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July 2015

Pixels (2015)

I haven’t been much of a fan of comedies. There are three reasons why. A. they are not as great as they used to be. B. they rely on the same jokes and C. Adam Sandler. He ruined comedy. When I first heard about the concept of this film, it seemed interesting. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer with actors such as Kevin James and Adam Sandler that my interest decreased.


Pixels is a movie about a couple of guys who were good at video games in the 80s having to save the world from giant 80s video games invading the earth.

It’s official, Adam Sandler can only make bad comedy movies. This movie wasn’t funny. I only laughed 3 times and they were mainly just chuckles. The person next to me asked their friend if it was over yet because it was so bland.

25 minutes into the movie, there was a part that I just wanted to turn it off but I couldn’t and you know why, because I was at the cinema and I had to watch it for the entire duration otherwise I would’ve waisted my money on snacks and travel. The love interest was so predictable that I didn’t want it to occur. The only okay actors in this movie were Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad. Everyone else were boring. I nearly fell asleep watching this. Also, it doesn’t need to be in 3D because there is nothing special about it. It’s also really forgettable. I feel like I won’t remember anything about this tomorrow.

The way that British people are portrayed is actually a little bit offence. We don’t come out with nonsense dialogue and we are not stupid.

I have given this movie a 1.5/10 and it is definitely the worst movie I have seen this year. Jupiter Ascending should be so happy that I haven’t watched that abomination of a film.

P.S. I loved seeing q-pert on the screen. Even though I never grew up playing with that character, I have loved him since Wreck-it Ralph.


Ant-Man (2015)

This was the first time that I wasn’t excited to see a Marvel movie the first time I heard about it. The first trailer didn’t impress me and I was upset that Edgar Wright wasn’t directing it anymore because he had made one of my favourite movies Scott Pilgrim vs the world. The second trailer did get me excited but not as much as the previous Marvel movies.

After watching this, I have come to the verdict that it was good. I had the same feeling that I had when I watched Captain America. It wasn’t the best compared to the over comic book movies but it wasn’t bad. It may have a one up on the first Captain America. Paul Rudd was great as the Ant Man. Can’t wait for his return as the character. I loved Michael Douglas’ character. I hope that his character comes in the future marvel movies. I like that they had a strong female character that was played by Evangeline Lily. Since The Hobbit, I have always been excited to see which strong female character she would play next. 

Michael Pena’s character was by far my favourite. Every time he came on screen, he made me laugh. I was just excited to see what he would do next. The Easter eggs that appeared in this movie was what made it strong and the fact that it was a heist. Again, I find that their villain is weak. I get that we have to focus on building the character up but can we just have one marvel cinematic movie where I actually remember the villain throughout and not wish that they had another hydra plan or a Loki. This is something that marvel need to work on otherwise their franchise could weaken. I mean, I’m more excited for Batman v Superman than Civil War. 

Overall it was good and it gets a 7.5/10.

Inside Out (2015)

This is a film that I have been trying to see. I missed out on a preview once and I wanted to see it early because it was being released on the 24th July in the UK and that is a long wait from the 19th June release in the U.S. I finally got to see it as part of the slackers club (membership where students can watch movies for free less than a month before the release date).

Inside Out is about a girl called Riley and how she and her emotions- Joy, Fear, Disgust and Sadness deal with her move to a new school, house and city.

I loved this movie so much. It didn’t exceed my expectations but it meet them and they were high. It brought up so many different emotions (pun intended). I love that we get to see the journey of how the emotions came to be when Riley was born and how they brought up her different traits. It tells us that we all need out different emotions to help us in life. When we are sad, friends and families help us to become happy again. Fear just shows that we may have something we are scared of and that’s ok. Anger helps us let out things that might be bothering us and Disgust shows that underneath, we still care.

The story was predictable at times but that’s ok. It had a beautiful ending that made most people in my audience tear up, even I nearly had that moment but I think the joy inside me helped see that this is something that I rewatch as it has a great moral.

This film also talked about teamwork and how it is important to have all the different traits and include them in tasks. You may have a leader but not everything that they do could be right for what’s best in the team. Including everyone in different tasks is what makes you achieve your goal. The way memories are placed in our mind is amazing. This film showed a great deal. It shows that thing that might not be important can be forgotten. It also shows there is a whole other world in our mind besides emotions such as imagination, dreams, core memories which we hold on forever and make us who we are.

This deserves a 9/10 and could beat Toy Story as my number 5 spot for the best Disney/Pixar movie of all time. Pixar is back, baby.

P.S I wasn’t very fond of the short. I think Disney wins that round with Paperman and Feast. Also, everytime I see someone’s face expression, I will always think about which emotion is taking over.

Update 19th July 2015: I saw this at a special screening with a Q & A with the director and producer. This movie is even better on a second viewing. It dealt a lot with depression and how we don’t alway stay the same happy child we used to be. We change because we are growing up. I even found myself crying at a certain scene.

Update 13th August 2015: watched this in 3D for the first time. I prefer the 2d version but the 3D isn’t that bad. Also, the ending always gets to me even though I know what is coming up.

Amy (2015)

Today I decided to do something different, watch a documentary in the cinema about someone’s life. Not just anyone’s life but the ups and downs of Amy Winehouse. When I first heard about this singer, I knew that she had a real, authentic voice but her public image made me uninterested in her. My love of her music stayed but I would only listen to the ones that I heard on the music channels or found on YouTube. I wasn’t as sad as most people when she died but when this movie was made and announced that the guy who directed Senna made this one, my interest grew. I loved the movie Senna because it took a part of history and a sport that I didn’t like and made me want to know more about the guy’s life. This documentary to me was sad.

It’s about Amy Winehouse’s life and how she just wanted to make music but had to deal with different problems in life such as drugs, depression, alcohol and fame.

There is a point in her life (the Serbia concert) where she just gives up. People say that her best album is back to black but when you listen to it and read the lyrics, it just explains her troubled life there and then. People keep blaming her then husband or her dad for all the pain that she had but I think that she was vulnerable from the start and everything that happened in her life could have been the cause to push her over the edge.

After watching this movie, something surprising happened. Everyone was silent walking out of the movie theatre and didn’t say a word because we had just witnessed a tragic sad story that we could never recovered from and our hatred and uninterest that we may have had before watching this screening has gone out of the window. This deserves a 7/10 for the great editing of clips done by the filmmakers.

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