Borg McEnroe is a film to hit home about!

Any tennis fans will know how tense the Wimbledon Final was in 2013 between Murray and Novak Djokovic? However this was unbelievable!

You can view this film at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The Cast

The fantastic cast included Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and our Transformers side kick, Shia Labeouf as the highly ecstatic and young McEnroe. Gudnason and his ice cold, controlled expressions were perfect for the role. It was alongside his flawless complexion that made him realistic. His likeliness to Borg’s photos from the 1970s and 80s made them look like identical twins.

The same went for Labeouf who had the same crazy afro hair (trendy in those days) that McEnroe had. It made us wonder how they managed it so well…. any styling tips?

My Plot

The greatest match between two of the greatest tennis players: Borg McEnroe.  A king of championships vs a new comer who would unknowingly change tennis forever.

You would be disappointed to hear that I had not ever heard of Borg before the film or had any idea of how influential this match was, but now I have and I understand.

My Thoughts

I was watching the film – perplexed and completely blown over by their history. They had all experienced doubt and failure, but they had achieved things we could not never dream of. Their quality of tennis was exhausting, even to just watch.

The film was exciting. At most I thought it would be a documentary but I was wrong and It beat all my expectations.

An amazing film about two of the greatest tennis players.

Star Rating

4 stars!

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Judi Dench got royal approval in her role as Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul!

Victoria and Abdul is still in cinemas to watch, if you have not already done so!

The Plot

The film took place in 1887 when India was 27 years under the rule of Queen Victoria. It showed a beautiful relationship with an Indian prison writer, who later became an advisor and close friend of her Majesty. This caused conflicts in the royal court.

This is a true story with some adjustments. If you want to find out in more detail, you can see this link for more:  The True Story of Victoria and Abdul

The Characters

Kareem’s character was so loyal, kind and gracious (Ali Fazel), which was the complete opposite of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) before she saw him as her side kick.

Despite being Queen and the representative of India, she had very little manners and ate meals with such speed that her other guests were unable to get half way through. We knew that Kareem would be a little different – his kind charm found a way to unravel and smoothen out her attitude, so much that her staff thought she was going crazy.

My Thoughts

I found the film utterly stunning and Judi Dench was so captivating and mesmerizing that I was totally lost in the plot. The film made me feel warm inside, as everything that was a little off-putting, suddenly became more beautiful.

I would highly recommend this film to any Judy Dench fans – she is not just our M, she is our queen (ish)…All bow!

Star Rating: 4 stars!

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This bird’s-eye view of life behind the throne that is a royal triumph indeed.

Detroit film review: A grim look at 1967 and the iconic Detroit Riot. Gripping and thought worthy!

This is a review of Detroit, a film currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and. This is a true story and It just shows how time and attitudes have really changed.

The plot

The treatment of black people led to riots in the streets of Detroit 1967. A time when being black was a crime, even if you were doing nothing wrong. The plot followed a motel raid in which guests were unnecessarily tortured for a distant gun shot.

You can watch the trailer for Detroit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFeWsDpy9y0. 

My Thoughts of the plot

The motel gun raid scene, in which officers invaded, including Krauss. “Face the wall”  – it made me feel awful that people would be treated like that. I was scared just watching it.

A court case that followed showed white and black people sitting on separate sides and each of the victims being judged for their colour and involvement. The police officers were given the higher ground and nothing would have made me happier to see them face justice.

The plot was great, but what made it greater was the actors:

Will Pouler, who is best known for his role in Dunkirk and We’re the Millers, was terrifying. In a good way of course as he was playing Krauss. In his previous roles, he has been quiet and funny, so this was a surprise. Wow this lad blew me away – he must have found some hidden anger to be in such an angry role

John Boyega, our very own Fin from Star Wars, was Dismukes. A friendly UN police officer who was caught in the cross fire by white detectives. He cared about Detroit and the people there – he did not understand why they were being hurt like this.

This film is iconic and is a true story.  There is still a misunderstanding that skin colour matters, and it doesn’t. We are all human and all equal, no matter what race or ethnicity. You can read the full story of Detroit 1967 here if you are interested: https://www.biography.com/news/detroit-movie-true-story .

Overall

I found the film got to me and I think that’s the point. To get people talking about what really happened, raises more awareness. Despite the rather miserable and true plot, I recommend the film to anyone who is interested in that aspect of history or to those who are generally curious.

Star Rating

I would give this film 4 stars as it was punchy and had my full attention!

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Logan Lucky review: the film that out wits Now you See Me and includes witty comedy on the side! (Spoiler Alert)

Logan Lucky was showing at the Tyneside Cinema on the day I wrote this, however it is now limited in showing times as it has been out. The film has an all star crew, including Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.

You can view the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPzvKH8AVf0

The Plot

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) planned to rob the vault from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and asked his brother Clyde and sister Mellie to help. Jimmy approached Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) during his prison sentence to assist in demolishing the underground pipes during the NASCAR race. Everything was going to plan however there were some complications and the FBI were on their tails.

My Thoughts

I found the film extremely entertaining! I was baffled by how clever and cunning the whole scheme and general plot was. All the characters were especially funny in their own ways.

I heard that Daniel Craig was a little different in this film and they were right. Bond went from hero to zero as Joe and looked as though he had let himself go bad in his black and white jail jumpsuit. His American accent was surprisingly good too and his one liners were second to none. If I had never seen James Bond, I would have scoffed in disbelief at the thought of him being suited up and gentlemanly .

Channing Tatum was a rather broken man in this film, as Jimmy. His life was falling apart, and he played it really well. I was not sure of his beard and scruffy worker dungarees though.. they didn’t look right on him or maybe that was because I have not seen him in a role like that before.

Overall

A heist that was beyond any of our imagination and that’s why I liked it. I am still not sure how it was done and I may have to see it again to pick up on those little details. It is definitely worth another see. Daniel Craig was award winning and Channing was the cherry on top of the cake. Brilliant!

Star Rating

I would splash out 4 stars for this film! Funny, clever and unbelievably entertaining to watch.

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The Hitman’s bodyguard film review: Guns, car chases, hearts to hearts and wicked one liners!

This is a review of the latest must see action film, The Hitman’s bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes. You can see this film now in all major cinemas.

The Plot

The plot followed an ex triple a rated executive protection agent Guard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) who in the attempt to help a friend, fell into the role of protecting Darius Kincaid (Samuel Jackson), a killer who was to stand trial in the Court of Justice. Only Micheal had to get him to court without being killed (or getting Darius killed) and that was not simple.

You can view the official trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Afusxc2SM .

My Thoughts

I was laughing (like really laughing). The script was so funny and these two enemies found common ground with their insulting and funny come backs. I also would be very hesitant to record the number of times the characters (especially Darius) said “m*****f*****” . It would make a great drinking game!

The film was not all guns and car chases. I have not seen many action films recently that have portrayed such a brotherly relationship between the main characters, and for that reason you would never think they are enemies. When one was in danger, the other would swoop in and save the day. It was a nice change.

The film was so entertaining, I was never bored or distracted. There was too much to look at to think about anything else.

The Action

I have not really talked about the action and there was a lot of it. I would say that my description of it does not do it mercy. Completely epic scene after scene, and when you think it gets a little slow, the fast paced action returns all over again.

Samuel Jackson was effortless and crazy as Darius. Combined with Ryan Reynolds hesitant and witty portrayal of Michael, the characters made a fantastic team.

Last Note

Hitman’s bodyguard is the brother film to Bridesmaids. I have not laughed this much at any film since I saw Bridesmaids in the cinema years ago.

Star Rating

What a film! 4 stars is definelty on the cards! Don’t just take it from me, it is worth seeing!

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A Ghost Story review: A story about love and loss with a hint of halloween!

The film was not what I expected, instead it had certain themes of love, loss, grievance and acceptance. All of these we can relate to in some way.

The Plot

The plot followed a young woman (acted by Rooney Mara) who lost her partner (acted by Casey Affleck). He came back in another form to find that he was locked in time and could only watch her slip away from him.

You can view the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_3NMtxeyfk.  You can also view this film at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. You can look at viewing times or book at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/ghost-story .

My Thoughts

I was watching the film and although it was on a sad topic, the fact that they were dressed in a white sheet with holes for eyes was quite immature. It is the kind of costume that you would wear for halloween when you realise that you have nothing left to wear. But all funny notes aside…

The film was rather slow and used panning shots to increase tension with very little audio. Pictures speak louder than words and these scenes were no exception. It was a clever move and we all expected to see a white figure in a sheet appear.

I have to mention the fantastic acting of Casey Affleck, who was undoubtedly brilliant in his role. Not just as a her man, but also as her ghost, I felt every feeling – sadness, regret, happiness, loneliness! It was like I was there.

Now as for the motto of the film. The idea that our deceased loved ones stay behind and live as an invisible entity is comforting yet also creepy. If I were to describe the film, I would be happy with a hint of sad. For, while the families had good times, there was always a loved one there – watching and yearning to be with them but stuck in time.

Final Note

A slow film with meaning. It was not what I was expecting but it was a nice surprise.

Casey Affleck was spot on!

Overall Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars. Despite the lack of audio, the film had a lot of meaning. It was not what I was expecting but a nice surprise.

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Film Review: Land of Mine with deceptive beaches and deadly silences!

This is a review of “Land of Mine”, a Martin Pieter Zandvliet directed film, which is currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The plot followed young german POW soldiers forced to deactivate landmines from danish beaches.

My Thoughts

Most of the scenes were set on a peaceful and beautiful beach with a bright blue sky, yet it was far from that. Under that beautiful beach were land mines and combined with an antagonising silence, the film had us in anticipation constantly.

Whilst the danish were not fond of the germans, the film had a surprising mix of themes: cruelty, kindness and silence. At times the silence was unbearable and I was anticipating loud bangs. They always occurred when I least expected them and every time they went off, I felt a sense if dread. Knowing that one by one, a young man would bite the dust and become a another casualty was hard to watch.

Overall

This film was so effective… whilst little dialogue can sometimes make a film very boring, Zandvliet used it to his advantage.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars purely because I have seen better an worse films. A healthy middle ground.

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In the Dark S1 E3 Recap: Unnecessary and Padded out as the series continues into deeper territory for Helen.

This is a review of In the Dark, episode 3 (BBC series). The series trying to aim to those who like crime dramas and are in motherhood.

When we all saw the plot go to a natural end at the end of last episode we thought it was over. But we were wrong… not only does Helen continue on cases, but she finds herself sucked into an investigation that was even closer to home, next to her, infant.

The case and plot?

The plot was padded out a bit – divided between a gang and an investigation.

The murder case followed a young gang, its activities and the aftermath of a gang initiation.  Poor Helen was even closer to labour and with everything that had going on, it was hard to think that anything else could happen to her, but it did. The victim of this dangerous initiation was her partner Paul, but this led to many questions…

The whole case was difficult for Helen as it uncovered hard truths. She shouldn’t have get involved though?

But…

What’s the harm in it? She should have learnt her lesson from last time, but no! She got involved and chased up a lead with a man (Frank) who was dangerous and engaging in crime. She also stumbled upon evidence in his car that led her to a surprising discovery –  a dangerous insight that could risk her life… who was Kevin? She was not bothered by this at all and seemed eager to find out.

Anything stand out as wrong or irritating?

Wow, Helen was really embracing motherhood and had developed a very large bump over a short period of time. Is time speeding up or something? This got a lot of attention on Twitter and I am not surprised – it is an inaccurate representation of pregnancy and I doubt that many women at that stage in pregnancy would want to be working or chasing criminals.

Helen also got involved in the case when warned not to…. She didn’t ask for help and she didn’t let anyone into her discoveries. She will get hurt and the baby may be in danger, but in that respect I have little sympathy. It’s what you get for getting involved.

It’s such a shame though that the victim of this stupid attempt at fitting in was her partner Paul. I think they would have been ok and found a way to make it work. By getting rid of him though, you are taking away the probability that the baby is his and this may put more emphasis on Adam in future episodes. For example, will Adam be with her when she is in labour? Will the case be solved and will they live happy ever after (without Paul)?

Next week…

So as you expect, she will probabaly get involved and see this “Kevin” guy! Get herself and her baby in trouble, as that’s what she normally does.

She is also very close to her due date, so we expect some drama in getting her to the hospital!

Star Rating

I would give this episode 3 stars as it was a little disappointed and padded out for little reason

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Dunkirk felt so real that it gave me goosebumps!

So this was the movie people were waiting to see! Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, had very high expectations and I’m glad to say that I think it has exceeded them.

The Plot

The general plot was as authentic as it could be – no added love stories or context. And that is why I liked it!  Soldiers fighting for survival on the Dunkirk beaches and the kindness of small boat owners who risked their lives to save those who were injured or capsized.

The trauma the soldiers faced both on the ground, in the air and over sea gave me an idea of what it was actually like. Yes I was not there, however I felt like I was. I was at awe as I saw planes fly through the sky and I winced when sudden bombs and gun shots were heard. I could not ever imagine living through it, yet people did. It made me feel very patriotic.

Best Scenes

Some scenes come to mind, some happy and some very moving. Either way I felt myself near tears when I was watching them. Scenes like the Windstone boat rescuing dozens of men covered in oil after their ship sank. The rescuers consisted of a father and his two sons, one of which fell and later suffered serious injuries, resulting in his death. George, aged 17 who had only young, died with legacy while trying to save others.

Times looked very bleak in the film and when the captain (Tom Hardy) thought everything was lost, he eventually saw them. Dozens of boats, all travelling from far and wide to help transport the soldiers back to safety. In this stunning scene, the captain was asked “What did you see?”. His reply was “Hope” and this hope saved 235,000 men.

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Harry Styles as a soldier in the WW2 Dunkirk evacuation (left)

It was not just Tom Hardy in this film, you may have noticed a well known boy band member, dressed as a soldier with very short hair. I did not recognise him, it was of course Harry Styles! It was definitely not a beautiful sight during the war, but he seemed to cope pretty well in his first acting role. He was remarkably good and very convincing. Maybe a little tune would have done the trick in those times of misery.

I had the pleasure to watch this film twice and it made me think about unity  This is especially relevant because without those small boats, without the friendships and their ability to work as one, no one would have survived.

The Graphics and Music

The music paired with the graphics beautifully. It added anticipation and suspense. You knew how the soldiers were feeling, just by the music.

Summary

I loved the fact that the film was not sugar coated and it was big in music and graphics. It showed what it was like and it looked terrifying. My heart was in my chest all the way through, as I saw men waiting and fighting for their lives. I felt very patriotic after the film(s) and proud to be British.

What did you think of Dunkirk?

A family member went to see it on a different occasion and said that it was good but it lacked “Umph”.

Star Rating

Undoubtably, I would give Dunkirk 4 stars. Need I say more?

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Baby Driver was definetly in the fast lane! 

I had the chance to see Baby Driver and this is what I thought!

My Thoughts

The Plot

The plot followed Baby, a funny and young man who was caught in a cycle of crime. He was his bosses best driver and had little choice in driving criminals to and from robberies. He was desperate to get out and have a normal life.

The Characters

Baby (Ansel Elgort) was the main character in the film and it centred around his childhood, his new fresh relationship with Debbie (Lily James) and his trapped career under his dominating boss, Doc (acted by Kevin Spacey).

Kevin Spacey was fantastic and I was expecting him to talk straight to the camera, like he does in House of Cards. He had the same level of authority and uncertainty in the film, which is what he does best.

This was an action movie, however we got little breaks from this through the love story between Baby and Debbie. It was nice to see that another door had opened for him and that he had an opportunity to get away from his crime lifestyle.

The Music and Stunts

The film was full of music, all varying genres, echoing the intensity and mood of Baby at that time. In all the car chases (there were a lot), we were engaged by fast and head bobbing beats. When he was with Debbie, he was different and the atmosphere was more relaxed with songs like “Easy” by Lionel Richie.

The last 10 minutes was all chases, music and severe braking! I felt my ears get sore as I made the most of any quiet scenes. Bright lights and massive car frenzies! It was like F1 on our motorways combined with guns. I can only imagine the time it took to get those stunts right, especially Baby who was able to jump from ledges, avoid bullets and drive insanely fast without hitting road obstacles.

The ending

The ending was happy yet unexpected. Whilst he got what he wanted, he did it the hard way and maybe that was good. He did his time so he could then enjoy the rest of his life and not look back.

Final Note

A fantastic movie and never a dull moment. A fast paced plot that combined action and love. A best of both.

My ears did hurt by the end (due to the loud bullets and music) however it was worth it!

Star Rating

I would give this film 4 stars. Would highly recommend this film to anyone who likes action and/or romance.

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