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

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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.

Related imageThe story had a few plot holes and a few questions or solutions that seemed to be overlooked but that is a given now days in many films so I wont dwell on that part.

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!

Where Have I Been.

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Some of you might have thought or noticed that my presence has been lacking of recent. If not then good – but I have felt it and I just wanted to take a moment to address it.

Life has just taken a toll and I have been occupied and busy with other aspects going on. Annoyingly I have wanted to keep up with blogging but it was the easiest thing to drop for a minute.

I can’t reveal what has been taken up my time just yet as it’s still all up in the air – but I wanted to drop a little “Hello, I am still here, I am ok” post to reassure the few of you missing me that I am ok. The support on twitter has been amazing as always and in due time I will be back and normality will be resumed.

On another note I won a twitter comp for some free banners and designs and this is the finished product. I love it! Check out the fabulous @Kellylianneart she is such a gem and talent.

Also I have been supporting the GF with a new diet. It’s a bit of a killer – the 16:8. 16 hours of fasting and eating nothing and then an 8 hour window to have a couple of healthy meals. Couple of days in and I am 6lbs down. So something is going well.

So that is a quick check in and catch up. Like I said more is to come. Once everything is in order and I can tell you about it then I will be back to normal.

But remember I love you all.

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 Horror Films

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Don’t turn around, Don’t go into the cabin alone and always, always for the love of god turn the lights on when you walk in the room.

This week is HORROR week. Muhuhahahaha.

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This little flick SHOOK the world in 2017 when it came out and wowed us all.

Following a Black Man meeting his White girlfriends family for the first time, there is a constant underlying race attitude that creeps through the whole film. I can’t really go into what happens or even why it happens but I can say the tension created, the feel of the movie and the acting all add up to make one masterpiece that personally I felt was wronged at the Oscars.

Amazingly there are two stories going on at once, the man story of the man dealing with the family and then a side story of the man’s friend who begins to worry about him. While one story is dark, horrific and scary the other one brings a light aspect of comedy to a dark harrowing film which works perfectly.

The tones and subject of the film is the scariest bit, it echos reality so well and makes you come to terms with society as we know it and the idea that actually we might be living in the horror film. If you have not seen it – please please please go and check it out.

The Quiet Place

A very new entry to this list, only being a few months old this film instantly became a hit in my eyes.

Following a Family trying to survive from an unknown monster threat that hunts using sound. Resulting in the family having to remain silent for the majority of the movie. Que tension and suspense from silence – they way this movie works is pure genius. Showing the lengths you would go to protect the ones you love, adjusting to a dramatic change in life and also trying to teach children how to adapt without freaking them out with the truth.

There are some amazingly beautiful sweet moments in this film of the family, the relationships they have and how this situation might seem to be tearing them apart but is actually making them stronger by the effects of what they do to survive.

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Scream is in my eyes an instant cult classic. Taking the Genre of the Slasher movie and making it self-aware. When this came out, it was modern, new, fresh. We had seen Halloween and Friday 13th – but this time round the victims knew of Horror Films and were aware of what you should do to avoid being caught.

As a Slasher film based around another Slasher film the world just works, it’s scary but relatable with the key scene at a party where the group talk about the rules to surviving a horror movie.

It’s a great bit of fun, with some tense moments a twists that keep coming for you like a madman with a knife in the night.

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I don’t know if you agree with me but to me, M Night Shyamalan started off so strong and then his films just went down hill. Until Split came out. This one hit hard and took him back to his roots of amazing filmmaking.

Following a man with multiple personalities as he kidnaps three girls to use as tribute to “The Beast” – the film takes twists and turns and just keeps you on edge the whole time. With some amazing acting from James McAvoy who seamlessly creates personalities for all the characters he is playing.

Then to throw in the ever more surprising cameo from Bruce (the legend) Willis turning this film into an indirect sequel for Unbreakable. Now with a third film set be released throwing the two movies together – can’t wait.

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This one made my list for the memory of it more than anything – if you know the film you might agree with what I have to say.

The first half / two-thirds of the film is brilliant, scary, horrific. Two teens driving home witness a figure dumping what looks like a body in a drain and then drive off in a big old dirty truck. Like classic American High schoolers they decide to investigate. To find a room down the drain pipe were the walls and ceiling is cover and decorated with human bodies, skin and remains. Chilling right.

They decide to leave, then the film turns into a cat and mouse game as the truck starts to follow them. Throw in some creepy musics (Jeepers Creepers), some more spooky goings on and the fear and you have a great movie. . . . until the kids are confronts by the figure, revealing he is a creepy looking monster. (This is still ok in my eyes) They run away and end up running him over – cool, creepy vanish would work now. But no, the filmmakers decide to add a new element that ruins the whole film for me. They turn this creepy figure into a bat! Tension builds as they see the body laying on the floor, crushed and mangled – then POW a Wing appears. The rest of the film goes downhill as it goes from the tense scary horror of an unknown figure dumping bodies and driving a truck, to being chased by a giant bat.

Such a shame.

But the first part super scary and I stand by it. Do you know what I mean? Do you agree?

 

Have you survived this post? No bites or claw marks right? Just remember when you go to sleep – to check under your bed. As always boys and girls this has been a spooky pleasure. Until next week – if you make it to then. . . . .

 

 

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. . .