Monday, 26 October 2009

The Lovely Bones (2009) and Alice in Wonderland (2010)

I have recently seen the trailer for 'The Lovely Bones' (see below) and I am so glad they decided to make this into a film as I read the book years ago when it was first published and I really loved it. From the trailer it looks like they have made it a little more eerie but I can see why that would work. It is a brilliant and touching story written by Alice Sebold, I would advise you read it before the film as it is so well written. It has been brilliantly cast and with Peter Jackson as the director it should be filmed and edited well too. I just pray they do justice to the book!!Here's a little bit of plot for you: Young girl is murdered but her, soul I suppose is the only word to describe it ends up in a limbo world which is wonderful and evil all at the same time. Her family and the police try to solve the case and she tries to help from her limbo. She can't pass over until her body is found and justice is served!

Cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci (all awesome actors!!)

Some beautiful filming and CG stuff. I love the look of the Dali-esq rose opening under the ice that will be a stunning sequence!! There is going to be some really good imagery in this I think.

I also stumbled upon the new 'Alice in Wonderland' Trailer while looking for this. I was so excited when I heard this was Tim Burtons new project, it is going to be brilliant.
It has a stellar cast as always with his stuff. The list is huge!! Including: Johnny Depp, Anna Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter (has he ever made a film that didn't star his wife at some point, although she just seems to fit most of the films he does, slightly strange), Alan Rickman, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Timothy Spall and Matt Lucas. (Can you imagine how much that cast alone is costing him!)

Im so upset its not out until March next year though, ah well something to look forward to.

Loving this quote!! "There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter"

So here is the trailer for that aswell, don't think you need a plot as its the same story I assume (although maybe with some Burton-esq twists!!)

Hope you enjoy them!
Daisymay XOXO

The Fourth Kind (2009)

When seeing Triangle tonight and Surrogates last week we also saw the trailer for 'The Fourth Kind'. Its a new alien abduction film, but what is different and strange about it is that they are claiming it is based on true footage and material. The story is that Dr Abigail Tyler uncovers a number of strange and disturbing alien events through real consultations with some of her patients in Alska. The film uses real and re-constructed footage to illustrate the cases and investigate the story. What we don't know is wether the footage is genuine or simply publicized as being genuine as a marketing stunt. I have tried googling for some info but so far have come up with nothing, surely if this footage is real, firstly we would have known about some of it before now and secondly the patients would have something to say about it being used. Its a bit like the Blair Witch I feel, where we are led to believe the footage is really to make the story more interesting and compelling and to make people talk about it more (a viral campaign!)

Here is the trailer if any of you are interested in seeing it. We shall defiantly be seeing it, even if it is all fake, as it looks interesting and I love Milla Jovovich!

Hope you enjoy it!
Daisymay XOXO

Triangle (2009)

Directed and written by: Christopher Smith (He also wrote Severence and Creep)
Cast: Melissa George and Liam Hemsworth
Running time: 99mins
Random fact: Budget was $12 million

General plot: I really don't want to give to much away about this film because if you do decide to go and see it the unfolding of the strange story i
s really the best part of the film, the not really knowing what's going to happen is kinda the point I feel. So here is a very brief overview without any spoilers. A group of friends set off on a yacht trip but Jess has a strange feeling something isn't quite right. They soon get caught in
a freak storm and the boat is overturned. To reach safety they board a passing ocean liner. When aboard the ship seems empty even though they saw someone on the top deck before they boarded. Jess gets the worst case of deja vu when she starts to recognize the ships interior. They soon find they are not alone and the other passenger is intent on killing them all!

A strangely twisting and slightly confusing story. Not totally terrifying but it is full of good jumpy parts and even a few slightly gory scenes (nothing compared to his last two films) I think this is the best of Christopher Smiths films so far though. The story line is relatively strong
with a good concept behind it. The sheer desperation of the lead character, Jess (Melissa
George) is what keeps the viewer intent on seeing the film through to the end. As with many
horror films it is the viewers want to see whether the lead can make it out alive that makes us want to watch it. As I said it is a little confusing in parts but the twists within the story make it well worth watching. Melissa George did a really good job of playing Jess, she makes it a very believable character. She has the look of slightly anxious, slightly determined and slightly hysterically mad about her. She manages to be scared and frail one minute and strong and determined then next and apologetic throughout! That sounds totally weird but you will see what I mean.

The filming was also very well done. You get some lovely panning shots of the sea, the liner, the storm, the road when she is not at sea and certain parts of the boat. They using the panning shot to reveal some of the twists which works really well (You kinda wanna go OMG at a certain part when the camera pans along the
deck revealing a certain secret of the story) It was a very nice technique. They use the traditional moving handicam on some parts aswell, usually when the characters are running so you get the juddery motion to give the sense of us running behind them.

I feel there were a few sequences which didn't really seem to fit though, they seemed kinda
outta sync with the rest of the film. The mouldy food on the table and the old music in certain scenes seemed wrong somehow. Many people in the cinema came out saying that it was a rubbish film but although I wouldn't say it was great and probably would not go buy it on DVD I do think it was worth watching as it was, like I said an interesting concept. If your like me you
will spend most of the film trying to piece together the bits of storyline to work out what is happening and how she will survive.

I would give it a 6 out of 10. A midway mark coz it feels like it needed more work and a better ending. I'm not a fan of strange endings!!

Hope you all enjoy it!
Daisymay XOXO

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Hello all

Hello all, I'm Chantele and I'm a filmaholic. My last film was The Graduate! lol. I thought that would be a fun start to my new little blog, hehe! I've created this little blog to chit chat about films I've seen, films I love and films that are coming out. Ill also try and throw in some random film facts where I can, so we can all learn something interesting along the way. I watch far to many films, as me and the other half currently don't have a TV license! I think we probably have more than 300 DVD's at present and are constantly adding to our collection. So I pretty much watch DVD's every day and making it to the cinema once or twice a week (god I love my cineworld unlimited card). So I'm gonna post reviews here every time I watch a new or old film, which could really be quite often! Plus I'll post trailers I have seen and interesting stuff I find out about films aswel. Film isn't just my passion it's also my dream career, more than anything I wanna work in the film industry and slowly I'm getting closer to that dream. So there you have it thats me and thats what this blog is going to be about. So lets make a start

Daisymay XOXO