The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 1 – Bart Gets an F

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Season 2

Episode 1 – Bart Gets an F

Couch Gag – This time the couch falls through the fall once the family are settled.

Plot SynopsisMrs. Krabappel becomes fed up with Bart’s lackadaisical approach to his studies. After he bluffs his way through a book report and fails a history exam, she gives him an ultimatum: shape up or repeat the fourth grade.

What is going on reallyBart still struggling to find attention in class finds himself failing at his book report of Treasure Island and facing an important test the next day at school but keeps putting revision off.

Trying everything to get out of the test before trying to cheat he ends up failing the test completely leading to a psychologist trying to solve the problems.

Bart has to face the reality that he could face retaking the third-grade resorting to him turning to smartest kid in class Martin Prince to improve his grades.

When this fails he turns to the one person he has never turned to before God for a snow storm which he gets giving him a snow day and the test put off for one more day at least.

Star Character

Bartbart-gets-a-f

Final ThoughtsThis episode showed just how hard Bart would try to make sure he could get a grade, it showed that he has problems keeping his attention which would be treated very differently nowadays but for then it was just the way it was treated. I think this is an episode years before its time.

Rating 4/5

Trainspotting (1996)

trainDirector: Danny Boyle

Writer: John Hodge (Screenplay) Irvine Welsh (Novel)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Mullan

 

Plot: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Drugs Mess Up Lives

 

Story: Trainspotting starts as meet Renton (McGregor) a heroin addict living in Scotland that enjoys the fact that whenever he is high nothing in the world matters. Renton has Spud (Bremner) and Sick Boy (Miller) who join him in the drugs but Tommy (McKidd) and Begbie (Carlyle) along with family telling him he is wasting his life.

Deciding he wants to pack in the drugs Renton goes on his own mission to kick the habit joined by the Sick Boy who can kick it whenever he wants. We see how Renton goes back and forth with his decision to quit as we see how his friend’s fall deeper or even look at new options.

 

Thoughts on Trainspotting

 

StoryThe story of one man’s look for the answers to whether he should quit heroin or not is fascinating because it is how he see what happens in his friend’s lives which can help him make the decision which can save his life. We get some truly shocking glimpses into just how far an addict will go for their next score. We do get the full look at how far the journey is for Renton which will always get compared to Requiem for a Dream for subject matter even though this did come first.

Characters/PerformancesThe characters are all played to what could be called the extremes, we have Renton who is the addict trying to get over his own problems struggling along the way, but it is the fellow characters have their own vices be it the drugs, drink or violence which all gets show through the film. When you look at the performances this is a full cast of impressive performance from start to finish.

SettingsWe have most of the film set in Scotland where we get to see the what can only be described as the poor side of the country and just how they would search for an out of their life.

Final ThoughtsAs I am not the biggest fan of drug related movies I have been avoiding this one for years but with the sequel out this year I went with it. I found it to be everything I thought so I did enjoy the storytelling process and the performances but my personal preference will always lay with Requiem for a Dream.

 

Overall: Brilliant look at how drugs can affect life of one person and the people in it.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 13 – Some Enchanted Evening

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Season 1

Episode 13 – Some Enchanted Evening

Couch Gag – This time we get the whole family together in the couch.

Plot SynopsisHomer and Marge enjoy a night out on the town. Meanwhile, at home, the kids deal with a diabolical babysitter.

What is going on reallyThis show starts with Marge being left alone in the home with the family leaving for work and school causing her to call a radio doctor forcing Homer to treat her on a night out.

Homer hearing the call arranges for a night away with the children needing a babysitter for the night. When Bart and Lisa are left to watch television along they end up watching American’s Criminals only to discover they are being look after by the Babysitter Bandit all while Homer and Marge have a magical night.

Star Character

The Whole Familyfamily

Final ThoughtsThis episode finishes of the season perfectly because you can then get to see that however much problems the characters have been through the year they can all be together by the end of the day. I think this showed that we will be seeing how good everything will become.

Rating 4.5/5

Survivor (2014)

survirovDirector: John Lyde

Writer: John Lyde (Screenplay)

Starring: Danielle Chuchran, Kevin Sorbo, Rocky Myers, Ruby Jones, Melanie Stone, Blake Webb, Abigail Mason, Andrew Dee Jones

 

Plot: During their search for a habitable planet the last living humans crash-land on a barren world, inhabited by bloodthirsty aliens and mysterious post-apocalyptic warriors.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable

 

Story: Survivor starts in 2067 where the Earth has been destroyed and the only trace of humanity is on 7 ships that have all been searching for a new planet, we follow Kate Mitra (Chuchran) born on the ship, trained on the ship and now at 21 years old is ready for the next mission.

When the ship gets a transmission from within a wormhole Captain Hunter (Sorbo) leads a team including Kate, Weston (Webb), Anne (Mason) and Hayley (Stone) to investigate the answers. During the mission the ship takes damage where it crash lands but that is only the beginning of the nightmare as Kate finds herself in the middle of a battle between blood-thirsty aliens and post-apocalyptic warriors as she searches for a way home.

Survivor is a sci-fi adventure film that puts us on a new planet that is filled with an enemy our human characters haven’t met before, yeah you know Planet of the Apes style. Where this films stands away from this is we have one hero in Kate who has to find her crew and rescue before learning the truth about the planet. I will say this is easy to watch and follow but when it comes to something original it falls slightly short. We also fail to develop any characters after Kate with most just being disposable.

 

Actor Review

 

Danielle Chuchran: Kate is one of the team that finds herself crash landed on the alien world, she must use all of her training to stay alive and find a way how. This is a very physical role where we get to see Kate as a warrior. Danielle is the star of this going through all of the physical side of the story.

Kevin Sorbo: Captain Hunter leads the mission as he has been training his crew for years. During the mission he finds himself injured and waiting for Kate to find a way to rescue him and his team. Kevin is solid but most of this film is him sitting around waiting for rescue.

Rocky Myers: Rogan is one of the warriors on the planet who goes against others wishes to help Kate find safety while he tracks down his missing daughter from the aliens. Rocky is good in his role but I don’t think we meet his character until too late in the film.

Ruby Jones: Nidal is the daughter of Rogan who has been kidnapped by the blood thirsty aliens. She becomes the innocent in the danger our characters find themselves in. Ruby is only in the final act and doesn’t get any real time to show off any skills.

Support Cast: Survivor has a supporting cast which are mainly used as disposable characters as we spend most of the film following Kate.

Director Review: John LydeJohn gives us a fun sci-fi that entertains throughout.

 

Action: Survivor has good mix of action with fights, chases and high risk climbing.

Adventure: Survivor puts our characters on the adventure to survive which works for the style the film is shot in.

Sci-Fi: Survivor goes all Planet of the Apes with the sci-fi side of the story being in the future we get to see another looks at the future where Earth has been destroyed.

Settings: Survivor keeps most of the film in a setting which fills like it has been away from technology throughout the whole film.
Special Effects
: Survivor has very basic special effects which you would expect to see in low budget films.

Suggestion: Survivor is one I do think you can sit and watch late night on television. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Danielle Chuchran shines in this role.

Worst Part: Not the most original story.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: Alone. Stranded. Deadly

 

Overall: Fun filled action adventure sci-fi film.

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2017 Watched List Part 2

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 11 – 20

1.      Liar Liar

2.     Trainspotting

3.     Pitchfork

4.     Shakespeare in Love

5.     Patriots Day

6.     Hidden Figures

7.     Call of Heroes

8.     The Hypnotist

9.     Last Shift

10. Untraceable

 

Favourite Film
Patriots Daypatriots

This is the best of this selection because it is easily one of the most intense thrillers of the year that is two hours that just never stops as the story only continues to grow in intensity.

Worst Film
Pitchforkpitch

This had potential to give us a new horror icon but the film is a mess because it gets stuck between slasher and torture porn never deciding or making up its mind on which it wants to be.

Favourite Character
Katherine G Johnson – Hidden Figureskatherine

Katherine is the African American mathematical genius that must fight discrimination to play an important part with the American space mission that saw John Glenn become the first American in space.

Worst Character
Matt – Pitchforkpitch

Matt is the asshole character you need in horror and I understand this is needed but this guy shouldn’t be on the journey because he doesn’t support the lead characters decision, cheats on his girlfriend and is a coward through and through.

Star Performance
Taraji P Henson – Hidden Figureskatherine

Taraji plays the role of Katherine G Johnson who must overcome the all discrimination to help the space mission. The performance is filled with calm moments as well as full eruptions of passion about the difference she is having to go through compared to the co-workers.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.