July 6, 2013
The award-winning British drama "Third Star" has its share of surprising plot twists to keep audiences guessing until the final frame.
The film starts out innocently enough, with a young man named James preparing to go on a camping trip with his three best friends. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character of James. He is best known for the TV series "Sherlock" and the film "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
The movie reveals early on that James has an inoperable type of cancer that is going to take the young man's life very soon.I was looking for more information and found it here
. His friends have gathered together to have one last weekend of fun. Each of James' friends come from different backgrounds and are coming together for the sake of their friend. James tries not to be too bitter about his situation, but is overcome with physical pain and psychological pain by knowing he won't be around his friends and family much longer.
During the hiking trip, James makes a shocking announcement to his friends. He has decided that he can take the pain no more, and wants to drown himself in the ocean before he is too weak to do so on his own. This surprises both the other characters and the audience, and sets in motion a dramatic, touching climax.
May 16, 2013
The British drama film Third Star was produced in 2010, and it dealt with the pain and sheer awkwardness of terminal illness and a life with a known ending. One of the things that made it so impressive was its clear depictions of the characters.
The center of the action is James, a young man who is terminally ill with cancer. It is his illness that takes him and his friends on a long hiking trip to Barafundle Bay.
Davy is a kind person who has been a part of James's life for years. He has helped James through the illness as best he can, but he is somewhat bad at running his own life. Bill is more irresponsible, and loves to use humor, something that the group sorely needs in the face of James's outbursts.
James's most powerful foil, however, is Miles, an old friend who has fallen out of touch with the rest. Miles is the child of a novelist who also died of cancer, and both Miles and James have unresolved issues and secrets that must be eventually revealed before they can let go.
Though the action of the movie is fairly simple, each of the three characters play an important part in making it what it is.
March 19, 2013
The annual Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) takes place each June in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 1947, its goal has been to exhibit the works of filmmakers both from the UK and from around the globe, and it holds the distinction of being the world's oldest continuously-run film festival. The EIFF seeks to spotlight new talent and premiere some of the most exciting international films of the year. Last year, the festival featured over 100 films from more than 50 different countries. Many of those films can be viewed in Direct TV Packages.
Each year, the EIFF features films in a variety of categories, which are then judged both by a jury as well as the audience to culminate in the presentation of various awards. Of the broader designations of film, which include documentaries, feature-films, music videos, and shorts, there are also a series of subcategories to break the films into groupings for fairer judging. Some examples of the subcategories include "Gala" and "British Gala" films, which are new feature films from international or UK filmmakers respectively, "Mirrorball" films, which include both music documentaries and music videos, and "Under the Radar" films, which are honored for taking risks.
Submissions for the EIFF are accepted through February each year so films can be ready for the festival in June. Typically the festival is opened and closed with two of the biggest "Gala" films. Some of the famous films that have premiered at the EIFF include Little Miss Sunshine, Billy Elliot, and Ratatouille. The 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival will be held from June 19-30.
October 15, 2012
"Third Star" is a British film that first premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2010. It was released in the United Kingdom nearly a year later. It follows a group of friends on a trip to the coast one final time. James had just turned 29 and does not expect to see another birthday. He is dying of cancer and suffering from intense pain and weakness. His friends, Davy, Bill, and Miles, hike with him to a favorite beach.
Along the way inner strengths and weaknesses of all members of the band of friends are revealed. Traveling over the rough terrain allows the boys some fun and enjoyment before James's terminal illness takes its final toll. They also come across a few odd characters and difficult situations that test the limits of their collective patience. As each other boy makes revelations James pushes them to appreciate how much time they have ahead of them. This is sometimes done in anger. The boys finally reach the beach and come to a final arrangement.
This comedic drama swings from heart tugging moments to a joyous romp in the fields of Wales. While some critics didn't like the movie one stated that, most importantly, "...don't leave before the end."
October 12, 2012
2010's "third Star" was an extremely moving movie, an my favorite character was 29 year old James - the main character. Although there were other characters that were just as developed and likeable, James' attitude and behavior were the things about the movie that I identified most with.
Although dying from cancer, James was adamant about going on a final hiking trip with his best friends, and using it as an opportunity to enjoy life as well as make those around him more aware of themselves and their own lives. Though at first the trip seems like it will simply be one misfortune after another, it is actually a very informative experience for all of those involved, and it gives everyone - especially James - the opportunity to be completely honest about their lives. During the trip and despite his suffering, James is able to appreciate the beauty around him, as well as enjoy finally having all of his friends back together for one final time.
The end of the movie highlights what a strong, smart, and capable person James is - and has remained throughout his long sickness. The decisions that he makes regarding his life and the way that he wants to live it give hope to those, and show that with a strong support group, anything is possible.
October 11, 2012
"Third Star" is a movie that centers on the main character, James. James is dying of cancer and has asked three of his best friends to accompany him on a trip to a beach. The trip is a hiking trip, even though James is very ill and must be carried or pulled in a cart. The long hike gives the friends time to reminisce about their pasts together and to talk about the future. James is somewhat bitter because he knows that soon he will die and he will have made nothing of his life.Confused? 'http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/162121-third-star-comes-to-vod-14-august/'>Here 's a little help . Because of this, James urges his three friends to do better in their own lives. He wants something specific from each of them, but as the honest conversations continue, many secrets come out that no one expected.
"Third Star" is a comedic movie, but it also has a great deal of serious drama. This mix will appeal to the entire family. In addition, the life lessons that James thinks about and attempts to bring to his friends are interesting and entertaining. Because so many different subjects and themes are covered in this film, it will appeal to a broad range of viewers. A family can watch this film together and each take away something different.
October 9, 2012
Third Star is a comedy-drama that follows the lives of four friends (James, Davy, Bill, Miles) and the effect of cancer in their lives.
James (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) has been diagnosed with and suffers from cancer. Once an aspiring writer, the pain and disabling effects of this disease has cut his life short. On his twenty ninth birthday, he corrals his friends into taking a trip to his favorite beach; Barafundle Bay on the Pembrokeshire coast in the U.K.
Davy (played by Tom Burke) has been unemployed and helping James's family care for him.The whole story can be found at http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/162121-third-star-comes-to-vod-14-august/
Miles has been a long time friend but absent during the illness and is sleeping with James married sister. His father died of cancer.
Bill is a fun, loud, and loyal friend with a horrible relationship who has just found out his lady is pregnant.
The friends believe it is just a hike for a friend's birthday. There are instances of enlightenment at the simple pleasures of life, comedial instances among them as they joke and bond and secrets revealed to all.
But all soon find out James has a hidden agenda, suicide in the waters of his favorite beach. After losing the cart James uses to move and having to carry him; they also get to witness his progression into pain after also losing his pain medicine. After realizing their friends excruciating existence.they swim out with him to help him finally stop suffering.
October 6, 2012
"Third Star" is the touching story of cancer patient James and his lifelong friends traveling the shores of Barafudle Bay. The British film, first released in 2010, is a dramatic comedy with plot that both moves the audience to tears and makes them laugh with the relatable characters.
Tom Burke shines as an actor in the film. The then 29 year old actor plays Davy, one of James closest friends. While on the ill-advised holiday, he cares for James as they travel. His character is the responsible type and he feels closer to James as the story progresses.
The character is brought to life by Tom Burke's stunning acting through a very wide range of emotion. For example, he is able to express his frustration when he argues among the group. He is also able to portray his grief in James' condition throughout the movie. His comical lines in the movie are also written in casually, making the character of Davy very realistic throughout the movie. Finally, during the last scene Tom Burke's character Davy moves the audience to tears as he discovers James'' plan to end his life.
The movie "Third Star" is a must-see drama that is full of light comedic moments and realistic characters.