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My Top 50 Favourite Films: #40-31

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Numbers 40 - 31
40. Batman Fig.1 Batman (1989) Movie Poster
Considering how much it changes from the comic books, especially the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and the Jokers back-story, as well as the, at time, controversial casting of Michael Keaton, who was known for his Comedy work, as the title character, it is incredible how successful and enjoyable Batman is. Tim Burton was at the height of his powers here, and this is clear from the brilliantly gothic set design and performances of both the protagonist and antagonist. In recent years, the best Joker debate has become quite well known. While Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill's voice work contributed to their own fantastic portrayals, it mustn't be forgotten how brilliantly casted Jack Nicholson was.
39. King of  Comedy Fig.2 The King of Comedy (1982) Movie Poster
The King of Comedy is one of Martin Scorsese's less well-known films, but, at the same time, is considered as one of his most underrated. Robert De Niro once agai…

My Top 50 Favourite Films: Introduction + #50-41

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As I wanted to post more things onto my blog, other than my film reviews and, occasional, drawing/paintings etc. I thought it would be a good idea to make some posts that will add more variety to my blog, as well as giving you more of an insight into myself. 
To save time reviewing all the films I like/love, I have made a top 50 list of my personal favourite films. Of course, as this is a personal list, I don't expect that you will agree with certain inclusions. This isn't a list of what I consider to be the best 50 films of all time, but are rather the films that I enjoy the most or is a film that is personal to me, in some form - in some cases, a film that is considered inferior to another, may be higher on the list.

I will post the list in groups of 10, posting the next 10 at some point in the future. I won't, necessarily write about each film as I usually do, but I will instead write a short paragraph in the 1st person and explain why they're in the list, as well dis…

Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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Fig.1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Movie Poster
Matthew Vaughn'sKingsman: The Secret Service was one of the biggest surprises in 2014. By taking elements and clichés from Spy Movies, particularly the James Bond series, it subverted them into an incredibly fun and fresh story, with interesting characters and a clear directing style. Unlike his 2010 film Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn returns to direct the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle - so does it live up to the original?
Fig.2 Eggsy (Played by Taron  Egerton)
It is due to the success of its predecessor that there is some added pressure on Vaughn to re-create something that feels just as new and memorable. Kingsman: The Golden Circle had far more expectation and anticipation in comparison to The Secret Service, which consequently means that it would be easy for some to feel disappointed. However, despite the roughly 2-hour 20-minute run time, there is a lot to enjoy here. While the first felt more like a Spy-parody, this feels m…

Review: It (2017)

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Fig.1 It (2017) Movie Poster
In 1986, Stephen King's It was first published and was told through two narratives, which alternated between each other - one being focused on a group of kids from the 1950s, who refer to themselves as The Losers Club, and the other showing those same characters when they're 30 years older in the 1980s, and how each of them have "moved on" from what happened when they were young. In 1990, there was an American/Canadian adaptation that was in the form of a mini-series. That is an adaptation that has gained a cult following primarily due to Tim Curry's brilliantly haunting portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Unlike that mini-series, this latest retelling focuses purely on the children, but excludes the adult storyline and has the children set in the 1980s, as opposed to the 1950s.
Fig.2 Sewer Scene
Without doubt, it is the chemistry within the Losers Club that make this an enjoyable watch. Each character has their own personality a…

Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

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Fig.1 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Movie Poster
Imagine having to protect the person that has brought so much pain to your life - this is the job that Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) is forced into when he needs to act as the bodyguard for the infamous hitman, Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson). Patrick Hughes directs The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) which seems very much like a throwback to action movies of the 1980s and 90s through its characters and dialogue, but does it bring anything new to the table?
Fig.2 Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds)
It is the relationship between Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce where the real intrigue into this story lies. It has a very run-of-the-mill plot and it becomes clear very early on that the film-makers are aware of this. Essentially, both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are playing slightly exaggerrated versions of their respective real-life personas. If you are a…

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Fig.1 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Movie Poster
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is Luc Besson's latest film, of which shares some similarities in tone and style to another film of his in The Fifth Element (1997). This is very much a passion project of Besson's due to his love for the Valerian and Laureline comics, which were published from 1967 to 2010. Although The Fifth Element certainly isn't a masterclass in story-telling, the World and it's design has made it somewhat of a cult classic - Will Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets gain the same level of recognition? 
Fig.2 City of Alpha
Without doubt, the film's biggest strength lies within it's level of ambition. These unimaginable cities and environments are simply breath-taking to behold. There are set pieces that are so mind-blowing, that you must appreciate the film's craft. We are taken to several different environments, each feeling as different as the …

Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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Fig. 1 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Movie Poster
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) is the third and final part of a trilogy that has gained a lot of fans due to how successful and surprising the previous two films were. Matt Reeves returns as Director, who was able to take this franchise into a different direction after taking over from Rupert Wyatt to direct the second film -  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). So, is War for the Planet of the Apes a worthy conclusion to this story, and does it do what so few third instalments have done and be the best of the three?
Fig.2 Caeser (Played Andy Serkis)
It is fair to say that the film's protagonist, Caeser, who is played by Andy Serkis, has gone through quite a journey and is at a point in his existence where he is in full control of the Apes, who is both respected and feared by members of both the Apes and the Humans. Andy Serkis once again provides an incredible and, at times, emotional performance. He demonstrates h…