Today is World Radio Day.


Growing Up With Film

I would sum up my experience of film from my childhood as James Bond meets Bollywood

Looking back on my younger childhood, I have memories of films. I can remember some of the films which I watched as a young child, in particular the films I would rewatch or the films I have watched again since.

I don’t come from a family that is exceptionally fanatic about film, but, to me, movies bring people together. Perhaps this belief comes from growing up and watching films with family and friends.

However, I do come from a family of mixed culture and this has influenced the movies I watched and the movies I watch today.

One of my earliest memories is going to the cinema. My Grandma took my brothers and I to see Toy Story and I recall sitting on booster seat to see over the other cinema seats. I thought it was fantastic, and to this day, Toy Story remains in my list of favourite movies.

Whatever it is that sparked my interest in film, I am grateful for it.




Just as mathematics is considered a language in its own right, film is language of its own as well.The difference is that film is more accessible to viewers and film-makers. Film reaches a wide audience; people of different ages, personalities, tastes.

Film is a lot like food and drink, okay, we don’t need films to survive, but it brings people together.


How amazing is that?

Ponderings of The Smirt Kid: Is cinema a form of escapism continued.

In June 2012 I posted a blog following a discussion that I had in French class. Well I’d like to revisit this topic. 

I no longer study French, and no longer have the opportunity to study and talk about films in detail. I’m sure my friends would soon get sick of me yapping on about film scenes and ideas. But it is something I still think about regularly.

In a way, film is a form of escapism. I still maintain the thought that film transports you to another world – or at least a reality that is not your own. We may be sedative audiences, but we are not passive.

cinema audience

Yes, it is true that viewers can find similarities and parallels between the movie and their own life. Some people may find comfort in knowing that the actors in their favourite movies are going through similar life struggles, whilst others feel happier forgetting about their own life and drift into a 2 hour alternative.

Gangster Squad


Director Ruben Fleischer has successfully brought mafia movies back to the big screen with Gangster Squad. It is your traditional mafia movie, I would say classic, but ‘classic’ would be The Godfather trilogy and ‘stereotypical’  could be misinterpreted as not worth watching. Whilst there are no horse heads to be found in beds, there is an adequate amount of gun battle and shooting that you would expect to find in this genre of film.

Set in 1940s Los Angeles where former boxer, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), has most of the city in the palm of his hand; with public figures and a large proportion of the police department being bribed in his favour.

Based on a true story, this movie  follows a small group of LAPDs that form a secret unit self-titled the ‘Gangster Squad’ which set out to bring down the infamous mafia boss Cohen; intercepting drug transfers, tearing down his establishments and burning his money.

Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is put in charge of forming this elite group, though it is his wife who handpicked the recruits to form an A-team of specialists made up of Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), detectives Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), Navidad Ramirez (Michael Peña) and Max Kennard (Robert Patrick). The original ending was altered after the 2012 Aurora shootings, this gun filled battle now ends in an old-fashioned fist fight, taking Cohen back to his roots.

If you enjoyed Public Enemies, then you are likely to enjoy this movie.

2013: Year of the Sequel (Blog Series – Part 2)


We as people enjoy being able to follow a story and it appears that 2013 will be a year full of sequels and continuations. Below is a chronological list of  Hollywood sequels scheduled to come out this year.

  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • The Last Exorcism Part 2
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Iron Man 3
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • The Hangover: Part III
  • Kick Ass 2
  • Dispicable Me 2
  • Grown Ups 2
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Red 2
  • Insidious Chapter 2
  • 300: Rise of an empire
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Paranormal Activity 2
  • Thor: The Dark Worlds
  • Best Man 2
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Bad Santa 2
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

~ Have a Smirt Day