The Film That Started It All Blogathon!

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Here we go the weekend is upon us!

The Film That Started It All Blogathon! Keep checking back as I add the links to the blog posts for everyone who is taking part! So either comment below with your link, or send via twitter!

Andrew Wickliffe – The Stop Button – King Kong (1933)

John Rieber – The Godfather

Gill Jacob – Weegiemidget Reviews – The Gift of Love (1978)

Emma @ The Movies – Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy

Jay – Post-Credit Nerdie – The Matrix (1999)

Mike – Movie Freak – Film That Started It

Caz – Let’s Go To The Movies – Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Aladdin/Toy Story/ Star Wars

Hoops2448 – The Sardonic Romantic – The Road To Perdition

Andy – Fandango Groovers Movie Blog – Star Wars

Sky Cinema Tom Hanks

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For the first ever Sky Cinema are dedicating a channel to an actor, which better actor to do this for than Tom Hanks? He is impossible not to love, has given us so many outstanding performances. We now get the chance to watch so many of these great performances back to back.

From Monday 10th – Sunday 16th October we will have this pleasure!

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A Timely Blogathon

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As movie bloggers, we all need to find the time and energy to juggle both tasks of watching a movie and then writing our review of it online.

They can be very time consuming activities, so Anna (of Film Grimoire) and Rob (MovieRob) have thought of a temporary solution.

It’s a very timely theme and this Blogathon will be all about Time-saving movies, 90 minutes or less.

You can pick any movie (or movies) that your heart desires as long as it’s official run time is less than 90 minutes.

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Blogathon: 7 Childhood Films – Animation

When putting together my 7 Childhood Films for the Childhood Films Blogathon I am hosting I realised that I had not actually put any animated films in! Now that is such a silly thing to do really considering animation is a big part of what you will watch as a child. So I decided to submit another post and have 7 animated films from my childhood in this blog post!

I was never massively into the Disney Princess thing so that will just clarify why not many of them are included in this list. I was going to cheat and include Space Jam with it being part animated but resisted that temptation!

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28 Today!

I am 28 years old today.

Ahhh pushing to close to 30 for my liking!

But anyway Happy Birthday to me!!!

I am going to use this blog post to put together my favourite film from each year since I was born, just want to clarify that I have picked favourites so therefore might not actually be the greatest film in the world!

1987 – Dirty Dancing

1988 – Big

1989 – When Harry Met Sally

1990 – Pretty Woman

1991 – Father of the Bride

1992 – A Few Good Men

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Toy Story

1996 – The English Patient

1997 – As Good As It Gets

1998 – The Mask of Zorro

1999 – American Beauty

2000 – Billy Elliot

2001 – Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

2002 – Chicago

2003 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

2004 – Million Dollar Baby

2005 – Walk the Line

2006 – Casino Royale

2007 – Juno

2008 – The Dark Knight

2009 – An Education

2010 – Black Swan

2011 – Bridesmaids

2012 – Skyfall

2013 – Frozen

2014 – Birdman

2015 – None so far!

7 Disney Films I Love

With the up and coming Saving Mr Banks film from Disney about the making of Mary Poppins (which I cannot wait to see). It got me thinking about Disney films so decided to do a list of 7 Disney films which I love! So have a think of which Disney films you love and write a comment on this blog! Will be good to see which ones are the most popular!!!

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Blogathon: My Movie Alphabet

Stumbled across Mettel Ray Movie Blog and spotted a fantastic blogathon and thought I would get involved. Fantastic idea of coming up with your movie alphabet making it consist of moviesdirectorsactors and actresses who’s lives revolve around movies.

The way I decided to approach picking my alphabet was to put down the first 5 movie related things that came to mind for the certain letter! Well most of the time 5 . . . That was actually harder than I thought!

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‘Fright Night’ only available in 3D . . .

Is this the next step in trying to make a higher gross for a film, or an attempt to make more people see a 3D version of the film. ‘Fright Night’ was released in the UK last night and hardly any 2D copies of the film have been given to the cinemas. Seems like a way to try to ensure a higher box office taking, with 3D ticket prices being even higher than normal ticket prices. I am not a fan of 3D films at all, really don’t get the point of it. I don’t want to see things randomly come out of the screen and look like it is going to hit you . . . it’s not going to hit you and it’s all just done for effect.

The 3D effects put on a film often become the focus for the filmmaker and the storyline seems to suffer in some of the films “made for 3D”. I have been choosing to see the 2D version of films, but it does not seem that will be possible with ‘Fright Night’ and the lack of 2D films the cinemas have to show.

‘Avatar’ was still the only film which did not use the 3D for things jumping out of the screen, it was used to make you feel like you were in the world and gave you a surrounding look at it all. Which looked pretty incredible and added to the film, I haven’t actually watched the full film since seeing it in 3D at the cinema.

I went to see ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ in 3D because they did not have the 2D option at the midnight screening – and I really couldn’t wait to see it the following morning. The 3D for that film was particularly bad, I guess that shows it was done in post-production of the film. I did however go back and see the film in 2D and it was much better.

The first film I ever saw in 3D was ‘The Final Destination’ which was number 4 in the series (I think) and that was the whole things flying out of the screen in an attempt to make people jump. After the first thing to jump out it became obvious the direction in which they were going with the film.

I have seen a few animated films in 3D including the re-releases of ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2’ before the release of the much-anticipated ‘Toy Story 3’. ‘Up’ is the other Disney/Pixar film I have seen in the 3D and while it doesn’t really make much difference the 2D versions would have done. I don’t appreciate paying extra money (on top of my Unlimited card) for something I don’t want to see. The up and coming re-release of ‘The Lion King’ in 3D therefore has no appeal to be whatsoever. It’s not going to change the film or be able to make it any better is it is already good and does not need the added 3D.

The films in recent months which were available in 3D but I went to the 2D screenings include ‘The Green Lantern’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. I will continue to do this if the films are available in 2D as well, as I will not want to go and see the 3D version as I really do not like them at all. I get no extra enjoyment out of them and don’t want to sit with the 3D glasses on for one and a half/ two hours at a time.

That gets me onto the 3D glasses . . . they really are not comfortable at all, although the special Harry Potter one’s are a little bit better. Not that I really have any intention of wearing any of them again. If that means missing out on some films until they are released to DVD/Blu Ray or come onto the TV to watch then that is what will happen. I really have less interest in 3D films that I did a year ago (and it was pretty low then). I keep hoping that the 3D versions of films are going to fail and they will get the message that we do not want to see films in 3D and very happy with the 2D format which has worked so well for years now . . . why change it?!?!

I just want to be able to go to the cinema, use my unlimited card without having to pay extra, not have to wear any glasses and just enjoy the film that I have chosen to see. Is that too much to ask?