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Recap – Suits S7E4: “Divide and Conquer” 

Expect plenty of spoilers in this recap.

“Divide and Conquer” seamlessly continues from the previous episode. The shackles are still off, Harvey has zero control, and Louis proceeds to roll with his hilarious facial expressions. The beginnings of this show started as a serious legal drama. Now it is leaning towards a fanciful soap opera. Suits know its audience loves the characters and it’s slowly becoming a guilty pleasure rather than something you tell the cool kids about.

The family is slowly reforming with the help of a familiar face. Jessica’s reoccurring guest-like appearances almost makes you think she wants to fully return to the show. Harvey makes it clear that he misses her but he clearly needs the guidance to build the firm back up to its former reputation. Episode 4 demonstrates that the challenge is a mountain even for Harvey, and you suspect he will need plenty of help for the remainder of season 7. Jessica’s reveal in the final segments, that she divided the group on purpose, was an obvious cliffhanger. I felt the utmost disappointment for not foreseeing it. It is easy to forget her tactical nature to turn personalities against each other for her own gain, especially after she left an empty void. Will Harvey be able to continue eventually without guidance?

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Review – Imperial Dreams

What’s this?

Imperial Dreams was actually released at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Based on research it did not make strides in terms of distribution. Whiplash probably did not help matters, as it owned the festival. In February 2017, Netflix, the platform that appears to have its fingers in so many pies, distributed it as one of their own, and behold: it became a Netflix Original. Imperial Dreams became the preliminary platform for John Boyega. Yes, he did have a career before he was thrown into the Star Wars franchise. He was not just plucked from nowhere, apparently. This really is his film. Something that you can find at the bottom of his drama school locker and now lives as a thumbnail on Netflix, ready for any passerby to consume.

What’s it about?

John Boyega plays lead character Bambi, a reformed gangster, who has just been released from prison. He returns to Watts, Los Angeles and nothing has changed. It is still violent, still treated by the police as the projects, and those associated with him before are still the same. His family is the priority, his loyalty is clear, and he wants to ensure a safe and prosperous future for his son. The entire premise is the willingness of Bambi to not get consumed by the life he had before, which means sacrifices and testing relationships. The movie is an American drama, one that you would expect. We’ve seen it before and it has the usual, generic components, but the story is interesting. We all like a movie that demonstrates a character’s struggle. There’s more for John Boyega to do in this film to sell a story, and he does deliver.

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Review – To The Bone 

What’s this?

This is another drama film that was on the festival circuit that Netflix plucked out and released worldwide. You will have probably seen it living in your thumbnails recently if you obsessively keep an eye out on Netflix movies like I do. It is a movie about a character with anorexia. Oh, and it stars Keanu Reeves in a role that you just would not expect. Funny how Netflix keeps telling these jokes.

What’s it’s about?

It is about an anorexic girl called Ellen with an extremely dysfunctional family. The story begins as she drops out of college and fails to make any progress within her inpatient program. Her step mother forces her to see specialist, Dr. William Beckham, who insists that Ellen joins his inpatient programme that has its own methods for treating disorders. I find that eating disorders within TV and film are extremely difficult to get right, but To The Bone acts responsibly to an extent with a simple, straightforward storyline. I am not surprised it has dealt with the subject matter appropriately because writer and director Marti Noxon based it on her own struggles with the disease.

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Review – War for the Planet of the Apes 

What’s this?

A grand finale for the Planet of the Apes reboot series. This time it is the War for the Planet of the Apes and the clue is in the title.

What’s it about?

Soon after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, an army of humans hopes to find Ceasar, which results in suffering unimaginable losses for the lead character. Ceaser shows a darker side as he aims to avenge his losses and puts himself up against the Colonel, the leader of the human army they were hiding from. This also means that the fate of both species is in their hands, really upping the stakes, which are way higher than the previous films. The entire movie feels like an ending to a trilogy but it is delivered masterfully from start to finish in ways that I was not expecting. War for the Planet of the Apes is not only a fantastic movie but it sets a benchmark in how to deliver a memorable trilogy.

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Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

What’s this?

It’s the sixth Spider-Man movie since the dawn of the new millennium, the second live-action reboot of the character, and the sixteenth entry into the money-printing multimedia monopoly otherwise known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it’s mostly a teen-romance story, and a pleasantly cosmopolitan coming-of-age drama, just with some superhero shenanigans grafted on, like the sentient robotic arms of a mad scientist. (A reference that should clue you in to the fact that, since watching Spider-Man: Homecoming, I’ve been thinking a lot about Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, and how much more like it I wish this movie was.)

Oh, here we go.

I’ll stop you there, if you don’t mind. My love for Raimi’s second ­Spidey instalment notwithstanding, I don’t worship at the altar of those movies in the same way that a lot of my contemporaries do. The first, from 2002, is a functional origin story but little more than that, and the third, from 2007, is a violent crime against good taste and decency. Homecoming is superior to both of them, and, of course, to the two horrific Amazing Spider-Man travesties, although at this point that should go without saying. But if you expect me to not compare a new Spider-Man movie with the definitive Spider-Man movie, then, well… perhaps reviews aren’t for you.

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Analysis – Warrior

[As this is an analysis post, please be aware that this may contain spoilers. If you have not watched the film, and you do not want to know what happens in the story, then please do not continue reading.]

Warrior (2011) is more than just a mixed martial arts film. After my most recent watch of the feature, I sat there wondering how it still manages to give me goosebumps in the final fight between the two warring brothers. Why am I on the edge of my sofa, with my hands together, forgetting the room that I sit in, feeling tense about something I have seen plenty of times? You could argue that this is a typical reaction when watching a film regarding a professional sport, but Warrior feels different. It is not just the fights that matter, there is much more to it than that. The film is about human failure.

You are, in essence, watching three men, all with flaws, all at fault for something in the past, and despite the many meanings in the film, I am unreservedly convinced that none of them deserves each other.


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Analysis – Brooklyn

[As this is an analysis post please be aware that this may contain spoilers. If you have not watched the film and you do not want to know what happens in the story then please do not continue reading.]

I was unfortunate to miss Brooklyn back in 2015. Despite it having been on my to-watch list, I never got around to viewing it, and the countless commending reviews left me regretting not venturing to the cinemas when I had the chance.

With Brooklyn, you are not just witnessing a story about an Irish girl immigrating to the United States in the 1950s. The narrative commands you to the centre of the girl’s growth, and what underpins this are the different influences in her life, which evolve her. Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is the character we become accustomed to, and as soon as the film rolls we get an insight into her life. The film lightly touches upon that she is undoubtedly trapped in a town that offers zero opportunities. You feel the strain that she withholds due to the pressure from her close ones to provide, marry and live a sustainable life. We are witnessing a young lady who lacks confidence and flair and does not really understand her personality as of yet – then her journey begins; there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes in the form of a sponsor by Father Flood who assures her she will find the life and full-time work in Brooklyn, America.

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