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

 

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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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The Importance of a Good Soundtrack

Almost very film has a score. Psycho, Jaws, Star Wars are just a few that have scores that are instantly recognisable. Although here I will be talking about soundtracks in specific, especially in more recent movies.

I want to talk about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. How unpredictable of me! But seriously, it’s great. I love how the soundtrack has significance to the characters and the plot. In Vol. 2, the opening scene to Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky is so much fun,  and the ending credits to Parliament’s Flashlight was such a great way to end the film. The soundtrack to both Vol 1 and 2 have also become a major selling point for these films. I don’t know about you, but the second I heard that a second film was in the making, I couldn’t wait to hear more about the soundtrack. I will also be purchasing both soundtracks on vinyl as soon as I can!

Now lets compare this to Suicide Squad. The soundtrack, to me, seemed to have no thought put into it whatsoever. I like a lot of the tracks on the soundtrack for sure, but its just a mess. Honestly, I could have done better myself. In the moment, my first thoughts were “I love Paranoid by Black Sabbath!” but I’d soon realise it has absolutely no significance to the film or any of the characters whatsoever, it just sounds good. Bohemian Rhapsody, Seven Nation Army, Black Skinhead. Did they even try? I know this seems like a stereotypical Suicide-Squad-sucked review, but it sucked. Especially the soundtrack.

Films about bands and musicians are always very soundtrack-reliant. John Carney’s Sing Street is a new favourite of mine. Its full of 80’s classics which clearly represent when the film is based. Also I love The Cure.

The TV show Freaks and Geeks is also similar, the great soundtrack relates to the years the show is set in. We get to see Jason Segal’s character drum his heart out to The Spirit Of Radio by Rush. His character is known as a very average drummer, so obviously wouldn’t be able to play a Rush song as Neil Peart is a drumming God, and is difficult to match. However we see the pure passion that Segal’s character has for music. We see his band half-heartedly,and very badly, play Sunshine Of Your Love while Segal is having the time of his life. Again, the soundtrack has a significance to the characters, and gives us more of an insight to the type of person we’re watching.

A few honourable mentions:

 

 

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Once

Trainspotting

Hot Fuzz

A Clockwork Orange

La La Land (whats a short essay about soundtracks without a mention of La La Land, am I right?)

I think I’ve made it very clear that I believe it’s important that a soundtrack is well thought out and relevant to the film itself. Obviously I have a lot more films to watch, and these were just a list of the first to pop into my head when someone says “soundtrack”, so I want to know what films you think have great, or awful, soundtracks! What do you think makes a good, or bad, soundtrack? Have I missed anything out? Let me know, lets converse!

25/6/2017

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