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Proclaimed the campest movie in the world, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a true staple of the Halloween-movie collection, without being the tiniest bit frightening.

Unless you’re afraid of transsexuals. Or aliens. Or Susan Sarandon’s high-pitched singing.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Poster

How camp can you get?

What is this film?

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) is an adaptation of the stage show, “The Rocky Horror Show”, and is truly a beacon of kult films.

Upon released it was an epic fail, but fortunately it started showing at midnight screenings in cinemas (growing in popularity in the 70s) and steadily it grew a faithful following.

And I’m talking proper following. For cinema screenings, people will dress up as characters from the movie and bring props to use at specific points to become more a part of the movie than a silent audience.

I have personally only attended the stage production, but I will most definitely be looking out for a screening just to experience all the props and the dancing.

Curiously, it was the debut film of Tim Curry (among his more brilliant renditions is the evil concierge in Home Alone 2) which just tells you that anything can happen in this world. He actually created the role of Frank N. Furter in the original stage production (do you see where this is heading).

So, what is the movie actually about?

Does it really matter?

You get a goody two shoes couple who ignite their sexual needs. There is a humpback butler, a french maid a la Helena Bonham Carter, transvestite dress-up, an actual transvestite, a man of muscle, Meat Loaf and a great monitor that just lets you see anything.

Oh yes, and there are aliens.

And a ridiculous narrator.

Do you really need a story as well?

Do I Love it or Hate it?

After some deliberation, I have decided that I am going to love it.

You often won’t love a kult film the first time you see it. You will love elements of it, but still be too scarred by the elements that were bad. I will have to watch it again and again (preferably with some die hard fans) to proper love it. This way, my brain will gradually delete all the things that are bad and leave me noticing only the delightfully funny and weird.

I love the human brain.

There is kind of a story there, but not really. It is truly a perfect specimen of a film that is so bad that it kind of feels good.

 The singing lips

The movie opens on a traditional, way-to-long-for-modern-audiences, intro. It is basically a pair of red lips on black background singing the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature”. And it’s kind of a mind fuck as the lips are clearly female, but the voice sounds off. And indeed it his the voice of writer and Riff Raff, Richard O’Brien.

The mood is set already at this point.

The intro is apparently inspired by the artist Man Ray and his painting “A l’heure de l’observatoire, les Amoureux” (Observatory Time, the Lovers).

My favourite song

You will be surprised, as was my boyfriend, as to how many songs from this film you have actually heard before. And danced to.

My absolute favourite is “Time Warp“. It has a psychedelic quality to the whole group performace of the piece due to the choice of an angled and trippy filming style. For some reason I am reminded of the “Banana Boat Song (Day Oh)” from “Beetlejuice” (1988), which isn’t in any way similar, but has the same kind of epic, quirky quality.

It is in some way amazing that Tim Burton hasn’t made a version of this musical yet. Maybe that could take it from kult to classic.

Or maybe I should shut up and realize that there is no story there, so it can never be better. Only stay suspended it time as a movie that for some inexplicable reason is great.

What mood should you be in?

You absolutely have to set your mind to total blank before you watch this film. Your taste and your sense of what a movie is supposed to be is going to be violated whether you like it or not.

There is not going to be a great quality running through the entire experience. At times it will be frustrating and often it will be weird, but you will just have to embrace it, because there is no other way to have a good time with this movie than to decide that you are going to enjoy it.

They had me at “Hello” (watch it and you will know what I am talking about).

Further watching

The first thing that came to my mind was “Beetlejuice” (1988) by Tim Burton, which inhabits the same weird and wonderful mood. There are no adequate words to describe this film, just know that there are ghosts, Emo Winona Ryder and a host of famous (and thus brilliant) actors.

Tim Burton is never a waste of time.

If you would like to watch som more transvestites (who doesn’t), I can recommend the australian “The Adventures of Priscilla; Queen of the Desert” (1994) where you get to experience Hugo Weaving (the chief elf Elrond in Lord of the Rings) as a drag queen or the wonderfully camp, british comedy “Kinky Boots” (2995) where Chiwetel Ejiofor (the slave in 12 Years a slave) gets his drag queen on.

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Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show

Riff Raff says “Hello”

Who am I?

I am an aspiring screenwriter who loves to watch movies.

I am particularly fascinated by Kult Films and want to watch as many as I can to try and make sense of why they become a source of comfort and nostalgia to such large groups of people.

When I watch a new Kult Film, I will let you know what you are in for in advance, so that you don’t have to waste your time with movies there is no chance you will ever like. But sometimes I will recommend you to just take a leap of faith. You might just like it simply because it is different.

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

For this movie in particular, note that my boyfriend, who normally favours action and war movies, wanted to watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” again the next day. Just saying.

Where can you find the film?

I had to buy it in the store (no time to wait for online shipment, Halloween came quickly this year), and thankfully they had it (and pretty cheaply).

This is the kind of movie that it seems to me streaming services avoid because elements can be deemed slightly offensive (by all the goody two shoes who haven’t met Dr. Frank N Furter), so it is not to be found on Netflix.

However, it is a Kult Film, so you might as well buy it as you will watch that sucker to death anyway 😉

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On Sunday, we will take a look at another Halloween classic, this one part of the Netflix catalogue and thus unearth another “Best movie on Netflix“.

Why the hell are they in this maze? That is pretty much  the only reason why I wanted to watch this movie. I wanted the answer to that question.

And just so you don’t get disappointed, like some teenage girls in the cinema I was in. This IS based on a book series so there WILL be sequels and the question may or may not be answered.

At least I don’t trust the answer I got!

The Maze Runner Poster of the entrance to a big labyrinth

A giant, ever-moving maze is actually quite cool (or scary)

***no non-obvious spoilers***

What is this film?

“The Mazerunner” (2014) is (another) dystopian, kinda-sci-fi movie based on a popular young adult book series where young adults fight for their lives in weird, dystopian set-ups. Oh, and there is usually some love, a neglected theme in this movie, but I’m sure we will get to that in Phase 2.

The movie starts off with our hero Thomas waking up as he is pulled by a cart to the surface of a glade surrounded by huge walls and a group of ragged-looking Neverland boys staring at him. He doesn’t remember anything before this moment.

This is quite the intriguing set-up, and if you want to watch the film you really shouldn’t know any more beyond this point. I won’t give away any big plot points in the review, but the less information you have, the more intriguing the storyline of the movie will be.

The question is, do you really want to watch another movie that stands in the grand shadow of “The Hunger Games“? Right after the failure of “Divergent”? (what movie? check out this honest trailer to remember!)

 

Is it any good?

Meh.

The twists and turns of the plot are quite intricate and sophisticated, and sometimes, there are no way to predict where it’s actually going to go, which is a good thing. You think you know the status quo on things in this world, but you never really do.

Except that the grand solution to why they are stuck in the maze in the first place is a bit common or unsurprising. If it is actually the solution though. It could be a mind fuck.

It is a shame, however, that the same complexity and care hasn’t been thought out when it comes to the characters. On this note, the film suffers from being an adaptation of a young adults novel where apparently characters don’t change or are simply good or evil.

How boring…

 

The ending that ruined it for me

I’ll have to admit, I was kind of into this movie, bad characters and all. It is fast paced, intriguing and unexplainable things happen and you really want to figure out what the hell is going on.

But the end just kills it.

The end is shit for a couple of reasons.

1. A character goes far out of the scope of his own characterisation.

He is built up as a person who believes in staying in the glade and live there forever. Why try to get out of the maze when they can all survive in the security of the glade? You can’t build this person up as such a stubborn believer of this view and then have him break it for absolutely no apparent reason.

Maybe the reason fell out in the editing… I don’t know.

2. I also could have been without the person who dies at the end.

I am sure Thomas and this guy has a meaningful relationship in the movies, and therefore it makes sense to kill him off to up the stakes. But really, in the movie, it just feels forced. It feels like the only reason this character existed, was so that at this moment I would cry.

I didn’t cry. They killed off the fat kid. Shocker! (whops! spoiler).

Don’t get me wrong they tried a bunch of times to create some bond between Thomas and this character, and on some of the fourteen-year-old girls in the cinema it worked.

Maybe I’m just too old for this shit.

 

The pathetic excuse of a female character

What is this? The 1950s?

Fair enough that in the glade there are only boys. That makes it more fun when suddenly a girl, Teresa, is thrown into the mix, arriving unconscious on the cart.

But did she really need to be:

1. A Kristen Stewart look-alike

2. A useless whiner

3. The one who stands around looking while the guys do all the work

I thought we were past these tropes by now. It is so boring and so passé.

 

What is wrong with being a builder?

When are teen movies going to stop evangelising stupid and rather useless traits?

In this movie, “the Runners” are the best boys. The fast ones, the strong and apparently smart ones. The builders, the guys who build the houses they all sleep in, are the dumb and lazy ones.

In what world is this actually true?

I don’t know many builders, but the ones I do know are smart and sharp. They have to know a lot about physics and engineering to do what they do. Being a builder should be way more respected than it is today. In the situation in the glade, it is way more useful to be a builder than someone who can run and map the Maze while it is open during the day.

Yes, the runner might get you out, but in the mean time, the builder will keep you dry (and don’t even get me started on the farmer who will keep you fed).

I would love to see a movie where the builder or farmer is the hero. Please.

 

Is it worth a cinema ticket?

If you’re going to watch it, it might as well be in the cinema as the Maze looks truly spectacular.

And you can have some fun listening to the where the laughs and other reactions come from the fairly young crowd.

Note that my boyfriend loved this movie as well did his brother. So generally if you are fine with interesting plot and don’t care that the characters learn something, then you will be fine.

They did however start thinking it was worse after a discussion with me 😉

 

What mood should you be in?

You should be a teenager that hasn’t already seen Hunger Games or Divergent to truly enjoy this movie.

Some of the stereotypes are really worn out and characterisations are flat, but what it lacks on that part it makes up for in plot.

The plot changes the entire world that we are in about three-four times, which makes for interesting and unpredictable watching.

 

Further Watching

Just wait for more Hunger Games movies to come out. It’s only about a month and a half. You can survive the wait!

 

The Meh Cast who look a lot like Twilight knock-offs or Hunger Games casting rejects

The Meh Cast who act a lot like Twilight knock-offs or Hunger Games casting rejects

 

Who am I?

I’m a freelance writer who likes to go to the movies. But I don’t like it when I waste my money on a bad film. I need to bitch about those movies.

If I see a movie that is absolutely worth the trip to town, 130 NOK ticket (£13/$20), popcorn and drink expenditure, then I need to rave about it!

And since I want to watch all the movies in the world, you can waste less of your time, check in with me and only watch the good ones.

In these New Release blog posts, I will pick a movie currently in the cinema in Norway at random, and tell you if it was worth a cinema ticket. It might be good, but does it deserve so much of your time and money, and does it benefit from a big screen and a huge crowd?

I actually buy tickets myself (unless I can get my boyfriend to be generous) and don’t have the luxury of being invited to pre-screenings, so my New Releases will be a bit late. Hopefully they will still be in a cinema near you 😉

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

The Maze Runner” was released in Norway on 19th of September and it is still on as of today.

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A million girls would kill to be Anne Hathaway in this movie. Would you?

Regardless, there’s nothing like a good-old, evil boss movie for another lazy Sunday, when the next Monday is starting to loom over you.

Watch this quality chick-flick (yes I said quality) and enjoy that fact that no matter what, your boss is not as bad as Miranda Priestly

(or if he/she is, maybe you should quit?) 😉

 

Devil Wears Prada Poster

I’m sure there were puns galore in that creative tagline meeting

 ***SPOILERS*** (but you watch it for the characters so why do you care?)

 

What is this film?

“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) is based on the smash-hit book of the same name written by Lauren Weisberger, who worked as an assistant at Vogue for a time under Anna Wintour (without there being any confirmation anywhere that the movie is inspired in anyway by that).

I don’t even know if you can call it a guilty pleasure when it was actually nominated for two Oscars. Both Meryl Streep and the costume designer were nominated.

The costume designer, Pat Field, is famous for doing the TV-series Sex and the City and she convinced a lot of fashion designers to lend clothes to the production. After all she only had a measly budget of $100,000, and in the end the wardrobe of this movie is reportedly $1,000,000 and the most expensive one in movie-history (I have not found this to be actual fact, but regardless it is one of the most expensive ones.).

 

Why do I want to watch it over and over again?

For someone who loves slacking around in my cosy pants  and a t-shirt all day, you really wouldn’t believe that I love this movie for the fashion. But partly I do.

The transformation of Anne Hathaway, from the idealistic writer to the fashionista is realistic and not over the top (Unlike Hathaways break through movie “Princess Diaries” where it all happens in one session at the hair dressers.).

I never tire of pernickety Meryl Streep with her penetrating stare pitted against wide-eyed, naive Andy Sachs (Hathaway). Maybe I see myself in Anne’s character, whose relationship to fashion is of a distant relative, and through her, I can imagine what I could look like if I started caring and prioritising clothes and shoes (and weight-loss) in my life.

The wonder never lasts longer than the 1 hour and 49 minutes of the movie, but it’s nice to live in fantasy world for a while 😉

There is also a bunch of famous fashion people in this movie (Heidi Klum and Valentino Garavani as themselves with Gisele Bündchen as a Runway employee) which takes it to another level of believability. There could’ve been more, but rumour says that people were afraid of the wrath of Anna Wintour (which is fitting).

 

Six outfits on Anne Hathaway as Andy in Devil Wears Prada

I want that green dress to the right… Desperately!

 

All the shit you have to do to get a career

I find that this movie holds fairly true to what kind of lengths people have to go through to make it in certain kind of sought after industries. The worst thing is that some people have to do this for free in an internship. If you work regular hours, you don’t get a job afterwards or you get fired.

At least Anne Hathaway has the strength to leave in the end. I don’t know if I would…

…until I hit the wall and became depressed and burned-out.

 

This movie is essentially scary

And I am not saying that because Meryl Streep is a scary boss. I would actually claim that she is a terrific boss for Runway and that her method is probably the only way to get any standing in that industry.

But it’s not Miranda Priestly that makes it shiver down my pine.

When we come to the end of the movie, Andy walks away from the glamorous world of fashion because it stole away her personal life. It seems to me like a leech, a lifestyle profession that demands you 24-7. And I have been there. It is not healthy in the long run.

But that is not what you remember when you walk out of the cinema (or close your laptop).

You remember the shoes, and that olive green dress that looked so good on Anne Hathaway, and the hair, and the glamour. And you want it. Suddenly you consider a career in fashion even though you have never touched a sowing machine before or thought twice about what to wear in the morning.

THAT is what is scary about this movie. Somehow fashion still won the day.

Miranda Priestly says it best herself:

Don’t be ridiculous Andrea. Everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be us

 

The genius supporting cast

This movie would be nothing without the snarky, bitchy, but still loveabley British Emily Blunt as Emily, the first assistant to Miranda Priestly. I believe this was the first movie where I noticed Emily Blunt (she mainly did TV prior to this film).

Without her disdain for Andy and everything she represents, without her diet of eating nothing until she’s about to faint then she eats a cube of cheese, without her rolling eyes and sniggers, this movie would be a whole lot less enjoyable.

I also couldn’t be without Stanley Tucci, the truthsaying, creative director Nigel, who gets stomped on by all the high-heeled women in his chosen career.

Nigel is essentially what Andy will become if she stays. A work-a-holic who will never elevate past Miranda because there will always be someone else (Miranda) to save.

 

What mood should you be in?

You should be in the mood for something light and fun.

Or you could watch this for inspiration on how to dress. I know this movie is SOOO 2006, but I am sure there is something in it you can revamp.

For a summary on the fashion tips you can learn from Devil wears Prada check out Stilettosaurus.

 

Further Watching

I really wanted to watch “Princess Diaries” (2001), the movie that Anne Hathaway has worked really hard to get away from her “Known For” section in ImDb. I would love to see the difference between Anne Hathaway then and now.

If you want to see more of fashion, I can recommend the documentary “The September Issue” (2009) where we follow Anna Wintour in the months leading up to the release of the most important issue of the year.

As well as “Coco Avant Chanel” (2009) where you can see how Coco Chanel (in the shape of Audrey Tautou) got her style and became the fashion icon she is today. It is actually an important movie to watch if you like strong women who did what they needed to do despite obstacles from a patriarchal society.

Or, if you don’t take fashion too seriously, grab “Zoolander” (2001) and practice your best Blue Steel pose 😀

 

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Meryl Streep stripping you down with her look

Meryl Streep stripping you down with her look

 

Ben Stiller with the Blue Steel look from Zoolander

Ben Stiller stripping you with his Blue Steel look

 

Who am I?

I am freelance writer who likes to watch movies. Sometimes I will even like “the bad movies”, the ones the critiques scoff at and the snooty film students will refuse to watch because it’s all so commercial. Those are some of the best movies. They are guilty pleasures, and they will save you on a rainy day when you just don’t want to think.

In these Guilty Pleasure blog posts, I will explore the movies I find myself turning back to again and again for comfort.

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

If anyone knows a way to check different availabilities on different streaming services, let me know.

Norwegian Netflix doesn’t have this one (bad Netflix), but then again, a guilty pleasure should always be on your shelf, so get the devil now! 😉

 

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Next week, we will again take a dip into the vast array of movies on Netflix and unearth another “Best movie on Netflix“.

One of the many guilty pleasures of my childhood is “Mrs Doubtfire”. I would come home from school and watch this perhaps two or three times before dinner and find it equally enticing each time.

Remember those days? The days when you didn’t have to wait for years to hope that your favourite movie perhaps could feel like the first time again.

Although Mrs Doubtfire is silly and at times implausible, I will still fight for it with all I’ve got, because I do believe it harbours a cut of genius.

Mrs Doubtfire Poster

The Oscar winning make-over Mrs Doubtfire

***MINOR SPOILERS***

What is this film?

“Mrs Dountfire” (1993) is the blockbuster hit from the nineties that made Robin Williams a house-hold name.

The film is based upon the book called “Madame Doubtfire” by Anne Fine and was directed by a young Chris Columbus who has also made us such family favourites as “Home Alone 1 and 2” (1990, 1992) and “Harry Potter 1 and 2” (2001, 2002).

The movie tells us the story of Daniel Hillard, an out-of-work voice actor who in the midst of a nasty divorce with his wife (Sally Field, that woman who pops up in everything). He is in danger of loosing custody of his children, and in a desperate attempt to see them more often, he lands a job as their nanny and dresses up as an old, English woman.

Hilarity and drama ensues.

 

Why did I watch this 100 times as a kid?

Mrs. Doubtfire was one of the few movies we owned on VHS. And as any of the handful of VHS’ I owned can tell you, they were watched to death religiously.

But then again what is there not to love about this film? The different voices done by Robin Williams, the montage of the different make-up versions of a nanny, the montage of Mrs Doubtfire rocking the air-guitar with her broom, the passive aggressiveness of Daniel towards his wife’s new chaperone Stu (played by a smirky and too-good-to-be-true Pierce Brosnan).

I could go on and on and on.

Notice that most of what I remember loving comes from Robin Williams, most notably the scenes where he did the most improv.

 

The Award-winning Make-Up

One of the best scenes is when Daniel has a meeting with his councillor and has to both represent himself and Mrs Doubtfire alternately as he tries to hide the fact that he has dressed like a woman (difficult to explain I guess).

We have just seen him magically appear in his Mrs. Doubtfire-do-up at his children’s doorstep. We now get the chance to see him undress piece by piece and it is revealed that it is in fact Daniel under there.

No cinematic trick. It is just priceless.

The added pressure of the presence of the councillor adds to the fun. Damn why does that woman want a cup of tea?

Fun fact: The actual prosthetic face of Mrs Doubtfire that we see in this sequence (which is driven over by a truck as Daniel drops it onto the street) is actually only a prop. To become the proper Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams had to sit for four and a half hours each day and the make-up was done with as many as eight different pieces.

 

The issue of Divorce

One of the reasons this movie got to me is the divorce theme. I don’t think I knew this at the time, but thinking back I believe the movie helped me understand that parents don’t get back together after a divorce. So it is useless to hope for that.

And they really shouldn’t be together. So you shouldn’t want them to.

And, probably more importantly, their divorce wasn’t my fault!

According to the author of the book, Anne Fine, I am not alone. She has often been told by fans that this movie was one they watched over and over again for comfort, especially children of divorce.

 

Is it any good?

Who doesn’t love a bit of quality drag? Especially when the man realises what a fascist invention high-heels are. That comment is golden.

The movie is silly and at times you wonder why no one notices that this is Daniel. Thankfully the movie has enough of little plot points, like the older children figuring out it is their dad, to make it not so implausible that we disregard it.

Then again, would you really suspect an old woman to be your ex-husband?

You can tell that the people in the movie had good fun making it. From articles I have read about the production, a lot of the acting was improvised. Especially from Robin Williams.

I would have given a lot of blood to be a fly on the wall during this production and experience true comedy greatness. And hopefully be calmed by the fact that when you try a line in 1000 different ways, at least one of them must be genius, and loads of them were probably crap, but that doesn’t matter. It’s between the crew and the cutting floor.

 

The not-so-family-movie Ending

Another fun fact about this movie:

The original writer wrote the “unhappy” ending where the parents don’t get back together. The producers didn’t like it, they wanted a happy ending, so they fired her and tried with other writers. None of the rewritten endings where any good though, so they ended up going back to the first writer’s version and re-hired her.

That is a huge win for the screenwriter I might add.

In any case I do not thing it is an unhappy ending. It is the only ending there could ever be.

 

What mood should you be in?

For something childishly funny. You have to be in a mindset where you believe that a person could get away with such a ploy. Or else you will just scoff at the entire film.

The director, Chris Columbus, let Robin Williams have free reign during the takes and there where loads and loads of takes where Robin would try loads of different stuff. He has stated that there was so much footage that they could’ve made an edit for every rating category that exists.

I don’t know about you, but an adult version of Mrs. Doubtfire, in lieu of the sequel that was in the early stages before Robin Williams’ death, is something that I would love to see.

 

Further watching

As we now have to come to terms with the fact that Robin Williams is gone and there is nothing we can do about it, I find myself wanting to watch all of his movies over again. Among my favourites are “The Fisher King” (1991), “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Hook” (1991) and “Good Will Hunting” (1997).

I will also be checking out some of his work that I haven’t seen yet. Especially “World’s Greatest Dad” (2009) is one that I am looking forward too.

In the mood for some more drag? Check out the Australian “The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert” (1994), the British “Kinky Boots” (2005) or the American “The Birdcage” (1996) which stars Robin Williams as well, although not in women’s clothing.

If nothing else, you can do some set-jetting in San Francisco and go find the Hillards’ family house on the east side of the 2600 block of Steiner Street at the corner of Broadway.

 

You can read an article from the author Anne Fine about Robin Williams in the Guardian here!

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Scott Capurro, Robin Williams and Harvey Fierstein in Mrs Doubtfire

Scott Capurro, Robin Williams and Harvey Fierstein making Mrs Doubtfire

Who am I?

I’m a freelance writer who likes to watch movies. Sometimes I will even like “the bad movies”, the ones the critiques scoff at and the snooty film students will refuse to watch because it’s all so commercial. Those are some of the best movies. They are guilty pleasures, and they will save you on a rainy day when you just don’t want to think.

In these Guilty Pleasure blog posts, I will explore the movies I find myself turning back to again and again for comfort.

Want more Guilty Pleasures? Check out last months Guilty Pleasure – “Shakespeare in Love”!

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

You should have this, own it and cherish it! You should force your kids to watch it over and over again until they know the lines by heart.

So just buy it!

 

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Next week, we will again take a look at the ImdB top 250 and review number 4, “The Dark Knight”. Check out number 3 on top 250, “The Godfather, Part II” here!

No. Although my boyfriend will disagree with me, so I guess if you like action regardless of story, then you won’t mind spending the cash.

I will follow the fold of comments already out there, and state that you probably should already have watched (and loved) the previous X-Men films to have any sort of enjoyment from this latest instalment.

And to be honest, you probably won’t need to watch it in the cinema, unless you want to support the franchise so they can get better direction and script for the next one.

 

Poster of X-men: Days of Future Pasts

The future and past founding fathers of X-Men. And Wolverine and Mystique who just never die. Ever. Maybe Mystique should get her own film too. At least now when she is played by JLaw

 

What is this film?

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” is the latest addition to a long line of X-Men films. If you count the Wolverine spin-offs, this will make it the seventh in total, the second of the reinvented X-Men where the story started from the beginning.

It is directed by Bryan Singer, who directed the first two films of the original trilogy. This initially gave me some hope that this film would recover what was lacking from “X-Men: First Class”, a movie that I found so bad I couldn’t shut up about it in the cinema. My boyfriend was thoroughly annoyed.

There are too many familiar faces in this movie, I will just name them by their character names.

 

Where does this movie start?

“X-Men: First Class” left us with Charles Xavier wheelchair bound after Magneto (also named Eric Lensherr) accidentally bends a bullet into his spine. He is determined to start a school for mutants. Magneto has left with a whole bunch of the other mutants, including Mystique.

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” starts with a gang of mutants we don’t already know who defeat some crazy, adaptable robots by transporting one of their party’s consciousness back in time to warn them of the attack.

The old gang of mutants from the original trilogy, find out about this skill and want to use it to send Wolverine back in time. He is to prevent the incidents that led to the rise in mutant hostility and the production of the robots that have now made nearly all mutants instinct.

Wolverine travels back to a moment in between “X-Men: First Class” and the original movies, so there is some time there where only comic book fans will know what was going on.

 

Is it worth a cinema ticket?

You would think that a large franchise like X-Men, with their spectacular effects and even 3D, would in it self make me want to recommend that you buy a ticket. And that was my presumption when I chose this movie for this month’s “Is it worth a cinema ticket?” entry.

Alas, this is not the case.

They forget that I want to feel something. Specifically I want to feel the community and friendship that made me want to go to Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters in the first films. That’s what made me want to be a mutant. That is what made me love the franchise.

I realize that the school is not up and running, and that where there before was a clean-cut divide between Xavier and his students, and Magneto and his minions, it is now a blur of different shades of grey as to who is with whom, who is good or bad.

But it should still be possible to find other elements that will drive home those feelings that this movie sorely needs.

 

Is it worth a 3D cinema ticket?

The 3D is not put to any good use other than to vamp up the ticket price. And that is only a benefit for everyone else but you.

I know that cheesy 3D effects make you loose the plot, are inadvisable and frankly belong in a theme park, but when you are surrounded by mutants with all different kinds of powers that involve things hovering in the air, I do find it odd that I didn’t find the 3D beneficial.

Just 2D it and buy a bigger size popcorn.

 

Is it entertaining?

My boyfriend loved it to bits. But then again he loved “X-Men First Class” so he is obviously blinded when it comes to X-Men (sorry beau).

To me, the fact that he loves it, is another notch in favour of the fact that only people who have already seen and loved the X-Men franchise, will recognize enough elements in the story to be satisfied.

There is a lot of: “Oh, who is that one again?”, “I loved that in the old ones”, “Yeah that ties up neatly with [insert fact].”

However, there is nothing wrong with making a movie just for the fans. As long as you have enough fans.

 

Why isn’t the movie good enough?

I love all the actors in the film; James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, and of course all the other characters from the old universe.

So, this movie has all the pieces that I need to love a movie: great concept, exceptional talent and interesting relationship dynamics. They just don’t quite get there.

I want this movie to be better than it is. I want it to achieve the greatness of the reinvented Star Trek franchise. I want to be enraptures, sucked in, a believer.

Instead I am left mildly entertained and wanting to watch the old movies one more time to remember how good it used to be.

Fail.

 

What mood should you be in?

Unfortunately, the only mood you will be in need of is “Braindead Action Movie Mood”.

Perhaps be prepared for a slightly complex understanding of time travel and how that works in this film. It is fairly interesting and does create a sense of urgency towards the end.

 

Cool new mutant powers

For us who haven’t read the comic books, it is always a treat to see what kind of new powers we will witness in action. And it is often surprising powers that prove the most useful in combat situations.

Blink, an Asian mutant from the futuristic group of X-Men, can open portals anywhere. Now, this might only sound cool for escape situations or a lovely, flight-free vacation, but I will have you know that lil’ miss Blink knows how to use those powers to basically make every evil robot kill themselves.

In addition, we are introduced to Peter Quicksilver, who is very fast. And boy can you have fun with people when you are very fast. You can even break into the Pentagon, which in this plot is inherently useful and highly entertaining.

I, for one, also have some more respect for what Xavier can do with his powers. The visualisation of telepathic powers has been kicked up a notch compared to the old films. They come across cooler than before (although they are inherently the same).

Xavier is also not a 100 % good character in the new movie, a refreshing touch. I even read that there are some X-Men stories where he goes really dark, a dark side he constantly struggles to suppress. Now that would be something to watch.

 

Further watching

I did an X-Men marathon this week because of this film. I needed to be reminded of why I love these characters and that I did.

Which mutant power would you like to have (you can only have one)? I’m liking this portal conjuring power.

Next week I will take a look at a “Guilty Pleasure” movie. I define a “Guilty Pleasure” movie as a movie not considered great, often of the romantic comedy, comedy, slasher horror or brain-dead action persuasion, but which for some reason makes you watch it over and over again.

I will try and identify the elements of a “Guilty Pleasure” movie that make you want to watch them again and again and again.

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The Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) tries to open the Cerebro, where he can connect telepathically to any human on earth, after years of using a drug that favours his legs over his abilities.

The Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) tries to open the Cerebro, where he can connect telepathically to any human on earth, after years of using a drug that favours his legs over his abilities.

 

Who am I?

I a freelance writer who likes to go to the movies. But I don’t like it when I waste my money on a bad film. I need to bitch about those movies. If I see a movie that is absolutely worth the trip to town, 130 NOK ticket (£13/$20), popcorn and drink expenditure, then I need to rave about it! And since I want to watch all the movies in the world, you can waste less of your time, check in with me and only watch the good ones.

In these New Release blog posts, I will pick a movie in the theatre in Norway at random, and tell you if it was worth a cinema ticket. It might be good, but does it deserve your time and money, and does it benefit from a big screen and a huge crowd?

I actually buy tickets myself (unless I can get my boyfriend to be generous) and don’t have the luxury of being invited to pre-screenings, so my New Releases will be a bit late. Hopefully they will still be in a cinema near you 😉

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

“X-Men: Days of Future Pasts” was released in Norway last Friday (23rd of May), and given the grand franchise, I don’t think we were late in release, so it should be in a local cinema anywhere.

The rest of the X-Men series can be found in practical box-sets for next to no money (it is 399 NOK for all 6 of them on Blu-Ray in my local DVD shop Platekompaniet)

 

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