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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

THE INFORMER

THE INFORMER

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 Synopsis

An ex-con and former special operations solider, Pete Koslow, is recruited by the FBI to use his covert skills to try and take down the General, who happens to be the most powerful crime boss in New York. When an undercover cop dies during a sting operation, Pete is suddenly caught in the crossfire between the mob and the FBI. Having being forced to return to prison, Koslow needs to come up with a plan to escape the clutches of the law and the General, to save himself and his family.

Cinema

Sky Cinema

Run Time

One hour, Fifty Three minutes (1h, 53m)

Movie Rating

62%

Age Rating

15 (Mystery / Thriller / Crime / Drama / Strong Violence / Pervasive Language)

Cast

Pete Koslow – Joel Kinnaman
Edward Grens - Common
Montgomery – Clive Owen
Erica Wilcox – Rosamund Pike
Sofia Hoffman – Ana de Armas
Ryszard Klimek – Eugene Lipinski
Beata Klimek – Joanna Kaczyńska
Smiley Phelps – Edwin de la Renta
Slewitt – Sam Spruell
Andrzej Dziedzic – Aylam Orian
Anna Koslow – Karma Meyer
Staszek Cusik – Mateusz Kościukiewicz
Officer Franklin – Peter Parker Mensah
Daniel Gomez – Arturo Castro
Vermin – Abdul-Ahad Patel

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, a trade deal has finally been reached between the UK and EU which now seeks approval from parliament (The SNP intends to vote against, whilst Labour is in support to avoid a No Deal situation), as the backlog of hauliers stranded on the M20 dubbed “Operation Stack” due to the French border closure due to the new COVID-19 variant surging in the UK starts to clear after drivers report negative test results and there may be a new “Tier 5” which is more akin to a national lockdown expected to be imposed to help curb the new COVID-19 variant, again with Labour backing the government quoting whether this is recommended by scientists. “Face-palm”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes:

 Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Botswana, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Islands: Corfu/Crete/Kos/Rhodes/Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel/Jerusalem, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, St Barthélemy, St Helena/Ascension/Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turks/Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Vanuatu and Vietnam.

If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review:  The last time I saw Joel Kinnaman in a movie was four years ago in Suicide Squad alongside an all star cast in 2016. The Informer takes a similar approach setting-wise, but adds a twist I have not seen for a while. This turned out to be quite interesting amidst the violence. The movie certainly offers up gritty sequences whilst also trying to run another story within the current one. The end of the movie was left open, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a sequel or the like

Monday, 21 December 2020

BETTLEJUICE

BETTLEJUICE, 20/12/20

Trailer         

Synopsis

When Adam and Barbara Maitland die in a car accident, they find themselves unable to leave their house and are stuck haunting it. When the Deetz family moves in, the Maitland’s are unsuccessful in scaring them away. They then catch the attention of a rambunctious spirit called Bettlejuice, whose methods to “help” the Maitlands becomes dangerous.

Cinema

sky cinema

Run Time

One hour, Thirty Three minutes (1h, 33m)

Movie Rating

85%

Age Rating

12 (Comedy / Fantasy / Horror)

Cast

Bettlejuice / Betelgeuse – Michael Keaton
Barbara Maitland – Geena Davis
Adam Maitland – Alec Baldwin
Lydia Deetz – Winona Ryder
Charles Deetz – Jeffrey Jones
Delia Deetz – Catherine O’Hara
Juno – Sylvia Sidney
Maxie Dean – Robert Goulet
Otho – Glenn Shadix
Bernard – Dick Cavett
Annie McEnroe – Jane Butterfield
Preacher – Tony Cox
Voice of Preacher – Jack Angel

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, according to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) 350,000 people have been vaccinated in the UK, a new “Tier 4” has been introduced which has sent people fleeing out of London and the south east has a new strain of Coronavirus that has been identified (forcing multiple countries to cancel flights via UK) and a deal with the EU now hangs on fisheries who want access to British waters attracting opposition from European Research Group (ERG), which is “evenly divided”? “Eye-roll”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes:

 Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Botswana, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Islands: Corfu/Crete/Kos/Rhodes/Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel/Jerusalem, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, St Barthélemy, St Helena/Ascension/Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turks/Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Vanuatu and Vietnam.

If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review: I’d spoken to people about this movie when I heard the comical reference from Family Guy. Now, I’m a fan of the weirdness of Tim Burton movies (I very much enjoyed Batman and Batman Returns, with Michael Keaton leading in both) so wanted to see what the commotion was all about regarding a movie that was a critical success. Suffice to say, horror isn’t a genre now that would be associated with the movie.

The Day-o scene (And I’ve seen a few) was probably the funniest I have ever seen. Hints of the “Home Alone” movies also appear, depending which way you see them. Sadly, no Macaulay Culkin to set up traps around a house this time around. In all honestly, the movie ended up being more fun than expected, the special effects of the times really shows. A lot of movies arriving after seem to follow this movies method, albeit with more advanced special effects and at times, spawning multiple franchises.

Monday, 7 December 2020

MORTAL, 06/12/20

MORTAL

Trailer         

 Synopsis

A mysterious man, whose power makes people and objects burn by touching them, receives help from a psychologist as he seeks their origins

Cinema

Sky Cinema

Run Time

One hour, Forty Four minutes (1h, 44m)

Movie Rating

55%

Age Rating

15 (Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller)

Cast

Eric – Nat Wolff
Christine – Iben Arkelie
Henrik – Per Frisch
Bjørn – Per Egil Aske
Hathaway – Priyanka Bose
Ole – Arthur Hakalahti
Anna Sedunova – Ania Nova
Radiologist – Ravdeep Singh Bajwa

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK has secured 357 million doses of vaccines from 7 different developers and the first of which will begin being administered on 08/12/20, Boris Johnson offers to drop controversial clauses in the UK Internal Market Bill (linked to Brexit) which would have broken international law and plug-in hybrid / PHEV manufacturers are being called out for higher than advertised emissions. “Face-palm again”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, The Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Islands: Corfu/Crete/Kos/Rhodes/Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel/Jerusalem, Japan, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pacific Island(s): Kiribati/Samoa/Solomon, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, St Barthélemy, St Helena/Ascension/Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turks/Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review: sky offers to search for similar movies to ones you have seen, or about to see, much like a recommendation of sorts that you can get on Netflix, although they are not stored to return to. One such recommendation was a Norwegian subtitled movie, Mortal. After watching this movie, I did find it rather interesting, much like in the mould of Brightburn, sort of. If you watch the movie with subtitles provided by Deluxe, there will be overlaps. The movie takes a while to get going and a few plot points / holes need addressing / exploring, given the movies ending (Not affiliated to DC or Marvel)

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

REIGN OF FIRE, 29/11/20

REIGN OF FIRE

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Synopsis

Twenty years after a young Quinn witnesses the awakening of an enormous fire-breathing dragon from hibernation and leading its offspring into the world, which has been scarred as a result, he has become a fire chief and is responsible for warding the beasts off and keeping a community alive. A hotshot American, Van Zan, enters into his life and claims he has a way to kill the dragons.

Cinema

Sky 

Run Time

One hour, Forty Two minutes (1h, 42m)

Movie Rating

42%

Age Rating

12 (Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Thriller)

Cast

Quinn Abercromby – Christian Bale
Young Quinn – Ben Thornton
Gerard Butler - Creedy
Denton Van Zan – Matthew McConaughey
Alex Jensen – Izabella Scorupco
Karen Abercromby – Alice Krige
Jared Wilke – Scott Moutter
Eddie Stax – David Kennedy
Ajay – Alexander Siddig
Barlow – Ned Dennehy
Devon – Rory Keenan
Gideon – Terence Maynard
Goosh – Doug Cockle
Burke – Randall Carlton
Mead – Chris Kelly
“Kid” – Jack Gleeson (Uncredited?)

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK’s lockdown is expected to end on 02/12/20 after which it will then move into a “tiered” system, Moderna’s vaccine final results against COVID-19 currently stand at 94% after alleged to be 100% effective and Brexit “talks” are still ongoing, with the British Government or Boris Johnson still claiming they are “well placed” to walk away with a No Deal, which contradicts the media claiming that two percent will be wiped off the UK economy. “Face-palm”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, The Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Islands: Corfu/Crete/Kos/Rhodes/Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel/Jerusalem, Japan, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pacific Islands: Federated States of Micronesia/Kiribati/Samoa/Solomon Islands/Tonga/Vanuatu, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena/Ascension/Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turks/Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review: So this movie is one that slipped through the cracks, but remained on my mind every time I happened to see the title. On a chance encounter, I finally remembered that I needed to watch it, and lo and behold, I was at the right place and right time to finally watch it. And I was not disappointed. The cast look very different today (Who knew that Christian Bale would headline the greatest superhero trilogy in The Dark Knight just three years later? Or a certain extra in this movie would become the hated Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones?)

Now, I like dragons (Smaug, anyone?) and am usually tempted to watch them on television or in the cinema (I was lured to watch Merlin on BBC because of Kilgharrah). Reign of Fire adds its own spin to dragon lore, going back to the age of dinosaurs, with the dragons given a very realistic look. The setting of the movie, especially the year, may be nostalgic to some (Certainly took me by surprise). The story looks like it could be told from different angles, should a sequel be commissioned, much like the end-credits of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, although Christian Bale may or may not be cast, given the movie’s ending.