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Road House (2024) | Film Review

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When ex-UFC fighter Dalton (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes a job as a bouncer at a roadhouse, he soon finds that his past is quickly catching up to him. I've never seen the original Road House, and when I put this one on I wasn't really planning to review it, but I found myself really getting into it. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Both the characters and the story were a lot more engaging and compelling than I thought they would be. The story sucked me in right from the beginning and I was interested the whole way through. The cast is great, but Jake Gyllenhaal completely carries the film and plays the character of Dalton really well. Again, I can't compare his performance to the original, but I really like the character. The fight scenes, which are pretty much what the film is about, are done really well. They're entertaining, but they also do a good job of moving the story forward. I think the reason I liked the film so much was because I didn't take it

The Matrix | 100 Movies Bucket List

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  Next up for the Bucket List was a first-time watch. This is one that I had obviously heard of but knew next to nothing about. I found that it took a long time for me to connect with the story, and even then, while the film was interesting to watch, I never felt particularly invested in it. There were a lot of recognisable, iconic moments that I appreciated, and I get how much of an impact it had on sci-fi (and probably movies in general), but I don't know if it was for me. I somewhat enjoyed it, I understood everything that happened, but never felt connected, and didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It could just be that I need to re-watch it, and I probably will, but for a first watch, I didn't take to it as much as I wanted to. But that being said, I'm glad I finally watched it!

Book Review #126: The Fury by Alex Michaelides

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A former movie star and a group of her family and friends take a spontaneous trip to a private island. By the end of the vacation, one of them has been murdered.  I've read Michaelides' first two books, and I didn't love either of them. I rated them a 2.5 and 2 respectively, out of 5. I pre-ordered this book because I wanted to give the author one more chance, and this seemed like the perfect way to do it. The premise was reminiscent of 'The Guest List' by Lucy Foley, which I loved. But I was completely aware going into this that, if I didn't like it, it would probably be the last Michaelides book I pick up. So yeah, I hate using the word 'hate' to describe the entirety of how I felt, but I really really didn't like this book. The only thing I really liked was the length of the prologue. I'm not a huge fan of prologues, but this one was the perfect length.  My first gripe is with the narrator. I hated his voice from the very beginning, as it was

Argylle | Film Review

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Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard) is an author who writes spy novels featuring secret agent Argylle. But when the plots of her books begin to mirror events in the real spy world, Elly finds herself in grave danger. I saw the trailer for this movie while watching another film and wasn't particularly interested in it. But after hearing and reading all the (mostly negative) reviews, I wanted to see what it was all about! I didn't hate the film, but I didn't really like it either. There's definitely more bad than good about this one. But one good thing - I really liked how it began. The beginning reminded me a lot of 'The Lost City', and I liked seeing the transitions from Argylle to Elly and back. However, one of the first problems I had was that Elly seemed like the least interesting character in the film she leads. I wanted to see more of everyone else and a bit less of her. But that being said, none of the characters are great, and none of them feel like real pe

Pulp Fiction | 100 Movies Bucket List

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  Another first-time Bucket List watch! I had been meaning to see this film for such a long time, years, and I'd never gotten around to it, so I'm really glad I've finally seen it! I really really liked the film. Honestly, I feel like I would have loved it if there wasn't so much of Bruce Willis's storyline. Because everything else I loved, but that dragged on a bit for me. But even then, that storyline would be great in an average film - it just wasn't as strong as everything else that happened. One of the main things that highlights a Tarantino film as being a Tarantino film is his signature writing style, and it's on full display here. I loved every piece of dialogue. You could watch this film with your eyes closed and understand these characters and who they are, because the writing explores them so fully. It was really interesting watching this film after seeing Reservoir Dogs, not only because of the crossover of actors, but because of how similar they

All of Us Strangers | Film Review

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  On the cusp of a new relationship, Adam (Andrew Scott) is repeatedly drawn to his childhood home, where his parents appear to be living exactly as they were before they died 30 years prior. I was really excited to see this film. I needed to get the Oscar Best Picture nominees out of the way, but as soon as I was done, I was ready to see it! I loved this film! I kind of guessed I would, but I didn't know how much. The story is beautiful. So original and complex, you kind of don't even know what's really happening until you're fully in it, and I love that. You really have to see it to get it. The writing was incredible, so poignant. It's one of those stories where you can feel the filmmaker's passion on the screen, and that just made me even more invested in the story. There were so many perfect lines that will stay with you long after the credits roll. But aside from the writing, the acting in this film is incredible. As well as Andrew Scott, the film also star

Spirited Away | 100 Movies Bucket List

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  I watched this immediately after watching Reservoir Dogs, which might tell you a bit about my state of mind when I started this! I knew nothing about this film before watching it. I have heard of Studio Ghibli, but not enough to have seen any of the movies. In fact, this is probably the first anime movie I've watched. My feelings on the movie changed throughout - I loved the animation, the vibrancy, how beautiful everything was, but it took me a while to get the story. In fact, I ended up googling the hidden meanings of the overall message and that really helped me to connect with some of the characters. Because the beginning of the film had me feeling a bit lost, and it took me a while to get into. But once I actually got into it, and especially once it was over, I understood how beautiful the story was.  So even though it wasn't entirely for me, I completely understand why it is loved, and why it is considered a classic. The storytelling is great, but the meaning behind eve