Top Ten Movie Facts I Found Today.

I love reading movie facts, especially when I discover something I have not heard of before.   I love it, sometimes I just can’t get enough of them.   It is also particularly interesting when I know I have seen the film, like, years and years ago, and I find out a fact I never knew about it.   So here are my top ten movie facts I found today.


Coming in at Number 10….

Picture: The Usual Suspects.


The idea for the poster for the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ made in 1995 (I was twelve!) was thought of way before any script had been written.   I thought that was a pretty cool one to start with.   ‘The Usual Suspects’ definitely had one of the greatest twist endings of all time.   I had to watch it three times before I worked out what was going on in the end myself.  It is still one of my favourite movies ever.   It is really cool to think they came up with a story from a picture of five silhouettes standing in a line up!  I love it.

Number 9.

Dan Aykroyd’s original script for ‘Ghostbusters’, (it was Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis which I didn’t know until today, RIP Harold Ramis!) well it was set in the future, where their characters had ordinary jobs like a fireman or a doctor.   Awesome.  Ghostbusters in disguise! I still prefer how they did it anyway, but that sounded like it could have been an interesting idea for the movie too.

Number 8.

Benedict Cumberbatch recorded his own screen test when he auditioned for Star Trek: Into Darkness….in his best friend’s kitchen, using his iPhone.  I love it.   And I love Benedict Cumberbatch too, and the sound of his voice.   You can just for a moment, picture him doing his audition on his iPhone in this friend’s kitchen.  I wonder if his mate recorded it as well.   That would be cool.  The one day it could somehow wind up on youtube or something.

Number 7.

Picture: The Godfather.


In ‘The Godfather’ the actor John Marley’s scream of fright was actually real, because in the scene with the horse….well basically he had not been told that the decapitated horse’s head was real!   To me, that whole thing sounds bloody horrific!!!  I think I would be screaming as well.

Number 6.

Bela Lugosi’s face (aka Dracula) was used as the model for playing Satan in Walt Disney’s classic movie ‘Fantasia’ in 1940.   That fact actually rings a bell to me.   I reckon I may have perhaps read that at some point in one of my Total Film magazines.   I think it is still pretty cool though.

Number 5.

It took fifteen people to operate the mechanical shark in Jaws.  That I can definitely understand as I recall seeing some on set photos from the movie, in my Total Film magazine of course, and although it does sound rather an awful lot, that rubber shark was bloody huge.  They had to make it realistic after all.  Remember though, it is just a rubber shark!   It is still safe to go in the water…..

Picture: Jaws.


Number 4.

This next fact actually doesn’t sound like it could be true, but I did read it on a Hollywood movie website.   ‘The Muppet Movie’ was ‘cut and censored’ by New Zealand on the grounds that it was too violent!   Are they having me on here?! Apparently not, but to be honest I don’t believe it.   How can a ‘Muppet’ movie be classed as violent?   I may decide to look into that one a bit further in the future, because honestly, I don’t believe it.   Then again, stranger things have happened where Hollywood is concerned.

Number 3.

Whilst filming ‘The Hunger Games’, Jennifer Lawrence accidently kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head….ouch…not quite sure which scene, it didn’t say.   And yes I would have thought that must have really hurt, but it turns out she actually knocked him unconscious for a whole fifteen minutes.   He then had to go to hospital to be treated for a concussion.   He was okay thankfully.  I bet he had one hell of a headache though.

Picture: The Hunger Games.


Number 2.

For my number 2 spot, being a huge Stephen King fan as I am, I love that whilst ‘The Shining’ was being filmed legendary film director Stanley Kubrick would reportedly phone Stephen King up every night at 3am, and ask him questions about the book and the characters.  Three o’clock in the morning…isn’t that ‘witching hour’?  Anyway….When Kubrick asked King ‘did he believe in God?’ King replied “Yes”, and apparently, Kubrick just yelled “I knew it!” and slammed the phone down on him.   I thought that was very random.  But I like random!

And for my top spot….

Number 1.

Picture: The Breakfast Club.


Out of all of the movie facts I have read today, this one is by far my favourite.   Another one of my favourite movies of all time is ‘The Breakfast Club’.    I loved it because it was a simple idea which was turned into a great movie because of it’s incredible, top quality acting.   I was a big Emilio Estevez fan back when I first saw this which was when I was probably about twelve or thirteen.   Anyway, I have just found out that in the scene where all the characters are sat in a circle on the floor in the library and they have to tell each other why they are in detention, that iconic scene wasn’t actually scripted!!   That for me has just made this movie more awesome than it already was!  Director John Hughes just told them to improvise!   No part of that scene was scripted at all, apart from the obvious sit down in the library part.   Brilliant.   That also just proves to me just how incredible all those actors were in that one scene.   Plus the fact that they were still all pretty young at that point too.   Definitely my favourite fact today.

Like I said, I love reading movie facts.  Like the movies themselves, I never seem to grow tired of them.


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Sarah x








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Case Study: The Mask.

This is my second case study.  I thought my first, ‘Insidious’ did ok, but this time around I have chosen to do something a bit more on the ‘lighter’ side.  Starring Jim Carrey, and made in 1994, ‘The Mask’ is one of my favourite 90s movies, and it happened to be only the second Jim Carrey movie I had seen after Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which was also made in the same year.


Picture: The Mask.


‘The Mask’ hold a special moment for me in my movie fan history because years ago, after I had decided I was a full blown movie fan ( I was about twelve or thirteen) I managed to somehow convince my mum into joining a ‘movie club’ which was first advertised in the TV guide we always used to get every week, and when you joined this club you could order videos (not DVDs!!) at a discounted price provided you bought I think it was about six a year, but for the first order you could have four movies completely free.   It was awesome!  ‘The Mask’ was one of the videos I chose, along with Casper, Batman Forever and Star Trek: Generations.   When I think about that time now I realise that I got them so cheap because videos were already being phased out ready to be replaced by DVDs.   But you know what, nothing would be able to take away the excitement and joy I used to feel when that new video was delivered through my door!!!  I used to get so ecstatic!!!

So with that bit of history out of the way with…..

‘The Mask’ was a huge surprise for me.   Admittedly when I chose it from this movie club I hadn’t actually seen it.  I did that a lot when I was younger, buy movies before watching them.  I chose it because of how freakish looking Jim Carrey’s character looked on the front cover.   I thought he looked quite cool.

Picture: Cameron Diaz as Tina Carlyle.


So we have this character, sweet, gullible Stanley Ipkiss, and his little dog Milo.   He works in a bank and he is a ‘nobody’.  But then he is introduced to the gorgeous Tina Carlyle, played by Cameron Diaz, who wants to open a bank account, and he falls in love with her.   It is actually very sweet.  But….after Stanley is chucked out of the nightclub where Tina works he fears Tina will never look at him twice.   Because he is ‘a nobody’.

But then Ipkiss finds The Mask floating in a river.   Strangely, he doesn’t even put The Mask on straight away.   The defining moment comes when he watches a TV show where this professor type guy goes on, talking about how ‘everyone wears a mask’ which I think is a message in itself because to a certain degree, at times we can all do that in (I quote) “…a way of adopting a more socially appropriate image of ourselves”.   So for a movie that is quite funny, and wacky I would say, the movie still carries a very serious message.

Picture: Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) with the ‘Mask’.


Jim Carrey really shows how great an actor he is when he transforms into The Mask.  He goes from sweet, sensitive Stanley, who feels like the only one who truly loves him is his dog Milo, into the confident, crazy, lovestruck ‘Mask’ in the blink of an eye.  He literally looked as though he had just jumped out of a comic book.   My first favourite scene is where he stands in the mirror for the first time and says ” It’s party time.  P A R T why, because I gotta” proved how a good comedy actor could turn into a great comedy actor, because it was like he was a completely different person, although I could still tell it was Jim Carrey even though he looked really weird with all that make up.   Everything he did from then on was so cartoon like, from the alarm clock, the eye popping, the wolf whistling, the dancing, the facial expressions.  They were all done brilliantly.  There were even bits of the movie that reminded me fondly of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ as well.  The laughs and screams The Mask made, the cartoon-like adventures he had like making a cartoon Tommy gun out of balloons and scaring the bad guys away, and peeling his flat self off the ground after falling from a great height, the way he danced as he listened to jazz music.  I really loved all that in the movie.  It made it fun.

Picture: Eye-popping Mask.


As the story goes, upon discovering he can actually do anything once he is The Mask, Stanley goes and robs the bank where he works.  Unfortunately it happens to be the same bank criminal mastermind Dorian, wanted to rob too, but The Mask gets there before his men can.    Despite the cops sniffing around him and trying to keep the money hidden them and the evil Dorian, The Mask still decides to turn up at Dorian’s club, in an embarrassingly big car, for some evening entertainment.  Thus follows my next favourite scene of the movie, when The Mask dances with Tina and has a great time much to Dorian’s disgust.  That was just such a fun scene.   The music was great,   it had lots of energy and it always gets me jigging along with it too, every time.  I love it.  Unfortunately it is short-lived because Dorian’s henchmen recognize The Mask from the bank robbery and the party is swiftly over.   Luckily the cops crash the party but after finding a piece of Stanley’s tie, cops Kellaway and Doyle start to suspect Stanley has something to do with the robbery too and go and question him.   Of course Stanley has the several hundred thousand bills stashed in his kitchen cupboard he is desperately trying to keep hidden from the police when they come round for a chat.   That was really funny.

Picture: Dorian as the evil Mask.


So The Mask has now gained an enemy in Dorian, because not only did he just steal all his money, but he also got one of his friends killed in the process.   Now with snooping news reporter Peggy Brandt, played by Amy Yasbeck also suspecting Ipkiss is the Mask, Ipkiss does his best to elude the Dorian, Peggy and the police, but fails dismally because the cops catch up with him, which leads on to the funniest dance scene I have ever seen in a movie ever, the ‘Rumba Beat’ dance scene.  That scene was classic Jim Carrey at his best.  I mean he was dressed like a Mexican and had maracas.  It was amazing.  All the cops were dancing, and poor Doyle, he wanted to dance too but Kellaway stopped him and said he would blow his brains out if he started dancing!   That was a great scene.

Picture: Rumba Beat, Jim Carrey.


I felt so sorry for Stanley when he is betrayed by Peggy, because after she suspects Stanley is The Mask, Peggy goes and offers the information to Dorian for a pay out, and I thought that was so mean.   So Dorian gets The Mask from Stanley and puts it on himself and just basically becomes a bigger git than he was before.  Peter Greene who plays Dorian has this really great chiselled face already and they matched the make up perfectly to the contours of his face, and made it look bigger and more scary.  I loved it.

I also loved the fact that out of all of the characters in the movie, the one who ends up breaking Stanley out of jail after he is arrested for being ‘The Mask’, is Milo the dog, so he can go and rescue Tina who is being hounded by Dorian’s henchmen.   And then he has to save the day as Stanley Ipkiss because Dorian has planned to steal all the money from the charity ball that is supposed to be for sick kids!!!  He can’t let that happen!!

I thought ‘The Mask’ was a great movie.  I particularly loved to see exactly how diverse Jim Carrey, as an actor, could be.  He was sensational in this.  You could always tell ‘The Mask’ was Jim Carrey, but he made that character so real.  True, it was a bit crazy at times but there were lots of funny moments, and I mean real laugh out loud moments.  And then there were moments when Jim Carrey’s Stanley was wandering aimlessly like a lovesick puppy and he was a bit lost.   When he found ‘The Mask’, Ipkiss thought he had found himself, but it turned out it was when he took the Mask off that Stanley discovered the real him, and that actually, he didn’t need the Mask at all.  After all, it was Stanley who got the girl in the end.


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Sarah x



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Exciting Movie News I Have Discovered Today.

I had read when I started surfing the internet and Twitter earlier that there were no pictures of the new Beauty and the Beast movie because they had been taken down.  Well, that cannot be right as I have just found one!  Not only does Belle played by Emma Watson look stunning, but the Beast (Dan Stevens) looks incredible too.   I think the make up they have used makes him looks so realistic.  I am quite excited for this one.

Picture: Beauty and the Beast.


I have always wanted that dress!  I still want that dress!!!

Moving on….

The new Spiderman, Homecoming, has wrapped filming.  Spiderman was one of those movies that I thought, seriously, they are actually doing this again? I am a big fan of the originals, I kind of wish they had left them at that, although Andrew Garfield did play the part really well.   Seems like it was only five minutes ago the last lot came out.   This movie has a brand new villain apparently although they haven’t gone into too much detail, so I am sure it will be good.   I still love Tobey Maguire as Spiderman really, but we shall see how Tom Holland fairs anyway.

I am also really looking forward to seeing The Girl On The Train, which from what I have read and heard from people who I know, has this really dark edgy atmosphere about it, and I love that kind of thing.  A lot of people have read the book and have said how good it is.  I would actually quite like to read the book too, and I really do, but I don’t want it to spoil the film because that’s just what I am like.   I quite looking forward to seeing Emily Blunt play the lead role as well I really like her as an actress, and it just looks so dark and mysterious.  I love dark and mysterious!   So I will watch the film I think when it comes out, then I shall read the book after!

Also, having just read this article about some movies that have not particularly ‘aged’ well, there are some I agree with, and some I don’t.  The Blair Witch Project definitely hasn’t aged well, even though I still think it is what I would call a random horror classic.  Braveheart, I haven’t seen in a while so I can’t really comment.   Forest Gump, that I do not agree with.  Forest Gump is an amazing movie and one of my all time Tom Hanks films, so I totally think they got that wrong in my opinion.  Hackers….yeah, that is really bad.  Despite having Jonny Lee Miller in it, Hackers is no Trainspotting!!!   Robin Hood: Prince Of Theives….I am sorry nobody disses that!!  How dare they.  Alan Rickman is a legend!   I disagree with Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom too, that is one of my favourites as well.   And the last one that really annoys me because I think it has aged well and is and always will be a classic, is The Fast and the Furious.  The very first Fast and Furious is a classic racing car movie and I love it.


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Sarah x



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Exciting Movie News I Have Discovered Today.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  I would say that I was having quite a productive one myself, at work and at home so that is always pretty good.   So let me tell you I always get really exciting when it is posted on Yahoo, or Twitter that somewhere in Hollywood, someone has found an old film.  I do believe this also happened a few months ago.  They have randomly found an old film reel that has been partially damaged by a fire, and with this one they have managed to salvage a whole 36 minutes of playable footage of Quentin ‘Pulp Fiction’ Tarantino’s first film.   I think that is pretty cool.  Quentin Tarantino is a legend!  The film, entitled ‘My Best Friend’s Birthday’ was originally  70 minutes long, and it is about a character played by Quentin Tarantino himself, who tries and fails to surprise his best friend on his birthday.  It turns out they found the film a few years ago but have only now been able to restore it and they are shortly going to be playing it at future film festivals.  I wouldn’t mind seeing that myself.  Actually wouldn’t mind going to a film festival.  That would be a great experience.

Picture: Quentin Tarantino.


Talking about old movies being shown on the big screen, and this was actually posted online last week (not sure where I was last week to miss this!) but one of my favourite movies of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, written by Stephen King, my favourite writer of all time, is returning to the big screen for Halloween!  To see that on the big screen would be an incredible experience too.  It does state in the article that I have read that it is only playing in selected cinemas, so I shall have to do some research and find out if it will be playing in mine.   I know I can watch ‘The Shining’ at any time I want at home, but we all know nothing can ever beat that big screen effect when it comes to movies.

Picture: REDRUM – The Shining.


Admittedly one of the most irritating things in movies for me, and probably for a lot of other film fans out there too, is waiting for them to come out, whether that be at the cinema or TV or DVD it’s the waiting that annoys me the most.   I have just read that according to Warner Bros, Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie is still 18 months away from completion.   Now that is bloody annoying!  Hands up those who think that is annoying!!!  I wonder if it might just have something to do with Ben Affleck co-writing and directing this one?   Which I am really excited about because he is a really good writer and director, let’s be honest, Gone Baby Gone was outstanding.   I get the feeling Ben Affleck just wants it to be perfect that’s all.  So if it takes a little longer to come out then that is how it has to be.  I am looking forward to it anyway, it will be worth the wait.

Picture: Thor Ragnarock.


On a more positive note it has also been confirmed that actor Sam Neill, who coincidently I watched on ‘The One Show’ just the other night, has bagged a role on the new ‘Thor: Ragnarock movie, alongside his former Jurassic Park co-star Jeff Goldblum.   I am looking forward to Ragnarock anyway but that sounds like it could be pretty good actor pairing…again, as well.   They both acted really well in Jurassic Park that is for sure.   They also added that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is going to have a bigger role in this movie too and I am pleased because, even though it is not The Hulk’s movie it would be nice to see him a bit more in this as I do love the chemistry between Thor and The Hulk.  They can be really funny together.    I love Mark Ruffalo too, he plays the role really well.  I have heard they may also be setting up a solo Hulk movie too and I hope they do.  But I am looking forward to this one in the meantime!   Thor: Ragnarock opens on November 3rd 2017.


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Sarah x

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Bridget Jones And Brangelina….

Well I have been very happy recently because I have just had an awesome weekend to finish off a really nice week off work.   So last Friday, after spending a few days visiting family which was really nice, I drove to Nottingham to visit my friend, Chrissie.  We had a lovely shopping day in Nottingham, normally I don’t do a great deal of shopping so I went all out this time and bought two new dresses, a pair of shoes and a MAC lipstick.  You have to treat yourself once in a while you know!!!  Then we had lunch, and a coffee in this really cute independent coffee shop it was lovely.  And then we went to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby!!

Picture: Bridget Jones’s Baby Movie Poster.


It was brilliant.   It really was a fantastic movie.  At this point I have this really strong urge to start banging on about it…but I won’t because it has only been out a week and I know there are going to be a lot of you out there that haven’t seen it yet and I don’t want to spoil it.  You have to go and watch it if you haven’t seen it yet because it is awesome.  It is quite possibly my film of the year…. And also, not forgetting this, we could drink Prosecco in the cinema which was so cool.  I rather quite enjoyed that too.

So what about the other the internet is talking about recently then…. What about Brangelina??  If I am being completely honest, I am not the least bit surprised at all.  I am amazed in away that is has lasted this long because a lot of Hollywood couples last like five minutes, but at the same time I am a little bit gutted for them as well.  Especially for the children as well.  They did seem really good together too.   However, now I am thinking…. A Brad and Jennifer Aniston reconciliation back on the cards?  You never know.  Now they were really good together!   Brad and Angelina do have loads of children too.  Apparently she is saying they are breaking up for the usual ‘irreconcilable differences’, which is the same for any Hollywood marriage break up.  But I have also read that Brad has alcohol and anger issues, according to Angelina, I read it on Twitter, if you believe that to be true.  I am not so sure myself.    Anyway, apparently Angelina said it was ‘getting dangerous for the children’…. but she has still granted Brad Pitt visitation rights.  So make of that what you will.   I personally think Brad Pitt’s anger issues are a load of rubbish.  But that is just me.

I am absolutely loving all the pictures and gifs on Twitter at the moment of Jennifer Aniston celebrating the fact that Brad and Angelina are over.   You have to check them out if you haven’t already.   They are so funny.


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Sarah x


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Case Study: Insidious.

This is my first ever movie ‘case study’.  I have called it a case study because in this post I am going into a bit more in depth about the movie, and a movie I have thoroughly enjoyed.  And actually because I thought calling it a ‘case study’ sounds really cool….Anyway…. I will also note that as I am going a bit more in depth, this will have spoilers.  Please don’t read on if you haven’t seen the movie.

Here are the basics.   Directed by James Wan, Insidious is a supernatural thriller made in 2011 and stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne.  The story revolves around a couple, Josh and Renai Lambert, whose son Dalton has fallen into this mysterious coma after exploring the attic of their new home.  After all treatment they try fails, the couple think it best he came home where they could look after him themselves.  That is when the supernatural spooky goings on start, and they realize they need spiritual help rather than scientific.

Picture: Insidious Movie Poster.


Insidious was one of the first movies I have seen where the idea for the story seemed so far ‘off the wall’ I didn’t think it was going to work.  Centred in the movie is a world which is a part of Purgatory, and they call it the ‘Further’.  I found this interesting because, a lot of people, myself included, believe in Heaven, and in Hell, and the place that is in between, plus I am a big Supernatural (the TV show) fan too, but the ‘Further’ was a completely new dimension that was about to be explored and I found that in itself really fascinating.   I loved the initial idea and after seeing the trailer for the first time, it gave me goosebumps.   It was the weirdness I think that drew me in to watch it in the end.  From the trailer it really looked as though it at upped the ante in the Hollywood horror movie genre.  Plus I love weird films anyway.

I will always remember the first time I watched Insidious because my parents were away and I watched it on my own, at night, as you do…. That certainly added to the effect it had being a supernatural horror film, and I would definitely add that at the time it was not my brightest idea as I do recall I did not sleep very well afterwards, and that certainly proves the ‘scares’ in it were extremely effective.

I loved the atmosphere in Insidious.   It had this really old-fashioned creepiness about it right from the start.   You can see the family it centres on lead a really hectic lifestyle.  They have three kids to feed, they have just moved into a new home.  The father, Josh Lambert, has an office job, and Renai the mother writes music at home and looks after the baby while the other children are at school.    All of a sudden we get this wonderfully eerie introduction to the family attic which kicks everything off.    Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is practically enticed to go up into the attic where after falling off a ladder, hits his head and then thinks he sees something in the darkest corner of the attic and starts screaming.  But it is brilliant because they don’t show you what it is.   I am sat there dying to know what it is he has just seen.   It is from this strange encounter that Dalton has in the attic that the movie starts to take a more sinister turn.

Picture: Rose Byrne as Renai.


Dalton falls into this strange coma, and they have no idea what is causing it.  The first scary bit for me was the booming voice over the baby monitor.  Josh thinks it is ‘interference’ but you just know it is a ghost.  Seeing one of the ghosts for the first time, through the netting of the baby’s crib was just a great image.  It was chilling and I loved it.  It’s one of those moments in a film where you say to yourself, was that really there?  Because you could only just make it out.   The first really big scare was brilliant.  Renai has told Josh to sleep on the couch because she is pissed at him, and she awoken in the middle of the night by this guy with long hair, wearing a trenchcoat pacing about her bedroom.  So simple and so terrifying.   It was the sound of his boots echoing on the floor.  You could hear them pounding in your head afterwards.  It was so weird.   You actually had to watch the movie really carefully as well because I found I missed quite a lot from the first time I saw it.  The first siting of the apparition of the little boy for example.  Look for him before he starts messing about.   On another note, the demon stood behind Josh whilst the sister was there, that bit actually still made me jump even though I knew it was coming.

Picture: Patrick Wilson as Josh, and the Red Demon.


By now it has been established that this is some kind of ghost or ghoul is causing Dalton’s mysterious coma, so now enter the paranormal investigators.  I loved them, they were awesome.  They even had EMFs which are devices for detecting the spirits of the dead.  Then we have Elise who is the psychic and you can see her immediate concern for the family as soon as she steps into the house, and she sees the creature in the shadows too and you really believe the terror in her hushed voice as she describes what she sees to a guy who draws it.  I loved her theory that Dalton is a traveller and that he can ‘astro project’ which is awesome too, he can have an out of body experience, except he has gone too far and can’t get back to his body and now his body is free to be inhabited or possessed which ever way you look at it, by a any one of the ghosts who seem to be hanging around.  It is brilliant.  I loved that idea.

One of my favourite scenes of the movie was when they did the séance and all the spirits started attacking them, and Elise was wearing a gas mask which was weird but it did work.  It was well done and also very dramatic.  I like a bit of dramatic.  That added to the atmosphere too.

Picture: Patrick Wilson.


The revelation that the father was a traveller was also very clever.  It added intrigue as to how the story could progress further.  Josh’s out of body experience was done very well too, particularly when he encountered a load of ghosts who seemed as though they were practically lost in time.  One reading a newspaper, one ironing.   The imagery was very surrealistic.   They were like evil mannequins of death.  That was my favourite scene.  I also loved the demon’s lair where Dalton was held.  The demon actually reminded me of some old demented toy maker.  I loved the amount of make up that went into creating him, he definitely looked like hell had just spat him out.   The creepy old woman scared me though.  Now she was scary.  I didn’t forget her straight away after the movie had ended.   And so basically, to round things off,  Josh and Dalton have to get back to their bodies because otherwise some despicable ghost will possess them if they don’t.  I thought that was an ingenious idea too.

I loved the movie because of the plot and the place that is the ‘Further’ because it was a very creative idea, and I loved the fact it was centred on a father and son.   I also loved how it was very surrealistic in it’s images of terror all throughout the film.  It was brilliantly done.  Should you watch it? If you like creepy movies this is definitely one for you.  It has a habit of drawing you into this atmospheric nightmare it creates, and it leaves you wanting so much more from it.


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Sarah x




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Exciting Movie News I Have Found This Week.

I have found out some really interesting stuff going on in the movie world this week.  Most of it I have found on Twitter because I do use Twitter practically every day.  It is really great for finding out any news, but especially movie news.  This is what I have found out.

So first of all, and I am really impressed with this because I have just read that the actor Shia LaBeouf is finally looking like he is getting his life back on track after a few random years of his questionable behaviour.   According to Variety Magazine, after several years of heavy drinking, random public outbursts and his general on-set ‘wild child’ persona, Shia LaBeouf genuinely looks as though he is trying to grow up, and in his own words he says “I am learning how to distill my ‘crazy’ into something manageable”.  So that is good to hear.  I do like Shia LaBeouf as an actor and I am pleased he is finally attempting to sort his life out.  Better late than never.  He is also starring in a new movie called ‘American Honey’, which is about a travelling magazine sales crew.  So hopefully Shia can only go up from here, and I am very happy that he has begun to think more positively about his future.

Picture: Shia LaBeouf Variety Magazine 2016.


Also, ‘The Crow’ is to begin filming next January.  So this is the reboot of the original movie that starred the ill-fated Brandon Lee, son of martial arts idol Bruce Lee, and who was tragically killed on set of ‘The Crow’ after a prop revolver went off.   Reading about that in a bit more detail it explains that he was hit in the spinal cord by a projectile shot from a gun firing blanks.  He was twenty eight when he died, and that is so sad.   Now Hollywood has decided to remake ‘The Crow’ starring Jason Momoa, and I am not quite sure who that is….but I have read that already they have started to say the movie will be cursed.  I think that is awful.  I have decided as I am generally an optimistic person that I don’t believe it.  And I cannot wait to see the reboot because I thought the original was incredible.

Picture: Brandon Lee in The Crow.


Moving on….

The next piece of news I read really came as no surprise really, but actor Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered $150 million dollars to do not one, but two more James Bond movies.   I didn’t think Daniel Craig wanted to do James Bond anymore, I am sure I read that somewhere.  I have feeling that because they haven’t managed to find anyone else, or can’t decide on anyone else more like, the filmmakers have offered a huge some of money to Daniel Craig to reignite his interest in the role.  It didn’t say Craig was definitely going to do it, but I should imagine he will now.  He does make a really good James Bond anyway, so I am pleased but….. honestly I am still really hoping Tom Hiddleston will be Bond one day.  I think he would make an amazing Bond.  Maybe he is just not ready?  Or maybe he doesn’t want to do it?  Give him another five years or so.   You just never know!

Picture: Daniel Craig as James Bond.


Lastly, I am a very big Johnny Depp fan (Captain Jack Sparrow all the way!) and he is now starring in a new movie called ‘Labyrinth’ and not to be confused with the David Bowie movie of the same name, this movie is about the high profile murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, who were both killed in drive by shootings six months apart.   Johnny Depp is to play the real life detective who was assigned to investigate both cases.  I think this sounds like a really good movie too, and it will be nice to see Johnny Depp star in another serious movie role also.

Personally I cannot wait to see ‘The Crow’ reboot.  I think they will do that really well, especially if they make it as weird and as wonderful as the original was.

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So this was my movie that I watched last night.   I thought Sicario was done very well.  I found it to be quite a deep story, and yet I still found it extremely exciting to watch.

With some spoilers

Picture: Cinema Release Photo.


Apparently in Mexico, ‘Sicario’ means ‘hitman’, which I did not know.  I do love to learn something new.  This movie revolves around FBI agent Kate Macer, played by Emily Blunt ( who is taken on by the Government to help stop drugs from creeping over the U.S and Mexico border.   It was the opening ten minutes of the movie that got me hooked straight away, let’s just say the first introduction to the character of Kate Macer really did go off with a bang.  I do really love it when a movie delivers like that, particularly so early on.

What I loved about Kate Macer as a character was her courage to stand up and fight in the war against drugs and go after the main drugs leader in the movie, with the help of Alejandro (Benecio Del Toro) and Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and I thought that was really commendable.   Kate Macer I found was quite a ‘deep’ character.  For many moments throughout the movie I found myself being almost entranced by her thoughts, I don’t often pick up on the ‘sounds’ of the movie, not the music, but the background sounds.  The sounds of a plane in the sky, the sound of kitchen pots and utensils as they are being used, and the lowest buzzing sound you can imagine that you could hear when Macer was thinking as she patrolled the borders.  I thought the attention to detail was incredible.

Picture: Emily Blunt as Kate Macer.


Most of the imagery throughout the film was really shocking, but that was good in the sense that is it gave you a real picture of what was going on.  I loved how it didn’t seem to phase Kate at all at first, and yet I could still tell that she looked as though she was thinking, trying to work things out.  That was brilliantly done.

The movie made me feel quite on edge at times too, but that was another thing I loved about it.   I found it to be very suspenseful and extremely atmospheric.  And although Kate at the beginning seemed quite ‘lucid’ almost, as the movie went on you could see the cracks starting to show as her emotions would kick in.  And despite the majority of the movie being set in a war zone type scenario, one of the scariest scenes for me was when Kate went to a bar and met a seemingly regular guy, who suddenly turned on her in her own home because of who she was and what she did.  It was also interesting to see how she didn’t react the same way as she perhaps would have done whilst at work.  That scene gave an insight to a different side to her.

Picture: Benicio Del Toro as Alejandro.


You could tell that the film was leading on to this ‘bigger picture’, but I won’t spoil it by giving anything away.   I loved the air of mystery surrounding the story and the characters in it.  There were some quality acting from both Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro.  I loved the suspense and the high stakes, and the impending doom encased in most of the film’s scenes.  And it was one of those movies that l found was literally pulling me in closer and closer, then it would go off with a bang.   That was what made it so good.


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Gone Baby Gone!

I have been meaning to watch this movie for a while, for me it was the amazing cast it had, so I am really pleased I decided to watch this last night.  The movie stars Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and is directed by one of my favourite actors at the moment, Ben Affleck.  Admittedly I haven’t seen Ben’s brother Casey act in many movies, but I had heard that he was really good in this one.   And I must say he was actually very good.

Picture: Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie.



So the movie jumps right into the plot, a little girl, Amanda McCready has gone missing, and her family are appealing for information to try and get her home safely.  Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro play the two private investigators who are approached by the girls aunt in an effort to find her.   Personally I quite like movies with private investigators or the cops as they always seem to end up being fascinating characters.  I loved how Patrick Kenzie and his partner Angie Gennaro played by Michelle Monaghan openly discussed and practised their morals throughout the movie.  You could see in the beginning they really wanted to help, but they had their reservations to deal with too, as it turns out it is not the type of case they usually go for.

They also have a few obstacles in their way.  Morgan Freeman’s Captain of the police, Jack Doyle, was a little harsh with his comments on Patrick Kenzie’s age quite early on, and the couple also had the ticking clock to deal with as well, but they kept on digging, which showed real strength of character from both Kenzie and Gennaro throughout the film.

Picture: Morgan Freeman as Jack Doyle.


At times the movie would throw in some really shady characters because the neighbourhood that surrounded them was quite rough.  One or two people wanted to help with the search for the missing child, others didn’t want to know which made Kenzie and Gennaro’s job that much harder, plus everyone else just seemed to go on about how old they were too, which was very irritating, but they just took everything in their stride which I thought gave a real quality of depth to their characters.

As the story goes on theories start to fly from every corner.  We discover that there maybe drugs linked with the child’s disappearance as it turns out both parents are using.  It might be a revenge plot, the child’s parents might owe money, and the movie was very good at not revealing too much too early on and just dropped subtle hints every now and again to get you thinking.  I liked that about it.  It did the same with some of it’s characters too.  In the beginning the mother is very cocky and doesn’t appear to understand the seriousness of everything.  Morgan Freeman’s character Jack Doyle seemed very dark and mysterious, he played a really good part and he his character had a great back story.  Even Affleck and Monaghan had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Picture: Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Michelle Monaghan.


I loved how dark the movie was as well.  The scene with the image of the doll in the water was really well shot.  I thought the scene where Patrick goes to the ‘crack house’ in search of Amanda and gets chased by a deranged woman with a gun was quite scary, and some of the imagery in general throughout the film was quite grotesque but still very well documented and relevant to the storyline.   In addition to that, the reactions and the emotions from the characters, particularly in Affleck’s case, were very real and heartbreaking at times.  You can see he starts to struggle to cope at certain points and that is captured emphatically on screen.

I thought it was very good.  The story was very well written, it was suspenseful and heart-breaking.  It was brilliantly acted, particularly from Casey Affleck whose performance was utterly captivating.  And I thought the conclusion of the movie was very well executed as well.


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Sarah x


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The Martian.

I do enjoy a good Matt Damon movie every now and again, and he certainly did not disappoint me with this movie.  I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Martian’.  In a nutshell, the movie is about a group of astronauts who take a trip into space to survey Mars.  However, during a turbulent storm, they are forced to abandon the planet, but astronaut Mark Watney aka Matt Damon gets left behind.

Picture: Matt Damon as Mark Watney.


Some spoilers.

As it turns out, Mark Watney is a ‘botanist’ which is rather handy, and he is able to teach himself how to make water and grow food, mainly potatoes, that keep him alive.  I found it utterly fascinating, and the whole idea behind the story of the movie, even made me believe it could be possible.  To just be able to grow and live on potatoes on Mars.  I loved it.

Matt Damon acted brilliantly in this movie too.  Despite being left behind on a desolate planet to fend for himself, and instead of wallowing in his own self pity, he adapts to his situation, and with his excellent knowledge of botany (which is really quite handy) he comes up with this sustainable solution to keep himself alive, whilst he counts down the days until he is hopefully rescued.

I loved the whole ‘day to day’ living on Mars as well.  Watney made the most of what he had, and would venture out of his little ‘space centre’ or what ever it was that he lived in on the planet, to try and find anything that would help him contact his friends and colleagues back home, but mostly he would explore and I loved those moments in the movie because it gave a view of what Mars could be like.

Picture: Jessica Chastain as Melissa Lewis.


Then you have all the people on earth trying to find a solution to get Watney home safely, and I really loved the way everyone on earth got behind Watney and basically cheered him on to keep surviving until help reached him.  It was great.  I also loved Jessica Chastain’s character Melissa, who with the rest of her crew decide to launch their own rescue mission and going against their superior’s orders.  I like Jessica Chastain and I thought she played her part as the ‘firm but fair’ captain very well.

There were a few ‘technical bits’ in the movie that I did find a bit to hard to follow, but the rest of the movie as a whole was very enjoyable to watch.  I loved the fact that Watney grew his own food, I thought the chemistry amongst the team as a whole as they pulled together to get him home was very authentic, the design of the space crafts in the movie were amazing, and I actually thought the way the filmmakers had designed Mars itself was pretty cool too.  I thought was very realistic.

Picture: The Martian Movie Poster.


The movie is definitely one to watch, if only to see Matt Damon as I believe he gave one of the best performances of his career in this film, plus it had a cracking soundtrack.   I thought having ‘Starman’ by David Bowie playing in the background was a really nice touch.   The movie boasted a captivating storyline, and the acting performances were all electrifying.    I absolutely loved it.


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Sarah x

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