movies are as you would expect, the best there is. Such as - Harry Potter, Pixar Animated Movies, Click, etc
If you rent quite a lot of movies then subscribing to Sky Movies would be worthwhile. The huge selection and quality of movies is well worth paying the subscription fee for.
I always look forward to the Premiere movies making this the channel for movies. 10/10
SKY MOVIES comprises all of the Sky movie channels broadcast on the Sky Digital satellite television system in the UK. Together these are known as the 'Movies Mix' and need to be subscribed to collectively, the viewer cannot subscribe to them as individual channels. The price of subscription differs depending on the complete package you receive, but personally I receive the 'Movies Mix' and the 'Variety Mix' and pay £34 each month, although the 'Variety Mix' alone would cost £16 per month. I am therefore paying £18 per month for the privilege of receiving the Sky Movies package.
The 'Movies Mix' consists of a variety of channels, including those devoted to science fiction / horror, comedy, action / thriller, and family movies. As part of the package you also receive Disney Cinemagic (and a timeshifted version of that channel, showing the same programming but 1 hour later). It is also possible to receive Sky Movies HD1 & HD2 which are 2 high-definition movie channels, but as I do not yet own a high-definition TV set (hopefully I will in the next 18 months) I do not make use of those channels.
The variety of movies that the channels show is very good, with the films shown repeatedly at different times of the day so that if you miss the film you are looking for on one day you are sure to find a showing at another time on another day.
Overall, the Sky Movies package is well worth the money if you enjoy watching films on TV.
On Sky Digital you have about 10 channels devoted to movies, that doesn't include the likes of SCI-FI etc also showing movies on a regular basis. So if you like films then you're bound to be spoilt for choice. In a previous opinion I've said that Sky Premier is the place to find the films of the last 18-months that were big hits. Moviemax is the place to find those films that weren't anywhere near hits. Moviemax could be called the B-movie channel as a lot of it's output is made up of that stuff that goes direct to the bottom shelf of your local video shop. I'm talking about the stuff with pumped up titles like 'Maximum Force' and 'Target Vengeance'. Wither that or they're far cheaper rip-offs of bigger hollywood movies where some natural disaster threatens to wipe out mankind. Normally these movies feature stars that you've never heard of or perhaps they used to be the star of a 70's TV show. But you'll probably know that your career isn't going far when your latest movie is dumped to 10PM on a Monday night. Step forward Jean Claude Van Damme and Sylvester Stallone. However on occasion there are movies that were actually hits. Recent months have seen the likes of Zoolander make an appearance although I don't know why this wasn't on the premier channels. On occasion they also show a lot of asian films from the likes of Jet Li. This would be fine but they're normally shown as the dubbed versions which I'd say would definitely turn off the purists. With Premiership football Sky are able to give you multiple audio tracks, surely this kind of thing could be applied to foreign films as well? Now when there isn't a decent film on it's sometimes worth watching one of these B-movies. Not for the quality entertainment but more for comedic value. Some of these films feature some really bad acting and naff looking sets. It's great for a laugh, especially if you
get a movie about a large killer crocodile which looks like he's made of rubber and his CGI counterpart was knocked up on someone's home PC. During the morning you don't tend to get this excitement as it's reserved for the films that share the same plot most of the time. You could lay money on the plot either being about the death of a family member, something wonderful in a small community town or something involving a baby. It's all very naff and really only to be endured on those days when you're lying there ill on the couch with sleeping trouble. Thankfully Moviemax is part of the whole movie's package, there may be something for somebody on one given night but I wouldn't pay extra for these channels if they weren't in the package. You won't find a lot of widescreen presentation either as the majority of the output probably was only intended for TV anyhow. But would you care if you couldn't see 'Chance of a Lifetime' in widescreen? I think not.
To be fair to BSkyB, I do think they are done a fair job with their film programming, with Premier, Moviemax and Sky Cinema catering for different tastes in cinema. Premier and Moviemax are charged with the job of beaming the more popular breed of films, "blockbusters", to the screens of satellite subscribers. On Sky Digital, there are up to 4 different Moviemax and Premier channels, running different movies at the same time - a good idea in theory, but in practice, often pointless. The reason I say this is simple - Moviemax is far too guilty of playing the same films over and over again. I've subscribed to Moviemax and Premier since April 2000, and have seen schedules replicated with little care. Blockbusters such as The Phantom Menace and The Matrix are shown at primetime at least fortnightly, with additional screenings at less convenient times. So when it comes around to watching a film Saturday night, if you just want to sit in with a pint and a curry, you're left with something you've already seen, or a rental. That isn't my major gripe however. The main problem with Moviemax is that they resort to showing films that would otherwise end up in the 2 for £10 collection of DVDs promoted by Jeremy Beadle. Moviemax and Premier do show the odd new film weekly, but it is rare that these are anything worth setting the video for (Eyes Wide Shut and Phantom Menace being two recent exceptions). When you compare Moviemax to the likes of Filmfour and Carlton Cinema, you can really see how weak its schedules really are. Credit should go to Moviemax for offering no breaks for adverts during films, but these other two channels do the same. I personally think Moviemax and Premier offer little over Channel 4 in terms of quality film programming, you're better off saving the monthly subscription and getting rentals, or subscribing to Filmfour.
If you can only afford one Sky premium channel, make sure it ISN'T this one! If you have the Sky package (analogue or digital) then there is not much difference in price between having both or one of the movie channels (£1 per month). However, some cable companies and ONdigital offer it as a standalone. Time was, Sky's two first run film channels seemed to have an equal split of good movies (a cunning way of making you have both). Nowadays, they seem to put all the real blockbusters on Sky Premier, and the dross on Sky Moviemax. If you like a diet of American made for TV films, kung fu movies, and stuff that even Channel 5 would turn up its nose at, then get it - otherwise save your mney for a few bags of popcorn!
The daddy of all Digital Film channels you can now go up to MovieMax 5. I love watching films and these channels show loads of premiers. As usual with these film channels there are no commercials spoiling the films. If you miss a premier chances are it on one of the other MovieMax channels shortly after. I have experienced no problems at all with picture quality and sound on these channels up to writing this opinion. My only gripe with the moviemax channels is they repeat the films to often and 2 to three times a day you have the same film on apart from that you get a very good service which I would recommend to anyone who has the Sky Digital Package.
sky moviemax is a good film channel to watch they show you a film every 2 hours and most of them are good films not none of that cheap making of a film. they show a lot of new films and they do not repeat them that often which is sometimes good because they can show you more films but now it is on digital they have 5 moviemax channels so there are to many film channels to watch which means you can never make your mind up.