Category: Movies

Competition Time

be6b-88a0-4456-9130-ab29fcc4fbe5.jpgThanks to our lovely friends at The Terrain Shed we have a £25 gift voucher to give away so decided that we should have a competition.  But what to do?

Well if you are old like Matt (youngish apparently) and I you will remember the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow and more importantly the quiz that they did every day called Bitz and Pieces.  It was often the highlight of a summers day (when there was no cricket on)  Yes Matt had a very sad and lonely childhood.

Anyway, we decided that we would blatantly copy this idea and because I am a lazy so and so, I’ve just lifted the tracks from the movie soundtrack playlist that I put together for our recent road trip to Stockport.

So 20 tracks and we need the Artist, Song Title and the movie it is from.  Point for each, best score wins the voucher.  In the event of a tie, some sort of random pick method will be employed.

Email your answers to foolsdaily@outlook.com and the closing date is 11th August.

Direct download is http://www.foolsdaily.com/bitspieces1.mp3

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Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Do..Do..Do…the funky gibbon…..ooh..ooh..ooh

Mike and myself went on our much delayed trip to watch the latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot – War for the Planet of the Apes.

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We had both enjoyed the 2 previous movies (Rise and Dawn) and, I think, both had high hopes that this one would be as good.

SPOILERS – if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know what happens – bugger off!

The story picks up 15 years after the first movie with the Simian Flu apocalypse well established. The Apes are in the forest and the less pleasant humans from Dawn have called for help. A Special forces Colonel is hunting Caesar and his simian pals in the forest with a view of wiping them out.

Fights, death and gorillas ensue.

The movie has surprisingly little spoken dialogue and yet conveys a lot of feeling and touches on a lot of emotive themes. Throughout the duration of the film it has moments of Westerns, Racial/Slavery, War, Revenge and rites of passage.

Whether deliberately or not, it has heavy overtones of Apocalypse Now (with Woody Harrelson doing a passable Colonel Kurtz), Little Big Man/Man called Horse (with the Apes as the native Americans), Gladiator/Spartacus (Caesar seeking revenge) and even The Great Escape.

Despite there being some clearly derivative elements, and some scenery chewing by Woody Harrelson (why do bad guys insist in wearing sunglasses at night!!!?), I really enjoyed it. The performance of Andy Serkis/CGI as Caesar was astounding, often conveying emotion through nothing other than the breathing and eyes of the ape. I don’t know how, but surely it is time that Serkis’ work in motion capture acting is recognised by an awards body.

Well worth seeing, if you enjoyed the previous 2 Apes movies. Get your arse to the cinema and stop………..monkeying around.

Yeah, I know. Sorry.

Cuddles and violations of personal space,

M

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Episode 339 – Muh Bucky

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In which Mike and Matt are joined by the extremely knowledgeable professional movie critic Dom (@dumb_luck89) to talk Spiderman: Homecoming. Unsurprisingly spoilers galore. Seriously, we give away all the big ones so don’t listen until you have seen the movie. On the way we touch upon the various Marvel Netflix shows, meander around Legion (if you haven’t seen it you should, its fantastic), prove Matt to be the absolute idiot we know he is and generally have a good movie chat for an hour. Indeed Dom was so much fun we are going to get him on again for movie and gaming chat. Its nice to be able to talk to someone intelligent now and again. Been a bit movie heavy last couple of episodes but gaming will resume next time around.

Direct link – http://www.foolsdaily.com/fools_339.mp3

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Episode 338 – Wittertainment its not

In which Mike and Matt are joined by the delightful Bunty (@Elessarion30) and talk movies. Mostly they focus on the excellent Wonder Woman which Matt hasn’t seen, then talk Baby Driver and look forward to Homecoming. Thats pretty much it but it goes on for like 90 minutes. They love the sound of their own voices, have you noticed that?

Direct link – http://www.foolsdaily.com/fools_338.mp3

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Baby Driver – ……and I say thank you for the music…..

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Went and saw Edgar Wright’s new movie this weekend at the flicks. I’m a fan of his and love all 3 of the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim.

I’ll not do plot spoilers but if you don’t want to know anything, bugger off and watch it, then come back.

Its a story of a young criminal getaway driver and his trajectory through the story is a slightly cliched but well used – criminal has to do one last job before he gets to run away with the girl but things go wrong kinda deal.

Within the film, the music is a key driver (pardon the pun) for some of the action and there is a back story why. The film starts with a brilliantly choreographed music number with Baby (the lead character) moving through the streets to the music with a number of visual tags to the lyrics of the song. I though that it was brilliant but unfortunately it doesn’t carry all the way through the film. The music does continue to be a central character and the sound editing is particularly well managed with the gunfire and car sounds punctuating the soundtrack.

It has a good cast although the performances outside the young 2 leads seem fairly dialled in. I find it hard to consider Jamie Foxx as a bad guy without immediately thinking of him as Motherf**ker Jones from Horrible Bosses.

Despite all this, I really enjoyed it and would definitely see it again 7/10

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