Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Sunday, 27 April 2014
I've been organising since I was about 5 years old. My Mum loves to remind (tease) me about how I had a pack of 48 Crayola crayons that I used to spend hours organising into different orders, and so unsurprisingly, I too love to organise my DVDs! Thankfully I don't have as many as Jenna...
We have to admit, this isn't the sanest post we've ever put together! I think it needs a discussion though because I've found myself thinking 'Hmm, I'd really like to watch a thriller' and then I have to stand with my head to one side and read through my entire bookcase.
If you ordered them by genre though, how would you work in films like Zombieland, which I at least would still consider a little scary? Like Jenna said, where does Thor go? Into the Action section, or should I have my own Superhero/Comic Book section? Would Jingle All the Way go into the Comedies or do I create a Christmas section?
I'm getting stressed just thinking about it all....
Saturday, 26 April 2014
This sequel focuses mainly on Peter Parker (Garfield) trying to find out what happened to his parents as well as battling various enemies including Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and - all be it briefly - Rhino (Paul Giamatti). It also continues to build on the relationship between Parker and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), which personally is my favourite part, but I'm a sucker for a love story! How can you not be when it's Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, probably the cutest couple on the planet ever?!
As a big fan of the Amazing Spider-Man film, I had high hopes for this and superficially I wasn't disappointed, the flying scenes were particularly impressive, even without 3D. The comedy one liners from Spider-Man were there and the love story was there. However, I did feel like the whole film came across a bit choppy and hard to follow. One minute it's this bad guy, then it's that one and then this one is back and then oh look another different bad guy. It almost felt like two different versions had been filmed and then cut and pasted together. Certain parts of the film felt rushed while other parts dragged on and on. When I left the cinema, I read the reviews as I do for every film and the Total Film review actually mentioned that MJ was going to be in this film and Shailene Woodley had filmed scenes but they were all cut.
The comical moments were great, with one exception! Electro in Times Square, cue dramatic music, tens of police officers on standby, guns ready, and what does he say? "It's my Birthday...time to light my candles..." Urghhh... This clip below though? Comedy gold!
I wish I watched this at the IMAX Giant Screen like I did with the first, because some of the action scenes would have been incredible! They were great enough in 2D to be honest. My heart was literally racing throughout the final fight scene, it was incredible. I thought the film was fine to follow, but it all got a bit rushed at the end. There was really no need for Rhino at all, he was only really in it for about 5 minutes anyway.
I personally didn't see the big shock of the film coming, but after it happened I looked back at the whole film and they had been teasing and hinting at it all the way through, dragging it out unnecessarily I think. I won't put any spoilers in here but it was a shock for me but it was clever as it curves away from what a comic book movie would normally do, if you have seen the film this will make perfect sense, if you haven't - well go and see it and get back to me!
I've read the comics so I knew what was coming, but damn they really didn't try to hide it. I've learnt from this to never like a film's Facebook page until you've seen it, as I saw a lot of people's angry reactions when a screenshot was posted with the caption 'Will Peter have to pay the ultimate price?'.
None of these 'issues' took away from my love of the film though, it held my attention and I was gripped from beginning to end. I love the actors and the way they play these characters (although never saw Paul Giamatti as Rhino but it worked!!) and I did very much enjoy the story and would happily watch it again and again.
Great filming, great actors and great characters, if only the story had kept up this would have been a 9 for me. I can't give this a 10 because even I will point out some flaws, but I loved it and can't wait to see it again.
Friday, 25 April 2014
Or at least what we thought would take us weeks! As I'm writing now, 2-3 days after Jenna created this post, we're probably about 80% done. I'm pretty sure I lost sleep last night trying to think of something for 'I'.
Personally stumped on 'B' and 'Z' (trying not to cheat!!) I could quite easily do a 'B' for you, I'll let you copy mine! ;)
What would be your A-Z? Share with us, we would love to know!
Captain Hook (Once upon a time)
Disney's Little Mermaid (is this cheating?!) - Totally :P
Dexter (TV Series)
Eric (The Little Mermaid)
Friends (TV Series)
Game of Thrones (TV Series)
(The) Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)
(Anna) Kendrick (Cheating!!) - No way! (yes way!)
Men at work (TV series)
Now you see me (Guilty Pleasure!!)
Need for Speed
Over the Rainbow (Soundtrack)
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield)
(Zachary) Quinto (Is this not Z?!) - Not now I have brackets ;) (more cheating!)
Spiderman, The Amazing
Sherlock (TV Series)
Unagi, The One with (Friends) - And this isn't cheating?! urrrrm!!
Vampire Diaries (The)
(National Lampoon's) Vacation
White Collar (TV Series)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Really?) - For Deadpool alone! Gah! Should have known!
Thursday, 24 April 2014
This sounds like a seriously odd film, but I have to say, at least it's an original idea! Not one I'll rush out to see but I'll happily watch anything once.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Nonetheless though, I really enjoyed this, Oh, and as usual, make sure you stay till after the credits! They don't play with you like Iron Man 3 did, don't worry. Not just until after the initial credits either, you have to stay until the end of the rolling black and white credits as there are two extra scenes for you to enjoy!
One more thing! If anyone can find out how much Chevrolet paid for the crazy amount of product placement, I would love to know! Love it!
Action, adventure, good guy wins, bad guy loses and plenty of comedic one liners to keep it flowing. Good shout Marvel :-)
I think we felt a tad disappointed that we both worked out what the plot twist would be. We literally both had a lightbulb moment at exactly the same time! (I still think it was really obvious!) That said though, we both knew that this film had a massive plot twist, which is what made it so popular, so we spent the whole film trying to work out what it might be. I did find it difficult to follow and to be honest if the ending hadn't been so good, I might have enjoyed this film a lot less! I think it is one of those films that is only good because of the ending, when you can go back and re-watch the whole film just to see if you missed any clues. Although, not so much in this case as Allie mentioned we both had our lightbulb moments and clocked the twist very early on. I was surprised actually because I asked my Dad who watched it years ago if he figured it out and he said he had no idea (and he's REALLY smart!!)
I get the feeling that Bryan Singer is going to be using a lot of these plot upon plot, twists, turns and confusion in my most anticipated film of the year X-Men: Days of Future Past. Watching this has only made me want to see it more, to see what plot twists might come about. Adding in the time travel element, my brain might actually explode ;-)
Even though we knew it was coming, the ending was fantastic. It actually made us laugh out loud! I'm really glad we watched this. Fully agree, plus very much enjoyed checking out the trivia on IMDB and rewinding (how very old fashioned of me!) the film to spot them, I think this will come to be a Flick Chicks tradition! I wanted to give this a 9 but I think by losing grip of the plot in the early parts of the film, I lost a certain level of interest in the ending!
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
So, the film is based around the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who after joining a 'penny-stock' firm decides to start his own company and so begins Stratton Oakmont. What follows is divorce, prostitutes, drugs, money, drugs, more prostitutes, parties and a trophy wife.
So all in all for me, an enjoyable, funny film, but far too long! I certainly won't be watching the extended, 4 hour long version. - I will!!! I'll post an update when I've seen it!
Very funny, very enjoyable would happily watch it again. Although, I wasn't bothered by the length of the film, it could have been cut shorter and been made more concise in certain places to accommodate the Allie's of the world ;-)
What I really needed was you there to explain all the bits I dozed off to!
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Sorry for the delay on this one - only I could start the 'looking forward to in April' post on 17th April!! I'm a busy chick what can I say! I did in fact steal The Amazing Spiderman 2 from Allie as I'm not totally convinced by Transcendence, I have seen the trailer more than once now and it just doesn't appeal to me! Although I also thought I wouldn't enjoy Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I loved it (review to follow!) so maybe my first impressions aren't as well founded as I thought.
Anyway, I bloody loved the first Amazing Spiderman film. I thought I liked Tobey Maguire as Spiderman until I saw Andrew Garfield, he is perfect for this role (as is Emma Stone). The various actors/actresses have perfect chemistry, particularly Garfield and Stone's Gwen Stacey who is a significant improvement on Kirsten Dunst's disappointing MJ in the first trilogy.
The trailer for this is jaw dropping, you can see why people enjoy these films in 3D (although I'm not personally a fan of 3D). I can't wait to see the action, but moreso I want to see the development of the relationship between Peter and Gwen (I'm a sucker for a love story!!)
Check it out:
Take it away Allie.
Okay so what did I pick? This.