Director: Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle is an English director and film producer, best known for his work on films such as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire.

Date of birth: 20th October 1956

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Trainspotting 1996,  R)
"1,000 years from now there will be no guys and no girls, just wankers. Sounds great to me."

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner
Running time: 94 minutes
Country: UK

Trainspotting is one of the cleverest films that I have ever seen. This is a very dark film because it shows how screwed-up a person's life can really be when addicted to drugs particularly on heroin. This film is really funny in a dark film or in a dark way which are referred as a 'black comedy'. The funny thing about it was that the whole group are rally foul mouthed, disgusting and also appear hilarious because of their messed up nature. The scene which I was overwhelmed by was where Renton went down a public toilet referred as "the worst toilet in Scotland" and his whole body went down it and he got two tablets from below the water and got out of the toilet the same way too. When I first saw this online (because it was rare and couldn't find it anywhere), I liked it but after a second viewing on Boxing Day 2008, I bloody loved it and so it goes on my favourites list. It is a film about alcohol, drugs and sex. I loved the tagline of Trainspotting: "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that?"because it is a true statement. People should always put life first and live it to the maximum and the best way they can. That tagline catches the attention of some other drug addicts.

Ewan McGregor delivers the best breakthrough performance of all time in my opinion. I really liked Mark Renton's personality because he had a lot of problems but he does at least try at times to try and snap out of the situation he is in. In a way, Renton is quite a cute character because some women choose to have sex with him because of that. Despite of his problems, I think he has a nice attitude to him of where and how he can change his life around. I think how it began was that Renton met and made friends with the wrong people. Robert Carlyle was vile as Begbie. I think only Robert Carlyle and Ralph Fiennes are the only two living actors who can portray different kinds of villains and make the audience have a fear for them. There are four other drug addicts with Renton. They are called Begbie, Tommy, Spud and Sick Boy.

Danny Boyle directs this film masterfully in his early career. There hasn't been any film like this until now. He wanted to prove what drug addiction can do to you. It can send you mad, have horrifying visions, it can make you really ill or can even kill you. I loved this original script becaue the screewriter and director wanted to make this film look as public and casual involving the characters, the drugs themselves and how it was filmed. One thing I do find hard about original scripts is that they are quite hard to understand. Well, they are for me anyway. The realistic side is that it is so effective with the drugs and such. The way the drugs are formed and layed out are very clever because they surely aren't the real drugs. The sex scenes were very realistic but doesn't beat Monster's Ball. The only difference is that there is complete full nudity in Trainspotting whereas there isn't as much in Monster's Ball. Also, it happens to lots of people all over the world and it warns rest of people of what could happen. For some reason, I don't think it sets the best example to the people of the world. When Renton saw Diane in a club he "fell in love" for the first time in his life. When they met they had sex in Diane's bedroom and then Renton soon discovers she's a school student so from then on he doesn't really see her in many scenes.

Trainspotting is one of the coolest films of all time. It is one of the best British films of all time. It is my favourite drug/alcohol related film, my favourite film of 1996. Ewan McGregor's best tied with Moulin Rouge! And Big Fish. It is my favourite Danny Boyle film so far. His new film Slumdog Millionaire is supposed to rival with David Fincher's The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button for Best Picture, so don't know whether Slumdog Millionaire will replace Trainspotting as favourite Boyle film or not. You'll just have to wait and see. Trainspotting is an unforgettable masterpiece!!
127 Hours 2010,  R)
127 Hours
"Hey there, Aron! Is it true that you didn't tell anyone where you were going?"

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Clémence Poésy
Running time: 94 minutes
Country: USA

I have had plenty of knowledge about the Aron Ralston incident ever since high school in 2003 when I was 12. This was announced by my headmaster and I was in shock when I was told about it. It was also on the news the night I came home and ever since then, I have always wanted to see a film about this. When I found out Danny Boyle was making a film about Aron Ralston, I couldn't wait to see it! The trailer looked fantastic as predicted as the film itself was. I would presume that some people might say that 'this looks boring because it is about one guy stuck and it looks cheap'. It really is not a cheap film at all! The filming of it was very professional and, if I am honest, very precise! The cinematography was absolutely outstanding and I hope that it wins the Academy Award for Best Cinematography as it should.

I absolutely loved 127 Hours from start to finish! This is a perfect example that shows the pride and the courage of the human heart and what must be done in order to survive. I'll tell you another real-life story that this reminded me of; and that was John McLaughlin and Will Jimeno's entrapment and rescue on 11th September 2001 and the film World Trade Center in general. I guess this was perhaps a really difficult film to give a solid title but quite frankly, I think '127 Hours' is a very solid title because it shows almost instantly how much pain and suffering Aron went through. It was very graphic only in two specific scenes (falling and his entrapment and the next bit is a bit of a spoiler) and I did feel uneasy in my seat in the cinema watching it.

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

I never thought I would say this but James Franco deserves the Academy Award for Best Leading Actor. His role as Aron is perhaps the most career defining performance that I think I have ever witnessed and it has become a massive breakthrough in his career. I mean, before he was just known as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man trilogy and Pineapple Express, but now he has proven us wrong that he really isn't just another Hollywood actor and, quite frankly, I knew deep down that Franco can perform something worthy of an Oscar and he certainly showed that with 127 Hours so I hope he does well enough to do it again. This film may have pretty much just starred James Franco but I liked how strong the rest of the characters were such as the two hikers Christie and Megan who Aron met just before the accident and his lover Clémence Poésy and we go deeper and further into how their relationship was before Aron's accident. Surprised me with how Aron had a creative and intelligent side to him as well during his entrapment when he uses the equipment that he had with him to help him survive despite only being able to use one arm. You know what else is great about Aron Ralston? Despite what happened to him and what he had to do to survive, he is still a mountain climber now and that is pure inspiration and does take a lot of guts! The incident gave Aron a lesson as well because he never told anyone where he was going but now after that, he always tells his friends and family where he is going off to. I have to admit that despite Aron was in a sticky enough situation as it is, it could have been a lot worse! I mean, he could have had another body part trapped and might not have been at the bottom of the canyon and could've dangled half way down by his arm stuck in the boulder. So the whole thing was like a lesson for Aron but also woke him up because he truly realised what was important in life.

After Slumdog Millionaire, you can tell that this is a Danny Boyle film seeing as he again uses a similar style of filmmaking and cinematography. In every single film Danny Boyle has directed, he has taken us all on different journeys from different genres but this time, he takes us on a true journey and this is the first and only bio-pic film he has done thus far. I just can't wait for his next project. The script was adapted from the book called Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Aron Ralston himself as well as a true story of course. It was written by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy I was impressed with how precise Aron managed to get it by remembering it all despite all the pain he went through during those 5 days. Brilliantly written especially when it is basically about one guy alone in the canyons and trying to survive when it could have been absolutely boring and nobody would care whether he lives or dies but also the fact, we go into flashbacks of Aron's youth and the times just before his voyage to Utah led to his entrapment, made it more dramatic and the audience are like 'You can do it! You can make it, Aron!' It is also brilliant how there were talks of Aron alone then actions then camera change etc. Just incredibly made! Danny Boyle needs Best Director nomination and he needs a shared nominated with Simon Beaufoy for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Overall, 127 Hours is a deeply inspiring, possibly tearjerking and horrifying film that is probably one of the most gripping films that I have ever watched. James Franco has delivered a career defining performance and he has shown us finally what he is best at doing. Danny Boyle succeeds once again but probably won't earn the same Oscar glory with this one like he did with Slumdog Millionaire. I would definitely call 127 Hours one of the best films of 2010 and also one of my favourite bio-pics films of all time too. One bit of a warning: prepare to squirm and cringe in your seat while watching this; especially in one specific scene. A must-see film!
Slumdog Millionaire 2008,  R)
Slumdog Millionaire
Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? A: He cheated B: He's lucky C: He's a genius D: It was written

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rejendranath Zutshi Running time: 120 minutes Country: UK

Awww...what a beautiful, magical, inspiring and very thoughtful film this is that I really do appreciate for being what it is. Slumdog Millionaire is so magical because of the beautiful technical design of the film especially the breathtaking cinematography and music score. When I first saw Slumdog Millionaire, I liked it but I thought there was something genuinly missing from it but I was unsure what it was but after seeing this masterpiece again, I truly do think it is a breakthrough in not only Danny Boyle's career but also reveals a whole new kind of way of filmmaking for the future. I am going to start loving films that have been made by British filmmakers but starring Asian actors/actresses which is where this is like Bend It Like Beckham because that was rather similar. Slumdog Millionaire is a film that goes beyond words. It is really original when it comes to the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" show but is seems like a very well adapted story when it comes to seeing Jamal grow up from living in the Slums to becoming a famous millionaire. Slumdog Millionaire is one of the 2008 films that have earned a lot of glory and powerful critical reactions to its inspiring and glorious feeling.

Dev Patel's performance as Jamal is absolutely fantastic. This film follows the story from his childhood all the way to his outstanding breakthrough in his life. Because of his success in the show by winning it all it is a big question of whether he cheated, whether he's a genius, whether it was luck or whether it was his destiny. This film tells us the answer of that question as it is goes on. Jamal's character is a deeply interesting one because it felt like he wanted us to know what he was going through in his life. I think the message the character tries to send is that he not only wants us to see what life was for him as a young child but also for people in richer countries to understand what it is like for those people who lives in those kinds of places or who are poor anyway. I became really interested, motivated and inspired my Jamal's personality and the way he was with people throughout his teenage years. He was a very friendly and beautiful boy and he was still like that as an adult during "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"

Boyle's work in Slumdog Millionaire was absolutely superb with a new kind of way of creating films especially ordinary dramas. Boyle's direction of Slumdog Millionaire was so brilliant, it combined two races of human beings into one. Danny Boyle is one of the best filmmakers ever and it's as simple as that. In my opinion, Danny Boyle is the Stanley Kubrick of this generation because he is one of those directors who can create anything in almost every genre. Boyle's done drama, crime, family, horror, science fiction and romance. I'd like to see him do comedy, animation, action, war or western because I seriously think he can pull it off. The script is fantastic! It deserved the script Oscar win despite that I prefer The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

This is an absolute masterpiece but despite how good this film really is, I still think that the Best Picture glory should have gone to The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Danny Boyle probably deserved his Best Director Oscar because he was long overdue for one anyway and I am so glad that Slumdog Millionaire was the film that he earned one for. It is one of the best films of 2008. It is my third favourite Danny Boyle film after Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. Slumdog Millionaire is a fascinating masterpiece that I really love and appreciate for what it is like most people hopefully do.
28 Days Later 2003,  R)
28 Days Later
"That was longer than a heartbeat."

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson
Running time: 113 minutes
Country: UK

28 Days Later is one of the rare horror films that are absolute masterpieces that are really clever and really well filmed. 28 Days Later is a film that left me freaked out but blown away by it at the same time which is something Saw did as well. 28 Days Later was a very tense post-apocalyptic film of the future in the science fiction world that almost went beyond amazing. It is a very silly story but it is a story that is so gripping and exciting that makes it so good and a great success. This film probably introduced films like Shaun Of The Dead and especially I Am Legend. They both seemed like spoofs to 28 Days Later even though Shaun Of The Dead is a spoof anyway. It is a very gory film but it isn't the most gory film that I've ever watched. I personally believe that 28 Days Later, Shaun Of The Dead and Saw are the only brilliant and smart horror films. The gore involved looked animated at the beginning which what I thought was a bit daft. It was such clever filmmaking from such an absolutely fantastic director with a taste at creating brilliant films in all genres. Danny Boyle's work in 28 Days Later probably became an inspiration to Edgar Wright for Shaun Of The Dead. 28 Days Later is a very dark story obviously but is beautifully filmed because it was all so realistic even though we all know it isn't. This is one of the most films along with the first Saw that is probably loved by all horror fans.

Cillian Murphy is starting to make a good collaboration with Danny Boyle. His collaboration with him in 28 Days Later is better than in Sunshine even though that is still a brilliant film as well. Murphy is starting to look good in science fiction films which includes Batman Begins and cameo appearance in The Dark Knight as well as 28 Days Later and Sunshine. It makes him a brilliant choice for the science fiction genre. Naomie Harris was good as Selena as well. I didn't realise that she was in this film especially after portraying Tia Dalma in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. It is a very tense thrill ride that you need to be in the mood to watch. It is probably a Saturday evening sort of film. I don't think it's a film that can give you nightmares but I think it will freak people out and blow people away at the same time. 28 Days Later has pretty much everything a horror film must have to succeed. It is a masterpiece of its genre and I am glad to say that. Every second of this film was very enjoyable even though there were some silent moments in the film where nobody could speak or where you couldn't hear a sound. I loved this film from start to finish! It is a very hard-hitting, scary, tense and with action-packed violence within which is something that I love in a lot of films.

28 Days Later is another great work from Danny Boyle but 28 Days Later doesn't beat Trainspotting. 28 Days Later is without a doubt one of my favourite horror films. The Shining, Saw and 28 Days Later are my ultimate horror films even though horror is my least favourite genre.
Shallow Grave 1995,  R)
Shallow Grave
"God, you two are sensitive! All I'm doing is implying some kind of ugly sordid sexual liaison. I'd be proud of that sort of thing."

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Keith Allen Running time: 89 minutes Country: UK

This is another surprise from Danny Boyle. I had the same feelings for Shallow Grave as I did for The Beach before I watched them and I was surprised both ways. Shallow Grave is a masterpiece that is filled with suspense, black-comedy and gruesome violence. It is a film with twists and turns in it. What I loved about this film was that it was all of those things and it is one of those stories that sort of tells a tale or a true story. To be honest, I had low expectations for Shallow Grave because it didn't seem that good but I was dead wrong. The title slightly put me off it to start with because it sounded like a story that would freak me out and that it would be a typical horror film but it isn't at all.

Ewan McGregor's acting debut in Shallow Grave was absolutely fantastic. Two of his film collaborations with Danny Boyle have been absolutely awesome! I obviously prefer Trainspotting over Shallow Grave. His performance as Alex Law was real bad-ass at times but rather serious at the same time. After seeing Trainspotting and Shallow Grave I have absolutely no idea what lead to McGregor starring in the prequel Star Wars trilogy. Alex is a journalist who lives with his two friends David and Juliet. Alex is the most dependable one of the three and he cooks all of their food for them but he is the one who leads the three to bury their new flatmate in a forest. Christopher Eccleston's performance as David was a very mysterious and a rather dangerous one because after doing the deed that was to bury their flatmate even though they didn't kill him and he mysteriously builds his own little den in the loft of their flat. That leads to very severe consequences. Kerry Fox and the character she portrayed Juliet reminded me a lot of the way Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed Wanda Gershwitz in A Fish Called Wanda because she was a real charmer and almost irrisistable to the men around her and both have little plots up their sleeves. It is really good and really silly at the same time because one event affects the friendship between the three of them and the consequences that occur.

After seeing this now, Danny Boyle has become a favourite director of mine and is the best British director after Alfred Hitchcock. He still hasn't done one bad film yet. His work on Shallow Grave led to his work on Trainspotting and 28 Days Later because of the black-comedy, suspense, serious story and also the realistic violence involved. I think Shallow Grave is Boyle's most underrated film which makes his outstanding debut of this film one of the best film director debuts of all time. The script is very original because it is totally typical from Boyle. All of the scripts in his films are original apart from Slumdog Millionaire. Most scripts are original because they have a lot of swearing and violence involved. For example, Coen films like Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou? If not Danny Boyle, Shallow Grave would have been a great film from the Coen brothers. The Coen film Shallow Grave is slightly similar to is Blood Simple.

Ewan McGregor's debut in Shallow Grave is extremely underrated and is in my opinion one of the best debuts of all time. Shallow Grave is my third favourite Danny Boyle film after Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and especially Trainspotting which is of course his best film. I underestimated this film too much to start with and now after watching it, I can't believe that I did and don't understand why. Shallow Grave is another fantastic masterpiece that was released in 1994 and that is one of the best years in film of all time. Boyle has created a masterpiece that I would definitely call one of the best British thrillers of all time as well as one of the best British films of all time too.
Sunshine 2007,  R)
"Are you an angel? Has the time come? I've been waiting so long."

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne Running time: 107 minutes Country: UK

After a first viewing in 2007 of Sunshine, it disappointed me. I hadn't watched 2001: A Space Odyssey before I watched Sunshine so I didn't really like what I experienced. After I did see 2001: A Space Odyssey and then Sunshine I loved it! The story is very unusual but it does adapt together very well a lot like 2001: A Space Odyssey. It wasn't a very long film but it seemed quite a slow story which was the actual point of Sunshine. It is a film that is quite terrifying because of the sun dying. Yes, the sun will die but not until billions of years time. The story is a real take-on with 2001: A Space Odyssey but I still like that film more than Sunshine. Sunshine is beyond any other science fiction film of this decade (except WALL-E) because of the visual design and how it was filmed. This film is quite beautiful as well because it does show us the pure beauty of space. It is terrifying as well because some sort of monster comes onto the ship and tries to stop the crew from saving mankind and the sun itself. That monster is a bit like HAL 9000 because they both try and stop each other's missions. That is where it is a bit of a sci-fi horror film. This may sound weird but it is a bit like us giving our sun a paracetamol or antibiotic for it to get better so to speak.

Cillian Murphy was good as Robert Capa. Robert is a physicist who operates the massive nuclear device. He becomes the hero of all of them. Chris Evans was better in this film than he was in the two Fantastic Four films. I liked the whole cast of this film which also includes Bond girl Michelle Yeoh.

Danny Boyle has directed Sunshine like no other director could. He directs this story a lot like how Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey. Boyle has created a sci-fi film that is bloody amazing and is very realistic. Boyle fascinated me a lot with Sunshine because he has directed films with different genres and themes. The script was really awesome from a really well filmed story. The visual effects are just amazing which is typical and original of a space film. It was very realistic effects. I think the space scenes involving the sun and space itself was filmed inside a massive hall or somewhere like that but will a lot of computer design to make the space effective. I wasn't keen on this one to start with but after seeing Danny Boyle's great success with Slumdog Millionaire and it the Oscar favourite for Best Director and Best Picture, I thought I might as well give this film another did in which I did. I don't regret watching this film again because this became an amazing piece of filmmaking. This is the science fiction film of 2007.

Trainspotting is my favourite Danny Boyle film definitely. Sunshine is one of my top 10 science fiction films ever. Masterpiece! Sunshine is the 2000's (decade not century) of 2001: A Space Odyssey where it is loved for its creative storyline and amazing visual design but where it can be hated because of slow dialogue and 'bad' effects. It depends on the individual person. Sunshine is definitely one of the best British films ever and is probably the best science fiction British film of all time. Carry on bringing us more masterpieces, Boyle!
A Life Less Ordinary 1997,  R)
A Life Less Ordinary
" "Kidnap For Beginners", Chapter One. Have you even asked for a ransom yet?"

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo Running time: 103 minutes Country: UK/USA

A Life Less Ordinary is an absolutely brilliant film to watch. It is a very psychological story because of the kidnappings and of the very difficult and complex relationships between the characters. It is a very tense thriller that has a few scenes of action involved especially in the scenes with the cars and the chases.

It is really odd that there is a kidnapping going on and the kidnapper and victim fall in love. I have heard that is something called Stockholm Syndrome from a James Bond movie. Ewan McGregor is one fantastic actor and he has proven it once again especially in his third collaboration with Danny Boyle. I find his collaboration with Boyle extremely underrated. He plays a cleaning man called Robert Lewis. He becomes a bit twisted after he was fired by his boss and replaced by a robot. He becomes twisted into kidnapping his boss's daughter hostage. It is a very heart racing story because of what his fate is going to be. Cameron Diaz was absolutely brilliant as Celine Naville. She was a really irresistable, hot and sexy young woman who seems to be a very dominate character to start with but then becomes soft and quite nice. Holly Hunter was a really good psychopath in this film. I think this is the first time I've seen her play a normal character who talks in a live-action film.

Danny Boyle makes this a bit like a psychological thriller like Trainspotting but wasn't as good as that one. Boyle has directed a very suspensful story that is a real thrill ride. The script was really good. What I loved the most about this film was that it was very original and was filmed in that sort of way.

I have now seen all of Danny Boyle's films and I am pleased to say that he hasn't failed me once. I enjoyed this more than Millions and The Beach but not as much as Sunshine, Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and especially Trainspotting. A Life Less Ordinary is a very exciting, intense and adventurous romantic-thriller that I could recommend to everyone.
Millions 2005,  PG)
"God doesn't rob banks!"

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan Running time: 98 minutes Country: UK

He's done it again! This is another absolutely brilliant film from masterful director Danny Boyle. Millions is a magical, heartwarming and deeply effective film that is brilliantly suited for adults and for kids. It is weird when it comes to millions of cash ending up in a bag. Well, in the young kids case coming from God falling from the sky. Millions is a beautifully made film that shows pure magic which is typical for kids but is humourous for adults. Millions is a family film that is a mild psychological story because we do sort of see inside a child's head and what his personal troubles are.

Alex Etel was really good as Damian Cunningham. Damian is a very mixed up and confused little boy. I think he became the way he was because of his mother's death and probably because he moved house with his dad and brother. I really liked Lewis McGibbon too as Anthony Cunningham. It is a very powerful movitating mixture between two young actors who play characters with such cute attitudes and with very big ambitious hearts of what to do with the money they have. Both brothers want to do different things with the money which causes them to squabble and fight quite regularly.

Danny Boyle is a genius! He is one of the best directors ever and that is a fact. He never seems to disappoint. I hope he never does in his future projects. To be perfectly honest, I hope Boyle doesn't do anymore live-action family films. He would do a good job at an animated film but depends what kind of animated film though.

Millions is another well accomplished film from Danny Boyle that he should be proud of. He is an absolute genius! Millions isn't one of the best family films ever but it isn't that far off from reaching that position. It is a fun, heartwarming and quite dramatic film that I really enjoyed from start to finish.
The Beach 2000,  R)

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