The Crimson Field Review

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For the past six weeks the BBC have treated us to a fantastic war drama called The Crimson Field. This series was based in France and was set in a medical camp close to the front lines.

Throughout the six hours it’s been on our tv screens we’ve managed to see more of women’s lives in WWI than we’d possibly read in a book. It’s definitely bolstered the fact that women were indeed a crucial part of WWI

p01vbnlcThe main three ladies we get to know from the beginning are Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham) all of them have their own secrets which we find out in the series. We get to watch them all grow in the short time we know them yet after the finale Sunday night it left me feeling like I’d known them forever. Suranne Jones plays another character who we know from the beginning, she plays Sister Joan Livesy. Sister Livesy is keeping a bigger secret than the rest of the ladies which makes her very interesting to watch.

One part I have to applaud the BBC on tackling is the taboo subject of Germans residing in Britain after the sinking of the Lusitania. We find out early on that Sister Livesy’s fiancé is a German, living in Britain, who goes back to be a German soldier. We find out that Germans who lived in Britain were treat very badly throughout this time. It’s quite an eye opener to see how different nationalities were so strictly divided but then we see this same division between the sexes and particularly ranks within the army.

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Each week we saw a different mix of soldiers come through the doors. This gave quite a visual of how the army, doctors and nurses dealt with different scenarios. A few that cropped up were desertion, keeping homophobia on the quiet, shell shock and mental health problems caused by the war and trust issues between the staff. Put in the time era of WWI and the punishments in place made these serious issues.

In some ways this series has been different to many you’ve seen before. I know when I first heard about it being commissioned I fell in love with the fact that thesuranne-jones-and-hermione-norris-in-the-crimson-field-136389032614410401-140404164356
main characters were female nurses from an everyday background. I loved that the actors were fairly unknown but you had the guiding light of experience such as Hermione Norris, Kevin Doyle and Adam James to keep it all in check so to speak. Everything else you learn about the war is an added bonus. The characters are obviously different to films you may have watched about both WWI and WWII, they feel a lot more gritty and strict. The nurses are also strict and stick with the rules, but you sometimes see the newer nurses facades crack a little reminding you they’re only human and they’re still only young.

In Sunday nights finale, which was a corker, the news comes in about Edith Cavell being executed which ties in with the storyline at that point. Everything within the series works well especially with the writers managing to weave real life stories into the scripts.

tumblr_n4d382JUTh1si51pco1_500The Crimson Field is really a series that needs to be watched. In my opinion it wouldn’t have worked as well for any other war. WWII sticks with women being Land Girls, Lumber Jills and Donut Dollies. WWI only seemed to depict women as nurses, there doesn’t appear to be many other roles for the fairer sex. The series manages to fit all the good, bad, ugly and forbidden of a year in WWI into six hours. Yes some questions don’t seem properly answered but this may leave room for another series… Just remember there’s still a lot of the war left at this point.

Watch The Crimson Field on BBC iPlayer here

Learn more about the series here

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Happy Birthday Woman of the Year Katharine Hepburn!

Katharine_hepburn_woman_of_the_year_croppedOn this day in 1907 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born in Connecticut. She would grow up to be one of Hollywood’s best loved actresses. She spoke out for what she believed in and was headstrong and independent throughout her entire life. She made tough decisions when it came to her relationship with Spencer Tracy yet we all loved her for it and they made a perfect couple. She still holds the record for the most nominations in the Academy Awards for Best Actress; 4 nominations.

 

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Cary Grant wears a skirt in protest at Hepburn wearing trousers.

Hepburn’s films are legendary and the genres she crosses means there’s something for everyone. She shone over every genre making her a real multi talented lady. For women she made it cool for us to wear trousers, back in the day this was a big thing. She also had spectacular cheekbones. I’ve always said I want her personality and cheekbones. During her life she kept her private life as private as she could and shunned the limelight and glamour that was associated with it.

 

The majority of her films have her starring as a strong woman, even in the time when she wasn’t such a box office success. We see the strong willed Hepburn in her first film with Spencer Tracey, Woman of the Year (1942). This is a great light hearted comedy that shows off the delightful chemistry between Hepburn and Tracy while showing Hepburn, who plays a journalist, as a woman who can’t cook, gives orders and basically lives, eats and breathes work. Domestic goddess she is not.

This is just one of Katharine’s big films. Others to take a look at are:

  • Bringing Up Baby (1938) Starring Cary Grant
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940) Starring James Stewart and Cary Grant
  • Adam’s Rib (1949) Starring Spencer Tracy
  • The African Queen (1951) Starring Humphrey Bogart

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It’s really fair to say at 107 years old Katharine Hepburn is still being remembered by the cinema and Hollywood lovers of the world. She managed to stay afloat in a cutthroat business when others went under and starred with the late greats. Her life was a Hollywood story in real life which made her films and relationships memorable.

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

Cat’s- Horror- Movie Fest (part 1)

I know a lot of people crave food a lot of the time, but recently I’ve been wanting to watch horror movies.

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So, I’m not entirely sure how this will work out, but I’ve bought a lot of horror movies, most of which have been made and released after 2000, and each of my Movie Fest posts, will include 3 of these horror movies- I’m open to any other horror movie suggestions, I will go and see if I can buy the movie and write about it, or even if you want to just recommend a horror movie you think is awesome, or particularly bad.

On the Cat’s horror movie fest (in no particular order) I should be reviewing.

  • The Grudge (Japanese Version)
  • The Grudge 2 (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring 2 (Japanese Version)
  • Quarantine
  • Quarantine 2
  • Carrie (2013)
  • Silent Hill
  • Mama
  • We are what we are
  • Warm Bodies
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Conjuring
  • The Descent
  • Insidious
  • Insidious 2
  • Sinister

I am not doing any of Paranormal Activity’s, Saw’s or Screams, just by the time I get though the whole 1-1000 of those movies and written about them I may actually asked to be possessed just to get away from them.

Part one’s 3 movies are-

Carrie, Warm Bodies and Sinister

 

Carrie (2013, remake)-

I’ve been told that the 1970’s version is better

This movie is based on the Stephen King novel- Carrie- The story tells of a shy girl trying to get though school with also a religious mother waiting for her at home. Stephen King seems to have accessed every bullying victims dark H.f pt1 Carrieimagination, given Carrie telekinesis and set her loose on her bullies. It’s one movie in two parts, the build up where the bullies have the floor, then of course typical American story, Prom happens that’s when everything changes Carrie seems as if she is possessed and practically burns the town down.

But really I don’t see this as a Horror movie; it was more like a revenge chick flick with supernatural powers. It’s a horror movie, without the ghosts or hauntings we seem to have a lot of today, I’d also like to see who finds this a horror movie, I think to some degree it’s more of a reality hit, those who have been bullied a lot have probably wished that they had some sort of power to get back at their predators. The psychological horror is that there are people out there who actually think like that, who are one step away from wanting to kill those who humiliate them.

Favourite part of the movie– when Carrie has the leader bully trapped in the car and fires it into the gas station.

+ The end scene where one of the girls has a nightmare of giving birth (She is pregnant) and a bloody hand burst through her abdomen

Worst Part of the Movie- The fact that the head teacher couldn’t say the word Period or Sanitary products (I mean come on).

+I watch Castle, now season 6, there is an episode what references this movie and I was thinking of that episode at certain points through out this.

Horror Movie rating

2/5 Stars.

Overall movie rating-

3.5/5 Stars.

 

Warm Bodies (2013)

I wasn’t sure if this actually is a horror movie but if you Google Horror Movies from 2013 this comes up so, I gave it a watch.

There is a reason; there has never been a Zombie, Human romance horror story. I think it is actually in someway a good, original idea but some of the awkwardness proves, It is wrong and I think this movie shows that. Sure there is no necrophilia (No, zombie human sexy H.f pt 1 w.btime) but the awkwardness of the human zombie relationship, just with the girl talking to the zombie guy and the guy falling in love with her, for me made this a horror film.

The movie shows two types of zombies. “Corpses,” Which are the sort of friendly zombies- Warm Bodies has done what Twilight did for Vampires. “Corpses,” Are the zombies which wander about not really able to think but the whole Resident Evil Zombie where the Zombies will hunt down every last shred of civilization doesn’t apply. “Boneys,” Are more like the traditional zombie where they will kill anything with a heartbeat, although really they look more like animated skeletons and in this movie they become the main villain.

The Humans and the Corpses join together to fight the boneys! Then we have a happily ever after. Yeah, apparently, the love conquers all thing now makes it into a, “Horror,” movie…

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Don’t believe Google when they say this is a Horror Movie, if this is a Horror movie they should put the Twilight Films on the relevant lists too. It is more of a twisted romance.

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Best Part of the Film- I’ll admit the zombie guy, (“R,” As he ends up calling himself) voice over/commentary was pretty funny.

Worst Part- One part what annoyed me. Spoiler– R changes back, from zombie to something more living. He get’s shot in the chest. The girl (who is in love with him and he is in love her) Is more bothered about the fact he is bleeding so it shows the fact he is alive. He’s bleeding from being shot in the freaking chest, he might not be alive for freaking long if you don’t help him!!!

Horror movie rating-

1/5 stars.

Overall movie rating-

2/5 stars (It had some good special effects)

 

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Now this is what I call a horror movie. Anything that gets me hinking, “I might sleep tonight with the light on,”
Deserves an award.

I actually knocked this movie down a few expectations when it started, realizing it was one of those, humans move into a new house. I thought, chances were the house would be haunted, ghosts or demons will try to destroy humans lives, the mother wH.f pt1ould panic for her children while daddy boy got all macho and try to take on the world of the supernatural. Of course they would bring in some ghost hunters and one of them would have issues at first not believing in that kind of stuff blah blah.

But I was wrong.
Ok the parents still took up their roles. And I thought it was funny that the boy in this movie said he got bullied at his last school because his dad for a living goes around writing about real life crime. It’s funny because this kids hair is actually longer than some girl’s hair I know, so maybe he should factor that into why he is being bullied. The family move into a house where the family before them got hung outside on a tree, accept the youngest daughter who disappeared. The writer dad (Ellison) and the deputy of the town soon discover that the family who got hung had moved to that house but the house they had lived in before a family was killed too, same pattern a kid had disappeared and a pattern like that goes back to the 1960’s (Family moves into a new house but the previous family in the house they have just moved from would have been murdered but a child would have disappeared).

The boy has night terrors and ends up in all sorts of places (I mean it, he ends up in a box almost doing an exorcist style twist coming out of it screaming) Then there is the little girl who draws on walls. The father researches for his books finds all these spooky film reels which shows the murders happen and he soon discovers a creepy figure in all of them

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Best Part of the film– Anytime Bughuul or the creepy children appeared.

+ Ellison falls through the loft; he mentions to the deputy that he heard footsteps. The deputy put it down to squirrels.

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Worst part of the film– I can’t really remember any truly bad bits.

Horror movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

Overall movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

 

Seriously, if you want a horror movie. Watch Sinister!

Happy 85th Birthday Audrey Hepburn!

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Google’s doodle for Hepburn’s 85th Birthday

Today’s birthday girl, Audrey Hepburn, really needs no introduction. Her films have become classics, her charity work changed the world and made her legendary and she still remains a fashion icon 21 years after her death. Even today she’s on TV in the Galaxy chocolate advert. Hepburn took what we knew of the film industry and films themselves and gave us a fresh, brand new perspective. She worked with all the greats, won plenty of awards and was best friends with Givenchy (yes the famous fashion designer) and still remained humble and down to earth.

Here we look at five of the films we deem as classic Hepburn films… Enjoy!

Roman Holiday (1953)

tumblr_n51hjzdJ8y1tymyz0o1_500The first film Audrey was credited for, had a leading role in and won an Academy Award for. Here she plays Princess Ann who sneaks out to explore Rome on her own. She meets Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who’s a reporter. The film is wonderfully light hearted and has some lovely funny parts. Hepburn’s performance shows why she won Best Actress and with her age in the film, she was 24 at the time, makes her stand out as one to watch.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Well what do we really say about Breakfast at Tiffany’s? I suppose (and hope) we’ve all seen it. Hepburn tumblr_n50hm1Spix1qa70eyo2_r1_500plays Holly Golightly a very fun, outgoing, party girl type in public but seemingly very quiet in public. Paul Varjak (George Peppard) plays opposite. Hepburn said the film was one of her biggest challenges because she had to play an extrovert when she herself is an introvert. The film shows so much emotions and has some very memorable scenes and fashion choices.

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My Fair Lady (1964)

my-fair-lady-1964-the-real-thingA very loveable musical with songs everyone remembers. Hepburn plays Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle who get’s picked by phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) to show that he can teach her to speak correct English so she can be presented in Edwardian Society. It’s fun seeing Hepburn talk in Cockney and see how she blossoms into a lady of society at the end. Her character changes throughout the film and she pulls it off fantastically. Hepburn doesn’t sing herself in the film but it certainly doesn’t detract from her performance.

How to Steal A Million (1966)

I love this film. Audrey stars with Peter O’Toole in this comedy heist film. It’s all about art forgery and claiming offtumblr_n517wfOVL01qiawh2o1_500 scams when art work goes missing. At some point in the film you realise that Hepburn and O’Toole’s characters aren’t as serious as you may have expected them to be, but their partnership works very well on screen and is very believable. The cupboard under the stairs scene is fantastic. It’s well worth a watch because it’s quite different to Hepburn’s other works.

Funny Face (1957)

tumblr_n51i3ie1QX1ttqe7vo1_500Another musical with Audrey playing Jo Stockton a very shy bookshop clerk who’s bookshop is used in a fashion magazine’s photoshoot. The photographer is none other that Fred Astaire. Lots of Hepburn and Astaire dancing and a great Hepburn makeover turn Stockton into the next big model in the industry. The songs work well and the change of clothes is a plenty. We also here Hepburn’s true singing voice for the first time ever.

This is just a mix of a few of Hepburn’s films. Remember she’s not just an actress, she was a woman who we can call a role model and someone who’ll be remembered forever for her work on screen and throughout the world. Even Google have acknowledged her birthday.

Happy Birthday Audrey. It truly is a day for celebrations.

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