It’s been two months since my last post…oops. Funnily enough my excuse is actually because i’ve been busy writing on films and other media for university and running a film club. All the things this blog is about. I started back for my final year of university at the end of February and as always things got hectic hella fast! As a result not only have I not had much spare time to watch many TV shows and films (so behind on my shows) but I haven’t had time to write about said films and TV shows. So this post will be a bit of a catch up as to what i’ve seen lately.
First up: The 5th Wave (2016) Dir. J. Blakeson and starring Chloe Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe and Maika Monroe.
This was on my most-anticipated list for 2016… sadly it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing either. The cast was strong in their roles Maika Monroe as Ringer was a standout for me, I wish we could’ve seen more of her and the chemistry between Chloe and Zackary Arthur as Cassie and Sammy was perfect. However the pace felt off and the writing could’ve been better. It’s hard to know if it is just me – I feel as if I had watched this three years ago when I was at peak YA dystopian fangirl mode I may have raved about it. Unfortunately with so many YA novel film adaptations the films do start to feel a little stale. With such an amazing source novel it had a hard task it tried its best but just fell a little short. – ** 2 stars.
The 5th Wave is the last film I saw at the cinema and that was far too long ago but the cinema is expensive and I am thee of little money right now #poorstudent. I have however helped put on a few screenings at university as the vice-president of the newly established UC Film Club. Our first screening was Rob Reiner’s cult classic The Princess Bride (1987) now forgive me father for I have sinned and must confess – I had never seen The Princess Bride before this year… why!? I don’t know and I made sure to tell my parents how disappointed I was that they had never shown me the film as a kid. I freaking LOVED it. I could not stop laughing. I have a soft spot for satirical or parody comedies and this one had all that plus action, romance and fantasy! Everyone at the screening was laughing so I think it was a success! Definitely one I want to re-watch a few more times – ***** 5 stars!
Our second screening we did a poll for – we added some popular recent films and then let people add their own suggestions. Some were great, others such as Sharknado, not so much. Thankfully in the end the winner was Alex Garlands Ex Machina (2015). Again another film I hadn’t seen! I know I know there is just too many films too little time! I have recently hopped on the Alicia-Vikander-is-a-godess band wagon. We have The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015) on DVD and the more I watch it the more I love it, that film is amazing.
[Side note hands down best scene in that film is the hotel scene with Illya and Gaby and I highly recommend for all of you to add Solomon Burke’s Cry To Me to your playlist and every time you feel sad put on your sunnies and dance around your house, channel your inner Alicia Vikander and suddenly life is grand!]
Anyway I digress, last night we screened Ex Machina, on a big screen in the lecture theatre with pizza, ’twas great fun. The film was SO beautifully lit, colored and shot holy wow and the visual effects are next level. All I could think was omg I could write a great essay on this #filmstudentproblems. The cast including Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia and Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko were phenomenal, I can totally see why Alicia was nominated for so many awards for her performance as Ava it was equal parts breathtaking and unsettling. At the same time Oscar and Domhnall’s performances were equally as unsettling and striking. I love how the film went about its plot. There were no cheap jump scares, ominous scores or foreshadowing it never relied on genre conventions instead it let that fear and danger creep in subtly and it was so effective, so insidious yet it didn’t dominate the film. I loved that there were moments in which you could laugh usually at Nate always a nice release of tension. I won’t talk about the ending (which I loved) as I don’t want to spoil you, as if you’re reading this and haven’t seen it go watch it now. This has definitely cemented Alex Garland on my directors to watch list, such an incredible debut! I plan on buying this one on DVD and watching again – ***** 5 stars
On DVD two films I got the chance to watch recently were Ant Man (2015) directed by Peyton Reed and The Intern (2015) directed by Nancy Meyers. Ant Man, one of the latest Marvel offerings was great super funny yet also action packed. Again this is another film with phenomenal visual effects so shoutout to CGI technology and its insane rate of development over the last ten years for allowing us to create and view films like this. The cast was great Paul Rudd is hilarious as usual and Evangeline Lily was awesome I cannot wait to see her as The Wasp! Also loved the Peggy Carter/ Hayley Atwell cameo in the beginning and the Falcon/ Anthony Mackie cameo at the Avengers facility its all these little details that really help to mesh the Marvel universe together! I made my family watch it and they all enjoyed it too. I would happily watch it again – *** 3 stars.
I sat down a few weeks ago and watched Nancy Meyers The Intern with Mum. Aside from the ending feeling a little blah I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was a nice, heartwarming and surprisingly funny story with such a fantastic cast; Anne Hathaway (whom i’ve adored since The Princess Diaries (2001) and Ella Enchanted (2004) #childhood), Robert De Niro, Adam DeVine, Zach Pearlman, Anders Holm and Christina Scherer. Special shoutout to what might be the most adorable child actor i’ve seen in a long time – JoJo Kushner as Paige she was so cute and so great in her role acting alongside legends such as De Niro and Hathaway! If you’re looking for an uplifting warm fuzzies kind of film with a few laughs I suggest this one! – *** 3 stars.
Don’t even ask me about TV because I am so behind in everything! Uni wise however I am taking a documentary paper this semester and if i’m being totally honest it hasn’t been as engaging as I had hoped soome films not grabbing my interest at all and other films have at times been challenging such as Nazi propaganda documentaries and documentaries on the Holocaust. So far we haven’t watched anything made after 1940s so it has been interesting to see how much the genre has evolved. It is however pretty interesting critiquing our assumption of realism and authenticity that comes with documentary-viewing! I will update you towards the end of the semester i’m about to start my first 3000 word essay so that should be fun (not.) then next semester we’re looking at global coming of age stories so i’m super pumped for that!
So that has been me this past two months not watching near as much as I wanna be but hey i’ve got my priorities (high grades and sleep included) I’ll use the breaks to demolish some of my Netflix list. I promise i’ll get a bit more on track with posting on here even if its just a trailer talk or short review. Let me know if you’ve seen any of the films mentioned and what you thought of them! Now i’m off to do some more assignment work i’ve got 4 to complete in the next three weeks so this will be me for the next wee while:
Until then – C x