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January 2015

Whiplash (2014)

My first look at the trailer was enough to make me want to watch this film.

Whiplash is an incredibly intense film about a student named Andrew who gets noticed by the top music class where he gets to drum for an orchestra and nothing is like it seems.

Oh my goodness, this movie is out of this world. It is definitely the best one that I have seen in a long time. Miles Teller does an excellent job as the student who just wants to be the best in the world and seen as the best that he never gives up. His performance is emotionally, physically and mentally empowering. He is already the best up and coming actor with a lot more to come.

J.K Simmons does a stand out performance as the brutal teacher who wants everything to be perfect. The way he treats his students makes you wonder what kind of teacher would torture people like that. Simmons has got a Golden Globe for this role which is deserved and I know that he will earn an Oscar win for this phenomenal performance.

This movie has made me appreciate musicians more than ever. It has a great artistic feel to it like no other and is considered for anyone who is into music films particularly jazz based ones.

The filming was incredible. I love that we got point of view shots of the musicians playing to show how intense it is in a jazz group. We also get slow motion and a few one take shots . This is probably the best directed film that I have ever seen.

In the end of the day, I loved everything about Whiplash from the performance to this music and it was an intense ride that kept me at the edge of my seat. This film has deserved a 10/10 cause there are no bad points that I can think of at the top of my head. It is also something that I would like to revisit one day.

PS. The movie has the best ending I have ever seen. I have never been so engaged in an ending like that. Even though I have watched this movie twice, I always find it to be empowering.


Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

As soon as I found out about this film and that it was a spy movie created by Matthew Vaughan who made X-Men First Class and Kick Ass, I knew that I was going to watch this.

This is a film about a troubled boy who gets picked up by the secret service to train in order to become part of the team.

Matthew Vaughan has done it again. Like Kick Ass, the fighting style tells us that this is all comedic, fake and part of a comic book while still being fun and intriguing. I loved every single character and the fact that they have kept the british feel in there which makes me think of James Bond.

My favourite scene in the movie is when they are at the church because it was the ground breaking moment whilst still being thrilling and emotional. If there was ever a secret service, this would be the one to join. The pacing was just right. They knew when to put the scenes up without making them feel too quick or making us feel bored.

This movie has broken the January bore that usually occurs when only the great films of this month are award season ones. It is definitely the best I have seen and I would love to watch it again and see a sequel come out. I have given this film an 8.5/10 for its action and great british comedy.

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Every since I heard about this film, I wanted to watch it. This is because it is a combination of Disney and Marvel. I have been very fortunate enough to see this movie twice before the release date. The first time was when they were showing it in cinemas for one day only. The second time was when I got a chance to go to the gala screening at Leicester Square.

This film is based on a Marvel comic book about a boy who teams up with a group of friends and a health care robot in order to save the world.

This was an incredible film and one that was missing for us British folks in 2014. If it was released then, it would’ve definitely been in my top 5 for sure. It had great comedic moments that made me laugh throughout. Especially since Baymax creates them based on how innocent he is. He is my favourite character in this whole movie and every minute I just wanted to hug him. It also has great action scenes that again mainly come from Baymax.

This film makes science seems cool with all the creations that Hiro and his friends come up with. It also teaches kids that with their imagination, they can create something great. There were also some adult humour in this movie which shows that can also be enjoyed by grown ups. 

The heartfelt moments made me cry especially during one particular scene where my eyes were watery for a second.There is a great message for people telling us that friends and family help us deal with loss. We need them the most in our lives.

The plot was great and it had a good villain. The villain was a bit predictable but it depends how you take these kinds of films. I don’t know if this will be a memorable film in years to come but it is a great start for this Disney and Marvel animation teamwork.
I have given this film 8 fist bumps out of 10 and recommend this for a great family film even though I went to see this in a audience filled with adults.

P.S. As this is a Marvel film, you would need to stay until the very end as there is a surprise to come. There are also a few Easter Eggs during the movie. Try and come early to the screening because the Disney short is fantastic.

Into the woods (2014)

This was a movie that I was excited to see ever since I had heard about it. I was lucky enough to see this at a charity event for games aid.

This is the film based on the musical with the same name. It involves some of your favourite fairytale characters in a different world.

This movie is just good. Not great or not bad, just ok. I did love the first half. It had great performance and a great story that kept me engaged throughout. I loved everything about it and how they used the different fairytales to combine them together.

The second half felt too long that after awhile, I just got bored and wish that the first half came back. It just felt like the lost the feel of the movie. It also felt like they needed an interval to make some audience come back into the film. There is not that much that I can say about this to make my point so I’m just going to give it a rating out of 10, which is 7/10.

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Annie (2014)

I was a bit sceptical about watching this Annie because I had heard from critics that this was a bad film. Also, the fact that this is a remake downgrades my expectations even more. After long debates on whether to see this movie or not, I gave in based on the fact that people around me kept assuring me that this remake is great.

This film is a remake of the original 1981 film based on the play. After watching this film, the verdict is that it’s ok. Remakes are never going to be better than the original and this one had no exception. I did like the first half of this film. Especially when they sing ‘it’s a hard knock life’ ( it can’t get better than that). It also has a good story. We still have Annie who is the orphan and lives in a foster home with Miss Hannigan. She’s still trying to look for her parents and they have modernised it to our time. At this point I was thinking ‘ maybe this film isn’t so bad after all. I mean, you still have the cheesiness but it’s the good kind’. Then we get into the second half where she moves in the big house and everything goes downhill from there.

The singing becomes much worse that the first half that I just want to leave this film and never return. Cameron Diaz is very annoying that I sometime wonder why she was in this film. She can do so much better (I haven’t seen the other women so I don’t know if she has already done worse or not). Jamie Foxx does have some good moments in this film and then he starts to overact at times which get on my nerves.

In the end of the day, I don’t think it was their fault that I didn’t really like this film especially the second half. It was the Smith clan. Ever since their children were old enough for this business, they tried to remake every classic film into something that will suit their children and ending up upsetting people (even though I did think the Karate kid was good but not better than the original). Even Jaden Smith got a film made for him which is probably the worst film of 2013 (it wasn’t on my list because I couldn’t get past 15 minutes). Now because their daughter didn’t want to do Annie, we had to suffer for a film that was just bad, cheesy and only made for a specific kid to act in. That’s it. There’s nothing more I can say about this film. It just frustrated me during the second half. It even had a twilight reference which showed that it was bad.

I have come up with my final score being 3/10 just because it’s not the worst movie I’ve seen.
P.S. Rose Byrne was really good.

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Big Eyes (2014)

It took me a long time to actually watch this film because of the limited release but I have finally watched it.

This is a great film about a women who made famous paintings but no one knew about them. This is because her husband took all the credit.

You can see the struggle that this woman had. All she wanted to do was provide a great home for her daughter and Keane took advantage of that by downgrading her and telling her that she won’t sell paintings because she’s a woman. She basically suffered verbal abuse for 10 years.

Christoph Waltz does an incredible job playing the husband. He was able to show that the character was a great liar through the years and all he wanted was fame. You can tell from his performance that he deserved the Oscars that he’s gotten in the past. Amy Adams does a great job as the wife. You could see that the wife struggled to find out what was right through the eyes of Amy.

This is a great film direction from Tim Burton for a long time. It looked different from his previous styles while still keeping hints here and there to say that this is still the Tim we all know and love.

My final rating for this movie is 7/10 because even though I enjoyed it, there were some moments that I felt a little bit bored which I can’t judge that much on because this is a biopic.

P.S. I screamed when the actual artist appeared on the screen. It was great to see her in this film.

If you like this or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

Birdman (2014)

As award season is coming up, most of the Oscar buzz films start to come out during January and this was one of the movies that had a lot of anticipation behind it.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)  is an excellent film about a man who used to be an iconic character and now wants to be taken seriously in acting. He has done this by creating his own play in order to build his reputation up.

I loved this movie so much as it had incredible performances from every single cast member. I couldn’t pick the best one because they are all equally as good as each other. My favourite part of this film is that they did it in one shot. This means that recognition needs to be given to the editing team as they have to make sure that the whole shot syncs. This is something that I have first hand experience on as I used to do media and found out that this is a hard process. Credit also needs to be given to the director who came up with this idea and wanted audience members to have a great story as well as letting us appreciate cinematography. The whole way through, I didn’t want the film to end.

This film does follow certain characters at some points on how they have problems during the starting point of this play while dealing with their consequences. It shows that everything may look good in front of the screen but behind the scenes, they are just ordinary people trying to figure out how they can get through life.

In the end of the day, Birdman has made me appreciate actors and those behind the scenes as they deal with a lot in order to impress people and become the person they are today so that they can be remembered. I have given this film an 8.5/10 and recommend to anyone who loves cinema and art culture.

P.S. (may be a spoiler) the ending is a bit weird though. It’s reminds me of Christopher Nolan’s films where you have to figure it out yourself

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