Midnight Movies: A Musical Spectacle, Entertaining Action, and Fantastic Beasts.

As the countdown to Christmas loomed over the world, the day itself flew by. Now, we enter that stage of recovery as the merriment turns into content leading to the New Year. With that, it’s safe to say that many of us take the time to watch a slew of films that have long been on the backlist. Here is what I’ve been watching.

The Greatest Showman

I know what you’re thinking, how can someone go so long without watching this showstopper of a film. Truth be told, the soundtrack was good enough on its own and knowing the history of the real PT Barnum, I was reluctant to watch it. Now, I will admit I enjoyed the film. The musical productions were phenomenal and the cast gave a compelling performance. However, the story was weak and lacked the depth it needed to make people really invest in the story. It is clear that the film relies on its musical productions to carry the film, instead of bringing the depth needed to the topics it attempts to explore. The balancing act between the music and the multiple plot threads was poorly executed and while there is a wonder to the spectacle of the film, it’s failed to leave a lasting impression. Continue reading

Midnight Movies: The Statistical Strategy in Sport, Tense Historical Drama, and a Monster Movie Knock Out.

The festive season is upon us and, like many of us, I have every intention of indulging in all the Christmas classic flicks. However, in the last month, there were several films that both surprised me and delighted me with brilliant performances, insightful storytelling, and one ridiculous festive film.

The King

An understated historical feature that spotlights the brutality of war and court manipulation. Some may say the film lacks action, but this allows the spotlight to fall on our main protagonist, newly crowned King Henry V, a man so dismayed by the destruction of war that he emotionally distances himself from his father, Henry IV. As king, he seeks to unite England and bring peace between nations. Timothée Chalamet stole the show as Henry V, alongside Joel Edgerton’s Falstaff, his closest ally and former warrior. There is a subtle nuance in their performance that is incredibly effective as we get to visually and emotionally witness the exhausting toll war takes on a man’s mentality. As tensions mount between the French and English, we are treated to a suffocating battle culminating in a visually striking reminder of the brutality of war. The King is a period drama that finds its strength in performance and substance.
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What I’ve Been Watching: A fish-talking superhero, charming adventures in Corfu, and Winter has come.

With the sun shining I’ve not really been in the mood to binge watch and with Avengers: Endgame just around the corner I’ve been re-watching Marvel films in preperation. However, there are a slew of stellar TV shows currently being broadcast and this selection of TV and films has something for every mood.

TV

Line of Duty

Crime dramas are typically a hit or miss. The problem is there’s so many of them that they tend to get a bit generic and all blend into one. Line of Duty is definitely not one them. Again, we’re playing catch up since this series became lost in the shuffle when it first aired, but the idea of focusing on corruption within the police bring a fresh perspective to this genre. It’s an intelligent series and one that explores the dynamic between various police departments and the layers of deception are so complex, you start to question everyone’s innocence. Fans of crime dramas would be foolish to pass on this show. The depth of the story keeps everyone guessing, and the characters are so well developed, it blurs the lines of what is perceived to be good and evil. Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching: Medieval Jousting Comedy, a Scene-Stealing Cat, and Grand Slam Champions.

I seem to have hit a slump with my to-watch list. There are so many TV shows and films to watch, but knowing what you’re in the mood to watch is the biggest challenge. This summary demonstrates just how random my selection of TV and films have been lately.

Films

A Knight’s Tale

There’s no denying how charming this film is. This medieval-adventure comedy is your stereotypical peasant rising to nobility coupled with a killer anachronistic soundtrack and Paul Bettany’s brilliant over the top portrayal of Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun with the dynamic between Ledger’s William Thatcher and his companions when trying to keep up his facade amongst the nobility. Will it blow you away? No, but it’s a fun film that will make you laugh at the absurdity of the entire situation. Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching: Dysfunctional Superheroes and light-hearted Crime-Drama.

So far, I’ve done myself proud with how many new shows I’ve been watching. Usually, it takes me an age to decide what to watch, but recently I’ve decided to go with the watch what looks good approach. It helps that there were a lot of new releases that I’d been anticipating as well. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been watching.

Russian Doll

Going into this show I had no expectations. The trailer showed a lot of promise, but never did I imagine it to be this good. The concept follows Nadia, a young woman that repeatedly dies and relives the same night. Now, a TV show that repeats the same event at every episode may not sound appealing to some, but within this concept, we explore deeper themes to contrast the hilarity of the situation. It offers some brilliant character exploration and its unpredictability makes it an easy binge-watching experience. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Films of 2019.

It’s hard to keep track of the upcoming releases. The emergence of streaming services has only broadened the options available to viewers with original content being produced at a rapid pace. However, there are some pretty epic blockbusters set to be released this year and these are some of my most anticipated.

1. Dark Phoenix (June 7th)

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What I’ve Been Watching: Eccentric Characters and Fights for Survival.

Welcome to yet another edition of What I’ve Been Watching. Now, most of you know that when it comes to TV my life has been dominated by the Peaky Blinders. However, I’ve also made it a point to catch up on some of the films I’d been wanting to watch. All of these films had elements to them that were really well executed, but out of all four films, Dunkirk was the one that hit the high note in terms of its overall production. Here is a summary of all the films I’ve been watching this winter.

Dunkirk

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