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The Suicide Squad (2021)
I had really hoped for more
When I heard about a kind of remake of Suicide Squad I was pleased. Good on the producers and studio I thought to resuscitate a film that bombed the first time. However for me this was a disappointing film. It honestly felt like the story was written within a week. Even with the thin story, the poor pacing, weak character development and randomness of it was hard to buy into. The star studded cast couldn't save it. I couldn't tell where the heck the film was going. The humour fell flat and they tried to succeed at things Marvel did so well. Why is DC cursed with their superhero movies? Such a shame.
A really in-depth and thorough view of 9/11. I think so many of us have seen documentaries or at least coverage on September 11 but not so much the aftermath and 19 years of war. Astounding but somewhat conceivable at the same time how Congress only had 1 person challenge the decision to give Bush an open mandate to declare a broad war on Terror. Hindsight is also 20/20. It shows how critical foreign policy is and how no robust strategy or plan has emerged over 19 years. I found this a very sobering documentary, there were no winners in this. The world paid a dear price with this deadly attack and its plagued us in various forms and countries ever since.
1pm Daily Update (2020)
Our own real life version of Black Mirror
What a crazy time to be alive. Covid disrupted our lives out of nowhere. I saw a meme for Black Mirror's latest episode that required us to look in the mirror.
The 1pm update became a ritual for us, TV was popular again. We all were glued in to see what was happening. Jacinda Ardern and Doctor Ashley Bloomfield became national stars and inspiring figures for leading us through these crazy times. While I am a fan of these briefings I am hoping there will be a series finale and we can soon close the chapter on this living ordeal.
The Mechanic (2011)
Statham and Ben Foster make a decent combination in this action flick. Its entertaining, good action sequences and interestingly lacks too much love interests which I think makes a better film in this instance.
Easy and fun viewing
Another nice action film that is brought home by Jason Statham. The plot is very thin and easy to follow. There are some other big names in the robbery in the crew who betrays Parker. Also I thought J Lo should have been his love interest. The love interest in the film serves close to no purpose, she could have easily been removed without affecting the plot.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Creative for its time
Jurassic Park was a groundbreaking film when it was released. The computer animated generations were new at the time and would have blown a lot of people's minds. I've watched this film 28 years after its release and the graphics feel dated but I think (similar to Star Wars) there had never been anything made like this before. I can appreciate how huge and monumental this film would have been. I think its value in its creativity was a huge part in garnering so much of its praise. I mean who doesn't love Dinosaurs?
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story and journey of our Earth. I was awe struck and learnt some new things. So many events happened and fell in place for life as we know it to emerge. The visual simulations were really well done. It brought it to life and captured the intensity of so many cataclysmic events. If you love history, science and nature this is recommended.
Turner & Hooch: The Fur-gitive (2021)
Probably the strongest episode so far
Not a bad episode. Turner and Hooch have an interesting case to pursue. The chase and build up is interesting. It wasn't too cheesy, amusing and made sense to follow. It could have taken it to the next level if Turner had to console and spend some time talking to the Soldier and they made the tense scene longer. This would have given it more depth in my opinion. I'm hoping they take this show to higher lengths and leave some of the PG shackles behind. This show can be a lot more.
Statham carries this film
I am a fan of Jason Statham and some great action he delivers. The plot, flow and storyline is quite modest but Statham makes it exciting. He is pretty much a one man army and always comes out swinging. James Franco is an average villain in that he never posed a serious threat, they could have had some formidable foes locally. But otherwise an easy fun watch.
The dangers of catfishing
I was gripped from the first episode. Quite a captivating show from start to finish. The acting is very good and the situation feels all to real. This could easily happen in reality and sometimes you feel you're watching a doco. I was also taken by surprise by the plot twist in the last episode. I thought I had it figured out. It shows the real dangers of cat fishing, there will be a few gullible people who believe in everything they read and see online without reality to guide them. Online behavior can have some scary consequences.
Some nagging issues I found was the inability to track the website source. Surely in the 21st century a cybercrime unit would be able to do this. Also when Emma Beadsley came for a police interview I found it odd that the photos were never taken from her as tangible evidence. The metadata was obtained by a young teenager. Also when Nick escapes, he somehow in his state manages to know the address of his colleague? I may know roughly where colleagues live but not be able to find their exact address in pitch dark. Also why didn't he go straight to his family or ask to call the cops? All these were plot conveniences and if you can get over this then it makes for a thrilling ride.
Wild Card (2015)
Good action flick
Jason Statham never disappoints in his craft which is an action paced tough guy sort of film. His stoic and calm demeanor before he unleashes a world of pain is fun to watch. A simple story to follow and a good deal of fun to watch. Good stuff.
Rush captures the great rivalry between Nikki Lauda and James Hunt. It does a great job of bringing to life the two famous drivers and their turbulent lives. Racing films hold a special place for me as film buff. I did enjoy this film from start to finish. I think James Hunt could have been cast better, Chris Hemsworth did not have the acting chops to carry the serious role despite his good looks. Hemsworth shines in goofy and comedic roles and has carved out a nice career in the Marvel superhero films. Otherwise its a great story.
Probably the strongest episode I've seen so far. Protecting the stern judge had some alright doses of humour and a decent sound track. I'm hoping things step up with character development, some sharp turns and more depth to ditch the kid gloves and take it to the next level.
Runaway Bride (1999)
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere are a winning combination
After their great chemistry in Pretty Woman it was great to see Gere and Roberts in another comical and romantic film. The producers and director borrow some of the cast and ideas that worked and apply them well. The idea of an unconventional but somewhat realistic love story that is well paced and easy to go with. Not all bad.
Cabin by the Lake (2000)
Despite not being a big production this modest thriller does pack a decent punch. Stanley's character is chilling and bad to the bone. He is borderline insane but we are intrigued by his character and want to see how far he'll take things. If you can overlook some obvious errors this can be a thrilling film. The unique way of killing his victims is certainly memorable and chilling.
Three Fugitives (1989)
I am so glad I give this film a go. Three fugitives is a hidden gem. Enjoyable and fun to watch. Its also an easy watch and gets better and funnier if you stick with it. Great acting and easy to follow story.
Better than the last one
This was a so so episode but certainly better than the last one. A somewhat interesting case for Hooch and Scott to team up on. Nothing great but not terrible either, passable.
Bedtime Stories (2008)
What started as a film with some promise went down hill towards the end. There are some small doses of humour and Adam Sandler tries to carry the film but its all in vain. The plot conveniences, unrealistic and predictable nature make this a waste of time. Adam Sandler pulling off a great motor cycle stunt and going through a moving train to get his wallet back is ridiculously convenient. The final scenes actually feel like they were written by the two kids. In the golden age of streaming here is hoping these awful movies don't get made.
This episode was too PG for me
I thought the first episode showed potential. I had said you don't always have to be dark to tell a good story but this episode was playing with kid gloves. The Die Hard spin off just didn't land in a serious manner and was too convenient. The robbers were weak and left their brains at the door. What did it for me was the Kissy face assistance from a child that made it ridiculous to save the day in such a manner. I'm in two minds now, I sometimes wonder if a more realistic and serious show with the odd doses of humour would been better. The next few episodes and direction will decide what kind of show this will be.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Enjoyable from start to finish
Pretty Woman is an entertaining film to watch. A modern type of fairytale romance that isn't so cheesy and forced. A more mature adult take on romance. This was the breakout film for the lovely Julia Roberts who became a household name since then. Richard Gere is great as always but Julia Roberts sells this film and makes it very likeable. Her infectious personality, laugh and believable acting makes this situation believable. This fantasy is one to enjoy watching with some hilarious scenes and a stellar soundtrack.
Turner & Hooch: Forever and a Dog (2021)
Not a bad start
I'm kind of glad I gave this new show on Disney a go. If you're after a simple and feel good kind of story then this should hitch the spot. Who doesn't love dogs as well? This could be some nice light entertainment, we don't always have to watch something dark.
Table 19 (2017)
Better than what I expected
I was expecting somewhat of a comedy full of errors. But surprisingly I got a much deeper and intriguing film. It was full of heartbreak and drew the viewer in now and then. For big weddings one can see there would be a table reserved for the misfits. The misfits of table 19 were complex, interesting and fun to watch. In a fun and bizarre way they made a great group and had each others backs in the end. A nice, good outcome in the end for Eloise thanks to the help of her shafted friends.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Relatable, don't judge a book by its cover
I've considered watching this film for years but put it off because it seemed about egos and high end fashion which I don't have patience for. But it's deeper and relatable in a number of ways. The experience Andy goes through working for a tyrant changes her as a person and affects her personal life. She becomes a plastic type of person and all for a cold boss and company that will easily place us. This film hints of the faults of capitalism. At the end of the day we're all replaceable and shouldn't lose forget that we work to live, not live to work. Andy's journey was a little different, she had to go back to a career that she was truly passionate but still some valuable lessons. We're all going to be chained to a job/firm at some point that has no value for us.
Ghost Town (2008)
Ricky Gervais carries this film as a miserable and frustrated dentist who turns himself around once he can see the dead. A unique concept but I feel so much more could be done with it. There was great potential for this to be funnier and allowing Ricki to do more good than just focused on one woman and her life. He could have teamed up with the ghosts to give him the edge in his day to day life. But despite the great concept it ended up being a standard, dull and slow paced film. Not terrible just passable.
How fitting it was for David Suchet to take a deeper look into Agatha Christie's life, the author whose work has made his career. David has been the definitive Poirot on screen and he uncovers the interesting and eventful life Christie has had. She was indeed a 'mystery' and lived lived during two world wars. Her life was both fascinating and almost worthy of the stories she wrote. David's travels to get to know her better allows us to know more about this great woman and her life.