Film: Rain Man

rain-manLast night I rewatched Rain Man for the first time in about 7 or 8 years. There are obviously many reasons why Rain Man is a cinematic classic – it has a great story line and amazing acting by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

The reason I am writing the review of Rain Man is due mainly to the fact that my reaction to the film has changed, or more accurately, developed. When I first watched this film, I was watching it mainly because it was a film classic and I felt that I ought to. I was a teenager and still in secondary school, and the only knowledge of autism that I had at the time was actually from the film itself. Even then, though, I realised that Dustin Hoffman’s acting was astounding and I could appreciate the effort that went into making the film.

However, for the past 5-6 years I have spent the majority of my time working with children with Special Needs, and in particular with children on the Autistic Spectrum. This has meant that my knowledge on the complex issue of autism has developed immensely since the first time I watched Rain Man. So, as you can imagine, watching it last night, I was able to reflect on the knowledge I now have – and I can say, without doubt, that Dustin Hoffman’s acting, rather than just being astounding, is the best acting that I have ever seen. The way he captures the unique idiosyncrasies of a person with autism is amazing. There was clearly a lot of research that went into preparing for the role, and that’s something that I can really appreciate – there was clearly care taken over the way that autism was portrayed in the film.

Apart from that, I also think the way in which Tom Cruise’s character develops through the film is really impressive. It highlights the ignorance surrounding autism in the late 80’s, and how understanding can mean everything.

This is definitely a must watch classic!

5/5

Also as a side note, I recently watched the BBC Horizon documentary on Living with Autism which was a good clinical insight into the subject.

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Songs for Christmas

While Gangnam style may be a very popular song that has a tendency to induce psychotic episodes and brings people to a happy place by dancing like a complete moron in public, I was left quite perplexed whilst watching BBC3 last night. Before the episode of Family Guy at 10.30pm, there was a show reel of all the films and television that will be shown throughout the Christmas season. These classic Christmas songs were set to the background music of Psy’s Gangnam style.

While I have nothing against ridiculous music that actually has the added effect of making ‘cool’ people look like retards, I am not sure whether the BBC has chosen the best genre of music to represent Christmas.

Here’s a list of better suited songs:

Jingle Bells – Yuletide Blasphemy

Merry Christmas I F_____ Your Snowman – Showcase Showdown

Slashed Wrists This Christmas – Gruff Rhys

I Will Cry at Christmas – Denim

Coventry Carol – Maddy Prior

Reindeer – The Knife

Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern) – Miles Davis

I Believe in Father Christmas – GregLake

I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up for Christmas – Aimee Mann

No Xmas for John Quays – The Fall

Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa – De La Soul

Santa Claus – The Sonics

Yeah so the entire list was stolen from a Guardian article but its Monday morning and I’m tired and lazy. Plus copy and pasting is so easy.

The Brit chasers

Review: The Revolution Will Be Televised, BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc4Qvx2ri7U

Just a glimpse of BBC’s new satirical comedy. FYI: All the episodes so far are available on iplayer at the moment.

So this political comedy show, well it’s just ingenious isn’t it? Mocking our political system amongst other random British sentiments, it is a hilarious show. And seeing what these guys get up to and, more so, get away with is very entertaining. I recommend this show to any dissatisfied Brit or anyone who simply wants a laugh at “the man’s” expense.

And while I completely stand by the fact that this is a brilliant programme, the only issue I have with it in the slightest is its unoriginality. There is something about it that is just so reminiscent of the Aussie programme The Chasers’ War on Everything and, although the format is different, the familiarities are definitely there. Nonetheless, please do watch it!

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