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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Swallows and Amazons (2016)

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about the 2016 version of Swallows and Amazons.Now I wasn’t overly interested in watching this film, however, the story in the trailer had my attention and so did Kelly Macdonald because she’s awesome (both in acting and beauty), so with some free time I decided to give the film a watch.


The story can be described as the following: “This film follows the holiday adventure of the Walker children in the Lake District. They want to camp in an island in the lake. However once they get there they find out they’re not alone and have to battle two other children for control of the island. However there are also other mysterious and dangerous elements at play in the background which will affect the children as time goes on.” Now I was surprised by how much I liked this film, it wasn’t amazing, however, there was a lot more to it than I expected. I really liked how the film was able to the capture the joys of youth, and having adventures in the outdoors, but was also able to incorporate some more serious story elements too. I knew the story involving Jim Turner and the mysterious agents going after him would be something to look out for, but I didn’t expect it to be as sinister as it was and I found it fairly intriguing once the mystery surrounding Turner came to light and you found out what kind of person he was. Besides the story, the Walker children really were a stand out aspect for me. Early on their personalities and group dynamic is established and over the course of the film you really start to care about these children and their pirate-based adventures. Of the Walker children my favourites were Dane Hughes and Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen as John and Tatty Walker. John was the oldest and so he had to carry a lot of the responsibility when it came to talking care of his siblings but also making the tough decisions with his interactions with others, and I liked Hughes’ performance. But it was Allen who I really liked, Tatty was so sassy, confident and downright cute, and she had a lot of the best lines and moments with her siblings too. I also liked the Seren Hawkes and Hannah Jayne Thorp who brought a lot of humour and fun as Nancy Blackett and Peggy Blackett. With the adult actors I really liked Rafe Spall as Jim Turner/”Captain Flint” as Spall’s performance was very intense and engaging, Andrew Scott once again played a role I’ve seen him in before, but was he was good as Lazlow,  and Kelly Macdonald was lovely as Mrs. Walker, the role didn’t require anything dramatic, but Macdonald handled her material very well. Plus as a fan of Harry Enfield (from his sketch TV shows) and Jessica Hynes (from Spaced)I liked them as Mr. and Mrs. Jackson. Oh and I don’t know who did the soundtrack, but I REALLY liked it, it had such a lovely sense of adventure, was uplifting and during the certain boat sequences it amplified the action on-screen very well.

So that was my review, have you seen Swallows and Amazons and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews


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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:


This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.


Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. Léa Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.


In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media


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