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Monsters Inc is an original and heartwarming film which will melt the hardest of hearts. It's still an animation that reaches out to adults as well as children. The characters were loveable and memorable; my favourite has got to be Sulley. Monsters, Inc is about the monster world which is seperate from the human world and monster world of Monstropolis is powered by screams of children. At the Monsters, Inc factory, scarers venture into children's bedrooms and scare them in order to collect their screams. This is considered to be a dangerous task as children are considered to be toxic. The factory is going under as children are becoming harder to scare. The chairman Henry J Waternoose (James Coburn) relies on his top Scarer, James P Sullivan aka Sulley (John Goodman) who lives with his assistant and fellow worker Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). One day when Sulley is working late, one of the doors is left often and a child ventures into the factory. Sulley learns that the child isn't toxic and he quickly grows attached to her, naming the girl Boo. Mike and Sulley embark on a mission to get Boo home safely.
Monsters, Inc is a good natured film with fun and imaginative characters. Monsters Inc I'm sorry to say isn't as good as Shrek, but like Shrek it's got heart and some valuable lessons. I think I last saw Monsters, Inc when I was nine or ten, when it first came out so it was refreshing watching it after so many years, this time as an adult. Films like Monster's, Inc always bring out the inner kid in me. Monster's Inc is also humorous, even for adults. I found, Roz (voiced by Bob Peterson), the slug like monster was hilarious! I love films like these, they always make me feel like a kid again. Sulley is just adorable, on of my favourite animated characters of all time and the ending made me want to blub. Monsters, Inc is unforgettable. Definitely worth watching no matter what you age is.
The Internship is a decent comedy which sees the welcome return of my favourite comic duo, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The Internship is about two middle aged guys Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) who have lost their jobs and they impulsively jump at the chance at an internship at Google. Although they are no suitable material at Google, nevertheless they are accepted but struggle to find their place amongst the computer nerds and boffins from top schools. Nick and Billy are undermined by the fellow interns and the Google staff. They don't create a good impression on intern boss, Mr Roger Chetty (Aasif Mandvi) and they are bullied by fellow intern Graham (Max Minghella). However despite the adversities they face, Billy and Nick don't give up and begin to prove to their group that they really are capable and smart and that they do belong at Google.
This Internship is a light hearted and enjoyable comedy. Even if it does try a bit hard to be funny sometimes, there are still quite a few genuinely funny moments and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson always put a smile on your face. The film also has some good old fashioned morals such as team work, friendship and perserverance. This film may be a tad unrealistic (I definitely wouldn't get an internship at Google) and predictable, but it's pleasant and heartwarming. It is realistic however in it's portrayal of the world of work; you get bullies at work and people who feel threatened by you and it shows that teamwork, confidence in your abilities and perserverance are important qualities to have.
I was a bit dubious when I picked up the Internship in my local HMV store (it was only £2.99) and I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I won't say that the Internship is amazing, but it was thoroughly enjoyable with a decent cast also including Rose Byrne, Will Ferrell, Josh Brener, Tiya Sircar and Dylan O'Brien. I loved the Google company with it's unusual nap pods and actual games of Quidditch. The Internship is a fun and vibrant film, even though it's not as good as Wedding Crashers, it's still a good watch.
This was really excellent! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just full of surprises! Not only does he prove to be an extremely versatile actor, but also a great director and writer. I'm so used to JGL (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) playing the sweet nice guy, but in this he's a total dick! I love JGL's transition from romantic hero to heart-breaking lothario. Don Jon is about a twenty something Italian American bachelor, Jon Martello who is living the life. His friends call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull a different woman every time they go out. Although he has an active sex life, he still feels sexually unsatisfied and is more aroused by watching pornography. Jon decides that perhaps getting into a relationship will make his sex life more satisfying, so he asks out Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), an old fashioned, romantic gal who is obsessed with Hollywood movies.
I really enjoyed this film; even though it appears to be more of a guy film it's something that us girls can relate to as well. Don Jon is a humorous and well written film which you can a lot from. This film is funny without trying and I loved Jon's tight knit, slightly dysfunctial family- his cell phone obsessed sister, his Mrs Bennett type mother eager for him to settle down and his hot headed father. Jon despite his bad boy ways is devoted to his family and his church, where he goes to confession every week and confesses his addiction to porn and one night stands.
Throughout the film Jon learns a lot about himself and that sex is about having a connection, which Don Jon hasn't had with any of the women he's slept with, even Barbara. He seeks the advice of an older woman, Esther (Julianne Moore) who teaches him that porn isn't real or about real emotions. I think that this film epitomises how both men and women can have unrealistic expectation about sex and how damaging both porn and Hollywood movies can be. Men expect sex and women to be like they are in porn and women expect to be swept of their feet and to have a fairytale ending. Life is not like movies and porn, where feelings, emotions and situations are fake and manipulated. Both Jon and Barbara both needed a reality check as both has unrealistic ideals.
I felt that Jon became more likeable towards the end as you get to see the real him. I couldn't stand Barbara though (maybe it's because I just can't stand Scarlett Johansson); I just found her incredibly annoying and whiny. I was just like really when Jon said "she's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen." Scarlett Johansson is massively overrated looks wise and acting wise. Scar Jo only seems to be suited for the sexed up roles where she gets to pout and act like the dumb blonde. She suited the role though as her character was superficial, dumb and high maintenance. I liked Julianne Moore in this; she has a lot of presence and is far more likeable and charismatic than pouty Scar Jo, plus I felt that her character was genuine and likeable.
Since Don Jon came out in theatres I was desperate to see it (unfortunately I didn't get the chance to see it) but it definitely did not disappoint. Don Jon is one of those films where what you see is what you get. This film is so good that I had the desire to watch it second time, which I don't get very often with films. Joseph Gordon Levitt is definitely one to watch; he's an excellent actor, director and writer. Huge respect for him and I hope he goes on to do more good films like this. This film is definitely worth watching and is something girls could learn something from too, not just guys!
I saw this in my television guide and decided to give it a watch as from the blurb it seemed interesting. Play Misty For Me is kind of like an earlier Fatal Attraction. The film is about a carefree radio DJ, Dave Garver (Clint Eastwood) who has a one night stand with a fan and frequent caller, Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) who often requests the song "Misty" by Erroll Garner. Dave makes it clear that he's looking for no strings attached, but Evelyn finds herself obsessed with Dave and begins to stalk him and shows up at his place unannounced. She becomes aggressive and volatile when Dave tries to let her down gently, but she cannot accept that he does not want her. She tries to stand in the way of Dave's relationship with his on-off girlfriend Tobie (Donna Mills) who he is in love with and eager to get back together with. Evelyn becomes more and more menacing and dangerous and won't stop until she gets what she wants.
Jessica Walter is definitely convincing and almost measures up to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Jessica Walter goes from innocent doe eyed woman to raging psychopath in nought point two seconds. I did find a lot of the scenes more funny than scary though I think it's down to limited special effects as the blood looks really fake and over the top acting. Although Jessica Walter was really good, Glenn Close was a bit more natural. Play Misty For Me was a really entertaining watch though it got a bit slow towards the end. Although it has it's faults, it's still a very decent and entertaining watch.
Changeling is a harrow and haunting film based on a true story. Angelina Jolie is phenomenal and I have to say I'm really beginning to gain respect for her. Changeling is based on the true 1928 kidnapping case of nine year old Walter Collins. Angelina Jolie plays Walter's distraught mother Christine. The film portrays a mother's battle to find her son and how the corrupt Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) don't do their job properly and hand her a child who is not her's and accuse of her being mentally ill because they do not want to be made fools of. Changeling is a very gritty and dark film and by no means a light watch. Clint Eastwood did a good job with this movie; the cinematography is excellent and really captures the essence of the time.
Changeling is a powerful and gripping thriller and drama. It's also a subject that remains relevant today with all the child kidnapping and murder cases that still go on. This is probably a film that parents can really emphasize with. As gut wrenchingly sad and horrifying this film is it's also quite empowering as Christine battles to overthrow the unjust and merciless Los Angeles Police Department with the help of reverend Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), who often criticized the unjust police department on his radio show. John Malkovich too gives a good performance (you've just got to love John Malkovich's voice) as does Jeffrey Donovan who pays chief of the police department. Unfortunately abuse of power in authoritative positions is something that still exists, but this highlights it at it's most extreme. The Los Angeles Police Department was also hugely sexist and threw the women who questioned them into mental institutes.
Whilst Changeling is a powerful and haunting film it's one that is hard to enjoy because of it's dark context. It's very bold and graphic in it's depictions of the horrors that went on such as the kidnapping and murder of the boys of the Chicken Coop Kidnapping and Murder case, which Walter Collins was part of. This is a very harrowing watch, so those who get upset easily should prepare themselves if they want to see this. I completely respect this film for it's poignancy and realness, but it was too heavy for me. It also brings home the horrifying reality that there are some truly sick and twisted people in the world like the chicken coop killer, Gordon Northcott played brilliantly by Jason Butler Harner, who is truly chilling to watch and sadistic. This is a film that you have to watch at least once.