I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2019): Review by Motion Picture Maniac

I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2019): Review by Motion Picture Maniac

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In the opening minutes of this documentary I was treated to a dose of dread I don’t quite remember ever feeling before. Documentaries tend to be the odd genre out for me, I’m up for watching anything that’s fiction but I, fairly or unfairly, have to be legitimately interested in the subject matter if I feel I can give a documentary the accurate time of day.

When this strange beast of a film opened up I was treated to the sight and voice of a young woman, in film with production reminiscent of a half-assed Disney channel puke fest, gushing about her love… for One Direction – the alarm bells went off. I didn’t know anything about this thing before hand, the only reason I watched it was for a review assignment, and that being the case – it would be rude and inconsiderate of me to even consider turning it off if the first sign of trouble only persisted for longer than I can take.

But, determined I was to see it through so I sucked up my feelings of horror and trudged on. I’m glad to say they were not to last as the subject quickly shifted to a different boy band and the overall premise of this thing became apparent, a number of females, ranging multiple ages, are interviewed about their love/obsession with particular boy bands. I will admit that, as I just wrote those words, it does seem a bit dumb, and had I known that was the story being told here (and how sickeningly cheerful it can be at times) I wouldn’t have been interested to see this one if it was up to me.

There are some interesting subjects touched upon here, the filmmakers did do a good job at delving as much as possible into the psych behind this kind of extreme fandom, the interviewees are articulate, have interesting things to say and engaging stories to tell, the weren’t boring or annoying – quite the opposite; and I related to much of it due to myself admittedly having things I know I am a fan of to the extreme. But, what put me off a bit, was how cheerful the tone is – persistently, there’s nothing to suggest the film has any other intention than to celebrate the fandom of its interviewees, have them say a bit about themselves and that’s pretty much it.

Like I said – there were bits and things said I did find interesting but I give it a 5/10 because the good and bad seem equally balanced, there is some intrigue but it could’ve/should’ve explored more territory, regardless of these girls all having different boy bands they obsess over it all feels like the same story being told in different ways. It was intense when they talk about strained family relationships and fascinating when they talk about journeys to meet or see their idols but it wares thin after a while and it especially doesn’t help that, like I said before, filmmaking-wise it looks like the kind of thing the Disney channel would push out with the hope of no one noticing.

After seeing the whole I still think it would have been no great loss if I gave it a miss if it were up to me and I just wish it went deeper than it did, explored more territory and did more than just celebrate its subject, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating something, even extreme fandom, but you need to do more than that, you need to present a subject, that gave me the creeps when it first reared its head, with a broader treatment than simply “isn’t it cute?” So its ok, don’t need to see it again, didn’t change my life but wasn’t painful despite a cheap look and did have at least some interesting things to say.

 

Author: Motion Picture Maniac  

 


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Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the last Secret Cinema event (and Phil’s first)… Casino Royale.   Can it match up to the highly events of years gone by?

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  Back To The Future, 28 Days Later, Star Wars, Romeo & Juliet, Blade Runner, Casino Royale

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Long Shot is bloody hysterical.  Like laugh out loud funny.  From a razor sharp script to some stunning chemistry between leads Rogan & Theron, this is the funniest all out comedy of 2019.  Okay so there’s very little original here and you know exactly how this will play out from the poster BUT to be honest I hardly cared when I was this entertained.  Great support cast, some nice ideas and some solid comic direction honestly makes this a must watch.

Best Bit: Molly

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If You Liked this Try: Notting Hill, Sausage Party, Knocked Up

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we combine BOTH our recent Quentin Tarantino/ Once Upon A Time In Hollywood podcasts into the one super long episode it was always meant to be.  Yes ladies and gents this is: Ross And Phil Talk… Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Bruce Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Serenity, Ma

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Low Low (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Low Low (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
On their last day of summer, four high-school girls confront sex, violence and their uncertain future as they struggle to reconcile a rebellious youth with impending adulthood.  Low Low is an entertaining, challenging and interesting independent film that hits more than it misses, telling a simple well tread story with a solid cast and direction.  It’s nothing new for sure but not everything has to be.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: The cast

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If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, Go, Booksmart

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Spoilers) 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as Ross has finally seen it.  And shocker… he liked it. A Lot.  Could this be Tarantino back on form? Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Bruce Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Serenity, Ma, Angel Has Fallen, Speed, He Who Dares Wins, White House Down, Dragons Forever, Joker, IT, Silence, The Irishman, The Last Movie Star

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Podcast: IT Chapter 2 (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: IT Chapter 2 (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the highly anticipated horror sequel  IT Chapter 2.   Can it match up to the highly regarded 2017 remake?   Find out on this podcast!

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  IT, IT Chapter 2, IT: The Mini-Series

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Batman: Hush (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Batman: Hush continues DC’s impressive run of animated adaptations of their classic comic book back catalogue.  This time is the seminal Hush storyline which gives us a veritable rogues gallery of Batman villains – from The Riddler, Joker, Scarecrow, Bane and many  more…  and once again you are left wondering why DC live action just doesn’t follow this massively successful template rather than the dross it’s produced.  So no surprises for fans of the original story but for everyone else this is super solid.

Best Bit: Bruce/Damien awkward chart

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If You Liked this Try: Batman: Year One, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

 


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Angel Has Fallen (2019): Review by Grosse Point geek

Angel Has Fallen (2019): Review by Grosse Point geek

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Plot In A Nutshell: When the President of The United States (Morgan Freeman) is attacked and his security detail wiped out, legendary secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler)  finds himself framed and forced to go on the run to clear his name and find out who the real villains are.

 

What worked: Butler is solid as ever, Freeman is wonderful as POTUS and the great Nick Nolte steals every scene he’s in as Banning’s estranged war vet father.

 

Most importantly the action is really great  – lots of explosions, gun fights, fisticuffs, death, destruction and a cracking last 20 minutes when all hell breaks loose in a bullet riddled fight to the death between Banning and the baddies.

 

What could have been better: To say the least its somewhat predictable  – you can guess who the villains are from a mile off, the dialogue is at times a bit ‘Basil Exposition’ and on the whole it isnt as good as the last two films in the ‘Has Fallen’ franchise.

 

Review Summary: Lacks the kinetic lunacy and heart in the mouth cheer for the good guys spirit of Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen but Butler, Freeman and particularly Nolte are fantastic, the action delivers in spades and the whole thing is hugely enjoyable from beginning to end. Ok it isnt exactly Oscar friendly but who cares when a film is this much fun?

 

 

See it at the cinema? Yes

 

Buy It On DVD/Blu Ray ? Yes

 

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dora and the Lost City of Gold walks a very fine line between entertaining the kids that would have more than a passing knowledge of the TV show and entertaining everyone else (kids and parents alike).  And surprisingly it does it really well, riffing on The Goonies, Indiana Jones and many others along the way.  The cast are obviously having fun and dora herself is endearing.  The fish out of water stuff is funny and the jungle scenes exactly what you would want.   In short: Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a fun action film, an entertaining kids films and a something that more than passes the time.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: The sly opening scenes

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If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Raiders of The Lost Arc, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle 

 


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