Year in Movies: 2012, Year of the Blockbuster (Blog Series – Part 1)

2012 movies

Well as we  near the end of the 2nd week of January,we can safely say we were not the victims to an apocalypse, just blockbuster overload.

2012 was an action packed year for blockbuster movies and sequels; we had  Men in Black 3, The Expendables 2, The Hungergames, Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Bourne Legacy, Resident Evil: Retribution, Taken 2 and so many more!

In terms of movies, the end of 2012 merged into the start of 2013 with December movies such as The Hobbit, Jack Reacher, The Impossible and Django Unchained . Whilst early January brought us Les Miserables, Quartet and Gangster Squad.

To find out what you can expect from the rest of the year you can:

A – Google it

B – Phone a friend

C – Ask the Mayans

D – Read part 2 of this blog

But for now here is a quick overview…

  • Suspence? …Yes.
  • ExplosionsGuaranteed.
  • HorrorDefinitly.
  • Sci-fiAffirmative.
  • High speed chasesNaturally.
  • Rom-comsAs uaual.
  • AnimationsYup.
  • SuperheroesAbsoloutly.
  • 3D and special effectsDuh.
  • SequelsObviously.
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Tomboy – Un Film Francais

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Mickaël avec son amie Lisa

Bonjour! Premièrement, je m’excuse pour mon français. Aujourd’hui, je m’essaie d’un blog pour un film français en français.

Tomboy est un film français de 2011, tournée par Céline Sciamma. Le film explore le thème du genre avec une innocence.

Le caractère principal est l’enfant de dix ans. Nous rencontrons le caractère principal dans la première scène. Au début, il est difficile de savoir si l’enfant est une fille ou un garçon. Le titre Anglais, ‘Tomboy’, propose qu’elle est une fille – une “garçon manque”.  Elle a les cheveux courts et elle porte des shorts et des t-shirts.

Au domicile de l’enfant, on est appelé Laure, mais quand elle sort de jouer avec les autres enfants qui vivant dans la région, elle se présente comme Mickaël.

Mickaël joue au foot avec les autres garçons, il copie leurs actions, il enlève son t-shirt, crache par terre et il va même nager avec eux.  Aucun des enfants savent qu’il est né une fille.

À mon avis, le film est très bon.  Sciamma bien travaillée avec guidant les jeunes acteurs et le tournage dans un court lapse du temps. Mais, pour moi, le fin est n’est pas complète. Je voudrais, peut-être un fin plus fort,  pour savoir si l’enfant se sent plus heureux comme Mickaël. Alors, dans le fin, Mickaël se présente comme Laure de la jeune fille.

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“Je m’appelle Laure”                                                                                                        “My name is Laure”

 

Real Steel plus Real Steel 2

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So, with it being the start of 2013 you’d think I’d be talking about recent movies. Well not just yet, I re-watched Real Steel over the weekend and still love it. I’m not sure what I like so much about it. It’s not fantastic, but it’s a feel good film with some pretty awesome CGI. I’m going to have to put it on my list of favourites.

Real Steel is loosely based on the short story by Richard Matheson called ‘Steel’. The movie tells the story of Charlie (Hugh Jackman), the almost broke ex-boxer that now trains robot boxes to compete in fights for cash prizes. After buying the once famous Japanese robot ‘Noisy Boy’, Charlie hopes to become successful again. However, after discovering he is going to have to look after his young, but determined, son things quickly change for Charlie and his life.

Charlie’s son, Max (Dakota Goyo), desperately wants to be a part of Charlie’s life and shows that he won’t give up with anything. After a near death experience, Max finds a humanistic early generation sparing robot named Atom. He insists on taking Atom home, fixing him up and training him to become ‘the people’s champion’.

Directed by Shawn Levy, known for directing comedies, Real Steal is a 2011 film combining sports, drama and sci-fi. This movie is uplifting and combines different genres to create something unique.

Although Real Steel received mixed reviews when it was first released in cinema, there was a sense of excitement at the premiere, according to Levy. And for fans of the first film, there is anticipation for Real Steel 2. There are currently no trailers for the sequel or a release date, but it is rumoured to be released later this year still staring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly as Bailey. The plot of the sequel is likely to focus on the custody of Max and where Atom came from before he ended up being buried in a cliff.

Hugo

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I missed seeing Hugo in the cinema; well to be honest when it came out in the cinema I didn’t take any notice of it. However I watched it a few nights ago with the whole family and everyone enjoyed it. It’s a film for everyone.

The film is an adaptation of the book ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it was shot in 3D and although I watched it in 2D, it is a film that I’d like to watch again in 3D.

12 year old Hugo Cabret is left orphaned after the death of his father, a clock maker. Hugo moves to the Paris train station with his alcoholic uncle where he learns how to repair and maintain the station clocks. After his uncle goes missing, Hugo continues living hidden in the walls of the station and continuing his uncle’s work.

Before the death of Hugo’s father they were working on repairing an old automaton, which Hugo takes upon himself to finish by himself. The movie is centred around his struggle to fix the automaton, but also staying hidden from the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen).

I won’t spoil it for others that haven’t seen it, but the characters are all interesting with their own quirks. For a film lover like myself the film is brilliant in the way in which it tells the history of film through involving real pioneers of early film such as the Lumière brothers and of course George Méliès.

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Life of Pie

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Life of Pi is based on the fantasy novel by Yann Martel. The movie retrospectively tells the story of Pi (short for Piscine Molitor) Patel and his journey to Canada.

We first meet Pi as an adult living in Canada. He is recalling his childhood living in Pondicherry, India, where his father owns a zoo. It is through a series of flashbacks that we learn of who Pi is, how he got his name and how he got to be in Canada.

As a child Pi is curious and interested in many aspects of life. He follows multiple religions and is not scared to question anything. 

Whilst the book is described as fantasy, the viewers of the film are led to believe that Pi’s account of events is true. This is up until the twist towards the end when the viewer can choose to believe the version of the story with animals, or the story which sounds more likely.

As a film, the 3D worked very well and the viewer is drawn into a world of bright colours, vivid imagery and the struggle that Pi faces on his journey.

This movie has changed my views on 3D cinema, I look forward to the development of 3D movies.

Have a Smirt Day celebrates 50 years of James Bond and 50th blog post. Let’s talk SKYFALL!

Today is a special blog; it is Have a Smirt Day’s 5oth post and it is about 50 years of Bond.

Celebrating 50 years of 007

We meet again Bond, in the 23rd installment  Of course, I’m talking about Skyfall – the new Bond movie which people have been so hyped up about for quite a few weeks now.
 I saw Skyfall on Friday (October 26th),  okay I was eager to see it but was hesitant too, worried it wasn’t going to live up to its standard. Growing up, Pierce Brosnan was my James Bond. For me, it’s hard to see Daniel Craig as Bond. Daniel Craig, to me, is more of a ‘Bourne Identity’ actor; he is a little more rugged than the other 007 agents we have seen in the past. From Sean Connery to Roger Moore, Craig lacks that boosted level of suave. In my imagination Pierce Brosnan will always be James Bond, as I’m sure you will have your own preferences too. Whilst on the other hand, there must be fans out there that much prefer to read the Ian Fleming books.
 The beginning of the movie was action-packed as expected, it would have made good 3D cinema in my opinion. The stunts were great, especially the motorbikes bursting through buildings. We also meet Eve, who believes she is equal to Bond until she is suspended for shooting him on M’s command.
However, I found the first half of the movie to be a disappointment in contrast with the previous Bond movies. ‘Why?’ you ask, simply because it didn’t have that 007 feel to it. It brought Bond into this day and age, it felt modern. And yes, although modern is a good thing, I felt it lacked certain ‘Bond’ trademark features. For example, at the bar we see Bond ordering his drink. So, we know it is a Martini “Shaken. Not stirred” but we don’t get to hear this classic line. Call me old-fashioned and cheesy, but that’s my personal opinion. We didn’t really have a proper car chase or the many gadgets from the new and youthful Q (Ben Whishaw). Gadget wise, all Bond was equipped with was a radio and gun. But I guess that is in line with the new modern feel the movie has, it was largely centered around computer technology instead of “exploding pens”, which Q alludes to.

It wasn’t until 007 was running down the street to save M (Judi Dench) from our antagonist and villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) when I felt like it was a proper Bond movie, and from that point I thought it kept getting better. One of my favorite moments is when the garage shutter opens to reveal the infamous DB5. When that Aston appeared on the screen, the atmosphere in the cinema immediately changed, the audience automatically recognized the car and knew that this is now a proper James Bond movie.

Although I have said many negative things about this movie, I did enjoy it. If you are a Bond fan then I recommend you see it, that is, if you haven’t already.

So what does it take to be James Bond ? Apparently not much these days. A girl, a cool car and a suit – tie optional. Minimal gadgets, but a of course every Bond needs a Miss Moneypenny and a Q. Oh and don’t forget the ability to stay smirt whilst being the hero.

I’ll leave you with a song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObmXBy2IyaM and also a question: who is your favorite James Bond?

~ A smirt day to you 🙂

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I was extremely late with watching this incredibly moving movie. I wanted to watch it in the cinema when it came out, but only got round to seeing it on DVD last week.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a film adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Safran Foertells. It tells the story of 9-year-old Oskar who loses his father due to 9/11.

When watching a movie you tend to get absorbed into it, you enter the world of the film. This was one movie where I was pulled in, it was tense and quite heavy. But at the same time there were also elements of humour to balance it out at a little. The cast was great; Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are two of my favourite actors and they worked well alongside each other as Oskar’s parents. Oskar is an intelligent and curious child, however, he lacks social skills. His closest friend is his father, but after his death he befriends ‘the renter’ who turns out to be his grandfather.

When Oskar (Thomas Horn) accidentally finds a key in an envelope labelled ‘Black’ he sets out on a quest to find what the key fits in an attempt to connect with his father. To do this he visits everyone in the surrounding area with the name Black. 

When he eventually finds who and what the key belongs to, he discovers it is not for him. However, this journey allows him to reconnect with his mother and learn how to conquer his fears, with the help of the people around him and the people he meets.

A very touching movie, well worth a watch.

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