We were going to call this this section the 'flog' (see what we did there), but thought we might bring in the wrong crowd. This is where the house reviewers regularly post to their random thoughts vaguely on the subject of film.
UWE Boll Fight Paul
Last updated on 20th May, 2009
In light of Robin's blog post, here's one of the fights!
With empire giving full marks for two films - Wall-e and The dark knight, we should appreciate that right now is a great time for cinema lovers! But it begs the question, do we need an extra star? 5 stars is now attainable, clearly, so what about an extra special 6th star?!
After watching a great movie, I often wonder what it is about that movie that I loved so much. Spielberg and Lucas once said that if they knew what made a film great, they would knocking out one or two huge money-making films a year...So whilst we can't pinpoint the exact formula, here's my two cents on what really makes a cracking film.
1) Fully developed characters that you can empathise with....You know their thoughts, their feelings and how they react to things. This is what let the Blair Witch Project down big-time for me...
2) Scenes where the music and visuals are married together perfectly to provoke an emotional response. I can't really describe it in as much as give you an example - Gladiator - where he's walking through the fields with his hands touching the crops (the Hans zimmer music marries perfectly with the scene)!
3) A compelling and interesting storyline that is backed up by a great cast, of which all are correct for their role! Mis-casts are always highly frustrating, especially when the storyline is top notch.
4) Timing obviously plays a role - if a film is launched just when the audience is ready for it....
To be updated as and when I am inspired to add to this list!!!
I'm quite surprised this function isn't used on more film web sites..many people have positively fed back on it (even though it is still very much in development and there aren't really enough film reviews to make it a feasible tool yet).
A lot of my friends enjoy a good film but they don't know enough about what is around to find a decent film for any given occasion. The ideal is that you come onto Spittinflicks.com, you can instantly choose what type of occasion you have and we will suggest titles....We will also try to incorporate top 10's for each occasion...Watch this space.
To view the current 'search for occasion' go to the Film Reviews page.
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Lincoln biopic - I can't wait Paul
Last updated on 12th January, 2009
I'm incredibly excited to hear that Stephen Spielberg has agreed to direct the heavily debated Lincoln biopic after he has finished 'Tin tin'.
Details about this film are scarce but this is a storyline you can really make something out of. For those of you unaware, Lincoln was American's 16th president, but it was an incredible rise from nothing to get to the white house.
Here's a few lines about Lincoln (aka. The Great Emancipator)
In the cold dark months of winter, Lincoln was born in a shack with only three walls in the middle of the woods. His early years were spent in extreme poverty as his family (soon to be only his father as his mother died while he was still very young) worked day and night just to survive. However, it was in these conditions that he discovered his extreme fascination for reading - he would read anything, Aesop's fables, the bible - he used to walk for miles to the local village to borrow these books from locals. He would lie awake at night with a candle wrapped up in a rug trying to stay warm with a book in front of him.
As the years passed he worked his way from job to job eventually becoming a lawyer - not a very successful one, however. He fell in love, but she died shortly after. He ended up marrying a woman - Anne Mcginty (I think), who virtually drove him to the point of insanity (but that's going off topic)...
This film has the potential to be really fantastic - I have studied Lincoln through the work of the late Dale Carnegie (author) and am absolutely fascinated by him. Abe was a tall ungamely character, with trousers that were too short for him, and from whom melancholy dripped as he walked. He was a man with great sadness - he even described his time in the White house as being the loneliest of his existance - he never really recovered from the death of the love of his life.
This will be an emotional journey and if Spielberg gets it right, I predict this film will be an absolute classic.
You can expect:
1) A journey from nothing to the most powerful man in America
2) Lots of racial tension from the American civil war
3) I am certain there will be multiple occasions where his speach giving capabilities will be highlighted (most notably the Ghettysburg address). He was deemed to be the 'most talented public speaker the world has ever seen'.
4) An emotional performance - he was renowned for being incredibly sad a lot of the time. "Melancholy dripped from him as he walked".
5) And of course the assassination from Johnathan Wilkes Booth in 1865 after four years in the White house.
I don't know anything about this film yet - but I'm predicting classic. I am extremely interested to know who will be playing the great man himself. Robin mentioned Tom Hanks, perhaps...Sounds plausable to me.
Physical Transformations Paul
Last updated on 8th August, 2008
It seems nowadays that it is becoming increasingly frequent for actors and actresses alike to transform themselves physically in order to match a particular role/steroetype. For example, Christian Bale - Ripped and buff in American Psycho, dropped an incredible 60 pounds (to look like a borderline anorexic) in The Machinist and subsequently gained over 100 pounds to play the role of Batman. His transformations during such a short time frame are nothing short of amazing. I knocked this image together to show you the incredible transformations:-
Another noticeable 'bulk up' - Will Smith from his time in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to his staggering 217lbs heavyweight as Mohammed Ali (incidently the exact weight of the heavyweight competitor when he was in his prime - to the pound!).
On the one hand it does add realism, I mean I donít think I could have taken Will Smith seriously if he pranced about in a boxing ring pretending to be Ali when he was 160lbs sopping wet.
I worry that the youth of today may become engrossed in conforming to the image that they need to go on an endless pursuit for physical perfection, bulking their bodies up to reach 18Ē arms or cutting down to an Ethiopian-like bodyfat percentage.
It seems common place for the men to bulk up and become more muscly, while the women are losing as much weight as possible.