Ralph Breaks the Internet: Fun but fickle

3/5

Genre: Animation
Runtime: 112 min
Main Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson
Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Synopsis

Our big-fisted, warm-hearted villain is back. Ralph and Venelope go to the internet to find a replacement part for Venelope’s broken game. The discovery of the internet hits both, Ralph and Venelope, in very different ways.

Review

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I enjoyed the story and most kids will find it very entertaining. Kids will miss most of the elements that make the movie memorable. The movie takes a stab at mocking some of the most baneful things on the internet.

I found the storyline a bit slow and the comedy average. It lacked the originality of the first instalment and ended up feeling like a better-executed Emoji Movie.

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The lesson at the end of the movie makes it worth the watch. Kids will thoroughly enjoy it, but parents will only be willing to sit through it once. It feels like there should be more to this movie, and this review, but unfortunately there isn’t.

A Star Is Born: The talent at centre stage

4.4/5

Genre: Musical Romance
Runtime: 135 min
Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
Director: Bradley Cooper

Synopsis

Ally, a struggling songwriter, who makes ends meet by working as a waiter, encounters seasoned musician, Jackson Maine, at a drag bar. So doing, she launches her music career and meets the love of her life.  A tale unfolds of love that surpasses all understanding.

Review

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In an interview director, Bradley Cooper, who also plays Jackson Maine, said he wanted to bring more of a family element into the movie, and he does that with great success. His portrayal of the fragile but loving Jackson Maine is as on point as his vocal ability!

Lady Gaga, who plays Ally, creates a character who you can root for throughout the movie. Which is immensely difficult given the centre stage the character’s talent takes. Her ability to radiate the vulnerability and insecurities artists suffer is truly moving.

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The story will have you hooked from beginning to end and each musical number reminds us how powerful music can be when fuelled by love. The music used in the movie is bound to win awards; each song is not only a soundtrack to the movie but rather a catalyst to the story.

The movie comments on selling out in the music industry and how in the industry, and life, often looks and sell-ability outshine true expression and talent.

 All in all a great movie filled with real characters who all experience real pain.

Some songs from the movie

First Man: Thorough but Slow

3.3/5

Genre: Historical Drama
Runtime: 142 min
Main Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, and Jason Clark
Director: Damien Chazelle

Synopsis:

First Man is a Historical Drama following Niel Armstrong’s journey to become the first man on the moon. Starting before the tragic death of his daughter, we follow Armstong’s rise from non-military pilot to first man on the moon .

Review:

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Throughout the movie a glimpse of a highly detailed and task orientated Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). Who, after one day of burying his daughter returns to work. Deeply haunted by the death of his daughter he pushes forward and joins Project Gemini which later leads to sending him to the moon.

Janet Armstrong (Claire Foy) is the picture of the perfect nuclear wife on the outside. “I married Niel because I wanted a normal life” she utters to one of the other wives but is not scared to stand up for what she wants when she wants it.

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First Man does one thing very right it captures the total effect of the race to space the death, the exorbitant expenditure, and the never quit nature of being human. The loss felt by Armstrong and his task orientated coping mechanism emphasises how quickly we forget the cost of achieving greatness when the greatness is achieved.

The visual of the movie is stunning and the sound really captures the feels of heading into space. Both Gosling and Foy deliver extraordinary performances highlighting the very complex emotions of their characters.

The one lacking element is pace, by the end of the movie I was frustrated that the moon landing took so long to take place. It lacks the momentum and the pace might lose viewers along the way.

The Catfish Concept

 

Saturdays generally look the same. I get up binge a few episodes of whatever I am watching, do something productive and then binge some more. Being productive can take many forms but today I would like to share what my productivity lead too. Something I would like to christen the Catfish Concept.

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The role of a man in dating

The 21st century has more than overwhelmed us. We now have thousands of apps available on a myriad of the device. Information is available at the click of a button and the world has become a smaller place. The 21st century has also left its mark on Christianity, many good things have happened, things like addiction and hurt are no longer a hushed topic. Some are bad, mostly uncensored comments left by Christians or Tweets by a celebrity who clearly reacted in the spur of the moments.

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The Silent Revolution

 

Crash bam clang boom clang smack… was the reluctant sound erupting from the house? Each noise as that of an untuned string being plucked at will. The sight of this little lump of a house would deceive you into thinking that the people who lived there lived quite a sombre living. The fact was far from it. Inside this clod of insignificance, something quite momentous was happening, a revolution of sorts.

Tring the school bell clanged. Perfect white uniforms flooded the hallways. A rushing overwhelming noise of children stampeding for freedom. Then silence!

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23 October  (2015) – An Open Letter

Note: Feel free to judge my opinion, just do me one solid don’t form an opinion until you have reached the end of the post. It might be long so you might have to commit to the read!

I feel like to start a story one must always give context. A difference in context, in my experience, is the key factor for a difference in opinion. I also believe that the understanding of a person’s context is the breeding ground for agreement and the opposite, is the breeding ground for confusion.

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Is Windows 10 worth the wait?

 

A few months ago our friendly (or not so friendly) desktops were invaded by a new slightly familiar icon. This icon heralded the appending arrival of Windows 10. So being the person that I am I thought I’d test it out?

At first, everything seems oddly familiar some people might even remark that it does the same thing. However, there are some bold and not so bold changes. I’ll now take a look at some of these changes.

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Story of a not-so-avid hiker

Any writer, artist, dancer or actor will tell you that most art comes from pain. Not that I am trying to create the next artistic masterpiece. But this story has a huge amount of pain. The pain is mostly confined to my calves and chest. Also like all stories, this one has an introduction, a body and a conclusion.

So a few weeks ago I decided that it was time. Time to take my health and exercise to a new level, or well at least to an existing level. So in an attempt to do this, I decided to organise a hike. Now if you don’t know me you can speak to the people who do know me, hiking is as far removed from me, as calculus is removed from a 5-year-old. But up I went…

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A letter from exile

Dear John Martin

Years have passed since these events took place and I hope to bestow a form of thankfulness towards you. I was quite young around the whole Y2K sensation, I think you found some form of pleasure from the whole world is worried about the clocks not turning to zero. In this letter, I am writing about the lessons I learnt from my encounters with you. I hope in return you will see the victories that I have achieved in spite of your presence in my life. My hope is that this letter containing details about my personal exile will free others from this kind of exile, social exile.

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