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Film: Mamma Mia

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I recently watched Mamma Mia for the first time – a few years late, I know. The reason for this is purely because Colin Firth was in it and well, after watching him in Kingsman, I wanted to watch more of his films. I fell in love with the film almost immediately and regretted that I hadn’t an interest for it when it first came out.

mamma_mia_10First and foremost, Mamma Mia is a musical and has a great soundtrack. It is necessary to mention that Mamma Mia was a stage show before a film, and the soundtrack uses purely ABBA songs. The music was very cleverly interwoven into the plot. Each song suited the mood, feelings and content of the moment where they were sung.

The acting ability in this film is unbelievable. It has an incredible cast including; Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.  Not all of the cast are great singers (Pierce Brosnan’s singing was cringey) but I kind of love it; I love that it gives an extra comical quality to the film and shows that the actors just went out and had some fun. Additionally, I was blown away by Meryl Streep’s performance who’s acting, even while singing, was brilliant and proved why she is as well famed as she is.

Finally, the plot itself was really quite clever, sometimes cringey – but in the best way – and light-hearted.  I thought the story was really really good. Here is the imdb summary: ‘Set on a colourful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna’ or her husband-to-be Sky.

If you haven’t yet seen Mamma Mia, you need to! I truly recommend it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo, it is from: http://www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/mama-mia-matinee/
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Film: Kingsman – The Secret Service

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So… I’m celebrating my birthday this week, and part of this meant taking my friends to the cinema to see Kingsman. It was the only thing I wanted to watch out of everything being shown right now. I’m glad I made this choice. My friends, even though they didn’t know what to expect, or even what we were going to watch, loved every second of the film too.

First and foremost, the cinematography of this film (talking as a Media Studies student) is breathtaking. I had chills from the effects and the impressive quality of the film. It was absolutely flawless and even though I’m not even 20 yet, I still can’t get over the ever-improving quality of these new films.

Now, I’ll stop acting old and talk more about the film itself. The imdb  summary reads as follows:  ‘Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius’. These agents, or spies, are the new Knights of England.

The cast are phenomenal. There’s the brilliant Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Jack Davenport with Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. All of them are fantastic actors but then there’s Taron Egerton, an up-and-coming new actor. Kingsman is his first film and he has the starrob_f4c123_kingsman-the-secret-serviceing role, rightly so, because he is ultra-talented and, as my friends will be keen to remind everyone, really good looking. He is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

The film also has a great soundtrack which at times provides much needed comic relief at moments of tension.

I absolutely loved Kingsman, which hopefully you’ve realised by now, and I recommend that you see it while it’s still in the cinema. I’m even tempted to go and watch it again before it comes out on DVD. The incredible cast, the soundtrack and the comedy and action iconography with the cinematography makes for the perfect film.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/ and http://www.dailystar.co.uk/movies/421860/Review-Kingsman-The-Secret-Service-15

PS – I apologise for today’s blog being posted so late. I take full responsibility for letting it get to the bottom of my to do list… oopsie!

Quote: Colin Firth

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bbe045caacc829e533f784814dfba3ce‘It used to be that I was always paranoid or a loser or something so there’s usually something that you seem to associate yourself with at one time or another.’

‘I would rather five people knew my work and thought it was good work than five million knew me and were indifferent.’

‘I absolutely don’t care about my looks and I’m so used to them that I wouldn’t change a thing. I would end up missing my defects.’

‘As much as the next person, I want to be approved of, but I’m not greedy for that stuff.’

‘I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better – or a lot worse.’

‘Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually to be a part of it is enormously flattering.’

‘I was delighted to become a popular-culture reference point. I’m still delighted about it actually, and I still find it to be weird.’

‘I’m not patient, and some things drive me crazy. In my work, I get incredibly upset when people don’t get it right or don’t respect others’ needs.’

‘I work with the options I have in front of me and my reasons for choosing a job can vary enormously depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I take a job because it’s a group of people I’m dying to work with, and sometimes it can be a desire to shake things up a bit and not to take myself too seriously.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.pinterest.com/micaelaluque/colin-firth/

Film: 3 New Trailers

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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!

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Film: Bridget Jones

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Bridget-Jones-The-Edge-of-Reason-movie-posterBridget Jones and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

I recently bought Bridget Jones (2001), so I’ve recently watched it again. It’s very unlikely that you haven’t seen the film, but if you haven’t here’s a brief summary from IMDB: ‘Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year’s Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget’s band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive.’

SPOILER ALERT – I absolutely love this film, for its comedic value, yes, but mostly for the romance. I ship Bridget and Mark so much by the end and I absolutely love the ending. They are perfect for each other and it’s brilliant that he accepts her imperfections, loves her ‘just the way she is’ and even ignores her mean comments in her diary, going so far as to buy her a new one for a fresh start.

Now, I’ve also watched Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) recently, the sequel, for those who don’t know. This film I love also, but not quite as much. I feel like the ending is more inevitable than in the first film and it is also more all over the place. I still love Bridget and Mark together but I just think that his character could’ve been developed much more than it was. Either way, I love the romance, I love Bridget’s friends and I love Bridget.

These films both contain brilliant stars, many of whom I love so much; Renee Zellweger, Celia Imrie, Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Paul Brooke, Shirley Henderson, and Sally Phillips.

I would recommend both films to the very few of you who haven’t seen these two films.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the poster shown in this post, it is from: http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com/movies/404/Bridget-Jones:-The-Edge-of-Reason-(2004).html