That Was A Serious Party – Release News

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That Was A Serious Party is a Brand new documentary follows the legendary The Secret Garden Party. ‘Life Imitates Art’ as film gets first screening to audience during event, on July 21. Rent or buy on July 25 on all digital platforms.

How do you grow a festival? There is one person to ask, and that is Freddie Fellowes the founder of The Secret Garden PartyThis brand-new documentary does just that as it takes us behind the scenes and shares the story of how a small party in field, attended by a few hundred people. Went on to become a seminal, much-loved event filled with music, art, and creativity, but most of all made a massive connection with its audience, encouraging participation and friendships, where everyone is a VIP.

Freddie Fellowes says:

“In its 15-year pioneering history SGP had never allowed any backstage access to photographers let alone film makers. In 2017 (the year we thought was our last). This changed due to the silver tongues of the director and producer of this film, Dylan and Haseeb.

In a festival world dominated by stories of Fyre, theft and rampant commercialism. Ours is a very different take on a counterculture that has taken the world by storm.”

That Was a Serious Party is an eye-opening and hugely entertaining documentary. That offers a unique insider’s eye view of a world of bacchanalian stories, psychedelic adventures and lifts the curtain on how this event came to be so influential.

The film is an irreverent, funny, poignant celebration of music festivals in all their chaotic, muddy glory that doesn’t shy away from the taboo. Amongst the hedonism and hardcore frivolity, the film also explores the darker side of how it managed to tackle current social issues including drug use. Tells the important story of how a tragic event, that shocked the party to its core, and spurred a mental health awareness drive that has been adopted by the entire festival industry. 

The film is a living, breathing energetic and sincere love letter to this iconic event that has since inspired so many, proudly celebrating the legacy, the origins and the faithful ‘gardeners’, that make this serious party just so special. 

That Was a Serious Party does so by combining the eccentricities, the love, and the chaos of your best party ever. Clips of archive footage, user created content, filmed interviews and wonderful cartoons by the veteran cult comic book artist Pete Loveday give an authentic flavour of how much SGP raised the bar for all others who followed.

It is all accompanied by a banging soundtrack from the likes of some of the fantastic artists who have played SGP. From the legendary and much missed Desmond Dekker to Leftfield and Baxter Dury to The Orb alongside The EggAdam FreelandDark SkyCrystal FightersPsychemajik… and many more. All reflect the mood and excitement that this event creates.

Director Dylan Harvey says:

“Having worked and played at music festivals pretty much all my life, it has always been an ambition to faithfully portray the experience of being at one in all its colourful. Anarchic glory and in my opinion, there weren’t many as anarchic and colourful as The Secret Garden Party. This groundbreaking event pushed the envelope when it came to pulling down the fence between artist and audience. Creating an immersive world of secret and not so secret happenings going off across the site.

So when in 2017 Freddie Fellowes announced that it was ending after 15 years. Still at the height of its popularity, it presented us with an opportunity to bring the party vibe from field to screen. By telling not just the story of this unique festival but to also use the festival as a means of exploring a culture. Which in those 15 years saw the transition from underground to mainstream. Thanks perhaps in no small part to the rise of social media’s double edged sword making events such as these into ‘bucket list’ moments.” 

SGP is the largest independent event in the UK. It was the first to introduce drugs testing, first to call for a safe sexual practices charter, first to have 360-degree welfare provisions. It was also the first to have a restaurant, first to take boutique camping up in the manner of a hotel experience and first to the bar with what became some of Europe’s largest acts (Jungle, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Lily Allen, Wolf Alice, London Grammar, Metronomy, Dua Lipa, Florence & The Machine, The XX, Years & Years, Kae Tempest, Caribou, Maribou State, Bastille, Lianne La Havas, Regina Spektor, Clean Bandit, Lykke Li and many many more). This all grew organically from the most authentic roots of a 700-person party in a back garden and was done with no sponsorship.

Rubikon (2022) Movie Review ‘Complex & Thoughtful Sci-Fi Movie’

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Rubikon – Complex & Thoughtful Sci-Fi Movie

Director: Magdalena Lauritsch

Writer: Magdalena Lauritsch, Jessica Lind (Screenplay)

Starring: Julia Franz Richter, George Blagden, Mark Ivanir, Nicholas Monu, Daniela Kong, Konstantin Frolov

Plot: Following a catastrophe on Earth, the planet is covered in a toxic fog. The crew in the space station, must decide whether to risk their lives to get home and search for survivors. Or stay safe in the station’s “algae symbiosis system”.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rubikon starts as Commander Hannah Wagner (Richter) and Gavin Abbott (Blagden) arrive at the space station Rubikon. Above the Earth, an Earth covered in a toxic fog, with only pockets of survivors. Hannah and Gavin are replacing the existing team on the space station, remaining with Doctor Dimitri Krylow (Ivanir).

When the returning crew suffering a horrendous incident in the return. The Rubikon can’t get communication, the big question for Hannah, Gavin and Dimitri. Is whether they look for survivors, or continue the missing through space.

Thoughts on Rubikon

Characters & Performances

Commander Hannah Wagner is leading the new team sent to the Rubikon. She is waiting for loved ones to join her, while taking command from the previous team. Hannah will take control in a fair manner. Defusing any problems in the hand over and look for solutions when the team’s return flight goes wrong. She will bring the remaining team together to search for a logical solution. After losing contact with Earth, showing the leadership in the search for answers.

Gavin Abbott is the man joining Hannah for the early handover. A man that understands the computer system. Can search for problems, while using his skills to understand the problems communicating with Earth.

Dimitri Krylow is the scientist on the space station. The man using his research to develop the algae that is being used to sustain life in space for a prolonged amount of time.

Julia Franz Richter, George Blagden and Mar Ivanir give us great performances that will be filled with difficult decisions. Showing the reactions to this happening.

Story

Rubikon follows a small team on a space station. Who after a disaster on Earth find themselves needing to make the difficult decisions. About whether to wait and see if anyone is still alive or start the mission to stay on the station.

Magdalena Lauritsch’s directorial debut brings us a story that doesn’t look to give us the flashy sci-fi moments. Focusing on the dilemma needed to be made by the astronauts about how much is worth risking saving humanity. Without any signs of life to get to Earth without danger.

The story puts everything into the human factors about a cataclysmic event on Earth. Something that is addressed in the opening sequence, with the line mentioning not putting decisions down to human error.

Themes

Rubikon brings us a sci-fi movie set on a space station above Earth. Showing us the safe haven, the crew finds themselves in, while conducting research. Which could save humanity, after event on Earth causes a toxic fog storm. The effects in the movie will are kept to the minimum, with anything happening off camera, showing the reactions to the events.

Signature Entertainment presents Rubikon on Digital Platforms and DVD on July 11th.

Final Thoughts Rubikon is a thoughtful sci-fi movie, leaving you wondering what you would do in the same situation.

True Things (2021) Movie Review

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True Things – Uncomfortable Romance

Director: Harry Wootliff

Writer: Molly Davies, Harry Wootliff (Screenplay) Deborah Kay Davies (Book)

Cast: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Hayley Squires, Elizabeth Rider, Frank McCusker

Plot: It follows a young woman living on the fringes of society who becomes intoxicated by a stranger who overwhelms her quiet life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: True Things starts we meet Kate (Wilson) a woman struggling with reality of life. She turns up late for work, daydreamers through her role at the welfare office. Kate meets Blond (Burke) at work, who brings a charisma to seduce her. With the couple starting a forbidden whirlwind romance.

As the romance starts to take off, Kate finds herself feeling trapped. Getting caught up in a relationship that sees her being controlled, as her own life spirals out of control.

Thoughts on True Things

Characters & Performances

Kate is a welfare officer that is helping people get back on their feet. She is finding herself feeling alone in life, with her best friend trying to set her up on dates. This changes when she meets a mysterious stranger, one that offers her excitement for the first time in years. She is left with a decision of whether to follow this man who keep her life on track.

Blond is the man that Kate meets, fresh out of prison. He is looking to start putting his life back in order. Using his charisma to draw Kate out of her safe position in the life. Sending her down the whirlwind she wants. He does come off as abusive and controlling, not letting her have control of her own life.

Allison is the best friend of Kate’s work colleague who has been around to support her. She is seeing the trouble she has got herself into, looking to help her out where she can.

Ruth Wilson is wonderful in the leading role. Showing her character slowly spiralling out of control, because she is feeling empty in life. Tom Burke brings the controlling figure to life, one that does everything to get what he wants only.

Story

The story follows a lonely woman that gets drawn into a relationship with one of her clients. Risking her career, changing her life, getting drawn into an abusive relationship. Unaware of the situation she finds herself in, despite her friends and family trying to help her.

This is a story that shows how easily people can get caught up in toxic relationships. The early excitement can bring something fresh to life. Constantly drawn towards that excitement, even if the rest of the time is abusive. It will also show how important having friends around you will help put life back on track for you.

Final Thoughts True Things is an uncomfortable whirlwind romance tale.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – Home Release News

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is on digital 8 July and on SteelBook, 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD 11 July

Nicolas Cage as Nic Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage plays… Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin. The fictionalised version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills. Channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is directed by Tom Gormican. Stars Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Night School), Sharon Horgan (Military Wives, Pulling), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl) and Lily Mo Sheen.

Blu-ray Special Features (included with 4K UHD release)

– Audio commentary by writer/director Tom Gormican and writer Kevin Etten

– Deleted scenes (with optional audio commentary by writer/director Tom Gormican and writer Kevin Etten)

– The Mind

– Glimmers of a Bygone Cage

– Everybody Needs a Javi

– Nick, Nicky, and Sergio

– Second Act Action

– Cages 5 and Up

– SXSW Film Festival Q&A

DVD Special Features

– Audio commentary by writer/director Tom Gormican and writer Kevin Etten

– Deleted scenes (with optional audio commentary by writer/director Tom Gormican and writer Kevin Etten)

– SXSW Film Festival Q&A

Certification: 15

Run time: 106 mins approx

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – D – Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016) Movie Suggestion

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ABC Film Challenge

Animation

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

This is just a suggestion, Yu-Gi-Oh! Was one of the closest competitors to Pokémon using the card based battle system to fight, being a much more mature style of combat. This is one of the films in the series, one that will dive deeper into players trying to defeat Yugi.

Bulletproof 2 (2020) Movie Review

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Bulletproof 2 – Unnecessary Sequel

Director: Don Michael Paul (Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell)

Writer: Don Michael Paul (Screenplay)

Writer: Rich Wilkes (Story)

Cast

Plot: Set 25 years after, Jack is now working as a Special Agent with a mission to take down a powerful South African crime family. The officer begrudgingly goes undercover once again, this time taking the identity of Moses.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Bulletproof 2 starts as agent Jack Carter (Love) finds himself struggling to perform his duties. Consequently, he gets sent to South Africa to work with Archie Moses (Fox), for the first time in 25 years.

The mission is to get close to the Schmidt gang, who have been clashing with a Mexican cartel. The two must put their differences aside to complete this dangerous mission.

Verdict on Bulletproof 2

Bulletproof 2 is an action-comedy sequel that reunites the characters, but not the actors. Seeing the two come together for the mission even if they don’t work well together. The story itself, is fine, doing the basics correctly. Although the problems come from the fact that the two leads aren’t as good.

The movie tries to focus too much on unfunny jokes, where the characters are drawn into rants. Faizon Love will get better laughs and his character does have deeper problems going on. However, on the offside of things, Kirk Fox brings us a character that is painful to watch.

The action side of the movie will bring us typical shootouts, ones that are overkill because of the stability of the criminals. Sadly, this brings endless cuts to the action, including showing certain sequences from multiply angles. The movie here doesn’t do the first one justice, ending up feeling more like a failed buddy cop movie.

Where to Watch: Bulletproof 2 is available to rent or buy on Google Play, Microsoft, YouTube, Amazon and Apple TV.

Final ThoughtsBulletproof 2 is an unnecessary sequel.