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transformers [28 Aug 2007|01:04pm]

[ mood | *** ]

dont get me wrong... i really enjoyed this film but...

a) the transformers form was too complicated... it should have been closer to the cartoon form... they managed it with optimus prime why couldnt they have made the others simpler?

b) when they transformers were fighting the shots were too closely cropped so you could barely see what was going on... it was just bits of metal and sparks...

c) i could have done with a little less US government and a little more transformers


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waitress [28 Aug 2007|12:52pm]

[ mood | **** ]

such a cute little film
i adored every step of jennas growth through the film
im a little sad she didnt end up with the doctor but having said that im kinda glad she didnt... proving to herself she could do it on her own

very soft comedy but you'll leave with a soft knowing smile on your face


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eagle vs shark [28 Aug 2007|12:47pm]

[ mood | **** ]

what a lovely little film
everyone said it was like new zealands version of napoleon dynamite but that doesnt do it any justice at all (i didnt like napoleon dynamite!)

its charming and sweet and funny

this isnt about laughing at the misfits... its about falling head over heels for them...

eagle vs shark

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black snake moan [18 May 2007|11:28pm]

[ mood | *** ]

im a little confused by this film... a lot of the audience were laughed quite heartily along to this film... but i didnt find it in the slightest funny
for example laughing at the fact that shes tied up... thats just not amusing to me...

the acting was alright... the story line was weird... and frustrating
i connected pretty well with rae (christina ricci) and ronnie (justin timberlake) but didnt get lazarus (samuel l jackson) at all... didnt feel much of anything towards him...

it was ok... but... i wouldnt watch it again...

black snake moan

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28 weeks later [18 May 2007|05:40pm]

[ mood | **** ]

i was dreading seeing this film... when i heard about the sequel i was expecting it to be... um... not great...
when i heard that danny had nothing more to do with it than executive producer... i wasnt holding my breath...

but... despite the 2 main characters (the kids) being really fucking annoying the film delivered... it was scary in the way only the '28.. later' (series? tthe rumour of 28 months later) can be...

fast movie zombies are brilliant...
having said that a lot of the scenes you couldnt see ANYTHING that was happening which didnt actually add to the feeling

but i enjoyed it... i was suitably scared by the jump-iness...

28 weeks later

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Half Nelson [07 May 2007|02:41pm]

[ mood | ***** ]

what an amazing film... so beautifully acted by ryan gosling

he manages to play this self obsessed drug addicted idealist and throughout... despite how much you should hate him he manages to make the audience laugh!
after he forces himself on the woman he goes and stands outside the room shes locked herself and talks a while and says "im bleeding some so im using your arm chair cover... i'll wash it and bring it back" and honestly i should hate him... but the way he plays the character i find him funny and still charming despite the crack smoking...
shareeka epps was also amazing...
this by no means a feel good movie tho... you'll leave feeling a little bit deflated... but it really is so... coincidentally(?) amusing...

Half Nelson

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Fracture [07 May 2007|02:36pm]

[ mood | *** ]

this film is slow for the most part and it gets really difficult to see where its going but thankfully with the twist at the end they make the whole thing quite engaging
im quite sure now i know how it ends i wont bother to see it again though... no matter how good ryan gosling is in it!


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Sunshine [07 May 2007|02:32pm]

[ mood | *** ]

hmm... i love danny boyle... i love cillian murphy... i even have a soft spot for chris evans... and yet something wasnt quite right here

i think all the money they threw at danny boyle to get him behind this project must have slightly gone to his head... a few too many lingering shots of [sun/spaceship] [spaceship/sun] [sun] [sun] [spaceship] [sun].... some of the effects he used were really beautiful but im not sure they were really needed... it was too much of a hollywood storyline to carry the artier effects...

for me there was some really dodgy acting in places (even by the wonderful cillian murphy!)

this thing that most annoyed me was the fact the spaceships travelling to the sun were called icarus... it wasnt funny and it wasnt smart... it just angered me!


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factory girl [30 Mar 2007|02:21am]

[ mood | *** ]

im unsure
i hate sienna miller in general but she didnt butcher this too much
hayden christensen was brilliant and awful at the same time which was impressive (read brilliant as a little bit hot)
guy pearce makes a pretty good warhol

i felt sorry for sedgwick which is i guess what counts

on a filmic level i loved the cuts between what was meant to be archival and thus shot like a warhol film

it didnt strike me as sylvia did but it did something... that i might pick up on later... but im not sure

factory girl

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300 [30 Mar 2007|02:15am]

[ mood | ***** ]

i was so worried this was going to be rubbish
everything i'd heard about it from the 'professionals' had been very cutting...
but thankfully it turned out just how i wanted it to
amusingly graphic and extremely gratuitous in a lovely way
it looked great and i really did attatch myself to the characters



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hot fuzz [15 Mar 2007|01:13am]

[ mood | ***** ]

what a brilliant film?! at the start i was a little put off by how it wasnt really very funny... but by the end i was laughing when noone else was... its just so brilliant... and quite subtle in places
really cheered me up

hot fuzz

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The Illusionist [07 Mar 2007|11:18pm]

[ mood | *** ]

if... this was the first film to use cgi then i would have been impressed and in awe of this film... but now? im skeptical to the whole thing
they show fancy 'tricks' but honestly in todays cinematic world its nothing special at all

the story plods along... theres about 3 minutes at the end where all is revealed which are the most capturing... other than that i could leave it or take it...

ed norton used to be amazing... now his acting is mediocre in mediocre films playing mediocre characters... and its such a shame

The Illusionist

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the science of sleep [07 Mar 2007|11:14pm]

[ mood | ***** ]

absolutely perfect

so very endearing and delicate and beautiful
well directed very imaginatively written
wonderfully acted
the props are adorable
its funny and sad and romantic and everything i ever wanted it to be

the science of sleep

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music and lyrics [07 Mar 2007|11:11pm]

[ mood | **** ]

the first 5 minutes and i was cringing in my seat... i honestly thought i was going to hate this film and that made me pretty sad
but my word does this film pick up

i judge a good rom com by how much im squeaking and squealing at the end...
its completely slushy and brainless and romantically saccharine but i loved it!
even hugh grant... but especially drew barrymore... she was perfect!

music and lyrics

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paris, je t'aime [23 Feb 2007|12:25pm]

[ mood | ***** ]

how beautiful can one film be?
its perfect
even if say... 2 of the shorts were rubbish... that 10 minutes of the whole film that werent as good as the rest... everything else was so perfect

if you EVER get the chance to see this film you really do need to... you honestly really do

when/if it comes out on dvd i will indeed buy it!

paris, je t'aime

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babel [23 Feb 2007|12:20pm]

[ mood | *** ]

i actually saw this about 2 weeks ago... but im rubbish

i wasnt really bothered.. if im honest...
like it was alright... but... it was missing something for me...

maybe its because so many people told me how amazing it was...

i wouldnt buy it on dvd

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Bobby [05 Feb 2007|11:27pm]

[ mood | **** ]

having a background fascination with the kennedy family i was dying to see this film

ive heard criticism that the meandering plot with all of its side stories distracts... but how can it distract if that was the intention of the film... it wasnt meant to be a documentary of the RFK assassination

honestly... for the majority of the film it was watchable not outstanding... but the last 10 minutes were just that... the combination of the acted footage and the new reel clips... and then THAT speech...

the thing that shocks the most... the thing that makes you want to sit there and cry... isnt bobby kennedys death... its not even the tragedy that the kennedy family went through on so many occasions... its that every single word he said... everything he could have stood for... hasnt changed... nothings changed... 1968 america who we're sending their men away to be killed in vietnam are the same as 2007 america... and we like to think were so much better now... so much more advanced.. but were going no where fast

Ladies and Gentlemen - I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening. Because...

I have some very sad news for all of you, and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

For those of you who are black - considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible - you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.

For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, yeah that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love - a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke. We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past. And we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much.


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The Last King of Scotland [16 Jan 2007|09:25pm]

[ mood | **** ]

the only background knowledge i had on this film was james mcavoy is hot...

i was extremely surprised how good this film actually was... it is fictional as such but many of the event did actually happen... its just mcavoys character didnt exist... but this barely even matters... there might be times that you'll question him and why hes in the situation but it is still based on a book

it was extremely well acted by bother mcavoy and forest whitaker... low points included gillian andersons hair... and english accent

some scenes were horrific and distressing but very necessary

the relationship you have with the characters reflects the relationships they have with each other... you question Amin as Dr.Garrigan starts to question him... you're scared while Garrigan is...

The Last King of Scotland

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [16 Jan 2007|08:36pm]

[ mood | * ]

dear god... how disappointing

i understand that the reasons behind hating this film so much mostly dont lay within the films realms itself...

the quick changes between 'smells' were beautiful... some of the scenes were wonderfully shot...

the 'sniffing' scenes were so cliched... cant you do a film about scent without having close ups going up someones nose?
some of the acting (towards the end especially) was appalling wooden and ridiculous
the ending.... fuck me the ending was bad... not the films fault... the books fault... people quite rightly laughed in the cinema... it ruined the whole thing.. if they'd finished the film 30 minutes sooner i could have walked out thinking "it wasnt great but it hasnt insulted my intelligence"
they didnt finish it 30 minutes sooner and if i hadnt been able to laugh at how badly it ended i think i might have lost some of my intelligence...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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It's a Boy/Girl Thing [16 Jan 2007|07:19pm]

[ mood | **** ]

as far as trashy chick flicks go theres a formulae... and as long as they dont stray too far from the formulae... (or alternatively stick too close to it) then you just cant go wrong

you managed to walk into the cinema knowing exactly what to expect and yet they still seem to grab me

the tried and tested "body swap" story line has been done many a time before, im not saying its original, however, i laughed... more than once... i was excited at the end... and most importantly the vital element my squeaking at the end and how cute it all was...

job done successfully

dont expect to have your brain engaged... expect slushy teen romantic comedy and you wont be disapointed

It's a Boy/Girl Thing

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