Hello! Nice to meet you. My name is Robert and I'm from Dundee, Scotland(U.K.). Shortly after graduating in Physics, at university, I decided to come to Japan. I spent my first two years in Kitakyushu before deciding to move to Sapporo in 2006. The main reason for my move was the summers down south. Sapporo has a very similar climate to my country so I enjoy it very much. I enjoy playing many kinds of different sports, with my favourites being football(soccer) and golf. There are many things that have kept me in Japan, including the people and the food. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Where do I start with this film? It was a biopic of Queen the band, and centered around the story of their flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury. It was fantastic, with sing along parts, great acting, and the Live Aid concert at the end was worth the admission price alone. However, the story was a little contrived and didn’t follow Queens` story that faithfully. There were parts where the timeline was reordered for emotional impact and Freddie’s personal life was heavily sanitized. However, I didn’t find this detracted from the film and as a piece of high energy escapism, with a great soundtrack and excellent acting I would highly recommend this movie. Go see it and blow away those winter blues
So this was a movie that garnered a lot of attention from many quarters and landed the Oscar for best picture, after a controversial mix-up with La La Land. Now La La land was, in my opinion, highly over rated and mediocre at best. So what of Moonlight? Well, it was an understated film which quietly moved through three stages of a young mans growth into adulthood. It dealt with various heavy topics such as a junkie mother, his sexual awakening, and poverty. However, although the subject matter was emotionally heavy, the movie was slow and paced perfectly. Everything happened for a reason but it took a while to gather all the threads of he story together. Was it Oscar worthy? Not in my opinion, but it is worth a watch as it’s a solid story, well filmed, and moving in parts. However, its not going to be one I would watch again.
Montage of Heck
For my generation one of the defining bands was Nirvana. A post indie punk band which became the most famous Grunge band in the world. This movie was the story of the lead singer Kurt Cobain and his rise from small town Aberdeen in the US to rock superstardom. He killed himself at 27 (as so many great musicians seem to do) with a shotgun to the head. How did he end up killing himself? Well this film explores the question using home movies, interviews with the band members and his wife Courtney Love. What emerges is the story of a sad, mentally ill teenager, who although wanting fame but had no way of dealing with it. Already dabbling in heroin, he descends into a destructive addiction which causes his paranoia to overwhelm him and eventually leads to suicide. A hard movie to watch but I guess it wasn’t an easy life to live either.
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