This week has been absolutely mental. Not only do I have the ongoing fight with my dissertation (which is actually coming along quite well it’s just a lot of work and really stressful), my girlfriend also turned 21 which meant my months of planning, preparing and purchasing all came to a head. We did get away to a spa for the night and it was amazing to pretend that there was no such thing as stress.
There’s nothing quite like rivalry. It can span decades, cause wars and make history. It can also create some terrific cinema that is adaptable to a multitude of genres. This week’s Thursday Movie Picks will look at some of the camp, funny and brutal rivalries to grace our screens over the decades. But before we begin, I should give thanks to our gracious host Wanderer Through the Shelves who week in, week out provides some terrific topics for us to delve into. SO, without further ado let’s dish the dirt on some of cinema’s best rivalries.
I think it’s time I introduced a new series for my blog. One that will allow me to explore an area of film that has always fascinated me but also one I don’t have much experience in. And that, is the films of Classic Hollywood. By that, I mean the first few decades in which Hollywood transitioned from silents to talkies; a period which had been glamourised throughout the decades and fascinates me. All films discussed will have been made between the 30s and late 50s and will be a mix of genres. So, let’s crack on and discuss one of the classics: Mildred Pierce.
It’s been a while since I’ve done this but this Fear Friday I’ll be talking about a few horror trailers for films due to be released this year. I’ve already mentioned IT in Cutting Room #8 but I didn’t get to properly get into it so there’ll be talk of that. I’ll also be discussing Annabelle 2 and It Comes at Night.
It was between going to see Life or Power Rangers and while I knew I should be going to see the space thriller, the latter film was more appealing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I didn’t go into the showing expecting to be blown away. I didn’t expect to be watching an action film to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mainly went to see one of my childhood Saturday morning cartoons brought back to life on the big screen in the modern day. I was thrown the bait of nostalgia and I bit fast. And so, I was reeled in to a likeable and rewatchable viewing.
I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. I knew it would happen at some point and I’m going to use the same excuse I’ve been using for the past year now; university. But I’m almost done. I have just over a month left, with only my dissertation to do and then I’m officially free!! I’ve also been applying for jobs/attending interviews which is really exciting and scary. I’m hoping to go into a job in PR and Communications so it’s really competitive but I’m liking the process so far, I just hope I get a job for when I graduate (hopefully before). Anyway, despite being so busy, the cinema has been my sanctuary so let’s do this.
It’s back! It’s back! My favourite part of blogging is when I get to talk about horror films. And I haven’t been able to do that for a long while. So, here I am again. Talking shit about scary films. Easing into things, I’ll only put you through short bursts of terrifying torture with some short horror films. I shared some of my favourite short horror films with you way back when and thought it was time to share some more. Short horror, when done well, can provide a few minutes of undiluted tension and fear and also show how effective squeezing a whole narrative into 5 or so minutes. So, I thought I’d do a follow up and highlight some of my favourite quick horrors I’ve come across since my first post!
There is one thing that’s certain with Kong: Skull Island: it’s a lot of fun. Set in the 70s, days after the announcement of the end of the Vietnam War, Government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) gathers a team of soldiers and scientists to explore the uncharted south pacific island known as Skull Island. Whilst there, they encounter a whole host of strange, almost mythical creatures as well as some vicious predators known as Skull Crawlers. Also, a giant gorilla the size of a skyscraper makes a couple of appearances which is just the tip of the iceberg for the visual sensation that Kong: Skull Island is.
Hugh Jackman’s farewell to the character he’s played for 17 years didn’t hold back; the third Wolverine film and 97th X-Men film gave Jackman a perfect send off and left much to be discussed for the future of the X-Men franchise. At the time of writing, I’ve literally just got back from the cinema so I’m writing this review still reeling from the fantastic piece of cinema that was Logan.
As my uni work increases and the hunt for graduate jobs continues, I’ll be happy when March is over. I have two assignments due in this month and then I can devote all of my time to my dissertation. And then I’m free. Despite my busy schedule, I’ve actually been able to sit down and watch some films which I’m happy about.