# 405 – The Incredibles


Disney and Pixar join to make another top notch animation! Reading up on the making of The Incredibles – code name Tights – its obvious how much effort they put into making it as realistic as possible. They even had a professional come in and talk about the complex nature of textiles so they could make the clothing look real and natural. Also, the voice of Mrs. Incredible used real military jargon when flying the plane and she was apparently expected to learn the terms as well.

As with all Disney movies there are connections and references everywhere! I couldn’t possibly mention them all now, but surely you picked up the enormous similarities to Fantastic 4…. It’s a good laugh with tongue-in-cheek jokes and it almost takes the piss of other superhero movies, but all in good fun. To top it all off it sends a positive and heart-warming message, which is what its all about folks!

Thanks for reading 🙂

E x


#406 – Little Miss Sunshine


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.


E x


# 408 – RoboCop (1987)


I had no idea what to expect with this, I haven’t seen the newer versions so I assumed it was more of a comedy than anything. That changed after about 15 minutes in when a guy was quite brutally shot over 50 times by a malfunctioning robot. From then on the only comedic parts were purely related to a 1980’s style script and the CGI. I found it particularly hilarious when the aforementioned robot roared like a lion when in pursuit and squealed like a pig when it fell down the stairs.

Overall, it wasn’t bad. Plenty of action and appropriately gory where needed, that was what I respected the most actually, they didn’t shy away from a gunshot wound or a man’s skin being eaten by toxic waste! It created enough interest for me to want to watch the sequels so that’s how I know my time wasn’t wasted on this one.


E x

# 409 – Dirty Dancing


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!


E x

# 402 – Night of the Living Dead & # 420 – Dawn of the Dead


When I was in school, a couple of my friends were into filmmaking and old school horror, and hence introduced me to the name George A. Romero – the ‘father’ of zombie movies. Sadly, he passed away only recently but he has a huge fan base, and for good reason; he created the idea of zombies we see in movies and tv series today and stood out as the guy who liked to show a lot of gore and blood.

‘The Dead’ series consists of six loosely connected movies about a zombie outbreak, each one focusing on different groups trying to survive, the first two being the only ones to make the list.

Night of the Living Dead ranks highest and is the first in the series, shot in black and white in 1968. This was my favourite of the two, it was very simple and yet it still draws you in. It follows a group of people trapped in a house as they struggle with what to do next, stay or run. There’s your usual damsel in distress, tough guy, hero type and a couple in love and things start getting pretty messy. It was one of the first movies in its time to be so graphical with murder and cannibalism and interestingly enough, the main character is African-American (not something you’d generally see in the 60’s), add that to the Quentin-Tarantino-like feel and you have me hooked!

Dawn of the Dead is the second in the series and, unfortunately for me, the only available version to watch was ‘extra long’, I really didn’t need to watch an extra hours worth of footage. It’s still a great movie, they really took it up a notch with the violence and you get to see some serious zombie flesh-eating in this one (I think they must have been excited about colour tv) but the extension was basically just drawing out the boring stuff like when they go shopping in the mall they’re locked up in for supplies.

I enjoyed my trip back to horror in the 60’s and 70’s – I hope you do to!

E x

# 423 – Lethal Weapon


Do you really wanna jump? Do you wanna?

Yes, you do! Jump straight into the Lethal Weapon franchise. The first instalment is the only one that makes the list though so if you hate it don’t feel forced into watching the others.

You know I don’t like ‘reviewing’ the classics – I’m just a noob recording what movies I watch from some dumb list, I don’t have the skills of a real reviewer. Just know that it is actually awesome, I love it, and you should watch it! One of my favourite parts is at the end when all the cops just stand around and watch the good guy V the bad guy in a fist fight because he deserved it. HAHA, so great.

Oh, and how’s this for a headspin – according to IMDB, Bruce Willis was considered to play the role of Riggs but he turned it down, he got his role in Die Hard after Mel turned that down! Crazy stuff.


E x

# 48 – Schindler’s List


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