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. . . . .

 

 

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Film Review: Kodachrome

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Kodachrome.

We’re all so frightened by time, the way it moves on and the way things disappear. That’s why we’re photographers. We’re preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time, to commit moments to eternity. Human nature made tangible.

Last night I found myself with an evening to myself. So after flicking through Netflix for what seemed like forever I stumbled upon this film. I remember seeing the trailer a while back and thinking “Oh that looks good”.

The film is about the troubled relationship between father and son, as they head across America to the only remaining place that can develop this specific photography film. – Which I am lead to believe is based on a true story, or at least the part about the photo shop having an influx of people as they stopped developing the film.

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It’s such a heartwarming bittersweet tale as we follow Matt (Jason Sudeikis) a music producer that is almost at the end of his rope within in his career and Ben (Ed Harris) his father, a world-famous photographer. Both actors hit their mark amazingly – it’s not a new role for Harris who has a list of talented roles under his belt, but it is refreshing to see Sudeikis take a step away from comedy and break into something with serious heart and drama.

Elizabeth Olsen supports the cast as Zooey, Ben’s carer who joins them for half of the journey. She is refreshing and of late I have started to really rate her (did you see Wild River).

The film had a strong “Into the Wild” feel to it, using similar techniques such as, a mix of amazing acting, moving story and subtle but undeniably fitting soundtrack of acoustic folk music. The whole package in my eyes.

Something like this shows we don’t need big action scenes, fire and car chases to entertain the senses. Strip it all back to basics and just run with a story and a handful of cast members. It works just as well.

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As the story goes on we learn more about the broken relationship between Father and Son, the hardships of adulthood and how life can change and develop (Camera Pun there. Sorry) without even noticing it. There is such a relatable tone to this movie that I still can not shift. It captivated me and did exact what “Into the Wild” did to me. And I am not too proud to hide the fact that by the end I was just laid there, tears in my eyes and emotionally lost for words.

The film ends as you would expect with this story, with the main characters looking at the photos that were the reason to drive across country. They didn’t know what was on the reel’s until this final scene which was captured so beautifully. Without going into too much detail ultimately that is the film – highlighting the fact that era’s and periods shift and change with the wind and the effects are with you forever.

If you looking for a really good feel-good film, or maybe you are just a bit lost and need some kind of therapeutic guidance this film is for you. Like I said I can’t stop thinking about it and I want to share it with as many people as I can. Go and watch it – you won’t be disappointed.

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Avengers Infinity War – Non Spoiler review.

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Wow!

Last night I watched The Avengers Infinity War and what can I say!

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So this post is spoiler free as I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone, so stick with me here as I attempt to tiptoe around the story trying to give as much information as I can while also trying to not give you anything at the same time – and just like Hulks punch it is proving hard going.

I am lost for words. On first reflection it was slower than the first Avengers. I love the first one because it runs so smooth but I felt this one changed speed a few times. Which isn’t a bad thing because let’s be honest they have a lot going on. But it builds nicely and just works on an impressive scale.

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What can I say without saying anything. Thanos is a brilliant bad guy – the reasoning behind his motives is somewhat logical in a mad kind of way and even the character development for him was stunning. They have managed to create the character so well that you feel as much emotion for him as you do the others. The emotions might not be the same but they are there non the less.

The teams were brilliant. Bringing everyone together worked so well. The bolshie arrogance of Stark mixed with the comical humor of Star Lord was genius. Spider-Man was a great inclusion throwing his young spirited naivety, yet willing to prove himself into the mix worked just as well as it did in Civil War and they also pair other great unlikely characters up which was something we never knew we needed but now just want to see again – *Cough* Thor and Rocket *Cough*

I was left with a few niggles here and there but I’m going to let it set in for a few days and then come back to it and see how I feel about them. That I think is standard with big films like this and alot of people I have spoken to have said similar things, but that in no way takes anything away from the overall amazing specticle I witnessed.

The ending left me somewhat in two minds. I want one result but think it’s more likely the other thought is more realistic. But that doesn’t change the magnitude of the film and what it means for the overall MCU world – we have seen this universe build and grow for ten years and this film is such a pay off that it’s everything we have wanted and more.

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Today the office is a bubbling pot of excitement as everyone is talking about the film, the theories, the trauma. It’s going to be one of those films that will be talked about and dissected for years to come. Leaving questions like – What have I witnessed? Where do we go next? How will we come back from this? To the point where someone has made a google sheet to label questions and thoughts so we can all throw opinions and answers into the mix.

Overall all I can say is the hype and build up did it justice – it’s doesn’t let you down and is a MUST see. If you enjoy the Marvel films even a little bit you will love this one. It’s a long film but from the very start you are thrown into this world and left shocked that the time has vanished. You won’t want it to end and could sit through it all again. I am already planning my second viewing as I think a few watches are needed just to help digest the sheer awesomeness of this masterpiece.

Mentally prepare yourself – it’s a thrill ride and I promise you will love it!

 

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A Book Review – Our Little Secret.

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End of last year I wrote a book review. Today ive picked up a signed copy after its was published last week. This is that review.


So something you might learn about me is that I am not a big reader. I can read and I do enjoy reading at times but I can go for months or maybe years without reading a book. It’s just one of those things. I struggle to find something that can grip me and hold my attention because to me reading is a lot of work. It’s more so than say watching a film or playing PlayStation.

Saying this I am always proud as punch when I do find a book that I genuinely can’t put down and this post is about one of them books.

Our Little Secret is a short thriller from the mind of debut adult author Darren O’Sullivan (no relation – that we know of). A gripping story told from the point of view of several of its main characters. This is how the blurb sells it to us:

“A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches. Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah. So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide. As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her. But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried…”

This sold it, I thought – why not, let’s take this for a spin and I was not disappointed at all. Without it sounding cliché I couldn’t put it down – any chance I had I would read a couple of pages. Going to bed, bored at work, whilst eating breakfast and heck even when I was on the loo, I was captivated and hooked.

The story follows Chris a troubled man who is ready to end it all, as we dive deeper into his world his reasoning and motives both shock and surprise the audience. Constantly questioning what he is doing, what the next move is and how will it end.

Pair that with the dynamic and inquisitive Sarah – to me she drives the story along as a relatable character that discovers the truth as we do, which I also like in a story I prefer to learn with a lead character than to be talked at and expected to pick it up when they tell me to.

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Her character was so deep and well thought out that it genuinely felt like I knew her or at least people like her, which again helped keep the story engaging for me.

Like any classic thriller this keeps you guessing, suggesting one thing and convincing you that you know what is going on before taking one sharp hand brake turn in the opposite direction, but not before knocking your socks off and making you question your own ability to make judgement calls.

Right up to the bitter end the story had me glued and all I can say – or even urge – is buy a copy, give it a read and just be in awe. The finale is one amazingly scripted act – the reveal is somewhat haunting and makes the whole book fall into place and ends with a bitter-sweet stunned silence.  

A final touch that I loved with this story is the locations. This is set in Peterborough and March which are places I know oh so well and just something as simple as that helped make the story more real to me rather than the generic London setting, this idea to keep the setting localised and more at home just made the story even better in my eyes.

It’s currently only available on iBooks or Kindle but for a short story on the iPad it has cleared up several proud accolades and gained some supportive reviews and feedback that has made Darren the author one proud little bunny. So much so that he is already well into book two, which I for one can not wait to read.

Finally once more let me just say how much I really enjoyed this story and can not recommend it enough. Check it out.

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Below are the all the links and things you will need.

Our Little Secret

Darren O’Sullivan

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Click the image to take you to Amazon via an affliated link.

 

 

Full disclosure I am not on the take or being paid by HQ Digital UK or Darren O’Sullivan. I am just a guy who read a book (finally), wanted to tell you all about it and also I just want to help this talented author out – if I can generate one new reader then I have done my job.