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Analysis of the Sound in Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998)

The use of sound within films has now become an essential part of the film-going experience, as the use of sound can create a deeper emotional connection to the narrative story of a film. The sound is immensely important in horror films as they can create tension without the use of dialogue and unsettle the viewer’s emotion, Ringu (1998) is a prime example of how sound can influence the viewer. Ringu (1998) uses rough and raw sound to create an atmosphere of fear mixed with normality, such as the normality of a person’s footsteps in a day-lit park to a dimly lit hallway with only the light from the light of a hallway mixed with elemental sounds of violins playing.

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The way Hideo Nakata amplifies the sound of mundane objects such as a telephone ringing tone, a Polaroid camera and general ambient noses, can make a viewer emotionally unstable as Hideo intends to create fear in everything around the characters. The telephone ringing sound breaks the viewers’ attention as Hideo begins to build the tension. The Polaroid camera is used to for the sound of the flash so the viewer is stunned for a second while Hideo begins to build the tension within the scene once again.

Hideo’s use of white noise in the beginning of the movie creates a tone of being unsettled, this also creates an atmosphere of fear and anticipation in the viewer. The use of static when viewing the ‘ring-video’ creates a jump scare within the viewer, allowing the tension to build within the viewer’s emotions, until the climax of the ‘ring-video’ where it is a low-resolution shot of a field with a water- well in the middle of the field. This type of sound can be described as being elemental as the sounds themselves are recognisable, yet the way Hideo uses the sounds still creating an element of fear within the viewer.

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In the final scene of the film, Hideo reaches a climax in his sound design, as he plays with the viewer’s emotions playing music that is meant to create a feeling of cheerfulness and calmness then shattering the viewer’s emotions as the TV begins to play the ‘ring-video’ once again. The sound of a screeching piano wire begins to get louder and louder, faster and faster. Creating more and more fear within the viewer with each screech of the piano wire. This use of sound increases the feeling of tension and fear within a scene without having any dialogue.

Hideo uses sound to set the tone for each day as they pass by, giving the viewer a sense of something negative will happen on a certain day and on another day, something positive will happen. This overall makes Ringu (1998) use of sound effective in creating fear and tension in scenes with little or no dialogue.

References

Ring. 1998. [Film] Directed by Hideo Nakata. Japan: Asmik Ace Entertainment.

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My Top 5 Liveries of 2017.

1. Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+

Why? …

Because I have a soft spot for the Petronas turquoise, basically. It could be improved by having a better diverse colour range making it more dynamic, but they are called the Silver Arrows for a reason, not the Turquoise Arrows.

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2. Scuderia Torro Rosso STR12

Why? …

Despite having a pretty decent one in the years previous. They changed the livery to be similar to the livery you can find on the Red Bull branded Colas. And I have to say I dig it, stands out, especially when under lights. Makes the cars shine more in the bright sunlight, they look stunning when racing around a circuit.

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3. Force India VJM10

Why? …

At the launch event early 2017, they revealed a very dull and boring livery compared to their gorgeously unique livery in 2016. But when they announced a new sponsor, which triggered a livery change. I was excited. And then they gave us this Pink Panther livery. Which stands out anywhere they go. I’m glad they did this because the Formula 1 grid has become very bland in liveries since 2009, so I’m grateful to have Force India, have gone for a big change, again unique, similar to those ‘good’ Eddie Jordan-ideas.

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4. Red Bull Racing RB13

Why? …

They stuck with the matte finish and it still looks amazing. Not much change in the combination of colours from last year. As they will have a bigger partnership with Aston Martin in 2018, I am looking forward to seeing if they add any British Racing Green in there.

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5. McLaren Honda MCL32

Why? …

Ever since Ron Dennis left, there has been a change in how McLaren goes about their racing, and the best way it is showcased is the 2017 livery. Papaya Orange, mixed with white and black. Creates a very diverse looking car, glad see there is still life and excitement within McLaren from the boring, practically all black 2016 livery.

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Sing Street Review

Sing Street

“1980’s, Boy Meets Girl, Girl unimpressed, Boy starts band”… Is the tagline for Sing Street and boy oh boy does it deliver. A magnificent debut performance by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who is a musician turned actor playing Connor, who is a teenage boy living in Dublin, stuck in between a family breaking apart, changing to an inner-city catholic public school called Synge Street, yes that is not a coincidence. He turns to music as a voice of self-expression and absolute freedom. Connor is fish-out-of-water when he waltzes up the gates of his new catholic public school, bombarded by cigarette smoking, obscure haircut having teenagers staring at the new kid on the block. Connor tiptoes his way into the school yard as he meets the school’s biggest-badest and baldest bully, Barry, portrayed by Ian Kenny. During his first stressful day, he meets his new heavily Irish-accented friend Darren who hands him a cutout piece of a cereal box with his ‘management services’ details scribbled on one side. After school, they meet outside the gates, across from them is a daringly glamorous, leather jacket wearing, stunningly beautiful, 80’s hair styled girl standing triumphantly. She instantly grabs Connor’s full attention. Can you guess where it’s going now….

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Sing Street gets straight into the action there is no messing around with useless side stories, there are no cheap fluffy bits. Every scene holds meaning to every other scene, it all aids the main brilliantly written story.  You learn immediately each character’s motivation, relation to main characters and meaning to the main story arc of this boy and girl wanting to do something more than just have a 2-up-2-down. They want a life of mystery, exploration and joyful fulfilment. Connor is directly influenced by his brother, Brendan, who he goes to, to seek out knowledge of how to write meaningful songs and create diverse music which is directly influenced by bands such as Duran Duran, The Police, The Cure, and Genesis, pure 1980’s gold. Connor is a self-proclaimed Futurist, music that pushes boundaries of the norm, new genres of music which was a gigantic wave in the 1980’s. Especially when Dublin was not as prosperous as it is nowadays when everyone wanted to go to London to create a new life for themselves full of opportunities.

Raphina, intriguingly portrayed by Lucy Boynton, is the girl of your dreams, dreams. From a humble background, living in a girl’s orphanage dreaming of becoming a model. So, of course, the first song Connor will ever write is going to be called “Riddle of the Model”, can guess what’s it about? Sing Street is a masterclass in combining the creative process of writing songs that can be directly connected to the story and its characters, this is such a trademark of director John Carney, and Sing Street is another amazing showing of Carney’s great talents. The marrying of music and storytelling happens throughout the movie, you cannot have one without the other. A personal favourite of music and storytelling is when Connor writes the song “Brown Shoes” it is directly linked to a story beat of defiance against authority. The song is based on a scene between Connor’s heavily catholic and authoritative headmaster, Brother Baxter, who is making Connor take off his shoes as they are the wrong colour. This type of relation between story and music makes Sing Street have so much soul and lightheartedness because you feel every high and every single low, it is a wild rocky ride of emotions, toying with you all the way until the credits.

However, if you are expecting for Sing Street just to be a love story, then you would be half right. Carney works his magic to create a story that not only holds a beautifully crafted coming of age story arc, it also holds a story of a family breaking apart and the tensions that come with the breakup of a family. For Connor’s brother, Brendan, the break up brings his own reality to the forefront as he realises that he’s wasted most of his life doing nothing but smoke weed and sit around having been a good guitarist. A gorgeous piece of writing done by Carney giving you something as amazing as the main story of a teenager exploring his own creativity but still giving you deep and meaningful side story which makes the movie a bag full of diverse story beats and experiences.

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Ultimately, Sing Street will leave you with a massive ear-to-ear smile plastered on your grinning face, for its amazing storytelling and music created by Connor and his many experiences. Sing Street is 100% pure excitement and fun, and like Raphina says to Connor: “You can never do anything by half…”, and John Carney follows that rule until the final song is played. Simply a masterpiece of a movie…

 

Review of Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange

This is the 14th instalment of the, now, gigantic Cinematic Universe known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Doctor Strange being the title and title character’s name, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is certainly the wackiest and far-fetched character within the diverse Marvel Comics pool of characters, Doctor Strange was first seen in Strange Tales #110 in 1963 and is known for outlandish comic book spreads (a single panel spread across two pages) containing violently vibrant colours and characters from literally out of this world.

Nowadays Computer Generated Images (CGI) has become so advanced that they can now bring absolutely anything and everything to life, the only limitation is your imagination cannot be any more truthful. Doctor Strange is a fantastic exhibition in the technology used in films today simply because the Director Scott Derrickson was able to use everything he could to make this film an experience for your visual senses. Scott Derrickson and the producers could create these mind-bending visuals of worlds turning inside of themselves and doubling in numbers and creating very vibrant scenes where the main character, Doctor Strange, drifted through different dimensions full of weird shapes and funky colours.    

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The target audience for this film is generally aimed at comic book readers past and present as the character of Doctor Strange is completely engulfed in comic book law and complexities only the hardened comic book readers will fully grasp and understand. However, the writers were able to create a story which enabled just the lightest comic book fans and general moviegoers to understand and cling to the story arc the whole way through the movie. This is massive feat as there was a lot of exposition to get through to explain certain story points and the weight of what was going on throughout the movie, and usually this can get quiet taxing on audiences as this is where you can lose them and never get them back into a full cohesive story, but the writers succeeded in keeping the movie flowing from point to point never losing you.  

Being the 14th instalment of the MCU does not bring any downside. Doctor Strange is based within the MCU but is still a completely separate story to the entire cinematic universe that is happening just outside the movie. It contains characters full of heart and meaning to the viewer and the characters are vastly different to each other, each one has their own individual personality and story arc within the overarching story of the movie. You want to see how each individual character ends their story and how they relate to the main story arc and the main character himself, Doctor Strange.

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One issue I do have with Doctor Strange and Marvel movies, in general, is the fight scenes in some of their movies like to add a flair of comedy and in some movies, it works and in others, it doesn’t. In Doctor Strange sadly it doesn’t work for me, during a first fight scene between Doctor Strange and the big bad baddie Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen, there is comedy intertwined within the scene and when you show something comical in a supposedly serious fight scene between two big name characters, it takes out the stakes and meaning of what’s happening. You believe that; this isn’t going to affect either character and won’t really change anything within the story, therefore, is irrelevant. This is why I think some of the comedy in this movie is misplaced and unwanted, taking away the seriousness of the characters and scenes.

The second issue I have with some of the MCU movies and this issue is mainly to do with the MCU as a whole, not this movie specifically. The issue is of announcing characters and movies before a movie is even out and has yet to be seen by the viewing public. Instead of going into a movie not knowing what’s going to happen, you go into a movie with predetermined knowledge of what is going to happen because you already know what other movie this character is going to be in. Which is slowly taking possible story beats and stakes out of each movie making it less and less of an experience. Each time the MCU continues to do this, it could turn into a movie that advertises the next with no real meaning in the original movie itself, which is not what movies are for! Movies are for telling a whole encompassing story with rich characters not as a feature-length advertisement for the next instalment, the original movie should tell a story that was fantastically diverse and exciting, and because you enjoyed that movie, you would want to go and see the sequel.

Overall the movie is most certainly a must-watch as the visuals are a cinematic experience you wouldn’t want to miss, simply stunning. The story is another solid enjoyable experience which leaves you full of satisfaction and joy with its story beats and diverse theme of characters.

Dear Bernie.

Dear Bernie Ecclestone, Liberty Media, FIA, and all interested parties.

Over the past few years, F1’s viewership and attendance have been declining since 2005. With the empty seats clearly viewable in Friday practice, especially.

Fan engagement has been a top talking point as of late, due to the recent takeover of F1 by Liberty Media and their comments of F1’s lack of Social Media involvement.

F1’s current foray into fan engagement is the “Driver of the Day” vote they have during the Sunday Race, however personally this doesn’t seem to be actually working, the way it was intended to. It seems like the driver with the biggest fan base is getting the vote more often than not, instead of the deserving driver. For instance, Malaysia; Max Verstappen has won the, highly esteemed award, ‘Driver of the Day’ when from an objective point of view it was clearly Fernando Alonso in Malaysia respectfully, coming from the absolute back of the grid to finish 7th. Because of this, and the general tone of Social Media content I follow, all of whom are passionate F1 followers, has suggested that many of the votes from fans have just become a joke towards the disregard they have for the ‘Driver of the Day’ award, which doesn’t really hold any meaning for anyone.

I must add that I respect all drivers for their talents in the car, but the deserving driver should be awarded it over someone who has a more current if you like, fan base.

I also realise that a race weekend is already very busy and intense for everyone involved, however, to increase fan engagement and excitement within the sports something like this needs to be done.

My idea for Formula 1 is to improve the excitement and engagement of fans on Friday Practices. I believe this to be an all-around benefit for everyone involved with the sport itself.

Friday Practice – Driver Vs Driver.

During the Friday practice, fans can vote for 2 drivers to either go head-to-head in a lap time event or in a 5 lap race.

In the head-to-head, drivers are put into either GT cars or current road cars, sponsored by competing manufacturers or outside manufacturers.

Fans can choose from a set list of available cars from the multiple types of cars and manufacturers. Each car having a decal or number to identify which driver is driving; drivers personal racing number.

Winning driver could be awarded prize money that goes to a charity and/or a special decal on their Formula 1 racing car for that specific weekend.

Rules:

– Drivers cannot be voted into the event once they have done it, until 5 race weekends later. For all drivers to be able to participate throughout the season.

Possible add-ons:

  • Could include GP2 drivers (Old Vs New).
  • Special events where drivers at their home race compete.
  • Be able to host the event during all types of weather.
  • To have better engagement with drivers as well, they could have current/past drivers commentating on the head-to-heads.

Benefits for all parties include:

For Teams: a good advertisement for their road cars as they advertise F1 technology in their current road car models.

For Drivers: pure racing excitement and engagement with fans. A chance to show off who they are and what they’ve got.

For FIA/F1 Brand/FOM/Liberty Media: Fan engagement, higher interest in Friday practice & income from more attendance on Fridays. Brand awareness, engagement & loyalty.

For TV distributors: More excitement involved with the entire weekend, more viewers across the weekend rather than having most on Saturday & Sunday.

My Guardians of the Galaxy Review.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Directed by James Gunn, Distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvels hit or miss movie, it has a rag-tag group
of characters such as a talking tree, a talking Racoon, a green alien hitman-type, another alien and a human from Earth. But however ridiculous that may seem this movie is definitely a hit, a massive hit! $773.3 worth of a hit! Guardians are yet another movie which showcases Marvels ability to make movies fun and entertaining even when it has crazy plot points & characters, and we will probably see this ability again in Marvels Doctor Strange coming to cinemas in November 2016. James Gunn handles the origins so well, he gives each character so much heart and warmth that you find yourself falling in love with the characters instantly and that love just grows and grows through the second act and then the third act. The idea of making a talking tree and racoon a relatable and loveable bunch of characters was laughed at when people heard what James Gunn was directing & writing but dumbfounded when they came out of the movie liking those characters the most.

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It is a movie that shows a real-world observation of what the crazy road of life is about, making the best of what you have available to you if it doesn’t work at first you find a way to make it work. Which is exactly what Peter, Gamora, Groot, Drax, Rocket do in this movie they all have different styles, methods, emotions and mentality and yet they all find a way to defeat the common enemy and become friends along the way, but I do have to add it did help that one of them had A* dancing skills. Guardians showcases the rising talents of Chris Pratt, Zoey Saldana & Dave Bautista, with Chris Pratt (Peter Quil) being able to be himself by Director James Gunn was a genius move because Christ Pratt really does knock it out of the park with his performance of a comedic and troubled character, Zoey Saldana (Gamora) brings in another solid action role but keeps it 3 dimensional and her performance really added to every scene she was in. Dave Bautista puts in an out-of-the-blue performance for his character of Drax who is a vengeful, very literal alien, and his performance gives the viewer another comedy angle which you weren’t expecting.

Not only was this movie fun and entertaining on its own, it had one of the best soundtrack list accompanying it, which is still stuck in my head. Set designs are also another big strong point in Guardians, some of my highlights are the Kyln Prison which was fully hand-built set and then melted back down to sell back to the supplier, it made everything feel so much more real and therefore adds to the story, Peter Quills personal ship; The Milano, the dead Gods head; Knowhere and finally the Collectors Museum with all the Easter eggs planted around the set.

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My Review of Legend.

Legend – Directed by Brian Helgeland, Distributed by Universal Pictures.

Legend is the telling of the notorious London twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Going from their start in the London criminal underground scene to their height of power and influence to their individual demise. However, the movie does lack in a continuous coherent story development it goes from little things which happen in the begging of the Krays empire to the very big story developments such as getting out of a jail sentence which would’ve put a stop to them all together, and that is just glossed over like it was part of montage when it could have been so much more. They could have gone into the nitty gritty of how they got to that much power and influence but instead, they showed us more on how Reggie went to prison for 6 months and having a brawl with a guard as well as the story arc of Reggie and Frances Shea his wife to be. I get why they did this, to make you feel for the characters more, but if I wanted to see a love story with a few dark twists here and there, there are other movies like that. I wanted to see how notorious the Kray twins were, what made them tick and what made them so feared and revered.

It is an entertaining movie nevertheless; it has one of the best dual performances I have seen by Tom Hardy, drawing you in on each individual character beats. Playing the slightly calmer mannered and 60’s socially normal Reggie Kray to the schizophrenic and certified insane: Ronnie Kray. Hardy plays each brothers spectrums going from being able to pull off the hard but sort of likable Reggie Kray, to taking you on a characterful ride of conflicted Ronnie Kray to certified insane and to an endearing character which showed off his nicer side in very small doses. Story arcs from the Kray Twins were good enough to make you understand them as individuals and how they worked as a team that took over London in the 1950’s & 1960’s. Although, the character of Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read was very underdeveloped and you never ever felt for him when he got told to drop the case about the Kray twins to when he finally gets the Krays imprisoned, his story arc does not give justice to what Read actually went through to finally get the Krays. Reads character isn’t on screen enough to make you feel invested in his character, you see him here and there but never enough. The sound mixing is one of the worst features of the movie in some scenes where it’s meant to be intimidating and scary they play a happier toned score where it throws you completely off tonal wise, you have to bring yourself back down to where the actual scene is going tonally.

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Despite all this, it is a movie you really should see as it shows off the talents of Tom Hardy and his performance of both Reggie and Ronnie Kray makes the movie what it is, without him this movie wouldn’t be watchable. It is just a shame that the story doesn’t hold any importance or stature when it comes to telling a coherent story when it just jumps from one thing to the next without much polish.

My Review of Stranger Things.

Stranger Things – Created by Matt & Ross Duffer, Distributed by Netflix (Worldwide).

From the get-go of Netflix’s Stranger Things, you are just enthralled by the storytelling and the characters themselves. The first episode, The Vanishing of Will Byers, hits you with the childhood you have always seen in Spielberg movies (E.T, etc.) and a lot of 80’s nostalgia and takes you from that kind of high and throws you deep into horror/thriller tones and story elements of this unknown-silhouetted creature in the night. This show will get you on the hook straight away and it will never let go until the end, and you’re still left wanting more.

In essence, this show is a love letter to the films by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Stephen King, John Carpenter, etc. From the intro music and its font in the opening title you really get that 80’s nostalgia feels. The use of pop-culture references is done to perfection, usually, I get thrown out of the show or scene whenever they make a reference to pop-culture because it feels show horned in to wink at the audience. However, in Stranger Things the references are part of the story altogether, one example would be the first dungeons and dragons game the 4 boys play in the first episode it isn’t there saying “look at how quirky we are”, it is actually setting up the story of the whole series from when the Demogorgon is introduced in the game it also represents the (minor spoiler) creature from the ‘upside-down’ and the fact that it happens on Will Byers turn and he has to choose between fleeing or throwing a fireball; he chooses to run. Later in the story when the creature appears for the first time, it happens to be with Will Byers and he chooses to run and hide from it. There a lot more parallels from the first episode throughout the series as well which is just an amazing feat by the not-so-well-known Duffer Brothers.

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The fact that the Duffer Brothers went to multiple different TV studios to try and get this show made, is ridiculous, I am quite glad that it was finally picked up by Netflix because it’s a show you simply cannot put down you have to keep watching it I couldn’t have waited a week or more to find out what happens next. Each character’s story arcs are perfect no one is left in the background and left underutilized from the magnificent Sheriff Hopper to the High school bullies. Dan Harbour who plays Sheriff Hopper is one of the outstanding performances in this series, his arc from the Sheriff of just the small town somewhere in the deep heart of America to the father that has lost his daughter to cancer is portrayed brilliantly by Harbour. The writing of his character is so well done and well rounded, you really see his arc of keeping his emotions bottled up about his daughter’s death to (spoilers!!) when he gets involved with the disappearance of Will Byers to (spoilers!!) when Hopper finally finds and saves Will from the upside-down dimension, he finally let’s go of his pain because he wouldn’t let Will down, without a big fight. Which is a parallel to the story of his daughter where he couldn’t fight for her life but he could fight for Will’s life.

I really hope there is going to be a Season 2 of Stranger Things because every character in this series has heart and their own tone to go with the story, and all I want to do is see what they do with their knowledge of the supernatural and where does everyone go from now on. The Duffer Brothers ended the series with just enough to tease you for a possible season 2 with some very intriguing story line possibilities of Eleven, who is the ‘E.T’ of this series with certain abilities which I do not want to spoil as it’s just a wild ride of discovery with her character, I simply won’t do her justice here, and Hopper in contact with each other. They also added, Will Byers possibly having something supernatural happening to him. All in all, you should watch this show because it’s a storytelling masterpiece and just tone perfect throughout.

Is the Prancing Horse slowing its pace?

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Words by Jack Milburn

Ferrari’s recent outing in the British Grand Prix was not one of their best outings for the Scarlet Red Ferrari team seeing as the spinning, grid penalty struck Sebastian Vettel finished 9th and sort of average performance by Kimi Räikkonën finishing 5th. Even though Sebastian’s spin after coming out onto the still slightly damp track and wet Abbey (turn 1) with the white stripe mediums on, was one of the easier things to do in a car which has 900+ horsepower under the drivers’ right foot. It was still just another compounding problem which Ferrari are definitely having a lot of recently. Tyre blow out for Vettel and a gearbox penalty in the week before at the RedBull Ring in Austria, and then again another gearbox failure at Silverstone for Vettel, which still had the brand new gearbox from Austria.

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Austrian GP – Sunday. Kimi Räkkonën.

Ferrari is also having troubles with strategy calls during a race because ever since the first race of the season in Albert Park in the ‘land-down-under’ they have been trying things and none of the strategy calls they have made have worked out. The strategy in Spain did not work for either driver and nor did it work in Canada, they have the same issue which William’s have had they both do not take control of a race and do what they want to do or need to do. They [Williams & Ferrari] have also waited and reacted to whoever was around them at the time of the race or have made completely out-there calls such as the call in Canada with Vettel’s tyre calls, which I even thought to myself: “well…why the heck have they done that?!”. Even Vettel himself, has started to question the tyre strategies from the Ferrari pit-wall, in Baku with the call from the pit-wall to come in and Vettel responding with a sort of sarcastic question of: “Are you sure […that’s right] …?”. It is a team sport, yes, but, Ferrari have a certain way of doing things and not all the time it is the optimum way. Example being recently Sergio Marchionne putting more and more pressure on the team to win and the master mind behind Ferrari’s success in the early 2000’s, Ross Brawn, saying they need to calm things down and take off the pressure and work together to achieve what they desire.

In 2016, we have seen a few more retirements/failures in the top teams than we saw in 2015, this is because they [all the engine manufactures: Mercedes, Renault & Ferrari] are all starting to push the limits on these new Hybrid Power Units and therefore are getting some cracks into their reliability. We are seeing a lot more issues with MGU-K’s and Turbo Charges on the Mercedes PU’s [Power Units] than we have ever had before in this Hybrid era, so this does tell us that even the dominant team is pushing everything to its working limits.

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Mercedes AMG Petronas’ v6 Hybrid Power Unit. Image Credit: Motorsport.com

During the British Grand Prix weekend, it was announced that Kimi Räikkonën will be staying at Ferrari for, at least, another year. This puts a massive damper on the driver market for me because I was hoping that we might have a Sergio Perez or a Romain Grosjean sitting alongside Sebastian Vettel in the 2017 season, which would’ve been fantastic to see! Sergio Perez is a driver that is performing at his best at every race, and which team doesn’t want that, he is out-performing his team mate, Nico Hulkenberg who is a Le Mans winner so is no slouch. The reason why I don’t include Valtteri Bottas in this topic is because his personal ‘stock’ within Formula 1 has gone downwards if he seriously wants to be sat in a red car at some point he needs to be out-performing his team-mate constantly and by a bigger margin than he has at this point in the 2016 Season, if Bottas cannot put Felipe Massa, his team mate, into his spot at every point on a race weekend then why would Ferrari want him over Sergio Perez or Romain Grosjean because they out-score and out-perform their team mates by a massive margin in Romain’s case.

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Kimi Räikkonën at Silverstone.

Another issue I have with Ferrari’s choice of sticking with Kimi for the 2017 Season is the simple fact of performance and development of the car, if a team wants to improve their car in every area possible (aerodynamics, engine performance/reliability/fuel saving and the teams functioning) they want the best possible drivers to be driving their cars to be pushing everything of that car to its limit. Without this, they fall back on developments and that enables other teams like Renault to catch up and even pass them [Ferrari] in race performances and championship results, and it also enables Mercedes to pull away even further. I am a big fan of Kimi but there is a time when you are just taking up space in a Formula 1 team and I think he isn’t giving the team what they need to be able to push for a championship anytime soon. I might be eating my own words next year but we will have to wait and see if Ferrari’s crystal ball is right or not.

My Review of Black Hawk Down.

Black Hawk Down – Directed by Ridley Scott, Distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Black Hawk Down is a very bloody, very real, graphic retelling of the 1993 raid in Mogadishu by the U.S Military. The raid was aimed at capturing faction leader Mohammed Farrah Aidid and the battle of Mogadishu ensued. As I have never been in a war zone and hope never to be, my perception of one is what I have only seen and read about in news reports and footage from archives. I believe that this film has accurately depicted, from my perception, what a war zone is like.

This film really brings to light what happens when everything which could go wrong in a war zone, does go wrong. It completely captures what a battlefield is, a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and camaraderie between troops. The way Ridley Scott and Ken Nolan have written this film adaptation of the book by Mark Bowden with the same name is simply amazingly graphic and scary. After you have watched it you are left emotionally drained and exhausted because of how well they have depicted what a real war zone might feel and look like, between the relative calmness at the Army HQ to the completely and utterly insane depiction of a war zone. You can only imagine what the soldiers would have been feeling during those times of being completely surrounded by the militia to running back to the safe heaven of UN-controlled areas, and even then you probably aren’t anywhere near what they might have felt.

Overall each actor gave it their all in this movie and it does come across that way because you do believe in each of their characters and the camaraderie they share on film is endearing and gives the movie more heart in the darker moments. Especially between Tom Hardy’s character of SPC Lance Twombly and Ewen Bremmer’s character of SPC Shawn Nelson because in the film these two are separated from all the other big squads which are active and are alone in the centre of Militia Controlled Territory, you couldn’t possibly imagine what these two would have been going through and to make it back to their team and make it out of their alive must have been one of the most extreme feelings humans are capable of.