# 393 – Donnie Darko

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I’ve been hanging out for this one and it’s a nice change not to be disappointed! Huuggee fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and I believe this role won him a few awards. He plays Donnie, obviously, and has a few ’emotional’ problems, as he puts it. He stops taking his medication and as a result starts sleepwalking and having hallucinations of Frank – the fucking creepy arse bunny. The only thing that rivals the creepiness of that bunny is Donnie’s face whilst doing the bunny’s bidding. Anyway, Frank tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days; the rest of the movie becomes a countdown, following Donnie as he experiences events due to his insanity – or possibly something else.

I really enjoyed the balance of this movie; it’s a combination of comedy, time travel, drama, mystery and spookiness. As I only just recently mentioned, I like a movie with direction and consider the fun part to be figuring the whole thing out. I think someone who can combine those aspects and still manage to keep viewers engaged and somewhat in the loop is the best kind of director. I thought about it all night and kept waking up thinking there was a fucking rabbit in my room! Excuse the language.

There are heaps of little clues and foreshadowing (I just learnt that word, do I sound like a real reviewer?) elements so keep a look out for them, specifically rabbit related. It also has a great soundtrack! I’d class it as a must watch, and if it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, see it again!

If you like, comment your thoughts or something cool you picked up on. I enjoyed the aspect that questions whether Donnie is actually schizophrenic or if he is the key to something more…

Enjoy!

E x

 

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#406 – Little Miss Sunshine

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This is the strangest and most wonderful movie I have watched in the longest time, loved it! And don’t give up half way through when it keeps getting more and more outrageous; the ending was the best part of all, and sold me on the whole thing.

Little Miss Sunshine provides the audience with characters I’m not sure if I love or hate (I think both), who are so unique in the movie world and when combined with a few special, awkward and hilarious moments you get one hell of a movie.

I recommend it for a good giggle and a few life lessons as well. If that’s not enough for you, the grandpa is the comedian of the show and really loves being a dick or talking about sex, which gets quite amusing.

Enjoy!

E x

 

# 409 – Dirty Dancing

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Everyone knows not to put Baby in the corner

Such a gorgeous movie! I love Dirty Dancing, typical chick-flick, but hey… nothing wrong with that.

It’s got the best soundtrack, you’ll find yourself singing along; and it’s got one of those ‘stick it to the man’ themes that just makes you heaps excited at the end when they finally do.

Did it make anyone else want to become a dancer? Don’t lie. It totally did.

I enjoyed a lovely evening watching this with my mummy, it had been a long time since either of us had seen it and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I suggest you do the same!

Enjoyyyy….

E x

# 48 – Schindler’s List

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I’ll just comment that yes I jumped ahead a little, about 300 movies – but I had the opportunity to watch this and I had to take it. People with so little time as me do not need more time wasted on crappy movies, so I’m picking out some good ones incase I die before I get to finish this list.

Ok let’s get into it! The first thing that comes to mind is the sound of my hysterical wailing. I kid you not, I have never cried so much in any other movie, and I wouldn’t even call it crying (that would be an understatement) I was distraught. For two days after I watched it, I had this really deep, sorrowful feeling as though an acquaintance had died.

Now, for all you tough guys and gals. I realise that the above statement is very dramatic but I truly feel this way. However, I do openly admit that I am overflowing with empathy and can rarely contain myself. The fact that I cry weekly whilst watching Greys Anatomy does nothing to take away from the fact that this movie was incredibly emotional and raw. If you don’t cry you have an ice cold heart.

It’s also incredibly infuriating. Some things that happen and the mental state of people at that time is just so hard to comprehend. I kept finding myself going, “I wouldn’t have done that” “I wouldn’t have followed that order” “How could they do that?”. But how do you know? How can you say that you would not have done exactly the same thing if under such pressure?

Which leads me to my next point. I’ve only talked about the storyline and the feelings it promoted – because that’s what these directors are able to do! Ah, the power they have over me! It completely immersed me in it. My train of thought during the movie was around the actual story; the characters, the situations the comparisons to my own life and how hard it must have been for them.

I think when you completely forget that you’re watching a movie is when you truly know you’ve watched one worthy.

I could go on forever, really. There is so much literature out there about it. The novel has been recommended to me which I have added to my list (another really long one). I’ll end it here and just hope that you’re able to enjoy to the best of your ability amongst all the horror it brings to light.

It really is magnificent.

E x

#411 – Iron Man & #92 Iron Man 3

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Nope, Iron Man 2 didn’t make the cut. But who cares, its like the middle child that everyone forgets about.

Iron Man must be the superhero every guy wants to be. He’s got all the chicks and all the money and says and does whatever he wants… makes for very good entertainment actually.
There is not another person in the whole entire world that is better suited to Iron Man than Robert Downey JR. I really love this guy. Such a dick though.

I do have a slight issue with the change in actors for the character Rhodey, but I think Don Cheadle does it better anyway so I won’t complain too much.

Not much else to say here! Definitely worth your time if you haven’t already seen it. The trilogy plus The Avengers is well worth a weekend at home on the lounge with your family 🙂

Enjoy x

E

# 416 – Finding Nemo

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Almost perfect timing with Finding Dory coming out in a few months!

Nemo is one of my favourite kids movies. It is actually hilarious. I remember very vividly, watching for the first time, not being able to stop laughing when Dory starts speaking whale. Not much changed this time around.

I started planning my blog about 5 minutes in, I thought it might be nice to have a little list of my favourite lines. But then it might just be easier to post the entire script.
Ellen DeGeneres makes Dory, literally! Dory was written specifically for Ellen and she’s one of the best characters of all time.
And it wouldn’t quite be a Disney movie without the lessons! Nemo is full of valuable things to learn, for all the family!

Nice work Pixar. Can’t wait for Dory to get lost so we can find her and experience the fun all over again.

Go grab the kids and have a family day in with Nemo! Look out for the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story while you’re at it 😉

# 433 – Good Will Hunting

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Amazing. I loved this! Disappointed in myself for not seeing it earlier.

It tells the story of a very smart but troubled boy, apparently with a photographic memory, who solves an equation on a board at a university where he works. After everyone realises how smart he is they set out on a mission to help him become something better.

It was pretty long, considering nothing too crazy happened, and very predictable. That didn’t really matter though. The characters were loveable and the performances were so moving and powerful. My eyes were glued to the screen the entire time and I felt very involved in the story. There didn’t seem to be one scene that didn’t mean something. I even had a little tear or two!

Although there are big names throughout, all brilliant, none can compare to Robin Williams. A truly wonderful actor… makes me sad that he’s gone.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

E