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October 2014

My Top 10 Disney Films Of All Time (6 to 3)

This is a continued post about my top 10 Disney film which I would be doing every week. This week is from 6 to 3.

6. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

This is another one of those films that I don’t remember the first time that I heard about it but I do know that I have watched different versions of this film before I saw this classic.

This is a film about Alice who falls down the rabbit hole after discovering a strange rabbit with a clock. She discovers a world called Wonderland where there is a Red Queen, a Cheshire Cat, twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee and so much more.

Some people say that the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland is the best and although I love Tim Burton’s films especially his spin on Alice, the Disney classic will always be my favourite. I have only watched it once which is enough to say it is a spectacular film that is visually stunning in the animation side. It is a wonderful story from Lewis Carroll which shows that imagination is the most wonderful power that a child could have and we should never lose sight of that. It also has one of the best characters in the film, The Mad Hatter and it has one of the best songs in the movie ‘A Very Happy Unbirthday’ which is used to celebrate everyday that is not your birthday. I have given this film an 8.5/10 even though it is number 6 because it isn’t a film that I have watched every single day that I can remember it like Jungle Book as it is hard to find a copy of this film. I know I love this film because I love the story behind it and I always used to want to dress up like Alice for Halloween (even though it was a holiday that I didn’t and still don’t enjoy).

5. Aladdin (1992)

As I have said previously, my brother and I owned Disney stories as books and he owned Aladdin. As a kid, I was scared of this film because of one character,Jafar (mainly because he turned into a snake during the film). This is another one that I have no memory of my first encounter with this experience but it is a movie that I love.

This film is about Aladdin who encounters a lamp that has a genie that can grant three wishes and uses the genie so that he can win the princess Jasmine with the villain Jafar trying to get the lamp.

In the Robin Williams tribute, I spoke about how the genie was my favourite character in the film and that he made me realise that they can use comedians to make the movie more interesting. As well as having a great comedian character, it also has a good story and incredible songs like Friend Like Me written the legendary late Howard Ashman (he also wrote great songs from Disney films such as the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast). It is one of those movies that I will sing along to and watch every time and never get bored. I have given this film a 9/10.

4. Bridge To Teribitha (2007)

Yes I know that I have spoken about this film before but like Saving Mr Banks, there is a reason that I love this film.

This is one of those movies that tells you as a kid that your own imagination is more powerful than anything which is a great thing to be told by a film especially when you thought that your imagination was never important. It also teaches you about friendship especially as a kid and that friends and family can help you with any problems you may have whether it is loss or simply just being there for you when you need them. It also tells you that you should try not to shut people out cause in the end, you might need them. This film still gets a 10/10 because it is my favourite film of all time with a few other but it isn’t the best Disney film I have seen.

3. Mulan(1998)

As a kid growing up, I wasn’t actually that into Disney Princesses. My favourite genre of film was and probably still is action and adventure (now mixed with sci-fi and fantasy) and even though I knew the story of Snow White,Cinderella and all of the other princesses, I didn’t actually watch those films until I was 12. I’ve always known the reason why I didn’t get into those movies and it was because they all had to have princes that would save them and they would live happily ever after and get married because it was true love even though they only met each other a day (I know, a Frozen reference but hey, it had to be done). So when Mulan came out, I knew this was a film meant for me.

This is a film about a girl called Mulan who disguises as a man so that she could take her father’s place in the war.

Before Frozen, a film that represented that princesses could fend for themselves came out, we had Mulan, a movie that showed that a women didn’t need to be saved by a prince and get married to him after first meet up. Even though we had Pocahontas, this was the film that the message stood out to me and most audiences. The first memory of watching this film from beginning to end was in primary school and I remember how I felt in that moment. I was fascinated by this movie and it made me fall in love with Disney all over again as I was giving up on the films before I saw this one. So if it wasn’t for Mulan, I probably wouldn’t even be writing these Disney reviews.

As well as having a great storyline, this film has an incredible song, Be A Man sung by Donny Osmand which you can’t help but sing every time you hear it. I have given this film a 10/10 and say that any kid who loves Frozen should watch this film which they would also love.

Next time, I will be doing the reviews from 2 to 1 and summing up the whole reviews. Feel free to leave comments below.

Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:

Bridge To Terabithia-https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/bridge-to-terabithia/

My Top 10 Disney Films Of All Time (10 to 7)- https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/my-top-10-disney-films-of-all-time/

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

This is a film that I was debating on whether I should see it or not. I heard that it had bad reviews and didn’t want to see it and waste my money like I did with transformers so I did what any cinema goer would do, I looked at YouTube reviews that told me that the film wasn’t good but even then, I couldn’t really trust their opinion because some of them didn’t like earth to echo which I thought was good apart from the ending which I learned to live with. So I asked a fan of the series if they liked the film and by fan, I mean my younger brother who would tell me straight if he didn’t like it. He said it was good so in the end, I decided to go and watch the film.

This is a film about how four turtles who are brothers from the sewer and became Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They must work together with a reporter April and her cameraman Vern to save the city from the Shredder.

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There were good things and bad things about this movie. The good thing was the namesake. Yes, at times they were trying to be funny but they were good at it and were also my favourite characters, which tells me why people love those characters and why my brother thought this film was good. The action was great too especially when they are on the Alps. The best action scene in the movie.

There were so many bad parts about this film but I am just going to say this. Megan Fox. She got on my nerves throughout the whole film. It just felt like she was just reading her lines out with no emotions. She didn’t even look like someone who was a serious reporter. She looked like someone who wanted to report because they wanted to be on camera. When her character got fired, I didn’t even feel bad for her, I just thought ‘she was doing a terrible job anyway so I was surprised she didn’t get fired in the beginning’. This movie just felt like it was Michael Bayafied but worse in a way that you couldn’t take it any more and it wasn’t even directed by him.

I mean, it doesn’t even take 10 minutes to see that Megan Fox is sexually objectified in this movie and this is mainly for kids who watch the modern TV show . There was also her cameraman who didn’t even need to be in here at all and it would still be bad.

There was a scene that they showed how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became who they are which was needed but it didn’t help the film become sentimental when their Sensei was attacked because I didn’t care for him as their origin story was bland and sought of long and those flares. Those dang flares. The only person who can actually use them is JJ Abrams and you know why, because he is a great director who knows how to use them in a way that are effective just watch Super 8, Star Trek 2008 version and Star Trek Into Darkness. The camera was also shown in a distorted way to make it more dramatic but it just made the film even more stupid than those flares.

The villain in this film, Erin Sacks also had a stupid motive. ‘ I want to put a toxin that I made out to the world so that I could use a cure that I made to save people and get money’. In the end, they would know it was you because the toxin kills people quickly and they would wander ‘why has this guy got a cure for this toxin so quickly? Maybe he is the one that came up with the toxin in the first place’. I hate how Michael Bay thinks his audience is stupid and made other directors think that too. Also, we shouldn’t give into this and watch rubbish movies like this. I hope that they cancel plans to make a sequel.

Over the years, it has shown that they can’t make a TMNT movie. Also, I heard that the Shredder was supposed to be the main villian but it didn’t even show. He was just there for the turtles to fight last minute and we didn’t even know what his aim for being there was. To scare us or make us excited for the next one?

People have compared this film to the Amazing Spider-Man 2 but this is much worse. All I have to say is thank you. Thank you Michael Bay and your crew for creating the bad movies that make so much money and make people like me go watch it and then write long reviews about how rubbish they are. I can’t wait until your next worst blockbuster film comes out whether it is produced, directed or even written by you.

On that note, I think this film deserve a 1.5/10 for the turtles itself, nothing more(can’t believe I am saying this but yes, this film was worse than transformers but by only 0.5).

If you like this review or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

Rudderless (2014)

I heard about this film being a sort of Selena Gomez fan and heard that she played a role in the movie. I was a bit unsure if I should see this movie and if I would like it until I saw the trailer and found out what this film was truly about.

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This is a film about a father who is grieving for his son and finds his music. He plays it in a bar and meets a boy called Quentin and they start a band together.

This film has great music and was presented in a way that I didn’t expect the story to be. A guy starts as the best advertising executive in the world and one tragedy puts him down which makes him depressed.

It shows how the father dealt with his son shooting students and then killing himself. It also show how it affected the people around him.The music in the film shows that the son did have some good in him and was just like every teenager before he turned bad. I know that a lot of people will just watch this film because Selena Gomez is in it but she isn’t even in it for that long and the movie isn’t even about her character.

It was also great to see the other characters struggles and how the father bonded with the boy that he started a band with, how he tried to make him not like his son and really cared for him. It was also great to see how the band was formed and this film had an incredible ending.

This is something that I would recommend to anyone who loves music and who wants a great drama film. I have given this film a 7.5/10.

If you like this review or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

Love, Rosie (2014)

This film interested me when I first saw the trailer. Yes, it was your typical love stories that you have probably heard a million times but I have and always will be a fan of Lily Collins so I had to watch it. I was lucky enough to go to the world première of this film and also meet the cast.

This is a film based on a popular book about two friends who like each other but won’t tell each other how they feel.

The movie was actually good, a little bit fast paced at times but good. It’s nice to see films like this out in the cinema because at times, I do get sick and tired of watching big blockbuster films. It has some good British comedy moments in the film and you did actually follow the story. It also shows how long relationships go for before they find out that their perfect match has been there all along Lily Collins does an incredible British accent.

Even though it did have good moments, it also had some weak moments like at times in the film, you didn’t feel connection for characters and their relationships because you knew how everything was going to end and even though there was one scene that sought of surprised me, everything else was predictable which can get boring at times. I have given this film a 5/10 because it was half and half.

If you like this review or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

The Judge (2014)

I never knew what this film was about when I heard of it except that Robert Downey Jr was going to be in it, so I knew it was good. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer that I knew that I was interested in the film and wanted to watch it.

This film is about a lawyer who finds out that his mum died so he goes home to the funeral. There, he tries to reconnect with his dad and later finds out that his father is charged for a murder. He then decides to be a lawyer for his case.

This is a great film about father and son relationships. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr have an incredible performance. I get why some critics don’t like this film, there are unnecessary sub plots with Hank’s girlfriends and his ex wife that didn’t actually need to be in here. It also downgraded it from becoming this perfect father-son film.

That being said, I think this is a movie that I am glad that I watched it the first time. It has its sentimental moments and a small bit of comedy to liven it up a bit. Robert Downey Jr is a great actor and it is good to see him in a role other than Iron Man(not to say that Iron Man is bad, it is good).

I have given this film a 6.5/10 and recommend to anyone who loves father-son relationship films as they will feel a connection to this movie.

If you like this review or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

My Top 10 Disney Films Of All Time (From 10 to 7)

Hi guys. So over the course of the months, I have been watching  YouTube videos with people talking about their top ten favourite Disney films. This has made me want to put out a top 10 list for myself of my favourite Disney films to show that I am and will always be a big Disney fan. There are some great Disney movies that came out even before the whole Frozen hype, which has actually become too much that it is still showing in the cinema and has been since about November 2013.

Disney films really mean a lot to me because they make me happy even as an adult and most of them are movies that will never get old, and some of them also make you think which is actually missing from some kids films and TV shows today. So here, I have split it into 3 parts because I need to explain my favourites and here it is, my 10 favourite Disney films of all time from 10 to 7.

10.  The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005)

The first time that I actually heard about this story was in primary school where we watched the cartoon version of the popular C.S Lewis book. From then on, I have been interested in the story of the Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. So, when I found out that Disney had made a live action film based on this story, I was so excited but did not expect what I was about to see which was a spectacular film.

This is a film about 4 kids during the first world war who are evacuated to the countryside and find a wardrobe that takes them to fantasy world called Narnia. There, they must join allies with Aslan to defeat the white witch.

This is a film that I watch every Christmas (hence the snow created by the white witch) and every time I watch this movie, it is as if I am just experiencing this universe for the first time. This is an action packed film and the best Narnia movie out there which is why it is number 10 in my list and deserves an 8/10.

9. Saving Mr Banks (2013)

This is actually the third time that I have mentioned this film on my blog because it is the movie that I loved and actually surprised me as to how much I love it. Before this film, I just thought that Mary Poppins was just an average movie and never really understood the meaning behind it until I actually saw Saving Mr Banks. Now, I appreciate Mary Poppins and how hard Disney worked to bring it to life for people to love this film 50 years later after it first came out.

This performances are my favourite from both Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson which shows how much of a legend both of them are. This movie also makes you apprentice film making in general and is great to watch no matter what mood you are in. This is great biopic story by one of the greatest studios ever which is why it is my number 9 and deserves an 8/10.

8. Peter Pan (1953)

“Think of a wonderful thought, any merry little thought”. This is the song that I think of when I think of Peter Pan. It always makes me smile and it reminds me of the time when I was young and wanted to fly, which is one of the best memories that I have.

This film is about 3 kids from the darling family who are taken away to the magical world of Neverland lead by the inspiration of Wendy’s stories, Peter Pan.

This was the first film that had a villian that I actually liked and also made me laugh. I was obsessed with Captain Hook and always hoped that Peter would defeat him but would also want to always see him and Smee again. The crocodile also made me laugh in movie mainly because you would always know where he is, and he scared Captain Hook because of the ticking noise that came from him after he swallowed a clock.

I’ve heard that the original Peter Pan story is actually sad so this film actually made it joyful while still keeping that sad, memorable part in the movie and now after Robin Williams has died, Peter Pan reminds me more of the film Hook that he starred in. This is a lovely story about imagination also remembering that you should make the most of it when you are kid which is why it is my number 8 and deserves an 8/10.

7. The Jungle Book (1967)

I actually don’t remember the first time that I watched this film but I do remember this. When I was young, my brother and I had Disney books. He had Aladdin and I had The Jungle Book. This book was the only one that I read when I was young. This is also the last film that Walt Disney ever produced before he died which shows that this is the last Disney movie with the ‘touch of magic’

This film is about a boy named Mowgli that gets brought up by wolves and when he grows up, they think that he should live with mankind because a fierce tiger called Shere Kahn is looking for him. Along the way, he meets a lot of different characters.

This film is great for me because it is a bond that I have with my Dad. We know the words to all the songs and sing along to it. The best scene in the movie is when the characters meet King Louis and they sing ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. It is the best song in the film (second best being The Bare Necessities) and has a lot of comedic moments.

As well as this film being fun, it also has sad, sentimental moments like almost every Disney movie out there.Overall, this is a great film to enjoy which is why it is my 7th favourite Disney film and deserves a 9/10.

Next time, I will be doing the reviews from 6 to 3. Feel free to leave comments below.

Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:

Saving Mr Banks-https://filmaticreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/saving-mr-banks-2013/

 

 

 

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