Film Friday #1

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. 

Watched: 

You've Got Mail (1998) Poster

You’ve Got Mail 

My parents always raved about this film, but it’s not one I’ve ever seen, even though it was released in 1998! Starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as two owners of competing bookshops, they fall in love over the Internet. 

I thought this film was lovely (I can’t resist a film about bookshops!) and really cute. Even if I did want to shout ‘RUN FORREST’ everytime I saw Tom Hanks. 4 Sofas from me! 

Flight (2012) Poster

Flight

Starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves a crashing plane, his life comes under the spotlight when it is discovered he was drunk and high on cocaine at the time of the flight. 

I saw this at the cinema list week. During the adverts before the film, I told my other half what the film was about. He said ‘I hope it’s better than it sounds then’. And it was! Although lacking in action after the first 15 minutes, this drama was really thought provoking. It also had some funny moments with John Goodman, and me and my other half were pleasantly surprised. We have a running joke that he picks terrible films (usually involving aliens or whatnot), so if he doesn’t particularly want to see it then it will be good! I’m a fan of Denzel anyway, but this added to his repertoire of great films. 4 sofas! 

Heard/Talked about:

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Timeriders: the Movie (link to Timeriders website as no IMDB page)

I’m a huge fan of the Timeriders series of books by Alex Scarrow. I’ve read 4 of the (currently) 7 part series, and I have enjoyed them all. I have books 5 and 6 on by TBR shelf, and I think they are a great YA series. 

There is a petition here to get Hollywood to turn this series into a film (or set of films!). And I don’t know why it hasn’t already! The poster is amazing.

Jurassic Park 4 officially announced for 2014, will be filmed in 3D.

Jurassic Park 4

It has been confirmed with an expected release in Summer 2014. I love this trilogy, and can’t wait to find out more about the new one. Also rumoured to be released in 3D.

That’s my film wrap up for this week. What are your opinions/thoughts? Can you recommend any other good book-orientated film aside from You’ve Got Mail? 

Films to look forward to in 2013

There are so many films (mainly sequels) that I am looking forward to next year, I thought I would share some of them with you. 

Firstly, the continuation of the comic book bandwagon. Iron Man 3 and Thor: the Dark World are both expected next year. Man of Steel is the new Superman rehash, and is expected around June. Furthermore, Captain America 2, Amazing Spiderman 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy are all scheduled for 2014, so I know I’m set up for the next 2 years! 

Girly films come in the form of I Give It A Year, a movie about newlyweds after the honeymoon period. Also released around valentines is This is 40, the sort of sequel to Knocked Up. I love Paul Rudd so this will be on my to-watch list! 

Another sequel due next year is A Good Day to Die Hard. When you are getting to no 5 in the series, you know perhaps it is overworked. It’s also due in February, and I’m gonna try and watch no 4 before this comes out. 

Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, is set to be a sci-fi drama from the makers of the Matrix. I’m not a big fan of either stars, but the synopsis sounds good, so we’ll have to see. 

Yay for a new Denzel Washington film! Flight surrounds a pilot who becomes a hero when he prevents a plane from crashing, but he is harbouring a dark side. I don’t really care about the plot, I will see it for Denzel! 

Likewise a film that instantly makes it to my to-watch list is Fast & Furious 6. Yes the series is overdone. Yes every film practically follows the same storyline. But I’m sorry, Vin Diesel and nice cars? Yes I am that shallow. 

More action in the form of GI Joe: Retaliation, once again starring Channing Tatum and Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe. Both films featuring big name stars, but will they live up to the expectation?  Elysium is a sci-fi drama starring Matt Damon. ‘Nuff said. 

Funny films that look good next year are Identity Thief; starring the fat one from Bridesmaids, this film follows Jason Bateman as a businessman chasing the imposter that stole his identity. Hangover 3 is also due next year. I haven’t yet seen the second one, but this is on my radar. 

I’m not a big watcher of animations, but I will try and see Monsters University, the sequel to Monsters Inc (a classic, imo!). I’ve also heard they are making a film of Postman Pat, though that must be one massive postal storyline to fill min 1 hr 30 mins?! 

The Host PosterThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Poster

Book to film adaptations I’m looking forward to are The Host, a sci-fi drama based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. James Patterson’s Maximum Ride is also getting a film, but I’m unsure whether this is next year or 2014. The next part of the Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug is also due next year. I wasn’t a massive fan of the first one, but I will probably see the next one because I love Martin Freeman. Catching Fire is my favourite book out of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, so I really hope they do it justice (more than the first one!).

One that I am very excited for is The Maze Runner, based on the trilogy by James Dashner. This is quite spooky as I just discovered the 3rd book in my tbr pile yesterday, and today I found out that the film of the first book is due next year! 

So these are the ones that have made it onto my radar! I’m sure there are some glaringly obvious ones I have missed. If so, please leave me a comment and remind me! Or any new ones that you think are worth a watch, share below! 

Film Review: Breaking Dawn Part TWO

This film has been muchly anticipated by me, and indeed the whole world! Obviously I’ve read the books and I did enjoy them. I have seen the other films; I think Twilight or Eclipse is my favourite. I wasn’t a huge fan of Breaking Dawn Part One. I know it is a big-ish book and by splitting it into two parts, we should get more detail. But I just don’t feel there was enough action in either part to captivate the audience. 

Firstly, I will just say that I did enjoy the film. I have seen it twice now, and will probably get the dvd when it comes out. However, there were just a couple of things that irritated me, thus preventing it from being amazing, in my opinion. 

Firstly, the intro scene is soooooooooo long. Like, seriously. I thought ‘Skyfall’ was bad; at least we had some action before. This one jumps straight into the credits, most of whom I haven’t heard of; ‘Boo boo Stewart?!’ Five minutes later when the film starts, I’m already asleep. 

Luckily the film starts just as the last one left off. Eyes open, and boom! She’s a vampire. Now this is my first irritation; this is the first scene with vamp-Bells, and therefore it is very important. So I don’t see why the film guys thought it necessary to alter the entire setup. Just not how I pictured it at all! And the bit in the book where Bella jumps out the window, and rips her dress and stuff. All gone. 

There just seemed to be bits missing from the book to really piece the story together. Obviously the Jacob/Reneesmee thing is gonna be a bit weird anyways, given that she’s a baby. This is kinda glossed over (as is the bit where he gets naked in front of Bella’s dad (!)) , and is fine, up until the bit where he asks Edward if he should call him dad. Funny, but a bit too paedophilia-like, in my opinion. 

Also the fact that Jacob tells Charlie as a way to get Bella and co to stay. Why doesn’t Jacob just go with them? And surely they have to leave soon anyways due to the non-aging thing? Why is this never discussed? Nor how they are going to explain Renesmee to anyone, given that she will hit puberty/adulthood in 7 years! 

I thought the fight scene was done very cleverly, without giving too much away, and it added a much needed suspense to the film. I think I have to give it 4 sofas, as I love the series, and I’m glad this wraps it up nicely, but it’s probably more of a 3.5 for standalone quality. 

Do you agree/disagree? Have you seen it? Can you explain the gaping holes in the storyline? Let me know in the comments! 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Movie Poster

Feature & Follow #2

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If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

trans Feature & Follow #121The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

 How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?

A: Great question! I think the TV series of ‘Friends’ could work quite well as a series of books, or ‘Closer’, starring Jude Law and Clive Owen.

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Film Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World‘ takes place 21 days before the end of the world, due to an asteroid about to hit the earth. This really intrigued me, as I’ve always wondered what I would do if I knew the world was going to end. Steve Carell plays Dodge, a man with a depressing life. His girlfriend breaks up with him, and he continues to go to work.

Until Keira Knightley shows up crying outside his window that is. I have to say I have never been the biggest fan of Keira’s work, but she was such a wimp in this film! She is crying because she missed the last plane ever, so cannot make it back to England to see her family. Dodge invites her in, and she seemingly then takes over his entire life.

It conspires that they live in the same building, and Penny (Keira) has been hoarding Dodge’s mail if it got delivered incorrectly. She reunites it with him, and he discovers a letter from his high school sweetheart. In her guilt, Penny then takes them on a roadtrip to  find this girlfriend before the world ends.

When this film was released in the cinema I thought it looked quite quirky, and I presumed Steve Carell would be funny. Although there was nothing really awful about the film, I just kinda felt like I could have survived without it. There is a really bad moment where they appear to fall in love; this is creepy as he is plenty old enough to be her father, and Keira is very immature in the film. She appears to have a studenty, indie persona, but it just turns a bit annoying, if I’m honest.

There wasn’t a moment in the film that really made me laugh or cry, it just kind of happened. I’ve given it 5 stars, but it was a pretty drab film. Not one to waste your last moments on, that’s for sure!

Have you seen ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World?’ Do you agree/disagree with my verdict? Is there a Keira Knightley film out there that is not cringeworthy? 

Film Review: Skyfall (007)

I must confess that I haven’t seen any other Bond films (I don’t know how I’ve missed them all!) but I’ve spoken to people that have, and their view was that ‘Skyfall‘ lived up to the franchise, and was much better than the last film in the series.

As an outsider’s point of view, I thought it was very easy to pick up as a standalone film. The movie starts as Bond (Daniel Craig) is trying to retrieve a hard drive containing information about undercover agents from the enemy. The fight ends with James getting shot, and falling into a river.

I thought the action sequences throughout the film were good; I especially liked the beginning where Bond landed on the back of a train, and when he runs after the tube train and leaps after it.

The only thing that irritated me about the film was the girl, Severine. She seemed to appear out of nowhere, lead Bond to the villain and then seemingly disappear? She wasn’t involved or mentioned in the explosive closing scenes, but maybe I missed something!

I think overall I enjoyed the film; it made me want to watch previous Bond adventures (though perhaps not Quantum of Solace, as everyone tells me that was awful!). I think the action sequences were stunning, and I liked how they had many different settings (London, Shanghai and Scotland). I’ll admit the film did seem a bit long (at 143 minutes!) but it kept my attention long enough. The baddie (played by Javier Bardem) was very convincing, and gave a stunning psycho performance.

8 stars from me! What did you think?

Film Review: Ruby Sparks

Having not seen ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, I didn’t really know what to expect. The trailers for ‘Ruby Sparks‘ looked quite funny and quirky. The story follows Calvin, a writer who uses a typewriter to write about his dream girl, Ruby. One morning, she appears. He discovers that anything he writes about her comes true, thus every man’s dream.

I have to start by admitting that I did miss the first ten minutes of the film, so I have no idea why Clavin started writing. However, I came in just as Calvin’s brother finds a bra in his apartment. The film is funny, and has some really laugh out loud moments. I also felt tears in my eyes at one point, so it does really take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

I think the film explores a really interesting concept, and I love that as well as the happy parts, it also shows Calvin being controlling of Ruby, as I think this is what it would be like in real life.

However, being released so close to another geeky/quirky film (‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’) I have to draw comparisons. I didn’t love the character of Calvin as much as I did Charlie, and I think Calvin was far too serious for my liking. Although Ruby was supposedly his dream girl, he never really does anything romantic for her, and the film constantly shows her in the kitchen, which is very stereotypical. However, the scene where she won’t let go of his hand is extremely funny, and I don’t think I had many laugh out loud moments in ‘Wallflower’.

Overall I did really enjoy ‘Ruby Sparks’, but I don’t think it had the impact on me that ‘Perks of a Wallflower’ did. Perhaps it was because I didn’t expect much of Wallflower, whereas I had high expectations of Ruby.

Let me know if you agree/disagree!