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QUICK REVIEW: Six Degrees of Separation

Howdy ladies and gents time for a quick film review and no it’s not relating to a new film, mainly because I haven’t seen any as of recent, no today I’m going to be talking about Six Degrees of Separation. As a big fan of Will Smith I have heard on numerous occasions that this was the film that made people take him seriously as an actor after his introduction to the world as a comedic presence in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now this is a film I have been meaning to see for years, but just haven’t found the time to watch it, however, after a night out last week Monday I decided to watch it the day afer and I wanted to give my thoughts on it.

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The story can be described as the following:

“An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.”

The annoying thing about this film is that there is no simple way to talk about it, there are so many layers to the story and even when you try to summarise it, there are so many details that you could be leaving out. I found it intriguing how one person could enter the lives of so many people, charm them, be disruptive and then leave, it is so strange and yet so engaging when you see the affected parties treat their individual situations. At first the film confused me because of the quick cut nature of the editing between scenes when dealing with the non-linear nature of the plot, but after a while you adjust to the film’s style and it really becomes fun to watch. I love the way this film looks at human interaction through family, friends, social circles and even strangers and through certain events you could be connected. For me, I just found the overall story and its themes very fascinating and informative, so much so that I just had to look it up online and find out more information about it. It has been a very long time since a film has stayed in my head so strongly after my viewing and left me was so many questions that needed answering.

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As for the cast they are all wonderful. Stockard Channing as Ouisa Kittredge was fabulous. Channing acts with such passion, force and humour, I like how her character has a very specific perspective on life, however after Paul comes into play, things start to gradually change and its interesting to see how she reacts to people and Paul in the latter half of the film. Donald Sutherland as Flan Kittredge was great, it is interesting to see him playing a humourous, worrisome, aggressive and yet sophisticated individual who has a sense of pride and see how he changes once Paul comes into play. The biggest revelation was Will Smith as Paul. Smith has always engaged viewers with his charm, charisma and wit, and he brings that into this film, but here Smith also offers deeper and darker emotions that I hadn’t seen from him before, as Paul he was funny and warm, but he was also deceptive, mysterious, a little creepy and vulnerable. Some of the monologues Paul talks about are so engaging that you could honestly just spend time discussing those segments alone because of the subject matter and how well Smith commits to them. The rest of the cast was good but the only other people I recalled from the film were Ian McKellen as Geoffrey Miller who was delightful, Heather Graham who was really good as Elizabeth, Eric Thal as Rick, and a young J. J. Abrams who appeared as Doug and gave a really good performance in his role and has one of the most memorable scenes involving a certain funny phone conversation. 😛

In conclusion Six Degrees of Separation is a really interesting, humourous and thought-provoking film that has an insightful and lovely narrative and features some really great performances from the main cast members. I wish I could do the film more justice in this review, but I don’t think I have the best analytical skills or comprehensive knowledge of the english language to talk about it in a fancy way. Best that I can do is to tell you to view the film for yourself, it is a really good watch and will definitely leave you thinking after it ends.

Rating: 8/10

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

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #4

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #4 on 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. With that out of the way let’s go!

Alpha House

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This is the main new series I’ve started watching and the first Amazon-produced series I’ve started watching (besides Extant, but I never got beyond episode 2 with that). Alpha House is one of those show I’ve seen advertised for ages and since I like John Goodman, I wanted to give it a try and to be honest, it’s not half bad. I like this show, I like the tone and characters and the setting. It’s not a show I find incredibly funny, but I do find it entertaining and am always curious to watch more. I’ve almost finished the first season (I think I’m on episode 10 or 11) and I think the reason I like it is because of the four main characters; Gil John Biggs, Robert Bettencourt, Louis Laffer and Andy Guzman are an odd group of government officials who function well together but also as individuals and their stories, challenges and general behaviour is fun to watch especially when it comes to Gil John and Louis.

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Blue Mountain State, still watching it, slowly but surely. Why? I don’t know. The show’s not nearly as interesting now and it feels more like a show I would leave on in the background, but I continue to watch… Why? Because I’m a glutton for punishment, but also because I like to finish most of the TV shows I watch.

Justice League

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So with me looking for TV shows to pass the time during my free hours off of work, I decided to re-watch the Justice League animated series from the mid-2000’s. I used to watch it on and off back in my school/college days, but I never fully got into it. So I decided to check it out from the beginning and the three-part opening episode is SO good. Besides the art and animation being really good, the show starts with a very creepy, dangerous and larger-than-life storyline that felt interesting, adventurous and had all sorts of cool to it. I love the way the characters came together and became a team, whether they butt heads or worked together, I liked their interactions and it felt nice because Batman and Superman were initially the focus, but the lesser-known characters are given their time to shine and you’re given reasons to like them too.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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I’m still going through Buffy’s seventh season and I’m just over halfway through at episode 14 and I’m enjoying it, but I’m saving my main thoughts for the review. Its annoying that I’ve taken so long to watch this show, but I’ve had to be in the right mood to watch this and considering the fact that I’m balancing Buffy along with several other shows, work and my video games, I think I’m doing okay. I will say that this season isn’t as engaging as the previous ones, but I continue because I have to see this show’s ending.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning to the world of TV in just under two weeks with season 3, I thought I should jog my memory by re-watching season 2. I had been intending to watch this back in the summer but never got around to it because of work and other outside events. Plus even though I remember the majority of the season, everything before episode 9 was a little blurry. So the last few days I’ve been checking it out and getting my sister up to date with it. I have to say I’m really enjoying seeing this show the second time round in a more cohesive manner and at a quicker pace. AoS really turned itself around with season 2 with the tone, stories, characters and use of comic book source material, and while the show is far from perfect, I think it is definitely worth watching now. With the mysteries behind the blue alien, the Tahiti project and Skye’s background getting cleared up, it offered up room to tell new stories and introduce the Inhumans as well. I’m only halfway through but I’m already feeling all giddy about what comes up later on and curious to see what season 3 is gonna throw at us.

So that’s what I’ve been watching, if you have any thoughts on anything that I’ve been watching be sure to drop a comment below and let me know, oh and do be sure to let me know what TV shows you’re watching at the moment too. Until next time, this is me signing out. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Life, Media, Television

 

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QUICK IMPRESSIONS: Super Mario Maker

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a quick impressions post and today I’ll be talking about Super Mario Maker. Since its unveiling I’ve been interested, but in time the more details that had been shown off, the more I wanted the game. Just the sheer amount of creativity and insanity that Nintendo were offering, it was just too good to pass up. So now I’m just gonna tell you what I think of the game so far.

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In short the game is pretty kick ass. I’m only around 8 hours into the game but already really liking it. The game basically comes down to making levels and playing levels, its simple and effective. When it comes to the creation side of things I’m having fun just trying to think of what to do, but also being aware that there are thousands, probably millions of people around the world crafting the same stuff as you keeps you thinking. I haven’t changed my Wii U clock to the get all the extra items because I can’t be bothered so I’ve just taken things as they’ve come and I’ve had fun gaining new power-ups, enemies and hazards. Still waiting for the Mario 3 and Mario World material as that’s my favourite visual aesthetics of the Mario series.

As for playing user-created levels, bloody hell, the amount of madness and fun I’ve come across online is nothing short of amazing. The online level landscape is exactly how I imagined it would be; full of fun levels, creative levels and hard as hell levels too. Sometimes I’m running through levels as Sonic, Link or Samus in their themed worlds or I could just be running for my life as everything tries to kill me or I could just be standing still and watching a level play itself in a sea of chaos. Playing the online levels of other creators is more than enough reason to come back to this game.

My only issue with the game is the longevity. Like most games these days, the amount of time I spend of a game is important. Games that aren’t RPGs normally don’t hold my interest for that long with some (with a few exceptions to the rule) and I feel like Mario Maker could go one of two ways: 1) I’ll bleed it try in the first week and not come back to it for a good while. OR 2) I could still have ideas and levels to play and balance out my playtime each time I come back to it. I hope for the latter, but we’ll see what happens.

In conclusion Super Mario Maker so far is really fun, easy to use and great to play, I just hope I still feel this way in a few months from now. If you’ve been playing the game be sure to comment below and tell me what you think of it. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Media, Video Games

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I saw the trailer but this film around 2 to 3 weeks ago I believe and I knew it was one to look out for, however, I wasn’t sure it’d get a viewing in my local cinema because it seemed too indie for my cinema, but lucky me I got to see it and now I’m ready to pass judgement!

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The plot can be summed up as the following:

“High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.”

It is a little hard to describe my feelings on this story. Like in my reviews of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and more recently Paper Towns, I love films that have a heavy focus the lives of young people in school, their transitions into college/university and their bonds of friendship, and this film definitely had that in spades. This film is basically about a boy who befriends a girl who is dying and their time together. But what I loved about this film was that there was a heavy focus on Greg, his school life, backstory with Earl, in addition to his interaction with Rachel during her time with leukemia. I also loved the film references as they were really well-done, funny and I liked how self-aware the film was too. The first half of the film is quite strange, awkward and funny, but eventually the film does get quite serious and it hits really hard. Cancer is a serious subject matter that has to be handled with care and this film tackled it in a realistic manner, and it also helped that this film really effected the relationship between Greg and Rachel together and individually. At one point I found myself on the verge of tears because the emotions were riding really high and the drama was heavy, this film had me emotionally. However, because of the nature of the story things do get a little heavy and depressing, and while this shouldn’t be a negative, it does make repeat viewings and my enjoyment of the film drop a bit.

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The cast was really impressive and did such great jobs in their roles. Firstly Thomas Mann was great as Greg Gaines, at first Greg comes across as an awkward, introverted yet smart individual who has a system in place for getting through high school, but everything changes when he meets Rachel and has to deal with a new kind of situation in terms of friendship that he hasn’t dealt with before and allows him to come to terms with some of his own issues. RJ Cyler was also good as Earl, he provided a lot of great moments of humour and drama, and had some lovely chemistry with Mann as these two friends/associates who make films together. And then there’s Olivia Cooke as Rachel Kushner who was wonderful, Rachel’s quiet, yet witty and nice and it’s interesting to see her bond and change over the course of the film from being alone to accepting people who befriend her in dark period of her life. I really liked Jon Bernthal as Mr. McCarthy as he was humourous and memorable. I also liked Connie Britton and Nick Offerman as Mr. & Mrs. Gaines, they were quite interesting characters especially Offerman as Greg’s father who had such a strange yet funny personality. And Molly Shannon was hilarious as Denise Kushner being this loving, funny yet strangely flirtatious mother to Rachel.

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I also have to mention the use of animation as their use was quite humourous and helped create some interesting transitions between scenes. And the soundtrack by Brian Eno and Nico Muhly was gorgeous, it had a lot power and emotion behind it, and there is one track in particular towards the end of the film which is so moving and beautiful, it is both sad and amazing at the same time.

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In conclusion Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a powerful film, that has a touching story, really great performances and a lovely soundtrack. That being said the film’s subject matter really does make it hard to recommend and it isn’t a film I’d want watch again anytime soon. But its positives do outweigh the negatives, it really just depends on what you’re looking to get out of the film.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: House of Cards Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a TV review again, YAY! Today I’ll be talking about the first season of House of Cards. I recently gave my quick thoughts in a recent blog post, but this post will be a little more expansive.

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Story-wise the show can be summed up as the following:

“A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.”

At first things unfold in an interesting way. You’re basically being introduced to this world through Frank Underwood’s eyes, you learn about the world of politics and government, and then there’s the journalism side of things as well. And you see how these two things operate separately but also how they intersect and have positive and negative effects for the people on either side. But what you learn quickly is that this is Frank’s story, everything is about him, and even when he isn’t the primary focus, in some way things will tie back to him, and there lies the show’s biggest strength and flaw. Frank’s a character with ambition and aspirations, but in order for him to get from A to B, he has plot and plan ahead and this involves everyone around him whether they are his wife, friends, enemies, other colleagues or people he doesn’t know, as they serve a purpose in the grand scheme of things. It is really smart and creative to see how these stories pan out and how the characters do things that intentionally and unintentionally relate back to Frank’s main plan. Of course there are parts of the story that don’t directly involve Frank like the smaller stories involving Claire, Zoe, Peter or Doug that have varying levels of significance. I will say Peter Russo’s arc is one of the most intriguing and dramatic and Claire’s story certainly gets more dramatic towards the latter half of the season. In terms of negatives HOS takes a little while to get into, the pace is slower than most shows I normally watch, I wasn’t completely sold on the first few episodes and a lot of the time I forgot the names of many characters and sometimes couldn’t follow certain conversations because of the political jargon. And finally certain stories set up some interesting possibilities, however they don’t all pan out the way you’d want them to (or at least the way I wanted them to).

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As the cast there are all pretty good. Kevin Spacey just kills it as U.S. Congressman Francis “Frank” J. Underwood. Frank’s a thinker, he’s proactive and is always a few steps ahead, and if something isn’t going his way he knows how to flip it and make the situation work for him. In some ways Frank reminds me of Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones in the sense that they are smart, cunning and confident. They know the game when it comes to politics and power, they know how to manipulate and persuade people, they’re stubborn and know no defeat. Rarely are they on the side of failure. So when they do trip up or make a mistake it is worse because they’ve been right for so long. I’ve always liked Spacey as an actor and this show really displays his acting talents in full force as he is charming, aggressive, relatable and just fun to watch. Robin Wright is just as important as Claire Underwood, at first she does come across as Frank’s wife and rock who supports him in all that he does, but as things progress you start to see that she’s a very strong individual who’s just as smart and cunning as her husband. Plus there is moments dedicated to her backstory and seeing how she develops as a person. Wright is an actress I haven’t seen that much of in recent years so it’s nice to see her in such a great role here. Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes is really good, Zoe is a young, gorgeous, intuitive and forward-thinking kind of woman who wants to further her work in journalism and will do so whether the means are morally or ethically correct or not. I love the working relationship that she obtains with Franks and how they help each other but also how the relationship changes when they really start to need things from each other. Mara plays this character pretty well with style, grace and beauty.

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Corey Stoll may be the season-stealer as Peter Russo, Russo is a good man with a troubled background, he’s involved with a lot of bad stuff and that in turn leaves him in dangerous situations which he eventually gets out of thanks to Frank. So Peter, through manipulation actually gets his act together and tries to do good, and I’d like to say more but it would be ruining things. Peter’s story arc is one of the best aspects of the season and Stoll is brilliant and I really like what he brought to the role. Michael Kelly as Douglas “Doug” Stamper is great, I’ve seen Kelly in a few TV shows and films here and there, but this is the most substantial role I’ve seen from him and he’s really good as Frank’s Chief of Staff. Kristen Connolly is great as Christina Gallagher and I also liked Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez. Sandrine Holt as Gillian Cole was quite good too, at first she’s a nice and respectable lady, but then she really grows some balls and goes into some aggressive places. Constance Zimmer is good as Janine Skorsky, at first I found Janine quite mean and frustrating but she eventually cooled down and showed  more resourceful and nicer side later on. Michel Gill does well as President Garrett Walker, even though his character seems a little plain at times, at other points he’s shown to be smart and cunning too. Mahershala Ali is also great as Remy Danton, I like how he and Frank have history and sometimes are opposed but other times need each other for mutual purposes. Ben Daniels as Adam Galloway was good, however I felt like his character could have been delved into a little more or just been taken out altogether. Reg E. Cathey is good as Freddy Hayes, even though he’s only around every so often, I love his interactions with Frank and how relaxed and friendly he is. And finally Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner is good as well and I found her character interesting considering her line of work and how she progresses.

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Oh by the way the presentation is great. The show is shot really well, everything looks so clean, the lighting is nice and the cinematography in general looks pretty. The soundtrack is also very good as it is very dramatic, haunting and disturbing, most times it feels unsettling and it works with the action on-screen. Oh and that opening, at first I really didn’t care for it as it came across as a bit plain with the music and just a time-lapse of different locations in DC, but I started to get into it and I will say that both the music and imagery gets more interesting after the sun goes down.

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In conclusion season 1 of House of Cards is pretty damn good. It introduces you to the world of politics and journalism, and how they intertwine. There is tension, drama and chaos, and it is just intriguing to see how these key characters interact and develop. I will say that certain story aspects didn’t pan out the way I would have liked and some of the political jargon lost me, but overall a good start to an interesting show.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen the first season of House of Cards and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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My Quick Thoughts On Star Wars Rebels

Howdy people of the internet, how are you all? With Star Wars Rebels set to return to TV next month with its second season I thought I’d just give you my thoughts on the show since I have been watching since the beginning but haven’t had the chance to review anything that I’ve watched.

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Initially I was hesitant to watch Rebels, I mean I had a lot of concerns. While the show had some interesting ideas and was focused on the most respected side of the Star Wars films (the Original Trilogy), the show still had a questionable art style, a kid friendly approach and a batch of new characters that I wasn’t sure I could get attached to. But Rebels, once it found its feet got better and become a show I wanted to watch out of choice rather than just being something to watch because of the “Star Wars” label.

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From the time I started watching with Spark of Rebellion I knew that this was a totally different beast from The Clone Wars series. For me TCW just had stories, characters and a tone I wasn’t too interested in, plus it didn’t help that the art and animation just didn’t agree with me either. And while there are a few similarities when it comes to the visual presentation, Rebels just sported a much sleeker and polished look. The art was a little more detailed, use of colour and lighting was more noticeable especially when it comes to locations and action sequences, and while the fluidity of 3D animation looked a little questionable at times, for the most part it was more impressive than TCW. But beyond the visuals, Rebels just had the spirit of the film embedded into the stories and characters more so than the former show, and it had more interesting scenarios to discover. I will say that I didn’t love this show at first, I liked it, but around halfway through the show really started tapping into the Star Wars mythology, but also started developing its own stories too and got a little more serious in tone too. By the time I’d watched The Siege of Lothal I knew shit was getting real, that film really raised the stakes and drama, and having Darth Vader appear and show why he’s a force not to be messed with was awesome.

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But what would a show be without its characters? Luckily Rebels has a great bunch of main characters but also has some cool secondary characters and utilizes other famous faces in guest appears too. When it comes to the main protagonists you have Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, Hera, Zeb and Chopper, they’re a group of individuals who are totally different, but at the end of the day they’re family. The reason they work is as a team is because they are fleshed out characters, either having episodes dedicated themselves or having interactions that build them up. This especially the case with Sabine, Kanan and Ezra. Ezra especially was a character I didn’t think I’d like but he grows, gets better and becomes someone you want to root for. I love characters like the Inquisitor, Agent Kallus and Minister Maketh Tua who are essentially the bad guys, but they are portrayed in such a way where you’re just as curious to see what they’re up to, how they fit into the grand scheme of things and whether they’ll succeed or fail. Also inclusion of characters like Senator Bail Organa, Lando Calrissian and Grand Moff Willhuff Tarkin are great too.

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To conclude Star Wars Rebels a show I like a lot, it started out little okay but it got better and now I’m really looking forward to seeing how this show progresses with man characters and how it will continue to tie into the film universe as well.

So have you seen Star Wars Rebels and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to comment below and let me know and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Media, Television

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Straight Outta Compton

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review, and today I’ll be talking about a film I’ve been waiting to see for a good while now; Straight Outta Compton.

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The story can be summed up as the following:

“The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”

I thought the story was great, as someone who really wasn’t aware of what was going on at that point in time, this film serves as an interesting history lesson as to what was going on in America at that time, why NWA were such a big deal and how they changed music and the world with their presence. Obviously there will probably be some dramatized elements or stuff that gets left out, however for the most part everything felt real, authentic and was handled with a great deal of care. I like how the film gave enough time to focus on each of the three key characters (Eazy-E, Dre and Cube), but also sprinkled in references to other rappers and projects they’d be working on, and some of those references are hilariously well-placed. The story doesn’t hold back much, there’s nudity, death, violence, racism and it can be brutal and intense, and it’s just crazy to believe that the world used to be that way with the abusive police and turf wars between gangs. At the same time, like Selma and Fruitvale Station, this film sort of depicts some of the crazy shit that’s still going on today which makes it even more relevant.

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As for the cast, they were all great and there really wasn’t anyone who gave a best performance in my eyes. Firstly there’s O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, damn! If there was ever someone who was cast perfectly to play a real life character in biopic, it would be this guy. Jackson does really well portraying his father with his body language, mannerisms and the right amount of sass and aggression, it’s almost completely uncanny. But beyond that Jackson does well playing this creative individual who has dreams and aspirations, but wants things to be equal and the guy has a bit of temper too. Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre was really good too. While Hawkins looks nothing like Dre, the guy does one hell of a job acting like him. In the film Dre is someone who is really into music in terms of the rhythm, composition and overall sound and you can tell that he’s got talent and aspirations to change the world of music. But the person who steals the film is Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. I’d heard a lot of hype about Mitchell before seeing this film, but even I have to admit that guy was great. Eazy is a fun and smart individual, however he doesn’t always have the right kind of ideas and because of the nature of the stuff he gets involved with he goes on a really crazy, destructive and tragic journey, and I have to say that Mitchell killed it offering a performance that was handled really well. I also enjoyed Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown, Jr. was hilarious as DJ Yella.

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And then of course there’s Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, Giamatti was really good here offering a character who was funny and loyal, and yet sneaky, manipulative and questionable.I also have to say that R. Marcus Taylor who played Suge Knight was awesome, that guy, bloody hell, he was scary, he could be all calm one minute and then would explode if the littlest thing pissed him off. Oh and shout out to Keith Stanfield who did a great job as Snoop Dogg.

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In conclusion Straight Outta Compton is pretty badass film. It has such a great sense of pride, brutality, intensity and realism, and it also helps that the story was compelling, the acting was excellent and the music was awesome.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Straight Outta Compton and if so what did you think? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Hitman: Agent 47

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a film review, yeah I still write those for new films haha. Today I’ll be talking about Hitman: Agent 47, the second adaptation of the popular video game series. I had a lot of hope for this film or at least hoped that it’d be good enough to be considered a decent video game adaptation, but after the bad reviews came out I wasn’t too interested in watching it. Well I saw it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story can be summed up as the following:

“An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.”

I thought the story was interesting but incredibly clichéd. There were certainly moments of intrigue and mystery, but once Agent 47 and Katia got together and the story surrounding her father and the Syndicate is revealed, things get pretty dull pretty quickly. Whether it is the dialogue, specific reveals and plot points or the way in which the film ended, it was really lame, generic and lacking in originality. I’m not sure who to blame, but I do believe that having Skip Woods on as the writer was a bad idea. This man has been attached to several bad films including the original Hitman, Die Hard 5 and the craptastic X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What really bothers me is that this film feels like the same kind of bullshit story details that I’ve seen in other video game adaptations, I don’t understand why it is so hard for certain gaming franchises to be adapted when there is such good source material to draw from. But actually, I do, it is because the filmmakers that are hired don’t have the right kind of talent and/or have people that don’t understand the source material too well. I just know in the hands of a more talented screenwriter and more confident director this film could have been so much more.

As for the cast, they vary from being good to being kind of lame. Rupert Friend is the main saving grace as Agent 47, Friend has the right kind of mannerisms, action chops and emotionless face to be this badass assassin. Hannah Ware was decent as Katia van Dees, at times she felt annoying or dull, but Ware did well with the material she was given. Zachary Quinto as John Smith, this was a mixture of good and bad. At certain points Quinto looks like he was tapping into his old Sylar persona and he was pretty intimidating, but then he starting getting a bit over-the-top. Ciarán Hinds was as Dr. Litvenko, but didn’t add much to the film for me. And finally Thomas Kretschmann as Antoine LeClerq was lame, Kretschmann is a do like a lot and after being wasted in Avengers 2 earlier in the year, here he’s reduced to a boring antagonist who does little more than make threats, sit around and rarely adds anything significant to the film.

When it comes to the presentation it was decent. Visually the film is good, they was some decent hand to hand combat, nice shoot outs and some good cinematography and editing with certain sequences. Plus I appreciated some of the creative ways Agent 47 dispatched certain people just like the games. However I feel like there could have been much more done, and the use of CGI felt completely unnecessary as it was far too obvious when something was real and when it was fake, and it doesn’t help that the CGI looks like it was made for TV on multiple occasions. And the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami was good, it wasn’t great but it had moments where it sounded pretty nice.

In conclusion Hitman: Agent 47 is an alright film with some nice moments of action and intrigue and good central performances from Rupert Friend, however even those elements can’t save this film from its bad story, unoriginal ideas, dull characters and overuse of CGI. I don’t hate the film but I probably won’t be watching it again any time soon.

Rating: 5.5/10 (harmless fun)

So have you seen Hitman: Agent 47 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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QUICK REVIEW: Concussion Trailer #1

Good day to you ladies and gents time for my first trailer review in ages and today I’ll be talking about a film I’ve been wanting to see more from for a while now, Concussion.

Check out the trailer below:

So my thoughts after seeing trailer? I’m down, I like it.

This is a film I’ve been following for a while now since the initial premise was put online, but since there wasn’t nearly as much attention on this film as there was Will Smith’s last film, Focus, I wasn’t sure if it was going to see any proper marketing. But FINALLY there’s some footage for this film and I have to say I’m hyped and intrigued. I love films based on true events, especially those where that have corruption and truth being withheld, and this film looks like it has that. This film looks like it’ll be a drama with some thriller elements as well, and I’m sure that it’ll be an emotional journey and I would hope that filmmakers have made the film informative and handles subject matter with care.

I’m just really interested in seeing Will Smith in a serious film again. Smith is a great actor who’s known primarily for his humour, but unless you’re a film fan of the older variety, you’ll probably not have seen some of Smith more serious work. Ali, Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds are the best examples of Smith going into some pretty dramatic territories and demonstrating that he’s someone to be taken seriously. Some people have forgotten how good he is an actor after the likes of After Earth, and this film looks like Smith is going hard in this role. But I think the main talking point of this trailer will be Smith’s accent. As Dr. Bennet Omalu, Smith is doing a Nigerian accent (at least that’s what I’ve heard its supposed to be) and at first it was distracting and hard to adjust to, but I think I’ll get over when the film comes out. I think this will be the make or break aspect for some, as there are already talk online about the authenticity of Smith’s accent, to me it sounds a little off, but sometimes it can be legit and I just don’t know any better. Another thing to note, Will Smith sometimes has a habit of being seen as just Will Smith (similar to what happens to Tom Cruise), but here I just see the character he is playing, he is deep into this role and I’m convinced he’ll turn in a good performance. Besides all my gushing about Smith, I also LOVE the fact that Alec Baldwin is in this film. Baldwin, regardless of his status in the public eye, has done really great work in film and TV and I really like the guy in most things that I see him in and it looks like he’ll be great here too.

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In conclusion Concussion looks pretty good. It looks super dramatic, has a great cast and a story that has me intrigued. I hope this film is good and will be seen by enough people.

So have you seen the trailer for Concussion and if so what did you think of it? Are you down with Smith’s accent or is it not convincing enough for you? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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