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Posted by adrienne_adam on 23rd February 2010
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Band of Brothers, don’t forget.

I get emotional quite easily, not over every day things, but thing’s that I see on films and TV programmes. Everyday things I deal with quite well, sometimes a little too well.  I think it must be connected to the escapism I find in films. I’ve spent my life escaping from reality, with films and programmes, but the flipside to that is not everything in film land is perfect. In fact 90% of the time, it’s far from it. I’m not one of these people who can watch something then detach themselves from it straight away. Things stick with me, sometimes for days. Most of the time I have to remind myself that it’s not real and everything is fine.

Which is probably why, I find myself watching Band of Brothers so often. One to build up an immunity to the ridiculous sadness I feel when watching it, because I love the series and it would be a shame to not watch it. Two, because despite the sadness for me, it’s an absolutely brilliant piece of television, expertly made and delicately handled. The big difference of course with BoB is that it is real, it happened. What ever other reasons I watch the series for, the most important one will always remain that I feel it should be watched, and should never be forgotten. I’d feel disrespectful trying to push the images from my mind. After all I’m sat in a cosy bed watching this, not living through it.

There are many ways to remember the men who fought for our freedom. Remembrance day is one, but that only falls once a year. And all too often kids today don’t seem to know what these men went through, war games are played with a certain ignorance and degree of carelessness. There isn’t enough respect worldwide for these men anymore, or what they went through. They didn’t get the chance to start again, once they were dead that was it. I’m not saying we should never enjoy ourselves, or constantly feel pain for what they went through, for what would have been the point of them fighting, if the people they fought for didn’t enjoy the free life they had? But we should never forget. The hardships they went through and the men…friends that they lost. They deserve respect, from every generation from now until the end of days.

It’s thanks to my late grandfather I have the respect I do for these men, for all the men who fought in both wars. Thanks to Band of Brothers I can gain some idea of what they went through, and I do plan one day to visit the places they fought, and Flanders fields, to pay my respects. To those involved in the film making process, to the actors who portrayed these soldiers, they learnt what it was like to be involved in war. The emotion they felt upon meeting the soldiers families, and those who survived, will no doubt be with them for the rest of time. Series like these enable me to remember, whenever I lose sight or my grip on reality, that I live in a free world for a reason. That I have no inherit right to ever feel cheated or truly depressed. And no matter how bad things get I will always be privileged to have the life I have.

You may not agree with war. I can’t say I do. But it’s not the soldiers choice, whether we are proud of the war or not we should always be proud of our men. And Band of Brothers proves why.

Posted by adrienne_adam on 20th February 2010

Two very different films, one very excited girl.

There are two film’s being released this year that I am very excited about. Actually that’s a lie, there’s three, but I’m not including Alice in Wonderland, that will receive a post at a later date. For now I’m talking about Price of Persia- The Sands Of Time, and Shutter Island.

If you’ve heard anything about these two movies, you’ll know you couldn’t find two movies further apart in terms of plot lines and genres. One’s adapted from a video game, an action film laced with comedy, whilst the others an intense psychological thriller. The one thing they both have in common is that I am absolutely gagging to see both.

The reasons behind Prince of Persia are straightforward. I own three Prince of Persia games and love them all equally. Many an evening/day has been spent trying to make Dastan run up a bloody wall and avoid being attacked by some hideous monster/scantily clad bitch. I absolutely love the games. But also, it will fill my insatiable need for big epic fantasy blockbusters. I feel rather robbed of them recently, I refuse to count Twilight as one. Ever since Lord of the Rings and Pirates finished, I have no string of epic movies to look forward to. No big action sequences no wonderful large beautiful sets. From the trailer, this film looks set to tick all the right boxes for me, and I can’t wait. On Jerry Bruckheimer’s life be it if it doesn’t live up to my expectations.

And Shutter Island? Well I’ll be honest, I hadn’t even heard of the film until I read a feature on it. It had a double page spread, and it starred Leonardo DiCaprio. I decided to give it a read, and I’m thoroughly glad I did, for now I just have to see it. I wont write much about it here now, but it is a thriller, set on a creepy island hosting a hospital for the criminally insane, which a man visits it to determine how on earth a murderess escaped from one of it’s locked rooms, without anyone noticing. Oh and he’s tortured by images of his dead wife, and from liberating the death camp Dachau. It sounds creepy, it sounds scary, it sounds like it will mess with your head. It sounds perfect. I may as well establish I’m not fond of horrors, I’m especially not fond of gore. Thrillers however I can handle. I’m fascinated by the minds who can create such plot twists and mind messing storylines.. Film’s that keep me hooked not by scenery or epic fight scenes, but by clever writing and intelligence aplenty, are equally as important to me. This promises to be one of these films.

Released first is Shutter Island, on March 12th, Prince of Persia much later. Both very different, both very eagerly anticipated by yours truly.

A.x

Posted by adrienne_adam on 15th February 2010

Watchmen; my favourite adaptation.

Not to be confused with my favourite film, far from it in fact. Not that Watchmen isn’t an amazing film, it’s just not one of my all time favourites. It is however possibly one of the best adaptations from a book/novel/comic. Although that all depends on what you feel an adaptation should be. There’s a fine line i suppose, and how do you know when to cross it? Are you bound by loyalty to the fans to create a carbon copy of the book, include every detail you can? Is it blasphemous to deviate and change things? I’m torn, if I’m honest.  I’m unsure on what an adaptation should be like.  Should the director go out to make a good tribute…or a good film?

Whatever your opinion, I think Watchmen covers all grounds. Some say it’s confusing if you haven’t read the graphic novel, and I can see why. The beginning for a start is a little confusing, I firmly believe I only understood because I’d read the graphic novel. For one thing I found myself explaining to my boyfriend what was going on. The rest of the film however makes for brilliant viewing. It’s got enough violence and sex to keep a male action orientated audience keen, although there’s little for the females unless they (like me) are into that sort of thing. But then you’re not going to find many films that please everyone.

On the other side of the scale, all loyal fans of the graphic novel will be pleased that the directors stuck so firmly with the novel, changing little to nothing (I know, I know, there were changes, and one quite big significant one, but for arguments sake..). I’ve heard, and don’t qu0te me on this, that the graphic novel was used as a story board for the film. You couldn’t possibly get any closer to paper to film reel perfection.

In terms of box office successes, it wasn’t Lord of the Rings style amazing, although that probably has more to do with it’s 18 certificate, than it’s general appeal. Box office success or no, I still loved it, and it’s the first film I’ve seen in a long time that I didn’t walk out feeling cheated and complaining that they left way too much out. Bring on my special edition DVD, it can sit proudly next to my Watchmen novel, which is more than I can say for V for Vendetta. Good film, good graphic novel, two entirely different story lines.

A.x

Posted by adrienne_adam on 12th February 2010
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Sir David of Tennant, My Time Lord

So I’m writing this whilst sat in front of a gorgeous roaring fire. Thought you’d like to know. Just been out to the shops to buy the new SFX magazine, drool! It has a feature on Doctor Who, and the revamp the series is undergoing. New doctor, new writer. It’s all going on.

Now all my friends and family (and some randomers I feel like telling in the street) know that I am absolutely and utterly in love with David Tennant. It’s borderline obsession, really it is. So you could forgive them for thinking the only reason I bothered to watch Doctor Who was because he starred in it. They are however, entirely wrong. I fell in love with him because of Doctor Who. I had no real notion of who he was before hand. And I will, despite my protests, give the new Doctor a chance, for at the end of the day I love the programme, not just the actor playing the time lord.

On reflection, I most probably love the tenth Doctor, and not David Tennant. Although he is a very (very very) attractive man, it was the quirkiness and brilliance in his portrayal of the Doctor that made my heart go all fluttery. He completely made the character his own, as every Doctor does. They say every generation has their own doctor, the one that was “the best”. However David Tennant seems to have completely taken over, with fans young and old claiming him as “their doctor” and “the best”.

He made us laugh, cry, despair and jump for joy, he fell in love, had endless heartbreak and seemed to become more and more human as time went on. Watching his clone self leave with Rose was heartbreaking. And who ever thought another companion would be as good as Rose? It wasn’t until Catherine Tate’s character came along, the down to earth simple yet genius Donna, that the Rose effect finally ended. And I’ll admit, upon hearing that Catherine Tate would be starring along side my beloved Doctor, I was less than pleased. But yet again the tenth doctor and his companion shined, proving me happily wrong.

I’ll miss him. He was my time lord, my favourite. I know I’ll probably love Matt Smith, he has the same quirkiness and charm, but in his own way. For me, he won’t match up. For others he may surpass. But I will always utterly and unrequitedly love the tenth doctor, Sir David of Tennant.

Posted by adrienne_adam on 9th February 2010

Where to go from here?

Ok, so for the past year and a bit, I’ve been passing my time working for a certain hotel company in the south of England. Which is all well and good for the money aspect of life, but it’s beginning to get a bit tiring. With the job situation still fairly up in the air, I’m reluctant to move on from it, especially as I’ve got so many thing’s I want to pay for coming up. I’m absolutely itching to travel, determined at least to hit Paris and Rome this year, if it is at all possible. If I were to leave my job, both of those would be out the window, without a doubt. So I’m in a bit of a pickle.

University wise, I do want to go. I’m putting it off every year, purely for the reason that I’m not sure what to do. I know it’ll be based around film and journalism, possibly literature. Finding a course that absolutely 100% jumps out at me and makes me want to put myself into debt, is proving easier said than done. Southampton offer a few that have caught my eye, but not to the extent I want. I would love to further improve my knowledge on film and journalism, it goes without saying there is so much more to be learnt.

Work experience and apprenticeships are one route, and I have toyed with the idea of possibly going part time at work, so I could fit in some work experience. However again that clashes with the travelling, driving lessons and whatever else I need money for. If I don’t see some of the world now, I’ll regret it when I’m older, and I’d rather not be tied down to anything, or be too old.  I know absolutely, that I will regret not travelling. It need’s to be done, I’m not someone who’s content with being put in one place for the rest of my life, I’ve seen too many films of too many exotic places, to never see them with my own eyes.

So right now, I’m stuck in limbo, constantly thinking “what now?”. I do definitely need to do some serious thinking, but me being me, I’m putting it off. If anyone, has any advice on university or travelling, or any of the above, I’d be grateful to hear it! I’m quietly going mad in my head, trying to figure out what to do.

A.x

Posted by adrienne_adam on 8th February 2010
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Kick-Ass

For those of you that don’t know, I’m an avid Marvel fan. Not that I don’t like DC, it’s just I much prefer reading comics that come from Marvel. Because of this, I tend to get giddily excited when comics become films, especially when they‘re Marvel.. So when I went to see a film a while back and saw a teaser trailer for a film titled “Kick-Ass” about wannabe superheroes, I had to go look it up. Turns out, Kick-Ass is a Mark Millar creation, the man responsible for Wanted and The Ultimate Fantastic Four series, amongst others.  Published in February 2008, and printed under Marvel’s Icon imprint, both the script for the film and the comic were being written at the same time. Unusual, but it seems Mark Millar was  incredibly proud of his new comic idea, and  proposed a movie deal to director Matthew Vaughn, before he’d even put pen to paper.

It’s a new venture for Vaughn, who’s well known for classics such as Snatch and Lock Stock, as well as family favourites like Stardust. Family friendly Kick-Ass most certainly is not. According to Empire’s March issue, the film was turned down by just about every studio, which only fuelled Vaughn’s desire to make the idea a reality. Featuring an 11 year old girl who regularly throw’s around the “c” word, and fight’s dirty, it’s sure to raise eyebrows as well as pulses.

Kick-Ass is one of the few comics who’s heroes don’t have super powers. Even relatively power free Watchmen had the big blue Dr Manhattan. Kick-Ass is basically a bunch of ordinary people, who put on silly outfits and go out and fight crime…power-less. Dave Lizewski (the alter ego of Kick-Ass was put up for auction, this was the result) is a normal teenage boy, who inspired by comic books, becomes a super hero. Turns out he’s not the only one, as he meets Hit Girl, Big Daddy and Red mist, throughout the film. It seems like it must have been done before, but again as Empire points out, it simply hasn’t. Which makes it comic and movie gold, at least in my eyes.

I love the Ultimate FF series, and the films that Matthew Vaughn has created, so to put the two together can only end in greatness.  Due to hit the cinema in April 2010, I’m literally dying to see this film. To keep me occupied until then, I’m determined to hunt down the comic book series and take a peek. It’ll be interesting to see how this film fares in a film genre that is beginning to find it’s feet, with the likes of Iron Man and X Men. I’ll definitely be writing my review when the time comes!

A.x

Sources:

  • Empire- March 2010 Issue
  • Kick-Ass Wikipedia
Posted by adrienne_adam on 8th February 2010
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Hello!

Hello All!

This is my first post on my brand new blog, which has been set up and designed by the lovely Andy Mardell. I’ve been dying to start a blog for absolutely ages, but never had the motivation or drive to do so. After a month or so of fine tuning this site, it’s finally ready to go!
Obviously the about me page covers what this will all be about, but for those who haven’t read it/can’t be bothered, I’ll run over it now.

Basically I’m completely in love with film, and everything to do with film, and I thoroughly enjoy writing and literature too, so I thought I’d combine the two and start a blog. Writer and reviewer extraordinaire I am not, and certainly am not claiming to be, but having a place to put across my opinions and write about things I like, is basically all this will be. If it’s interesting for people to read, then I’ll be happy.

Occasionally I will cover other things, such as books, comics and games, as I love all of these things too. I am a bit of a girly geek, my desk is packed full of comics, graphic novels, games and film magazines. I’m constantly attached to twitter, and as I follow both Total Film and Empire, I can always catch up on film news even if I’m stuck at work. Which is handy, because as soon as those magazines come out I’ve bought and read them straight away!

Anyway, this was just a quick post to say hello and explain what this will all be about, and I’ll set about writing my first themed post soon. I’m planning to cover Kick-Ass the new slightly controversial film adapted from the comic, so check back if you’re as excited as I am for it’s release.

A.x