After the release of the Les Mis trailer and Rock of Ages coming to the cinema very soon. It has inspired me to think of the musicals I have seen on the stage and those I would love to see adapted to the big screen.
In the Heights
I saw this on Broadway the day before it won the Tony Award (I was also at the Tony Awards that year) and it really is just incredible. It’s so different and has rap style to some of the songs, you would have never seen anything like this before. It does have a 2014 page on IMDb but nothing has been updated on that for a few years now. So I guess it’s still watch this space.
Instead of setting some New Year’s resolutions for the blog or movie watching I have decided to set some 2012 challenges in regards to film watching!
- Try to review each film I see at the cinema – now this wasn’t far off in 2011 but must do better!
- Watch the films I have on DVD that I have never actually seen
- Focus on old films with the year ending in 2 . . . 2002, 1992, 1982 etc
- Form top 10 lists with regards to the above challenge
- Catch up on films I missed in 2011
- Make more use of my LOVEFiLM subscription
- See more than 57 films at the cinema (2011′s total)
What about anyone else, any 2012 challenges?
Cool off with the Classics . . . a blogathon consisting of a top 10 list of some classic black and white films. It didn’t really take very long for a few of the films to come straight to my mind for this list. I am not going to put them in any particular order, but 10 films are included.
Marc from Go, See, Talk has done it again with another fantastic blogathon and you can see the original post linked to everyone else’s posts here.
While some films came straight to my mind, I actually found it quite difficult to get to ten films without ending up with mainly Mae West and Marx Brothers films in the list. This has made me realise that I have a lot of films that I must watch!
After making the list I got to thinking about how all of the films I have chosen have so many quotes that are still repeated and loved today. Is that due to the black and white look of the films or just how times have changed? Also performance wise just seems to be so much better than a lot of the current day films.
My previous blog post about Sarah Jessica Parker’s new film ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ got me thinking about her career on the silver screen. She has been in quite a lot of films now, but can you actually remember many of them? I am guessing for a lot of people the answer will probably be known. Most well-known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City TV Show.
When looking at her different roles to make this list, one thing that I seemed to notice is that not many of her characters are liked by the other characters. So that probably means that audiences aren’t really too fond on them either. That could possibly be a reason why SJP is not very well received by critics and movie watchers. Although I will always consider myself a fan after Sex and the City, and always hope that she gets some good movies to appear in.
As we are entering June, the summer films are going to be coming out thick and fast over the next couple of months. Let’s have a look and see what we have to look forward to! As with most summer films, a lot seem to be based around comic books. We have another installment from X-Men (hopefully doing better than Wolverine) and the much anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger, which is the last film in the build up to ‘The Avengers’ which is due out next year. A couple of comedies thrown in. But let’s face it, this summer is about the final Harry Potter film, part 2 of the Deathly Hallows. The end of the franchise after 10 years since it all began.
It doesn’t seem that many out and out romantic comedies are going for a summer release (unless of course I have missed them). Definitely more for the action and adventure angle this summer!
What films are you looking forward to most this summer?
The Harry Potter film series has done wonders for the British film industry over the years and also been able to showcase so many talents in the films as well. We certainly do see the best of British in the series. Some with big parts throughout all (or most) of the films. While others have smaller parts, or even just cameos. But they really have been such a credit for showcasing the talent which is on offer in Britain. A lot of the actors and actress are held in high regard in the theatre world. Some of my favorite actors and actress have appeared in the film series which is so refreshing to see so many of them in the same films.
A lot of well-respected actors appear in the films bringing life to the much-loved characters from the books.
Alan Rickman – Severus Snape
A very well-loved actor who always seems to be the bad guy. But is he always the bad guy in the Potter series? Well that’s the difficult thing to figure out. One minute you love Snape and the next you hate him, you love to hate him and I don’t think anyone but Rickman could have you thinking that about a character.
The latest blogathon event around the film-blogging world is ‘A Life in Movies’ this quite simply means I have picked a film from each since I was born. That year being 1987. The approach I have taken to this post is to document the films which have meant something to me. Mainly from that time (although the first couple of years will be that I watched them when old enough to remember).
I always enjoy doing blog posts like this one as it always lets you take a trip down memory lane when it comes to certain films. Also the thought of then posting them the same day as many other blogs and then having the chance to compare and see if they have chosen any of the same films in their list as well.
Most of the films in my list consist of my most watched films ever. Mainly because of over watching as a child and not being able to pass the film over if it is on TV now. So here goes my life in movies . . .
I was going to make a hundred ways you know your obsessed with movies when . . . but I decided not to put a number on it and see how many I could come up with. If you have anymore to add to the list leave a comment and they will be added. Lets see how many we can come up with!
- You have a movie blog
- You attend the cinema at least twice a week (sometimes more)
- You always know what films are released each week
- You have a Cineworld Unlimited Card
- You can quote hundreds of movies
- You own hundreds of DVDs
- You mention movie scenes in everyday conversation
- You have your favorite actors/actresses
- Your friends/family ask your advice on movies before watching them
- You read lots of other movie blogs
- You comment on other movie blogs
- You are a member of the LAMB
- When you hear certain songs they remind you of a movie scene
- You have inside jokes at the cinema
- You get excited when the Orange film adverts change
- You want to watch all of the films nominated for awards before the awards shows
- You know that in March until June/July that its mainly bad films which come out
- You have seen most of the best picture Oscar winning pictures
- You have guilty pleasure films
- You have lists of your top films split into lots of different categories
- You have attempted or attempting to write your own screenplay
- If your watching a boring film you begin to wonder how your going to review it
- You do not read reviews before you have seen the movie
- You can be biased if your favorite actors/actresses are in a movie
- You are shocked when people say they haven’t seen some of the most well known films
- You look forward to the Oscars so you can complain about the winners when you disagree
- A film which has won the best picture Oscar is a must see. You have to check if it deserved to win
- IMDb is your main source for the latest information
To be continued as thats all I can think of right now.
Comment with your suggestions.
The current trend around the movie blogging world seems to be posting lists and general posts about your favorite movies from the past decade. So I have decided that I am going to jump and board and get with everyone and figure out some of my favorite movies and performances from the past decade. Including:
and possibly a few more categories if I can think more up . . . some maybe top 10 lists others maybe just posts, I havent started yet so who knows at the moment.
Are you reviewing this gone decade at the movies?
Lets really go to the movies
Does anything really beat the experience of watching films at the cinema?
After the sadness of Patrick Swayze’s passing away I watched “Ghost” the other night and proceeded this pattern by watching “Dirty Dancing” last night. So I decided to have a poll to see which is everyone’s favorite from the two of Patrick’s most well loved films . . . and reasons why if you want to share.
Hopefully this will not be for too long !!!
Sean Penn is taking a break from his movie career – the Oscar winner has pulled out of his next two film projects.
The star has quit his upcoming role in action picture Cartel and scrapped plans to work alongside Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey in The Three Stooges.
Penn, who recently reconciled with wife Robin Wright Penn after their second split in 18 months, is rumoured to be taking time out to spend more time with his partner and their two teenage children.
The actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the news to E! Online, “We indeed informed both productions that Sean was not available now. If for whatever reason the start dates on these productions were to be postponed, Sean would happily remain involved.”
So I was thinking that my blog did not really have a name. It was just “My Views on the Movies” . . . which I thought was a little boring.
So from this day forward it is to be known as “LETS GO TO THE MOVIES” and in case your wondering why it is all in capital letters that is because I could not decide which words should begin with capitals.
Any opinions on the new name?