Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (2017)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

When I first saw this trailer I was so excited to watch this as I had heard so many good reviews πŸ™‚ . It definitely did not disappoint πŸ˜€ . This is a great movie that explores the problems back in the 1960’s America and the amazing efforts these three women did for NASA. I had not heard of these women before this year and was amazed at how smart they were. The movie explored the appalling attitudes they had to deal with tastefully and made you feel great to be a woman (or feel great for them πŸ˜› ) when they succeed. Β The outfits are great, the set fabulous and the background music (mixture of modern and classic) worked brilliantly for the film πŸ™‚ . There are some epic lines that resonate throughout such as Mary’s when answering a question β€œI wouldn’t have to. I’d already be one” πŸ™‚ . The court room was also a fabulous scene and loved it when Dorothy was walking down the corridor with all of her colleges (won’t say not more as I don’t want to spoil πŸ˜› ). There are some emotional scenes as well and my favourite (emotional) scene was then Katherine had to justify her trip to the toilet. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle MonΓ‘e were all fabulous as the leading women πŸ˜€ . I loved the ending and learning about what happened afterwards with these three women. A great movie for all who want to learn about the real people behind the Space Race (NASA) and the struggles they went through to succeed. I definitely recommend this movie for everyone (probably more for women then family πŸ˜› ). Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

Genre: Drama, History, War

Hacksaw Ridge is a about a WWII American Army Medic that did the extraordinary. The story and how the director Mel Gibson, decided to shoot this movie is done quite fantastically πŸ™‚ . It is compelling, entertaining, action packed and heart wrenching from start to finish πŸ˜€ . The beginning is slower than people might expect from a war movie but I enjoyed it and thought it was needed πŸ™‚ . It helps us understand Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) and makes you hooked before the battle. The minute the β€œwar” begins the action starts quickly. It is very intense and constant. It was an edge of your seat experience and the shocks were plentiful πŸ™‚ . I was gutted when some characters died and the β€œgore” content was good. It was an acceptable amount. It showed what it was like without being too much for an audience to watch. I loved the lines β€œPlease Lord, Help Me Get One More” and the awesome acting of Andrew Garfield πŸ˜€ . He performed Desmond wonderfully and you felt for him through his struggle before the war. The group of soldiers he was with were also good and I was laughing with them at the β€œintroduction” near the beginning πŸ™‚ . The angry moments that you may get for our main character is pushed aside by the time the movie ends. This will leave you awestruck and it has become one of my favourite war movies of all time πŸ˜€ . This movie you have to watch so therefore, I definitely recommend! Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Please Lord, Help Me Get One More.

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas (2013)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

This is an entertaining enough film with a decent narrative. I liked the beginning as it throws you straight into the story and the action straight off πŸ˜€ . The plot line treads along quite well, builds the danger slowly but not in a boring way and ended fabulously! The section near the end (not the actual end scene) was one of my favourites in this movie πŸ˜€ !! It was shocking (admit a little cheesy) and finished the characters great. I liked all of the characters even Stormy (Addison Timlin) πŸ˜› . They had great personalities and really worked for the story but I wished that some of the actors had performed that bit better. However, Anton Yelchin was brilliant as his role as Odd Thomas and so was Willem Dafoe as his father Chief Wyatt Porter πŸ™‚ . I loved the look of the demons and how they helped build the story (hinting who might be in danger next πŸ˜› ). I also liked the “dog chase scene” and I liked how he dealt with the ghosts (and how they disappeared). However, there are some things I would have liked exploring more (like the gateway to hell) and after that shocking near end scene it takes a kind of passive finish. Plus some parts are quite predicable. Overall, a solid and enjoyable film for anyone who liked ghost or fantasy movies πŸ™‚ Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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When evil comes to town, he is the only one who can stop it.

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours (2016)

Genre: Action, Drama, History

The dramatised real life event of a sea rescue crew created by Disney πŸ™‚ . It is a very good film πŸ™‚ . It kept me very entertained, captivated and I really enjoyed it. The cast is pretty decent line up! Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Holly Grainger πŸ™‚ . They act pretty well and suit the period. I liked the background music for this film and the graphics are great. What makes this film is the narrative. The first disaster with the ship breaking was very captivating and interesting. The suspense as the narrative continued was awesome and I was desperate for someone in the film to notice what had happened πŸ˜› . It has an edge of your seat feel in parts of the narrative and the storm scenes were impressive. Quite honestly, the best part of this film begin with the ship being wrecked and all the scenes with the crew trying to survive / being rescued. The normal life scenes weren’t as good but overall the film is very entertaining. I liked the character of Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) the best and I loved the ending including the end credits. A great film full of suspense, drama, shocking deaths and has a great nostalgic feel πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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We all live or we all die.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This is a true story of Solomon Northup who was forced to be a slave during the 19th century. I can’t deny this is a great film that explores the terrible truths that Soloman and many others had to deal with. The beginning of the film throws you straight into the action and starting off with a feeling of something bad straight away. This feeling gets worse at certain points which works for this film and some scenes (like the almost hanging scene) drag on far longer than needed. This creates an awesome film technique that makes the scenes almost uncomfortable to watch which makes your more empathetic to Solomon’s plight. There is a great cast within this film (Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch) and act brilliantly thought the work of Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor were stunning πŸ˜€ ! The ending sequence was the best part and made the film complete. πŸ™‚ Β This is a film that is worth a watch even just once πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Are yah a Slave?

Spotlight

Spotlight (2016)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This is a biographical film about the real events from the tem Spotlight who reported on the abuse hidden by the Catholic Church. This is one amazing film πŸ˜€ ! The cast is stunning; Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Brian d’Archy James, who created believable characters πŸ˜€ . I was captivated the entire way through the film which it is quite long but feels like it needs to be. The narrative itself should be a horror film with the events that happened to the victims but it works in a way that you are with Spotlight wanting them to succeed instead. It creates an authentic movie making you feel and understand the victims without overly depressing the audience. By all accounts this film about reporters and lawyers should be dull but personally I was quite gripped and was captivated πŸ™‚ . There are plenty of great scenesΒ  in this film but I loved the ending which had a happy ending (ish) and ends so abruptly that you are left wanting more πŸ™‚ ! A fantastic film that I seriously recommend! Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Break the story. Break the silence.

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This a stunning legal drama movie based on real events / people. The fact it is based on real people is the captivating element of this film as you are so intrigued you forget it’s not completely fiction πŸ˜› . The acting is superb within this film though the credit belongs to Tom Hanks as his performance is incredible πŸ˜€ . Also Mark Rylance (who plays Rudolf Abel) plays a fantastic supporting role πŸ˜€ . His last scene in the movie and his overall performance creates a charming character who you can sympathise with. The Exchange scene was my favourite part as it was so tense, dramatic and I really didn’t know how it would play out. The overall film references to historical events such as the Berlin Wall being built and the symbolism later on near the end of the film was pretty cool πŸ˜› . All the characters introduced brought their own contribution to this movie and I wasn’t bored not even once πŸ˜› . A stunning spy film / legal historic drama that I seriously recommend! Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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We have to have the conversations our governments can’t.

Suffragette

Suffragette (2015)

Genre: Drama, History

This is a truly great film that has to be watched at least once (everyone not just the ladies πŸ˜› ). The acting is superb within this film, everyone suited the period and Cary Mulligan was excellent. She created a character that was liable, emotional, you could connect to her and she kept you captivated πŸ™‚ . Helena Bonham Carter and the rest of the main female cast also created believable characters. The story, as much as parts of it are fictional (just around the character of Maud Watts), keeps true to real life and is harrowing. It is a shocker to see what happened, you want them to win and has emotional / surprising scenes. The film truly gets interesting when the suffragettes actually start to be “disobedient” and the ending is my favourite part πŸ˜€ . I liked how true the film directors were to the real incidents and the use of real footages. Parts of the film probably should have beenΒ  more heart wrenching, captivating or focus on more as I did notice how long the film was. This would suggest that I wasn’t completely enthralled but the narrative and acting win highly with what they are highlighting. This film may not be everyone’s cup of tea (if you don’t like gritty period films) but I do recommend at least watching this once. Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Mothers. Daughters. Rebels.
Mothers. Daughters. Rebels.

The Duchess

The Duchess (2008)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This film gave me everything I expected and surprisingly more πŸ˜› . I was expecting a typical period drama about a marriage, problems, a love triangle and some political issue thrown in. The narrative as much as it wasn’t the most thrilling, actually kept me entertained and stayed rather interesting throughout. Keira Knightley was stunning within her performance as the Duchess of Devonshire and I do believe it is one of her best roles yet πŸ˜€ . There are some tough issues within this film but she created a character so likable / understandable that you want to keep watching Β until the end. Ralph Fiennes played a good role (even as a despicable character πŸ˜› ), Hayley Atwell was great (even though her character was my least favourite ) and so was Dominic Cooper. The scenery was pretty good and the costumes helped create a believable period of history πŸ˜› . I didn’t really have a favourite section but mostly Keira Knightley stole the show with her character’s strength and weakness creating some tragic (in a good way) scenes! A very good costume drama that I would recommend (if you like this genre πŸ˜› ) . Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

There were three people in her marriage.
There were three people in her marriage.