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Ready Steady Cut EP55 – Reviews Round-Up – Atomic Blonde

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This is Episode 55 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases we have watched from the 1st half of August. The headline review for this round-up is Atomic Blonde. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Episode Breakdown:

00:00 – Intro and Round-Up Summary
Movie Reviews
03:07 – Kidnap 
10:59 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
23:16 – Icarus
34:20 – The Emoji Movie
44:20 – Naked
52:02 – Burning Sands
1:00:03 – Girls Trip
1:09:25 – Message from the King
Headline Reviews
1:15:55 – Atomic Blonde
1:25:37 – Final Comments

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Review – Burning Sands 

What’s this?

Burning Sands originally appeared at the Sundance Film Festival on January 2017. Netflix snapped it up. They are slowly becoming the platform that exploits the festival market for their own advantage despite leading figures in the industry having reservations about streaming. Burning Sands is a drama story about an African-American fraternity.

What’s it about?

Five young black men pledge Lambda Lambda Phi fraternity at Frederick Douglas University. The men have to endure a week of big brother hazing at the campus and in the fraternity house. Leading the pledge is Zurich, who himself has to balance his education, family and personal life. This is the premise for a majority of the movie. You have to patiently stay with it in order to appreciate the movie’s conclusion.

Why?

In order for somebody to enjoy the characters, they would have to relate to them at some level. During my travels in the USA, I worked in a relatively rich area for a hotel/restaurant. At all the house parties I attended there were ‘brothers’ from other fraternities from different universities. Due to their status, they often grouped together at social events because of what they had in common. Let me put it this way; the weird events that I saw amongst these fraternity men were weird. Simple as that. As the British guy, I did not achieve common ground at all. It was obviously impossible. I did not get it. It is hard to contemplate and I appreciate the fact you have to be in it to feel it.

By the way, I am not saying all sorority and fraternity groups act like this. I appreciate that they all come in different shapes and sizes. Some require finances and reputation and others are just, well, normal. I hope.

The fraternity groups I came across indulged themselves in proud masculinity.

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Ready Steady Cut EP53 – The Conjuring 1 and 2

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This is Episode 53 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation, we discuss The Conjuring Series. Please note that this is Laura’s first horror episode. How did she handle it? Find out!

Trailer Talk is IT and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me!

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
02:10 – Announcements
03:30 – Trailer Talk – IT
09:33 – Thoughts on The Conjuring Series
11:14 – The Conjuring 1
39:57 – The Conjuring 2
1:01:39 – Questions from Listeners
1:11:13 – You Can’t Beat Me! – Gangsters
1:34:14 – Final Comments

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Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s this?

After many apparent hesitations, director Luc Besson and his wife decided to write an English-language French science fiction action-adventure film titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline. I am not familiar with the comics but in the past couple of months, I have admired the trailers from a visual standpoint. Then again, the movie did have a budget of 197 million Euros, so it should look mightily impressive. The movie has nowhere near matched the budget in the box office, and it is the most expensive European and independent film ever made. Ouch. I would hate to deliver that news to the board.

What’s it about?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a space station. Wait, this will not work. Instead, clear your mind for a minute and imagine a space station in 2020. Then years later, leading countries of the world attach their station to this one. Then many years later, other species from different planets send their station to join in on the action. This continues to happen until the 28th century. We now have one large planet made of cities (named Alpha) with a multitude of peace agreements. Still with me? Good. Now, imagine a planet far away with pale looking, peace loving Avatars, who are living in harmony amongst powerful energy-containing pearls, in a tropical paradise. All of a sudden, huge ships crash into their planet and they are wiped out. Lead male character Valerian wakes up. He just had a dream about this decimated planet and he is about to embark on a mission with Laureline ordered by his commander to retrieve a converter. They are later told that Alpha is infected by an unknown force and they must investigate and protect the Commander, suspiciously performed by Clive Owen.

Can you see why I told you to close your eyes? This narrative has so many obstacles to jump around that, at times, it felt mentally challenging.

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Ready Steady Cut EP52 – Reviews Round-Up – Dunkirk

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This is Episode 52 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases from the 2nd half of July. The headline review for this round-up is the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Episode Breakdown:

00:00 – Intro and Round-Up Summary
02:11 – Hot Topic – Top Gun 2
Movie Reviews
07:49 – To The Bone
26:23 – The Big Sick
35:48 – The Incredible Jessica James
44:55 – First Kill
54:42 – Casting JonBenet
Headline Reviews
1:11:29 – Dunkirk
1:37:39 – Final Comments

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Ready Steady Cut EP51 – Stephen King Movies Special

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This is Episode 51 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the upcoming release of The Dark Tower,  we discuss the most adapted author of all time, Stephen King and what are considered to be his top three movie adaptations – The Shining, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.

Trailer Talk is Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me!

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Review – The Incredible Jessica James

What’s this?

This is a Netflix Original. A comedy Netflix Original. One that involves romance. I am not trying to sound dubious, but I do tend to have a love-hate relationship with the Originals. Before I watched The Incredible Jessica James I took a deep breath because I was either going to be bored to death by an over-stretched storyline or satisfied by a good comedy. That tends to be the trend when I write about anything distributed by Netflix.

What’s it about?

It is about an aspiring New York playwright called Jessica, who has been delivered a huge blow when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Whilst still determined to make something of her career she starts dating Boone, a recently divorced man. The premise sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it? Like a carbon copy of previously made movies. The difference is the character Jessica, and the fact that I do not feel this is entirely a romantic comedy.

What do you mean?

The film opens up with a gag, she meets a random guy she met on Tinder, who she has no intention of progressing anything romantically with or “sleeping with” as she states. She was out to make a point that this man had expectations that were way too high, and she was using him to make her ex jealous, who then shows up at the place with his date. The obvious awkwardness provides 5 minutes of good comedy. Then the movie shows Jessica making her way home, singing, dancing and being intentionally fun and foolish. The film lets you know that this is Jessica: she is vibrant, she is cool, she is funny, but most of all she is different. It sets you straight for the rest of the film because you know exactly where you stand with this character. This is backed up by a convincing leading performance from Jessica Williams who manages to captivate you with her character’s personality.

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