Bad Neighbours

27/07/15

Bad Neighbours is a film about a couple who have a baby and live in a nice neighbourhood. The house next door is on sale and unfortunately for them an University Fraternity buy the property. You can imagine the problem. Noise and sound pollution, late nights partying and lots of havoc, for the small family who live next door. Neighbours from hell!

It was the trailer, which enticed me wanting to watch this film. It is a comedy.

Bad Neighbours should have been certified 18. (It is actually certified 15 and says 12 on the DVD.) My reasons for this being that there is a lot of bad, strong language used, sexual content, drug use, violence and nudity. All the fears that parents have about their vulnerable sons and daughters getting into trouble when they are young. It’s not a particularly, a good thing to portray such films, to a younger audience as they might or will get influenced in some ways. Call me old fashioned, I think the amount of comedy shown nowadays has gone a bit stretched, far fetched.

The star casts of the film ‘Bad Neighbours’ is the Musical High School hero Zac Efron. It is good to see that he is moving away from the chic flick teenager crush image into a more grown up adult image. The last film I saw of Zac Efron was called 17 Again, which was quite funny. It proves that he can act.

Also, cast of ‘Bad Neighbours’ is horror movie star Rose Byrne, you might recognise her from Insidious 1 and 2, and chic flic Bridesmaids. Then there is Seth Rogen, who has tonnes of comedy films like Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

Thinking back to a conversation I had with a mother and daughter who I was serving at work, the daughter insisted on buying the DVD. Whilst the mother was disagreeing and saying no. Even though I had not, at that particular time, had not seen the movie, but had it at home, myself waiting eagerly to watch it. I inserted in conversation to the mother, it’s a good film, and then later adding that I have only seen the trailer, as I was feeling guilty as I had lied. You could perhaps see from out side the box, that I was trying to sell the DVD, as a selling point. Yes, it could be seen as that or just the sales person just trying to make friendly conversation. However, the film was bought and I was wondering later had I done the right thing of slightly lying that the film was good when I actually had not seen it.

So, did I enjoy it? Sadly, it did not meet my expectations. Slow beginning, focussing too much on the hardships of new parents not having much time together for intimacy, being a house wife, husband working long early shifts, their friends having fun and partying. The usual, generalised, typical view of life as parents. I am sure being a parent is probably one the most beautiful things that can happen in your life, if you want that. The film focuses on the negative sides of parenthood. The film does pick up when the new neighbours move in. Some scenes are expectantly shocking. Why was I shocked? Flashes of nudity, I guess I did not expect that.

The story goes from boring, to slightly funny to awkward to serious matters. If it was real life, it could have been quite scary. If this film was a horror film, it would have been very terrifying. Perhaps that is why the movie was made in a comedy genre.

My favourite scene was the major fight between Seth and Zac. It was very funny. I will not expose no more about this fight. You will have to watch it. Wait and see.

Are they ‘doing it’ for real?

I was thinking about the numerous films that show adult scenes.  It made me question, are the actors and actresses actually fornicating?  Doing it?  Having sex?  To tell you the truth, it is quite embarrassing.  I can’t help blushing.  Most of the time, I press the forward button on the remote control and forward the scenes.  (That’s how I was bought up.)  I remember reading an interview about Hugh Jackman.  In a scene from ‘Swordfish’ stars Halle Berry and John Travolta, there is a scene where Hugh gets given a blow job.  It was actually happening.  And, Hugh’s wife was there at the scene, in the background watching.  That’s like mega trust and professionalism.  Or, would that be betrayal, adultery, infidelity?

Capture Life

************************************CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT FILM ’12 Years A Slave”**********

I went to the cinema yesterday, to see a film called “12 Years a Slave”.  It was so sad, violent and shocking.  I cannot believe that this is based on a true story about a free man called Solomon Northup who got deceived, kidnapped into slavery.  It shows the violent and aggressive side of being a black man.  The cruelty.  It focuses on not just the main character but also on the women.  What horrible they have to do, to survive.  The elderly couple who sat behind us (my husband and I) was crying.  I thought I was going to cry, I didn’t.

On the way home, it got me thinking. At the beginning, before the film began the screen said if anyone is recording this movie (like making a piracy copy) will be fined.  What got me thinking, after you watch a film, you go home with memories of the film, scenes locked inside of your head.  Would you be fined for this?  Of course not, right?  Don’t you think that is some form of recording in your mind?

Also, the film made me compare it to my life.  Ok, the film is based in the old days – pre civic war – 1853 time.  It made me think, no matter hard your life gets, you have to survive.  Live.  

There are some good people in the world like Brad Pitt’s character, who are scared, but do it for justice.

I want justice.  I am currently going through a horrible section at my current work.  I don’t want to talk about it.  I want it to end.  It feels like certain bad people are getting away.  I want justice.  I don’t want to be treated unfairly.  Yet I am.  This film made me think about my life and how I have to be fight.  Solomon Northup’s role – no matter how horrible things were for him, he tried and tried to escape.  I am not escaping.  I am trying to fight, just like Northup is.      

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions

It is amazing what little pleasures of life can do to oneself.  Give you a personal little lift.  I have decided now that for my new year’s resolution I will commit myself to fun, active, amazing feeling good things to do list.  If that makes any sense to you guys out there.  So, for example, I will push myself and cross boundaries where I have never been.  Push myself out of my comfort zone.  I have done something like this in my job, couple years back, all down to someone saying to me that I am not very ‘daring’ or what was it…thinking..thinking… ah that’s it.. oh darn it’s gone from my head again.. something like achieving.. in the lines of ruthless but not.. in the lines of.. that’s it!  i have remembered ‘ambitious’.  Some one said to me, I am not ambitious enough.  Depends what that word means to oneself.  Everyone sees and views life differently.  So what did I do, I improved myself and goodness, I felt really good.  It was scary and exciting at the same time.  So yes, do something a little different everyday.

What did I do today?  Well, I went window shopping and bought something which I didn’t expect to ever buy and you know what?  it felt good.  I got a really good deal and I saved a few bucks.  That’s cool.  We are in the recession, for goodness sakes!  So why the hell not?!  We have the one life!  I have the one life.  I work hard, too hard maybe (finished writing my column at 2am and it was two sides of A4) and don’t really socialize (so why not?)  I have to stop talking like I am a group of people, keep using the word ‘we’ – anyone else out there who do that, instead of using the word ‘i’?     

At least I didn’t go on a shopping spree and buy gorgeous smelling leather handbags – don’t you just love the smell of real leather?  Or buy shoes.. actually a couple of weeks ago, I did buy some pretty blue pumps (you know the flat types), comfy soft, that suit a pair of skinny jeans – don’t know why though – as it is freezing at the minute.  Not very practical.  I still love them any how.  Shopping can be very therapeutic.  Impulse buying might be really bad.  But if you can control yourself, then you should be fine.  My little weakness, is movies..  I bought a couple dvds earlier… Good bargains!  Do I really need them?  No.  Yet I love watching films.  Who doesn’t?

So, new years resolutions.. 2014…travel places where I have never been to.  Obviously, somewhere not to expensive, got to be realistic.  What makes me happy?  do things that I love and just didn’t seem to have much time this year to do.  

There is a quote that Gandhi said – I can’t remember it.. I know for a fact that it is in the film “Remember Me” stars Robert Pattison, Pierce Brosnan, and the TV series Lost girl.  Robert’s character keeps repeating the quote throughout the movie.  It is a good quote.

“What ever you do in life will be insignificant, but it is important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

One to remember.  Think about it.  🙂

Ah, it’s now 02:32 UK time.

Better sleep now.  A good note to go to sleep on.  Good night. x

My Inspirational Films List so far..

All these films which I am listing are in different order.

1. Schindler’s List (stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes)

2. Gandhi (Stars Ben Kingsley)

3. Rescue Dawn (stars Christian Bale)

4. The Counterfeiters (stars Karl Markovics)

5. Ben Hur (stars Charlton Heston)

6. Life is Pi (stars Irffan Khan)

7. Cast Away (stars Tom Hanks)

Finally watched the phenomenon cinematic masterpiece: Schindler’s List..

I finished watching a beautiful and very sad film called “The Schindler’s List” stars Liam Neeson (Oskar Schindler), Ben Kingsley (IIzhak Stein), Ralph Fiennes (Amon Goeth).  I cannot believe I did not cry.  This film was directed by Steven Spielberg.  An excellent producer.  I have never seen this film, until today.  I have heard so much appreciation and good recommendations about this film.  Great reviews.  It is one of the most honoured films of all time.  I was completely blown away.  

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It is a true story about a man, Oskar Schindler,a member of the Nazi Party, a womaniser, a business man, a way profiteer.  A humanitarian.. This man saved lives.  More than 1000 Jewish people during the Holocaust.  This man made a difference.  It is so profound.  I feel like have learnt so much.  

When I was in year 9 at school, just before starting my GCSEs, we were meant to learn about Hitler and The Holocaust.  The teacher who was a substitute did not teach us this subject.  He was like, ‘Oh you know this topic in History.’  I was annoyed and angry, i remember.  It was the last topic on our agenda, in our last term before the summer holidays began and before our GSCEs began.  I wanted to learn.  I protested and I was ignored.  It’s crazy, now that I have grown up, I feel it is still an area of my history that I don’t know much about.  I learn through films like “Schindler’s List”, “The Counterfeits”, books like “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne.  

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ROBOCOP is Back! Woop! Woop!

Last night I was really excited to discover that “Robocop” was finally releasing a fourth film, which will be coming out next year in 2014!

I was soo excited I told my dad and everyone in my family.  No one really reacted from this.  

Robocop is a 80’s film, I remember watching when I was a kid and I was terrified of the robots in this movie.  The original story is about a police officer (Murphy) who gets attacked and murdered by a group of evil, criminal bad guys.  The scientists transform Murphy’s left over body into Robocop.  There is revenge, action, friendship, everything in a action movie and bit of horror.  Mind the bad language (though I never took much notice of this when I was little).  The thought of robocop robot baddies send shivers down my spine.  Very frightening.

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The evil robots:

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This above image is from Robocop 2, scared the loving day light out of me.  All the robots, this one in particular, is in the first movie.  The films are really good for this era!

Enjoy the trailers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbCbwP6ibR4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsIRrtwlEW8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv5Tc2xgQYg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymMNEPfcO5M