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Ojing-eo geim (2021)
Beyond doubt It will be a cult classic.
What a great show. Pure escapism. Time really flew when I watched an episode.
Of course there were some flaws, both plot holes and character inconsistencies but some of the scenes were right up there with some of the best strorytelling and script writing seen in recent years.
The merchandise buying generated by this show will be crazy - already bought my 456 tracksuit for 5 a side football.
Season 2 is a certainty and already it can't come quick enough.
No Time to Die (2021)
Familiarity does not breed contempt
As a Bond fanatic (my specialist subject was Bond films when I appeared on Mastermind - episode 7 2016) I was lucky enough to get invited to the Royal Albert Hall for the World Premiere last night (28th September).
It was great to see the actors Daniel Craig (Bond), Rami Malek (Lyutsifer Safin) , Lashana Lynch (Nomi) as well as one of the four credited script writers Phoebe Waller Bridge (Fleabag) on the red carpet.
To be clear my review is not influenced by last night's occasion and I'll start by stating that I rank this Bond film fifth out of the twenty-seven Bond films made; in between Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012). As an aside my favourites are the 1960's classics with Goldfinger unsurpassed.
Despite the films spanning six decades and being created by different filmmakers with various actors, Bond films still retain recurring elements that make them "Bond-esque". Bond is not much different from any other successful franchise. It works on the formula of giving the audience from the very start a sense of familiarity and No Time to Die delivers starting with Billy Eilish's theme song.
This was Daniel Craig's fifth and concluding turn in a highly successful 15-year run. Though not my favourite Bond (who else but Sean Connery) Daniel Craig can take a lot of credit for humanising the role by giving him more complexity and dragging him firmly into a new century.
For those familiar with the co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge one may feel that she had an out-sized input into the film as her excellent knack for the comedic and heartfelt (Fleabag) as well as action and adventure (Killing Eve) seemed to be stamped on this production.
The film is more than a worthy contribution to the Bond franchise and hence should eventually fulfil the marker as an index of time to where we were at with our lives, just like Goldfinger did for me in September 1964 at the Odeon Leicester Square.
People may be caught out by the length of the runtime (2 hours 45 minutes and at least 20 minutes longer than any other Bond film) but it is fair to say that it flew over me and left a heart-warming shadow behind. Go see it.
If you are ready for the bizarre a great watch
It's a great film if you like to be slightly challenged. I am not one for westerns and in fact had put off watching this for a couple of years. I should have seen it earlier.
The stylising of the film was impressive as the genre has very few examples of what the director has achieved in the shoot-out scenes.
The lead actor(s) were exceptional and the film picks up a pace in the second half. I was surprised by the critical reviews at IMDB and its average low mark. A solid 7 for me which is a very good score.
The films leaves an impression long after it has finished - so much so I was curious to find out more about Ned Kelly. I had only heard his name whilst growing up banded about as an Australian Robin Hood which is in fact pretty inaccurate.
A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
Better than the first one
I felt this was better than the first one which is rare.
I thought it was nicely paced and the action was not too childish in so far as the action sequences were not over-done.
People complain about plot-holes but I felt the overall feel and context of the film led to suspension of disbelief subconsciously.
I would actually grade it 7.5 which is still a high mark for me.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
Well worth a watch
I don't usually think much of Amazon movies. I had read a few headlines of reviews so my expectations were low. This was actually an enjoyable blockbuster movie. Good story and good entertainment. People criticising it need to get a life and a few lessons on how to become a proper film critic.
This is not some Oscar nominated film but an Amazon sci-fi film. I've seen over 2000 films, many pretentious but good (Birdman) and many pretentious and dreadful (The Tree of Life).
I would rather watch this than Oscar winner Nomadland because I wanted to experience escapism, entertainment and happiness.
Worth a watch
This film is a solid 7. I can't believe the low marks. Women will probably appreciate it slightly more than men due to some of the themes.
It did not drag and was a good take on the martian living theme.
Had I seen the mark on IMDB first I would not have watched it. If you like thoughtful films and not to be spoon -fed this meets the criteria.
There is action and it is very well shot.
I like sci-fi and this was above average.
I gave up meat a while back, not based on cowspiracy as I had never seen it but just because I don't like seeing animals suffer. I like seafood so thought no big deal. However seeing Seaspiracy has meant I will just finish what sea products I have left in the fridge/larder and will become a vegan. So yes this was life changing. Even if 10% of it was true it would be enough for me to change.
I won't be donating to Greenpeace and other associated charities as I feel cheated that they were in a special privileged position to understand what drives climate change / marine life existence due to research etc. But they chose to ignore the biggest threat due to conflicting interests is deplorable.
I will only support Sea Shepherd as a charity as they say it a it is and target commercial fishing.
I watched Cowspiracy straight after and wished I had seen it in 2014 when it came out. I'm late to the party but still upset the elephant in the room with regards to commercial fishing was kept under wraps by players who should have exposed it; Greenpeace, Oceana and the Marine Stewardship Council (aka. MSC who promote Tuna friendly catches).
It is shocking what entities will do in the name of charity. I ask everyone who reads this to think about becoming vegan, that's all.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
An unbalanced movie
The best parts of this movie are contained in the first 20 mins and the last 10 mins. This is because they concentrate on the relationship between pets and their owners. People with pets will relate to these parts strongly and appreciate the subtle nuances that really encapsulate that unique bond between a person and their pet.
The action parts will please the younger children but in reality most adults will find these a bit boring as to a degree it's a bit "Tom & Jerry" slapstick.
Far from Heaven (2002)
Julianne Moore at her best
Far from heaven is a very good movie. At times it borders on great, but for some reason it never reaches its full potential. I think this is up there as Moore's best performance (leading, at least). Quaid is also very strong for such a complex character. The cinematography is probably my favourite part of this film, as well as the score from Bernstein. Again, solid movie, but could have been a bit better.