Review: Bait

It truly is the traditionalist motif of Bait which dreamily returns us to a simpler quiet world, one without modern technology or large scale screaming drama with big explosions. This place of a different era is Cornwall.

In our small Cornish village, Martin (Edward Rowe) is trying to get by as a fisherman. However, he can’t afford a boat, so can only catch what comes in with the tide. He is saving some money in his tin, but not much. He and his brother recently sold their parents’ home to Sandra and Tim Leigh (Mary Woodvine and Simon Sheperd). The Leighs have bought up the whole street for tourism and Martin feels he and his lifestyle are being pushed aside. This sentiment grows as his van is clamped and his brother uses his boat for cruise tours of the harbour. The traditionalist feels a great sense of shame for his town and clashes with the Leighs.

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The Hunger Games is not a copy of Battle Royale…

Obvious Spoiler Alert

Having watched Battle Royale for the first time the other day, it shocked me to find that some people consider Hunger Games (HG) to have ripped off Battle Royale (BR). What blasphemy. They are totally different films and I can show you why. First of all, BR ends with our heroes on a boat while HG ends in a train.

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Twenty Eight Films of Summer

While the summer months should be spent outside enjoying the sun and getting a tan, others like watching movies. Anyhow, here is a brief review and ranking of all of the films I have watched this summer. It’s worth noting that such a variety of films are difficult to compare, so this is a blunt instrument. On a different day, they would’ve been ranked differently. Also, most of the films I watched were of high calibre and I’d have no trouble recommending at least the top 20 of them. If your favourite film isn’t near the top of the list, that’s more to the testament of the other films that anything against yours. There are some early summer films that I didn’t add to the list as I only started it in Mid June/ Early July (Sorry Toy Story 4) and some Summer Films I haven’t yet seen (Sorry OUATIH).

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Review: Pulp Fiction

While I discuss the outline of this film, I don’t give away any pivotal spoilers. But come on… this film has been out for a while.

Usually, when I go to the cinema to see a re-run of an old film, it’s no more than 30% full, therefore it really shows the staying power that in my screening of Pulp Fiction, over 80% of the seats were taken (I should have booked earlier and gotten better seats). So what is it that draws so many people to a 25 year old film on a Summer Wednesday evening in Portsmouth?

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

It’s been a while since I last saw a true Disney movie in the cinema. When I saw the castle come up on the screen with ‘When you wish upon a star’ blaring out, it felt like a walk down memory lane. That logo to me showed that a movie was going to be creative and made with care and affection. I knew I was going to enjoy the next 90-120 minutes. It was a stamp of quality. However, this film showed this to be the case no more. Disney took one of their most universally beloved films and sledgehammered it in the name of making a quick buck. When money comes before creativity for a studio such as Disney, something you love dies and I am certainly in mourning after watching the Lion King.

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Review: The Matrix

So guess what was on in the cinema last week…

From the opening green text on a black background, flying through the air to the last moments with a kick-ass song from Florence and the Machine, The Matrix is still very much a lesson in how to do Sci-fi correctly, still holding its own twenty years later. Did I care about the characters lacking depth? No. Did I care about the plot holes? No. Did I care that I would have to watch two allegedly bad sequels to get to the end of the story? Possibly.

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For all of the flaws that plague the film and the genre, what the matrix does to make it a cult classic is to get the very basics right in a way that not many can. The world building is fantastic. You see some odd things, start to question them and then get thrown into this mind bending reality, which will leave you pondering it in the days, weeks and months to come. It hits you and lead character Neo head on from the moment he takes the red pill. The idea that you are merely in a simulation has been made iconic by this film. But what this film does is take it further, showing a dystopia where humans generate heat and energy for the artificial intelligence and are nothing more than batteries. If you knew this, would you rather have taken the blue pill and forgotten everything about it? This is the question that Matrix proposes to you. It makes you think. While there are clear morals set out, the decisions we could make are blurred by constant ambiguity.

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Review: Yesterday

A Danny Boyle film about the Beatles? Could this be any more British? Well, probably not unless we see a cameo from the queen (But she’s too busy with her Corgis). But unlike a bastion of the world that some would have you think, this film ends up more of a post brexit rubble (Okay, not quite that bad).

Jack (Himesh Patel) is a wannabe pop star who sings in pubs with his guitar. However, his mundane lyrics and over reliance on power chords mean he’s never going to make in anywhere. That is until one day the power goes out and he gets hit by a bus. Upon waking up, he learns that nobody else remembers who the Beatles are. He then uses their songs to make himself a world wide music star.

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