The Movies Tag

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I decided to do another tag because I think they’re fun and I chose this one specifically because I love movies. So here goes nothing!

1. Favourite movie of all time?

Great, I’m stuck on the first question. It used to be ‘Orphan’ as my top answer but now I’d say ‘Room’ because I just love everything about that film.

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2. Favourite scene from that movie?

When Jack manages to help the police find ‘room’ and they rescue Ma and she reunites with Jack. Makes me weep buckets every time I watch that scene.

3. Favourite actors/actresses?

Oh here we go. I never used to get the hype over actors and actresses like musicians I understood but I never found myself getting hyped over actors and actresses. Things have definitely changed.

Actors – Chris Pine, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dong-yeon Kwak, Tom Hiddleston, Will Poulter, James Corden, Daniel Radcliffe, Zac Efron and Leonardo DiCaprio

Actresses – Isabelle Fuhrman, Brie Larson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angelina Jolie, Kathryn Newton, Park Eun-bin, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Melissa McCarthy, Zendaya and Emma Watson

I’m sure I’ve missed tons that I love and I’ll kick myself later but there you go.

4. Most annoying actor/actress?

At one point I’d have said Owen Wilson ‘cos a lot of his films annoy me but he actually impressed me with his performance in ‘No Escape’ so I take it back. I used to love Johnny Depp but I can’t support him anymore, not after what he did. Same with Emma Roberts, I was a big fan of her but now I won’t support her anymore. Bella Thorne’s annoying too which is a shame ‘cos I loved her in ‘Shake It Up’ but there you go.

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5. Best director?

Obvious one but Tim Burton. Or Hayao Miyazaki.

6. Favourite guilty pleasure film?

Mine’s probably ‘Annie’. I don’t care what anyone says, that film is amazing!

7. Favourite tear jerker?

I would’ve said ‘Room’ but I already picked that as my favourite so I’ll say ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. That film makes me weep buckets if I watch it alone. Oh my God or ‘Bridge to Terabithia’, I switch it off now when Lesley and Jesse say goodbye to each other for the last time and pretend the ending’s not real.

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8. Character from a movie that scared you the most?

I was trying to think of a childhood film character that scared me but couldn’t get one so I’ll have to settle on The Babadook from ‘The Babadook’. I absolutely love horror movies but that is the one horror I refuse to watch on my own.

9. Movie you love everyone hates?

I feel like I’m quite easily impressed by any movie to be honest. I loved the Ghostbusters remake with the all-female cast but then I never watched the original so I can’t compare.

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10. Move you hate everyone loves?

I could’ve said ‘Twilight’ but I feel like most people hate that film now. I can’t even say ‘Star Wars’ because I don’t really hate it because I can’t, I’ve never seen it. I’m not sure if it counts as an example but everyone hyped up ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ and when I finally saw it I was extremely disappointed – not scary at all, just boring from start to finish.

11. Favourite movie duo?

I actually liked Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in ’21 Jump Street’ a lot more than I thought I would. I watched the sequel at university with an American girl named Sydney and enjoyed that too. They’re not really my type of movie but I enjoyed them and thought Jonah and Channing were hilarious.

12. Favourite animated movie?

I have a ton of different ones! To name a few I loved My Neighbour Totoro, Rugrats in Paris, Monsters Inc and Home.

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13. Actor/Actress crush?

Oh God, um, at the moment my top actor crush is probably Thomas Brodie-Sangster and my top actress crush is Zendaya.

14. Favourite movie villain?

I’m gonna be really cliché and say Loki. Before Ragnarok I wouldn’t have said him though ‘cos I didn’t really like the first film and although I was hyped during the second I didn’t really care about it that much afterwards. I did love the first Avengers though and after watching Ragnarok I’m quite hyped about Thor again.

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15. What movie surprised you the most?

Probably ‘Into the Woods’. To be honest I only saw it because Chris Pine was in it and I normally hate musicals where there’s it’s almost completely all singing. But I loved it, I went back to the cinema to see it about 6 times.

16. If you could only keep one movie what would it be?

Probably ‘Hairspray’ at the moment, I rewatched it a couple of weeks ago and got completely sucked into the story. I feel like I could watch that a lot of times without getting bored.

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17. Movie recommendation and for whom?

Right I’m gonna attempt to hit my friends with some film recs which will be difficult as I’ve either A. Seen the film with them or B. Don’t know what they’ve seen so here goes nothing.

Hirst – ‘The Greatest Showman’ because she’d absolutely love it.
Jess – ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ because she’s got my DVD of it and I wanna talk to someone about it.
Becca – Becca’s the most difficult for God’s sakes. I’m gonna rec ‘Black Panther’ ‘cos I still don’t think she’s seen it yet and I bet she’d like it.

18. If you could go back in time and marry actor/actress from back when (now old) who would it be?

The only crushes who are now old that I can think of were child-actors at the time so um that would not be appropriate haha! Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio – not that he’s old! I’m just thinking like Titanic or Romeo and Juliet Leo.

19. One remake you wish had never been made?

Wow, not sure I have one because I haven’t really seen an awful lot of classic films and I don’t really mind remakes. Like I love the original Annie but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the remake because it was just different, I don’t see them as the same thing I just judge them as two different movies. Saying that I’m not sure I’d be happy if they remade the Harry Potter series which I bet they will do one day. Like it would be interesting to see if they added things that the original movies missed but I love my original cast and wouldn’t want them to change.

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20. About to die but could only watch one more movie what would it be?

My original answer was ‘Bugsy Malone’ because I’d been wanting to re-watch it for a while but I finally did on Friday so now I wouldn’t choose that one. I think I’d pick ‘The Greatest Showman’ because I’ve only seen it once and I did absolutely love it.

21. Favourite movie genre/favourite movie from that genre?

Horror and probably ‘Orphan’. I just love a good plot twist and this was the first one that hit me at full force.

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22. What’s the first movie you remember watching in theatres?

I remember being in the cinema as a kid but I can’t remember what I was watching, I do remember going to see Ice Age though. I actually took my nephew Tyler to his first cinema experience, we watched ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’.

So there we go, that was the Movie Tag! If you decide to do this tag leave me a comment ‘cos I’d love to read your answers!

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Top Ten Favourite Horror Films

As Halloween is coming up I thought it’d be fun to write a few spooky blog posts – they won’t be particularly spooky but I’ll be reviewing/talking about spooky stuff. As I’ve already reviewed the horror event at Tulley’s I thought I’d move into a list ‘cos you guys know how much I love lists! So here are my top ten favourite horror films!

10. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)

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This is the one horror film that absolutely terrifies me and I refuse to watch by myself. I feel like one day I need to overcome that fear because I do love this film but right now I can barely watch the trailer by myself. The basic plot is a widowed mother who is plagued by the violent death of her husband has to battle with her sons fear of a monster lurking in the house but soon realises a sinister presence is all around her.

When I saw this film at the cinema I was too scared to look at the screen during some scenes. However I do remember looking at my friend Jess and watching her yawn so I don’t know if it’s just me or if this film is genuinely terrifying or not? Yes, I do get scared during horror films but this took it to a whole new level. You know how watching a horror film is less scary when you’re watching it at home? Not the case here. I made my Mom watch it with me and I peed myself all over again. It’s a good film with great symbolism but yeah, not a film I’ll be watching alone this Halloween!

9. The Woman in Black (James Watkins, 2012)

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You’ve probably at least heard of this film right? The one with Daniel Radcliffe? Who hasn’t at this point? Most people have seen this one because it’s only a 12 therefore meaning more people could see it. I went into the cinema to watch it with my Mom naively thinking that as a 12 it couldn’t be too scary. I was wrong.

My friend Jess argues that this films not scary at all but her opinion doesn’t count because hardly anything scares her. It is scarier because of the amount of jump scares I still think it does a brilliant job of keeping up a creepy atmosphere whilst also having an interesting plot which is something most horror films can’t manage these days. I also think it’s pretty impressive that there are literally long scenes with no dialogue whatsoever yet it still manages to keep my interest. You can choose to agree or disagree but I really like it.

I also really love the stage show and I would argue I love the stage show more because it’s so cleverly done and it’s also more true to the book. Not that I’ve read the book the entire way through but I think the ending in the stage show is sadder than that in the film. Definitely a show I recommend!

8. Hansel & Gretel (Pil-Sung Yim, 2007)

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I first watched this film on holiday in a caravan with my friend when I was maybe fourteen or fifteen. It was late, my parents were bed and we were channel surfing when we came across this film already halfway through. We watched it to the end and although I hated horror films at the time I thought it was really interesting. I kept intending to get a copy and watch it from the beginning but I didn’t bother until I found the DVD in HMV in London last year. Even then it took me almost a year of owning it to finally sit down and watch it and I loved it all over again!

‘Hansel & Gretel’ is a Korean horror film about a man who gets into a car accident and finds himself lost in the woods. He meets a young girl who takes him back to her home and he meets her two siblings and parents. But when the parents leave the next day he starts to wonder if all is as it seems and he soon finds himself desperately trying to find a way out of the forest.

It’s not particularly very scary but it’s such an interesting plot and the house and everything is so pretty. It’s definitely one I’d recommend if you’re just starting to get into horror films because trust me, it’s not that bad. If you’re looking for something new to watch this Halloween I 100% recommend this one!

7. Annabelle: Creation (David F. Sandberg, 2017)

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I absolutely hated the first Annabelle film so I was extremely annoyed to discover they’d made a sequel. It was so bad that I don’t have a single positive thing to say about it. However as a horror movie reviewer I knew I needed to watch the sequel and to be fair the trailer looked kind of okay but then so had the trailer for Ouija 2 and just like the first one, that had been absolute trash as well. The point is I went to watch the film and my expectations were zero. And I ended up being pretty impressed.

This is a prequel to the original Annabelle film and it’s about a doll maker and his wife who welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home twelve years after the death of their young daughter. Soon they all become targets of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

To be honest I think I was more impressed because the first film had been so bad, had this been a standalone film I’m not sure I would’ve enjoyed it as much. But I ended up really liking it, I thought it was cleverly done and slotted in well with the first film. It was also really creepy and it’s a film I want to see again.

6. Paranormal Activity Series

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Listen, you either love or hate the Paranormal Activity series and I am one of the sad people who actually really enjoyed it. Except for ‘Ghost Dimension’, that film can literally rot in Hell. I know that ultimately if you look at it, the series is complete trash that just doesn’t make sense but I still really like them. Here are my favourites in the series in order:

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Christopher Landon, 2014)
Paranormal Activity 4 (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, 2012)
Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2009)
Paranormal Activity 2 (Tod Williams, 2010)
Paranormal Activity 3 (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, 2011)

‘Ghost Dimension’ doesn’t even deserve to be on the list, I hated it that much.

Yes they’re bad but I think they’re scary and they’re fun to watch when you’re just looking for a few cheap scares. I think the trouble is that because these films were so cheap to make the producers just kept firing them out to make money without thinking too much about the plot because with each new film they bend the plot to fit the new film and I kind of accepted this until the release of ‘Ghost Dimension’ which was honestly the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Even though they’re bad and everything I hate about horror films, I still really like them and I might re-watch a couple of the movies for Halloween. I’m feeling ‘The Marked Ones’, I love that film so much.

5. The Conjuring (James Wan, 2013)

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This is another horror film that literally just blew up upon its release. I was only just becoming a fan of horror and I didn’t go see it at the cinema because it looked way too scary for me. So I waited until one night when my friends Becca and Hirst slept over and we watched it in the living room. We all peed ourselves, it was honestly hilarious.

For those who haven’t heard anything about ‘The Conjuring’, and I doubt there are many, it’s about a family who move into a new house who are soon terrorised by an evil presence haunting the house. They contact the ‘Warrens’, a couple who have dedicated their lives to helping people who believe they are being haunted. It’s based on a real life case as both the ‘Perron’ family and the Warrens are all real people.

People were really hyping this movie, like there was talk of people going in with bottles of holy water, priests you could speak to after the film and people even reported supernatural occurrences happening to them after seeing the film. It’s not that bad people. Like it’s a good film and it is scary but it’s not that bad. It’s scarier when you think about how it’s based on a true story but how much of it is true, who knows?

I really like this film and the sequel. It’s made me want to visit the Warrens museum but I’m from England so it’s doubtful that will ever happen. This is one I would recommend watching on Halloween if you haven’t already seen it because it is scary and it’s just generally a good film. Definitely recommend!

4. Mama (Andy Muschietti, 2013)

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I can already tell that any horror fans reading this are going to disagree with my top four choices.

I love the film Mama. It’s got a special place in my heart as one of the first horror films I saw at the cinema and I have great memories of watching it and peeing myself with Becca while Jess was sat there completely calm. The film is about a man who spends four years looking for his missing nieces and brother. Although his brother is not found they do find his nieces who have been living alone in a house in the woods all these years. They are brought back home with to live with their uncle Lucas and his girlfriend Annabelle who soon believe that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

I don’t know specifically what it is about this film that I love I just know that I do love it. It’s probably just because I loved it upon first seeing it. To be honest at the time I loved almost any horror movie I watched just because I’d only just become a fan of them. I have a feeling if ‘Mama’ had been released this year I wouldn’t have been as big of a fan of it. But I really like it, I’ve watched it tons and tons of times and I’m not sick of it. I’ve heard there’s a sequel in the works and although I don’t really understand where they’re going to go with it I’m still looking forward to it!

3. The Boy (William Brent Bell, 2016)

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I saw a trailer for this film on Facebook and ended up counting down the days until it was finally released. I was so excited for it. I tend to get excited for horror movie releases but this was something else completely. The trailer did look really good though. ‘The Boy’ is about a young woman who takes a job in a large house in England as a nanny but is surprised to find when she arrives that the child she’ll be looking after is actually a doll. Before long she starts to feel a presence in the house and believes maybe the doll is alive after all.

After being so excited for the release I was convinced the actual film would let me down completely but it didn’t! I thought it was so good and had such an interesting plot twist that I hadn’t seen coming. I really couldn’t recommend this film enough. It’s not too scary, I made my friend sit down and watch it at my house and she agreed that it wasn’t that scary. I’d quite like a sequel to this film but equally it might ruin it. It’s so good though, I recommend watching it if you haven’t already.

2. The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)

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I think this is another one that you either love or you hate and I just happen to love it. When the trailer was first released I thought it looked interesting so when the film came out I saw it at the earliest opportunity. It’s about two siblings Becca and Tyler who go to stay with their grandparents whom they’ve never met. However they soon become frightened by their grandparents’ increasingly disturbed behaviour throughout the visit.

I feel like whenever I watch a film I turn into a bit of an idiot because I never know what’s going to happen in most cases and this film was one of those occasions. I sat down to watch this film with my Mom and within minutes she’d guessed the plot twist which I was really annoyed about. Luckily for me I just did not see it coming and it makes the film more enjoyable.

Everyone has their opinion on this film, some people hate the comedy aspect whereas I really enjoyed it and thought it made the film a lot better. A lot of people seemed to dislike Tyler as well but like his rapping is the best part of the film, I don’t? I might re watch this one soon actually because I think it’s brilliant.

1. Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009)

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Okay I used to be obsessed with this film. If I made a new friend and they hadn’t watched this film I would sit down and force them into it. I once watched this film three and a half times in one day. I know more about this film than any other film in existence. I wrote a report on it in my film studies class. Although I haven’t watched it in a while this film will forever be my favourite horror.

Orphan is basically about a couple who adopt a nine year old girl and welcome her into their family. However before long their newly adopted daughter Esther starts showing disturbing behaviours and her new mother, Kate, looks to find out more about Esther’s past before it’s too late.

I don’t care what anyone says, I love this film and I think it’s brilliant. Anyone who is friends with me knows how much I love it. I actually haven’t seen it for a while now, I need to re watch it even though I know the whole thing word for word now. If you haven’t seen ‘Orphan’ then you’re honestly missing it, it’s brilliant and I highly recommend it!

So that’s my top ten favourite horror films, feel free to leave a comment if you agree, disagree or if you wanna tell me your top ten! I’d love some recommendations because I feel like I’m running out of horrors to watch now. Or let me know what you’re planning to watch/do on Halloween because I still haven’t decided and there’s less than a week left now!

The Babadook: Review by Holly Bareham

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This review is incredibly late because I have been going to the cinema a lot lately due to the fact that a Cineworld was built in my town and I decided it would be a good idea to invest in a Cineworld Unlimited Card.

I did not see any advertising for this film at all. The only way I found out about it was in Film when we were supposed to be studying for our ‘Small Scale Research Projects’ and I decided to Google horror films coming out in 2014 (I was doing horror movies for my small scale research project so I guess it was relevant) and found an imdb page for it. Me and my friend watched the trailer and decided we should go and see it.

The basic plot of the film is that a single mother, Amelia, is plagued by the death of her husband while dealing with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house. Her son, Samuel, wakes her up nearly every night with fears of monsters and she has to read to him. One night he brings down a book called ‘Mr Babadook’ which shocks and scares both of them. Soon, Amelia can feel a sinister presence all around her.

My favourite thing about this film is actually a little sad because I really liked that all the sound was diegetic yet it still managed to build up a creepy atmosphere. I will say it straightaway though, if you’re looking for a film that relies on the conventional scares of a horror movie then this film is not for you. I definitely get a ‘we-could-study-this-film-in-class’ vibe. I really enjoyed it though. Probably one of the best horror films I’ve seen this year.

There was something about the Babadook itself that terrified me. A lot of the time I was hiding behind my hands because I was absolutely terrified and refused to turn in my seat away from my friend, even though it was making my neck and back ache. Saying that, I was hiding behind my hands unable to look at the screen so I looked at my friend who was looking at the screen with a straight face and then began to yawn. Maybe I’m a bigger wimp than I thought?

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The acting was also absolutely superb, especially from Noah Wiseman who played Samuel. I honestly thought this was an amazing film from start to finish. It’s one of those films where you have to think about the deeper meaning behind pretty much everything. This is probably the scariest horror film I’ve seen this year and I’m not even sure why. It just absolutely terrified me. When you’ve watched a lot of horror films you can start to shrug them off. You leave the theatre and you forget about it. This one had me up the night after I’d first watched it and continued to scare me for an entire week before I could eventually shrug it off.

I only had one problem with the film and it’s the fact that I can’t figure out the tagline – “if it’s in a word or it’s in a look you can’t get rid of the Babadook.’ I thought it would make more sense after watching it but I still don’t get it. If someone else got the meaning behind that then please message me and just inform me!
Overall, I’d recommend this film to anyone who can look for the deeper meaning in a film. If you’re someone that only really enjoys horror movies for the clichés and jump scares then it’s probably not for you.