Baby Driver

Another Unlimited Cineworld screening saw me take in Baby Driver starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Lily James, it’s directed by Edgar Wright who announces before the film that all Car chases are done on real streets and have no Green Screens and CGI.

Baby (Ansel) is a young talented driver who listens constantly to music to drown out tinnitus that he suffered in a car accident that killed his parents when he was young. He is now a getaway driver employed by Doc (Kevin) to pay for stealing Doc’s car. Doc plans the heists and bank robberies but never uses the same crew more than once (except for Baby).

Between Heist’s Baby visit’s the diner that his Mum used to work at and one morning whilst listening to his iPod he hears a waitress come in singing, when she comes to takes his order he asks what she was singing and finds out her name is Debora (Lily) and this starts the beginning of a relationship that ends up beating the odds. He also looks after his foster dad who is deaf.

After 2 successful robberies and his debt is paid off to Doc, he starts making plans for Debora including taking her out to an expensive restaurant that he finds out Doc pays for and tells him he has another job and threatens him that he will hurt Debora if he doesn’t go along. During the planning where he does a once over of the post office with Doc’s nephew he interacts with the teller and this is where things start to go pear shape. The go further awry when Bats (Jamie Foxx), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Buddy (Jon Hamm) along with Baby go and buy the weapons they will use to hold up the Post Office, this also when Debora finds out that Baby is a Getaway driver. This is also where the movie starts really moving forward (though there has been plenty of awesome driving beforehand).

The Movie is fantastic and has a world class soundtrack to it too and is a right mix of music with T-Rex, The Beach Boys, Queen and The Commodores to name a few. All the main actors where class and the cool cold look that Ansel has really worked for Baby.

This is a must watch film so go and see it, it’s jumped in to the top 5 I’ve seen this year and I’ll give it a 9/10

The Breakfast Club

To me this is a classic and it still relevant now as it was in 1985 when it was released. It also gave us the “Brat Pack” and the stunning track “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds.

Starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy it follows 5 teenagers that have a Saturday Detention at their High School for a various of reasons and we learn all about different stereotypes and that they ‘re relevant to each one of them.

It’s Saturday March 24th and five students make their way to the Library at Shermer High School for an all day detention, whilst not strangers they all come from different groups, Clare (Molly) who is pampered and rich, Andrew (Emilio) who is State Champion Wrestler, Brian (Anthony) a geekish intellect, Allison (Ally) an outsider and John (Judd) a delinquent. When they’re all in the library Assistant Principal Richard Vernon (Paul) instructs them to sit and not to speak, sleep or move until they write a 1000 word essay on who they think they are. John has no regards to the rules and tries to wind Clare and Andrew up and starts messing around with the door that causes Vernon to come in and John ends up arguing with him giving him 8 (though Brian says it’s 7) more weekends of detentions and takes him to the storage closet but escapes back to the library and after they manage to retrieve marijuana from John’s locker and share it between them the group start to open up to each other and why they’re in detention. The group find that even with their differences they all face the same pressures and complications in their lives and begin to forge friendships and even romantic relationships. As the day draws to a close Clare asks Brian on behalf of the others if he can write the essay for all of them.

As they leave Vernon finds the essay and Brian’s reads part of it as Allison and Andrew kiss with Allison taking the champions badge from his Letterman Jacket, Clare and John also Kiss and Clare gives john one of her diamond earrings.

Brian reads that ” Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…” with the others adding their own stereotype – Andrew ” …and an athlete…” – Allison “…and a basket case…” – Clare “…a princess…” – John “…and a criminal…” before Brian finishes the essay “Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”

This is slightly different from the original opening narrative by Brian at the begin “Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.”

There are some other great lines in the film too, here are a couple that I like from when they start to have Lunch –

John: Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. All the food groups are represented. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?
Brian: Uh, no. Mr. Johnson.

John: What’s that?
Claire: Sushi.
John: Sushi?
Claire: Rice, raw fish and seaweed.
John: You won’t accept a guy’s tongue in your mouth, and you’re going to eat that?
Claire: Can I eat?
John: I don’t know. Give it a try.

I still love this movie as much as I did when it first came out and regularly watch and think everyone can relate to each person especially whilst growing up. If you’ve never watched this you must.
I don’t really want to give it a rating but since I do most of my films it has to be a 10/10.

Camino Island

The latest book by John Grisham which I have just finished takes a different approach from most of his other books that are normally a Lawyer/Court setting though still has a criminal aspect to it. Set in Camino Island but start at Princeton University where a gang of thieves steal a precious bounty that is priceless but insured for $25 million. The FBI and Insurers start looking for the loot whilst the FBI are mainly on the gang of thieves the insurers are focused on the loot and where it may end up which brings us to Camino Island. The insurers enlist the help of a young novelist who has got a writers block and currently acting as teacher who they hope will be able to help find the goods by seduction and gaining the trust of the suspect who they believe has acquired the goods.

Though this isn’t the normal topic of John Grisham it is still a good book however it didn’t hook me as much as other books he has done such as The Whistler however it still beats many other Authors and books I’ve read.

Any John Grisham fan will lap this up but anyone looking for a summer read this will be perfect too. Anyone wanting a new author to read won’t go far wrong with John Grisham.

New Music

Spending the afternoon in the sun (reminds me need to put after sun on) blogging and listening to some new music I thought I blog about the music I was listening too as that’s what this site is about. First up is the new album by Katy Perry – Witness. I was disappointed with this album that I’ve only listened to half of it but it didn’t have her normally upbeat tracks, there doesn’t seem to be a Roar or Firework and just made more bored, sorry Katy you can do much better then this, very disappointed. 3/10

Second was Heart Break by Lady Antebellum, as like other Albums by Lady Antebellum this stays along the same style that works for them and if you liked their other albums you will like this one. 6/10

Thirdly was Truth is a Beautiful Thing by London Grammar, well until I saw adverts for this album I had never heard of London Grammar before let alone listened to any of their songs but I was pleasantly surprised by it and found quite enjoyable and very easy to listen too, those with Music Streaming services go and have a listen you might like me be pleasantly surprised and add this to you music list.7/10

I also listened to Martine McCutcheon’s new single – Say I’m Not Alone and actually really liked it, it sorted her voice and was very up beat and worked perfectly for me riding to it as speeds up and slows down well. I’m certainly looking forward to her Album Lost and Found when it comes out.

Alien: Covenant

Not being a fan of the Alien film series I was open minded about this and as a Cineworld Unlimited Card holder it didn’t phase me whether it was good or not as was part of a day out with friends.

Covenant is set 10 years after Prometheus in the Alien franchise which started with Alien in 1979, Covenant like Prometheus is set before Alien.

The colonisation ship the Covenant is bound for Origae 6 when the ship is damaged and the ships captain dies when his Pod malfunctions and he is burnt alive. Whilst repairing the ship one of the crew picks up a radio transmission that nearly kills him, upon checking the transmission they find it’s coming from a nearby world that is a better match for colonisation than Origae 6 and as many of the crew are reluctant to return to their Pods acting Captain Oram decides to take the ship down to investigate despite the objections of Daniels. Whilst the Convent stays in orbit an investigating team descends to the plant and 2 members of the team get infected by Alien spores and are rescued by David who survived the Prometheus mission and had been sending out the signals the Covenant had picked up, the scouting craft is destroyed whilst Maggie attempts to shot and destroy one of the Alien creatures stranding the crew.

As not a fan of the Alien movie series I can’t really compare this to other movies in the series but this was a decent film but am told it’s not as good as the others in the series, I give it a 7/10 rating for this film though.

 

Gifted

A Cineworld Unlimited screening saw me take in this movie with the added bonus of a free pack of Candy King sweets (I picked Strawberry Candysticks), I had already planned to see this before it was announced that it would be a Unlimited screening. Starring Chris Evans as Frank Adler who takes care of his 7 year old Niece Mary played by McKenna Grace after the suicide of her mother Diane. The film also stars Lindsay Duncan as Mary’s grandmother and Frank’s Mother Evelyn, Octavia Spencer as Roberta, Frank’s neighbour and friend and Jenny Slate as Bonnie Stevenson, Mary’s first teacher.

Mary is not a normal 7 year old girl, she is the daughter of Mathematical prodigy and is one herself and has never gone to normal school before, but after homeschooling her Frank decides she needs to go to school to become a normal child and interact with kids her age. After causing trouble by not being used to school her teacher Bonnie is shocked when Mary gives a correct answer to a difficult Math questions which she answers. After a incident on the school bus where Mary stuck up for a fellow classmate by breaking a 12 year old bully’s nose she again gets into trouble and is offered a scholarship to a private school for gifted children but Frank refuses which then leads to his mother to turn up and sue for custody of Mary.

Rather than carry on with the story I urge you to watch the film. Mckenna stole this movie, I’m not sure if there is an age limit for awards but she fully deserves one as for a 10 year old you can’t fault her acting and the chemistry she had with Chris Evans was really good. I did see this whilst had an eye infection so my eye was watering a lot during the movie but you will need to take tissues with you.

I’ve already booked to see this again this weekend, I feel that this could be an award contended but feel it’s been released too early for it to be a real contender but time will tell.

9/10 for this is truly deserved in my opinion.

Pirates of the Caribbean- Salazar’s Revenge

AKA Dead Man Tells No Tale in other markets. Another series of films I’ve not got into but took Bryony and Dawn to see as they are in to the series, I’ve only watched the first film in the series but have now got the other films to watch.

Starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as Captain Armando Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kayla Scodelario as Carina Barbossa/Smyth, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley briefly reappearing as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.

The film follows Henry Turner (son of Will and Elizabeth) as he searches both Captain Jack Sparrow and the Trident of Poseidon to break the curse of the Flying Dutchman and free his father, aboard a royal navy ship following a pirate ship he notices that they are about to enter the Devils Triangle and after trying to make the captain turn around he is jailed for insubordination and locked up, the ship enters the triangle and the ghost ship of Silent Mary attacks them and the undead sailors slaughter the crew of the Monarch except for Henry and tells him to warn Jack Sparrow he’s coming for him and says he always leaves one sailor alive to them the tale as Dead Men Tells No Tales. On St Martins, Carina Smyth is in jailed being accused of being a witch and whilst talking to a priest she manages to pick her lock and shackles and escapes where she bumps first into Jack who had managed to break into a Safe to sleep, which is then stolen by his crew. Then whilst disguised as a nurse she meets Henry and they manage to talk a bit about the Trident. But both Jack and Carina are then captured whilst Henry escapes and they’re sentenced to death and by luck they’re due to be executed at the same time and between Henry and Jack’s crew they manage to free both of them and this starts the adventures across the seas hunting for the Trident using the map Carina has in a form of a book left to her by her father (this brings around a sub-plot). Watch the film for the rest.

I enjoyed this film and will now get round to watching the others to see if I can now get in to the series as sometimes it may take me a few attempts at watching films to get into them (the same as music). A tip for those yet to see the film, you need to stay until after the credits to see a bonus scene.

7/10 a good and very watchable film.