Back from the dead……again!

hello fellow film and television nuts! I’m back once again after being extremely neglectful! (sorry, sorry, sorry). I hope all of the people who have been reading my posts havnt been too upset lol. I have had an extremely tough year as this has been my final year of highschool. Been very busy with VCE. But luckily that is all behind me now and I will have more of a chance to update my blog more regularly. I hope to post about once a week.  As everyone is aware it is christmas veryyyy soon and i hope everyone is just as excited as I am (christmas is my favourite holiday). Everyone will also be aware that 2009 is coming to a close and a new and exciting decade looms. Because of this special event I have decided to make two very special posts, top 10 tv shows of the decade, and top ten films of the decade (my opinion by the way). I also invite all readers to share their favourite films and tv shows of the decade. I will make these two posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned.

Back from the dead

hi, sorry that i have been away from my blog for so long, it is just that it has been hard to maintain it as i have had so much schoolwork.so i have decided to do a blog post on the three films that i am anxiously awaiting this year:

1. My Sister’s Keeper:

I read this book a few months ago and really enjoyed it, since then i have been following the news about the film, I’m quite happy with the cast, I think the choice of Sofia Vassilieva was great casting for Kate fitzgerald, i have seen her in the show Medium and she shows great promuise. Obviously Abigail Breslin was a great choice for Anna, as she has already proved in various films that she has great strength in her performances. I think the casting of Cameron Diaz was quite wierd and i wouldnt have put her in the role but I wont judge until I have seen it. I also have to mention Evan Ellingson as the older brother of both sisters, Jesse. I have only seen him in a few films but he has always been great so I’m sure he will do a great job of the role. I look forward to the film. The film releases in Australia on July 30th.

2. The Lovely Bones:

This film is the one that is annoying me the most in relation to the release date, which is on boxing day, 26th december. I am really looking forward to this movie, again because I have read the book and was both happy and sad reading it. It had same great moments, but is also quite a dark novel. The film is directed by the one and only Peter Jackson of King Kong, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The main character Susie Salmon, will be played by Saoirse Ronan, most people will remember her from Atonement as the younger sister. I thought the casting of the parents was intereting, the role of Jack Salmon, the father, was originally slated to be played by Ryan Gosling, I thought this was quite odd because 1 he is too young to play the father and 2 he was not who I expected to play him. At the last minute Gosling dropped out of the film, due to differences in opinion. The role was later filled by Mark Whalberg, who i am extremely in love with and love him as an actor, so naturally I was happy about this change of casting, I also thought he better suited the role. The character of the mother, Abigail Salmon is played by Rachel Weisz, who i dont exactly love, as i find her characters really boring in films, anyway i wont judge yet. Overall I think the casting looks great and am anxiously awaiting the release.

3. The Road:

This is my 3rd film that I have been following for a longggg time, I read the book about a year ago, but recently read it again, I have seen many promotional pictures for the film and just yesterday watched the trailer for it. I thought the trailer was very intriguing and cant wait too see what they have done to the destroyed world in the film. The book was very emotional for me, extremely sad and a great father/son relationship. The Father will be played by Viggo Mortenson, who I think is a great choice as he is actually someone that i could picture as him. The son is an important character throughout the duration of the novel, and they really needed to pick a boy who could in some respects carry the film, and they have succeeded in doing this, they cast Kodi Smit-Mcphee, from the film Romulus my Father, and he is a young australian actor. He had a great performance in Romulus, and is really a unique talent, cant wait to see him in The Road.  I’m not sure of the release date but it will be some time between october and november of this year.

My Holiday Films…..so far

Race to Witch Mountain:

Race to Witch Mountain is a re-imagining of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain.  It tells the story of a Las Vegas cabbie who enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

Former Vegas crime boss wheelman and current down-on-his-luck cab driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) winds up on the adventure of a lifetime when he unwittingly agrees to transport two young kids, Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig), to a remote location in the Nevada desert. Upon discovering the children’s true identity, and their monumental mission to save Earth, Jack enlists the aid of UFO specialist Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino) to help the kids reach their final destination of Witch Mountain, a top secret government testing facility. Promising to help Sara and Seth accomplish their quest, Jack and Alex must fend off the forces of evil, including a ruthless government agent (Ciaran Hinds) and a murderous juggernaut cyborg intent on eliminating anyone who stands in its way.

I actually saw this film about a week ago now with a few of my friends and although I had higher expectations of it, it delievered a somewhat entertaining atmosphere, with decent characters, fun action seqences and not suprisingly and suprisingly good acting. I have to admit before seeing this film there had been a few decent reviews so I had sort of built up a good profile of it in my mind. All I can say is that it didnt quite get there but I gained a better understanding of the talent in the film.

Ever since watching Bridge to Terabithia I have been quite amazed at the talent that is ever so present in AnnaSophia Robb and although the film wasnt the best, she makes it worthwhile, she is beleivable in her character Sara and strives to make her character likable, which she does well, (aside from the phrase JACK BRUNO every two seconds), In my eyes she defienelty has a future in the film industry and every step she takes, she is opening up more oppurtunites, loved her in it. Ever since the the dreaded “The Seeker” Im sure almost everyone has given Alexander Ludwig a hard time, Im here to tell you its not his fault, bad script, not sticking to the book, NOT HIS FAULT, in this film he proved to me that he was an actor that is continuing to grow, just needs to choose better films. Lastly I wanted to talk about ‘Not the rock’ Dwayne Johnson, I thought that he did really well in this role, and although many people give him a hard time about the roles he chooses, he is becoming a much more confident actor.

Overall I thought this film was a fun, entertaining, action driven, likable film, and I know people are going to compare it to the original, Ive decided against doing this. 3.5 out of 5, suitable for all ages.

 

Knowing:

Knowing tells the story of a teacher who opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

From the trailers of Knowing you’d be convinced that you’re going to watch a cheesy, try to save the world picture with a wound tight Nicolas Cage at the center gritting his teeth and ducking his way to the perfect ending. Well, you’d be partially correct. Cage is definitely giving his wound tight hero routine that he’s worked so hard to develop over the last half dozen films. As for the cheese factor, that’s where you’ll be surprised. Director Alex Proyas manages to deliver a rather decent sci-fi flick that has plenty of suspense and intelligence.

I saw this with a couple of my guy best friends, and was actually quite impressed, although it confused me at times, I found it quite a compelling story, one that is worth watching. I admit that although this seemed missable to me when seeing the trailer advertised I changed my view of it after seeing it. I know that there are a lot of either Cage haters or Cage lovers, well for me I would have to say that I have a love/hate relationship, on the one hand I love him because he comes from a long line of family members who are beyond awesome, and on the other hand I dont particularly like him because he’s always doing films that I hate, this wasnt one of them.

“Knowing” is different from your mindless popcorn thrillers because it isn’t mindless. It’s sometimes thought provoking and triggers a variety of emotions from the viewer. The film is funny when it needs to be, after having watch a very disturbing scene. The action scenes are amazing, some cringe-worthy, in a good way, actually, because it’s not just “Wow. Cool special effects,” although there really are some top notch effects, but because they are very hard to watch.

The Film has some very decent performances, Nicholas Cage (hate saying this) wasnt that bad, he has a few moments that just had me rolling my eyes, but thats just me, go and make your own opinion of him, a person who I was very Impressed with was young actor Chandler Cantebury who portrayed Cage’s son Caleb, he brought a lot of strength and depth to his role and so really levelled with his a lot of the time, and for such a young actor, he did a great job.

I just HAVE to say it because I’m an aussie and most of this was filmed in melbourne, (im from melbourne). I really enjoyed being able to say to my friends in the film , hey look its flinders st, I have to admit that was preety cool. It was quite funny actually because one of my friends didnt even notice and when I told him he was all like, ‘I wouldnt of even noticed if you hadnt of told me’. If your australian go see it purely for this, its quite cool.

I though the film was a cool sci fi/action that anyone would enjoy (even if your not too fond of Cage), give it a try, never hurt anyone, 3 out of 5.

Changeling (2008)

Changeling:

A mother’s prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn’t take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers.

I had the privilidge of going to see Changeling on the one the only valentines day, though it wasnt the best night to choose to see, especially since my friends and I decided to see it around 7 that night. The line was enourmous but the film was well worth it.

I think the thing i was most excited about going in to see this film, was the fact that Eastwood had directed it, there is nothing more reliable than Clint behind the camera, you can count on a good screenplay, good story, good acting.

It tells the true story of Christine Collins who returns home one day to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter, is missing. She calls the police and, after enduring a grueling 24 hours, they search for her son. But the boy they return to her is not her son.

‘Changeling,’ in the screenplay written by J. Michael Straczynski, is based on contemporary press accounts of what are called the “Wineville Chicken Murders.” The mystery of Walter Collins’ disappearance vies with the story of police corruption and the secret of the murders for attention, but Strazzynski wisely tells the tale from the viewpoint of Collins’ mother, a kind of feminist heroine, since at a time when women tended to keep their mouths shut, she will not be silenced and never gives up. Some of the more gruesome details of the Wineville story are omitted, but sequences that go there still have a horror movie cast to them. The rest is a thriller-cum-police procedural with distinct period sociological elements. But there is skillful handling in the way a far-reaching story begins and ends with the intimate experience of a bereaved mother.

The acting is confident. There are a bunch of young boys who turn in strong, convincing performances, and as manipulative police captain and his chief, Jeffrey Donovan and Colm Feore are reasonable, and Michael Kelley appealing as the good cop who unearths the kidnappings. Newcomer Jason Butler Harner gives a distinctive performance as the wigged-out killer, Gordon Northcott. Amy Ryan is typically strong as another victim of the cops’ psych ward incarceration scam. Jolie is great in this role as she really connects with the woman who is Cristine Collins.

Changling is one of Eastwood’s best films in my opinion and is a must see.

Update

Hi fellow film and tv lovers, very very very sorry that i havnt uploaded in a while but i have been very busy, i will now be uploading a post every two weeks, thanks for all the support.

Four Holidays (2008)

Four Holidays (Four Christmases):

Four Christmases (or Four Holidays in Australia and New Zealand) is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple who go see all Four of their divorced parents in one day.

So its that time of year and there is always a christmas themed film showing at the cinemas. What I have learned from annual christmas films is that they’re either going to be fun and comendable or really really bad. When it came to four christmases i think it sat smack dam in the middle. It wasnt the best christmas film but it did have its moments. I know that most people have labelled the film as not up to scratch and i think thats fair enough and i can see why, but i feel that Four Christmases was a film that can be enjoyed by a whole range of different people and thats why it was a film that most people have been to see.

Some of the performaces by the actors were good. Reese Witherspoon has always been a favourite actress of mine, and although I dont think this movie showed her ultimate strengths, there were moments that i enjoyed. Vince Vaungh is also an actor that i enjoy to watch and laugh at, but i have to mention that he hasnt made the best desicions about roles in the last couple of years, but beside this I did laugh at him in the film, especially his scenes with his on screen mom Sissy Spacek.

Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Voight and Sissy Spacek co star as the parents of both Kate and Brad, and they all had quite enjoyable and solid performances. I especially liked Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek.

Overall I think this film is a cute holiday film, that people should see for a bit of light entertainment, it is not great but it is not terrible, just go see it for a bit of fun and to get into the christmas spirit.

Its that time of the year again! Christmas time!

Hey fellow film buffs,

so its getting close to christmas and im sure
everyone has there favourite holiday films
that they like to sit down and watch, well
basically last year i shared with you some of
my favourite christmas movies, but for
people that are trying to find something good
to watch this christmas, look no further.

I have put together a list of some films that
i think people would enjoy watching this
christmas, check them out:

Its a Wonderful Life (classic)
A Christmas Story
Silver Bells
White Christmas
Meet Me in St Louis
Home Alone Series (you may have seen
them already, but come on you know
you want to)

Heres a few silly but good ones:
The Grinch
Christmas With the Kranks
Elf
Fred Clause
The Santa Clause.

Enjoy your holiday season everyone!

P.S Dont forget to comment and let me
know your christmas favourites.

Crash (2004)

Crash:

Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, a police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a successful Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the racist cop, a Persian-immigrant father who buys a gun to protect his shop, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets, and more.

I watched this film at school in my Psychology class last week and i absoulutely loved it, The complexity of the film comes from the encounters between characters and their tangled lives and worlds. Haggis’ screenplay is so intricate and delicately written it is just so beautiful.

The all-encompassing theme of the film is racism, and it is dealt with bluntly, honestly, and without reservation. Every single character participates in the ugly cycle but also suffers because of it. Where racism makes for an interesting enough subject , it’s only the catalyst for a deeper, resounding story of redemption and the universality of our lonely situation which the movie becomes during its second hour. It switches from a somewhat depressing amount of moments about racism in everyday life and how destructive it is, to a throbbing, intense web of choices and consequences — life and death,  and the chance at redemption.

there was an amazing ensemble of cast, which included, Matt Dillon as a patrol cop, Terrence Howard as a play director, Sandra Bullock as a rich housewife, Don Cheadle as a detective and Michael Pena as a locksmith. I think all of the cast gave really powerful performances but these five really shone bright for me and gave really intense and deep performances.

Overall this film is defienetly a must see, if you dont know this film won best film in 2005 at the oscars.

Supernatural’s Returning!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

well thats just about enough excitement for me I think, any how as you might have noticed, I am quite excited that Supernatural is returning in less than a day, it comes back thursday 18th on the CW. This will kick start the premiere of season 4!, wow Its been going on for 3 years.

Lets just get people up to speed onto where Supernatural is up to. So season 3 was all about getting Dean out of his deal with the devil as he only had a year to live. Dean sold his soul to the devil for Sam’s life. And basically season 3 had the same ideas in it, all about saving people from all sorts of different sons of bitches. Ok and in the last episode of season 3 after battling alongside Ruby to some how get Dean out of his deal, they were just a little to late as the last scene is Dean chained up yelling Sam’s name from what looks like hell. SOOOOOOO to sum it all up I really really really cant wait for season 4 and i know there are plenty of people who agree with me.

here are some sneak peek pictures of season 4! Enjoy and Tune In, Thursday 18th on the CW!

My Favourite Zip Code……90210!

Beverly Hills 90210:

Beverly Hills, 90210 was a long-running prime time television drama series popular with young viewers that aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on FOX in the United States, and subsequently on various networks around the world. It is the first series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. The show followed the lives of a group of teenagers living in the upscale, star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California and attending the fictitious West Beverly Hills High School and, subsequently, the fictitious California University. The show was created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling and Spelling Television. The “90210” in the title refers to one of the city’s postal ZIP codes.

The original premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (played by Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (played by Shannen Doherty) experienced when they and their parents, Jim and Cindy moved from Wayzata, Minnesota to Beverly Hills. In addition to chronicling the friendships and romantic relationships of a group of close-knit teenagers, the show also addressed topical issues including date rape, alcoholism, domestic violence, gay rights, drug abuse, teenage suicide, AIDS, and teenage pregnancy.

I actually found out about Beverly Hills 90210 when I was looking at Shannen Doherty’s IMDB profile, I was on this because I was interested in what she had worked on besides Charmed and then i found 90210. It seemed interesting and then I read a few reviews that read it as if it was the starting point for teen drama. I decided to ask my parents about it and i found that they knew it well and they thought I would like it. I bought the first season, and preety much after the first episode was hooked. I really enjoyed the relationship between the twins Brandon and Brenda, and as each character made their first appearance I started to really like all the characters for different reasons. I know people tend to really enjoy one character or a few characters out of the series and not like the rest, but I think all of them have their moments. I really enjoyed the parents as well, Jim and Cindy Walsh. Im now up to season 4 of the series and have bought all the season up to four. I think it really was a starting point for teenage drama and is a really good show to get hooked on.

90210:

90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes) and her brother Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they’re not in Kansas anymore. The Wilson family, including dad Harry Wilson (Rob Estes) and mom Debbie (Lori Loughlin), has relocated to Beverly Hills to keep an eye on Harry’s mother Tabitha (Jessica Walter), a feisty-but-faded former television star and a charter member of the Betty Ford Clinic. For Annie and Dixon, the awkwardness of being the new kids is made worse by the fact that their dad has taken a job as the high school principal. The school is one big culture shock for Annie, a sweet and friendly girl with a passion for the theater, and Dixon, a star athlete and scholar who was adopted by the Wilson family after they took him in as a foster child. Annie and Dixon have a close sibling relationship, which they’ll need to help them cope with all the new cliques and classmates, including Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), a hot, spoiled, rich girl; Ethan (Dustin Milligan), a popular jock whose abilities rival Dixon’s; Navid (Michael Steger), an aspiring reporter who heads up the school’s daily newscast; and Erin “Silver” Silver (Jessica Stroup), a rebel who produces and stars in a YouTube-type video series. Even the faculty seems hip and sophisticated at WBHHS, such as smart and funny teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold), beautiful guidance counselor Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), and successful theater actress turned high school musical director Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty). The Wilson family has just begun to realize how much their lives are about to change.

Theres not much I can say about this show because it has just been on for a few weeks, but for me so far so good. I thought the Pilot was ok, but it has gotten better in episode 3. I’m very happy that Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Joe E. Tata have reprised their roles as Kelly Taylor, Brenda Walsh and Nat from the beloved peach pit. I think the new characters have good potential and the sibling relationship between Annie and Dixon is once again very nice and I really really like the character of Erin ‘Silver’ Silver, she was introduced when she was born in season 3 of Beverly Hills 90210 to Jackie Taylor mother of Kelly Taylor and Mel Silver father of David Silver. I think this show has potential to keep getting better and better, my next wish, I WANT MORE ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS! Especially Brandon, David and Dylan, oh and Steve.

Gotta love it!

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