Bradley Cooper Weekend – Burnt (2015)

Director: John Wells

Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay) Michael Kalesniko (Story)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander


Plot: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.


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Verdict: Good Cooking Drama


Story: Burnt starts as we see Adam Jones (Cooper) a chef who has worked under the best before he blew it all with drinks and drugs, he cleans himself up, earns enough money and returns to London to take down Tony (Bruhl) restaurant and hotel.

Turning to his old friend Conti (Goodman) and working Michel (Sy), Helene (Miller), David (Keeley) and Max (Scamarcio) Adam goes in search for the next top chefs around London to work in his kitchen after saving Tony’s ass when the top food critic Simone Forth (Thurman) visits his restaurant. Adam is in search for his third Michelin Star.


Thoughts on Burnt


Characters/PerformanceAdam Jones is the typical aggressive competitive chef, he wants to be known as the very best but is also on a redemption story. he walks the very thin line between being the best and being a complete ass toward the people who work for him. Helene is the next top chef without a reputation in London, a single mother that keeps her reach all her potential that Adam sees in her. Tony is a friend of Adam’s who reluctantly gives him a chance to turn his kitchen around once more. I do think the rest of the characters all play into the story perfectly too.

Bradley Cooper is great in this role, he gets to show he confidence, aggression and emotions through the film. Sienna Miller is good throughout but like the rest of the cast who all give good performance, they all do get over shadowed by Cooper’s performance.

StoryWhen you are a skilled person with talent can easily come off the rails and search for another chance in life. This is a story of redemption at the core showing you will not be able to run from your past but you can always change your future and the people you work with.

Comedy/DramaThis is a comedy drama that does take a serious matter and add little moments of comedy without being a laugh out loud attempted film.

SettingsMost of the film is in and around the kitchens the chefs work in, this is good because we get to see how chaotic the kitchen can be.

Final ThoughtsThis film was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be, I do think people can enjoy but I can also see why people will find it hard to get through.


Overall: Cooks up a delight that can be devoured by the fans.




ABC Film Challenge – Favourite Films of 2018 – E – The Endless

ABC Film Challenge

Favourite Films of 2018


The Endless

Why I’ve Picked this choiceThe Endless follows two brothers who return to a cult they were raised in after receiving a video calling for them to return. This film shows us how what should and is a simple idea turns into something you will barely be able to describe to what you see, with a unique connection to previous film the directors did too. This is a film you won’t forget and sadly not enough people were able to witness the scale of the vision.

Clyde Cooper (2018)

Director: Peter Daskaloff

Writer: Peter Daskaloff (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordi Vilasuso, Abigail Titmuss, Richard Neil, Aria Sirvaitis, Isabella Racco, Joanna Fyllidou, Alexander Aguila


Plot: A private investigator is hired to track down a missing girl on the run from a mysterious Silicon Valley corporation.


Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes


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Verdict: Fun, Easy to Watching Mystery


Story: Clyde Cooper starts as we meet private detective Clyde Cooper (Vilasuso) who gets hired by Vincent Donovan (Neil) to locate a girl he spent a couple of nights with and gave money too. The investigation leads Clyde down the path to meet to one of the girls which only sees him facing more obstacles.

Clyde finds himself dealing with Loretta Berman (Titmuss) who has her own agenda with the girls, but is will to work with Clyde to keep everything under wraps, can Clyde crack the case before it is too late.


Thoughts on Clyde Cooper


Characters – Clyde Cooper is a private investigator that has been searching for the missing woman, with his trusted vape in hand, he uses his knowledge from his time on the police force to get inside hooker ring that one of the girls is part off. He attracts the attention of many different people and is always able to talk his way out of the trouble he can find himself in. Loretta Berman is the lady running the hooker business in the town, she knows she can trust Clyde, it is the others being pulled into the trouble that she is afraid of. Vincent is the businessman who has lost the woman he has fallen for, he hires Clyde in hope of learning some answers. Nina is the girl that has gone missing, part of a bigger picture she the mystery about everything in this film.

PerformancesJordi Vilasuso in the leading role is strong, he shows the confidence required for his character even if the flair you feel could be around more doesn’t shine through. Abigail Titmuss in the supporting role is solid enough though she does add mystery to herself. The supporting cast in general is solid throughout with the hookers needing to sexy and the truth about them needing them to have a blank expression at times.

StoryThe story here is a missing person case with private investigator starting an investigating into just where she has gone, with the mystery going down a path Clyde couldn’t even have imagined. Much like many detective shows or stories we are led down certain paths only to be sent down another one with a new clue, this does keep us guessing which is nice to guess along with. This isn’t going to be the most challenge of stories and does end up feeling like a pilot to a potential television series.

MysteryMystery is one of the most interesting genres, it gives the audience a chance guess along with the story which his film gives us a chance to.

SettingsThe film is set in Santa Clara which has been used before and shows us how many stories could be happening in this city.

Scene of the Movie –
The piano stairs.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have liked a little bit more flair from Clyde’s character.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun mystery film, it might feel like a pilot episode of a television show which might turn people off, but you can have fun with it and guess along with it too.


Overall: Mystery film fans enjoy.