Friday, 15 December 2017

Home Invasion (David Tennant, 2016)

Cast: Natasha Henstridge, Jason Patric, Scott Adkins, William Dickinson, Kyra Zagorsky, Michael Rogers, Christian Tessier.

Summary: When a wealthy woman and her stepson are targeted by a trio of expert thieves in their remote mansion, her only from of help comes from a call with a security systems specialist. But as the intruders becomes increasingly hostile and the connection wavers, will she trust him to be her eyes and navigate her to safety.

Genre: Thriller

Watched: July 23rd, 2017

Chloe (Natasha Henstridge) is a lonely housewife who is now responsible for looking after her stepson following her husband's decision to go AWOL and after an evening at home the two are specifically targeted by a group of expert thieves Heflin (Scott Adkins), Victoria (Kyra Zagorsky) and Astor (Michael Rogers).

I really liked the opening scene especially when the trio finally enter the house, but that was pretty much where it ended for me.
Firstly the acting was incredibly questionable especially when it came to Henstridge, everything she did felt way too over the top, especially when she's on the phone to Mike (Jason Patric), the security operator at the home security company. She speaks way too loudly for someone who's trying to escape a group of burglars in her house.
Then there's Jacob, a massive brat who deserves more then the slap Chloe gave him, preferably a swift kick up the backside.

The thing that really annoyed me though was the macguffin. A macguffin is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that is pursued by some of a films characters, often with little or no narrative explanation. We're told that Chloe's husband stole something from the trio and it has been hidden in a safe somewhere in his house, eventually they find the safe and begin cracking the code to get in... but then the film finishes before whatever it is in the case is revealed.
This is used in tons of films and tv shows but unfortunately here it doesn't work and it makes it feels as though the writers didn't actually think that far ahead to decide what was actually in the safe.

Rating: 4
One Final Word: Rubbish

Thursday, 14 December 2017

In the Cinema - December #2

December 14th

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

December 15th

Shot Caller - A newly released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.

December 16th

Ferdinand - After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

December 20th

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they choose.
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December 22nd

Pitch Perfect 3 - Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
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December 26th

The Greatest Showman on Earth Molly's Game - The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Hostiles - In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Blogger Picks | November #2

November Blogger Picks 11
Megan | Megan Ellaby - Lets Not Be Pigeon-holed
Kenza | Kenza Zouiten - Harry Potter Tour
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Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - The Power of Hugs
Emily | The Sweetest Thing - Bright Orange Fall Foliage
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Kat | With Love From Kat - Thankful
Merrick | Merrick's Art - A Cozy Chic Outfit Inspired By A Watch
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Helena | Brooklyn Blonde - Fall Style: Camel Coat & White Loafers
Jess | Not Jess Fashion - Under-$150 Chic Pieces That Will Make You Look More Expensive
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Caitlin | Southern Curls & Pearls - My Favourite Pair of Skinny Jeans
Anna | Anna Saccone - Mermaid Hair Tutorial
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Caitlin | Southern Curls & Pearls - Our Engagement Photos
Victoria | In The Frow - Why We're Together and How We Make It Work
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Lua | Lehappy - Kellogg's Diner & Sequins In December
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Lydia | Lydia Elise Millen - 6 Years of
Emily | Cupcakes and Cashmere - All That Ombre
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Amy | Straight A Style - Ivy Jean - One Year
Rachel | Pink Peonies - Christmas 2017...
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Erica | Fashioned Chic - Workweek Chic
Shannon | Upbeat Soles - Red & Suede

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Film | Christmas Films To Watch This December

I've mentioned on here before that every Christmas Eve I watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, although I didn't last year because we had our family get together, but I definitely will be this year! I also decided that we should watch a Christmassy film on Christmas morning while we're waiting for breakfast, last year it was Frozen and I think this year it might be Die Hard!

My sister is coming round for Christmas this year, we used watched Elf way too many times when we were younger (can you watch it too many times?!) but we also love The Grinch too, argh there's too many to choose from!

christmas films to watch this december 1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Die Hard - John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Frozen - When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

Black Christmas - During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

Elf - After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Last year there was a debate at work about what the best Christmas movie is, Love Actually or The Holiday. My colleague and I both said The Holiday because, I've never actually seen Love Actually, I will at some point I just haven't watched it yet because I'm convinced that I won't like it.

No Christmas is complete without The Muppets or The Polar Express, although the latter will most likely give you nightmares.
christmas films to watch this december 2 Jingle All The Way - A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Love Actually - Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

The Muppet Christmas Carol - The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

The Polar Express - A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Last Holiday - Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

The Holiday - Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

TV | The Mist (2017)

The Mist 2017 Poster

Cast: Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Frances Conroy

After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and it's threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror

Season(s): 1 (cancelled shortly after Season 1)

Watched: November 2017

I watched The Mist back in 2010 when I did my 100 Films Challenge (read my review on The Mist (2007)) and I absolutely loved it, so when I heard that there was going to be a TV show I was super excited.
Unfortunately I didn't like the show as mush as I wanted to. A lot of things happened that I didn't understand and that I just couldn't get my head around like the rape storyline between Alex (Gus Birney) and Jay (Luke Cosgrove).

Alex is allegedly raped by Jay at a party she attended with her best friend Adrian (Russell Posner) and when the mist hits the town Alex and her mother Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) discover they are trapped in the mall with Jay. For me this is where things stopped making sense as the two somehow get closer throughout the course of the show, shown in scenes such as when Jay tries to prove his innocence by asking Alex to let him touch her, when Alex helps to bandage Jay's wound after he rescues her from a fire and they even go on a "date" where they kiss!
The one thing that is never made clear while all this is happening is does Alex still believe that Jay raped her? Not once does she ever say to him (or anyone else) that she doesn't think he raped her and yet she does all of the above.
Not only that but Jay himself doesn't even question her! If you're so adamant that you didn't rape someone and are so eager to prove your innocence, why are you kissing them, why would you not question them. Do they no longer believe you raped them, does she not know who did it, or was she lying for some twisted reason.
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I also didn't get Alex's mother Eve. She hates Jay and doesn't want to see him anywhere near her daughter but when she sees the two get closer she decides that the best thing to do is to kidnap him and lock him away in a secret room.
I however would like to know why she never questions her daughter, especially after she sees the two getting closer. A mother would surely wonder why her daughter was spending time with the person who she says raped her, does she no longer believe he did it, did she lie or is she being manipulated.

There are a whole load of other reasons as to why I didn't really like the show, most of which can be found in Chris Scott's review: First Season of 'The Mist' Should Also Be The Last, which I loved although I do have to say I am very petty so I was more than happy to see Kevin drive his truck into the supermarket. Despite the fact that I felt it strayed to far from the original story, although I did like that there seemed to more hints about where the mist came from.

I definitely think that it had potential (if it was written differently and had different actors) but boy am I glad it was cancelled.

Rating: 4/10
One Final Word: Not Impressed