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Saturday, 30 January 2021

MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH

MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH

Trailer         

 Synopsis

Mike Tyson, the youngest boxing heavyweight champion, grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. This is his story, in his own words from his beginnings in the toughest, poorest neighbourhood in Brooklyn

Cinema

Sky Documentaries

Run Time

One hour, Thirty minutes (1h 30m)

Movie Rating

66%

Age Rating

15 (Biography / Comedy / Strong Language / Mature Themes)

Cast

Mike Tyson – Michael Gerard Tyson / “Malik Abdul Aziz”

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, disruptions continue as the many “red lines” are being drawn up surrounding trade between UK/EU due to Brexit, France has closed its borders to non-EU countries due to “managing demand” of vaccine shortages, Novavax (89% effective) / Johnson & Johnson (85% effective with one shot) have developed vaccines against COVID-19 and currently nearly eight million people have been vaccinated in UK “Brexit face palm”

AS OF 18/01/21 AT 04:00, ALL TRAVEL CORRIDORS TO ENGLAND ARE SUSPENDED. IF YOU ARRIVE INTO ENGLAND FROM ANYWHERE OUTSIDE THE UK, IRELAND, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS OR THE ISLE OF MAN, YOU MUST SELF ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS AND YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE CORONAVIRUS TEST RESULT. FAILURE TO PRODUCE A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT COULD MEAN YOU FACE A FINE OF £500 AT THE BORDER / ARRIVAL

The current countries where travel to the UK is banned includes:

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (includes Madeira and the Azores), Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO THE UK FROM ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED COUNTRIES, YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED ACCESS, UNLESS YOU ARE A BRITISH / IRISH NATIONAL OR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL WITH RESIDENCE RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE YOU WILL NEED ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS ON ARRIVAL (INCLUDES HOUSEHOLD)

Review: I’m not heavily into boxing. I mean, I’ll check for updates on boxing bouts and what not but you wouldn’t catch me watching all 12 rounds of one match. But this is Mike Tyson. I have seen countless documentaries of Muhammad Ali, even the movie “Ali” starring Will Smith, but for Mike Tyson? I have read snippets of his “Iron Mike” and “Baddest Man on the Planet” personas, seen his cameos in movies and seen him in the news here and there, but as a person, in his own words? Personally, this documentary was an eye opener into the life of the boxer himself. Definitely worth a watch, if you can keep an open mind?

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

CONCUSSION

CONCUSSION

Trailer         

 Synopsis

Whilst performing an autopsy on a former NFL football player Mike Webster, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu makes a discovery of neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease, for which he names as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and publishes in a medical journal. As more athletes experience the same diagnosis, the doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness that come with football-related head trauma

Cinema

Sky Cinema

Run Time

Two hours, Three minutes (2h 3m)

Movie Rating

59%

Age Rating

12 (Biography / Drama / Sport / Language / Some Disturbing Images)

Cast

Dr. Bennet Omalu – Will Smith
Dr. Julian Bailes – Alec Baldwin
Prema Mutiso – Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Dr. Cyril Wecht – Albert Brooks
Mike Webster – David Morse
Young Mike Webster – Ben McDonnell
Joseph Maroon – Arliss Howard
Daniel Sullivan – Mike O’Malley
Steven T. DeKosky – Eddie Marsan
Christopher Jones – Hill Harper
Dave Duerson – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Dr. Ron Hamilton – Stephen Moyer
Andre Waters – Richard T. Jones
Dr. Elliot Pellman – Paul Reiser
Roger Goodell – Luke Wilson
Gracie – Sara Lindsey
Justin Strzelczyk – Matthew Willig
Keana Strzelczyk – Bitsie Tulloch

Movie details

Mid – Credits: Yes (Before Credits)

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the death rate keeps on climbing in UK (1,820 at the time of this writing), Joe Biden officially became the next President of the United States today, the Pfizer vaccine is found to be “effective” against the new COVID-19 strain, nearly four million people in the UK have received the first dose of COVID 19 vaccine and many entitled drivers are still ignoring basic road rules, like van drivers forcing cars onto pavements on a priority road for which the van drivers did not have the right of way “Face palm”

AS OF 18/01/21 AT 04:00, ALL TRAVEL CORRIDORS ARE SUSPENDED. IF YOU ARRIVE INTO ENGLAND FROM ANYWHERE OUTSIDE THE UK, IRELAND, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS OR THE ISLE OF MAN, YOU MUST SELF ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS AND YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE CORONAVIRUS TEST.

The current countries where travel to the UK is banned includes:

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (includes Madeira and the Azores), Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO THE UK FROM ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED COUNTRIES, YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED ACCESS, UNLESS YOU ARE A BRITISH / IRISH NATIONAL OR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL WITH RESIDENCE RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE YOU WILL NEED ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS ON ARRIVAL (INCLUDES HOUSEHOLD)

Review: To be honest, I was not expecting Will Smith’s sudden “Nigerian” accent. I have watched a lot of his movies and become accustomed to his voice, to the point where it is expected, like in Bad Boys For Life. After pulling myself away from another newly released episode of Attack on Titan which gave me chills (in a good way), movies based on true stories / real life events usually get my attention. However, I watched the entire Ballers series and realised that if you’re going up against a franchise like the NFL, it would be better as story telling not limited by a movie which has invited controversies. But still worth watching if you’re a Will Smith fan. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

WONDER WOMAN 1984

 WONDER WOMAN 1984

Trailer         

 Synopsis

Living quietly among mortals in the vibrant 1980s, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, experiences an era of excess driven by the pursuit of "having it all". Coming into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by categorising ancient artefacts and performing heroic acts seemingly under cover. Diana soon finds that she will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself pitted against Maxwell “Lord” Lorenzano and Cheetah, a villainess who also has strength and agility in her possession

Cinema

Stream

Run Time

Two hours, Thirty Five minutes (2h 35m)

Movie Rating

60%

Age Rating

12A (Adventure / Fantasy / Action)

Cast

Wonder Woman / Diana Prince – Gal Gadot
Young Diana – Lilly Aspell
Steve Trevor – Chris Pine
“Handsome Man” as Steve Trevor – Kristoffer Polaha
Maxwell “Lord” Lorenzano – Pedro Pascal
Young Maxwell “Lord” Lorenzano – Jonny Barry / Lambro Demetriou
Cheetah / Barbara Minerva – Kristen Wiig
Hippolyta – Connie Nielsen
Antiope – Robin Wright
Alistair – Lucian Perez
Emir Said Bin Abydos – Amr Waked
Carol – Natasha Rothwell
Babajide – Ravi Patel
Raquel – Gabriella Wilde
Simon Stagg – Oliver Cotton
Stuart Milligan – President of the United States
Asteria – Lynda Carter

Movie details

Mid – Credits: Yes (Sets up sequel)

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK has entered a third lockdown with cases/deaths spiking with further restrictions expected, the Moderna vaccine has been approved for administration in the UK and there may be an extension from 2 metres to 3 metres for social distancing to help tackle the COVID-19 spread. Drivers are still ignoring road signs and right of ways “Head Throbbing as if about to explode from blatant ignorance...”

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, 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: This movie was pushed back a few times due to the pandemic, and had a lot of hype going for it, given the success of 2017’s Wonder Woman. I’d have to say that whilst it was different, personally, it didn’t capture what made its predecessor so enticing to watch, that too on the premise of the feel of Thor: Ragnarok. There is a Greek mythology surrounding Diana Prince that could or would draw audiences in with huge spectacles within the movie. I can’t help but shake the feeling that everyone would feel differently if we weren’t in a pandemic. But then again, even less than grandiose moments have been able to awe audiences. Lots of character building for what I hope will be a bigger sequel, given the mid-credits scene.

Monday, 4 January 2021

COLLATERAL

COLLATERAL

Trailer         

 Synopsis

LA taxi driver Max is about to knock off after a long day, when sharp-suited Vincent offers him a high fare to make multiple stops. This all sounds too good for Max, until Vincent turns out to be a merciless hitman where each stop involves a hit. Max starts to wonder if he’ll live to see sunrise as the night goes on and the pair are hunted by the police and the FBI

Cinema

Sky Cinema

Run Time

Two hours (2h)

Movie Rating

86%

Age Rating

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

Cast

Vincent – Tom Cruise
Max Durocher – Jamie Foxx
Ray Fanning – Mark Ruffalo
Annie Farrell – Jada Pinkett Smith
Richard Weidner – Peter Berg
Frank Pedrosa – Bruce McGill
Daniel Baker – Barry Shabaka Henley
Ida Durocher – Irma P. Hall
Zee – Klea Scott
Felix Reyes-Torrena – Javier Bardem
Peter Lim – Inmo Yuon
Paco – Emilio Rivera
Ramon Ayala – Thomas Rosales Jr
Sylvester Clarke – Angelo Tiffe
Jason Statham – Airport Man

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lives. Moving on, the UK has finally left the EU (But with a “thin” trade deal?), a new Tier 5 system is set to be introduced as cases continue to rise and the first Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as been administered today, in Oxford “In a white void right about now ”

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 Ne vis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turks/Caicos Islands, 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: Yet another one that got away, but in my defence, there really was not enough space in the car going at the time, so I had to take the hit. And again, another chance on the right channel leads me to encounter the movie again. And I have to say, I was very disappointed that I had to miss this one because although it was pulse racing throughout, Tom Cruise really sold as a hit-man. Quite a bit of development for both Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx's characters with humour added, an element quite rare in such movies and genres. Definitely worth watching, from beginning to end. No turning green here for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)