Golden Globes – The Review.

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Award season has truly got under way and last night Beverly Hills hosted the Golden Globes, an award set to praise and recognise talent in both Film & Television. With this in mind it means the Oscars are about 6 weeks away. The only difference really is who decides the winners. The Globes are chosen by the Press office and the Oscars picked by the Academy of Motion Picture, Art and Science.

The Golden Globes don’t have as many categories compared to the Oscars but it hosts the major ones such as; Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor & Actress in both Drama and Musical / Comedy, Best Screenplay, Original Song, Director and many more.


I am going to breakdown a handful of categories and give some feedback on what I think about the selection and the outcome. Please note as much as I am a film buff / geek. There are films mentioned that I have not seen. Which I will try not to let affect my feedback.


Best Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Great start to this, having only seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. I have not seen BlacKKKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk. Which is a shame. I really wanted to catch BlacKKKlansman and felt it might have been a hidden gem. Which I guess it was. Beale Street I have never heard of so best go find a copy of that. Now the ones I know, As much as I am a BIG MCU fan (What me? Who knew?), I didn’t rate Black Panther as highly as the critics or other fans. It’s a good film but in the running with these I feel like it’s out of its depth.

Now to the big two; A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved them both. Even reviewing BoRap which can be found HERE – shamefully I never reviewed A Star is Born which I regret now. Both of these were amazing films and I am happy to see either or win. Though I think deep down A Star is Born deserved the win a tiny bit more, I am not mad at the choice.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Across the board I rate all of these Actresses bar Melissa McCarthy. Her brand of comedy and style really annoys me. But that aside the film she is Nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” looks good. Being a true story drama piece it might change my mind of her.

In honesty I have only seen Lady Gaga’s performance, which was breathtaking, so I am slightly disheartened that she did not win. But knowing how talented the competition was I can imagine Close’s performance must have been off the chain and I bet this award is well deserved.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

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I wanted to controversially mention this category as an excuse to air some feelings I have. Which I KNOW will be met with some heat, anger and disapproval. But here we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda. I don’t know what it is but I don’t like how hyped he is, how you are expected to like and appreciate this man out of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong the Moana music was good and I really want to watch Hamilton, but I just feel like he is overrated and I am almost forced to like him for some unknown reason. It might be me subconsciously wanting to not like him because he is the next big thing all of a sudden. Who knows I can’t put my finger one it – Sorry. Rant over.

The category – I am very excited to see both Stan & Ollie and Vice. But all four of the remaining men are brilliant performers in their own right. So I can imagine this one was a tough call. Also I thought Redford was retiring? Maybe I missed something.


  Other Awards.

Rami Malek took the Best Actor (Drama) from Bradley Cooper with his Freddie Mercury portrayal. Which well done – but Cooper was phenomenal. Though the Oscars are on their way Bradders. The same goes for Best Director – as a debut film Cooper nailed it in my eyes but lost it to Alfonso Cuaron who I had to google to see what else he had done . . . not sure I can agree after looking at this IMDB page but what do I know compared to the LA Press.

Olivia Colman took Best Actresses in Musical or Comedy (not sure about this title) for The Favourite which must be well deserved, I have always rated for as an actress.

Richard Madden won for the Bodyguard in Best TV Drama Actor and Sandra Oh won the Actress version for Killing Eve (which I keep meaning to start). Rachel Brosnahan grabbed Best Comedy Actress for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which if you have not seen I beg you to go home tonight and start. I love it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into the top spot for Best Animated Motion Picture (seeing it tomorrow night). Everyone I know that has seen it has urged me to go – saying it’s the best thing ever. The Americans picked up Best TV Drama and The Kominsky Method took Best TV Comedy.

Lastly I want to mention Best Original Song – Shallow from A Star is Born, which won this hands down. And too bloody right. It was the 22nd most downloaded single of 2018 – which to say it only came out in October shows how much it took the world by storm. I can’t not listen to it when it’s on. It’s beautiful.

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Next stop BAFTA’s and then the big boys, the Oscars! The nominations are released at the end of the month where I will do a post placing my bets . . . while maybe placing a bet or two.

What do you think to the Golden Globe results? Do you think someone missed out or was robbed? Like I said I am in mixed emotions, feeling bad for A Star is Born but happy for Bohemian Rhapsody. But let’s see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogmas Day 11 – A Letter To Yourself About The Year.

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I found this idea and thought it might be very insightful and fun to write and even read.


Dear Ross.

It’s that magical time of year again – Christmas. We love it so much don’t we. I just wanted to write a few words to remind you of what a year you have had and just to remember at this time of year we are meant to be forgiving, thankful and full of joy.

It’s been a big year in regards to the 30 before 30 list – ticking a lot of things off it.

An all-inclusive holiday in May to Benidorm – that was so much fun. A music festival in September and then Buying a House. You are now a homeowner. Scary right. This time last year you would never have thought any of those three things would be on the horizon let alone ticked off the list.

There has been sad moments too, a funeral, a bad memory full of tears and just general life’s ups and downs. But that has made you stronger, more determined and passionate. Next year is a new adventure, you know it’s time to find a new job, sort finances out and just be more prepared for a rainy day. But there is no rush for anything. Hey kids might even be next on the list . . . did I say that out loud. Good Luck!

You celebrated a year anniversary on the blog with your awesome following. The people who read this and float about on Twitter are just brilliant. Keep it up. One day you will make this blogging thing work full-time. Everyone starts somewhere.

So here is to next year, to the new adventures and the new memories we are going to make.

Take care, enjoy the festive season, be happy and share the love.

Now let’s have some photos of these memories. Imagine Green Day’s Time of your Life playing in the background.

Peace and Love.

Ross.


 

Blogmas Day 3 – Festive Films

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One of my favourite parts about Christmas – The Festive Films.

Films filled with festive joy, magic and fun, what more can you really ask for from the season. Plus the majority of Christmas flicks are once a year viewing. Which makes them even better – let’s be honest when was the last time you watched “Miracle of 34th Street” – oh wait. 12 months ago. Well it’s about time you saw it again.

So here is my Top 5 Christmas films (in no order) as a guide of things to watch over this festive period.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s time to watch this 1946 classic emotional rollercoaster that is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A beautiful story about an angel sent down from Heaven to help a down on his luck businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he didn’t exist. You’ve probably seen it spoofed and parodied time and time again and I think that shows how significant this piece of art is. I guarantee you’ll be welling up during this viewing and it’s as effective and meaningful today as it was back in the 40’s.

Honestly if you have never seen it – Please make it a must this Christmas time.

 

 

 


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Elf

To be honest I am not sure I need to even give the rundown of what happens in this film – but for you small few who have never seen it; After being raised by Elves in the North Pole, a man heads to New York to find his real family and adjust to human life.

When you put it like that it sounds a bit odd – but Will Ferrell excels as Buddy the Elf – a hyperactive over the top man boy raised by elves. It’s genius. Throw in a splash of Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, a bag of quotable lines and an epic snowball fight into the mix and you have one happy fun-filled family must see. (Wow what a saying)

 

 


The Night Before

This entry is a relatively new film but has automatically hit the top 5 list for me. It follows three lifelong friends as they spend Christmas eve in New York City looking for the lifelong dream of “The Nutcracker Ball” an epic, drink and drug fuelled party.

It’s stuffed full of jokes, gags and references to other Christmas films that you won’t stop laughing for the entire thing. While also hitting home with an underlying message of family, closure and love. I think it’s floating around Netflix, check it out – keep an eye out for a cheeky Christmas Cameo from a pop sensation (it just works nicely).

 


 

 

Christmas with the Coopers

Like the number 3 this is relatively new to the world of Christmas movies but nonetheless I think it captures the magic of the season beautifully. It’s a set of intertwined stories revolving around a family as they build up to Christmas Eve. It’s just a feel good enjoyable watch, with a star-studded cast including; John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde and the beautiful Marisa Tomei.

Critically I am not sure it did very well. But it means a lot to me – I took my GF to see it when we first started dating and it’s just an ideal little movie. You might see it floating around Amazon Prime and if so, click it, pop your feet up and enjoy this gem.

 


Die Hard

Now time for the crown jewel, the cream of the crop, the BEST Christmas Film of all times (as voted by Empire Online – 22nd Dec 2016), That is a Fact!

So lets break it down (as if you don’t know) Die Hard is about a cop from New York who tries to save his wife and other party guests from a German terrorist during a works Christmas Party in Los Angeles.

HOW MUCH MORE CHRISTMAS DO YOU NEED TO GET – I can’t express how much I love this movie and even with its problems (Green Vest) it’s still a brilliant must watch festive film.

 

 


 

 

So there’s my Top Five Festive Films. (And that was hard to break it down to just 5 as there are some greats out there). Check them out, or re watch them – enjoy the holidays and let me know what you like to watch, what is a must see and what makes you feel all warm and magical inside.

Honourable mentions also have to go to: Home Alone 1 & 2, The Snowman, The Grinch, The Santa Claus, Scrooge, Office Christmas Party and Love Actually.

Merry Blogmas Y’all

Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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Man Vs Movies – Venom Review.

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Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!

This review will have two time zones in one post. This is exciting right. Currently as I write this it is 14.01pm on the 3rd (Yes today is October 3rd) and tonight we are going to go and watch Venom. But I wanted to do a brief bit before watching it because of the storm Twitter and Rotten Tomatoes have stirred up regarding how good. . . or how bad this film is.

Firstly I want to start by saying in regards to film reviews and reviewers I do not trust the words of two sources; one being Rotten Tomatoes because it’s built off the back of Joe Bloggs opinion and as we know, people behind a keyboard become a troll and just taint everything, plus film is art and art is subjective. The second source I don’t trust is Mark Kermode. But more about him another time.


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Let me start by saying (as you might know) I am a big Marvel fan. I love most of the films regardless of what studio is making what and so when Venom got announced I was pretty excited for it. A cool twist on the Villain we know from the 90’s cartoon and with Tom Hardy at the helm what is not to love. In honesty I am hoping for a dark film, along the lines of Logan or Deadpool with the adult content and dark humour. Though with it being a 15 it might end up being slightly tamer. But still I am excited to see what they do and having Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson involved (which both I rate highly) what can go wrong. See you shortly.


Good Evening – Told you, two time zones. It is now 22.02pm on that faithful October 3rd and I have just got home from seeing Venom.

Ok in three words; Not That Bad!

Obviously it is hard going into a film when you have heard nothing but bad things about it. But here I am. I enjoyed it. I thought they have made a good start and can see it growing into a pretty neat franchise. I think it needs a night to sink in and settle but as a film it was fun. It’s no MCU film admittedly but they have their stuff down. It’s like an X2 standard of film. It’s good, it has heart and potential – let’s just hope they don’t follow with a Last Stand style Venom and cock it all up.

Tom Hardy was, as always a delight. Charming, funny and badass all rolled up into his normal deadly teddy bear persona. He nailed Eddie Brock, his personality and his coping mechanisms towards Venom were brilliant. Which per the review I have to agree with – their chemistry and relationship was perfect, that slightly mad, voices in your head style bickering was spot on. Sadly I mentioned Woody Harrelson up their and without spoiler it, his part is brief. But in true Woody style it was great.

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Overall I thought it was a good bit of fun, a great Saturday night chilled movie. You know the type – get the gang over, grab some snacks and throw this film on. It didn’t drag, it just flowed nicely. I would recommend giving it a whirl. Also as always keep an eye out for the Stan Lee cameo. This one was smart with a cool quip that he throws at our duo.

I am very interested to see what happens next and I do hope they green light a sequel. Watch this space because I can see it growing into some kind of dark guilty pleasure. Forget what you have heard, heck even forgot this review. Go in with an open mind and no expectations and just enjoy the movie. As always boys, girls and true believers thank you for stopping by, thank you for listening and thank you for being you!

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Comedy Films

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I used to have a job at a calendar factory but I got the sack because I took a couple of days off.

This week is Comedy week, you know those films that you can watch over and over again, regardless of the situation – get home drunk, sling this on, bored and feeling down, this is a go to pick. Comedies are the best genre that you can sling on for easy watching.


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SLAPPAA DA BASS!

This films follows Peter, a newly engaged estate agent who has to find a best man for his wedding. As a man with very few friends, Peter has some ups and downs until he finds the one! It features some Canadian rock n roll, some cheesy one liners and the Hulk.

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60% of the time, it works every time.

Following the number one news team in San Diego, Anchorman is a story of change and equality as the first female news anchor joins the team. Which does not go down well with the men in the current team. Which brings on a battle of the sexes.

Down as one of the most quotable movies

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I’m the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude.

A team of actors playing G.I.’s for a war movie are dropped into the wilderness for a sense a realism. Until they come across a real drug tribe. Still under the impression they are actors the team have to adapt and come to terms with the situation they are in.

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Oh, she’s engaged. – That was quick.

A duo of normal working London lads wake up from a messy night to discover things aren’t what they were and there has been a Z-Word outbreak (we are not using the Z-Word), so fuelled by love, a want to survive and the opportunity to find a place to smoke they set off to collect family and friends as they head off to the pub (classic British attitude right).

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It’s not a purse its a satchel Indiana Jones has one.

The one night guys love about wedding planning – the Stag Do and in this case, the lad’s head off to Vegas for a classy evening, steak dinner and a bit of gambling. But suddenly they wake up to find the hotel room trashed, no memory of what happened and the Groom missing. The group have to remember, investigate and find the groom to get back for the wedding.

Hilarity ensues.

 

I know all of these are pretty new, modern comedies but I just love them all – don’t get me wrong. I love the old school ones too; Brewster’s Millions, The Carry On Series, Trading Places, Airplane. Anything by Mel Brooks. But these ones just pipped it for me as a – I can watch anytime anywhere kind of thing.

What do you think? What is your go to comedy? What makes you chuckle?

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Thrillers.

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No one is safe, no one is trusted, nothing is what it seems.

This week its Thriller week! There isn’t a single MJ tribute act in sight. Just Me, You, Five Films and a feeling of confusion as you struggle to understand what is going on and your adrenaline begins pumping.

Shall we begin?

 

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“Remember Sammy Jenkins”

This one seems to slip under people’s radar and I can’t for the life of me work out why. It’s an amazing film put together by Christopher (Dark Knight) Nolan and is backed up with the incredible talent of Guy (You know his face) Pearce.

The Narrative of the film plays in two lines, jumping back and forth from either timeline. Due to the nature of the film this style works ridiculously well.

It follows a man who can’t store short-term memories ever since the night he was attacked and his wife murdered. But determined to find the killer he sets out on the hunt, aided with notes, photos and tattoo’s – he is against all odds, not knowing what is truth or a lie and not being able to trust his own mind will he have closure.

It’s a superb, smart, gritty film that after one watch will have you hooked and ready for a second viewing.

 

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“You’re smarter than you look, Marshall. That’s probably not a good thing.”

Now I think a lot of people have mixed feelings on this film, with the own interpretation of the ending. Which can be said about all of these movies as thrillers and twists can be very subjective.

This film follows a US Marshal investigating a missing persons case on a remote secluded Island that is home to a Psychiatric Hospital. As they get to the island as storm sets in, leaving him and his partner stranded on the Island for a few days.

Paranoia sets in as the pair try to uncover the truth as to what happened to the missing woman, mixed with uncooperative staff members, crazy patiences and the elements beating them back. The case becomes harder and harder until the final act where the storm breaks and so does the case. What happened to the woman?

I think it’s a great rollercoaster and has some great twists, based on the German Existential Horror Movie – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The film oozes the same creepy noir style that will leave you a little scared and confused.

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“Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.” 

Prisoners really hits home with some people because it plays on one of people’s biggest fears – something happening to their children. In this two young girls go missing after a joint family meal for Thanksgiving, it follows the Detective on the case and the four parents all dealing with it in different ways.

It’s highlights man’s nature to try to rationalise everything, while also showing the nature to do whatever it takes to protect family.

As the spiders web of twists and turns continues to get darker and deeper the family and Detective are put into the ring and have to overcome so much to get an answer. Resulting in the final answer, the ending result and the outcome.

With an amazing cast which I have to praise Jackman and Gyllenhaal for their performances. The film stands out and if you haven’t seen it you really should. I can’t rate it enough.

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“When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.”

Looks like Mr Gyllenhaal is popping back up on the list – maybe he does too many Thrillers, or maybe I really rate him. The second I think.

This film I missed at the cinema and was really gutted I had, after watching it I was mesmerized by it. It’s a strangely beautiful film which in some respects blurs the lines between reality and fiction. Following an Art Gallery owner as she reads her Ex-Husbands Novel dedicated to her. The story starts to hit home as she started to notice similarities between the novel, the characters and their own broken relationship.

I can’t say much more as it get very complex and I worry spoiling something, but I will say stay focused, stay aware of everything, what is real and what is the novel. And also who is who.

It’s dark, it’s complex, its exiting, I love it. But good luck.

ALSO COMPLETELY FORGOT – I can’t praise this film without mentioning Michael Shannon. Such a talent, this film shows he’s abilities down to a T and you will not be disappointed.

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Fight Club

DUE TO THE RULINGS AND AGREEMENTS WITHIN THE GROUP. I AM NOT AT LIBERTY TO DISCUSS ANYTHING RELATED TO OR INCLUDING THE MENTION OF SUCH GROUP.

 

Thank you once again for your continued support and love of these posts. I love doing them, sharing my thoughts on films and just giving recommendations. I hope they are good.

Until next time dear reader. . .