Thursday, June 30, 2011

(Post 600!) What's Happening Where I Am: Cinema and DVD releases here, 30/06/11

Cinema Releases

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - When I was 11 years old, I was forced to go and see Transformers against my will because my Dad wanted to get rid of me and it was on at an appropriate time. I really enjoyed that movie. I then had a huge crush on Shia Labeouf. Boy, how times have changed. No, I do not hate the first movie, but I really disliked the second one. It was just noise. Also, I don't really like Shia any more. He comes off as a bit of an...asshole. And after reading about why Megan Fox was fired, I actually started to side with Megan (sure, she was a bit of a diva, but I have my reasons...) This movie would have been appealing in 2007, but I don't want to spend my money of noise.

DVD Releases

Fair Game - Is it wrong that I think Sean Penn is quite a good looking man? Because he actually is, even when he looks as dull as he does in this movie. He and Naomi Watts are a very good couple. They share lots of chemistry in this one, even though I couldn't really picture them as a couple beforehand. I won't say much more until I give the film a proper review soon-ish, other than I quite liked the film.

Gnomeo and Juliet - Seriously, garden gnomes are not supposed to be re-enacting a famous Shakespeare play. In fact, Romeo and Juliet should not be made for kids. It should not be given a happy ending. It should not have a title like that. And it should not just leave Mercutio out of it all. Now we know all of the things that Gnomeo and Juliet shouldn't have done, let's see one thing it should have done: be more inspired.

How Do You Know - I remember the trailer for this being on most of the movies I watched over the summer. But it never actually showed in any of our cinemas. No, a good cast including Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson went straight to DVD. With good reason, too. How this bland rom-com cost $120 million to make is probably the ninth wonder of the world.

Tamara Drewe - Originally, we weren't getting this at the shop until I kindly reminded them that this actually came out in cinemas, unlike How Do You Know, which they ordered 18 copies of (yeah, they're gonna regret that). This was a pretty sweet movie, even though it seemed like it would have been better as a made-for-TV movie. But can I just say that Gemma Arterton is my new idol? Because she looks so real. She's not actually that thin compared to some other actresses, and she's just naturally beautiful. I was reading some stuff about her this week and she seems like a pretty cool person, who doesn't care much for what anyone else thinks (in a good way). I think she's lovely.

The Last Exorcism - What is with these documentary style horrors these days? This movie would have been far better had it not been a doco style. Mind you, it was pretty scary at the end. More scary than both of the Paranormal Activity movies combined. And that Ashley Bell was pretty good. Especially seeing as she did all of the body contortions herself...freaky.

Yes, that was my 600th post since the blog was created in October 2009. Most of you have noticed I have now got 100 followers too. I'm doing well this week! I'm going to be waitressing tomorrow night at a function so I'll be away from the blogging, so while I'm gone, tell me what you think about these films!


  1. I don't mean to be boring, but I don't like the sound of any of those films, and the ones I've seen were disappointing. Anyway, Congrats on 600 posts! I'm creeping up close to my 100th post, and I'm working on something big for that. I've just redesigned my blog, as well.

  2. magnoliaforver - You're not boring, I wasn't particularly interested in any of them either. But I watched 'em all (apart from Transformers, of course). Can't wait for you 100th post, and the redesign looks AWESOME!

  3. Great round-up Stevee. I'm a fan of the documentary-style horror films. Blair Witch can be blamed for kick-starting the genre and, while I don't think any film has come close to matching The Blair Witch in terms of quality, many have given it a good go. Paranormal Activity was excellent, but [Rec] was even better. I enjoyed Last Exorcism but unlike yourself, I thought the ending was a real letdown.

  4. Congrats on 600 posts! Impressive milestone given that you are the sole writer :)

  5. I loved Watts and Penns performances in Fair Game. I also found The Last Exorcism rather enjoyable

  6. Dan - Meh, I didn't really like Paranormal Activity that much. I think it was better as a cinema experience. The Last Exorcism was quite good!

    Castor - Thanks! But I guess I've been writing for just over one and a half years so 600 makes sense.

    Julian - Same and same!

  7. How this bland rom-com cost $120 million to make is probably the ninth wonder of the world.

    High actor salaries is the only halfway rational explanation I can think of.

  8. Transformers! Now I'm really excited 'cause I will see it tomorrow! I'm only sad there is no Fox there.

  9. Ian - Yeah, that's what I was thinking too!

    Lesya - Haha, I remember you being pretty excited over it. I hope it was okay :)

  10. Oh no! Can't wait to see your review!


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