Friday, 22 July 2016

Ghostbusters (2016) - Movie Review

Ghostbusters (2016)

2.5/5 Stars

Who you gonna call?



Main Cast

Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates
Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan
Chris Hemsworth as Kevin Beckman
Neil Casey as Rowan North
Cecily Strong as Jennifer Lynch
Andy Garcia as Mayor Bradley
Charles Dance as Harold Filmore


Review

God, it's been a while. The majority of the time I forget I made this blog, I'm too focused on my original one. But I knew there was no better way to get back in the saddle than to watch and review a film drenched in so much controversy it's hard to believe the world is still standing.

I will admit, I haven't seen the original in its entirety, just pieces over the years from it being shown here and there. I know it's a cultural phenomenon, a classic, lightning in a bottle; at least so far as the reviews go. So, I went in to see Ghostbusters (2016) without any kind of nostalgia. I've followed its aura, oh yes, the aura that seems split down the middle and is reflected by other reviews.

How did I find the film? It's fine. There are elements of truth in the positive and negative reviews, but both sides seem to be stretching the meaning of hyperbole to its limit. Is this film going to rock your world and alter your perceptions? No. Is it an agenda-packed feminist statement? No. Is it the worst film ever made and does it revel in man-hating? No.

It's pretty much your standard supernatural comedy that's aimed at young teenagers.

On with the meat of the review!

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 16, Last Day on Earth - Review

Last Day on Earth

3.5/5 Stars

The Walking Dead's sixth season's finale builds to explode, only to whimper in its final moments...




Cast
(Usually just a list of the main people that show up in a particular episode.)

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Lennie James as Morgan Jones
Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford
Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes
Ross Marquand as Aaron
Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe
Austin Amelio as Dwight
Steven Ogg as Saviour
Katelyn Nacon as Enid
Stuart Greer as Roman
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan

SPOILER WARNING

So I broke a promise of mine. I planned to review The Walking Dead chronologically on here, just for fun and the added benefit of watching the episodes retrospectively; seeing what I'd missed and trying to spot foreshadowing I might have glanced over the first time around. But, Last Day on Earth has pickled my brain in a bowl of acid, and even though this blog is still an infant (there's a lot I want to do to tidy it up and make it more professional-esque), I just have to give my thoughts on this finale.

God, where to start?

I think this episode is a solid episode, it really is. It's done well for the most part, the actors are fantastic and the sense of reaching boiling point is front and centre. But, and there always seems to be a but, Last Day on Earth is not good enough to be a season finale. I can't fully fathom a lot of the second half of season six's arcs.

And that cliffhanger? AMC, what where you thinking?

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 3, Isolation - Review

Isolation

4/5 Stars

'We have to tell them.

'It's starting.'



Cast

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey
Sunkrish Bala as Dr. Caleb Subramanian
Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels

SPOILER WARNING

Isolation starts big, picking up with Tyreese showing Rick, Carol and Daryl the burnt remains of Karen and David. You won't have to wait long for the answer to this mystery, and the show does give you some pretty obvious pointers throughout the episode, but there's still that it-could-be-anyone element that works its wonders.

We focus quite heavily on two specific characters: Carol and Hershel, and the two different ways of operating they have during the apocalypse. It's riveting stuff and is definitely the highlight. I do feel the pace is inconsistent; a lot of the action is crammed into the last quarter.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 2, Infected - Review

Infected

4.5/5 Stars

'We've all been exposed.'



Cast

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey
Vincent Martella as Patrick
Sunkrish Bala as Dr. Caleb Subramanian
Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels
Kyla Kenedy as Mika Samuels
Victor McCay as Ryan Samuels

SPOILER WARNING

Season four continues to thrill and disgust with episode two, Infected. While 30 Days Without an Accident is a great episode, Infected is intense and more focused. It offers two important and riveting mysteries: Who's feeding and drawing the Walkers into one place, and who killed Karen and David? Most of us have the answers, but for any newcomers they're fantastic plots that won't fail to surprise.

Things haven't reached boiling point yet, but it's good to be more on track.

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 1, 30 Days Without an Accident - Review

30 Days Without an Accident

4/5 Stars

Season four's premiere foreshadows a new, deadly enemy...



Cast

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Steven Yeun as Glenn
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey
Melissa Ponzio as Karen
Kerry Condon as Clara
Kyle Gallner as Zach
Vincent Martella as Patrick
Sunkrish Bala as Dr. Caleb Subramanian
Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels
Kyla Kenedy as Mika Samuels
Victor McCay as Ryan Samuels

SPOILER WARNING

What better way to return to this blog than with a new The Walking Dead review, right!?

I'm currently all caught up, of course, but I can't say I'm not enjoying going back through the series again, because, frankly, it's awesome. 30 Days Without an Accident is a solid episode: It's action-packed; we get to see our favourite cast members and where they are now after season three's finale; and there's lots of foreshadowing for what's to come. 

All in all, there's not much you won't enjoy.

Saying that, this episode is more about setting groundwork and coming back with a bang rather than forcing you to question the world. We get more style than substance.

UPDATE: I'M BACK!

So, I suck. Yep, I can admit it, I suck bad.

The last time I updated this blog was way back in April 2015, and since then, it's kinda been left stagnant. I don't have a good excuse, although I have been more focused on my book blog, which I haven't failed to update. But I still feel crappy. Mainly because I still love me some TV and movies and I really, really want to give my thoughts on them.

So, for 2016 I'm gonna try a little harder to update both blogs. I will, at some point, go over old reviews on here and better them. Hopefully I've become a far more capable and experienced reviewer, and that by smoothing out old posts they'll be more in line with new ones.

But there's always room for improvement, and I can't wait to get my lazy on and devour the shows and films I love. 

Forgive me, folks, for my absence, and let's get on with it!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Final Destination 5 - Movie Review

Final Destination 5

4/5 Stars

Death has never been closer...



Cast

Nicholas D'Agosto as Sam Lawton
Emma Bell as Molly Harper
Miles Fisher as Peter Friedkin
Ellen Wroe as Candice Hooper
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Olivia Castle
P.J. Byrne as Isaac Palmer
Arlen Escarpeta as Nathan Sears
David Koechner as Dennis Lapman
Courtney B. Vance as Agent Jim Block
Tony Todd as William Bludworth
Brent Stait as Roy Carson
Roman Podhora as John
Jasmine Dring as Cho
Barclay Hope as Dr Leonetti

SPOILER WARNING

Well, that was much better than the shambles of Final Destination 4. We're back to form in the fifth film, with a great dose of that psychological and visual horror balance I'm always harping on about. I was scared, I still am scared. It's not without its faults, but Final Destination 5 proves that the series isn't dead yet, if they can make the further improvements needed to set it apart from all the other horrors out there. I also loved seeing Emma Bell - Amy from the first season of The Walking Dead - in one of the lead roles.