So my confusing franken-title stems from my promise to review Wonder Woman and My Cousin Rachel, which I saw recently (ish). There’s not much I can say about Wonder Woman that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll just mention that I enjoyed it and thought it was a very good superhero movie. Probably one of the best of recent time. I saw My Cousin Rachel too long ago now to make any meaningful comments although I’d like to revisit it, and I’ll say I thought it was a fantastic example of Victorian Gothic drama and Rachel Weisz was wondrously cast as the beautiful and ambiguous, and eponymous Rachel.
A movie I have seen recently enough to remember more than just the basic plot and atmosphere was War for Planet of the Apes. My first foray into the series, despite being the last in the trilogy, I was pleasantly surprised. I had avoided the first two, writing them off as obvious “good guy vs bad guy” action flicks. Well if the first two are anything like this instalment they are measured, emotionally mature and intelligent, delving into the nature of humanity, family and what values can mean in different contexts.
The production value was fantastic. The CGI and motion capture dont just exist to look impressive; they serve to make the apes realistic and relatable. You are never pulled out of the story by laughable CGI faces or obvious technical failings. The only thing that took me out of the emotion was the hilarious vision of a 300lb silverback riding a race horse, but horses are pretty strong so…? The motion capture is brilliant though. In a movie with almost no dialogue the characters emotionally resonated through some fantastic silent acting.
Shot in the Canadian Rockies it’s stunningly beautiful. I get the feeling that sweeping shots of southern (?) Canada can make any movie feel like there’s noone else in the world. It doesn’t feel isolating though; despite the world as we know it essentially ending the beauty of nature remains evident. You feel throughout that nature will always survive, thrive even, despite humans.
Oh my… It’s been over a year and a half since I’ve written anything! I suppose I could blame the entirety of 2016 being eaten up (gobbled and spat out more like) with my honours thesis, but I’m back! For no other reason than I like the sound of my own voice, and I watch far too much television for my own good I’m going to make a concerted effort to write more about the shows and movies that catch my eye.
Recently I’ve enjoyed Wonder Woman, My Cousin Rachel, Riverdale, American Gods and GLOW, so I’ll try and say something about them. I’d ask you guys to suggest new shows for me to watch, but honestly I think I’m bingeing pretty hardcore on my own power!
Harry Potter barcode
I found this great photo recently. Well, re-found it actually. I’ve seen it before, but this time I actually saved it. I’m sorry but I didn’t actually take note of the source (not that the blog I saw it on was the original source), but if anyone knows where it originates from let me know! It’s every scene from all seven Harry Potter movies, shrunken down to a mere sliver and put side by side. So cool!
It’s pretty interesting, you can clearly see the golden tones of the first two movies, and how they got progressively darker (literally and metaphorically) as they went on. Also check out the Kings Cross scene in the last film at the end.White!
UPDATE: I think I found the source, here’s a link to a Tumblr that does this for a whole bunch of movies!
It was the holidays. But not anymore. Actually soon it will be the holidays again, thank God. I have been so busy this semester! Mostly with Uni work and good productive things like that, but with more than a little catching up. I’m looking forward to these summer holidays, I’m actually travelling to New Zealand and will be visiting Hobbiton!! Don’t worry, I’ll definitely get some great pictures for you all, so exciting! After that I’ll get back to my usual holiday routine of marathon watching TV shows (I just finished an epic two day marathon of AHS: Murder House while I had a cold earlier this week, so look out for that) and movies, but first I want to talk about movies I watched last holidays. Gosh, so behind with this blogging thing! I actually watched six seasons of Mad Men (more on that later, though probably after the 7th season to be honest) and more movies than I remember, but hey that’s what holidays are for right?
Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska in the 2011 production of Jane Eyre
I read this fantastic in-depth Buzzfeed article yesterday, and later, un-relatedly, cut my hair. Now I look Molly Ringwald a la The Breakfast Club… Hairception or something?
I mean who doesn’t want this hair actually?
Anyway, using my above average procrastination skills I stumbled upon this article. I find it’s a very genuine depiction of what teen movies (especially those of John Hughes) can offer. I find the movie snobbery about mainstream cinema and films directed at teenagers so incredibly irritating.
I have and always will love teen movies, no matter what my age. Film makers imbue these movies with all the raw emotion that comes with being an almost adult, but with humour, poignancy, and entertainment. It’s pretty ridiculous how teenagers are one of the most derided group in modern society (in a very ‘first world problems’ kind of way), and yet also one of the most idolised.
It’s a very Chicago centred article, especially regarding the author’s attitudes but it’s definitely worth a read.
(P.S. promise I’ll do a real post again one day! Soon!)
Bring It On might be the best “teen movie” I’ve seen in a long time. I felt like watching a bright, happy, frivolous sort of movie but I was pleasantly surprised. Bring It On certainly fulfilled that criteria, but in a more intelligent way than I remember.
Gabrielle Union, Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku in Bring It On (2000)
I just finished reading the fantastic final book in the Divergent trilogy; Allegiant. Thus it’s probably a great time to talk about the series as a whole and the recently released movie adaptation of the first book. There will be spoilers.
Dystopian Chicago is so pretty amirite?
First the book series. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant form the trilogy published between 2011 and 2013 by the (quite young) Veronica Roth. The series follows our young heroine Beatrice Prior, known mostly as Tris, as she navigates a slightly dystopian Chicago in our future.