Popbabble https://www.popbabble.org Entertainment Stories, Movies and More ... Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:41:45 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://i0.wp.com/www.popbabble.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/popbabble-thumbnail-180-pixels.jpg?fit=32%2C28&ssl=1 Popbabble https://www.popbabble.org 32 32 Rocketman – review https://www.popbabble.org/movie-review/rocketman-review/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:43:00 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34366 Rocketman is the Elton John biopic, telling the story of Johns life and music from a young age until the early 1980s. I confess this was one of the few movies released last year that I hadn’t gotten round to actually watching yet, but you

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Rocketman is the Elton John biopic, telling the story of Johns life and music from a young age until the early 1980s.

I confess this was one of the few movies released last year that I hadn’t gotten round to actually watching yet, but you know what it is like at the moment. Slim pickings for new releases, so I went back to what haven’t I watched yet?

What put me off? Not having much interest in Elton John (watching this I clearly don’t know all of his songs) and the previous years Bohemian Rhapsody being only perfunctory and not particularly interesting or that good. And it has the same director, Dexter Fletcher, even if he is uncredited for Bohemian Rhapsody.

But actually I was pleasantly surprised and entertained. While yes, the story most definitely fits all the obvious biopic tick boxes. Natural talent, lucky break, rise to fame, super famous, life of excess, loneliness, fall from grace and finally comeback. Rocketman however manages to do something that Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t, it works the music in to the story, Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting or Goodbye Yellowbrick road actually forwards the narrative rather than stopping everything, singing a number, then continuing after. And the musical number are done well.

This is thanks in large part to Taron Egerton. In nearly every scene, he acts, he sings, he dances and he does it all with a great impersonation of Elton John. Great chemistry with Richard Madden too. He also does his own singing, which again the Freddie Mercury biopic didn’t do. While not a perfect match for Johns voice, it is close enough and frankly, you have more respect for actors doing their own singing. In fact it is a shame Egerton didn’t get more award recognition, but as Rami Malek won everything for playing Mercury the year before, it is too much of the same thing.

Egerton who sang an Elton John song for animated movie Sing, and worked with John during Kingsman 2 clearly did him some favours in getting this role.

The movie also ends in a good place, avoiding taking us to current day. It briefly mentions the aids foundation and it doesn’t mention he was at Live Aid too (had enough of that). But it also doesn’t mention The Lion King, Princess Diana, breaking the boycott on apartheid-era South Africa or the super injunction. So pluses and minuses eh?

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Shia LaBeouf loves that one pair of boots and jeans combo https://www.popbabble.org/celebrity-loves/shia-labeouf-loves-that-one-pair-of-boots-and-jeans-combo/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:39:00 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34352 Shia LaBeouf has a few different outfits and in fact, some people think he is something of a style icon, but by far and away his favourite thing to wear is this skinny jean and lace up boot combo. He is fond of exercise leggings

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Shia LaBeouf has a few different outfits and in fact, some people think he is something of a style icon, but by far and away his favourite thing to wear is this skinny jean and lace up boot combo.

He is fond of exercise leggings of any style and colour.

He has phased out topless running nowadays.

But he really loves these blackish/greyish skinny jeans

And he really loves these lace up boots.

He wears the boot and jeans combo a lot, especially paired with a t-shirt with a graphic design on the front.

I’m serious though people want to wear what he wears, it has a name and everything, normcore. Even Kanye has stolen his clothes (but clearly not his boots).

And when his skinny jeans are in the wash, he breaks out the teddy bear trousers. (And his favourite hat).

He has a penchant for high waisted joggers and tucked in T’s. Which is also a look. Not necessarily a good one, but a look.

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Toy Story 4 – review https://www.popbabble.org/movie-review/toy-story-4-review/ Wed, 27 May 2020 20:52:24 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34346 It has been nearly a decade between the release of Toy Story 3 and 4. The toys no longer live with Andy but are now owned by Bonnie, however Woody isn’t the favourite toy and he is struggling to adapt. Meanwhile Bo Peep has been

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It has been nearly a decade between the release of Toy Story 3 and 4. The toys no longer live with Andy but are now owned by Bonnie, however Woody isn’t the favourite toy and he is struggling to adapt. Meanwhile Bo Peep has been living with no child for years as a ‘lost toy’. Maybe she can teach Woody something new?

While Toy Story 3 felt like a very satisfying end to the toys story, avoiding that incinerator is a fiery nightmare not easily forgotten. Toy Story 4 is very much a Woody solo story. The other toys have very little to do, Buzz doesn’t every have that many lines. But thankfully Woodys story of teaching Forky what it means to be a toy and Woody learning what it means to not be a toy is a strong enough adventure that makes Toy Story 4 a worthy addition to the franchise.

The animation is amazing, rain in a puddle and dust motes through a sunny window look real. The scale and depth of detail is very impressive. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that this is animated.

Everything we expect from Pixar is here, charm, humour, pathos. I do think that there is more for an adult to enjoy than child however. How much fun it is when you are an eight year old is questionable. The ideas of moving on, life changing and choosing romantic love over friendship, are all big, grown up themes. But it is enjoyable, which is pretty rare for a fourth movie instalment.

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Bulletproof vests in the movies https://www.popbabble.org/entertainment/bulletproof-vests-in-the-movies/ Tue, 26 May 2020 20:54:56 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=33902 Previously we have talked about The Rock and his love of all things vest related, bulletproof and waistcoats in general, see here. But have you noticed a new contender for actor most likely to be seen in a bulletproof vest? Chris Hemsworth is making more

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Previously we have talked about The Rock and his love of all things vest related, bulletproof and waistcoats in general, see here. But have you noticed a new contender for actor most likely to be seen in a bulletproof vest?

Chris Hemsworth is making more movies where he wears a bulletproof vest.

Do these two count? It is body armour isn’t it.

It isn’t just Chris Hemsworth wearing a bulletproof vest though. Some characters were a bulletproof vest and it becomes part of their character. Keanu Reeves in Speed wears two different bulletproof vests for instance and he knows how to accessorise with more than just an ammo pouch. Blades bulletproof vest helps make him recognisable along with his sunglasses (you work at night man) and those weird plastic trousers of his.

Then there are the bulletproof vest icons. Who would The Punisher be without his skull vest?

The secret bulletproof vest, you think I’m dead but it was under my shirt all along. Back To The Future does this more than once, it loves the man with no name so much. I’m sure Frodos Mithril vest could stop a bullet if they existed in Middlearth.

The bulletproof besties. A duo who bulletproof vests get to live a long and happy life together.

The bulletproof bros. See any movie by David Ayer for this one.

Most bulletproof vests per married couple. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Mary Poppins and Jim from The Office are capable of violence.

Bulletproof suits – for the suave, who can build their bulletproof into the clothes.

Does this count as bulletproof? Body armour? I’m not sure.

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Ip Man 4 – review https://www.popbabble.org/movie-review/ip-man-4-review/ Mon, 25 May 2020 20:07:30 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34326 Donnie Yen returns for a fourth and definite final time as Grand Master Ip Man, the practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu. It is now the 1960s and Ip Man is in San Francisco. After Ip Man 2 Donnie Yen said he didn’t want to

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Donnie Yen returns for a fourth and definite final time as Grand Master Ip Man, the practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu. It is now the 1960s and Ip Man is in San Francisco.

After Ip Man 2 Donnie Yen said he didn’t want to make another movie about Ip Man as there were now so many movies featuring stories about the Grandmaster. But this is part 4, so my guess is that Yen was paid a considerable sum to return for 2 more instalments.

Release in China during December, the same time as Rise Of Skywalker and quite frankly not only does China not really like Star Wars, when you have a new Ip Man movie staring Donnie Yen, it just couldn’t compete.

It is a lot of fun. It could maybe to with a couple more fight scenes. The addition of Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan as Bruce Lee (he doesn’t really look much like him it’s the hair cut doing all the work) and Scott Adkins as the racsit badguy add a little something. The fight scenes are varied enough to make up for the low frequency. Also the fight involving a lazy susan and a tea cup is pretty great.

The overdubbing, terrible American accents, cheap sets and being obviously filmed in the UK despite being set in San Francisco add to the charm.

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The Problem with Bond https://www.popbabble.org/the-problem-with/the-problem-with-bond/ Thu, 21 May 2020 21:36:27 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34065 The new Bond film might be delayed, with numerous setbacks; changes in director, composer and writers. Even the actor playing Bond has been outspoken about hating being Bond and only being offered a Scrooge McDuck style pit of money has he zipped his mouth and

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The new Bond film might be delayed, with numerous setbacks; changes in director, composer and writers. Even the actor playing Bond has been outspoken about hating being Bond and only being offered a Scrooge McDuck style pit of money has he zipped his mouth and put the tux back on. But maybe all these troubles are trying to tell us something, maybe it is time to let Bond retire for good.

Bond is a Booze hound – Bond isn’t exactly a quiet couple of drinks with some friends type of guy. He is a 5’o clock somewhere drinker, if there is booze available, he has already drunk it. I mean if you have a martini shelf in the bath I think you have an alcohol problem.

Bond smells like an ashtray – the only people allowed to smoke in the movies nowadays are bad boys in leather jackets and Bond has never been one of those. But Bond has been smoking since the 60s, his lungs are as black as his dead heart.

Terrible sexy pun named Bond girls – Pussy Galore, Xenia Onatop, Holly Goodhead. Do I need to say any more.

Bond is an absolute dirtbag – Let’s face it Bond is a bit of a sexist pig and don’t just blame the 1960s. He might have patted the lady on the bum and dismissed her with ‘man talk’ but 2010s Bond shags a widow he has just met against a mirror on the same day as her husbands funeral. So he is still a classy guy. Don’t get me started on the end scene from Moonraker.

Bond is a sellout – the real reason for the Bonds movie franchise success, having absolute no shame in using the most gratuitous amounts of product placement at every available opportunity for absolutely everything.

Making men think they can pull off a white dinner jacket – the only way that is possible is if you are presenting an award at the Oscars or you are actually Indiana Jones.

Questionable fashion choices – when you have been around for 70 years you are going to have made a few fashion faux pas, Daltons wedding suit is particularly dull and Connerys terry cloth romper is quite special.

But really it is poor old Lazenby who really is unlucky with every outfit he wore, especially this one.

The problem with Bond is we have moved on and Bond hasn’t. Maybe it isn’t a great thing to feel nostalgic about something that wasn’t all that great to begin with.

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Ben Affleck still loves taking his new girlfriend for a walk during lockdown https://www.popbabble.org/celebrity-loves/ben-affleck-still-loves-taking-his-new-girlfriend-for-a-walk-during-lockdown/ Tue, 19 May 2020 22:06:33 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34289 It may have been a month since we checked in on Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, but their walks haven’t slowed down and we can therefore assume that neither has their (public facing) new love. Only now, they have facemasks. Sometimes the facemasks are

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It may have been a month since we checked in on Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, but their walks haven’t slowed down and we can therefore assume that neither has their (public facing) new love. Only now, they have facemasks.

Sometimes the facemasks are fancy. Ooo leopard print.

Ben Affleck loves iced coffee and cigarettes so much he makes wearing that face mask completely pointless.

Those dogs must be getting absolutely hench, especially the small white one, it’s daily step count must be amazing.

That’s it Ben, look into the eyes of the waiting paparazzi.

Oh and by the the way Ben is from Boston and Ana is from Havana, did you know that? Did you pick up any clues at all?

I just hope they scoop the poop.

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The Use of Mirrors in the Movies https://www.popbabble.org/movies/the-use-of-mirrors-in-the-movies/ Tue, 19 May 2020 21:17:39 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=33906 Have you noticed that mirrors are often used for symbolism in the movies? There are a few directors that really love a mirror shot, take notice next time you see a Scorsese or Spielberg film, they both use them frequently. Okay sometime a mirror shot

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Have you noticed that mirrors are often used for symbolism in the movies? There are a few directors that really love a mirror shot, take notice next time you see a Scorsese or Spielberg film, they both use them frequently. Okay sometime a mirror shot just looks cool but it usually means something.

Fractured Mind – inside I am broken. When a character talks to themselves in the mirror, especially if that mirror is broken, they are probably struggling quite a bit, and quietly going mad.

Reflection of ones self – who am I? Very close to being a fractured mind, a character is trying to decide who they really are. They might already be mad, but are okay with it.

PS there are a lot of mirror shots in Under The Skin.

Jake Gyllenhaal appears to be a frequent visitor to the who am I in a mirror scene.

Both Black Swan and Joker use mirrors a lot throughout the movie to let the audience in on what is happening in the main characters head. And specifically, they both share degrading mental states of mind. (More on the similarities of these two another time).

Horror movie mirrors – jump scares/killer in the mirror/this mirror is just too darn creepy. Mirrors are great set ups for something uneasy about to happen.

Rear view mirror – a cool looking shot. Any shot that uses a car mirror of any type, wing or rear view is a pretty good looking framing device. You try and find one that doesn’t look good.

Mirrors just make good shots/ are plot devices. Magical items and creative presentation of an otherwise obvious scene feel fresh.

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Bloodshot – review https://www.popbabble.org/movie-review/bloodshot-review/ Sun, 17 May 2020 19:43:17 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34263 Based on a comicbook I have never heard of, Vin Diesel is a marine killed in action, brought back to life with superpowers by Guy Pierce’s nefarious tech company, hell bent on revenge. Okay so this a Vin Diesel movie so you know what to

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Based on a comicbook I have never heard of, Vin Diesel is a marine killed in action, brought back to life with superpowers by Guy Pierce’s nefarious tech company, hell bent on revenge.

Okay so this a Vin Diesel movie so you know what to expect. He punches stuff, (including a pillar, which was unintentionally hilarious), fires guns, tries to emote next to a younger, attractive actress and pulls faces like this one:

It does however pull a number on the audience after about 30 minutes of quick Vin Diesel movie obvious set up. Which was well done and actually unexpected for this film. But after that, it is usual action scenes and fights.

The others in the team with special powers are all a bit rubbish, a guy with cameras for eyes, a guy with extra arms like Iron Spidey and a lady with I don’t know an extra breathing tube to her lungs that can be controlled by Bluetooth.

More of the same from Vin Diesel really. He even gets to wear a white vest.

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Extraction – review https://www.popbabble.org/movie-review/extraction-review/ Tue, 12 May 2020 20:54:38 +0000 https://www.popbabble.org/?p=34258 Chris Hemsworth is a mercenary (with emotional baggage), his latest high paying, high stakes job is to rescue a kidnapped drug lords son in India. Apparently Extraction has been the biggest premiere on Netflix, having been watched by about 90 million households in a month.

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Chris Hemsworth is a mercenary (with emotional baggage), his latest high paying, high stakes job is to rescue a kidnapped drug lords son in India.

Apparently Extraction has been the biggest premiere on Netflix, having been watched by about 90 million households in a month. Well, what can I say, this movie has greatly benefited from everyone being at home for two months and only a very small amount of new content for people to get their eyes on. Extraction isn’t a good film, but it is a new film.

There are some decent action scenes in Extraction, yes. The initial extraction is brutal, fast and pretty fun. There is one scene in particular, a car chase, where the camera follows the car and moves in and out, backwards and forwards. It is kinetic, creative and actually very well done.

But, I’ll confess, after this great action set piece, I might have nodded off for a little bit. The story part of the movie was not just run of the mill, lonely mercenary with dead family is nothing new, it was very dry and a bit dull. So after the initial extraction and car chase, and an emotional middle section interlude, the action picks up again and starts to get a little repetitive and sluggish.

There isn’t anything wrong with a loud, violent action movie that knows that is what it is. There is some impressive stunt and camera work on display here, but this is no John Wick. It lacks. If you are looking for new content that is balletic in it’s violence then can I point you towards Gareth Evans TV show, Gangs Of London instead, especially episode five.

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