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Knives Out Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I’m back with another review and though it is a little later than I expected, I am sharing my thoughts on Knives Out via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 93 of the podcast, I finally get to take about another one of my most anticipated films of 2019 in the form of Knives Out; the latest film from Rian Johnson. Now I have been looking forward to this film from the time the cast was assembled and the trailers only increased my excitement for the film. So now that it’s out in the wild is the film good or not? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out.

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Knives Out and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Midnight Special

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be doing a brief review on Midnight Special. Now this is a film I’d been following since the early side of last year and with the trailers and video interviews  I’d watched I got so hyped for this film. Alas I couldn’t bring my lazy ass out of the house to watch it in the cinema during my chaotic time at the airport, and I regretted that decision so badly. But since then I’ve had the film on my mind, and today I finally got around to checking it out.

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The story can be described as the following: “The film revolves around Roy and his biological son, Alton Meyer, escaping federal and local officers, after discovering that Alton has special powers.” Firstly can I just say that this film was incredible, such an engaging, dramatic and different kind of film. I mean there are elements of the story and characters you can relate to certain sci-fi films from the past, but this film found a way to tell a story that invoked the best elements of those older sci-fi films while leaving its own mark as well. There were several things I liked about the story, from its pacing, to its ability to drop you almost right in the middle of the story without having to fully explain all of the details as to how we’ve arrived at where we were with the main characters. But what I loved about the story was the mystery, we learnt that Alton was a kid with special powers, him, his dad and a friend were on the run, the government wanted him, some religious people had interest in him, and so on, yet the film never felt like it needed to hold your hand. It had its tone, sense of mystery, intrigue and wonderment, plus and moved at its own pace. And over time certain details became apparent, tension started to build and your emotional engagement grew and grew. By the final act of the film all was revealed and I’ve heard that the final revelation turned some critics off, I however found pretty fascinating and cool. And let’s talk about those performances, Michael Shannon continues to be an actor who can do no wrong for me, he played Roy Tomlin, an overly protective, yet courageous father who wanted to give his son safe and I just loved Shannon’s performance, especially how he can emote so much through his face without doing that much. Joel Edgerton continues to be great as an actor as Lucas, I also really liked Kirsten Dunst as Sarah Tomlin, Adam Driver was also pretty good as Paul Sevier, but I think Jaeden Lieberher desrves a fair amount of praise as Alton, he acted well and was very believable on the role. I also have to quickly mention the nice use of CGI, good cinematography and the film score which were lovely. In conclusion Midnight Special was such a surprisingly delightful experience, I mean I knew I’d enjoy the film, but I didn’t expect to love it so intensely, the level of mystery, intrigue and tension was wonderful and with great performances from the cast, this has easily become one of my top favourite films of 2016.

So that was my review, have you seen Midnight Special 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 July 31, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Video Review

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Alrighty then well Man of Steel is out and I’ve already done my written review a little while ago. But in case you’re not keen on reading I’ve done a video review for you lot to have a look at if you’re interested. Please check it out as I would like a few more views please! 🙂

Here’s the link below:

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Review

Okay then, now it’s time review what is probably the biggest film of the year, Man of Steel. There has been a lot of hype and marketing promotions going around to make sue that people know that this film is coming out. It has been suggested many moons ago that this would be the film of the year. So now that I’ve seen it, is Man of Steel the triumphant return of Superman? Well I can say that this is finest Superman film that’s come to exist since the original 1978 film.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“Clark Kent is a humanoid alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.”

The story in this film definitely was different. In comparison to the previous Superman films it is a lot more serious, realistic and modernized from the original source material. We get to see more of Krypton, learn Zod and his crew and have more for Superman do too. The film’s overall narrative works though it doesn’t always feel cohesive at points. This film finds a way to tells Clark’s story through flashbacks and for the most part it works, though sometimes it doesn’t work as effectively. In truth I found the first half of the film not as interesting as the second half, some points just felt like they dragged or didn’t properly connect, but eventually the film finds its feet and gets really cool especially towards the end.

Also for those who have seen Superman 1 & 2, you’ll notice the similarities to the previous films and how some of these story elements or characters have been updated/changed for this film. Some of it works a lot better in this film whereas some of it works in the classic films instead. I can’t go into spoilers so watch the film and then you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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When it comes to the characters of the film the cast do a great job of bringing these characters to life.

Let’s start with Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El (he has many names lol). Cavill shows that he has true star power as he gives us probably our best version of Superman. I like how this version of the character is conflicted, isolated and a little more serious and had a good sense of justice too. I guess my only nitpick would be that Cavill was a little too serious and wasn’t too jolly and that’s something I missed from the Reeve version of the character. Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, I like Adams as an actress and I thought she was good in the film, all I need to say really. Now to talk about Michael Shannon as General Zod. I really was looking forward to seeing Shannon in this film because I’m a massive fa of his and while he was good in the film, I guess he wasn’t as epic as I thought he’d be (believe me he can be even more intense than this.

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Russell Crowe as Jor-El was definitely different and had a more active role than Marlon Brando back in the old films, I did like this version of the character Crowe did it was cool. Also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent were awesome, I loved their portrayals of the characters, they were active in Clark’s life and offered some great advice and life lessons for him and I felt like this was the best version of the characters I’ve seen so far. Laurence Fishburne was as Perry White but I wish I’d seen much more of him. Antje Traue as Faora, one of Zod’s followers, she was pretty badass in the film but I didn’t really care for her character as much as Superman and Zod. And lastly Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was lovely as Kal-El’s mother, she had a much more active role than the actress in the first film and I liked how this film made her feel a lot more relevant.

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When it comes to the presentation I can easily say that it’s the BEST aspect of the film. This film looks amazing, the cinematography is great, the look and style of the film was nice and the CGI was great. The visual feats crafted in this film was nothing short of amazing. This film finally gave us a film where Superman looks and feels like Superman. His powers were beastly and really came to life in this film in ways the previous films couldn’t do (like Superman’s laser eyes, they were perfect in this film). Plus we get to see Superman fight people IN ACTUAL COMBAT AND IT WAS BADASS. The scenes were intense, epic in scale and great to watch. As for the soundtrack, it was handled by the brilliant Hans Zimmer and I really liked it. Obviously it was a tough challenge to follow-up the iconic score and themes created by John Williams, but Zimmer does a great job at giving us some beautiful and dramatic that sometimes sounds similar to Inception on occasions too.

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In conclusion Man of Steel wasn’t a disappointment by any means, I guess I just expected more because of the critics who hyped this film up to the heavens. I had absurdly high expectations and I guess some of them weren’t met. That being said, Man of Steel is the definitely a good modernized and dramatic take on the classic character and its also most action-packed DC film I’ve seen for a while now. While I’ll probably have to see the film again before I can truly tell whether I love it or not, most people will fall in love with it straight away. Go check this film out, it’s finally a Superman film that works in the present realm of superhero films.

Rating: 7/10 (The most epic Superman film that’s come into existence)

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Did it met your expectations or were you let down? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Iceman Review

The Iceman cometh! I’m sorry had to get that out of the way. Anyway time to review another recent film and this one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while now, The Iceman. I’d read and heard interviews from Chris Evans and Michael Shannon about this film and when I saw the trailer I knew it was a film right up my ally. So I watched it on Friday and I have to say I was impressed and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

When it comes to the plot The Iceman tells of the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

I found story to be interesting and engaging from start to finish, now officially films based on true stories never stick to the facts completely without a few changes here and there, so I tend to look at these kinds of films just as good fictional pieces of work and in that regard this film succeeded. Richard Kuklinski’s story is a very unique one, he’s a man who is in a dangerous line of work, he kills without showing any emotion and collects his money from his employer afterwards like clockwork. Afterwards he goes back to his family and provides for them with his blood money, acting all friendly and approachable undeterred by what he’s done beforehand. I just love how in this film Richard can go from killing people so effortlessly to going home and providing for his family. Obviously everything don’t stay calm forever and things get complicated when the charade that Richard has starts to fall apart and you can see him panicking as the ground starts shrinking beneath his feet.

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When it comes to the cast they’re very good as bringing these characters to life and making us care about what’s going on. Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski. Shannon continues to prove that he’s an actor with all the right talents, the man is incredibly versatile but he’s great when he’s in these shady/villainous roles. Seeing Shannon get angry on-screen is truly scary and it is that level of skill that he has that makes him truly awesome. Also Winona Ryder as Deborah Kuklinski was also really good. Honestly I didn’t know she was still in films these days (besides in Star Trek), but she gave a convincing performance and she still looks hot these days which surprised me.

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Then there’s Chris Evans as Robert ‘Mr. Softy’ Pronge he was awesome, he was a shady character who came across Richard through varying circumstances and eventually the two end up working together. Evans continues to prove that he is a actor that can handle more dramatic and interesting roles, I loved his role in this film because it was so unexpected, suspicious and still a little funny at times. Now let’s talk about Ray Liotta as Roy DeMeo, Liotta was a right scary man. He was a gangster leader who was always in a position of power and was the person who told Richard what to do. Roy DeMeo was a person who looked like someone you didn’t wanted to get on the bad side of and Liotta really did well in his performance.

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Also David Schwimmer as Josh Rosenthal was really cool, this is probably the most different side of Schwimmer I’ve ever seen. He was so serious and convincing as one of DeMeo’s underlings and I was just so surprised at how well Schwimmer handled the material and was totally different from his comedy-based background that I know him from. I also liked the small contribution from James Franco as Marty Freeman, I thought he’d be in the film more but he wasn’t there for that long. And lastly Stephen Dorff as Joseph Kuklinski had some good screen time as Richard’s brother.

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In conclusion The Iceman was a very enjoyable film with a great dramatic tone and all the right elements of a good crime thriller. While the film played out a lot differently than I imagined I did enjoyed the story but I think the film largely succeeds thanks to the cast especially Michael Shannon as the central character.

Rating: 8/10 (The film’s good, worth a watch for Michael Shannon alone!)

So have you seen The Iceman and if so what did you think it? Drop me a comment below and tell me your thoughts. Until next time people, later on yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mud Review

Yay it’s time to talk about Mud, a film I’ve been looking forward to watching for good few months now. This film along with The Paperboy were Yesterday was the last day it was showing at my local cinema so I HAD to watch it before it left the cinema and so I did and I am glad because it was really good and I’m going to explain why in this review.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.”

The story in this film is pretty much a drama which involves Mud but is more a coming-of-age story for the character Ellis, the latter of these two stories I was not expecting. Basically what we have is two boys who venture out to an island to find a boat in a tree that they want to use for their own, however there’s a shady man living there already, he’s on the run from the law but needs food. So he strikes a deal with the two boys, if they get him food he’ll give them the boat. Along with this one of the boys has family issues and finding out the highs and lows of love and relationships. And what ensues is a series of events which are funny, emotional and just downright sad at points. One of the main themes in this film was the concept of relationships with women and how complicated they can be and how different characters in the film deal with those situations. The story in this film is pretty good, its feels realistic and believable, and even though you can see where the plot is going at times and the pacing is a bit questionable I was totally engaged from start to finish and was satisfied by the time the film was over.

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The story is good, however, it really is the characters that bring this film to life. Let’s start with Matthew McConaughey as Mud, McConaughey was awesome and had magnetic performance as this questionable man who befriends these two kids because they help him out in his hour of need. Then there’s Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland as Ellis and Neckbone, both of them do an incredible job as these young boys who not only help Mud given his dodgy past but also have to deal with their own problems too. I especially have to give props to Tye Sheridan as Ellis, this is his film as much as Mud’s as the stuff he goes through is some really dramatic stuff for someone his age and Sheridan is really amazing at bringing his acting talents to the table.

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Reese Witherspoon as Juniper was also good as the woman who was the girlfriend of Mud and had situations of her own to deal with. I can’t say I’ve seen many films with Reese Witherspoon in them but she was good here. Then there’s Sam Shepard as Tom Blankenship was a really interesting character, at first he came across as a questionable old man, but I ended up really liking his character and his interactions with Mud and the boys. Also Michael Shannon as Galen was good, this was probably the most different role I’ve seen him in because he’s usually so mean in the stuff I’ve seen him in before but I liked what I saw in this film and Shannon was entertaining, I just wish there was more of him. Joe Don Baker as King was nice, he was a character that worked from behind the shadows but had some nice relevance to the plot.Ray McKinnon and Sarah Paulson as Senior and Mary Lee (Ellis’ parents) they were great and had some wonderful and dramatic scenes in the film. And lastly Paul Sparks as Carver was great, he was a right mean guy in this film and Sparks played that to great effect in this film. And am I the only one surprised to find two actors from Boardwalk Empire in the same film together?

In conclusion Mud was a film I really liked it, while the pacing was a pad questionable at points otherwise it was a cracking with some fine performances from the cast and a story that made me care about what was going on.

Rating: 8/10 (Definitely worth a watch for the performances alone)

So have any of you seen Mud and if so what did you think of it? Sound off your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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