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So it has been just over a week since Spider-Man swung onto our screens and it’s been one hell of a week for PlayStation Fans.

Firstly let me say I am hooked, I am in love and I am amazed at what they have made – A fully immersive, free roam, open world game playing as the webslinger himself.

According to the stat bar I am approximately 50% through the game, but story wise I don’t feel like I am very far at all. Something is coming but I can’t work out what. Maybe because I have done so many side bits is the reason the percentage is so high. Regardless I’ve put some hours into it and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The story line is set X amount of years after the origin on Spidey – there is no spider bite, uncle ben, or a coming of age tale. Pete has been Spidey for a while, he knows what he is doing. Honestly I am glad they took this approach – we all know the origins we don’t need to see it again. Pete is just a normal bloke, trying to pay rent, working a low paid job, oh and fighting crime as the wallcrawler. Just another day in the life hey.

The game play and dynamics are breathtaking, the ability to interact with the environment and open world is amazing. Imagine that feeling you got when Assassins Creed first came out and you were allowed to free run anywhere. It is like that and then some. Throw web slinging into the mix and this game is unstoppable.


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Making Spider-Man yours! The game has a tonne of features and combinations that make up how and who you play as. Starting off with Suit selections, there are 27 to pick from and unlock throughout the game; from the original suit, to the Iron Spider from Infinity Wars, to the more ridiculous suits like; Spirit Spider, Undies Suit & Vintage Comic Book Suit. All the suits have their own perks and powers that they bring to the table. Which once unlocked you can trade between suits. Then we get into gadgets, web shooters and suit mods. Which I can’t start to list because I am still unlocking them and playing about with finding the perfect combo that suits me. But again you can mix and match the whole lot.

When I first began and got into fights I was worried that the system would get very repetitive – I was so very wrong. The more you unlock, upgrade and learn new moves. The more each fight is different, fun and intense.

Currently I am running around in the Spider Punk suit – in his sleeveless denim jacket and red converse shoes, it reminds me of my youth. I have the Web Blossom Super Power attached which after ranking up focus, I can do a special move where Spidey jumps into the air, spins and fires multiple webs at once, sticking everyone to everything. It’s so much fun.

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The Bigger Picture – the world is massive and the links to other Marvel characters is just as big. I guessed there would be nods to things along the way but it wasn’t until I stumbled across Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum that I knew this would be big. I set out to find more quirks and references; Avengers Tower, Alias Investigations, Rand Industries are just to name a few. That and the cheeky Stan Lee cameo. You can’t miss it.

One word of warning though. Be prepared to see time just vanish. I jumped on the other night with 20mins to kill. Thinking I will just swing about and have some fun. An hour later I realised I was late to leave. This game will swallow time. But it is so worth it.

The story and game is just fun, all out, spandex pinging fun. If you are either working on the main story, hunting for backpacks or just admiring the world swinging through the streets, whatever it is you will be having fun doing it. I can not express the joy and awe this brings me. This is before we even mention Photo Mode. Imagine Instagram on steroids – the function is crazy full of filters, banners, stickers and a quirky cool selfie mode. Here are some examples!


Overall I love it, it’s so much fun! Let me know what you think, if you have played it, or if this has sold you to go out and buy a copy. I would love to know.

If you have liked this review also let me know as I might do more . . . Red Dead 2 is out next month.

 

 

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Jack Ryan Review Part 1.

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“I’m just an Analyst”

Last friday Amazon Prime Video released the full season of Jack Ryan – the latest interpretation of Tom Clancy’s C.I.A hero.

For a few months now I had been excited to give this a try, it looked right up my street. Gun’s, Action, Spy Stuff, Drama and even the trailer had me hooked by the use of the song Human by Rag n Bone Man. Which is a song I’ve been loving recently.

So yesterday lunchtime at work I decided to start. I’d held off starting this as I was finishing Last Chance U on Netflix (which is brilliant if you get a chance). So with that over I was ready to start this one.

The first episode titled ‘Pilot’ was just over an hour-long but it set the story and show up in superb fashion. Introducing Jack, a low-level analyst in the financial team of the C.I.A. – in the first few scenes with Jack we learn so much about him, finding out he was in the Army, he had back problems, he rows and he has a vast general knowledge which is shown as he answers quiz show questions while eating his dinner.

He is set up perfectly.

We watch as he investigates money transactions in Yemen and comes across a potential threat who is assumed to big the next Bin Laden. After much deliberation Jack and his boss Greer end up at an Army Black Site in Yeman interrogating a money man and his bodyguard who have links to the mysterious account.

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I hope this first part has gripped up, because I don’t really want to continue plotting the show out. As it stands we are roughly 3/4’s of the way into the pilot now. But so much more happens throughout the episode that just keeps up gripped and on the edge of your seat. I did three episodes last night and intend on doing another few today. (Heck by the time you read this I could be up to episode 5 or 6).

The layers of the story are immensely inviting and intriguing – opening you up to almost like and side with each character, while also being left with a strange untrusting feeling as you ponder what their next move is.

I can’t sneaky off and wrap this up without mention John Krasinski who plays Jack Ryan. We know John from the American Office as the goofy, geeky, loveable Jim. Then POW he got shreaded for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”, then he went and made “A Quiet Place” which were both amazing pieces of work and now he is here. This man’s talent is ever growing and any excuse to showcase a new skill and he is jumping at the chance which I love. Good job John.

Even the feel and look of the show is beautiful, even when it’s not working with the fantastic action scenes, fire and gunshots – we also get stunning scenic shots, aerial panoramic shots and cityscapes which just add icing and a cherry to the top of the well made, well enjoyed and very tasty cake.

So go, watch, let me finish watching and once we are both done I will do another review which will be bigger and spoiler filled. This will be fun. Enjoy it, it’s a must.

 

Please note I am not being paid for this, AMAZON have not asked me to promote their show or service. I am just a fan sharing and caring.

This or That Challenge.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

So I have been a bit ghosty over the last few weeks. I missed a ManVsMovies episode, my Insta game is slow and life has just been busy! Lots going on which I will fill you in with when it’s safe to say . . .  Yes I am now a Spy – but shh. Anyway this post has been in my drafts for a few weeks and POW it was time to hit post. With the help of Lauren over on BournemouthGirl I am here with a challenge.

If you don’t know Lauren, go and follow her and check out her stuff. She is amazing and so so supportive. I can’t speak highly enough about her. Promise you.


LET’S DO THIS!

Shower in the morning or the evening

In the morning, anything to help wake me up, feel fresh and get ready for the day!


City centre or close to nature

This one is hard, I like the City life because things are so close, but then in the City isn’t desirable it can be a real drag. But I think for now where I am in life City Centre is the one.


Bright colours or neutrals

I guess more of a neutral look overall, but I do like some bright. Tough one.


Spring or Autumn

Autumn. Scarfs, Fires, Hot Chocolate, Christmas around the corner. What is not to love.


Mint or cinnamon

Gahhh, not a big fan of either, but having to pick I would go for Cinnamon.


Planned or spontaneous 

There was a time in my youth I would pick Spontaneous any day of the week, but now days I need a bit more structure and planning.


A movie at home or at the cinema

Either, Both, ALL. I love the films so much. Though I think at home. I can get proper comfy, cook some treats up and just enjoy.


Espresso or latte

Latte at a push, but not a coffee fan at all.


Hugs or kisses

Hugs!


Spicy food or mild

Again life has kicked me into touch and were it used to be a clear hands down Spicy life. It’s now a more Mild pick.


Leather or lace

Ermm. . . . Lace? 😉


Overdressed or underdressed

Overdressed, I’d rather look smart and suave over scruffy and slobbish.


Adventure or comfort

Comfort, I’ve accepted I am getting old and so Comfort wins. But I still enjoy Adventure from time to times.


T.V series or movies

I am going to pick TV Series. Though tough call. I think the way production value and companies are going. Like BBC Drama and Netflix. The quality of TV is getting better and better.


Rock or country music

Rock Music, born and raised. But I do love a bit of Country on the sly.


Red or white wine

White Wine – love a nice Sauvignon Blanc


Working alone or in a team

Team Work all the way!


Swimming or sunbathing

Sunbathing – Turns out I am not a strong swimmer, though I like the water.


Fast food or sit down restaurant 

Sit Down Restaurant.


Matched or mismatched socks

Come on, who are you talking to – I got no time for matching them up.


Dancing or singing

Pfft, I can’t do either, which means I do both ALL THE TIME.


Phone or the internet

Internet.


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I’d love to see ZaraAnnie and Elizabeth to do this and show me what you’d pick. If you don’t know these three amazing ladies go and check them out. All of them are so supportive, friendly and just all round awesome! What’s not to like right.

Peace

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Inspirational and Motivational Films

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Well look where we are at – Episode Five! Who knew this series would even get here. It’s amazing and everyone has been so supportive along the way.

At the start of the series I asked for people’s input and ideas for categories and episode themes. This list is one of those suggestions.

Bexa over on HelloBexa wanted to see my Top Five Motivational, Inspirational list. Well the genre made it into the poll and after a second count it have won. So thank you and well done to Bexa. If you haven’t had a chance to get to know her, let me strongly suggest hitting that link and saying hello. She is such a great supportive girl, an inspirational blogger and all round amazing, friendly, fun person.

So let’s start this journey.


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“Happiness only real when shared!”

Following the true story of Chris McCandless as he literally sells up and just begins to travel across America and Alaska. Living life to its fullest and just experiencing the real natural world first hand, Chris meets hitchhikers, tourists and other amazing eye-opening people on his travels showing the true beauty of human nature as he longs to explore and be free.

The emotional side of the film creeps in with his family and parents dealing with his sudden disappearance, lessons he learns along the way and watching him fail certain vital tasks. Mixed in with an amazing soundtrack by the legendary Eddie Vedder, the film constantly spikes all emotions and hits every note perfectly. Leaving you inspired to travel, see the world and enjoy life to its fullest.

When watching remember it’s based on a true story, this makes the ending all the more harrowing and hurtful.

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“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

One of my favourite Christmas films sneaking into the inspirational mix too. If you haven’t seen this film I have to ask . . . why? What happened? It follows George (played by the charming golden era legend that is James Stewart. As he grows up in a little sleepy town. You know the ones where everyone knows everyone and its cute but nothing major going on. Dreaming of travelling and going to college, George finds himself constantly putting his life on hold to help other. His father’s business, his brother’s education and tour in the army. Every time he is set to venture into the big wide world the little town pulls him back.

He comes to terms with this reluctantly and settles down, has a family, grows the business and is general well-respected and loved by all. Until a twist of fate kicks in and it looks like George will be going to jail for fraud and starts to think everyone would be better off if he were dead as his life insurance plan would pay out.

In a fit of rage and depression one snowy evening he attempts to end it all, when he is saved by an old man named Clarence. He explains how he were never born and Clarence decided to make it so and show George a life if he were never born.

It ends with George realising he has worth and me with a choked up tear in my eye.

Every time, no matter how many times I watch it, I find myself a slight blubbering mess. Left with inspiration and the power of knowing, life is good – life is what we make it and everyone effects each other even if we don’t think it.

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“What did you ever do to change the world?”

Pay it Forward I think is a really under appreciated film. Following a young boy who for a school project sets up a charitable movement called “Pay it Forward” where he does a favour for three people and in return asks these people to do a favour for another three people. Spiraling outwards and growing as more and more people become part of this movement.

It shows how the innocent of the young is pure and meaningful. With all the good intentions in the world to change it for the better.

The casting is superb as well. With Haley Joel (I See Dead People) Osment as the young school boy who starts the movement, Helen Hunt as his loving mother and Kevin (Don’t mention his name) Spacey as the influential teacher who sets the assignment for the class.

It’s such a good feel good film with such a good idea and heart at the centre of it. It makes you want to do good, to be the better person and to help humanity. Just a heads up now, the ending is totes emosh. You’ve been warned.

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“My life, like all lives, mysterious, irrevocable, sacred, so very close, so very present, so very belonging to me.”

Another true story based on a woman’s journey of self discovery while dealing with grief as she travels the Pacific Crest Trail through America.

It’s rammed full of inspiration and motivation and if it doesn’t want you to go and get lost in the world then I don’t know what will.

Much like “Into the Wild” it’s a breathtaking visual masterpiece using the location as its own character. With some scenes that are a bit uneasy to watch the over message of the film is beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough.

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“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

Wonder is a loving tale about a boy – Auggie, who has mandibulofacial dysostosis a rare facial deformity. Spending a lot of his childhood being home schooled. His parents decide its time to go to school with other children to help his social skills. Starting the fifth grade, Auggie is like any other 10-year-old – minus his appearance. He likes movies, games and having fun. But instantly he is outcast by his peers due to his looks.

The movie tackles the hardships of being different, the dark side of childhood and how cruel children who don’t understand can be. While also showing the loving side of family and making the best of a bad situation. It drills right down into the human soul, hitting you in the feels and dragging a smile of reassurance back out as it does so. It’s a sweet film that inspires the positive side of human nature, highlighting how dark it can be but showing that once out of the dark the light always shines through.

Accompanied by an outstanding cast – Jacob Tremblay as Auggie is yet again amazing! Owen Wilson stepping out of his pure comical roles to slide into something more serious, but still bringing a light-hearted touch as the father trying to deal. And Julia Roberts playing the mother. I don’t really need to plug her, it took my years to realise but she is amazing in anything isn’t she.

Prepare yourself for a little choked up teary version of yourself to appear and just enjoy the film. Feel motivated when you come out and do good.

Honestly if these don’t inspire you to travel, do good or make amends then I am not sure what will. They are all beautiful pieces of work which inspire, amaze, make me cry and make me smile. Let me know what inspires and motivates you, what gives you that can do attitude and what brings a tear to your eye.

Also let me know if you have seen any of these and if so what you think to them, if not, go watch them and then let me know.

Peace.

Fancy Fancy Dress

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I have decided to throw a bit of a fun post out.

Just to keep you smiling as this week drags on. I feel you need a Humph and some motivation to get to the weekend and hopefully this will draw a little smile out and for a moment be a saving grace.

. . . sometimes I truly just waffle on don’t I.

Let’s talk about Fancy Dress.

Honestly I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a chance to dress up and I don’t hold back. If I’m doing it – I am doing it right. Maybe I should do it professionally or help other people – which I can do, took the challenge to help my friend get a full costume within a couple of hours of a party for as cheap as possible. Nailed it!

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My all time favourite costume that I have done is the above. The Invisible Man. It was hot and warm but paid off when I would walk past people and they would gasp in awe and praise me for an amazing effort. This was Halloween 2015 – a night in town. Wearing a dressing gown, who was really loving life. Thankfully I didn’t get ID’ed anywhere. That would have been fun.

Other dress ups include; The Nun from the Conjuring for Halloween ’16, a wasteland raider for Halloween ’17, The Swedish Chef for Eurovision ’17, A Gun toting Spaniard for Eurovision ’16 and a Leprechaun for Eurovision ’15 (but if you remember rightly – Ireland didn’t make it to the final, so I had to tweak the full leprechaun costume that I had put together, adding a prisoners hat and shackles I adopted the guise of an Irish immigrant prisoner that had been sent to Australia. Not bad hey)

I’ve also done Doc Brown for a charity office event. There is an OAP snap in the middle somewhere from a night at Uni, the same with the Smurf and a Zombie Geek (posing passed out on the loo, but not actually passed out) and also The Hulk which took a lot of time and planning. Body paint isn’t a quick job – but boy it sure was fun.

I would love to know what you have dressed up as, send me your best. Also let me know what you think to my efforts. Let’s be honest you are so inviting me to your next fancy dress party aren’t you.

Much love!

 

Man Vs Movies: Top Five All Time Favourite Films

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Greetings and Welcome to my new series, the wonderfully captivating and excellently funny “Man Vs Movies” and today’s topic – Top Five All Time Favourite Films.

I want to firstly thank everyone for suggesting names and ideas for this series. I ran a poll on twitter and “Man Vs Movies” took off and flew into the lead. I liked it, you liked it. So here we are!

I am also going to run a poll after posting the latest post to decide what genre to host the following week. I’ve also had a list of new topics and suggests from you lovely people, so they will be in the mix soon. I am really looking forward to this. I hope you are too and I can’t wait for more feedback and support.

Disclaimer on all the lists you will find and see in this series, they are subject to change. What makes the list today, might be cut in 6 months time, they are fluid and ever-growing. But the premise is the same and at time of posting the lists will be accurate. Also they are Top Fives but not in an order. It’s hard enough to whittle films down to five, let alone rank them afterwards.


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It’s Christmas Eve and humble policeman John is visiting his family in L.A. But the festivities are ruined when Hans and his gang of baddies crash the party. But John has every intention of saving Christmas and his Wife.

Anyone that knows me, knows this is my all time favourite film and also THE greatest Christmas film of all time. Yes it has it’s faults (Vest colours) but it also has everything you want in an action film. Cool one liners, great action scenes and the warm feeling of family at Christmas.

This film catapulted Bruce Willis into the Action Hero status he has today and what a guy he is.

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This film takes the magic and mystery of the Film Noir from the Golden Era of Cinema. But throws them into a modern high school environment. Imagine Humphrey Bogart skipping class and smoking on the football field. This film is that.

A very cleverly told story about a boy called Brendon who is looking for his missing girlfriend, he begins to unravel the dirty underworld of drugs and as he goes deeper down the rabbit hole more and more truths and horrors come out.

It stars the ever so talented Joseph Gordon Levitt and is directed by Rian Johnson who has gone on to do Star Wars and a few ep’s of Breaking Bad. It’s such a smart film that flew under the radar and really deserves a lot more attention and praise.

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This mad, wild, drug fuelled semi biographical film follows writer Hunter S. Thompson and his attorney as they travel from L.A to Las Vegas to cover a sporting event and end up getting super high and just pushing a mass bender as far as they can.

Johnny Depp fully immersed himself in the role. To the point where he befriend and lived with the Hunter for months to learn how to mimic his personality and mannerisms. It’s a strange little film that has poetic echos and undertones about the American Dream, society and the political status of the country. It might take a couple of watches to fully understand and appreciate the film but I highly rate it.

All you can do is “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride” and enjoy the antics along the way. Imagine like an R rated version of the Hangover but with a lot more psychedelic drugs, a circus and a lobby full of reptiles.

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Say WHAT again I dare you, I double dare you!

This should be no surprise to anyone, this is probably on everyone’s Top Five list. It’s an instant classic from the bizarre mind of Tarantino. It’s hard to explain what the film is about as it runs several storylines over a non linear narrative but it just works so well.

Everything about it screams amazing, from the script and dialogue, to the soundtrack and the actors involved. It’s one of those films that has it all and doesn’t hold back. Covering topics like drugs, boxing, gangsters and hillbillies, this film doesn’t hold back. It’s truly the five dollar shake of the milkshake world.

 

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The final entry is relatively new in comparison, not to be mistaken for “The Room” (the worst movie ever made – officially) but “Room” follows the story of a Girl, Joy / Ma, who is kidnapped and held captive for seven years in this single box room. Where her captor fathers a son and when we first meet him he is five.

The first half of the film is set purely in the room. Following Jack the son, as this is all he knows, he has never been outside, never seen the ocean, never seen a dog in real life. The second half follows the two captives readjusting to the real world, the ordeals and struggles they face as Joy tries to normalise and Jack tries to understand this new world.

It’s a fantastic story that covers so many different emotional points and social points. With both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay giving amazing top-notch, oscar award-winning performances. It’s not light-hearted but very much worth the watch. I promise.

 

How does my Top 5 hold up? Any you haven’t seen? Any you don’t agree with? What is your top five? I’d love to know.

How did this post go? Fun? I hope so. Check out the poll on my twitter to decide the next topic.

Peace!

 

Molly’s Game – The Review

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Deal me in.

A week back the lovely GF bought me Molly’s Game with the intention of having a cute film night in. I accidentally went and got very drunk at a wedding which I was meant to come home reasonably sober for the film night. . . . oops.

A week later and it’s on. Pizza was ordered. Comfy clothes are on and the film is in.

I really like a film that is based on a true story, the biopic genre is one of my favourites and this has just slide into my Top 5. . . . I’ll wrote that list down later to confirm.

The film follows Molly Bloom an ex Olympian skier who ended up running some of the most high-class high rolling poker games in L.A. and New York. This film shows her rise, her fall, her court case and her beating in the middle of the night.

Before this film I knew nothing of Molly Bloom. I had known of the Viper Room which was a watering hole of the stars. Being partly owned by the legend that is Johnny Depp. At the start of the film Bloom narrates to the audience saying that the story is true but the places and names have been changed to protect people. So when the Cobra Lounge popped up in the story. You kinda know what she meant.

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The acting was amazing. Jessica Chastain was outstanding, portraying a strong, sassy, intelligent woman climbing her way to the top of this dark underworld of poker. Even seeing Kevin Costner was a flashback to the 90’s hero he used to be. The two had great chemistry and worked off each other so well. Heads up for the scene in the park. That’s all I will say for them.

Making Poker look slick and cool, the same way James Bond did in Casino Royale really made me want to play, maybe even set up a high rolling game. Except High Rolling in my social circle would probably top out at 10 . . . maybe 15 pounds. No thousands and hundreds of thousands here.

Back to the film, this is Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut as well as writing the adaptation. He is a talent and a breath of fresh air – having written such amazing scripts and works that include; The Newsroom, Studio 60 on the Sunset strip, The West Wing, The Social Network and Steve Jobs. All of these have stunningly amazing scripts, with face cleaver dialogue. Usually setting characters up for long empowered speeches – In this Idris Elba had the privilege and it hard defending Molly.

You might also remember “Is America the greatest country in the World?” it’s a scene from Ep1 of The Newsroom and Sorkin’s writing shines right through. Click the link to remind yourself of that scene. Remember as well this scene is the introduction of the character and he starts like this. Wow.

Overall I really enjoyed the film, it was smart, well put together, informative and captivating all at once. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you going out and giving it ago. If you have seen it let me know what you think to it.

Thank you. Cash me out!

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Oh yeah I forgot. The Top 5 Biopic films: Ok – disclosure it’s not a Johnny Depp appreciate list but he does do justice to every real life person he portrays.

  • Walk the Line
  • Ed Wood
  • Blow
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Molly’s Game

That is in no order at all and I was torn by the end, I wanted to put Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Black Mass, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco and The Social Network in the list. See what I mean by I love Biopic Films.

What are yours?

Peace!