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God’s a c***

Year Released : 201675ce00dc8d0902fecbde090b16d136a1
Director : Andrea Arnold
Cast : Sasha Lane, Shia Labeouf and Riley Keough

As mentioned in my last review, I have started working in a new cinema and this one is more prone to getting in smaller, independent films, and when I started there last week I was filled with delight when I saw the names of films that I had never heard of, one of which was “American Honey”.

Now, I like to think I keep up to date with all upcoming releases, so I automatically become intrigued when I see a movie on the film list that I don’t recognise, so when I saw the words “American Honey” I got excited, but I didn’t watch a trailer going into it and therefore I had very little knowledge about what the film was about, other than it is a road trip movie.

Yeah, that was a mistake…..

Plot

Star (Lane) is seemingly stuck in a dead end life, jobless and looking after her two younger siblings whilst her dad drinks himself to death, and the mother does everything she can to disassociate herself with them. One day, whilst hunting for food in a dump truck, Star catches the eye of Jake (Labeouf) and after a brief conversation, he offers her a job selling magazines. She accepts and soon heads off on a road trip with people from all corners of the United States.

Upon meeting the owner of the sales team, Krystal (Keough), Star is left in no uncertain terms that she can be abandoned in the middle of nowhere of at any time if she doesn’t sell, and/or prove her worth, but she is paired with Jake during training, the leading sales person. Things don’t go according to plan when Star purposefully sabotages a sale that Jake is on the verge of securing, and the pair come to blows on a regular basis, but then soon start a relationship.

The only issue with that is that Jake is in a weird relationship with Krystal, and the latter doesn’t take too kindly to Star impacting Jake’s sales, as well as making it perfectly clear that she is the only woman that he is interested in. How long can this go on, especially when Jake realises that Star is using her body to get sales.

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Worth the watch?

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a film that is nearly three hours long and yet have so little happen during it. I have no issues watching long films at all, but to sum it up I have a friend that reviews films as well and he summarised it perfectly when he described it as a “road trip that goes nowhere”, and even as early as 40 minutes in I was bored out of my mind and was incredibly tempted to walk out. I wouldn’t have missed anything worth watching. To put that in some sort of context, I have seen some horrible movies down the years, something that are ultimately far worse than this, and yet I’ve stayed.

The film is a big waste of nearly three hours of your life and it tries to use the psychology of having regular introductions of loud music to keep you interested, but it really doesn’t. Whilst the odd song here and there adds to the story, such as when Star’s father forces her to dance with him, but then there are those scenes in which they’re travelling on the bus and rap music is blaring out and you’re subjected to a full four minute rendition from people who can’t sing, and it has no relevance whatsoever, although I do suppose that fits in with a lot of the characters. To put that in more context, I don’t like rap music.

So many of the characters are inconsequential and irrelevant that it makes you really wonder why you should care about any of them, even the main characters. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the acting is bad by any stretch. Everyone does a decent job, especially Labeouf, but the very fact that they share the bus with roughly fifteen other people and yet I couldn’t tell you a single thing about any of the other characters, other than their names (most of which you’ll forget by the end of the film), and that isn’t a good thing.

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I think one of the problems that causes it to feel much longer than nearly three hours long is that there are just so many scenes that are completely uninteresting, or off-the-wall random, that you find yourself having your mind wander. I found myself having a conversation over Facebook with the aforementioned friend and that’s how unengaging the story is. A film that lasts nearly three hours isn’t a bad thing, but a film that has that length needs to be interesting on at least some level.

The only aspect that I do like is that you get to see a good picture of what America is like in areas that you don’t often see, such as the city of Kansas, which rarely features in films that don’t involve the land of “Oz”. Let’s face it, the vast, vast majority of films set in America are set in the three main cities, New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles, so it was nice to see somewhere that you don’t often see. If you’re after a movie that shows you different areas of a part of the world that is regularly in film, then this is the one for you, but that is ultimately the only positive thing that I can say about a film that takes up nearly 1/8 of your day.

Visually it’s decent enough, as are most films that rely on natural light, but ultimately this is a film that when I do eventually get around to ranking all of the films that I have seen this year, this will be low in the list, and if I’m being honest, in any other year this could have easily featured in my Bottom 10.

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Summary

A completely forgettable film that offers nothing and I think a quote from “American Psycho” sums this movie up perfectly, “I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling.” I like to think that I can take something positive from most films and can use it at some point during my life, but this is not one of those.

“American Honey” is a completely unremarkable movie that I was already starting to forget within fifteen minutes of finishing it, and I have been waiting patiently for the cinema that I work at to stop showing it so that I can review it. Infact, I think at the time I described it as a film that has a beginning, but no middle or end.

You only have a short life in the grand scheme of things, don’t waste some of it watching this.

I’ll take you to mom no matter what

Year Released : 20161
Director : Sang-ho Yeon
Cast : Yoo Gong, Dong-seok Ma, Yu-mi Jung, Su-an Kim, Eui-sung Kim and So-hee Ahn

So you may have noticed that after my promise to start posting again regularly, I haven’t posted since, but there is a good reason for that, I got promoted! I have mentioned a few times on this site that one of my jobs was working at a cinema part time, working hard for minimum wage, and it paid off as I was promoted to manager (well, my actual title is Guest Experience Supervisor) at a different cinema in the chain I work for, and long story cut short, I now work in London.

I haven’t actually moved to London yet though, I am commuting and staying in hotels until I can find somewhere to live. The hotel I have spent most of my time in so far has an independent movie nearby, and when I went to watch something there I saw a trailer for a South Korean zombie film called ‘Train to Busan’, and it didn’t look terrible.

Long term readers of the site will know that I have grown exceptionally tired of the zombie genre, but this looks to be a relatively fresh take on things.

Plot

Seok-woo (Gong) is struggling to raise his daughter Soo-an (Kim) whilst juggling his successful fund management career, so much to the point where she wants to go and live with her mother in Busan. For her birthday he decides to grant her wish and the two travel from Seoul. Just after taking her seat, Soo-an notices the train station staff suddenly being tackled to the ground as the train pulls off.

Further down the train a young lady with a bite has managed to get onto a carriage and when checked upon, she suddenly attacks train staff and other passengers, and the chain of chaos starts going down the train. Whilst trying to run, Seok-woo shuts the door on Sang-hwa (Ma) and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong (Jeong) when they are trying to run, although both are eventually let through, causing blows between the group. They soon realise that the zombies don’t know how to get through the doors.

The train eventually pulls into Daejeon, a city where a military blockade has successfully been put in place, but when they emerge from the station they see that the hundreds of soldiers and survivors have infact turned themselves. Several members of the group falls before a small handful of survivors manage to escape on the departing train, but it’s not only the infected that they now have to worry about as they try and find a place that is safe.

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Reasonable zombie film?

“Train to Busan” reminded me a lot of “World War Z” during the trailer and the entire film has a similar bleak tone, albeit on a significantly smaller scale. Whilst it has it’s flaws, “Train to Busan” is certainly one of the better zombie films that I have seen in recent years. Granted, I know that’s not really a challenge, but there is still something to be said for the situation.

Let’s start with the zombies themselves. Unlike most zombie films, they do feel like a genuine threat because they are the fast-style zombies, rather than the shuffling type. They can run just as fast as the human characters do and I love the feeling that any character can die at any time, although as is typical for horror films, the kids are always fine and you never feel that they won’t get saved at the last second, which does happen on a regular basis.

That is my only issue with this film really, whilst the child character is fine and well acted, you never feel like her life is in a genuine position of threat, and it *spoiler alert* came as no surprise when the only two characters left alive at the end were a child and a pregnant woman. For me that is a big problem with horror films and it would actually be refreshing for a child to die in a mainstream horror movie, and more importantly, that surviving characters are predictable.

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The characters are somewhat one-dimensional, especially arguably the antagonist, but I still found myself drawn to them and wanting the majority to survive, and that is something that I don’t get often. This is because other than the antagonist, they’re all pretty likeable, if a little naive.

Setting the film majoritively on a train is well used aspect as it adds a sense of claustrophobia to the situation, especially a scene where three of the main characters are trapped in a toilet cubicle that has a hoard of zombies directly outside of it. There are no windows in the cubicle and the only door leads them to almost inevitable death, so you feel just as trapped as they are, and this is feeling of being trapped is replicated in a few other situations where the character(s) can’t escape.

This isn’t the first zombie film that is set on a vehicle of some variety (another example being “Flight of the Living Dead”), but off of the top of my head it is probably the best one.

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Summary

A decent enough zombie film and I would recommend it if you get a chance to watch it, and it’s a rare example of me giving the approved stamp to not only a zombie film, but a horror film in generally.approved

I know that this is a shorter review that normal but I don’t really have a lot to say. It is a cliched zombie film, but it is done in a far, far more professional manner than a lot of other movies in the genre.

Don’t go in expecting a genre-defining epic, but if you do watch this then you will have fun for just shy of two hours….oh yeah, it’s a near two hours long zombie film, which is remarkably long for a film of this type.


Stop playing chip jenga!

Year Released : 2014what-we-did-on-our-holiday-34312
Director : Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
Cast : Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull and Ben Miller

So after years of not really seeing the point, I finally gave in and got Netflix. I had previously opened an account in 2014 but the selection was limited, putting it nicely, so I couldn’t be bothered and cancelled….but I decided to give it another chance and found a lot of films that do interest me. I then found a film called “What We Did on Our Holiday”. It sounds vaguely familiar but the number of IMDB ratings shows that this isn’t that well known, so I have decided to review it.

Other than the cast I know precisely nothing going into the film and I think this is a good thing as I haven’t even watched the trailer before I start watching (I put this section before watching the film for those that haven’t read this site before). It’s not often I do that…..infact virtually never, but there is one reason why I have done it on this occasion and that is because it stars Rosamund Pike.

I have always been impressed in particular with Rosamund Pike, and she was astonishing in the 2014 movie “Gone Girl”, hence the nomination for an Oscar that year. I’m not sold on the rest of the cast to be honest as I’ve rarely seen anything with them in that I have enjoyed, but I’m prepared to give anything a chance, well, within reason anyway.

Plot

Abi (Pike) and Doug (Tennant) are still recovering from a recent break up but they need to travel together with their three children to the Scottish Highlands to visit the latter’s father, Gordie (Connolly) for his 75th birthday. It’s possibly the last time that they’ll get to celebrate Gordie’s birthday as he is suffering from cancer, a fact that they unsuccessfully try to hide from the children.

Doug’s overly competitive brother, Gavin (Miller), is organising the party and in the mean time he and his wife are having their own issues, but nothing compared to Doug and Abi, especially when the latter reveals that she plans to move her and the children up to Newcastle. Knowing it might be the last chance he gets to see them, Gordie takes the kids to a local beach and teaches them some life lessons, however, he soon gets a vision of one of his long-dead friends and passes away there and then.

Not knowing what to do, Lottie (Jones) goes back to the house to tell the rest of the family, but she sees them all arguing and Abi’s revelation about having a new partner that she hasn’t told that kids about upsets her, and she decides that it’s her and her sibling’s responsibility to make sure that he gets a fitting funeral. Once the rest of the family find out what they’ve done, it has repercussions that no-one could predict.

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Worth not watching the trailer for?

It is certainly an unusual thing to go into a film without having watched the trailer first. Obviously Netflix put the summary of the plot into just a single sentence, but I’m mostly glad that I took the chance with “What We Did on Our Holiday”.

Now, I’m not going to to lie, despite relatively enjoying this film I am not going to be giving it the approved stamp below because of the children in the film. Now whilst the Mickey and Jess (the youngest two) are fine, the character of Lottie is just your typically self-involved child character, so much to the point that when Gordie dies about half way through the film, she sounds so unconcerned and uncaring about it. This could be due to the poor acting and delivery of the lines from Emilia Jones, but it just lacked the heart that the rest of the film tended to have. She genuinely sounded like she couldn’t give a crap. And even then, when she eventually gets back to the house, she decides not to tell anyone because she finds out that Abi is dating again.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that she’s at the Dakota Fanning level of single handedly ruining a movie, but she is pretty damn close. She is by far the worst thing about this movie.

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Outside of that character it is a very likeable film, with generally warm and funny comedy. There were a few times that I actually laughed out loud, and this isn’t something that I do on a regular basis. Let’s get one thing straight though, this is a very British movie and by that I mean that a lot of these jokes simply wouldn’t work outside of the British isles. For example, there is one joke about them being near Watford that I think anyone outside of the UK won’t get. If you’re not British then chances are a lot of the jokes will go completely over your head.

That’s not to say that it’s not an outright comedy though and there are a lot of heartfelt moments in the movie. For example, there is a scene in which Gavin and Doug go out to search for Gordie as they don’t believe that the children did a Viking funeral for him, and yet when they see that what they are saying is probably correct, Gavin breaks down and the movie takes a far more serious tone.

The cast do a very decent job, with Pike unsurprisingly standing out as the mother that is desperately trying to hold everything together, and the cautious optimism of someone who wants to try and hide how dangerous the real world is from the children. It’s hard to put my finger on what makes her so enjoyable to watch in not only this, but numerous other films, but she draws me in each time, and her speech near the end of the film (I won’t go too much into it) shows just how passionate she can be.

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Summary

A warm, vibrant and heartfelt movie that I would be comfortably be giving the approved stamp to had it not been for one character, which is a big shame as child characters tend to ruin the films that they are in.

If you can ignore that character of Lottie all together, you have a very quaint film that brings about pretty much every emotion that you get drawn into, and this is helped by the performances all of concerned…..with the exception of Emilia Jones.

I want to recommend it, but can’t give it the approved stamp due to that horrible character and performance…..I’m hoping that how many times that I’ve mentioned it puts it into perspective about how bad it is.

I’m not leaving until I find out something about you I don’t like. Right now you are pretty perfect

Year Released : 2015honeyglueposter
Director : James Bird
Cast : Adriana Mather, Zach Villa, Christopher Heyerdahl, Jessica Tuck, Booboo Stewart and Fernanda Romero

Those of you that have been following the site for a while will know that I have a Youtube playlist of films that I have been looking forward to for some time and want to watch, probably to review for this site (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL99qrMvtP4f7Kx2ZhIMEWayaaBOI861ta). One of the longest serving films on that list (which will be gone by the time you read this), the third longest to be precise, was a film called “Honeyglue”.

There are a few reasons why I haven’t been actively looking to watch it, even though it was on the aforementioned list, and one of them is that it looks remarkably formulaic, what with a girl that is dying and then suddenly find love. Infact, before I even start this list I think that I can predict what is going to happen.

You may also notice that I have filed this into the “romance” category, and I don’t tend to enjoy those sorts of films, even though one is currently in my top five for 2016, but largely it’s not a genre that I actively try to watch, if ever.

Plot

Morgan (Mather), suffering from an inoperable brain tumour, lies to her parents to celebrate her last birthday clubbing. There she meets the cross-dressing Jordan (Villa) and the two share a few intimate moments before she leaves, giving him a false number. Unbeknownst to Morgan, Jordan has stolen her purse to help settle a debt with room-mate Misty (Romero), but he has a last minute change of heart and instead decides to return it by going to the address on her driving licence.

His cross-dressing nature is met with generally mixed reactions and confusion by Morgan’s family, her father Dennis (Heyerdahl), mother Janet (Tuck) and brother Bailey (Stewart), with Dennis in particular not keen on the idea of the two of them being friends, or more.

Upon hearing the news that she only has months to live, Morgan tells Jordan about the tumour and the family leave for Houston for further medical care. Jordan’s relationship with Misty falls apart in the meantime, and he is left homeless. Morgan eventually decides that she wants to spend her final months at home, something which Jordan jumps upon, and the next stage of the relationship shocks everyone in the family.

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As predictable as I thought it would be?

It’s hard not to call a film like this predictable because ultimately you that chances are the character with a tumour is going to die by the end of the film, especially when it is made clear that nothing can be done to help them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film of this nature in which the character hasn’t died by the end of the film, so in that sense yes, it was very predictable.

That being said, I only had one issue with the entire film and I’m going to get it out of the way now. My one and only issue is that a subplot develops in the first half of the movie in which Jordan owes money to Misty, and she eventually has two men beat Jordan up and threaten him with two days to get the aforementioned money, but the subplot is neither referenced nor in any way part of the film thereafter. It is simply dropped. It would have made a more interesting and fuller close to the film if that subplot was finalised, but it is pretty much completely dropped.

Other than that I have no issues with any part of this film and I genuinely loved it. I first added the trailer to the aforementioned list at some point early last year and I never thought I’d get the chance as it never seemed to have a release date, but I’m glad that I eventually got the chance to watch it, and more importantly that it was what I had hoped.

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Whilst a little rushed in parts, the relationship between Jordan and Morgan does seem to flow fairly naturally, and this is aided by the occasional interruption from the live action film with a cartoon version of a story that Jordan is making about the love between a bee and a dragonfly, and in many ways it is a very summation of the relationship between the two up until that point in the film. That mini-story is easy to follow and fun to listen to.

I felt a deep connection to the characters and they weren’t stereotypes in the slightest, even the family. Whilst the acting from the members of Morgan’s family is a little suspect, they do seem to have a fairly natural feeling bond between them and this is refreshing to see.

For me Jordan is the stand out character and it’s great that the filmmakers found an actor that can pass quite comfortably for female when in make up. It’d have been easy for them to cast a very generically handsome twenty-something and simply drag them up, but they have seemingly gone with an actor that would suit the look. The character has a lot of depth and Villa’s portrayal is excellent.

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Summary

“Honeyglue” is a generally decent film and whilst it does drag in places, it is largely a very enjoyable film and it gets my approval stamp. If you can ignore the disappearing subplot then I think you’d have a great time with a film that will more than likely stay approvedunknown and largely unheard of for many, many, many years.

The acting from the two main characters is excellent, and even though the portrayal of the family members doesn’t quite match it, everyone does an all-round decent job and this allows you to connect to each of the characters.

Don’t go in expecting brilliance, but if you do go into in then I think you’ll enjoy what you’re going to watch.

 

Who would’ve thought that if another woman came between me and Sarah, that it would be me?

Year Released : 1995dr-_jekyll_and_ms-_hyde_poster
Director : David Price
Cast : Tim Daly, Sean Young, Lysette Anthony, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harvey Fierstein and Jeremy Piven

So I’ve found finding new films to review (that I want to watch) rather difficult recently. There hasn’t been a lot to spark my curiousity enough to want to watch it and I’m not going to watch films that very few have heard of simply to produce reviews on a regular basis, I have to see at least something in the trailer that makes it worth watching. So based on that I decided to go into the past and review a film that I first watched at the age of 11 (I’m now 32 for context), “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde”.

Now, for those that have never read this site before, or those that have only read sporadic reviews here and there, I am transgender. I am currently in the middle of the process of changing from male to female and growing up I took every opportunity I could to watch anything about transgendered people that I could, and that extended to this film. At 11 years of age I wasn’t really fussed about things such as good acting, a plot that doesn’t mistakes or anything else really……I was only 11 afterall.

Now, technically this isn’t actually a film about transgenderism because the central character has no intention of being female, and the changed form has it’s own personality, but I was young at the time and loved it. However, one thing I have discovered recently is that I had a terrible taste in films growing up (and some would probably argue that that hasn’t changed). I recently found a load of my old VHS tapes and have been watching some old films (too well known to be reviewed on here) and there are some absolute shockers that I can actually remember loving.

But anyway, onto my review….

Plot

Dr. Richard Jacks (Daly) works at a perfume company and is really struggling to come up with the next elegant fragrance for women. He soon learns of the death of a distance relative and goes to the funeral with his girlfriend, Sarah (Anthony). Whilst everyone else gets a extravagant items being left to them in the will, Richard only receives several books of scientific notes. Upon reading the notes he discovers that his relative was the infamous Dr. Jekyll, and Richard decides to use the formulas in the books to try and understand women better, all for creating the perfect fragrance.

Richard ingests the formula one night but nothing happens before he leaves for a job interview. The interview isn’t going well as Richard arrives late and the waiter spills coffee on his shirt. Richard suddenly starts struggling to get words out, and after drinking some orange juice he notices his nails growing to a very feminine length, and all of his body hair disappearing. Suddenly a pain comes from his genitalia and he sees his penis disappear. His hair suddenly grows, as does his chest, and in a panic he runs out and back to his lab, upon reaching he sees the full extent of the physical changes that have taken place.

Shortly afterwards Richard’s perverted colleague, Pete (Piven), watches the now female Richard in the shower. The new personality eventually names herself as Helen Hyde, flirts with all of Richard’s co-workers and even has dinner with Sarah. She soon notices that she is changing back into a male form. Once transformed back, Richard thinks it was just a black out and thinks nothing of it until all of his colleagues start mentioning Helen, and as time goes on more and more transformations happen, but Helen isn’t satisfied with a part-time life, and spends her time trying to sabotage the life of Richard.

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So, as good as I remembered?

Well there is one thing that I will say about “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde” and that is that no matter what people say about it, it is a fun movie and whilst I noticed a lot more flaws than I did when I was younger, I still had a good time watching it. Make no mistake though, this is not a good movie in many regards.

Let’s start with that bits that I did like.

As mentioned above, this is a fun movie, it is one of those that you can just sit back for ninety or so minutes and not really have to think about anything.  The comedy is fairly genuine throughout and whilst being a little cruel in many places, you feel an affinity for the majority of the characters, and that’s something that you don’t get in most films. You don’t even really hate Helen and you can see things from her point of view, which makes for a good antagonist.

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Now let’s move onto the flaws and let’s start with the obvious that a lot of the characters witness the transformation from male to female, or vice versa, and just brush it off. For example, there is one scene in which Helen is about to have sex with one of Richard’s co-workers, but her breasts disappear when she opens her lingerie, and other than a bizarre moment of confusion, the character just brushes it off completely. Whilst he obviously has sex on the mind, if I was a guy that was obsessed with sex, breasts disappearing all together would confuse the hell out of me to the point where I wouldn’t want to have sex anymore.

This isn’t the only bizarre scene that is relating to sex in the film as she also somehow manages to seduce a homosexual man into having sex with her, even the man’s full on relief in the final scene makes no sense.

So based on that, I’m going to give a spoiler of the end here. To skip to the end of the spoiler simply go down to the summary section.

Ok, spoiler time (last warning). The film ends with Richard successfully coming up with a formula to keep his body male permanently, and Sarah successfully injects Helen with it. She changes back to Richard in front of everyone, and he tries to explain the situation as having to live as a woman in order to create the perfect fragrance for one. Everyone treats this as though Richard had genuinely tricked them…..but surely, surely they must have realised that it wasn’t Richard by the fact that he and Helen were completely different builds, didn’t look even remotely similar and when they were having sex with Helen, they were (forgive the blunt nature of this) sticking their penis into a vagina.

Everyone acting as though the whole situation as normal was just beyond ridiculous, especially the aforementioned homosexual man that acts as if everything was ok.

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Summary

A fun movie that keeps you entertained for ninety or so minutes isn’t enough to make me want to give it the approved stamp for the simple reason for it having too many flaws to be taken seriously.

There isn’t really much more to say about “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde” because it is what it is. If you’re after a movie to enjoy for a few hours of your day then you can’t go wrong as it’s innocent fun, but ultimately it’s not a great film and if you’re after something with substance and more than the odd memorable scene, then this isn’t for you.

I’m not going to give it the approved stamp, but it’s still worth a watch.

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When I started this site in September 2014 I never imagined that I would still be posting reviews on a semi-regular basis two years later, but one of the best things about doing this site is that it gives me a great motivation to watch more films at the cinema.

For those that haven’t read this site before, I tend to focus on reviewing films that aren’t well known. Now don’t get me wrong, I do occasionally write about more well known films, but not often. Despite this, at the end of each year I rank the films that I have seen at the cinema. In 2015 my favourite film was “No Escape”, which followed on from 2014’s “Nightcrawler”, whereas “Vacation” and “Pompeii” were comfortably bottom of the list in their respective years.

In 2015 I managed to reach what was a personal best of forty-six films seen at the cinema, but 2016 has seen me reach new heights, and I am currently on almost double that amount for this calendar year, and I am desperately trying to reach a hundred for the year. Whilst it would be great to achieve it, it does mean that I have had to watch a lot of films that I would never have dreamt of seeing previously (let’s put it this way, out of the last ten films that I have seen, only one has actually been any good, and only two that I would have actually paid to see (I work at a cinema so see most films for free).

Sometimes going to see films that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen works, but not to much others.

Now the reason that I am telling you all of this is because with that sheer amount, it would become purely farcical to rank a hundred films into just four lists (the same amount I had last year), especially when you consider that two of those lists will only consider two films. So this year I will instead be ranking them properly, right from a hundred (assuming I see 100), right up to number one.

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I have been keeping track of the films that I have since since the first day of the year, in which I saw five movies in one day, right through to a very disappointing venture last night, and I currently have a bottom and top ten in place, although let’s put it this way, there are some shocking films that won’t feature in the bottom ten that would have probably topped that list in other years. On the flip side, there have been a lot of quality films this year that I really want to put in my top ten, but I can’t justify removing any that are currently in that position.

So with that in mind, my list will start ten days before the new year, and will post my top ten on New Year’s Eve, or at least that is the plan.

Here is a preview of the upcoming breakdown, although I’m not going to discuss individual films…..

  • Two films on the list have Chris Pine and Ben Foster working together. One is currently in my top ten, and the other also features another actor that Pine has previously worked with.
  • Foster also holds the unusual distinction of being the only actor/actress to be in films that appear in both my top and bottom tens for the year so far.
  • Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Chris Hemsworth all feature in three different films on the list in total, more than anyone else. Interestingly, they did technically appear in a movie together, which would take the latter of the three to four, but as Hemsworth’s appearance in that film wasn’t fresh footage, I can’t include it as him acting. Hemsworth and Foster will both appear in the bottom ten for the year as it stands.
  • Other actors to be in numerous entries include Steve Carrell, Jesse Eisenberg, George Clooney, Zak Efron and Margot Robbie.
  • My first candidate for worst film of the year stayed in that position for around four months, and but was replaced by stars of “High School Musical” and “Parks and Recreation”, but it was a spin off of another TV show that currently sits bottom of the pile. It will take something unbelievably atrocious in the last few months for me to consider anything else.
  • When I rank the films, none of the major comic book based films that have come out this year (and I’ve seen all of them) are likely to feature in the top thirty, and only one is likely to be in the top fifty. Please note that this is only as it stands.
  • The top ten currently consists of a single horror film, but is joined by a film that has a horror element to it’s title.
  • My bottom ten currently includes two sequels, a live-action remake and a film based on a computer game.
  • There are two foreign language films overall in the list, one of which I have previously reviewed on this site.
  • Surprisingly there are only sixteen remakes, sequels or prequels in my list.
  • And finally, whilst no actors appears in two films on the bottom or top ten lists currently, Zak Efron and Jeremy Irons have both spent time on the bottom ten list with films with two different entries, and both still appear in one.

If you are interested in reading my previous breakdowns of the years 2014 and 2015, these can be accessed from the “All Reviews”. In the meantime, I will be trying to increase my reviews and posts, so stay tuned.

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