Goodfellas and Jaws

I had my new friend Karyn over to watch these two with me. We discussed them, exchanged funny comments and so on. Its nice watching movies with friends, I’ve really missed it! Anyways, I’m going to use Karyn as an excuse for my reviews being short and crap because she distracted me from my note-taking!!! Both films neither of us had seen before which was good.
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Schindler’s List

This is the second time I’ve watched this movie.

I cried 7 times. And it was proper, uncontrollable crying, there are tissues all over my bed. I have a headache, I was crying to much.

I feel sick to my stomach.

People would argue that Spielberg shouldn’t of done this movie in such detail but it is needed. We need to be reminded of what humans can do to one another. We must never forget what happened. Like Spielberg said, we must never forget what happened so there is never another Hitler.

Everyone must see this movie at some point in their lives, sooner rather than later.

In memory of the more than six million Jews murdered.

200/212

Kate
xoxo

PS: On a funnier note, its Aslan VS Voldemort!

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

We all know the storyline. I would say a majority of you have see this movie. However, you may be the small minority, like myself, who have never seen it. I know. Its quite bad of me. But sorry, I was just never that interested in it. And… I’m sorry to say that I didn’t find it to be that amazing. The ride at Universal Studios was better than the movie. Please don’t hate me for this. I think I’m just the wrong generation for this or something, I don’t know. I know there are people my age and maybe younger who like it but that’s what I’m going to blame it on so please don’t hate me! I do have some notes… if you’d care to read… if you haven’t already clicked the ‘x’ in anger.

  • At the beginning, you can tell that alien = good and adult humans = bad thanks to the music. I loved that the government and teacher’s faces weren’t shown for a majority of the movie. I wish it had stayed like that because it really made me go “go, kids, go”.
  • The lighting in this is incredibly good, this is the basic handbook of what you can achieve with lighting.
  • Little Drew Barrymore is the only reason I’d watch this film again, she’s the cutest thing ever and was a great actress even then!
  • ET looks like an old man and sounds like a car with a fur ball. They could have been a tad more imaginative but oh well. About half way through I realized what he looks like… the ants in Antz.
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    This movie feels kind of like all of Spielberg’s films rolled into one. This was one of his earlier films but you can totally tell its his work. This is actually the first time I’ve watched it the whole way through, I’ve always walked in on it on TV about half of the way through. The plot is about aliens [duh, its Spielberg] and they’re little holiday on Earth. I don’t feel we’re ever given the idea that its an invasion, they just look a little curious. Anyways, I’m a little tired and I’m loosing [once again] my determination for this blog. I don’t mind watching the movies, its just the reviews that I dread. Sorry. I don’t even know why I’m doing this, its not really benefiting anyone… suppose its giving me something to do so I don’t go completely dumb and forget how to write English… Sorry, enough of that, here are my notes, sorry if they make no sense. Watch the movie, then they’ll make sense!!!

  • Scary sci-fi music at the beginning, know what we’re in for.
  • Where did the pilots go?!
  • “Do you want to report a UFO?” The flight center jumped to that conclusion a bit too soon… however, I think we’re supposed to get this feeling that the government or official people are expecting alien contact or something… or just bad writing, who knows!
  • Great child acting from the cutest little boy ever! So adorable!
  • Stuff is moving!! Scary monkey! What’s happening?! I know it’s the aliens but it almost has a ‘haunted-by-poltergeists’ feel about it which terrifies me!
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    Saving Private Ryan

    6.35pm – I really loved this film when I first watched it the whole way through with my dad and brother back in England and that was a year or so ago so I can’t wait to watch this again with my dad tonight after dinner! However, I just know my review is going to be long so I’ll be needing a lot of Mountain Dew to keep myself awake and determined lol.

    11.31pm – *yawns* Film was awesome as usual but I chose to watch South Park on TV instead of typing up all the notes I made [over a page] and now I can’t be bothered so I’ll type it up in the morning ^_^

    NEXT DAY [11th]

    5.05pm – Ok, I’ve been putting off typing this for too long now! I’ll type up my notes but my apologies if they don’t make sense, at least I’m not making you try to read my handwriting again lol.

  • Unfortunately I’ve grown up in an age where I see the DreamWorks logo and I think I’m about to watch Shrek.
  • Trumpet music + flag blowing in the wind = war film.
  • Great casting of the OLD!Matt Damon, looks exactly how he’s going to look in 40 or so years time.
  • It’s a horrible shot of all those white crosses [and Jewish symbols] in rows. It’s a perfect symbolism of all the lives that were lost because Hitler got a bit greedy.
  • I love the colouring of this movie, its got a kind of green tint to it. But what I love most of all is that whatever they’ve done or whatever camera technique it is, it makes the actor’s eyes so clear and their eye colour more vivid, its just beautiful. My favourite example is at the beginning where you look into the OLD!Private Ryan’s eyes which are a gorgeous shade of blue, just like the ocean and we hear the sound of the waves crashing onto a beach.
  • The classic beach scene. What a way to start a movie. You can sense the fear but also the pride. Even though I wasn’t there and have never been in the middle of an actual war [thank heavens], I think this is very accurate. As soon as they leave the boat they’re immediately shot and you can totally see the bullets hit them and body stuff flying everywhere. Must of taken forever to wire the actors up for blood and brain matter to fly out. I loved it when the camera went underwater and for a moment the sound is peaceful and then goes above water and it’s the horrible sounds of the bullets then back underwater for the peacefulness and then up again and so on. Obviously, the images under the water were horrible because the bullets still hit the men underwater but its all about sound, the sound is often worse than the visual. Then there’s people with guts hanging out and blood flying everywhere and its gross but that’s war for you. Unfortunately, South Park has warped my mind and I found this part a bit funny; one of the medics is trying to help a wounded soldiers and shouts “I STOPPED THE BLEEDING!!” then the wounded soldier gets shot in the head. And then another time I laughed when I know I shouldn’t of was when a bullet deflected off a guy’s helmet, he takes the helmet off to see where the bullet it, another soldier says “lucky bastard” then the first guy gets shot in the head. Anyways, at the very end when all the firing has toned down a bit, one guy says “what a view” then Tom Hanks says “yeah, what a view” and to be honest, it is one heck of a view; it’s a beach that’s filled with dead bodies and body parts and fish and the sea is red from human blood.
  • My brother’s reaction to the opening scene: “OOO!” “BAM!!” “NICE!” my reaction to my brother’s reaction; *eye roll*
  • I love how Tom Hank’s shaking hand can symbolize and tell so much, very clever idea.
  • The iconic scene where the sound is like we’re underwater or partially deaf but you see all the horror that’s around Tom Hanks. I keep thinking of Ice Age2 where they do this and I’m sure its been done a million times in other TV shows and movies, it’s a very iconic [powerful] scene now.
  • The whole movie feels like its got hand-held which makes it more personal for the audience, almost like we’re in the action which I think was a very smart move for Spielberg. There were also times when it felt like we were watching a home movie because there were times when there was blood or sand on the lens! There are also all different kinds of wonderful camera angles, there’s ones on the ground, some aerial shots, everything in the filmmaking manual.
  • An emotional scene for the audience when we see all the women typewriting letters to the family back home about their losses. My dad said that every letter was personal, not just the same one sent out but with a different name. I thought it was very powerful to see them type the letters then hear their commanding officers do voiceover of what the letters say. Then one typist notices that one mum will have to receive 3 letters in one day about 3 of her 4 sons. I had to look it up as I thought it was a bit BS that they’d send out soldiers to find another soldier just because his mummy wants him home; turns out there is a thing called Sole Survivor Policy where if one or more of your siblings or mum/dad dies in the war then you don’t have to serve anymore.
  • There’s some short shots of tea, bacon sandwiches and a man shaving which my dad said were signs of comforting hope.
  • There’s a pretty awesome [in a film way, not a content way] scene where Tom Hanks and this other soldier are walking through this camp thing and there are things happening in the background, foreground and… well, pretty much everywhere, there is a soldier in every single part on the screen which really shows just how many people were involved in this war.
  • If you’ve been reading some of my reviews, you’ll know that I love the use of silhouettes on film and this film is no exception. I love that you know exactly what’s going on and how the characters are feeling even though you only see an outline of their body. There is also a shot where they’re walking up a hill into shot and it’s a classic Western-film style shot which made me smile a smug smile because I knew it was Western-film style because I’d watched Western films.
  • Me and dad chuckled a little when it cuts from them in a death scene to them in a field with sheep. Quite a contrast.
  • This movie has perfect moments of humor which you need in war movies but you’ve got to be super careful where you put them because it could easily fall flat on its face. Good thing this film put the humor scenes in in the right moments. Its nice to see them joking and having a bit of banter amongst each other, makes the characters feel more human.
  • 50 minutes went by so fast!! I normally look at the clock in a movie and wonder how must longer there is [which is a bad thought, I know] but with this film, I didn’t look at the clock till about 50min had gone! That’s the sign of a great movie.
  • Spielberg did a good job of showing that these men weren’t trained in the army for years, that they were drafted and once had ‘normal’ jobs.
  • I loved how me, my dad and my mum all laughed and cringed when they found the wrong Private Ryan. It was just perfect comical timing but it also had emotional depth too. Like, you really felt sorry for the wrong Ryan but also totally gutted that it’s the wrong one.
  • It was around this point where they’d found the wrong Private Ryan when Eddie Izzard’s voice came into my head and I remembered his skit on Saving Private Ryan about how you never see any English or French soldiers in this movie. “Maybe we could just look ’round the edge of the frame, “Hello! Hello, I’m a British soldier, this is a Canadian soldier here, three French, some Polish. There’s Australians and New Zealanders, there’s some Indian soldiers, South Africans. All been fighting here. What’s the name for us? Oh, The Allies, that’s it – The Allies.” Its funny because its true! There are no other soldiers in this movie!! It gives arrogant people the impression that only Americans fought this war.
  • The church scene was a very good scene because it was emotional and personal, just what a war film needs because its not just about bullets and killing people. I liked Tom Hank’s character saying that he has to think of it this way; if one soldier dies, that means that he’s saved 2 other soldiers. Then the other soldiers talk about their mum’s and the medic guy talks about his mum and its so sweet and yet so sad; he would try to stay awake when he was younger so he could talk to his mum when she got back from work but the harder he tried, the quicker he went to sleep. And then when she rushed home early to talk to him, he’d pretend he was asleep even though he knew his mum just wanted to know about his day.
  • I thought it was funny but also really good when a Jewish soldier laughed and mocked the German soldier prisoners. It showed that not all Jews were how they’re portrayed in most movies as being silent and stuff, so he just shouts at them and showing off his Jewish necklace.
  • Another ‘sign’ of all the lives that were lost during this war was the bag filled with dog tags of those who died.
  • “James Francis Ryan?” “Yeah! How d’you know?!”
  • I felt that Ryan was an ungrateful sod and they should of forced him to leave but alas, that wouldn’t be the ‘soldier way’ so they stay and fight with them. Ergh, damn American pride lol.
  • Sitcky bombs! That always make my dad laugh. “This is good, now we’ve got to surrender our socks.”
  • I really loved Matt Damon’s acting when he tells the story of the last time him and his brother’s were together. He laughs so much and it really feels like real laughter. And it’s the kind of laughter that happens when you’re telling a story that’s just so damn funny to you and probably you alone. I love those stories, I have them a lot with my old friend Jade. Oh, and Matt Damon has the whitest, brightest teeth I’ve ever seen!!!
  • I thought it was a little funny that the soldiers who were sent to find Private Ryan silently agreed to try and avoid him having to fight.
  • Back to modern times and OLD!Private Ryan salutes to the grave and I almost cried. I think I probably would of if my dad wasn’t next to me because I know he’d of said “man up” lol.
  • I’ve only one bad thing to say about this film and that was that it gives the impression that only the Americans fought in this war and I probably wouldn’t of thought that if I hadn’t been a fan of Eddie Izzard. Anyways, I recommend EVERYONE to watch this, it’s a fantastic movie that never gets dull or crap.

    68/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    more notes on the way…

    Jurassic Park

    I love this film. We, as a family, always tried to make sure we watched it whenever it was on TV. Its just one of those family classics even if half the family is terrified! It’s a combination of dinosaurs and a theme park. Two things you can’t go wrong with! The fact that I wrote over a page of notes whilst watching this must be a good sign.

    As you see the legendary ‘Universal’ logo go by, all you can hear are the sounds of the jungle which sets the mood straight away. Then you hear the drums and other instruments that signify something huge and exciting is going to happen. We’re then introduced straight away to the danger [and ‘enemy’] of the film with the new arrival of something very dangerous in a scary box! There is a British man in the scene and, for once, isn’t the evil one! He’s the one that knows more about the dangerous dinosaurs than anyone else. Why did he have to be British? And wear shorts that make him a little less cool? Anyway, a man is eaten and the audience is reminded that dinosaurs eat people and that if people were to cross their path, they will be eaten. Lets hope to humans get in their way.

    We are shown, straight away, who is going to die first as he is the pathetic, incredibly annoying, indoor-type lawyer. Well, we don’t KNOW that he’ll be the first to die but we hope so. In the middle of the film, he has a nice, humiliating death and we all yell “hurrah!”

    Alan [played by Sam Neill] is a man who is stuck in the age of dinosaurs and appears ignorant to the modern world. We also have Ellie Sattler [Laura Dern] who has fantastic legs and John Hammond [Richard Attenborough] who is Scottish and I never realized that until now! How bizarre that I hadn’t noticed before. Anyways, we see some big-ass dinosaurs that look so real which amazes me as this film was made in 1993 [I was 2!]. The character’s responses are close, if not exactly the same to the audience’s. We’re then given a little introduction by the DNA man who explains how we got the dinosaurs and its filled with loopholes but we try to ignore them. The audience may start to feel like they’re in the park as well, especially when we’re watching the ‘pre-recorded introduction’ film. If the audience feel like they’re in the park, it will make the experience of watching this movie all that more real and enjoyable!

    One part I particularly love that they show both sides of the argument with and against this park. This is probably in the book so credit to the author! What some films lack is the different sides of the coin. Malcolm [played by Jeff Goldblum] expresses his side and concern about the park and Hammond’s intentions. Malcolm says that the park will fail because of the Chaos Theory; most things can’t be controlled. Hammond argues back with “condors! Condors are on the verge of extinction. If I was to create a flock of condors on this island, you wouldn’t have anything to say!” But Malcolm responds with “No hold on, this is not some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction.” I don’t know why but that was a line that really stuck with me. He also argues about evolution and that the dinosaurs can’t breed now but “life finds a way”. He may be the cocky man in the film but you’d want his advice on stuff like this.

    One of the things that Spielberg did brilliantly, is the hype of the dinosaurs. We don’t see them completely until about half way through the film. They’re represented through sound and the motion of trees. The Tyrannosaurus Rex, however, has an entrance which is now legendary; the sound of it walking and the vibrations it gives. You look at the cup of water with the little kid [who’s not that annoying which is shocking] and you see the vibrations, you know its coming. It’s a fantastic build up as the sound of it it so much worse than the thing itself [until it eats you, of course]. The T-Rex itself is pretty extraordinary. Part machinery, part CGI. There are a few films that fail miserable at this but this dinosaur looked so real, it was perfect! And why the hell did that girl think it would be a good idea to shine a bright torch in the already pissed off T-Rex’s eyes?! Another part which makes me laugh thanks to Toy Story, is when the T-Rex is chasing the car and you have the close-up of the mirror and it says something like “objects may be closer than they appear”. If you’ve seen Toy Story, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, then where have you been for the past 15 years?!

    Then we have Dennis [Wayne Knight] who’s the fat one who we think will be the stereotypical fat one who we all laugh at but no! He’s the bad guy! Shock horror! Stuff happens, he crashes a car into stuff because he’s not concentrating on the road! DO YOU HEAR THAT KIDS?! Concentrate on the road when you’re driving or you will crash and get eaten by a scary, little dinosaur. That dinosaur probably didn’t have to eat for months after eating Dennis… or do you think he took him home and stored him for later…

    We have a lot of screaming, a lot of running, a lot of cool, life-like dinosaurs and a little kid gets electrocuted. What more do you need? Don’t know why this isn’t higher in the list. Probably because of the loopholes that we’re still trying to ignore.

    5/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    I have never seen this film the whole way through, shocking I know. Suppose it’s a good thing if I watch and review films I’ve never seen before.

    With this film, I found myself thinking four things; “What the hell?!”, “SHUT THE HELL UP!”, that scenes were made specifically for a reason that had nothing to do with the storyline and “SHUT THE HELL UP!”. If you are to watch this, be prepared to think these thoughts too.

    It’s a great film, classic Indiana Jones and example of the adventure genre but I found myself poking fun at it and pointing out the bad parts more than actually enjoying it. Don’t get me wrong, I can see why its in Empire’s top 500 films of all time but how it got so high I don’t know. My guess [and opinion] is that it was due to the fantastic sets and scenery and the gorgeous costumes. And Harrison Ford. Shirtless. Sorry, I promise that’s the only time I’ll mention him. Shirtless.

    Anyways, the opening gave me the need to double check the DVD as I found myself wondering whether Netflix had sent me The Producers instead of Temple of Doom. Then you see the sleeve of a white jacket and think “James Bond in The Producers?!”. But no, its Indiana Jones and he’s exchanging artifacts and it slowly starts to feel like an adventure film again. Indiana gets poisoned, there’s a big fight with pink balloons and diamonds. It was such a pretty fight.

    Then stuff happens and we are introduced to the world’s most annoying child ever! If you loved Short Round, fair enough, I can see why. But me, on the other hand, hoped the kid would be hurt in some way. You’ve got to understand that I love kids, I really do, I think they can be great in movies but they buggered this one up! He’s supposed to be cute but I wanted to throw something hard at him.

    However, the Most Annoying Person In This Film award doesn’t go to the kid. It goes to Lady Scream-a-Lot; Willie. Bloody hell. I’ve never heard more screaming in my entire life. Us girls don’t scream at everything! Not even the Disney Princesses scream that much and they’re the weakest of them all! I felt her constant screaming was unnecessary and brought the film down slightly.

    Moving on… the palace set was beautiful, as where all the Indian costumes and accessories, especially on Willie [the only thing she was good for]. The food was awesomely gross, especially the baby snakes and the monkey brains. Sorry, FROZEN monkey brains. Apparently if you freeze them, that makes it a desert. Yum. Then came the BST; Bipolar Sexual Tension. They hate each other one moment, then love each other the next. Even Sandra Bullock films do sexual tension better than these guys did! It was unbelievable which made me roll my eyes and mutter “just get on with it”.

    We have the classic scenes of spikes in the floor and ceiling which seemed to of stopped at some point as by the time Willie had pressed the release button, the spikes would have been through Indiana and Short hours ago. Then there were the bugs which could have been creepier but I loved that there were no spiders. Thank you! Hate spiders. Ergh.

    Then there was the horrible child slavery! Very well shot as I could feel the heat from here and I wanted to run through the screen and help the poor children! Like I said before, I love children so I found it hard to watch but in a good way, if that makes sense. And when they were finally set free and ran to their families, I was almost crying! The way the parents ran towards their children, crying our their names, it was so touching. One thing that made me laugh though was the name of the badguys that held the children captive; Thuggee. I don’t know whether its their accents or what but it sounded to me like “Tuggies” which just sounds adorable.

    I loved the set of the sacrifice scenes. Though there was one problem with the last sacrifice scene. When Willie was about to go into the lava or whatever it was, I found myself going “NOO! She can’t die! I know she’s annoying but don’t kill her!” But then she screamed. “Oh, yeah, now I remember why I hated her. Go ahead. Please. End my ear’s pain.” There was something else about that scene but I won’t mention it. Because if I did, it would be just plain girly of me. And not professional. And I’ve already mentioned it. Shirtless.

    However, there was one thing that I really liked. When Indiana is in that trance/spell thing after he drank the blood, we all assume that Willie, the love interest, will get him out of the trance. I love the fact that was friendship that brought him back, not love. Must have been a kick in the balls for Willie which makes me happy.

    I feel that the [now famous] mine cart chase was put into the film just so it could be turned into a theme park ride. It looked like loads of fun and I felt myself leaning left and right slightly as I watched the cart turn around fast corners. Oh well, it worked anyways! could have been shorter as I think that in real life they’d of ended up in Russia.

    In conclusion, it’s a good, classic adventure film but you will find yourself picking at it. Oh, and Willie has bipolar.

    2/212

    Kate
    xoxo

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