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Song of the South (1946)
A Mastercraft in Storytelling and Animation
I first watched this film when i was, well since i can't remember. Though i know that it was my second Disney film after Fantasia, and it had me equally enthralled. Every time since then that i watch Songs, it takes me back to my childhood at my auntie's house when we sat around in the living room watching the film, and i just give thanks that i live in the UK where it was released ;) For the time, 1946, the melding of animation and live-action has always astonished me, and the perfect link between the Tom & Jerry style story of Brer Rabbit and the warm and mischievously likable Uncle Remus is a match made in heaven. I know that the film received criticism over it's perceived offense towards those with darker skin, however the critics failed to note that said people are not portrayed any differently from the white characters. If anything Pro-Ginger lobbyists should be harrasing this film for it's portrayal of redheads! The fact is, that this was an under-appreciated film which was brought down by a rare case of maddened political correctness during the late 40s. I ask you know, if you are/were of ethnic background, like myself and took offense to the film, please tell me, as i can see no reason to take offense to this charming and heart-warming film.
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Cindy, the T.V.'s leaking.
Well, Scary Movie 1 - above average, quite good even, but not great. Scary Movie 2 - the film who cried potty in a humorous way... Scary Movie 4 - is it just me or is there some sort of orifice-related joke in every last scene. Scary Movie 3 - the only one without sexual fluids in. Let's begin.
Now, in the larger spectrum, Scary Movie 3 is, really, a very good comedy. In comparison with it's *Insert genre here* Movie cousins, it's an OUTSTANDING film. Everything about SM3 attracts me - the blatant camera shots; the 'too-close-but-not-too-close-to-the-real-thing' spoofing material; the zaniness; Pamela Anderson's nearly slipped-out breasts. Whatever, it's all plain hilarious, in the way it exists, or the way that it's executed.
My personal favourite points have gotta be 1.) when the aliens are walking by in 'shocking' videos (shocking meant to be for the aliens; where in the foreground are far more shocking things i.e. Dogs humping, people puking,) etc. and 2.) when one of the guys pumps a shovel like a shotgun (caps n' all).
Well in closure to this brief review from a some shattered bloke, Scary Movie 3 is my favourite of the as-yet, quadrilogy, and will hopefully be yours ;)
Cast Away (2000)
The most touching film.
I first watched Castaway when I was 4 years old (and am currently 13). I've never forgotten it, or it's emotional impact.
Incredible, yet subtle physical acting (i.e. he spends so long trying to make a fire, horribly injuring his hand in the process, and later, at his 'welcome back' party he picks up a gas fire lighter and just flicks it on and and off) that soul'ly conveyed Chuck's (Tom Hanks) thoughts; extraordinary, yet again - subtle camera-work and direction. Hanks' acting of Noland's distress at losing his only companion for the last 4 years (even if it is an inanimate object), was one of the only times a movie has brought a tear to my eye; and his strength of will to overcome massive waves, and all the things the elements can throw at him never ceases to amaze me. All of these made for a film of IMMENSE emotional proportions on every scale. If you have seen or are going to see Castaway, then I hope you feel the way I do about it. :)
Leaves Citroen for dead...
Okay, here's the deal: i went to see Transformers yesterday for a preview screening. It blew my MIND. Now punch into the calculator that i was expecting to see a good movie. Extrapolate that, it was that good, i mean it. Now i can expect that a lot of adults went to the theatre with their kids, disheartened to be dragged into Transformers rather than an '18' rated movie. Well i'm sure their days will have been brightened. Transformers cannot from almost any angle be considered a 'corny-kiddy' movie. The very teen 'i well fancy you' storyline, not only melds fantastically with the 'end of the world' scenario powering the plot, but is also greatly improved and 'romanticised' when it's a life and everyone's death situation going on. Shia LeBouf's acting is both witty when the comedy moment calls, and when the scene asks, is extremely fast paced and romantic.
Michael Bay has truly raised the bar among the directorate elite via Transformers. The action scenes are the hands down best i've seen ever; the sad scenes MAKE you empathise towards the characters; the Transformers acting is beautifully heroic, though quite the cheesy-baked potato.
And there's the robots themselves. You really get a feel for the autobots passion for their mission of saving the universe. Self-sacrifice in the cause of the greater good seem of little loss as long as the humans survive and the Decepticons are destroyed. This is no more obvious than with Optimus. The SFX is perfect. The facial expressions on the robots are emotively-dead-on. No more can be said about that, as it would be so long, and praising...and my hand's starting to hurt.
All in all, you really would do well to put Transformers on the top of your must-see list o' summer films.
P.S. I'm 13... judge me after you've seen it. :)
Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Errrr. How is this NOT the greatest show ever conceived
Now i'm sorry but all these criticisms of Galactica have got me a little miffed: 1. The cylons being human give more depth and character discovery to the 'bad' side. 2. Starbuck as a woman was a great choice, and as hard as this is to hear for those critics, but not being able to happily accept this makes you sexist. 3. The grittiness. Some people say that this series isn't 'fun' enough. HELLO! Humanity's been almost completely wiped out through horrific genocide! Oh hey ho chaps the nukes are flying... To the nearest muzak/tea nightclub! That was a fatal flaw of the old serious in that it didn't project humanity's desperation and strife nearly enough in my book. But the re-imagining projects all the right feelings throughout every episode to date and this is nearly the 4th series... But anyway if you haven't seen it i suggest you go and rent it or see it anyway you can! You won't know what you've missed. ;)
Best of the 3 in more ways than 1
When I say best of the 3, I mean best of the trilogy AND best of this summer's 'amazing' trilogy finales. POTC 3 beats the competition into the ground with the heavy, damp floorboards of the Black Pearl. Try as I might I can't find a flaw with this film (except maybe the continuity in a few...hundred places). While some scenes like where Jack is stuck in the locker, can drive you mad, they drive you mad in a good way - kinda like a sugary brain freeze. Parts in the film may leave you thinking 'why did the writers do that!?' but i found that in the end those deaths (giveaway) were a necessary sacrifice for a good time.
Once again though your not going to get the same heart you got from 'The Curse' but it's not soulless. 'World's End' brings a whole new soul carved sheerly by the character's emotions ; the (very funny) jokes and the EPIC battle scenes.
All the loose ends are tied here and many ends you didn't know were untied are tied...up. Basically lots of bits you didn't know were important, are, so I suggest you watch the first 2 beforehand (if you have them) and see if you can guess any things that will be important.
Anyway to tie up the loose end that is this review, I'm gonna tell you to watch Pirates 3 because it will leave you with a merry, clawy-cutesy-sharp-edged-WOW-kitteny feeling. P.s. I still don't think this review does the film justice but 'World's End' is awesome, incredible and epic...never was one for justice. Just gotta go, pirate some stuff.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Beautiful, Inspiring and Touching
I must say that i always thought that Will Smith could act beyond action and comedy. Well as usual... i was right... not to be arrogant. But i have just watched this film and it has truly inspired me. The Pursuit of Happiness taught me the lesson that no matter how far down the well you fall there's always the bucket next to you. Smith's performance in this caused me so much empathy for Gardner that i felt as though a human being just can't endure this and still retain it's sanity and drive. However the TRUE story managed to push through this and cause such a feeling of 'Happyness' that i felt as though my head would explode with joy for this person who had stayed so sturdy throughout this and come through. There is so much more i would love to say about the way this film touched my heart but i just don't have the time If i may give congratulations to Will Smith for performing so Oscar-ably and Mr Gardner himself for enduring all of that strife while holding a metaphorical roof over your young son no matter what.
Touching and Very Memorable
I love this film, always have, it might be because i've always felt the whole concept of dragons as one of the greatest achievements of the human imagination. With the only flaw being mankind's fear and hatred of these creatures... which i suppose says a lot about humanity's consistent hostility towards the unknown, even if the idea was thought up by, guess who... themselves. Anyway i'm trailing off. Dragonheart attempts to break this mould to show nature and it's creatures for what they really are. Noble, loving and accommodating. This movie truly touched me profoundly when i saw it for the first time at the age of 6 (i'm currently 13) and does the same every time i see it. The (*spoiler*) death (*end spoiler*) scene at the end still has me crushed every time i see it. So in short, this 'journey' (plz excuse the cliché) is for anyone with taste for a good movie and/or anyone with an affinity for dragons.
Your's truly, Me