Fleur DeForce on YouTube is becoming a regular recommendation on my channel. This time is because of her wonderful Christmas videos, mainly gift guides, which I love to see every year. Since I’m not able to make my own gift guides on my blog this year, which were largely influenced by Fleur’s videos last year anyway, I thought I’d leave you with her wonderful (and recent) videos.
For my blog, October was Bond month in anticipation and excitement for the new film in the franchise, Spectre. As you have probably gathered, I am a massive fan of James Bond, and have been watching the entire franchise start to finish over the summer in preparation. So… on Halloween, I went with my father to the cinema.
The opening scene is fantastic! I loved it so much. I loved James Bond in his outfit and the way the camera followed him throughout the shot and into the action. Without giving too many spoilers these first scenes were very well crafted including all of the shots and stunts… Yes I am a Media Student and yes good cinematography is something that pleases me.
The main characters, pretty much the same as the past three 007 films, are just as endearing as ever and becoming more of a united front and a close family. Additionally, the villain is as intriguing as ever and made the narrative very enjoyable (especially if you’re a fan of the old Bond films). All of these characters, of course, were played by an amazing cast including: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear and many more…
The storyline summary can be seen as follows; ‘A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE’. (Source)
With little more to say than that I really enjoyed this film, I will leave you with the trailer and hope that you go on to watch and enjoy Spectre too.
Yesterday I was very fortunate to go see The Man From U.N.C.L.E at the cinema. It was an insanely good film and therefore I must recommend it asap.
I must start by addressing the cinematography of this film, which was phenomenal, really clever and it gave a unique energy to the entire film. It is very fast paced, action-packed and has flawless scenes, especially the fight scenes and car chases. This style of editing and shot selection is very typical of the director, Guy Ritchie, who is up there in the list of my favourite directors. If you’re familiar with either of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, you’ll recognise the style.
Secondly, the cast is amazing. You don’t need to wait to see the film to know that you’re in for a treat. Not only are the two leads good looking, they are also up and coming popular stars right now. Who am I talking about? None other than Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Other members of the cast include Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) as Victoria, the ever amazing Hugh Grant as Waverly and Jared Harris as Sanders.
So… onto the important part, the story. Based on the 60s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Leo Carroll, the concept of the film is that CIA Agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. It may seem like a very simple story but alas, there are a few twists hidden within a very amusing plot. The relationship between the two agents is enough to keep the audience’s interest alive and makes for a lot of comedy.
With little else to say, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, is a superbly made film with incredible settings (filmed in Italy) and brilliant cast with a serious storyline matched with charm and amusement. A perfect watch indeed especially with its mix of action, adventure and comedy.
Dear New Years,
New Years, we have a complex relationship as you know. I used to be excited by the new year, a new number, a new month… but right now I would rather ignore your existence, I’d rather ignore that this is a special occasion, I’m ignoring that people are partying tonight as I never really have much to do at this juncture.
But moving on from the fact of the event itself, moving into the New Year is scary. I have to leave behind the joy of Christmas and return to school, to work, where I can see only coursework that needs to be finished and exams that need to be sat and for neither I am ready. The new year brings the end of an era as I ready myself to leave my school and my friends and embark on that new ‘adventure’ called University.
It is always a bittersweet time as we transition from what we are used to into something new and unknown. This coming year is going to be extremely bittersweet and so as I come to January 1st I fear what I know is coming and hope that some goodness comes from what I don’t know is coming.
Although I step unwillingly to the New Year, I feel a slight excitement for all the good that I’m sure is to come. New Years, I hope you can give everyone the happiness that they deserve.
Ps. Hello! As with my Dear Christmas post, I wrote this in a very short period of time. I just tried to get my thoughts down and I know this isn’t written particularly well but I felt like I needed to post something a little more personal, a little bit more appropriate for this time. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post it is from: http://inewyearimages.com/images-of-happy-new-year-2015-wishes-quotes-card-in-advance/
Inspiration for this post came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy1UkOt9nY
For today’s film recommendation, I want to recommend three trailers. These films are either not out yet, or have only just come to cinemas. I’ve been incredibly inspired by the trailers which I’ve recently come across as I had to analyse them in my Media work and I cannot wait to see these films.
One. Magic in the Moonlight. Emma Stone and Colin Firth – gotta love it!
Two. Into The Woods. Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine! So cool!
Three. Kingsman – The Secret Service. Colin Firth (yes, I love him), Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine. It’s about The Secret Service – surely a recommendation for the 007 lovers out there!
Hope you enjoyed these as much I do every time I watch them!