Daniel Day-Lewis Weekend – Lincoln (2012)

lincoln posterDirector: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tony Kushner (Screenplay) Doris Kearns Goodwin (Book)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee James, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley

 

Plot: As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful History Lesson

 

Story: Lincoln starts as President Lincoln (Day-Lewis) had just been re-elected as the Civil War was entering its four year. Lincoln wants to push a new constitution through congress which is abolishing slavery he must work with fellow members that have difference in opinions on the matter and we follow Lincoln through the meetings.

We follow as all the different sides of the argument try to put their points forward for and against the idea of the 13th amendment with Thaddeus Stevens (Jones) being the stand out campaigner in favour of the amendment. With the Secretary of State William Seward (Strathairn) pushing through the votes for the undecided.

Lincoln really comes off as a history lesson about one of the greatest leaders in American history. This is a slow moving film but it is also very interesting if you want to learn about President Lincoln. There are a lot of courtroom scenes that comes off slow because you want to see Lincoln giving speeches because each one draws you in. overall this really is just a history lesson that will help you learn more about the great man.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Day-Lewis: President Abraham Lincoln is the man who fought to campaign for equal rights for all slaves, he is running the country with his speeches and is happy to let his men make things fall into place. Lincoln is arguable the most famous of all Presidents of America and what he achieved will forever be the greatest achievement of any of them. Daniel is incredible in this role where he won his third Oscar.linconl

Sally Field: Mary Todd Lincoln is the wife of Abraham who is still suffering from their lost child as she always wants to stand next to her husband and protect their remaining child. Sally is great in this supporting rolemary

David Strathairn: William Seward is the secretary of defence who has been working with Lincoln to get the votes needed to make the amendment pass. He will stand up to Lincoln when needed showing his strength against the great leader. David is great in this supporting role showing this is what he should be doing in film.

Tommy Lee Jones: Thaddeus Stevens is the one man from the south that agrees with Lincoln, he will stand up in court against any odds for what he believes in to make sure this amendment gets passed. Tommy got himself an Oscar nod in this brilliant supporting performance.ddy

Support Cast: Lincoln has a massive supporting cast that all play different characters that were real people for the time period.

Director Review: Steven SpielbergSteven is the always reliable director when it comes to telling the story from history.

 

Biographical: Lincoln takes us to one of the most important moments of Lincoln’s life as he changes history as we know it.

History: Lincoln gives us everything we need to see in a history lesson about the great man.

War: Lincoln is set through the Civil War but we don’t really end up seeing anyone in actual combat.

Settings: Lincoln re-creates the settings to make us look like the time period in question.
Special Effects
: Lincoln has great effects to make everything look authentic through the film.

Suggestion: Lincoln is one film that you should watch just to learn about Lincoln. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Lincoln’s speeches

Worst Part: Courtroom comes off slightly repetitive.

 

Believability: Based on the real people involved.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars and Nominated for 10 more.

Box Office: $182 Million

Budget: $65 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Trivia: Every major character in the film was a real person or at least a composite of real figures and the film strives to reflect the actual actions or thoughts of the historical figures.

 

Overall: Brilliant history lesson but not an easy watch

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Life After Beth (2014)

looDirector: Jeff Baena

Writer: Jeff Baena (Screenplay)

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Eva La Dare, Thomas McDonell

Plot: A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow but Original Comedy

Story: Life After Beth starts with the funeral of Beth (Plaza), we have her old boyfriend Zach (DeHaan) with her parent Maury (Reilly) and Geenie (Shannon). Zach is staying on connect with Beth’s family as they are grieving together wondering if they said the right things on their last meeting.

When Zach discover that Beth is still alive and that her parents are keeping her secret, well she has come back from the dead and the three don’t know what to do with the situation. As the three try to keep Beth a secret they have to work out whether to tell her and the rest of the neighbourhood. As time goes on Beth starts getting a craving for human flesh but can the young couple make this work out, when all the dead start coming back from the dead.

Life After Beth tries to bring the rom com zom back to the front running but like most it just doesn’t work very well, I think I would have enjoyed this is only Beth had come back from the dead but having all the dead people coming back doesn’t make sense. I did like the opening half of the film but then things just went to over the top for me and ends up just feeling like a plan old not sure what to do with zombies around. As I stated if this had just stayed with Beth coming back I would have enjoyed this but it just goes too much in the second half. (5/10)

Actor Review

Aubrey Plaza: Beth Slocum has died, but she doesn’t stay dead because she comes back from the dead, she moves back in with her parents who keep her a secret. She tries to restart the relationship with Zach but she ends up becoming obsessive to everything he does as she slowly starts to get thee craving for human flesh. Aubrey does a good job as the ever changing dead girlfriend. (7/10)besth

Dane DeHaan: Zach Orfman is the boyfriend of Beth who is grieving until he finds out she has come back from the dead. He sees this as a chance to make up for the things said wrong before she died but soon things get out of hand. Dane enters comedy for the first time and sometimes does look out of place with his timing. (6/10)zach

John C Reilly: Maury Slocum is the father of Beth and once she comes back he wants to keep her safe so he can spend as much time as possible with her in case she dies again. John give most of the funny lines through the film. (7/10)parents

Molly Shannon: Geenie Slocum is the mother of Beth who gets to capture more photos before she goes again. Molly gives us her normal overprotective mother performance which we are used to seeing. (6/10)

Support Cast: Life After Beth has a supporting cast that all react to different to the zombie outbreak.

Director Review: Jeff BaenaJeff tries to give us another twist on the zombie romance which starts off nicely before taking a nose dive. (5/10)

Comedy: Life After Beth has a couple of laughs but not enough to be a strong comedy. (5/10)

Horror: Life After Beth doesn’t have enough of the horror elements for my liking where it tries to focus on the other genres too much. (3/10)

Romance: Life After Beth tries to play the romance card by giving our lead a second chance with his lost love. (5/10)

Settings: Life After Beth keeps the settings inside of a small town making it feel like it is just bad day in the town. (7/10)
Special Effects: Life After Beth has good effects but doesn’t really need them too much. (5/10)

Suggestion: Life After Beth is one to try but don’t be miss lead by the trailer like I was. (Try It)

Best Part: Cooker scene.

Worst Part: Extra zombies.

Funniest Scene: Beth tied to cooker.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Warm Bodies

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Some girls just want to watch the world burn.

Overall: Disappointing comedy that need more laughs, romance and horror

Rating 50

Daniel Day-Lewis Weekend – There Will Be Blood (2007)

bloodDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay) Upton Sinclair (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Barry Del Sherman, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, David Willis, Kevin J O’Connor, David Warshofsky

 

Plot: A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Stunning Character Driven Story

 

Story: There Will Be Blood starts as we witness Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) make the early steps to his fortune from his first pieces of silver to his first oil drilling site in 1902. With 14 minutes of just music and visuals we are drawn into this story.

We move to 1911 where Daniel has gain the reputation of success and with his associate Fetcher (Hinds) and adopted son HW he is always looking for a new opportunity. When Paul Sunday (Dano) comes to Daniel about a new oil dwelling Daniel looks into this report including purchasing the land around the settlement.

Taking advantage of the remaining Sunday family including Eli (Also played by Dano) Daniel looks to take over Little Boston building a new city that will make his fortune bigger than he could ever image.

As Daniel’s greed grows as does his rivalry with Priest Eli Sunday and the two find themselves as Daniel finds himself going to extreme measures to make sure he gets all of his money and Eli starts to question his own faith.

There Will Be Blood is one of those films that tells one of the most intense stories you will ever see, sure this isn’t one you can watch once a week in fact once a year is slightly difficult because it really is a hard watch. Saying it is a hard watch also means it is a must watch too because nothing will ever give you two power house performance like what Day-Lewis and Dano give. The film shows how greed makes a man desperate but also shows the struggle of the turn of the 20th Century for every person to survive.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Day-Lewis: Daniel Plainview is an oil tycoon who started with nothing, we follow his story from his first find to his first oil strike before he becomes one of the most powerful oil drillers in America. We learn about his methods being questionable as he believes he can just steal the money from people. Daniel is a great business man but his people skills will leave something to the imagination, he can sale anything to get the best deal though. He clashes with the local priest at his latest dig site which pushes him to the level of madness and greed. Daniel is amazing in this role where he rightfully won his Oscar.daniel

Paul Dano: Paul Sunday/Eli Sunday, Paul is the man that sends Daniel to Little Boston while Eli is the Priest of Little Boston that is willing to work with Daniel as long as he supports his church. Things don’t go the way Eli had planned as the two soon find themselves in a bitter rivalry that pushes them both to the limits. Paul was somehow over looked for an Oscar in what is a brilliant performance against Daniel Day-Lewis.sunday

Ciaran Hinds: Fletcher is Daniel’s most trusted man in business, he does all of the jobs Daniel can’t bring himself to do but never seems to get involved in the actually drilling side of the enterprise. Ciaran is great in this supporting role.

Support Cast: There Will Be Blood has a massive supporting cast that all give great performance through the film.

Director Review: Paul Thomas AndersonPaul continues to show that he is a brilliant director with this outstanding film.

 

Drama: There Will Be Blood gives us one of the best dramatic films you will ever see.

Settings: There Will Be Blood recreates the settings for the time period which pulls us into believing we are with the characters in the story.
Suggestion
: There Will Be Blood is one that everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Not the most appealing story.

Favourite Quote: Daniel ‘Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!’

 

Believability: Yes

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won Two Oscars and nominated for a further 6.

Box Office: $40 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 38 Minutes

Tagline: When Ambition Meets Faith

 

Overall: Stunning drama that really is a must watch for everyone.

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What is Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Really About?

What is Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Really About?star wars

This is just a fun look at the film which I did enjoy just as much as most of you.

Time for a Reboot Sequel to a franchise that fizzled out after the Prequels but now the kids will learn more about Roman Numerals though because 7 was always the difficult one.numerals

Reading to start the film because it is easier to explain how the Luke, Princess Leia and Han Solo fit in this story.reading

Stormtrooper attack and well they have been getting trained well and actually hitting their targets.stormtooper shooting

If that isn’t the cutest little droid Star Wars has ever created.bb8

Resistance fighter puts important information into droid, well this doesn’t seem familiar one little bit.message in a drid

Stormtroopers bleed, well I thought they were robots.bleed

Main villain cloaked in black arrives looking for his information with ‘family’ connections to original story and showing no remorse for anything he does.vader entrance

Oscar Isaac taking a knee talking to Adam Driver and all I want is them to start singing like in Inside Llewyn Davis.inside llewyn davis

Time to meet the Star Wars version of Wall-E who spends her time salvaging and having fun with former equipment of battles.wall e

Daisy Ridley reminds me of Keira Knightley when she first turned up in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.comparing

Rey understands Droid, I am starting to think she is related to someone we have seen in the franchise before, C-3PO.understanding driod

There is that guy Domhnall Gleeson who was in literally every single film in 2015, when I say literally I mean most or quite a few anyway moving on.domhanll

Yet more proof that a Stormtrooper Finn can shoot, now we know they have been training for the last few years.shoting training

Not the best landing there for the so called best pilot in the galaxy.landing

Tension between the bad guys and emperor Snoke.im the bet bad guy

Finn and Rey just so happen to end up in the same town where BB-8 is time for a joint effort in saving the day.gin joints

Piece of trash ship is the Millennium Falcon, well that is kind of insulting and also a reference to Firefly.firefy#

Daring escape that no one can believed they achieved.daring escape

I didn’t get my way temper tantrum from Kylo Ren.tantrum

Chewwy, We’re Home. Harrison Ford finally nails the ‘I’m Old and returning to a franchise idea’ after the terrible fourth Indiana Jones film.we are home

Han Solo can’t talk his way out of this one but space monsters to the rescue.

Han Solo is the father of Kylo Ren well TWIST.twist

Time for an ‘Old Friend’ visit, well this could be someone we have known before, nope well this was not an old friend we knew.old friend

When you need to hide out where better to go than a shady bar?shady bars

Screw goodie two shoes dad I am looking up to my successful grandfather Darth Vader. What I feel Kylo Ren really should have said.screw you guys

Rey gets her calling from something down a flight of stairs, this sounds very much like a horror film but lightsabre.voices

This explains all of the dream sequences we had to deal with in Batman v Superman but this kind of made sense.dream sequence

Riddle me this, from the only Oscar winner in this movie Lupita Nyong’o.riddlee me this

General Hux is basically the Star Wars version of Hitler.hitler

Weapon of mass destruction destroys planets with ease, something JJ practised with Star Trek his practise run for Star Wars.star trek weapon

Invasion and first showdown between good guys and bad guys, also when did Stormtroopers have grudges?good and bad guys mmet

Poe is still alive, surprise return just in time, did Han Solo do this first time around? Also doesn’t this feel like Armageddon when Ben Affleck arrives?not deadd

Kidnapping, Kylo Ren is going on a different type of villainous mission.kidnapping abduction

Carrie Fisher turns up late to the party, and C-3PO getting in the way again.better late tha never

John Boyega has come a long way since fighting off the black faced aliens in Attack the Block now he is kicking ass in space.attack the block

I love you man, we are going to be BFF forever Finn and Poe.bfff

BB-8 tries to fix R2-D2 and all I can think is the Coldplay song ‘Fix You’.Fix You

The next assault time, lets plan it.lets plan

Daisy Ridley asking where she is, well love you made it to the big leagues now.big leagues

The Force is Strong in This One.forece is strong

Kylo Ren needs better guards because having two hostages just get up and walk out is ridiculous for a main villain.guards needed

I see Poe took landing I mean crash landing lesson from Han Solo.crash landing 2

That’s not how the force works, funniest line of the movie.not how force works

Rey has been playing Uncharted and auditioning for Lara Croft with her wall climbing skills.wall climbing

The shields are down, well this doesn’t sound too much like Independence Day’s final assault o and New Hope.shield down

Chewyy to Han, Hold My Blanket.blanket

Final showdown and shit just got real when you kill HAN SOLO.han solo goodbye

That is one Pissed Off Wookie.chewbacca

Final battle sees all three newcomers going at it with Finn challenge Kylo Ren to come and get the lightsabre before running straight at him. This is great to see because we get to see the next level of talent which will be driving the story forward for years to come.final fight newcomers

R2-D2 turns on 2 Hours into the movie after meditating through the film.better late tha never

We now have new heroes, new villains but say goodbye to icons, the new era is here.new era

Well Fuck Me Luke Skywalker is in this film after all and I bet he got a good pay day for this cameo.luke skywalker

To be continued for the next decade.to be continued decade

This is far too long for my usual posts like this.

 

 

 

FIRST TRAILER : THE HOLLOW

FIRST TRAILER :  THE HOLLOW
IN CINEMAS SUMMER 2016

In cinemas Summer 2016, The Hollow from writer-director Miles Doleac.


Starring James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, Bridget Jones’s Baby), Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), Jeff Fahey (Lost), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire), Miles Doleac (Containment) and David Warshofsky (Now You See Me).

Produced by Historia Films and distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment, The Hollow chronicles the murder of a senator’s daughter in Mississippi.

Official Synopsis : When a U.S. congressman’s daughter passing through a small town in Mississippi dies in a mysterious triple homicide, a team of F.B.I. agents descends to investigate, the team’s brilliant but jaded lead agent battling demons both past and present, as his beautiful, tough-as-nails partner tries to hold him and the case together. They find a struggling and corrupt sheriff’s department, a shadowy and much-feared figure, who seems to be pulling all of the town’s strings from his mansion on the edge of town and a local victim with a strange connection to a number of the town’s most prominent figures.