Sorry For My Absense

This is just a short post apologising for the fact that I haven’t posted anything recently.

Let me explain…

So at the end of December I decided to start scheduling my reviews so you would hopefully have a review every day and that worked for about a month but then it got to the point where I was staying up until about 11PM watching a film and then reviewing for you guys and 11PM is quite late to be up reading reviews anyway so I probably wasn’t getting as many views as I would usually get anyway, then I decided that it was stupid to be staying up really late exhausting myself just so that I could publish a review no one was going to read until the next morning, so I took a break from my blog for a bit just to distress a little bit and focus on other things but now I’m back and I’m going to review/schedule loads of posts for you but from now on I’m only going to post one review on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s. So you’ll always get a review on weekends and that means that I have a whole week to watch and read stuff and maybe even go to some events and then I can get all those reviews written up in time for the weekend, and that way you’re still getting lots of reviews and I’m not getting stressed out and staying up late.

As usual the plan for my blog could change very soon, for instance I might start separating my reviews a bit more so you would get one on… Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday for example (not saying that will happen but it’s a possibility), at the moment my schedule is constantly changing so that means that my blog will have to constantly change with it but I am trying to make it all work.

Thank you to all my readers and followers who read my reviews and like and comment on them it really makes me happy when you do and just keep doing that!

Also, if any of you would like me to read a particular post or review you’ve written or check out your blog please leave a link in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to check them out!

Lastly, if any of you would like to suggest some things that I could maybe read or watch and then review then leave those down in the comments below too!

What We Did On Our Holiday – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: 12

Release Date: 26 September 2014

Genre: Comedy, drama,

Director(s): Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkins

Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Conn0lly, Ben Miller, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull…

Description: When three kids go on holiday to Scotland to celebrate their Granddads birthday with their parents they have to pretend that everything is fine between them all when in actual fact, their parents don’t live in the same house anymore and are getting divorced. And it’s a pretty eventful holiday as well…

My Thoughts: I seem to be having a theme this week of cheerful comedy type films and this was definitely a great comedy, it reminded me very much of Outnumbered but in a good way because Outnumbered is amazing! But it had that misbehaving-children-that-the-parents-don’t-know-what-to-do-with vibe and I think that’s one of the best kind of comedies, children being funny is so much funnier than adults being funny and one of the reasons why is because you can actually imagine children saying the things they do and acting the way they do. But with adult comedies it always seems slightly over the top and silly.

David Tennant is an amazing actor, he was definitely the best Doctor in Doctor Who and I was devastated when I found out he was leaving and this is the first thing I’ve watched with him in since then and it was really nice. He played his part really well.

Rosamund Pike was also great, the only other thing I’d seen her in was Gone Girl and I didn’t like her in that very much but I thought she was really good in this!

One of the kids in the film created a chip jenga and to be honest with you I absolutely loved the idea! It was so amazing and looked like so much fun! I might even make my own chip jenga next time I have chips because it would just be so entertaining, not knowing if the chips were going to topple down or not and instead of stacking them back on top I’d eat them, it was so inspirational!

I haven’t watched all that much British television (especially not films) as there is just so much more American stuff out there and so much more successful American stuff but when I do watch British stuff it’s really nice, I can relate to it so much more because in America there are different laws and society is different and I feel like British things are a bit more laid back and relaxed whereas American TV is more dramatic and emotional, but don’t think I’m being horrible about American TV because I’m not! I love American TV, it’s so great and insightful and inspirational but I just think that sometimes it’s nice to have a little taste of home.

This film was really funny but at the same time it had a deeper meaning but it didn’t take the deeper meaning too seriously, it was kind of relaxed and natural rather than making this big drama of things and I think it was really good because I felt like it was showing you what life was really like, kind of, rather than everything being dramatic. It’s hard to explain without giving things away about the film but if you watch it you’ll probably know what I mean.

This film was a really great film about growing up, growing old, relationships, love, forgiveness and most importantly life. And I would really recommend it to all families, it would be perfect for a movie night with a takeaway!

5/5 stars.

If you have seen this film and would like to share your thoughts about it please feel free to leave a comment! If you’ve written a review of this film yourself then feel free to share a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to read it! And if you haven’t seen it but you’re planning to (hopefully because of my review) then remember to come back here afterwards and share what you thought!

Warnings: Some kissing, alcohol consumption, swearing. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2725962/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer of this film and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2725962/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Bad Neighbours – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 3 May 2014

Genre: Comedy

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Halston Sage, Christopher Mintz-plasse, Jerrod Carmichael…

Description: When the house neighboring Mac and Kelly Radner’s gets turned into a fraternity house they are forced to live next door to them, but they hope that the president of the fraternity will understand that they have a young baby and be considerate when it comes to partying. It turns out that’s not the case and so it becomes a full-on war between the two neighbours.

My Thoughts: As usual, I saw a trailer for this film when it was first coming out although I never actually got around to watching it, but I remember thinking it looked good and I wanted to watch it.

I think Bad Neighbours had a really unique storyline, and I know this is unlikely to be true but it’s the only film I’ve seen with this storyline and I thought it was a good storyline.

I really liked the conflict that was going on between Mac (Seth Rogen), Kelly (Rose Bynre) and Teddy (Zac Efron) and everyone else in the fraternity house and it was just really funny and entertaining to watch the new ways they tormented each other, it was a bit like how I felt when I used to watch Tom And Jerry and I know that’s probably a really bad comparison but you know what I mean, like, that excitement you got when you didn’t know who was going to win or who was going to come up with the thing next. It was great!

All of the characters were really great! I really loved all of their personalities and I really like comedy couples. I also like it when people make adults seem like really cool and fun – not that they aren’t cool and fun! But I feel like in films usually adults are always underestimated and are always just so calm and relaxed and they don’t ever do anything really and so I like it when films show you that other side of adults, the side where they’re still like you, the side that makes you realise that they are more like you than you even know. My experience of adults is they’re basically teenagers trapped inside adult bodies, they are the exact same as they were when they were a teenager only they have a job and maybe kids and their body is aging but on the inside they are still exactly like teenagers and I like it when films properly show you that. And all of the college guys were really funny and Zac Efron and Dave Fraco were amazing as always (I love how they quite often work together) and there was a slightly emotional scene close to the end of the film with Zac and Dave and it was really good and possibly the best scene in the whole film! And I think they did it really well and it changed the atmosphere and meaning of the film a little bit and it was just great!

I felt like there was a really over-the-top sexual reference theme that wasn’t really necessary and it was just kind of weird and really un-entertaining.

I really love pranks, I’ve watched quite a few pranks done by Youtubers on YouTube (obviously) and they’re some of the best videos, they’re so funny and this film had a  lot of pranks in it and it was really funny!

I’ve been waiting to watch this film for just under two years now and it didn’t disappoint, it was just as good as I expected it to be and there wasn’t anything like deep or emotional that you had to think about it was just an easy to watch funny comedy that kept you entertained and wasn’t complicated, it was just a really good film. And in some comedies I feel like they add things that would be dramatic if they happened in real life and they make it really comedy like and in some films I really hate it and it really annoys me that they don’t take the serious things seriously but in this any of the things that happened that should have been serious and dramatic and weren’t were done well enough that I didn’t mind, it just went with the flow of the film and it was fine.

I would really recommend watching this film if you love comedies or you’ve been waiting to watch this for some time because it won’t let you down! And I would definitely suggest watching this film if you need a bit of cheering up.

4 and a half/5 stars. And the only reason I didn’t give it 5 was because of the unnecessary sex things.

Warnings: Smoking, alcohol consumption, drug taking, swearing, violence, sexual references, sexual scenes, nudity. (This film basically has it all…) For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide (May contain spoilers):  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2004420/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast please click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2004420/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Happy Christmas – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 22 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 26 June 2014

Genre: Comedy, drama

Director: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Weber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg…

Description: Jenny has just broken up with her boyfriend and decides to spend Christmas at her brother’s house with his wife and baby. But she isn’t the most mature and reasonable adult around.

My Thoughts: I was scrolling through Netflix this morning looking for something to watch and this was the thing that looked most appealing, although it was only rated 1 star but that’s never stopped me before.

I really like Anna Kendrick, I think she’s really cool and an amazing actress and she’s always in things good (Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true but she does always play her roles well, I feel). As always Anna Kendrick was great, although her character wasn’t likeable she wasn’t supposed to be and I think she did the part justice.

I feel like the film had an okay amount of characters, it wasn’t as many as I would have liked but it wasn’t shockingly low either. And I think all the characters had great personalization, I just think there was a really wide layout of personalities and it was really interesting seeing all of the personalities be connected to one another.

I was expecting it to be a lot more comedy and a lot less serious stuff, like there was a lot of moments when Jenny (Anna Kendrick) was taking drugs and doing things that probably weren’t a very good idea and I was expecting it to be more like festive and comedy, like Jenny cooked Christmas dinner but burnt the turkey and cooked the wrong vegetables or accidentally put chocolate sauce on the dinner instead of gravy, or accidentally knocked the Christmas tree down and broke all the decorations or something, but it wasn’t like that at all and there wasn’t really any comedy to it and there also wasn’t any amount of festiveness like Christmas wasn’t even mentioned other than once and then there was Christmas day but it wasn’t mentioned the day before that it was Christmas Eve it was just this silent thing where it was going to be Christmas but no one spoke about it… it was weird. And I feel like therefore it doesn’t really deserve the title it was given.

I feel like although the film was partially about Jenny moving in with her brother and having a really messed up life and not handling things very well there wasn’t really a storyline, like her making bad decisions wasn’t really like the storyline it felt more like a second storyline and there should have been a more main storyline and there just wasn’t, it felt more like I was watching the boring everyday life of an actual family, you know just like the everyday stuff that happens, just like normal life rather than all the dramatic and cheesy stuff that happens in films for peoples entertainment – it just felt like I was spying on a family, and that was A) kind of creepy and B) not very interesting.

It was an easy to watch film that really didn’t take any concentration but that was it.

Although I think 1 star is a bit harsh so I’m going to give it 2 and a half/5

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your opinion please feel free to write them in the comments section! If you’ve written a review of the film yourself then make sure to leave a link to it in the comments and I’ll check it out! I’d love to hear what you think!

Warnings: Drug use, alcohol consumption, swearing, sexual content. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

 Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Bachelorette – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 27 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 16 August 2013 

Genre: Comedy, romance,

Director: Leslye Headland

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer…

Description: Friends Regan, Gena and Katie are all bridesmaids at their high school friend’s wedding, but they’re not too keen on the idea. And on the eve of the wedding everything starts falling apart and they make mistakes that they have to sort out in a matter of hours.

My Thoughts: I watched this film on a day when I wasn’t really doing anything and I was a little bit under the weather and I wanted something easy and cheerful to watch, and it was that but I’m not sure what else.

The characters had nothing going for them, you didn’t care about any of them at all. They were all really unlikeable and I just hated them.

The romance element of the film was kind of dull and it wasn’t really romance-y it was just a load of people on the eve of someone’s wedding sleeping together.

It was slightly offensive and that made me hate it a little bit more.

I feel like the film was too easy going and cheerful and I feel like it really needed to be spiced up by some drama but all the things that happened in it that could have been dramatic were all twisted into a way that they were just supposed to be comedic and funny and I didn’t like it, I feel like it should have taken the dramatic things more seriously.

Everything that happened was really predictable and your usual rom-com comedy.

Although it was an easy film that didn’t take up too much concentration and didn’t have anything sad or depressing in it and it was just generally cheerful and I know that’s what I set out for and it was that, but there was nothing more to it than that. There wasn’t even like a deeper meaning plot to the story, or some kind of life lesson. It was just plain and simple.

I would watch this film again at a sleepover or something because I think it would be a good sleepover film but I wouldn’t watch it again on my own.

3/5 stars.

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your thoughts please leave them in the comments below or if you’ve written your own review you are more than welcome to share a link in the comments section that I will make sure to read! I would really love to know what you thought of the film!

Warnings: Swearing, drug taking, alcohol consumption, strippers feature, a few sex scenes. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1920849/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg 

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1920849/?ref_=nv_sr_1

If I Stay – Book Review

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Length: 209 pages

Genre: Romance, drama, YA Fiction, music,

Release Date: 7 May 2009

Publisher: Random House

Description: Mia is seventeen, a cellist, in love and thinking about going to University. Mia has a lovely and supportive family, an amazing boyfriend and some great friends, not to mention she’s an uber talented musician.  Everything is perfect for her really, until she’s going to her parents’ friends house with the family, driving along the snowy road, Mia is and never will be prepared for what happens next.

My Thoughts: I watched the film of If I Stay in early July last year, before I had this blog. And I remember watching it with friends and thinking that it was really bad, that it had no proper storyline and nothing was particularly happening and I just didn’t care what actually was happening. Although, in the film’s defence I did watch this film at about one in the morning so maybe my ability to accurately criticise it wasn’t at it’s best.

Anyway, I picked up this book from my shelf because I thought it was a relatively short book and it would be an easy read because I’d seen the film. It’s also always nice to give the book a shot even if the film was bad and the film a chance even if the book was bad (although less of a chance). Okay, back to the point, my point is I was really pleasantly surprised with the book.

When I saw the film I really hated Mia, I thought she was really annoying and she just didn’t seem like a real person. I couldn’t relate to her at all. When reading the book I felt completely differently, I loved Mia from the first paragraph and I could instantly relate to her, she was such an inspirational character I felt and I think she handled things really well. There were other characters that I really liked as well, I really loved Kim and Teddy they were really great characters, I don’t really remember them from the film. I think all of the characters were great to be honest, and I could relate to almost all of them and they all had great personalities and it was just really great to get to know them whilst reading the book.

I could actually see the storyline that was developing in the book whereas in the film I couldn’t really see it at all, it was kind of like a load of messy scenes just there to pass time. I thought the storyline was really good, and I liked how it jumped backwards and forwards in time and how she was thinking about her past to help her in the present and how she was always summing up the pros and cons.

I had a really detailed image of everything that was going on in the book and I really like that, I get it with most books you’re constantly imagining what’s going on but sometimes I just have a vague image of like your average kitchen or an average bedroom but this was different, when I read a book where my image of the scene I’m reading is so clear it’s almost like I’ve been there before then you know it’s a good book. Sometimes when I’m reading I know I’m basing my image on a place in my hometown or a place that features a lot in a TV programme etc. and I can place why I’m imagining those thoughts but when my brain can just come up with these completely realistic and detailed images of places that aren’t inspired by or anything like any places I’ve ever seen I can always tell the book I’ve read is a good one. That’s one of the ways I tell, I sit there and think, I have a really detailed image this book must be good.

I’m really glad I decided to give this book a chance and read it even though I didn’t like the film (although now I’m desperate to give it another go, and really pay attention to what’s going on.).

I really suggest reading the book even if you didn’t like the film because from what I remember they are both so different and I think it’s a real eye-opener of a book. And that it teaches you a lot about life and to be grateful for everything and everyone you have because you never know when they will be ripped from your hands, you never know when it’s the last time you will ever see someone laugh, smile, cry, shout, show any sign of emotion at all, hell even breathe. So I just think we should all be grateful for what we have. There’s a quote I’m quite fond of – though I don’t know who it’s by – that goes ‘Love what you have before life teaches you to love what you’ve lost’ and it’s kind of a quote I live by, whenever I’m a little bit down or I’m feeling sorry for myself or jealous of other people for whatever reason that quote always pops into my head and makes me feel better. You may feel like there are people out there that have it better than you but remember there are also people out there that probably have it worse than you, and I think this book makes you realise that just a little bit more.

5/5 stars.

If you’ve read this book (or the film) and would like to share your thoughts please leave a comment telling me what you thought (If you agree or disagree with what I’ve said, or have anything to add to it.). If you’ve written your own review of the book (or the film) please free to leave a link to your blog post in the comments section and I’ll make sure to read it! I’d love to know what you all think of If I Stay!

Other Books In The Series: Where She Went (Sequel).

Other Books By The Author: I Was Here, Just One Day, Just One Night, Just One Year,  Sisters In Sanity, You Can’t Get There From Here.

Author’s Website: http://gayleforman.com/

The Big Question: What would you do?

Good morning! I might not have time to write a review of something today so I’m writing this post now so that if I don’t have the time then at least I’ve posted something today.

We’re going to play a little game.

We’re going to pretend that I’m a genie and I’ve granted you three wishes, one of your wishes was to interview somebody who’s work you really liked (singer, actor, dancer, musician, director, author etc.). I, being a genie of course granted you this wish. So my questions to you are…

What would you do? What questions would you ask? Who would you ask the questions to?

I quite often find myself thinking what questions I would ask people if I had the opportunity, for instance I was only just thinking of theoretical questions I would ask Ian Somerhalder if I ever got the opportunity. And it can be quite fun, but then kind of depressing when you realise that you’re probably never going to get to interview that person, but I think it’s still interesting to think of what questions you would ask.

You don’t even have to think about it in huge detail, just think up a question that you would like to ask someone who’s work you like or who inspires you and leave the question along with who you would ask it to in the comments section! I would really love to know the kind of things people would ask! (The person you ask a question to can even be dead, if you would want to ask a question to a dead person). The only thing I ask is that they’re someone in the public eye, although I know we probably all have questions we would like to ask friends that we’re no longer friends with, or family members who have died or moved away. But the point of this exercise is to figure out what you would ask someone that’s known by a lot of other people.

I really hope you take your time to comment because it would really mean a lot to me!

Silver Linings Playbook – Film Review

Duration: 2 hr 2 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 21 November 2012

Genre: Romance, comedy, drama

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker…

Description: Pat is a mentally unstable man who has just got out of a mental hospital after a tragic case of his wife cheating on him and him lashing out because of it. Once he gets out he plans on changing his life around for the better, getting back on top of things and most importantly getting better, although he still loves his wife and hopes that she still loves him and he hopes that once he’s got better she’ll feel safe around him again, one of the people to help him achieve this is Tiffany – although Tiffany has her own problems to deal with, she does have a way of contacting Pat’s wife for him, the only thing is she wants something in return.

My Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to watch Silver Linings Playbook ever since it came out in cinemas back in 2012, I remember seeing a trailer for it and thinking it looked good, it was also one of the first things Jennifer Lawrence was in after her appearance in the first Hunger Games and I was interested to see her play a role other than Katniss Everdeen.

There was this one scene where Pat (Bradley Cooper) was reading Earnest Hemmingway and he didn’t like the ending of the book so he threw it out of the window after cursing and went and had a rant about it to his parents at three in the morning and it made me laugh because that’s exactly the kind of thing I sometimes wish I could do when I’ve read a book and really disliked or disagreed with something in the book, and I would do it too, if it wasn’t socially unacceptable and disruptive to wake your parents in the middle of the night to rant about how a book ended.

I, as always was really impressed with Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. She was really believable and I feel like she just completely owns every role she has, it seems to come so naturally to her and sometimes I just have to remind myself that she’s acting but because she does it so believably it’s hard to remember that she’s not actually like any of the characters she portrays.

As for Bradley Cooper, I can’t think of anything I’ve seen with him in besides this so I can’t compare roles but I was still very impressed with his performance, I feel like Pat was probably quite a difficult character to play and I think Bradley Cooper played the part really well, he too was really believable. And the way Jennifer and Bradley worked together was really good, I could feel the chemistry between them and I don’t know whether it was just the acting or whether they actually get on in real life but I’m assuming they do as they’ve been in lots more films together since, and I think you could really see how well they worked together and I really enjoyed watching them on the same screen.

If you have read my other film reviews you will know that I really care about the characters and how many there are and that there needs to be enough to keep it interesting, and to be honest this film didn’t have a lot of characters with very crucial parts but something that made this film different and special was I think it was interesting because it didn’t have a lot of characters, it was interesting because it was more focused on Pat and Tiffany and their relationship and their lives and their road to recovery together and I thought it was good, usually in romantic comedies it’s annoying and cheesy when it’s just about them and they’re doing goofy romantic stuff together but this wasn’t like that at all, and for the first time in film history (or in my film history at least) I preferred this film for not having a lot of characters.

There were moments when it could be funny and I know it was supposed to be funny, that was the intention but I felt bad when I laughed because the funny parts were kind of related to the characters being mentally ill and so I felt like I was laughing at the fact that someone was mentally ill and that’s not right. Because they can’t help that they behave like that, but there were moments when it was supposed to be funny. There were also moments when it was racist, sexist and probably pretty offensive to mentally ill people too and unfortunately and shamefully I managed to over look this and I shouldn’t have and I still don’t think that it’s right and the film would have been better for not including those offensive bits but I’m not going to view the film badly because of those couple of errors, because unfortunately in the society we live in you will probably always be able to find something offensive in a film.

I really loved the dancing aspect of the film, one of the reasons is because I love to dance myself and I do loads of different dancing (although I’m not very good at it and lots of it is on the Nintendo Wii) and another reason is because I find it really mesmerizing and satisfying to watch because I always wish that I could dance like that and I like to learn from their routines and moves. And it’s just really inspiring, you know like those little things that just inspire you? Like it doesn’t even inspire me to dance necessarily just inspires me in general.

There was a common feature of the film which was playing the music louder than the dialogue in scenes of anger or frustration and at first I thought that maybe there was something wrong with my laptop or the disc that was making the sound funny and maybe there is but it happened quite a few times so I’m going to say that it was supposed to happen and at first I thought it was quite weird and annoying but the next time I heard it happen I thought it was quite clever actually and I think it added some real atmosphere to the scenes that wouldn’t have been there if they hadn’t done that to the sound.

This was different from other romantic comedies, because the obvious cheesy romantic trashy stuff that usually happens in all romantic comedies didn’t happen in this and it was better and more original because of it.

5/5 stars.

If you have seen this film and would like to share your thoughts on it then please leave your thoughts in the comments section below this review. If you’ve written your own review of the film then you are more than welcome to leave a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out! If you haven’t seen this film but you’re planning to, remember this review and come back and share your thoughts then! I would be really interested to know what other people think!

Warnings: Alcohol consumption, swearing, sexual references, a very brief sexual scene, scenes of kissing, medical pills are taken, some scenes of violence, some scenes might be upsetting, the film itself is quite deep in it’s content. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: After the release of Silver Linings Playbook a film tie-in (a book version of the film) was written by author Matthew Quick, you can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1447219899?keywords=Silver%20Linings%20Playbook&qid=1452293995&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

 

 

 

Serendipity – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date(UK): June 2002

Genre: Comedy, romance

Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett, Eugene Levy…

Description: Sara believes in fate, Jonathan has a more serendipitous view. When both their lives collide they manage to have a few hours of fun – drinking coffee and ice skating – until their night has to come to an end, although they both leave convinced they will one day find one another again.

My Thoughts: At first I thought the concept of this film was really stupid and lacking in originality – although I appreciate that this film is relatively old so probably all the films that I’ve seen like this are complete rip-offs – and I thought it was unhealthy to glamourize thinking that everything that happens is meant to happen for a reason or testing fate or whatever, because I believe to behave like that you have to have an obsessive mind that’s convinced on proving that everything really does happen for a reason, but if you’re wrong then you’ve missed out on a huge opportunity. Although, after saying all of this it did leave me wondering and thinking about fate for a little while and seeing if I could relate it to my own life, but not in an obsessive I-need-to-prove-that-what-happened-was-supposed-to-happen way but more of an, I-wonder-if-we-hadn’t-met-when-we-did-whether-we-would-have-met-in-a-different-way thing. So not obsessive, rather a pondering thought than anything else.

I really hate (and this is a feature of all romantic comedies) when in these kind of films the main leads are always dating, engaged, or married to other people when they meet but yet it doesn’t stop them bizarrely spending a whole night together. And how instead of calling it quits with their already existing partners they decide to go their separate ways but are then left constantly thinking about the stranger they spent a few hours with years ago. I think it’s really unhealthy to make people think that this is normal, that we should hope to one day meet someone who we can have a great night with even though we’re already dating, engaged or married to someone else and then constantly think about them for years afterwards. It’s not normal. If you fall in love with someone else whilst you’re already together with someone else, do the right thing and tell the person you’re already with that it’s just not working anymore, because otherwise you’re just lying to yourself and hurting them in the process.

I found that some of the characters were really annoying but other characters were funny and likeable, however there weren’t actually that many funny scenes. But there were quite a lot of characters, not enough to overwhelm you but enough to keep it interesting.

Although I said I didn’t like the whole fate thing, and I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing to get people believing but I do think it made for a good story in a film and although I’ve seen quite a few films that follow slightly the same story line it still gets you every time, you still find yourself wondering how they’re going to find their way back to each other, how their paths are going to weave back together. And it was a really enjoyable and engaging film.

I thought some of the actors worked really well together and I could particularly see the chemistry between a couple of the characters.

Overall I think this was an easy, calm, relaxing, engaging and enjoyable film and it kind of made you feel good even though it was kind of a stupid concept.

4 and a half/5 stars.

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Warnings: some scenes of kissing, swearing, smoking, drinking and one very brief sexual scene where nothing is properly shown. For full details please click the link to the IMDb parental guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240890/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

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Out Of The Furnace – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 56 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 29 January 2014 

Genre: Crime, drama, thriller,

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana…

Description: Russell and Rodney are brothers, both of them have pretty messed up lives – one of them goes to jail, the other participates in illegal fighting – and when Rodney suddenly disappears and the police aren’t investigating enough, Russell decides to do some investigating himself, he plans on getting the justice that is deserved.

My Thoughts: I started watching this film because I’m a fan of Christian Bale’s work, I think he’s a really good actor and always excels in his roles.

Anyway… the first thing I noticed was that it took too long for anything to actually happen, and even when a big thing did happen it wasn’t filmed in a way that made you sit on the edge of your seat or make you desperate to know what was going to happen.

All of the scenes were really short and never really finished properly and you always found yourself wondering how that scene would have ended, had they been bothered to finish it.

Lots of the scenes either didn’t make sense or were completely pointless and the film would still be of same quality had it not involved that scene. For example: There was a scene in which Christian Bale’s character and some other character which I don’t remember ever seeing before went hunting and there was no dialogue, hardly any sound, and just featured Christian Bale walking around the woods in a really ugly hunting jacket and then almost shooting a deer but deciding against it. This scene lasted for about ten minutes, like, where is the relevance in that? What extra enjoyment have I gained from the film by watching that scene? None.

There was no background story of any of the characters and you were kind of just thrown into the story without knowing anything, it felt a bit like it would if you picked up a book but instead or reading it from the first page you skipped loads of it and started reading it in the middle, and therefore it didn’t make a lot of sense.

None of the characters had any personality. They were all kind of bland, dull and emotionless (except in about two scenes). I didn’t feel any connection with any of them at all and I couldn’t have cared less if one of them died or if something really good happened to them, I wasn’t bothered either way.  And despite Woody Harrelson being listed as second main character on Netflix, I got halfway through the film (or more) and I still couldn’t figure out A) What kind of character he was supposed to be and B) figure out why he was even in the film in the first place. By like the last half an hour I understood, but I feel like it shouldn’t have taken that long. None of the characters ever spoke in a different tone of voice, they all spoke at the same level and I don’t know if it was supposed to be aggressive or threatening or something but it was just annoying, they seemed liked robots programmed to speak in that dull emotionless voice all the time. They also never had any meaningful conversations.

I couldn’t not watch this film to the end, not because it was good but because I wanted to give it an accurate review and I couldn’t do that if I hadn’t watched it to the end, so I did. But by the first half an hour I was so desperate for it to end, it was so boring.

Everything that happened was completely predictable.

There was a really pointless and stupid scene at the very end of the film that wasn’t necessary.

The really sad thing is this film actually had a really good cast, so it’s a real shame that the film wasn’t very good because I know how incredible the cast is at acting in other things.

2 and a half/5 stars.

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Warnings: alcohol consumption, smoking, violence, swearing, drug dealing, some scenes may be scary or upsetting to particular audiences. For full details click the link to the IMDb parental guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1206543/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

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