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The Help (2011)
How can two and a half hours pass by so quickly?
This is one truly outstanding movie, highlighting the social injustices faced by women of colour in Mississippi in the 1960's, this is the story of life from the maids point of view.
You see the contrast of how life is for the Society women, the privileged life they lead, and just how awful life was for the African American maids, and the moronic racism they faced.
It baffles me just how stupid most of the so called society people are, Hayley in particular is just an idiot, thank goodness for progressive people such as Skeeter. Skeeter also fights against the expectations for her to follow the routine, husband, kids, no job etc. Thanks heavens for people like her.
Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone dazzle the whole way through, their performances are impeccable, no wonder this film is so highly regarded. Stone is prolific, but I still regard this as her finest moment. Jessica Chastain manages to lift the mood a few times as Celia, and break your heart.
That pie was more about just a personal revenge. That's the best scene in the whole film.
Superb production values throughout, every single detail is on point, the costumes, sets, houses, cars etc
Skeeter's car, is that the most beautiful motor ever made! Wow.
One of the best films ever made, 10/10.
It's a Sin: Episode #1.2 (2021)
Such a powerful second episode.
This picks up where episode one left off, only the humour and is toned down somewhat, and those clouds that I'd mentioned earlier are moving in a little closer, so close in fact now that one of the group, Gloria, falls ill. It's still humorous, only the balance is switching to the more serious side.
Nice that we get to see more of Roscoe, he's thus far been the least developed main character, he is so interesting, and fabulous.
It's a very different episode, it brings out very different thoughts and emotions. It must have been absolutely terrifying for gay men at this time, let's not forget that being gay in 1980 wasn't like it is now, still a taboo subject. It's the early days for aids, and with no social media, it was tough for people to get information.
Callum Scott Howells who plays Colin is the one stealing the show for me. In All fairness though, the whole cast are magnificent, nice to see Keeley Hawes play a small role, a favourite of mine, so often the leading lady, brilliant.
Love it, 9/10.
If you need cheering up, this shocking film will make you chuckle.
Why do I listen to what's top 3 on Netflix!!! There's always an Adam Sandler film in the top ten. For good reason I suppose, he's very likeable, and produces a certain kind of film.
I was in the mood for watching a film, which didn't need me to think or use my brain in any way, shape or form, this did the job, I laughed at the sheer nonsense.
Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn't watch it, but after a tough day, it made me laugh, and made me switch off.
It's awful, and I will never be able to unsee Sandler's butt, but I chuckled the whole way through it. 7/10.
Fasten your seat belts.
I've watched Shaun of the Dead enough times recently, and needed something similar, good old Netflix suggested Zombieland, it's been some times since I last watched this, in fact I last saw it on its release.
Even better than I remember, it is a brilliant movie, it came at a time where zombie movies were perhaps at saturation point, Zombieland is unique, funny, exciting, and features one of the most random, and wonderful cameos ever. The Britishness in Shaun, is matched by the American-ness of this, Bill Muarray made this complete.
It's still the best thing I've ever seen Eisenberg in, his delivery is tremendous, as is Stone's. Has Woody Harrelson ever looked so damn hot in his entire life as he does bere, he's tremendous.
It looks awesome, it's hilarious, it's a classic, 9/10.
The Bay: Episode #2.4 (2021)
Lisa has poor taste in men.
The shock death has had a huge impact on the team, and the aftermath sees everyone struggling to come to terms with what's happened. A new team is brought in to see that the investigation is being properly handled.
It's good, I have to say I think it's a little off the pace of earlier episodes, it's not bad, it's just that the last few were exceptional. There isn't a lot of development on the actual case, just titbits, it's a little more soap opera in style, with Lisa's personal life the main focus.
DI Manning is under the cosh, but Lisa refuses to throw him to the wolves, we discover that Lisa is actually a caring person.
The Bay: Episode #2.3 (2021)
All is not as it seems, and the family unit, is perhaps not as tight knit as everyone first thought, Stephen Mashbrook was perhaps not the marvellous family man we first thought.
Part three takes a little time to open up, it delves into the relationships between family members, plus we learn more about Stephen's past, perhaps not the great guy everyone thought.
That ending though, you could kind of see it coming, but it really was a shock ending.
Lisa had every right to have a gripe with her mother, definitely interfering in her daughter's affairs.
What are we thinking, fraud, drugs, people smuggling, could be anything I guess.
So good, 9/10.
Dead Pixels: Bears (2019)
A slightly disappointing start.
Meg, Nicky and Usman, a trio of friends are made to accept Meg's new colleague Russell into their interactive game.
Maybe you need to be a gamer, I was expecting a show along the lines of The IT Crowd, sadly it wasn't even close. I'll give another episode a go, but this first one was pretty poor I thought.
I've never been a gamer and don't understand how on Earth people could get into it, let alone spend cash on it, each to their own I guess.
I semi chuckled at the moment where Meg had to leave badminton, and we did at least have the cute Russell.
Maybe it'll get better. 5/10.
The Simpsons: Opposites A-Frack (2014)
A definite no to fracking.
Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard is called in by Lisa, when she learns that Mr Burns is fracking in the neighborhood.
'fracking is great, so long as it's on other people's neighbourhoods.' H Simpson 2014.
I enjoyed this one, I liked the flow of the episode, the jokes, and I loved hearing the voice of Jane Fonda.
Is it a classic, no, but it would have been hugely relevant for 2014, a time where fracking seemed to be public enemy number One, as someone who loves very close to an area affected by fracking, I know only too well the fears associates with it.
It was funny seeking Me Burns fall in love, was also good to seem Homer play the hero.
A timeless classic.
I watched this when it was transmitted over Christmas, and then watched in horror as the offended brigade started complaining.
Made in 1978, it's the ultimate feel good film, sure it's over the top, it's absurd, and some of the scenes will have you maybe feeling a bit cringe worthy now, but it still remains a great film.
As a youngster I watched it frequently, it's funny how some films stick with you, could I really believe in most of them as High school students, well I did back then.
It is all about the music, music which is still iconic, and hopefully will be heard at theatres in the not too far off future.
Would you make a film the exact same way now, of course not, is it ok to love a film made back in 1978, yes it sure is.
Watch for the music, ending, and of course John Travolta.
It really is the word. 9/10
The Simpsons: Super Franchise Me (2014)
A solid episode.
Super Franchise me sees Marge take up a sandwich making franchise, and learn about the true nature of competition.
The Simpsons take the reins at a fast food restaurant, churning out sandwiches, wait a minute, haven't they done this before? I am convinced they have done the same, or maybe a similar story before.
I liked it, and whilst I didn't think it was as good as the previous episode, I still enjoyed it. It was nice to see the family operating as a complete unit, and it did have some good funny moments, everyone was on form.
A few knocks to the corporations, and perhaps rightly so, but it wasn't overly preachy.
Homer Vs Bart.
Trash talk is everywhere, and sadly so is broccoli, as a hater of broccoli myself, I sympathise with Bart and his reluctance to eat the little green trees.
After falling out over eating broccoli, Bart and Homer face a long standoff, before landing up on a therapy ship, the relationship ship.
After the disappointment of the previous episode, I thought this one was very good, it had me chuckling several times, I love the Homer Vs Bart episodes, and this is a good one. The side story of Marge taking on Homer's fantasy football team is also funny.
Moral of the story, just eat your broccoli. 8/10.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
It's a very engaging, character driven story, it's good.
Lee Chandler is made to take on his nephew after his brother dies an untimely death, Lee is incredibly depressed and affected by his past.
As the film develops, so does the relationship between Lee and Patrick, we learn why Lee is the way he is, and the events that helped to shape him, and make him such a complex figure.
I haven't seen a film like this for some time, it's purely melodrama, but to it's credit, it's very good. Take a tip from Me, if you're in a mood, or feeling down, do not watch this, it will compound your low spirits. If you're up for an engaging, moving two hours on intense character play, you'll find this very good.
I had absolutely no idea just how good an actor Casey Affleck is, and that's my own fault, he is absolutely tremendous throughout, he makes Lee a truly interesting guy.
The music is a real hindrance here, it detracts from the film, it isn't bad, it's just wrong for the film. Adagio in G Minor, it's a glorious piece of music, but it is so out of place, it jars uncomfortably at a key point.
It takes a little time to warm up, and for you to engage, when it does, it's an excellent film, 8/10.
Green Book (2018)
A captivating watch, with sensational acting.
Not often these days so I give ten stars to a film, with Green Book however, I had no other choice, this film had me totally captivated.
It's a fascinating story, I had no idea that it was based on true events, temporarily losing his job at a club, Tony Lip Vallelonga gets a job driving for Doctor Don Shirley. Shirley has a specific reason for touring in the deep south.
It's one hell of a journey (I know it's a term that's easily bandied about in films, but it's appropriate here,) physically and emotionally, it's a battle of wills, ideas, concepts, each man learns something from the other. You see the true horror of what Shirley faced in day to day life, from buying a suit, to eating dinner.
The acting, is simply outstanding, you couldn't put a pin between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, the pair are unbelievable in this film, it's no wonder awards came flooding in.
It looks sensational, they brought 1962 to life, and the music throughout is spot on.
I laughed, I sobbed, I connected, a cinematic triumph, Green Book is an incredible film. 10/10.
It's a quality film.
I'll be honest, I was really excited to see this, I don't have much experience with Russian Cinema unfortunately, but I'd this was anything to go by, then I am keen to see more.
A very good start, it's creepy, it's imaginative, I can truly believe that this is set in The Cold War USSR in the 1980's.
Well acted, well produced, I'm no film expert, but in terms of the visuals, it feels more American cinema than European cinema to me, it looks great.
I just love how Russian it is, from the name, to the Russian dolls that pop up.
It's chilling, it looks great, it exceeded my expectations, I perhaps didn't enjoy the ending quite to much, but that's a minor quibble, all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 8/10.
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
It's such a good film.
I thought this was bags of fun, who said that satire was a thing of the past, Jojo Rabbit prices that it is alive and well..
It's one of those films that will have you laughing one minute, crying the next, then awkwardly chuckling in the scene after that.
It's very well acted, very well made, the production values are actually very, very strong.
I saw this on its release with a few friends, it was my choice, faces were pulled at the thought of it, but everyone enjoyed, one quibbled before the film that she thought it was going to be offensive, it isn't, it's all tongue in cheek.
I look forward to seeing it again, I recommend. 8/10.
Marriage Story (2019)
Well acted, but so slow.
I don't really see how on Earth this film has done so incredibly well, what am I missing? If there was an award for the most boring narrative, this would have run away with it.
Aside from being slow and rather dreary, did people not find this movie so depressing, sometimes divorce is painful for those involved, and those around, I just didn't like the flavour, tone or direction of be movie.
Surely the acting was good, and I feel they did a good job to elevate a fairly average script, but at the end of the day, no matter how good the acting was, this simply put me to sleep.
Mitchell and Webb have done it again.
It definitely takes a couple of episodes to bed in, and for you to get the feel of it, but once you do, you will be well and truly hooked.
If you're expecting something similar to Peep show, forget it, this is an altogether different, and individual piece of work.
The one question you'll want the answer to, what exactly is David's game? What's he up to, and what is he after?
The humour is dark, it's bleak, but it is so deliciously satisfying throughout.
I love the characters, they're all great, Geoff is outrageous. I can't think of I've see Penny Downie in a comedy role before, but boy is she good.
I am so glad there's a second series.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, 9/10.
The Midnight Sky (2020)
A waste of talents.
I sat through Birdsong today, and I genuinely didn't think things could get any worse...... Ok so it wasn't at bad as Birdsong, this was at least beautifully acted, but as for story, tension and excitement, there wasn't any.
If I could think of one word to describe this film, it would be dreary, it's just the most uninspiring, boring snooze fest I have sat through in a long time, what were they thinking?
The script and story are unforgivable, I cannot find a positive thing to say about either.
A waste of the talents of George Clooney, sure he's great, but performing well in a film that sucks, it's a bit like coating an organic fresh Brazil but in a cheap chocolate, why would you??
I am desperate for a good sci fi horror/thriller, where have they gone?
It's a Sin: Episode #1.1 (2021)
Faultless, excellent drama.
The first episode, set in 1981, we're introduced to three central figures, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin, and those closest to them.
It's a fab first episode, it's quite funny, it's revealing, it's also incredibly raunchy, Ritchie in particular is incredibly wild, and living a wild life.
At the back though, the black clouds are looming, a brief overheard conversation in the background, and then we begin to see the true effects of aids.
If it's a journey you want, take this one, you'll be chuckling away, shocked, then totally saddened.
Incredible acting, it doesn't get much better. I thought it was an incredible start, 10/10.
It's a Sin (2021)
Excellent, unmissable drama.
I haven't been able to switch it off, thank goodness for All4! Channel four and RTD, you have truly delivered here with this wonderful five part series. Sexy, funny, moving, sad, it has a bit of everything going on.
Despite all of the glitz and fun, there is a harshness that arrives like a knockout punch, how on Earth can something be so much fun, and then turn so bleak, what an astonishing mix.
I would highly recommend it, great characters, great stories, and the production values are off the scale, the really have managed to bring the 1980's back to life.
Russell T Davies, it breaks my heart that you aren't on hand to save Dr Who right now, but when you're making content like this, you keep at it.
I loved it! 10/10.
The Bay: Episode #2.2 (2021)
I enjoyed the first episode, I loved this one, something about this just had me absolutely engrossed.
We are Lisa's world rocked even more, and learn more about the victim's nearest and dearest, what are they hiding?
There really is a wealth of talent on offer here, and they are all performing, but Morven Christie genuinely steals the show here.
I was indifferent about Lisa in series one, now I feel sorry for her, I've grown to really like her as a character, and want her to succeed. Joe Absolom has made a very good impression as her estranged partner and father of her kids.
Lovely to see Wendy Kweh, I feel like I haven't seen much of her since The Bill, she's great.
I thought this was exceptional, 9/10.
The Bay: Episode #2.1 (2021)
A dramatic opener.
Back with a bang, why has a Solicitor, set to retire shot dead at the retirement party?
After a hut and miss first series, the second opens up with a very good opening episode, I thought this was actually really rather good.
Lisa is definitely under the cosh, after the events in the first series. I am surprised she wasn't fired, but hey ho.
Med is enjoying having one up on Lisa, he's still sadly perhaps not the brightest firework at the show. They're putting a lot of faith in him, why?? Sergeant!!!! really??
Sharon Small is really popular right now, she seems to be in everything, and rightly so, she's a wonderful actress. She stands out.
I'm into this, 8/10.
The Simpsons: Clown in the Dumps (2014)
The episode is eh.....
Where on Earth did that opening sequence come from? That was bonkers, was it funny, or just a bit crazy, you decide?
Is it the end for Krusty The Clown? He seems to be on a career decline, but things take a turn for the worse when he visits his father.
Have I watched too many classic Simpsons episodes in the last few days, or was this just perhaps not a particularly funny episode? Even the cartoon wasn't funny.
I liked the part of it which saw Lisa take a real interest for the health of her father, other than that, I thought this was pretty lame, 5/10.
Final Appointment (1954)
A solid 50's mystery.
Who is making threats against a retired army officer, and does the sender have any links to a series of murders that happened some years ago?
It's a passable thriller, with some interesting themes and ideas. It's of course over sixty years old, and very much of its time. I did struggle to put one or two of the events together, and it's fair to say that there are more than a few plot holes.
Nicely acted, John Bentley and Sam Kydd I enjoyed, but it was fascinating to see Arthur Lowe in a role outside of Dad's Army.
It's a decent watch, just don't ask me to explain it. 6/10.
An interesting story.
We have been in a.period of change for some time, and it has taken some very brave women to stand up, make a stand and say enough is enough.
I watched this a few days ago, and borrowed it from a friend, who happens to be a feminist, she surprisingly didn't like it, stating that she felt they had added too much to the story to make it a little sensational, thus demeaning the film.
Personally I quite liked it, an interesting, relevant story of course, the acting on the whole was pretty good, I thought Theron was the standout.
It's definitely not a movie I would ever want to watch again, but I thought it was pretty good. 7/10.