Film Friday #56

So as you all know by now, I love Pixar. So naturally, I’m very excited about the upcoming film Inside Out. If you don’t know by now the film is about a girl named Riley who is moving house and school. The film takes us inside Riley’s mind for a closer look at her emotions: fear, anger, joy, disgust and sadness.
Now Pixar had released an image of the emotions (image in previous post), but now we finally have a picture of Riley herself.

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I read somewhere that Riley kinda resembles Andy and could possibly be his cousin. And knowing Pixar there will be references to other films. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos is one of the best nature documentaries there is. There I said it.

 

Disney Nature takes us on a journey to Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania where we see this vast landscape with a beautiful backdrop of African mountains. Then all at once, hundreds upon hundreds of flamingos descend on the lake. Here we see them court, mate and prepare for parenthood. The birds disappear for a while, but during this time the lake transforms. The burning African sun evaporates the lake, leaving the salt behind to form a large mass of salt islands. The birds return and they create wonderful little islands where they sit and wait for their eggs to hatch. A couple of months later and the chicks are running around and starting to grow and flourish. This is where the journey really begins. You start to root for the chick’s survival, as exposed as they are predators are a massive risk. However, once the chicks are ready, the mass of feathers makes the journey together to find fresh water. Over this period of time, the chicks grow bigger and stronger each day, their wings stretching wider and wider each week. Until eventually, they can fly. The most mysterious thing about these birds, is their ability to know the right time to go to Lake Natron. Something like 90% of the flamingos in the world are born in Lake Natron, which is just incredible. They are born there, grow there, learn to fly there and leave the lake until they are ready to return and become parents themselves. They really are a magnificent bird.

The music, oh the music. The Cinematic Orchestra have created a wonderfully perfect soundtrack that accompanies this film like no other soundtrack there is. I remember I read somewhere that the key to a great soundtrack is, if the album could be a successful album even if it wasn’t a soundtrack. I think that The Cinematic Orchestra has achieved this and more. I’ll add the soundtrack at the bottom, for your listening pleasure.

Although this documentary has been made, the whole premise is still shrouded in mystery. The flamingos have been visiting the lake for nearly 20 million years. Obviously there are still questions being asked about these wonderful creatures and the lake they inhabit.

I love this film so much, its a amazing look at this part of the world. A story worth telling.

10/10

 

Trance (2013)

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What a film. Danny Boyle on top form again! Before you say anything, I hadn’t seen the film because I thought that I wouldn’t like it. I was so wrong.

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The film is based around an art auctioneer, turned art thief. Simon has a gambling problem and turns to Franck and his accomplices for help. In return Simon helps them steal a famous painting. But when the robbery takes a bad turn, Simon is hit on the head hard. Cut to the hospital where we see Simon fighting for his life. We find out that Simon has not delivered the painting as promised, which doesn’t sit well with Franck.  Months later when he is fully recuperated Simon is sent home, only to find it ransacked. He is then taken to see Franck, where he is tortured in order to find out where he has hidden the painting. But brain damage from the blow to the head stops Simon from remembering. After failing several attempts to gain the information, they try hypnosis. This is when everything get interesting. I think I’ll stop there in case I give anything major away.

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The story twists and turns so much in the story, its one of those films that needs your full attention and also gains your full attention. You sit up and concentrate in case you miss something. The intensity is insane in some parts of the film. All of the actors are sublime, James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel give amazing performances. Danny Boyle shocks, thrills and keeps you on your toes.
If you enjoy thrillers, you will want to watch this. Even if you don’t, you might want to give this a watch anyway.

8/10

Taylor Swift’s Music Video

OK, so Taylor Swift revealed this week that she is releasing an album later on this year in October. Swift says she has been working on the album, called 1989, for 2 years now. Swift has also released the first single from the album, Shake It Off, and released a video to boot.

People always have mixed opinions on Taylor Swift, her actions and her music. I think she’s kinda like Marmite, you either love her or you don’t. And I think from this song, we can tell she doesn’t care what you think, unless you’re a fan.

She has come under fire again for this music video. In which, Taylor tries different types of dance and isn’t very good. I think the video is fun and I really don’t think anyone should take offence. I really like the song too, it’s catchy and its clear that Taylor is moving on from her early country music beginnings.

For every Swift hater, there’s 2 Swifties.

Watch the video below and let me know what you think.

 

Film Friday #55

Marvel are getting ready to finish phase 2 of their master plan. With only one movie left in the phase, Avengers: Age of Ultron, they have created this glorious look back video to remind us where it all began. Phase 3 will begin with Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd in the title role, which is not set to be released until mid to late 2015. But for now, enjoy this video