Valentine’s Day

This movie is definitely not on Empire’s Top 500 or anyone’s Top 500 but I saw the trailer about a year ago and really wanted to see it because of the super-awesome-mega cast. I didn’t see it at the cinema because I’m not THAT much of a loser that I’ll see a film called ‘Valentine’s Day’ on my own.

Anyways, it’s a bit long for a romantic comedy but it kind of needs to be because of all the storylines. I’m trying to think of a storyline that they could of cut out but I can see the need for all of them. Yes, its one of those ‘millions of storylines but they all link somehow’ movie. There are a lot of storylines but they all show different aspects of love and relationships which is very challenging to do in a movie but they managed to just about make it work.

  • Like I mentioned before, the cast list was one of the main reasons I wanted to watch this movie. Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher [did you know he has a twin brother! Sorry, random fact], Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, George Lopez, Hector Elizondo… *takes deep breath*… Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Cater Jenkins, Bryce Robinson, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Eric Dane, Queen Latifar… *almost done*, Shirley MacLaine and Topher Grace [bad photography guy in Spider Man 3]. Yeah.
  • Oooo its so hard to review this without giving stuff away because I think the reason I loved this movie so much is because of the shock value and me pointing and screaming at the TV going “OMG NO WAY!” Erm… Ok, I’m gonna struggle writing a good review without giving stuff away so… erm… lets give it a go.
  • Ok, we have loads of storylines because this film really wants to show all the different aspects of relationship and love. We have the married guy with his non-wife, the ‘perfect’ couple, the sour guy, the sour girl, the old couple, the ‘maybe’ couple, the new couple but one of them has a little secret and the cutest little boy ever with a cutest ever crush! Oh and then there’s the teenage love and you have the one teenage couple who are all over each other but are, in fact, waiting for ‘the right time’ and then you have the other teenage couple who aren’t all over each other but think they’re ready to do the deed [almost wrote dead then, ha!].
  • The old couple are my favourite because they’ve been together for 51 years and are still so madly in love with one another. “The pretty girl was grandma, right?” “The pretty girl IS grandma.” AWWWWWWW!
  • And yes, I found myself going “AWWWWWWW” more than 10 times.
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    Annie Hall

    The movie is about a relationship between a man and a woman. It’s a nice watch but… I think… I felt no connection to it because I don’t know what its like to be in a relationship. I know you probably didn’t need to know that but… its just a little warning that if you too haven’t been in a relationship or you haven’t for a while or you’ve just broken up, you might want to wait a while before seeing this.

    I like the way the Woody Allen’s character talks to the audience and how the characters can go into memories and talk to each other in the memories and stuff, I think that’s a great technique.

    I’m glad its only 1hr 34min because I don’t think I could of listened to Woody Allen’s voice any longer!

    Anyways, it’s a nice, relaxing movie but it brought up bad thoughts for me. And its not that funny, sorry Allen fans, but he’s annoying.

    151/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on June 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM  Comments (2)  
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    Sex and the City 2

    I’ll admit that I was a latecomer to Sex and the City; I was 7 when it first aired. I got really into it last year when I saw a few episode on the English channel Five and kind of got hooked. I bought the film then got the DVD set for my birthday so I’ve watched every episode at least once. Even though they’re not my age group, I still fell for those 4 women. Also, I saw my friends in those women which therefore made me love it even more because it felt like I was looking into the future except there’s five of us, not four [and in case you were wondering, I see myself as a mixture between Miranda and Carrie, Sarah is Samantha, Laura is Charlotte and Lucy and Ana are a mix between Carrie and Charlotte.]

    I have seen the first movie so many times that I know all the words, I’ve tried to copy Carrie’s outfits and I have my own version of her iconic gladiator heels that she wears at the beginning [mine from New Look, not Dior]. So, I could not wait for this movie, I’ve been excited about seeing it for weeks. And… it didn’t disappoint.

  • The clothes are fabulous, I loved every single outfit that Carrie wore [she’s my favourite, in case you hadn’t noticed!]. The clothes and the set are so extravagant that it turns a romantic comedy into an escape from reality. Some people don’t like the fact that the clothes cost thousands, especially in our financial state, but its amazing because we can dream about it and see these women look amazing. Its escapism in a realistic way. I love it, anyways. Also, the closet in this movie got a gasp from the audience and I was one of them; I demand a closet like that. I will buy a two bedroom apartment and turn the spare room into a closet. I will. I don’t care what you say, I am. By the way, my favourite in the film is the dress she wears on the poster, the blueish-yellowish one, its so beautiful and I would like it, please. Thank you.
  • I love the gay wedding. I’m a huge supporter of the gay community and I hate, hate, HATE that gay marriage is still illegal in several states. Its disgusting. This is 2010 for Pete’s sake. You can’t help who you fall in love with. No one should be discriminated for being in love. I don’t know if its just because I’m a big supporter but I felt the movie was making a statement. And the Liza Minnelli scene is incredible.
  • The airplane! OMG the airplane! The inside is just… wow, it makes me want to marry a billionaire. Its so fabulous and is, once again, escapism for the audience. I’m sorry, I just love seeing fabulous lives.
  • Omid Djalili is in it! Hurrah! Love him. He’s not a comedic character but I still love him.
  • Aiden!!! My favourite of the Carrie’s lovers. Obviously, Mr Big is awesome but I just loved Aiden so much.
  • OK… I will admit that I saw this movie on my own as I have no one to go with over here in America. Like I said, the characters remind me of my friends back in England. So… there came a moment when I realized how alike they were to us and… well, I started to cry. I started to cry into my M&Ms as I thought of my girls back in England and how much I miss them. I cried for a lot of the movie, to be honest. The friendship in this movie is so powerful. Be prepared, if you’re away from your friends, best not see this movie or you’ll be crying into your popcorn too.
  • I think there was a group of mum’s next to me in the cinema because when Miranda and Charlotte start talking about motherhood, some of them started cheering or laugh hysterically.
  • Gov from Hollyoaks is in it!!! I loved Hollyoaks back in England and I had to stop myself screaming and pointing at the screen going “ITS GOV!!! GOV IS IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE!!!” Hollyoaks people NEVER get into Hollywood movies! Well, what’s-her-name got two lines in Dark Knight but you couldn’t tell it was her. Gov got loads of lines and had the screen to himself!!! Good on him! Go Hollyoaks!
  • I love American audiences and this is why; there is a scene where Samantha is surrounded by angry men because she has little clothing on and condoms are all over the floor [its disrespectful to them] and she just starts screaming at them and everyone in the cinema started cheering! Its just… you don’t get that in England! I love how involved American audiences get! Love it! That’s what its all about!
  • However, I would like to say a little something… that there’s hardly any New York in this movie. I feel that that is where they went wrong, because its Sex and the CITY. Its supposed to be about New York just as much as the characters.
  • Please, ignore the ‘proper’ reviews. This film is as amazing as the first. It’s the TV show on sparkle-covered speed.

    146/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    When Harry Met Sally…

    To be honest, I don’t see the big deal of this movie. Its alright and stuff but I’ve seen waaaaay better rom-coms. I like that it kept cutting to the old couples and their stories of love at first sight, comparing it to the long time it takes Harry & Sally. Liked the fake-orgasm scene. The Christmas scenes made me wish it were December. Meg Ryan looks gorgeous. And that’s about it.

    122/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    Loved it. Thought it was absolutely fabulous!

  • I love the first scene because it is so iconic! The dress, the hair, the sunglasses!
  • Dolly [Audrey Hepburn] sleeps in full makeup, gorgeous hair, the most fabulous sleep mask and earplugs that I thought were earrings! Then she has milk in a champagne glass!
  • I didn’t realize Hepburn had such comical timing!
  • ‘How do I look?’ this movie is just filled with iconic-ness!
  • Great cinematography, its shot so beautifully. The colour of it all is just stunning.
  • I love the sets of the apartments! They’re so fabulous and exactly how I want my first apartment to look like [a girl can dream!!!]. My favourite part; Paul’s gold, sparkly telephone!!!
  • Longest cigarette holder ever! Once again, another iconic prop.
  • Only downside of this movie is the racism towards Japanese people. I read that that was the one thing that the director wanted to change after he’d made it and that if he could, he would love the film. Its just… incredibly racist and horrible but unfortunately, that’s what it was like back then. Just got to try and laugh at it and be thankful we’ve changed.
  • Audrey Hepburn has a great singing voice, ‘Moon River’ is a lovely song. Wonder if she could really play the guitar…
  • Oh, wait, there was another thing that I didn’t quite like. There was far too much talking and very fast talking at that.
  • Obviously, I love Holly’s iconic wardrobe but I adored her tiaras! Especially the pink one
  • When she kicks the cat out, oh my God, saddest moment in cinema EVER!
  • I love this movie, I can totally see why its so iconic. Wonderful.

    105/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 10:31 PM  Comments (2)  
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    How to Marry a Millionaire

    10.16pm – This isn’t on the Empire list but its a only 1hr 35min long and I can’t be arsed to watch Its A Wonderful Life after going to a tupperwar party >.<

    2.11am -I really loved this film and not just because of Marilyn Monroe [if you’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll know how much I love her!]. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy and makes me a little sad that they don’t make them like this anymore. There’s just something about this movie that makes the recent romcoms look terrible.

    The first thing we see is a glittery curtain which reveals an orchestra. Now, the little film studies student in me thought “ooo, they must be doing this so as to show the audience that this movie is more like a stage production or a play!”. No, its not. I read on Wikipedia that they shot this 6 minute sequence with a real orchestra just so the audience can go “ooooo, ahhhhh” at CinemaScope’s new four-track magnetic stereophonic sound system and widescreen visuals. Kind of a let down to know that but whatever. Oh, and a little fact for you; this movie was the first to be photographed in CinemaScope wide-screen process!

  • The opening credits have silk and diamond jewelry in the background. It’s a wonderful sight and makes me what to marry a millionaire too!
    We see some lovely, classic shots of New York to a song about the magical city. I loved this part because New York is my favourite city ever, I hope to live there at some point in my life! And dress up like Marilyn Monroe!
  • I adore Marilyn Monroe’s character in this movie. In fact, I love all three of the female roles! Marilyn Monroe plays Pola, Betty Grable plays Loco and Lauren Bacall plays Schatze. They’re all models, Pola and Loco are classic, dumb blond models whereas Schatze is a model with fantastic brains. Pola is ‘blind as a bat’ but hates wearing her glasses as she doesn’t think men will find her attractive if she wore them. By the way, they are the most fabulous pair of glasses I’ve ever seen! They look kind of like Dame Edna Everage’s glasses but more tamed and just fabulous! Wish I could have a pair like them but I don’t think I could pull them off. Anyways, the on-going joke with Pola is that she can hardly see without her glasses and therefore bumps into things all the time and misreads everything. It sounds a bit lame in writing but Monroe has such perfect comical timing that its actually kind of funny. Loco is another ‘dumb blond’ with a very warm heart but she’s different from other models as she loves to eat! She uses her looks to get men to buy her things, especially food. Schatze is the one that plans the whole ‘marry a millionaire’ plot and coaches the girls on what to do. It’s a perfect little group!
  • The clothes! My God, the clothes are beyond stunning! The first thing we see Loco wearing is this gorgeous blue dress and then we have all of Pola’s dresses which are all divine and some of Schatze’s dresses are really beautiful too. Makes me wish we still lived in that era and could wear such beautiful, feminine clothes. You couldn’t get away with that now-a-days, everyone would constantly ask you what special event you were going to, not just going to get the bread and paper. Ooooh, and my favourite dress of the whole movie has to be the iconic, gorgeous pink dress Pola wears for the dinner! Its beyond stunning and I completely fell in love with it! Its…just…gorgeous! I’m in love! Oh, and another thing, there is so much fur in this movie! If you’re all ‘FUR IS MURDER’ and throwing paint at people wearing fur, don’t watch this film. It will only make you mad.
  • I enjoyed the ‘Schatze thinks Brookman is a gas pump jockey when he’s actually a millionaire’ plot point. She judges men by their appearance and because Brookman doesn’t wear typical millionaire clothes, she rejects him every time he calls her. Its kind of predictable that she would eventually fall for him, thinking he’s poor and then be incredibly happy when she finds out his a millionaire. Its predictable but still nice to watch.
  • The girls find their millionaires but they’re all very different; Schatze finds the perfect millionaire, Loco finds the millionaire who hates his wife and all the women in his house and Pola finds a ‘millionaire’ who’s lost an eye. These men all lead to some love. Schatze does fall for her millionaire to some degree as he’s just so lovely, Loco’s millionaire is already married but has a driver who she falls for and Pola is on a plane [the wrong one, mind you!] to see her ‘millionaire’ and meets a man she falls in love with. Its all very sweet. For Pola and Loco, it’s the classic ‘money isn’t everything’ approach as the men they love aren’t exactly rolling in the money but they’re happy none-the-less.
  • There’s a great scene where we see what the three ladies are dreaming about. Schatze is dreaming about cattle, oil and buying loads of diamonds. Pola is dreaming of flying on a private jet to Arabia and then their people giving her jewels. Loco, on the other hand, dreams of a hotdog. I have to admit, its not that great of a joke but I did find myself giggling slightly.
  • There is one scene I didn’t quite understand. Brookman asks to be see a designer’s collection via live models. I don’t know why but he does, I just completely lost the part where he explained why but whatever. Pola, Loco and Schatze are some of the models and they go and strut their stuff. There is one thing I found very interesting which was that the models were not stick thin like today’s models! It was a nice relief and, once again, made me wish we were back in the 1950s.
  • Monroe looks stunning in the plane scene. You think now where people go on airplanes in their pajamas. Monroe [as Pola] looks so sophisticated, like she’s about to meet the president. Anyways, it’s a sweet scene because she meets the guy the three ladies are renting the apartment from [not knowing that he is, though]. She’s reading a book upside down because she hasn’t got her glasses on but wants to appear like she’s smart enough to read a book. He tells her its upside down and they talk about their eye sight and glasses and how Pola doesn’t like to wear them because she thinks she looks ugly in them. The renter guy tells her to put them on so he can judge it. She does and he declares that she’s even more beautiful with the glasses on. To be honest, Monroe would look stunning even if you smothered her face with poo.
  • Loco’s millionaire doesn’t want to be seen with Loco as he’s married. They take the George Washington Bridge so no one he knows will see him. However, as soon as he gets onto the bridge, he’s escorted by police bikes who direct him to a group of press. A man says that he [and Loco] are the 50 millionth car to go across the bridge and they get their photos taken by the paparazzi. Its funnier than I’ve written it, trust me.
  • This movie has one of the best endings ever! Its revealed that Brookman is a millionaire though no one believes him. He pays for the check [they’re having dinner at a ‘greasy spoon’] and pays with a $1000 bill. We see a close-up of the bill and we hear people collapsing. We then see that the three women have fainted as we only see the men in the shot. They raise their beers and make a toast to their wives.
  • There’s a few more notes I made but these were the ones I could be bothered to type at 2.23am. Lovely movie, I would definitely watch it again. If not for the storyline, then for the clothes!!!

    40/212 [OMG 40! How insane!]

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM  Leave a Comment  
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    Amélie

    3.48pm – I should really start to watch Amélie but my determination for this blog is slowly dieing… this is not good! Might read some more of my Julie/Julia book to boost me up again.

    4.18pm – Have read another chapter of Julie Powell’s Julie/Julia and now I’m ready to watch Amélie. Its amazing how easily influenced I am!

    8.36pm – WATCHED & REVIEWED:

    This is a great film, I can see why so many of my fellow films studies students and friends say they like it so much. It’s a very different, weird take on romantic comedies though its not really a romantic comedy until the last hour but its still very different. It has an almost Tim Burton feel about it, where you can tell they put so much thought and effort into it and it just happened to be wonderfully weird.

  • AHH! Its totally in French! I didn’t read the synopsis, I’d only ever associated this movie with the poster and the still of Amélie holding the spoon to the camera. Maybe I’m just ignorant but I assumed that because so many of my friends love this movie that it would be in English. I misjudged my friends terribly and for this I am sorry.

  • For the first 15min, the film is told [literally, there’s a narrator] in a way that reminds me of Catherine Tate’s Lauren Cooper [am I bothered?] where she says stories really quickly with short sentences. I don’t know why as the narrator is far from chavvy [if you don’t know what chavvy is, Google it] but its just the style which is similar. I liked it, either way. It was a great, new way of narrating and moving the story along.

  • The colouring of this movie is beautiful. There is an almost green tint to it. It makes average colours look pretty and it just gives the film a whole different feeling. Very artistic!

  • We get introductions to all of the different characters, big and small. We get their name, a sentence about themselves then another sentence about either what they like or what they hate. The sentence about their like or dislike often doesn’t have any relation to what’s happening on the screen or you just wouldn’t expect. For instance, there is a guy who’s pretty mental, he just sits there practically stalking his ex-girlfriend and talking into a voice recorder, recording her every move, then the narrator says he likes nothing more than bubble wrap the camera drops to below the table he’s sitting at and we see him popping bubble wrap!

  • This movie is funny but its not ‘laugh out loud’ funny. Its ‘laugh on the inside’ funny. I wouldn’t even say its ‘smile because its funny’ funny. But it is funny. Its hard to explain but I tried!

  • The characters are always breaking down the 4th wall. For those of you for don’t know the technical term of breaking down the 4th wall, it means this; in movie, they look at the camera and acknowledge it, in theatre its when the actor acknowledges the audience. Get it? Anyways, its a great technique that I love, espeically in theatre.

  • There was one bit that made me smile which was the suicidal fish. I used to have a suicidal fish too. I don’t even think we named him but whatever. My dad was cleaning out the fish tank and had put the fish in the baking bowl [with water, obviously, we didn’t bake them] and it took my dad about an hour to clean the tank and then he walked back into the kitchen where the fish were and he saw something black on the floor. He thought it was a slug then he realized it was the black fish! He picked it up, put it back in the water and it was still alive!! I think we had 2 fish by the time we moved into the rented house before we moved to USA and the suicidal fish was actually the last one to die! Ironic really. Must of pissed him off.
  • There are a couple of stories of Amélie’s childhood which are quite funny. The one that stood out for me was the one about the neighbor who said it was Amélie’s photography that’s causing all the accidents and she becomes incredibly guilty. She soon realizes that he lied. As revenge, Amélie climbs onto her neighbor’s roof and pulls out his TV cable whenever France were about to score in football/soccer. Oh, how I would love to do that whenever Tom or Dad were watching football. Oh, how sweet the fun would be.
  • As you watch the movie, you watch Amélie slowly make impacts on other people’s lives. She returns some lost childhood treasure to a man who lived in her apartment 40 years ago. She helps the painter [who has a weak skeleton] on how to sense what the people in the paintings are feeling [I think, that’s what I got from it anyway]. She used her friendship with an airhostess and her father’s precious gnome to get her father to travel which he couldn’t do before because he thought Amélie has heart problems. She helps her co-worker have a little happiness in her life. She helps the boys she kind of liked get a little unknown revenge on his boss by changing things in his apartment to make him slowly feel like he’s going insane. What makes these things extra special is the fact that none of the people she helped know that it was her, Amélie, that helped them. What makes her want to help these people is that she imagined her funeral and eulogy where people said she was “Godmother of Outcasts” and “Madonna of the Unloved”.
  • Amélie found a partner who was just as weird and as much of an outsider as her. Their first proper meeting, with them knowing who each other are for certain, Amélie kisses the guy first on the side of his mouth, then his neck then his eye and he then repeats it to her. Its so sweet and so loving. Its hard to describe why I loved that part so much. Suppose because its different from other first ‘kisses’.
  • We get a few glimpses into Amélie’s imagination. Being an only child, home schooled with a father who didn’t show emotions, Amélie often resorted to her imagination. She pretends to be Zoro a couple of times, her paintings and lamp talk and when she was younger, she’d give checkups on an imaginary crocodile. At least I thought it was a crocodile. may have been some other big greenish thing. Its interesting to see a romcom use CGI as its often the genre that tries to stay away from it. Oooo just remembered another CGI moment. Amélie’s love interest leaves after Amélie’s cover is almost blown and as soon as he’s out the door, she literally turns into water and splashes to the floor, becoming a puddle. How brilliant! More romcoms should do stuff like that.
  • Amélie makes videos for the painter. I’m not entirely sure why, maybe to give him inspiration or something. Anyways, one of these videos has clips of babies swimming underwater and I got totally distracted for about 15 minutes, looking up clips of babies swimming! By the way, do it! YouTube babies swimming, its so cute.
  • Great movie and a lovely refreshingly new take on romantic comedies.

    38/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on February 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM  Comments (1)  
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    It Happened One Night

    This is the original rom-com. it’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy hates girl, girl hates boy, they slowly begin to love each other, boy misunderstands girl, girl misunderstands boy and then a happy ending. This is movie is the reason Saundra Bullock has a career. You have the stubborn, uptight woman and the cheeky, easy-going man who go on a journey together and fall in love, whether they like it or not. Its so nice to see where romantic comedies came from and how far they’ve come which, to be honest, isn’t that far. This movie could easily of been released now and it would fit in perfectly with the modern-day audiences.

    This movie is shot so beautifully but its not rare amongst movies of the 1930s era. It has this gorgeous glow about it which makes it all so dreamlike and romantic. It turns simple scenes into something stunningly breathtaking. Its such a great effect that it makes Claudette Colbert’s eyes sparkle in the dark.

    Even though this is a very small [and pathetic] review, I really did like this movie. I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy and this is where it all began! It is a black and white old movie but I promise you, you won’t even notice. Its timeless which is quite rare for romcoms. No matter what era, you would love this classic movie.

    30/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 1:50 AM  Comments (2)  
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