Murder on the Orient Express: A film that has more drama that double booked seats!

So I watched Murder on the Orient Express (MOTOE).  I had been looking forward to this for a while. The all-star cast included Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad,  Penelope Cruz,  Michelle Pfeiffer, among others. The film is available to see in all cinemas now.

I didn’t go into this film with too much knowledge of what was going to happen nor did I research a brief  plot. I’m glad as it meant that I could watch MOTOE with an open mind and be pulled into the excitement of the investigation.

 The Plot

MOTOE was a relatively slow film. It was by no means an action, however I would say that it is a period drama.

The film followed a luxurious train journey which resulted in a halt over the murder of one of their rich travellers. Suspects wining and dining while being potential culprits of murder. The case was investigated by the one and only Mr Poirot.  I’ve always been a fan of his films and have liked the way that he can read people and know more about them than they tell.

MONOE had everything we would expect in Poirot drama –  the body that has been found right under his nose, the little clues that are left behind by the killer who doubts Poirot’s ability to solve the case and the dramatic final announcement where he reveals the murderer with as much public embarrassment as possible.

The solving of this case was more complex and had a twist, which revealed more than Poirot originally anticipated.

The Scenery and Costumes

I have not seen a train  as luxurious as the Orient Express.  Every surface was lined with burgundy felt.  Wine glasses were a rich blue and chandeliers fell from the low ceiling. There was nothing I could fault about the train except the sleeping quarters which despite the other furnishings,  were really basic.

The costume in this film was so beautiful. The “too” short dresses and “slightly see through” meshes that we wear now were replaced with silky vintage gowns that screamed wealth and sensuality. This film is a feast for the eyes to anyone who loves vintage, luxurious clothing.

Final Note

I really enjoyed MOTOE. The plot was engaging, despite it’s slow speed and would recommend it to anyone!

Star Rating? 

I would give this Murder on the Orient Express 4 stars!

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Blade Runner 2049: A film that replicated the original and more!

Blade Runner 2047 follows on from the 1982 original, directed by Steven Spielberg. The films cast includes the han-some Harrison ford and Jazzy Ryan Gosling, along with others. The film is still in cinemas now if you decide to read this WITHOUT seeing it first. There will be spoilers, but if that’s what you makes you see the film, than my job is done.

You can view the trailer here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH8kAO8GkCk.

The Plot

The plot (in short) followed a world in which human life was revolutionised. It was Blade Runners (played by Ryan Gosling) job to track down “replicants” (scientifically engineered humans) who had gone over their termination date. Older versions that had been replaced, by faster, stronger models that were no longer fit to serve in society.  There was a little deviation in the plot where Blade Runner to have his own adventure. It was emotional and insightful and without this, the plot would have been too “busy”.

We saw Blade Runner (Ryan Gosling) bloody and injured through out the film – mostly from being attacked by the older resistant models. He was pretty good in his role as Blade Runner – very fast and violent, yet oddly likeable and trusting. I would not normally put these together, but on this occasion it worked.

I especially liked the scene when Blade Runner met Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). A stand off of wits and aim. And despite their differences, they still agreed to make up over an drink of Whisky. A great idea!

This version of the world was amazing though: humans were scientifically engineered, but they looked like any other humans. Houses were so kitted out that you could have a virtual wife hollogram where ever you went and memories seemed so real, despite not being your own. I do have some trouble imagining what this world would be like in 2049, I don’t see flying cars any time soon.

I would not describe it as an action movie per say. It was slow and very futuristic.  It was quiet in the monologue, then all of a sudden, it was fast and intense and exciting. This of course may not appeal to everyone. Like some people, I have a tendency to get bored during a slow film, unless something really catches my eye. Despite the mix of two completely different genres, I found that I before I could get bored, they was a scene of loud music or action and I was engaged again.

I understood it despite not seeing the Blade Runner recently. The way the plot was interesting to those who were familiar with the original AND basic enough for new fans. It is a very hard balance to get!

Star Rating

For me the movie was good. I enjoyed it and would see it again! I think it is worthy of 4 stars!

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What went down in Rellik and Liar on BBC and ITV1 this week!

A summary of some of the series that we took the pleasure of watching this week. 

Liar (Episode 5, Monday 9th October 2017)

It was a dramatic episode. We had a worried police officer who was spiked and sexually abused in her home, a big over reaction about Laura’s sisters affair with her colleague Tom and more evidence of Andrew’s sick truths hidden away in a wooden shed.

We also saw a more authoritative side to Laura. She put herself in such danger, only for it to backfire in his favour. Tense scenes of rookie mistakes – running backwards in such an isolated boat harbour – the flaws were just too much for her to pull it off.

A episode of nail biting and agonising silences. Twists and turns in all directions, so who really knows? Maybe next week the truth about Andrew will no longer be relevant.

Star Rating: 4 stars

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 Rellik (Episode 5, Monday 9th October 2017)

So this week’s episode had its usual and highly complicated plot. I know that many people have given up on the series because it is too much to take in however we are starting to understand a little bit more about these murders.

In this episode, we were able to paint a clearer picture on Gabriel’s character, who before his awful acid ordeal was a catch for the ladies. His unethical views of marriage  and the meaning of commitment was very worrying.

For anyone who has not seen Rellik, you may want to watch it before you read this very disturbing spoiler.

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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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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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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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Was it too much comedy to action?

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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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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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