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Let Me In – Review

 

Review- coming soon.

(This end of semester truck load of work is relentless!)

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Thursday, 11th November 2010.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy this film very much. It was the company of my friends which lured me into the cinema seat and in front of a screen playing this horror-romance-vampire-basedonaSwedish-film.

WARNING- May be some spoilers.

A vampire girl and a weird (really weird) boy meet when vampire girl and her guardian move in to the neighbouring apartment. She warns him not to fall in love with her. The boy is 12 years old, but vampire girl has been living for much longer as vampires tend to do.

Guardian of vampire girl hunts people and murders them at night before draining their blood and feeding his little monster. 12 year old boy, Owen, suspects something is up and eventually finds out the truth. But love is blind, and he chooses to run away with vampire-girl.

Owen has also been subjected to extreme bullying by other boys in his grade. Mental and physical abuse which escalates when he tries to fight back.

One of the most brutal scenes in the film – there are a lot of gruesome gory moments – was the final bullying sequence. Throughout the film I would routinely cover my eyes and wait for my friend to nudge me so I could look again. But during this scene where Owen is cornered, trapped, beaten and almost drowned, I couldn’t help but block my ears as well. It was the only scene to ignite true horror and disgust at the base and predatory behaviour of the bullies.

Interesting side-note: The mother’s face is never seen in the film. There are always shots of her out of focus, or close-ups on the back of her head and hands. Is this so we don’t feel a personal attachment to this character? It seemed like a technique blaring out *I am using this filmic-technique to distance you from this character. See?* It was just a bit too obvious.

Perhaps this is not a great film and perhaps I’m just terrible at reviewing it. You can decide for yourself 🙂

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Date Night

 

* Does NOT contain spoilers

This comedy stars a funny duo with a lot of great chemistry between them – Tina Fey and Steve Carrell play the parents of a typical American suburban family living in New Jersey, struggling through each day as they try and maintain their sanity.

After discovering their two friends were getting a divorce, Phil and Claire Foster (played by Carrell and Fey) worry about becoming complacent in their relationship and they try to reignite some romance and glamour into their lives.

Driving into New York City, their determination for some glitz and glamour gets them into trouble with a case of mistaken identity.

Cue the tagline: “One ordinary couple. One little white lie

The rest of the film is an adventure of laughter…painful, side-splitting hilarity that had me in stitches by the end.

Apart from one or two scenes towards the end, the unexpected plot twists were entertaining and slightly bizzare… who needs realism when you’re cracking up with laughter.

Some other stars included in the cast:

* Mark Wahlberg * Leighton Meester * Mark Ruffalo * Jimmi Simpson * Will i Am * Mila Kunis *

I felt so good by the end of the film; it was a dose of funny that I desperately needed and I felt like toxins had been released from my body.

Definitely not for the young ones, Date Night is high on my recommendation list for movies out right now.

If you have seen it, what did you think?

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Latest and Greatest

This is going to be a series of posts about my latest attachment – to a website, television show, fashionable item and whatever is ‘greatest’. It may not be the most recent thing around, but it’s nice to share the good things in life.

 

Let me begin with… THE GOOD WIFE

First, I would like to state that channel 10 has grossly misrepresented the show in their sensationalised advertisements. The ads just turn me off. Thankfully I already love the show and watch it the day it airs in America so I can (try to) ignore these things.

Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick who is the wife of a disgraced politician, Peter (played by Chris Noth).

Channel 10 describes the show further:

The Good Wife is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.

Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney.

As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm’s top litigator, Diane Lockhart, offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realises she’s going to need to succeed on her own merit.

Alicia’s main competition among the firm’s 20-something new recruits is Cary, a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but will use any means to ensure that he, not Alicia, secures the one full-time associate position that’s available.

Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda, the firm’s tough in-house investigator.

Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician’s scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace.

For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the “good wife” and takes charge of her own destiny.

Julianna’s portrayal of Alicia Florrick is superb. The writers of the show must be congratulated on creating such a strong, centered and sometimes vulnerable female character. Some people may ask; why doesn’t she just leave her husband Peter? This question is deliberately invoked by the show, and part of the tension is in finding out why.

Pictures from tvfanatic.com

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In the spirit of the latest Alice in Wonderland obsession here is a little piece of magic.

I assembled this design from bits and pieces I found on the internet – I never tire of the amazing tid bits I find on creative blogs and webpages.

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Be Careful: There may be spoilers.

Alice in Wonderland

~Tim Burton

First the movie was hyped up, and then hyped down. I am going to hype it up again (although not too much). Burton uses Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as a launching pad for his adventurous fantasy film Alice in Wonderland. It has been many years since her childhood adventures in Underland and 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) believes those experiences to be a figment of her imagination that continuously haunts her through dreams and nightmares. When she arrives at party, she is surprised to know it is in fact a celebration of her engagement to the snivelly son of her late father’s business partner. Upon being proposed to, she runs off to chase a white rabbit that keeps mysteriously appearing in the bushes. Therein begin her adventures, as she tries to convince herself ‘it is all a dream’.

Mia Wasikowska’s performance as Alice was convincing and although a bit too dainty at times, it had “muchness” that some other critics have suggested is lacking (watch the film for that reference). Alice is played with subtlety, refined movement and curiosity. The Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, was mesmerising and charming in his madness and he would have stolen the show if it wasn’t for Helena Bonham Carter’s amazing performance as The Red Queen. Comically depicting her cruelty and vulnerability, Bonham Carter’s vivacious Red Queen continues to enjoy decapitation and domineering control in her reign over Underland. As much as I generally adore Anne Hathaway, her role as The White Queen did not sit comfortably with me. Even though she grew on me as the film progressed, I thought her airs and feigned movements too unnatural, despite their intentions.

A few points I would like to make:

~ The whimsical Victorian costuming was beautiful as the changes to Alice’s outfits flowed smoothly and amusingly.

~ I loved the colour palette of the film, with all its CGI effects, especially the contrast between the real world and Underland.

~ Slaying the Jabberwocky was almost too predictable; especially with the prophecy by the Caterpillar. Nevertheless, Alice recounting her ‘six impossible things’ was a nice lead-up to the inevitable.

~ Although the futterwhacking dance by The Mad Hatter was too modern for the film (set in the 19th Century), it was still funny because the music and style was unexpected and upbeat.

If you haven’t seen this film yet – then what are you waiting for? And if you have seen the magic of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; wasn’t it fantastical?

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