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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: In Bruges

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about In Bruges. So this is a film I’ve been meaning to watch for a while now, I’ve not only heard a lot about it via some film critics/fans I follow online, but also from my mate at uni who told me to check it out back in 2012 or 2013. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.” I have to say that was engaged from the beginning due to the fact that I not only liked the two main actors but also because of their current situation. They had essentially come from a hitman job that had gone wrong in the UK and had to lay low and wait for instructions, and while it wasn’t clear what had happened yet. I liked the mystery that surrounding these characters and suspense surrounding the call from their boss, Harry. While it was fun to get to know both characters and see their differences in personality, I wasn’t super captivated by the story. I was interested but was waiting for something to hook me. And then when you found out what happened with Ray and why these characters are in their current situation, that’s when the film got me. And from there, what followed was a series of unexpected scenarios that ranged from being hilarious to shocking to strange and crazy. I liked the film’s sense of humour, it was dark, twisted and blunt and while not all of the¬†dialogue landed for me, some of those lines were frigging funny as hell, and luckily the humour never came at the expense of the serious moments as it was well-balanced throughout the film. The cast was great. First you have¬†Colin Farrell¬†as Ray who is a charismatic, straightforward and rude kind of guy who I found¬† little funny but mostly unlikable for a while, until I saw what happened to him in the past and how he acted around some other characters, he isn’t a complete douche, he has a heart and can be good occasion and Farrell was just delightful.¬†Brendan Gleeson was great as Ken, I have yet to see a film where Gleeson disappoints me and the same rules apply here, he’s serious, yet witty and is a nice counterbalance to Ray. Farrell and Gleeson have great chemistry, they’re like an old married couple bickering, but you can see that there is a solid bond there. But it might be¬†Ralph Fiennes who steals the show as Harry. Good gravy, what a guy! From the time he’s introduced via a phone call he leaves a solid impression, and from there he has so many scene-stealing moments with his magnetic presence and his hot and cold personality, he’s cool, but when you piss him off he’s merciless and crazy, and this might be one my favourite performances from Fiennes ever because he reminded me of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. I also enjoyed¬†Cl√©mence Po√©sy who was delightful as Chlo√ę Villette and¬†Jordan Prentice brought some good humour as Jimmy, and I also liked¬†Thekla Reuten¬†as Marie and¬†J√©r√©mie Renier¬†as Eirik. In conclusion, In Bruges was a film I enjoyed far more than I expected with interesting themes, great performances, good humour, a really nice and melancholy film score and unexpected revelations.

So have you seen In Bruges¬†and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Dead Man Down

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Dead Man Down. Now, this is one of the many films that’s been on my watchlist on Amazon Video for AGES, and since I wanted to watch a film that wasn’t too long, but was also on the overdue section of my watchlist I decided to give this film a watch. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.

Now I don’t want to say too much about the plot in the summary above, so just check out the trailer below if you want any additional information. I watched this film completely blind and I thought this film was fun, but not too captivating throughout. If you have seen any thriller with a revenge plot then you’ve experienced a lot of these story elements before, and at first, you’re intrigued by the main character and his ties these criminals and this mysterious woman. That being said, certain things start out a little slow and there seemed to be a few moving parts to story that I wasn’t sure how they’d serve the main story. However, once some plot twists and revelations come to light the picks up and gets quite exciting. While some plot points play out as you’d expect, there were some minor aspects that turned out differently than I expected which was nice. One of the things that elevate the film is the cast, firstly there’s¬†Colin Farrell¬†as Victor, he doesn’t talk much especially early on, however, as the film goes on we get to learn more about him and understand his motivations, and it also helps¬†that Farrell can be intimidating and likeable.¬†Noomi Rapace¬†as Beatrice is also really good, she’s a woman deeply affected by an accident that left her physically and mentally scarred and at first, it was interesting to learn about her backstory and how she tied to current events of the plot, and Rapace is so charming, strong and cute in this role, and I think this is the most attracted I’ve been to her as an actress so far. Farrell and Rapace have solid and cute chemistry together. Also, Dominic Cooper is good as Darcy, I liked his connection to Victor and how he played detective to find out the truth of an important death earlier on. Also, Terrence Howard did play a decent villain in the form of as Alphonse Hoyt, he’s smooth yet aggressive and has some great moments to chew scenery¬†and in some ways, this character feels like a precursor to his role in Empire. And finally, Isabelle Huppert¬†as Beatrice’s mother Maman was nice, offering light-hearted and subtle moments of drama with her daughter.¬†Visually the film is pretty good. It felt like there was a strong sense of direction when it came to the action as it was shot and framed well, had some nice violence and gunfights, and the final action sequence in a house was pretty damn cool. Also, the film score from Jacob Groth was good and had some lovely dramatic and emotional moments.¬†In conclusion, Dead Man Down was a decent film, it wasn’t overly original and was a little slow and predictable at points, the performances, style, action and latter half of the film kept me engaged.

So have you seen Dead Man Down¬†and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 43 – Justice League Review (Spoilers!)

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, last year I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus and on this podcast, I talk about various topics in film and reviews as well on a biweekly basis. As for the latest episode, it is a recap/review of the summer movies of 2017!

Anyway here’s the episode 43:

I’ve done already done my written review for Justice League, however, there was so much more for me to say about this film that I couldn’t put in my original review. So in this podcast episode, I just expand upon some basic points and then get into full-on spoilers after 21:39, so for those who have seen the film and want to hear my thoughts about some of the more significant elements of the film, both good and bad, then that section is for you.

As I mentioned before I’ll cover a different topic or review in each episode and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. ūüôā

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

Or if you’re on iTunes subscribe and rate me on there: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/film-focus/id1114233892?mt=2

So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also, you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining in future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Justice League

Howdy ladies and gents, its time for another review and today I get to talk about one of the biggest films of the year, Justice League. Now to say that the lead up to this film has been rough would be an understatement, with the mostly negative feedback to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad and the success of Wonder Woman, the odds were stacked against this film. Add on top of that the fact that Zack Snyder left the film because of family tragedy, Joss Whedon had to step in to finish the films and since then there were numerous conflicting reports about what had changed, and how much of the film was changed because of Whedon’s involvement. Anyway, the film’s out, the reception’s been mixed and now its time for me to throw my thoughts into the mix! ūüôā

So the plot can be described as the following:

“A new evil force comes to Earth threatening¬†to bring about the end of the world, and so¬†Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman work together to find and recruit a team of special¬†individuals including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash to stand against this newly awakened threat.”

So the plot of the film was good, not great, but solid. Firstly I liked the backstory involving the main villain, different races and the Mother Boxes, that along with certain dialogue about locations, history and characters helped flesh out the world and create mythology that was interesting and intriguing, it not only built on what we got in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Wonder Woman, but helped make this film more engaging and left the door open for future films to build on. I also appreciated how the story was simple, yet layered with themes relating to teamwork, death, leadership, moving on from the past and finding courage in the face of uncertainty. There was also some wonderful references to the comics with certain scenes and dialogue which made me smile a lot too. That being said there were some issues, certain scenes dragged or felt boring, there were some tonal inconsistencies, and some of the humour was good and some of it fell a bit flat and ill-timed. And some of the plot decisions were a little basic and certain dramatic or important elements were resolved quickly without enough time to simmer.

As for the cast, I liked them, some more than others. Let’s start with¬†Ben Affleck as¬†Batman/Bruce Wayne, now some people like him as Batman, some hate him, I¬†fall into the former category. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was one of my favourite¬†parts of BvS and he’s put to better use in this film. I liked how Bruce was strong-willed, focused, yet reckless and uncertain. Gal Gadot was quite good as Wonder Woman, it was interesting her in the modern world, dealing with issues not only with her past but also with some of the actions of her teammates too, Gadot has certainly found her groove with this role and besides being super beautiful, she’s confident, strong and smart. Ezra Miller as The Flash was a worry for me before watching this film because of my love for Grant Gustin’s version, but I did like this cooky, strange and lighthearted guy, he was mainly there for comic relief, but he some serious and smart moments too, and Miller’s charisma was magnetic. Jason Momoa as Aquaman was cool, he’s this serious, yet chilled out and funny kind of guy who does the right thing when the tie is right. The real surprise was¬†Ray Fisher as Cyborg, I thought he looked like the most boring character from the trailers and he ended up being one of my highlights of the team with his attitude towards the way he was created, his interactions with the team and his importance to the plot, Fisher’s portrayal was quite engaging. The team as a whole had a wonderful dynamic filled with humorous and aggressive tendencies which made their eventual formation and scenes on and off of the battlefield nice.

Ciar√°n¬†Hinds had a nice intimidating presence as the voice as Steppenwolf, unfortunately, the villain was a little on the generic side. I also liked Henry Cavill is definitely in the film and he was quite good (not a spoiler, it’s in the trailers), Jeremy Irons as Alfred was just as fun, as he was in BvS offering insightful information while providing some good jokes here and there, seeing the return of Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, was welcomed, Amy Adams and Diane Lane was fine as¬†Lois Lane and Martha Kent, Joe Morton as Silas Stone was fine, but I thought it was more interesting that he was the guy from Terminator 2 in this film haha, and Amber Heard’s introduction to this world as Mera was cool. And finally, J.K. Simmons as¬†Commissioner Gordon was good and liked his version of the character, I just wish there was more of him, there wasn’t enough! ūüėõ

When it comes to the presentation it was good for the most part. Visually the film was nice, the was some lovely attention to detail with the way certain shots were framed and the cinematography the action sequences were a mixture of creative and fun scenes that ranged from the heroes fighting the bad guy, to the heroes fighting each other and many others, and it looked great. But there were a few moments where following the action was a little tricky, the GCI was also a little dodgy with certain faces, body movements and¬†locations lacking in detail. The music from Danny Elfman was something I was paying attention to from the beginning and I quite enjoyed it. Elfman’s score is one that has a presence, it is full of impact, drama, triumph, playfulness and while it isn’t as memorable as some of his previous work, the way he worked in the classic Batman and Superman themes, from Batman 89′ and Superman 78′ was delightful.

In conclusion, what can I say? I liked Justice League, it was much better than I expected considering my low expectations, and while this film doesn’t reinvent the genre or does anything in an amazing fashion, it was pretty fun with some good action, good characters and solid music. Besides issues with the story, tone and villain, the film was certainly a step in the right direction for this cinematic universe,

So have you seen Justice League and if so what did you think of it? Was it better or worse than you expected? Also, how does it compare to the previous DCEU films? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Pok√©mon the Movie: I Choose You!

Howdy ladies and gents, time a film review from the cinema and this is a review I didn’t expect to be writing as I’m gonna be giving you my thoughts on the latest¬†Pok√©mon film,¬†Pok√©mon the Movie: I Choose You! Now I heard from a friend that this film would get a UK release but thought it’d be exclusive to London where I could see it, but after a friend mentioned on Twitter that she was gonna see it in Sheffield, I looked at my local cinema and to my surprise, they had two screenings! So I watched the earlier screening and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Now before I go on with the review I’m going to say this up front, I have a MASSIVE nostalgic love for Pokemon when it comes to the original games and first anime series, so this review will be a little on the subjective side. With all that being said let’s begin.

Firstly there’s the story which focuses on the journey of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu along with two new companions who join him on his quest to find the legendary¬†Pok√©mon, Ho-Oh. So the interesting thing about the story is how its a loose retelling of the original 1997 anime with focus on Ash and Pikachu and how their journey began, there’s a lot of fun, smart and delightful callbacks and direct references for those who watched that show and I was smiling so much. ūüėÄ I enjoyed the plot borrowed the anime and referenced the video games, but was largely its own original tale. It was full of adventure, fun, hardship, danger and more, the film’s core themes about friendship, learning from your mistakes, good triumphing over evil and being good to Pokemon should come as no surprise to veterans of the show, but they are handled very well and have more dramatic and emotional weight than a good few of the original films. There was one part where I rolled my eyes because it felt like a direct reference to The First Movie and one line of dialogue which was just cheesy as hell, that being said the film’s made with children in my mind so I got over it.

As for the characters, I thought they were solid for the most part.¬†Ash Ketchum was the same character I knew from the show, a young, strong-willed and passionate trainer who is inexperienced and has a lot to learn. I was surprised how much of douche Ash was in this film, but it certainly worked in the context of the story, I still was annoyed with him at times, but he wasn’t as much of a bonehead as he was in the old anime, and¬†Sarah Natochenny did a decent job as Ash considering her deeper voice. I liked Pikachu too, he was a sassy little prick at first but that was a good point in my mind, afterwards, I really grew to like him a lot more and his bond with Ash was cute to watch.¬†The new characters¬†Sorrel and Verity were interesting new companions, some will complain they aren’t the original characters, but I thought they added something new with their backstories and personality traits.¬†Cross was the new rival/bad trainer who was the definition of an asshole, but he was great and had a solid arc in the film, I liked the quirky old man Bonzi and Marshadow, I liked at first but it really became a little pest later on. And finally Professor Oak and Ash’s mother return and feel just like the original selves, and Even Team Rocket return and they have some fun moments, but I swear they were even more useless than before and really added nothing to the film which was a shame after their initial introduction.

When it comes to the presentation I really liked it. Visually the film was solid. The way the camera work added a cinematic approach to that the anime lacked, certain shots are framed and tracked in cool and dynamic ways. Also, the art and animation were very nice, all of the characters and Pokemon had a loose yet fluid style to their movements and the colour scheme was good. I will¬†admit the detail in the art was lacking occasionally and some of the 3D CGI didn’t always blend well with the 2D material, both those are minor nitpicks. The film score was fairly good, it had the right sound for each moment and worked effectively in the emotional moments, though sometimes the music didn’t match the action on-screen. And while the music is primarily original compositions, there are some cool references to the original soundtrack and theme song which was much appreciated.

In conclusion Pok√©mon the Movie: I Choose You! was really fun, intriguing and much better than I expected, it captured the spirit of the original show but also did a lot of new things to keep things interesting. If you’re a fan of the show you may be disappointed with some changes, however, if you’re willing to accept a few changes you’ll have a lot of fun. And stay for the credits, its hella fun and nostalgic! ūüôā

So have you seen this film and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Anime, Film Reviews, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Fist of Fury

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to another quick review and today I get to talk about a film I’ve wanted to review on this blog for a while and it is one of the classic martial arts films, Fist of Fury. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Returning to Shanghai to marry his fianc√©e, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. What follows is a quest for answers and tale of revenge..

The interesting thing about Fist of Fury is that I’ve seen it before this film, well at least the last 30 or so minutes, however, I’ve never seen it in full and have been meaning to for years and since it arrived¬†on Amazon Prime Video recently I thought it was a perfect opportunity to check it out. So now that I’ve seen it I can say that, without hesitation that I really liked this film. It could be just because it is a Bruce Lee film and I’m a bit obsessed with him and his films, but I thought the film was genuinely entertaining and captivating. I felt like the story felt a little simple, however, as the story unfolded it showed more layers beyond just a tale of revenge and a feud between two martial arts schools, it touched upon the difference in culture, racism, and the complicated moral and ethical issues that come with taking the law into your own hands. By the latter half of the film, you feel like you’ve been on quite the journey. Beyond the serious elements, there are a good few humourous moments too with certain jokes, physical humour during fight scenes or with the English dubbed voices haha. That isn’t to say the story doesn’t have some issues, you have to suspend your disbelief as certain things take place and you’d wonder why the authorities hadn’t gotten involved already or why certain characters would make some decisions, and sometimes realism is just thrown out the window, but these are minor issues at best.

The performances in the film are good from everyone, for the most part, I especially liked¬†Nora Miao¬†as Yuan Li’er (Chen Zhen’s fianc√©e),¬†Riki Hashimoto¬†as Hiroshi Suzuki,¬† and¬†Paul Wei¬†as the slimy translator Wu En. But of course, you watch the film for Bruce Lee and he was really good as Chen Zhen, here we have a guy who is strong-willed, confident, smart and passionate, however, he’s got a bit of a temper and doesn’t always think about his actions before heading off to do something. I was surprised he was able to get away with so much in a lot of ways but at the same time the fact that he went around just doing what he wanted just made me love him more. He’s like a volcano that you don’t want to be in front of when it erupts, then he becomes this force of nature that takes out people left, right and center¬†with style and ferocity and I love it.¬†Visually the film is pretty good. The cinematography is handled well, like many of Bruce Lee’s film, I like the way the camera lurks on the actors on-screen allowing you to see the fight very cearly from a distance and different angles as well. Whether it is from a high angle, close up, medium shot or those intimate first-person shots, you get to experience the action in a variety of ways with cuts between actions used effectively. The fight choreography is really fun, you get to see punches, kicks, grapples and the use of weapons is cool and brutal ways, some hits do lack impact, but when Lee is throwing down everyone gets owned is such beastly and creative ways, I love when Lee does his combos and final blows, they are so beautiful. Oh, and I also like how slow motion and the use of sound and music is used to highlight the really dramatic moments too. Also, the film score from Joseph Koo was good and had some lovely and sweet moments especially with the scenes with Chen and Yuan.¬†In conclusion, Fist of Fury was a very interesting, intense and fun martial arts film which has a story with more depth than I expected, a magnetic central performance from Bruce Lee and some super fun and slick action scenes. For fans of this genre, it is a must watch.

So have you seen Fist of Fury¬†and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Today I return to bring you my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, the latest film from Marvel Studios. Like the Blade Runner 2049 review, this review won’t be written but is an audio review via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud.¬†Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it to be an engaging listen, like Blade Runner, I felt like doing an audio review would be easier and better to do than writing something up. I will admit¬†that a lot of the review was ad-libbed but it was the easiest way for me to get my thoughts out there.

Also, what did you think of Thor: Ragnarok? Is it the best film from Marvel yet or were you left wanting more? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below,¬†until next time peeps, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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REVISITED: Doubt

Good day to you ladies and gents, and welcome to another review in the¬†REVISITED¬†series where I’ll be reviewing films I haven’t seen for a while and see if they still hold up since or not. And today’s review will be of a film I haven’t seen for a few years, Doubt.

Now I remember renting this film from Blockbuster back in 2010 during my film discovery phase in college doing media production, and I remember once it was over I was really impressed with the film overall but was deeply unsettled. And that is a feeling I have never forgotten. So after getting into films a heck of a lot more since I was 20, I wanted to rewatch this film and see how it was, and in all honesty, I feel about the same, both impressed and disturbed. Even as I type this review, there’s a feeling in my heart and a bit of tremble in my movements because this film affected me so. Straight from the beginning you know something is off, there’s a smell in the air, but you don’t know what it is just yet, however, once certain plot points and character motivations and suspicions come to light, then things get intriguing. What we have is a very horrible situation with the priest and a child, and the head nun trying to ascertain whether something indecent has happened or not. The situation is shrouded in mystery, allegations and hearsay and because there’s no clear evidence it makes it makes for some awkward and intense moments throughout. As the film progressed, I felt more and more troubled and just goes to show well this film was crafted, there is a lot of attention to detail when it comes to the tone, dialogue, pacing and¬†ambivalence of this situation, and it felt very realistic in the way certain situations were set up and the complicated battles that followed between the priest and head nun. I liked how not only the cinematography helped¬†accentuate the uneasy nature of the plot (especially with Dutch angles), but also how the weather played a big part in elevating the mood from being calm to being quite ferocious. The performances in the film were fantastic, this was the first serious film I’d seen both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep in and both of them impressed me greatly.¬†Meryl Streep¬†as Sister Aloysius is this very strict and scary principal who doesn’t seem too likeable at times, but because she’s so mean it does lead to some funny moments, but beyond her surface level, she does care about the kids and does not let unjust things happen under her watch which makes her very crafty, tenacious and more aggressive. Streep is magnetic and acts with style and finesse, but also a great level of intensity, and it was this film that made me understand why Streep is talked about so much in the film community. Not to be outdone,¬†Philip Seymour Hoffman¬†as Father Flynn is a kind and warm, and yet at times he seems off and untrustworthy, and there are times when he shows a darker side which is very creepy and unexpected. Hoffman’s performance is very captivating as he handles every situation with subtly and dangerous levels of realism, and along with Streep, they have some powerful scenes together. Amy Adams is also really great as Sister James, she’s a cute and kind-hearted soul who wants to believe in the best of people but has reason to doubt the priest. And finally, there’s¬†Viola Davis who plays a significant role as Mrs. Miller and good gravy that woman can sell anything because her acting is that good, such power and¬†sincerity. Overall Doubt is an incredible film with great direction performances and a solid and haunting film score from Howard Shore.

So have you seen Doubt and if so what do you think? Also if you’ve seen it more than once does it hold up better, worse or the same as before? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the¬†next¬†review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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REVISITED: The Incredibles & Super 8

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some film reviews and today I’m going to start a new series of reviews under the title REVISITED, and what that means is that I’ll be reviewing films I haven’t seen for a while and checking out how they hold up since my last watch. And today’s reviews will be of films I’ve been meaning to rewatch for a while and they are¬†The Incredibles and Super 8.

So first we have The Incredibles, a film that is not only in my top 3 Pixar films but also one of my favourite animated films ever. Funnily enough, I never watched this film in a conventional way, I missed it in the cinema and saw at least the first half of it on a pirated DVD and then saw it properly on TV a few years later. I’m pretty sure this film was made for me, it is a superhero film with elements of the spy genre and family drama mixed in too. I loved being introduced to this world of superheroes learning about how they operate, how they were phased out and how it affects the main characters down the line. For all of the fantastical elements, this film has a lot of realistic material at its core. This film deals with a lot of issues relating to death, revenge, missing the simplicity/glory days of youth, having marital issues, being able to truly express yourself and sacrificing your wants and needs for those you love. This film does a good job of balancing between the humour, drama and action, and there’s a lot to enjoy for audience members of all ages. The characters are all great, they all have wonderful quirks, strengths and weaknesses, confidence issues and specific personality traits that make them shine, like Dash for example. Also, the voice work is really good especially from¬†Craig T. Nelson and¬†Holly Hunter as Mr Incredible and Elastigirl,¬†Jason Lee as Syndrome, Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone and of course director¬†Brad Bird¬†as Edna Mode. Visually the film is so very beautiful, artistically the film is very distinct and colourful, the animation is super smooth and the camera work used during the action sequences is very kinetic and has some amazing tracking shots. Oh, and the creativity in the use of the abilities of all the superpowered individuals was so creative and badass. Equally as good is the film score from the brilliant Michael Giacchino, besides Star Trek (2009),¬†The Incredibles has my favourite Giacchino score overall as it is some of the sassiest, upbeat and bombastic material of all his compositions. The score has a varied sound that works in all situations, besides¬†having a deliciously jazz-inspired soundtrack that harkens back to the days of old spy films, there are also lovely dramatic and emotional moments that stick out a lot too. My favourite pieces were during the action scenes with Dash and Mr Incredible training montage. In the end, this film is still as fun as the day I first saw it.

Ah Super 8, I remember this film well, the hype behind this film was quite notable because of the mystery surrounding the film and the well-crafted yet intriguing¬†trailers that had a lot of interesting shots but no major plot details revealed. I recall upon this film being released that the reception was quite mixed, a good few people liked it, but a lot of people found it boring and unengaging especially¬†given the lack of information about the film beforehand. I remember enjoying the film for the most part but thought it the reveal of monster and main story towards the end lost some steam. Either way, I haven’t seen this film since it was in cinemas 2011 and I’ve wanted to check it out again for ages. So how was my experience 6 years later? Pretty good actually. I feel like Super 8 is one of those films that benefit from a second viewing, once you understand how the story works in terms of the style, pacing, mystery and character arcs I believe it is a more enjoyable experience. I found it interesting how this film combined a coming of age story with a sci-fi plot and I feel like it works for the most part. You have a story dealing with friendship, growing up, dealing with traumatic events of the past, mysterious events that have dangerous ramifications and the search for truth. I enjoyed the adventure, while there were some issues with the hit and miss humour and some less than interesting story stuff when the kids weren’t involved, I thought it had some really cute, funny and dramatic material that worked well. I thought the cast of kids were good, they acted well and had good chemistry, bouncing off of each other in a natural way, Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning, were really good, and I also liked Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee too. As for the adults, they were fine, but Kyle Chandler was the most memorable even those his character wasn’t very likeable. Visually the film looks nice, the lens flare is less than usual, and while it was a little too dark during the night scenes, there were some really cool-looking action sequences including one of the most impressive train crashes I’ve ever seen put to film, it is a beautiful massacre, so much crashing, smashing, flying debris and explosions. It is truly a wonderful spectacle. Also the film score from Michael Giacchino is really nice, Super 8‘s score feels like it has elements of Jurassic Park and Star Wars, but most notably has shades of Lost in the sense that there are subtle/emotional vibe moments mixed in with these uplifting and hopeful sounds that swell and engulf the scenes they’re used in. Overall I was glad I saw this film again and if you’re interested to give it a watch.

So have you seen these films and if so what do you think? Also if you’ve seen them more than once do they hold up better, worse or the same as before? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the¬†next¬†review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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AUDIO REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how’s it going? Anyway today I am here to bring you my thoughts on Blade Runner 2049, however, unlike most of my reviews that are written on this blog, I decided to do an audio via my podcast, Film Focus on Soundcloud as it felt better and easier to do.¬†Anyway check out the review below:

So that’s my review people, hopefully, you found it informative and interesting to listen, and I hope my voice wasn’t too grating on your ears haha. While I don’t think I will be phasing out the written reviews altogether, at the same time there are certain times when doing a recorded review allows me to creatively get my thoughts about a film across¬†better than when I’m sat in front of my laptop trying to form sentences and paragraphs. But we’ll see, hopefully, you’ll be around to check out later reviews via my podcast.

Also, what did you think of Blade Runner 2049? Was it the sequel that you hoped for or was it a disappointment? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below,¬†until next time peeps, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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