It Follows – My Thoughts/ A Rant

*spoilers*

It Follows (2014) is a ‘unique’ horror film about a sexually transmitted supernatural force. I really don’t know how to describe this film, here’s a link to its IMDB page for something that makes more sense.

I spent a good 80% of this film asking myself what was going on. Overall I enjoyed the premise of this film. The story had a lot of potential, as well as being very nice to look at. The cinematography was stunning for a horror, and the score was also very unique. But I still have so many questions.

Firstly, where are their parents? obviously its a classic horror film thing for parents to not exist. But at least explain why they’re not there? Also, if a supernatural being is trying to kill you, don’t go and sit on an empty swing set, or sleep on top of your car in a forest. Is there a reason why ‘it’ is almost always half naked, are the boobs really necessary? Theres a whole lot of petty things I that confused me in this film. There were quite a few shots which distracted me completely from what was going on. I was constantly asking myself ‘where is she going’ or ‘whats going on?’ and my questions were never answered.

Overall, this film looked and sounded great. I’m even thinking about buying the score on vinyl. But this film in literally about an STD. A sexually transmitted demon. It had so much potential but, unfortunately, it didn’t do anything for me.

Anyway, what did you think? Let me know in the comments, lets converse!

31/07/2017

 

Gore In Cinema

Just a heads up: I will be discussing some gory topics in detail in this post, so if that’s not your thing, I’d recommend going to check out one of my other posts!

Here I’d love to talk about the use of blood, guts and various grossness in cinema. For someone who flinches at a paper cut, I love a film that does gore right. I want to use Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Green Room’ as an example of this. This has become one of my favourite films of all time for many reasons. However one reason is for its perfect use of blood. Every shot that makes you flinch due to the blood it done perfectly. It’s not overdone and it’s completely appropriate. All the death scenes are hideous, yet perfect. Loving a film as gross as this is never something I thought I’d do.

There are a lot of films who’s main purpose is to be gross. Splatter films are always an example, and the Saw franchise (which I can’t stand, by the way). But some films just can’t get it right. It seems that a lot of horror films use the notion that the more gory it is, the scarier it will be. I think we all know that isn’t the case.

Another use of gore I tend to enjoy is for comedic purposes. Now that may make me sound like I’m a little twisted but let me explain. Cabin in the Woods is always a good example. Shaun of the Dead too, especially this scene (spoilers there!)

Thats all for today! Another short one, but what do we all think? Lets Converse!

20/07/2017

The Growth of Mediocre Movies

In recent years, I haven’t been able to get my head around the growth of half-arsed films being released constantly. Obviously I’m aware that many film makers are in it for the money, and I am also aware how much money is in Hollywood these days, however, as an artist myself, I don’t understand how so much time and effort is put into films which are obviously not good, or at least not the best they can be.

By ‘mediocre’, I mean films that slightly entertain you, but aren’t anything special or noteworthy. They make enough money and do well enough for the stars and the industry, but again aren’t anything special. Usually, you can spot a mediocre movie from miles off. They’re often sequels (that definitely wasn’t a dig at Fast & Furious. Probably,) or remakes. This can’t always be a bad thing, the Planet Of The Apes franchise being a great example of some great remakes and sequels.

It’s not very often that a completely unique and original film comes out. Sequels are very common, as well as films that are part of a larger franchise (Note: I will excuse Marvel from this, as they seem to be producing some genuinely great films in recent years. D.C. however…)

Lets take a look at the most popular films in cinemas currently. (reference)

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Knight, Orja, Despicable Me 3.

Only two of these are completely independent and unique (Baby Driver especially, a new favourite of mine.) These are all pretty great films, but there’s something missing. It’s originality. Something new and fresh, something that sticks in my head for weeks after and makes me want to talk. Surprisingly, the films listed above have been great. However I would love to see more originality in the film industry.

Although it’s only been a short one this week, I hope I’ve made enough sense to get my point across! What are your thoughts? Lets converse!

15/07/2017

 

 

The Impact Of A Great Film

It has been 2 days since I saw Edgar Wright’s new film ‘Baby Driver’. I loved every second of it, and it’s definitely become one of my favourite films this year. There were even moments that I had an instant personal connection with. Rather than rambling on about how much I loved this movie, I want to to talk about the impact this great film has had on me.

At first there’s the moment the end credits start to roll. The moment when your realise that you have just witnessed something great. You sit back in your seat and take a few seconds to reflect. I walked out of the cinema with a huge smile on my face, and i’ve been in a great mood since. I’ve been hunting around the web to see what other people thought and spoken so passionately to everyone about this film.

You know a movie was great when it has the ability to change your mood. Despite being rained on and cold previous to watching Baby Driver, I felt like I was having the best day of my life while walking out. Tom McCarthy’s 2015 ‘Spotlight’ was similar. I came out of that film feeling angry and disappointed with the issues discussed in the film, ranting to my poor friend who I dragged along to see the film with me, and couldn’t get me to shut up for hours.

A great film makes you talk. It makes you laugh and smile for hours, it makes you feel good about yourself. It makes you cry and it angers you. It triggers emotions that nothing else can.

There are so many things that make up the perfect film. There’s the obvious; an understandable plot, an attention to detail, skilled actors, a good cinematographer, but all of these are just fact. The best films are the ones you can connect with, the ones that stick with you for weeks and make you think. Building a personal connection with a film is a very unique experience that I find completely fascinating.

Obviously everything I’ve said is completely subjective, so I want to know what you think makes a good film. What are your favourite films and why? What do you think makes a bad film, got any examples? Let me know, lets converse!

30/06/2017

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