The French Connection

I think the only reason I’m not going to say that this was really boring is because it reminded me so much of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. And I only wrote two notes which were ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘happier than Gene Hunt’. I know that The French Connection is probably one of the inspirations for Life on Mars but I saw that first so I link them. It is unfortunate, I guess, that I’m too young to know some connections from one movie to another or links in TV shows.

This is basically my review for this movie because I didn’t really right anything down for it. Its basically just a long TV crime show. And Gene Hackman was great, as he always is.



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6.10pm – 30min till dinner so will try and squeeze in some of this film before then and watch the rest after because I’m still a teenage girl and I want to watch Joan Rivers on the Fashion Police on E! at 10pm ^_^

11.29pm – Clint Eastwood, Richard Harris and Morgan Freeman. Dirty Harry, Dumbledore and God. You don’t get much better than that.

  • The opening shot was very beautiful, it’s a stunning silhouette of a house, tree and a man [Eastwood] digging up the ground. This shot could mean a lot of things but then writing comes up on the screen and it kind of explains it. Anyways, it’s a gorgeous shot/technique that Eastwood uses a few times in this movie and rightly so.
  • Vicious opening [after the beautiful silhouette] where a woman [a prostitute] is horribly attacked by a man with a knife. I felt that this was a good contrast to the previous beautiful shot.
  • I had to double check when this movie was made because Eastwood’s style made me think it was from the 70s but its actually 1992! Eastwood managed to capture the classic Western style, I could not tell that it was shot in 1992.
  • I thought that it was incredibly sweet and yet so sad that Munny [Eastwood] constantly thought of his dead wife but it starts to get a bit repetitive about halfway through. I know she changed him from a murdering drunkard into a loving, caring father but jeez, not every sentence needed to be about the wife.
  • I thought that it was really good [and funny] that Munny was rusty when it came to getting on a horse and shooting. It felt a bit more realistic because 1. He IS an old man and would struggle with it all and 2. He hasn’t done any of that for 11 years. It just funny seeing Clint Eastwood fail to get on a horse.
    MORGAN FREEMAN!! Him and Eastwood have fantastic chemistry together. I just knew that their characters had been friends for years and years. They’re just fantastic together. Even though this movie isn’t a comedy, them two bounced off each other a few times. They talk about sex and its all awkward because they’re old and Ned [Freeman] says “so… do you just use your hand?” its just weirdly hilarious seeing Freeman and Eastwood talk awkwardly about sex. Also, the script on this Western felt a bit more relaxed and modern, especially some of Freeman’s lines “We’ve got a storm riding up our asses.” “There’s no hawk, you can’t see for shit, can you?”
  • “She gave me the evil eye.” Sorry but that line just makes me think of young teenagers who start fights because “she gave me well bad evils!!”
  • I thought it was a nice change to see Clint Eastwood playing a character that wasn’t always in control. I also thought it was a nice touch to have Ned & Munny to have lost their joy of murder because they’re older, wiser and appreciate life now. It was also a good contrast to the young one they were with who was so excited about killing someone then when he did, he hated it and said he’d never do it again.
  • It was so frustrating to watch Little Bill and his people chase after the wrong bad guys! The real bad guys are the ones that sliced the woman up, not the ones who are going to kill the bad guys. Though, I suppose when I put it like that, they’re both as bad as each other but its been filmed so it looks like Ned & Munny are actually really good guys which they are but just going to kill two people. Also, Little Bill is just as bad as the murders, maybe even worse because he tortures them.
  • “This is what happens to assassins round here” is written on a sign in front of a dead body. Its just a big sign of hypocrisy.
  • Richard Harris should have been in it more, his character could of done so much more.
  • I think I only really liked this film because of Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood, I think if anyone else had starred or directed it would have been too boring.



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    Superman: The Movie

    I really enjoyed this film! I’m shocked by how much I like it! I think its because I thought Snoreville- sorry, Smallville had ruined Superman for me but it hasn’t! Hurrah!

  • The opening credits felt like Star Wars on acid even though Star Wars was released 2 years later.
  • The ‘bad guys’ being trapped in the mirror didn’t help my initial reaction of ‘this is going to be crap’. I’m sorry, I just thought it was a crap idea.
    I LOVED the glowing costumes of the people of Krypton.
  • BABY!Superman is soooo adorable!! I could watch the baby scenes over and over again. And he’s wrapped in a cute red, yellow and blue shiny blanket! If I wrap my child in a shiny blanket, will it fly as well? Don’t think I should experiment that theory… Anyways, I loved that there was some real depth to this movie, especially with the real parents of Superman saying their goodbyes. I think they captured the emotions perfectly, I totally felt what they felt, it almost made me cry! Then the planet blows up and I first thought it would have been funny to have a few shots of the baby laughing as he flew away but the more we saw the planet be destroyed, the more out of place I thought that scene would be so thank goodness they didn’t. BABY!Superman is then no longer BABY!Superman but TODDLER!Superman and is just as adorable! I loved that he instantly opened his arms up to his new parents when he crashes onto Earth. Then he lifts up the car with the cutest, cheekiest smile I’ve ever seen!
  • There’s a lovely shot of mother and son in the cornfield. Not only is the landscape beautiful but it managed to capture their wonderful relationship without words.
  • Two words; bad wigs.
  • What is it with superheroes working for newspapers?! Mix it up, come on…
  • I loved that Clark Kent is such an adorable, clumsy, nervous and polite man. I sense this is where Hugh Grant got the inspiration for most of his characters [before Bridget Jones when he turned into a (sexy) tosser]. Also loved Clark Kent’s huge glasses! However, Jerry Siegel [the writer of the Superman comics] should of made a bit more effort for his identity as its pretty unbelievable that no one would recognize him just because he hasn’t got his glasses on and has bucket loads of gel in his hair! You’re probably thinking “then why is him flying and having super-human strength believable?” well, its far more bloody believable than having glasses as a disguise.
  • When Superman first reveals himself, I thought the reactions from the public were far more realistic than say Spider Man. In Spider Man they just accepted him and pointed going “oooo” but in Superman, they all look at him like “WTF?!” which is what people would normally do! Sorry, I just like it when there’s a bit of realism.
  • I liked the swimming pool in the station set. Thought it was totally cool in a James-Bond-meets-Day-After-Tomorrow kind of way…
  • “I never drink and fly.” Wise words there, Mr Superman.
  • Superman is polite like Clark but has a bit more confidence and a lot more flirtatious! And the amazing thing is, its not cheesy! Well, it’s a little but not as cheesy as you’d expect! Kind of Saundra-Bullock-Rom-Com kind of way… but better, obviously.
  • Even the flying looks awesome for 1978! It looks pretty damn acceptable! Better than some of the shit we’ve seen lately in cinema, actually.
  • OK, it was all going really well and I was loving it until Superman flew around the world, made it spin the other way and therefore reversed time. I’m sorry but I hated that. That just felt like bullcrap to me.
  • Honestly, teenagers and young adults, this movie is not as crap as you’d think it would be. Its actually very entertaining and is the perfect blend of superhero, sci-fi, romantic comedy and drama. It actually makes Spider Man look a bit pants which I thought could never happen!