Total Recall: Remaking Films From Memory and Technology Essay

OK this essay is slightly longer than previous entries. It was for my Remake class. Not much to say about this one to be honest. I did pretty well on it, grade-wise and hopefully it makes sense and is vaguely interesting. I was going to write a whole new post about remaking films and how it’s more of an American habit but that’ll keep for when I’m not so preoccupied with Gilmore Girls re-runs. Do It!


Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray Review: Clever Whisper Or Heart Related Pun

Blu-ray Releassed on 9th January 2012

Based on the manga of the same name, Whisper of the Heart is the 1995 Studio Ghibli coming-of-age film film that is now available on Blu-ray but despite its charm and beauty, the hardcore Ghibli crowd may find themselves dissatisfied with this one.

Shizuku Tsukishima (Brittany Snow), a middle-school girl whose nose is always in a book, embarks on her first adolescent relationship with the antagonistic yet sensitive Seiji. The two inspire each other to follow their dreams but Shizuku struggles to cope when Seiji’s passion for making violins leads him to move away to Italy. Fighting with her family over her future, Shizuku is sure that if she can write a whole book by the time Seiji returns, she’ll prove to them that she has what it takes to follow her heart. Do It!

Hugo Review: Paris Je T’aime…Kinda

HUGO: On General Release From 2nd December 2011

The 3D bandwagon has had some extra weight thrown on to it since Martin Scorsese decided to use the technology to make Hugo, a charming Christmas movie based on the book ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. Going up against other three-dimensional fare like Arthur Christmas, Hugo may be able to hold its own but this Parisian adventure might not be quite the draw Scorsese hopes it will.

Orphaned Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is living inside the walls and clock towers of a large Paris train station, keeping the clocks in working order and avoiding the vigilant station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). Do It!


Another University Essay. This One’s About Vampires. No Twilight Though.

Now if you bothered to read or even lightly skim the previous post, then you’ll know that I’m posting some of my essays from my uni days. This week is an essay from my favourite ever module: The Modern Vampire, taught to me by the most excellent lecturer Stacey Abbott. See Mum, all those years watching Buffy finally paid off.

I was 20-years-old when I wrote this essay and as anyone who went to uni will know, your work, no matter what the grade is always fighting against sleep deprivation, word counts and caffeine overdoses. Despite these factors, I got a 1st for this essay. Suck it. Ha, suck it, like vampires. Cause it’s a vampire essay…I don’t have to impress you people. Do It!


My First Ever University Essay

I graduated in 2009 and haven’t really taken another look at my essays from that time until now. I’ve decided to give them a bit of a tidy up so you can all have a look at what my brain was trying to express at the time. Most of the essays are a combination of reading, note-taking, desperation, caffeine and trying to meet word counts so they aren’t perfect.

This essay was for my Thinking Film class which I took in my first term in my first year at the tender age of 18. And believe it or not, I got a 1st for this paper. I believe that’s what the kids call ‘Nailing it’. Anywho, the essay is about whether or not documentary films should be considered art and if they can, can they be thought of as art in the same way entertainment films are? Look, I didn’t write the questions. Bear in mind when (if) you read this, it’s academic writing so it’s not like I could say exactly what I wanted to, I was working for a grade people! Do It!


The Legend of The Soldier Review: Little Drummer Boy

The Legend of the Soldier: On DVD Release From 10th October

For those of us not up on the historical beef between Napoleon’s army and the Catalan rebels in 1808, Legend of the Soldier, paints a vivid picture of the battle of Bruc in which one Spanish drummer boy defeated the invading French army. As important as this legend may be to the Spanish, UK viewers may well be scratching their heads as the story relies on a pre-existing knowledge of the battle, so it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research before watching as much is left unexplained.

In the wake of the battle, a simple coal miner/military drummer boy, Juan (Juan José Ballesta) tries to return to his normal life and his beautiful fiancée Gloria (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey). The French’s defeat is bitter for Napoleon who orders brave Captain Maraval (Vincent Perez) to bring back the head of the Spanish drummer. Maraval and a band of soldiers travel to Juan’s small village in the Catalan mountains and slaughter his family and kidnap Gloria in an effort to draw him out. Do It!


Bridesmaids Review: The Marrying Kind

Bridesmaids: On General Release From Friday 24th June

One of the rules of screenwriting is ‘Make your protagonist likeable’. It’s an old rule that really works and I’ve rarely seen it broken, or broken well to make me rethink its validity. In Kristin Wiig’s Bridesmaids, however, her character, long-time fuck-up Annie, is dangerously close to the edge of being a total dick. She’s selfish, disorganised, rude and self-destructive – not traditional qualities you look for in a leading lady, especially not one that’s the maid of honour for her best friend Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph. Do It!


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