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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sing Street

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one paragraph review and today I’ll be talking about Sing Street. Now I don’t know how this film flew under my radar during its UK release, but I never even heard of it until I think either late July/August on Collider Movie Talk and I finally watched it last week and good gravy, it was fabulous and I’ll tell you why in this review.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.” Sing Street has beautiful feeling about it that is almost indescribable. One thing I love about certain films are stories focusing on young people discovering their talents, growing up and learning life lessons, but I also adore the forming of young love and the bond between friends, and this film captured of those elements in spades. I loved the story and appreciated how this film had a lot of drama in background that sometimes bled into the foreground, a lot of heavy subject matters are covered and when they bubble on the surface and finally when they explode it does so in a spectacular manner. I also love this film’s sense of humour, youthful nature, and attention to detail when it comes to the early days of music videos and different popular music genres of the 1980’s. The cast was all really good in their roles. Firstly we have to talk about Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who was just amazing as Conor “Cosmo” Lalor, I really liked how determined, charismatic and delightful he was in his quest to impress a girl, escape the dramas of his school and home life and discover his talents. Also Lucy Boynton as Raphina was the definition of enchanting, she was so mysterious, intriguing and wonderful, but I also liked the extra layers to he that got discovered later on. Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy were really engaging and dramatic as Robert and Penny, and Jack Reynor as Brendan probably the delivers the best of his career as his character has such charm, wit and hidden depth. As someone who hated Reynor in Transformers 4, I was so surprised by how much I loved im in this film. And finally I really enjoyed Mark McKenna and Ben Carolan as Eamon and Darren as they were the most notable, funny and interesting members of the Sing Street band. Oh and the music, Jesus, it is amazing. I love this film’s respect and homages to the music of that era through the band’s original music which was so catchy and varied that you’ll want to get the soundtrack soon after the film ends. And I especially liked the use of musicians from that period with  The Cure, Duran Duran, Hall and Oats and Spandau Ballet being real highlights for me. In the end it’s incredible how this film can make you feel elated, shocked and melancholy all at the same time, but I think the best films are the kind that can make you feel all sorts of emotions and Sing Street does that in spades. The film has an inspirational and feel-good vibe to the point that it is impossible not to recommend it.

So have you seen Sing Street and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts n the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE QUICK REVIEW: Macbeth

Howdy people of the internet, I come to you with a film review and today I’ll be talking about Macbeth. This was a film I wanted to see purely based on the epic trailer I saw online which was so visually striking and dramatic, and even though I saw the film this before Crimson Peak Wednesday I kind of had to delay the review til now because it was hard to sum up my thoughts on the film. So was the film good or not? Well read on and find out!

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So the story can be summed up as the following:

“Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.”

Macbeth was my favourite Shakespeare story in school because of its otherworldly nature, aggressive tone and death, however most of the story I’ve unfortunately forgotten over the last 12 years since I last read it. Parts of the story I recalled during the film, however most of it was lost to my memories.

The story was pretty interesting with the deception, death, madness and strange/supernatural-feeling elements. The tone was suitably dark, disturbing and unnerving, from the beginning the film was engaging and even though the pacing was on the slow side, once certain aspects came into play things started to get more intriguing. However, for me I don’t feel like I enjoyed the film as much as I could have because of the dialogue. Unless you’re a fan and are very familiar with the Shakespeare dialogue then you’ll be a little lost. I know I was. I got the gist just of what was going on but I would have been more invested in this film if standard english dialogue.

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The cast all did a great job, however for me it was all about Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. With Fassbender as Macbeth he was great, this was a man who was strong, ambitious, but also corrupt and deluded too. Fassbender brought a great deal of passion, drama and power to the role and this may be his best dramatic performance to date. Cotillard was just as Lady Macbeth, she was strong, confident and cunning, I thought Cotillard did a great job not only with her accent but also with her physical performance and interaction with Fassbender. I also liked Sean Harris as Macduff, Paddy Considine as Banquo, Jack Reynor as Malcolm, Elizabeth Debicki as Lady Macduff and David Thewlis as King Duncan.

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As for the presentation it was really good. Visually the film was beyond incredible, I mean wow. I love the way this film looked. The environments were shot well when it came to the interior and exterior locations, and a good deal of landscape looked great. But it was the battle sequences which really caught my eye. They were handled with such care, intensity and intimacy. The use of slow motion, close up shots, lighting and dramatic colours like red and orange really add to drama and chaos. I cannot stress enough how great these sequences came across and my words really can’t do them justice. Also Jed Kurzel’s film score is suitably atmospheric, dramatic and desolate and matches the action on-screen.

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In conclusion Macbeth was a very dramatic and interesting film with great performances and incredibly beautiful visuals. Unfortunately because of the pacing and Shakespearean language barrier I couldn’t enjoy it as much I would have liked. I’ll probably be labeled as being ignorant for my thoughts and will be in the minority, but hey that’s why we all have different opinions right?

Rating: 7/10

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

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this review. So here it is, another Michael Bay Transformers film. I said after Transformers 3 that I’d never go back to this series again if it were to return, but I knew I was lying to myself. I have an unnatural attraction to things that blow up, I am an action junkie from the 90’s after all. While all the promotional footage of Age of Extinction looked interesting, I knew in the back of my head what I was in for and with the mostly negative reviews this film got from America I was ready to shit all over this film. But I sat down, watched it last night and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts.

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Here’s the plot for the film:

“As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.”

So let me get this out of the way first, this film is better than Revenge of the Fallen (piece of shit) and Dark of the Moon (one of the most forgettable films ever), but I still don’t think it is better than Transformers 1. Why? Well that’s easy. Transformers had a fairly cohesive, action-packed and was fun, even if at times it was awkward and stupid. But as the sequels continued the plots got thicker and needlessly complicated and this film’s story is no different.

Age of Extinction has a lot going on, there’s Transformers on the run hiding from the government, the government and US soldiers are now partnered up with a Transformer bounty hunter looking for Optimus Prime and killing Autobots in the process and then there’s a human inventor who finds Optimus Prime, the inventor has family issues with his daughter, oh and there’s a scientist who can use Transformer metal to create his own Transformers and so on. There’s a lot of stuff going on here. And for all the storylines that are going on, there seems to be a tangent for each one further adding to the already overstuffed narrative. But the one thing this film suffers from the most in this film is the script, the dialogue here is so bad, cheesy and cringe-worthy that it is not even a joke. Michael Bay and his writers can’t do humour or serious drama, it doesn’t work, and dealing with the bad government, comedy, family and relationship scenes felt like an endurance test and most of it was just boring, I had to sit though so much of this crap before the robots came on-screen and even they weren’t much better.

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When it comes to the cast they pretty much do the best that they can given the material they have to work with, but even then only a few of them are actually good. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager is pretty much the best thing about this cast. While you don’t believe Wahlberg as an inventor at all, he commits to the role, does well in action scenes and is his character is pretty much the most useful of all the humans. Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers is good if a bit over-the-top with his acting. Joyce is a douchebag and there is nothing to like about him, but at times the dude can be funny because in the face of danger his true colours come out. Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger is also pretty good at playing the big bad CIA man with a good screen presence and acting that just about gets the job done.

And then there’s Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, good god where do I begin? Well firstly she is really hot and has grown up a lot since that other major film she was in that we don’t talk about. That being said she still sucks at acting. As Cade’s daughter she mainly hates a dad but erratically keeps changing her opinion of him whenever she wants, she also cares more for her gutless little boyfriend more so that her own father and lastly she just shouts for her dad or help whenever possible, which is multiple times throughout the film. Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, to put it simply I didn’t like this guy at all. I’m sure the guy is a decent actor, but Reynor was just plain old  boring and his character was one of the cheekiest little shits I have ever seen. This man is cocky as hell, but when it comes to actually facing danger the dude has no balls but still takes the credit for being the hero and I despise that. Sophia Myles as Darcy Tyril, she’s good but is very forgettable. Li Bingbing as Su Yueming was beautiful and was one of  the useful people in this film but totally wasted in the grand scheme of things. Titus Welliver as James Savoy was good, I actually like Welliver as an actor and the guy did fine in the role but I felt like sometimes he did go a bit overboard with the whole ‘I’m the bad guy so I’m gonna make sure you know I’m bad’ kind of thing. T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery was decent and had some funny moments but I felt like some of comedic scenes were a bit overdone.

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As for the Transformers they were alright, but nothing to write home about as the Autobots are relegated to bickering children all wanting to play leader and the bad Transformers aren’t really the main threat which kind of sucks. Peter Cullen still does a great job as Optimus Prime, but everyone else doesn’t fare as well. John Goodman can go from sounding pretty decent to pretty terrible as Hound, Ken Watanabe is alright Drift and John DiMaggio is pretty humorous as Crosshairs. Mark Ryan does a good job as Lockdown sounding very evil and sinister and the same could be said for veteran voice actor Frank Welker who does a good job as Galvatron.

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The best thing about the film is still the visual effects. The Transformers films have always excelled at giving audiences something to stare at and appreciate and this film is no different. Seeing massive transforming robots be the crap out each other is still badass, though I feel like the quality of the transforming isn’t as awe-inspiring as it once was, plus these new man-made Transformers have a crappy transformation sequence where they just break apart into little cubes and reform again and its hardly as cool to look at. The overall CGI while good, didn’t make blow me away and that’s a shame. As for the soundtrack, yuck. That’s what I’d describe it as. Steve Jablonsky returns to score the film but his soundtrack is the most forgettable in this series, but what is worse is all the horrible songs inserted into the film. Whenever there’s a dramatic scene with humans involved there’s always someone singing some stupid song in the background and it’s annoying as hell! These are some of the worse music choices I have ever had to endure in a film for ages.

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In the end Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t a film I hate with a passion, but it isn’t one I will watch again, ever. The visuals are awesome as usual, the addition of Mark Wahlberg was much appreciated and when the robots throw down it is pretty cool. That being said, this film has far too much unnecessary baggage, the Transformers themselves have become less cool and interesting (bar Optimus Prime) and there’s boring humans dealing with government, new technology, relationships and all this other boring stuff. If you like Michael Bay Transformers you’ll have a good time, if you don’t, stay away, this is the same ride again except it is longer.

Rating: 5.5 (Mark Wahlberg and the CGI saved this film from being completely pointless)

So what did you think of Age of Extinction? Did it fill with joy or fill you with hate? Are you down with Michael Bay Transformers films or do you want this series to end indefinitely? Whatever your thoughts be sure to write them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people and it is once again time for another trailer review and today I’m gonna be talking about the recent new trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction. Now I really liked the first Transformers, I genuinely think it was cool and fun, but Revenge of the Fallen was awful and Dark of the Moon was one of the most forgettable films of 2011. So with this one I initially thought there was no hope even with a new cast and storyline, but in the end I can’t fight my curiosity so that’s why I’m still paying attention to this film.

So check out the trailer below:

Okay, well, at least the plot is different.

To be honest I can’t find much to say about this film because I don’t really care for it. I look at this trailer and all I say to myself is “In the end I know it’ll be another standard Transformers film.”

Of course there are new elements that come into play here that suggest otherwise like:

  • The inclusion of a new cast with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer among some of the cool people in this film.
  • The whole angle of having the Transformers no longer needed is interesting.
  • The loss of the old cast just makes this a better film.
  • Stanley Tucci screaming “Oh my god!” That was funny.

Well at least the visuals look good, the Autobots and Deceptions have never looked so vibrant, clear and colourful. The new look for Optimus Prime is pretty kicks ass and seeing him go up against that T-Rex (I assume its Grimlock) was kind of badass. But that’s where my appreciation for the visuals end. Everything else looks like Dark of the Moon again and I’m not in the mood to relive that film again.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction has a few new interesting things going for it, but  it is nothing to write home about. The last two films were just terrible, (bar the visuals) but all I see in this new trailer is more of the same. But who am I kidding? I know I’ll still go and watch this film in the summer because I am a sucker for big and loud action films. I want to believe that there is more to it than that, but with Michael Bay you can never tell.

So what do you think of the first official Transformers 4 trailer? Are down for more robot smashing madness or are you fatigued of these films and want them to die? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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