Time for Change

So by now you are probably pretty comfortable with the kind of content I put out on a regular basis. On the whole, I’ve written reviews for film and television and to my delight those kind of posts tend to go down well with you folk and for that, I’m very thankful. But today marks a slight change.

I will still be continuing with reviews and entertainment related articles, that will still be insertdomain‘s bread and butter, but I also wanted to share my lifestyle journey with those who are interested. So this is what this category is dedicated too.

At the time of writing, I stand at 5 foot  11 inches and I weigh exactly 14 stone and 7 pounds. According to my BMI (body mass index) I am overweight. According to the general consensus in our society, I am overweight. But most importantly of all, when I look in the mirror, I see an overweight person staring back at me.

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Woman in Gold

Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl.
Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell.
Directed by Simon Curtis.

Synopsis: Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Woman in Gold is somewhat predictable and at times a little slow but is a solid adaptation of a story that needed to be heard. The cast alone makes it worth watching, Reynolds particularly continues to reinvent himself as a dynamic actor.

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Black Hole Cinema #23


This week on Black Hole Cinema, I was joined by guests Chris Haigh and Chris Byrne to talk movie news, the UK Box Office Top Ten, and to give our thoughts on the weeks new movies including:

Comedy sequel HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2
Keanu Reeves’ action man return in JOHN WICK
THE DUFF, a teen comedy…
And Andrew Niccol’s latest GOOD KILL

To listen to the podcast, search Black Hole Cinema on iTunes or click the link.

Big Hero 6

Voiced by Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, T.J. Miller, Genesis Rodriguez and Scott Adsit.
Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson and Robert L. Baird.
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.

Synopsis: From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.

Disney Animation has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has gone neck and neck with their partners Pixar in terms of quality after the constant stream of successful releases within the last 3 years including 2012’s Wreck It Ralph, 2013’s Frozen and now Big Hero 6. In fact, all 3 releases have been massive box office success stories and they’ve all also received high praise from the critics. Like Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6 steps outside the studios comfort zone to create something fresh and exciting.

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The Duff
Starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne and Ken Jeong.
Written by Josh A. Cagan and Kody Keplinger (novel).
Directed by Ari Sandel.

Synopsis: Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

I tried really hard not to like this film but you know what, it’s hard not too. Like Emma Stone’s breakout hit Easy A, The DUFF has the potential to be an equally successful cult hit and might make a star out of lead actress, Mae Whitman.

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John Wick

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Lance Reddick, Alfie Allen and Adrianne Palicki.
Written by Derek Kolstad.
Directed by Chad Stahelski.

Synopsis: John Wick is a mob hit man who, upon falling in love, quits. 5 years later, his wife dies and to make sure he’s not alone she arranges for a dog to be brought to him after her death. Later, some men wanting his car break in and beat him up and kill his dog. When he recovers, he sets to get the ones who killed his dog. He learns that the leader is the son of his former employer. And the man wanting to protect his son, tries to take care of Wick but he’s still as good as he was.

It’s not very often that I rave about an action film but on this occasion, I think it’s justly deserved. John Wick sees a spectacular return to form for Keanu Reeves in this bloody, crazy, thrilling, unapologetically violent romp that could quite possibly be the best action film of the year!

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Good Kill

watch-the-official-trailer-for-good-kill-starring-ethan-hawke01GOOD KILL
Starring Ethan Hawke, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones.
Written and Directed by Andrew Niccol

Synopsis: A Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end.

Writer and director Andrew Niccol has made some duds in recent years and this is arguably a stronger film than say The Host (2013) or In Time (2011) but it still doesn’t reach the quality of his earlier work, specifically Gattaca (1997) and the cult-hit The Truman Show (1998). I feel as though Good Kill dropped the ball somewhat as I’ve seen other reviewers refer to it as lacklustre, an adjective I can’t help but echo.

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