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TV Series Review: Strike

For as long as there have been mysteries, there have been people to solve them. Private detectives, police people, consulting detectives, army types, Mi5, Mi6, spooks, G-Men, CIA, its easy to get lost in the myriad of them all.

Which makes it all the harder for a new one to stand out from the rest.

Cormoran Strike, ex-army, fits the bill of the usual with an interesting character and mysterious backstory that gets tantalisingly dripped out and sprinkled in with the case of the week, but what makes this character different and stand out from the rest, for me at least, is his sense of humour.

Plenty of detective films/series have one, but sometimes it just the plot with the comedic elements, or the characters themselves.

Not both, like this one. And another element that goes hand in hand - the humanity. Both Strike and his new receptionist/assistant, Robin Ellacott - have it, but not overly so, or barely showing.

Its a real person, people that they're portraying here and that is ref…

Film Review: The family Fang

Dysfunctional families have long since been a staple of the cinema, the history of film is littered with them, for the very good reason that they're popular, funny, entertaining, and occasionally one or two made with a few teary moments that really do cut to the bone and make some interesting observations that stick with you long after the credits have given their moment of much needed relief.

This one, is most definitely of the latter, an unique film among others that definitely deserves some accolades.

Jason Bateman for directing and starring in a story that involves a concept that is both divisive and debate worthy.

A family that creates and participates in 'art pieces' - ordinary situations that have a dark spin to provoke a response.

Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman are the siblings to parents Christopher Walken & Maryann Plunkett (in the flashbacks, Jason Butler Harner & Kathryn Hahn) and in present time, they're both getting on with their lives, with vary…

Article on those who scare

There are plenty of scary characters out there in the films and tv series. They can be the good guys or the bad guys, or even both. Not just in the horror genre, but in the rest as well.

But there is a smaller grouping, those of the characters that really make your hair stand on end, shivers down your spine and make you properly tense until they meet a satisfying end that ensures that they won't suddenly make a comeback later.

Within this group, there are some actors who portray them, who manage to not only to scare the viewers, but also their fellow actors on set. Despite them being the ones that know full well how the story ends and if their characters live to fight another day.

So, let's honour a few of those who have the presence to wet the pants of those on set.

The late (great) Heath Ledger. While on set, Michael Caine (a screen veteran) hadn't yet met Mr Ledger before, so when he comes to the penthouse and performed, Mr Caine was frightened to an extent that he forg…

Film Review: Dunkirk

Searching this title on IMDb last night, returned more than one match. Not all that surprising really, the evacuation at Dunkirk, if not just a great turning point in World War II, definitely had its impact on not only the soldiers, but the people back at home, also embroiled in the conflict.

Invasion was a very real fear for the Allies, especially after so many countries were invaded and taken by the Germans before and after Poland was and war was officially declared.

England stood very much alone and having allied soldiers - English, French, Indian - trapped on the beach in Northern France, they were in very real trouble. Understating things by a lot, but yes.

Making a film about this event, seems more and more obvious, all the usual tropes and wanted elements of the story are there, and to make it better, its based on a true story.

I had very high expectations going into the film and they were all met. Christopher Nolan proves once again he is a master behind the camera, and at cho…

Film Review: War on Everyone

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The current trend nowadays leans towards a politically correct and less offensive frame of mind. The benefits are massive, we don't offend, we aren't insensitive to different races, cultures, religions, ways of thinking.  There are those from a previous generation who still feel its okay to do that, but aside from an orangeman in a white house, not many have a public sphere to shout their opinions. 
That said, like the comedian Omid Djalili has said in this video, from 9.51 to 10.08 its still funny. 


And like other quality black comedy films, War on Everyone is not there to offend, but to make people laugh with the lunacy and madness of it all.  John Michael McDonagh, the man behind such films as Ned Kelly, Calvary and The Guard has created a mad rush of mayhem and chaos as only he can. And he doesn't disappoint with this one.
The two leads, Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd and Michael Pena portray Terry and Bob respectively, two corrupt cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who's blat…

Film Review: Suicide Squad

It never ceases to amaze, that in this time of having so many trailers, tv spots, previews and the like, that when we finally do seem the film in all its glory, we are still able to enjoy it and rewatch it and its still a good film to watch.

And this is especially true with Suicide Squad, the first big trailer came at last year's Comic Con and since then, the anticipation and amount of trailers has been building to bulk the almost dizzying amounts of hype out there.

The critics may have given it the definitive thumbs down, but that didn't stop nearly everybody else from seeing it and giving it the opposite response. The film seems to unravel like a poorly made ball, stuffed with one liners, explosive action scenes and thrilling backstories that seem to come at you from every which way. (Not to say that the film is poorly made - this is just the analogy).

Which seems to suit the story and the characters' style and manner, and with this film, you very much can't have one…

Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Given the vast majority of remakes, sequels, prequels and re-imagining of various stories, its easy to just pin it on the movie makers and claim they are losing the ability to make original stories, and ignore all the many original stories that are being released in various formats.

But I've noticed an interesting trend.

Film started early, the first ever feature length film was released in 1906. It was about the Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Since then, the films that have been remade and retold so many times since, Sherlock, Superman, hero films in general (Marvel very much continuing this trend especially) and yes, Tarzan, - topping the list - are stories about characters, who, among other things, are people with amazing and unique gifts, that, more often than not, are used to help others.

Worlds of peoples, a town, states, lands, the victims of crime, etc. A nice, glass half full way to look at it.

So, with that in mind, on with this newest interpretation of the "jung…