Movie Addicts

I found a post on Simon Says Movie Reviews it details the 20 symptoms to look for if you think you or a friend is a movie addict!? It’s probably a good idea if I start here to see if I’ve given my blog the right name.. lets see if I’m addicted?

So I thought I’d give it a go.. see what I score.

1. YOU LOVE MOVIE LISTS 
I love lists and I love movies so putting the two together seems only natural for me. I adore looking at other movie lists and now with the power of this blog I shall be writing my own versions! I think everyone should do something similar, obviously everyone who is into movies, there is not right or wrong and it’s great to see someone elses point of view on the movies they have seen.

2. YOU LET YOUR TRUE EMOTIONS OUT
If movies didn’t affect me some way, be it positive or negative I wouldn’t watch them. What’s the point of spending an couple of hours watching something and then your just done with it!? Really someone spent a lot of talent and money to tell a story, appreciate it, live it, learn from it. I want my horror movies to scare me, I want to fall in love and be a million different people though movies.

 

 

 

 

 

3. YOU HAVE MOVIES STILL IN THE WRAPPING
Oh yes! Some are movies like Gremlins which I have seen a thousand times and it comes on TV quite a lot so it doesn’t  need to be opened (also it scares me) Other movies are just literally on the to watch pile, sometimes I do like to read the book first, other times they are remakes that people have brought for me. It seems if I say I haven’t watched something that means that I want to but haven’t got around to it yet and I love it when people buy me movies (hint hint)

 

 

 

 

 

4. YOU CAN SPOUT OFF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES ON A WHIM
Mostly.. I will post a list in a short while…

5. YOU HAVE SEEN AT LEAST ONE MOVIE NOBODY ELSE HAS HEARD OF
I’d like to think so, usually movies such as Skinned Deep or In the Aftermath Angles Never Sleep do it, depending on where the person is from I could probably name a “foreign” movie that they have little information about like Den Brysomme Mannen (yeah and I’d do it in the original language for extra brownie points)  otherwise it’s just an old underground movie that was banned and forgotten about.

 

 

 

 

 

6. YOU BUY INSTEAD OF DOWNLOAD
I’ve never downloaded a movie..

7. YOU ALWAYS FINISH A MOVIE YOU START; no matter how long, horrendous or boring.
Yes I will always finish a movie, I think it’s only good manners to see the whole story.

8. YOUR LIFE IS A MOVIE
I talk movies all the time, I’ll remember a movie quote before a song lyric. At work I often draw movie scenes on post it notes with quote, I put them in birthday cards..

9. YOU HAVE A WAD OF MOVIE STUBS AS THICK AS A PHONE BOOK
I don’t go to the cinema as often as a lot of other movie lovers, I would like to go more but the price is astoundingly high at the moment, I’m REALLY picky about going to the cinema as well, I only like them when they are empty. But I also don’t often keep the stubs but if I did I’d probably have quite a few. On the other hand if Blockbusters were to print off my DVD rental list, we’d loose a few trees.

10. YOU CAN STAND IN A MOVIE STORE FOR HOURS
I try not stay too long otherwise I end up trying to help people find the right movie or I’ll start to correct them when they are trying to work out who acted in what. Another factor to this is that I don’t need to stay there too long it’s not hard to pick out the few movies I’ve not seen yet.

11. YOU’RE A MOVIE FILTER
If I know someone I can work out what they should watch or rent next,I do often get asked for advice on what to watch or rent.

12. MOVIE POSTERS ARE YOUR WALLPAPER
*looks around* There are quite a few up along with lots of other art work.. I’m not doing to well here am i?

13. YOU HAVE AN OVERFLOW DVD RACK
I make furniture out of DVD covers.

14. YOU NEVER FEEL LAME WATCHING MOVIES ALONE
I usually have to go on my own, movies are my friends LOL.

15. YOU HAVE SEEN A MOVIE AT LEAST 10 TIMES
I’ve seen Lord of the Rings around 600 times and Robocop hit over 110 views and I’ve only had gomiso for two years now. Infact my facebook friends will comment if they haven’t seen it in my feed for a few days… (if you ever want to add me on go miso please do so! my page is here http://gomiso.com/u/katedra

 

 

 

 

 

16. YOU NEVER BOYCOTT AN ENTIRE GENRE
American Romantic Comedies.. Actually I try to avoid Comedies, I also try to avoid Romance movies and if I had a choice between a Mongolian black and white short or top blockbuster American rip of schite.. I’m watching the short..

17. YOU LOVE MOVIE TRAILERS
Not when I’m trying to watch a movie but yes I look them up online all the time.

18. YOU LOVE SILENT, FOREIGN AND BLACK AND WHITE FILMS JUST AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER
HELL YEAH! I love all movies … kinda.. american rom coms don’t do it for me.

19. YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BAD MOVIE AND A ‘BAD’ MOVIE AND A BAD MOVIE AND A MOVIE YOU DIDN’T LIKE
I do need to enlarge my vocab but it’s hard to express a bad movie that you like compared to a bad movie that you don’t like and a bad movie that needs to be seen etc..

20. YOU WILL DEFEND A MOVIE YOU LOVE TO THE DEATH
I’ll do time over it too!

Yes doctor.. I’m addicted

Apocalyptic Hair Dye

One thing that’s really bugged me about some post apocalyptic movies is… Where do they buy their hair dye and make up?

There seems to be this idea that with the breakdown of humanity we might all start being punks, thinking more about our hair and make up than where the next rat and cockroach burger is coming from.

My personal beliefs think that the situation would be more like the Road (2009) than Doomsday(2008) or the TV show The Tribe (1999 – 2003).

If you’ve ever been concerned about who was cutting the lawns of the zombie apocalypse then maybe they are the same bunch doing the door to door hair and make up sales.

Lets consider it for a moment, after all the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z have given us enough to plan what we’re going for the apocalypse be it a zombie one or not. Its not really from day one, that’s the day when you carjack the biggest all terrain vehicle you can find then raid Budgens and hide with as much ammunition as possible.

Now after 28 days (or so) we believe the world’s population is at a living history all time low and its safe to kill off your last few zombie assholes.

Then what? Rebuild society with a new look? Go to the bank to get money for a red scooter? Or dye your hair and act like a primitive?!’ after all we know the vegans wont be surviving this one…

Maybe I’ve got this all wrong and it just a fact that people who dye their hair are more likely to survive an apocalypse? Which means I’m ok so that’s good news.

I’m not saying that these are bad movies  but…

Here are a few movies that fit this unbelievable bill.

  • Doomsday(2008)
  • The Tribe(1999-2003)
  • Steel dawn  (1987) my only concern is who is selling the crimpers?

Here are some films that get the look right.

  • The Road(2009)
  • Book of Eli(2012)
  • Waterworld(1995) Basically mad max in a swimming pool….
  • Mad Max 3 (1985)
  • Cyborg (1989)

There are two films which come to mind showing a more decorated tribal future in a more realistic way, mad max 3 and salute the jugger, both show a 1% richer society who have access to privilaged things, although I don’t know where TinaTurner was getting her MAC foundation from?

I especially like the adaption of oriental culture into the costume of Madmax, and the high strung 1990s pseudo classical baroque of Salute the Jugger in the underground city.

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New wave of silent films – an introduction

It pains me when people say they will not watch a Silent film, because there is no speaking at all, and they won’t give these movies a chance. There is so much beauty to behold . Do they not understand how much talent it takes to be able to convey emotions without a single word uttered…that is art, beauty, a kind of magic.

Still from “Vampyr” Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932

Its not a popular style of movie anymore but its very interesting to see that there are regular silent movies reaching through the market on a regular basis. We see black and white movies all the time but even if a film is in colour but has little in the way of dialogue it’s not as popular, it’s not classed as being as entertaining!? Why is that? I know a lot of people like to be force fed a story, if they have to interpret it for themselves then they think something is suspicious!? It’s alright to make up your OWN mind about a movie, the intentions the meanings etc.

It’s quite funny when there is a quiet moment in a movie, a moment that hangs on for a few more seconds than usual and people start looking around, not quite sure if the sound has gone wrong, they struggle to understand what’s really going on. I remember the beginnings of There Will Be Blood (2007) and No Country For Old Men (2007), confusing the crowds I watched it with. It’s impressive that the lack of sound can be as vital as what is heard.

Most silent movies have an impressive soundtrack, long are the days of the single piano player tinkering on to a damsel being tied to a railway track (although I’d like to note that there was such a movie shown at the Abertoir film festival in 2012). But lots of the emotions and dialogue are replaced by music, films like THX1138 (1971) and Last of the Mohicans (1992) have instrumental versions, which I think are quite inventive and should branch out to more movies, like Blade Runner (1982), the Piano (1993) or Flash Gordon (1980), after all the composers of these movies are also highly regarded for their musical abilities.

Here’s a list of a few movies regarded as being silent in the modern age. (as always no particular order)

  • Belleville rendezvous (2003)
  • The Artist (2011)
  • Essential Killing (2010)
  • Valhalla Rising (2009 )

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