Films are an interesting beast within society. If you want to get a job in the industry, people mock you and say you'll fail. But when they get home, all they do is consume moving images on their television all evening. And this applies to all the arts: whether they sit at home and play games; they go out to the theater to watch a show; they sit and read a book; or simply go out for meal and enjoy the visuals that the restaurant provides.
One of my favorite sequels of all time is Machete Kills. By no means is it an award winning masterpiece or even in my top ten films - but as a sequel, it really hits the nail on the head.
I recently discussed how midnight releases were worth the pain and agony of returning to work as a half functioning human being the next day. As Solo: A Star Wars Story is on the verge of release, I thought I'd share the tips and tricks that I've learnt over the years.
You got up at 6.00 this morning, went to work for 8 hours, got home, stuffed your face with food and chilled out as normal. Then an hour after bedtime you drag yourself out to go watch Avengers: Infinity Wars or whatever the latest midnight release is.
I like to think that a good film is one that sits with you once you've left the theatre. Either because your brain is struggling to comprehend what the Matrix is; you're blown away at how an animated character could make you feel emotions; or because you've learnt something new, something that changes the way you now think about the world. Whether this is about a country, a culture, or simply the most well known Prime Minster to lead England.
So this week I went to go see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (I'm just going to refer to it as Three Billboards from now on), and I came away from it with the familiar feeling that watching Dunkirk gave me. Now don't get me wrong, both of these films are very good, excellent in fact. They're thought provoking and very clever in their own ways but I'm not sure I'd ever feel the need to watch them again.
It is commonly known that some people can feel the pinch of Christmas upon their wallets during January. The pinch of the festive spirit stealing of your money that is! Not wanting to stand out from the crowd, I too was visited by the festive spirit. Seeing as going out was a no-go, it was with due haste that I got round to watching the limited edition version of Serenity that I purchased months ago.
So this week I went with my Mum to go watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (the amount of people saying they've seen Jumanji - as in the original one - at the cinema on Facebook is weirdly infuriating...) and you know what, it was a lot of fun!
Last year saw a few awesome turns from the film industry as it slowly cranked the gears and chains to face a changing audience.
Now there appears to be a bit of an uproar about this film which I gather revolves around the creative choices made around the development of certain characters as well as the inclusion and exclusion of plot twists, both those that are resolved and those that aren't.