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My Top 5 Favorite Romance Films

Originally posted on Hunida's Blog:
Getting into the mood for Valentine’s Day in just THREE days, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Romance films!! I absolutely LOVE love so I’ve seen a shit ton, to be honest… I could go on and on but I had to narrow it down to My Top Five Favorites! (*These are in no specific order*): (via IMDb) He’s Just Not That Into You Synopsis: “A group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex–and hoping to be the exceptions to the “no-exceptions” rule. Gigi just wants a man who says he’ll call–and does–while Alex advises her to stop sitting by the phone. Beth wonders if she should call it off after years of committed singlehood with her boyfriend, Neil, but he doesn’t think there’s a single thing wrong with their unmarried life. Janine’s not sure if she can trust her…

Where ‘The Good Place’ Goes Bad

Originally posted on The Uppity Negro:
In a crowded television market with networks not just competing with traditional line-in cable programming but with the ever-increasingly might of streaming services that are offering original programming that network television shows will never air, a network-based TV show that gets renewed past one season is becoming the new high bar jump. One such show is “The Good Place” on NBC. I stumbled on the show in the midst of its first season trying to find something worth binge watching like most millennials my age. A full day of work deserves a certain level of vegging out; either cooked dinner, left overs or take out, a glass of wine and you look to see what’s on your home streaming device. For the uninitiated, the show centers around Kristen Bell who plays the tragicomic Eleanor Shellstrop, a morally bankrupt individual who works at a company who sells fake medicine to needy people, a who just died and arrives in The Good Place run by the seemingly benevolent Michael played by Ted…

Solo, A Star Wars Story: I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

Originally posted on The Collective Blog:
If you didn’t watch the Superbowl (read: me), and you somehow missed the only trailer for the soon-to-be-released Solo: A Star Wars Story, then no fear, I got you covered. Behold…a trailer. So, to recap: The Falcon is under Empire control? No indication of plot but uh, Solo wants to be a pilot? Chewbacca is there. Daenerys still has the fiercest outfits in the galaxy. If you sense my hesitancy about the latest Star Wars installment, you can bet your landspeeder that I’m hesitant. I’ve been hesitant since the news that former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving the film, because, historically speaking, films that change directors don’t always become hits and please audiences (must we mention The Brothers Grimm and Fantastic Four?). I’m a bit of a Star Wars junkie, and the trailer isn’t well put together (the editing…what’s up with that) nor compelling enough to make me psyched to see the film. My sense of obligation to the film comes only from the words “Star Wars”, and if the studio begins…

10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018: Eddie’s Take

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Annihilation looks set to be a stunning sci-fi experience List compiled by Eddie on 15/01/2018 Bring on 2018 I say! 2017 wasn’t a particularly memorable year for film, so surely we are well past due for a standout movie year? There is of course an abundance of high profile sequels, comic book adaptations and high budget affairs coming our way, as is the case every other year, but after scouring the world wide web I believe these 10 films listed below could truly make 2018 a fantastic year for filmgoers. There’s particularly a lot on offer for the Sci-Fi movie loving crowd and some new exciting projects from some of the industry’s brightest filmmakers such as Damian Chazelle and the long awaited return of Steve McQueen and while it’s hard to say for sure that these directors will hit it out of the ball park, you’d be a brave man to suggest that they won’t. Here’s to a great 2018 of film everyone. Happy reading and happy…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Originally posted on The MAD MOVIE RANTER:
Manners maketh the ridiculous sequel When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsmen’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. Stupid, bonkers, OTT and yet . . . Still highly entertaining. The Kingsman are back BUT better? Well . . . It would help to watch the first one. BUT if you haven’t, it’s not the end of the world (Although YOU MUST! It’s rather bloody good) as quick plot points are skimmed over anyway. I mean, my mind drew a blank in the opening sequence as Charlie (Who? Thankfully there was a quick flashback) ambushed Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in a mental cab chase punch up. I was a little anxious with the frenetic opening. It was too chaotic and, dare I say, silly for my liking. The frantic camera work, the over-indulgent CGI, I feared the worst. The soundtrack was on point…

Film Review – The Dressmaker (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
The Dressmaker Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham Starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving Review by Jordan The Dressmaker is Shakespeare told via the dusty outcrops of rural ‘50’s Australia. When the well-travelled (nay, exiled) Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns home to the insular outback town of Dungatar, she brings with her not only haute couture and the ability to entrance footballers like the song of the siren, but also the intent of a femme fatale, whose desire to uncover the mysteries of her tragic past is weighed down by her little-explored but obviously troubling (and bleakly amusing) childhood curse. Tilly’s relationship with her reclusive, alcoholic mother Molly (Judy Davis in an excellent performance) bears the scars of intimate lies and an innate desire to rectify them, and reluctant connection to rugged local Teddy (Hemsworth) shows a capacity to escape her emotional confides if only her aura of bad luck could be broken. Macbeth, then, is the most…

3 Reasons to Watch Hulu’s ‘Harlots’

Originally posted on The Collective Blog:
The Collectress The Mutineer & I binge-watched the entirety of Hulu’s Harlots last weekend. I mean, I knew I was going to enjoy it because 18th century London is my thing, but I didn’t know how friggin much I was going to become obsessed with it. If this is the first time you’ve heard of Harlots, here’s a short synopsis: Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) is the bawd of a brothel in Covent Garden, with her eye on a house in Greek Street so that she can get a higher class of clientele. Margaret’s former bawd, Mrs. Quigley, isn’t fond of her competition moving closer to her, and, well, have you ever seen Drop Dead Gorgeous? It’s viciously catty like that, but with a lot more sex and blood. Here are three quick reasons why you should give the show a chance if you haven’t already.  It’s Addicting In the middle of the first episode, the Mutineer said, “Wow, this is just like a telenovela.” She wasn’t wrong. There’s torrid affairs (because duh it’s set…

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Originally posted on All My Life… I Wanted To Be A Blogster:
The small sub genre of female driven superhero movies has unfortunately been a bit of a cinematic litter box with forgettable fare like Supergirl, Catwoman, and Elektra. That changes with Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins. It is not only by far the most satisfying comic book adaptation headlined by a woman, it’s the most entertaining DC pic since Christopher Nolan was handling the Batman franchise. We first saw Gal Gadot’s title character in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as a sidekick to those two iconic titans. While it deservedly earned its reputation as a mess, it was also a mess worth watching and Wonder Woman was a bright spot in it. Now we get her origin story. We begin in present day with Diana Prince collaborating with Bruce Wayne. The Caped Crusader’s research has uncovered a photograph of the ageless Wonder from the World War I era (which we first saw in BvS). This causes Diana’s memory to travel…

Film Review – War Machine (2017)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – War Machine (2017) Director – David Michôd (The Rover) Cast – Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Emory Cohen, Will Poulter, Topher Grace, Sir Ben Kingsley, Meg Tilly, Scott McNairy Plot – Sent to the Middle East to win the hearts and minds of the locals and get them to support the foreign troops they’re harbouring in their lands, US Army Gen. Glen McMahon (Pitt) and his entourage quickly realise that they are facing an uphill battle to win the war on terror when away from the battlefield. “What do you do when the war you’re fighting just can’t possibly be won in any meaningful sense?” Review by Eddie on 02/06/2017 A world conquering streaming provider putting up $60 million dollars of hard earned cash. A beloved A-lister headlining the film and promotion of it and an Australian director who delivered one of the countries all-time great films in the form of Animal Kingdom. On paper Netflix’s War Machine seems like a…

Netflix and Chill: Chewing Gum

Originally posted on The Collective Blog:
? Edited by The Collected Mutineer ***A spoiler free review*** Chewing Gum Review: “Bless Us One and All, Oh Great and Benevolent Queen Bey” This six-episode comedy premiered in the UK on television last year, but Netflix acquired the rights to broadcast as an exclusive in other countries, and boy, am I glad. The cheeky humor, diverse cast and realistic portrayal of sex, religion and relationships (familial and otherwise) in Chewing Gum make it a sleeper hit of the season. During American Thanksgiving, I sat down with my Netflix account determined to watch something that wasn’t a Russian documentary or hockey related, and settled on Chewing Gum. Set in the U.K. housing complex (Tower Estates), the main character, Tracy, is touted as a Beyonce-obsessed shop girl looking to get laid, which, let’s be honest, is right up my alley. Still, the show is about more than blessed Queen Bey; there are issues of class, race, sexuality and religion that make each 22 minute episode stark and laugh-out-loud funny. Led by Michaela Coel, writer and creator of the original play…