Parkland (2013) Movie Thoughts

Director: Peter Landesman

Writer: Peter Landesman (Screenplay) Vincent Bugliosi (Book)

Starring: Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston

Plot: A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


Tagline – November 22, 1963

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Parkland starts as we see the preparation for the visit of President John F Kennedy, with the FBI, Secret Service, local business, everyone in Dallas Texas waiting for this visit, until the events of that visit happen, the assassination of the president.

We follow the medical team that do everything to try and save the President, the law authorities looking to try and solve the situation, Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti) that filmed the events, the full aftermath of the day that changed America.

Thoughts on Parkland

Final Thoughts Parkland is an all-star cast showing us the reality of one of the most shocking moments in American history, the assassination of John F Kennedy. This is a film that doesn’t let any actor take centre stage, with the idea to show the aftermath of the assassination, showing how medical teams tried to save him, secret service looked for answers, the FBI looked for answers and the assassin is captured, seeing how even in the line of duty people will never be the same with what happened that day. Where everything in this film shines is by putting the spotlight on the people who are left believing part of it is there fault or part of it could have played out differently, with a cast that does all shine through this film.



The 12th Man – Coming to Amazon Prime Video

Signature Entertainment presents The 12th Man on Amazon Prime Video 14th May

Synopsis: Based on the legendary true story of Jan Baalsrud, The 12th Man tells one of the wildest and most unfathomable survival stories of World War II. Boasting a powerful performance from Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who learnt German specifically for the role of SS Officer Kurt Stage, the film  follows twelve Norwegian resistance fighters who crossed the North Sea to fight the Nazis occupying their homeland. Eleven of the men are captured, tortured and killed. Only the twelfth escapes…

The twelfth man Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) quickly flees into the merciless Norwegian winter with a bleeding gunshot wound and an SS Officer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) hot on his heels. His determination and will to survive will turn him into a symbol for the Norwegian resistance – a symbol people are willing to die for.

Robin Hood: Rebellion – Coming to Amazon Prime Video

Signature Entertainment presents Robin Hood: The Rebellion on Amazon Prime Video 7th May

Synopsis: The Raid meets Die Hard with a medieval twist, in this fast and furious new take on the legend of Robin Hood featuring the stars of Game of ThronesVikings and Torchwood.

After Maid Marian (Marie Everett) is kidnapped by the Sheriff of Nottingham (James Oliver Wheatley), Robin Hood (Ben Freeman) must get a band of men together in order to save her. Many are reluctant, given that they are massively outnumbered by the Sheriff’s forces – but those that do join Robin will stop at nothing to defeat the bloodthirsty tyrant. Together, they hatch an audacious plan to penetrate the depths of the Sheriff’s castle and reclaim Robin’s true love.

ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – W – Won’t You Be My Neighbour? (2018) Movie Review

Director: Morgan Neville

Plot: An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.


Tagline – You Loved a Lot of Films This Year, But Only One Film Loved You Back.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Inspiring

Story: Won’t You Be My Neighbour? Starts as we learn the early career of Fred Rogers, how he stepped into TV after feeling like the children aren’t learning or being loved from what is being produced on television, he started with a smaller show before bringing ‘Fred Roger’s Neighbourhood’ where he would bring social issues to children, from death, racial topics and political ones, he would always speak to the children with love.

His career which spanned decades, would always evolve to help the children of America deal with the latest issues, despite the many parodies he received, the rumours about his past that spiralled out of control, he would always remain calm, loving and honest with his methods and theories.

Thoughts on Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

Final Thoughts When it comes to documentaries it is always important to show an unaware audience about the subject, in England we barely know anything about Mr Rogers, his theories, show and differences he made to the childhood development. What we discover from this documentary is just how he had changed television in a world that was looking to become faster than anything else. We see how he was able to handle things so simply instead of making anything complicated like many people have in the past. We might only see the full positive effects he had on people’s lives, we don’t dive deep enough into the negatives, which are only touched on, which could have been a bigger talking point. Learning about an icon is brilliant to see, which always makes me think, who would be the English version of this? Would we ever be able to have somebody like this again?

Overall: Wonderful Documentary.