We’re finally here! The closing film to the BOOK trilogy, FILM quadrilogy (?) Mockingjay Part 2! It feels a little bit like the wait has lasted a lifetime, though I also haven’t really felt any hype surrounding this film (apart from the moment Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Dormer accidentally kissed at the premiere, but who wouldn’t be hyped about that). Having said that, me and my party did immediately book tickets to see it at the O2 Sky Superscreen on release date – was it worth it? …Undecided.
One thing that I will quickly mention before moving on to the actual movie is the teaser for this movie was impeccable – you’ll find it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-zYI2gzFNs This is the one thing prior to the movie trailer that had me SO excited for this movie.
I’m not really one to enjoy horror movies. I have a far too vivid imagination to risk myself seeing horrific ghost or monster flicks when I know that I will just see everything in my sleep that same night. But what I do enjoy are intelligent horror stories, like The Babadook, or It Follows, ones that aren’t just chuck full of cheap jump scares, and have genuinely disturbing or troubling images and themes that make my spine tingle when I’m excitedly telling everyone to watch it. When I saw Guillermo Del Toro’s The Orphanage, I was left with just those feelings. Same goes for Pan Labyrinth, whilst that is more of a fantasy story, I think we can all agree that THAT ONE CHARACTER shit us all up the first time we saw it. So I know that Del Toro is capable of these intelligent horrors, or at least truly troubling imagery that stick with you, and for that exact reason, I was really excited to see Crimson Peak. That, and it’s fantastic cast, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain (aka, the love of my life) and gothic themes, what is there to go wrong?
For a very long time, I have been wanting to write a post about the masterpiece that is American Beauty. Alas, this post is still not that. But, I did want to share with you all my latest work that I have done as a part of my university course. It is an adaptation of the closing monologue, originally portrayed by my hero, Kevin Spacey, where the character of Lester Burnham looks back on his life.
LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES IF YOU HAVE ANY – THERE IS SOME NICE BASS IN THIS AND IT WOULD BE A SHAME FOR IT TO BE WASTED ON CRAPPY SPEAKERS
The brief of this project was to adapt a poem or a part of a movie, in order to test you post-production skills. I was really eager to start this term as the first two terms of my course were pretty gruelling. I study Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne, which I realise now is actually a very good place to go, and very respected in the industry, which is lucky I guess. At first, I didn’t realise how important it was that I got into this particular uni, but as time passes by, I realise just how many inspirational people I come face to face with every day. One of my main tutors was actually nominated for a BAFTA this year, for the short film category, which is absolutely incredible. Like I said, I am incredibly lucky.
This project has been particularly important to me, for the fact that the film is just so inspirational to me. American Beauty truly is a masterpiece, and is so deep on so many levels, and deepened my love for Kevin Spacey further. It seemed only natural for me to adapt this, as I would be able to pour my heart into it. If you watch, it is perhaps obvious that I am no Guru at After Effects, or even Premiere, but it is an incredible step up from my previous word, and I am extremely proud of myself and the work that I have put into it.
I think another reason that this video is so important to me is that in itself, it features a huge amount of my life in it. Like I said, the closing monologue in American Beauty is that of a man who is reflecting on is life as he slips away, and so to create this, I had to dig into the archives of my hard-drives and fish out some old footage of mine that I have taken the past years. Though I wasn’t able to put any cringe-y baby videos of myself in, I was able to create the illusion that these videos were from an entire life-time. Everyone that you see in this video is either a great friend or a relative. The characters of Janie and Carolyn are in fact my sister and mother, who are the light of my life. All of this, plus the incident portrayed in the video and in American Beauty and the soundtrack, oh mygod,all successfully work together to create quite a powerful little video – at least to myself and my family.
And can we take a moment just to appreciate the hell out of this soundtrack? It is absolutely beautiful, the whole thing is. But especially this classic song. It is so beautiful, and power, and awesome, in the literal sense, that I am almost moved to tears every time I had to listen to it all the way through for the edit. If you have never taken the time to sit and listen to the soundtrack properly, then I strongly suggest that you do. It’s an incredibly famous soundtrack that I’m sure that everyone would be able to recognise at least one score from it. Try Mental Boy or Arose, both by Thomas Newman. Absolute masterpieces.
So yes. I would love to hear feedback all who see this, and I hope that you enjoy the adaptation. And go watch American Beauty if you haven’t already – I’m sure that you won’t regret it!
Since rekindling my passion for writing, and having just a smidgen of creativity in my bones, I have been trying my hardest to see most of the new films that are hitting the cinemas – or at least the films that are hitting the cinemas in my area. Only if its appropriate though. If I really think that it is going to be terrible then it’s unlikely that I will put the effort in to see it. Plastic seemed quite promising when I first saw the trailer for it, and I was excited to see a crime-type British film come out, with some familiar faces, including Alfie Allen, who plays the character Theon from Game of Thrones – there’s obviously a GOT theme coming through with these recent reviews…I was excited to see him and Emma Rigby, who I know as Hannah from Hollyoaks, perform in a role that was unfamiliar to what I know them as. But only one half of the two actually exceeded expectations…
Awh right, ancient disaster movie! Unless the Final Destination franchise counts as disaster movies, (which if they don’t then what the bleedin’ hell are they), then I don’t believe I have actually seen a disaster movie before. I remember just always knowing about Pompeii – I must’ve been taught about it at some point. It’s such a tragic story and so interesting, that when I first saw the poster for it with only Kit Harrington on it, I only really had one opinion about it – this movie will probably be awful. I had previously read about it in Empire, where they had spent the day on the set and some of the process of the production sounded pretty awesome, so I wanted to give this one ago. I somehow managed to see this film twice. The first time, I was having a movie day to myself, accidentally saw the film in 3D and came out thinking that it wasn’t all that bad, but it still wasn’t great. The second time, I was actually with people. I accidentally saw it in 3D again and came out thinking that the movie was pretty tragic, and not because of the natural disaster.
More often than not, you see huge posters plastered over every building and billboard in your area of the next big budget film with great effects, amazing marketing, yet a poor story line. Locke, I would safely say is on the other side of the spectrum. In my opinion, for my personal travels, which maintains mostly just the 486 bus route and perhaps the jubilee line here and there, I really haven’t seen that many posters for Locke. The only reason that I heard anything about it in the first place was because of last months Empire magazine. I have enjoyed all the work of Tom Hardy’s that I have seen previously, and the idea of just this one man in his car for the entirety of the film interested me incredibly.
When I heard that there was going to be a re-boot of the Spider-Man films so close after the Tobey Maguire ones, I was just a tiny bit outraged. Then I heard that it would star Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and I instantly perked up. Generally re-boots and remakes aren’t as good as the first ones, but every now and then, one breaks out of the mould and succeeds its predecessor. In my opinion, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2 have done just that. For this review however, I will be focusing solely on the latter.