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Dead Poets Society
12 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I thought this film was extremely moving and powerful. Instead of reviewing this film based on what it is, I'm going to convey the message it gave me.

The focal soundbite of the film, "Carpe Diem", (Seize The Day, said by Robin Williams' character John Keating) encourages us to be forthright about our ideas and thoughts, to be unwavering and unafraid, and most of all, to be proud of being unique and different no matter how much people try and grind you down. That message really radiated with me strongly whilst watching this film. It does ring true in today's society, where people try to smother you with their version of the latest hot topics or popular trends and then leave you with the air of verbal isolation if you do not conform.

I cannot finish this without praising the late Robin Williams for his fantastic performance in the role of English teacher John Keating. His character truly did make you feel relaxed, inspired and reassured. I would most definitely recommend you watch this.

Terminator Genisys
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The past two Terminator instalments for me have been mediocre to say the least. I'm fully aware that all franchises and series must keep moving forward and coming up with fresh ideas to avoid becoming stale. However nowadays, when we are in an era of quite frankly no new ideas and constant reboots/remakes/re-imaginings (whichever tag you wish to use) these ideas seem rehashed in a very tired/scaled down way. (given the fact that T3: Rise of The Machines and Terminator Salvation were both slapped with 12A certificates at the cinema)

Terminator: Genisys, whilst doing some things right, (the homages to the first two films were a kudos from me) still has to execute this "re-telling" (as I am led to believe) in a scaled down way hence the 12A certificate. With a slightly more mature 15 certificate I feel, the film would have loosened the chains a bit and given the film's story and flow a bit more breathing space.

The new story twist with John Connor left me feeling a bit lost for words to a degree as well. (I won't spoil but it is spoiled in the trailer I suppose) The way in which that it is eventually explained to you felt very un-Terminator-ish to me but I know other people will no doubt feel different.

I've no complaints about the cast and I think it was a great casting choice to have Emilia Clarke in the role of Sarah Connor.

I know from reading about the internet that Terminator: Genisys hasn't performed as expected at the box office, so this begs the question of would I like to see a sequel? Of course I would, but like I said previously, loosen the chains a bit. But hey who am I kidding, none of the studio execs will actually take that advice on board, will they?

Ted 2
Ted 2 (2015)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After thoroughly enjoying the first film, I was excited when a sequel was announced. Having seen the first trailer of Ted 2 (It wasn't the uncut red band trailer) I wasn't that impressed and felt disappointed but I was still willing to go and see the film.

Its always very tricky to pull off a sequel that tops the first film, and rarely has it been done, and although it hasn't been done here, I would say the two films are slightly on par with each other in my opinion. I was initially anticipating Mila Kunis to reprise her role of John's wife, Lori, and I was somewhat puzzled by her absence. However I later learned she could not commit to the role due to her pregnancy at the time so it all made sense then.

Overall I really enjoyed the film, many funny moments. Do I want to see a sequel to make it a trilogy? Tricky question. Hey if it happens great (although I don't see what direction the writers could go in terms of a plot) if not then that is fine with me.

Ant-Man (2015)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm not a huge fan of the Marvel universe but I did enjoy a trailer for this film so I decided to give it a watch.

Initially I thought Paul Rudd was an odd casting choice for the role of Scott Lang/Ant-Man as I'm sure people are more often used to seeing him in comedy films (Role Models and Dinner for Schmucks just to name but a few) not an action film but he played the role no problem at all. The supporting cast were great also.

I've no real bones to pick about the film's plot and overall if a sequel is made I would gladly watch it.

The Interview
The Interview (2014)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not as controversial as it was originally played out to be in my opinion. (It being offensive to North Koreans is another matter) The Interview had its funny moments but overall it wasn't very consistent for my liking.