Man Vs Movies – Top Five Thrillers.

Comments 5 Standard

Thrillers

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?

 

Image result for memento posterMemento

“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.

 

Shutter Island  PosterShutter Island

“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.

Related imagePrisoners

“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.

Image result for nocturnal animals movie posterNocturnal Animals

“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.

Image result for fight club poster

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. . .

Advertisements

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Inspirational and Motivational Films

Comments 16 Standard

inspiration

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.


Image result for into the wild posterInto the Wild

“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.

Image result for it's a wonderful life poster artIt’s a Wonderful Life 

“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.

Image result for pay it forward art posterPay it forward

“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.

Image result for wild quirky poster cheryl strayedWild

“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.

Image result for wonder film posterWonder

“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.

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Animations.

Comments 14 Standard

Animation

Welcome to week 3, how are we doing? How’s this series treating you? I’ve had a lot of awesome feedback from people saying that I’ve sold unseen films to them and they are planning on giving them a watch. Or joining my praise of such Top Five entries. Which is awesome.

So the poll has spoken and this week we are covering Animation. Now let me start by saying Disney nail this category let’s be honest. We all know it, I know it, you know it. But in the interest of fairness I have only added two Disney gem to the list. This doesn’t mean I don’t rate more or enjoy them. Maybe they even deserve their own list. . . hmm let’s see. Anyway lets jump to the list.

Megamind

This one is a real gem which I think gets overlooked most of them, it’s highly underrated. It follows the journey of Super Villain Megamind an alien who defeats his enemy the almighty Superhero, Metro Man. But after time passes he starts to feel lost and empty. With the idea to create a new Superhero to rival him he accidentally creates another Super Villain. As he tries to fix things he finds a new-found love for being the Hero and sets out to save the day.

It’s just a fun, easy-going movie with a stellar cast, a great storyline, groovy soundtrack and great comic presence.

Image result for wreck it ralph posterWreck It Ralph.

This one passed me by first time round and what was I thinking. It’s a hilarious storm of pop culture references and quirky comic gags. The story follows Ralph, again like our first entry, he is the bad guy who just wants to be the winner for once. Constantly observing Felix his partner in the game, win medals and be praised by the people of the tower block. Ralph decides to break out of his game and find another one where he can win his very own gold medal. Dipping and diving into several different style games we witness Ralph from and old 8 Bit Video game he is used to enter the world of new online shooters and confectionary based racing.

It’s a cute story with real heart and if you are like me and love little nods and nudges to other games, movies and all things pop culture it’s the one for you and I can not wait for the next one to come out.

 

Image result for monsters inc posterMonsters Inc

Thinking about it I am not sure how to explain this film without giving too much away. But let’s try. Following the scream team duo Mike and Sully as they go about their normal everyday monster lives in the scream factory producing screams and harvesting it as a source of energy. There life is thrown out of whack when an unexpected visitor appears and they must restore normality by getting the visitor home safely while avoiding and uncovering a darker plot that will affect everyone.

 With an all-star cast of voice actors being led the way by John Goodman and Billy Crystal this film becomes better and better with each watch.

Image result for shrek 2 posterShrek 2

It always scares me how old these films actually are, this one came out in 2004 and the first one in 2001. Like what the fudge? The line between 1 & 2 in my eyes is so close but the one thing that tips number two over and makes it the better film is Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother, her sass, her humour and her rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding out for a Hero just make it for me.

In true fairytale style the film tackles many themes we have known for years from Disney and the Grimm Brothers stories. About Love, Betrayal, Jealousy and Heroes. With some spectacular cameos, Pop Culture references and other fairytale references the Shrek world gets bigger, wilder and more fun. Throw in Puss in Boots, John Cleese and an Alien Chestburster reference and the film is golden.

Image result for robin hood 1973 posterRobin Hood (Disney)

Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day.

I love this film, hand down my favourite Disney Animation film and what is not to love, the telling of the Robin Hood story, as a cartoon, with catchy songs and animals. Perfect right. You know the story of Robin Hood I am sure so we won’t go into what the film is about. But I will say, the animation and humour holds up which is great for a kids film from 1973. The songs are so catchy I have them on an MP3 player somewhere and when they get stuck in my head they are there for days.

As far as Robin Hood films go this one is up their in my eyes joint with Prince of Thieves. Which is also nice to add that both versions are Academy Nominated films. If you are looking for a lazy chilled sunday I highly suggest this film just to while away the hours with some upbeat songs and a touch of British history.

So if you find yourself in need of a film to keep the kids entertained and chilled for an afternoon, or maybe you just want something easy-going with a bag of sweets. All are great shouts.

I’d love to know what you think and what your favourites are. Did I miss any classics? Please no hate for not putting the Lion King on here – I do love it!

Pleasure as always people. MWAH.

Fancy Fancy Dress

Comments 8 Standard

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!

10156173092895582.jpg

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

Comments 10 Standard

Copy of Insert Catchy Film Series Title

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.


Die Hard.die_hard.jpg

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.

Image result for brick movie posterBrick.

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.

Fear and Loathing.Image result for fear and loathing in las vegas movie poster

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.

Pulp Fiction Movie PosterPulp Fiction.

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.

 

Room (2015 film).pngRoom.

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!

 

Gift Guide to Fathers Day.

Leave a comment Standard

With Fathers day less than two weeks away I know there are some people out there that need to get their bums in gear and sort out a gift to celebrate daddy.

So here I am, your saviour, your guide!

Obviously the best gift you can get Papa is your presence, seeing him, giving him a moment of your time for the afternoon. We are all busy people in this day and age and so I am sure he would appreciate a couple of hours, just to catch up and be together.

But if we are going materialistic, because let’s be honest who doesn’t like getting gifts, I have put together a little list to try to help you out. So are you ready? Are you steady? Let’s go Shooopppiiing!


The  Amazon Echo

Look at this little cutie, I am a big fan of all this new Smart House Technology and Assistant Devices that are on the market. When we move into the “Family” home I am going to kit it out with all these gadgets. And that is the point, Men love gadgets – tinkering around with a new toy. Papa Bear would love one of these right.

 

 


Playstation VR Headset

Another cool gadget gift would have to be the VR headset. There are other brands and versions available but I have pick PlayStation’s as I have a PS4 myself. Not that Pop’s would want an excuse to leave you for a virtual world but let’s be honest again it’s boys and their toys. What is not to love. Plus I am sure you could have a go too.

 

 


Debossed notebook (A6)

A smart notebook or stationary is always a great shout for a Father’s Day gift. And what’s not to love with these Debossed Notebook’s from Jeya Narrative, with a range of amazing capital city design front’s you could be giving papa a sleek Manhattan notebook, a classic London design or one with a trendy hip Amsterdam front.

Different notebooks collect different stories. City notebooks are all the more special as they transport us to a memorable place and time, to relive those moments once again. – Jeya Narrative.

 

 


 

The Millennium Series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

A good book is always a winner and in light of the new movie coming out I felt it only best to suggest The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. If the old man like a good Nordic Noir like Wallander or Jo Nesbo then these are for him.

Following a computer hacker and a journalist as they are asked to help solve a case that is decades old they end up unearthing many twists and horrors that were thought to be left hidden. I couldn’t put them down and remember watching the Swedish Originals with my dad and I even took him to the cinema when the America Remake came out. Great story, read and idea. A must.

 

 


 

All else fails why not hit up the generic, bottle of Whiskey, Screwfix Voucher and Chocolate.

I hope this is helped drum up some ideas for the old boy. I am sure whatever you decide will be greatly accepted and enjoyed. Have a great day and spoil him rotten.

Peace!

 


Side note, the Amazon links are affiliated links so I would make a penny or two from you buying from that, but the Jeya Narrative stuff I am not being paid in any form for, I am just a friendly blogger promoting a friendly company. Just so you know.

Insert Catchy Film Series Title

Comments 4 Standard

Insert Catchy Film Series Title

Today’s topic or setup is film related.

Now as you might (should) know. I am a BIG film buff. Love them. Can’t get enough.

Recently off the back of my review post for Molly’s Game (Which can be found HERE) I mentioned to Matt (Who can be found HERE) that once my friend and I sat down and made a huge list of Top Five Genres. But this list grew. I’m talking lists, columns and piles of names, papers and decisions. It was tough going. To which Matt – who might I add is such a sound supportive guy. Go follow him if you don’t already and see what he has to say. Matt said that the lists were a brilliant idea for a blog series. Wow. He is right. So this is where we are at.

I know my last series about Gadgets didn’t or should I say hasn’t taken off yet. But money is tight and buying a new gadget to review each month will cause stern and slightly judgement words from the GF. So that is on hold for the moment.

But what do we think? Could Top Five Genre films be am interesting subject? Maybe challenge me and throw some suggests of what you want to see in for yourself.

I also need to name this Series – but I am not sure what to call it. Shout out to the winning name or best suggestion.

This could be fun. Lets do this.