Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: The Hunger Games (Revised)

Firstly, I’d like to say that my previous review for this film was highly inaccurate. I compared it to Twilight quite severely and even hunger_games_posterthough this was my opinion at the time, I’ve now re-watched The Hunger Games and I loved it. It’s made me want to read the books so if anybody wants to lend me them, they are welcome.

The whole film gives me the creeps because of the nature of the story – I mean this futuristic country(?) is strictly divided into poor districts whereas the Capitol has riches and power and happiness and every year two children are chosen from each of the twelve districts to be put into a Big Brother-style competition where they are forced to fight the the death. Ugh it makes me shudder at the thought. It’s horrible, especially at the beginning, seeing the children as they stand in their Sunday best, praying that their name isn’t going to be picked out. It’s such a scary thought. And I think what makes it scarier is that we know from history that this kind of thing could happen. The concept reminds me a little of Nazi Germany, something which I’m not prepared to go into because it’s not a huge connection with the film.

In my last review, I hated Katniss Everdeen. But she’s amazing! Not to mention Jennifer Lawrence. She’s pretty boss too. But Katniss, I love the fact that she can shoot arrows. I don’t know what it is about that weapon, but I love it, like with Robin Hood and Legolas and I use it on Minecraft all the time. She’s so strong as well, kind of hating on her for that but she’s a great role model for the film. It’s great when you get a female character – no, lead – who’s not pathetic and can’t hold her own, but this gal can. I would argue that there’s a certain role reversal between her and Peeta; at times, it’s like he’s the woman in all of this, although he is strong himself and he’s smart. He’s just a bit…wet…compared to Katniss.

The main reason I didn’t like The Hunger Games at first was because I didn’t get the love thing between Katniss and Peeta. Originally, I thought that it was like Twilight where he loves and she loves someone else and she’s leading him on because she’s a bitch. No, I figured out – rather slowly gotta be said – that he does fancy her, quite a lot (but who wouldn’t?) and she’s concentrating more on the competition at hand, which I kind of would be to be honest, but she goes along with it just to get the audiences to feel sorry for them and love them and want them to survive. It’s all about the tactics and the sponsors that you get. They get some medicine for Peeta because she kisses him. It’s all a brilliant plan. But, bless him, he thinks it’s for realzies.

I feel like watching the film again now, it’s one of those I’ll probably start watching every day…if I get this uni work done, and then I’ll love it forever. Looking forward to the next installment and actually reading the books.

(Previous rating 4/10) RATING NOW: 8/10

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Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

All you have to do now is go to your local cinema and buy a ticket to see The Hobbit, The-Hobbit-Posterbefore you’ve even read what I have to say. I think it’s safe to say that we all knew that this film would be amazing, especially if we’ve already seen The Lord of the Rings Trilogy which we all have of course…right?

From start to finish, in fact before the film even started I loved it and even though it’s massive in its length it doesn’t feel like you’re sitting there for three hours. True to tradition, it’s exciting, action packed and amazing to watch, New Zealand is so pretty! And as a bonus for everyone, Martin Freeman is in it. I’ve seen it twice now and admittedly, the first time I kept thinking every so often, ‘Why is John Watson fighting trolls?’ but it wasn’t an issue and then the second time he was all Bilbo, no Watson. He’s so cute, one of Britain’s gems and I think he was the perfect choice for sweet lil Bilbo Baggins, who actually turns out to be a badass.

And Gandalf! Ah!

I told myself I wouldn’t say much about this film because you already know how amazing it is, even before you’ve seen it and I just know that you’ll be seeing it pretty soon. Enjoy.

And I already bought a poster and a calendar. Beaut.

Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Closer

I adore this film. Even though it’s got a pretty slow story, it’s just full of action at the same time. If that makes any sense…No? Okay, here’s a breakdown (don’t worry there’ll be no spoilers, there’s only one twist and that’s at the end):

Dan (Jude Law) and Alice (Natalie Portman) fall in love.

Dan cheats on Alice with Anna (Julia Roberts).

Anna meets Larry (Clive Owen) through Dan because Dan pretends to be Anna on a sex website.

Anna and Larry fall in love and get married.

Anna and Dan continue seeing each other for a year.

Dan splits up with Alice and Anna splits up with Larry.

Larry and Alice meet in a strip club when she becomes a stripper and have sex.

Anna gets back with Larry.

Dan gets back with Alice.

Alice falls out of love with Dan goes back to America.

Got it? It’s pretty complicated to understand, but you find yourself getting it as you watch the film; it’s nothing complicated like Inception, it’s pretty easy to follow. But, yeah, I remember first watching this film in one of my media lessons because, let’s be honest, my media teacher was very into films with lots of sex appeal. Be warned: this film should probably be rated an 18 instead of a 15 for it’s vulgarity and language. But there’s never any sexual graphic scenes in it. Other than in the strip club where Natalie Portman might as well be naked, but you never actually catch a glimpse of them being intimate together, other than when they kiss.

I love the characters in this: all of them. Except maybe Anna, but she’s confused by who to love, so you sort of accept why she keeps cheating on Dan and Larry. Even though they all cheat on each other, you never hate any of them, probably because we’re distant from them and they’re not like our friends or anything. It’s just great to see how they solve their problems that they’ve all set up for themselves and how they deal with the heartbreak that they all inflict on each other. What’s amusing about this is that it’s all their own fault and you just think throughout it: Oh, how stupid have you been? 

It does get quite intense, but not in a way that makes you want to kill yourself afterwards, it’s just not a comedy is all. But it is witty and sharp. The scripting is amazing. It’s just so clean cut and it works perfectly. What I mean by that is that it just flows. And then the one twist at the end, when you see Dan’s face, it’s just funny. But not in a comedy way. Obviously I’m doing a grand job at being specific about what I think about this film, but I suppose that’s the point: it’s just vague. But in a good way! You’ll literally have to watch it to know what I mean, but it truly is an awesome film. Watch it!

Entertainment, Film, Review, World

Review: Ghostbusters

It’s not really a review, per say. I’m just making it clear to the rest of the world that I watched Ghostbusters for the first time the other day. Yes, boo, hiss, throw things, whatever. I care not. What I care about is the fact that I’ve seen it and I think it’s a pretty damn awesome film. Which it is, anyone who’s seen it will know full well.

I was asked why I haven’t seen it until now even though I’m obsessed with Back to the Future, so surely I should have seen Ghostbusters. Truth is, believe it or not, I wasn’t born in that era and it doesn’t mean that I’ve watched every single film from the eighties just because I like BTTF. 

Anyway, I won’t recommend it because I’m sure pretty much the world and his dog has seen Ghostbusters, so I assume you already know it’s awesome. I would, however, suggest that you go ahead and watch it again for the umpteenth time or so.

Peace out.

…Oh my God, did I just say that?

Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Zombieland

I wouldn’t say that I watched this willingly. It was more like, “Brittany, sit down, eat your fish and chips and watch this.” I was also told: “Don’t worry, it’s not scary,” because if I haven’t already made clear, which I doubt I have, I can’t handle zombie films. It’s my worst nightmare; I can’t even hack Shaun of the Dead. So when I was told that I was watching Zombieland, it’s safe to say that I was pretty nervous.

But it is a really good film. Aside from the zombies and all the blood and guts that spew all over the camera, it’s hilarious. Essentially, it’s about the last people on Earth after a virus has claimed the rest of humanity and turned them into flesh eating cannibals. Ugh it still gives me the shivers. And you know the worst part about it? The zombies don’t just groan and stumble after them, drooling for brain food – haha – oh no. They can run. As fast as humans. So even though it’s the dead-but-not-dead walk that always freaks me out more than anything, I find this scarier because this way there’s no chance of getting away from them. Ugh.

I love all the characters in this film: you have the reclusive nerd who’s somehow managed to not get eaten, the hardcore ‘let’s kill everything’ guy whose only goal in life seems to be to get his hands on a Twinky.., then there’s Emma Stone.. girl crush right there, it’s gotta be said…who’s the hot fighter chick and the nerd’s love interest and finally there’s Emma Stone… ‘s little sister who helps her with all the scams that they partake in to survive and get cars and guns and things like that. The only thing I would say about the characters is that when they first sort of meet, they end up being enemies because the girls take the guys’ car and weapons on two occasions and they’re constantly threatening each other with guns, but all of a sudden they become best friends because the nerd guy comes out with some kind of short speech that changes all their minds about each other. I don’t know, it just didn’t sit right with me.

One of the best things about the film is Bill Murray as Bill Murray in Bill Murray’s mansion. It’s a brilliant chapter in the film, I love it especially when something happens to Bill Murray because he’s dressed as a zombie and tries to scare the nerd guy. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m sure you’re clever enough to work it out.

But anyway, towards the end of the film is also pretty awesome, the girls reach the theme park that they’ve been destined for and by lighting it all up and turning all the music on, they attract zombies from all over. It’s pretty creepy actually, seeing a fairground that’s deserted with just two people playing in it. It gets worse when the zombies show up.. I watched a lot of it through my fingers. Especially when the clown zombie popped up. Worst possible thing that could’ve happened. It’s like both my nightmares shoved into one.

It’s a pretty good film if you’re not too bothered by gore and blood and zombies. I doubt I’d watch it again because the idea of zombies that can run disturbs me too much. And the whole film made it quite clear to me, that I’d be one of the first to go in a zombie apocalypse, which gives me a lot of hope and comfort for if/when it happens….monstrosity. Ughhhhh. I didn’t like that bit.. but for someone who isn’t a wuss like me, it’s a great scene.

8/10

Entertainment, Review, Television

New Page: Life on Mars

“My name is Sam Tyler.

I had an accident and woke up in 1973.

Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time?

Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet.

Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.”

This is my favourite TV show and I remember actually watching it when it was being broadcast on the TV, which I’m afraid I can’t say a lot for nowadays. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was hooked, it was like something I had never seen before and I just fell in love with it immediately. It has to be said that my favourite character is the might Gene Hunt, Detective Chief Inspector of the Greater Manchester Police in 1973. I mean, it’s such an original idea: a cop from 2006 is in a car accident and when he wakes up, he’s gone back in time by 33 years, he’s been demoted to Detective Inspector and gets flashbacks to his childhood as a four year old and hears hospital noises from the  present day.

I’m not going to go into some massive review about it, there’s no point and I can’t be bothered to be frank. But I will say that I found it so easy to fall in love with all the characters; Sam, Gene, Chris, Ray and Annie and then all the extras that dip in and out as they do in dramas.

So instead of going off on one about how amazing Life on Mars is, this page is going to be filled with pictures and things like that, because they’re far more interesting than reading the crap that comes out of my brain and onto the computer, right? :)

BUT! DO NOT confuse this Life on Mars with the utterly SHITE American rip off. No, just no. It even got cancelled before the first series finished. Only watch the English version. The only version.

From left to right: Chris, Gene, Sam, Ray, Annie

Camberwick Green Episode

I want this t-shirt!

And some of the beauty of Gene Hunt for you…

Here’s the link for the Life on Mars Page: https://briholme.wordpress.com/tv/life-on-mars/

Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: The Hunger Games

There’s a lot of hype about this film, kinda reminding me of the obsession that there is with other such films as Twilight. Obviously though, this film has more plot. Far too much plot. There’s so many different threads and storylines that they seem to struggle to fit them all into the supposed 2 hours that it runs for. I think it’s a great idea; having a to-the-death match between young people whose names are pulled out of a hat, but with the whole being set in the future where all the ‘poorer people’ live in twelve ‘Districts’ according to the industry of that are and how everyone living there is literally living as peasant in some kind of medieval era – breathe – is a tad complicated. It’s just so rushed. There’s no explanation of how the world gets to this state in the future and why all the people living in the richer are of ‘Capitol’/’Capital’ all dress ridiculously like something out of a happy Tim Burton movie. Fair enough, I can’t predict the future and a filmmaker is allowed to make the future in their film whatever they want it to be (take Back to the Future as a beautiful example) however, I just couldn’t believe it when I was watching it. Not that I was astounded or anything, I just couldn’t imagine it ever happening. I think it’s important that when you’re watching a film, you get immersed into it and actually believe that it’s happening for however long you’re watching it for – this is why 3D is unnecessary; we don’t need fancy special effects to be involved and drawn into a film. Anyway, I digress.
I just felt like sometimes they were cheating with making the film. Like, this ‘Hunger Games’ event has been running for 73 years previous to this one and halfway through the film *Slight Spoiler Alert, because you will be able to guess what happens* the ‘government-type’ people decide to change the rule that there must be one winner, hey let’s have two winners from the same district instead. Oh! I see! So this means that both Katniss and Peter – the main characters in all of this – will be able to win and won’t have to face the trauma of killing one another because they’re meant to be in love. DON’T even get me started on whether they love each other or not, I just couldn’t grasp that at all. 
Right, if you’re confused now, this pleases me. I’m not willing to break the whole film down into an easy-to-read blog post because it’s a complicated film to watch. Or, rather, no, it’s not complicated. It changes its own story throughout to make things work. For example, anyone that saves Katniss’ life, you think ‘Oh crap, she’s gonna have to try to kill them later on in the film’. But no. She doesn’t. They decide that it’s a good idea to drop some mutant dogs in there so she doesn’t have to kill them. And since when was this a battle  between the ‘government’ and the kids? It’s not! It’s meant to be between the kids…and the kids. And there’s a point where they decide with their fancy computers that they’re going to try and kill Katniss by setting their own forest on fire and firing fire balls at her. So much fire everywhere! But again, I thought this was a battle between the kids? Doesn’t seem that way, huh.
I just think that this whole story is a brilliant idea but they’ve kinda ruined it. I haven’t read the book so I can’t really say anything about that, even though I’ve kinda slated its narrative, but I just think it should’ve been creepier and more serious. I didn’t feel tense at all throughout the whole thing and I feel like I should have. Because it is a kind of creepy and disturbing idea that this country, whether it’s the United States or not, I don’t know, has separated people with barbed wire fencing, similar to some kind of Nazi Germany state, and every year pits young people against each other until they kill one another. It should have been more creepy! More tense as they hide from each other. There needed to be more jeopardy. I never got upset when any of the characters died, *Spoiler Alert* not even the little girl Rue who Katniss took under her wing. I wish so much that the story was better because, to be honest, I was disappointed. Which is a bit better than what can be said for Samuel Carter who angrily ranted about it after the film and continually whispered ‘Gayyyy’ at me every time someone died, kissed, fell, got their neck broken or smiled.
Needless to say, as a film and without thinking about it AT ALL, I can say that I did enjoy it to some extent, because I like films anyway and the cinematography ( 😉 ) was pretty good. BUT, oh dear this has just reminded me, that the camera work at points is so shocking. Well, it’s most likely not down to the camera operator, but to the director who must have ordered them to shake the camera around like crazy, so much so that sometimes I couldn’t even make out what was on screen.
Anyway, I’m sure people that adore The Hunger Games mat feel ever so slightly heart broken, but I feel sorry for you! If I’d read the book and absolutely loved it, I would be disappointed with this film, it just seems to rush and skip over a lot of significant plots. Not to say that I wouldn’t watch it again, got to give everything a second chance I think. Except Going Overboard and Hot Tub Time Machine. UGH. 🙂
And Katniss is supposed to be 16?! Is that a joke? I thought she was meant to be 23 or something! Mind blown.
4/10
Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Orphan

So I was a tad reluctant to watch this at first; somehow I had it in my head that it was meant to be a film about a young girl ghost who haunts a family…think I have my movies mixed up somewhere. But no, it’s about this little Russian girl who gets adopted by a couple who lost a baby a while ago. And yeah, it is kinda scary. There are a couple of moments when your heart jumps a little and you look around, kind of embarrassed thinking, ‘Ooh ‘eck that made me jump.’ Clearly, you’re all from Yorkshire.

I actually think it’s quite a good film, I was genuinely concerned about the characters’ welfare, mainly the little deaf-mute girl, Max. She’s so cute! But I didn’t like her just because she was cute; she seemed far more intelligent than her age and she knew exactly what was going on with this crazy Russian girl, Esther. And the boy, a typical American young boy who just wanted to play Guitar Hero with his friends. He was lovely, and the fact that he was scared of her made me like him even more, because he couldn’t bring himself to admit it. I think the reason why I liked the whole family so much was because all they wanted was to have another child with them and, I will admit, I thought that Esther was the sweetest girl I’d ever seen. Evidently not.

I think it’s great how the sense of danger builds up incredibly slowly throughout and you just sort of start to think, ‘Hang on a minute, what’s she doing there?’ The murder of a pigeon was a particular shock to me, even though they make my skin crawl.

But it’s not all sunshine and flowers, of course not. I don’t like the beginning at all. Yes, it’s a dream, we find out, but it’s utterly disgusting. And I knowwwww it’s meant to be shocking and all that, but I just didn’t like it. I mean, Kate, the main character, is in hospital having a baby, but the baby dies inside of her and nobody gives a shit in the operating theatre. Her husband’s there, filming away on his Handycam camcorder and the nurses are there smiling and laughing at her. Then they hand her a bloody, dead baby. Not cool. I felt like it was mocking miscarriages/stillbirths and I don’t think it was appropriate at all. Why they had to twist it into something nastier, I do not know because the loss of a child is not something I can even begin to imagine anyway.

The rest of the film, however, is a reasonable watch. It’s pretty entertaining and there are a few twists in it that made me think: ooh, that’s clever! But yeah, watch it! And if you want, skip the first five minutes if you, like me, are beyond against that kind of thing in movies. And it’s not that scary, it’s just quite interesting. :)

7 out of 10

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Review: The Social Network

Call me controversial, but I really didn’t take to this film at all. I was warned that it was a bit of a slow starter which is often a curse for me when someone says that at the beginning of a film because it taints my perception of it for the whole running time. And that’s exactly what I thought: it’s slow. Now, I know that many, many people adore this film and it got loads of awards and praise and things like that, but I genuinely don’t get what all the fuss was about. I think one of the worst things was how fast Jesse Eisenberg – who played Mark Zuckerberg, the ‘creator’ of Facebook – speaks throughout the film! I mean, come on, maybe Zuckerberg does actually speak like that, but I couldn’t understand a word he was saying. And don’t tell me I should’ve put the subtitles on…I think it appropriate to make the world aware that I’m not a fan of subtitles unless it’s a foreign film – I mean why would you want to read what they’re saying if you can hear it perfectly well?

Anyway, I digress. I’m sorry but I just thought that this film wasn’t that interesting. Maybe it’s just my personal opinion about Facebook as a whole. You see, I love it for talking to my friends both in England and in other countries, don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing for that, but I hate the way that people hang their lives on it. It might seem petty, but take The Jeremy Kyle Show or any other personal dramas show that’s broadcast on daytime TV; the people that appear on there seem to base all their relationship issues on Facebook. ‘He messaged me this, she poked me and it was clearly bitchy, he didn’t change his relationship status to ‘in a relationship’…’ blah, blah, blah. Shut up! (Although I do love a bit of Jeremy Kyle, I’m sure you all know).

I see I’ve diverted from reviewing the film again. Right. It’s okay, I suppose. It’s just…I dunno, I guess I’d have to be in the right mood to watch it and to be fair…I was at a sleepover at the time, so I wasn’t concentrating that much. But, maybe if it had been a lot more interesting, I wouldn’t have averted my eyes from the screen so much. I suppose my only issue with this film is: what’s the big deal about Facebook. I totally get why people rave about this film, it’s alright, but this is my honest and very personal opinion. I just didn’t like it. Sorry.

Give it a watch though, just to say you have, or you’re not allowed an opinion on it, as are the rules. :)

4 out of 10.