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my name's Lauren and I enjoy watching and discussing films. I'm short and I've got square eyes, what the fuck is up.

January 10, 2011 at 1:23pm
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okay ffs

http://filmsarerad.tumblr.com/

is the new blog! you’ll now be able to click right through from the posts on your dash to this blog rather than my personal one. thank you for putting up with all of this.

1:09pm
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right lol

I’ve fucked up and this blog is annoyingly functioning as an “additional blog” to my primary one. Thanks a bunch shitblr. 
SO what I am going to do is create a whole new account and post everything that was on this blog onto the new blog under the name of the new account. I’ll post the link in a second on here! Sorry for all this stoopid teething difficulty! 

January 9, 2011 at 6:00pm
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OKAY

sorry for all of those relatively long posts clogging up your dash! I have now caught up with all the films I have seen this year so far (I think) so in the future I shan’t be bothering you as much as I have been doing tonight D:

just want to take a sec to say thank you for following, I hope I haven’t irritated you too much so far and that you think what I have to say is a bit insightful or something. This month I am definitely going to be writing about three new releases (The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine and Black Swan) and probably some other stuff because I bought/received a shit ton of DVDs over Christmas and I borrowed Taxi Driver from my college library the other day, so hopefully I will be able to keep posting about a good number of movies in a way that I hope is informative and not too annoying hahaha. 

Thanks for following again :) 

5:51pm
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A Single Man (2009, Ford)Sorry for the huge picture I just really like this poster. It’s minimalist or some shit.Right. A Single Man, starring Colin Firth in a BAFTA winning performance. I will be the first to say I was sceptical for a few reasons. Firstly: Tom Ford is a fashion designer - doesn’t logic state that his directorial debut will be all style and no substance? Secondly: Colin Firth? MARK DARCY OFF BRIDGET JONES? BAFTA winner? Surely not! And thirdly: Tony out of Skins?????I will approach my first issue first, handily enough. A Single Man is indeed totally visually stunning and you would be foolish to disagree: everything from the sets to the costume, makeup and hair design has quite obviously been painstakingly assembled to be absolutely adored by the camera, but without substance it most certainly isn’t. The film chronicles one particular day in the life of George - Englishman in Los Angeles and college professor - whose long term partner of 16 years, Jim, has died. The emotions which Ford draws out from his actors are truly special - I haven’t seen a principle cast this consistently good in a very long time, and that is never simply down to the cast themselves. Well done Tom Ford.My second problem: that of Colin Firth. Before seeing this film I knew he had won the award for Best Actor at the BAFTA awards and I had read reviews telling me how superbly he performs. But I don’t think I could really believe it until I saw it (probz still had the image of him twatting Hugh Grant one in Bridget Jones in my head lol), and now I have seen it I can genuinely say it is a performance to be lauded. He is totally and utterly sensational, gaining audience empathy within minutes (srsly man I nearly started crying about 3 minutes in) and keeping our unblinking attention almost single handedly for just over 90 minutes until the heart-wrenching climax. The believability with which the character of George moves through the film is not something that I think is seen regularly in this age of film, and although I haven’t seen Crazy Heart starring the winner Jeff Bridges (though I have heard it is excellent), I feel like Firth was pipped to an extremely deserved Academy Award.And thirdly: Nicholas Hoult aka Tony from Skins aka Marcus the spaz from About A Boy. I still can’t believe how excellently he acts in A Single Man, even down to his surprisingly well-kept-up American accent (no mean feat, listen to Toni fucking Collette in the aforementioned About A Boy, her put-on English accent is absolutely horrific): I feel like he has come a scarily long way from Skins and will continue to excel if he keeps involving himself with films of this calibre. I am going to stop chattering on now, but really do watch A Single Man - it is nothing short of true art and at present is in the 2 for £10 deal at HMV so really all the signs point to giving it a watch.  

A Single Man (2009, Ford)

Sorry for the huge picture I just really like this poster. It’s minimalist or some shit.

Right. A Single Man, starring Colin Firth in a BAFTA winning performance. I will be the first to say I was sceptical for a few reasons. Firstly: Tom Ford is a fashion designer - doesn’t logic state that his directorial debut will be all style and no substance? Secondly: Colin Firth? MARK DARCY OFF BRIDGET JONES? BAFTA winner? Surely not! And thirdly: Tony out of Skins?????

I will approach my first issue first, handily enough. A Single Man is indeed totally visually stunning and you would be foolish to disagree: everything from the sets to the costume, makeup and hair design has quite obviously been painstakingly assembled to be absolutely adored by the camera, but without substance it most certainly isn’t. The film chronicles one particular day in the life of George - Englishman in Los Angeles and college professor - whose long term partner of 16 years, Jim, has died. The emotions which Ford draws out from his actors are truly special - I haven’t seen a principle cast this consistently good in a very long time, and that is never simply down to the cast themselves. Well done Tom Ford.

My second problem: that of Colin Firth. Before seeing this film I knew he had won the award for Best Actor at the BAFTA awards and I had read reviews telling me how superbly he performs. But I don’t think I could really believe it until I saw it (probz still had the image of him twatting Hugh Grant one in Bridget Jones in my head lol), and now I have seen it I can genuinely say it is a performance to be lauded. He is totally and utterly sensational, gaining audience empathy within minutes (srsly man I nearly started crying about 3 minutes in) and keeping our unblinking attention almost single handedly for just over 90 minutes until the heart-wrenching climax. The believability with which the character of George moves through the film is not something that I think is seen regularly in this age of film, and although I haven’t seen Crazy Heart starring the winner Jeff Bridges (though I have heard it is excellent), I feel like Firth was pipped to an extremely deserved Academy Award.

And thirdly: Nicholas Hoult aka Tony from Skins aka Marcus the spaz from About A Boy. I still can’t believe how excellently he acts in A Single Man, even down to his surprisingly well-kept-up American accent (no mean feat, listen to Toni fucking Collette in the aforementioned About A Boy, her put-on English accent is absolutely horrific): I feel like he has come a scarily long way from Skins and will continue to excel if he keeps involving himself with films of this calibre. 

I am going to stop chattering on now, but really do watch A Single Man - it is nothing short of true art and at present is in the 2 for £10 deal at HMV so really all the signs point to giving it a watch.  

5:18pm
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Step Brothers (2008, McKay)This film is class (if you think otherwise srsly fight me) and we all know it so I will spare you any gushy bullshit like I came out with over Reservoir Dogs and instead provide you with a few choice quotes:"your voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus""I’m not gonna call him Dad. Even if there’s a fire." "you and your mom are hillbillies. This is a house of learned doctors."and finally"IT’S THE FUCKIN CATALINA WINE MIXER" ahem. 

Step Brothers (2008, McKay)

This film is class (if you think otherwise srsly fight me) and we all know it so I will spare you any gushy bullshit like I came out with over Reservoir Dogs and instead provide you with a few choice quotes:

"your voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus"
"I’m not gonna call him Dad. Even if there’s a fire." 
"you and your mom are hillbillies. This is a house of learned doctors."

and finally
"IT’S THE FUCKIN CATALINA WINE MIXER" 

ahem. 

5:09pm
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Eagle Vs Shark (2007, Waititi)From the poster/DVD cover/other promotional material, Eagle Vs Shark looks like a cutesy, sorta wacky indie film about two misfits who fall in luv. And to an extent, it is.
But really look closely at that poster. Stare at it. That really is who you think it is in the eagle costume. Jemaine Clements, Conchord and all round Hilarious Guy has come to save us from the mediocrity of yet another “quirky girl weirdo-meets-boy weirdo indie hit littered with wacky illustration involving apples”, and he does it with style… but wait! Another surprise: Jemaine’s good, but he isn’t the star.Eagle Vs Shark belongs to one lady and one lady only - Loren Horsly, who plays the female protagonist Lily (a character she created, around whom writer/director Taika Waititi built the screenplay), bringing to the screen possibly the sweetest comic presence I have ever experienced in any movie ever, and carrying the movie’s understated humour with an air of exceptionally truthful innocence. Watch out for her, I hope she gets famous.This movie delivers what it tells us on the tin, but we also get a little bit more for our money. Unlike a lot of other films of this kind, Eagle Vs Shark has real depth (pretty much generated by the subtleties of Horsly’s performance) and an undercurrent of melancholy which adds intrigue to what might otherwise be a samey, albeit genuinely funny (it has Jemaine Clements in it remember???), indie rom com.

Eagle Vs Shark (2007, Waititi)

From the poster/DVD cover/other promotional material, Eagle Vs Shark looks like a cutesy, sorta wacky indie film about two misfits who fall in luv. And to an extent, it is.

But really look closely at that poster. Stare at it. That really is who you think it is in the eagle costume. Jemaine Clements, Conchord and all round Hilarious Guy has come to save us from the mediocrity of yet another “quirky girl weirdo-meets-boy weirdo indie hit littered with wacky illustration involving apples”, and he does it with style… but wait! Another surprise: Jemaine’s good, but he isn’t the star.

Eagle Vs Shark belongs to one lady and one lady only - Loren Horsly, who plays the female protagonist Lily (a character she created, around whom writer/director Taika Waititi built the screenplay), bringing to the screen possibly the sweetest comic presence I have ever experienced in any movie ever, and carrying the movie’s understated humour with an air of exceptionally truthful innocence. Watch out for her, I hope she gets famous.

This movie delivers what it tells us on the tin, but we also get a little bit more for our money. Unlike a lot of other films of this kind, Eagle Vs Shark has real depth (pretty much generated by the subtleties of Horsly’s performance) and an undercurrent of melancholy which adds intrigue to what might otherwise be a samey, albeit genuinely funny (it has Jemaine Clements in it remember???), indie rom com.