ABC Film Challenge – 1990s Movies – G – Gattaca (1997) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“There’s no gene for fate.” – Vincent

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Video in ’98, 25 Feb 2012 and 6 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In a near future where genetics help create the most perfect people, a young man born naturally fakes his genetic makeup in order to fulfill his dreams of traveling to space.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out.

The story is quite interesting and gives the viewer so much to ponder for quite a long time after watching it.

The premise of the film is about how far one might be willing to go in order to prove that nature can sometimes be better than genetics because of the will to get to places might be stronger than what is genetically placed in a person.

The way that this character conceals his identity is shown in a very meticulous manner and it all comes across in such a realistic fashion because it really can be possible to do things this way.

The film is also looks at the advancing scientific methods in the world and questions whether these new advances will help to make the world a better and more efficient place or not.

The cats is also great with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman playing the two main characters.

Love the way that the story presents a two-fold story which deals with both identity issues along with a murder mystery at the same time.

The story stays engaging throughout and asks lots of questions about scientific advances on both moral or ethical levels.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was voted by NASA scientists the most accurate science fiction film ever made. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

The Tape (2021) Movie Review ‘Full of Heart’

The Tape – Full of Heart

 

Director: Martha Tilston

Writer: Martha Tilston (Screenplay)

Starring: Martha Tilston, Craig Blake, Lee Hart, Steve Jacobs

Plot: Tally Green, Cornwall’s worst cleaner, is living in a van and making ends meet. When she gets a job at an empty cliff-top house, she is drawn to the piano and moves in, beginning to write music inspired by its poetic owner and recording it on an old 4-track machine. When jaded corporate lawyer Leo arrives in the area, her free spirit helps him evaluate his life choices and they grow closer. After a stormy night and a misjudged offer of help, the couple argue and Leo challenges Tally on why she’s hiding her talent. As they part ways, Tally gives him the only tape of the album she’s made. Back in London, Leo quits his job to become a writer, meanwhile Tally builds herself up to doing her first small gig in years. When a radio DJ discovers the tape, it’s clear that Tally isn’t going to stay hidden for much longer.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Tape starts as we see how Tally Green (Tilston) gets the reputation of being the worst cleaner in Cornwell, this will end up landing her a job housesitting, something she can handle. In the house she gets to bring back her love for music with a piano, overheard by corporate lawyer Leo (Hart), who has headed to the area to clear his head.

As the pair get to know each other Leo tries to help Tally get the success her voice deserves, leading to one of her songs going round the radio station, in search for the woman behind the voice, leading to Tally needing to face her resistance to let her music being used in public.

Thoughts on The Tape

Characters & Performances – Tally Green is known as the worst cleaner in Cornwell, she lives in her van, reflecting her free spirit attitude to life. Tally does have a beautiful voice, one that she looks to keep to herself, stepping away from that life before, but once she gets behind a piano again, the music comes back to her, which will show why she only liked the music for herself, not for the world to hear. Martha Tilston writes, directs and stars in the leading the role, she shines in the singing side of the film, while being equally as strong with the serious side of the character’s life. Leo is the corporate lawyer that is looking to escape to the country, he meets Tally and helps her unleash her voice, trying to help her reach stardom, not understanding her choice in music. Lee Hart does a great job in this role, not taking the spotlight from Martha in the process.

StoryThe story here follows a free spirit that gets her voiced heard when a visitor looks to free it to the world, while she must try to keep her identity secret from the country. This does show us just how much you want a dream to come together without wanting to commit to the bigger picture. It shows people can be happy in life, with the smallest thing, not the biggest stardom. The idea the two people from a different world meet and fall in love, is the basic side of the story, with both questioning how this could happen, but being happy it did. This is a story with a big heart, much like Wild Rose from the recent times, but one that doesn’t quite hit those heights.

ThemesThe Tape is a romantic drama musical, following the reluctant musician in the world, who meets someone new and falls in love with someone outside of the world she would expect to find love in. the Cornwell setting is beautiful, holding together the quiet life that Tally has enjoyed in recent times.

Final Thoughts The Tape is a beautiful story about love, dreams and enjoying the little things in life.

ABC Film Challenge – 90s Movie – H – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Movie Review

Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: John Hughes (Screenplay)

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Devin Ratray

Plot: One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind.


Tagline – Yikes! I did it again!

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York starts as the McCallister family are preparing for another holiday away in Florida, Kevin (Culkin) who was forgotten last year, is being extra prepared for the trip, even though he doesn’t want to go even after having yet another clash with his older brother Buzz (Ratray).

When the family is at the airport, Kevin ends up getting the wrong flight, taking him to New York, where he finds himself alone, while his family in Florida is praying he is ok, but Kevin will come into contact with a pair of old foes, Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Stern) who has escaped prison.

Thoughts on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

ThoughtsHome Alone 2: Lost in New York takes us back to the McCalister family as they look for another trip for Christmas, with the full chaos of the 14-person vacation, which will see them lose Kevin again, only this time he isn’t Home Alone, he is Alone in New York. This does make a major change to the concept of Kevin needing to operate alone to protect his home, to him seemingly just avoiding the law, and old foes. Everything in the story comes off like it could have been prevented with responsible adults around. The comedy for the most part works giving us the laughs when we need, while still managing to have the heart when Kevin gets to talk to the strangers in the neighbourhood. Macaulay Culkin did continue to prove he was one of the best child stars of all time standing out from the rest of the cast. This is still just as enjoyable for the wackiness, but does take too long to get to the best parts of the film.

Final Thoughts Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is an enjoyable but overlong sequel that does get the vital factors right.