Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Favourite uplifting movie quotes.
Just a quick and short post, whilst I have the time! I feel like I've been in a bit of a slump lately, so I thought I'd do this post that could possibly help out anyone In a similar mood, and in need of a bit of cheering up.
"You is kind, you is smart, you is important." - The Help.Even though this isn't really grammatically correct, this is actual quote, and I love it because it's so up lifting and refreshing, especially when you need it. The film itself is a tearjerker, but this is just a little feel good quote if you're feeling a little down yourself! You need to remember that you are the most important person in your life, and you need to be your main focus sometimes!!
"Destruction is a form of creation." - Donnie Darko.This is from one of my all time favourite films, and this is also a feel good quote in my eyes, be used to me it says that no matter how down you are, or how much you could hate yourself in that time, whatever happens, just makes you a better person in the future. Anything you overcome eventually creates the person that you are today, so by destroying that old self, you're only creating a better you.
"You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love." - The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you can miss it." - Ferris Bueller's Day Off.Sometimes life does feel very manic, and I did feel so overwhelmed with exams and work, but after exams had finished and I started to wait anxiously for my results, I did realise this; you cant spend the entirety of your life worrying about something that is out of your control. You also can't spend every minute feeling anxious or down, when you have time to go outside and do something, you really need to embrace it while you can, because we're not young forever.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Top 3: movie villains.
Limited to three, because I'm currently in the progress of writing a 'Top 10 film and TV characters" post! This is going to be short and sweet, because I'm surprisingly very busy lately.
1. Ursula - The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid was my favourite film growing up, so this was a no brainer, because Ursula was my favourite villain from the very start, so I can't go without mentioning her. Despite terrifying me as a child, her powerful character and lead female villain role makes me love her so much, and the fact that she was such a multi faceted character makers her all the more of a perfect female villain.
2. The Joker - The Batman movies, over time.
Obviously, the joker had to make it on here, varying from Nicholson to Leto, all of them to date have been fantastic. This maniac that is the joker is a fantastic character alone, but all of them are played so differently and in such a unique way, that it's hard not to love. Possibly the most famous portrayal, Heath Ledger has to be my favourite, alongside Jack Nicholson, both of which used method acting, which in turn, did have quite serious effects. However both were fantastic performances, and I can't wait to see Jared Leto's portrayal, after hearing that he would only respond to "Mr.J" on set, I can tell it's going to be interesting.
3. Alex - A Clockwork Orange.
A Clockwork Orange was definitely one of the strangest films I have ever seen, and Alex is definitely the most twisted villain on this mini list, but I couldn't help but feature him due to my unwanted liking towards him. I know the film was very controversial, partly because of audiences loving such a vile character, but it's only similar to characters such as Mac in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, just on a more extreme level. So even though I do feel bad about taking a liking to him, the film was made in such a way that it can't be helped, and I've even found myself speaking like him at times, which I'm not sure if that should be stopped soon...
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
My top 5 favourite movie scenes.
1. "Say what again." - Pulp Fiction.
This is probably the most generic scene on this list, but there's a reason for that; it's possibly one of the most memorable, funny and intense scenes in the whole film (besides the basement scene, of course). If you asked someone to quote Pulp Fiction, you'd more than likely hear someone repeating this scene word for word, and it's understandable why. Samuel L Jackson's ability to intimidate on screen combined with Tarantino's auteur style is something to behold, and definitely something unforgettable.
2. "Darling, light of my life." - The Shining.
The simple shot reverse shot structure of this scene makes it all the more intense, with the long shots of Jack manically laughing as he threatens Wendy embedded into it, it has to be my favourite scene in the entire movie. Forget the "Here's Johnny" scene, this is far more memorable in my eyes and has stuck with me since the first time I watched the film.
3. "You met me at a very strange time in my life." - Fight Club.
This could possibly be my favourite out of all the movie scenes on this list, mainly because it has my most favourite song ever in it, and being one of my all time favourite films, I just couldn't ignore this scene. Chuck Palanhiuk, the author of the book which the film is based on, said that the book is "about a man trying to commit to a woman" and I think that is very clear within the final scene, as Marla and the Narrator embrace the world around them going back to ground zero. The song playing non diegetically in this scene just adds to the intensity and overwhelming feeling of relief, as the Narrators life and mental health finally come together, as the crescendo of the song hits.
4. "That's what's so illogical about being a Smurf." - Donnie Darko.This simple, yet amusing scene is one out of my many favourite scenes in this film, so it was hard to choose. The comedic aspect of this scene is what made me choose it, as well as it's ability to sum up Donnie, and his strange personality, yet intelligent manner.
5. "Say hi to Rocco and Rocco, mommy!" - The Wolf of Wall Street.There is many hilarious scenes in this film, but this has to be the easiest to write about without rambling on for hours. DiCaprio and Robbie's onscreen chemistry and banter is enough for a few laughs, but the whole concept of the bear camera is hilarious. The 'ludes' scene is twice as funny, but I thought I'd save that one for another post!
Honourable mentions (written by my boyfriend Josh, since he bought me cookies and sat with me whilst I took nearly two hours to write this post):
- Armageddon - The scene in which Bruce Willis sacrifices himself to save Ben Affleck's character in order to allow his daughter to live a happy life with the man she loves and that he originally dissaproved of is enough to bring s tear to a glass eye including my own. (although I don't have a glass eye)
- The Dark Knight - The scene in the film where we are first truly introduced to the Jokers real criminal mastermind compiled with his psychotic persona. He crashes the meeting of all of Gotham's biggest gangsters and manages to either grab all of their attention or scare them into following him, the same could be said about the audience, the scene only emphasises the tragedy of Heath Ledger's death as I personally would have loved to see this maniacal character wreak havoc again.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
As I reach this milestone, minor to some, but a milestone either way, I thought I'd write a little post about my least favourite films ever. Not to annoy anyone, but just to give an insight into the type of films I just can't seem to appreciate.
- Fast and Furious: Seriously, I have tried my best to watch and appreciate these films, and I just cant. All I see is people driving fast cars and committing crimes, in every single film, where's the originality?
- 90% of Adam Sandler movies: he's not even funny, and as a child he was for some reason deemed as an appropriate person to put on TV constantly for us all to watch. Unbearable.
- The Star Wars franchise: I have desperately tried to enjoy these films, for the sake of everyone else in the entire world, but I just can't seem to get into them. Maybe it's because I wasn't raised on them like the majority of people I know, but due to my struggles to enjoy them at this age, I'm going to just give up on them now.
- The Sharknado movies: I genuinely am struggling to even understand why the concept of a sharknado even exists.
- Ghost: I was given the option to study this for my A2 film exam, and I couldn't even bring myself to watch the whole thing, shocking is the only word to describe it.
- The Die Hard movies: not a fan, not at all, sorry.
- World War Z: I have an unbearable hate for this movie, and that upsets me a lot because I love anything zombie related.
- Spring Breakers: I can't even think of a basic plot line to sum up the film, it was that bad.
- Titanic: Yes, I know it's the second best selling movie of all time, but that doesn't make it good.
- Mission Impossible: This could be biased due to my hatred for Tom Cruise, but the films are shocking and I wouldn't ever want to put myself through watching them again.
Top three: movie soundtracks.
In no particular order, and my personal opinion.
- Donnie Darko original soundtrack and score.
The scores alone in this movie soundtrack are something different, but Joy Division and Tears For Fears really make it memorable. All of the music fits so well with this quirky movie, and much like the film, it's one I could listen to over and over again. I could be biased since it is one of my favourite films, but I just don't think anyone could dislike the 80's and 90's music, even now. Michael Andrew's scores from the second disc of the soundtrack were also something hard to dislike, Gretchen Ross and Middlesex Times being my favourites, these short snippets of original scores were, and still are fantastic!
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.
Obviously this ones a bit different, since it is a musical, but the songs are to die for. No matter what mood you're in, there's a song that fits it on this album, and it's my go to for long bus journeys, because it just doesn't allow you to get bored. The film itself was something spectacular, but the music, lyrics and singing to these songs are something else; hearing Tim Curry sing a ballad about being a 'Sweet Transvestite' doesn't get old, and neither does Susan Sarandon's surprisingly amazing singing voice in 'Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me'.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.
This album right here is my ultimate feel good album, and by far the best soundtrack to ever come from a Marvel film (Deadpool is a very close second!). I could sing along to every word to every song on this soundtrack, because of them all being so well known, feel good hits from the past. 'Come and get your love' and 'Hooked on a Feeling' are unforgettable, and add so much more of an amazing viewing experience to this film. 'Moonage Daydream' by the late David Bowie has become one of my all time favourite songs since watching this film for the first time, and it just makes the soundtrack all the more fantastic in my opinion.
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
- The Lost Boys.
- The Great Gatsby.
- The Blues Brothers.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
The top five most underrated actors, in my opinion. As per usual, in no particular order.
1. Joseph Gordon Levitt.
I don't know where to start with JGL! Such a talented man, both actor, director of his own movie and singer and is extremely under appreciated for all. His roles in 500 Days of Summer, 50/50 and Sin City 2, were all fantastic, and not to forget the Dark Knight either. It's hard to deny he's talented, and lacks a typecast, yet nobody ever seems to praise him, and that's proven by his very few awards and recognition for his work. Winning a Teens Choice Award doesn't compare to an Oscar, but maybe he'll get there one day.
2. Margot Robbie.
I finally feel like she's starting to get the recognition she deserves, since the launch of the Suicide Squad marketing for the new movie, however up until that she was pretty much unheard of, despite big roles in The Wolf Of Wall Street and Focus alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith. It does look like she's finally got her big break though, especially with the rumours of getting her own Harley Quinn movie after Suicide Squad is released, and that's before the movie is even out in cinemas, so the future is looking promising for Margot!
3. Ellen Page.
Ellen Page has to be one of the best actress' around, and there's no arguing that she's an inspiration, on and off the screen, especially after her 'coming out' speech at what I think was a Human Rights campaign, and it was fantastic. As well as her confidence off screen, her acting roles from such a young age were so strong and well played, some of my favourites being Hard Candy, Super and Juno.
4. Mark Wahlberg.
I might be told I'm wrong on this one, but I personally think that despite how many years he's been acting and how many roles he's played, he's extremely underrated. Maybe his roles in films like Ted made him less appealing, but I think it just furthered his talent as he refused to have a typecast, and I loved him in films like Pain and Gain, and The Lovely Bones.
5. Miles Teller.
I have what some might call an obsession with Miles Teller, so maybe that's why he's ended up on this list, but despite that I really don't think he couldn't be any more underrated for how talented he is. Just looking at his performance in Whiplash, he strayed from his typical comedy and blew audiences away with how incredible and intense his performance was in this movie. Ignoring the flop that was the new Fantastic Four movie, he's becoming a more up and coming star, and I can't wait for him to take on more roles like Whiplash, or even 21 and Over.
- Michael B Jordan.
- Chris Pratt.
- Jake Gyllenhaal.