Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog Review












Sonic the Hedgehog


Release Date: 13th February 2020 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Sega
Original Film
Blur Studio
Marza Animation Planet
DJ2 Entertainment
Paramount Animation
Sega Sammy Group
Stories International

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 99 minutes


Budget: $95,000,000

Box Office Gross: $216,430,382 (Worldwide - figure subject to change)


Plot Summary
Sonic is the fastest hedgehog, who has lived peacefully and undiscovered on Earth for 10 years. Until one day, he accidentally causes a power outage in a small town which catches the attention of Dr. Robotnik, a mad scientist who is working for the government. Together with his newfound friend, a local human sheriff named Tom, Sonic needs to stop the evil doctor from both capturing him and using his powers for his own nefarious purposes.


Cast
Ben Schwartz - Sonic the Hedgehog (Voice)
James Marsden - Tom
Wachowski 
Jim Carrey - Dr. Ivo Robotnik
Tika Sumpter - Maddie Wachowski
Natasha Rothwell - Rachel
Adam Pally - Wade
Lee Majdoub - Agent Stone
Neal McDonough - Major Berrington
Tom Butler - Vice Chairman Walters
Frank C. Turner - Crazy Carl
Melody Nosipho Niemann - JoJo
Terence Kelly - Farmer Zimmer
Benjamin Vilac - Baby Sonic
(Voice)
Donna Jay Fulks - Longclaw
(Voice)
Garry Chalk - Navy Chief of
Staff (Cameo)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey - Miles "Tails" Prower (Voice) 
(Cameo) (Uncredited)

Crew
Executive Producer/Director - Jeff Fowler
Based on Characters - Yuji Naka,
Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara
Writers - Patrick Casey and Josh Miller
Executive Producers - Toby Ascher,
Masanao Maeda, Tim Miller, Nan Morales
and Hajime & Haruki Satomi
Producers - Takeshi Ito,
Neal H. Moritz and Toru Nakahara
Co-Producers - Dan Jevons and
Dmitri M. Johnson
Production Designer - Sean Harworth
Graphic Designers - Shannon Courte and
Tyson Hesse
Costume Designer - Debra McGuire
Cinematography - Stephen F. Windon
Second Unit Director - Peter Lyons Collister
Stunt Coordinator - Garvin Cross
Special Effects Supervisor - Alex Burdett
Visual Effects Supervisors - Chris Uyede
and Ged Wright
Visual Effects Supervisor: Marza Animation -
David Nelson
Film Editors - Debra Neil-Fisher and
Stacey Schroeder
Music - Junkie XL


Review
Remember what I said in my review of 'Wreck-It Ralph' that I wished for a movie adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog to be made. It has finally come true but not in the way you would expect. I've already reviewed one film that was based on the video game character which was actually a two-episode anime miniseries. I was skeptical of the new 'SONIC THE HEDGEHOG' movie which I thought would not work in live-action. This is because I looked at the teaser that featured an unsettling CGI design of Sonic which was too bizarrely realistic and many other fans felt the same way as I did. Fortunately, they re-designed it and fans were much happier with this design. 

A energetic and (no pun intended) fast-paced movie that manages to get the character right into the big screen. Unlike several video game movies with the exception of 'Detective Pikachu', this movie does justice to the original source material. There is one drawback from 'SONIC' that keeps it from winning over the critics which is the overly simplistic and predictable story-line.

The best aspect of this movie aside from the redesign of Sonic was Jim Carrey's performance as Dr. Robotnik. Carrey was back in comedic form as the over-the-top evil genius, it reminds me of his early roles back when he had the frantic energy to make audiences laugh. I also thought that Ben Schwartz was funny as the voice of the titular protagonist, and he played well against James Marsden's straight arrow performance of Tom which held the otherwise chaotic film together.

I really think you should go see 'SONIC THE HEDGEHOG', some fans may not like it but that shouldn't stop the rest of you from going to see it.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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Monday, February 24, 2020

The Goonies Review











The Goonies


Release Date: 12th December 1985 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Amblin Entertainment

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution 


Genre: Family/Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 114 minutes 


Budget: $19,000,000

Box Office Gross: $124,000,000 (Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Threatened by the development plans which would tear down their neighbourhood and replace it with a golf course, a group of young misfits called The Goonies stumble upon an ancient map that leads to an old pirate's treasure which would save their homes from being torn down. They go out on an adventure to look for the treasure and encounter obstacles along the way. They have to find it before a family of criminals will get their hands on the doubloons.


Cast
Sean Astin - Mikey
Josh Brolin - Brand
Jeff Cohen - Chunk
Corey Feldman - Mouth
Kerri Green - Andy
Martha Plimpton - Stef
Jonathan Ke Huy Quan - Data
John Matuszak - Sloth
Anne Ramsey - Mama Fratelli
Robert Davi - Jake
Joe Pantoliano - Francis
Lupe Ontiveros - Rosalita
Mary Ellen Trainor - Mrs. Walsh
Keith Walker - Mr. Walsh
Curt Hanson - Mr. Perkins
Steve Antin - Troy
Paul Tuerpe - Sheriff
Bill Bradley - Bill
Michael Paul Chan - Data's Father
Charles McDaniel - Chunk's Father
Elaine Cohen McMahon - Chunk's Mother
Nick McLean - Mouth's Father (Cameo)
Richard Donner - Policeman (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Cyndi Lauper - Herself (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Crew
Producer/Director - Richard Donner
Story/Executive Producer/Second Unit Director/
Film Editor (Uncredited) - Steven Spielberg
Screenplay - Chris Columbus
Executive Producers - Frank Marshall
and Kathleen Kennedy
Producer - Harvey Bernhard
Casting Directors - Jane Feinberg,
Mike Fenton and Judy Taylor
Production Designer - J. Michael Riva
Art Director - Rick Carter
Set Decorator - Linda DeScenna
Costume Designer - Richard LaMotte
Makeup Creator: Sloth - Craig Reardon
Makeup Creators/Executors: Sloth - Ellis Burman Jr.,
Thomas R. and Bari Dreiband-Burman
Director of Photography - Nick McLean
Stunt Coordinator - George Robotham
Special Effects Coordinator - Matt Sweeney
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael J. Allister
Visual Effects Art Director: ILM - Dave Carson
Chief Model Maker: ILM - Bill George
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Music Score - Dave Grusin


Review
I remembered seeing 'THE GOONIES' a long time ago and it’s incredible how well the film has aged in 35 years. It took me a long time to re-watch this nostalgic family adventure that I grew up with and it has cemented itself as an all-time classic. 'THE GOONIES' is not your typical childhood movie as it attracted a new age of youngsters while other films from this era haven't retained the contemporary appeal. Featuring the combined creative forces of director Richard Donner, writer Chris Columbus and collaborator Steven Spielberg, they've created something that could be considered one of the best family movies for young and old viewers. It was a launching pad for a few young actors like Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, who went on to have successful careers in the entertainment business as adults. Particularly Brolin who is an integral part of the MCU playing Thanos.

Despite the actors being quite young, several of them did a fantastic job and have given performances of a lifetime. These standouts to me include Astin, Brolin, Corey Feldman and Jeff Cohen. The adult actors including Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano acted very well against the child stars making for a great cast chemistry.

The film may well have been a inspiration for 'Super 8', 'Stranger Things' as well as many other works in the last thirty years. I defintely give 'THE GOONIES'  a 10 out of 10 for best movie.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Birds of Prey Review











Birds of Prey


Release Date: 6th February 2020 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
DC Entertainment
DC Comics
Clubhouse Pictures
Kroll & Co. Entertainment
LuckyChap Entertainment

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution 


Genre: Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable for Young Children)

Runtime: 109 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $145,618,302 (Worldwide - figure subject to change)


Plot Summary
Harley Quinn has broken up with the Joker which put a large price on her head and is wanted by many. She must protect a young girl from a crime lord Black Mask who is after her along with his henchman Victor Zsasz. She finds herself forming a alliance with three women whom each have different goals to stop the crime boss from killing the child.


Cast
Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn
Rosie Perez - Renee Montoya
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress
Jurnee Smollett-Bell - Dinah Lance/Black Canary
Ewan McGregor - Roman Sionis
Ella Jay Basco - Cassandra Cain
Chris Messina - Victor Zsasz
Ali Wong - Ellen Yee
Daniel Beinhardt - Sioins' Chauffeur 
Derek Wilson - Tim Evans
Joe Bucaro III - Carlos Rossi
François Chau - Mr. Keo
Miyuki Matsunaga - Mrs. Keo
Anna Mikami - Miss Keo (16 years)
Bruno Olivier - Bodega Cook (Sal)
Matthew Willig - Happy 
Michael Masini - Officer Drago
Steven Williams - Captain Patrick Erickson
Charlene Amola - Maria Bertinelli
Ella Mika - Young Helena
Robert Catrini - Stefani Galante
K.K. Barrett - Dr. Aguilar
Dana Lee - Doc
Bojana Novakovic - Erika
Paul Lisa - Helena's Father

Crew
Director - Cathy Yan
Writer - Christina Hodson 
Executive Producers - David Ayer, 
Walter Hamada, Geoff Johns, 
Hans Ritter and Galen Valsman
Producers - Sue Kroll, Margot Robbie 
and Bryan Unkeless
Co-Producer - Donald Sparks
Production Designer - K.K. Barrett
Supervising Art Director - Kasra Farahani
Set Decorator - Florencia Martin
Costume Designer - Erin Bernach
Director of Photography - Matthew Libatique
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Second Unit Director - Chad Stahelski
Fight Coordinator - Jon Valera
Special Effects Supervisor - Matt Hawker
Visual Effects Supervisors - Yael Majors 
and Greg Steele
Visual Effects Producers - Annemarie Griggs, 
Jesse Morrow and Georgina Street
Editors - Jay Cassidy and Evan Schiff
Music - Daniel Pemberton


Review
I didn't have any knowledge about the Birds of Prey comic when I first heard about the movie being made. When walking to the cinema, I had no idea what I'm walking into. After Margot Robbie was praised for her scene-stealing performance as Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad', her character was so popular that she reprised her role in the follow-up 'BIRDS OF PREY'. While regarded as a typical DC movie with nothing else added to the film, it doesn't keep 'BIRDS OF PREY' from being ultra-violent and over-the-top.

The film was somewhat a cash-grab to profit off Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, but it had clever action sequences and colourful humor which are the highlights of the movie. On the negatives, the plot is underwhelming and scattershot. I really didn't like how the narrative was disjointed and had less depth and focus on characters that are need of development.

Alongside Margot Robbie's performance, Ewan McGregor really digs an impression of a bad guy coming from roles as a Jedi Knight and other good characters which resulted in Black Mask really showing full colours.

While campy, fun and all-too feminine, BIRDS OF PREY is an above average DC flick which is playful at times but comes across as a missed opportunity and ultimately could have been better.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Kill Switch Review













Kill Switch


Release Date: 16th June 2017 - USA


Production Companies 
FilmNation Entertainment (presents)
Square One Entertainment (presents)
Rainmaker Films (presents)
CTM Productions BV


Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 92 minutes


Plot Summary (Retrieved from DVD Cover of Release)
In a terrifying future where a parallel Earth has been created to act as an energy resource for our dying planet. Trying to harness the power of this unstable universe will result in a global cataclysm... and only one man can try and prevent it - ex-NASA pilot and physicist Will Porter. But Alterplex, the corrupt and secretive mega-corporation that controls this 'new world', will stop at nothing to ensure his mission fails.


Cast
Dan Stevens - Will Porter
Bérénice Marlohe - Abigail Vos 
Tygo Gernandt - Michael
Charity Wakefield - Mia
Bas Keijzer - Bektman
Mike Libanon - Hugo
Mike Reus - Dr. Klintsen
Kasper van Groesen - Donny
Gijs Scholten van Aschat - Reynard

Crew
Producer/Visual Effects Supervisor/Director - Tim Smit
Screenplay - C. Kindinger and Omid Nooshin
Executive Producers - Clay Pecorin,
Russell Geyser, Thibaut Niels,
Aaron Ryder, Milan Popelka and
Al Munteanu
Producers - Denis Wigman,
Sander Verdonk and Patrick Chu
Co-Producer - Michael A. Jackman
Creative Consultant - Willem van de Geijn
Casting Director - Rose Wicksteed
Production Designer - Romke Faber
Costume Designer - Foster Douze
Director of Photography - Jacco van Ree
Stunt Coordinator - Simon van Lammeren
Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor -
Chris Wenting
Visual Effects Supervisor - Anthi Tsirouki
Editor - Wouter van Luijn
Music - Seven League Beats


Review
Having not heard of 'KILL SWITCH', it’s no wonder that the film was that obscure, I found it on a secondhand DVD store in Parramatta. However, its premise as convened by the DVD cover made me think that it might be worth-watching. Unfortunately, this B-grade film feels more like 'Halo' because it was mostly filmed in a perspective of a first-shooter video game being brought to life in cinematic vision. I just can’t get over how its weirdness is comparable to another film. This feature is called 'Doom' and although I haven't seen all of it, I have seen enough to know it uses the same point-of-view camera angle. The special effects are nice in 'KILL SWITCH' but they don’t add to the film.

Dan Stevens is the only notable actor in the movie and he tries to give a compelling performance in his leading role. Unfortunately for him, his faux American accent was bad and there were a very few scenes that showcase the main actor.

'KILL SWITCH' could have been so much more to become a great sci-fi film, but nope, it just disappoints us. I would advise you not to come around and go looking for this movie as it is not worth-watching.

Star rating: (3/10) Disappointing

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Winners of the 92nd Academy Awards








And The Oscar Goes To..... (92nd Academy Award Winners)

Now, here are the winners for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Only one winner in this year's ceremony that I did predict is Renée Zellweger in winning the Best Actress award for her performance as Judy Garland in 'Judy'. I was expecting 'Ford v Ferrari' to win for Best Picture, but I was disappointed that the award went to 'Parasite' which is the first non-English film to have this rare distinction. I was even amazed to discover that Joaquin Phoenix has won the Best Actor award for his performance as the Joker in the titular film.


Best Visual Effects
1917 - Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Best Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari - Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker

Best Costume Design
Little Women - Jacqueline Durran

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bombshell -
 Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Best Cinematography
1917 - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Best Sound Mixing
1917 - Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Best Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari - Donald Sylvester

Best Original Song
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman - Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Best Original Score
Joker - Hildur Guonadottir

Best Animated Short Film
Hair Love - Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

Best Live Action Short Film
The Neighbors' Window - Marshall Curry

Best Documentary - Short Subject
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) - Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

Best Documentary - Feature
American Factory - Steven Bognar and Julia & Jeff Reichert

Best International Feature Film
Parasite (South Korea) in Korean - Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4 - Josh Cooley, Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen 

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay
Jojo Rabbit - Taika Watiti based on the novel 'Caging Skies' by Christine Leunens

Best Writing - Original Screenplay
Parasite - Written by Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-won

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern - Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth

Best Actress
Renee Zellweger - Judy as Judy Garland

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker as Arthur Fleck/The Joker

Best Director
Bong Joon-ho - Parasite 

Best Picture
Parasite - Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho

Academy Honorary Awards
David Lynch
Wes Studi
Lina Wertmüller

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Geena Davis

Saturday, February 8, 2020

In Memory of Kirk Douglas (1916-2020)








Kirk Douglas (1916-2020) 


Hollywood acting legend Kirk Douglas has passed away from natural causes on 5th February 2020 at the ripe old age of 103 years. His legendary screen presence and indomitable spirit of acting were iconic and he has starred in over a dozen of feature films that maintained his charisma and celebrity status. He was one of the leading men of Hollywood and was one of the last surviving actors that lived through the Golden Age. He was also the father of Michael Douglas who still followed his acting footsteps.

Born to Russian parents that have emigrated to America, Kirk's real name was Izzy Demsky before he legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas prior to his enlistment in the United States Navy during World War II. Before his film acting career had begun Kirk had worked on radio, theater and commercials. He made his break through on stage in 'Kiss and Tell' when he took over a role that was originally portrayed by Richard Widmark. This led to other offers for Douglas and his career had blossomed and has later transitioned to movie roles, starting with his debut in 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' with Barbara Stanwyck. 

Kirk's leading persona and tough guy image was established in 1949 when he was chosen by producer Stanley Kramer as a boxer in 'Champion' which earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. It was soon followed up by his other early films including 'Young Man with a Horn', 'Ace in the Hole' with Lauren Bacall and 'Detective Story' which brought him a Golden Globe nomination. Kirk then appeared in 'The Bad and the Beautiful' which he again was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a movie producer. In 1954, the same year he played the titular character in 'Ulysses', Douglas proved that he could perform in roles that have a comedic touch, that in Walt Disney's big-budgeted adaptation of Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' in which he starred as the sailor Ned Land. In addition to starring in his movies, Kirk founded his own production company Byrna Productions which he named after his mother. 

Kirk has played Vincent Van Gogh in 'Lust for Life' which grabbed him of his third Oscar nomination and has collaborated with a young unknown film director named Stanley Kubrick for the two films,'Paths of Glory' and more famously 'Spartacus'. It was the latter movie that featured Kirk in a role that defined his career as the title character who leads a rebellion among his fellow slaves. He was also the executive producer of that movie and was the producer of 'Lonely Are the Brave' which he also starred in. Throughout the decades, Kirk has continued to appear in more films like 'Gunfight at the O.K. Caroll', 'The Devil's Disciple', 'Seven Days in May', 'In Harm's Way', 'Saturn 3', 'The Final Countdown' (which is produced by his son Peter), 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Tough Guys', etc. 

In 1963, Kirk starred in a stage version of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next' which he had bought the rights of the novel from its author and was later made into a movie by his son Michael who produced it and starred Jack Nicholson in Kirk's stead when he was considered too old for the leading part.

Prior to his retirement from acting in 2004, Kirk had survived a helicopter crash in 1991 which nearly killed him, and suffered a stroke in 1996 which effected his speech. During that same year, he received an Honorary Award for his lifetime achievement in over 50 years. Kirk became a centenarian when he celebrated his 100th birthday and has appeared in 2018 Golden Globes at the age of 101 with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones to help present the Best Screenplay award while receiving a standing ovation.

I confess that I never got to see many of Kirk Douglas' movies and I would have respected him as an actor. My condolences to his family and friends.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Citizen Kane Review (Updated)










Citizen Kane


Release Date: 23rd January 1942 - Australia


Production Companies
RKO Radio Pictures
Mercury Productions


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 119 minutes


Budget: $839,727

Box Office Gross: $1,594,107 (Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When famous publishing mogul Charles Foster Kane dies, a reporter must investigate the shocking details of his personal life as well as the meaning of his final word: "Rosebud".


Cast
Joseph Cotten - Jedediah Leland/Screening Room Reporter
Dorothy Comingore - Susan Alexander Kane
Ray Collins - James W. Gettys
George Coulouris - Walter Parks Thatcher
Agnes Moorehead - Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick - Emily Monroe Norton Kane
Erskine Sanford - Herbert Carter/Screening Room Reporter
Everett Sloane - Mr. Bernstein
William Alland - Jerry Thompson
Paul Stewart - Raymond
Fortunio Bonanova - Matiste 
Philip Van Zandt - Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus - Miss Anderson
Harry Shannon - Kane's Father
Sonny Bupp - Kane III
Buddy Swan - Kane - Age Eight
Orson Welles - Charles Foster
Kane
Alan Ladd - Pipe Smoking Reporter (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Crew
Original Screenplay/
Production/Director - Orson Welles
Original Screenplay - Herman J. Mankewicz
Contributing Writer/Editorial Supervisor - John Houseman (Uncredited)
Contributing Writers - Roger Q. Denny and Mollie Kent (Uncredited)
Executive Producer - George Schaefer (Uncredited)
Art Director - Van Nest Polglase 
Associate Art Director - Perry
Ferguson
Set Decorator - Darrell Silvera (Uncredited)
Makeup Artist - Maurice Seiderman (Uncredited)
Costumes - Edward Stevenson
Photography - Gregg Toland
Special Effects - Vernon L. Walker
Optical Effects - Linwood G. Dunn (Uncredited)
Recording - Bailey Fesler and James G. Stewart
Sound Supervisor - John Aalberg (Uncredited)
Editor - Robert Wise
Assistant Editor - Mark Robson (Uncredited)
Music - Bernard Herrmann


Awards

1942 Academy Awards
Best Writing, Original Screenplay - Orson Welles and 
Herman J. Mankewicz (Won)
————————
Best Picture - Orson Welles (Nominated)
Best Director - Orson Welles (Nominated)
Best Actor - Orson Welles (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - Gregg Toland (Nominated)
Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White - 
Perry Ferguson, Van Nest Polglase, A. Roland Fields and 
Darrell Silvera (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Robert Wise (Nominated)
Best Sound, Recording - John Aalberg (Nominated)
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture - 
Bernard Herrmann (Nominated)


Review
Most film aficionados and directors have considered 'CITIZEN KANE' as the greatest film of all time. Others believed it was 'Vertigo' that outranked Orson Welles' classic masterpiece. Before I watched the move in its entirety, I remember seeing bits of the movie such as the twist ending. I never got to watch its entirety until I came across it recently. The history of 'CITIZEN KANE' goes way back long before a new generation of filmmakers and movie buffs like us were even born, as this film was first released in 1941.

Initially, the film was loved by critics, but it was unrecognised at the box office and pulled from theatres. This was because of the influence of news baron William Randolph Hearst, whom the movie was believed to include unflattering comparisons between him and the main character Charles Foster Kane. It caused Hearst to actually detest it and he used his connections to try to get rid of the film before anyone could see it. 'KANE' didn't get resurfaced until the mid 50s after Hearst's death and when television became everyone's favourite pastime. Then decades later, the movie was vindicated and the rest is history. 

There is so much talent and craftsmanship that has been poured into 'CITIZEN KANE' as it was Orson Welles' magnum opus. The way that Orson Welles self-financed, co-wrote, produced, directed and acted in his very own movie that he was very proud of.

The cinematography by Gregg Toland was magnificent as it had paved the way for modern movies to use his camera techniques. Aside from the cinematography, there wasn't much talk about except for the narrative which is another noteworthy aspect. I'm not exactly sure if I want to see this classic again because it didn't live up to my expectations based on the hype it's recieved overtime. Even though 'CITIZEN KANE' is not one of my favourite films, I still think due to its classic status, it should make a transition to video streaming for those who do wish to watch it.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie