Vicious Fun

The Story

A horror film critic finds himself in a sticky situation when he stumbles into a self-help group for serial killers.

The Good

I recently came across this movie on Shudder, it sounded good so I gave it a go. I liked the fact the movie was based in the 80’s. The mood, look and music all worked well. It’s a homage to 80’s horror movies, especially the slasher movies of that time. The mix of horror and comedy worked well. The acting was good and had likeable characters and some dumb cops who didn’t have a clue what was about to go down that night. Evan Marsh was great as Joel the nerdy horror journalist who stumbles into a world of trouble and Amber Goldfarb as Carrie was also great.

The Bad

Of course with any horror movie it was a little cliche in parts. Some of that was on purpose with the comedy element to the movie, so that wasn’t a big deal.

The Verdict

I liked the fact the movies was based in the 80’s. The mood, look and music of the movie all worked well. It was funny and gory in places. It’s a pretty good slasher, comedy movie.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With garys_vinyl

In this interview I talk Gary all about music and vinyl.

@garys_vinyl

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I’ve been collecting records since roughly the end of July last year so I’ll be reaching the first anniversary of my page pretty soon. I currently have just over 80 records in my collection at the time of writing this.

What’s your vinyl holy graill?

My vinyl holy grail would have to be the Blood Red & Vein Blue Marble pressing of ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ by Frightened Rabbit.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

My top five favourite bands in no particular order are: DMA’S, Blossoms, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Courteeners and The Snuts

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

This is such a hard question because there are so many to choose from for lots of different reasons but I think I’d choose Johnny Cash. He was the ultimate rockstar in my opinion and would definitely have amazing stories to tell.

Click this link below to read all about Gary’s campaign with Tiny Changes

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Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

My favourite TV series’ are; Band of Brothers, The Sopranos and The Office. I’m a Netflix binger so they produce great mini-series and documentaries regularly which are always worth checking out.

My movies would be; Interstellar, Goodfellas and anything by Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan.

As for music pretty much what you see on my vinyl page, there’s a lesser known artist his name is Lou Adams, I always recommend him to people as his music is brilliant plus he’s a really sound guy.

Cruella

The Story

Estella is a young and clever grifter who’s determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She soon meets a pair of thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they build a life for themselves on the streets of London. However, when Estella befriends fashion legend Baroness von Hellman, she embraces her wicked side to become the raucous and revenge-bent Cruella.

The Good

Emma Stone is really good in this movie as she is in most movies. The story is pretty good, it has some good scenes, funny moments and the soundtrack is amazing. It’s a bit darker than other Disney movies which is good as a like a bit more darker, edgier movies than cute little Disney movies.

The Bad

This isn’t really my type of movie but I got talked into watching it. That said I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but who is this movie aimed at? It’s a bit to dark for young children and is a bit to childish at times for older kids, so it sits in a weird place.

The Verdict

Not really my sort of movie, but it’s good for a date movie if your girl likes Disney movies and the soundtrack is really good.

⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With myearsloveme

In this interview I talk to Carl all about music, vinyl and Instagram.

@myearsloveme

How long have you been collecting vinyl and how many do you have in your collection?

I discovered the love of vinyl collecting in early 2016 (I had a massive CD collection prior) and it has spiralled from there. I have always had a deep passion for music and the art of the album – from the cover art to the music within – and I feel vinyl is the truest form of the artist’s creation. I have nearly 800 and growing and trust me my smallish apartment shows it.

You’ve just hit 5k followers on Instagram. How are you finding it all?

Ah I seriously just love the connection with so many incredible people on here and the mutual love of music just shines. Plus I am always discovering wonderful new music thanks to this platform. I am also so blessed to have made many really good friends here from around the world and I would love to meet them one day and go record shopping or see an epic local gig.

I like photos. Your recreation of album covers are awesome. Where do you come up with some of your ideas?

Ah thank you for saying that. I really just use this to share the music I love and it is also an artistic outlet for me. Some weeks i feel more inspired than others but I can’t say where the ideas come from outside of me thinking about the artist, the album and what I feel would represent the feeling or theme. It is a great deal of fun!

What’s your vinyl holy grail?

I have a few that have become quite valuable and a few that I must have one day like us all… so it would probably be some of my rare Bleachers related coloured vinyl or Danger Days by My Chemical Romance on pink purple vinyl.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Ah top 5 only is hard – top 10 would be hard but easier ha ha! But would have to say:

The Beatles / solo Paul McCartney

David Bowie

Bruce Springsteen 

Lindsay Buckingham / Fleetwood Mac

The Killers

Can I throw in five albums to?

Beatles – Abbey Rd 

Pink Floyd – Wish you were here

Radiohead – Ok Computer

Springsteen – Born to Run 

David Bowie – Station to Station

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time, who would it be and why?

Oh definitely Bowie as he had the most contagious personality and energy and so many wild and wonderful stories to tell from his rock star life. I could listen to him for days. I of course wouldn’t be able to say a word as would be so freaking star struck so would probably have to hand him question cards.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Top choices for albums so far this year are (so many others to mention too.

Bleachers

Cheap Trick

Nick Cave

Mogwai

Weezer

Crowded House

Wolf Alice

Ryan Adams

Space Jam: A New Legacy

The Story

Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI’s digitized champions of the court a powered-up roster called the Goon Squad.

The Good

The Looney Tunes are back for another Space Jam movie, but without being in Space or Michael Jordan. This time LeBron James takes on the main role in the movie and has an updated story. The animation and CGI is great. There’s lots of cameos and is a fun enough movie for the family. I took my daughter to see it and she liked it.

The Bad

I really enjoyed the first Space Jam movie. I watched the Looney Tunes cartoons growing up and was a fan of Michael Jordan, so it ticked all the boxes for kids at that time. Now though I don’t think many kids watch Looney Tunes cartoons. LeBron James is one of the best basketball players today, but I think Michael Jordan has more star quality. Everyone knows who Michael Jordan is. He does a decent enough job with what he’s giving to do in this movie, but the story was pretty bad. There’s no Alien invasion this time, theres no aliens stealing the powers of NBA players to play basketball against the goat. This movie just seems like a cash grab and fails to capture the feeling that the original did.

The Verdict

It’s an enjoyable enough movie for kids, but the story and acting is pretty bad. There’s not a lot to keep fans of the original movie happy.

⭐️ out of five stars.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Story

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defense, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

The Good

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as the Warrens in the third instalment of The Conjuring movies. This time investigating a case of a young man being possessed and arrested for murder. The movie moves along at a nice pace and the cast are pretty solid as always. This is a bit of a departure from the previous haunted house Conjuring movies. This one is more about faith, good vs evil, God vs The Devil with murder thrown in.

The Bad

They tried to do something different with this movie, but it misses James Wan’s direction and some scares. It’s not as creepy as the previous movies and it’s pretty predictable in parts.

The Verdict

Not terrible but not great either. If you’re a fan of the previous movies then it’s worth a watch and it’s another good date night movie.

⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

The Unholy

The Story

A girl inexplicably gains the power to heal the sick after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary. As word spreads and people flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist visits the small New England town to investigate. However, when strange events start to occur, he soon wonders if these phenomena are the result of something more sinister.

The Good

The first half of this movie is pretty creepy and interesting following journalist Gerry Fenn played by Jeffery Dean Morgan investigating a story of a girl who who is miraculously cured of being death and mute. The movie delves into faith, good vs evil. The cast is good and it moves along nicely at the start but rushes a little towards the end of the movie.

The Bad

It’s a decent horror movie with a good story but rushes a little towards the end. It’s a little predictable at times, but has been better than some of the horror movies I’ve seen recently.

The Verdict

The Unholy is a decent horror movie with a good story. It’s a perfect date night movie. So if you both like horror movies this is a good one to watch.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

A Summer We’ll Never Forget

This summer Euro 2020 finally arrived a year late after Covid-19 flipped the world upside down.

After the year we’ve all had we really needed one of the biggest football competitions to happen. We needed the entertainment, drama and it made it even better that the fans were allowed to attend.

England had an unbelievable run this year. We won our first game which we never do in completions. We beat Germany for the first time in a major tournament since 1966. We won 4-0 against the Ukraine, beat Denmark in the semifinals and made it to our first final since 1966 also.

The pride and passion of this England team is unbelievable. The mixture of young and experienced players really gelled and they played as a team. They were there to back each other up and played for each other. It was really great to see. This team united the country and made us all believe we could win.

Then came the final and Italy. I was saying to people that Italy looked impressive from the start, they looked dangerous and played like no other Italian team in the past. England started well scoring within two minutes into the game. We were in control of the game, but Italy didn’t give up and scored in the second half. Then extra time and the dreaded penalties. I was worried about penalties, I didn’t want them. I stayed positive as England did win a penalty shoot out in the previous World Cup and this is a different England team. It’s never easy watching penalties though and it didn’t go our way.

The players, the management and everyone involved should be proud that they got so far and made it to the final. They did the country proud.

Even though we lost this will be a summer we’ll never forget.

Fast and Furious 9

The Story

Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered Dom’s forsaken brother.

The Good

The gang is all back together to take on a new threat and Dom’s forsaken brother Jacob. As you can expect there’s some over the top action scenes, funny scenes and talk about family. As with each Fast movie they keep upping the ante for action and it becomes less believable, but you just have to take it for what it is. A fun over the top movie you don’t have to think to much about, because if you do think your head will hurt.

The Bad

Where to begin? Well with each Fast movie that comes along they become more over the top and less believable. From a movie that was about street racers who pulled of heists and robberies, that became about spy’s and saving the world is a far stretch. This movie is your regular Fast movie until they go into space, yes you read that right space, they went into space. They totally lost me at this point it was so dumb. They jumped the shark with this part. It’s time to end the movies now. It was going along at a nice pace until this moment. They had a nice back story in there and even had some car racing in it. This moment in the movie just ruined it.

The Verdict

Fast 9 had some good Fast and Furious moments, back story, car racing and returning characters, but the moment they went to space it ruined the movie for me. It’s a shame as it was going ok until this moment. Maybe it’s time to stop making these now, as the old movies are better and it just isn’t the same without Paul Walker.

⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.