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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 48 – Black Panther Review

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. And the latest episode is a review of the latest Marvel film, Black Panther.

Anyway here’s the episode 48:

I’ve done already done my written review for Black Panther, however, though like most of my written reviews I forgot certain things or wanted to elaborate on certain aspects of the film and that’s where the podcast comes into play. This was one of my favourite reviews to record in recent times due to the fact that I found myself getting more excited about talking about the film as the episode went on and you can really tell how much I liked Black Panther in this review… Even if I do sound a little crazy haha. 😛 So if you don’t like reading, prefer the sound of audio-based reviews then check out my review. 🙂

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. 🙂

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 they are fans of film discussion. 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! 😀

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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Black Panther

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another review and today I’m finally talking about a film I’ve been waiting to watch for almost 2 YEARS! I am of course talking about Black Panther. Since watching Captain America: Civil War in the cinema, I have been ready for this film and the wait has been AGONISING, but luckily time passed along quickly and I finally got to see the film last night. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.”

I enjoyed the story quite a lot, and while a lot happens in several locations and at certain points, the stakes have potential global ramifications, they felt suitably scaled and revolved the key characters in the right way. Since Phase Two, the MCU has changed its approach to tone, genre and story elements and this film has had the most significant change in terms of tone, character-driven nature and culture. The story dealt with family issues, revenge, power and control, secrets and lies, and the trials and tribulations that come with being a king, and all of these issues and others were handled with care and attention and I also appreciated the film’s commentary black history and current topics as it was relevant yet not overbearing. But what I really loved was how much of a character-driven drama this film was, everything that happened had a purpose and affected the main characters as the story progressed, so when the drama and emotional moments kicked in, it had SO much impact. And I also believe this is one of the most intense superhero films I’ve seen in a while, because of the story and the way it affected the characters, after the film ended I felt like I needed to take some time just to breathe and process what I just watched as I was emotionally gripped the whole way through. Oh and one more thing, even though I only have a minor amount of knowledge when it comes to the Black Panther source material, I was surprised and delighted with the way the source material was adapted into live-action.

As for the characters I really loved everyone in this film as they all had a role to play that fit into the overall narrative, they were all useful, memorable and fun. Firstly Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther killed it, he was already a great character in Civil War, but in this film were got to see more of his personality, more his strengths and weaknesses and see trying to accept his new responsibilities as a king and Black Panther. Boseman was likeable, funny, powerful and badass. And then there’s Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger… Damn, this dude was awesome, Killmonger has an interesting backstory with solid villainous motivations and you can understand and to some degree agree with some of the stuff that he says and all of those elements definitely put him in the better MCU villain category for sure. And Jordan was excellent in this role, the guy oozes charisma and coolness, has a great screen presence and can be scary as hell at times. Danai Gurira as Okoye was frigging badass, absolutely awesome. When Gurira signed on to this film I knew the people at Marvel were gonna make good use of her combat skills from The Walking Dead, but my god she got so many scene-stealing moments not only on the battlefield but also off of it while interacting with T-Challa and other key characters. Okoye was a no-nonsense and proud warrior and I loved what Gurira brought to this role. Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia was quite good, at first I wondered how’d she’d factor into the film, but I really enjoyed her character, she had a great rapport with the other main characters and I liked what she brought to the story.

Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross got involved in the story far more than I expected, and I loved it. We only got a little bit of his character in Civil War, but in this film we learnt more about him as a person, he had some great interaction with several of the main characters and Freeman was delightful in the role. Letitia Wright as Shuri was quite good, at first I thought her attitude and cocky nature would annoy me, but she ended up being one of my favourite characters because of her smarts but also because of how she was integrated into the main story beats. Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi was really good, this character has a rough backstory and seeing his character progress through the film was interesting to watch. Winston Duke as M’Baku was really good with a powerful and intimidating screen presence, Angela Bassett as Ramonda was great as always, adding that dramatic flair that only Bassett can, Forest Whitaker as Zuri was really good, he had some great moments with T’Challa and I enjoyed learning about the significance of his character, and Sterling K. Brown was solid as N’Jobu too. And finally, there’s Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, man I loved this dude! Serkis left a good impression in Age of Ultron, but here we got to see more of the character’s unhinged, tactical and funny nature, he’s a bit of a nutter, but is whenever he’s on-screen it is a good time.

When it comes to the presentation it was great. Visually the film looked great, the filmmakers did a great job at not only bringing the world of Wakanda to life but also presenting a great mixture of futuristic and old school/tradition African material whether it be through the technology, costumes, city landscape, etc. The use of CGI was also solid, though at times wasn’t as solid, and the cool action scenes were really good, there was a lot of creativity, style and power that came with some of these scenes whether you were talking about car chases or fight scenes, it was all handled so well. And just to elaborate on those fight scenes, I loved how the combat scenes shot with a lot of long shots and not too unnecessary cuts, the fights had the right amount of realism, acrobatics and dramatic weight because of what was at stake, and T-Challa’s bodyguards, the Dora Milaje was frigging awesome, these female warriors kicked ass! Also the soundtrack was awesome, the use of certain music was nice and Ludwig Göransson’s film score has a varied sound that incorporates African instrumentation and vocals, a traditional orchestrated sound and a hip-hop kind of style, sometimes these sounds mix and on paper it feels like it shouldn’t work, but in the film these different styles work well together and separately.

In conclusion, Black Panther was everything I wanted it to be and then some, it was thrilling, dramatic, intense and fun. Everyone involved should be proud of the film they’ve created as this is the Black Panther film the character deserved, and while it doesn’t change the superhero game, it was a wonderfully unique experience that I think everyone should check out. 🙂

So have you seen Black Panther 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 3

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to another review and today I’m bringing you my final review of the four films I saw yesterday in the form of Pitch Perfect 3! Now I was cautious yet curious to see this film when it was announced back in 2015 because 1) I LOVE the first film, it’s still one of the best surprises I’ve had in the cinema. And 2) Even though the second film was a mess, I was curious to see what would happen with Elizabeth Banks away from the camera as the director.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

I thought the film was fun, despite its many issues, I did think it was a solid film. What I liked was that this film found a nice way to bring the Bellas back together and we got to see them travel to new locations and get into some new situations in addition to the competition. It is an absurd adventure with some good character progression for certain individuals but also some silly stuff as well. The humour felt right too, while not all of it hits (especially when it comes to one character specifically which I’ll get to later on), I do feel like some of verbal jokes and timing of certain lines was on-point. The core issue of the film is Fat Amy’s subplot, at first, it’s a little interesting, but then it starts to take up too much screen time and by the end of the film I was so ready for it to end. Also with the new bands that the Bellas face, they have great introductions but weren’t used to the best degree. And even though this film isn’t exactly the best film to end this series on and cements the fact that there should have been just the first Pitch Perfect film, I did like the ending and the credits which were quite lovely and heartfelt.

The cast was all pretty good for the most part, though some stand out more than others. Let’s start with the Bellas, let’s start with Anna Kendrick who is still great as Beca Mitchell. Of all the girls she has the best development and interesting journey and Kendrick is still as beautiful and charming as ever. The same can’t be said for Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Wilson used to be hilarious as Amy in the first film, however beginning with the second film they made her comedic moments so ridiculous and stupid and while they partly gave her some depth and better verbal jokes, however, she became the focus of the film in the worst possible way and as the film went on she became more annoying and tedious. Brittany Snow still has that “it factor” as Chloe Beale, it is interesting to learn what she’s been up to since the last film, but also see her have these really funny lines and situations especially with Beca. Anna Camp is once again good as Aubrey Posen, and Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk has some interesting development but feels a little less important than the last film, but still has great chemistry with the other girls. Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakuramara has always been one of my favourite Bella and she has some my favourite moments in the film. Ester Dean is another one of my people as Cynthia-Rose Adams, she has some really fun scenes on and off the stage, and Chrissie Fit as Florencia “Flo” Fuentes has some solid moments in the film too.

As for the other cast members, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks as John Smith and Gail-Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger are the same annoying commentors following the Bellas on their reunion and new journey, and while they can be very stupid and tedious, they have their moments to be hilarious, strange and insulting at the same time. John Lithgow as Fergus Hobart, the villain for the film started out well but got silly and boring by the end of the film. Guy Burnett was a nice addition to the film as Theo, DJ Khaled was really funny and felt like a super charismatic version of himself and finally Ruby Rose and Andy Allo of the band Evermoist were good but underused.

When it comes to the music I can gladly say that this film succeeds with flying colours, the best thing about the Pitch Perfect films have been the vocal performances of famous songs and this film’s selection is fabulous with a nice blend of recognisable and new music. While it doesn’t reach the heights of the original film, this film is WAY better than the second film with its song selection and the variety of forms in which they are performed from acappella to the use of singing with instruments. It is very creative, fun and so damn catchy.

In conclusion, Pitch Perfect 3 was a bit of mixed bag, but I still liked it. While the Fat Amy subplot almost knocks the film over a cliff, I do think that for the most part that the humour and especially the music safe this film and make it more enjoyable than the last film.

So have you seen Pitch Perfect 3 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my third review of the day and I’m talking about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. So this is a film I no intentions of watching, I hated the idea of this film and the trailers just did nothing for me. But with all the good word of mouth about the film’s got since late December, I decided to give it a shot. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.” So my first thought after watching the film was, “Okay it wasn’t the worst thing ever and it had redeeming qualities, but it just wasn’t for me.” The story was simple yet effective and if you’ve seen any family/young person-aimed film with a group of random people from different backgrounds being forced together to complete a common goal, then you know exactly how this story will pan out. The story has a standard start, middle and end, though the journey is quite fun, interesting and by the end, I will admit I was satisfied. What didn’t work was the humour, like I said before, the trailers did nothing for me, just looked like the same kind of stuff I don’t like in a lot of comedies and most of my suspicions came to pass, there was a lot of physical humour and jokes made for kids and adults that didn’t make me laugh at all, besides a few smirks and one minor chuckle. The one thing that this film did damn well was the video game codes and conventions because if you’re a gamer from the 90’s to early 00’s several of these elements will be recognisable to you, from cutscenes to traps to level progression to NPCs, all of that stuff was handled with a great deal of care and felt like an amalgamation of games I’ve played in the past. Oh and since this was technically a sequel to the original I will admit that I appreciated some of the references and even though the concept of the board game turning into a video game was absurd to me at first, the film justifies it well enough.

As for the characters, the kid actors were fine but it felt like they were playing modern/early 2000’s versions of high school kids, and they were fine but sometimes insufferable. Firstly Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone was pretty good, he was funny, strange, cowardly and cool. Jack Black as Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon almost stole the film, while I hated his character’s personality with passion, Black did really well in his role. Kevin Hart was pretty much himself as Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, that being said he did have some funny moments here and there. And Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, damn, firstly I not only liked Gillian’s portrayal of her character as it was a very different role than what I’ve seen from her before, but she was also able to be funny, silly, cute and sexy at the same time! Nick Jonas as Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough was a surprising yet welcome inclusion to the film and I really liked his backstory. The only weak link is Bobby Cannavale’s villain role as Russel Van Pelt, for such a dangerous individual he’s very plain, generic, and you normally forget about him until the plot reminds you that he’s still around.

When it comes to the presentation it was decent, Visually the film looked good, the look of the world of Jumanji was nice, colourful and varied, the CGI was decent though inconsistent at times and the action scenes were choreographed well though some of the hand-to-hand fights times went on for a little too long. As for the film score by Henry Jackman, it was fine, got a little too mushy at points but it certainly had some decent moments. In conclusion, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was not nearly as bad as I expected it to be and there were certainly some good elements in the film, however, most of the humour just wasn’t for me and I would have enjoyed this film a lot more if it didn’t have Jumanji in the title.

So have you seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: All the Money in the World

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m being you the second review of the day in the form of All the Money in the World.  So is this film I didn’t really have an intention to watch and only knew of it because of the new of Kevin Spacey being replaced not too long before the film’s release last year. But because of The Top 10 Show, a podcast  I listen to, those guys spoke highly of the film and that convinced me it was worth a watch.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.” I found this film to be far more captivating than I expected. Even though the retrieval of the John Paul Getty was at the forefront of the story, there were so many extra layers to discover involving the not only the main characters but even the kidnappers. The focus on money was great, like how it corrupts and influences people, how those who have it never have enough due to greed and those who don’t have money want more or hate how it controls so much of what we do in our lives. In the end, I just enjoyed how the story got more and more complicated with interesting twists and turns, revelations and uncomfortable situations. With the cast, they were all really good, though Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams really stood out. Plummer’s performance as Jean Paul Getty was outstanding, he was charming yet cold, and was able to show such a great range of emotions as he was calculated, deceptive, selective and cruel. I also appreciated learning about Getty’s mindset, how he functions, why he’s so rich and buys what he does. At first, he seems to come across as an eccentric asshole who loves himself and his possessions, and while those aspects of him don’t change, you at least understand him. As for Williams as Gail Harris, she was incredible playing a caring and concerned, yet strong and resourceful woman with the focus on getting her son back by any means. I loved Gail’s strong moral compass, sense f conviction and tough attitude, and even in the face of such horrible situations filled with fear, disappointment and danger, she continues with her search. As for Mark Wahlberg as Fletcher Chase, I heard he was bad and considered that he was the worse part of the film. That being said I thought he was quite good, sometimes his line delivery was questionable, but I did like his performance. I thought Charlie Plummer was also solid as John Paul Getty III, and Romain Duris was very good as Cinquanta, as one of Getty lll’s kidnappers he had more screen time and ended up being quite engaging. Another aspect I liked about the film was the score from Daniel Pemberton which really enhanced the scenes it was used in. In conclusion, All the Money in the World was really enjoyable and I liked it far more than I expected, thanks to an intriguing plot and great performances from Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams.

So have you seen All the Money in the World 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Darkest Hour

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’ll be giving you the first of 4 new reviews and the first film I’ll be talking about is Darkest Hour. So this is a film I heard a lot about last year especially in December because Gary Oldman’s performance and since it was recently released here in the UK I checked it out to see what the fuss was about.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.” Now I have to admit upfront that my knowledge of historical events is pretty bad, especially when it comes to war-related events. Any information I had been lost when I left school over 10 years ago, so when I film like this comes along, I like the concept of learning of the past through film even if there are fictionalised elements implemented. With all that being said I found this film to be very interesting and captivating. I liked the tone and atmosphere, everything felt very dire, there’s a sense of confusion, anger, fear and though there’s a feeling of hopelessness, you can also see those who hold onto optimism. I liked exploring the different emotional mindsets of all the major characters and seeing how they dealt with the war overseas and the government scenarios. While I certainly enjoyed the story overall, there were some story beats that felt familiar for a dramatic biopic and at certain points, the pacing felt slow, though that may have been because I was really tired. The cast was good with some of my favourites being, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, the wonderful Lily James as Elizabeth Layton, Ronald Pickup as Neville Chamberlain, Stephen Dillane as Edward Wood, and Ben Mendelsohn as George VI who hs a very interesting relationship with Churchill. But what really carries this film is the powerful performance from Gary Oldman, his screen presence is very intense and magnetic and besides a few instances, he steals every scene he’s in. Oldman really gets lost in the role and he’s unrecognisable besides through his voice in a few instances. Plus I love seeing Oldman being angry, he’s very intimidating, scary and he can do so much from just scowling to shouting or using physical actions. And the film score from Dario Marianelli was quite nice and certainly had some beautiful and powerful moments especially in the latter half of the film. In conclusion, Darkest Hour was a good film, but it was truly elevated by Gary Oldman’s performance.

So have you seen Darkest Hour 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 47 – Coco Review

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. And the latest episode is a review for the latest Pixar film, Coco.

Anyway here’s the episode 47:

I’ve done already done my written review for Coco, however, there were a few more aspects of the film that I didn’t get into in my initial review and as usual being able to talk about anything through your voice allows your passion to shine through far better than text in my opinion. So if you don’t like reading, prefer the sound of audio-based reviews and have some time to spare then check out my review. 🙂

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. 🙂

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 they are fans of film discussion. 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Coco

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to another quick review and today I get to talk about a film I’ve been waiting to see for AGES! The latest film from Pixar; Coco. Now when I heard about the film before there was any visual marketing I thought it sounded alright, but I wasn’t too interested. It wasn’t until I heard some of the music during a  Michael Giacchino live concert and saw early positive reviews online. Luckily there was an early preview at my cinema over the weekend, I saw it yesterday and I’m ready to pass judgement! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

The story in this film was wonderful, the film is full of charm, humour, drama and emotion, excitement and adventure, life lessons and all that good stuff that you’ve come to expect from a Pixar film, but how it goes about presenting these elements is quite unique and captivating. I love how this film presents Mexican culture and while I can’t speak to how authentic it is, it felt real and insightful. Also, the way this film handles themes related to the important family, death and remembering those who have passed on, that was handled so well. But I think what made the film for me was dramatic/emotional moments, there were some really dark and surprising reveals that caught me off guard, but I was glad it was put into the story. But there were also some sweet, heartwarming and sad moments that almost made me tear up too. The only negative I put against the film is that if you’ve seen a Pixar film or animated film in general then you’ll recognise the story beats straight away and be able to predict how the narrative flows and progresses.

The vocal performances from everyone involved were great. Anthony Gonzalez was really good as Miguel Rivera, as the main character you can understand his aspirations and mindset especially if you’ve been in a similar situation with your family where you want to be yourself and not be restricted. His journey from start to finish is fun, sad and engaging. Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal was lovely as HĂ©ctor Rivera, he is a charming and tricky kind of guy who you eventually realise has some hidden layers to him and seeing him and Miguel build their bond over the course of the film is so special. Benjamin Bratt was really good as Ernesto de la Cruz, he’s one of the most memorable characters I’ve seen in a Pixar film for a while because of his story, personality and how he ties into Miguel’s story. Alanna Ubach was incredible as MamĂĄ Imelda Rivera, she was such a fiery and passionate person and I really liked her backstory too. RenĂ©e Victor was great as Abuelita Elena Rivera, she’s Miguel’s grandmother who can be kind and caring one minute and extremely aggressive and sassy the next. Ana Ofelia MurguĂ­a was also good as MamĂĄ Socorro “Coco” Rivera and Edward James Olmos did a nice job as ChicharrĂłn too.

From a presentation standpoint, the film is great. Visually the film is great, there’s a vivid colour palette with striking lighting and creative designs when it comes to the skeleton characters and the Land of the Dead. There is a nice balance between realism and the more cartoonish aspects, with the animation everything is fluid and the characters are super charismatic and elastic, while the art direction is so good with characters having a great deal of variety in the shape, size and clothing and the look of buildings, creatures and several other things look great as well. Also, the film score from my man Michael Giacchino was lovely, it had a large and notable presence throughout, it was playful, fun, and delightful, but also intense, creepy and melancholy, and the songs written by Germaine Franco, Adrian Molina, Robert Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were lovely especially “Remember Me“. In conclusion, Coco was everything I wanted and then some, it had heart, humour, adventure, surprises and really good themes in the story too. While it didn’t rock my world, it left a good feeling in my soul and you should give it a watch. 😀

So have you seen Coco and if so what did you think of it? And how do you compare it to Pixar’s previous films? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Man vs Snake. So this is a film I had on my watchlist on Netflix since last year or the year before I think. I believe I wanted to watch it after I’d rewatched The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Man vs Snake tells the story of Tim McVey who in 1984, was the first person in history to score over one billion points on the video game Nibbler, and his subsequent journey to reclaim his title several years later.” This kind of documentary I would only really recommend to those who appreciate gaming or have seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, if you fit into either of those categories (especially the latter) then you’ll enjoy this documentary. This film primarily follows the adventure of one man as he attempts to reclaim a tile from his childhood, and it is a fascinating journey learning about Tim, his childhood, ambitions, love of video games and of course Nibbler, and the uphill battle he does to obtain a new high score. While this film doesn’t have the same level of intrigue, conspiracy, shady behaviour and madness that came with King of Kong, what we do have is a more personal and emotionally captivating story as the focus is on a select few people who all relate to Tim McVey. I like how we also learn about the people who challenged his record like Enrico Zanetti and Dwyane Richard, the latter of which is a very memorable, charismatic, cocky and crazy character. We even get to see Walter Day and Billy Mitchell again but in a much better light, in full support of Tim and his journey to reclaim his title, and I really liked learning more about Walter’s backstory and how passionate he is arcade gaming too. On top of that, this film has some nice 2D animated segments throughout that help illustrate specific scenarios and added humour at certain points. In conclusion, Man vs Snake was a really engaging and interesting film to watch, and while it doesn’t have the same level of intrigue as King of Kong, it has a more personal story that is captivating from beginning to end.

So have you seen Man vs Snake 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 46 – Top 10 Films of 2017

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, happy new year! Hope y’all had a good transition into 2018! So it January, a new year has begun and my first blog post is covering a topic from last year, for shame haha. But I think it was inevitable considering how much stuff I tried to do in the lead up to the end of December. Anywho, as some of you may have seen, in 2016 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 my top 10 films of 2017.

Anyway here’s the episode 46:

Now I released this episode on New Year’s Eve, but didn’t have the time to post it on the blog because I was busy with work and getting ready for a house party later on that night, so while it may look like I’m late to the party with this post, I technically had it done on time haha. 😛 Anyway as it says in the title, this episode of the podcast was dedicated to my favourite films of last year and man it was a tough list to put together and I am pretty sure that not everyone will like my choices or their placement in the list. But understand, it was a struggle and some of them are still subject to change. Anyway so the first part of the episode I will talk about my honourable mentions, then I do the top 10 films and then mention my most disappointing towards the end. I really hope you enjoy this episode because even though it was hard to record and was more ad-libbed than some of the more recent episodes, I think it turned out well.

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. 🙂

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! 😀

 
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