Entertainment, Film, Review, University

Review: Monsters University

I realise this isn’t out yet, but I may have said before in some long lost post that I saw this with the E4 Slackers Club at our Monster-University-monsters-university-33232617-1680-1050Picturehouse Cinema in York. And I promise not to give anything away if you haven’t seen it, but it’s SO DIFFICULT! IT’S SUCH AN AWESOME FILM, I CAN’T GET OVER ITS BRILLIANCE AND THE EPICOSITY OF IT. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the caps. BUT IT’S JUST SO GOOD. It’s amazing in the way that you get the back story of an awful lot of the characters, not just Mike and Sully. And you get to see baby Mike who is ADORABLE BEYOND BELIEF. But seriously, it’s such a clever little film. I heard one person say they don’t really see the point in the film because there isn’t a significant bad guy/villain type person but I really don’t think that’s part of the message that Pixar is sending us this time around. It’s about learning about who you are and who you’re supposed to be, or perhaps more accurately, who you’re not supposed to be. It tells us gently that even though we may like something, or even though we may want to do something with our lives, we might not necessarily be cut out for it. But it’s not saying that this is a bad thing at all, of course it isn’t. It’s just suggesting that (by going to university) we need to take the time to discover what our purpose in life is. Phew, this is getting deep.

In true Pixar fashion, it’s bright, it’s colourful and it’s created with the utmost care and attention to detail. It’s beautifully made and the scripting is pure genius and I was laughing so much all the way through. ALSO! (Can’t believe I nearly forgot about this) The short at the beginning of the film is my favourite Pixar short so far. I’ve loved every one that they have done including Knick-Knack and the one with the birds on the telephone wire – I forget it’s name, sorry! – but this one hits new levels and takes on a whole new idea. It also looks quite different from the usual Pixar animation which really sets it apart from the others for me.

Monsters University, I would say, isn’t as amazingly brilliant as the first one primarily because that was so original and BWAHH THIS IS AMAZING, but I think it’s equally as clever and creative. It’s also very significant for people of my generation, seeing as a lot of us are either starting, attending, of have recently experienced university. It’s very easy to relate to the film as a student because you see all the aspects of university life (even though it’s a uni across the Atlantic) like the societies and the first day of lectures and moving into halls of residence. It’s just perfect! And I think they made a very smart move by releasing this movie so many years after the first one when all of the original fans, as young and equally adorable as we were, are grown up and so, so ready for another film. Toy Story 3 also did it right by getting Andy to leave for college and make the ridiculously tough decision of clearing out his toys. God, dem feels. Pixar just get it right! Damn you for making me feel all gooey inside, I’m supposed to be made of stone don’t you know?!

But back to the film. Please go see it. I know there’s a few more days til it comes out in the UK, but please, for the sake of your soul, go and watch it. I don’t want to give it a 10/10 purely because nothing’s perfect, so I’m labelling it a 9.5/10.


(It’s really a 10)

Entertainment, Film, Music

Rock of Ages

This isn’t a review, I gotta say. If you’d actually be able to tell the difference anyway because everything I write seems to merge into the same category. But I went to see Rock of Ages on Saturday with my sister and it has to be said that it was amazing. It’s literally been the first feel-good film I’ve seen in a long, long time and I’m not sure for why. Yes, I’ve watched the odd cartoon and the odd comedy like Burn After Reading and Zombieland, which, don’t get me wrong, made me laugh but I haven’t sat down and just enjoyed something without thinking about it for a while. This is a curse, apparently, of being a Film and TV student: film is ruined for you because you can’t get away from analysing everything you see on screen. So I suppose I was able to enjoy this a lot more because I haven’t been to uni for a good few weeks and I’ve been through a little…uh…’social stress’, shall we call it, lately so I think it was a bit of a relief for me.

The only thing is…no one else in the cinema was singing along to all the classic songs including More Than Words, We Built This City and Wanted Dead or Alive and I really, really wanted to! ‘Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty…oh won’t you please take me hooooooomeee?!’ Singing it out of the cinema was probably a mistake as one of the attendants flung the door open as I was about to walk through and with my mouth gaping open, mid song. A minor whoops I must say, but I got over it, I was on such a buzz from the film.

Now, it’s to to be said that I fell in love whilst watching that film…in love with two men. Tom Cruise and Diego Boneta. I was sort of in a crush kinda faze with Tom from what I’d seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Rain Man and War of the Worlds. Oh and Far and Away, which I loooove. But who wouldn’t? He’s good looking, funny – oh and let’s not forget his cameo in Tropic Thunder – and a very good actor. But I think he excelled himself in this film because he wasn’t the usual world-saving superhero agent that he tends to be. He’s a drugged up, drunken, broken-hearted rock star with adoring fans and a pet monkey called Hey Man. Yes, Stacee Jaxx certainly is an amazing man.

I would highly recommend that you go see this film, it made me laugh so much. And try to get your fellow cinema-goers to sing along 😉

Entertainment, Film, Life Experience, Television

A Quiet Night in with a DVD…


Choosing a film to watch, whether it’s a DVD or at the cinemas or on the TV is one of the hardest decisions I have to make when it comes around to it. It’s the choice about which land you want to be taken to, who you want to hang around with, what things you want to see that will amaze you. Film’s all about making the sense tingle and exciting the audience. It’s about causing a reaction or an emotion just by sticking some people on a screen and making them do things.

Now that’s true magic, wouldn’t you agree?