Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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In this sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, the members of Kingsman team up with their American counterpart, Statesman, after the world is held hostage by a new threat.

Fans of the first will love this latest instalment. Like its predecessor, it’s an enjoyable film. Action-packed, terrific cast, great music with hilarious moments. The only thing negative is that typical sequel feel to it with introducing new characters and balancing the story with more characters. Overall a fantastic film.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Mother!

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Director Darren Aronofsky latest film Mother! was graded F by CinemaScore. After watching this psychological horror, it’s clear why audiences weren’t fond of the film.

The plot follows a young woman “Mother” (Jennifer Lawrence) whose tranquil life with her husband “Him” (Javier Bardem) at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer).

So what’s wrong with the film? The narrative.

Aronofsky has made a project that’s too ambitious. The filmmaker’s message is we’re hurting mother nature, and no one is doing anything about it. His message isn’t clear.

Watching Mother! was like having a headache after spinning around in a circle. Everything in this film happens so fast, it’s confusing and hard to absorb what’s going on with the characters. The third act of the film leaves you disturbed and frustrated with film’s style.

One of the things positive things about Mother! is Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence gives a solid performance and stands out in the film. Audiences will have empathy for Lawrence’s character “Mother” and find easy to relate to as she just wants to live in peace with her husband, but she’s always interrupted when they have visitors leaving her tormented.

Michelle Pfeiffer is splendid to watch as one of Lawrence’s unwanted guests. Pfeiffer adds a bit of humour to the film as a nosy visitor, she reminds you of Ruth Gordan’s character Minnie Castevets in Rosemary’s Baby.

Javier Bardem gives a fine performance as “Him” but lacks chemistry with Lawrence.

The other thing good in the production is the well-made production design by Philip Messina and sublime cinematography by Matthew Libatique.

Mother! is a thought-provoking film that leaves you disturbed. Not worth watching. Fans of Darren Aronofsky will find this a disappointment.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Media Project Journal 4

Today Siri and I finished my media project stories 1 and 2. We posted the photos on Sydney TAFE Media Instagram.

My only regret with the photo essay was we weren’t able to make a slideshow liked we hoped because the photos were big and they would’ve been cut off so we had to post them individually.

In the end, it worked out well. The photos are a hit. We got a lot of likes on all the photos.

Now I can focus on my next two stories.

It (2017 film)

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Based on a book by Stephen King and a remake of 1990 TV miniseries, It tells the story of a group of kids who are terrorised by a shape-shifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown (Bill Skarsgård), only to face their own personal demons in the process.

After watching this film, I can say It will scare you. Better than the TV miniseries, this version keeps you in suspense and terrifies you. The cast is well-acted. Bill Skarsgård steps into the shoes of  Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the film’s villain. Skarsgård offers a fresh take on the character and makes this role his own. As the antagonist, Skarsgård steals the movie and brilliantly plays Pennywise.

One of the best horror films I’ve seen. A well-paced suspense film with spectacular visual effects and great performances.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Girls Trip

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When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

A hilarious film with a terrific ensemble cast, Girls Trip is the best female comedy since 2011’s Bridesmaids. Jaw-dropping and entertaining from start to end, this film will leave you laughing in stitches.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars