Hail, Caesar! Movie Review

Hail, Caesar! Is a movie that is set in the 1950s concentrated on Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin).  Eddie is known as a “fixer” and his job is to keep all the big egos in check at a movie studio.

Eddie is surrounded by a wide variety of people that adds to the dynamic of just how difficult it is to manage these people.  The problem really becomes an issue when in the big release his main star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) goes missing.  Baird going missing, however, doesn’t seem to be a concern for Eddie until he gets a phone call that he has actually been kidnap Eddie takes this problem seriously.  Eddie goes around trying to put the fires out, because of the press has gone wind of the fact that Baird is missing and wants to know about it.  While the interesting thing about this is both reporters are twins and one has the facts right and the other doesn’t.

Baird Whitlock as he recovers from being kidnapped

The kidnap though has an interesting undertone though with current political climate because of the kidnappers were writers but they were after a communist belief and it felt a little weird because Baird started to take some interest in their cause.  It was depicted in such a way that it was seen that Baird was being brainwashed while being invited to talk to his captives and could essentially be a tool for this group to go up against the establishment and capitalism in this case the studio.  Baird wasn’t the only focus, however, wasn’t the only movie in the making as you’d expect.  Which lead to some interesting sketches from a star-studded affair.

The acting in Hail Caesar was as good as you’d expect from a cast with Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in just to name the household name but they story felt a little disjointed and struggled to be entertaining at times.  The few sketches that were felt like it wasn’t really relevant to the story in most respects.

Eddie neogatiating with one of his starts

The Verdict

Hail, Caesar! Is a star-studded affair with a relatively interesting storyline however the sketches just didn’t feel linked or have much relevance to the story.  The problem is although in each sketch Eddie does fix a problem and it is possible to see that he’s important and needed in the studio, that said though the stars do seem to find their own solution.  The major decision of the story Eddie finds himself trying to decide never really seems to have any other outcome.  It is a star-studded affair and enjoyable but lacks some continuity and ultimately feels like a bit of let down.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 11 “The Reverse – Flash Returns” Review

The Flash has taken many twists and turns in Season 2 but no more so than in The Reverse – Flash Returns. Zoom now needs to take a backseat as they team is faced with the return of the reverse flash but this time, it is the real reverse flash and not just the Dr Wells 1 imposter.

Patty question Joe about Barry and The Flash

The return of the yellow suit has really brought back some mixed emotions and bring together some very awkward questions while some of if not all the characters are going through a really rough time in their personal lives. Barry is still keeping his true identity hidden from Patty and with the revelation that happened in Potential Energy because the distance The Flash had put between the two. Barry has forced himself into rushing around the city solving or helping every emergency call and Patty is going along with her everyday life hoping that the situation between her and Barry wouldn’t be too awkward.

While Barry is chasing down the Reverse Flash it is apparent with just how badly he is dealing with the breakup and how leaving his life, although amazing with his powers to save people, it will also mean they he needs to try and limit the people he cares about knowing so his enemies can’t use it against him. This isn’t anything new because it was discussed in previous episodes but there Is a touching moment between him and Joe that they discuss the fact, that with Barry’s current powers he is going to have to learn to let people go because there is a hint that he will outlive most.

West Family Reunited?

Francine West also makes another big appearance in this episode, however, her fate becomes a reality in this episode and leads to some very touching scenes between her and Iris, but it also holds hope that West Family will come together after Wally does turn to Iris for advice and support. The other huge thing to come from the episode is Caitlin and Jay coming to the realization that unless he gets his speed back her will die that brings even more of Caitlin’s past to late. Along with Cisco with the help of Wells learns what triggers his vibe, however, the newly found method of could have drastic consequences.

The Verdict

The Reverse-Flash Returns is a very well balanced episode with the emotional turmoil that the team finds themselves in. The return Eobard Thawne and the outcome of the capture was huge. Along with emotional scenes between Patty and Barry along with the West Family and what they are having to face made this a must watch episode and continues to keep the interest in the season. As there was a look between Thawne and Wells that just asks the question with Wells 2 go down the track of Wells 1?

The Flash Season 2 Episode 10 “Potential Energy” Review

After quite a break The Flash is back in Potential Energy. The end of Running to Stand Still is quite a nice one they are all there to celebrate the festive season, and Wally knocks at the door right at the end of the episode, although this is a really good nice ending to the middle of the season things can’t be that simple can they?

Patty and Barry enjoying a dance at an art function

In Potential Energy, all that is blown apart with the team having issues as normal but the issues are caused by the meta-human battle that is raging. In the more recent episodes up until now, the character’s turmoil have been caused by relatively normal reasons but now Barry is having nightmares about Patty and Zoom the question then becomes is she safe? Barry is seeing Zoom kill Patty and he wants to keep her as far away from The Flash and the truth as he can to try and protect her, but that only causes strain on the relationship and now with Patty’s unresolved issues now dealt with regarding her Father is that enough for her?

In a change of pace, however, the team are going after a meta-human that has some real meaning to the storyline in turtle. Up until now in this season, all the villains have been aiming everything at the Flash and actually not feeling too threatening but this was different. Turtle is someone that can slow time down so much that he can steal things and get out before anyone has time to react even The Flash. Realising this the team think he holds the key to defeating Zoom and want to capture him in order to try and get his power off him. In an interesting twist though Turtle goes after things that are of not necessarily high value in monitory terms but in sentimental terms. As they track him down though and Barry deciding he is going to tell Patty his true identity he puts her in harms way and she becomes Turtles target.

Patty captured?

As Joe discovers more about Wally it might be the easiest thing to swallow after quite a rough reaction when discussing way Wally didn’t come to dinner. The chip on Wally’s shoulder that he doesn’t need Joe and that he was a bad detective if he didn’t even know he had a son. Will they patch things up in time?

The Verdict

Potential Energy is a refreshing episode of The Flash with the recent episode becoming a little predictable at times this episode throws some curve balls into the mix. The character development might be going to a darker place at times are always met by the light-hearted humour we have come to expect. Wells also continues to keep us on our toes to which side is actually on.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 13 “AKA Smile” Review

AKA Smile the season finale and did it ever deliver some dark places. The writers went to town in this episode concluding the season in the way it was supposed to conclude because although it had some moments of comedy in it. There were so much dark and openings for new storylines.

Jessica and Trish finally get a lead on where Killgrave is and find his hideout, where Jessica discovers Albert with some information about Killgrave and the fetus that Jeri had taken early on in the season. This was quite fitting because although we knew that Jeri had used it in the hope of getting Killgrave’s powers she hadn’t managed to so and kind of felt like a dead end. Albert admitted to using the fetus, however, to amplify Killgrave’s power that Jessica needs to be careful.

Trish’s reaction when Jessica tell her she loves her

Trish and Jessica, however, have some very interesting dialogue and just how close they are even if they don’t tell each other just how much they mean to each other. The subtle way that the code word becomes I love you is quite ironic because Jessica is telling her that she loves her but backhanded because it is admitted that it is something she would never say. The way Trish gets more information gets more information IGH says that there is going to be something in the works with that. What it isn’t clear and as the season as come to an end, it’s an open-ended book but something that might become clear in the future.

The major scene, however, is the one where Killgrave thinks he has Jessica in his sights and she is working in with music playing and hood up looking down at the floor. There was something huge about it especially when it comes apparent that it isn’t Jessica. When Jessica does come into the scene though it is really well done and captured very well by Krysten Ritter because you can see in her own face that she isn’t sure who has control.

Jessica and Claire breaking Luke out of hospital

Another interesting dynamic is the discussion between Claire Temple and Luke, Claire is left with Luke in order to try and help keep him alive, she believes in both Jessica and Luke for being positive influences. It is quite refreshing to have someone else believe in her as well as the main cast because it felt like an outsiders point of view.

The Verdict

AKA Smile is a really good end to an awesome season, it has left so many subplots open and yet developed the characters in such a way that it feels like a convenient breaking point. The voice over at the end also keeps the character alive and conflicted not wanting to except she could be a Super Hero. Could Malcolm be her guardian angel to help her concentrate on being the hero everyone knows she can be?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 12 “AKA Take a Bloody Number” Review

“AKA Take a Bloody Number” see’s Luke introduced back to the fold and has Jessica asking questions. The problem becomes is whether or not to trust Luke or not. They both know that Killgrave had control over Luke but the question still resides to whether or not Killgrave still has control over him or not? With Albert working to make him stronger.

AKA Take a Bloody Number feels really subdued after the build up of AKA I’ve Got The Blues and the awesome fight that Trish and Jessica had with Simpson, this issue kind of takes a back seat at this point however because focus now that Luke and Jessica is back together is Killgrave. The dynamic of Luke and Jessica really is interesting this episode as they are dealing with past issues, they have a very good moment up on rooftop while scoping out a lead.

Jessica and Luke on the Roof top

Killgrave on the other hand, just as you thought you could start sympathising with him a few episodes ago, starts turning demonic as the dynamic between him and his father is shown. His regard for his family and his father is shown to be non-existent when he forces his father to work harder without sleep by having his father hover his right hand above a blender with the threat of having him push it down to the blade.

Trish finds out a new discovery though that could blow the whole thing sky-high when she gets help from her mother. This does seem a little odd and although Trish doesn’t really want to deal with her mother due to the abuse that was inflicted on her as a kid, and explained in AKA I’ve got the Blues. She has some information that Jessica might need but will she tell her?

Killgrave and the Blender trick

When Jessica and Luke, however, do eventually catch up with Killgrave there is a shocking discovery and Jessica is forced to fight Luke. This scene is really well done because Jessica is forced to fight someone that she cares about and is actually stronger than her. She pleads with Luke to fight what Killgrave is doing to him but can her or will she have to do something unthinkable?

The Verdict

AKA Take a Bloody Number is all about trust, will Jessica trust Luke and can Trish trust her mother in order to get some vital information about Jessica and try and put the pieces together. The other thing to note of this episode is how Malcolm and Robyn seem to be getting closer. The episode although feel subdued in the beginning soon picked up the pace and started to ask even more questions, with some really good dialogue and action to boot.

The Forest Movie Review

The Forest is based on a Forest in Japan called Aokigahara that is used in order for people to go out and commit suicide. So when Sarah Price (Natalie Dormer) finds out that her twin sister has gone missing and can tell her identical twin is in trouble she can’t help but jump on a plan to go and find her.

The build up to the entry of the forest was a little confusing with constant flashbacks to when Sarah was in the US and back to while she was traveling to Japan. So as a viewer it is difficult to follow just where in the timeline the character was. The background to the forest was well described as the build up to the entry to the forest. The Y?rei was well documented explaining that they feed of the sadness within the person in order to show them visions which tend to lead to them killing themselves and that Sarah needs to remember that what she see’s in The Forest is never what is actually there.

Sarah and Aiden with the Guide as they find there first victim

Determined to find her sister in the knowledge of these facts Sarah goes into the forest with a reporter and a guide. Where they do find her sister’s tent and the decision is then made to stay overnight and the reporter agreed to stay but the guide was dead against it. The problem that Sarah had was that there was some underlying sadness in her, that she might not have realised was there. As the forest start’s to take its grip on her she starts to turn against people helping her and the question becomes is she even going to get out of the forest alive?

The Verdict

The Forest had a story with potential with some really good acting with the material that was supplied but came up short. It was using the jump scare mentality with things jumping out at the screen but the suspense wasn’t there, they didn’t let it have long enough to build up the anticipation. This movie is worth a watch but whether it is worth a cinema trip that is questionable.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 11 “AKA I’ve Got The Blues” Review

AKA I’ve Got The Blues is a very aptly named episode after the mayhem that was brought to the world in AKA 1,000 Cuts.

AKA 1,000 Cuts had seen the dark side of all characters even leading to some characters going along a different path than you would expect. Jessica is struggling with the fact that she has the power to ignore Killgrave’s commands and wondering how long she had, had that ability and whether or not she could have saved others sooner. Along with Hope now giving Jessica the reason to kill Killgrave. The major factor was Hope keeping Killgrave alive to clear her, and when faced with an impossible decision whether to save Hope or save a group of people. Hope took the decision out of Jessica’s hands by killing herself in AKA 1,000 Cuts leaving it wide open for Jessica.

Trish and Jessica when they were younger in a Flashback

Having all this happen in the previous episode AKA I’ve Got The Blues, did slow down quite a bit, having Killgrave out of this episode and concentrate on other subplots in the season. Jessica was in a mad rush to try and locate Albert, as she wasn’t sure how Killgrave was going to use him or whether he was just going to kill him. Jeri, Pam and Wendy was also casualties in this episode as they didn’t feature and this kind of left the wonder on how everything has panned at there, especially as Jeri has become a staple of the season always having some sort of appearance in the show.

Jessica fighting Simpson

 

The biggest thing, however, to come from the episode as far as action was concerned was the fight between Simpson, Trish and Jessica as the Simpson character seem to become more and more conflicted. Which does resort in Trish taking some extreme actions to help an already wounded Jessica. The aftermath of the fight brought some interesting flashbacks and showed what a bound that Jessica and Trish have and why. Robyn has become quite an annoyance but now she becomes the devil on Malcolm’s shoulder trying to turn him against Jessica.

There was also quite a sinister turn at the end of the episode which reintroduced Luke Cage into the story which brings in something different for the search for Killgrave.

The Verdict

AKA I’ve Got The Blues was the calming episode, it held some great dialogue and was a much-needed change of pace. The focus on Killgrave had taken over the season in the last couple of episodes and although that is the focus of season there had been too many subplots that had not yet to be explored. Although the season as got quite serious they did manage to squeeze in some really good humour to this episode even in some of the darkest places. Is this calm before the storm?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 10 “AKA 1,000 Cuts” Review

AKA 1,000 Cuts is a fast paced quick discoveries and a constant battle between what characters should or shouldn’t do.

AKA Sin Bin so Killgrave escape from the custody that he had found him with Trish having to whether some of the blame for that as she shot the glass out that was protecting everyone that wasn’t in the cell with Killgrave. However, this wasn’t the real thing to focus on, because up until now the storyline between Jeri, Pam and Wendy has been something if not a little odd. It was a storyline that ok filled out the episodes but as a viewer other than seeing Jeri in less control than she seemed to be it didn’t seem to have a bearing on what was really happening. Until now because Jeri breaks Killgrave out in order to make sure that she can get her divorce papers signed. Which now for the story standpoint makes huge sense because up until this point no one else now has the motive to help Killgrave get out of his predicament.

Will Jessica accept Killgraves offer?

The big discovery however from AKA Sin Bin was that Jessica was immune to Killgrave’s powers and that his powers were actually a virus. This was huge because now people are getting a better understanding how they could potentially stop him for good. Jessica’s blood was the care although it did force Jeri to admit that she had taken the fetus from Hope and that she wasn’t able to get anything from it to try and get Killgrave’s powers.

There were some innocent casualties in this episode that has really changed the game and will be very interesting to see how it unfolds because the actions of some people could seriously change the outcome and what happens next is anyone’s guess. I noted change is, however, Simpson, as been seen throughout the season so far Simpson’s obsession with not just catching Killgrave but killing him could he have stepped too over the line in order to be still considered a good guy?

The Verdict

AKA 1,000 Cuts is an episode when it was feeling like there was light at the end of the tunnel as far as the season was concerned this episode has taken it into deeper and darker places. This episode just brought together the rough brutality that was needed while still adding the ever increasing depth to the characters involved.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 9 “AKA Sin Bin” Review

AKA Sin Bin has Killgrave locked up and has Jessica finally in the driving seat. The problem with this, however, becomes when they introduce Killgrave’s parents into the mix.

In AKA WWJD Killgrave started to open up and have a sort of childlike attitude to whether or not he could change his ways. As an audience, it gave them a chance to start to sympathise with him. Killgrave was developing as a character and it started to feel like there was a nicer side to him as Jessica worked with him. Killgrave’s parents were portrayed as evil as they did experiments on him when his parents are brought to him to help get evidence in order to convict him the truth starts to come out and it might actually be what has been told so far.

Everyone together now but is the plan going to work?

Jessica has the control yes but it’s getting the evidence together so they can free Hope and get the charges dropped that is the problem. Now that she has Killgrave where she wants him she can’t just leave him there or kill him because she wouldn’t have the evidence she needs. This, however, brings its own set of problems as she needs the help of others. Jeri is one and this could be a fatal mistake with the way her divorce proceedings is going as Jeri starts to see the potential that Killgrave has for her.

Will Jeri make a deal with Killgrave?

Will Simpson also seems to have a secret, because as he is bleeding to death he makes Trish gets him to a certain Doctor for treatment it becomes apparent he is able to access other drugs. There seems to be a strong link towards Captain America style but in tablet form what exactly they do is still unknown but they seem to be some sort of enhancers.

The Verdict

AKA Sin Bin is one of the best episodes yet in the season because it combines drama suspense, action and the unknown, Jessica makes an alarming discovery as well that could be a huge game changer for everyone.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 8 “AKA WWJD” Review

AKA WWJD finds Jessica stood outside a house that holds some secrets for Jessica. In AKA Top Shelf Perverts Killgrave confessed his love for Jessica and in weird and twist way of breaking her out of Police Custody along with doing it in such a way that he manipulated her into doing what he wanted.

Stood outside her family home, Jessica starts to have flashbacks and, it adds another dimension to the Trish and Dorothy angle. Why does Jessica feel so protective of Trish? and all becomes apparent in subtle hints that Dorothy might not have been the loving mother and caring person, that is first thought by the way she adopted Jessica. Not only that while this all going on and Jessica makes her way into the house Simpson is still doing surveillance of the house not realising that Jessica is kind of there under her own free will.

Killgrave, Jessica and the neighbour at breakfast

Jessica is struggling to come to terms with her past and in doing so still struggling with the fact that Killgrave could still be controlling her and the few interactions between her and Simpson she has to convince him that she isn’t under his control. This, however, is the first time Killgrave can be viewed in a new light. While Jessica is forced to open up about her past because of an interaction with a neighbour, Killgrave kind of does the same thing as Jessica tries to convince him that he has a choice and can use his powers for good.

With Jessica M.I.A., it has left Hogarth struggling to hold it all together as she is forced to deal with her device on her own. Along with the fact that she is now having to deal with the fact that Wendy is using Jessica’s attempted at threatening her as a weapon against Jerri.

The Verdict

AKA WWJD although less action in this episode than others, this episode really did open up the characters a bit more and it is the first time David Tennant show’s himself at his best. This episode gave the mix of emotions that you started to sympathise with Killgrave and started to see some good in him, but they kept the balance so even though you started to sympathise with him, he kept up the evil intentions just enough. He had almost a childlike impulsiveness at one point.

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