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The Walking Dead finale: My predictions

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I watched The Walking Dead finale last night (with U.K. TV) and spent the whole evening reeling and reading fan theories about what it all means and I’ve finally come to my own conclusions about who has been killed off or who should be. Caution: spoilers up ahead (obviously).

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The Walking Dead: Why are you so dull?!

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Is it just me or is this season of The Walking Dead seriously DRAGGING?! We have had six episodes and the plot has not forward much at all. In comparison to seasons which have come before, this is pretty weak and dull.

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Fear the Walking Dead: I’m so not bothered

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A teaser trailer for The Walking Dead spin-off Fear the Walking Dead dropped today, showing Harry Potter actor Frank Dillane absolutely storming it down the street away from some unknown terror. Obviously, given what we already know, it’s likely to be the ‘zombies’ (although they are never called that!).

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The cinemas are back! Here’s what you can watch

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Cinemas in England have been closed since December and I am SO excited for them to reopen tomorrow! I have missed them so much! To make up for lost time, I have got two films booked in on Monday and three overall this week.

Films don’t generally get released on Mondays, but to celebrate the return of cinemas, the following four movies were given the release date of Monday 17th May. Here’s all the info:

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Get ready for more elaborately gruesome, wince-inducing traps – the Saw franchise is back! This ninth instalment stars Chris Rock and Max Minghella as two cops who investigate grisly murders which bear an uncanny resemblance to the work of the Jigsaw killer. This instalment is said to have more comedy moments and a social justice angle, in addition to the gore.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Taylor Sheridan‘s new thriller has an amazing cast which includes Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal and Aidan Gillen. Jolie plays a smokejumper who goes on the run with a teenager murder witness in the Montana wilderness to escape a pair of assassins hired to silence him. This is my first screening tomorrow and I’m excited for it.

Peter Rabbit 2

More animated hijinks in this sequel to the 2018 family adventure. Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne return as the live-action leads, who are now married and living happily with the animated Peter (voiced by James Corden) and his family. But Peter gets restless and bored with blissful garden life and causes chaos (as always) by going to the big city.

The Unholy

And for people who like their horrors more supernatural than gory, there’s The Unholy, starring The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It follows a hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. People flock to witness her miracles but terrifying events unfold. Sounds spooky!

Those are all the new releases but plenty of cinemas are showing some awards season films – the most popular listings are for Nomadland, Sound of Metal and Judas and the Black Messiah – new blockbusters like Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong as well as old classics.

If you feel comfortable to do so, please go and support your local cinema when you can! I personally cannot wait to switch off my phone and devote my entire attention to a movie surrounded my like-minded film fans.

Sound of Metal: Film Review

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Sound of Metal is yet another awards season film which has been continually delayed in the UK due to Covid so I’m glad it’s finally getting released just in time for the Oscars, where it has been nominated six times.

Darius Marder‘s film is basically a character study of Ruben Stone (Riz Ahmed), a drummer and one half of the metal duo Blackgammon who tours the U.S. in an RV with his girlfriend and bandmate Lou (Olivia Cooke). One day, he begins to lose his hearing. Concerned about his sobriety, Lou and Ruben’s sponsor Hector find the drummer a place at a rural retreat for deaf recovering addicts, where he must learn sign language and accept his newfound deafness. Ruben is determined to undergo expensive surgery to have implants fitted to help him hear, which disappoints Joe (Paul Raci), who runs the retreat on the principle that being deaf is not a handicap.

They are many positives about Sound of Metal, but its biggest strength is the sound design. It puts the audience in Ruben’s shoes and gives us a taste of what it might sound like to gradually lose your hearing. It really makes you realise what it’s like to hear nothing but complete silence in a crowded room and how much you take your hearing for granted. In another genius move, there are no subtitles when the characters use sign language until Ruben has learned to understand it, so this makes you as clueless about what they’re saying as he is. I also never knew what a hearing implant would actually sound like to a deaf person and it’s eye-opening and extraordinary. This film is so effective at showing Ruben’s perspective in the most immersive way. It can feel disorientating and confusing at times, but that’s the whole point.

Ahmed well and truly threw himself into the role of Ruben, learning drums in the space of seven months and how to communicate using American Sign Language. Even without all the dedicated prep he had to do, it’s still an impressive performance. Ruben, who has been sober for four years after being a heroin addict, essentially goes through the stages of grief as he’s mourning the loss of his hearing, his old life, and his drumming days, and he goes on a bumpy journey to accept his deafness. Ahmed expertly navigates Ruben’s ups and downs and deserves his Oscar nomination.

I’m thrilled that Raci, the hearing son of deaf parents, has been nominated too for his role as Joe, a recovering alcoholic who lost his hearing in the Vietnam War. He is a firm authority figure who takes a tough love approach with Ruben. Marder adds so much authenticity to the film by using actors who are deaf or connected to the deaf community. I was excited to see Lauren Ridloff, who plays one of my fave late-season characters on The Walking Dead, play a kind and warm teacher. Cooke rounds out the main cast as the girlfriend who always has so much worry and concern painted on her face. Even though she would like to keep Ruben company, she knows he needs space to himself to get used to his deafness.

I must admit that I thought the film was a bit too long and my attention started to wane after Ruben got his implants but Marder brought it back with a satisfying conclusion. That’s just a small niggle about a film with a moving character arc, terrific performances and stunning sound design. Go check it out!

On Amazon Prime Video from Monday 12th April

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Minari: Film Review

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I have been hearing nothing but praise for Minari for a really long time – basically since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year – so I had been dying to watch it for months and I had built my expectations ridiculously high, so when I finally got around to see it, I could appreciate how beautiful and amazing it was, but I was expecting more.

This semi-autobiographical movie, based on writer/director Lee Isaac Chung‘s upbringing, follows the Yi family as they relocate from California to Arkansas in search of their own American Dream in the 1980s. Patriarch Jacob (Steven Yeun) is fed up with sexing chickens for his income and spends all their money on buying a plot of land, which he tries to turn into a farm for Korean produce with the help of local man Paul (Will Patton). His wife Monica (Han Ye-ri) isn’t impressed with their new trailer home, living in the middle of nowhere, and their money problems, so their marriage becomes strained. They come to the agreement that her mother Soon-ja (Youn Yuh-jung) can come over from South Korea and live with them and their children Anne (Noel Kate Cho) and David (Alan Kim), who suffers from a heart condition.

Minari is a wonderful, tender, heartwarming film with a terrific screenplay, strong performances all round, and gorgeous cinematography. I loved the character dynamics within the family and how the introduction of Soon-ja – a very unconventional grandma figure – changes them. The family are broke so Jacob works non-stop to make the farm a success, but he becomes obsessed with it and stops making his family a priority. At one point I wondered where it was going to go and how it was going to wrap up, but I didn’t need to worry as the conclusion is very satisfying.

Minari has been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, as well as acting nods for Yeun and Yuh-jung, which I’m so glad about. I’ve been watching The Walking Dead for years so I have been a big champion of Yeun’s movie career since he was killed off the show and I’m thrilled to see him getting recognised for his complex, nuanced emotional work here, while Yuh-jung is a joy to watch as the quirky, foul-mouthed grandma.

There isn’t a weak link among the cast. Ye-ri does well as the wife and mother at her wit’s end, ready to ditch the farm and return to California, Cho’s Anne who is wise beyond her years and looks after David, while Kim is the adorable scene-stealer with fantastic facial expressions. I loved his interactions with Soon-ja so much. Outside of the Korean-American cast, there’s Patton, who is unnerving as the eccentric and devoutly religious farmhand.

I think the hype surrounding Minari was detrimental to my viewing experience as I went in expecting too much and it failed to live up to my super high expectations. I was ever so slightly disappointed because I was waiting for something mindblowingly amazing. If it wasn’t for the hype, I don’t think I would have felt let down at all. Minari deserves all the praise and awards recognition it is getting as it’s such a delightful, life-affirming film.

Available to watch at home, on demand or via virtual cinemas from Friday 2nd April. For more information on platforms and virtual cinemas, please click here. In cinemas once they reopen.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Chemical Hearts: Film Review

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I can already see it now – teenagers watching Chemical Hearts over and over again, sobbing repeatedly at the high school romance drama – but I am not a teenager and I didn’t warm to the movie much at all.

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Burning: Film Review

Burning, a psychological drama/mystery from South Korea, is another one I missed at the London Film Festival and I’m glad I caught up on it because Steven Yeun‘s performance is incredible and the film really leaves you thinking.

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SAG Awards 2017: My predictions and the winners

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Tonight the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards take place in Los Angeles. I will be amazed if there are any major changes between Golden Globes and the SAGs, but it can happen as the SAGs are voted just by actors rather loads of Hollywood/media types. 

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The Girl with All the Gifts: Film Review

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I thought the zombie genre had been exhausted but it seems there is more life in it yet with this new thriller The Girl with All the Gifts (terrible title btw). Luckily, it takes a fresh approach and twists and turns in ways I didn’t expect but that still wasn’t enough to make it stand out – in fact, it gave me 28 Days Later vibes with the fast-running zombies and military setting.

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