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Month: December, 2013

Gangsta granny

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I watched this TV movie having high expectations of it, my brother and mum had read it, and this TV movie adaptation starred David Walliams and Miranda Hart, of whos programme I watch often. 

Gangsta granny is a 60 minute TV movie about an 11 year old called Ben who spends time with his ‘boring’ grandma who turns out to be a former jewel thief. 1 Miranda Hart trying to be a horrible Robbie Williams and dance obsessed mother later (which clearly didn’t work, I expected her to suddenly make faces or crack some crude joke at the camera), an appearance from Robbie Williams and an legend of Joanna Lumley later, I came to the conclusion that this movie was outstanding, emotional and hilarious. 

The fact that David Walliams was in it was effective. Although I haven’t read the book, I thought that no one else aside from Walliams would be able to play a character like that. 

The little boy who played Ben (who turned out to be called Reece Buttery) was a little chubby but played his part very well with plenty of emotion and potential for his future in doing programmes like that. Joanna Lumley playing the queen was very entertaining. 

However, as I mentioned, Miranda Hart can’t pull of being horrible, I only ever see her as the bubbly, slightly awkward character in Miranda. If I had read the book maybe I would have different assumptions of the movie.

*in this case, gangsta is spelt the slang way, not gangster. 

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7.5/10 

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Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la lala la la la la

Christmas has finally come. After about four months of advertising and the shops being filled up with all things festive, Christmas day has come around. It’s feel good, and despite losing interest in Christmas Eve after realizing that none of the film Elf is real, and neither is Santa (unless you’re under 10), there is the added festive feeling of a good turkey, pudding, presents and a roulade.

Christmas is an elegant time of year, although it has been a bit over advertised, resulting in being bored of it if you hear about it all the time. As soon as it’s boxing day, or even the 27th, it seems like Christmas was ages ago. Some of the Christmas songs are a bit monotonous too.

Whenever I think Christmas I think presents, roulade, turkey, Christmas movies (especially Home Alone or Elf) and Christmas songs.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

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“When I shop, the world gets better,”

Stars Isla Fisher, Kristin Scott Thomas,John Goodman and Hugh Dancy

There’s nothing bad about a good girly film once in a while, especially one that everyone can relate to and learn from. Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the Shopaholic book series by Sophie Kinsella and is about a shopaholic journalist called Becky Bloomwood who has problems with her debt, her stalker, and her love for Luke Brandon, an entrepreneur.

SPOILERS: When losing her job, she has no money to pay for her addictions and landing a job at her Elette magazine. On the way, she attempts to overcome her addiction by Shopaholic anonymous, battling competition with ‘Alisha “B**** Long legs’. It gives us the thought of the main summary lesson on life: NEVER LIE AND NEVER SHOP ADDITIVELY.

Personally, I think this film is actually really outstanding from other romantic comedies, hilarious nearly all the way through it and the use of really hunky guys to play the love interest is clichéd but somewhat fits into the story, representing her love and unhealthy addiction to shopping when there is a good looking guy in front of you. As far as I know there was no put-on moments.

On the other hand, when it was released (2009), it was not really a suitable time to release a film about someone who overspent, as the economy were going through money problems anyway as a result of overspending (known as the financial crisis) so Confessions of a Shopaholic was reportedly only in cinema for about a week.

Mainly a good film to watch with the girls.

8/10     

 

 

Elf (2003 film)

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There is nothing better in the run up to Christmas than watching a good old Christmas movie. Especially when there is nothing else to do

.Elf is about a man called Buddy (Will Farrell) who discovers that he is a human despite being raised by elves in the North Pole and realizes that his father (who put him up for adoption when he was a baby) is in New York and sets out to find him, despite Buddy having child- like characteristics. While watching this movie, I partly enjoyed the presence of Will Ferrell’s acting, although I was never aware of him as much before, however his indecent trousers (sorry, it was really obvious) were a bit weird. I liked the camera angles to show the difference between Buddy and the elves, but thought the ending was a bit predictable.

Will Ferrell is one of the only actors in the history of acting to actually pass in a 97 minute film basically eating spaghetti and sweets and dressing in an elf costume without looking like a complete weirdo (maybe aside from the tights). 

Comedic, good considering that it is a Christmas movie, only good because Will Ferrell is an unsurprisingly good actor. On the other hand, if you have actually watch the movie, I don’t get how it is like other family films and having the two main people fall in love and end up with a baby by the end and how they always class dwarves as angry people.They play with stereotypes in this movie but I actually loved it generally.

If I would give it a rating, I would give it a 7.5/10.

   

McFly (or McBusted)

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As a fan of music that maybe my older siblings grew up with, I can’t help but to take interest in a band that have been around for ten years- a long time for a band, especially ones who, behind those smiles and sparkly music videos, have either experienced or have gone through depression or related issues. Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Tom Fletcher and Harry Judd- McFly, or now, as they have joined up with Busted to form McBusted so James Bourne and Matt Willis are now in the band as well.

The band (as McFly) formed in 2003 and the name actually came from a film I have to watch a lot because the little brother loves it- Back To The Future, of which Fletcher loved the film. They went through many hair and music changes, from the heavily gelled long fringes, baby faces and low slung trousers to most of them being married and generally well dressed. From 2003 they released hits such as  5 Colours in her hair and Obviously, singing for tween- age and teenage glory.

Time passes and soon they are in Just My Luck amongst releasing music, still in their heavily gelled hair stage and being involved with Linsay Lohan.

The personal problems- which are obviously none  of my business, such as Fletcher’s revealed bipolar and drink to Poynter’s drug use, I’m a celebrity appearance and wild antics with Lindsay Lohan from Judd kick in post- teenage years starts to unfold.  

Personally, I love their songs, especially their new song Love is on the Radio, which includes a Micheal Jackson impersonator and mini- McFly’s or Obviously as the young McFly hang around on a golf course. They are a mature, long living band who still carry on with their music despite probably being ‘older’ in the music or entertainment industry, whether they are in a super group or not. They have lived through a generation of fans growing up throughout their duration as a band and look as if they’re not going to split up.

On the other hand, I think them joining up with Busted is not such a good idea. Both are phenomenal bands, in terms of good music but McFly were fine on their own and are often kicked off the music market so fresh faced bands often take their place in terms of being baby faced and innocent.      

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Body image of boy/girl bands or singers

Have you ever bothered to open a magazine and see yet another squeaky clean boy band promised to be the next {enter successful pop group}. I am not complaining, in fact, I love music and stuff but all these pop groups at one time means there’s not enough room for older ones on the market- there’s only so many curly haired Harry Styles look a-likes in a newcomer pop group to make the pop industry more of a competition than anything else.

As a fan of The Wanted, they (reporters) are trying to spoil the guys’ image media wise by making them belong to horrible nicknames such as The Unwanted. I don’t want to turn into some sort of IMDB message board rant, but they are more than a manufactured boy band, in fact, they are only picking on the Wanted because they are older than nineteen with a mature approach to music.  

Newer acts such as The Vamps look like they are a nine year olds head glued onto an eighteen year olds body but holding onto a guitar to show that they are in fact in a band; Same goes for girl bands, there is only so much you can psychoanalyze Perrie Edwards from Little Mix without ruining her image and picking at them bit by bit.

On the other hand, The Saturdays or One Direction  etc have to put on a squeaky clean image, hardly anyone, aside from maybe their girlfriends or wives know or care about what they are like in private but the press only want to squeeze a story out of them until they go mental. Up until two years ago Justin Bieber was seen as a floppy haired angel boy with the purple hoodies until the fame got to his head (or is that just Huffington Post and Daily Mail exaggerating everything?).

As long as people get good music, that’s all they care about.

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Nelson Mandela

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He led everyone out of the apartheid controlled world at a time when the different races didn’t mix, resulting in 27 years in prison on Robben Island. A source says that a whole generation grew up not knowing- or not caring what he did to free his race from prejudice; Not many people- or at least world leaders actually get free from a life sentence in prison and live up until the age of 95. I heard of his death via Twitter and thought they were doing a play on words as he wasn’t too well with various conditions in the last couple of years or so.

From watching Invictus (A film based around Mandela) and hearing on online news articles that there is a Mandela movie that Prince William watched, unaware that Mandela was already dead, I found him some sort of  inspirational person who was  still ready to walk the earth after his long time in prison where he was nearly non exsistant to the world.

As far as I know, there hasn’t been too much hate about him at the moment, but stories would scramble out from everywhere (especially tabloids) but has otherwise come to a surprising shock.

Still sad about his death, but people only really live once and if he had survived anymore he would be 100. A loss of a great leader.  

Carnage (2011)

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Polanski presents a ”comedy” based on the play ‘God of Carnage’ following two sets a couples Alan Cowan (Christoph Waltz), an attorney, and Nancy Cowan (Kate Winslet), an emotionally distressed woman who doesn’t like her husband and simply wants to get ‘drunk off her ass’ and Penelope and Micheal Longstreet (Jodie Foster and John C Reilly) having a ‘serious’ meeting about a fight between their sons, soon turning into a full on bitch fight, inedible cobbler and Alan’s disruptive over the phone meetings. 

To start with, all four actors have been acting for 20+ years, but the weak plot lets them down. As a fan of Christoph Waltz, (https://ibirch99.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/christoph-waltz/) I think that he is really the only one actually acting, although I can only ever see him as the violate circus master August or Mandrake, but you would expect Reilly to turn to Ralph from Wreck it Ralph and Winslet to be on board of the Titanic.

The humour was dry and non exsistant in parts of it, I have not seen the original play, nor would I want to so I wouldn’t be able to compare it. Like my sister mentioned in her blog post, it was way too staged despite orignally being a play. Carnage is not really for my age group and lacks interest (Kate Winslet casually throws up) but the classic phone in the water is humorous.

 

I only really watch a film for the actors, and unfortunately this slips. I would rate it maybe a four or five out of ten. Not the best of any of the actors, or director’s films. Good actors but not too good as a film. 

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