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Film Recommendations - The Neverending Story (1984)
As a child I had about 20 films that I would watch on a constant loop and The Neverending Story was one of those films that I watched. I had like a 10 year gap and rewatched it as a 19 year old and still loved it. The Neverending Story creates a world full of magical beings that as an adult watching it can put you back into that child mindset. A scary prospect in writing but while I was watching the film, I was smiling from ear to ear. From the small goblins to the massive rock golem. It was cheesy, it was dated but for some quirky reason it had the ‘labrinth’- esque feel about it. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you sad and it will make you smile and for any film to do that in my book (no pun intended) is a perfect film. A fun film to watch with the family, or do it how I did it ; on my own. 

Film Recommendations - The Neverending Story (1984)

As a child I had about 20 films that I would watch on a constant loop and The Neverending Story was one of those films that I watched. I had like a 10 year gap and rewatched it as a 19 year old and still loved it. The Neverending Story creates a world full of magical beings that as an adult watching it can put you back into that child mindset. A scary prospect in writing but while I was watching the film, I was smiling from ear to ear. From the small goblins to the massive rock golem. It was cheesy, it was dated but for some quirky reason it had the ‘labrinth’- esque feel about it. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you sad and it will make you smile and for any film to do that in my book (no pun intended) is a perfect film. A fun film to watch with the family, or do it how I did it ; on my own. 

Robin Williams (1951-2014)
Last night, a man with so much energy, so much passion and so much joy passed away due to the horrible illness that is depression. An illness that to a large amount of people lack substance as an actual illness. Depression is real and fatal. It is not just sadness or in a bad mood and is not solved saying cheer up. 
Robin Williams was loved by all, an eccentric human being who had an amazing acting range from magical genie to peter pan to a serial killer. As a kid I fell in love with his films from Francis Ford Coppola directed Jack, still one of my favourite films to watch, Jumanji. “ITS A STAMPEDE!’ However the list goes on ; Hook, Mrs Doubtfire, Toys, Flubber, Patch Adams, Happy Feet, Night At The Museum. All great films that are still enjoyable to this day. I could easily watch all these films right now and while watching wear the cheesiest grin on my face. These films brought so much happiness to people. This is evident in the reaction to his death with the whole of twitter, facebook, tumblr plaster their walls with favourite quotes from a huge array of his films. 
Where Robin Williams pulls apart from any other comedic actor is his more serious roles. Dead Poets Society is the first film I saw in his ‘serious’ catalogue. It was a film that was a huge influence to me not just in poetry but in film. ‘O Captain O Captain’, ‘Carpe Diem’. Good Will Hunting is also another one of my favourite films and Robin Williams role was a scene stealer and a well deserved Oscar. One Hour Photo and Insomnia shows a darker side to Robin Williams and was a fresh move in the later part of his career.
Robin Williams brought happiness to a number of generations and will bring even more happiness to future generations. His films are timeless, not just for the comedy but the messages they convey. Dead Poets Society will forever be in my top ten films and recommend anyone to watch. Jumanji is also on that level.
It fills me with overwhelming sadness that a man who brought joy to millions succumbed to a horrible illness. His presence will live on in his work and with the problems he encountered in life, He is at peace now. All I can say to Robin Williams is Thank You.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Last night, a man with so much energy, so much passion and so much joy passed away due to the horrible illness that is depression. An illness that to a large amount of people lack substance as an actual illness. Depression is real and fatal. It is not just sadness or in a bad mood and is not solved saying cheer up. 

Robin Williams was loved by all, an eccentric human being who had an amazing acting range from magical genie to peter pan to a serial killer. As a kid I fell in love with his films from Francis Ford Coppola directed Jack, still one of my favourite films to watch, Jumanji. “ITS A STAMPEDE!’ However the list goes on ; Hook, Mrs Doubtfire, Toys, Flubber, Patch Adams, Happy Feet, Night At The Museum. All great films that are still enjoyable to this day. I could easily watch all these films right now and while watching wear the cheesiest grin on my face. These films brought so much happiness to people. This is evident in the reaction to his death with the whole of twitter, facebook, tumblr plaster their walls with favourite quotes from a huge array of his films. 

Where Robin Williams pulls apart from any other comedic actor is his more serious roles. Dead Poets Society is the first film I saw in his ‘serious’ catalogue. It was a film that was a huge influence to me not just in poetry but in film. ‘O Captain O Captain’, ‘Carpe Diem’. Good Will Hunting is also another one of my favourite films and Robin Williams role was a scene stealer and a well deserved Oscar. One Hour Photo and Insomnia shows a darker side to Robin Williams and was a fresh move in the later part of his career.

Robin Williams brought happiness to a number of generations and will bring even more happiness to future generations. His films are timeless, not just for the comedy but the messages they convey. Dead Poets Society will forever be in my top ten films and recommend anyone to watch. Jumanji is also on that level.

It fills me with overwhelming sadness that a man who brought joy to millions succumbed to a horrible illness. His presence will live on in his work and with the problems he encountered in life, He is at peace now. All I can say to Robin Williams is Thank You.

Movie Recommendation #1: Dead Poets Society (1989)
25 years since this was released, this film is older than I am. Dead Poets Society is one of those films that makes you evaluate your life. Not in a negative way but in a way to ‘seize the day’. Carpe Diem. For any inspiring poet, this is a must watch, for any creative person this is a must watch. If you don’t fall in these brackets this is still a must watch. The film may lack relevancy in it being set in a private school but the situation, the problems are universal. Robin Williams at his finest, a young Ethan Hawke and an awkward cast that fits the bill of awkward shy teenage lambasted in poetry. The subject of the film is not common, for it surround itself in beautiful poetry. Not for everyone’s taste I get that but this is a beautiful film about growing up, finding yourself and as an inspiring poet, a swansong to the beautiful medium. Dead Poet’s Society made me think about my life and the way it’s going. It effected me positively and is a film that should be on everyone’s list to watch.

Movie Recommendation #1: Dead Poets Society (1989)

25 years since this was released, this film is older than I am. Dead Poets Society is one of those films that makes you evaluate your life. Not in a negative way but in a way to ‘seize the day’. Carpe Diem. For any inspiring poet, this is a must watch, for any creative person this is a must watch. If you don’t fall in these brackets this is still a must watch. The film may lack relevancy in it being set in a private school but the situation, the problems are universal. Robin Williams at his finest, a young Ethan Hawke and an awkward cast that fits the bill of awkward shy teenage lambasted in poetry. The subject of the film is not common, for it surround itself in beautiful poetry. Not for everyone’s taste I get that but this is a beautiful film about growing up, finding yourself and as an inspiring poet, a swansong to the beautiful medium. Dead Poet’s Society made me think about my life and the way it’s going. It effected me positively and is a film that should be on everyone’s list to watch.

Godzilla (2014) Film Review. (No Spoilers)
The most anticipated film of the summer. The same amount of hype mirrored to the 1998 version of Godzilla.  Instead of the eye of Godzilla from 1998, the loud ear piercing scream of Godzilla fames the 2014 marketing. However that is the only similarity between the two as this film cherishes the source material of the Japanese film lore of the king of monsters.

It’s very rare Hollywood respects the source material but it achieves it here with this remake. Godzilla is bigger, louder, more destructive. I can only recommend watching this film in IMAX because when Godzilla roars it literary sent chills down my spine. It’s exactly the way Godzilla should be. The scale and destruction of this film is massive, the action is explosive. Even though the first hour of the film is very slow, when Godzilla is finally shown in full, the action exponentially rises and building topples, bridges explode and cars get thrown about. Godzilla really lives up to it’s title of King of the Monsters.

Now there is some weaknesses in this film, it is slow in the first part of the film and takes a while to see Godzilla but I don’t see that as a major flaw. It just heighten the anticipation of when Godzilla is finally revealed.  There are some plot holes that I can’t mention due to spoilers and some scientific inconsistencies but this film is about and 300ft monster so who cares. I have been reading other reviews and they always comment on the cliche characters or not well developed characters. It doesn’t matter, you don’t go into this film caring about the humans, you want to see Godzilla. Maybe Walter White (Bryan Cranston) but people want to see Godzilla.  Now the cliche character does limit the actors abilities being shown so I can’t really excel anyone credentials here, except for Cranston’s, there are moment where he does create another layer to his character which all the other actors find hard in the confines of their cliche. The action sequences sometimes get cut short when it seem things are hotting up but this just builds up to the final encounter which is absolutely amazing, literary blown off my seat.

This was the Godzilla I wanted to see, it met my expectations from the hype, it might of not surpass it beyond the confines of awesomeness. However I am satisfied of Gareth Edwards careful consideration of Godzilla, you can see he is a fan with the little nods to the Japanese originals. I would recommend people to watch it. It’s big, it’s loud, it full of destruction. Not overkill like Man of Steel but enough destruction to fulfill to audiences masochistic needs. As a Godzilla fan, I loved it, I’ll watch it again and I think you should too. Rating 8/10 

Godzilla (2014) Film Review. (No Spoilers)

The most anticipated film of the summer. The same amount of hype mirrored to the 1998 version of Godzilla.  Instead of the eye of Godzilla from 1998, the loud ear piercing scream of Godzilla fames the 2014 marketing. However that is the only similarity between the two as this film cherishes the source material of the Japanese film lore of the king of monsters.

It’s very rare Hollywood respects the source material but it achieves it here with this remake. Godzilla is bigger, louder, more destructive. I can only recommend watching this film in IMAX because when Godzilla roars it literary sent chills down my spine. It’s exactly the way Godzilla should be. The scale and destruction of this film is massive, the action is explosive. Even though the first hour of the film is very slow, when Godzilla is finally shown in full, the action exponentially rises and building topples, bridges explode and cars get thrown about. Godzilla really lives up to it’s title of King of the Monsters.

Now there is some weaknesses in this film, it is slow in the first part of the film and takes a while to see Godzilla but I don’t see that as a major flaw. It just heighten the anticipation of when Godzilla is finally revealed.  There are some plot holes that I can’t mention due to spoilers and some scientific inconsistencies but this film is about and 300ft monster so who cares. I have been reading other reviews and they always comment on the cliche characters or not well developed characters. It doesn’t matter, you don’t go into this film caring about the humans, you want to see Godzilla. Maybe Walter White (Bryan Cranston) but people want to see Godzilla.  Now the cliche character does limit the actors abilities being shown so I can’t really excel anyone credentials here, except for Cranston’s, there are moment where he does create another layer to his character which all the other actors find hard in the confines of their cliche. The action sequences sometimes get cut short when it seem things are hotting up but this just builds up to the final encounter which is absolutely amazing, literary blown off my seat.

This was the Godzilla I wanted to see, it met my expectations from the hype, it might of not surpass it beyond the confines of awesomeness. However I am satisfied of Gareth Edwards careful consideration of Godzilla, you can see he is a fan with the little nods to the Japanese originals. I would recommend people to watch it. It’s big, it’s loud, it full of destruction. Not overkill like Man of Steel but enough destruction to fulfill to audiences masochistic needs. As a Godzilla fan, I loved it, I’ll watch it again and I think you should too. Rating 8/10 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review.
Even though film reviews are suppose to be impartial but I have a soft spot for Wes Anderson. From a personal stand point his films are comfortable to watch. It has this style which is weird and wacky but it’s colour aesthetics gives a sense of nostalgia and the retro grandeur is a pleasant portrait to cast your eyes upon. 
The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different. Anderson stays to his way of film making. Even on a limited budget the sets and the direction is one of a majestic feeling and the tone is quirky enough to become a joy to view. The huge and acclaimed cast is perfect for this film. It;s huge cast of all era’s and the only downside is that every big star gets limited to a cameo performance.
Ralph Fiennes plays the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel and his character is a unique in Anderson’s universe.  In past films every character plays to Anderson’s world. Wacky in style and peculiar in their speech, There’re normally a calm tone to the characters speech even when they are angry. However Fiennes breaks out of this mould and at times, quoting ‘fuck it’ and loses his marbles. Fiennes breaks out of that mold and it provides a comedic strength to the film. Fiennes definitely shines in this film and that is not putting anything down on the supporting cast. Every actor did their job to the Anderson standard. Especially Ed Norton’s character was also a favourite, now becoming a regular in Anderson’s troupe. I would love if he had a leading role in the next Anderson film.
This is not Anderson’s best film, Moonrise and Steve Zissou is still by far my favourite films. The story had a lot of tangents that wasn’t necessary and the cast was too big. Their was a lot of talent on show and not enough screen time. The Royal Tenebaums shows that Anderson can utilise a big cast, in this film some big names had very little screen time. 
However The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and would recommend everyone to watch it. It was hilarious, not massive laughs but constant chuckles. I just had a 100 minute smile on the whole time. This film will surprise you, it will make you laugh, make you cry, amaze you though the style and sets. I have yet to come across a Wes Anderson that I’m disappointed by.  
Overall - Wes Anderson creates another masterpiece and if everyone followed suit of how much effort the director put’s into the set and utilise the budget every film would be a joy to watch. Maybe it was over ambitious in it’s cast but Fiennes shines, Norton excels and Dafoe just terrifying. If you love Anderson watch it, If you don’t find your lost soul and watch it anyway. Film Rating 8.5/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review.

Even though film reviews are suppose to be impartial but I have a soft spot for Wes Anderson. From a personal stand point his films are comfortable to watch. It has this style which is weird and wacky but it’s colour aesthetics gives a sense of nostalgia and the retro grandeur is a pleasant portrait to cast your eyes upon. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different. Anderson stays to his way of film making. Even on a limited budget the sets and the direction is one of a majestic feeling and the tone is quirky enough to become a joy to view. The huge and acclaimed cast is perfect for this film. It;s huge cast of all era’s and the only downside is that every big star gets limited to a cameo performance.

Ralph Fiennes plays the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel and his character is a unique in Anderson’s universe.  In past films every character plays to Anderson’s world. Wacky in style and peculiar in their speech, There’re normally a calm tone to the characters speech even when they are angry. However Fiennes breaks out of this mould and at times, quoting ‘fuck it’ and loses his marbles. Fiennes breaks out of that mold and it provides a comedic strength to the film. Fiennes definitely shines in this film and that is not putting anything down on the supporting cast. Every actor did their job to the Anderson standard. Especially Ed Norton’s character was also a favourite, now becoming a regular in Anderson’s troupe. I would love if he had a leading role in the next Anderson film.

This is not Anderson’s best film, Moonrise and Steve Zissou is still by far my favourite films. The story had a lot of tangents that wasn’t necessary and the cast was too big. Their was a lot of talent on show and not enough screen time. The Royal Tenebaums shows that Anderson can utilise a big cast, in this film some big names had very little screen time. 

However The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and would recommend everyone to watch it. It was hilarious, not massive laughs but constant chuckles. I just had a 100 minute smile on the whole time. This film will surprise you, it will make you laugh, make you cry, amaze you though the style and sets. I have yet to come across a Wes Anderson that I’m disappointed by.  

Overall - Wes Anderson creates another masterpiece and if everyone followed suit of how much effort the director put’s into the set and utilise the budget every film would be a joy to watch. Maybe it was over ambitious in it’s cast but Fiennes shines, Norton excels and Dafoe just terrifying. If you love Anderson watch it, If you don’t find your lost soul and watch it anyway. Film Rating 8.5/10

Film Review - The Lego Movie (2014). 
This is pretty much summed up by the film’s main music track, everything is awesome. Have you ever has a sensation when you just happen to smile uncontrollably and you just can’t help but continue smiling. The Lego Movie is that. From the first scene I started to laugh and the smile never went away. This is primarily aimed at kids but it doesn’t limit the film to kids. This is a film for all ages.
I find it really hard to fault this movie, it had an excellent voice cast, a sweet story that has a little twist, an awesome soundtrack and it was so good to have other movie tie ins. That’s the joy of Lego, the possibilities are endless and also with the billions other tie ins the movie allowed to have Batman, Gandalf, Superman,Wonder woman and even Shaq. (there’s more) It was always pulling off jokes non stop, none that would make your ribs break from laughing but as I mention before ;can’t stop smiling. The ending is debatable and some love it and some hate it, but I’m on the love it side. I won’t explain due to spoilers but it worked.
This film encapsulates what Lego is and why it is so popular, everything is made from Lego in the film even the explosions are Lego. The animation is perfect motion for Lego. I literary cannot think of a better way this movie could of been to represent Lego.  Everyone will enjoy this, well if you don’t like happiness then maybe not because this film, cliche or not, makes you happy. The only thing I wanted more out of the film was to explore the numerous amount of realms they mentioned but apart from that I love this film.
Overall - It’s make you happy, a bit of sadness, the characters are unique and have a lot of character. I cannot fault this film and I know it’s early but this should be considered for an Oscar, or some sort of award. It’s just everything in this film is what makes Lego so popular. The possibilities are endless. 100 minutes of happiness. Film Rating - 9/10

Film Review - The Lego Movie (2014). 

This is pretty much summed up by the film’s main music track, everything is awesome. Have you ever has a sensation when you just happen to smile uncontrollably and you just can’t help but continue smiling. The Lego Movie is that. From the first scene I started to laugh and the smile never went away. This is primarily aimed at kids but it doesn’t limit the film to kids. This is a film for all ages.

I find it really hard to fault this movie, it had an excellent voice cast, a sweet story that has a little twist, an awesome soundtrack and it was so good to have other movie tie ins. That’s the joy of Lego, the possibilities are endless and also with the billions other tie ins the movie allowed to have Batman, Gandalf, Superman,Wonder woman and even Shaq. (there’s more) It was always pulling off jokes non stop, none that would make your ribs break from laughing but as I mention before ;can’t stop smiling. The ending is debatable and some love it and some hate it, but I’m on the love it side. I won’t explain due to spoilers but it worked.

This film encapsulates what Lego is and why it is so popular, everything is made from Lego in the film even the explosions are Lego. The animation is perfect motion for Lego. I literary cannot think of a better way this movie could of been to represent Lego.  Everyone will enjoy this, well if you don’t like happiness then maybe not because this film, cliche or not, makes you happy. The only thing I wanted more out of the film was to explore the numerous amount of realms they mentioned but apart from that I love this film.

Overall - It’s make you happy, a bit of sadness, the characters are unique and have a lot of character. I cannot fault this film and I know it’s early but this should be considered for an Oscar, or some sort of award. It’s just everything in this film is what makes Lego so popular. The possibilities are endless. 100 minutes of happiness. Film Rating - 9/10