Independents’ Day (2016)

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Writer: Geoff Meed (Screenplay)

Starring: Fay Gauthier, Sal Landi, Johnny Rey Diaz, Matthew Riley, Jon Edwin Wright, Jude Lanston, Jacquelin Arroyo

 

Plot: Aliens invade, this time delivering a clear ultimatum. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as the U.S. President and citizens decide if these aliens are to be trusted …or feared.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cheap n Simple

 

Story: Independents’ Day starts as aliens come to Earth and President Raney (Gauthier) has to be protected, as we wait to see if they are friend or foe. As we see destruction happen the aliens leave a simple message they are here for peace but will take out anything that could be used as a form of attack against them.

When the President witnesses the miracles that the aliens can offer she does learn that the attacks from a group known as First Earth could cause the tension to grow or is that what the aliens actually want?

Independents’ Day is a simple rip off of the good Independence Day because even the Asylum couldn’t find a way to take advantage of the mess that is Resurgence. I will say the slightly twist to the story works really well having the aliens come in as friendly only to find out the truth is shocking and most of all scary. I do think the story doesn’t get overcomplicated which is a big plus because that is why Resurgence becomes complicated.

 

Actor Review

 

Fay Gauthier: President Raney has to make the right decision on how the handle the aliens who have come to Earth, with them starting to attack they offer a chance for freedom but are they really all about this? Fay is solid without really excelling here but the truth is no one really stands out.

Sal Landi: General Roundtree is the first person the President turns to whenever needing advice and loyal until the end. Sal is solid enough for the role.

Johnny Rey Diaz: Captain Goddard is another member of the cabinet help the President make all the correct decisions. Johnny much like the rest is solid enough in this role.

Support Cast: Independents’ Day has a small supporting cast which at times gets lightly confusing because all of the ranks involved but otherwise no one stands out too much.

Director Review: Laura Beth LoveLaura does a solid job making an easy to watch Independence Day movie making it the only one worth watching.

 

Action: Independents’ Day has simple action throughout without being anything special.

Sci-Fi: Independents’ Day puts us into an alien invasion style film which is easy to follow.

Settings: Independents’ Day keeps the settings simple and doesn’t use any stand-out landmarks.
Special Effects
: Independents’ Day ha a low budget which means you know the effects are going to be cheap throughout.

Suggestion: Independents’ Day is one you should watch before Resurgence because it is a lot easier to follow. (Watch Instead of Resurgence)

 

Best Part: Slight spin on the invasion angle.

Worst Part: Certain special effects look very cheap.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $500,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: The revolution begins, again!

 

Overall: Easy to follow and blows Resurgence out the water.

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Top 5 Favourite Supporting Sitcom Characters

Sitcoms are something that always get people talking with so many coming and going with a blink of an eye. I only watch a few shows with most not being around anymore so today I am going to look at my favourite supporting characters in sitcoms. Most of the characters on this list will have been in most of the episodes in the run too. I am starting with an honourable mention of Marshall Ericksen from How I Met Your Mother who gets the serious moments the Barney character doesn’t get often enough.

5. Linda – Beckerlinda

Linda is the nurse working in Becker’s office, she comes off very dumb and always has an excuse when she gets caught in the middle of something she shouldn’t be doing. The fact I watched nearly every single episode of Becker shows just how enjoyable this Ted Danson led comedy was.

4. Stuart Bondek – Spin Citystuart

Stuart is one of the members of the Mayor’s office who comes off as a pervert who is good at his job, one of the on running jokes is how he can’t work with woman and his friendship with gay Carter and married Paul always give the show extra laughs.

3. Woody Boyd – Cheerswoody

Woody is the only character on this list that joined his show late after the tragic death of Coach, his introduction is perfect and he works with the rest of the cast with his simple mind in the quick witted bar environment. He never takes anything said too serious and the deadpan delivery of the lines which get all the laughs.

2. Dr Perry Cox – Scrubscox

Dr Cox is the reluctant mentor to JD who is one of the most sarcastic characters you will ever see in sitcom, he has a serious job and uses his comments to help him through the everyday life. He is also involved in the most serious episode which will bring a tear to your eye too.

1.       Niles Crane – Frasierniles

Niles is the brother of Frasier who is also a therapist that has a wife we never meet and only hear about her quirks. He falls instantly in love with Daphne which leads to the funniest moments in the show when he hears different lines and his own silent moments steal the show in this sitcom.

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Plot: A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pure Classic

 

Story: Invasion of the Body Snatchers starts when Dr Miles Bennell (McCarthy) being restrained claiming to have a big story behind it all. We flashback to hear his story of how he returned to his town to find his patients book and cancelling appointments as well as resident claiming their relatives are not relatives.

When Miles learns that there have been many other cases in the area he starts to suspect foul play. Things take a terrifying turn when Jack Belicec (Donovan) finds a strange body not quite complete with a similar size body as himself only to find out there is another one of his love Becky (Wynter). Turning to Dr Kauffman (Gates) he dismisses everything but Miles finds himself battle what he thinks is his friends changing into these body snatchers.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is always going to be a classic story about paranoia and what it creates within a small community. This does what many horrors fail to achieve and that is create suspense and terror in nearly every scene and you much like the characters we just don’t know who to trust through the film. The flashback feel does create the terror but also does take away any peril from Miles character. That would be the only bad side to this story but for the time it comes off very effective.

 

Actor Review

 

Kevin McCarthy: Miles Bennell is the local doctor who is telling the story of what is going on sharing he experiences back in his small town. He starts getting a large number of cases leading to nothing before a strange body shows up. He has to get to the bottom of the reason why there are body snatchers in this small town. Kevin is great in this leading role showing the strength needed in a world completely against you with something you just don’t understand.

Dana Wynter: Becky Driscoll has recently moved back to the small town too she is the love interest of Miles who has always been one step away from becoming a couple. She is on the run with Miles as they are trying to get the bottom of this case. Dana is great in this role back when the woman would be the sidekick to the lead.

Larry Gates: Dan Kauffman is a fellow doctor who dismisses anything going on in the town as just mass hysteria, but we learn that he has alternative motives. Larry is good in this role being the voice of reason if this was real.

King Donovan: Jack Belicec is the first one to discover the body before it has taken over him he calls Miles to look into what is happening only to work with him to uncover the truth. King is good in this role but you know which direction his character will go.

Support Cast: Invasion of the Body Snatchers has your typical horror supporting cast with most of the cast being people who have been captured or has their body snatched.

Director Review: Don SiegelDon gives us a suspense driven horror that was one of the best for the time and still holds up today.

 

Horror: Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses the horror elements of not knowing what is happening to make this one really shine through the horror genre.

Sci-Fi: Invasion of the Body Snatchers has the elements of the sci-fi angle by having the snatchers coming from out of space making this a true sci-fi classic.

Thriller: Invasion of the Body Snatchers keeps us on edge from start to finish because the panic created from the opening scene lets us know what we are heading into.

Settings: Invasion of the Body Snatchers keeps the story set in a small town showing how taking over could make this a reality for the time.
Special Effects
: Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses great effects t the time period in question.

Suggestion: Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one I think all horror fans should watch just to see how far the genre has come with its great ideas. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Pod births.

Worst Part: Could have been longer.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $417,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Tagline: The original Black & White classic

 

Overall: Brilliant sci-fi classic that will make you think twice when talking to anyone you know.

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Do We Care About the Oscars? American Sniper

Do We Care About the Oscars?

The idea behind this is to look back at every single film that was nominated for,

·         Best Picture

·         Best Actor

·         Best Actress

·         Best Supporting Actor

·         Best Supporting Actress

·         Best Director

 By looking back at these I will be asking the questions below to find out whether this is a film to be watched or not. This is not a full review and if I have seen the film in question I will give my rating of said film. I will also not be comparing or suggesting any other films that could or should have won this is just looking at a film and seeing if it still stands in the memory.

Film: American Sniperamerican sniper

Oscar Wins: 1 Best Sound Editing.

Oscar Nominations: 5, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing.

Have I Seen It?

Yes – My Rating 70%

Will I Watch It Again? No

Should Everyone Have Seen It? No because it is all about making America look like the strongest war hero country.

Most Memorable Part? I honestly can’t remember anything from this film.

Thoughts On the Film: The film is so centred around trying to make out how much of a hero Chris Kyle was but also how he struggled with his personally life between conflict. In the end this is a long film that is a lot of slow building scenes with the sniper shots going on and nothing much else.

Do We Care It Got Oscar Attention? No because this is a very dull film that didn’t deserve the praise it received.

The Whistleblower (2011)

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Plot: A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shockingly Powerful Film

 

Story: The Whistleblower starts when Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) who needs a transfer to be close to her family, struggling to achieve this an opportunity to make a lot of money comes up as a Peace Officer is Bosnia. In Bosnia Kathryn learns the hard way the war might be over but tensions are still sky high between the men of the multinational country.

Kathryn gets recruited by Madeleine Rees (Redgrave) to start looking into crimes within the country where she learns of the sex trafficking going on within the country and even more shockingly within the UN members themselves. Kathryn has to investigating just how high up this goes before blowing the news to the world through Internal Affairs Agent Peter Ward (Strathairn).

We also follow the victims side of the story through Irka (Kondracki), Raya (Condurache) and Luba (Schramm) from the idea of a new life to trying to survive in the sex trafficking underground never knowing who to trust.

The Whistleblower is one of the most shocking and most powerful movies I have seen in a long time, to think this is still happening in our world and it is being swept under the carpet by governments. To see and feel the struggle that Kathryn goes through to expose the truth and all of the hurdles that she had to take on. This shows that there are crimes going on in the world that just don’t get answered for and need to be addressed because there are so many people twisted enough to do this to people is truly shocking. Not many stories have hit me as hard as this one.

 

Actor Review

 

Rachel Weisz: Kathryn Bolkovac is a divorced cop that needs a transfer to keep herself in her children’s lives but the only option is a move to Bosnia to earn big money. While in Bosnia she learns the shocking truth about how the young woman are forced into sex trafficking as she battles every obstacle put on front of her to expose the truth to the world. Rachel gives us the best performance of her career in this film.

Vanessa Redgrave: Madeleine Rees is one of the authority figures within the American side trying to help out in Bosnia, she sees Kathryn as the symbol to expose the truth offering as much help as she can to make this happen. Vanessa is great in this supporting role.

Monica Bellucci: Laura Leviani is the relation officers within the Bosnian government who only does what she can to help, she will not go against anything only helping the people of her own country trying to sweep everything else under the rug. Monica is good in this supporting role throughout.

David Strathairn: Peter Ward is the Internal Affairs Agent that is working with Kathryn to make sure she gets the support needed giving them what they need to expose the truth. David is important in this role which is mostly a supporting role.

Support Cast: The Whistleblower has a great supporting casting all showing both sides of the story either the victims, the men involved and the ones willing to try and help.

Director Review: Larysa KondrackiLarysa gives us a shocking film that has to be seen.

 

Biographical: The Whistleblower gives us a look into the life of Kathryn and her troubles with expose the truth and doing the right thing.

Crime: The Whistleblower shows the shocking crimes going on within the aftermath of the war.

Thriller: The Whistleblower keeps us on edge from start to finish as we wonder what will be happening.

Settings: The Whistleblower puts us into the middle of the location being used showing how they would have looked during the time.

Suggestion: The Whistleblower is one I feel everyone should watch at least once to see the shocking news. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Just how shocking it is.

Worst Part: That this actually was happening.

 

Believability: Based on the real story.

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: You could have seen Rachel getting a nomination.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.

 

Overall: One of the most must watch films of recent years.

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