Pursuit of Freedom (2022) Movie Review

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Pursuit of Freedom – Movie Review

Director: George A Johnson

Writer: George A Johnson (Screenplay)

Writer: Lonnie Norris (Story)

Cast

  • Jessica Koloian (Skydog)
  • Stelio Savante (The Cleaning Lady)
  • Robia Scott (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Sharonne Lanier (I Still Believe)
  • Brayden Eaton (Dinosaur Cove)

Plot: The real-life story of a Ukrainian woman who was separated from her three children and sold into trafficking by Russian gangsters. Defying all odds, she survived to be reunited with her children.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Pursuit of Freedom starts when a Ukrainian woman living in Krakoff sees her husband cause problems with the local mob boss. This sees her home invaded, with her getting her children Armen (Eaton), Siran (Kellogg) and Hovan (Kemuel) out before she is taken.

Years passed with Anna trapped in the sex trade until the owners dump her at a hospital. Meanwhile, her children have been forced to live in hiding. Anna has one wish, to be reunited with her children, but her health isn’t good and the paperwork between the countries causes problems. It is up to faith to see if they can be reunited.

Verdict on Pursuit of Freedom

Pursuit of Freedom is a faith-based drama that follows one woman’s journey through hell to get reunited with her children. The story focuses on the journey to recovery, rather than the horrors she goes through. It focuses on the people that will risk everything to make the reunion happen.

This is based on a true story, and it shows how the story look almost impossible until people worked together. With them going against what is expected from people in the world.

The performances in the movie are strong throughout the movie showing the pain the characters are forced to go through.

Final Thoughts Pursuit of Freedom is a powerful faith-based drama.

Love at First Stream (2021) Movie Review

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Love at First Stream – Movie Review

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Writer: Kookai Labayen, Isabella Policarpio, Ella A Palileo, Cathey Garcia-Molina (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Daniela Stranner
  • Kaori Oinuma
  • Anthony Jennings
  • Jeremiah Lisbo
  • Agot Isidro

Plot: Love at First Stream follows the stories of a streamer, a student, a breadwinner, and a heartthrob as they explore love and friendships online to escape their realities offline.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Love at First Stream starts as the young streamers V (Stranner) and Megumi (Oinuma) are craving the success, which sees them start to take off. V finds success in a strange meeting with Tupe (Jennings) despite him not being in the same universe.

As V continues to crave more attention, she joins a dating stream where she meets Gino (Lisbo). This sees her winning and being thrown deeper into the spotlight as the deeper message about finding more in life happens.

Verdict on Love at First Stream

Love at First Stream is a young love romantic comedy that dives into the modern obsession with social media instead of experiencing life. The romances we see are shown between the two worlds, one the audience wants to happen compared to the ones that the streamers want.

It is a great reflection on modern life and love. Putting a firm spotlight on what is being missed in front of your own eyes. It is kept in a fun tone all the way through and is filled with strong performances throughout.

Where to Watch: Love at First Stream is available on Netflix.

Final ThoughtsLove at First Stream is a fun little rom com.

ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movie – A – Almost Famous (2000) Movie Review

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Almost Famous – Essential Coming-of-Age Film

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe (Screenplay)

Starring: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Plot: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.


Tagline – Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don’t fall for it.
Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Almost Famous starts as we meet William Miller who grow up in a different environment where his mother Elaine (McDormand) who raised him to believe he was older than he is, but did encourage her children to follow their dreams. William (Fugit) now 15 has been writing articles on music for his high school paper, trying to get advice from famous music critic Lester Bangs (Hoffman), who gives him his first assignment, to interview Black Sabbath.

William’s first main show sees him meet the band Still Water who nickname him the enemy as they hate music critics, but soon learn he is a fan, welcoming him into their inner circle along with band aid Penny Lane (Hudson) who is trying to teach him about the new world she has entered, as he looks to learn about the lead singer Russell Hammond (Crudup).

Thoughts on Almost Famous

Characters & Performances – William Miller is a teenager who grow up in a very strange environment, where his mother convinced him he was older than he truly was and his sister guided him to rock music, driving his passion to write about it, he gets a chance to write meeting a band Still Water, who invite him on tour with him to learn what music truly is about, watching and learning about the rock-n-roll life. He is the innocent eyes entering this world, not wanting to fall into the drugs and drinks side, just wanting to experience the music. Patrick Fugit is brilliant in the leading role, showing the pure innocent character in world that seen to be filled with sin and temptation. Russell Hammond is the lead singer of Still Water, he isn’t interested in journalists or critics, but becomes impressed with how William handles himself, he does seem to keep the truth close to his chest, always managing to keep himself a mystery compared to the rest of the band. Billy Crudup does a wonderful job to fill his character with the mystery and charisma needed through the film. Penny Lane is the self-proclaimed band aid, above the groupie, she helps William learn about the world as she gets close to Russell, turning to William for the more personal moments of her life. Kate Hudson is the star of the show, bringing the romantic side to the rock-n-roll, showing how far someone will go to be important, but not famous. Elaine Miller is the mother of William who has controlled his life even if she is willing to let him experience the tour, she is always concerned about him on his journey. Frances McDormand gives a performance which spends more time alone on the phone, but gives us such a powerful performance in those moments. We do have an incredible cast that bring each character to life with ease through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a teenager who has been shielded in life that gets an opportunity to interview and tour with a rock band, where he will learn about the world behind the scenes, fall in love and see that not everything is what you would imagine from seeing music. This is a story that is known for being semi-autobiographic for Cameron Crowe, it shows the music industry from the eyes of an innocent person stepping into it, wanting more from their life to follow their passion of writing about music, learning the ins and outs from a personal stand point that will help him learn to become a man. This is an important story that shows us that not everything is what you would believe it to be when it comes to chasing your dreams.

ThemesAlmost Famous takes our character William on a journey he never imagined, a music tour across America where he does learn life lesson which is semi-biographical from the director Cameron Crowe. Each city gets the spotlight and we learn how the behind the scenes of music truly operates with the locations.

Almost Famous is a brilliant film that has an amazing cast that all perform to their very best, with a story that highlights how important chasing a dream can be.

Love in the Villa (2022) Movie Review

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Love in the Villa – Movie Review

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: A young woman takes a trip to romantic Verona, Italy, after a breakup, only to find that the villa she reserved was double-booked, and she’ll have to share her vacation with a cynical British man.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Love in a Villa starts when Julie (Graham) is preparing for her holiday in Verona, with her boyfriend Brandon (Ablack). Julie finds herself getting dumped before the holiday and now decides to take the trip alone.

Upon arriving in Verona, Julie discovers the apartment has been double booked with English man Charlie (Hopper). The two clash turns into a battle over the apartment before they put aside their differences and experience Verona.

Verdict on Love in the Villa

Characters

Julie is a hopeless romantic that has planned her perfect trip with her boyfriend to Verona. However, she finds herself dumped on the eve of the holiday, deciding to take it alone. She struggles to start with, as the trip is hard, and the apartment is double booked. Her fantasies of Verona are thrown out until she starts to get along with her new random roommate.

Charlie is a wine buyer for a major company, he travels to Italy every year to search for the next great wine and he is brilliant at his job. He clashes with Julie over the room, showing he isn’t afraid to fight back until he finally opens up to show her around Verona.

In the supporting characters, we get the pairs of partners who have put them through pain before the trip. There are also the locals that show the pair around their city.

Performances

Tom Hopper and Kat Graham are both great in their roles. They make the most of the script and get the laughs along the way. The pair have good chemistry in the film, showing two people coming from different worlds.

Story

The story follows a woman who has just broken up with her boyfriend and takes her trip to Verona anyway. This is her dream holiday and doesn’t turn out to be anything like she expected. She must deal with an English roommate whom she clashes with before she embraces her trip away.

In a year where we get a lot of Italy is the country of love stories. This does feel like just another one to throw into the mix. It gets all the basics right, broken hearts coming together to realize the life they had been living is different to the life they want.

The weakness here comes from the fact that not enough is different to anything we have seen before and by the end we know exactly how it is playing out. It seems to like the final bit of charm, despite being easy to watch.

Themes

Love in the Villa is a romantic comedy that follows two different people from different worlds that end up in Verona with broken hearts. It is the typical worlds collide romance in one of the most romantic cities in the world. There are moments in the beauty of the city, but it feels like some of it gets held back more than it should.

Where to Watch: Love in the Villa is available on Netflix

Final Thoughts Love in the Villa is a by-the-book romantic comedy with good leading performances.

Star Focus – Virginia Gardner

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Star Focus – Virginia Gardner

Biography – Virginia Gardner is a fresh face in the Hollywood world. Making her debut in 2015 in the impressive time travelling found footage movie ‘Project Almanac’. ‘Fall’ is her latest movie, which has seen her go through the genres in the recent seven years. During this time Virginia had small roles in ‘Goat’ and ‘Good Kids’. While taking a bigger role in ‘Tell Me How I Die’.

2018 saw Virginia join the cast of the Halloween reboot as one of the many victims of Michael Myres. 2018 continued to be the strongest year of her career, with ‘Little Bitches’, ‘Monster Party’ and the leading role in ‘Starfish’. The only other movie between 2018 and Fall is 2020’s ‘All the Bright Things’. In the future, we have Roger Kumble’s ‘Beautiful Disaster’ and Marja-Lewis Ryan’s ‘Liked’.

Away from film, Virginia has been in some big TV shows, with ‘Runaways’ being the show with the most appearances. Along with appearances in ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘American Horror Stories’ and her debut acting role in ‘Hart of Dixie.

Film Debut

Project Almanac (2015)

Latest Movie – Fall

Upcoming Films – Beautiful Disaster

Highest Rated on the Following

IMDB – All the Brights Places, Halloween, Fall – All have 6.5

Rotten Tomatoes – Starfish (87%)

Metacritic – Starfish (74)

Lowest Rated on the Following

IMDB – Little Bitches

Rotten Tomatoes – Good Kids (33%)

Metacritic – Project Almanac (47)

It Is In Us All – Release News

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‘It Is In Us All’ is coming to UK & IRISH CINEMA RELEASE DATE Friday 23rd September 2022

IT IS IN US ALL is the directorial debut from the exciting new auteur, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, starring Cosmo Jarvis (Calm With Horses), Claes Bang (The Northman) & Rhys Mannion.


When Hamish arrives on the soil of his mother’s birth, she is felt instantly. As he travels further into the wild Irish country, a shocking car accident rips him apart, shattering his clenched control. A beast broken, he finds himself lost in the world of his long deceased mother. But when he starts to receive visits from a teenager who was also involved in the crash, Hamish begins to experience the electricity of living.