Zulu (1964)

zluDirector: Cy Endfield

Writer: John Prebble, Cy Endfield (Screenplay) John Prebble (Article)

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ula Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green

 

Plot: Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift.

 

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Verdict: Classic Story of Heroism

 

Story: Zulu starts as we see the aftermath of one of the Zulu warrior’s attacks on the British military post before we see how Otto Witt (Hawkins) and his daughter Margareta (Jacobsson) is trying to discuss peace. He learns that the Zulu warriors are about to attack the Rourke’s Drift post one of the strongest military posts the British have.

When Lieutenant Chard (Baker) arrives at Rourke’s Drift to help construct a bridge he clashes with LT Bromhead (Caine). As the Zulu approach the military post Chard and Bromhead clash on defensive techniques in what is the story of 4000 Zulu warriors against a mere 140 British soldiers in what is one of the most famous battles in military history.

 

Thoughts on Zulu

 

StoryThe story is easy to follow but when you look at history you are left to wonder (without doing research) why the British were at war with the Zulu’s in the first place. The story only shows one epic battle that the British actually won against what seemed like impossible odds at the time.

History/WarWhen you look through the history books we have seen the British have been involved in many wars but this one could well be one of the greatest victories against the odds in our military history.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are based on the real men who were fighting in the battle of Rourke’s Drift in what is considered a battle for true heroism. The performances are all great throughout the film showing how organised the British soldiers once were when it came to battle for King and country.

SettingsLooking at the settings we see they used South Africa as the main setting which makes us understand the climate and condition the soldiers would have had to fight under.

Final ThoughtsThis will always be one of the classic war films that shows just how the British managed to overcome the impossible odds, we get to understand the military decisions being made throughout which makes this one of the greatest of all time.

 

Overall: Classic that will always be considered one of the greatest.

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We Make Movies (2017)

Director: Matt Tory

Writer: Matt Tory (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordan Hopewell, Matt Tory, Zack Slort, Jonathan Holmes, Anne Crockett, Matt Silver

 

Plot: A heartfelt and hilarious comedy chronicling the ups and downs of a group of college students who spend their summer making a movie for their town’s Film Festival.

 

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Verdict: Friendship, Filmmaking and Funnies

 

Story: We Make Movies starts as we follow the student director Stevphen (Tory) as he goes about preparing for his latest film with his best friend and odd jobber on set or associate producer Donny (Hopewell), the two are being followed by a film crew to learn how this film making process happens.

With his script in place Stevphen heads to his star Garth (Holmes) to recruit him once again, while getting a chance to work with a new method actor Leonard (Slort) and bringing in Jessica (Crockett) while waiting for a leading lady of his choice to come along.

This is a long summer of work preparing for the local film festival filled with plenty of ups and downs.

 

Thoughts on We Make Movies

 

Characters/PerformanceStevphen is the controlling ambitious director who believes he is the next big thing in movie making. Donny is the assistant and best friend of Stevphen who comes off very naïve to the world. Garth is the long-suffering star of Stevphen’s movies that just goes along with the idea. Leonard is a new acquired method actor that has high demands, poking full fun at the ideas of what we could see actors demanding silly things to be the star of movies. Jessica is the sent to stay with Donny and grabs the attention of all the guys, she does become the leading lady to keep herself busy for the summer.

Performance wise, I feel all 5 of the main cast all give good performances, handling the comedy which mostly comes in dead-pan style gets executed wonderfully to make us believe on what is going on.

StoryThe story follows the 5 friends as they set out to make a movie over one summer to enter into a film festival, we see the ups and downs, the friendships that will be tested to achieve this. Seeing the film making process taken to a tongue in cheek style works because we do follow the documentary team film the team at work and how things look from the outside.

ComedyThe comedy all comes from poking fun at the film making process, the over the top beliefs we have gotten to know from the star’s stories and everything that could go wrong along the way.

SettingsThe film is all set within the small town as it shows how the friends can work together to have fun and make movies through the long summer breaks.

Final ThoughtsThis was a fun a movie that does get the laughs, while the friends get to show off their creative minds.

 

Overall: This is one for the fans of comedy movie making.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 11 – One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

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Season 2

Episode 11 – One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Couch Gag – This time the couch falls over with Maggie popping her head over to watch the television.

Plot SynopsisAfter apparently consuming poison blowfish, Homer is told that he only has 24 hours to live.

What is going on reallyLisa feels disappointed with the routine of meat dinner and wants to try something new which leads to the Simpsons family going to a sushi restaurant.

When Homer enjoys the food, he wants to try everything he can only to find out that he has been wrongfully prepared the blowfish leading to Homer being given 24 hours to live.

On his last day Homer sets out to do his final wishes to give Bart advice, enjoy Lisa’s musical gift, make a tape for Maggie and see his father one more time.

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Final ThoughtsThis episode continues to show one thing, we all have moments when we can question our own existence in this world and with time running out what can we get out of a final day. This episode is such a powerful Homer episode you must stand up and praise it.

 

Rating 5/5