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Monday, 31 October 2016

Film Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) and the problem with Parody Films

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Parody films pretty much always go down on my list of the worst films ever made. That gimmicky, over the top slapstick humour makes me squirm and come to think of it, I've never not watched these films in the background whilst doing something else.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping however, wasn't awful. I'd go as far as saying it was actually quite good. I keep writing 'Popstar Never Say Never'  every time I type out the title basically because the film main character Conner Friel played by Andy Sandberg, is loosely inspired by Justin Bieber. I'm just gathering this from the film's title- a play on one of Bieber's songs and some incidents that play out, that have most definitely been Bieber inspired (i.e Anne Frank's house - saying no more). But that's where the comparison's end. You see the problem with parody films is that the references are a. very specific - often parodying an entire pre-existing film and b. the references are very much a reflection of the time in which the film is made meaning that they simply aren't funny or don't make sense a year after their release date.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a bit problematic no?

To prepare myself for LaLa Land, I wanted to understand the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling chemistry that everyone talks about so I finally watched Crazy, Stupid, Love ... nine years later ! I also finally understand the Ryan Gosling phenomena and I just want to say I am here for this - better late than never.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Marvel's Luke Cage: the Bulletfproof, black Superhero of his time

If like me you never read the Luke Cage comics and you have no idea who he is or; you first encountered in Netflix's Jessica Jones, you may be pretty uninterested. I know I certainly was when I first came across him in Jessica Jones. Big deal he has superhero strength what else is new? He can't even fly or mutate *eye roll*.

For a while now I'd have said that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has essentially spoilt me. Gone are the days when I'd peruse through superhero comics until I found one whose powers weren't *boring*.  Now, executives sit down, pick the coolest characters and bring them to life making us all I think,  pretty high maintenance when it comes to what we want our heroes to do. Every time I tell people arghh watch Luke Cage on Netflix I get asked, What does he do? He's strong and has unbreakable skin but that's not the point! *aw doesn't she know about Captain America? or Superman? And they're even more interesting because they have other powers. Patronising smile*

But when reflecting on this show, I realised that it marks what has been up until now a gradual shift within the cinematic superhero genre.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Film Review: How to be Single

“Why do we always have to tell our stories through relationships?'” Is one of the first lines in this movie which immediately makes you think 'well isn't that what you’re about to do?' If like me you saw this film's trailer, you'd perhaps think it's just another Valentine's Day romp. Girl learns how to date and eventually finds the one and falls in love. Effectively nothing about singlehood.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Confess by Colleen Hoover & Domestic Violence in YA

Confess is pretty unique in its premise. It tells the story of Owen, an artist whose art is inspired by people's anonymous confessions.

Side bar - I kept thinking, this is such a good idea why has noone thought about this?! - Perfect example of Colleen Hoover's creative prowess. 

He's in desperate need of an assistant to work in his studio and in walks Auburn and unbeknown to her, Owen is harbouring his own secret linked to her past. Auburn has had it pretty tough in her teenage years and finds herself taking Owen's job offer because she desperately needs the money. And once Owen comes into her life, everything changes and they soon find there are secrets that threaten to destroy them ....

This story, like every Colleen Hoover book I've read so far, juggles some heavy themes and does so really effortlessly.

Monday, 3 October 2016

September Wrap Up

I've decided to do wrap-ups every month on the blog because I want to get more book content out there and I don't always write about every book I read. Probably not the best month to start with because I didn't really read a lot but I've got a lot planned for October.

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