Table 19

A film that I never managed to get to see at the cinema for various of reasons but when I finally managed to see it for a film that stars Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow I must admit I was disappointed with it, it seem to start to build up and then falls flat and this seems to be the theme of the whole movie.

Eloise (Anna Kendrick) was Maid of Honour to her best friend’s (Francie) wedding but when she’s dumped by her boyfriend Teddy (Wyatt Russell), Francie (Rya Meyers) brother she is demoted from being the Maid of Honour to just being invited and Eloise keeps changing her mind whether to attend or not but finally does and finds herself on Table 19 along with 5 other guests that Eloise says where invited but had hoped to have turned down the invite. After an uneasy start the six of them start to find out about each other, there is Jerry and Bina (Lisa Kudrow) Kepp, Renzo, Jo and Walter. After they go back to Jo’s room to smoke some pot they find out where each other has attended the wedding. As the wedding party starts to leave on a boat Eloise persuaded by Jo shouts out to Teddy that’s she pregnant and still loves him, as they return back to the hall and their table Teddy arrives soaking wet after jumping off the boat and swam back ashore. Several months later we find that Eloise has had a baby boy named Joe and the Kepps are looking after Jo’s dog as she has died of cancer and all have been keeping in touch with each other.

As mentioned this film promised much but failed to delivery there was no constant flow and felt patched together, I would wait for this to appear on TV rather than buy Home Media for this film and only going to give it 6/10.

The Sense of an Ending

Based on the novel of the same name, after I saw the trailer I was looking forward to go and see this film, however my local Cineworld didn’t show this so had to wait until was shown locally elsewhere.

Starring Jim Broadbent (Tony), Charlotte Rampling (Veronica), Harriet Walter (Margaret), Michelle Dockery (Susie), Emily Mortimer (Sarah), Billy Howle (Young Tony) and Freya Mavor (Young Veronica).

An elderly divorcé Tony Webster runs a camera shop in London, one day his ex-wife Margaret asks him to accompany his pregnant daughter Susie  to her prenatal class as she’s not able to make it, during the class he makes acquaintances with a couple of young ladies. After he has dropped Susie home he reads a letter he received from the estate of Mrs Sarah Ford the mother of an ex girlfriend Veronica explaining he has been left a diary by Sarah and he finds that Veronica is holding the diary. The film now alternates between Tony’s life with him meeting Veronica and visiting her parents house and meeting Sarah, it also shows his college years and with his current life and him tracking and stalking Veronica to try and talk to her about the Diary and why it’s been left to him. Finally Veronica agrees to meet and whilst talking he’s memories of his past start to change.

The film has a lot of depth and will only appeal to a few rather than to a whole but I actually enjoyed it as I do like films that make you think and then change your thinking so is constantly changing in your mind. It has a lot more than I’ve mentioned and if you’re a film fan watch this, there does seem like there is a lot missing but this is how it’s been intended so you’re left wanting more and drawing your own conclusions. I liked the way the film was done and Jim Broadbent never disappoints with his performances. I give this a solid 7/10

 

The Space Between Us

Another film I liked the look of the trailer but had to wait to see it as only a limited release film. It stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino.

During a flight to Mars that is the first mission to start to colonise Mars lead astronaut Sarah Elliot discovers she’s pregnant and upon arriving at Mars she gives birth to a boy (Gardner) but dies during childbirth, the CEO of Genesis (the company behind the mission) decides that the birth should be kept a secret. 16 Years later Gardner (Asa Butterfield) is now a intelligent and inquisitive boy and has struck up a friendship with Tulsa (Britt Robertson) via an Internet Chat Room. One day to find out more about his mother he hacks Centaur (a robot he helped build) to gain access to storage room and retrieve his Mothers belongings. Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino) who has been bringing Gardner up speaks to Nathaniel begging them to be allowed to return to earth but Gardner would need high risk surgery due to his low bone density as grown up without gravity, Nathaniel refuses however they board a space shuttle and return to Earth. Gardner is then quarantined to keep him from harm whilst he adjusts the Earth atmosphere however he finds that his body would not copy with the Earth Atmosphere so escapes to go and see Tulsa. He travels to Colorado to find her and when he finds her she hits him for “Ghosting” her as she’s not heard from him for 7 months whilst he had treatment but soon forgives him and says she will help him find his father. Kendra and Nathaniel now aware of where Gardner is track him down and Gardner and Kendra have confrontation and Gardner then leaves with Tulsa who uses her foster fathers old Plane. This starts a cross country chase, in Las Vegas Gardner becomes sick and Tulsa takes him to hospital where it is discovered he has a enlarged heart, Tulsa originally planning to leave him at hospital but starts to believe his story and promise to take him to California to find his father. When they arrive they find the man they were looking for is in fact Sarah’s brother and Gardner’s uncle. Whilst Tulsa and Sarah’s  brother talk Gardner wonders down to the ocean and when Tulsa catches up to him, he says this is where his mother is and wants to be with her, Tulsa tries to drag him back to shore when he collapses but Nathaniel and Kendra arrive just in time to help and help clear his lungs, Gardner then tells Nathaniel that he knows he’s his father, they rush him to space plane to get Gardner out of the earths atmosphere to relieve the pressure on his heart, Tulsa goes with them, this works but whilst it stabilises him he comes to terms that he must return to Mars in order to survive. As he leave he bids a emotional farewell to Kendra who is now retired from NASA and joins Nathaniel to return to Mars. Kendra goes to visit Tulsa and asks if she will let her adopt her, Tulsa agrees and determined to visit Gardner on Mars starts training with Kendra to become an astronaut.

This is a lovely made film and has a few twist, it’s a modern Romeo and Juliet type film where circumstances stop young lovers from being together and certainly well worth a watch, it’s mainly aimed at teenagers but I think all ages could watch this.

I find it weird that I can see an actor/actress and remember seeing them in something 20 years ago thought they’ve appeared in films I’ve seen since, this was the case with Carla as I remembered her from Spin City that start Michael J Fox back in the 1990’s. Asa and Britt where great leads and think Asa had to learn a lot about how he might have to act on earth as being an alien which is probably more than has been thought off previously about Aliens (who seem to cope fine).

I give this an 8/10 rating as an easy film to watch but enjoyable as has most aspects you need in a film.

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.