Man Vs Movies – Top Five Fantasy Films

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I’ve stumbled across a map, X marks the spot and the jewels are waiting, hidden in the vase in some dusty attic.

It’s Fantasy week!

I had a top five picked out but the more I thought about it the more I thought, Fantasy is a HUGE genre.

 

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I have always loved the Indiana Jones trilogy (we don’t talk about the Crystal Skull) and they were a big part of my growing up, at one point I wanted to become an archeologist just like our lovable rouge Indy.

But truth be told the real reason the Last Crusade wins is simply because of one charmingly dashing Scott – Sean Connery. Playing Indy’s father he brings a new level to Fords character as we watch the two play off each other in such a dynamic duo.

Following the hunt for the Holy Grail, this film ticks all Adventure Fantasy boxes in my head. Action, Humour, Good vs Evil and booby Traps.

There was also a family story, that the Tank Indy fights on near the end, was my dad’s uncle Ted’s tractor that the studio bought of him, stripped and repurposed into a tank. I never asked how much truth was in this – but the whole family were in on this. Hmmm.

Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

Can’t have a genre like this without throwing something from Jackson’s catalogue of masterpiece Tolkien films. For me LOTR beat the Hobbit set (even though it’s slightly dated now days) and within those three – all are amazing in their own right but for me the second instalment wins and let’s be honest, that is because of the Battle of Helms Deep.

But also as story, I think the 2nd of a trilogy is very important. It’s got the biggest job of linking the two bookends, picking up from the first with such momentum that it can carry itself , while building the cliffhanger and suspense for the final piece.

Two Towers does that and so much more. Bringing key characters, plots and arcs into the Middle Earth world. With amazing action sequences, brilliant character chemistry and just opening up the vast fantasy world of Tolkien. This film and the whole franchise are a must.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl

Savvy pick hey! I really enjoy the Pirate films, Captain Jack Sparrow is such a fun character and Johnny Depp plays him so well.

Following the antics on the seven seas, this film introduces us to the world of pirates, ghosts, ships and swagger.  As the story focuses on cursed Aztec gold – which leaves a crew invincible but ghostly and stuck longing to be free. It has everything that you expect, swashbuckling fights, sun soaked locations, witty one liners and rum, lots and lots of rum.

Yes the franchise is still going and yes maybe they should have stopped a couple of films back, but regardless I love them all – they are just fun easy going films and without a doubt the first easily earn’t a space on this list.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Little fact for you, this is the first and only film I ever downloaded (in the naughty sense). Because I was so excited to watch this film, bringing awesome literacy character together in one stylish gothic noir style world what is not to love.

Following Allan Quatermain, The Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo, Dorian Grey and Jekyll/Hyde as they team up to face a new world terrorist on the turn of the century. The Phantom who turns out to be James Moriarty the villainous arch-enemy of Sherlock Holmes.

The film itself got panned and in turn didn’t generate enough interest or money for a sequel but I none the less loved it, the casting, the sets, the way they bought these characters together was amazing. I guess it’s a guilty pleasure but one I highly recommend people see.

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Not the Tom Cruise surprise but the 1999 version with Brandon Fraser.

As a kid this was also one of those films that, if it was on – regardless of where it was in the film I could put it on and enjoy it. After a group of archaeologists accidentally wake a cursed priest mummy who is hell-bent on bringing his bride back to life to rule the world, our heroes have to set out across Egypt to find a way to stop him and bring peace back to the world.

If you like shotgunning the undead, over the top humour, cool dark arts and just some awesome fantasy fun. This is the one for you! Nothing too serious, just some easy-going fun.

 

Thank you for another spellbound, knife wielding fun old post. What do you think of my picks? Is there something that should be on the list? What is your list?

Don’t forget to like and share this post and also vote for the next genre.

Always a pleasure!

 

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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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Update: A Catch Up & Cuppa With Me.

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Happy Friday you beautiful bunch of lovely people. How was the week been treating you? I hope you are all well and there are very little grumbles to be had.

I realised I hadn’t posted since the 4th of May which can be read just here. . . “Who Puts the Bra in Equality” and before that was my ever so popular Avengers Non-Spoiler Review but it hit me I wont be achieving my May Goals, which is focusing on blog views, if I don’t have anything engaging and current to pull you over here.

So I have decided to drop this “Update” post to give you all an insight into what has been happening in the world of Ross. Pop the kettle on, get settled in and lets catch up.

Firstly at the start of the month I went on holiday a week in Benidorm, All Inclusive and SUN SUN SUN. I used this as an opportunity to switch off, put my phone in airplane mode and just recharge my cells and enjoy myself. We had a really good time and it was much-needed. Bit of drama on the way home with a couple of drunken Indian Play boys getting out of control and abusive to the cabin staff – resulting in the Plane being greeted at 2am by Armed Police. Welcome to England!

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Getting back into the swing of things with work was tough, like any normal person returning from a week of lounging by the pool, sipping beer and eating foreign ice creams, the Holiday Blues set in hard and I DID NOT want to be back here. But I got on with it and here we are.

So what is new!

While on holiday I started writing a story – I call it story for moment because there is no plan or understanding just yet of what it will become. It could be a Short, a Novel, heck I could get going and it become a Saga or Series. Who knows. I don’t want to say much about it just yet but what I will say is that I am finding it really fun and expressive to write. I used to write shorts and film scripts all the time at Uni but this is the first time in a long time I am trying something a little new. It all came about from one scene I had in mind and my process at the moment is just to write and see where it takes me. Aiming for that one scene. Not sure this is the best approach but I am sure once (or if) I get to the finished stage I can iron a lot of it out in the rewrite process. As well for the few people who are aware of my attempt to become the next Archer or King they have been very supportive, wanting to be kept updated with the process and even offering to proof read it. Which is amazing and so good to hear!

I have also been reading “Close your eyes” which is the latest thriller by Darren O’Sullivan. His first book “Our Little Secret” was an instant winner, a breathtaking, can’t put it down story that deserves your attention – I wrote a review on it a while back which is just HERE. I am a few chapters in on this new one and it is just as good if not better, I am so hooked already and can’t wait to see how this one unfolds.

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Final thing I want to talk about is Merchandise. I want to get my brand off the ground, become something inspirational and I have decided that Merchandise is the way forward.

Looking at making designs and patterns that I can put on Mugs, Shirts and Badges. They are a lot of fun to make and can’t wait to see how far I can go and how it all turns out. I am even looking into building a high quality printer to make postcards and bookmarks at home.

 

Putting it all on paper this sounds like I’ve been really busy, hey what do you know.

But I can feel it will get busier. . . . OH I also started a Saving Scheme. But I think that might be the topic of another post because I have waffled enough here and people might be interested in a full post about saving money, rather than a random paragraph here.

So once again, as always, you dear readers – Thank you for everything, for your support and love. You are the reason I do this . . . and because it is fun. But mainly you.

 

Mwah!