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Save the Cinema (2022) Movie Review

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Save the Cinema is an enjoyable movie about community coming together.

Director: Sara Sugarman

Writer: Piers Ashworth (Screenplay) Lorraine King (Story)

Starring: Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Owain Yeoman, Maya Millard, Harry Luke, Tom Felton, Owen Teale, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma

Plot: The story of Liz Evans, who lives in Carmarthen South West Wales, who starts a campaign in the 90s to save the Lyric Cinema.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Save the Cinema starts when Liz Evans (Morton) finds out her beloved cinema and theatre has been marked for demolition. Corrupt mayor Tom Jenkins (Akhtar) plans on building a shopping centre. Through the small South West town in Wales Carmarthen.

Liz decides to make a stand against Tom, by moving her business into the theatre. Making in impossible for the building to be destroyed. Forcing Tom into trying to find alternative means to get the job done. Showing the power of the campaign and the heart in the village.

Thoughts on Save the Cinema

Save the Cinema is a charming comedy drama showing the real fight to save a theatre in the middle of a town. That is marked for demolition to build a shopping centre. It will show how communities will come together to achieve this. Working together to take a stand before turning to a mega star to achieve fame. Being one of the first places Jurassic Park would be shown in the world.

The film does well to paint the fighters as everyday people looking to keep the town together. With a future on the line, but never makes out the people trying to destroy it as greedy as they could. Certain aspects of their characters teasing more towards something bigger happening to them as a consequence of their action. Only for nothing to come of it.

The performances are great throughout the film as each star will make you want to see them more. With support characters getting plenty more laughs than the serious side the leads need to keep.

Do Revenge (2022) Movie Review

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Do Revenge – Movie Review

Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Celeste Ballard (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: Drea and Eleanor agree to go after one another’s bullies.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Do Revenge starts when society girl Drea (Mendes) sees her status questioned after her sex tape is leaked. She is left on probation by the headmaster (Gellar). She wants revenge and meeting new student Eleanor (Hawke) sees her opening up the first steps.

As the two become friends, they decide to come up with a twisted tale of revenge. As they swap targets and work together to bring down the people who ruined their lives.

Verdict on Do Revenge

Do Revenge is a high school comedy that follows the society-heavy world of the prep world as they look to tear down each other’s lives. This follows two who swap enemies to bring them down, only to find themselves taking things to new extreme levels.

In the end, this does feel like a poor version of Cruel Intentions that only ends up going down a dark path, missing the point of just showing revenge over actually earning school. Moaning about relationships wanting revenge on each other, it is all way too much drama.

The performances are good from everyone involved, which is a great young cast, it is the story that holds everything back.

Where to Watch: Do Revenge is available on Netflix.

Final ThoughtsDo Revenge is school politics 101 that tries so hard to be edgier than it is.

ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – M – Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) Movie Review

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Director: Steve Bendelack

Writer: Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll (Screenplay)

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Karel Roden, Emma de Caunes, Jean Rochefort, Max Baldry

Plot: Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two reunite. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love.


Tagline – There’s no telling where he’s going… but everyone knows where he’s Bean!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mr Bean’s Holiday starts as Mr Bean (Atkinson) wins a raffle for a holiday to Cannes, a simple trip that only goes from bad to worse for the hapless figure. While in Paris Mr Bean accidently makes Emil (Roden) miss his train, leaving Mr Bean with his son Stepan (Baldry) trying to reunite the pair.

Along the way Mr Bean continues to find himself getting into trouble which will always work out well for him along the way, finding a way to enjoy the journey.

Thoughts on Mr Bean’s Holiday

Characters & Performances – Mr Bean is the character we all know, we know he will have misadventures along the way, this time he heads to France for a raffle ticket prize to Cannes. We follow his journey which will see him get into trouble and need to help a child reunite with his father in a race across the country. Rowan Atkinson continues to bring the unique style of humour to the role. When we look at this supporting cast, we get people that bounce off Rowan well to give us the extra laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows Mr Bean on his latest adventure across France for a holiday, where he ends up needing to reunite a son with his father, with the language barriers causing the problems along the way. This story does have a much more interesting concept with the idea of the trip becoming chaos and the trip needing to be made more difficult adding to the adventure in the film. Some of the story is more ridiculous than other parts, but this is how a Mr Bean story unfolds, he just seems to fall into the right path.

ThemesMr Bean’s Holiday is a comedy that falls into the slapstick world, which does do a better job than the first film, it does feel like we are watching an extended version of a Mr Bean adventure, which will use the locations to add humour through the film.

 

Mr Bean’s Holiday is an improvement on the first film and will keep the fans of the hapless character happy.

ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – L – Legally Blonde (2001) Movie Review

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Director: Robert Luketic

Writer: Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith (Screenplay) Amanda Brown (Novel)

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter

Plot: Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school. While she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Legally Blonde starts when a sorority queen Elle Woods (Witherspoon) gets dumped by Warner (Davis), only for Elle to look to overcome her image and tackle law school, with her ex-boyfriend is attending.

Once Elle starts to realize that she deserves better, she starts taking law school more seriously, making waves in how she approaches cases, seeing her put onto a murder trial, where she will look to get the evidence to get her client off the murder charge.

Thoughts on Legally Blonde

ThoughtsLegally Blonde is a romantic comedy drama, bringing a character that looks completely out of place in the world of law. Elle proves that looks can be deceiving and brains will be what makes a career. When it comes to the studying side, we rarely see any of this side of things, which works because this is more about being accepted in the studying side of the learning curve, rather than just being expected to know everything. When it comes to the case, we see the strengths of being knowledgeable in different fields, only it might have been better to see the rest of the team getting in some input, rather than just following the guidelines to be like the rest. Reese Witherspoon will always have this role, as one of her best, being one of the more iconic performances in film history. This is an enjoyable movie, with laughs, courtroom drama and important life lessons.

Final Thoughts Legally Blonde is easily one of the most iconic movies of modern cinema.

See How They Run (2022) Movie Review

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See How They Run – Movie Review

Director: Tom George

Writer: Mark Chappell (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: See How They Run starts in the aftershow of the Agatha Christe play Mousetrap. Film director Leo Kopernick (Brody) is killed and left on stage for everyone to see. Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and Constable Stalker (Ronan) take the names and ask the questions.

As the pair lead their investigation, they must learn about the prime suspects. Film producer John Woolf (Shearsmith), screenwriter Mervyn Cocker-Norris (Oyelowo), theatre owner Petula Spencer (Wilson) and many others. As the investigation takes twists and turns, they must solve the murder before it is too late.

Verdict on See How They Run

Characters

Constable Stalker is an over-eager rookie on the force. She jumps into cases with both feet and a positive attitude. Stalker takes notes of everything she sees, as she is desperate to pass her upcoming exams. She does get starstruck around Richard Attenborough, while the investigation continues.

Inspector Stoppard is the lead investigator on the case, he is laid back about solving it while turning to his addictions along the way. He does look to do the right thing and even if his methods are not always the best.

When it comes to the list of suspects, we dive into the cast and crew. Like with many murder mysteries, we get a string of potential suspects, each having their potential motivation. These supporting characters are fun to watch and learn about their strengths and weaknesses.

Performances

Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell are both wonderful together, with Saoirse being perky and positive, while Sam is more beaten down by life. In the supporting cast, we get the different suspects who all shine in their quirky roles throughout the film.

Story

The story follows two police officers that must investigate the murder within the West End theatre. It sees everything look like they could be a suspect and the police officers must get to the bottom of the case before the killer strikes again.

The story is very clever, it openly mocks a certain style of a murder mystery. This plays perfectly into how the case unfolds as the movie is filled with puns along the way. Plenty of clues point the fingers at different suspects, which keep us guessing along the way.

Everything in told in a lighter tone, to keep the story feeling engaging throughout too. This is a joy to watch and a story that keeps you wanting more.

Themes

See How They Run is a mystery comedy that dives into a murder in 1950s West End. It thrives in the era, with costumes, music and set design. This helps suck us into the environment that gives us a truly enjoyable movie experience. The comedy hits well, with puns or eccentric versions of characters along the way.

Final Thoughts See How They Run is a truly delightful movie, with laughs, a mystery and brilliant performances.

ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – I – The History Boys (2006) Movie Review

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This is under I because of the teacher Irwin that comes into the lives of the schoolboys.

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Alan Bennett (Screenplay) Alan Bennett (Play)

Starring: Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Andrew Knott, Russell Tovey

Plot: An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.


Tagline – History. It’s just one bloody thing after another.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The History Boys starts when a group of schoolboys Crowther (Anderson), Timms (Corden), Lockwood (Knott), Rudge (Tovey), Scripps (Parker), Posner (Barnett), Akhtar (Dhawan) and Dakin (Cooper) have been selected as the best chance for the school to have students head to Oxford.

As the regular teachers have their own plan to push the students, it is newly hired Irwin (Campbell Moore) that looks to push the students to the next level, showing them a new view on life.

Thoughts on The History Boys

ThoughtsThe History Boys is a comedy drama that shows how a group of school boys were hoping for Oxford, they will find new inspiration from a younger teacher, who has seen the change in the world, knows what it takes to stand out in the applications. The performances from the younger actors work well together, they show great chemistry throughout the different moments they go through the studies. The different teachers show us the different approaches taken to help guide the next generation into the biggest stage of their lives. The story is about pointing out that to be educated, you need to open up a conversation about history, rather than just state the facts. The comedy is based on the time era the film is set, which will get laughs, even if the mentality is outdated.

Final Thoughts The History Boys is a life defining movie that hits all the inspirations, without going down the unrealistic goal chasing ideas.

The Take Out Move (2022) Movie Review

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The Take Out Move – Movie Review

Director: Andrew Simonian

Writer: Andrew Simonian (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Jeremy Sless
  • Nick Grace
  • Alexandra Miles
  • Zack Kozlow

Plot: When a shadowy figure instructs two different men to take out the same woman. They both end up at her home at the same time, fighting each other and the absurd situation to be the one to complete the assignment.

Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Take Out Move starts as Whalen (Sless) and Davis (Grace) both find themselves trying to win the heart of the same girl, Amber (Miles). They both get stuck in her apartment and agree to help her with her tasks. As the three spend more time together, the guy’s bond creates a friendship, while Amber keeps putting them through different uncomfortable tasks.

Verdict on The Take Out Move

The Take Out Move was made for only $3500 and is an action comedy that gets much more out of the budget suggestion. It brings us two guys who agree to help a woman with her daily tasks, where it turns into a competition.

This does get laughs along the way, with each situation offering up a different moment of comedy. The cast works very well to help get the laughs too. In the action side, it is a lot of slapstick-styled action comedy with full-blown sound effects to go with it.

This movie should be praised for what was achieved on such a small budget. It shows amazing creativity and the ability to work within a micro-budget.

Final Thoughts The Take Out Move is a fun action comedy that proves you can make great entertainment on a micro-budget.

ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – F – Failure to Launch (2006) Movie review

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Director: Tom Dey

Writer: Tom J Astle, Matt Ember (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Barthe, Bradley Cooper, Terry Bradshaw, Kathy Bates

Plot: A thirty-something is still living with his parents until they hire an interventionist to help him graduate out of the house. That’s when the fun begins.


Tagline – To leave the nest, some men just need a little push.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Failure to Launch starts as Tripp (McConaughey) who meets women all the time, taking them back home, to his parents home, Al (Bradshaw) and Sue (Bates) who are looking to get him out the home, which is two best friend Ace (Bartha) and Demo (Cooper) haven’t done either.

When Al and Sue decide to hire Paula (Parker) to help Tripp move out using her own routine to push them out of the home, only this time she starts to fall for him.

Thoughts on Failure to Launch

Characters – Tripp is in his mid-30s, he looks to meet women all the time, hang out with friends, but he still lives at home, using that as a way to break-up with the women. He meets Paula for the latest part of his women, only to start to fall for her, only to learn the truth and try to turn the tables on her. Paula has made a career out of helping men move out of their parents homes, she has done it for a few years, following her strict rules, only she starts to fall for him, breaking his rules and wanting to make more of it. Both have been damaged from relationships before, where they have seen things change for them, as to why they are working that way. Kit, Ace and Demo fill up the best friends roles through the film, getting the odd laugh along the way.

PerformancesMatthew McConaughey has become overly comfortable in the rom com genre, which he coasts through this role, not getting the laughs he would once have gotten. Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t seem to fit this role either, this is mostly because both the main characters seem truly unbelievable. The supporting casts are the best part of the film, getting the laughs the leads fail to capture.

StoryThe story here follows a mid-30s year guy that is a womanizer, only he still lives with his parents, who hire a woman to help him move out, only he learns what is going on and turns it on its head. This main start of the story is basic, bland and boring, because Tripp is portrayed as a slacker, not showing us the series reason why he has closed off, which would be a big part of the motivation, instead of being a small twist in the main story late on, which would make it perfectly clear why he would be where he is. Paula is a lot like Hitch was too, which relies on one character believe they know best.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy doesn’t hit that much in this film, while the romance does seem overly fake and unrealistic.

SettingsThe film does want to use the everyday settings to show how these people need the push, but it fails to show us what the people do for a living.


Scene of the Movie – The make up plan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too many animal attacks.

Final Thoughts Failure to Launch is one of the basic romantic comedies out there, it doesn’t do anything new to the genre, while getting a few supporting laughs, in a weak romantic storyline, that misses the main points which would get a bigger emotional impact on the story.



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.