The Movies Tag

The Movies Tag Q42: Film that started your interest in film?

QUESTION: Film that started your interest in film?
ANSWER: Aladdin

My first thought is that it has got to be an old Disney film, as that would have probably been the first film I ever watched. There was never a moment where I ‘became’ interested in film, it has just always been there since I became old enough to remember watching films.

As for which Disney film, it’s tough to recall. I may have to consult my sister…

So I spoke to my sister, and we’ve narrowed it down to the following: Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Snowman, and Snow White. What’s that I hear you say? They aren’t all Disney films? No they’re not! 

I’m going to go with Aladdin, cause it would be very difficult to find out which film it is for sure. So yeah, there’s no interesting story behind the beginning of my love for film, I just watched Aladdin when I was little, and loved it.

Do you remember what got your interest in film started? Ooh and what was the first film you ever watched?

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The Movies Tag Q39: Favourite movie location/setting?

QUESTION: Favourite movie location/setting?
ANSWER: Pocahontas

I’m pretty sure I’ve answered another Movies Tag question with Pocahontas before, but I don’t care! The beauty of the location in Pocahontas is undeniable!

Due to the film being themed around the land and nature, the idea of using the natural surroundings comes naturally. Nature, you know? I love trees and water, especially, of which there is plenty in Pocahontas. Nature is so important in the film it even becomes one of the supporting characters, in the form of Grandmother Willow. And of course, Disney has a way with colours like no other, which enhances the magnificence of every scene. Just Google something like ‘Pocahontas scene’ and you’ll see what I mean. Rhymes.

A quick note about Trailer Tuesday for those who are wondering: it will be back! It’s just been a crazy time for me recently so I am going to have to do a monthly round up 🙂

I refuse to believe anyone can dislike the Pocahontas setting. So instead my question for you is this: Is there an even greater movie location/setting than Pocahontas?

At the Fork
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 38: Disney, Kicks, Kevin Hart, Quake + more!

It’s a Tu-ednesday kind of Trailer Tuesday day! Yes, that did make total sense. We’ve got a good bunch of trailers this week, ranging from Disney to disasters, and Christmas somewhere in between. How lovely! Plus, a bonus game trailer for Quake Champions, cause I’m so excited for it! (And yes, I am aware that if you are at all interested in gaming you’ve probably already seen it!)

1. The Shallows
When it is released? 12th Aug 2016 (UK), 24th Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Immediate thoughts? Yeah! I kinda liked it! Quite a different trailer, but I feel we’ve just been shown the final shot of the film… Also, sharks have a very bad reputation due to films like this. Please remember that sharks do not go out to kill humans! Not on purpose anyway.

2. Mirzya
When it is released? 7th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The film is based on the folklore Mirza-Sahiban, explores why Sahiban betrayed Mirza and then killed herself.
Immediate thoughts? My god, every single bit of this trailer was stunning. Beautiful cinematography.

3. At the Fork
When it is released? 13th Jul 2016 (USA)
What is it about?  Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers – real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.
Immediate thoughts? This looks so fresh. You will not be put off by horrific (but I must say, true) images, instead this trailer and therefore film seems to be a brilliant place to start in the discussion of animals and our food. I’d love to see it!

4. Kicks
When it is released? 9th Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Immediate thoughts? This looks beautiful, just like Mirzya, and I’m excited about the surreal spaceman parts.

5. Rising Tides
When it is released? 21st Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The effects of sea level rise and erosion on coast lines.
Immediate thoughts? “Bangkok is sinking, and may be underwater in 15 years, study says” This makes me think of the short film La Maison En Petits Cubes (which is magnificent btw, go watch it on YouTube)

6. Life, Animated
When it is released? 9th Dec 2016 (UK), 8th Jul 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.
Immediate thoughts? I love seeing how films, or in this instance Disney films in particular, can affect people in so many ways… relating it to Autism and the like would be really interesting to see!

7. Moana
When it is released? 2nd Dec 2016 (UK), 23rd Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
Immediate thoughts? That poor sun at the beginning 😀 THEY EVEN CAPTURED DWAYNE’S EYEBROW!! THE EYEBROW!!

8. Kevin Hart: What Now?
When it is released? 14th Oct 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.
Immediate thoughts? Hmm.. is it a tour? Is it a film? Is it funny? YES! I love the subtitles bit 😀

9. Pete’s Dragon
When it is released? 12th Aug 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Immediate thoughts? Now that we’ve seen more footage, I’m much more excited about this! It looks like a lovely family film, but also if you’re just a lover of nice films too.

10. Trader
When it is released? 29th Jul 2016 (UK)
What is it about? What if it made perfect sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Better than slow grinding financial ruin and misery, and all done according to a strict code by consenting adults. This is Trading.
Immediate thoughts? I would never want to watch this film, it looks too violent for me, but I love the slightly comedic approach they’ve taken, and, to me at least, it’s a very original idea.

11. Almost Christmas
When it is released? 25th Nov 2016 (UK), 11th Nov 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Thanksgiving since their mom died.
Immediate thoughts? I like this a lot more than I liked the teaser! Yesss CHRISTMAS TRAILER!!

12. Quake Champions
When it is released? TBA
What is it about? The fast, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends is making a triumphant return with Quake Champions.
Immediate thoughts? Oh. my god. Quake is back. Okay this is a game trailer, but it’s QUAKE!!! An epic trailer too.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s TT! 🙂

Artwork Wednesday

Artwork Wednesday: Sacrifice, Assassin’s Creed, Slack Bay, X-Men + more!

This week we’ve got a hefty Artwork Wednesday to make up for the lack of Artwork Wednesdays! A big ol’ bunch of posters ranging from heroes to animation to horror to gaming. Starting with one of my favourite posters I’ve seen this year so far.

1. X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse

© 20th Century Fox

Just. so. beautiful. Just amazing. Gorgeous. Ugh.

2. Sacrifice

© IFC Midnight

I’m not 100% all in with this poster, but, strangely, it reminds me of a photography project I did at uni…

3. The Family Fang
The Family Fang

© Starz Digital Media

The DIY style is great full stop, but of course this style suits The Family Fang perfectly!

4. Slack Bay
Slack Bay

© Memento Films

Because I know nothing about this film, this poster is quite funny 😀 I love the colour palette, the font, the composition, lovely!

5. Assassin’s Creed
Assassin's Creed

© 20th Century Fox

Why was I surprised when I scrolled down to see that everything was upside-down. Ahhh I love it. You can almost see and feel the movement as Fassbender flies overhead.

6. Finding Dory
Finding Dory

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Ahaha 😀 I just, this is just great.

Ahh how I’ve missed Artwork Wednesday. My apologies for not posting one for a while, look forward to the next one! 🙂

The Space Between Us
Trailer Tuesday

Trailer Tuesday vol. 36: Little Men, Morgan, The Space Between Us + more!

So you wanna hear something really annoying? Suuuuure you doooo! I had prepared last week’s Trailer Tuesday down to collecting the YouTube video links, which is one of the last things I do. It was all ready in a text edit file on my computer. MY COMPUTER!! My computer then proceeded to break, and wouldn’t boot past the logo screen. Le sigh. Consequently, I have included last week’s trailers in this week’s Trailer Tuesday. Voila! Problemo, solvelo!

1. Beauty and the Beast
When it is released? 17th Mar 2017 (UK and USA)
What is it about? An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

2. Indignation
When it is released? 4th Jun 2016 (Sundance, UK), 29th Jul 2016 (USA)
What is it about? In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Immediate thoughts? I love the intrigue. I want to know what happens!

3. Little Men
When it is released? 5th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.
Immediate thoughts? I don’t know, this seems so nice. I really like the editing, the cards, the music, the story shown, it’s lovely.

4. Ghostbusters
When it is released? 15th Jul 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? 30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.
Immediate thoughts? OOOOOH I’m loving this!!

5. Personal Shopper
When it is released? 19th Oct 2016 (France)
What is it about? Revolves around a ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris.
Immediate thoughts? They say any press is good press, so the fact that Personal Shopper was booed at Cannes has only made me more interested than I would have been.

6. The Witness
When it is released? 3rd Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The name ‘Kitty Genovese’ became synonymous with apathy after news that she was stabbed to death while 38 witnesses did nothing. Fifty years later, her brother uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.
Immediate thoughts? I’d like to know more about this story, I just hope the film (from a filmmaking point of view) has a conclusive ending, even if Bill doesn’t find one.

7. Sausage Party
When it is released? 2nd Sep 2016 (UK), 12th Aug 2016 (USA)
What is it about? An animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence.
Immediate thoughts? It’s still good! …And traumatising.

8. Star Trek: Beyond
When it is released? 22nd Jul 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Immediate thoughts? It’s Star Trek, come on, how can you not love it (as my sister would say). I love what I’m seeing and hearing! And I love the look of that white-haired woman!

9. The Blackout Experiments
When it is released? 22nd Jul 2016 (USA)
What is it about? This documentary follows a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, psycho-sexual horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.
Immediate thoughts? Oh. my god. This looks… crazy.

10. Independence Day: Resurgence
When it is released? 23rd Jun 2016 (UK), 24th Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Immediate thoughts? I dislike long trailers. By long I mean anything longer than 2 minutes usually. This extended trailer is over 4 and a half minutes, and I absolutely loved the relaxed, yet still trailer-like feel. Kudos to the trailer editor.

11. Finding Dory
When it is released? 29th Jul 2016 (UK), 17th Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Immediate thoughts? I wasn’t expecting to feel any different about Finding Dory from this trailer, but it almost had me in tears!

12. Seoul Searching
When it is released? May 2016 (USA)
What is it about? During the 1980’s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for “gyopo” or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The program was eventually cancelled after a few years because the government simply could not control the youth. Seoul Searching is a teen comedy and coming of age film, based on a true story about one of the summer camps that took place in 1986.
Immediate thoughts? One of Justin Chon’s latest films oooooh

13. Morgan
When it is released? 2nd Sep 2016 (USA)
What is it about? Morgan is about a corporate risk-management consultant who has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.
Immediate thoughts? Ya yaya?

14. The Space Between Us
When it is released? 19th Aug 2016 (UK and USA)
What is it about? A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.
Immediate thoughts? I LOVE THIS!! SO MUCH MORE THAN EXPECTED!! Give it a chance, stick it out through the beginning. The concept is genius!

15. The Fundamentals of Caring
When it is released? 16th Jun 2016 (Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK), 24th Jun 2016 (USA)
What is it about? A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
Immediate thoughts? Yeah, this is kind of promising!

See you next week! 🙂

The Visit
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The Movies Tag Q34: Most underrated film?

QUESTION: Most underrated film?
ANSWER: The Visit

I feel like this is a bit of a crap, but true answer. I know there are other films out there that would be a much better choice for the title of ‘most underrated’, however, this is the only film I can think of right now! (Barr my sister’s choice of Brave, which I do agree with somewhat, but I feel that is more a Disney Pixar specific underrated film)

It is very difficult to find a really great horror these days. The majority of films in the genre are jump scare after jump scare, and the same sort of terrifying imagery, such as creepy faces in the mirror or inanimate objects moving around on their own. While, yes, this is indeed terrifying, it is just nothing new.

The Visit brings a whole new dimension to horror by utilising comedy, balancing the two genres perfectly. It currently has a rating of 6.2 on IMDb, and I’ve given it an 8. If you read my last Movies Tag answer, you’ll know that I give average films a 7, and only the exceptional films get anything higher. The Visit is an exceptional horror.

The main characters are both children, neither of which are annoying, impressively. What puts you on the edge of your seat though, is the fine line between when you are supposed to scream and when you are supposed to laugh. Often it is very hard to tell, which is unusual, and is why I think it deserves much more recognition.

Having written all this, I now feel I am repeating myself, as I know I’ve spoken about The Visit before… so, sorry if you’ve already heard this from me! Nevertheless, what did you think of The Visit? Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Movies Tag Q32: Films you want to see but never got round to watching?

QUESTION: Films you want to see but never got round to watching?

There are so many films I still haven’t got round to watching, so I thought I’d pick a few main ones from my watchlist on IMDB:

1. Ratatouille

When this came out, it shot straight over my head. Since a few years after its release, whenever it would come up in conversation everyone would say that it’s really good! 

2. Now You See Me

I remember being really interested in the trailers around the time of its release, but I wasn’t compelled enough to go to the cinema. I still really want to watch it, especially after seeing how good Now You See Me 2 looks.

3. Mary and Max

Mary and Max was recommended to me by my sister, so in ways it is top of my priority list. When she recommends a film, you know it’s gonna be good. This is apparently sad, but good.

4. Her

The only thing I have ever seen of this film is the poster. That’s it. No trailers, no clips, nothing (I haven’t even watched the trailer I’ve placed just above this text). I don’t want to know anything, until I’ve seen the film of course. The poster was that good.

5. Oculus

This made my watchlist during uni when I was doing some research for a project involving eyes and seeing. I don’t think it was out at the time, which is why I haven’t watched it yet, as I finished the project before its release, but it still looks like a horrific horror (it looks good!).

6. Boyhood

I was intrigued by the filming technique adopted by Boyhood filmmakers. I still am!

7. Horns

I was lucky enough to sit in on the edit of some of the trailers for Horns, and that’s when I got interested in it. What was weird however, was that on the date of its release, my strong desire turned into ‘I’ll watch it one day.’

8. Birdman

Like Her, I know nothing about this film, but unlike Her, I haven’t seen the poster, I’ve literally seen nothing. I don’t know why I want to see it if I’m honest!

9. Kingsman: The Secret Service

Part of Kingsman: The Secret Service was filmed just down the road from my house. In fact, it was apparently the coolest part of the film!

But, just like all the rest of the films on this list, something has stopped me from seeing Kingsman, and, as is for the rest of the list as well, that something is procrastination and lack of overwhelming compulsion. But I will, I will!

If you’ve seen any of the films on my list, what did you think of them? No spoilers of course! 😉