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04 August 2015 @ 12:37 am
 My Big Fat Greek Wedding - I watched this because I ended up in posession of a bunch of films I wouldn't normally watch. I shall call this collection The Naff Collection. And what did I think of my first slice of Naff Pie? 

Well, alright, I thought parts of it were funny, but just when I thought Toula would continue on being her own person, she defaulted to her parents’ way of doing things, despite it holding her back so much. And then the romance hit 11, then Ian converted, and I was so disappointed in the ending. It’s not as bad as Harry Potter, obviously, but after all those years of wanting to break free from her “over protective”, Over The Top, Interfering family, she’s become almost just like them and then goes to live next door.

Conclusion: Does not compute.
Bonus comment: Holy Doppleganger, Batman! John Corbett looks like Paul Rudd

Music & Lyrics - Second film in the Naff Collection.
I’m not the biggest fan of Hugh Grant or Drew Barrymore. For Hugh Grant, I liked About a Boy and Four Weddings and a Funeral, but other characters made the film. And for Drew Barrymore, I’ve seen more films with her in than I’ve liked, but I think she’s a victim of the films she’s in, more than any lack of skill on her part.
But all in all, I liked this film! I think it’s because the comedy element comes out more than the romance element, and it doesn’t lose much if you fast forward the crappy romantic bits. And what can I say? I’m a sucker for romcoms that feature music. (For example, The Holiday and Just My Luck)
It pains me to say it, but yeah, I really liked it. I’ve got Pop Goes My Heart Still stuck in my head. 

Can I just say, if any big famous stars are stuck for their next hit, I’ve got a few songs up my sleeve and I could be the Sophie to your Alex, and I won’t murder your plants.

Stardust - Third film in the Naff Collection.
HellLLO Danny Griffin!
I’d recognise that face anywhere, regardless of macons, cleavers or dodgy haircuts. Wow! This film was done a year after Lewis. Wow. He’s even more adorable! And his hair near the end, how floofy…

But, err, anyway. Film! Yes. What was I… oh yes! So. Someone told me I Really, Really need to watch this film, way back in 2007. And I didn’t. And I never fancied watching it, so I still didn’t. And here I am incidentally in possession of the DVD, and I loved it! It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? (Sorry!)
I don’t know what to say. It was a very good fantasy film, and I loved the character development. It put me in the mood to watch Penelope, wierdly enough, and I kept comparing it to Willow and The Lost World (made sense with my thought process during the film) which is odd. But yeah, I really liked this film. I cried at the end, but this is me and that’s what I do. 

Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence - The Fourth Film in the Naff Collection. Did not like.
I stopped watching before the 40 minute Mark. Some of these tropes for Romcoms absolutely disgust me. You know, only in a romcom is it seen as romantic for a man to use his financial status to worm his way through airline policy, just so he can sit next to a woman (Martha) that he’s just met, but has decided he HAS to be close with her because he’s in lust with her.

Martha then has to deal with being stuck next to this male character, with him coming on to her and pestering her, asking all sorts of questions and trying to impress her, for around 8 hours. Not only is she trying to sleep at one point, but also there’s no where else for her to move to if she’d have wanted to.

And it’s only in a romcom that a woman can be pressured into accepting a hotel room, by a strange man who has been harassing her all night, and not be physically assaulted or killed in any way! If this had been a horror movie, she’d be dead or abducted soon after unlocking the door, and then shoved in a basement somewhere for the rest of the film. Hell, try doing that in real life!
And then, after Martha miraculously lasts the night, the pestering kept on coming! And it’s dressed up as romance. Luckily, she turns it all down, but then the next time after that when Martha’s on screen, she’s lamenting over her lost opportunity for love. Wtf! Give me strength!

Made of Honour - The Fifth Slice of Naff Pie
I only know Patrick Dempsey from Scream and Enchanted, so I wasn't not sure what to expect from him, and apparently he’s the only one in it because the name of the leading female actress (Michelle Monaghan – Loved her in Eagle Eye) isn’t mentioned Anywhere on the DVD!
Anyway. Overall Conclusion? I need to go shower in bleach.

Yeah… I stuck with it but I didn’t like it. Just these stupid RomCom tropes all over the place. She (Hannah) knows a guy (Colin) for six weeks, because of a work trip to Scotland where she got stuck in a field full of cows and he came to her rescue. And then, because they’re so in love with each other, he proposes and she accepts!? After 6 Weeks?! And the plan is to get married Two Weeks Later! Two months after they met!
Meanwhile Patrick Dempsey’s character (Tom) has been sleeping around, realises he’s in love with Hannah, his supposed best friend, and plans to arrange the perfect wedding so that she’ll fall in love with him!? Was I watching a romcom or a Jeremy Kyle episode? (Or Sherlock: The Sign of Three…?)

Meanwhile, I’m wondering why a successful businessman with a peerage Just happened to be on a Scottish highland road On A Horse, in the middle of a rainstorm. And, why is he so keen to marry her so quickly? Again, if this had been a horror film, she’d be dead.
Oh, the pain of it all! And the ableism (use of the word Retard) and the homophobia! (Everyone thinks Tom is gay because he’s been Maid of Honour, and to make fun of that fact, they make him wear a tartan mini skirt. !?)
At least they got real Scottish people, I suppose.

Wimbledon - The final slice of Naff Collection Pie
This is a mini review, but I've put a fuller one up on ~The Other Place~
I didn't want to watch this film for a very long time for two reasons. One, mostly because I don’t want to be hit with pathetic nostalgia, because I’m basically a sentimental idiot and this film was a Thing a few years ago, but also because I didn’t want to watch it and like it.
Well. It was in my possession, and I’d watched the others, so… I guess I had to watch it. 

And goddamnit, I hate myself, I actually sort of liked it. There’s some funny bits in it, and good dialogue. And you can’t really go wrong with Paul Bettany’s dry delivery, can you? But I fast forwarded most of the romantic crap, and I had a bit of a problem with the 11 year age difference. I mean, in 2004, she was 22 and he was 33. It just… I know. Ageism. But… I can’t explain it. It gives me a Wrong feeling.
I thought it would have been a better film, though, if he’d have lost at the end. Love isn’t everything (excuse the pun).

Now You See Me - I can’t remember if it was put on my list to see if Jesse Eisenberg ever plays a likeable character, or to see what else Mark Ruffalo has been in, other than the Avengers films. 
And, if it was the first, the answer is still so far a “no”. And as for the latter, this is the second film I’ve seen him in. (I’d like to say “other than the avengers”, but I still haven’t seen any of them and still don't plan to)

Anyway. The acting is good all around, and the premise of the plot was enjoyable to watch; The beginning was very good! But I thought it started to fall apart after the hour mark, and I was really disappointed in the ending. 

Magicians - First time watching this film properly. I've always sort of wanted to watch it, although I was put off a bit by the insistent advert for it that used to show up at the side of Myspace (was it Myspace or was it MSN?). And then for some odd reason, it was doing the rounds on telly and my Mum watched it. And she must have watched it 4 out of the 7 times it was on in one week, and a few other times after that. And then she suddenly decided she didn't like the film and never watched it again. I only ever saw small bits of it, I never really fancied watching it with my parents. 

Erm. It was better than I was expecting. It wasn't as funny as I was expecting, though. But I did still like it, in that "it's enjoyable rubbish" way. It was Jessica Stephens that made it for me, I think. Don't get me wrong, I loved David Mitchell and Robert Webb in it, but Stephens added that extra special dose of funny. 


A Million Ways To Die In The West - I watched this for two reasons. The first was that Neil Patrick Harris is in it, and the second was that, whilst I was umming and arring over watching it, someone (for some unknown reason) recommended it to me. Despite having been told by at least two other people I would very much not like it, I gave it a go anyway. 
I shouldn't have bothered. I want the 20 minutes I suffered through back, and I would like as much brain bleach as possible. Who recommended this!? AHHHHH D:

Meet The Robinsons - I half watched this film a few years ago and didn't rate it, but then someone posted the gif of the dinosaur scene on Tumblr a few months ago, and I laughed myself stupid at it, so I figured I'd give it another go. But no, I was right the first time. It's a very weak kid's film. The dinosaur bit was the best bit in it. 
I thought it was a bizarre mix of The Jetsons meets Back to the Future, and I think Futurama and Tomorrowland are better alternatives of similar plots. It didn't make any sense that "The Guy With The Bowler Hat" was so stupid when his childhood self wasn't, and I thought Mildred could have been a bigger character than she was. 
I know, I know, kid's film, but still... 2/10.

Big Hero 6 - Finally! On one hand, I loved the film, but on the other I'm getting fed up of Disney films making me cry. Aladdin never makes me cry! The Little Mermaid only makes me cry sometimes. But this kicked me right in the heart Twice. Twice! So, yes, liked it, but I don't really wanna re-watch it. I won't go further into it because it's still new and unseen by a lot of people. I will ask, though, was anyone else expecting Callaghan to finish "I want my daughter back" with "you son of a bitch"? No? Okay then.

Legends of the Fall - Recommended by Mig, at least once a year for the past 7 years. Aaaand there's a painstaking hour and 15 minutes I'll never get back. I know, it's a big famous film with all the makings of a cinematic great. Critically Claimed, blah de blah de blah. There's just one problem: I don't seem to be made for cinematic greats. I just found it boring and depressing, and I hated the story. A man gets with his dead brother's fiance? Wrong to the nth degree! That's an episode of Jeremy Kyle. Nil pois!

At the cinema, I've also seen:

The Minion Movie - I won’t spoil anything, but I will say i’m a mind of two halves about it, and I don’t really know what to make of it over all. Because over all, it’s a good fun film, but I thought it felt a bit stretched out. The runtime was only an hour and a half, but it really did feel as though they carried on running with as much as they could, to show how the minions can fill out a full 90 minute movie. And, and this is where the other half of the mind comes in, I felt it messed too much with the continuity. It was Minion Minion Minion, oh quick how do we show it's actually connected to Despicable Me? Quick, throw in Gru! Phew, crisis averted. Except, not really. 
As a standalone, it's watchable. 
And that’s all i’ll say. 

Inside Out - Again, I won't spoil anything. But I will say what a fantastic film. I mean, I hate it cos it made me cry, but what an over all fantastic film. Good honest plot, and they underhandedly sold a film with a female protagonist to a general audience. You know, they didn't make a big deal out of the main character being a girl like Disney did with Frozen. And it was so nicely, unpredictably done.
It was just really good, and I recommend it. I also recommend you take some tissues. 10/10

03 August 2015 @ 09:49 pm
There are many. Because I half did this entry a few months ago and then didn't finish it, and now I've rounded up the rest of them until now.

So, on with the list.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Well, this was recommended by everyone. I was told by everyone I absolutely need to see this film. And so I did. And, I think I missed something...? I mean, I thought it was alright, but not "OMG Must See". I enjoyed seeing Chris Pratt in a big budget movie, because I remember him as Bright Abbot in Everwood and his curly hair was lovely.
Erm... What was I saying? Oh yeah, a few good bits, but I just don't get the hype. Groot was Cute. I laughed at a few lines. The heavy emotional bits were acted quite well, and it was great to see Sean Gunn in something new. It took me until the end of the film to realise he was the director's brother and that the director also did Slither, hence why there's two people from Slither in it! But, yeah... I kind of found it a bit boring. Meh.

The Thing - Watched properly for the first time ever, because it is a Must See Classic. On one hand, wow, that was grim. I mean, you know, all around good film, but grim ending. On the other hand, from a technological point of view, WOW. I don't know how else to say it! It sounds completely over the top to call special effects "beautiful", but that's all that's coming to mind. Just, wow. I don't know what else to say about it. It's a classic, everything I can think of to say has probably already been said about it!

A Time To Kill - Starring Matthew McConnaIcan'tactuallyspellhissurname, Samuel L Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt and quite a few others. I watched this for two reasons: One, I've read the book, two, cataloguing.
It's based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham and it's about a man, Carl Lee Hailey (Jackson) who guns down the two men who viciously attacked his daughter, and the trial that follows. You'd think with a strong cast like that they'd have done the book justice, but it's just so... muted. In the book, you get the picture of this stifling poverty and systematic injustice that black people in the south of America have to deal with. It's just not really there in the film.

In the book, you get the real sense of what it means to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, as nobody has any money coming in, not enough to go out to pay for food, let alone for legal fees or fundraising. It's mentioned in the book, but then seemingly brushed over. There's a whole chunk of the story left out that also highighted how desperate Hailey is, maybe they thought that was just too long for the film. My main problem with it, though, is that, in the book, Jake (McConnablah) is a sort of slime ball with a questionable heart of gold. Whilst he believes in justice, he's really putting in his all because he wants the fame and credit of taking the case. He's far too likable in the film. It's just all been hollywoodised and washed out! I wouldn't recommend it, really.

The Thing Called Love - It was for the Sandra Bullock cataloguing, but I barely made it to the 40 minute mark. It's about a young woman, played by Samantha Mathis (Daisy in the Super Mario Brothers film!) who goes down to Nashville to become a known star, and then meets a bunch of people and becomes friends with them all, and then a love triangle started. Then I'm not sure what happened after the love triangle started, because I turned off. Honestly, there's a scene where Daisy and River Phoenix's character are singing along to what they're watching on a film that foreshadow's the whole romantic plot, and I couldn't stick it. I would have preferred it if it was a love triangle where both Daisy and The Third Guy were after River Phoenix's character.

28 Days - I think it was originally on The List for Steve Buscemi, then I got fed up of watching rubbish films just because he was in them, and so I removed all of his films from the list. Then it went back on for Sandra Bullock. And then I found out Alan Tudyk was in it as well, so, yeah, I needed to see it ASAP.
For those who don't know, it's about Sandra Bullock's character who is an alcoholic and drug user/abuser, and she ends up in rehab after ruining her sister's wedding. It actually still manages to have good funny moments in amongst the bleakness. It's really good! The acting is just all around superb, and there's other familiar faces, like Azura Skye (Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane), Marianne JB (without a Trace), Dominic West  (Know of him more than watched him in things) and Viggo Mortensen (ARAGORN OMFG). The ending was the best and I would definitely recommend it. Although, it is about a rehab filled with people with various problems, so trigger warnings apply.

Patch Adams - For the Robin Williams (RIP) catalogue. First there was DPS, about a maverick teacher who teaches the importance about living life to the full, then there was Scent of a Woman, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell, about a depressed blind man who doesn't see the importance of life so he has one last farewell blow out weekend. And then there's Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, about a maverick student doctor and his vision of healing the sick through laughter and caring about the patient over the sicknesses.
It's almost as if these films could be AUs of each other. I enjoyed it a lot more than what I thought I would, especially given the fact that two of the actors are sadly no longer with us anymore. And I don't really know what else to say about it. It's very similar to the other two films, the acting is great, the romantic plotline's a bit off putting, and it's not as accurate as the real man would have liked, but overall, it was worth a watch.

Wonder Boys - It was for the Alan Tudyk cataloguing. I barely made it to the 40 minute mark, but I knew from a few minutes in that he would only be in it for a few minutes and have nothing else to do with the film. Unless he came back in near the end, I'll just assume that I was right. And his five minute appearance was amusing, but not worth watching the rest of a dull film for.

It's about writers and how life can get in the way of writing, basically. And my main problems with it were Robert Downey Jr's whole existence, I could guess the plot devices, and I didn't like any of the characters. It's hard to like them and invest time and emotion into the film when they're causing they're own problems. Blah.

Blood - For the Paul Bettany cataloguing. I don't want to give too much away because it's so new, but it's about a pair of brothers, played by Bettany and Stephen Graham (Snatch, TTSS), who have followed in their father's footsteps to be part of the police. It starts off grisly and goes down hill from there, but it's a very good film if you can stick with it. And it was filmed in The Wirral! Which means Paul Bettany was only an hour away from me in 2011, and where was I? Bloody bed bound in Shitsville, Oop North! Typical.

Jules Et Jim - This is on The Must See Films list. And I watched it. And then a while later, I stopped watching it. I just found it boring. I can sort of understand why it's critically acclaimed, but not why the critics make it out to be a favourite for everyone to watch. 
Basically it's a black and white french film (Two things I love) about a very confusing and bizarre "relationship dynamic". I think all I got from it was a sort of wife swap arrangement but with one woman. 

IQ - I watched this for Tim Robbins. After the Shawshank Redemption, I wanted to see what else he was in. And I wasn't impressed. It's a daft film, of course it's full of inaccuracies. I'd like to say at least the acting's good, but even that was a bit patchy. I wouldn't recommend it, I'd recommend even shops that have it in the bargain bin just throw them out and save people the £1 they'd charge. 

Saving Mr Banks - Watched this film for two reasons:
1) Because from the moment I saw this film advertised, I needed to see it.
2) My Bradley Whitford cataloguing.
And WOW. What an amazing film! The acting all around is perfect, I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it’s very believable. And watching Bradley Whitford and Co’s characters act out the scenes for Emma Thompson’s P L Traverse during the creative process is just as wonderful as watching Mary Poppins itself. And no surprise, but it made me cry.
The flashbacks into Traverse’s life intertwining with the film’s pre-production was as wonderful as it was heart wrenching. I would argue against it being a family film. It’s about the creation and the author behind a family film, yes, but the film itself seems too heavy for it to be aimed at the family audience. And I say that as someone who watched all sorts of potentially unsuitable films as a kid.
Anyway. 9 out of 10, and extra points for Simon Monkford from Lewis.

August: Osage County - I watched this for the Cumberbatch Cataloguing, I really need to stop doing that! I could hardly hack 20 minutes with this film. It was the characters that surrounded Meryl Streep that annoyed me. I watched so little of it that I couldn't even form a proper opinion of it, so... yeah. 

The Lost Boys - I watched it for Kiefer Sutherland. I’m not cataloguing him, but I’ve seen him in a few things, and then I watched him in The Three Musketeers, and this is a classic 80s film, so I had to add this one to my list!

It’s better than “My Best Friend Is A Vampire”, and it’s a bit like The Goonies, but it’s still a bit too “overacted” to me. A film can be cheesy, fun and wreaking of 80s, but the acting’s gotta be good to sell it to me, and this just didn’t quite hit that bar. And it was a bit rushed. I don’t know where I’m supposed to fill in the missing days between Michael getting turned into a vampire and his “attitude” becoming regular, because it’s one night and the next day in the film, yet dialogue suggests otherwise.
Anyway. Best acting probably goes to Edward Hermann. It’s cheesy, so its good for a laugh, and the punk clothing’s always good to watch, but there are better 80s movies out there. 5/10

Apartment 12 - I watched it for Mark Ruffalo, who I haven’t really watched in anything since 13 Going on 30, but the gifs of him intrigued me. The film popped up when I was adding another film, and I thought, despite it being a romcom, i’d give it a whirl.
Eh. I shouldn’t have bothered. I fought through my usual problems with romcoms to reach the 40 minute mark, but the problem was, I didn’t like the main character. And usually when you’re not meant to like the main character (like Gary King from TWE), and/or you’re meant to stick with them to see them grow to be a good, likeable character, it’s really obvious. This felt like I should have been sympathetic to him making mistakes, or making excuses for him because he was an ~artist~. But, by the 40 minute mark, I was well and truly fed up with him and the film and so I stopped watching.

It didn’t fill either of the labels “rom” or “Com”, in my books, so I would not recommend it.

Metropolis - As in the famous, classic, ground breaking Science Fiction silent movie directed by Fritz Lang.
And I feel terrible for saying this, but I actually found it quite boring. I’d like to say that it’s not because it’s a silent movie, because I’ve enjoyed silent movies in the past. But maybe in this case, it was. It just didn’t really catch or keep my attention at all.
For those who don’t know, this was the first long length dystopian Sci Fi movie ever made. And then because of length and censorship, 15 minutes of footage was cut, never to be seen again…
Until a few years ago, when they found the lost footage, and a restored version was finally released in 2008.

It was originally made in 1927. 1927! This film is only 11 years off from being 100 years old!
And it should be great and amazing and fascinating, but technical aspects and context aside, I found it a very boring film to watch. And when I watch longer films, I give them longer to reel me in, so I gave this an hour. But I was just bored.
I don’t know why. This film really does have the right ingredients. There’s a horrible capitalist, there’s mad science, there’s choreographed factory work, there’s a rich poor-man’s alley, and there’s even a bizarre love story.
I would recommend it to film buffs and science fiction fans alike! It should, in theory, be one of the best films ever.
But… I found it lacked something, and I don’t know what.

Cujo - Because it was on The List of Must See Movies, and, er, well I actually liked it but I wouldn’t have put it on The List. And I’ve seen various opinions about it from “Worst Film based on Stephen King’s Novels EVER” to “Best Horror Film EVER IN THE WOOOORLD”.
And I’m sort of in the middle. I thought it was good. You know, for a film about a rabid dog that keeps people hostage in a broken down car, it’s actually quite a good film over al. It’s a bit like Duel, but without the terrifying tail gating. It’s simple, there’s not much to it, but there’s this intenseness that grows as the film goes on.
I’d actually say it’s probably one of the best films based on a Stephen King Novel. Like, okay, it might not be up there with Stand By Me, but I think it’s 10 times better than It.

I did have to pause it at one point, though, and faff around on my phone for a bit. Not because I got scared, but because the little boy’s terrified crying broke my heart. The little lad who played him (he’s probably in this Thirties now!) was a fantastic actor, and Wallace Dee who played Donna, his mum, was also brilliant.
For any 90s Movies Buffs, that is the woman who played the mother in Invisible Mom.

So yeah. 8/10

The Hunting Party - It stars Richard Gere, Terrance Howard and Jesse Eisenberg. Which is a wierd band of actors I’ve ever seen put together. I think it might be the only film I’ve watched Richard Gere in, and it’s the first film I’ve actually liked Jesse Eisenberg’s character. It ended up on my list through seeing it on a trailer on another DVD, and it actually kicked me into trying to find a film where I liked Jesse Eisenberg's character.

The film is about a team of journalists who end up going after a mass murdering war criminal, and end up being mistaken for the CIA, which they use to their advantage. It’s partly based on true events, and you’d think it wouldn’t make a good watch, but it surprisingly does.
I’d recommend it, keeping in mind certain aversions to certain topics.

Tank Girl - It was ripped into in an issue of SFX and I thought, “Hey, I’ll give that a watch to see how bad it is!”. And, well you know what?, I’ve seen worse. Surfacing comes to mind, and a film I recently declared worse than Surfacing but which I’ve since forgotten (probably for the best) too.  
It’s almost as if someone got the Mario Brothers film (Which I love) and Warriors of Virtue (Cheesy Kid’s film), told them to aim for a higher British Board of Film Classification and threw it in the Waterworld Universe. And if you think about it that way, it’s not that bad.
But the truth for the film that it is, though, is that it’s overacted. It’s also bizarre, and it’s full of your typical 90s sexism, but it is watchable through questioning eyebrows.
The splicing in of the comic works and the soundtrack’s pretty good. So… yeah.

Trespass - A film starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman. I forgot, before putting this on my list, that I’d already seen this film, mostly because I didn’t know the name of it. And then it started, and so I remembered.
It is basically a No Thrills version of Firewall, except Nicholas Cage’s character is nowhere near as likeable as Harrison Ford’s. I don’t recommend it, I recommend Firewall instead.

Cabaret. - It was recommended to me by someone who said “It’s a musical for people who don’t like musicals, so you should like it”. (Because apparently, because I don’t like Rent, Calamity Jane, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Sound of Music, White Christmas and Moulin Rouge, and I have no intention of Watching King and I (Though that’s because of my fear of Yul Brynner and nothing about it being a musical), it means I don’t like musicals.
They’re wrong, because I do like musicals. I just like the good ones. Anyway…)

I’m not really sure what I thought about it. Yeah, the music was good. I was surprised by how much family resemblence there actually is between Liza Minelli and Judy Garland, because I’ve hardly really seen Liza Minelli in anything (apart from a couple of interviews and that episode of Big Bob). But plot-wise…. Eh.
I think the film and the actors all deserve all the awards that they got, but I wasn’t taken in by the plot itself. So… Yeah. Eh. 4/10

BBC's Production of Troilus and Cressia - Because I’ve tried to read the play and I’ve tried to listen to the audiobook, and it just wasn’t going in. So, I figured, maybe I should Watch it instead and I might take it in better.
And I lasted for a hour and twenty minutes, though I think I stopped following what was happening at the 40 minute mark. So I give up.
I just wasn’t meant to understand this play and I’m okay with that
I can hear: The Beatles ~ The Long And Winding Road
06 June 2015 @ 10:52 pm
Title: Got Milk?
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Percy/Oliver
Word Count: 3,657
A/N: This was the original fill I started to write before I got rudely interrupted by losing my rythem and ending up in hospital. I finished it in January this year, and I'm posting it now to satisfy my current Percy/Oliver splurge. (I've been quite sick with a migraine all day, this is my reward to myself)
Disclaimer: None of these characters are mine. I'm just borrowing them.

Writing Prompt Meme: Use 30 words generated by this generator http://watchout4snakes.com/creativitytools/RandomWord/RandomWordPlus.aspx and fill in the table with the prompts. Write at least a drabble of 100 words each day. You are allowed 7 emergency words. Feel free to ask people to give you a pairing/fandom for each of the prompt
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26 May 2015 @ 10:21 am

This was my hair two months ago


And this was my hair yesterday:


It’s grown about two inches in as many months. No idea about the red tint, I can only blame the lighting for it because my hair is exactly the same colour as it was in the First photo.

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28 April 2015 @ 11:36 am
I always associate this with Laura, but I guess i've started to associate it with the GS.

Not enough people know about the Tories, and there's no video on youtube for the song that I can share about the place, so I decided to do a lyric video for it.

The Other Side of Time from Chibi on Vimeo.

For Sally, Gemma, Victoria, Jenna, Michael, Kevin, Peter, Laura, Laura S, Chris, and sadly so many more.
I am feeling: sadsad
26 February 2015 @ 11:05 pm

Old Pen, New Hands on 365 Project

I washed you down the drain today
I couldn't believe you were still here
It's been so long now, do you know?
It's almost been ten whole years

Your life like ink faded to grey
And now there's nothing of you left
I watched you as you washed away
And left me and the pen bereft
14 February 2015 @ 10:52 am
You would have been 30 today.

I miss you.

14/2/1985 - 16/10/2005
05 January 2015 @ 12:52 am
Welcome to the Punch: For James McAvoy. It's about a police man coming up against the one criminal who bested him previously and figuring out that there are layers upon layers upon layers of... things happening that don't add up. I say that because I watched this film very closely and it wasn't until everything was explained in the last 10 minutes of the film that I understood what the hell I'd been watching. James McAvoy was good in it, though! And so was David Morrissey, and Andrea Riseborough, who played Brenda in Made in Dagenham. Know who else was in Made in Dagenham? Daniel Mays, who was also in this. I only ever remember his name cos it makes me think of Eddie Mays, the big baddie boss in Gangster No. 1. Anyway. Er. It was decent, and the acting's good, but i wouldn't recommend it.

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour: For The Beatles. Now, I'm a massive fan of the Beatles, as you'll all know, and I have a quirky sense of humour with a good sense for the ridiculous, but even i know a mess when i see one. I mean Wow. Best part about it was the bit with the magicians, then the end with Your Mother Should Know. For once, I'd say it'd be fair game to give this one a miss.

They Live: as suggested by Ash. It's a John Carpenter film about a man who starts seeing the world as it really is through special glasses. I thought it was quite good! So good, it borders on brilliant! It's funny and clever. It's just a shame that the last 10 seconds let it down... I'd still recommend it, though. It's got to be considered a Sci Fi classic, surely?

Terror Planet: It's a sort of parody/self aware psuedo B movie, starring Rose McGowan and many other people. Taking away the mystery of where OTT Homage ends and bizarre parody begins, the story itself is about a group of people fighting off a small town infected with a zombie-like flesh eating virus. It's basically Cabin Fever, but on a wider scale. And a bit more bizarre, which made it hard for me to watch. Er... Bruce Willis was good.

Gosford Park: For the now defunct Stephen Fry catalogue. It's a film about a bunch of upper class people in the 1930s, all together for a shooting weekend, all getting their secrets unravelled after a murder... or two. Is it two murders if the same man gets murdered twice? It's a bit like Poirot, except the policeman, played by Stephen Fry, is an idiot. It also stars Helen Mirren, Richard E Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Laurence Fox, Derek Jacobi, Ryan Philippe and many, many more. It's surprisingly a good watch.

Despicable Me 2: I thought it was alright, but nowhere near as good as the first. It seemed a bit all over the place, and the ending felt very rushed. The first has stood up to many rewatchings, I don't think this one will. (ETA- My Dad loves this film and I've had to re-watch this film about 10 times in the last two months. I wouldn't could that as standing, because I still prefer the first one, but it did grow on me a bit after maybe the fourth watch)

Frozen: There's a decent story there, it's just buried beneath poor exposition and 80% of the singing. And now that I've heard/seen Let It Go in context, I roll my eyes even harder. I know, I know, 99.9% of everybody Loves this film, but I don't see it myself. I anticipate the outrage in 3... 2... 1...

Evil Dead 2: To follow on from my previous watch of Evil Dead. Seriously, everyone thinks *this* one is the best of the trilogy? Why? And through most of the film, I felt like Ash was suddenly being acted by Joey Tribbiani rather than Bruce Campbell. I know Campbell's not the best actor, but come on!

Side by Side: a documentary produced and presented by Keanu Reeves about film making, the evolution of cinematography, and the pros and cons of the digital age. It's fantastic! There's interviews with almost all big named directors you could think about. If you have any interest in the behind the scenes of movie making, it's a must watch!

A Fish Called Wanda: It was on The List, and I was assured that if I liked The Parole Officer, i'd like this. And... it wasn't as bad as what it could have been, but I didn't think it was as good as The Parole Officer, and I certainly wouldn't call it a British comedy classic. I think, because it starred John Cleese, I was expecting something like Clockwise, but I didn't find it anywhere near as funny as Clockwise.

Dragonball Evolution: Because I was a massive fan of Dragonball Z and felt it was my duty. I'm sorry I bothered! It was like watching a bad episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and I say that as someone who Loved MMPR! My biggest annoyance was that Piccolo was nowhere near as green as he should have been. Plus, Ernie Hudson? That's a bizarre cast choice if I ever saw one!

From Up On Poppy Hill: You know what? I found it boring. I've found a few of Miyazaki's films to be boring, to be honest. I don't think every film he's done are the masterpieces people make them out to be, but this one wasn't overhyped for it's majestic amazingness, so I thought it'd be on the more quiet scale of enjoyable. Like the Castle of Cagliostro, it took me four watches but I eventually settled on "Likable". This one, though? There's nothing about the characters that hit me, and there's nothing about the story that caught me. So... yeah.

Great Expectations (2012): For some reason, I found this one a bit more watchable than the original John Mills one, but still I found all of the characters too insufferable to really like the story. And that doesn't change over different versions, obviously, because it's those characters who make the story, so... yeah. Also I got very distracted by the older Herbert Pocket, because I knew I knew him from somewhere, but I couldn't figure out where. Then it hit me! My favourite episode of Lewis! Anyway, won't be watching it again. Three versions is enough for me!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: It was an ok film to watch, but continuity-wise, this film doesn't exist to me. To use a TV Trope term, the characters felt Flanderised, the story was a bit naff and above all else, it was clearly just a sequel for the sake of making a sequel.

Planes I thought it was going to be just a rip off of Cars, but with aeroplanes, and maybe some nostalgia of Jimbo would kick in to help it along the way, so I didn't have any high expectations to begin with. And the first half an hour or so of it was exactly that, except for the Jimbo part. I know it's meant to be a spin off of Cars, but there's a lot of suspiciously similar substitutes there. Then it got a bit better, but then it went boring again. There's no outstanding characters, and I didn't think the script was all that engaging. I also found Skipper's backstory to be too much like Gill's original backstory, from Finding Nemo, to commend the film for any sort of surprise plot twist. I wouldn't recommend, not even for really young ones.

Pitch Perfect: As recommended by Lucy Norris. Ah... It had its good moments but erm... First there was Sister Act and Sister Act 2, then there was Bring It On, Save the Last Dance and others I can't think of right now, and then this. It's just a sugary sleep over kind of film, for me. Or it would have been. I've mainly come away from that file wanting to watch The Breakfast Club. Fat Amy was the best part of the film, but over all... I don't get the "hype" and I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again.

Death Proof: Because the trailer for it at the beginning of Planet Terror caught my attention. It was a bit of a slow start but I stuck with it, because it intrigued me. And I'm glad I did! That was a pretty good film. Enjoyable and unpredictable, which is what I need because i've reached a point now where I see most films as a collection of bits taken from other films. The acting was solid all around, even though one main character was played by someone who was originally a stunt double who never spoke in her roles. I'd definitely recommend (except to Mig, because of one scene I know she wouldn't like).

Tooth: This is a Christmas film about the tooth fairy, and it was on my list because it seemed to be a big favourite amongst people I used to know and they always said I should absolutely watch it because I would absolutely love it! And I just don't know why, because it was awful! The film was made up mostly of British actors (Sally Phillips, Timothy Dutton, Yasmin Paige and Jim Broadbent, to name some of them, plus Debbie Chazen, who for any Sherlock enthusiasts around, is the lady who plays the mayfly victim) yet they all do shoddy american accents.  Before I looked it up, I thought someone was Canadian trying to do an Australian accent, that's how bad everything was. And inconsistent too. British coins, but american dollars?

And the ham acting! Oh it was dire! It was worse than Elf, that's how bad it was. I'd recommend you getting a priest and exorcising it from a shop if you ever see it stocked anywhere. If you have it on your shelves, I have one question for you: Why?

Raging Bull: Because of The List (of d00m) told me I should absolutely watch it. I barely lasted through 40 minutes of it and then turned it off. It's biographical, about a boxer by the name of Jake LaMotta, and it was directed by Scorsese. I'm seeing a pattern with all these critically acclaimed films. They might have all the nitty gritty realism and excellent acting and behind the scenes stuff in it needed for awards... but I never find the story enjoyable. And what can you really do about it when it's a biographical piece? Well, you could turn it off, I suppose, and that's exactly what I did.

The Reckoning: The medieval murder film, not the horror one. Because Paul Bettany's in it. It was quite horrific, actually, which is something that you only figure out as the film goes on. And yet, bizarrely, it still made for a good watch. It was about a defrocked priest (Bettany) joining an acting troupe at a time when the only plays were all bible stories, and doing anything else was considered blasphemy. They used the true story of a local murder as a play, and then used the audience's response to solve the murder. It was good, if you have the thick skin for the topic.
There's some dodgy accents going on, especially from Brian Cox, who I couldn't tell if he was meant to be Geordie or Irish or at one point Australian, but over all it was a very good film. It also starred Willem Dafoe, Tom Hardy, Gina McKee, Ewen Bremner and Mark Benton. I would recommend it to the right people.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?: Because my Dad kept badgering me to watch it. So I watched it, and it was sort of enjoyable, but it was also a bit too bizarre to get into, cos it's this strange mixture of light-hearted characters and their fair share of serious situations. It sort of reminded me of The Frisco Kid and Stir Crazy. It's based on Homer's Odyssey, but not having read it, I've no idea how much, apart the basic idea that it's about a group of men. The singing bit was good. I'm not sure if i'd recommend it a Must See, but if anyone said, "Hey, what's a good George Clooney film to watch?" I'd say this one, because it's the only film I've liked him in.

Horrible Bosses: I've watched some bizarre films for the sake of an actor's back catalogue. The best, by far, was Bottle Shock for literally 2 minutes of Bradley Whitford. The worst to date was this film, an all just for Ioan Gruffudd. I mean, the film was pretty bad all by itself, but the part he played? That was a very bad decision on my part and I'm rethinking my film-finding method. D:

The Philadelphia Story: Starring Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. It's on the Must Watch list and so I watched it. There were what we shall call "Problematic bits", in that the first half hour includes domestic violence being found funny, BUT, once it moved on from that, it was a better film than how it started. The bit where Jimmy Stewart is drunk was absolutely hilarious. I would recommend but press the fact that this film reflects the time it was made in. If you can't bypass, hm, shall we say "cultural faux pas of the past"? To take what's good, then, well, you'll miss out on a lot of good stuff from years passed!

Foster: For the Ioan Gruffudd catalogue. What it's meant to be is a heart warming family comedy film about a child-less couple who want to adopt and they end up with an adorable little boy in a suit and a tie on their doorstep. What I appeared to watch was a creepy horror film about a couple in a failing marriage who ended up with a so called orphan on their doorsteps. Except the so called orphan was just a grown man who looks like a child, and he tried to murder the head of the orphanage. Well, not really, but that child creeped me out so much it'd have made more sense if it was a remake of the horror film Orphan. *shudder* I stopped watching at the 40 minute mark and got the priest in for an exorcism

The TV Set: For the Ioan Gruffudd cataloguing. I can see why it's considered Aaron Sorkin inspired. It's about a writer Mike, played by David Duchovny, who wrote a script for a pilot tv show and oversaw the casting, but the network producers will only take it if they make changes to it and take on the actor he doesn't like. Ioan Gruffudd's character plays the good producer who agrees with the writer: That the show deserves to be made the way it was written, aiming to a higher audience.
Unfortunately, he has no spine and his marriage to Lucy Davis's character is failing. It really shows the process of making telly in it's most disheartening light, and if you liked Studio 60 on the sunset strip, you might like this film, but keep in mind that where Wes, Matt and Danny succeeded, Mike doesn't come out of the other side of Pilot season unscathed

The Land Girls: For the Paul Bettany cataloguing. It stars Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel and Catherine McCormack. Paul Bettany was only in it for a total of five minutes, and not consecutively. But, regardless, it's very good! It's about three members of the Women's Land Army (aka land girls) working on a farm for a family who expected their son to go to war, plus a confusing love triangle. The ending's a bit abrupt but all things considered, it's a decent watch!

Scent of a Woman: Because it's on The Must See Films Ever list, but also Bradley Whitford's in it so I guess I crossed two birds off of one stone. Although I'd have been dissappointed if I'd have watched it for him because he was in it for about 10 minutes and he was a pratt. The 30 seconds in Bottleshock doesn't seem so bad, now (especially because it IS a great film). Anyway. I watched it feeling like I was watching some sort of sequel or AU or even a fanfiction of Dead Poet's Society.
There's a an all boy's school, a lad called Charlie who looked quite a bit like Charlie Dalton from DPS, and Philip Seymour Hoffman looked like he could have been Jeffrey Anderson (Todd's older brother), and there's even a suicide attempt. The film has two stories. One is about an old lonely blind man, Frank Slade (Al Pacino's character) wanting one last great weekend before it's all over, and a lad who is being bribed into grassing someone up for a prank they pulled on a teacher. If he doesn't give names in, he'll lose any chance of going to a good uni and probably his scholarship. He could have been the Cameron we'd have liked rather than the Cameron we grew to hate in DPS. The stories come together when Charlie takes the job of being Slade's aid whilst Slade's family go on holiday. It's worth a watch, if you can bear the occasional foul language and attitude.

The Gathering: For the Ioan Gruffudd cataloguing. It also stars Christina Ricci and a bucket load of other good actors. It's a biblical based horror thriller film, apparently, but er, it lacks in almost everything. I'm struggling to describe it, so I'm not even gonna bother. The acting was awful, over all it was boring, and I wouldn't recommend it.

Looking for Hortense: For the Kristin Scott Thomas catalogue. And it's a shame that she was the only good thing about the film, because her character was awful, really. It's a french film and it's about a man who is married to a theatre producer and is the son of a high court judge. He's been asked by his wife to help her friend's friend, Zorica, stay in france, after a divorce from Zorica's husband could get her deported. Sounds good so far, but his father doesn't have any time for him, he's been pushed into it without anyone listening to his thoughts on the matter, it's all just assumed that he'll do it and, after he's meant to have talked to his father, that he did it and all was successful. And when he finally does talk to his father gets a no, he has to break the news and everyone hates him for it.
And then, after finding out his wife is having an affair with the lead male actor of the play she's producing, he goes and tries to start an affair with Zorica. It all went nowhere and I pretty much want my 96 minutes back.

Even The Rain: I don't know who recommended it, but it was amazing, so thank you! It's about a film crew who go to Bolivia to film a truer telling of Christopher Columbus's exploration of new lands leading to the exploitation of the natives; But after they start filming, their lead actor becomes involved in civil unrest because the water company has raised their prices and blocked off access to community Wells. He leads everyone into riots against the government whilst the director can't do anything but try and get his crew to safety. It's absolutely amazing. If you can keep up with subtitles, I definitely recommend.

Broken Lines. It stars Dan Fredenburgh, Doraley Rosa, Paul Bettany and Harriet Watson. And I only lasted 40 minutes because it was boring and cliché. Basically the lead male character decides he'll have an affair with the first woman he sees, and somewhere between the stalking and resignation, the female lead character agrees. It's funny how even when Paul Bettany is a supporting character, he comes across as the most well rounded character. I mean, the character is suffering from PTSD and verges on emotionally abusive, but there's a depth there that the others don't have. I stopped watching at the 40 minute mark

The Young Victoria: For the Paul Bettany catalogue. In all honesty, I don't know enough about the royal family to know where the real parts ended and the cinematic embellishments, if there were any, began. But it was a good straight forward film with a very good cast. And Paul Bettany had lovely curly hair, which was a bonus. And to yet again prove that all British actors are in everything British, two cast members had been Lewis episodes

Practical Magic: For the Sandra Bullock cataloguing. Also someone I once knew recommended it to me because it was their childhood favourite. Err... I thought it was okay. For the cast it had, I thought it would have been better but it was based on a book so that probably limited things a bit. Yeah that pretty much sums it up. It was okay.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Starring Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. I watched this because, when I was in the Numb3rs fandom, the characters David and Colby were nicknamed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and I tried to read the play a couple of times but I struggled to follow it. I've had this film down on my list for ages! Anyway, I thought it was brilliant. I still found bits confusing but it's just so good! I almost died laughing at the bit with the hanging plant pots 10/10.

Legion: For the Paul Bettany Catalogue. It seemed to be about the beginning of the End of the World, and aimed specifically at a bunch of people in a diner in the middle of nowhere, America. But, given the way it ended, I'm not so sure it was that simple. Basically, there's a pregnant woman who's baby is going to save the world, angels are possessing people so that they could kill the baby, and Paul Bettany's character, Michael The Angel, was in charge of making sure it lived. But, it could have really been more of a test on the Angels rather than the people in the Diner. I wasn't impressed by this one, it was boring and so dark, visually wise, that I thought the settings on my DVD player had gone funny. There's a very impressive fight scene near the end, and that was good to watch, but overall, I wouldn't recommend it. Priest is better.

The Whistleblower: Both because someone recommended it to me and for the Cumberbatch Cataloguing, I can't remember which came first. It stars Rachel Weisz as a police officer who becomes a UN officer in Bosnia and unravels a trafficking ring. It's based on a true story, it is heavy going and it's as grim as you can imagine considering the subject matter. But it's a very good film and apparently even goes further than the real person's memoir, because a lot of the real life accounts had to be brushed over for legal reasons. On the other hand, a few things had to be omitted from the film for the sake of maintaining a paying audience. Either way, it's a good film if you've got the stomach for it. You don't even notice if her American accent is dodgy or not! You do with Cumberbatch's though. Thank god he only accumulates about five minutes of screen time.

House of Sand And Fog: It was for the Jennifer Connoly cataloguing but I was finding it quite boring and it's hard to care about what's happening if you don't really like any of the characters so I gave up. It's about a woman (Connoly) whose house was mistakenly repossessed and then auctioned off by the state and the "Middle eastern" Colonel (Kingsley) who bought the house out of desperation to live somewhat cheaper. She wants the house back and he wants to sell it for three times the price he paid. I stopped watching just after the 40 minute mark

Dogville: For the Paul Bettany Cataloguing. Ermmm... What a bizarre film! Plotwise, It's set during the American depression and it's about a woman, played by Nicole Kidman, who escapes from somewhere else, climbs up the rocks at the edge of the town called Dogville and seeks refuge there. Tom, played by Bettany, takes her in and talks people round in helping to keep her safe and hidden. And then the people she's escaped from go looking for her and the townspeople turn on her, and it's all downhill from there as she's turned into a slave. The story's...good? Sort of, and really well acted, but it's so bleak. It's the production that's really bizarre, though. It's more of a play than a film. It's set on a stage, there's hardly any props, doors are mime-opened with a sound effect, and the dog is drawn on the floor in chalk. In fact the layout of the whole town is outlined on the stage floor in chalk. It's just so bizarre. I don't think I'd recommend it, because as much as it makes for a striking film, it is quite disturbing and I really think it should have come with a better description and some trigger warnings.
I can hear: The Beatles ~ Two Of Us
16 October 2014 @ 01:09 pm
Laura Delaney
1985 - 2005
Because you'll never be just a memory

It hasn't flown by and yet I'm surprised it's nine years already.

You've been gone for almost as long as we were friends.
As written on my facebook:

On the subject of the DPS watchalongs done in honour of Robin Williams tonight, I'd just like to say thank you to those who indulged (or merely tolerated) my obsession with the film back in 2006. Without the friends and that film at that time, I don't think I'd have been able to come to terms with the deaths of loved ones that had occurred.

None were suicides, but a film about living on whilst you still could, maybe in honour of those who had already passed, was exactly what I needed to connect with at that time.

So, sorry if you got sick of my quoting (and the screenshots and the analyses and the fanvids and I don't know what else I might have thrown at you), but thank you for not trying to shut me up.
12 August 2014 @ 12:12 am
I can't believe it.

And they're saying it was a suicide as well?

I can't... How!?

You know what? During the summer of 2008 and again in 2009, I had no reason to get up, no reason to go to bed, didn't leave the house, barely left my room aside from hospital appointments. But I watched The Birdcage before going to bed at least once a week, it helped me sleep.

There were a couple of other films as well, Dark Crystal, Driving Lessons and Beautiful Thing, but I tend to go back to The Birdcage whenever I start feeling the need to stay up all night to make sure the sun comes up before I can go to sleep.

And... now he's gone.

How? :(

And it goes without saying that without Dead Poet's Society...



Vicky, if you're out there, I hope you realise how much you saved my life after the black months. Self destruction wasn't in it, those months were grey. I still don't remember most of that time. I still only know that I took exams, couldn't begin to tell anyone what the hell those exams were. I know that I read a lot of books, I remember the neck ache from reading the books, I remember the covers of the books creasing as I held them. I remember nothing about the stories. I don't remember Christmas.

But I remember that last Friday, and I remember that Thursday where the bus was stuck in a traffic jam after the car crash, and the world started getting a bit of it's colour back.

And then I remember DPS and House and Hornblower and dancing and actually finding things funny.
15 June 2014 @ 09:53 pm
I have so many photos, it's ridiculous, but I went to the Mersey River Festival yesterday and I got a video of a singer called Bob Blakely, my Dad got a video of a drum procession that literally trapped me in an alcove (it was AMAZING) whilst they went passed and I went on the ferry the other day and I have a video from that.

Photos and a general update will come in the next couple of days. I was waiting for Lucy to give me the McFly pictures but it might still be a while until she does, so I'll just have to kick myself up and get to it without them, and then put them up when I do get them and sort through them.

In the meantime:

Mersey Cruise, June 2014
(Which I call The Three Point Turn Cruise)

Mersey Ferry Cruise, 2014 from Chibi on Vimeo.

Bob Blakeley, Mersey River Festival, Smooth FM Stage at the Pier Head

Bob Blakeley Live at the Mersey River Festival 2014 from Chibi on Vimeo.

Batalia Drum Procession
(This might be loud, so watch your volume)

LIVONEDRUMBAND from John Haines on Vimeo.

I am feeling: amusedamused
20 May 2014 @ 01:26 pm
A Hard Day's Night - Starring the Beatles. Because what self proclaimed Beatles fan can call themselves a Beatles fan without watching the films? Well, gasp shock, I liked it! I don't think it's worth all the hype, it's definitely not Oscar material. But it is a good laugh if you've got a goofy sense of humour, which I do. And you know what's even wierder? Seeing The Beatles, from the 60s, having to put up with the same boyband sort of treatment that I watched Busted and McFly put up with in their earlier days. Things never change, do they? Also, I think I'm in love with John Lennon.

Transformers - Watched it on a whim after finding some quotes from the film funny It was better than I thought it would be, and the funny quotes did lead to funny parts in some places. Good enough to watch, not sure I'd personally recommend it unless I knew some reason to recommend it. I'd say it was like Herbie (The good old Herbie, not the crappy remake with She Who Shall Remain Nameless) meets Small Soldiers.

The Heat - For the Sandra Bullock cataloguing. It was more funny and brilliant than I thought it was going to be, and I had high hopes for it to begin with! It's the female Bad Boys. I'd say if you liked Bad Boys and you liked Miss Congeniality, you need to watch this film. Some scenes had me laughing so hard, I started squeaking and choking. It took a bit to get used to seeing Sookie from Gilmore Girls swearing up a storm, but her physical timing is flawless. Bonus Points for Tom Wilson.

District 9 - As recommended by Lynsey. It was good. Strange, but good. I liked it and I think it's worth a watch. I think you can either see it as an alien vs government film, with a fair bit of violence and a mecha suit along the way; or you can see it as something heavier: A dystopian future sci fi movie where the racial and cultural divide is between humans and aliens, in parallel to the apartheid, and to a certain extent, the holocaust. Somewhat off topic, but did anyone else hear Wikis's swearing and think "scouse accent"?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Randomly just for Jimmi Simpson (Bollinger in, but then Alan Tudyk popped up! Uncredited, poor guy. You know what? As bizarre as it was, the first half was actually pretty good! The second half was a bit boring, but it did pick up in the last 10 minutes, before ending on a pretty flat note. I'd recommend it for a laugh. If you want to see Vampires really getting their backsides kicked, watch Buffy instead.

The Lorax - I was hoping it'd be better than the original 1972 animated short, but it just wasn't. I'm no massive fan of Dr Suess, I couldn't begin to tell you how close to the book it was, but whilst I'm glad they fleshed out the straight forward poem with a bit of extra plot, the musical scenes were kind of out of nowhere. I know, I know, kids film, blah. But I liked Horton Hears a Who, and I was expecting it to be like that, and it wasn't. Which is shame, because if the short was anything to go by, the poem would have made a good basis for dialogue. Oh well!

Sunshine on Leith - Wow! I was a bit disappointed with it, but I still liked it. The main parts I was disappointed with were the "And then I met you" scene, because it oddly changes the context of the song, then the way "Over and Done With" was used, and the resolution over Davy's clear dislike of England. But they really pulled it out of the bag for Sunshine on Leith (as in the song) and Letter From America. I never expected such heart from Jane Horrocks. And that 500 Miles ending was brilliant! And, nice cameo from the Reid brothers right in the beginning, there. I recommend it if you're a fan of The Proclaimers.

Justin and the Knights of Valour - I wasn't expecting much from this film, it seemed to be one of those animated films they churn out to fill in a gap between blockbusters, but I enjoyed it all the same. It was lovely! And sweet! It's a bit of a hidden gem, like The Magic Sword: Quest For Camelot. Just mix that with a A Knight's Tale and this is something like the end result. So if you enjoy either of those films, you should like this!

Thor: The Dark World - For Natalie Portman. I... Well... Why do I feel like I've just watched Star Trek and Star Wars had a collective spewing spree on to Lord of the Rings!? I did like it, but it was just a bit bizarre. I've no idea if it's anything like the comics, I can't remember my mythology enough to have an opinion from that angle. It was enjoyable, just a bit all over the place? At least we can now answer Kirk's question. Gods want spaceships to blow stuff up with.

The World's End - Cos I've seen the first two, so I absolutely needed to watch this! I liked it! I mean, I don't think it's as good as Shaun of the Dead, but I liked it a lot more than Hot Fuzz. I wasn't too sure about the ending, but oddly enough, an appreciation for commentaries has helped me to like the film more than I did whilst watching it properly. I really think people should watch this film, if for no other reason than to finish the trilogy, but I think it'd be worth it!

Wall Street - I think I only really understood the last 20 minutes of it. I mean, essentially, it's just all fraud, off-shore accounts and investing in borrowed money, and I understand *that*, but the value of stocks and the system of buying and selling is all lost on me, and I think you might need to either understand it properly or be able to make educated guesses to get a better picture of what's happening. Cos I couldn't do either and so most of the film was lost on me. The last 20 minutes was good, though. (Boiler Room was better).

The Croods - Watched with the anticipation of someone who watched Land Before Time too many times during their childhood. I'm happy to say it wasn't as traumatic, but dear lord does it kick you in the heart in a few places. It is a brilliant, lovely film, though! Excellent voice work and amazing graphics to boot. One day I will stop being amazed with what they can do with animation... but today is not that day. I recommend it. Seriously!

Pacific Rim - I have to say, I was so unimpressed, I gave up just over half way through the film. It just rang a bit too closely to NGE mixed with a bit of Gundam Wing for my liking. And it had the age old trope, almost said word for word even, of aliens jumping from planet to planet, wiping out the existence of the inhabitants, taking it over and jumping on to the next one. Like, I heard those words said in Slither. I dunno, if you like bigarsed robots battling Aliens, give it a go. If you know your anime, you'd be better off watching your anime.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps - I understood it a bit better than the first, but that's because it didn't focus on the stock exchange to the degree the first film did. In fact, I'd go as far to say as it's a tenuous link of a sequel. Worth a watch to see what became of the great Gordon Gekko and the family, but if you're after another close view of how you can cheat your way through the stock exchange, stick to the first, or better yet, watch Boiler Room. Minus points for Charlie Sheen.

Help - As in the Beatles film, starring The Beatles! It's a mixture of a Carry On film and Monty Python, but with a lot less dialogue. And it tells the tale of Ringo's misadventure of wearing a sacrificial ring. I had a few problems with the mumbled dialogue, and SJWs should definitely stay away from this film. But otherwise... it's good and worth a watch, and in fact I think if you're a Beatles fan you absolutely must watch this film. Even if it's just for Lennon's facial expressions!

The Amazing Spider Man - Watched in preperation of watching the sequel in the cinema. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the hype. I found it mostly funny, and possibly at parts I wasn't supposed to find funny. I'm pretty sure the message of this film was, as: Stay disabled, you'll be happier and, most importantly, not a big-arsed killer lizard. Also, this is the second non-Godzilla film (that I've seen so far) that has basically turned into a "Vs Godzilla" film.

The Joneses - I just liked the look of this film. It's about a fake family made up of actors, who have to promote products and the lifestyle that goes along with them, to the area they've moved into. I was surprised by how good it was! Especially because it starred David Duchovwhateverhisnameis and Demi Moore, and I've never really rated them as good actors. But anyway, it's really very good and kind of twisted. It took a very dark turn that I didn't expect.

Failure to Launch - As recommended by Lucy. It's about how a guy hasn't moved out yet so his parents hire him a girlfriend. It's sort of along the same lines as How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, but more unlikeable. At least for me, anyway. I did like Zooey Deschennel's part of the film, so that was something. If only the film was about her and her misadventures with the mockingbird!

The Heart of Me - For the Paul Bettany cataloguing. About upperclass sisters who lose their father, so the husband of one sister is pretty much in charge of the estate, and subsequently the other sister's pursuit of a husband. It's set in the 1930s. How do I say this nicely? Hm... I want those 40 minutes back.

Bright Young Things - For the James McAvoy cataloguing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was filled to the top with an amazing cast of actors! Michael Sheen, Emily Mortimer, Dan Akroyd, David Tennant, Simon Callow, Harriet Walter, Stephen Fry and so many others! Which was great, cos James McAvoy wasn't in it all that long.

It's about a group of 20-somethings in the 1930s who aren't really trying and yet still managing to fail at the more important things in life. They're all drunken drug takers steam rolling over politics. I think the best performance was of a drunken major, played by Jim Broadbent, who keeps appearing at just the right time to almost pay the main character the money he owes from a bet that was set up in the very beginning. A Chillington at his best! As for overall enjoyment? Eh, it was worth a watch. Great acting. But I think the characters are designed to annoy you, so if you get annoyed easily, best stay away.

Street Kings - I thought it was good! It was about a police officer, played by Keanu Reeves, skirting on the edge of the law who needs to solve his ex-partner's murder, which he's being framed for. Also stars Chris Evans (as in the American actor, not the ginger radio DJ obviously) and bizarrely, Hugh Laurie. I'm not sure I'd recommend it, there's better "corruption within the force" films out there, but it's a decent watch.
I am feeling: amusedamused
18 May 2014 @ 07:50 pm
I don't know if you're out there. I don't want you to be out there reading this, I think there's been enough of that, but if you are and you come across this one day, well, I just want you to know that I saw McBusted twice on their tour, and I loved it, both times.

If I'd have got the chance to go when I was 14, I think my head would have exploded.
If they'd have joined up in 2006/2007, I might have squee'd and flailed myself into A&E.

They were SO good. I went with two great friends and they had a great night too, and it made my night even better.

I still think of you. I still miss you. I miss the good days. Our friendship lead to so many great things, and I honestly think my thirst for concerts is one of them. Strange as that might sound.

I hope you're doing better now.

I don't know how I'm doing, really, but I'm still here and that's good enough for me.

Take care of yourself.
17 February 2014 @ 01:16 am
Measure up what you think it's worth
Lay it out on the naked earth
For all the crows to see
And do with as they please
All the world's for sale
All the world's for sale

Come to find no one's innocent
Cos every hand is dipping in
Suspicion fills you up
And over runs your cup
All the world's for sale
All the world's for sale
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I can hear: The Tories ~ All The World's For Sale
14 February 2014 @ 11:58 am
Laura Delaney
14/02/1985 - 16/10/2005

Always and forever, Laura.
Because you'll never be just a memory.
02 February 2014 @ 11:13 pm
New icon: Uploaded.

And for those who don't have me added on Dreamwidth and can't see the icon I'm currently using, fear not! That's what embedding is for:

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He's so pretty, I want to poke him in the face.

And this is public incase any fellow Lewis fans end up on here and would like to nab the icon. All I ask for is some credit in return. For the hassle of cropping and lightening...

I am feeling: amusedamused
25 December 2013 @ 10:37 am
Geeeeeeeeet dressed you merry Gentleman, let nothing you dismay! For it is Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas Day! Iiiiit's Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas Day! Christmas Day! It is chriii ih ih ih ih christmas day! Christmas day! It is Chrih ih ih ih ih ihsmas day~!
24 November 2013 @ 10:59 am
Starter for 10 - For the James McAvoy cataloguing and was pleasantly surprised to also find Catherine Tate, Bendybus Cumbernauld and Mark Gatiss in it as well! I... didn't not like it. It was a good watch, but I think I laughed too much in all the wrong places, and I fast-forwarded through all the romance stuff. Which I'm not sure is a good sign for the film. I also most definitely did not slash Brian (McAvoy) with either his friend Spencer (Dominic Cooper) or Patrick (Cumberbatch). Not at all. Nope... No. (cough).

It's worth a watch, even if it's just for the most hilarious fighting technique I've ever seen. Also, you'll love it if you're a Cabin Pressure fan. Patrick is basically Martin Crieff, and he even says a paraphrased "I'm the captain". 6/10

Inkheart - For the Paul Bettany Cataloguing. It also starred Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. It was a surprisingly good family film! The best film I've seen Brendan Fraser in for a few years, and maybe the best we'll see from him for a while yet. One weird bit was that the daughter, who grew up solely with her Dad, kept switching between calling him Dad and "Mo", his first name. Bonus points for Surprise!Roger Allam in the form of the narrator. 8/10

The Shawshank Redemption - From the Must See Classic Challenge. After all these years of many people recommending this film to me, including She Who Won't Be Named who actually lent me the DVD and then a month later I gave it back unwatched (I did meant to watch it, I just never got in the mood to), I finally watched it.

It stars Tim Ribbins who I recognised from other things but didn't know his name, Morgan Freeman and William Sadler. It was good! I can see why it's critically acclaimed, why everyone likes it and why it's a must watch. I agree with that last point, and I mostly enjoyed watching it! But as with every critically acclaimed film, the story itself isn't something I'dve gone out of my way to watch, and probably won't watch again. 7/10

Yellow Submarine - For the first time ever. I'm actually surprised how much I liked it, because every other person I know who likes The Beatles has said it gets boring half way through. It did, I'm not gonna lie, but it picked up again soon enough. As long as you stick with it for the music. It is, of course, a musical animated film based on Beatles songs, some from their Sgt. Pepper's album, and voiced by people who were not the Beatles, but one was Onslo in Keeping Up Appearances, an actual scouser, so that's ok! Anyway, brilliant. I would have loved to watch that as a kid! 9/10

Olympus Has Fallen - As recommended by, erm, someone. I think it was Mig? And it was about the white house being taken over and the president being taken hostage by terrorists. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, who's acting I found surprisingly good for once, and Dylan McDermott, who plays a baddie. There's a lot of blood, fighting and death. Quite gory! It made for a brilliant film! The story's sum up doesn't do the film justice but it's about a bunch of terrorists who hold the president hostage in the white house. I recommend it if violent suspense films are your thing. 9/10

Oz The Great and Powerful - I love Wizard of Oz, I love Return to Oz. I did not like this. I was so disappointed! I watched the first 40 minutes of it and then had to fast forwarded through the rest. I can handwave continuity problems, I've been doing that already with Return to Oz, so that wasn't the problem. I just found it flat and boring, and don't get me started on the romantic subplot, and James Franco's failing attempt at being the next Jack Sparrow in everything he's in. Blah. Conserve your childhood, give this one a miss. 0/10

The Incredible Hulk - (After having the disc for so long LoveFilm are held the next Buffy disc hostage until I sent it and another one back) By suggestion of somebody. Possibly Ash?

It was a decent watch, a bit strange when it went all Godzilla Vs The Hulk at the end, I don't remember that happening in the telly series but maybe it happened in the comic book? And I'm not sure I'd have watched it if I'd have known RDJ appeared at the end of it, but luckily I know how to turn off a DVD before it's actually ended. Anyway. An improvement on the earlier one and ultimately decent. 5/10.

The Green Mile - As suggested by everybody and their mothers (literally), again after having the disc for so long that LoveFilm that Lovefilm held Buffy hostage. Anyway, it stars Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan (may he RIP) and Peter Sadler.

I enjoyed it, considering! I liked it a lot more than I did the Shawshank Redemption. Even though it was strange. And involved a lot more talk of pee than I'm used to seeing in a film. The acting was brilliant! And strange fun fact, William Sadler played a character called "Wild Bill" Overbeck in a Disney film called RocketMan 2 years before The Green Mile came out, and The Green Mile had a character called Wild Bill played by Sam Rockwell.

The Secret Life of Bees - I watched this for two reasons:
1) I saw the trailer at the beginning of another film and thought it looked good,
2) Because Paul Bettany was in it, so I added it to the Paul Bettany Catalogue

I didn't even make it to the 40 minute mark. The trailer really misrepresented what the film was about, which suggested a girl's troubled relationship with her father, so the house keeper takes her to learn more about her mother, who wasn't there. The film is actually about a girl (Dakota Fanning) whose mother "died" and runs away with the help of the house keeper to escape her abusive father (Paul Bettany) and goes to live with beekeepers. All taking place in the 1960s America. With Paul Bettany's awful sounding southern accent. Not the point, I know, but I wish he'd stop taking parts where he's got to talk in an American accent, it doesn't sound right! At least in Firewall he's got an on-screen reason for it. Anyway. Not my type of film at all. Probably had one of those bittersweet endings where it's not the perfect ending, but at least the girl could be happy.

Tootsie - From the Classic Must See Challenge. I thought it was hilarious! And it'd actually be a good piece to analyse from a feminist and sexuality dynamic angle, if essays on movies is your thing. And I think Mrs Doubtfire owes a lot to that film, and in turn Tootsie owes a lot to Some Like It Hot. I recommend it, 10/10.

Men in Black 3 - Because I was always going to get around to seeing it. I was surprised! I know everyone raved for it when it came out but I didn't really think it was going to be that good, and it was! I remember the second film and how rubbish it was, I remember how it felt like a sequel for a sequel's sake. This third one was so much better, you can practically ignore a second one was ever done! Just fill in the gap between the ending of the first and the beginning of the 3rd with your own ideas. I mean, ok, there was a bit right at the end that made me cry, but ignoring that, it was easily the best of all 3. And it gets points for Surprise!Emma Thompson and Alice Eve. 10/10