Arthur Christmas

Check out this awesome Christmas trailer. Unfortunately this is only due out next year November. It looks like such fun. I love it when they make Christmas movies that show the inner workings of Santa’s workshop, it’s one of the reasons I love Tim Allen’s The Santa Claus.

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Walking in the Air

So I know Christmas is over, but I think we can carry on the festive season a little longer. When I was little my mom made tapes of kiddies music videos and TV programs for me to rewatch. Walking in the Air music video was one of them. As a child I found this song magical and haunting, still do.  Now this is from the animated short The Snowman made in 1982 based on the book by Raymond Briggs. The story is about a lonely boy who makes himself a Snowman on Christmas day and he comes to life. I don’t think I ever saw the short in full, but I do have posters of it somewhere? The animation style seems to be based on the writer’s own illustrations. In fact by the looks of it, they copied his style to a T.  The song was specifically written for the animated short, by Howard Blake and performed by St. Paul’s cathedral choirboy Peter Auty. The song is very popular, and many cover versions have been made, I particularly like Nightwish’s version of the song.

Christmas Memories

Well I’m in a Disney/ Christmas mood, and I suddenly remembered a video I had when I was little which was sing-a-along Christmas carols to Disney cartoons. So I went looking for it and found them on Youtube. Oh it brings back fond memories, these videos made Christmas seem so magical and exciting.  Unfortunately Disney hasn’t released this on DVD so what you are seeing is some dedicated soul who copied their VHS copy. Which is such a pity, because this is classic Disney animation at its best, and you can’t see the finer elements because the quality is so-so. *sobs*

I think this is my favourite song, I wish I could see the cartoon that these clips are from in its entirety.

This song is so cute. And I love how the toys decorate the Christmas tree. Its so enchanting and fun.

Agh isn’t Rudolph the sweetest thing ever! Shame poor baby they were so mean to him.

This is such a sexy voice singing. Makes you want to snuggle up in front of a fire. Well I’d rather snuggle up in front of my aircon, its absolutely boiling!

Well this is definitely Disney A Christmas Carol.

It’s clips from Fantasia to Joy to the world, but it’s very appropriate to Christmas. I love these fairies.

And of course Jingle Bells. Aaaaw I love the bunnies who hitch a ride on the slay, it’s too dear.

I love Donald duck in this one, especially when he curls his hair.

DECK THE HALLS!!! I love this one; the idea of walking round a Christmas tree from the inside looks so magical.

And finally

Silent Night, my favourite Christmas Carol of all time. When I was in junior school it was the carol that the audience had to sing at our nativity, and I just loved hearing all the adults singing it, it wasn’t harmonious like this version, but it was still absolutely beautiful.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

WARNING  HERE  BE  SPOILERS.

Finally the Potter movies grew up!  I was very worried about how the 7th book would translate into a movie, especially after HP6 the Half-Blood Prince, a pivotal if slightly boring instalment in the HP series, was absolutely useless as a movie.  But, to be fair, I only read the 6th book once and saw the movie 1 ½ times.  Plus I think the main thing that put me off movie 6 was the absolutely random, useless scene when the Burrow is attacked and burned down by Death Eaters.  IT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOK!!!! So why was it put in the movie?  Unless they weren’t going to have the wedding in the 7th movie, also, by having the Death Eaters burn down the Burrow in the 6th movie, it means they know where Harry will be in the 7th movie, which means what was the point of that whole scene at the beginning of the 7th movie when they’re discussing when Harry will be moved because it’s so obvious where he will go!  Hmm maybe I over thought this?

So onto HP 7.1.

It didn’t really feel like a movie but more like an episode. Which isn’t a complaint.  The handling of book seven has been done very well so far. I especially enjoyed the little moment at the beginning when the Harry, Hermione and Ron are all psyching themselves up to leave.  Hermione erasing her parent’s memories was heartbreaking, I loved it.  I loved the polyjuice potion scenes.  The three adults that the trio turned into were brilliant!  Each were able to capture the mannerisms and facial expressions of the trio.  Oh and the original actors voiceovers didn’t hurt either.  A truly hysterical scene.  Also, at the beginning of the movie when everyone turned into Harry.  I loved Fleur/ Harry being embarrassed in front of Bill. Especially when that duo leave on the flying horse thingy (I think it was a Thestral), Fleur/ Harry snuggles against Bill.  SO FUNNY!!!!  One strange thing did happen to me during the movie.  Now I managed not to cry during Hedwig’s death, but Dobbies death got to me, (and I can’t stand Dobbie), so when Luna come over to Harry who’s holding Dobbies dead body, she closes his eye’s and says:

Luna Lovegood: [after Dobby dies] I think we should close his eyes, don’t you?
[Harry nods, she does it]
Luna Lovegood: There, now he could be sleeping.

The five guys in the row in font of us laughed!?!?  They laughed?  What was so funny about how or what Luna said?  I found it incredibly sweet, and incredibly sad.  If anyone can think of the reasoning behind those guys laughing please tell me, because all I can think is that they’re stupid and couldn’t connect with the scene.

The seventh book was a bit of a long read, with great big chunks of walking and being angsty, tired, and absolutely clueless.  All of which was nicely summed up.  Although they didn’t get nearly as far as a I would have liked. When I was reading the book I knew exactly where the first movie should end, and that is when they escape Gringots on the dragon.  They’ve left themselves a sizable chunk of book still to cover, and the last 200 pages alone are crammed full of information.  I have a book mark that symbolises the no turning back point – chapter 28, page 446, when they arrive at Hogsmeade,  if you start reading you will not be able to but the book down until you have finished, that’s about two hundred pages and takes a full day to finish.  I truly believe that Snape’s big reveal alone needs at least 15 minutes (ok maybe 10).

I loved the animated sequence about the Deathly Hallows.  I personally think it’s quite difficult to cross over from live-action to animation and have the two to fit together.  I loved the animation style employed, very much like shadow puppets.  Very dark and creepy.  Totally stunning and awesome.

I must say I’m really happy they weren’t able to make the first part 3D, it would have been an absolute waste.  The movie wasn’t really action packed enough to need it, and I know we all freaked out when the snake (repeatedly) jumped at the camera.  

All in all, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was a satisfying movie, well acted, beautifully filmed and great special effects.

THOR the trailer

Homma homma homma, I’m drooling. Now I’m a Marvel girl, but Thor I have always felt is a little ridiculous, (but far more believable than the hulk movies, how that series has sun for so long is beyond me). Its directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chirs Hemsworth who plays Thor (he played James Kirks Father in the Star Trek) his love interest is Natalie Portman, also starring Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo, and other familiar faces. This trailer has gotten me really excited for the movie.

Stockpile of trailers

Ok, so I’m doing summer school at the mo, and I keep on running out of time to make post’s.  I’m already behind in my movie reviews, sorry.  I’m sitting on a pile of awesome trailers, and once this is out of my system, maybe I can write my reviwe for Harry Potter 7!

And we begin:

Megamind

I don’t know why I was so hesitant about this movie, it looks absolutely hysterical.  I’ve noticed that there have been a few ‘quirky’ movies out this year, like how to Train your Dragon, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3, really special movies.

Battle for Terra

Now I would watch this on the big screen and in 3D solely for the flying spaceship battle scenes! Meh, the style is so so, cant say I’m crazy about it, but when I watched the trailer in the cinema, I got excited by the battle scenes.

Mars Needs Moms

Now this kind of 3D animation I hate.  It’s trying too hard to be realistic, and with animation one can do anything, so why cant our humans look stylised?  Ok, so it did get a chuckle out of me, anything involving space I will watch on the big screen.

Green Lantern

I’m not a DC comics fan, I’m a Marvel girl, but I try to stay clued in with what DC produces. Now I love the Batman movies, yes even the really bad Doctor Freeze one, I love Superman, I enjoy DC movies, I just don’t follow their comic series religiously.  So I know what Green Lantern is about, I know what’s currently happening in the comics, I’m just not a follower.  But the movie looks good.  I’m not a hundred percent sure about the special effects, but I’ll definitely see this on the big screen.  I think doing Green Lantern is quite an ambitious move considering a lot of the comic series take place in space, on alien planets, lots of alien Green Lanterns, could be a special effects disaster.  But Ryan Renolds is yummy, and he’s a funny guy.

Red Riding Hood

Ooooooo, this looks like fun, all dark and twisty.  I love the Little Red Riding Hood story, it’s simple and can be reinterpreted in so many ways, and I love wolves and werewolves.  I don’t like watching ‘scary’ movies on the big screen, and yes, this is tame in comparison to what’s out there, but the wuss in me says, wait for TV.  But doesn’t this movie have a visually stunning look?

Battle: Los Angeles

Alien invasion movies YAY!!!  This one looks particularly fun.  I do so love the military aspect of an alien invasion movie, – Independance Day anyone?  Such a brilliant movie, still haven’t found a destroy-world-aliens-invade movie that can top it!  I digress, Battle: LA looks cool, should be a fun watch.  I wonder how mankind will win this battle?

I am Number Four

There’s a story behind this one.  This is based of a book, that hadn’t been published when it was turned into a script!  That is how good people thought the story was!  Now is this a good thing or is it potentially disastrous?  Well, when the book come’s out in soft cover I will read it, and then watch the movie.  It looks like a typical teen angst with super powers story.  Why is it always the teens who have powers that just want to be normal?  What I wouldn’t give to have powers!  *goes into a day dream*  Anyway, action looks good, and even though Alex Pettyfer is a tad too young for me, he’s still dishy.

Despicable Me

As you know, I was greatly disappointed in the trailers shown at cinema’s here, I also couldn’t find anyone to go see Despicable Me with me.  (3D movies are just ridiculously expensive, and now they expect us to bring or rent the glasese, and yet they still charge the same price as when the glasses were included in the entrance fee).  The minute exams ended I dragged an old animation buddy to see the movie with me.

HOLY MOLY – IT IS THE WIERDEST, QUIRKIEST, MOST OFF THE WALL, COMPLETELY AWESOME MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think my first favourite thing in the movie, is Kyle the dog?  What a strange creature. And next the minions, in the trailers they give the distinct impression of being very irritating, but in the movie they are stunning, I loved the way they communicated with each other, and their manic laughs.  Ok those are my top favourite things, and everything after that I love just as much.

The facial expressions and body language and movement are top notch.  And the 3D used in the movie was impressive.  I loved the rollercoaster scene, it was the perfect thing to do in 3D, it felt like I was on a rollercoaster, and I’ve done more than a few rollercoaster’s.

Earlier this year How To Train your Dragon made my top five, and now this movie has joined the list.  (shame all my classic Disney movies are being pushed lower down the list).

Despicable Me is just an amazing movie, and it most definitely appeals to both children and adults, as I heard a fair number of adults laughing in the movie.