Ploey

Director: Árni Ásgeirsson

Writer: Friðrik Erlingsson

Genre: Animation, Children, Family

Rating : 7/10

Duration: 116 min

Cast: Jamie Oram, Harriet Perring, Iain Stuart Robertson

Little plover chick Ploey has not learned to fly when his family migrates south.  To see them again, he must survive winter and learn how to fly.

Ploey falls in lover with another plover chick, a flying mate. His love for her is what keeps her going through the dangerous mountains and the valleys and from the attacks of Shadow an eagle that servers plover birds as dinner.

But Ploey is determined to get to paradise valley his only refuge after being left behind.

The animation will get your feelings mangled up for the little bird and the hardship he goes through. It does have a meaningful lesson and very good for family and kids.

Trailer Link  https://youtu.be/e_kptrQ_C2U

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Idris Elba

Idrissa Akuna Elba was born an only child on 6 September 1972 in Hackney, London. His paternal grandfather, Moses, was a sailor and a policeman. His father, Winston, was a Sierra Leonean who worked at Ford Dagenham, and his mother, Eve, was Ghanaian. Elba’s parents were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London. Elba was brought up in Hackney and East Ham, and shortened his first name to “Idris” at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break; having seen an advertisement for a play in a newspaper, Elba auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role. In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business; within a year, he had started his own DJ Company with some of his friends.

He is known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Elba appeared in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007) and Prometheus (2012), Thor (2011), and its sequels Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He also starred in Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly’s Game (2017). In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, and Fluke in Finding Dory and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond. He will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.

In addition to his acting work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner) and a hip hop and soul musician. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World.

 

 

Ghosted

A Fox Broadcasting Company 

Executive producers: Tom Gormican, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Rating: 7/10

Duration: 21 min per episode

Cast: Adam Scott as Max Jennifer, Craig Robinson as Leroy Wright, Ally Walker as Capt. Lafrey, Adeel Akhtar as Dr. Barry Shaw, Amber Stevens 
as Annie, Kate Berlant as Linda.

Former missing persons detective Leroy Wright is a skeptic who doesn’t believe aliens exist, unlike true believer Max Jennifer, who is convinced his wife was abducted by such beings. Against all odds, the two find themselves forced to work with each other when, at low points in their lives, they are both recruited by Capt. Ava Lafrey, a take-no-prisoners former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey and her staff support Leroy and Max as they look into unexplained activity and keep Earth safe.

The level of humor in this mini series cannot be measured. Some crazy action is always about to happen and weird creatures and paranormal activities will give you chills.

Even tho I don’t quite agree with the series graphics and the directing, the mini series is a must watch for those that love comedy with a twist of aliens.

Trailer Link https://youtu.be/ubbjVowDuys

The Tick

An Amazon Originals comic series.

Genres: Action fiction, Adventure fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero fiction, Comedy

Rating: 6/10

Duration: 21 min per episode

Cast: Peter Serafinowicz  as The Tick, Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest, Jackie Earle Haley as The Terror, Yara Martinez as Ms. Lint

Accountant Arthur Everest (Griffin Newman) still believes the man who murdered his father and his favorite superheros before his naked eyes is still alive. The Terror that is his name. A global terrorist who once again wants to bring the world down on its knees.

Its up to Arthur and the Tick the only ones who still believe he is still hiding in the dark. But Arthur is faced with a set of challenges and in order to bring the man who murdered his father to justice, he must overcome them. PTSD disorder combined with low self esteem drags him down and well his physical self is that not of a superhero.

The mini series is filled with humorous scenes after scenes with some good action here and there. Thumbs down for the series is on Arthur’s constant growling and the mini series ought to be a full one even tho its a comical.

 Trailer Link https://youtu.be/Fvzxl0Ed_2Q

Skyscraper

A Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures production

Director:       Rawson Marshall Thurber
Screenplay: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Producers:  Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Hiram Garcia, Beau Flynn
Rating:         8/10
Duration:   103 minutes

 

Dwayne Johnson a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.

His wife and kids are trapped inside the burning skyscraper with the real terrorist lurking inside searching for a drive that could incriminate them. With no way in or out, Will has to go in and rescue them. His family is all.

Dwayne has really outdone himself in skyscraper. The intense thrilling scenes combined with bravery is just exhilarating. He tries to do the impossible to get to his family. I must admit the movie at some point made me jump of my seat.

Trailer Link https://youtu.be/t9QePUT-Yt8

 

Lupita Nyo’ngo

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o   born March 1, 1983 is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. The daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, she was born in Mexico City where her father was teaching and was raised in Kenya from the age of one.She attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College.

Nyong’o began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009–2012).

Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. She also starred as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther.

In addition to acting, Nyong’o supports historic preservation. She is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and working for women and animal rights.

Biography Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Stolen Princess

A Ukrainian State Film Agency

Directed By:    Oleg Malamuzh

Duration 1 hr. 31 min

Rating 7/10

This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chоrnomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.

The beautiful fairytale is full of magic, down moments for the wondering artist and a bit emotional for those that get sensitive while watching animations.

I especially love the animation opening, the graphics, sound is just spectacular. The story line is well built up by the writers but at some point it gets confusing.