A STAR IS BORN
This particular movie has been released several times over the years with the most famous being in 1976 when Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in the lead roles. In this new take on the movie Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star as Jackson Maine and Ally respectively. Ally is struggling musician who has just about given up on her dream to be a famous singer until one of her shows is watched by Jackson who is an already established musician. He coaxes her to continue and says he will help her. He brings her on the road with him and she does the odd song with him on stage. Inevitably they fall in love and one night an agent spots Ally and offers her a record deal. As her career takes off, Jackson’s career and his lifestyle starts to take a dive causing heartbreak and conflict.
I absolutely loved this film and think that all accolades it’s been given are worthy. The film is also Bradley Cooper’s directing debut and I find it hard to fault the film in any way. I have to point out that the performance of Lady Gaga is incredible and to think that she might not have got the role is unthinkable. Her voice is amazing.
Special features on the DVD include music videos of Shallow and Remember me this Way. The main feature runs for 136 minutes and is rated PG16 for drugs, language and sex. A Star is Born is now available through Next and Empire Home Entertainment and available to purchase at your nearest Musica store.
IFM rating 8 out of 10.
Bit of a strange one this and not sure where to place it. The film is well made but extremely slow and never really gets going but then again there is probably no other way to tell this true story. It is however a remarkable story of human survival with a twist at the end which I am going to refrain from telling you about as it would be a big spoiler. Tami is a free spirit who roams around the world never knowing where she will end up. Getting jobs as she moves from coastal town to coastal town. Her life changes when she meets Richard, a sailor who has the same philosophy about life and they quickly fall in love. When a friend offers Richard a lot of money to sail his yacht back to California Tami agrees to go with him. They get caught in one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history causing their boat to capsize and leaving Richard badly injured. They remain adrift for an amazing 41 days and during this time Tami has to use all her sailing skills and determination, while Richard is incapacitated, to try to get them to safety and save the man she loves.
Shailene Woodley ( Divergent Films ) is the female lead and Sam Claflin ( Hunger Games films ) the male lead. Nothing wrong with the acting and if you like a good love story then you will probably enjoy this a little bit more than I did. The DVD has no special features. The main feature runs for 92 minutes and is rated PG13 for violence. Adrift is now available through Next and Empire Entertainment and is available to purchase at your nearest Musica store.
IFM Rating 5 out of 10.
JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN
This is the third movie in the series featuring England’s equivalent to Inspector Clouseau. Rowan Atkinson is back as the British secret agent Johnny English after a cyber attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents. With no one else available to investigate English is called out of retirement from his job as a school teacher to try and apprehend the culprit. He is given all the James Bond treatment regarding cars and fancy gadgets but prefers to operate old school. Together with his old sidekick Bough he fights Russian spies, a master hacker and even his own Prime Minister in an effort to convince everyone that the person they trust the most in fixing their problem is indeed the culprit.
You have to take this movie for what it is. It’s not meant to be complex and compelling it’s meant to make you laugh and that’s exactly what it does. Silly slapstick comedy is what the movie is all about and this film has it in abundance. Rowan Atkinson is on top form as he bumbles his way to cracking the case causing disaster wherever he goes, most of it inadvertently. The film also stars Emma Thompson as the “running out of patience” Prime Minister. The film isn’t going to win any Oscars but you could do far worse when looking for a good laugh.
The DVD has numerous special features to enjoy including featurettes on the comedy genius of Rowan Atkinson, The Johnny English legacy and other inserts on how the movie was made including the hilarious virtual reality scene. The main feature runs for 94 minutes and is rated PG10-12 for drugs, violence and laughter ( sorry language ). Johnny English Strikes Again is now available to purchase through Next and Empire Entertainment and available to purchase at your nearest Musica store.
IFM Rating 6 out of 10.
The movie has received mixed reviews and I can understand why. As a stand alone movie it is a decent horror movie but by comparing it with what has gone before it just doesn’t stand up to the Conjuring movies and Annabelle. The nun was first seen in the Conjuring 2 where she killed Ed Warren in one of his wife’s recurring nightmares. This one has nothing to do with the Warrens at all and is a movie intended to give you a back story of where she fits in in the Conjuring series. The movie starts when a young nun commits suicide at an abbey in Romania and her body is found by a young delivery boy. The Vatican is convinced that there is more to the story and send a priest and a young nun who is yet to take her final vows, to investigate. Staying on the abby’s premises, which is creepy enough, they uncover a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun who has put all of the surviving nuns at the abbey under an evil spell. Using all their powers in the battle between good and evil they have to send the nun back into the portal from whence she came.
The film does have a few scary moments and the filming is excellent but it was just a bit disappointing compared to the other movies in my opinion. The DVD does have a small feature on how the movie was made but that’s all. The main feature runs for 93 minutes and is rated PG16 for horror and violence. The Nun is now available from Empire and Next entertainment. Also available to purchase from your nearest Musica store.
IFM Rating 5 out of 10.