You know that thing where I like an actor and go and watch everything they’ve ever done ‘cause I’m a loser geek? Well that’s happened again.
Recently I watched a film called Wreckage for HorrorTalk (review up shortly!) and one performance stole it for me. Scoot McNairy plays an insane red-neck and it turned my interest in the film around completely.
Anyway, I did a wee IMDB search and he’s in the film Monsters which I never got round to seeing though I heard about it everywhere earlier this year. But I also saw this trailer for a film called In Search of a Midnight Kiss and now I have to go and track it down, it looks like a really cool independent film.
And holy shizz balls, don’t you think he looks like a smaller, skinnier Skeet Ulrich?? They both have silly names too!
I like the look of Daniel Radcliffe’s first film after the Harry Potter franchise, whether he’ll be able to make us not think “HARRY!” when we see him on screen is another thing but I do hope he does pull it off. Looks very creepy.
Check Roman Polanski’s latest if only to hear Kate Winslet yell, “I wipe my ass with your human rights!!” It also has Christoph Waltz doing an American accent which is very exciting. If you’re like me and you like that kind of thing.
I like Chris Evans. I like his face, but also I think he is a good actor. In his new film Puncture I think we will get to see a lot more of that acting talent I know he is capable of, but just doesn’t get a chance to show off in all the millions of comic book films he does. There is of course, one gratuitous topless scene of him- give the paying audience what they want Evans! It has reminded me of a film he did called Push, that although not amazing, was a cool film. I’m hoping it’s going to be like that.
I’m going to leave you with one of the new posters for Ryan Gosling’s new film Drive, I love the style they’ve gone for these posters, a real classic ’80s look but really glossy and stylish.
I think my Mum has pretty good film taste. She generally likes the stuff I make her watch and rarely falls asleep while they’re on. We watch lots of soppy romantic comedies and often have film nights together. The favourites that I’ve suggested, and she’s loved, have been The Proposal (she absolutely howled at that one), Lars and the Real Girl, You’ve Got Mail and The Notebook. I bought her The Notebook for mother’s day one year and within five minutes we were both bawling our eyes out, Happy Mother’s day indeed!
Anyway, my Uncle is a stickler for Rom-Coms and on my Mum’s recent visit to them in Yorkshire she’s come back with a bunch of his favourites and we’re going to work our way through them. My Uncle has good film taste too (it’s in the blood) I remember him making me watch Lucas and Ferngully when I was younger, two classic films for me. Last night we put on one of his choices Return To Me.
I was really surprised when I looked up when this film was made and it had a date of 2000, it looked like it had been made a lot earlier than that. Mid ’90s for sure.
Return To Me is the story about a guy, Bob (David Duchovny) who loses his wife in a car crash. He then later falls in love with the woman (Minnie Driver) who received his late wife’s heart in emergency surgery
It’s a very silly storyline yes, but we don’t want anything to complex or serious in a Rom-Com do we.
Personally, I love everything that David Duchovny does so I was happy to watch this film. It is the perfect kind of film to watch with my Mum, it’s very sweet and simple but has some very lovely scenes in it that make you go “awww”, or in my Mum’s case, cry. I enjoyed the supporting cast of family members who brought in a lot of the humour to the film, even James Belushi.
It’s not necessarily something I would recommend, it’s not going to blow you away, but it is a nice “Sunday afternoon” movie.
Sometimes you have to run away to see who will follow you
Bruce Campbell tweeted recently that he is to star in Sam Raimi’s upcoming feature Oz: The Great and Powerful in a “pivotal role”. The film is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and will also star Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and James Franco. This is very exciting to me, except of course, depending on how Bruce defines “pivotal”. This statement reminded me of one video I saw a while back. Below is said video where Bruce explains how the three Spiderman films pretty much rested on his character(s). I’m happy to see Bruce work with Raimi again no matter how small the part! Enjoy:
Skip To The End if a feature on my blog where I show you one scene/moment from a “bad” film worth watching.
I actually really like Ghost Ship. I like it in that it’s completely bad but fun. And as most NORMAL girls, I have a mega crush on Gabriel Byrne. However, if you don’t like bad/good films and don’t have a crush on aforementioned Irish hottie, then Ghost Ship probably ain’t gonna be for you…EXCEPT for this one scene. This is spoilerrific to the max so don’t watch if you do want to see it and want it all to be a surprise. I love how the whole of film is revealed in this one long sequence, it’s really well done, gory and fun. Oh and look it’s Quinn from Dexter! Yum.
My excellent friend James got me thinking about musicals I love, and it turns out there are many. Sadly there seems to be a real stigma towards musicals, I’ll blame Glee for that. I think there are so many different kinds that you couldn’t possible hate them all. Here are my absolute favourites, with my favourite moments/songs.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Never has a musical been so rude, fun, garish and sexy…I remember going to a friends sleepover when I was 10 and one of the girls brought this film. I think we got about half way before her mum ran in saying, “No no no! Turn this off!” It was too late, we’d seen a lot. Since rewatching it as an adult I understand her manic panic at us watching it, but we were young and didn’t know much of what was happening. This is one of my favourite songs from it, I think it’s the back up vocals by Richard O’Brien that make it for me:
Phantom Of The Opera
I saw this one when I was about 9 on stage in Manchester and it blew me away. I then got a little obsessed with Andrew Lloyd Webber and listened to all his musicals on a CD compilation A LOT. But nothing compares to this one. I was always rather a strange child in that I thought Christine should have run off with the Phantom. I just always felt really sorry for him at the end…
Anyway, this one has everything, a love story, amazing songs, excellent fight scenes and above all else, a super creepy Phantom. Although the film adaptations of the musical are good, nothing beats the live stage performance. This is such a sad bit…
I’ve tried to narrow down the Disney features to just one film, and if I have to just choose one for me it’s The Jungle Book. I always used to watch this one when I was ill off school and I always loved this particular song, mainly for the way Baloo joins in at the end, which I still think is hilarious.
This is one that maybe if I re watched now I wouldn’t be as into it, but when I was younger I LOVED it. Me and my mum would watch it, this song in particular makes me giggle because Annie is basically singing about how much she is a schlaaag (sorta).
Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Let’s bring this up-to-date and have something a bit current. This was a web series written by Joss Whedon that starred Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. It’s all about an aspiring supervillian trying to win the heart of his true love, who happens to be dating his superhero nemesis. Worth a look if you’ve never seen the series, it’s very funny and the songs are really catchy, just like this one:
If you watched this as a child you will forever love it, that’s a scientific fact. It’s such an amazing, magical film. Like with the Phantom, I always thought Sarah should have gone off with Jareth, yeah yeah he was a Goblin King that liked to steal babies, but OMG this song is beauuutiful.
The Little Shop of Horrors
I am OF COURSE leaving my absolute favourite until last. I have only ever seen the Rick Moranis film adaptation of this one, and I also saw it live in Liverpool a few years ago. It’s just got some of the greatest songs ever and such a fantastical story! I can’t choose my favourite scene so here are two, this first one resinates with me today as I’ve just been to the dentist and I tend to think about this every time I go. It used to freak me out when I was kid, Steve Martin at his finest:
I should leave the blog on a bit of a soppy note as that’s what musicals are known for so this is when Audrey and Seymour start to get together. Just after he had her boyfriend chopped up and eaten by a giant plant :)