Deadpool

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I have to confess that I went into this knowing that I wouldn’t like it. The fact that I liked it even less than I thought I would says a lot. It’s just awful! I think Ryan Reynolds is a better actor than he makes out, but he just chooses awful films with the same awful unwitty childish jokes. I  have not really forgiven him for ruining the Blade Trinity, again playing an awful supposedly funny part.

The basic premise of the film is that the main character is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is offered a way to cure the cancer and become a super hero. It all goes a little bit wrong and so he seeks revenge. Part of the process has caused him to become disfigured and so he feels he can’t go back to his girlfriend until he has found a cure.

Deadpool is a really awful person and there are no character traits that reveal any sort of positive characteristic before or after becoming the anti-hero. We have a brief serious moment when he is diagnosed with cancer, but that doesn’t last too long unfortunately.There is no depth to this character at all, which is a shame because this could have been a good film. This is the second anti-hero type film I have seen and in my opinion Hancock is far superior.

There are many lines making jokes about the X-Men film which fall like a bag of cement. If you like crass human then this is a film you will love because it comes by the bucket load. There are two X-Men in this which are extremely annoying and not particularly interesting so even the X-Men aspect can’t save this film.

I could go on and on about every aspect I didn’t like, but the film isn’t worth the time. I know as usual I’m in the minority about this one as most people rave about it. It’s just not my cup of tea!

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4/10

The Country Girl

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We subscribe to Now Tv movies which makes sense because we both love film. Films are split up into sections to make choosing what you like that much easier. A particular favourite of mine is the classics section full of older films, some going back to the 40’s. I do not hide the fact that in my opinion film was far better in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. If you look at the top 100 lists fewer films from recent years tend to appear. You just can’t compare the actors of today to back then. There were higher expectation and they had to compete, showing talent in acting, singing and dancing. Success could make you the biggest star of all time, but on the other end of the scale it could break you.

Anyway this is not a blog going through how the film industry works. This is about the film The Country Girl starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden. Three stand out stars and an Oscar winning performance from Grace Kelly. A very glamorous lady, playing a very unglamorous role. I have written blogs about how dressing down in film can often win you the awards and this film proves the point.

It is the story of a great entertainer Frank  Elgin played by Bing Crosby who has fallen on hard times. He is an alcoholic who has let his career fall away. He has lost his dignity, confidence and has become dependent on his wife played by Grace Kelly. He can’t make decisions without her, struggles to select parts and works a way out of going for roles due to fear of failure. You meet him after 10 years of falling deeper and deeper in to a melancholic state with an increasing dependence on alcohol. The loss of his son has led to this spiral out of control as he blames himself for his sons death.

His wife is a very hard woman, but supports her husband to such an extent that he can’t think for himself. She is the dominant person in the relationship which has caused further problems. She wants him back the way he was, but also likes that he needs her. She curses him because he is weak, but her actions keep him that way. She too feels the extreme loss of her son and although there is little in the way of story about the son you can see the heartache.

William Holdens character Bernie is setting up a musical and wants his star to be Frank. He remembers Frank as he used to be and is a great fan of his work. He fights tooth and nail to get Frank into the show even though most won’t go near him. He knows that Frank has seen better days, but his determination convinced Frank to take the part. Frank’s wife fears that he won’t cope with such a rise again. You see her torment and you soon realise that she has struggled being married to an alcoholic and the fact that he can’t stand on his own two feet. These are two people grieving in very different ways. One falls apart and the other puts up a front and becomes emotionally cold.

The performances are superb, particularly Grace Kelly’s. She took the Oscar in a famous win over Judy Garland who put in an amazing performance in A Star Is Born. It is unbelievable that she was only in her mid twenties when she played the role. There is a huge age gap between Crosby and kelly, but this goes unnoticed because of the performances. Bing in a very serious role plays the alcoholic star brilliantly without going over the top. You really see a broken man on screen. Crosby was Oscar nominated, but lost out to Marlon Brando, which shows you how strong a year it was in film. William Holden is full of passion and anger as he tries to work out how to get the best out of his star man. This is a classic not to be missed.

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9/10

AWESOME BLOGGER

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I was recently nominated for the Awesome blogger award by Shay-lon, who is also an awesome blogger and you should read their post because they do a great job! 

The Rules:

#1. Copy and paste the image with the rules.

#2. Share one thing that you thing that makes you truly awesome.

#3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. 

*The number of bloggers to be nominated should not exceed 7.

In my opinion what makes me awesome is the fact that I have made it through a major car crash and come through the other side. I suffered a shattered knee cap, broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as numerous cuts and bruises. I went from not being able to lift my leg an inch to completing a fitness test for my new job within 4 months of the crash. I still haven’t got myself to my original fitness due to three knee ops, but I am determined to get there. I’m not a fan of driving and it often makes me feel anxious, but I am back driving and working hard not to let the crash get to me. I am a determined person. I was told I wouldn’t run again. I have proved the doctors wrong although I am no where near the speed I used to be. My aim is to be able to play tennis and squash again.

I nominate:

https://greercn.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/

https://gutsygelder.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/kings-queens-queers/

https://keithandthemovies.com/2016/05/22/km-retro-review-the-untouchables/

https://lizzusev.com/2016/05/29/ashleigh-black-and-white/

https://mettelray.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/commercial-break-42/

https://ragingfluff.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/happy-anniversary-oscar-constance/

Things to consider when visiting St. Peter’s basilica – Vatican city

Money Monster

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I actually rather enjoyed this film despite it being a bit far fetched. The ending was inevitable although I’m still not sure why they did it? There is a nice twist in the middle and definitely a message to be shared.

The story begins with George Clooney character Lee getting ready for his show Money Monster. A show that gives sound advice on which companies to invest in on the stock market. He is a brash show off with very little in the way of modesty. He is the star, not the stock market and he really doesn’t care what happens to people’s money as long as he can wear expensive suits.

Lee is introducing the show when a gun man enters the stage. A desperate man who has lost everything following the advice of the Money Monster. He has blown 60,000 pounds of his inheritance money and its all Lee’s fault. The events are broadcast live on TV. Lee with the help of his director Patty played by Julia Roberts have to negotiate their way out of this mess. Police are waiting to storm the studio and take the gun man down.

Throughout the show we see how unpopular Lee is, how blagging his way through shows is helpful in this situation, we learn about the gunman and why he is so desperate and begin to unravel why this company collapsed and lost peoples money. It was no glitch in the computer system. Emotions are very high and you really feel the plight of this gun man, particularly when you hear what his girlfriend has to say.

This is an original story line although pretty far fetched and unlikely. Despite the severity of the situation there are still some laughs. I am not a Clooney fan but this egotistical character is perfect for him and he plays it well. Julia Roberts as usual is brilliant as she is stuck on the wrong side of the camera. Jack O’Connell puts on a New York accent for at least the second time playing Kyle the Gunman. It’s a really good performance despite the idea being a tad over the top and unrealistic.

If you can get over the unrealistic nature of this film then you will enjoy it. Don’t try to decipher or question it too much and it won’t disappoint. I think there needed to be more tension surrounding the event as at no point do you really believe that Lee will die or is at risk. Despite this, it was an easy watch with a heart warming message and the bad guy gets it in the end.

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7/10

Bad Neighbours 2

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I must say that I am not the biggest fan of modern American comedy, however, I enjoyed the first Bad Neighbours film. The second film is pretty much the same but this time we have a group of girls next door.

Mac and Kelly are trying to sell their house as they have a baby on the way. The sale has been reached, but there is a 30 day period where the buyers can pull out. Of course with the house empty next door this should be easy, but unfortunately a sorority move in and plan to party ruining the chances of the sale.

The sorority is made up of girls that just don’t fit in. Apparently sororities are not allowed to party? This group want to change this, but move away from the sleazy frat parties. They want to smoke lots of weed and shake things up. Zach Efron’s character having been made homeless by his friend joins these girls so that he can impart his wisdom and teach them how to stay together. This of course leads to a neighbour battle.

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The jokes are pretty stupid stuff and try and offend. I usually hate this type of comedy, but in this film it works. There is a great deal of bad language, toilet humour, sex humour and a young child walking around with a vibrator. This is an easy watch and you don’t have to think too much. The girls are a bit annoying and I found that the message of feminism and strong women didn’t really work with these characters. There were definitely elements to make you cringe.

If you liked the first film then you will definitely like the second. Will there be a third? Possibly? There are so many bad neighbours out there. Seph Rogen and Rose Byrne work really well together as the dysfunctional parents who try to be functional. They have great chemistry! Zach Efron shows his abs a great deal and looks like he enjoys playing the masthead, it’s a pretty fun and easy roll to play. The supporting cast play off the main cast very effectively and enjoy a great share of the jokes.

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7/10

Miles Ahead

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I must confess that I knew very little about Miles Davis before I watched this film. I left the cinema knowing he played Jazz, he took lots of drugs, was a womanizer and abused his wife. The film probably depicts the worst parts of his life, which is a shame. It is the late 70’s when Davis is doing very little apart from taking drugs and fighting Columbia over a private session.

Ewan McGregor plays a reporter from Rolling Stones Magazine. In his desperation to get an interview he gets mixed up with Davis’ unconventional lifestyle. We have shootings, theft, drugs, music and lots of smoking. This is a slow burn with a few action pieces and some nice Jazz.

Throughout the film there are flashbacks of his life with Frances Taylor, his former wife. The flashbacks show his controlling and abusive personality with a rare glimpse of the inequality that black people had at the time. They were married for 10 years, but the film concentrates on all the negative elements. In all honesty there is very little light until the end.

Don Cheadle plays Davis and directs the film. From the footage I have seen this is a very good performance. I think fans of Davis will get more out of this film. I just didn’t find this element of his life very interesting really. It was the typical cliche of musician using drugs and sleeping around. I’m sure from what I have read there is more to Davis then that? Maybe fans can educate me?
This is an ok film with good performances. I just didn’t find the film very interesting and surely a film about one of the best Jazz musicians should be?

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5/10

Six Feet Under

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My wife had been on at me for years to watch this series with her and I tended to respond in quite an unenthusiastic fashion. I thought it would be just a little bit too weird and melancholy. It came out when I was 17 and I saw glimpses of the series and I don’t think I was quite ready for it.

We had come to the end of Game of Thrones and we were lacking shows to watch. I suggested Six Feet Under much to Amy’s surprise. I have now watched every episode and my opinion is that this is one of the best shows I have ever seen. I warn you that it is not for the faint hearted and it tackles some tough and taboo subjects.

The show follows the Fisher family after the death of the father Nathaniel. He was head of the house in quite an old fashioned traditional sense. He ran the family funeral parlour from their large house, which was now left to his sons David and Nethaniel Jr. David had always been involved in the business working with his Dad. Nathaniel Jr ran away from the responsibility at home and never wanted to return. The death of his father left him little choice but to return although this was always a struggle.

As you can imagine, death holds a prominent part of the series. It covers grief, pain, anger, tradition and religion. Some deaths are gruesome where as others are peaceful. Their father is a constant presence in their life and a source of guidance. His death brings up many questions about him. How well did they actually know him?

There are a great deal of hard topics covered in the show. From the outset we have death which is the main focus. We see characters struggle with their own and others homosexuality, we see drug use, mental illness, sex, religion, racism, violence, cultural difference, physical illness, family break ups, incest, murder…. I could go on. I have to confess that I did at times get a bit down about it all. The acting is absolutely fantastic from all those involved. Never once do you see the actor, only ever the character they are playing. You feel their emotion and go along the rollercoaster ride. They all suffer at some point in their lives and struggle, but somehow they always stay together. Beyond the chaos there is a great deal of love.

The family consists of Mother who struggles with her own mental health issues. She struggles with the fact that she married so young and started a family without really experiencing things that young people do. It is clear that her relationship with her husband was not easy or loving. She is often on the cusp of breakdown and feels confused.

The oldest son is Nethaniel who is an idealist who likes to run away from reality. He never wanted to be part of the business although his father even in death had other ideas. The business is left to him and his brother which left him obligated to run the funeral business. He often picks the most destructive relationship, but finds solace in sex and love with others. His physical health plays a major role in the show.

The middle child is David who has always been part of the business in the hope to get acknowledgement from his father. He feels that he is often taken for granted, has to take on everyone’s burdens, move the business forward and hold everything together. He has his own troubles, particularly a secret which he has kept from his family. A secret that has challenged his faith, friendships and love life. He has always felt like the odd one out.

We finally have the youngest Claire who is often self destructive. She dabbles in drugs and alcohol despite only being a teenager. She was her Dads favourite and his death has left a major void. She struggles to develop a relationship with her mother. She also struggles to find the right man who can support her and doesn’t need her support. She is an artist and enjoys experiencing many different things. She tries to live her dream although her grief often takes away her focus.

There is a really strong supporting cast who have a major role. Their lives bring up a multitude of issues and often become tangled up with the Fisher family. There are are few happy and funny moments, but generally the issues are hard hitting and dark. This is one of the best series I have seen. The acting is brilliant and worthy of many awards. It us not a show for everyone, but there will be elements that nearly everyone can relate to.

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9/10