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SIMPLE REVIEW: Selma

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review and today I’ll be talking about Selma. Now considering how stingy my local cinema is when it comes to films of this nature, I thought I wouldn’t get the chance to see this, but me and friend checked it out today and now I’m ready to pass on my thoughts.

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The premise for the film is as follows:

“A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.”

Emotions, that’s what this film made me feel, pure emotions. Films that deal with the struggle of black people will always hit home (being a black guy myself) and each time I watch a film like this I feel incredible levels of pain, but also gratitude for what the black people of the past had done for us people today. The film deals with a very specific period of the civil rights movement and not only displays from the perspective of King, but his family, followers and the politicians as well. It is great to see King rise to the occasion and fight for his people, but also face impossible odds that seemed stacked up against. This film does not shy away from the brutality of history, there is violence of the verbal and physical kind, but it is the physical which is hard to watch as black people are shot, beaten and whipped in a disgusting manner and one can only imagine what it would have been like to witness this first-hand. However this needed to be shown as it does show the cruel world we used to live in. In some ways I see some parrells to the film Fruitvale Station, while both films have very different source material, there is one major similarity I found: black people getting unlawfully beaten and killed at the hands of white law enforcers with the people responsible weren’t held accountable for their crimes because of crooked legal system and racism. Anyway back to this film, I thought the story was raw, painful, beautiful and uplifting, it moved at a decent pace and hit all the right emotional beats.

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When it comes to the cast this film has a pretty substantial amount of famous faces and if you know your film and TV stars then you’ll spot a lot of famous faces. Since there are literally too many people to mention I’ll try to be brief and highlight my favourite people.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., wow, what a performance. Oyelowo is an actor I’ve liked for a while now, but this is clearly his best performance to date as he transforms himself completely and delivers his lines with such passion, intensity and his physicality also makes you feel like you are watching King right there in the cinema. Tom Wilkinson was also very good as Lyndon B. Johnson, Wilkinson is one of those actors who shows up in a lot of films but here he has a more substantial role and does a very good job. Tim Roth also does a great job as George Wallace, while Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King delivered a solid performance too and then there’s Wendell Pierce from The Wire) as Hosea Williams who was lovely. I also loved seeing Ruben Santiago-Hudson (from Castle) here as Bayard Rustin, Common was also good as James Bevel, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Fred Gray was a lovely surprise, while the appearances by Oprah Winfrey and Martin Sheen as Annie Lee Cooper and Frank Minis Johnson were small yet effective. Then there’s Giovanni Ribisi as Lee C. White, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton Robinson, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson and Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash who did great too.

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In conclusion Selma is a well-directed film with an incredible cast, a well-executed story and beautiful soundtrack. Though hard to watch at times, I did feel quite empowered after I left the film, I would have enjoyed the film a lot more had the projection people has fixed the sound problems that happened throughout the film! But anyway, go out and watch this film, it deserves your time and you too will see it got robbed at the Oscar nominations ages ago.

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

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Castle Season 3 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I continue my TV reviews with the third season of Castle. So with season 1 being a lot of fun and having a great time with season 2, I just NEEDED to see what was going down in the next season especially after how it ended. So how does season 3 fare? Well read on and find out.

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The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And now Castle and Beckett continue to work together on various crimes as they their relationship continues to grow and become deeper.

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Story-wise this season continues the show’s great balance of drama, romance and humour and takes it to new and exciting places by again changing up the types of cases and mixing thing up (etc. bringing in characters or cases from the past). One thing I haven’t mentioned in my previous reviews of Castle is well this show deals with plot twists, the way the writers mess with your head or make you believe things and then flip your theories around is really smart and creative. This season really introduces new levels of danger for our main cast, more so than ever characters are definitely in the thick of the action like Castle, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito and it is awesome and makes for some real crazy stakes to be raised at certain points in the series. The humour is still intact and I’m always laughing at something that’s going on, but that the dramatic and emotional moments are done very well and go deeper into that serious territory than the last season. Oh and the season finale, bloody hell! I thought the last final episode was good, but this, this just took things to a whole new level and presented plot twists, character development and drama that just make me tear up towards the latter part of the episode.

Episode highlights include:

  • A Deadly Affair
  • Under the Gun
  • Punked
  • 3XK (personal favourite)
  • Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind (personal favourite)
  • Last Call
  • Nikki Heat (personal favourite)
  • Knockdown (personal favourite)
  • Set up (personal favourite)
  • Countdown (personal favourite)
  • To Love and Die in L.A. (personal favourite)
  • Knockout (personal favourite)

When it comes to the cast they’re really back in full force with the returning cast being even better than before, while newcomers make a good effort to get stuck in. Again these are all relatable and developed characters who you really feel attached to.

So let’s start with Nathan Fillion returns again as Richard Castle and he’s still the best man ever. Castle is still absurd, silly and hilarious, but also very insightful and courageous. Outside of his light-hearted side we see Castle again growing up and becoming more sensible as he adjusts to the changes in his life and how he starts to accept them. Seeing him in a more serious and caring manner really makes him a great character to get behind and root for. Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett is once again great in this role. Katic continues to look gorgeous all the time, I really like this woman. But beyond her good looks, Beckett again has a lot of development and grows a lot as a character. With the personal cases she has to deal with and the lengths she goes to get her cases solved, she become very driven, aggressive and hard to stop, on top of that it is these cases that show that she is human, that she can get hurt, that she carries long-term pain and wants revenge. It is these aspects of her character that make her very engaging and you really want to see her succeed. Once again when it comes to the chemistry of Fillion and Katic there are on fire! Castle and Beckett have never been better together on-screen, however it’s not all undercover missions, banter and advice-giving, these two fight, not in the physical manner, but are at odds with each other and collide on more than one occasion. And it does hurt to see these two at odds, however when there have their moments of caring for each other and just giving subtle hints at a potential relationship, it’s those moments that stand out that.

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Molly Quinn is pretty good once again as Alexis Castle, she’s still smart and pretty, however now she’s starting to grow up and take on more teenage/adult-based activities and while it was good character development, I wasn’t as interested or invested in her as much as before. Susan Sullivan is really good in this season as Martha Rodgers, the character development she got in this season was a huge step up and allowed her to be more involved in Castle’s life but also have a life of her own to be humours and dramatic. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery is again amazing, his character got a lot more significance and screen time and it was very interesting to see where the writers went with his character. Besides being cool and having his moments of humour, I really like how he had to make some tough decisions too. Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever again do great work as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, these two are fleshed out and given more screen time than before allowing them to become even more awesome than before. I swear Tamala Jones just gets hotter and hotter as Lanie Parish, she is gorgeous, funny and has some good lines of dialogue, any time she was on-screen was great (also her and Esposito hooking up? Didn’t see that coming at all, nice little surprise though and it makes a lot a of sense in some ways).

So is there anything I didn’t like? Well there is the whole ‘will they/won’t they’ element of Castle and Beckett’s relationship. Now I understand that you shouldn’t rush things, but by this point in the show that the fact that the writers are drawing it out for so long is absurd. These two like each other, its obvious. Castle makes it plain as day and yet Beckett chooses to ignore him or date other guys, even though she clearly likes Castle. After saying each others lives, kissing, staring at each other and almost freezing to death, you’d think these two would go on a date or make it official or something! Everybody else sees it, Castle’s mum, the people at the police department, even the suspects think that the two are an item, so let’s make it happen already.

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In conclusion Castle season 3 is terrific, the show takes all the best elements of what made season 2 so great and magnifies it by 10 here. The stories are great, the characters are more fleshed out and deeper than before and the balance of humour and drama has never been better. The show now has that emotional connection that not mainly shows can reproduce, but I can say that Castle is without a doubt one of my favourite TV shows ever and I’ll be watching season 4 asap! 🙂

Rating: 9.5/10 (Almost perfection)

So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Castle Season 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I return to the realm of television with a new review and it will be on the second season of Castle. After really enjoying the first season I was immediately curious to see what goes down in the following season and with 24 episodes to check out things can only get better with an extended episode count right? So how does season 2 fare? Well read on and find out.

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The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And in this season Castle and Beckett continue to work together on various crimes as they their relationship continues to grow and become more complex.

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Story-wise the show continues to be really good with the wonderful episodic stories, while also establishing some continuing narrative over the course of the season. With a bigger episode count, it allows for so much more adventures with Castle, Beckett and the rest of the crew in and outside of different cases. I love the variety of cases in this season whether it be the world of modelling, illegal immigration, politics, marriage, underground mobs, S&M, baseball and so much more, this season has it all. The show also continues be primarily humourous with loads of laughs that keeps things interesting and there’s never a moment, but beyond the humour there are some genuinely dramatic and emotional moments which are very well done and go deeper into that serious territory than the last season. Most if these moments involve Castle and Beckett, sometimes the scenes are subtle and sometimes its full-on and it was some of the most moving and emotional stuff going on in the show. Oh and the way this season ends just broke my heart, so much emotions were going on me (I know I sound like a girl but I can’t help it).

Episode highlights include:

  • Deep in Death
  • Fool Me Once…
  • When the Bough Breaks
  • Vampire Weekend (personal favourite)
  • Famous Last Words
  • Love Me Dead
  • A Rose for Everafter (personal favourite)
  • Sucker Punch (personal favourite)
  • The Mistress Always Spanks Twice
  • Tick, Tick, Tick… (personal favourite)
  • Boom! (personal favourite)
  • Den of Thieves
  • Food to Die For
  • Overkill
  • A Deadly Game (personal favourite)

When it comes to the cast they’re really back in full force with the returning cast being even better than before, while newcomers make a good effort to get stuck in. Again these are all relatable and developed characters who you really feel attached to.

So let’s start with Nathan Fillion returns again as Richard Castle and he’s even cooler than before awesome. Castle is just a fun kind of guy who is consistently cool, full of surprises and there’s never a dull moment when he’s around because he’s always doing or saying something that’s funny. But beyond that we see more of the dramatic side of Castle as we learn about his past and see how he deals with some of his current situations and learns important life lessons which really develops him as a character. Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett is even better than before. Firstly Katic looks in insanely hot in this season, to be honest I fell for her in this season, her looks along with her acting makes her a very attractive woman. In this season while she’s still a ‘work before play’ kind of person who is tough and has a strict code of conduct, but we also get to see the layers underneath and see more of her emotions like being playful and jealous. Fillion and Katic again have great chemistry on-screen whether they’re having playful conversation, moments of sexual tension, awkward moments or when they’re piecing clues together finishing each others sentences (that’s so cute). But most importantly this season highlighted the fact that these two are totally interested in each other. It is just the subtle stares or unspoken words that stand out or how the two of them avoid each other is both interesting and painful as the watcher because you just want things to work out.

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Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle is again amazing, she’s smart, beautiful, loyal and cute, how anyone can dislike her is impossible. I liked seeing Alexis start to grow up and diversify her interests, much to the dismay of her dad haha. Susan Sullivan is good as Martha Rodgers, she continues to be the voice of wisdom as well as humour and it was interesting to have her character develop and move on with her relationship and acting career. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery is still awesome, the man is a great authoritative role, the way he can balance seriousness and humour is really good and keeps him from being boring. I also really liked Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, besides just cracking jokes, the two of these characters were given a significant amount more screen time and development, especially for Esposito which I really appreciated, plus their friendship with Castle is so cool too. Tamala Jones continues to be good Lanie Parish, she is very still pretty funny and sassy and very pretty. Also shout outs to Jenna Leigh Green (Libby from Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Erin Cahill (Jen from Power Rangers Time Force), seeing them in this show made me smile a lot.

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So is there anything I didn’t like? Well just a few tiny points. I wasn’t keen on how much the police co-workers liked to gang up on Castle, he’s my favourite dude, so I wasn’t keen on when he’s the subject of jokes and ridicule. Also this season has a very start and stop nature when it comes to its dramatic tones, for the most part the show is funny and light-hearted, but when it does get series especially whether it has to do with character development for either Castle or Beckett or both, the show will then move on like nothing happened beforehand like a cartoon show with no continuous narrative between episodes. Now I’m not saying that everything has to be linked between episodes, but when it is character building I’d prefer it to be more consistent. Other than those nitpicks everything else was great.

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In conclusion the second season of Castle is amazing. There is so much more going on than before with all the various cases and thought-provoking stories. But it is mainly about the characters and this show gives us a well-developed bunch of people who you really feel attached to and the cast do an excellent job in their roles. The main center point is Castle and Beckett and their relationship which honestly one of the most engaging pairings I’ve seen on TV in a while. I seriously can’t wait to watch the next season. I am obsessed lol.

Rating: 9/10 (Everything gets better and I can’t get enough)

So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Castle Season 1 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new TV review and now it is a season review. Unfortunately it isn’t Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yet), however I have something just as interesting to talk about and that is the first season of Castle. Now I never really had too much interest in watching this besides the fact that Nathan Fillion was attached to it, other than that I knew nothing about it. It wasn’t until a fellow blogging buddy, Claire from MyReelPOV kept mentioned how good the show was that I decided to eventually give it a go.

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The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And while Beckett isn’t too keen on having Castle around, however the two work together on a number of cases and thanks to Castle history writing his novels his knowledge helps solve a lot of different crimes.

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Story-wise the show is great. It happens to tell these great individual stories in each episode and while it most episodes deal with murder, the way in which each new case is presented is done with enough variation, style and intrigue that it keeps things from getting stale. And I do love the stories that are on display in this show, they are genuinely interesting and keep you on your toes, everything goes down in this show from kidnapping to murders of varying kinds and the way it is handled is both realistic but also very entertaining. Now I’ve watching shows like CSI and NCIS, both of which I like a lot, but this show attacks crime investigation in a way that feels fun and refreshing, but still casual enough for people who aren’t into that kind of stuff to understand what’s going on.

Straight from the first episode I was hooked and I feel like the best thing about the show that is established in this first season is the based tone. For the most part Castle is a funny show, it is actually hilarious and there are great comedic moments throughout the show that really liven up the mood in some of these grim situations. But there are points when the show does get series and definitely can feel very emotive and dramatic and it is just very impressive how this show can dance around such light and heavy tones and still work in the way in which it does.

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Episode highlights include:

  • Flowers for Your Grave
  • Nanny McDead
  • Hedge Fund Homeboys
  • Home Is Where The Heart Stops
  • Little Lost Girl
  • A Death in the Family

When it comes to the cast they’re all really good and their acting really makes you care about these characters. It is also great to see how much character development these people get in such a short time, by around episode six or seven you feel like you’ve known for a while already.

So let’s start with Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, simply put, he is awesome. From the first episode you fall in love with the guy because he charismatic, charming and really funny, the stuff that Castle says or does especially in the middle of serious situation is nothing short of hilarious. But beyond that his knowledge from writing murder novels makes him very useful and quite intelligent, also he can be caring and kind too.  And then of course there’s Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett who is also awesome. She is a very driven, sassy, by-the-book kind of woman, she’s good at her job and definitely isn’t a pushover. She is pretty much the opposite of Castle and you see why he is constantly annoyed by his presence, but behind her exterior you can see that she is a very passionate person and she has some scars from the past she doesn’t wish to show. Fillion and Katic have great chemistry on-screen, their banter and general conversation is delightful, but it is those moments of sexual tension that really stand out make you wonder if these two will hook up (kind of like Jeff and Britta from the first season of Community).

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Susan Sullivan is also wonderful as Martha Rodgers, Richard’s mother. She lives with Castle and does her best to poke her head in his business and while she means well, sometimes she does say things that either embarrasses Castle or makes him look bad, much to his annoyance. Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle is simply great, she is this very smart, perceptive child who is loves her dad, but also know he can be a bit of child so she has to keep him in line. But it is impossible not to like Alexis, she is like the cutest little girl ever and any parent that raised a child like that would have to be proud. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery is awesome, I swear most cop shows have cool, badass, “I-dont-take-shit-from-no-one” kind of guys and Montgomery is the same, however he is a little more lenient and fun at times. Also Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan are a great combo as the two other cops that work with Beckett, those two have great comedic timing and are always fun to watch, Tamala Jones is also good Lanie Parish, she is very cool, interesting and very pretty and lastly shout out to Dan Castellaneta who was humourous as Judge Markway. 🙂

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In conclusion the season of Castle is great, I haven’t felt this good about an opening season of anything since the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This show is smart, funny, dramatic and very unconventional and I love it already. I for one highly recommend this show and can’t wait to see what unfolds in the following five seasons.

Rating: 8.5/10 (A great starting point with a lot potential for even better material down the line)

So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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