Kate Winslet Weekend – The Dressmaker (2015)

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writer: Jocelyn Moorhouse, P.J. Hogan (Screenplay) Rosalie Ham (Novel)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Julia Blake, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Shane Bourne


Plot: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Tagline – Revenge is back in fashion

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Quirky & Dark


Story: The Dressmaker starts when Tilly Dunnage (Winslet) returns to her small home rural town to see her mother Molly (Davis), Tilly isn’t welcomed by all because of something that happened in the past resulting in the death of a child.

Tilly is out for revenge, only she starts turning heads and offering to design dresses for the local women in town, she grabs the attention of the town bachelor Teddy (Hemsworth) with her only friend being Sergeant Farrat (Weaving) who has his own eye for fashion.


Thoughts on The Dressmaker


Characters – Tilly Dunnage is a glamorous woman that has seen the world learning the fashion world, she has returned home for revenge after being forced to leave the town as a child, she helps the women of the town look gorgeous and extra special, while she convinces herself that she isn’t cursed. She knows how to turn heads using her cloths to make this happen. Molly is the mother of Tilly who has been living in isolation for years, she didn’t want her daughter to return, even though she doesn’t start to bond with her after all these years apart. Teddy is a young man in the town, he is one of the few people that looked after Molly while Tilly was away, he soon takes a shine to her, wanting to prove that she didn’t do anything in the first place. Sergeant Farrat is one of the people that is happy to welcome Tilly back to town, he does have his own secret which involves his cross dressing, making him easy to twist when Tilly wants information.

PerformancesKate Winslet is great in this leading role, bring us a character filled with guilt who is just as happy to show a positive confident side to the people in the town. Judy Davis is a scene stealer in this film, being able to get the laughs required to make her the most memorable part of nearly ever scene she is in. Liam Hemsworth is at the best he has ever been, which is great to see him breaking away from the roles that aren’t working for him. Hugo Weaving gets to have a lot of fun in his role too.

StoryThe story follows a woman who returns home to get revenge on the people that forced her to leave, only to learn that town has just as many secrets within the walls, that revenge is just about letting them out. We get to see how a town can turn enough heads to make everything seem like nothing is wrong, only for a curse to be waiting to be lifted if it isn’t inside somebody’s mind. We do get a lot of characters being introduced which can make things difficult to keep up with because we get plenty of little factors that do lead up to the personal conflict between the characters. this is a lot more fun of a story than I was expecting even though it is sprinkled with very dark moments.

ComedyThe comedy in the film does come the quirky nature of the events as they unfold, we have plenty of fashion related comical moments as well as small town gossip, which will get laugh along the way.

SettingsThe film is set in a small rural Australian town, where everybody does know everybody else, we are filled with gossip and instant reactions to anything that goes on in the town too.

Scene of the Movie –
Leaving town.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Slightly too many characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is a quirky dark comedy that is sprinkled by the elements of revenge, which does keep us wondering just what is the endgame of her decision making process.


Overall: Dark quirky comedy treat.




Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

independenceDirector: Roland Emmerich

Writer: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Nicolas Wright, James A Woods, James Vanderbilt (Screenplay) Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Nicolas Wright, James A Woods (Story)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Patrick St Espirt, Vivica A Fox


Plot: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Horrendous


Story: Independence Day: Resurgence starts by taking us to a world 20 years after the first one where we have embraced and uses the alien technology. We then have to meet the returning faces and this will take a while because we have so many characters. David (Goldblum) who has spent the 20 years learning the technology preparing for a return, Dylan Hiller (Usher) yes this is a grown up version of Steve Hiller who is dead being an elite pilot who is best friends with Patricia Whitmore (Monroe) who works for President Lanford (Ward) while caring for her father the former President Whitmore (Pull) who is slightly paranoid now. Continuing the character introduction because there are this many we have bad boy Jake Morrison (Hemsworth) who is stuck on the moon, we also have a string of other characters who are easily forgettable.

When we move into the actual story the humans are now in a position in which they believe they can defend the Earth from any alien invasion but when a strange orb turns up, an attack on that brings the aliens back to finish the harvest of the planet and the humans must face off against the aliens once more but this time the old tricks no longer work on the aliens who have wised up.

Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to the hugely popular 90s movie and tries to follow in the reboot sequel trend we have been getting later. The problems for this story start very early, we have way to many character to either catch up on as well as a host of new ones to introduce us too. We get the aliens returning more prepared and the usual battle to save Earth. We have pointless sacrifice of characters whose death are non-actual sacrifices. The story comes off very boring as we jump between too many characters that we don’t actually care about now.


Actor Review


Liam Hemsworth: Jake Morrison is the bad boy soldier that is stuck on the moon, he has caused an accident with Dylan which has left him on the moon while his fiancée Patricia is back on Earth. He is the closest to a Will Smith we get. Liam is no 90s Will Smith, hell I was more entertained by his brother in the Ghostbusters Trailer.

Jeff Goldblum: David Levinson is back studying alien technology which he has worked on to help defend Earth. He finally gets a chance to get into an African Warlords base who have never let any outside world enter their base. Much like the first one we get to see David to try and be the voice of reason in any decision. Jeff should have just stayed away from this one because the character just ends up being a boring scientist losing what made him fun.

Jessie T Usher: Dylan Hiller is the stepson of Steven Hiller the Will Smith character who has followed in his step-father’s footsteps becoming a fighter pilot. He leads the attack back against the aliens putting aside his differences with Jim. Jessie is no 90s Will Smith and feels like just a background characters considering he is meant to be a leading man.

Bill Pullman: President Whitmore is struggling with his nightmares from his connection he had with the aliens. He knows something bad is coming but no one wants to believe him but can he finally get through to the people. Bill has the most interesting character in the film but doesn’t get enough screen time.

Support Cast: Independence Day: Resurgence has a huge supporting cast who are a mix of returning characters and new who all don’t get enough screen time because there are just so many to remember what is going on.

Director Review: Roland EmmerichRoland seems to have lost the fun aspect the first film had which turns this into an overcomplicated mess.


Action: Independence Day: Resurgence has plenty of mindless action going on throughout making it almost impossible to know what is going on.

Adventure: Independence Day: Resurgence, no it is not an adventure film.

Sci-Fi: Independence Day: Resurgence has the alien invasion and alien technology going on to which we have no embraced.

Settings: Independence Day: Resurgence moves onto the moon for parts of the film but I found myself confused that the world rebuilt the same landmarks over homes first.
Special Effects
: Independence Day: Resurgence has the special effects that are nearly all CGI which doesn’t help because the first has a few practical effects we could relate to.

Suggestion: Independence Day: Resurgence is one to just miss it really is a mess. (Skip Avoid Run)



Worst Part: Too many characters.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: NO WAY

Budget: $165 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: They want only one thing . . . DESTRUCTION!


Overall: Terrible mess really.




The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

hunger gamesDirector: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Peter Craig, Danny Strong (Screenplay) Suzanne Collins (Novel)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Clafin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright


Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Finally, it’s Over


Story: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II starts right where the last outing finished as Peeta (Hutcherson) is starting to recovery after trying to kill Katniss (Lawrence). President Coin (Moore) along with her advisor Plutarch (Hoffman) are playing a strike back against President Snow (Sutherland).

We follow Katniss along with a recovering Peeta and her other love interest Gale (Hemsworth) along with a group of rebels to enter the capital and take out Snow once and for all.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II is a film that I wasn’t really looking forward too after seeing the last one which only disappointed. I was let down one more time in a film that should be incredibly dark when the film finishes especially with how this ends. The film focus way too long on who Katniss will choose for the romantic angle and not giving us enough time to deal with the political side of the story. This all tries to give us a rise against the government story but from the wrong side because no one cares what is going on with Katniss and her stupid love interest.


Actor Review


Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss is back still deciding who she wants as her boyfriend while wanting to kill President Snow for causing all the problems in the world. She is a pawn in a much bigger game but if she has a boyfriend who cares? Jennifer does a solid job but you do feel like she is just seeing out her contract.

Josh Hutcherson: Peeta tried to kill Katniss but is now cured, well sort off, he some how goes on this mission to kill Snow and ends up being a problem because he isn’t cured. He is also a romantic interest for Katniss. Josh does a basic job but can’t pull off brooding very well.

Liam Hemsworth: Gale is the soldier who looked after Katniss’ family while she was in The Hunger Games, she was her boyfriend and goes on this mission to kill Snow. He starts making decision that Katniss doesn’t like as he knows what will win the battle. Liam gets buried in this film, you can see he was talent but they don’t let it out in this film.

Donald Sutherland: President Snow is the target for all of the offence in the film, he is who Katniss wants to kill and he has to use all his brains to stay ahead of any plans. Donald does well but this time he doesn’t get enough screen time.

Support Cast: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II has such a big supporting cast barely any of them get enough time on screen to make the impact they should.

Director Review: Francis LawrenceFrancis closes of the saga in a plain way where we just are not pulled in enough to enjoy this one.


Action: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II as standard action scenes which won’t be remembered in a few years’ time, but they are too dark for how the film is played out.

Adventure: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II doesn’t feel like an adventure film like it I being advertised.

Sci-Fi: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II I in the dystopia future but this time you can almost forget that you are in it.

Settings: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II keeps everything inside the city this time which doesn’t seem to suit what the whole world that was created in the first film.
Special Effects
: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II has basic effects that don’t really come off too strong when needed.

Suggestion: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II is one you should watch to finish the saga but otherwise you can skip it. (Finish the Franchise)


Best Part: The execution scene.

Worst Part: Where do I start? Finn.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing can prepare you for the end


Overall: Lacklustre conclusion to a franchise that seemed to go off track after the first film


Empire State (2013)

logoDirector: Dito Montiel

Writer: Adam Mazer (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Michael Angarano, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Ben-Victor, Jerry Ferrara, Greg Vrotsos, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed


Plot: Two childhood friends plan to rob an armoured car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way.


Verdict: Not Good Enough


Story: We start with Detective Ransome questioning Eddie about the location of Chris, before going back to three months earlier where we meet out two friends in the 1980s New York. After getting rejected by NYPD our hero enters into the world of security pickups hoping to continue working towards a better future. After a robbery goes wrong Chris’ mentor gets killed and he gets harassed by the lead detective, relegated to night shifts where he learns how the company is screwing over its employees. With far too much time on his hands he starts to devise a plan to steal from this company firstly to look after the family of his deceased partner but soon his best friend is talking him into something bigger. He plans to rob the place with his friend but soon things get out of hand and he is left over his head.

This is loosely based on the real case so that takes us straight to the realms of interesting, but this ends up boring. The characters are all very bland and offer you no incentive to actually care about what happens. The whole case turns out to be a very messy outcome where everyone tries to outsmart the rest without getting very far. It all comes off very poorly and you can see why it ended up going straight to DVD. (3/10)


Actor Review


Liam Hemsworth: Chris family man in 1980s New York who wants to become a cop, after he gets rejected he ends up going into the security work. When he gets puts on night shifts he starts to consider the idea of robbing the place but he soon finds himself in way over his head. Liam ends up give a solid performance but things just aren’t clicking for him like they are for his brother. (5/10)


Dwayne Johnson: Detective James Ransome looking into the attempted robbery, he is straight talking and wants to make sure he gets to the bottom of the robberies that keep happening on Chris’ watch. Dwayne should be giving better performance than this, this really does disappoint from him after liking nearly all his other films. (4/10)


Michael Angarano: Eddie Chris’ fast talking friend whose relationship with Chris leads him to lose out of his chance at becoming a cop, he is the friend that the family dislikes due to his style which could end up leading Chris down the wrong road. Michael gives a solid performance and seems to be the only one to give any extra performance in his role. (6/10)


Support Cast: Filled with cops, gangsters and family members the support cast all help the characters try and move to the next stage but most are easily forgettable.


Director Review: Dito Montiel – He ends up with a messy film that doesn’t pull you in like it should even though we are looking at a real story. (3/10)


Action: Little action with one shoot out being the only highlight. (3/10)

Crime: Looking at the case but ends up losing its way. (6/10)

Thriller: You don’t get pulled in to the leaves you are meant to. (2/10)

Settings: New York always makes a good setting but in this it ends up not being used well enough. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is one to miss it really doesn’t pull you in like it should. (Miss)


Best Part: The shootout.

Worst Part: The rest.

What Could Have Been Better? – Give the story more intensity. Improve character development.

Lessons Learned: Liam Hemsworth is having no luck as a leading man.


Believability: Based on a real case. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Opening Credits Rating: Reporting about what has happened with the robbery before classics 1980s music as our hero and friend cruise around their neighbourhood. (9/10)

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes


Overall: Avoidable, Forgettable Plain

Rating 30

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

logoDirector: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Peter Craig, Danny Strong (Screenplay) Suzanne Collins (Novel)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone


Plot: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: What the Hell Happened?


Story: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 starts Katniss (Lawrence) giving us a very quick update of how the last film finished, she is in a hospital now recovering from the last games. Katniss along with fellow survivors of the game Beetee (Wright( and Finnick (Claflin) are taken to the forgotten District 13 where President Alma Coin (Moore) and her second in command Plutarch Heavensbee (Hoffman) are trying to use Katniss in the revolution against President Snow (Sutherland). As she always has been Katniss is the reluctant heroine and along with her boyfriend Gale (Hemsworth) looks for proof of the changes happening.

District 12 Katniss’ home has been completely destroyed with the remains left there as an example to the power President Snow has. Peeta (Hutcherson) now part of the President Snow fight against the rebellion turns out to still be alive and calls for peace between the Districts. After Katniss agree to lead the revolution she makes very strong demands to have the captured tributes released and along with Effie Trinket (Banks) and Haymitch (Harrelson) who help Katniss in preparing herself to be the leader.

After well over an hour of talking and filming Katniss getting prepared for the revolution we literally just end up watching a massive game of chess between all the different Districts as they try to get into the winning position against each side in the war.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is nothing more than a giant game of chess and I am not kidding by saying all we see is two sides of a battle putting their pieces in the best place to win only for us to not see anything happen. The hate for this isn’t helped because we have other films out there doing the same thing, making a whole film that is nothing but builder at least Amazing Spiderman had a fight scene, this is easily one of the most disappointing films you will ever see especially after liking the first two Hunger Games. I am going to stop before this turns into too much of a rant. (2/10)


Actor Review


Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss Everdeen the reluctant heroine that has become the symbol of the revolution and through this film we watch how she is being prepared for more public appearances and that is all she does in the film. Jennifer has an Oscar to her name, but I guess she needs to make silly money and this gives her the chance. (2/10)


Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark captured by the Capitol and used as a pawn against Katniss and her revolution. Josh literally records all his scenes here so doesn’t get a chance to do any real acting. (2/10)


Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne the hunky boyfriend of Katniss who saved her family and always stood by her side when it comes to the revolution, he will go into battle to keep her happy. Liam continues to get stuck in the friendship zone here and is the only character that seems interesting in this film. (5/10)


Support Cast: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has an amazing supporting cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson to mention a few and somehow they don’t get a chance to show all the potential they all have.


Director Review: Francis Lawrence – Francis gives us the annoying builder film and the only way he can now redeem himself is to make the last one great. (3/10)


Adventure: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 loses all what the first two film gave this franchise will one of the dullest adventure films ever made. (1/10)

Sci-Fi: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 does show how desperate people can become in a future conflict. (7/10)

Settings: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 uses basic war settings and no Hunger Game fields. (3/10)

Suggestion: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a film I am really struggle to suggest even trying, I am going so far as saying watch together with the final part.  (Wait for the final part and watch as one)


Best Part: I can honestly say there isn’t a good thing in this film.

Worst Part: Everything.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has part two and that is it.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $751 Million

Budget: $125 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: The courage of one will change the world


Overall: If I wanted to watch chess I would have, just don’t sale it as a action adventure film next time guys.

Rating 20