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More polished than the previous two
Brotherhood is the third in the series of Noel Clarke films set in London and featuring Sam Peel . Sam has grown up and is a different person to the one we saw in Kidulthood but trouble still seems to follow him in the form of an enemy who has come to seek revenge. What I like about these films is they feel very real. Although Brotherhood is more polished than the two previous films it still has that Independent vibe about it. None of the people on show are particularly likable which makes it quite hard to care what happens to them and the language is uncomfortable to hear at times . The main villain's racism seems over the top and unnecessary and kind of spoils what is an interesting film.
Don't Breathe (2016)
Basting the turkey will never be the same again.
Not being a massive fan of horror films I'm quite selective in which ones I watch . The reviews for this were pretty good so I gave it a go and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's the story of three friends who decide to rob the home of a blind war veteran but things go terribly wrong when they find out that there is more to this man than they first thought. What I like about this is that it doesn't have any supernatural aspect to the story so it feels more real than most horrors. There are some quite disturbing scenes so it's not for the faint hearted . One especially involving a turkey baster but you will have to see the film to find out what that's all about ! All in all it's well worth a watch but not with granny at Christmas.
Eye opening documentary
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is a superb documentary made by Ron Howard and is about the touring years from 1963 to 1966 when they decided to quit going on the road. It features archival footage of the Beatles concerts and the mayhem they put up with. I really enjoyed this film. If you are a Beatles fan or not it's a fascinating look at the band in their prime, The thing that strikes me is how together they were and how professional they were especially considering the screaming was so loud that they couldn't hear themselves play. Needless to say the music is great and Ron Howard has made it so in every concert you can hear them playing clearly while still hearing the pandemonium going on around them. What I didn't realise was that the Beatles quit touring so early but you can see why they had to. There is brilliant footage of their last live performance together on the roof of the Apple building in London shot exactly two months after I was born and the difference between them then and five years previous is staggering. Recommended.
Brent id back !
Love him or hate him Ricky Gervais has come a long way since the last time we saw David Brent . I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to bring back such an iconic comic character but I needn't have been concerned. Brent is back and with the cringe factor turned up to 11. This is set 12 years after The Office and Brent is working for a toiletries company but his dream is to go on the road with his band "Foregone Conclusion" and that's exactly what he does. The problem is that nobody in the band particularly likes him. The first half hour of this film I was with the rest of the people around Brent in not liking him and thinking what an idiot he was but Gervais is superb in turning those feeling around, The longer the film went on , I stop laughing at him and began laughing with him and even found myself really liking David Brent. The music is hilarious but strangely catchy and in the end I became a fan of band but more so the lead singer. Brent is Back. I loved this film.
feels like a kids film
Nerve is about an unadventurous girl who decides to take part in an online game that involves completing challenges and dares to increase her popularity and add to her bank balance but as you would expect not everything goes to plan. Before I start to criticise this film too much it's true to say that I'm not the kind of person this is aimed at. What I mean is i'm probably 25 years too old to really enjoy something like this. It's incredibly dumb. The story is so far fetched and unrealistic that you just don't buy into what you are watching. It seams to be set in a neon lit world where everyone is 20 years old and where no internet connection is lost , nothing buffers and camera phones are conveniently aimed on every scene but the biggest problem with this is that it's not gritty enough. I wanted see a game like Jigsaw would play in the Saw film but instead we see a tepid watered down version and that just bored me. Unless you 18 years old give this a miss. The best thing about Nerve is the soundtrack .
Swiss Army Man (2016)
To say this film is weird is an understatement. I don't think I have seen anything quite like Swiss Army Man and that's not necessarily a bad thing . It's the story of a man who is stranded alone on a deserted island who , while making one last attempt at escape finds a dead body washed up on shore. The body turns out to be useful in so many ways. While I don't profess to really understanding what was going on in this movie there is no denying it's entertainment value. I'm not a fan of Daniel Radcliffe but this is the best thing he has done in my opinion and he's playing a dead man! Paul Dano is excellent too. Although this isn't an out an out comedy ( I think) it did make me laugh at times and it's also sad in places. I've seen this film get rave reviews from some critics which I can't quite agree with it's still worth watching just for the novelty value.
Radcliffe is completely wrong for this film
This is the story of Nate Foster, an FBI agent who goes deep undercover within a white-supremacy group in order to bring down the organization from the inside. Daniel Radcliffe is always going to struggle with miscasting comments from critics in his career simply because of his stature and that he used to be Harry Potter. I was determined to give the guy a fair hearing when heard he was going to play this role and believe me i tried but there is no way at any stage of this film did I believe 1. he was in the FBI and 2. he was a white supremacist . It's not a terrible performance , in fact he does quite well but he just doesn't have the face for the role . The closest comparison to this miscasting I can give is when Elijah Wood played a football Hooligan in the terrible film Green Street . While Imperium is nowhere near as bad as that film it is dull and that's not is excusable for film with this subject matter. Give this a miss and watch American History X instead.
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
A resurrection we could have done without
The best way I can describe my feelings about Jason Statham movies is that they are a guilty pleasure. Sure they are dumb for the most part but on the other hand they are entertaining. Mechanic:Resurrection breaks that rule. It's still dumb but this time it's really really dull. Statham returns as Arthur Bishop who is forced into carrying out a series of seemingly impossible assassinations to save his girlfriend played by Jessica Alba. The first half hour of this feels like a vanity project. We see Statham and Alba going in and out of the sea , James Bond style , in exotic locations looking like they have just come out of the gym. It's cringeworthy at times. It's obvious that they have both got themselves in good shape for the film but do we have to have it rubbed in our faces? The rest of the film is a series of action sequences with below par special affects mixed Jessica Alba pulling silly faces pretending badly that she is in peril. This is probably the worst thing I have seen Statham do and to be fair I would rather see Harold Bishop than Athur Bishop if it means me sitting through something like this again.
Blood Father (2016)
Welcome back Mel
Mel Gibson is looking old. Very old. Time hasn't been kind to Mel during his unofficial black balling from the Hollywood elite but one thing is for sure , he hasn't lost his acting ability. Blood Father is about a young woman who is being hunted by a Mexican drug cartel after getting mixed up in her boyfriend's criminal activities . She seeks help from her ex con father who will do absolutely anything to protect her. Although this this is a crime story it's really about the relationship between a father and daughter . There is a really good rapport between Gibson and Erin Moriarty and I enjoyed the moments between them sandwiched inbetween plenty of action. It's nothing ground breaking but was entertained for ninety minute. Despite what he did and said I hope this the start of a Mel Gibson renaissance but I somehow doubt it.
The Infiltrator (2016)
The Infiltrator sees Brian Cranston back on drugs again ( not literally ) where he plays undercover federal agent Robert Mazur who is a money launderer for Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel. Instead of focusing on the drugs side of things this film concentrates more on the money and the dodgy bankers and that doesn't always make the most interesting subject in films. Having said that , director Brad Furman does a good job of conveying what it's like to go undercover in such a dangerous organisation. I don't think this is anywhere near as good as the recent Netflix series Narcos which it is inevitably going to be compared to because at times it feels little bit laboured but good performances from Brian Cranston , John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger make it well worth watching.