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Double Review: Brightburn & Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, how is it going?  I am back with a double film review on Brightburn and Godzilla: King of the Monsters via my podcast Film Focus.

Because of scheduling conflicts, I decided to put both reviews in the same episode and I have a fair amount to say about both. So how did these films fare? Well, listen to this episode for some spoiler-free thoughts on both films! 😀

Timecodes:

02:10 Brightburn Review
14:18 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

Also around 14:48 I made a mistake about the number of Godzilla films that currently exist, the actual number is 35.

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 Brightburn and Godzilla: King of the Monsters 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, until next time, laters! 😀

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Posted by on June 3, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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The Judge Mini Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a quick review and this time I’ll be reviewing The Judge. I actually saw this film last week Monday but haven’t been able to blog about it until now because of numerous other life factors that kept getting in the way. I know it has been a good few weeks since this film’s initial release, but I had to see and review it for this blog. So with that in mind let’s get started.

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So The Judge, it’s not bad, but it could have been better. I think the main reasons why this film wasn’t as engaging as other dramatic films I’ve seen this year is because of the story, it has elements that work like the fractured relationship between the main characters; Henry Palmer and Judge Joseph Palmer, however everything all unfolds in a very so-so manner, like there is a lack of emotion for all the drama that has happened so you end up not caring that much either. It also doesn’t help that besides the two main characters, everyone is not as developed so you end up not caring about them as much. A lot of critics have claimed that this film plays out as a TV drama than one that belongs in a film on the big screen and to a degree I can see what they’re saying.

I think I liked this film a bit more than most, mainly because of the performances from the cast. Robert Downey, Jr. was great as Henry “Hank” Palmer, it is kind of hard to separate this character from RDJ’s natural personality and work in other films, it is like he just plays himself in films and it just works. The guy can do humour and drama and can find the balance between the two very nicely. The next great performance comes from Robert Duvall as Judge Joseph Palmer, I’ve always heard good things about Duvall and he was definitely a wonderful and powerful presence in this film. He has a good screen presence and together with RDJ they have great chemistry and a believable father-son relationship. The rest of the cast is fine, Vera Farmiga was delightful as Samantha Powell, but not overly special, Vincent D’Onofrio as Glen Palmer is fine, but I feel like someone of his talent was underused and I couldn’t get a feel for his acting skills considering that he’ll be the Kingpin in Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil series next year. And Jeremy Strong as Dale Palmer was one of my favourite performances even though he had a small part and seeing Billy Bob Thornton again as Dwight Dickham was cool and he was good in his role too.

In conclusion The Judge is a pretty good film, while it does go on a little longer than it should and not all of the emotional material hits the right notes, however, when the film works, it works well largely thanks to its talented cast.

Rating: 6.5/10

So what did you think of The Judge? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Peace. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Conjuring Review

Howdy people! After just over a week away from the cinema I return from the depths for another film review, but this time its of the HORROR film The Conjuring! OHHHHHH! Well the reason this is a big deal is because I actually don’t like horror films and actively try to avoid them because I don’t like being scared in films. But since my mum and sister were going I decided to tag along because at least I wouldn’t be alone. I’d heard so many good things about this film and the hype was massive… So imagine my disappointment after the film when I’d realised that the film wasn’t all that impressive at all.

The story of the film goes a little something like this:

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Parren move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Parren family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

I feel like the story starts out very good. There was a good amount of focus on not only the Parren family but also on the Warren couple too, that balance was handled nicely. I loved the story surrounding Ed and Lorraine Warren and their paranormal adventures, it was some interesting and cool stuff. And the initial point when the crazy haunting activities start to begin its there where the film gets you hooked in and freaks you out because you don’t know what’s coming. However once the main threat is revealed and the last third of the film kicks in that’s where the film loses steam and falls into the category of ‘been there, seen that’, you know? And that really bugged me. It was original, intense and creepy, but in the third act the film just lost its scare factor and if a horror film isn’t scary then why does it exist?

When it comes to the cast I have no problems with them at all, they were all solid and put in some great performances. Vera Farmiga was wonderful as Lorraine Warren putting in a very convincing, chilling and dramatic performance. While Patrick Wilson was great as Ed Warren, his character was. Both Farmiga and Wilson had great chemistry and on-screen presence. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston were good as Carolyn and Roger Perron, their characters were obviously at the center of all this chaos at the supernatural happenings start taking place and I liked their work in their roles too. Even all the child actors were good and not that annoying kind you find in most films.

In conclusion The Conjuring while it had the look and tone of a good horror film and a good cast, I just didn’t find it all that scary and that’s the problem. While I’m not a fan of being scared shitless in horror films, if a film is meant to be scary then I want it to SCARE me and this film failed in that regard. I’m probably in the minority who didn’t overly enjoy this film but yeah if you’re horror fan you’ll probably find an entertaining experience with this film.

Rating: 6/10 (Not nearly as scary or as impressive as I was expecting)

So have any of you lot of there seen The Conjuring and if so what are your thoughts on it? Was it the horror film you were looking for or was it another unimpressive attempt at this genre of film? Whatever your views are drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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