Star Wars – The Next Chapter

So we all know that Disney has bought the Star Wars franchise and I don’t know about you, but as a huge fan, I’m interested to see what they do with it. This new installment from Disney is called Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and it sees the return of Mark Hamill as Luke SkywalkerHarrison Ford as Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

At the moment no one is giving away any plot lines and the movie’s description sits as “A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” on IMDB. The release date has been set as 18 December 2015 so whatever Disney has done, we’ll get to see it soon. 

Until then, check out the release of the latest teaser trailer:

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Upside Down

Directed by: Juan Solanas
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess and Timothy Spall

What it’s about:
Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

What I thought:
So I’m not the biggest Kirsten Dunst fan, in fact I can’t stand her, but I love movies and she does have some movies where she isn’t too intolerable. So when I saw the trailer for this movie, my excitement over the most awesome of ideas (the upside down world thing) over ruled my dislike of Dunst. So I jumped at the chance to watch this the other night, hoping to be transported to a new world. What I got was the supermodel of movies – amazing to look at but no personality.

The special effects were AMAZING, really the colours were captivating and the concept of people walking upside down was so well done. Everything about the cinematography was seamless and fantastical, they even managed to make it seem plausible to the point were, in one scene, Sturgess’s character was in his opposite side and his clothes were fighting to get back the right way up.

Unfortunately the storyline was totally lacking. My hope that Dunst would have one of her, rare, good days was shattered in the first scene and it didn’t get any better. The problem isn’t that it’s a love story, the problem was that the love story was boring. It completely lacked any passion and I felt like the characters kept whispering to one another. Sturgress wasn’t memorable in his role either, I thought he was fantastic is Across the Universe, which is one of my favourite movies, so that was a bit disappointing as well.

Overall if you appreciate amazing cinematography and special effects, and can live without the entertainment side, definitely check it out. But if you’re someone looking for a fun romance or a captivating story… don’t even bother.

Vamps

What it’s about:

Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities.

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk and Wallace Shawn

What I thought:

So last night I stumbled onto this, rather, unusual movie. I hadn’t really heard of it but as a vampire fan I thought I’d give it a try. When it started I saw that Alicia Silverstone was in it and I love her, so it started off really well… and then just got weird.

The basic premise of the story is that Goody (Silverstone) has been a vampire since the 1800s and in the 1990s Stacey (Ritter) gets turned and they become best friends. Now they live in New York, living off rat blood and going to regular meetings to abstain from drinking human blood. Things suddenly get complicated when vampires are being forced into the daylight and Stacey falls in love with a Van Helsing.

The truth is the movie is complete ridiculousness, but I kinda loved every minute of it! Honestly, it’s meant to be though. It’s a quirky story full of silly characters and a funny storyline. Both Sliverstone and Ritter played their characters well and Weaver was hysterical in her role of the evil vampire.

If you’re in the mood for something ridiculous give Vamps a try. You might hate it, but you might just find (like I did) that you can’t stop watching and shed a tear at the end.

The Twisted world of Darko

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It’s a cold Saturday this side of the world, and I was going through my movies list trying to decide what to watch, and I stumbled onto my copy of Donnie DarkoFor those of you who have no idea what the movie is about here’s IMDB‘s synopsis:

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him into committing a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

Sound ridiculously weird? That’s because it is, it’s also one of the most brilliant, mind-bowing, intelligent movies I’ve ever seen. Donnie Darko has quite the cult following and leaves you with some questions regarding life and the nature of time and space. Jake Gyllenhaal‘s performance is exceptional and the bunny is so damn creepy it still haunts my dreams. The storyline is full of curve balls and “huh?” moments, but if you watch it properly, and pay attention, by the end you’ll feel enlightened and confused all at the same time.  I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves having their mind muddled.

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The sequel S.Darko is also really worth watching. I know it got a lot of mixed reviews and some people loved it, while others hated it, but in my opinion it’s excellent. Not as great as the first one but the story was equally twisted and weird, the characters were captivating and it followed on nicely from the first one. I may not have loved it as much as the first but I definitely walked away from it in the same twisted state of mind, and feeling like reality needed to be double checked.

Here’s the IMDB synopsis:

The story picks up seven years after the first film when little sister Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a roadtrip to Los Angeles, when they are plagued by bizarre visions. 

The Host

From the moment I saw the cover of the book The Host I knew I just had to read it. But at the time I decided to leave it for another time. Then Twilight got my attention and I discovered that I really love Meyer’s writing style. So when I put two and two together I realised I REALLY had to read it. So I did… Then I read it again… And again… And again! I would happily say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Then it was announced that a movie would be made and my excitement level went through the roof.

I think they did a really good job with this movie, all things considered. I mean, the majority of the book took place in Mel’s head, and I was always interested in how they were going to play that out. The casting of Ian wasn’t what I expected (but I guess Jensen Ackles would be too old :p) but Saoirse Ronan is the perfect Mel/Wanda! Really she did the most fantastic job – too bad she didn’t play Bella, then maybe the Twilight movies wouldn’t have suck so much.

I was a bit disappointed with some of the stuff they left out, but just because I would have loved to see them come to life. I do think that you can enjoy the movie if you haven’t read the book but it will make things a lot clearer.

If you’re a sci-fi fan who loves a good romance, I would definitely recommend The Host! 🙂