Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Following the classics I watched Big the other day, a great film that shows the importance of being a child and not growing up so quick. Watching it made me feel sad for the kids today, what is it that makes them want to grow up so quickly! We won’t go down that line of debate; I’ll just try and stick to the film. It’s a full on fun fell good movie, Tom Hanks is superb in it and it’s not just for acting like a kid. It’s the subtle things you may not have noticed first time round checking his flies when he’s being laughed at, the nervous eyes darting around the sockets and the hotel room at the beginning where our hero curls up on the bed and cries.
There is also some real belly laughs, playing round in the limo is one of my favourites. On re-watching though I did find the scene where he gropes the love interest a little uncomfortable, call me old fashioned but technically she’s sleeping with a 13 year old... though saying that it could just be because of the world we live in now I would have thought back then it wouldn’t have been a big deal. I just thought it was weird but then what does the character know ah? One other thing is another iconic scene; the piano on the floor, I’d love to know how long that took them to get that right its brilliant!
So that’s it for now except for some big news I’m moving to my own website at some point this year and you’ll be able to visit beeonfilm.co.uk!
Monday, 15 February 2010
I don’t know if it’s just me but I prefer Tim Burton when he’s doing his own original work, take beetlejuice for instance, Michael Keaton give a carer great performance and some of the scenes are iconic. For me the best scene is the yuppies around the dinner table being made to dance, it’s a brilliant scene and well worth re watching.
It’s a little dated but is still a lot of fun.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
I watched a film last night that despite being an Adam Sandler movie and staring Russell Brand, it is purely for kids. Saying that it’s not half bad, it’s imaginative and fun and perfect for them. Easy to follow plot and characters just bizarre enough to get the belly laughs.
Felling rather uninspired and having obligations will pull me away for now but I would recommend Bedtime Stories to parents any day.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
After ditching Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for a reboot of the Spiderman franchise I felt it was time to re-watch the one that ended it all, the third film that essentially destroyed any credibility that had been established by the first two films. After watching i think you can pick it apart and realise that it was two films squashed together in a big blockbuster mess. One film had the avenging Harry Osborne finding redemption by helping Spiderman defeat sandman, the other was simply venom. The pressure by the studio I’m betting was to include venom, which probably led to the poor casting of him.
All in all the two stories spliced together caused no time for the character development that had made the first two so strong. It had cop out moments like the Osborne’s butler completely out of the blue announcing he cleaned Norman Osborne’s wounds. I think it was such a shame because there is a good film in there somewhere, Haden Church’s Sandman was played to perfection the pain of a suffering daughter seething through the eyes, but even that performance is undermined by the flimsy way the character is tied to the first film and Parkers past.
A bit like Terminator three or Matrix Revolutions before it, it has ended what should have been a brilliant trilogy with a fizzle.
Monday, 8 February 2010
End of the world scenarios always bring up extreme emotions and situations, the fight for survival pushing people to the edge. This is why religion is always one of the biggest themes you have in these films, anyone with faith would question it at the end of days. The Book Of Eli is an interesting look at this, if you haven’t guessed what the “book” in question is I wont spoil it for you but I will feel sorry for you.
It’s obvious where this film is going as soon as they mention the book. For anyone who isn’t in the slightest religious, this film will feel quite preachy. Although saying that Denzel Washington is once again very cool, slicing and dicing his way through numerous enemies with one gigantic knife even Rambo would be jealous of, all of that in a film that is defiantly pro-Religion. If you can ignore the last sort of 10 mins of the film it’s an enjoyable enough blockbuster. However with the likes The Road coming out, the Hughes brothers have a lot to answer for.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Is Antz the only time Dreamworks have ever trumped Pixar? Look at all of Pixars films and you realise why they are so universally liked. With Adult themes and in jokes they are truly family entertainment, there are only two exceptions to Pixars impeccable record. Cars and Bugs Life, both of which whilst having adult themes are a bit well kiddy. The latter had to compare with another insect based tale from Dreamworks.
In that traditional Hollywood way of two extremely alike moves coming out in tandem, these two were set to go toe to toe. Unlucky for Pixar that Antz has to be the most adult themed Dreamworks animation they have released, from Woody Allens self deprecating drone to the main character confessing his most “erotic” fantasies and ants melting away from the effect of Termite acid. It is the pure definition of an adult themed kid’s film; in fact it’s so adult themed kids might not even get it.
It’s the only time I have like Woody Allen as I find the way he does his comedy arrogant.