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Quote: Alan Rickman

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Alan-Rickman-zv-alan-rickman-6915904-1280-1024‘Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.’

‘Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes.’

‘And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.’

‘I love perfumes. Every morning when my girlfriend and I come down to the courtyard in our block of flats we’re assailed by the most delicious scent – jasmine round a doorway. It almost makes me swoon.’

‘If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.’

‘I’ve never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.’

‘I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo above, it is from: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/alan-rickman/images/6915904/title/alan-rickman-zv-wallpaper

Film: Cinderella

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Cinderella_2015_official_posterWho doesn’t love Disney right? We all love a good Disney Princess too. My favourite is Cinderella and always has been. I absolutely love Cinderella and recently got the Disney cartoon trilogy on DVD as a birthday present from a friend. You can imagine both my surprise and joy when, a few months back, I came out of the theatre at the cinema and saw a poster with a single glass slipper on it and nothing else. I had no idea a new Cinderella film was going to be made let alone how soon it was going to be released. So today, my Dad took me to see the 2015 film and I enjoyed it so much.

The story follows pretty similarly to the cartoon version (this being a live action version) until nearer the end, but even these slight variations have little influence on the narrative.  For some, that might signal a lack of imagination from the writers, but I think it’s good to bring back Cinderella in the same way for those of my generation, looking nostalgically to the past, and for a new generation who may not be familiar with the story.

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’ (See link).518233194_6_610_433

The film has a fantastic cast including Lily James as the pretty Cinderella, Richard Madden as the handsome Prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the King. Further actors in the film are; Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Rob Brydon and Holliday Grainger.

Cinderella 2015 has a great mix of pure entertainment, humour and action with great costumes, soundtrack and actors. It’s emotional at times. I recommend it so much.

‘Have courage and be kind’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/15/disney-cinderella-teaser/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2015_film).

Film: The Great Gatsby

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Despite the fact I studied The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in English Literature for about a year; I never got the opportunity to watch the 2013 movie. But, alas I finally have.

gatsby‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like critizing anyone, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”’ This is my favourite quote from the novel and was also the opening line to the film, with Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick, saying it. The film hooked me then and there.

The film, from this beginning, continues with a very swift pace. This makes the film seem quite rushed, however, this matches the cinematic quality exhibited in Fitzgerald’s writing and therefore, I like how well The Great Gatsby 2013 has managed to stick so closely to the book. Of course, it does follow the book quite well, with entire scenes reading exactly as they do in the novel.

Although, the way in which the film was framed, through Nick’s therapy, I suppose, was not at all in the book. In the novel, Nick does write the story of Gatsby but not because he needs therapy from it. Not that this is a complaint. I actually really liked the way it was done because when Nick gets closure and is able to sleep, after being an insomniac, it gives the audience closure after such a pivotal moment in the narrative.

The characters and setting in the film were exactly as I had imagined them while reading the book. I know that other people wouldn’t be as easily pleased, but I thought it was extraordinary, as if I was watching my imagination play out in front of me. I think a part of why the characters were so good was because appropriate actors were cast. Tobey Maguire plays a perfect Nick; his style just suits how Nick was written, as does Owl Eyes’ character in the library, and Gatsby, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Other amazing actors in the film were: Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton.

The soundtrack for this film is brilliant; I love how modern songs were made to sound like the songs of the time and just fit into the film as if they were classics from the 20s. I also like the onscreen edits with text running across the screen at specific parts of the movie; I think it just added another layer to the film.

I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby (can you tell?) and I do really recommend it. I also recommend reading the book first because Fitzgerald crafted an amazing novella, and I think that there will be a better understanding of the themes, such as decadence and hedonism, that are shown throughout, by doing this.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://operagasm.com/download-of-the-week-23/