Goodbye 007

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RIP 007. My James Bond. The best James Bond. Sir Roger Moore you had class and charisma. Your films were something to look forward to and mark on the calendar. One time I could not even get a ticket to a film for two weeks that’s how popular you were. In a league of your own.

14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017

Live and Let Die, 1973

The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974

The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

Moonraker, 1979

For Your Eyes Only, 1981

Octopussy, 1983

A View To A Kill, 1985

Film Review: Get Out

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Brilliant film. Funny at times and every bit scary. A few well timed jump scares. Essentially a ‘mad scientist horror’. It’s very droll – and I like it a lot. And yes there is a social commentary underlying the story. Racism. Crazy white folk. It’s all a bit twisted. Director Jordan Peele has tapped in to the fears of a generation and delivered a mind bender. I don’t want to talk about plot here and give away spoilers. And I’m not gonna write a 1000 word essay. But do you trust me? I’m good at picking cinematic winners in the horror genre so if you trust me go and see this flick. You’ll come out of the cinema with a royal WTF did I just see. And you’ll be digesting it for some time to come. At my viewing the whole row I was in lurched a few times. Whole cinema screamed. What fun!

Verdict 4 stars.

Director: Jordan Peele

Staring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Length: 1 hour 44 minutes.

Film Review: Raw

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Raw is the best horror I have seen this year so far. What we have here is a masterpiece from director Julia Ducournau – and I hope there is more from this amazing lady. The film is set during a University’s ‘O’ week and focuses on the veterinary college. There’s varsity hazing. And a slow transformation from veganism to – well you can guess but I’ll spell it out: Cannibalism. Yes it’s a body horror. The story is well written and I did not pick the ending! The screen play has a richness and complexity which I found extremely satisfying. Visually it is stunning and I know I’m waxing lyrical but the cinematography is brilliant. I urge you to see this film – as long as your over 18 y/o. Don’t take your mum. Think before you take that date – but you won’t regret this movie if you like your horror. As for gross factor – not that bad – there are a couple of moments you might look away but Julia does not over do it – she has found that delicate balance and for her the story is king. Reports of cinemas giving out ‘barf bags’ due to the squeamish factor were all overblown hype. Yes it gets pretty gory but no it’s not overpowering. I know that can be a matter of opinion. Finally the musical score/sound track is wonderful – from Gothic melodies to techno trash – just glorious! French language film with English subtitles.

Verdict: 5 stars!

Director: Julia Ducournau

Staring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

Length: 1h 39min

Film Review: Denial

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The most important film I’ve seen in this age of ‘alt facts’ and so called fake news. This story reminds us the importance of challenging false information and taking on those who would attempt to rewrite history. I can’t rave enough about this film. A quality production with excellent acting by all those involved. My greatest praise is for Timothy Spall who plays such an odious character [Mr Irving is a real piece of work]. But Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott were also wonderful and can take a bow. I urge all of you to see this movie. A well presented courtroom drama.

Verdict 5 stars!

Film Review: Alien Covenant

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I loved it! Thank you Ridley Scott for bringing back exploding guts, face huggers, the big xenomorph, neomorphs & protomorphs! And for showing off New Zealand’s beautiful Milford Sound. Thank you for great casting and I’m thinking about Katherine Waterston in particular whose performance was excellent as Daniels. And not to forget our favorite synthetics David and Walter played by Michael Fassbender.  Yes people – you need to see this film on the big screen for big screams. This is the ‘alien horror’ film the world needed in 2017. Big ups also to visual effects and a tight screen play. Good pacing throughout. I could find no flaws and it fits in nicely with the other films of the franchise.

Verdict: 4.5 stars

Film Review Guardians of the Galaxy

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I am Groot. The lil’ guy is my favorite character in Vol 2 of Guardians of the Galaxy. But is the movie any good? I’m wavering a bit here. It’s more a music video. Harsh? Well I liked the tunes. And the funny one liners. Oh and that Sylvester Stallone is making his big acting come back! [I was mad to see him in this film]. However See it on the big screen folk in all it’s glory – the film is good. I am Groot!

Verdict: 3.5 stars

Film Review: Handsome Devil

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Watched the Irish film Handsome Devil today. Wow – powerful coming of age film. Two loners struggle in an all boys rugby mad boarding school. Screen play deals with sexuality, friendship, bullying and overcoming negative stereotypes in a hyper macho environment. I cried at the end. Acting stunning.

Verdict: 5 stars!

Film Review: Colossal

Col2The film you never heard of but should see. Anne Hathaway plays the girl next door who hits rock bottom as an adult and goes back to her childhood home to discover she controls a monster [way cooler than Godzilla] that is ‘attacking’ Seoul. Anne is really good. And actor Jason Sudeikis plays a real jerk. You’ll see. Not gonna give away anymore. Offbeat SciFi comedy. Some good laughs to be had.

Verdict: 5 stars!