Week 19

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched quite a bit of stuff….highlight of the week is a Tv documentary I watch Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking. I’m a big fan of both and see them meet was quite interesting. I’d also recommend this for fans of the bio-pic The Theory of Everything. If you are like me and ever wonder how much of these based on true fact stories is actually true… but that is just me. It is really interesting to see how Stephen interacts with Dara, considering his condition were he can’t actually speak for a while until he composes his answer; contrasting with Dara’s comedy/Geek background. There is an amazing part were Stephen tells Dara jokes…and you see Stephens reaction, his laughter. There is something so humbling and revealing into the  character that is Stephen Hawking before his illness took over.


Soundtrack of the week this week is Johann Johannsson score for The Theory of Everything…just because I was so caught up in the documentary. Which doesn’t mean that the score isn’t good, far from it…Johannsson sure knows how to pluck on the heart strings.


On with the list…

All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS : LIVE

 
TOP GEAR : THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP 2
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY (5)
HOT GIRLS WANTED
 
SIN CITY : A DAME TO KILL FOR
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (15)
THE BRICK
FILTH 
DARA O BRIAIN MEETS STEPHEN HAWKING

“Not all that wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien

Till next time..
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Week 18

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched and read quite a bit of stuff….highlight of the week is a Tv show I discovered on Netflix called Danger 5. For those of you who don’t know about it, it is a show like a real-life remake of Thunderbirds…if Thunderbirds was created by the same people who done Team AmericaGarth Marenghi’s Darkplace. It is one of the best Tv shows that I have seen in a very, very long time!!


Soundtrack of the week this week is Steven Price’s score for last years critically acclaimed Gravity. I remember listening to this for the first time in the cinema, and it was such a huge sound! A huge sound for such a minimalist score that is, and I for one it got the critics attention as many great minimalist score usually slip by unnoticed behind the film itself which is a shame. Take the initial track for example Above Earth, and listen to it through headphones or really good speakers….throughly evoking work.


On with the list…

All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story

ENTOURAGE (4)
ENTOURAGE
AQUARIUS
JAY AND SILENT BOB: STRIKE BACK
DAWN OF THE DEAD
FOXCATCHER
VEEP (2)
BO BURNHAM : WHAT
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (4)
DANGER 5 (4)
NICK OFFERMAN : AMERICAN HAM
FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD
IT FOLLOWS

Till next  week…

“That’s some bad hat, Harry.” – Brody,  Jaws

Week 17

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched and read quite a bit of stuff….highlight of the week has actually turned into highlights of the week. Finally got around to watching Max Mad: Fury Road….and if you haven’t seen it…do! It channels the essence of the original movies, with the practical effects and it really delivers. Tom Hardy was stuck in Bane mode for the first two acts…but Charlize Theron holds the helm. I also got to see Jurassic World…and what can I say…I may have cried when within the first 15 mins. The only thing I hated about the movie was the last 15 mins or so..it was like they had been writing the the script for the last 10 years and a half an hour before the deadline they scribbled down the 15 minute ending….but it is still worth seeing over and over again..


Soundtrack of the week this week has to the return of Jurassic Park by the legendary John Williams….I don’t think this need an explanation, only the part where I listen to the soundtrack while following the musical score…That probably need some explaining…but you won’t get it.


On with the list…


All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story

JURASSIC PARK – THE LOST WORLD

JURASSIC PARK III

GAME OF THRONES

JOHN WICK

EX-MACHINA

BLACK MIRROR

THE ENGLISH TEACHER

UTOPIA (2)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

HANNIBAL

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW : G.R.R MARTIN

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SMITH

THE STAG

DAREDEVIL

JURASSIC WORLD

ENTOURAGE (14)

“One should try everything he can in his career, expect folk dancing and incest” – Sir Christopher Lee, RIP…

Week 13

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched and read quite a bit of stuff….highlight of the week would have to watching Jurassic Park again of the billzillionant time…this time in 3-D. Now I’m not a fan of 3-D in general…but it’s Jurassic Park!!

Haven’t got a new soundtrack of the week I’m afraid….as I was fairly busy with work…but I’ll make up for this week.


On with the list…


All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story


FAST & FURIOUS 7

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

THE LONGEST WEEK

DRINKING BUDDIES

I.T CROWD (7)

HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY

THE LONGEST YARD

CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS AND 2012

JURASSIC PARK 3-D

WAYWARD PINES


….till next week, keep it secret, keep it safe!

Week 11

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched and read quite a bit of stuff….highlight of the week would have to be a little indie flick I watched the other day called The Knights of Badassdom! Let me give you a little synopsis..its about LARP’ers (Live Action Role-Play), conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and have to figure out how to save the day….oh and it has Peter Dinklage, who takes shrooms….its so bad , its good!!


Soundtrack of the week this week is a little bit of a cop-out…and no not the Kevin Smith movie, but the soundtrack from This must be the Place…which features numerous different versions of the The Talking Heads song of the same name….


On with the list…


All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story

PUSH 

DAREDEVIL

GOTHAM (2)

Tough Shit: Life advice from a fat, lazy, slob who did good, Kevin Smith (p.231- 260)

BRONIES: THE EXTREMELY UNEXPECTED FANS OF MY LITTLE PONY

THE BABADOOK

THE CULTURE HIGH

GO ON (5)

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 

THE CONJURING

THE ZERO THEOREM

The Avengers, vol 1


Till next week….

Scene 11 – The Babadook

This weeks movie is the first Horror that I have had a look at as part of this blog. Well…that’s not taking The Guest in account…and I really wish I could have that time back…

So not only is this the first Horror I’m looking at but it is Jennifer Kent’s feature directorial debut, and it is a rare example of a modern horror in which the filmmaker takes advantage of the many opportunities and advances that can be utilized in the genre… instead of relying on familiar tropes that condescend to the target audience, which is another reason why I don’t usually watch Horror films.  It is something about those reoccurring Horror clichés that subconsciously trigger me to turn into one of those movie viewers I hate…the constantly on the phone, thumb twitching morons!  So I am trying to watch more of this genre in hope and optimism that it is developing and not all just a cliche…and The Babadook has triggered that hope.

The plot itself uses the dark fairy tale premise as a framing device to explore philosophical issues through Amelia (Essie Davis), a widowed single mother raising troubled six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman)….who I found unbelievably annoying throughout…

The story unfolds as Kent gradually takes the audience through a descent into psychological madness through Amelia’s point of view. It begins six years after the lose her husband, as she struggling to raise Samuel, whose out-of-control behavior is becoming a burden on their relationship and causes segregation between family and friends.

Like many parents, Amelia reads to Samuel at night to calm him to sleep. However, a disturbing, yet beautifully illustrated children’s storybook called Mister Babadook appears in his room one night and the lurid text complimented with creepy imagery unsettles Amelia….but she eventually gives into Samuel’s demands and continues to read the book.  Just on  cue…Samuel begins to be plagued by horrific night terrors and is immediately convinced that the Babadook is the creature he has been dreaming about. Rightfully skeptical at first….she obviously didn’t read the script, Amelia catches glimpses of the creature herself, and as Mr. Babadook’s presence begins invading their lives and becomes a possessive influence on her behavior, the spooky entity from the book becomes a terror internally and physically throughout their home.

Essie Davis goes to dark places emotionally with her performance and her physical dedication displays a wide range of talent that proves she’ll be an actress that everyone will want to keep an eye out for in the future. Wiseman deserves equal praise for his raw bursts of angst that seamlessly flows with his natural despair…although as I briefly mentioned earlier it kind of grates away at you and can be annoyance. But as a performance for a young actor as whole…it does come across authentic in the important scenes that need it.

As the film heads towards the finale, the story’s perspective unfortunately shifts and falls victim to some clichéd conventions…with an almost, “Heeere’s Johnny!”  moment in the middle of slightly bizarre chase scenario where Samuel’s reactions seem to be inspired by Kevin in Home Alone…..At this point the film spirals into a repetitive cycle unfortunately, but it is thankfully redeemed by an insightful ending that reshaped the entire idea of Mr. Babadook in a more meaningful way.

Kent is more interested in maintaining an atmosphere of dread than focusing on the usual and predictable scare tactics that genre fans might expect. One of which is the use of audio within the film…which is not only unbelievably psychological, but used so refreshingly compared to that of the standard template Horror flick.

It is quite a dent of a debut feature, even though it didn’t quite live up to its full potential…there is no doubt that there is a lot of skill and craft as filmmaker there. with its initial intellectual approach, before it all comes crashing down. But that is the sign of experience…once you have the audience, keep them there..

It is also worth noting that in the beginning, a lot of the feature was funded by Kickstarter…which just goes to show you.

The Babadook is a journey through the mental descent of hell that dares you to keep it out of your dreams after it gets inside your head.

Week 10

It’s that time again kids, this weeks Watched, Read & Listened To List.

This week I watched quite a few movies….highlight would have to be this weeks reviewed movie Glassland. I urge you to go see it…and also read my review of it.


No soundtrack of the week this week I’m afraid. Been scoring a feature myself and been just listening to cues and mocks all week..


On with the list…


All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story


AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH 2: EVENING HARDER

DAREDEVIL (3)

BIG BANG THEORY

GAME OF THRONES (2)

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

GRAVE OF FLIES

GLASSLAND

BETTER CALL SAUL (3)

I WISH

PETER KAY: LIVE IN MANCHESTER

STAR WARS: EPISODE I

MOONRISE KINGDOM