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The Suicide Squad Review (Spoiler-Free)

Good day ladies and gents, I have reappeared online to share my thoughts on The Suicide Squad, the latest DC film from director James Gunn. Now being in the UK I could’ve had my review online last Friday because that’s when it released over here, but I decided to hold off until this week. So having seen it twice I’m ready to share my thoughtsvia my podcast聽Film Focus.

In episode 127 of Film Focus, I review the latest film from Warner Bros. and DC; The Suicide Squad. So this is the second attempt to make a Suicide Squad film after the 2016 version failed to resonate with audiences in the way that the studios wanted. So with James Gunn at the helm, he has assembled an impressive cast and crafted a story that from the trailers looks like it’s more quirky, violent, funnier and crazier than the previous instalment. So is the film a good time or not? Well, listen to this spoiler-free episode to find out! 馃榾

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen聽The Suicide Squad and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2021 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Luca Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet! I know it has been a good few months since my last upload on this site, I have still been making reviews, but I just haven’t been posting on here. Anyway, I’m back to share my review for Luca via my podcast聽Film Focus.

In episode 124 of Film Focus, I review the latest film from Pixar; Luca. When this film was first revealed to the world via the internet I was certainly intrigued by its different style when compared to previous Pixar films, but I didn’t find myself crazily excited to check it. So now that it’s out on Disney+ how did this film turn out? Well, listen to this spoiler-free episode to find out! 馃榾

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen聽Luca and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2021 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Raya and the Last Dragon

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, how’s it going? So earlier this week I checked out Raya and the Last Dragon; the latest animated film from Disney and now I am here to share my review via my podcast Film Focus.

Now I’m always down for a good animated film and I’ve been interested in this film since its announcement. So with an interesting setting, beautiful presentation and solid reviews prior to its release, I was pretty hyped. So how does the film fare Well, check out this episode to find out!

P.S. I do discuss some small spoilers during a section of the review, so if you wish to avoid them skip minutes 14:20-16:19

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Raya and the Last Dragonand if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2021 in Film Reviews, Films

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Tom and Jerry

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, how’s it going? So earlier this week I had the misfortune of watching the latest film adaptation of Tom and Jerry and now I am here to share my pain with you through a review via my podcast聽Film Focus.

In episode 116 of Film Focus, I review for one of the worst films I’ve watched for a while; Tom and Jerry. Now I’ve never been the biggest fan of the OG Tom and Jerry cartoons, it was like one of those cartoons you watched in between your favourites or when nothing else was on. That being said, when it was good, it was really fun and watched a lot of it in my childhood. I even watched that animated film from 1992 on TV numerous times, and while it’s not a great film by any means, it does have its quirks. So I know what the source material is, and this film… Is not the one. It does a massive disservice to the original cartoons. So how bad is this film? Well, check out this episode to find out!

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you been unfortunate enough to see Tom and Jerry and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2021 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Mortal Kombat Red Band Trailer

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I know I haven’t been on this blog for a while, but I have resurfaced for a good reason. Recently the gods graced us with goodness in the form of a red band trailer for the elusive upcoming video game adaptation of Mortal Kombat. So today I am here to share my casual thoughts on the trailer via my podcast聽Film Focus.

In episode 115 of Film Focus, I share with you my thoughts on the first red band trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. Now normally I don’t do trailer reviews on the podcast, but considering how long I waited for footage for this film and how much hype, caution and curiosity I have about this film as well, I had to show up and say something. So join me for some casual thoughts on how I think the film is looking so far.

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen the first trailer for Mortal Komabtand if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2021 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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End of Year Review 2020

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Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my annual End of Year Review where I look back on the year and highlight certain things that were interesting to me. So 2020, I think we can all agree that this year has been a bloody disaster, but in the midst of the chaos and despair, there has been some bright spots for sure. So as per usual, I will talk about the year as a whole from my perspective, break it down into sections and then conclude with a summary. So without further ado let’s begin.

Video Games

2020 has been an interesting year for us gamers, even though the pandemic really messed with a lot of development and left certain games released incomplete or pushed back to next year, there have been a number of good releases across all consoles, and we even got the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, well sort of as there was a lot of scalpers.

As for me, I ended up playing quite a few games, some old ones and a few new ones as well. Since getting stuck back in the UK in March I was able to play my PS4 and finally play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Horizon: Zero Dawn, the former I enjoyed besides some crazy game-breaking glitches and the latter which was fun but not as captivating as I had hoped. I even back to some of my older Nintendo Switch games like Child of Light, Terriria and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (especially after sephiroth came out).

But what about new games? Well like everyone else I jumped in on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and had stupid amounts of fun messing around on my island and reconnecting with friends online. Streets of Rage 4 had a wonderful presentation and was pretty good even if I didn’t play it as much as I would’ve liked. Also Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was a delight and though it got a little hard at times, I frigging love the gameplay and the beautiful upgrades to the visuals and audio. A Short Hike came out of nowhere to be one of my favourite relaxing gaming experiences since I played Animal Crossing: Wild World in 2008. And then, of course, there was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which even on PS4 was a visual delight with a badass soundtrack, cool quality-of-life upgrades to the established gameplay and story which was captivating. Now sure the game got a little glitchy and it probably could’ve been priced a little lower, but I had a great time regardless. And finally Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a game I’m still working my way through, but I’m having a lot of fun with because of the varied combat options for the characters, the awesome music and nice character moments in the story. It is a little repetitive towards the 20-hour mark, but I will hopefully I’ll get back to it the next week or so. The only game missing from this list is Final Fantasy VII Remake, I did buy it in the summer, but wanted to dedicate time to Animal Crossing and play through the original FFVII up to the point where Remake ends, so I’ll probably play it January.

Top 6 Games

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
  4. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  5. Streets of Rage 4
  6. A Short Hike

Films

Watching films in 2020 has been weird. I can still remember being in Canada near the start of the year watching Bad Boys, Birds of Prey, Sonic and The Invisible Man, then the pandemic hit and everything got shut down (well it did in the UK). Some films were pushed back to the end of the year, some moved to streaming services and some have no release date at all. The pandemic really hit the industry hard with a lot of cinemas getting closed down from indie theatres to big chains like my very own Cineworld. And since watching films at the cinema is one of my favourite things to do it has left me feeling pretty sour. Though it wasn’t all doom and gloom as there were a number of films that showed up on streaming, from Netflix to Amazon to Disney Plus and so on, and while I was late to the party with a lot of these entries, I was glad that I was so inquisitive as I ended up finding a lot of surprising films online this year.

Top 10 Films of 2020

  1. Over the Moon
  2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  3. Soul
  4. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  5. Da 5 Bloods
  6. Elona Holmes
  7. The Way Back
  8. The Devil All the Time
  9. Gretel & Hansel
  10. Leftover Women

So this list was incredibly hard to put together and I imagine if I had more time I’d be shuffling these around and adding more films from this year’s slate especially if I were still able to go to the available cinemas in Vancouver. But hey it is what it is. I am only sad I had to take The Invisible Man off of my list as I had SO much fun with that film, however, the films I ended up with resonated with me on a higher frequency. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of catching up next year so I look forward to that.

Honourable Mentions

  • The Invisible Man
  • Robin’s Wish
  • Bad Boys For Life
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Extraction
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Borat 2
  • Fatman
  • Bill and Ted Face the Music
  • Tenet

Television

When it comes to TV it’s funny, I haven’t watched that much, to be honest. You’d think with a pandemic that kept me indoors for the majority of the year I would have watched a lot more. But to be honest not too many things really tickled my fancy besides returning shows. I mainly went back in time and rewatched all of Parks and Rec, and I’m still working my way through Grimm and Fringe with my family. I also found myself finally getting around to Hunter x Hunter which has been really fun so far, I also finally saw the second season of Mob Pyscho 100 which was amazing and I’m also going through Outlaw Star the whole way through too.

The only new show I saw was Close Enough, another beautifully wacky show from the creator of Regular Show. Beyond that, I really loved The Boys season 2 which was suitably insane, violent, layered and entertaining throughout. Closely followed behind would be The Mandalorian‘s second season which was more cohesive and had some great character development for Mando, gorgeous music and incredible world-building with the introduction of Clone Wars and Rebels elements. The new season of Umbrella Academy was pretty good, Lucifer returned and was decent, but not as engaging as before, and Big Mouth continued to be vulgar and uncomfortable, but also incredibly accurate and relatable to the troubles of adolescence and race.

Top 6 TV

  1. The Mandalorian Season 2
  2. The Boys Season 2
  3. Close Enough
  4. Umbrella Academy Season 2
  5. Big Mouth Season 4
  6. Lucifer Season 5

Music

Unlike last year, music has been my everything and I also believe this is the year I have put the most amount of work into finding new music and luckily I’ve found some great stuff old and new. I have found myself consumed with Anita Baker, Level 42, Issues and Foo Fighters, alongside the new and classic sounds of Calvin Harris, John Paesano, Drama, Victoria Mon茅t and SG Lewis. I’ve found new and delightful music in all sorts of unexpected places, from Lecrae’s Restoration album to Another Sky’s album, I Slept On The Floor. It was actually tough to put a list together because I had too many choices, but below I believe those are my favourites from the year.

Top 5 Albums

  1. Lecrae – Restoration
  2. Another Sky – I Slept On The Floor
  3. Drama – Dance Without Me
  4. Victoria Mon茅t – Janguar
  5. John Paesano – Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Top 10 Favourite Songs

  1. SG Lewis – Feed the Fire
  2. Victoria Mon茅t – Experience
  3. Kid Cudi – Leader of the Delinquents
  4. John Paesano – New York’s Only Spider-Mn
  5. deadmau5 – Pomegranate
  6. Calvin Harris – Over Now
  7. Yebba – Distance
  8. Janelle Monae – Turntables
  9. Pharrell – Entrepreneur
  10. Wiz Khalifah – Speed Me Up

My Experience

Man, I think it goes without saying that this year has been a big fat mess. I was in Canada, flew back to the UK for a quick excursion in March and got stuck here, I have gone through multiple funks, had creative block while working on projects and a general lack of enthusiasm especially towards the summer. That being said, through all the negativity of this pandemic stuff, especially here in the UK, there has been a lot of positives that have come to pass as well. I wanted to highlight the main points below:

  • I turned 30 this year and was lucky enough to have a birthday gathering before the first lockdown happened
  • I reconnected with so many friends online
  • I really got into my artwork and even got paid for it

Its funny, not a lot has happened and yet so much has changed for me especially with my creativity and mindset being way more focused and positive than ever before. That being said I have missed al my peeps in Canada, I miss my job, the food, locations and vibe of Vancouver and I have no clue when I’ll be able to return. But overall I’m still rocking and very positive about the future

Conclusion

In conclusion, 2020 has been a bit of a shit show but some good has emerged and has had a positive effect on me. So I’m sure next year will be filled with so much creative content for me. But like everyone else I’m ready to kick this year to the curb and never speak of it again, so I’m gonna go back to my drinks and I’ll see ya in 2021!

Well, thanks for reading. So how was 2020 for you? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and finally, have a safe and happy new year and I’ll see ya in 2021. Laters! 馃榾

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Films, Life, Media, Music, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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Double Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom & Soul

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I hope y’all had a good Christmas break. But today I am here to share my thoughts on both Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Soul聽via my podcast聽Film Focus.

On episode 111 of Film Focus, I’ve got another double review for y’all in the form of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Soul. These are films I’ve had my eye on for a while. With Soul, I’ve been super intrigued about the film because of the great teaser trailer released last year. And Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom I was down to see because of the cast and premise. And since I saw both films within a week of each other and they had some similar elements, I thought I’d review both in the same episode. So how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 馃榾

Timecodes:

02:00 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Review
14:00 Soul Review

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom聽and Soul and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Double Review: Peninsula & Fatman

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, yeah I鈥檓 still alive haha. Today I am here to share my thoughts on both Peninsula and Fatman聽via my podcast聽Film Focus.

On episode 110 of Film Focus, I’m back and bringing you yet another double film review for the sequel to Train to Busan; Peninsula and the unconventional Christmas film; Fatman. So how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 馃榾

Timecodes:

02:11 Peninsula Review
11:38 Fatman Review

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Peninsula and Fatmanand if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Double Review: One Night in Bangkok & Gretel & Hansel

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, yeah I鈥檓 still alive haha. Today I am here to share my thoughts on both One Night in Bangkok and Gretel & Hansel聽via my podcast聽Film Focus.

On episode 109 of Film Focus, I’ve got another double review for One Night in Bangkok and Gretel & Hansel. Both films I found while scanning through Amazon Video and I had an interest in both films for different reasons. So how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 馃榾

Timecodes:

02:23 One Night in Bangkok Review
10:21 Gretel & Hansel Review

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen One Night in Bangkok and Gretel & Hanseland if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters!聽馃榾

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Video Game Adaptations Part 1

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, hope you are all well. So after many months and years of waiting and retooling, I finally get to cover part 1 of a topic that’s very special to me; Video Game Adaptations via my podcast Film Focus.

Now I am extremely passionate about video game adaptations as I believe they have the potential to be the next big genre in Hollywood if the right IPs are adapted with the right filmmakers. Alas since their inception there has been a lot of missteps in translating their unique elements from games to film.

So I wanted to look back at the first wave of video game films from the ’90s and have a casual analysis about 5 films and discuss:

  • When the came out
  • Their pros and cons
  • How they were adapted from their source material

I had a lot of fun making this and you’ll probably hear the passion in my voice from how loud I can be on occasions haha. So join me on a trip down memory lane as we dive into the early period of video game adaptations.

Timecodes:

05:32 Super Mario Bros. Movie
15:17 Double Dragon
21:46 Street Fighter
30:21 Mortal Kombat
44:30 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
53:34 Conclusion

Anyway here鈥檚 the review:

If you haven鈥檛 checked out my podcast before you can find it here:聽https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen any of these filmsand if so what did you think of them? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I鈥檒l see ya in the next review, laters! 馃榾

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2020 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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