They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Director: Peter Jackson

 

Plot: A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Eye Opener

 

Story: They Shall Not Grow Old starts as the First World War begins as we follows through the stories of multiply men that lied about joining the army, followed their preparations before leaving for battle and learning how the men must learn how deadly the war was. We go through countless accounts of the life and experiences of the war, through clips that have been remastered to show the colour from the original black and white footage.

 

Thoughts on They Shall Not Grow Old

 

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best technical achievements in documentary film making, we get the see the footage that was only ever seen in black and white, restored to colour which shows us more of the harsh realities of war. Having the countless accounts from the former soldiers, where just weren’t prepared for going into war, seeing how almost pointless what they were doing was even after meeting the German soldiers too. This is an impress eye opening look at one of the biggest wars in history, the lives they were living both during and after the war which shows just how lost the generation could have been in this world.

 

Overall: This is easily one of the most important documentaries you will see.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – T – Tombstone (1993)

Director: George P Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre

Writer: Kevin Jarre (Screenplay)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston

 

Plot: A successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.


Tagline – Justice Is Coming

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not as Good as Wyatt Earp

 

Story: Tombstone starts when the successful lawman Wyatt Earp (Russell) has hung up his gun moved with his brothers Virgil (Elliott) and Morgan (Paxton) to Tombstone to follow in the silver boom. Wyatt does get his hands in plenty of pots, helping the town turn to their successful ways.

When the Marshall is killed by the cowboys the mayor turns to the Earp’s with Virgil and Morgan try to bring order to the town Wyatt reluctantly agrees to join them, which will see them come face to face with the deadly cowboy gang who want control of the town.

 

Thoughts on Tombstone

 

Characters – Wyatt Earp’s reputation precedes him as he cleaned up the town of Boulder, now he wants to put his gun away and head to Tombstone to start a business life with his brothers, he knows how the get a deal done, which will see him need to get rid of the cowboy gang running through the town causing chaos. Doc Holliday is the gambler that will and has stood by Wyatt’s side in combat, he will drink a lot even if he does face health problem that will slowly make his life harder. Virgil and Morgan are the brothers that take the roles in the law enforcement which will see them put their own lives at risk.

PerformancesKurt Russell does do a solid job in the leading role, the action scenes are where he shines the best. Val Kilmer does well making his character feel like he is standing out more in the film at times. We do get plenty of actors in this film, most do what is needed without being on the top of their games.

StoryThe story follows Wyatt Earp in his time in Tombstone only which does show how he was trying to live a non-conflict life only to be drawn back into the old ways which saw him become the legendary lawman. The story is difficult to watch after recently seeing the ‘Wyatt Earp’ film, which does cover a larger amount of his life, including the Tombstone time, we just don’t seem to get enough focus on the life outside of the battle in the town, which fails to give the wives required screen time in the story or show us what led to Wyatt becoming the famous lawman. This will give us the simple look at the battle with the cowboys which is good to see, but we would always want to learn more about the character involved.

Action/BiopicThe action in the film does see bullets fly around like we are used to, for a western, the biopic side of the film only shows us the Tombstone stage of Wyatt’s life which does focus more, only it doesn’t explain why he is such a famous figure.

SettingsThe film does create the authentic setting for the western genre, which is does make us feel like we are watching the story unfold with the characters.


Scene of the Movie –
Stand off.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not learning enough about Wyatt’s life before Tombstone.

Final ThoughtsThis is the weaker of the two Wyatt Earp biopics that hit the cinema in the same year, it might have more entertaining action, but it just misses too much of his life out.

 

Overall: Disappointing biopic.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – T – Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014)

Director: Wych Kaos

Writer: Nicole Jones, Steven Paul (Screenplay)

Starring: Kane Kosugi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rade Serbedzija, Gary Daniels, Kelly Wenham, Paige Lindquist, Charlotte Kirk

 

Plot: Suffering from amnesia, a young man trying to discover his true identity is kidnapped by an underground crime organization and turned into a ruthless assassin.


Tagline – Survival Is No Game

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Badly Acted, Miss Titled

 

Story: Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge starts when K (Kosugi) wakes with amnesia, he is kidnapped by the Minister (Serbedzija) who forces him into his program, it is here he is assigned the name ‘K’. trained to kill on command the group in Tekken city. Going along with the program K uses his time to learn his true identity and motivation behind the Minster’s program.

 

Thoughts on Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge

 

Characters – K or Kazuya is the man with amnesia, he has combat skills, weapon skills, but not memory of who he is, now forced into the Minister’s group of assassins he is killing people on command. He must follow orders or be killed until he learns he may not be working for the right side. The Minister is the man who runs the assassins, he picks the candidates up, forcing them to follow instructions to become the killers he knows they could become. Bryan Fury is key to learning the truth, though we don’t see him enough. We have a world filled with assassins, both deadly and misled.

PerformancesKane Kosugi is solid enough for the action sequences but when it comes to the rest of the cast well, there is a reason not many people saw this movie, most of the acting is poor with painfully delivered lines that make little sense to the characters.

StoryTekken is a fighting game right, yes, I have played them, the first film bought us into a fighting tournament which is what we would accept. This time we watch a man that can fight being trained into become an assassin in some sort of seedy crime-based film. This is a slow-moving story that is rinse repeat even while trying to show us a twist in the final part of the film. this isn’t the most engaging story and is easily one that could be missed.

ActionThe action is the only highlight of the film, we have good fighting sequences which show of Kane Kosugi skills in combat.

SettingsThe film is set in Tekken city, we mostly focuses on the different classes of people living in this city, none of which are involved in the story.


Scene of the Movie –
The fights.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the acting.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sequel that just doesn’t make us care about anything that is going on, it doesn’t even have fight tournament which is the whole point of the game.

 

Overall: Poor sequel to a weak first film.

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Truth or Dare (2018)

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writer: Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach, Jeff Wadlow (Screenplay)

Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Sophia Ali, Nolan Gerard Funk, Landon Liboiron

 

Plot: A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.


Tagline – Truth, Dare And Die.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Idea

 

Story: Truth or Dare starts when college friends Olivia (Hale), Lucas (Posey), Markie (Beane), Brad (Szeto), Penelope (Ali), Tyson (Funk) and Ronnie (Lerner) head to Mexico for Spring Break, when a stranger Carter (Liboiron) takes the friends for a last night party, he passes on a curse of a game of Truth or Dare.

Returning home Olivia starts to see strange thing around, which involves he needing to play a game of Truth or Dare, soon the rest of the friends get visited and must complete their truth or dare or face death, with each dare becoming deadlier.

 

Thoughts on Truth or Dare

 

Characters – Olivia is the sweet hardworking college student, she wants to do good in the world, before getting dragged on spring break. She ends up becoming one of the victims of the latest game of truth or dare, being the one that does start to figure out the bigger picture of what is going on. Lucas is the best friend’s boyfriend that Olivia does have a thing for, he becomes torn when Markie’s secret is revealed. Markie is the best friend for life to Olivia, only she has been cheating on her boyfriend that Olivia loves, she makes out that she is the victim which is confusing. Brad is the friend that is gay, he has been keeping this from his father in fear of being disowned. The friends do fit the stereotypes you would expect to see in horror films, but at least this gives us a body count.

PerformancesLucy Hale in the leading role is solid enough in the leading role, it is hard to see the chemistry between any of the cast because of the unrealistic, which doesn’t help any of the performances through the film. Tyler Posey, Violett Beane complete the main cast again not given enough time to do anything in their role.

StoryThe story follows a group of college student who find themselves caught in a deadly game of Truth or Dare, where if they don’t play they will kill themselves. Now this story does need to be broken down and looked at because there were certain moments of the story which are interesting. The concept of the game becoming deadly and supernatural does work. Where the story struggles is creating the characters we can actually support because most of them are just idiotic students. The rules and decisions can make sense, but the secrets they are keeping from each other are ridiculous to believe that they are real. The truths and dares can leave you scratching your head because they don’t seem to have racial side to them as they can be sleep with someone or kill someone, it should escalate rather than just jump around.

HorrorThe horror side of this film comes from seeing just how the game tricks the people into doing the truth or dare, then what will happen if they don’t. it not scary in the way it could be, but one that could work to keep your attention.

SettingsThe film is mostly set around the college after the trip to Mexico, it makes it feel like everyday locations these people would be forced into making their decisions.

Special EffectsThe effects are part of the questionable side of the film because they do us the snapchat like filter which just looks bad.


Scene of the Movie –
Using certain parts of common sense.

That Moment That Annoyed Me They are the worst best friends ever

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that I was expecting the worst from, but in the end enjoyed watching to see just what will happen, it has a smart concept even if the outcome isn’t on the levels of the best horrors.

 

Overall: Smart idea, not as scary as it should be.

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Alan Tudyk Weekend – Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) Revisited

Director: Eli Craig

Writer: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson (Screenplay)

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren

 

Plot: Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.


Tagline – The perfect love story… with a high body count.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bloody Hilarious

 

Story: Tucker and Dale vs Evil starts when Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine) head into the woods to their holiday home by the lake, the same weekend Chad (Moss) leads his college house out to the woods for their own weekend of drinks and drugs.

When one of the students Allison (Bowden) gets injured, Tucker & Dale take her to rescue, this is where the miscommunication starts when Chad makes the rest believe Tucker & Dale are hillbilly killers and a series of failed rescue attempts get to see the body count only complicated for the rest.

 

Thoughts on Tucker and Dale vs Evil

 

Characters – Tucker is the smarter of the two friends, he looks over Dale when he is struggling with life decisions and talks the two out of trouble. Dale is the simply minded of the two, he does have the ability to remember an information he is told, he gets a crush on Allison and we follow how he tries to gain the confidence to speak to her, while trying to defend himself from the college students. Allison is the beautiful college student that doesn’t completely fit in with the rest of the group, she gets injured and rescued by the friends. She learns to accept people that look different which causes most of the confusing in this film. Chad is the leader of the college group, he has a tragic backstory which motivates him into his actions through the film.

PerformancesTyler Labine & Alan Tudyk show wonderful chemistry through this film as they show they have comic timing that fits the characters. Katrina Bowden fits the beautiful young woman roe well, the looks are important to make this character standout. Jesse Moss plays his character well become more psychotic as the film unfolds.

StoryThe story follows a pair of hillbillies that run into a group of college kids in the woods, we get to play into the ideas that are the typical traits within the horror, as the hillbillies are calm instead of bloody hungry killers and the students have played into the fears people can have for who people are. This is how the genre can turn the ideas on its head which plays into the comedy needed for the film and the story gets a chance to just play along with everything that is going on. We do go down the typical slasher genre, because we get the large group picked off, while most look like suicide it does falls into the ideas the slasher genre has.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy gets to turn the typical horror traits on its head, which is it what makes this film feel refreshing to watch and if you are a horror fans you will get most of the jokes being used.

SettingsThe film keeps nearly all the action in and around the wood area, with have no easy escape after the car leaves early on and the signal is gone, meaning the college students must think for themselves.

Special EffectsThe effects are very impressive when it comes to the deaths, we get original ones that manage to by funny as well as brutal.


Scene of the Movie –
The woodchipper.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The students are portrayed to be complete idiots.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the best horror comedies out there, it will get laughs from the audience with the horror audience understanding nearly every joke being played out in the film.

 

Overall: Funny, entertaining, a must watch.

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