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Clue

Wow how long has it been since I wrote a movie review? But here we are, back with a new post! Okay so it’s not really a review, but I was having trouble sleeping a few nights ago and thought ‘Why don’t I watch a film and write about it? It’s been a while since you did something like that!’ and so we have this post. You would think that picking a film would be easy, but instead, trying to think of a film on Netflix that was old enough that I wouldn’t really give any spoilers was difficult. And somehow we ended up with Clue.

 

Now, some of you may know that a week ago I hosted a murder mystery party, and I love any crime story. So when Kelsey introduced me to this film back in May 2016 and I loved it.

 

The film starts with guests arriving for a dinner party, all using pseudonym instead of their real names. The butler, Wadsworth, Professor Plum, Mrs White, Mrs Peacock, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mr Green, and the maid, Yvette, are all having dinner and beginning to find links between themselves, when their supposed host for the evening arrives – Mr Boddy. Now as you may have guessed, this film is all loosely based on the board game, Cluedo, and so the characters are named in this way. After dinner, the guests come to realise that they are all being blackmailed for their secrets, and that Mr Boddy is the blackmailer. Wadsworth tells them the polic are on their way and they should hand Mr Boddy over to the police. Of course, Boddy doesn’t like the sound of this. He tells the group that he will turn off the light so someone can kill Wadsworth to keep the whole thing quiet and they can get on with their lives. The lights go off, there’s a thud and a gun shot, and when the lights come back on, Mr Boddy is dead. But who killed him?

 

Clue is what I would class as silly comedy. With puns, slapstick, and every other kind of stupid things going on, it’s a great, light mystery, with a fantastic cast.

 

IMDb has a rating of 7.3/10 for this 1985 comedy classic. Personally? I would give it 9/10! The whole story is done extremely well, and the script is incredibly smart. There are times it was a little too slapstick for me, but I guess that’s what you get when you’re watching a parody movie.

 

The costumes, the script, the whole setting is just fantastic, and you should watch it if you get the chance! It’s only one and a half hours long, so could be the perfect bedtime film for tonight. If my brief summary isn’t enough to interest you, maybe the trailer (below) will!

 

 

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Some Like It Hot

Back at GCSE level, we watched Some Like It hot as part of our English Language course. From this, we were tasked with writing a review in less than 500 words. Now, as we were watching this film in a noisy classroom on a not-great-quality tv, I feel like it’s time I try rewatching Some Like It Hot. However, before I do this, I wanted to reread my review and so I thought why not share it with all of you?  Please remember, it was written to be marked as coursework and so the language isn’t anything like how I would be reviewing a film normally.

 
The classic performances by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe are what make Some Like It Hot (1959) the farcical, witty comedy it is. One of the nation’s top ten favourite comedies since it was first released; Billy Wilder’s partial remake of “Fanfare of Love” effortlessly combines cross-dressing and gangsters to create a near-perfect exhibition of the comic arts during the Golden Age of Hollywood. This hysterical comedy from Wilder finds Curtis and Lemmon masquerading as women in order to elude irate Chicago mobsters while befriending a beautiful singer (Monroe).

 

The naturally flirtatious and vivacious Marilyn Monroe portrays the naïve and ditzy Sugar Kane with such ease as many confuse the actress with the character. Her interaction with the two male leads shows Monroe’s melancholic runaway as a woman looking for love in a world which seems to forget about her. Sugar’s “quick to form” friendship with Daphne (which later forms into a sisterly relationship) is portrayed in the dialogue; “That’s the story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop”, Sugar relying on Daphne for support when talking of her love of Junior.

This flawlessly scripted screwball comedy is filled with one-liners and is overflowing with innuendoes and risqué humour. It is carried well by the straight character that is Sugar and gives Curtis and Lemmon their cues with style and sophistication.

Monroe’s first scene is accentuated with the ribald jazz music as she stalks along the train platform Jerry (Lemmon) describes Sugar’s unique qualities, shy, flirtatious and alluring, by stating, “Who are we kidding?  Look at that – look how she moves – it’s like jello on springs – they must have some sort of a built-in motor. I tell you it’s a whole different sex.”

 

 

The film is full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, Some Like It Hot has not tarnished with time and, in fact, seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humour keeps it fresh for new generations of viewers. The credible friendship between Sugar, Daphne and Josephine, hilarious dialogue and expert attention to detail enables the audience to be transported as if they were guests into the hotel in Florida.

Wilder and his producer I.A.L Diamond have constructed a flawless piece of movie-making as well as mirth-inducing cinema. The puns, double entendres and wildly manic pace, set pieces and gags allow the entire cast to “go for broke” in the unadulterated slapstick!

 

What’s the funniest scene? Well, in my opinion, it is a very personal question and will differ from one person to the next or even generation to generation! I personally think “Can-we-get-anymore-people-into-this-upper-train-berth?” is a comic gem!

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Mockingjay Part 2

Hello lovely friends! Firstly I must apologise, it seems my Paris post only actually was posted tonight and not last week when I wrote it. Technology doesn’t like me.
It’s almost the end of the month already!! There’s so much stuff to do and I am beginning to panic a little. Retail therapy might be needed to resolve the stress…

My presentation went well I think, I didn’t hang around for long after it as I rushed out to complete my physics test. Got a third of my marks in it which isn’t bad considering the lack of revision put in there. I’m now working on a physics report about the Spitzer Space Telescope (any clues on it would be appreciated!) and have started revision. It’s not exactly easy to do when you’re exhausted a lot of the time.

Last night, technically this morning, Jason, Mary and I went to the midnight showing of the final part of the hunger games films. Considering I didn’t really enjoy the books I was curious about the film and having seen the other 3 parts I decided I should complete them. And this time it was brilliant. I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence and her performance was super. As for the rest of the cast, they did a fantastic job. Go and see it as soon as you can if you haven’t already! Let me know your opinions 🙂
Irish Dancing didn’t kill me as much this week but I’m kind of disappointed that it didn’t, feels like I haven’t had a work out. However my healthy living plan went completely out the window and I don’t want to even think about how much debt I’m currently in due to overspending… But after Christmas I will work on my money situation. I NEED A JOB! This is no longer working and the sooner I can get a job the better. Maybe with a job I’ll also get more work done…
I’m about to go to sleep considering it’s been a few late nights in a row and I am actually looking forward to my 9am class tomorrow. Goals for the weekend are to have completed my revision timetabled items, finished buying decorations, wash and iron the throws in the living room, and finally Hoover my bedroom! Doesn’t sound too bad does it? I didn’t think so either.

Night guys!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Limitless

We ourselves can be limitless if we allow it. Okay there are certain things that right now are not possible but it doesn’t mean we will forever be limited in these situations. For example. I am a 19 year old girl living in the UK, getting through university and able to do most things I want. However, limitations set by both myself and society dictate how I live. Will I happily stay at the weight I am? No because society limits “beauty”. Will I lose weight to conform to society’s rules? No because I have set the limit in my head as to how far I can achieve this goal. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to but the limitations in my mind prevent me from succeeding as I feel I never will. Recently these limitations I set myself lead to me not telling someone how I feel about them. She waltzed into my life with her music and dance and general love for life and many nights (while drunk) told me she just wanted to kiss a girl. Even with this knowledge, I hid how I actually felt until it was too late. We talk frequently but I doubt she knows how I feel. At least I hope she doesn’t know… 

What put this into my head was the title of tonight’s film – Limitless. IMDb has it rated as 7.4/10 with a description of “With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.” All I will say is – if you haven’t already seen it, go watch it now!  Predictable at times and slightly too long in places, this film still manages to hold you captivated as you wonder what’s going to happen to Eddie next. 

A special thank you to totallyuncool for asking about Rachel. From what I’ve gathered from her, today went okay. She came back and I knew she’d been crying but I think she’ll come talk to me when she’s ready. I’m giving her a few days before I ask too many questions. One thing I know is she has another appointment next Friday and has been told our mum should attend too. Fingers crossed it doesn’t end badly but again, I’ll keep you updated.

Sleep well friends! Tomorrow is a new day, new opportunities and a chance to help make even one person’s day slightly better. 

Thank you once again for reading

Ktkinnes xxx