Do you like movies?! Do you like so called “cult classics” and massive movie hits?! Do you see your friends switch off when you begin to go on and on about a film that you know they’ve not seen but you can’t help it, its like word vomit?! Well my friend this is the series for you!
In this series I indulge in my favourite pastime; watching films and then annoying people with my opinions on them. Some odd, some wonderful, some downright bad, all watched over the course of one week and then reviewed for your pleasure. Sit back, relax, and potentially find your new favourite flick.
So I’ve been organising to go away all this week, meaning that I just bashed out these reviews today (Monday) rather than reviewing them right after I watched them like I usually would. So forgive me if some of the reviews are slightly shorter and less in depth than usual. Also, if any of you are going to SitC next week I’m going to be there too! So hit me up if you fancy a chat about film! Oh and next week’s Monday Movies will probably be a bit late because I don’t make it home until after midnight on Monday next. So probably a Tuesday Movies next week, not that it really matters I suppose! Anyway on to the movies!
FILM : Prom
RELEASE DATE : 29th April 2011
WATCHED : Digital Download
RATING : 3.5/7 Days
SYNOPSIS : A group of teenagers get ready for prom, it’s a very inventive title I must say.
Okay so I watched this on Monday last and I’ve already forgotten the ins and outs of it. I was recommended this movie by a friend; she called it her guilty pleasure movie and I can kind of see why. It’s a very paint by numbers Disney teen rom com. So there’s a cute blonde smart girl who’s class president and head of the prom committee; leading lady. And there’s a rough and tumble motorbike riding bad boy with a heart of gold; leading male. Then there’s a bunch of intertwining side characters which consist of the lead females friends and then other random students. Don’t get me wrong, all of these characters are very enjoyable to watch and decently acted too, but don’t ask me any of their names.
Speaking of acting, the acting in this was very hit and miss. In fact before googling this film I thought it was a Disney Channel Movie, which would excuse a lot of the sins but nope; Prom was released in theatres. You can see the exact scenes where the actors became comfortable, and it makes it very easy to tell what scenes were filmed before others. But it’s not awful, just clunky in places. Dubbing is especially wooden, I think every case of dubbed dialogue in the film sticks out. But hey, these kids have probably never had to do something like that before and it’s supposed to be incredibly hard to manage so give them a break!
Our leading lady is Ms. Aimee Teegarden (who has the best name ever!) and she does a so-so job. Some of her dialogue is clunky and doesn’t sound like it’s coming out of her head. But where she really shines is in the sad “everything is going wrong” mid-section of the film. She does glum amazingly well. To the point where I would love to see her in some sort of horror film or hard hitting drama. I’m now wondering if I should google her to see if she’s been in anything meatier…ooh she was in Rings! I’ve not seen it but that’s exactly what I was thinking!
TL;DR It’s a Disney rom com, go in, have fun but don’t expect the world.
FILM : The Boat That Rocked (aka Pirate Radio)
RELEASE DATE : 1st April 2009
WATCHED : On DVD
RATING : 7/7 Days
SYNOPSIS : The film follows the lives of the people living aboard Radio Rock, a floating radio station illegally transmitting rock and roll to the masses 24 hours a day!
I love this film. I had forgotten how much I loved this film it’s just so good. The history is interesting, the characters all feel like real people, the acting never flags, the one liners are incredible, and the music stays in your head for days. My Mum was still singing Eleanor on Sunday and we watched this on Wednesday. It’s perfection in film form. Like I literally wrote in my summary notes “this is what movies are supposed to be”
So the film’s main protagonist is a young boy called Carl who’s sent to live on the ship after being kicked out of school. This is, as his Godfather Quentin puts it; “a spectacular mistake” because the ship and radio station are run by a bunch of sexually deviant, drug taking radio DJ’s, plus a shy lesbian and a black kid that gets almost no lines, for some reason. They tip along quite nicely giving the middle finger up to the government until one minister decides he’s had enough and will shut them down within the year. And you know what’s wonderful about this? It’s all real, the people and the boat are obviously fictional but the plot is loosely based around a real pirate radio station called the Carolina. Because of this, and pretty wonderful writing, the plot never slows or lags but kind of feels the right length.
The music in this film is spectacular; according to Wikipedia the film has a 60 song strong soundtrack. All of the songs are from the early to mid-sixties period in which the film is set and it heavily features rock and roll, as you’d expect. So many of the songs used are immediately recognisable even to someone like me who doesn’t have a huge amount of experience with that period in time. I think it was even more fun for my Dad who was a DJ in his youth and so would play a lot of this type of music at weddings and things, he and my Mum sang along to almost every song.
I mean I could wax lyrical about the costumes and the acting and the writing, and the colour but seriously I think everyone should watch this film at least once in their lives. In my opinion it’s a classic.
TL;DR It’s got some banging tunes, and some banging acting, and some actual banging. Do it. You won’t regret it.
FILM : The Road To El Dorado
RELEASE DATE : 31st March 2000
WATCHED : On DVD
RATING : 5/7 Days
SYNOPSIS : Two scheming con men are accidentally mistaken for Gods when they arrive in the mythical city of El Dorado. (THE SONGS OF MY CHILDHOOD)
Aw man. Childhood. I remember watching this film with a mix up plate in my aunts front room. Such nostalgia. Sometimes I avoid re-watching films I loved as a kid, I had a bad experience with Snow White; her voice is so annoying! Why did no one tell me?? Anyway, luckily enough this film really holds up. The animation is great, the jokes are still funny, the plot still makes sense, and the songs are bloody gorgeous. I’m not entirely sure how much of it is filtered through nostalgia lenses but I would definitely recommend this to someone who has never seen it.
First of all that animation! It’s a mix of hand drawn and computerised stuff as per DreamWorks of the early 2000’s but it really nails down the sense of wonder and beauty in El Dorado. Everything is bright colours and just looks wonderful. It’s one of those films which really doesn’t age because of the timeless quality of it’s animation. Literally just watch it for that first shot of the city, it’s 1,000% worth it.
The voice acting is pretty wonderful too, I knew I knew Miguel’s voice from something. Turns out it’s only Kenneth Branagh! It’s a funny movie but it’s even funnier when you think about literal living leg end Kenneth Branagh acting out Miguel’s lines. That really tickled me. Everyone else does a spectacular job, it’s really believable, and I never questioned any of the performances, now or as a child.
Another major reason I very rarely watch childhood films again is because for a small percentage of films I really did like the plot makes absolutely no sense now. It’s only a small percent because I was a weirdly logical child (I didn’t like the Lion King all that much because lions can’t talk irl, but apparently Robin Hood was fine??) but The Road To El Dorado does not fall into that trap. The plot ticks along quite nicely in terms of pacing and people make logical decisions based on human emotions, which makes this a really easy rewatch.
But come on, we all remember the music from this one. It’s another set of Elton John bangers: “OOOON THE TRAAAAAIL WE BLAZE” “IT’S GOOD TO BE A GOD!!!” etc. I only got Eleanor from The Boat That Rocked out of my brain when it was superseded by It’s Good To Be A God, seriously, it’s a great soundtrack.
TL;DR It’s a beautiful film with great music, definitely worth an afternoon.
FILM : Evil Dead
RELEASE DATE : 15th October 1981 (General Release 17th January 1983)
WATCHED : On DVD
RATING : 7/7 Days
SYNOPSIS : A group of kids begin to get possessed at a spooky cabin in the woods, the only way to stop it? Dismemberment!
The Evil Dead is the best film in the universe. Okay, maybe second best but it’s up there. This film makes me cry with laughter; I know it’s supposed to be a horror film, and it is, but there is something really hilarious about the effects in this film. Not in a bad way! Just in a “I have no sense of humour I just love fake blood way too much” way.
Lets get the obvious out of the way first; Bruce Campbell is a beautiful man and could 1,000% get it if he asked nicely, even if he does kind of look like a cartoon villain now. But 1981 Bruce? DAAAAAAMN HONEY. Good to have that out in the open.
Like any film I give 7/7 I just want to swoon over this thing throughout the whole review. Yes the blood and effects are cheesy; my Dad kept pointing out Ash’s bruise because it’s definitely just purple eyeshadow. Yes it’s not aged that well; you can definitely tell it was made in 1980. But damn these are the things that make it so good!
I remember the first time I watched this film, and it terrified me. I was petrified of creepy woods and potential possession for years after seeing it. Now I’m a little older and have watched a lot more horror I can see the tropes it used so perfectly and I can appreciate it’s comedy genius. I laugh through 85% of this film because it’s just so ridiculous, in the most fantastic way. Blood and guts and dismemberment everywhere, eyes oozing out of skulls and people melting; all done with makeup and physical effects its bloody wonderful!! If you’re at all interesting in filmmaking I would recommend watching this for it’s clever use of effects on a serious budget. Speaking of, I never feel like I’m watching a low budget film when I’m watching Evil Dead. I know it was made on a shoestring but I think everything is perfectly weighed out so it always looks like a high budget film to me. Though maybe that’s more of a personal thing?
This is literally one of my favourite films of all time ever, and if you want to be my real and true friend you need to see it. Or if you like horror films. Or if you like Spider-Man 2, same director therefore you should watch this.
TL;DR I swear it’s a comedy (shifty eyes) but seriously the effects are AWESOME!
That’s all for this week! If you have a film you think I’d enjoy or you’d like me to review please leave it in the comments below, and let me know if you watched any mind blowing movies this week too! Have a good one folks!
Until Next Time,
Emily Jayne xo