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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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Posted in Blogmas, Christmas, Lifestyle

Top 10 Christmas Films

Hide-y hi hi! Blogmas day 11 is here, and with it are the 10 films I simply have to watch every Christmas. It just wouldn’t feel right without them if that makes any sense. Today’s song is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and I can safely say that this is one of my top 10 Christmas songs. You can’t decorate the Christmas tree without this song playing at least once. And if it doesn’t bring about memories of that iconic Christmas film then I don’t know what would.

 

So yes, my favourite Christmas films! These are in absolutely no particular order and I am more than willing to have suggestions listed down below so if I’ve missed any of your favourites please let me know and I’ll watch them before the big day! I’ve included links to where you can watch them online if they aren’t on Netflix when you get round to watching them.

 

Home Alone

Kevin McCallister, who is a 8-year-old boy, is forsaked at home while his family is on holiday in France. When Kevin realizes that he is forgotten, he knows that he must take care of himself. Meanwhile, 2 thieves – Harry and Marv are keeping eyes on Kevin’s house because of knowing this fact. Join Kevin as he approaches Christmas Day on his own, knowing his house is going to be targeted! Found here.

Happy Feet

The movie tells the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong to attract his soul mate. Mumble then has to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves. Join him as he makes friends and learns to accept his differences. Found here.

Elf

Buddy is a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Buddy struggles to adjust to life with humans, however he teaches them that the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear! Found here.

The Polar Express

Young hero boy on Christmas Eve embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. I don’t think we ever learn his name, or if we do I can’t remember it. There are a few odd moments in this one but it is a must see for everyone! Found here

A Christmas Carol (1951)

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. The perfect film for all the scrooges out there! Found here

It’s A Wonderful Life

A compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman decides to end his life, and an angel who has not earned his wings yet comes to convince that “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This one is best if you can watch it in black and white, in my opinion. There’s something about watching black and white films that just adds to the Christmas feeling. Found here.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

Three short Christmas stories, starring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Max, Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Found here.

The Santa Clause 

Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? Found here.

Miracle on 34th Street

Six year old Susan has always doubt about the most enduring miracle of Santa Claus. When her mother tells her the “secret” of Santa Claus, she no longer expects special gifts from him. But after visiting a special store, she receives the most valuable present and maintain her faith. Found here.

Love Actually

With a slow rhythm, eight love stories turn intersect without disturbance. Besides, each affair which carries a different color: romantic, humorous and insightful … shows a sweet song about love. Found here

Santa Clause: The Movie

A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer’s scheme to take over Christmas. Found here

Jack Frost

A worth watching movie tells a story of Jack Frost, an often-traveling blues musician, who spends too much time on working but his family. Then a car accident suddenly takes his life away, which makes he start to think about the dearest people in his life- his family. Jack comes to life one day under the shape of a snowman to fix his lost time. Found here.

Okay so I lied, there are 12 there. I couldn’t cut it down! Unfortunately there are some must-see Christmas films that I am still to watch, but I hope you enjoy these if you get a chance to watch them! All links were working at the time of writing this post, so hopefully they’ll be working for you to see them!

14 more sleeps…

Ktkinnes

Posted in Films, Lifestyle

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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Freedom Writers

Tonight, Nuala and I watched this incredible “feel good” film. Not sure what I was going into, as all Nuala described it as was “a teacher in a very gang based school where everyone’s fighting each other”,  I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. 15/10. Without a doubt, best movie I have seen in ages.
Based on a book called The Freedom Writers, the film followed new teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) as she tried to teach English to a class of 13/14 year olds – many of them with the reading level of a 5 year old. The film follows her initial struggles to gain their respect and shows you how a simple teacher teaching out to her pupils can seriously affect their willingness to learn.
It was well acted by all the actors and actresses, with many now familiar faces, well it was made in 2007 (still can’t believe that’s 9 years ago!). The soundtrack fits perfect while helping set the tone. Going to have to look it up too. I’ve now ordered the book and it will arrive on Sunday apparently. That’s my Easter reading sorted! 
What I personally loved about this entire film was the message that if teachers actually care about their students, the students are more likely to progress and succeed. Many of the students have their problems at home as much as the problems in society as a whole. Their lessons learnt in the classroom transferred into everyday life – no longer were they left feeling that their education was useless and that no one cares for them.

All I ask is that you please please please give it a try. Blame me if you hate it. But definitely consider it.
Night!
Ktkinnes xx

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The Bridge to Teribithia

For anyone who read my blog post yesterday, you’ll know that I spent the beginning of the week unwell. So on Monday night, Nuala, Jason and I sat down to watch Bridge To Teribithia, a heartwarming children’s film released in 2007. 

Without wanting to ruin the story, all I will say is this film was a delight. The story of two young friends, with different family problems, who escape the real world only with each other in Teribithia. I would rate this film 10/10 and class it as a must see film for all ages. 
Currently, the full movie is available to watch on YouTube here but for anyone with Amazon Prime it’s also available there. I’d never have known about this fantastic film if Nuala hadn’t been trying to choose a film for herself to watch so now I’m sharing the magic with you. Enjoy!
Ktkinnes xx