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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015): Great Music & Timely Social Commentary

Straight Outta Compton (2015), N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton (2015), N.W.A.

The red band trailer for F. Gary Gray’s biography of rap group N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton (2015) has landed.

Focused on the emergence of the group (ranked number 83 by Rolling Stone, on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time.’), fans of N.W.A’s music will be very happy indeed if the highly anticipated trailer is anything to go by.

Thankfully, due to involvement from founding members, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, original N.W.A music will be featured and performed.

As someone ever curious about routes to success / greatness, in any field and in the face of adversity, I’m ready for this film right now.

Happy Straight Outta Compton 🙂

G

MAD MAX – FURY ROAD (2015): For The Portrayals Of Madness

Mad Max - Fury Road (2015), Charlize Theron
Mad Max – Fury Road (2015), Charlize Theron

I remember absolutely nothing about the original Mad Max films. I’m not even sure that I’ve ever properly watched one. However, after seeing the teaser trailer for the 2015 version (Mad Max, Fury Road), it looks to be a fantastic spectacle.

Teaser Trailer >

All that’s left for me to do is get in the mood for another apocalyptic tale. Somehow I think Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult will manage to convince me. After all, what’s more intriguing than portrayals of ‘mad’ by talented Actors? Yes. Nothing.

After the tease… The Official Main Trailer >

How amazing was that? Talk About Relentless!

The Final Trailer >

And so the final stretch of the wait begins.

Happy Mad Max – Fury Road 🙂

G

LOCKE (2013): When Creative Restrictions Pay Off

Locke (2013), Tom Hardy
Locke (2013), Tom Hardy

You have to go into Locke (2013) with the mindset of someone who knows that this will be a different kind of film. The kind with self imposed parameters for the purpose of exploration of what is creatively possible.

Ivan Locke is a desperate man in the midst of a balancing act between trying to sort out his personal life whilst also attempting to salvage the remainder of his professional integrity. The most intriguing part being that all the action takes place inside his car.

You see Mr Locke causing immense distress with phone call after phone call. But what is at least for me, even more interesting are the silences and the dialogue he has with himself.

Fans of Tom Hardy’s well documented acting prowess will want to watch this. As will enthusiasts of Colin Farrell’s Phone Booth (2002), another film that succeeded in keeping the audience engaged, regardless of the single location setting.

There are a few things Locke will cause you to reflect upon. One of them is the quality of the relationships you’ve built with your colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MALEFICENT (2014): Definitely Not Your Typical Disney Evil Queen

Maleficent (2014)
Maleficent (2014)

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Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent has been criticised for not being evil enough. I think people of this opinion have missed the point of the film entirely.

Not to say that the film is perfect, because the pace did leave  me wanting. But it’s clear to me that, for audiences to buy into the story, Angelina definitely couldn’t look for inspiration for her character from the likes of pre-existing Queens of pure evil. A perfect example being ‘Queen Revenna’ of Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) wonderfully played by Charlize Theron.

No, no, no. Angelina would have to study characters far more complex. I imagine she did because Maleficent is absolutely unlike the traditional evil queen, and that doesn’t make for a lesser film, just a different one.

Besides my issues with the pace of the film, there is one aspect of the story that  I found particularly hard to accept…

…now, I may be overthinking things since I’m not the film’s key demographic. But nevertheless… with Maleficent being not just a fairy with powers, but ’the strongest of the fairies’, I expected that she would have the means to regenerate her wings. And if she couldn’t do this, I imagined she would at least use her magic to locate the wings – once she’d used the same special powers to learn that her wings had not been completely destroyed. Am I alone in this?

I certainly have no regrets at all about watching the film. The difference was refreshing. Plus,  I LOVE Angelina Jolie! She could almost lead me anywhere. Probably.

Happy Maleficent 🙂

G

TAKEN (2008): The Less You Know Before Watching, The Better

Taken (2008), Liam Neeson
Taken (2008), Liam Neeson

Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

For quite some time now, my youngest brother, (knowing how much I love movies), had recommended several times that I should watch Pierre Morel and Luc Besson’s Taken.

Unfortunately for a while, I kept disappointing him each time he checked to see whether I’d finally seen it. I couldn’t give him a definite viewing date, but I knew for sure that he should tell me absolutely nothing about the movie, except the name of it’s star, Liam Neeson. My reason for the peculiar request is simply that I wanted to be surprised… and surprised I most certainly was – in the best way.

Taken is a great movie, the kind that will have you so very engrossed as the story unfolds – and at a pace that leaves nothing more to be desired. I honestly could not recommend this movie more. If you’ve already seen it, then you know precisely what I’m talking about. But in the event that  you’re yet to experience the movie, I suggest choosing to know as little as possible prior to pressing the play button. Trust me when I say that doing this will only enhance your experience of the film.

I’m most intrigued to find out if there are any people out there who didn’t enjoy the Taken. I’m curious to know why. Until then…

Happy Film Loving! 🙂

G