I think it’s time I introduced a new series for my blog. One that will allow me to explore an area of film that has always fascinated me but also one I don’t have much experience in. And that, is the films of Classic Hollywood. By that, I mean the first few decades in which Hollywood transitioned from silents to talkies; a period which had been glamourised throughout the decades and fascinates me. All films discussed will have been made between the 30s and late 50s and will be a mix of genres. So, let’s crack on and discuss one of the classics: Mildred Pierce.
It was between going to see Life or Power Rangers and while I knew I should be going to see the space thriller, the latter film was more appealing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I didn’t go into the showing expecting to be blown away. I didn’t expect to be watching an action film to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mainly went to see one of my childhood Saturday morning cartoons brought back to life on the big screen in the modern day. I was thrown the bait of nostalgia and I bit fast. And so, I was reeled in to a likeable and rewatchable viewing.
There is one thing that’s certain with Kong: Skull Island: it’s a lot of fun. Set in the 70s, days after the announcement of the end of the Vietnam War, Government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) gathers a team of soldiers and scientists to explore the uncharted south pacific island known as Skull Island. Whilst there, they encounter a whole host of strange, almost mythical creatures as well as some vicious predators known as Skull Crawlers. Also, a giant gorilla the size of a skyscraper makes a couple of appearances which is just the tip of the iceberg for the visual sensation that Kong: Skull Island is.
Hugh Jackman’s farewell to the character he’s played for 17 years didn’t hold back; the third Wolverine film and 97th X-Men film gave Jackman a perfect send off and left much to be discussed for the future of the X-Men franchise. At the time of writing, I’ve literally just got back from the cinema so I’m writing this review still reeling from the fantastic piece of cinema that was Logan.
Dr. Robert Langdon once again finds himself in a race against time deciphering symbols hidden within classical art and literature to uncover the secrets and put a stop to the detination of a deadly virus that will cause another black plague and extinguish over half the world’s population. This time Langdon has Dr Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) as his sidekick as the two try to out run a team of assassins who are after Langdon across the beautiful Florentine and Venician landscape.
Best to start with a confession: I haven’t read a single book of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series, so I can’t compare the tv series to the book. However, I have seen the film more times than I care to admit. And while I enjoyed the film very much, I kind of knew deep down it wasn’t a good adaptation. So when Netflix announced they were adapting it for a series, I knew it was in good hands.
Will and his new girlfriend Kira attend a dinner party hosted by Will’s ex-wife, Eden and her new husband, David who have been away in Mexico for the past two years. What should be a night of reminiscing and laughter turns sour and tense when Eden and David’s strange behaviour makes Will tense and suspicious. The Invitation goes from a strange, psychological drama to a gripping and tense thriller within in minutes keeping us guessing right until the very end. Continue reading
An ill conceived attempt to get out of the rough of Michigan lands three teens, Rocky (Jane Levy), Money (Daniel Zovatto) and Alex (Dylan Minnette) in trouble when they break into the house of a blind war veteran in an attempt to steal his money. After a successful stint of breaking into a number of houses, the gang think the lonely blind man will be an easy picking, however, they discover that despite his disability the trained killer is a force to be reckoned with.
Rob Thomas’ iZombie has been on my list for a while now but when the first 2 seasons appeared on Netflix a couple of months ago I knew it was time for me to start, so it went on my summer watch list. And after my disappointing experience of The Magicians I turned to iZombie in hopes of some good television. And that was exactly what I got. Once again, Rob Thomas has managed to keep me invested and hooked on another snarky and exciting show.
I’ve finally finished my second year of university and have about 3 months to myself! I’m taking full advantage of the warm(ish) weather by typing this while I sit in my garden. I’ve watched a lot of films over the past month and already dusted off one of my shows from my Summer TV List, abandoned another and making my way through a third. I’ve also been getting the final details of my trip across Europe together; I go at the end of next month so I’m currently planning blog posts that I can write and schedule now so that I don’t lose track of my consistent posting streak. Keeping with the holiday mood, I also booked a holiday with my girlfriend for next year so I have that to look forward to after my final year of uni. Anyway, the important stuff this month has been as follows: