21st century girl

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Month: April, 2014

Remember Me (2010)

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‘You think you know me, but you don’t’ 

Remember Me is a poignant drama about a 21 year old troubled college (university) student named Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) who’s past troubles of his brother’s death at the age of 22 connects with a girl who he meets named Ally (Emilie De Ravin) whose past has affected her in many ways, including the relationship with her father, which has been damaged since the murder of her mother ten years earlier.

I love how, despite the film being made in the middle of the Twilight success and somewhat controversially nine years after the 9/11, how Robert Pattinson can realistically step out of his Edward persona and play moderately edgier roles with a lot more of a 3D background to them, for instance, the way that he is closer to his bullied artistic sister in the film despite his brother’s suicide a couple of years earlier and connects with his brother by writing to him. He beats up people, including a cop, and works in a bookshop with his roommate Aiden. In other ways, his on screen father Charles (Pierce Brosnan) is not bursting out into song, which is always good. 

I haven’t watched this film in ages, and it reminds me of watching it on a long coach journey on a school trip a couple of years ago. It’s a rather sad film, so you should always watch it with a couple of tissues in hand. 

If you are a fan of Robert Pattinson, the film is good to watch if you haven’t watched it already. If you don’t like him, there’s not much point in watching it. Apparently it didn’t get very good scores, but it is down to people’s opinions if they like the film or not.

4/5

 

 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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Which one of you nuts has got any guts?

A compelling movie directed by Milos Forman starring Jack Nicholson who plays a man named Randle P. Murphy who checks into a mental asylum following the charge of raping of an under-age girl. He comes in fairly sane, demanding to watch the World Series and soon he was attempting to oppress the head nurse and turning slowly insane like the other patients.

The absence of corny narration and considering that Cuckoo’s nest was done nearly forty years ago makes it have that psychological questioning effect on you. If it was done now, it wouldn’t have that effect because most of the actors are now dead and classic films like this cannot be redone in the same way. On the other hand, it’s the sort of film where you either get it, or you don’t. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, in fact I didn’t really get most of it, aside from the obvious manipulation that the Nurse Ratched gives to the patients on the ward, mostly those who are weaker such as Billy who stammers, or the silent Native American. 

There were a fair amount of actors that I recognized in the movie, such as Back To The Future’s Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson  obviously and Vincent Schiavelli (he played the Subway Ghost in Ghost), so it wasn’t as if it was a random film that I decided to watch. It was certainly gripping to watch and sad at times. There was the question throughout, do you really want to check your sanity or are you really insane? 

Rating: 3/5

Saving Mr Banks

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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this biographical comedy surrounding the making of the film Mary Poppins and how it was surrounded by Thompson’s charecter’s childhood. 

When stiff necked author P.L Travers (Thompson) travels to LA to meet Walt Disney (Hanks), she is incredibly hesitant about how her characters (of whom she is very particular of how they are portrayed in the film, like no facial hair for Mr Banks) despite his daughter’s request to make her best selling novel of Mary Poppins into a film, making a fuss about Dick Van Dyke. 

To start with,it’s the sort of film of which it starts, and you’re not too sure about what is going on, but you carry on watching and it is somewhat gripping, not only for its regular and effective flashbacks but how the whole film ties together by the end and reflects Travers’ childhood. It’s definetly touching, but not exactly sad. 

They picked the right cast, I don’t think anyone would have portrayed P.L Travers as a willing, rather strict author who is often appalled that they make up words and sometimes ruin her story as much as Emma Thompson, and as a massive fan of Tom Hanks films I was not hesitant to spend ten or so quid on this movie (I don’t use Netflix) and I think it was worth the money. The only problem with this film is in some parts it dragged on a little with no singing in sight. 

Again, the cast was superb, like Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. It was funny in regular places so it wasn’t as if you were watching some dull documentary on the Biography channel with annoying voiceovers and the film didn’t need so much voiceover.

5/5 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

 

Gummy Bears!

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is a sweet little film for all ages about a spikey haired scientist called Flint Lockwood wishing to turn a little town called Swallow Falls of which the residents only sardines to a town which has food such as cheeseburgers and donuts falling from the sky using his FLDSMFR of which he invented after many failed attempts to invent something including ratbirds and spray on shoes. 

It’s very comical. I found myself laughing throughout the movie, and although its a children’s movie even my nineteen year old sister enjoyed it but my younger brother is obsessed with the movie, so its a simple children’s movie with a message in it- don’t fall for greed,although in some parts it dragged on a bit .  

5/5