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About Lost for Words

I write reviews about films I watch. I have just finished a film production course at Brighton Film School, and am wanting to become an independent film producer. This blog originally just focused on film and series reviews, but now also focuses on my journey into film.

Going Down Under


I haven’t posted in months, which is absolutely heartbreaking!! I had big plans to write about my progress as a first-time producer outside of Film School, whilst continuing to write film reviews, and have sadly not had time to do either!! 

I began this blog as a film reviewing blog whilst I couldn’t work/ psychically move (because I’d fucked my knee up), then said I wanted to transform this blog into a personal blog about my experiences of trying to get into film production, and now I am altering this into a blog about my own life (encompassing both these passions and much more).

I have always believed that personal accounts like this are organic, and so will evolve over time anyway (as and when a clear path becomes evident on what they should be about). Consequently, I will not delete my past posts (as it’s nice to look back at movies I love/ambitions I had set myself). However, as I, myself, am ‘Lost For Words’, I feel that my newly sited purpose for this blog (i.e. an account of my own life experiences) better suited, as I struggle to have an intelligible conversation about my emotions, but love to write about how I’m feeling/the stupid things that happen to me. I therefore want to write about my life, from my love of movies to my attempts to get into the industry, to my personal mishaps and current travels, to not only help me express myself, which will hopefully help me to become a better writer.

So, the purpose of this first post (of this newly organised blog), is to outline the first few days of the rest of my life, as I am in the process of moving to/living and working in Australia (on the other side of the world) for at least the next 6 months of my life (if all goes to plan – which never seems to happen)…


So, my original plan was to go to Australia and visit my best friend, as a distraction from a broken heart (which I stupidly broke myself). I left the love of my life and couldn’t bare to be in the same country, so decided to book a trip to the other side of the world!! Sadly, this was waylaid for a year (due to family illness/accidentally self-inflicted injuries). As a result, instead of going to Perth to stay with a friend studying there, I travelled alone almost a year later than planned.

I’m not going to lie, I have been shitting myself about coming, having spent countless nights sat up having quiet panic attacks to myself. However, I am now in Melbourne (the second scheduled stop of my trip after Perth), and am just about getting by.

It still doesn’t feel like I’ve left England, and I still have accidentally spoken to people as though I am in still in England. I have been lost countless times (Google Maps hasn’t helped), but luckily everyone here has been amazingly helpful – to the point where my first Uber driver in Melbourne offered me work!!

I am still trying to figure out Melbourne (this is only the second day I have been living here) – so still need to figure out transport, work and where to live. Consequently, the next few blogs will be tips on how to get by in Australia/how I am progressing and what I plan to do next.

13 weeks to go… Happy Valentine’s Day


Last night it hit me that it’s 13 weeks to go until productions of the short I’m producing gets underway…

I’m so nervously excited. Sorting out social media and funding tonight (my two favourite things), followed by watching ‘Closer’ (2004) – an all time favourite film of mine, which I will review shortly.

I completely forgot it was Valentine’s Day, until I woke up to cards from my mum and grandma (yes I’m that cool), and so have decided to watch this film. My views of love and relationships are pretty warped at the moment (which is something I’m trying to figure out), and this film makes me realise how close love and hate really are on the ’emotional spectrum’ (I guess it’s true what they say – there is a thin line between love and hate). I’m not saying I hate anyone, but this film makes me appreciate how obsessive and destructive love can be (rather than the idealised romantic perception that card companies and rom-coms usually depict) – the guy does not always get the girl, and endings are rarely happy…

Consequently, I’m going to obsess over trying to find funding for my short (of which I will divulge more information when I’m happier with the way I’m producing), and unwind from a hectic day at work watching this tragic classic. I can’t wait! 

Life – update


I haven’t posted anything in a while, so thought I’d write a short one to talk about what I’ve been up to (that’s distracting me so much from my beautiful film blog).

So about a month ago I agreed to produce a short film with some people I went to Film School with.. as outlined in my ‘About Me’ part of my blog, I am an aspiring film producer, so immediately jumped at this opportunity! 

So over the past few weeks I’ve been brainstorming with a director and cameraman, and a script has fallen into place (written by the beautiful director), a shot list has emerged (created by the director and cameraman), and a trailer has just this weekend been filmed (starring yours truly)!! 

The film is in its first stages (we haven’t secured an actress, all the crew or locations yet), and it is an entirely self-funded, low budget short, but I am so excited and proud to say I am part of this.

Consequently, I am going to start a section on my blog dedicated to my experiences as a producer in the hope that it will help others who are getting into the business too / kind and generous souls who are already involved in the business we call show might comment and give me insights into the role – here’s hoping….

Watch this space for more film reviews and production updates – exciting times! 

‘Listen to Me Marlon’ (2015) -7/10

This film was absolutely fascinating from the beginning right up until the end. ‘Listen to Me Marlon’ is a 2015 documentary about the American actor Marlon Brando. This legend, best known for his style of method acting, had created hundreds of hours worth of personal audio documenting his life and acting career. These were found after his death, which the director Stevan Riley has masterfully compiled together.

Apart from ‘Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father’ (2008), I have to say that this is one of the best documentaries I have every seen. What struck me most about this film was the vast composition of unseen and unheard footage and audio from Brando’s personal archive that documented not only his highly successful acting career, but his extraordinary life away from the screen as well. The confessional style used to compile this together is incredibly moving – especially as I had no idea how distraught his life actually was.

The way that Stevan Riley (the director) artfully chose to use Brando’s commanding voice and captivating perspective to steer the documentary  was was impressive. In hindsight, I think that there was no other way to have properly archived Marlon Brando’s life than from the man himself.

Brando’s engaging audio narrative could  easily be a character from a film (or an enigmatic alter-ego at the very least).
For some reason, whilst listening to some of his innermost ramblings, I could not help but perceive parallels between him and Gatsby (the  eponymous character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1930s book which glamorised the 1920s in a poignantly tragic way). Like ‘The Great Gastby’ Brando explains how he worked his way up, coming from the humbled background of a business man’s son to being one of the best actors in the world! This was poignantly twinged by him tirelessly striving for the political rights of groups such as Native Americans, as well as the dark elements of his personal life. He gave his all, but was tragically a very flawed character (a self confessed womaniser whose later life was torn with family strife). This unique portrayal of his life, as mentioned above, could not have been told more eloquently by anyone else, other than the actor himself. Stevan Riley (who wrote, directed and edited this masterpiece) has done an amazing job embodying  a piece of Brando’s life in cinema. If you like the actor Marlon Brando, you like documentaries and like the history of Hollywood then you MUST watch this.

Passengers (2016) – 5.5/10

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw ‘Passengers’, the new sci-fi film directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. I had reservations about this film, as I was worried that it was going to be exactly what the advert showed (a couple lost in space, having accidentally woken from hibernation pods before they were supposed to, on an unmanned malfunctioning spacecraft in the middle of space). Luckily, there was more to the film than just this.

As briefly mentioned above, ‘Passengers’ begins with Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) accidentally waking up 90 years before he is supposed to. Jim is a technician by trade, and discovers that his hibernation pod (which was supposed to have put him into a deep sleep until he arrived on a new planet) has malfunctioned, and so has to figure out what went wrong. Before long, another passenger awakes, a journalist called Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), and a multitude of strange things start to occur on the ship as these 2 strangers start to learn to live together.

For me, this film was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Firstly, I love the cinematography of this movie. Recently, I have started warming to sci-fi as a genre in general. I am not sure whether it is because film technology (special effects and CGI) is so much more advanced now that space scenes can be made to look seamlessly good, or whether it is because I am finally watching big blockbusters like this on the big screen, where they are intended to be seen (or possibly it is a combination of both things).

Secondly, the fantastic special effects are beautifully showcased by the sleek set and stunning architectural design of the spacecraft itself. For example, there are massive windows within the ship, specifically created to view the spectacle and vastness of space, which (along with scenes of the couples out in space in their spacesuits) symbolise the immensity of space in comparison to humanity. If I was a passenger on this spacecraft, I would be very impressed with its grandeur.

Finally, in the same way that the sets enhanced the special effects, the accompanying music of this film meshed both these cinematic components flawlessly. This was composed by Thomas Newman (who has worked on films like ‘WALL.E’ (2008), ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994), and ‘Skyfall’ (2012)), and complemented the variety of emotions that the film exuded at appropriate points (whether that being expressing the sheer vastness of space, the frustration of isolation, the intimacy of human contact, or the raw passion of human survival).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the film, and thought it had so much potential! Sadly, this was let down by the second half of the film, which was extremely lame. I was going to give this a 7 out of 10, but developments in the latter part of the film made me reconsider, and left me to rate this film with a merge 5.5/10.

For me, the ending of a film can make or break it, and the end of this film broke it. Firstly, as this is a film about re-colonisation in space, the idea of American Manifest Destiny (the 19th Century idea that America had the right of Westward) is addressed. Now obviously it has to be addressed at some point (because the whole concept of the film is about humans settling on a second planet in the universe millions of light years away from Earth). However, the manner in which it was addressed was extremely sickly. It glorified the fantasy of the original American Dream (the idea that equality of opportunity is available to anyone in space) in a nonsensical way. The script extremely weak at this point – it was unbelievably idealistic, unrealistic and arrogant of expansion into the unknown. This fantasy dominated the second half of the film, turning it away from something that would have been great (which I will get onto below).

Secondly, I did not like the idea that such a rigid class system would still exist (with Aurora Lane as the journalist being upper class, and Jim Preston, a technician, being lower class). The portrayal of this just reminded me of a Titanic of the skies (with its different classes segregated to different sections of the ship), and did not sit comfortably with me. I am aware that a class type system will always exist (certain people will always be better off than others). However, it could have been addressed in a better manner…

Finally, I did not like the love aspect of the film. I do not want to give too much away, but the ending of the film is diluted (and in my eyes spoilt) by this… Essentially, the ending felt rushed, and it detracted from all the brilliant aspects of the first half of the film, in which Chris Pratt gave a fantastic performance. His portrayal of a lone man losing the sanity that social conventions and interactions instil into a civilised human-being was so believable, and showed his vulnerability in a touching way. My favourite scene of the film, in fact, was a scene where Pratt lets himself go as he begins to lose his sanity from having to live by himself for so long. I saw the video of how this look was produced, and it was pretty amazing what the art/make-up department did. Ultimately, ‘Passengers’ was a mixture of this unstable isolated psyche examined in ‘Castaway’ (2000), the re-colonisation aspect of ‘WALL.E’ (2008) and the loneliness of ‘Moon’ (2009) thrown into one – all of which I adored. Then it became about survival, and then love (which ensured its demise)…

These three points countered the three factors I loved about the film (the special effects, the sets and the soundtrack), and undermined them. I do not want to give too much away, but overall, there was good character development and more of a plot than I expected, but when Jennifer Lawrence entered the picture, it got real shit real fast. Now I am not saying that Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was not good (it was), but as soon as she came into the film, it became a wish-washy, predictable film.

Ultimately, this film started strong and then floundered. It had a lot of ideas and ended up running away with it self. It should have ended 20 minutes before it did, and if it had, it would have been a great film with cheesy Americanised elements, but something different and great. Chris Pratt was extremely good at certain points in the film, but these efforts were eclipsed by the uselessness of the final aspects of the film. Initially l liked the romance scenes between Pratt and Lawrence’s characters, but as soon as the plot altered track, I became annoyed and disillusioned by it. Overall, I think the reason I was so upset with this film was because I went in expecting little, began to really like it, then became disgruntled as it became frustratingly predictable and twee, rather than punchy.

 

 

New Years Resolution

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As mentioned in my last post, 2016 was not a great year. We lost many beloved celebrities, saw a ridiculous, allegedly corrupt, billionaire become President-elect (I’m still half trying to wake up from that nightmare), and the UK left the EU (which we still have not even started experiencing the fallout from).

As last year left me disgruntled and extremely deflated, I decided that I was going to take charge in 2017, and make this THE year. The year of reflection, the year of growth and the year of change. I am hoping that 2017 will be the gentle (and much needed) cathartic to calm the pain and stress of the unintentional and unwarranted hangover of 2016.

Now at the beginning of last year, I set my aims high by declaring that I would make lots of New Years Resolutions, and stick to these. I, ashamedly, have not followed through on a single one of these. I quit learning Spanish after my first lesson, I gained weight, I have not become more ‘cultured’ nor confident. Therefore, this year I set myself goals I knew I could achieve (to buoy myself, gain my desired confidence, then aim higher next year). Consequently, (as we are now half way through the first month of the year), I have decided to reflect on my aims of 2017 that I set out a little over 2 weeks ago.

My first resolution is that I want to read 50 books, and my second is to watch 100 new movies (ones that I have never watched before) within the year. The below link (to an Independent article) is perfect, as it combines both of these desires. It outlines 29 novels which have been adapted into film, due to be released later this year. As I have not read any of those listed, I cannot wait to read and watch some of the classics (including Murder on the Orient Express) and popular modern books, by authors like Stephen King (including It and The Dark Tower), that I have been holding off on reading. These release dates will definitely give me a drive to read them before they’re released.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/movie-book-adaptions-to-read-a7524471.html

Some of my favourite movies in the world are based on books! These include; the Harry Potter franchise, The Godfather trilogy, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby and Gone Girl. This article made me realise how fantastic both mediums are, and made me so optimistic about my New Years Resolutions. To add to this list, I cannot wait to see the new ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) film (‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017)). I watched the original last night for the first time (which is based on a book called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and it made me realise that I am definitely becoming a fan of the sci-fi genre (which I never used to like). This has a lot to do with it being an 80s film (I love this period of film-making), and the fact that the protagonist is Harrison Ford (what a babe), as well as the incredible use of light (Ridley Scott is a visionary). I hope the sequel is as good!

Ultimately, from the above mentioned link, 2017 looks like it’s going to be a healthy, productive year. So far I have read 4 books, watched 9 films, and am highly optimistic about the future of film.

My Favourite Films of the Year

Last year was been shit. In fact it was dog shit.

However, there were some absolute bangers released (both in terms of film and music). These are my favourite 10 films of 2016 (listed in no particular order/of the films I have seen – there are so many left on my ‘to watch’ list that I am sure are amazing too).

  1. Deadpooldeadpool.jpgDirected by:
    Tim Miller

    Written by:
    Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

    Starring:
    – Ryan Reynolds
    – Morena Baccarin
    – Ed Skrein
    – Stefan Kapicic
    – Brianna Hildebrand
    – Karan Soni

    Genre:
    Romantic comedy/Sci-Fi/Superhero movie

    Synopsis:
    Wade (Ryan Reynolds) creates the alter-ego Deadpool after being subjected to a rogue experiment (which he turns to after discovering he has incurable cancer) that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge for being disfigured.

    Why I loved it:
    This film is hilarious. It has a dry, quick script which is cutting. It’s a film that takes the mick out of its own genre, and is not afraid to subvert it at the same time. It’s a mixture of the humour of ‘Ant Man’ (2015) combined with the comic book style narratives of ‘Zombieland’ (2009) and ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010) (but less naivety and more sass). Even if (like me) you’re not totally convinced by superhero films as a genre, you’ll love this one.

  2. Green Room
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    Written and Directed by:
    Jeremy Saulnier

    Starring:
    – Anton Yelchin
    – Joe Cole
    – Alia Shawkat
    – Callum Turner
    – David W. Thompson
    – Mark Webber
    – Patrick Stewart

    Genre:
    Horror/Thriller

    Synopsis:
    A band on tour play an off-road gig in a secluded part of the American Pacific Northwest, and accidentally witness a horrific violent act. Consequently, they unintentionally become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads (who own the bar they have played in), and so have to try and escape as the skinheads attempt to cover all evidence of the crime.

    Why I loved it:
    I went into the cinema expecting this film to be a tongue-in-cheek, black comedy movie about a band trying to escape a room they become trapped in after witnessing something they should not have. I was pleasantly (or shockingly) surprised to find out that this was in fact a fully fledge horror film about neo-Nazis, and was fully gripped/horrified in equal measures. There is an excellent balance of music, gore and suspense. It was not what I was expecting, and had a resounding impact on me. I loved the style/way it was filmed, and the acting is great. If you like dark, subtle horrors you’ll like this.

     

  3. The Witch
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    Written and Directed by:
    Robert Egger

    Starring:
    – Anya Taylor-Joy
    – Ralph Ineson
    – Kate Dickie
    – Harvey Scrimshaw

    Genre:
    Horror

    Synopsis:
    Set in New England in the 1630s, a family lead a devout Christian life on the edge of a community they have been banished from. One day, their baby disappears from under the eyes of their eldest child, which their younger children blame on the ‘Witch’ that lives in the woods.

    Why I loved it:
    I am a Northerner, so first and foremost, I loved the broad English Northern accents of all the actors. I also love this period of American history, especially the suspicion aroused by devout Christians suspecting that the unusual women of society are all witches. In turn, I liked how the film captured the traditional themes of witchcraft in a subtle, natural way (like the act of becoming possessed). If you like old-school horrors, you’ll love this.

  4. Nocturnal Animals
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    Written and Directed by:
    Tom Ford

    Starring:
    Amy Adams
    – Jake Gyllenhaal
    – Michael Shannon
    – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    – Isla Fisher
    – Ellie Bamber
    – Arnie Hammer

    Genre:
    Thriller

    Synopsis:
    The Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal) writes a novel about his ex wife Susan Morrow (Amy Adam) and dedicates this to her, despite not having spoken to her in years. The name of the book is ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (named after her), and as she reads this ‘devastatingly beautiful’ piece, she sees parallels of her life within the book, through dark and thrilling action.

    Why I loved it:
    I know I said I would not rate these film in any order, but I have to say that this was my favourite film of the year. This is because this film had the most impact on me. The plot is so simple yet so gripping. The cinematography, script and acting are flawless. I left the cinema feeling ill at ease in the best way. If you want a film that will entice and make you leave the cinema feeling a little introspective, then watch this!

  5. My Scientology Movie
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    Written and Directed by:
    John Dower

    Starring:
    – Louis Theroux
    – Rob Alter
    – Tom Cruise
    – Paz de la Huerta
    – Tom De Vocht

    Genre:
    Documentary

    Synopsis:
    This is a documentary about Scientology (a 1950s religion founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard shrouded in mystery and controversy). The investigative journalist Louis Theroux follows Mark Rathburn (a former senior church official), as well as other ex-members, and recreates scenes that these past members have personally experienced. They are unable to gain access to the ‘Churches’ facilities, and so have to recreate these scenes in a studio with hired actors.

    Why I loved it:
    I love Louis Theroux, so am probably a little biased with regards to recommending this. I think he is so engaging, and speaks on a level that anyone and everyone can connect with. Similarly, this topic is fascinating, and highlights (like most American subcultures) all the hypocrisies of this weirdly eccentric scientific based religion. I went to a Q&A session of this, and was blown away by how engaging Louis Theroux is. I know how long it takes to make a good documentary, so although the idea of Scientology has been done (and some may view this as outdated and tired), this was definitely worth the wait. It was eye opening, fascinating, and made me want to learn more about Scientology (and religion/cults in general).

  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
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    Directed by:

    Dan Trachtenberg

    Written by:
    Josh Campbell, Matthew Steucken and Damien Chazelle
    Starring:
    John Goodman
    – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    – John Gallagher Jr.

    Genre:
    Thriller/Sci-fi/Action/Horror

    Synopsis:
    Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has an accident when another car hits hers (when she’s distracted from witnessing something flying through the sky), and wakes up locked in a room. She discovers that this is an underground bunker habited by 2 other men. She has to figure out what has happened and / or escape from the unintentional trap she has got herself caught in.

    Why I loved it:
    It just was not what I was expecting. When I read about this sequel to ‘Cloverfield’ (2008), I thought it was going to be just that – a sequel. I thought it was going to be filmed in exactly the same way (with the same handheld style footage), in the same way (an alien invasion where the characters of the movie are trying to escape impending death), and full of actors I only half recognised. Consequently, I was happily surprised that none of this rang true. I loved the original, but am glad that they did not just replicate this, and instead produced something that was different from your run-of -the-mill alien invasion films/was grilling and had a great cast and soundtrack. This was a happy surprise. A lot is captured in this film despite its small setting and sparse cast – very entertaining and one of my favourite films of the year.

  7. A Bigger Splash
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    Directed by:
    Luca Guadagino

    Written by:
    David Kaiganich and Alain Page

    Starring:
    – Tilda Swindon
    – Matthias Schoenaerts
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Dakota Johnson
    Genre:
    Thriller

    Synopsis:
    Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts), an ex drug addicted actor, and Marianne Lane (Tilda Swindon), a singer recovering from a throat operation, take refuge in France. They bump into the Marianne’s old boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes), and so end up putting him and his young, volatile ‘daughter'(Dakota Johnson) up for the weekend. Things turn a rye as tensions (both psychological and sexual) build as the four have to deal with living together.

    Why I loved this:
    I liked the way it was filmed. I was not 100% sure what the film was about before watching it, and could not entirely predict what was going to happen. I liked the style of the film (the setting, costumes, behaviour), as well as the cast. I like the soundtrack, and it just reminded me of a cool 60s film with edge. Both Tilda Swindon and Ralph Fiennes were great (and Matthias Schoenaerts is just so handsome and cool) – another winning film in my eyes. This is based on the film ‘La Piscine’ (1969), which I definitely want to watch.

     

  8. Hail, Caesar!
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    Written and Directed by:
    Joel and Ethan Coen

    Starring:
    – Josh Brolin
    – George Clooney
    – Alden Ehrenreich
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Scarlett Johansson
    – Tilda Swindon
    – Channing Tatum
    – Jonah Hill

    Genre:
    Black comedy

    Synopsis:
    Set in the 1950s, this film focuses on the Communist writers strike in America in a comical, ironic way. Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), a famous actor, is kidnapped by the writers guild, and is held for ransom.

    Why I loved this:
    It was made by the Coen Brothers. The storyline was very slow, and little to nothing happened (except for the above mentioned synopsis). However, not much has to happen in a Coen Brothers’ film for it to be a success. The manner in which they tell stories is just brilliant. They are always composed of grand schemes undermined by the flawed characters that create them. I like this era (1950s McCarthyism, with American film studios at their classiest, sprinkled with a smidge of Communist fear), and it is just captured so well – the unjust contrasts of the era (that arguably still persist today) perfectly captured in this piece.

  9. Finding Dory
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    Directed by:
    Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane

    Written by:
    Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane, Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson

    Starring:
    – Ellen DeGeneres
    – Albert Brooks
    – Ed O’Neill
    – Kaitlin Olson
    – Hayden Rolence
    – Ty Burell
    – Diane Keaton
    – Idris Elba
    – Bill Hader
    – Sigourney Weaver

    Genre:
    Comedy/Animation/Adventure film

    Synopsis:
    A forgetful fish named Dory ( tries to find her real family with the help of 2 other fish, but sadly loses her way.

    Why I loved this:
    This is the second sequel mentioned in this list and, like the first, I was expecting this to be a complete replication of the first film (‘Finding Nemo’ (2003)). However, I was pleasantly surprised that this, again, was not the case. I was terrified that Pixar could not create another film that would hold up to the original, so really did not want them to make this – but am happy that they did. There were obvious parallels between each of these the film (as the original cast are featured/the story is pretty much a continuation of the first), but with a strong cast of new characters, fantastic humour (suitable for all ages), and interesting storyline, this film comes into its own. It was cute and Pixar has definitely done it again – another fantastic animation!

  10. Bridget Jones’ Baby
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    Directed by:
    Sharon Maguire

    Written by:
    Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson
    Starring:
    – Renee Zellweger
    – Gemma Jones
    – Jim Broadbent
    – Sally Philips
    – Shirley Henderson
    – Colin Firth
    – Patrick Dempsey

    Genre:
    Comedy/Rom-Com

    Synopsis:
    Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) has a baby, but is unsure who the father of her baby is. There is a 50/50 chance that it is either her ex (Colin Firth) or a one night stand (Patrick Dempsey), and so she has to tackle the situation and deal with the fall out of this.

    Why I loved this:
    I love chick flicks (when they are good), and this one is fantastic. I liked the first film, but was not balled away by the second, so did not know what to expect. I ended up falling in love with this. I could (and have to many people) poke holes in the plot of this film, but in spite of all this, thought it was cute and a great way to reintroduce this character (created by the author Helen Fielding). I liked all the actors involved (even Colin Firth – who I find annoying in anything other than ‘Love Actually’ (2003)). I have put this in my top 10 as I find it hard to find a good chick flick, but when I do, I can watch them over and over again. I have already watched this 4 times, and it has not even been out for a year yet….It’s a goofy, classic.