21st century girl

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Month: May, 2014

My Girl

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‘Life isn’t just about death, Harry. Don’t ignore the living’

My Girl is about an 11 year old girl named Vada (Anna Chlumsky) who is obsessed with death as she is raised in a funeral parlour  (undertakers) with her father who doesn’t exactly share feelings with anyone, but not including the relationship with the funeral make up artist (Jamie Lee Curtis) who desperatly wants to be that mother figure to Vada. Vada, however has a friend named Thomas J who is a quiet, light haired loner who is allergic to everything, played by a then cute, baby faced eleven year old Macualay Culkin (before all the drugs and singing songs dedicated to pizza).

I find that My Girl is the type of film that you can’t help but to actually be in their position. It may be a 22 year old film, but what most 90s movies are good at doing is taking your heart, and your immunity to sad films, ripping it up and jumping on it. It’s as if the serious problems, such as her mother dying in childbirth and having to see dead bodies everyday, including a friend who is allergic to everything is put through clever directors to make it look as if it is based around something through an 11 year old’s eyes. If you haven’t seen this film yet, but even if you have, you would need several boxes of tissues because it is so sad. 

What I don’t particuarly like from the film is the relationship between Vada and her English teacher. That is somewhat creepy. There is a sequel and at one point I got round to watching My Girl 2, and I hated it because there was one need, following the long line of films which don’t need a sequel from their independent poignance but have one anyway from money measures. I also like the representation of mood rings which concludes to the suprising ending which is different from other films in Culkin’s cute days.

4/5

 

 

 

 

 

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The Devil Wears Prada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Based on the book of the same name by  Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada is a comedy about naive young college graduate Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) with dreams of a career in journalism, but ends up working for one of the most cynical editor in chiefs of one of the top fashion magazines named Runway, and her boss is Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), and jepordizing her personal life to work as a second assistant alongside her snobby co-worker Emily (Emily Blunt) . 

I actually love this movie. Although I actually want to work in journalism some day it shows how much you have to risk behind the glossy pages of a magazine, even if it is fictional charecters based on actual people. I love Meryl Streep’s movies, I like how she adjusts to every role whether she’s playing a fairy princess or a cynical person.

I attempted to read the book, but couldn’t get past page 100. They changed the names and basically the whole plot, but I was suprised when Weisberger based Miranda Priestly on Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. The book was too dull, and I haven’t even read the sequel, but the movie was funny and just right because all the actors were good.

 

3/5 

Mean Girls

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That’s so fetch!

Lindsay Lohan, (back in her innocent and probably non drug taking court trial days), plays a naive 16 year old girl named Cady Heron who moved from Africa into a public American high school, (North Shore High) only to fall into friendship with the most dangerous clique named the Plastics, and falling in love with the Queen Bee Regina George’s (Rachel McAdams) ex- boyfriend, hottie Aaron Samuels, leading to social suicide and drama that nearly every teenage girl can relate to. 

Mean Girls just turned 10 years old the other day, and although some of the references are probably rather outdated, it is still one of the most enjoyable films ever, and I can’t really imagine Mean Girls in 2014, with their personal Facebook group chat, Twitter page and Instagram profiles discussing whether butter is a carb or if Aaron Samuel’s hair looks sexy pushed back- thats like the rules of feminism! It also teaches us a lesson that you shouldn’t fall into the wrong clique or your life (high school one at least) will go up in flames, and thats not just the maths test results; which somehow got her into The Mathletes. Some current big stars also star, including Les Miserables 2012‘s Amanda Seyfriend.

Tina Fey starred in and wrote this film, so there is something about this movie that makes it socially acceptable to quote it all the time, but the only slightly monotonous thing about it is the cliched moment of pick up the pencil and fall in love. Some of the charecters were underdeveloped, mostly the guys in the movie, like Aaron Samuels, and only made him look like the stereotypical hot guy, nothing much else. 

4/5

Grown Ups 2

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Whatttttttttttt?

Party crashers, bus drivers and ‘in’ guys doing back flips and weird hand shakes seem to be the centre of this rather hilarious and slightly mad film, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Taylor Lautner who was respectively trying to outshine his Twilight role. The deer also had a starring part. I knew it by its reputation of grabbing many awards at the Golden Raspberries, but hadn’t watched it all the way through, until I was at a friend’s party. 

I actually found this film rather good, although in some bits I felt as if it could have been better, considering that I haven’t actually watched the first one properly, if not at all. I can’t see Taylor Lautner in anything other than the Twilight saga, so when he suddenly starts to act all tough, its not very realistic.

It’s a good film to watch with friends, eating popcorn, or if you like Adam Sandler, but other than that its not for you. 

2.5/5

Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging

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Welcome to my sad life. 

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a relatable drama/ rom-com/ sleepover movie aimed at teenagers going through the stage when boys are hot and the general awkwardness of teenage hood, based on the books by Louise Rennison. 

14 year old Georgia Nicholson is the lead member of her friends group The Ace Gang, dealing with the embarrassment of her parents affection, her sister who thinks she’s a cat and trying to impress new boy and bass player of Still Dylan called Robbie (played by Aaron Johnson), who is dating Georgia’s rival ‘Wet Lindsay’ (Kimberly Nixon) and Robbie also has a non identical twin brother named Tom (Sean Bourke) who eventually dates her friend Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson).  As usual, there’s the he’s dating the popular bully stereotype which is often so samey that it gets boring. 

It’s a sweet little film, very feel good, considering that I am around that age, but has such a limited market of people aged about 11-16 that it isn’t much more than a cheesy teenage movie. 

4/5