Toy Story 3

It. Is. AWESOME! Please, please, PLEASE, I urge you all to see it. Its not crap like Shrek 3 or any other ‘3’s, its just as fantastic as the previous 2.

I’ve realized that I’ve kind of grown up with Andy. I was 4 when the first came out, 8 when the second one did and now Andy’s going to college and so am I. I still have my Jessie doll! I have my stuffed toys on my bed still.

Some of you may feel you’ve outgrown Toy Story but trust me, you haven’t. When I saw it in the cinema about an hour ago, parents were laughing, cheering, going “oooo” just as much as the kids were! Maybe even more than the kids! My cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling so much! And I also nearly cried at one point because it actually gets incredibly emotional! But then its broken with laughter and all is well.

It’s a shame about the new characters because they’re bigged up so much by the posters and promotional material and yet they hardly say anything except the cuddly bear [smells like strawberries!] and Ken [who is NOT a girl‘s toy]. Like, I was looking forward to Whoopi Goldberg’s character because I love her but she has, like, 3 lines! So don’t expect much from them.

Its all about those characters that we love and their new environment; daycare. Me and my mum did volunteering at a nursery a couple of months ago and I was pointing at the screen when the young ones where chucking the toys around and licking them and everything, going “that’s exactly what its like!” Then my mum spotted that the car-phone that helps Woody is actually in a toy box at my nana and granddad’s house back in England! And when Ken’s ‘Dream House’ came on screen with the lift/elevator on the side, both my parents poked me saying “you had that!” Except mine was Barbie’s dream house. And I didn’t have a Ken. I had my brother’s Action Man. And I soon replaced Barbie dolls with Spice Girl dolls [one of which I still have *so cool*]. Oh, and me and dad agreed that the scary doll baby is real because I think everyone has seen the baby doll with one dodgy eye that looks like it could easily kill you.

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Toy Story

I think everyone has seen this movie. Except maybe my friend Milly. Milly, if I could only recommend one movie to you, it would be this one.

  • I love that at the beginning, Andy is playing with his toys, acting out a story. Its just perfect.
  • You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman. Such a lovely song and is the true meaning of friendship and what this movie actually is; a buddy movie. And in some cases, a bromance movie. Yes, the animation is awesome but its about these friends and their journeys. And they’re toys. Its because of this movie, I’d say, that we have films like Shrek. That would be considered a good thing if they hadn’t made Shrek 3 and 4.
  • Western VS Scifi. Old VS New. So many things could be said about the choice between a cowboy and a spaceman. As a film nut, I see it as scifi is overtaking westerns but westerns are still loved just as much as scifi.
  • What makes this movie great is the characters and the way they respond to each other. Big example is all the toys’ reaction to the new toy, Buzz. Not only is he new but he actually thinks he’s a spaceman, not a toy. I love how Woody mocks Buzz and Buzz’s reaction to ‘Earth life’.
  • The voices! Its because of this movie that every time I hear those actors, even if I see their faces, makes me think of them. Probably because I saw Toy Story before I even went to school so that’s my first memory of them.
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    Toy Story 2

    9.59pm – We all know Toy Story & Toy Story 2 are totally awesome and we’re all so excited to see the third one in June but I’m gonna watch it anyways. The review will probably be short because, like I said, we all now how awesome it is. Plus this means I’ll only be 1 film behind.

    12.25am – Well, that was conclusive; Toy Story 2 is still awesome. The characters [new & old], the actors with the most famous voices EVER, the story, the animation [cross between realistic and cartoony], the humor [for kids and adults], the songs and the outtakes at the end of the movie are all still super awesome. So I shall make this review totally made of quotes from the movie to make myself laugh again and hopefully bring back memories for those who’ve seen it and make those who haven’t jealous!

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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…

    Big

    11.13pm – its a bit late and I’m a little tired but I’m still buzzing from meeting Lauren Conrad and talking to her about jeans and her signing my book and OMG she’s awesome and so incredibly kind and lovely and she never stopped smiling! She was better than I expected! So, enough of my love letter to Lauren Conrad [>.<] I shall quickly post a few pictures I took onto Facebook then go downstairs to watch Big with one of my homemade brownies ^_^

    2.27a – Big, to me, is the kind of movie you’d watch if it were on TV. It’s the classic feel good movie. I think the last time I watched it the whole way through, I was about… 16 or 17 or something. I think this is the 3rd time I’ve seen it and it’s a movie that if you watch it every couple of years or so, it remains great.

  • The first shot of the movie is of a computer game. And it is old school. It’s the actual meaning of old school. Makes me chuckle when I watch it and then glance at my Wii. The video/computer game is often associated with boys so we know immediately the age range and sex of our main character.
  • We have the ‘rap’: “The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.” I imminently went onto YouTube and looked up Tom Hanks doing it on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross last year and he looks cooler doing it now than he did then which is beyond weird as he’s in his 50s now!
  • The movie’s main storyline is set up very quickly which is a nice relief as most films these days take aaaaaaaaaages to set the movie up. We can tell Josh and Billy are super best friends to the point where they have walkie-talkies and they talk to each other way past midnight. This reminded me of me and my best friend back in England, Sarah. She did phone me yesterday which was incredibly nice. Miss talking to her everyday. Anyways, we know they’re BFFs and we also know that his parents, and everyone around him, treats him like a little kid. Hence, “I wish I was big”.
  • A thing that I kind of liked was that Josh didn’t change into Tom Hanks straight away. We see him in the middle of the night, still YOUNG!Josh so its kind of taunting the audience, going “oooo he hasn’t changed, so this isn’t what changes him into Tom Hanks, what could it be?” or something. Then, in the morning, we see hairy legs over YOUNG!Josh’s bunk beds [why does he have bunk beds when his only sibling is still in her crib?!] and then the classic turning the mirror door and seeing a different face. Was ‘Big’ the first one to do this shot?
  • The mother totally doesn’t accept TOMHANKS!Josh and rightfully so. But BFF Billy does after screaming bloody Mary and TOMHANKS!Josh does the ‘rap’. Also rightfully so. I think my mum wouldn’t believe me but Sarah would know it was me straight away. Actually, I bet my mum would know it was me, she’d just know.
  • Tom Hanks does some [more] brilliant acting in this movie. He talks and does the mannerisms of a 13 year old without going down the annoying, I-Could-Kill-Him-With-My-Bare-Hands Pee Wee Herman path. He also looks fantastic for 32! I thought he was in his early 20s! No! He was 32! What’s his secret?! Though he looks his age [53] now…
  • I loved the scene where TOMHANKS!Josh is playing in the toy shop. Its so cute yet I know if it were an actual 13 year old boy, I’d probably be pissed off with him! I, like everyone else, can’t help but smile at the piano part. Its even better when his manager steps in and plays too! When I think of another character who is the manager or someone high in the staff lader who is in the toy/child business, I think of the dad from Elf. He’s a grumpy guy who’s just doing it for the money and has no interest in children or their books. TOMHANKS!Josh’s boss, however, is the head of the toy company and you can tell he still loves toys, finds them fascinating and doesn’t mind showing his inner child. That’s what a manager should be like!
  • “What’s so special about Baskin?” “He’s an adult.” Oh the irony. I’m trying and trying to word how brilliant this line is. I guess you have two types of “acting like a child”; when you act like a child whilst having the innocence of a child and acting like a child in a immature, throw-your-toys-out-of-your-pram way. I suppose the women in this movie confuse TOMHANKS!Josh’s innocence with being an ‘adult’… I’m probably not making sense or I’ve got it completely wrong but whatever. Its 2.24am. Blegh.
  • I know I shouldn’t but as the movie progresses and TOMHANKS!Josh’s relationship with the woman moves forward, I can’t help but think “HE’S 13! HE’S 13! YOU PEDOPHILE!”
  • So yeah… good movie… unless you have a 13 year old son… then it might gross you out… or I’m just immature ^_^

    39/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM  Comments (1)  
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    Forrest Gump

    It’s a mixture of different stories about one man, his journey and the people around him. We have laughter, drama, history, love, loyalty and sadness; all the things life is made of.

    Forrest Gump is one of those movies that you either love or hate and those who hate are normally Americans. Some people hate it because of the history in it. Now, I’m not entirely sure why they don’t like it but I think its because of the way the history is portrayed or something. I am the ignorant teenager and unfortunately don’t know that much about American history so I loved this movie. I loved how they managed to squeeze him into historical events and literally putting him in clips of history. Even though we currently live in an age with breath-taking special effects and therefore the effects in this movie look a little lame, I still grin in awe of how clever they were in pasting Tom Hanks [who is one of my favourite actors] into the archive footage and digitally modifying the historical figures, such as the many Presents of the United States he ‘met’. Oooo, I must say that because of ‘All The Presidents Men’ which I watched previously, I knew about the Watergate Scandal and therefore got the reference and found myself laughing! Who’d of thought that I’d be laughing at a political joke! Anyway, I loved how it turned out to be Forrest who taught Elvis his now iconic moves, suppose its because it makes me think of my awesome driving instructor who was obsessed with Elvis to the point of trying to look like him [you try having a driving lesson with Elvis teaching you, its weird yet cool!]. It was also very smart of them to include the not-so-bright side of the history with poor Jenny who suffered greatly through time, mainly with drugs. You always need two sides of the story for balance; there is never one side to a story.

    One theme that really struck a cord with me was loyalty. The loyalty Forrest has for Jenny, his friends and his mother. Especially his mother. I can relate to Forrest this way because I know that if I was on a boat and heard my mum was sick, I’d jump straight off it to get to her too. Anyone who is close to their mum can relate to Forrest. Actually, anyone who’s loyal to people in general can relate. I think that loyalty is what makes Forrest so adorable, not that he’s ‘simple’. His loyalty to Jenny [dammit, I keep typing ‘Kenny’ and that’s because the ‘k’ and ‘j’ are close to each other on the keyboard, not that I’ve been watching South Park every day…*shifty eyes*] is beautiful. This film has actually made me realize that love is loyalty and loyalty is love. Well, that’s what I think anyway. Suppose I’ll be proven wrong one day but I’ll stick to it for now.

    Onto the happy stuff! This film has brought us so many memorable lines! ‘RUN, FORREST, RUN!’ ‘My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”’ to name but a few. There is one line that made me laugh and I had to literally cover my mouth with my hand so I didn’t wake up my brother next door [apparently, whilst watching these movies, I’ve been making noise and waking him up, oops!] which was about the bullet wound he got in his ‘buttocks’; “Oh, yes sir. Bit me right in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the army must keep that money ’cause I still haven’t seen a nickel of that million dollars.” I still laughed even though I didn’t know, like Forrest, what a million dollar wound was [though I knew it didn’t involve money, unlike Forrest]. Now I know its making reference to getting a wound that is serious enough to get you sent home from war but not fatal enough to do any actual damage. Wonder if there is a list of these wounds and they thought the bum one was the funniest!

    Other cool things; little Jenny is incredibly cute, Tom Hanks should of hand longer hair, it shows some hilarious theories in how the slogan ‘shit happens’ and the smiley face t-shirt came about, and it has the kid from A.I. who sees dead people but he’s something like 3 in this and beyond adorable! Wonder what he’s doing now… is he even still alive? I’ll Google it… wow, he’s actually done bugger all since A.I. and is an alcoholic. Not surprising actually.

    And on that positive note…

    24/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    PS: I have a weird sense of humor, my apologies if you don’t get it, its hard to get it across via internet ^_^

    Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 8:27 PM  Comments (1)  
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