Blog Corner: Moviepenny
Bit of a film addict? Yeah, me too. In fact, it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a blockbuster or straight-to-TV type of film, I will generally watch it; which means I have an endless to-watch list and never a clue where to begin.
That is why film blog Moviepenny is so good.
Created by self-described pop culture geek Penny, as an attempt to work her way through her film watchlist of over 600, Moviepenny has grown from just entertaining and brilliant film reviews to witty and insightful commentary on the world of films as a whole.
You can watch along with her, and find her on Twitter and Facebook for more film fun.
Read an excerpt from Moviepenny now:
This film is based on a 2003 bestseller by Lionel Shriver of the same name. It follows the progress of a mother, Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton), as she tries to come to terms with her son and the crimes he has committed. The book is written as a series of letters to her husband documenting Kevin’s life and evaluating her impact in making him what he became. The film skilful adapts the book which is written entirely in the first person in to a beautiful series of remembering’s (the term flashbacks seems too clumsy a word to use for something so elegantly executed). Kevin (Ezra Miller) is a difficult child from birth constantly crying, refusing to be toilet trained and aggressively rebuffing Eva’s often clumsy attempts at affection. However when his father, Franklin (John C Reilly), is around he acts like a different child, all smiles and sweetness. Eva is not fooled and is witness to numerous sociopathic incidents demonstrated by Kevin that Franklin refuses to believe are true. As Kevin obvious hatred of his mother intensifies this creates a void between Eva and Franklin. In a desperate attempt to have a family member she can bond with Eva has another child, Kevin is immediately jealous and goes out of his way to remain centre of attention in his mother’s eyes by escalating acts of cruelty and manipulation. Just before Kevin’s actions that land him in prison Franklin asks for a divorce citing Eva’s attitude towards Kevin as the reason.
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