Film Friday #2

Welcome to my new feature, Film Friday. Here I will recap the films I have watched this week, and ones that I have either discovered or talked about. 


Warm Bodies

Okay, I have a confession. I watched the movie before reading the book. I know. I am a bad person. I have sooo many books to read, I just haven’t got round to it, and I didn’t want to miss out on the film because of it.

Which is a good thing, because this film was really good! I was expecting a Shaun of the Dead-esque zombie film, but it was actually much better than I thought. What I didn’t realise is that R (played by Nicholas Hault) isn’t actually a zombie, the ‘bonies’ are the zombies. Although he does eat brains. But when he eats the brain of Julie’s boyfriend, he falls in love with her. And hence the movie is about their love against the odds, and whether love can truly conquer all. 

The best bit about this movie is Nicholas’ voiceover, where we can hear his thoughts. They are very funny, as are the scenes with Rob Corddry. 4 sofas from me! And I must go read the book.

I am Sam

Confession number 2: I haven’t actually finished this yet so don’t spoil the ending! I have been watching it for 3 days though so I think it qualifies for this week’s post. This film was made in 2001 (look how young Dakota Fanning is!), and I got it in a library dvd sale for something like 50p. 

It is heartwarmingly sad when Sam’s daughter gets taken away from him by Child Services because he is mentally retarded. He enlists the help of Michelle Pfeiffer as his lawyer to help get her back. Had I watched this back then, I think it would be very poignant. Now, what with gay marriage in the UK and all, it is less so. But yet still current; there is a much greater stigma surrounding mental illness than any other minority group. 

I think this is a great feel good fim (depending how it ends up!) and Sean Penn is just brilliant.    

Heard/Talked about:

Toy Story 4

A rumour was started this week that Toy Story 4 was in production. However, both Disney and Pixar have yet to confirm this. I’m unsure how I feel about this. I thought the third one was better than expected for a 3rd film, but would a 4th ruin it? I just don’t know.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A film that is definitely being made is the sequel to one of my favourite films of 2011 (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Due for release in Summer 2014, Jason Clarke (recently starred in Lawless) has been said to have joined the cast. I have yet to see the original Ape films, but I CANNOT WAIT for this one. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes just blew my mind with the detail and animation. 

That’s my film wrap up for this week. What are your opinions/thoughts? Has anyone seen I am Sam? What do you think of the mental illness in films issue? Have any recommendations for me this week? 

6 thoughts on “Film Friday #2

  1. Toy Story 3 really hit home for me, it was the perfect sendoff, and honestly I don’t know how I would feel about another one without Andy. As for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I’m really eager and curious to see where this new film goes. I do hope James Franco returns as well.

    • Thanks for your comment! I agree about Toy Story, it might be overkill. I’m interested to see what they do with the new Monsters Inc movie, and I hope they don’t ruin it! As far as I am aware James Franco hasn’t been signed up, but according to IMDB he’s got 10 films lined up in the next couple of years, so it looks unlikely. It’s a different director too, which could mean a whole new look.

  2. I haven’t seen I am Sam, but now I’m thinking it’s a must! I also saw Warm Bodies, and was shocked at how good it was. I actually wrote about it in my blog too! And yay for Planet of the Apes! You should definitely see the original first one. The rest aren’t great, but the first is a classic!

    Fun. Post! 🙂

    • I’m trying to watch some old films that I’ve missed out on, I am Sam being one of them! I think it was nominated for a lot of awards. I will try and hunt out the first apes film then! Would they have made it onto dvd? That might be a blonde question! I’m going to check out your blog now 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      • The original Planet of the Apes movies are considered Sci-fi classics even though, by today’s standards, the special effects suck. They are definitely on dvd. 🙂 And I’m glad you liked my post too!

  3. Haha, it does not make you a bad person just because you saw the movie before you read the book! From what I understand, the book is quite hilarious, too, so it’s good to hear that the movie also has the same tone. And as much as I love Toy Story I am kind of conflicted about there possibly being a fourth movie. I mean, the way things ended in Toy Story 3 was just too perfect!

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