Thursday, 23 March 2017

Film | In the Cinema - March #2

March 23rd

Power Rangers - A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

March 24th

CHIPS - The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles.

The Lost City of Z - A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

The Eyes of my Mother - A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Life - An international space crew discovers life on Mars.

Another Mother's Son - Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian POW during World War II and hid him over the war's course.

March 27th

Man Down - In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Vengeance: A Love Story - A gulf war veteran seeks vengeance against those who assaulted a single mother.

March 30th

Ghost in the Shell - A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

March 31st

Freefire - Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

Don't Knock Twice - A mother desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe - A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harbouring dark secrets.

The Discovery - A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

The Void - When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Film | 10 TV Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now

After my 150 Films challenge last year I decided that I wouldn't set self any more goals for a while. Instead I thought that it was about time that I catch up on some TV shows I've missed over the years.
I find it difficult to keep up with shows that are currently on TV so I normally just give up watching them or if it's a show I really love I'll buy the DVD, although there are a few that I still keep up with like Hawaii Five-0, Grimm, Criminal Minds and NCIS.

I haven't seen quite a few of the ones I've picked for this post (which is actually why I picked them) but I'm super interested in watching Luther, Black Mirror and the original version of The Killing.

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (Seasons 1-2) - After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting.

American Horror Story (Seasons 1-5) - An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse.

The Killing (Forbrydelsen) (Seasons 1-2) - Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

Jessica Jones (Season 1) - A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

Black Mirror (Season 3) - A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.

To be honest I don't actually have much interest in watching Orange is The New Black, Breaking Bad or even Stranger Things despite the fact that I'm constantly hearing good things about them. However I don't want to write them off entirely so I'm going to try and watch a couple of episodes from each to see how I feel about them.

Breaking Bad (Seasons 1-5) - A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Orange is The New Black (Seasons 1-3) - The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stranger Things (Season 1) - When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Luther (Seasons 1-3) - A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Luke Cage (Season 1) - Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

What TV shows are you watching right now?

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Bay (Barry Levinson, 2012)

The Bay (2012) Poster
Cast: Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers, Stephen Kunken

Summary: Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Watched: August 21st, 2016

There has been a lot of found footage films over the last few years, but the bay has done things a little differently.
Not only is it made up of various different pieces of footage taken from the residents of Claridge, Maryland but it is also interwoven with a Skype interview conducted 3 years after disaster hit the town.

The Skype interview introduces us to Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue), a young amateur journalist that happened to be in Claridge on the day of the incident speaking publicly for the first time about what happened.

The found footage within the film is made up of footage that had been confiscated by the government when the town was quarantined and includes footage from webcams, CCTV, video from holidaymakers, TV news, dash cams etc.
To be honest the use of this footage makes the film feel less like a horror and more like a ecological documentary or mockumentary.

The Bay (2012) Still
For me it is definitely the webcam footage from the Skype interview that help to make the film as convincing as it does. The tinny sound, the poor quality of the image and the voice of the interviewer on the other end all add to the authenticity of the film.

I found the acting to be a little iffy in parts with certain characters but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I loved watching the story unfold through the various different viewpoints of the town's residents.

Rating: 7/10
One Final Word: Very Good

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Blogger Picks | February #2

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Kristabel's post came at just the right time! My work is currently doing a lingerie staff discount and I am definitely one of those whose bra size is a bit tricky. I already have a Chantelle bra that I love so I think I'm definitely going to have to buy more!

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