The Big Lebowski

Its very good, very funny and totally random. For us young-uns, its kind of like Pineapple Express but with slightly less weed. I’d only just heard about this film recently because the guy from the show Cake Boss mentioned that this was his favourite film ever and that he keeps quoting it [to the point where there is a counter in the corner of the screen of how many times he quotes the movie]. It’s a shame that I hadn’t seen it sooner.

Dude gets mistaken for another Lebowski and stuff goes on from there. Most of my notes are quotes, which is what this movie is famous for, so I’ll try to get a few little lines in about the film then just leave the rest to quotes because that’s all the fans of this movie care about!

  • This film made me want to go bowling. However, I did laugh at all the people that take bowling seriously. Our main 3 characters do love bowling but they haven’t gone as far as having their own matching outfits and gloves. Those are the people that need to be whacked round the head with a bowling ball. And they’re normally always fat! This is the only ‘sport’ they can play.
  • I love Dude’s hair. Love it. I want my hair to look like that, the way its curly at the ends and stuff.
  • Julianne Moore shocked me with her surprisingly good British accent! And she was a pretty cool character too.
  • I love that Dude and Walter talk like 20-somethings but they look [so badly] like middle-aged men.
  • I kept cracking up at Dude’s high-pitched girly screams and his plastic jelly sandals! I had a pair like that when I was young! They were pink! I lost one in the ocean.
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    The Princess and the Frog

    10.18pm [May14] – I actually finished watching this film over an hour ago but I am so wrapped up in Ashes to Ashes [best TV show EVER] at the moment that I can’t even process my notes into a readable review so I’ll type it up tomorrow once my mind has stopped racing.

    3.51pm [May15] –

  • My favourite character has to be Lottie, the blond ‘princess’ who is Tiana’s best friend. She’s the quirky, hilarious side-kick best friend, as it were and she’s just awesome! I feel that if I, for whatever reason, was to a play a part in a Disney movie like this, I’d want to be the comical friend. Actually, the first time I saw this in the cinema, I immediately thought of my best friend Sarah who I can imagine playing that role perfectly; she’s my Lottie.
  • I loved that they showed that even though Tiana’s family and neighbors weren’t exactly the most rich people in New Orleans, they were part of a big community that was almost like an extended family. Especially that the food it what brings them all together and Tiana’s family shares their gumbo with the neighborhood.
  • I love that they’ve gone back to good old 2D drawing animation. Its just so classic and its what I grew up with so I feel a little connection to it; it makes me feel like a kid again. There is just something so magical about 2D drawing animation that I feel beats 3D animation.
  • Once again, Disney does the 2 classic ‘plot points’ that they always do; a parent dies and they fall in love and marry within 2 days. I feel only Disney can get away with that but it still makes me laugh. If anyone has seen Enchanted [a great Disney film that takes the piss out of Disney films, its fantastic, I love it so much] then you’ll remember “What’s your name?” “Giselle.” “Oh, Giselle! We’ll be married in the morning!”
  • The music! Oh, the music is fantastic! I love jazz! The songs are so damn catchy and I have actually got 3 of them on my iPod!
  • Shadows are a huge part of this movie and I love the way they made the shadows have their own characters. However, ‘don’t be scared of your own shadow’ is bullcrap in this movie as the shadows are ‘the friends on the other side’ and are as scary as hell! I swear, me and my mum, when we saw this at the cinema, were shocked by how scary it is!
  • It’s a big step for Disney to finally give us a black princess [even if she is a frog for over 70% of the film] and they managed to make only one verbal comment about race when Mr. Henry Fenner and Mr. Harvey Fenner [who are realtors, I’m guessing] say something like “a woman of your background wouldn’t be able to cope”. But then there’s no racism from then on unless you want to really get into it and think of what things represent and blah blah blah, whatever, I don’t like reading about how racist and sexist Disney is because I know it is and I just don’t want it ruining my memories of Disney.
  • The love story is a classic one, boy hates girl, girl hates boy, boy fancies girl, girl is a bit oblivious to boy, boy REALLY fancies girl, girl fancies boy, they marry. The most realistic love story, I think you’ll agree. However, it is a storyline that I personally love.
  • The butler to the prince, Lawrence, is English. Obviously. He’s English because he’s a butler and he’s an evil butler so therefore but the two together and you get English.
  • “ITS NOT SLIME! IT IS MUCUS!” I don’t know why but this line just cracks me up. Actually, there are tons of lines that made me laugh, its actually a really funny film! Though, of course, not as funny as Robin Williams’ Genie.
    Loooove Mama Odie, she’s the fairy godmother of the movie and sings the best song in the whole movie.
  • The voodoo dolls! Scariest. Things. EVER.
  • 132/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Raising Arizona

    Loved it! Loved it, loved it, loved it! It’s a comedy with Nicolas Cage [when he was hot], the mum from The Incredibles, Fred Flintstone and babies, that’s why I loved it. Anyways, Nicolas Cage is a convict, Holly Hunter is a cop, they fall in love, can’t have kids so they knick one. Its very funny, has some great characters and the story moves at a great pace, it didn’t once get boring. And, to be honest, those are the notes I wrote down for this but don’t let the short review fool you, it was brilliant, I loved it and I think you should watch it.

    114/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Monsters Inc.

    I love myself a bit of Pixar. I don’t think they can go wrong at all. I’ve either completely fallen in love with their movies or at least thoroughly enjoyed them. And Monsters Inc. is not exception. I loved it the first time I saw it then I saw it again in history class [ it was our last day, Mr Carter couldn’t be bothered either] and I hated it! Now, I’ve watched it again and I have no idea why I left that history lesson hating the movie!

  • The first thing we hear is jazzy music which is always a good sign for me as I love the sound of jazz! I couldn’t tell you anyone in jazz except Glen Miller so I couldn’t say I’m a humongous fan. The opening sequence reminds me of old comedies, very similar to the beginnings of Charade and Seven Year Itch. It made me smile a bit smugly as I know where they inspiration had some from.
  • This whole movie is basically that the monsters are more scared of the children than the children are of them which is such a brilliant idea! “There’s nothing more deadly than a child, one touch could kill you.“ The monster’s reactions are a mixture of taking the piss out of ‘official’ people who overreact to small, stupid things with exploding socks and people being scared of little things. Actually, some of the people’s reactions to it feel a bit like I was reading the Daily Mail [English people will understand ^_-]. I found myself laughing a little at Sully and Mike’s reactions to the child, Boo, as they’re the same reactions I do when I see a spider! Though I don’t chase it around my room with spray with gloves on my hands and those flipper shoes on my feet. I have a spider catcher now.
  • The monster city runs on screams which is another fantastic idea. So that’s the reason why there are monsters in the closet and under the bed.
    The two main characters are brilliant. We have the guy who’s the big, scary guy on the outside but the warmest, kindest guy on the inside with fabulous coloured fur; Sully [John Goodman a.k.a. Fred Flintstone]. Then we have the tiny green monster with one eye who pretends to be the brains of the pair but he’s just self-centered and our main source of comedy; Mike [Billy Crystal]. They make a great comedy duo. Not a very original comedy duo but its still a great one.
  • The CGI in this movie is stunning. The part that always makes me go “wow” is Sully’s fur. The detail they go into and you don’t really see if unless you’re up close to the screen! So much time and effort to create these individual strands of hair! Its just so impressive and amazing. Especially when he’s in the snow and you see the snow on the individual stands of fur. Amazing.
  • Boo is the cutest thing on the planet! She’s the star. Her voice is so sweet and her appearance and movement is so adorable. Its so cute that she keeps calling Sully ‘Kitty’, she doesn’t see a scary monster, she sees a big, cuddly cat which is what Sully really is. I loved it when she was in the restaurant filled with monsters and she shouts ‘boo!’ and the monsters scream for their lives. Its so funny when its opposite. Anyways, Boo is so cute and I love that she can’t really string words together except in song. She can also say ‘boo’ [obviously], ‘kitty’ and ‘Mike Wazowski’. Three [four, I guess, seeing as the name is two] words that every 3 year old should know. What’s great about Boo is that she’s not only cute but she soon becomes fearless of monsters! She grabs her monster by the… erm… don’t know what they actually are but they’re like antennas or something… and rides the monster around her room and whacks him with a baseball bat! She may be 3 but I found myself going “WOOO! YOU GO GIRL!” Oo, might interest you to know that one my mum’s friend’s is nicknamed Boo. Don’t know why though…
  • We get a few references to other Pixar movies which is fantastic! When Boo shows Sully her bedroom, she hands him her Jessie doll from Toy Story 2 and I’m proud to say I have a Jessie doll too. Wonder where it is… did I pack it when we moved to USA? I hope so! Anyways, Boo also shows him a Finding Nemo fish which must have been Pixar’s little teaser as Finding Nemo wasn’t released until 2 years after Monsters Inc. I also read that the trailer at the end is the same trailer from Bug’s Life and the pizza car is the same from Toy Story! I love it when films reference other films [especially when its in the family]. I remember once in Skins [which is was a great British TV show till season 3 where it totally fell to shit mainly because I auditioned and they gave me false hope then gave the guy I hate the most in this world a second audition. Bastards.] where Anwar [the dude who’s now more famous for Slumdog Millionaire] is having sex and is listing all of Hugh Grant’s movies and talking about ‘About A Boy’ which starred Nicholas Hoult who played Tony in Skins. Sorry. Totally off topic now. Oops!
  • One of the things I love about Pixar is their ‘outtakes’ at the end of the movie and I think every movie should do this. Even the hard hitting ones should do this. I know people will say “but it ruins the whole thing”. I like a laugh after seeing something serious or depressing so I say bring it on! Like, Lord of the Rings, at the end of those or at least the last one, they should’ve had a gag reel instead of those drawings of the characters. That would’ve been awesome.
  • I was a bit wary about typing up this note but, to be honest, it won’t ruin the movie and everyone’s seen it anyways. I loved that in this movie, they showed that laughter is [10x] more powerful that screams. For me, there is no greater feeling than laughter so I agree with the writers 100% and I think its so cool that the city would now run on laughter. Its such a wonderful thought.
  • “We scare because we care.”

    37/212

    Kate
    Xoxo

    PS: People are saying they know of my blog thanks to my McDean videos on YouTube. I can’t believe there are still McDean fans out there! Its still going strong?! Its mental, in a good way of course. I keep getting emails from YouTube saying people are still commenting on my videos and people are still leaving comments on my profile! Its been 2 years now, hasn’t it?! Mental. Those who don’t know what McDean is, don’t worry, I can’t even be bothered to go into it lol.

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