Angela Lansbury Takes to the stage at Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Showing

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is 25 years old this year. Scary I know. It’s my all time favourite Disney film and it’s one of the first Disney films I can ever remember watching.

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To celebrate this big milestone Disney have released a 25th Anniversary special of the film that includes some amazing sounding special features! There is fun facts,  a few recording sessions and commentary from the directors. I’ll definitely be buying it!

Some cinemas in the US have also done special screenings and the lucky audience at the Lincoln Centre, beauty-and-the-beast_79535_5New York got an amazing surprise from none other than Mrs. Potts herself Dame Angela Lansbury! The first time I saw this I smiled the whole way through, I still smile all the way through now. Angela certainly still has the singing voice and she’s still my Mrs. Potts even if the cast has changed for the live action version.

So for your viewing pleasure here’s Dame Angela Lansbury singing the amazingly beautiful Beauty and the Beast from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. Isn’t she adorable?!

High Society (1956)

60 years ago this week (17th July 1956) an amazing film was released. It’s the type of musical film that will probably always make it onto the greatest musical films and for very good reason. It is, in fact, one of my favourite musicals of all time. This film is High Society.

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I’m always shocked by how few people have ever heard of or seen this film because it brings some of the best actors and musicians of Old Hollywood together to portray a retelling of the very famous The Philadelphia Story. Now I’m not saying Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart didn’t do the original justice because they totally rocked the film but when you have the likes of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra together in a script that is funny and musically ingenious you know it’s going to be a film to talk about.

224265256413693233RDl7GbVXcIt’s always been a special film to me because it was Grace Kelly’s last ever film before she married Prince Rainier of Monaco and basically became a fairytale princess. In the film she plays a wealthy soon to be married socialite and yet we see her try to please her family and eventually go back to her ex-husband who she still loves. The film may be a musical comedy but the relationships and emotions involved in the film seem very normal.

The songs themselves tell a story and are very memorable, that’s why we named our blog after a High Society song. The song “Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire?” is sung by Sinatra and Celeste Holm and they make it a funny yet romantic song because they don’t want yachts or other expensive items they just want each other. The funnier thing is Sinatra’s character doesn’t even realise Holm has a crush on him.

You’ll also notice Louis Armstrong in the film with his band and how different his music is to the rest of the film. This brings a freshness because all his songs are fun and make you pay attention.

So what’s not to love? Excellent actors who may not have gotgrace-kelly-bing-crosby-frank-sinatra-high-society-1956 on in real life but have a great relationship on screen (Crosby kept his distance from Sinatra during production) A lovely vocal performance from Kelly and a great scene in French. Great songs and great musical talent to write and perform the songs which means the songs will be remembered more than the films.

Some musicals can become boring or not seem relevant to the time and we find them being consigned to the archives yet High Society as withstood society’s changes. It actually teaches us about love and relationships while reminding us of people’s standing in society and how we need to be our own person. 60 years on it’s still a watchable fun film that you’ll want to watch again and again.

Happy Birthday Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow

105 years ago the actress Harlean Carpenter was born. She would go on to become the well loved actress Jean Harlow

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In this stunningly beautiful actresses short life the public saw her rise from the ashes of critically unsuccessful films to staring opposite the greats such as Clark Gable and Spencer Tracey. She had friendships people envied, a career that remained strong when the Depression set in and mega stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford were waning and she can be credited with being the inspiration behind Marilyn Monroe’s trademark hair.

Harlow was known for her catching laugh and versatility to act tumblr_nn27itkJhG1qe4ru4o1_500in any film she wanted to. This made her a much wanted icon in Hollywood and made her the type of woman people wanted to be. She swapped regularly from serious to comedy films and it’s this genre she’s probably best known for.
In her 10 year film career she made 36 films and was mostly recognised on and off the screen for her peroxide blonde hair making her one of the first blonde bombshells to grace the screen. Before this you’ll typically note most of the lead actresses had dark hair.

Of course there was the bad moments, like in any Hollywood stars life. Harlow was married three times, the longest lasting for 2 years. She found the love of her life with William Powell but sadly before they could ever be married she became ill with kidney failure which resulted in her death at the age 0f 26. There are plenty of rumours surrounding her death the most famous being that she died of a result of peroxide poisoning.

All her films are worth watching. She was a great actress that even when ill managed to get the films finished and premiered to great success. Even her last film Saratoga was finished well with body doubles when she died during shooting.

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Jean Harlow would be remembered forever for being the blonde bombshell that paved the way for change in Hollywood. She became the first actress to grace the cover of Life magazine and she would always be famous for her grace and poise on and off the screen.

 

Quite possibly one of the best on screen partnerships ever.

That Old Frank (Film) Magic

This is obviously a bit belated but I wanted this to be perfect.

 

tumblr_nzqc9riaOE1r0dj31o1_500On the 12th December the great Frank Sinatra turned 100. Everyone was jumping on the band wagon by playing his great songs and telling us stories about his less than perfect private life. I’ve actually heard someone say they don’t like the guy now they’ve heard some of the sordid tales from his Vegas and married days. Let me assure you these probably are true, there’s lots of other similar tales from friends, family and acquaintances, but this shouldn’t put you off his magnificent work whether it be his song writing, his singing or his acting.

His acting is where we come in. I could spend days talking about his music and his Rat Pack singing days. I could tell you tales of who he inspired, how he was one of the few celebrities of the time who basically needed the press to survive.tumblr_nz9e4vfjJR1r3rmj3o1_500

High Society (1956)

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One of the first films I ever watched that starred Sinatra and, to this day, it is still one of my favourite films. Sinatra stars with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Celeste Holm in this fun musical based on The Philadelphia Story. Sinatra is Mike Connor the journalist who is picked to report on the wedding of socialite Tracy Lord. True love ensues for Connor and Holm’s character, Liz Imbrie, yet it’s fun to watch them get to this point. The film has some great songs, some classic funny moments and an all over light hearted feel.

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

One of the first films Sinatra did with Gene Kelly.tumblr_mg8uq2h4IO1qapcnno1_250 This is a great film where Clarence Doolittle (Sinatra) and Joe Brady (Kelly) are on 4 days shore leave in Hollywood. They go on a musical journey where Joe teaches Clarence to pick up girls and he eventually finds an aspiring actress (Kathryn Grayson) who is the love of his life. There’s a mix of animation with Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse. There’s some excellent songs and it is a lovely story. You’ve probably heard of another sailor themed film, On The Town, featuring Sinatra and Kelly but this one is well worth a watch too.

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

tumblr_mx3cqlhmkh1r3mh0to1_400.gifA Sinatra film that everyone should know about and one that’s a bit different to the others he was famous for. A war film in every sense the film is set in WWII and sees a group of allied soldiers try to escape by hijacking a train. Sinatra plays Joseph Ryan who is a US Air Corps pilot and gets taken to a concentration camp after being shot down. Here the film unfolds into a thrilling story of bravery and courage. Sinatra gives one of his best performances in this role. If you’ve read the book you’ll notice a few differences but I think you’ll agree they work perfectly in the film.

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

A true Rat Pack film, maybe not as famous as Ocean’s Eleven but this is still everything that made the Rat Pack films fun and enjoyable to watch. Sinatra truly made this film brilliant with a glittering cast and some memorable songs all done to the storyline of Robin Hood. Sinatra obviously has the leading role of Robbo and sees that fun, adventure and true spirit takes place in the ranks of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby and Peter Falk. It’s fun to watch while still teaching the meaning of Robin Hood.

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From Here to Eternity (1953)

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This film basically relaunched Sinatra’s film career and was nominated for and won many awards. It’s based on the book by James Jones and makes for the perfect movie. Sinatra, Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster play three US Army soldiers stationed in Hawaii months before Pearl Harbour. They each have their different problems and we learn a great deal about them throughout the film, as well as the jobs they do. Maggio (Sinatra) is a fun character and yet suffers terribly throughout the film. Sinatra, rightly so, won Best Supporting actor at the Oscars for his role.

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Where to start with the film. It’s based on thetumblr_n8aeofHfwt1sjmaqio1_500 Broadway musical but there are some differences most noticeably with there been extra songs written for the film. Sinatra plays gambler Nathan Detroit who’s finding it difficult to find somewhere to hold an illegal crap game because of the police. Then comes in Marlon Brando’s Sky Masterson and they bet on taking a girl out to dinner. Detroit also has to deal with his fiancé of 14 years wanting to tie the knot. The film is very upbeat and has some great romance to it. Sinatra fits the role of Detroit extremely well as if the part was made for him. If you’ve never seen it you’re missing one of the greatest musicals ever.

 

Frank Sinatra made films his own and brought so much emotion and drama to both the big and tv screen it’s a wonder his films aren’t more famous. He’ll always be remembered for his stunning vocals, even in films, but remember the guy won Academy Awards so he definitely did something right somewhere.

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Cinderella Still A Fairy Tale Full Of Faith and Magic

Cinderella_2015_official_posterLast week I went to see the live action version of Cinderella. I liked it that much I’m hoping to go see it again before its cinema run finishes. As a fan of Disney and especially Cinderella I will admit I was nervous at seeing it. I’d basically not watched anything much to do with it in case they’d changed my vision of the fairy tale. If anything I think it was better because it was more in depth and filled out. This is great for us that watched the Disney version as kids and completely understood it yet as we grew up we wanted to know more about Cinderella’s life. What happened to her father? Was there more to her meeting her Prince?

This film fills these gaps so well that you’ll find yourself crying. I cried in a cinema packed with kids. Her mum dies, there’s tears. Her dad doesn’t return, tears. The King tells the Prince he can’t marry a commoner, floods of tears. Kenneth Branagh who directed managed to bring a very old story up to date yet keep it magical and innocent for an entire audience. It’s the first time in a while I’ve seen a wide age range in one showing. That in itself is magical and this is what Disney does for us. The fantastic cast may have had a hand too with the likes of Hayley Atwell, Cate Blanchett, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

Cinderella’s mum (Attwell) tells her to “Have courage and be kind.” It feels like one of those short phrases tumblr_nmpig7pNXG1un08uto4_250that are a life lesson. Lily James who plays Cinderella captures this phrase in all she does in the film. It’s sometimes difficult to be kind in some situations like in the film and yet Cinderella follows through showing the younger audience and us older people that it can be done. In a strange way it was nice to see her break down in private so we see she’s still human just like us.

The romance of the film reminds us so much of the 1950’s original version. There’s
still a barrier in the way between royalty and commoners and yet when they set eyes on each other all that matters is love. There’s no point hiding when matters of the heart are at stake, just as Prince Charming (Richard Madden) proves. Cinderella and the Prince first meet in such an everyday type of situation. Nothing special but the moment does fit so well. She saves the stag that the Prince and his men are hunting showing us her compassion and affinity with the animals is still very much present. As are the adorable mice and Gus-Gus.

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The magic of the transformation and the ball were left in and left quite close to the original version yet there was some well received tweaks. Cinderella still has to meet the all important curfew and still managed to run, gracefully, all the way down those steps in pretty glass shoes. That in itself is a fairy tale but it’s the price we pay for dreams.

I was so glad to find they’d left the song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” in the film and that Lily had recorded a version too. Each Disney film has a signature song and for me this one is it. As a child I hummed to it and as I’ve grown up I’ve found different interpretations to it. You’re all probably the same. It’s a song that will never date and means a lot in difficult situations.

317d1d33cf493046471f3b16a1f2d59d58f30660I think the main reason I’m writing this piece is that there is still room for fairy tales in the world today and they make us feel better no matter how much we cry through them. We see so many interpretations of the tales of old and yet they essentially stay the same. Cinderella is just like us. She’s had tragedies, hard times and then so much hope. If we all stuck with “have courage and be kind” we too could make situations better for ourselves and others. Yes it might be hard but we can learn something. We don’t all live in fairy tales but we can strive to be better people and live to see our dreams come true even if that dream is only to find our own Prince or Princess. I live to fulfil my dreams because some people can’t and like Cinderella said about the ball: “It was like a dream. Better than a dream.”

All I can do now is hope the live action version of Beauty and the Beast is as well executed. If they destroy that film my faith in humanity will be lost as it’s my all time favourite Disney film. I will say the cast looks fantastic so far!

 

Cat’s Horror Movie Fest Part 2

Yes it’s been a while.

I’m not going to go into reasons… Let’s just put it down to Timey wimey wibbly wobbly stuff.

 

Insidious (2010) Insidieous 2

Ok, there was something about this movie, which made me want to watch, even though it did begin as one of those, “Stereotypical,” Humans move into new house then hauntings begin films. Also the ending was captivating enough that I went on to watch the sequel- Insidious 2.

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So, family moves into new house, same as some other horror movies you have that annoying over protective mother, not sure if it’s just me, but I know if this was real life and happening to me it wouldn’t be the ghost driving me out of the house. There’s two kids, who are probably too young to know what is going on, but the film uses this to their advantage and there is the, “I’m all in charge dad,” Oh also there is a baby, which brings out more maternal insanity for the mother.

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The interesting thing for this movie is, it’s sort of plays on people like me who believed this was going to be a typical, “They have moved into a haunted house film.” Which I loved. The new house is sort of a red herring as the hauntings come from the family itself, coincidence they just happened to move. Things start to unravel as one of their sons, slips into a, “Coma which isn’t a coma,” then a psInsideous 1ychic power gift is brought into the film along with the reason for why these demons are terrorizing the family.

Insidious, plays as a horror movie as it has demon possession and the threat to this family, there is creepy scenes where the ghosts and demons are playing with the family, leaving doors open, talking through baby monitors and this movie also brings to the scene a demon dimension which has to be entered.

 

As a fan of Supernatural (TV series) I also saw a hint of that in this movie, not just from the demon- Although as far as I remember there is no demon like that in the show- but there is the people they call in to help deal with these, “Hauntings,” Two guys come in to see if the house is haunted, and for me they reminded me of the early days of the two guys in, “Ghostfacers.”

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Specs and Tucker from Insidious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite thing about this movie- the fact that they have managed to give the important factors- the demons, psychic/supernatural power side and the background history of the family enough attention and still made a pretty good movie.

Worst part of the movie-  The demon filing his nails, with a hardcore filer. I just can’t…. it’s like the equivalent of a serial killer reading Cosmo before going on another killing spree.

Annoying thing about the movie- the title- for me- is an awkward spelling word, I have to go back and sort out the red lines through this post, the fact that the sequel has the same name doesn’t make this any better.

Amusing part of this movie- The creepy thing from Saw (movies) makes an appearance-as the director and writer of Insidious is also the writer and director of the Saw movies. In the same scene the name, “Leslie Borchard,” Is written on the board, Leslie was the hair stylist in this movie.

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Horror movie rating- 3/5

Overall movie rating- 4/5

 

 

 

A Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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This movie, my first thoughts in the opening few minutes was, “Okay…” In horror movie ways, it reminded me of one of the first scenes of Resident Evil before the virus gets released and then as we all know, crap goes down. The movie has a massive plus, actor wise. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Jesse Williams (Avery in Grey’s Anatomy) But anyway I digress as I’m here to talk about horror movies not nice looking actors who – Possibly- have to die in this movie.

 

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There are five main characters, who some what resemble the characters of  he Scooby Doo series, unfortunately as the roles of the hippy and the leader are taken Jesse Williams will have to take up the role of Scooby Doo. It’s even more C.I.T.W ScoobyMystery Inc as it isn’t actually a proper haunted place, the weird scene at the beginning that involves a office building are the people controlling the supernatural stuff.

 

 

 

 

Overall, it is a good movie and it doesn’t involve hauntings! Which is a change, it’s more of a human sacrifice movie done with style and design. It does as the title says involve a Cabin in the Woods and it is from that creepy dwelling things start to get a bit more, “Horror movie,” and people, the typically portrayed college students, start to get killed off. Although I found it more funny than terrifying but the clever thing this movie does is you have the people who control the things find this thing funny too, so in a way this movie has something people can agree on.

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Best part of the movie- When all the monsters get unleashed

+ The unicorn stabbing a person

 

Worst part-  There is a trick part of the movie where you get the impression one of the characters dies (There is blood shown in one of the sacrifice tablets) but then that character turns out to be alive. The movie doesn’t tell exactly what happened and why there is blood in that tablet and why that blood got cancelled out.

 

Horror movie rating- 2.5/5

Overall movie rating – 3/5

 

 

Quarantine (2008)Qurentine

 

This one was recommended to me and I soon realised this was a movie which in the past I had started mid-way though and then left because lets just say if you don’t come in at it at the right point it can just seem like a lot of people running screaming in a building , which doesn’t sound like a good horror movie at all.

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Quarantine is an infection outbreak zombie movie, the infection started off as rabies in dogs then turned to slowly infecting humans. It tried to be like these hot chick zombie fighting movies by dressing the main lady in tight clothing but I guess to make this more horror than action the woman doesn’t know what she is doing.

There are two main characters- a News reporter- Angela, who I have mentioned when this movie starts going starts panicking allover, and the camera man who is possibly only seen twice in this movie. One good thing about this movie is the perspective it is shown from as the film is shown through the camera/camera man which is constantly on record. I know that sort of thing has been done before but movies such as Paranormal Activity showed more amateur filming while this one the camera man is more stable.

It’s slow to start off as the film starts with the news crew first doing a documentary on the fire department- Angela goes about being all giggly and what’s this whats that? When if you know a journalist you would know a proper one would have done research. It gets to a point for 5 minutes in where you could just leave for another 5 minutes and you wouldn’t miss much, as much as you hope the fire station doesn’t end up being haunted or anything horror movie style.

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The movie finally gets going when the firemen gets called to an apartment building, and take the news crew along, for a screaming woman. I’m not entirely sure why the fire service was needed- the police called them in, they get there and no one even knows what state this woman is in, in Britain the police would have just handled it broken down the door then called for other services. Good thing something like Quarantine wouldn’t happen here. The old lady soon turns out to be creepy and begins to bite people and the CDC (Centre for Disease control) Sure are quick in this movie as they appear and seal off the building before anything is reported.Cumberbatch Fairy

It then turns out to be a typical zombie movies where the infected people and rats turn on the living till no one is left and the non-infected fight for survival hiding from the zombies and trying to get out even though they are locked in the building thanks to the US Government, who have also cut off the people inside the building’s communication with the outside world.

 

Best Part of the movie-

When one of the fire men comes back as a zombie and he is walking about with his leg practically hanging off.

When the camera man kills a zombie using the camera- after this we do briefly see the camera man for the first time as he cleans the lens.

Worst Part- Although it is better done than these other movies that tell the story from the victims point of view with a camera there is still an amateur feel to it where you can’t take the movie seriously, lots of things seem over done and I questioned the intelligence of the characters a lot- it takes nearly the entire movie for someone to remember there is a way out what the CDC might not have blocked off.

 

Overall Movie rating- 2/5 stars

Horror Movie rating- 2.5/5 stars

 

Annoying Quote-

“I told my mum I wanted to be a fire man, tonight I am living the dream.”

…Darling, you’re not exactly living the dream as you are a woman to be living your dream you need a sex change.

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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)

 

Sinister (2012)Emotion

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!

Mickey Rooney; A Child Star Forever Remembered

Mickey_Rooney_stillThis week the Old Hollywood fandom are in mourning once again. On Monday Mickey Rooney died aged 93. Only at the beginning of the year did we lose Shirley Temple, another child star of the Old Hollywood era. This is obviously a hazard that comes with being fans of old things, we’re bound to see lots of death and have to mourn the actors we treasure.

Mickey Rooney had lived a very long life compared to some of those he acted with. He had a career spanning 9 decades, married 8 times and lived life to the full in every way. I suppose we don’t really need to tell you much about Rooney. Everyone knows he was a very successful child star who had many comebacks in adulthood. Laurence Olivier once referred to him as “the greatest film actor America ever produced.” Those words mean everything coming from Olivier.

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Rooney & his first wife Ava Gardner

His most famous role was as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair which gained that much success 15 more films were released off the back of it. Rooney also found fame when partnered with another child star, Judy Garland. In some clips at the beginning of their partnership you can easily see how comfortable Rooney is in performing next to Garland who still seems a bit nervous. Rooney was from a vaudeville family so had been on stage from very early on.

 

Go look at his filmography and I’m sure you’ll be surprised in all the films he’s been in. Without a doubt you’ve seen at least one of  the 300+ films he’s starred in.

Here’s Mickey and Judy singing Our Love Affair from 1940’s Strike Up The Band.

He’ll be missed but he’s made a big mark on Hollywood that will go on forever



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Rooney has Mr Yunioshi in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Rooney with 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor (her film debut) and Butch Jenkins in National Velvet (1944)

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Rooney with Dick Van Dyke & Bill Cobbs in Night At The Museum (2006)

Vampire Academy Movie UK Update: RUMOURED CANCELLATION

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Please note I stress the word rumoured. As of 11pm UK time I have been unable to find any confirmation OR denial of this dreadful news. I’ve followed up some leads and here’s what I’ve found.

  • Vampire Academy is no longer on the Cineworld website but I did find it on the Vue website. Odeon also say they have it set for 23rd April.
  • The film still appears on eOne’s UK Site but there is no information on UK release dates, there’s basically no information for us.
  • The UK release date has also vanished from the extensive list of dates on IMDB. Ireland is still there.
  • The film didn’t live up to expectations and was not released in Brazil. Australia only had a run of 20 days. This info is from Vampire Academy (Film) This could be a major reason for cancellation here.
  • The release date for the DVD in the US has been announced and that’s on 20th May. That obviously has nothing to do with the cancellation of the UK release but it’s something to keep in mind for the DVD release over here.

tumblr_n0kldknlkv1rxoc48o1_500Remember to keep an eye out on social networking sites, as we know the fans are usually the first to know about things like this. This site is a great source of information: Vampire Academy Movie UK Facebook So is Tumblr and Twitter, so keep Vampire Academy tagged.

If Vampire Academy is cancelled over here then we’ll just have to stay brave and keep flicking through our Vampire Academy Movie Companions until the DVD is released.

As soon as we have more information or confirmations we’ll let you all know.

 

 

UPDATE 4/4/14  Cineworld tweeted me back earlier with this:

Vue and Odeon are still saying Vampire Academy WILL STILL be shown. So far looks like it’s just Cineworld who have it cancelled. I suppose only time will tell.

UPDATE 9/4/14: When I checked Vue this morning The Vampire Academy link says the film is now due to be released 4/7/14 but when you click on the link the Vampire Academy page has been removed. Odeon have also removed the link to the film. A bad omen maybe? I’ve contacted Vue and will let you know their answer.

The Hunger Games VS Battle Royale

hungergamesMost of you will have heard of this big-  epic- movie series/ Book trilogy called The Hunger Games. I admit I haven’t read the books, I do plan too. The books consist of 1. The Hunger Games, 2. Catching Fire and 3. Mocking Jay. Movies for books 1 and 2 are out, I have seen them, but I don’t know how it ends. I can theorise it will either end with the lead female protagonist Katniss and the “rebellion,” kicking butt or the whole world just imploding in on it’s self. No one tell me although chances are when it comes to nearer the time I will look it up on Wikipedia.

There are a lot of Dystopia books now out there, the vampire fetish is now over and I think writers are now thinking the next best thing is to destroy society completely and start over, part of me is amused if that is the plan.

But going past all the awesome Zombie movies, Mutation films, world being taken over by computers, the world ending because people got too fat- Looking at you Wall.e. Basically, if there is even the smallest chance it could destroy the world and restructure society the human race has put it into a plot line and made it into a movie.

There is a movie out there which is based on a similar sort of thing to the Hunger Games.

 

Battle Royale, is a live action movie based on a novel and manga (haven’t read the book or the manga, but if it is anything like the movie, I will find it funny.) Apparently there is a sequel movie I just can’t seem to find it.

The Hunger Games plot line is based around a nation called Panem, there is the wealthy Capitol, which stuffs it’s face,

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Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss

while the 12 poorer districts it rules go hungry and work themselves to death. In comes this thing called, “The Reaping,” at random a girl and boy between the ages of 12-18 from each district will be chosen to compete in, “The Hunger Games.” Where they fight to the death, only one can win. For District 12 the home of Katniss and Peeta (the male protagonist for the movie- also the guy who gets chosen to compete). There name gets pulled out of lottery my Effie Trinket- those who haven’t seen the movie, you don’t have to look far it’s the woman with freaky hair and really elaborate makeup and clothing.

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12 districts = 24 people (“Tributes.”) entered into the Hunger Games. 1 winner. Weapons are provided only they have to battle for them as well- well, it’s more like a race, there’s a pile of weapons in the middle of the starting circle.

 

The reason the districts have to sacrifice two young adults is this is penance, so basically it’s sort of like todays world where the government say not only do we make sure you don’t really have enough to live on, but we will also make sure you’re children don’t as well!

As entertainment, the rest of the world gets to watch the mass slaughtering of teenagers killing each other, if they survive they apparently get fame and wealth. Truthfully, in the future this could replace, “Big Brother.”

 

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Battle Royale plot line again involves putting teenagers up for sacrifice, only the sacrifice for this film involves school classes being picked. They are thrown into an Island with a bag. The bag should have essentials such as water and some random weapon, I mean random it could be a gun or it could be a pan lid.

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Those who have seen Death Note the live action films. Yes that is the guy who plays Light

The reason for the schools giving up classes of students, the nation collapsed there was no chance of a job and students began skipping school and adults became afraid of the young adults. So, apparently it became ok to get the students to kill each other off, it’s a fight to the death where only one person can win. The students can kill each other off but there is control from the main control room (there is one in The Hunger Games too, this is where everything is watched including where about the young adults are, each idea involves trackers) Students in Battle Royale are fitted with collars which will explode if students are in, “The Danger Zone,” This is explained to the students by a weirdly happy Japanese woman, who is wearing a collar herself, via video. The danger zones are part of the island which get cornered off, the collars have trackers in them so people in the control room will know where they are.

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Although the ideas behind both novels/movies look similar, as both of them involve a dystopia where the younger generation are chosen to fight to the death in a controlled environment. There are some differences- despite the obvious one with one been in English the other is Japanese. For me The Hunger Games has a more serious storyline. Battle Royale in someway seems like a string of death (Half which are actually funny, really, the time it takes some of the students to die from things such as being shot in the chest…) with a story line. There is a hint of romance in Battle Royale but I think this is because it’s more of a boy film it’s more filled with violence and death. The Hunger Games, I think is a movie for all genders you have romance in there, the death which is involved is more obvious that it’s a fight for survival, the movie is set at a different pace where it isn’t just death after death. The Hunger Games is based in a longer storyline within its self (Which is shown in the movie) We see want for the society to get out of the District regime where they are at the bottom, whereas Battle Royale the Millennium Educational Reform Act (BR Act) there is no real intent of the students over throwing it. It’s a dystopia movie but we only see the effect what it has on the students what get put on the island

 

I recommend both movies, both are hits. Ok, I wouldn’t recommend Battle Royale if you are squeamish at the sight of blood, but if you are like me and find that sort of thing funny I really recommend it.

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