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QUICK REVIEW: Spotlight

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’m going to be talking about Spotlight. I first heard about this film during a live Q&A with Mark Ruffalo on Facebook a few months back and once I saw the trailer I was interested, and then when all the Oscar buzz started floating around I really got hyped. So I saw it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story can be described as the following:

“The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

I thought this was a fascinating tale of conspiracy, corruption, and the search for the truth, and it was handled with a great deal of detail and care. I will admit that at first the story was interesting but not all that engaging when the news team began their investigation into the questionable priests and victims, however, there was a point when a major revelation gets dropped and then the film had my attention. And from there the level of damage and cover ups done by the church and legal system just got larger and larger, and the depths of the moral and ethical corruption went so deep that it becomes emotionally engaging and heartbreaking to know that this actually happened. Watching this film made me feel dirty and it wasn’t just because priests had their way with children, but it was because of the system they were part of and how they allowed it to happen and went to great lengths to keep it from going public. While some of the details were a little hard to follow because there’s a lot of history and individual stories to take into consideration, it was balanced very well.

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The cast was fabulous and this was certainly a case where you could say that this was a team effort as there wasn’t a single bad  performance. When it comes to the Spotlight team Michael Keaton was great as Walter “Robby” Robinson, I really enjoyed seeing Rachel McAdams who was wonderful as Sacha Pfeiffer, and Brian d’Arcy James was really good as Matt Carroll, but Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes stood out the most, Michael was very passionate about this issue and to see him get so worked up and emotionally invested made me root for him. Liev Schreiber’s calm yet stern demeanour worked well as Marty Baron, also John Slattery did a great job as Ben Bradlee Jr. and Stanley Tucci was fantastic as Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who had a lot of knowledge of the corruption of church activity but a fair amount of issues to deal with professionally and personally.

So while Spotlight wasn’t the mind-blowing, amazing film that some critics made it out to be, it was an incredibly dramatic, intriguing and unnerving and it’s a film that I believe everyone should watch because it has a story that needs to be seen.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Spotlight and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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2016 SUPER BOWL MOVIE TRAILER MADNESS!

Hello people of the internet, hope you had a good weekend. Obviously the Super Bowl 50 went down yesterday and while that’s all well and good for sports fans, us movie fans were looking forward to the trailers for the upcoming blockbusters that will be dropping in the next few months and we were treated to some pretty cool stuff. Now for the sake of this review I’m 1) Skipping Deadpool because that’s coming out pretty soon so this additional marketing doesn’t mean much to me, 2) I haven’t seen The Jungle Book trailer, but I’m already sold on that film so I don’t need to see it and 3) Independence Day: Resurgence and some of the other films aren’t being talked about because I’m not interested in them. With all of that out of the way, let’s begin.

Captain America: Civil War

Gotta start with the big one; Civil War and man I really liked that trailer. There wasn’t too much in the way of new footage, but just like the previous trailer, there’s serious tone, plenty of tension and you really get a sense that these heroes have some serious beef and shit is gotta get real. I like the chanting in the background, but the two coolest moments were: 1) Bucky going to shoot Tony Stark with a gun, and Stark using a cool metal glove to stop the bullet. It’s a quick moment, but it’s pretty cool and shocking. And 2) We get to see both teams standing off against each other; with Team Cap consisting of Cap, Bucky, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Ant-Man (sporting a new kick ass helmet). And on the other side there’s Team Iron Man with Stark, War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther and frigging Vision! I’m curious to see how this’ll play out considering how badass Vision is haha.

Jason Bourne

Fuck yes! My boy Jason Bourne is back and I’m SO frigging hyped. While I’m not fond of the film’s title and feel like it’s a bit lazy, other than that this trailer’s got me giddy. Seeing Damon back in this role, looking cool and taking people out is so cool. We also get some cool shots of Tommy Lee Jones, Ato Essandoh and Julia Stiles. There’s hand-to-hand combat, gun fights, cars getting smashed up and Jason Bourne knocking a dude out with ONE PUNCH! Damn, I’ve watched the trailer twice and it’s still just as badass, it’s just one of those key factors that highlight how efficient he is and it felt like a physical statement that would read like this: “You don’t fuck with Jason Bourne!” :D

X-Men: Apocalypse

Now I haven’t been fair to this film in recent months, the first trailer didn’t wow me and while I’m intrigued by the story, new cast members and the mythology, there just hasn’t been much to blow me away, but this trailer really got me on board. While I hate the choice of song because it continues this annoying habit of film trailers having dark and unnecessary covers of good songs, everything else I’m down with. It really looks like the world is going to shit, the level of destruction and chaos looks insane with those missiles firing and cities being disintegrated, it’s madness. I’m really liking Apocalypse more and it looks like Oscar Isaac is gonna kill it in this role. I also liked seeing shots of other mutants like Jean Grey, Cyclops and Angel, but Psylocke, damn, she looks pretty badass and Olivia Munn, she’s gorgeous, nuff said.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This was one of the trailers that surprised me, even though we got to see cool moments with the Turtles running around, and brief shots of Casey Jones, Shredder and April O’Neil, what really surprised me was the visual introduction of Krang. While we only got a brief look at the brain within the humanoid suit, it was genuinely surprising how cool it looked and seeing Mikey’s reaction was priceless. My anticipation is definitely growing for this sequel, I’m just hoping it doesn’t go too far into the lighthearted/comedic department, I was a good balance, but who knows how this’ll pan out.

So of all the material shown at during the Super Bowl which was your favourite? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see y’all on the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Quick Thoughts on Fairy Tail Episodes 1-4

Howdy people of the internet, how’s it going? It feels like the longest time since I did an anime review (even though I reviewed DBZ: Resurrection F not too long ago), however it’s been a while since I talked about a TV series, so today I’m giving you a brief anime review of Fairy Tail.

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Before I do the review, let me give you some history about me and this show. I started Fairy Tail back in 2010 when it was first aired and I watched up until around episode 30 and gave up, why? Because the show just never got that interesting and became a chore to watch so I bailed. However, the anime kept going well beyond what I thought it deserved and there was even a notable fan base for this franchise that started to grow over the years as well. So I’ve always wanted to check back to see if the show did get better or not. So this week I decided to check it out again and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the show so far from episode 1-4.

With Fairy Tail what I do like about it is that it has a nice visual style with the art direction, the music’s unique, the characters all have a quirky and strange personalities and the world has some interesting law and mythology. However, for all the show’s unique elements there isn’t anything exceptional or amazing about it that makes it start out when compared to other Shounen shows.

Story-wise so far the show has introduced Lucy, a lady wizard who wants to join a famous guild known as Fairy Tail and she eventually comes across Natsu and Happy, and after some crazy mishaps they establish a connection and become allies doing jobs as a group in the Fairy Tail guild. So far the stories have been one-off episodic adventures with no real significance besides a bit of character building and world establishment. The humour is mainly of the slapstick nature with a lot of physical humour and verbal jokes, some which work and some that don’t, a lot of the recurring jokes like Natsu’s motion sickness, Gray’s loss of clothes and a lot of the stuff that Happy gets old pretty quickly and I feel like the humour isn’t nearly as funny as the show seems to think it is. As for the characters they’re all okay. So far Natsu is fun, cocky and strong, but not nearly as charming or as cool as I think he should be. Lucy besides being pretty is a little silly and sassy and that tends to be both a good and bad thing depending on the situation. Happy has his moments, however, most of the time I find him annoy and Gray, at this point in time is just there.

Well at least the intro is cool, “Snow Fairy” by Funkist is gorgeous and it is easily one of the most kicks ass opening songs ever.

In the end Fairy Tail‘s not bad but it’s not bad and has potential to be more, unfortunately a good deal of the stories and characters are just stereo typical of the Shounen genre. But I’m willing to give it a try because I’m curious to know why this show is still airing and if it could be something I could love.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Anime, Media, Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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TV Shows That Makes You Wanna Shout!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a quick and random blog post. Today I was watching the latest episode of Grimm (which was pretty good by the way) and it got me thinking about TV shows and how one reacts to them. Everyone has their own ways of reacting to the stuff that they see on TV, and much like when you’re in the cinema there are things that make you wanna laugh, gasp, cry or shout, and today I want to talk about some of the shows in opinion that make you want to shout.

For me I enjoying watching TV with other people but at the same time I love to watch it alone because I’m fully engaged and have the ability to shout out my thoughts at the TV/computer screen as I do like to react to shows by shouting. Whether it telling a character that they’re an idiot or giving a victory cry when someone saves the day, I love to make noise when I’m watching certain shows haha. So here’s some of the shows I’ve reacted to loudly:

Grimm

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Like I previously mentioned, I was watching Grimm today and that inspired this blog post. More than a lot of other shows, I normally am commenting on a good few things that I see as they happen. So when some unexpected human looks like they’ll be killed by a monster I’ll be there like “Don’t do it, don’t go in there.” And when said person gets attacked I’ll say “Ah shit man, that person got fucked up yo!” Or it could be like a massive revelation related to a character or storyline and I’ll be like “Damn! This show is getting good now!” Grimm just gets me so excited and giddy that I just have to make my feelings known by shouting them out when I’m watching the episodes.

The Flash

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As I’ve mentioned in my early thoughts on The Flash episode, this show reminds me a lot of Spider-Man in terms of the tone, sense of fun and types of superhero and personal drama that he faces in the ongoing storylines. And on several occasions the show has made me react loudly whether it was the whole Barry and his relationship issues or Harrison Wells in season 1, time travel, Zoom in season 2 or anything cool thing that Cisco does, this show makes me very happy. :)

Fringe

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Fringe is one of those shows that has gotten so much emotion out of me that’s its ridiculous. Never have I been more invested emotionally in a show then I was with this one and most times it was in relation to either the dramatic character moments between the main characters like Oliver, Peter and Walter or when some of the crazy science fiction elements of the world kicked in or if I was able to spot an Observer without an online guide, you’d normally see/hear from me. :P

Parks and Recreation

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This show is very special to me in the sense that it’s the first show since Fringe that got me get so emotionally invested, but more in a positive way than a next a negative way. The people of Pawnee are some of the most fun, interesting and down-to-earth people, but they’re also beyond completely weird and foolish as well, and just seeing these characters interact and unction in their daily lives can lead to a lot of “What the hell?” Or more likely just a lot of laughing because the show is hella funny and any time Lesley, Ron, Tom and of course Andy are on-screen, they’re normally doing something that makes laugh a lot.

Game of Thrones

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But the show that’s gotten the most vocal reactions from me is GoT and if you’ve seen the show then you obviously know why.  Whether it be violent, sexual or something else entirely, nothing is quite as unique and shout-worthy as this show. When I saw the Red Wedding, like damn, I could make any noise because it was like 2 or 3am in the morning, but there was a lot of internal gasping and feeling of shock at what I saw. But GoT not content with just shocking me a few times through season 1-3 continued in the following two seasons with notable character deaths, fight sequences, dragons, and unfortunately rape as well. My hate for Joffrey Lannister and Ramsay Bolton has caused me to shout at my laptop on multiple occasions and when I’ve lost one of my favourite characters something along the lines of this occurs, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Come on man! WHY!?!”

And that’s in for now, I mean I could have written about Breaking Bad, Agent Carter, Boardwalk Empire and a good few others, however then we’d be here for ages so I thought I’d keep it short. :P So ladies and gents, is there any TV that makes you wanna shout? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next post, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #17

Howdy ladies and gents, and after a good few weeks off I would like to welcome you back to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 17th week and while there’s been plenty of TV on the air, I’m gonna start with the regulars and work up to more in the future if I have time. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! :D Oh and careful for spoilers below…

Agent Carter (Season 2) “Smoke & Mirrors”

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Agent Carter just continues to excel at being awesome with this week’s episode doing a great job at again improving the foundation that season 1 created, but also introducing new and unexpected elements that have made the show so much better than before. There was so much to love from the humour involving Jarvis, to Peggy’s tactics to get information out of Mr. Hunt to Whitney Frost’s attempts to understand her abilities with the Zero Matter inside of her. But for me the flashbacks were the most fascinating parts. Learning more about Peggy and Whitney’s history from their childhood to later periods in adulthood was very insightful, fun and heartbreaking to watch. Who would have thought Peggy was married before the war began or that Whitney had an a mean mother who didn’t care her daughter’s intelligence? There were powerful moments between Peggy and her brother, Whitney and her mother or when Peggy and Wilkes. Oh and how great was it to see Whitney just turn into full-on villain mode and absorb Hunt? I love how she’s accepted this ability and reasserted her dominance over her husband too, I can’t wait to see where her story goes towards the end of the season.

The Flash (Season 2) “Fast Lane”

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Last week’s episode of The Flash was impressive so I was really looking forward to this week’s episode. For me “Fast Lane” was decent, I was enjoying seeing another metahuman emerge two years after the explosion and the internal conflict within Dr. Wells was brilliant because of his attachment to Barry and Team Flash, but also his agreement to Zoom in order to keep his daughter alive. That stuff was great. But it was when Barry was running as the Flash and wasn’t able to save Iris, that specific moment was when the episode got my attention. Before now Barry’s always has been quick enough, but because of Wells stealing a bit of the Speed Force, Barry, for the first time in a while hasn’t been quick enough to save everyone and its worse because the person he allowed to get hurt was Iris. But THEN Wells openly admits that he stole Barry’s speed and gave it to Zoom in front of everyone, WHAT? This could have easily been hidden for several more episodes and yet it was brought to light right then and there and now Wells is on lockdown, and the episode wasn’t even over yet! Madness! And then Barry chose to forgive Wells and let us know that they were going to Earth-2, nice. Also Cisco continues to be the king of humour and badassery when he named Tar Pit or when his ringtone went off or when Barry and Caitlin dubbed Felicity the best hacker and Cisco was disappointed on their response, that was perfect.

Arrow (Season 4) “Unchained”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was decent. I looked like everyone in this episode had issues with Felicity facing more problems because of her disability, Thea was having trouble staying alive because of the after effects of Lazarus Pit and her run in with Damien Darhk and the team were dealing with the return of Roy as a potential criminal. I honestly didn’t care for the Nyssa’s storyline, though it was great to see Tatsu/Katana again and see her fight Nyssa. And I liked having Roy back on the side of Team Arrow and learning about what he’s been up to and why he’d been doing what he’s been doing. Also the Calculator was pretty interesting and dangerous enemy, but to learn that he was Felicities father was a cool reveal and I’m curious to see where his character goes in the future. The return of Shado via the flashbacks was probably the best thing that’s come out of season 4 since the appearance of Constantine, but since it was only through hallucination it didn’t leave as much of an impact.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Legends of the Lasat”

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This week’s episode of Rebels was good but not as engaging as I’d hoped. I’d heard online that we’d have a Zeb-focused episode and that’s something I’d welcome with open arms, but this was definitely not what I was expecting. Learning about Zeb’s past and what happened to his people was very interesting and just added new layers to an already cool character, but what I wasn’t too keen on was the two Lasat’s and how they wanted to find their new home and relied on a legend and blind faith to find this planet. For me the story overall just wasn’t as interesting as some of the material that’s come before, that being said I did enjoy the final few minutes or so when Zeb used his staff to travel through the portal when Agent Kallus tried to go after them and failed, those few moments was when I really started to get into the supernatural aspects of the episode.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Big Short

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about The Big Short. This film has been talked about lot since it’s release last year and even more so once the award nominations started heading their way too, so after all that hype I really was expecting something beyond exceptional. So I saw it not too long ago and now I’m gonna pass judgement.

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.”

Now I recall the days of the big financial crisis during that period and seeing all of the madness unfold on TV news, however, I never really knew how bad the situation was and what extent of it was due to human error and/or corruption within the banks and insurance companies. Luckily this film covers the subject matter in the most detailed way possible. Besides the energetic and stylish scene transitions and breaking of the fourth wall, this film covers the financial crisis vividly through conversations whether they were one-on-one, in meetings or piece-to-camera moments, all of which helped you understand what was going on with the housing, loans and companies, how there was minor problems emerging in system and why things would eventually turn out the way they did. Adam McKay and the writers did a great job of illustrating just how deep and dangerous this whole situation was and showed that for all those who gained, there were many more who lost, and the drama got pretty intense and was highlighted further because these events really happened. That being said, I did find the film a little hard to follow at times, because this was a very complex and layered subject matter the film used a lot of technical terms and abbreviations to give you context to what was happening with the big companies and the loans, and while there were moments where things were broken down to simple terms, at the same time there was so much jargon and in-depth talking that I literally had a bit of mind implosion, plus since I’ve never technically owned a house I don’t think I related to this as well as my dad (who was actually giving me some context for some of the scenes). And finally the humour, some of it worked and I did smile and chuckle, but other times I wasn’t laughing as much as everyone else.

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As for the cast, the performances were solid all around and everyone did really well, though some stood out more than others. Firstly there was Christian Bale as Dr. Michael Burry, this was a very different kind of role than I was used to seeing Bale in, but he did really well. Ryan Gosling supplied most of the charisma and energy as Jared Vennett, and while his character wasn’t too likeable, he was incredibly smart, cunning and fun to watch because Gosling was just magnetic whenever he was on-screen. And Brad Pitt (who looked a lot like a thinner Russell Crowe for some reason) was very intriguing as Ben Rickert. But it was Steve Carell as Mark Baum who was the most interesting of the four main cast members. This character was blunt, tenacious, aggressive and like the other characters, pretty smart, but he also had the most interesting and developed backstory and when things got emotional for his character you felt it. I also really enjoyed John Magaro and Finn Wittrock as Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley as their characters really brought another interesting, funny and different perspective to this situation. Oh and finally I liked the performances from Adepero Oduye and Marisa Tomei as Kathy Tao and Cynthia Baum, I wish I could have seen more of them.

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In the end The Big Short was a very insightful and dramatic film that had an interesting story to tell and fabulous performances from everyone involved, that being said I’m not sure it clicked with me in the way that I wanted it to and I’m not sure if I’d want to watch it again.

So have you seen The Big Short and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Lucifer “Pilot”

Howdy people, yesterday I had the chance to watch the first episode of Lucifer on Amazon Instant Video and I wanted to pass my thoughts on it. Now I’d heard about this show months before it came out as another comic book adaptation, but since I wasn’t familiar with the source material I left it alone. However, with my uncle being a comic book fan posting his thoughts online I had to give it a watch.

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This show reminds me a lot of NBC’s Constantine in that both shows have good first introductions, set up the format for the weekly episodes and deal with supernatural elements concealed within the real world. What I liked about Lucifer was the mythology, the concept of the main character being a devil-like being who has left hell and has the ability to get the truth out of people, it was very fascinating, and while not all of the details were revealed about Lucifer’s life before being on Earth and how long he’s been there, or about the complications involving his father and Amenadiel, there’s plenty to like and get invested in for this pilot episode. I will admit that the show for all of its unique elements, it also felt a bit predictable with some of the story and character beats, some of it felt like your standard cop show drama and at times there wasn’t too many significant aspects that would make this show above average. Luckily the story was interesting enough and set a solid foundation for better things to come.

The cast is good with some people starting out more than others. Tom Ellis is the best as Lucifer Morningstar, the man is charismatic, charming, confident and very interesting to watch when using his powers and finding out what motivated him to do what he does. Lauren German as Chloe Decker does come across as another generic confident and badass cop that doesn’t take shit from anyone with a potential soft side and future relationship with Lucifer, German’s performance was good, but the character, besides being immune to Lucifer’s abilities, doesn’t seem as interesting so far. Kevin Alejandro is another standard douche as Dan, the detective who’s also Chloe’s ex-husband. Seeing D. B. Woodside after all these years as Amenadiel was fun and hope his character will have a bigger part to play later on, Lesley-Ann Brandt was good as Maze and Scarlett Estevez as Beatrice (aka Trixie) was very cute and likeable as Chloe’s daughter. Oh and finally Rachael Harris is delightful as Dr. Linda Martin.

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In conclusion the first episode of Lucifer was alright, the show definitely showed signs of promise with some of the mythology and the budding partnership of Lucifer and Decker, however it wasn’t great and has room to improve.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: First Blood

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’m gonna be talking about First Blood; the first in the Rambo film series. I saw this for the first time maybe in 2008 or 2009 and I remember loving it, however, it’s been a good few years since I saw it last and after reading Anna’s review at Film Grimoire, I had to check this film out again.

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The story can be described as the following:

“An ex-Green Beret named John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small American town by a tyrannical Sheriff and his abusive deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.”

I love the story as it was very engaging, dramatic and unexpected, plus it was a quintessential aspect of the film and was always at the forefront, rather than being a lazy part of the film like a lot of modern action films. This film was mainly about the personal and mental after effects of war, the complications that come with reintegrating into society, and how some prejudice and unpleasant behaviour can cause a great deal of unnecessary drama. The story is incredibly strong on an emotional level, from the beginning the tone is set with a melancholy/hard-hitting tone and as more details are revealed the drama only gets stronger, culminating in one hell of an ending.

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The cast was also fabulous as well. Sylvester Stallone was just amazing as John Rambo. This character was a damaged, lonely, misunderstood and troubled individual with PTSD from the war, he only wanted to continue his life in peace, but some foolish people gave him problems and that’s when things got interesting. And as the film went on, you start to see what kind of beast Rambo really was as he’s aggressive, meticulous, creative and an expert in combat and weaponry and adapting to different environments. People forget that Stallone can actually act thanks to all of the action films he’s done in recent years, however, it is films like these that show how great he can be with the right material, those final moments of the film almost bring a tear to my eye because of how much emotion Stallone conveyed. Richard Crenna as Colonel Sam Trautman was also brilliant as well, he was a straight-talking, no-nonsense kind of guy who knew Rambo from the war and offered advice to the police on how to stop him, but was rarely acknowledged. Brian Dennehy gave a good  performance as Sheriff Will Teasle, here we had the definition of a prick, this guy was antagonistic, rude and overconfident, he had all the traits of a villain from the moment you met him and Dennehy played the part to a tee.

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I also really liked the action, while he damage that Rambo caused was circumstantial and not intentional, his pursuers were either not aware of the difference or they didn’t care, regardless the authorities wanted him and Rambo wasn’t having it, so he went to town and left trail of chaos behind. Whether he was dispatching police in hand-to-hand combat, setting tramps in the woods, getting followed in car chases or just blowing stuff up, there was plenty of awesome and memorable sequences. Oh and the music Jerry Goldsmith’s score was so energetic, versatile and worked for all of the emotional points as well.

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In conclusion First Blood is a brilliant action film that illustrated the damage of war and how one man can be a force to be reckoned with when pushed over the edge. The performances were great, the action was solid, I can not recommend this film enough as it has a lot of the best aspects that make action films worth watching.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen First Blood and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave youre thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Quick Thoughts on Agent Carter S2 Episodes 1 & 2

As you may have noticed people, I haven’t gotten back into the reviewing groove for TV shows as I’m still trying to sort out the timing for when I can put them out on a weekly basis. However, with the return of Agent Carter last week, I couldn’t leave my blog without giving you lot my thoughts (regardless of whether you want them or not haha). So what follows are my quick thoughts on the first two episodes “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark“. Mild spoilers follow.

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Well, I am happy to report that season 2 of Agent Carter is back in full effect and so far I’m really enjoying it. I liked the first season of this show but I found it a little slow and uninteresting during the mid-point, however, since we’ve already spent time establishing the world, main characters and plot details last time, it allowed this season to hit the ground running taking the foundations of what’s come before and build on it, while presenting new and interesting situations. The new mysteries/stories surrounding the frozen lady, Sousa and Peggy’s relationship status, Calvin Chadwick and his business with the Zero Matter and the secret council, and Calvin’s deceptive wife Whitney Frost all has different levels of intrigue, excitement and potential for the future. I’m especially liking Frost with her being the brains of the operation between her and Chadwick, and that Zero Matter, man, it reminded me a little of Gravitonium, but then I also thought of the Kree monoliths as well. I just want to know what it is and what it does.

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One of the things I liked about Agent Carter before was the relationships between characters, whether they were friends, potential love interests or enemies, and that applies here as well. There’s a lot of fun or dramatic moments with Peggy in these first few episodes whether it between her and Jarvis, Thompson or Sousa and it is interesting to see how these moments play out considering where these characters were in season 1 and where they are now. I also like the sense of progression from season 1, where times have changed, we’ve moved past the post-war era and are entering a world that’s a little more fun, exciting and unexpected as well. The change of scenery has allowed for a great new colour palette, different types of locations (like movie sets and jazz clubs) and gives the show a sense of scope that hasn’t been present before.

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As for the cast I’m really enjoying the returning and new cast members as well. Hayley Atwell hasn’t lost a step as she’s still just a beautiful, witty and badass as she was before, but this time round she’s a more emotionally open and funnier than before. James D’Arcy continues to be hilarious and full of surprises as Edwin Jarvis with his new training regimen and need for adventure. Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa is my favourite of the returning cast as he’s changed so much with him becoming a Chief of another department of the SSR and having a new girlfriend that he wants to marry, while also having feelings for Peggy too. seeing how his life has changed and some of the emotional turmoil that he’s dealing with is great to watch. also seeing the return of Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson and Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood was also welcome, however, I am very curious to know where Dottie’s gone and when she’ll cross paths with Peggy again because I really love it when Dottie’s around being all creepy and subtly psychotic. And with the new characters, Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis is just a delight to watch, Reggie Austin also introduces some nice character moments as Jason Wilkes, and while I like Currie Graham as Calvin Chadwick, it’s his wife that was way more fascinating with Wynn Everett doing a really good job as Whitney Frost.

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I can’t wait to see where this show goes in the next few episodes, I’m hoping for something a little more exciting and superpowered than before, but so far Agent Carter‘s second season is off to a great start.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ride Along 2

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about Ride Along 2. Now I had no intention of seeing this film because it was sequel no one asked for and from the trailers it looked like the first film again just with a slighty different story and set of characters. But when my friend invited me along to see it I said “Fuck it why not?” And now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on this sequel.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.”

I was actually going into this film ready to shit on it, but it was better than I expected, just a bit haha. This film was basically the same as the last film in the sense that there’s a lot of the same jokes, scenarios and story beats repeated and some of it is tolerable and some it just felt tiresome. I didn’t really care for the story, it wasn’t that engaging, I was just looking for laughs and to my surprise this film actually had me laughing. The humour in this film is pretty ridiculous and stupid, but once I got into the silly nature of the film there were several points where I actually laughed and was having a good time.

When it comes to the cast they’re fine. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are the same as the ever were as Detective James Payton and Officer Ben Barber, while some of their personal situations have changed, Cube and Hart are pretty much just being themselves again. Sometimes it worked and sometimes I felt like rolling my eyes a little. Ken Jeong as A.J. felt similar to some of his previous roles that he’s done, but it didn’t stop him from being pretty fun at certain points. Also Olivia Munn as Maya Cruz, besides being super gorgeous Munn’s performance felt a little wooden and I didn’t really by her playing this tough lady cop and Benjamin Bratt was fine as Antonio Pope, he was charming and sneaky. And finally Bruce McGill was fine as Lieutenant Brooks and Tika Sumpter still looked hot as hell as Angela Payton-Barber and it was nice to see more for her in this film.

In conclusion Ride Along 2 was much better than I expected considering the negative reviews I’d seen online beforehand, while I won’t be watching it agin anytime soon, it made me laugh and it wasn’t a complete waste of time at the cinema. If you’re a fan of the first film or Kevin Hart then you’ll have fn with this, but for everyone else I would probably say skip it.

So have you seen Ride Along 2 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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