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Review – Final Destination 

Director: James Wong

Writer(s): James Wong, Glen Morgan, Jeffrey Reddick

Rating: R

Release Date: March 17, 2000

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Review – Bomb Scared (Fe De Etarras)

Whilst the industry quarrels amongst themselves on whether the power of streaming is poisoning traditional cinema, Netflix are scattering releases in various forms and genres. Their second Spanish language movie Bomb Scared, otherwise known as Fe De Etarras, is about a group of so-called Basque terrorists awaiting word from their leadership on their next mission. The reason I root for streaming platforms is that it generates challenging and daring movies that may have not leapt onto the big screen. Despite the subject being terrorism, you come to realise that Bomb Scared is not a challenging or daring movie at all. It is just delivered well.

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Review – American Assassin

Following a terrorist attack on a beach, a civilian decides to take action against those behind the incident.

When Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) proposes to his girlfriend whilst on holiday at a beach resort, he didn’t anticipate the engagement being cut horrendously short by a terrorist attack in which almost everyone on the beach was injured or killed. In the months following the attack, Mitch decides that he wants sweet revenge. He puts himself in position to make a move on the man behind the attack that killed his loved one, only to be interrupted by U.S. armed forces just before he’s about to strike. He is held in custody before being referred to Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), the man in charge of training individuals who are to be involved in black-ops style missions. The men prove themselves to be a real match for each other, and it’s not long before the two are going out on their first operation together to put a stop to an ex-trainee of Hurley’s wicked ways.

I was quite excited about American Assassin. On the surface, it looked like it was going to be a great action film that could potentially have been the making of Dylan O’Brien in slightly more grown-up cinema. Now I’ve seen it I have to be honest and say it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, but that it was worth seeing nonetheless, and I do think it may have succeeded in helping the lead shed some of those more adolescent roles.

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Review – mother!

This review contains minor spoilers.

A couple’s blissful existence is disrupted when two strangers come to stay at their home.
I think that’s as far as I’m going to go with my synopsis of mother!. I feel as though if I go on to describe what happened in any more depth than that, I may spoil it for people, and that is the last thing want to do, believe me. It’s a funny old film this – I left the cinema not having much idea of what I had just been subjected to for the past two hours, but after thinking long and hard about the film for the rest of the afternoon, I think I finally got it.

Neither of the two main performances here was what I’d expected. I watched the film because Javier Bardem was in it, and I’m a huge fan of his work. For some reason, I had thought he was going to be a bit of a villain, but he wasn’t. Saying that, however, I wouldn’t have said he was exactly a good guy either. When you begin to understand the symbolism in the film, I think that this kind of portrayal of Bardem’s character was the best way to play it, because we do question whether or not the figure who he is possibly playing in the film is actually good. I’ve now just realized that a lot of what I say in this review is probably not actually going to make sense (if anything I say in any of my reviews ever does). Jennifer Lawrence also played a character that we generally wouldn’t have her down for. Lawrence has become known for playing strong female leads. In this, she was very meek for the most part, but gradually she got back to her usual self until, in the end, she decided she’d had enough and destroyed everything. Both were good performances, but I’m not convinced they were my favorites from either actor.

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Ready Steady Cut EP60 – Stephen King’s IT (1990)

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This is Episode 60 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the remake of Stephen King’s IT coming to cinemas soon, we discuss the 1990 version.

We also discuss What’s Happening At Ready, Steady Cut! and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is Leonardo DiCaprio characters.

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
04:10 – What’s Happening at Ready, Steady, Cut!
06:50 – IT (1990) discussion
52:22 – Questions from Listeners
1:03:15 – You Can’t Beat Me – Leonardo DiCaprio Characters
1:29:05 – Final Comments

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Ready Steady Cut EP58 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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This is Episode 58 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the wide re-release and 4k remastered version hitting our shelves, we discuss what is regarded to be the Stephen Spielberg’s most significant visionary work – Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

We also discuss rumours involving The Batman standalone movie and the standalone Joker movie. As always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is mystical characters.

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
04:43 – Rumours – The Batman and Joker
12:24 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1:01:29 – You Can’t Beat Me! – Mystical Characters
1:18:44 – Final Comments\

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Opinion – Why cinema prices are ruining everyone

I’m currently facing bit of a predicament at the minute. There are A LOT of films coming out over the next couple of months that I desperately want to see, but I’m not sure whether I have the funds to cover them all. In September alone, there are four films I want to see. This will amount to a minimum cost of £39.16 (yes, I can work a calculator), before any other expenses are taken into account i.e. travel and snackage. Now, I don’t believe that I am the only one who believes this to be an outrage. Since when did going to the cinema to see one film, let alone four, force a person to consider selling an organ on the black market?

It was during the planning of a recent cinema trip for four people to see Dunkirk that the extortionate cost of cinema tickets became apparent to me. I did a survey of the four biggest cinema chains I could think of: Showcase, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue, and I was very surprised by the results. Showcase Cinema Deluxe was actually the cheapest, and Vue was the priciest at near enough £11 per ticket for adults. I was suitably gobsmacked to say the least.

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