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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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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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BLITZ REVIEW: The Villainess

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about The Villainess. So with 2017 nearly over, I’m trying to check out as many films as I can before I finalize my top 10 list and this was one I wanted to watch since I read the review on IGN back in July. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service, but soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now she embarks on a rampage of revenge.”  To be honest, this film had me from the beginning, it hit the ground running and moved with haste, and yet it kept me intrigued to learn more about the main character and how she got into such a crazy situation. From there the story is told in a non-linear manner with events past and present being interwoven throughout, and over time you learn about the main character, her unfortunate backstory, the intelligence agency she comes into contact with and many other things. This story is filled with tragedy, drama, revenge and deceit with new small pieces of information that slowly reveal the larger picture. I was surprised by how much depth there was and some of the twists and reveals got me far more emotional than I expected. And while following the story was a little tough because I can’t read subtitles very fast, I was able to get the general idea of what was happening. The cast was great and I’ll briefly talk my favourites. Kim Ok-bin as Sook-hee/Chae Yeon-soo was incredible, she had great screen presence and carried so many of the physical and emotional scenes very well. Shin Ha-kyun was incredible as Lee Joong-sang, so calm, collected sinister and badass. Sung Joon as Jung Hyun-soo was really charming and captivating and Kim Seo-hyung as Kwon-sook was a wonderfully tough, stern and confident lady who has a magnetic presence whenever on-screen, Jo Eun-ji as Kim Sun was such a horrible bitch and yet she was one of my favourite people and Lee Seung-joo  as Choon-mo. Also, I can’t talk about this film without mentioning the action, it was so kinetic and dynamic with the almost seamless tracking shots for action sequences, cool hand-to-hand combat, great gunfights and chase sequences and violence that was wonderfully gruesome. In conclusion, The Villainess was everything I had hoped for and more, as an action film it hit all the right notes with its choreography and violence, but the story had so much more depth. drama and emotional engagement than I expected which was a great bonus. This is one of my favourites of the year for sure and I recommend it for sure! 😀

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrhHYH9NoJE

So have you seen The Villainess 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 December 27, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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