5 to 7 (2015) Movie review: A Modern Day Classic 10/10

It’s been a few weeks since I saw this film but I can recall the dialogue & style of the film like it was yesterday.

The film is about a struggling writer who makes an excuse to talk to a beautiful women,what follows is a slow dance in the dark to discover if these two strangers have more in common than just sexual attraction.

I am in love with this film,it’s so unusual now day’s that a romantic film can make you feel anything for the plot or the lead characters,this movie does both with ease.

(Spoiler alert)

The title will probably give the plot away for people who have spent much time in France but for me I have never heard about the idea of having an open 5 to 7 relationship outside of marriage,the idea sounds morally wrong but as the film goes on I found myself swaying on both sides of the debate,added to this the romance blossoming around the story is enough to make you reflect on your own love life & smile within at the very prospect of asking your partner if he/she would entertain both of you having a fling between the hours of 5 to 7.

The concept is interesting but in no way does this become the shining reason to see the film,the writing & the acting are the reason,each character has depth and sincerity that will make you laugh,cry & breathe a sense satisfaction.

I am sure if this film was to become a reality for my life, my wife would have a fantastic new lover & I would end up in a coffee shop reading the sports section between the hours of 5 to 7.



Birdman(2015) Movie Review; A realistic depressing film!

I adore Michael Keaton, I think he has been vastly under used in film, I am happy for the actor and that he has performed in an award-winning film but I can’t say I enjoyed this film.

It’s about a celebrity TV star who wants to claw back some popularity and fame by showing people that he can act,added to this he fights his own demons from within which doesn’t really connect to the points of interest in the film.

Edward Norton is already a modern-day legend in the movie business, he lets no one down in this film,but the script is somewhat depressing,this feels like a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to put on your own show on broadway,if this is what you are looking for great, if you are looking for an entertaining film that keeps you captivated give this one a miss.



Sex Ed (2014) Movie Review;This movie is very underrated 8/10 smart & funny.

This movie is very underrated, for one it’s about sex which normally, in a comedy like this you tend to get a lot of dildo jokes matched with embarrassment for the beholder, not so in this smart and funny film.

Added to the quirky but interesting nature of the film you have the cute kid from 6th sense(The one who see’s dead people) starring as a grown up teacher who is being bullied about his sexual inactivity and passive approach to life.

It also brings up a bundle of questions but attacks them in a balanced way so you don’t feel like you are being educated or preached to, I would recommend the film for all comers,no pun intended!



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(2014) Movie Review; As Boring as the Title sounds

I really enjoyed the first installment, you had the quirky but enjoyable James Franco, matched with an interested story which builds as the film goes on.

In this follow-up you have a cast you don’t care about and apes that after twenty minutes become as robotic as the robots in the film transformers, such a disappointing follow-up to a great remake.

I got 90% of the way in and turned off!



The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Movie Review- Scary film, but awful ending!

OK so Halloween is just round the corner so I thought it would be a good idea to scare my wife half to death with a psycho on the run type film! ( I even told her it was a true story just to get her more into it :))

The start of the film is interesting, .. there was a serial killler 60 years ago that murdered young couples who were making out in cars in the woods, nobody ever caught him, and guess what? Yep, you guessed it, there has just been another murder, and the M.O matches the killer from yesteryear.

I have to admit, I jumped more than I would like to admit, the nutcase who is  racewalking around this small town like he is training for the next olympics, is pretty scary, he just looks intimidating and let’s just say he holds nothing back!

You will spend the first two-thirds of the film guessing who this lunatic is, you will then spend the finale of the film, if you are like us, thinking what a crap ending to what had been a real smart and interesting horror, if there is such a thing??

So, if your bored with revisiting Jason and Freddie this Halloween, give this a whirl, just be warned about the ending or turn off with fifteen minutes to go!



Rudderless ( 2014) Movie Review – Real film making at it’s best ! 8/10

This film in my opinon is one of the best in 2014.

A father is torn apart when he loses his son, months later he comes across some tape recordings that his son had made prior to passing.

The writing is first class and William H Macy delivers what is a perfect example to any director out there that sometimes less is more.

When I read the synopsis I was not that excited, the film blew me away, it’s smart, interesting and avoids the normal path that most of these type of films tend to go down.

A mention must go to the music performed in the film, it is lyrically delicious at times.

Billy Crudup was mesmerizing throughout, you see agony,pain and joy written across his face and you are instantly happy to follow him on a journey filled with twists,turns and heartbreak.

Real film making at it’s best !



Red:Sammy Hagar autobiography (2012)Book review – Hagar has many faces!

Before starting this book I had heard of Sammy Hagar and Van Halen but I would have struggled to name a song for you.

This book is interesting but it feels very one-sided most of the times, there are very few regrets made or mistakes admitted.

The book is actually more enjoyable from a business point of view than it is from the rock star element, I am sure if you were a die-hard Van Halen fan you would feel different but for me I found it interesting that Sammy decided to start a HUGE business empire on the back of a rock career,half way through the book I started viewing some songs on Youtube, I have to say a lot of his and Van Halens songs dont age that well, if you put them on in your house the people next door would presume you were having a 80’s party.

Entrepreneurs will struggle to gain any inside tips as Sammy Hagar arrived at most of his ventures with millions already in the bank, it’s not like he went from a paper round to owning very successful businesses, I have respect for what he has done and is obviously no mug but when it comes to running and planning ahead but I found it very hard to relate to the man.

On one hand he preachers that he is an OK good guy who treats everyone with respect, in the next breath he is bragging about sleeping with thousands of groupies in a tent under the stage…

When you read about his exploits you imagine a pure crazy and destructive life style, when you look at Youtube, some of the band interviews are amazingly cringeworthy, the band look like teenagers that never grew up, their only impulse is to show off the booze and drugs that they have available hidden all over the stage, the most interesting thing about the footage is Sammy, who almost comes off as sad Dad trying to be cool with his teenage kids, It made me think that Mr Hagar is very good at putting on a face, one for his music, and one for his business,I suspect the real person lies behind his business and  his music exploits are more of a front.