27 Dresses (2008)                                                                                                                        4/5 Stars

Genre: Rom-com

Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Judy Greer, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns

Director: Anne Flecter

Jane (Katherine Heigl) has always known what the meaning of her life is and that is to help the bride on her special day. Though she has still not had her special day; she is content with her life and helping other. With a major crush on her boss George (Edward Burns) that she is unlikely to tell him about; she is just too nice. In steps her baby sister Tess (Malin Akerman) and then her life is turned upside-down.

Opening scene is a wedding when Jane is a child of eight and helps with the dress; this is the moment that she falls in love with weddings and this love stays with her until adulthood. Whether she enjoys organising the weddings more than having a life of her own is evident from the beginning. With managing to go to two different weddings and being the bridesmaid in both is simply genius but unrealistic at the same. So, we have uptight, prime and proper Jane and in steps Kevin (James Marsden) who is the complete opposite to her; the chemistry between these two actors is great, the anger, the batter and the humiliation (table top dancing and singing) is what makes this film.

Do you want find the ugliest stuff in the store and register Tess for it

The basis of the film is about Jane and how many times she has been a bridesmaid; which is 27 times. Now, this only seems to be weird, how you have so many close friends, most of which don’t overlap, is amazing or is it more to do with the fact that she knows everything about weddings and so the friends feel that they should make her a bridesmaid. We have Judy Greer as Casey, Jane’s best friend; who is in yet another supporting role but she owns it and every scene she is in. How Kevin pursues and keeps randomly appearing in Jane’s life is fun; particularly when it’s obvious that Jane is so in love with her boss that she can’t see the amazing man in front of her. Then we have Tess, who appears selfish, a liar and does hurtfully things without realizing the effect that they have on other people; of course we are supposed to believe that she is actually a nice person by the end of the film.

The direction of the film is fun, with lots of close-ups that gets you involved with the story and can feel the emotion. Though the story is completely unbelievable; it has so many fun scenes that this is definitely a film to enjoy with friends.

21 (2008)                                                                                                                                 3/5 Stars

Genre: Crime

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishbourne

Director: Robert Luketic

There is only one thing that Ben (Jim Stugess) wants from his life and that is to go to Harvard Med; only problem is that he doesn’t have the money and his only option is a scholarship or is it? In walks his new lecturer, Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey) and an opportunity to change his life and make the money he needs for school. A after school group of card counters are introduced including Jill (Kate Bosworth) who Jim has been crushing on for years. Corruption, Greed and Disloyalty are contained in this film.

The opening scene introduces us to Jim, the smart but cash riddled individual who is applying for $300,000 dollar scholarship to go to Harvard Med. The only problem is his application is exactly the same as every other person how has applied; what makes him special. In comes the voice-over that continues throughout the film describing the scene and action that you are watching; very obviously his application of why he does have a life. With Maths and statistics used through the film you have to be quick to understand the Monty Hall dilemma or it could confuse you for the rest of the film and distract from any story telling.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

The films’ main focus is on making money by counting cards which is illegal and can get you into some trouble; particularly in Las Vegas which is the destination of our main cast. All of the characters are shown that they smart but none of them compare Ben’s ability to do quick Maths in his head and remain composed throughout any situation. So, the idea about card counting is the ability to predict future cards that are dealt from the cards that have already been played and what is left in the deck. With ringers that keep an eye on the cards and call in the high player; so they can make the most money and get out with it quickly. There is still security (Laurence Fishbourne) that is not happy when they find out about these people. The greed and the excitement lead its hand to romance, parties and spending money like millionaires.

The relationship that should be the main focus lacks a certain chemistry but with the additionally attention on Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey relationship it creates a father son relationship; something that is definitely in need from Ben character. It was a shame to ruin such a potential relationship but we did get to enjoy the time it did have. Liza Lapira, who plays a smaller role in the counting cards ring, plays her part to an impeccably standard; with a smart girl who likes to party. The direction of the film was well thought out with lots of walking and panning cameras; lots of movement that doesn’t distract from the story.

13 Going on 30 (2004)                                                                                                                 2.5/5 Stars

Genre: Rom-com

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer

Director: Gary Winick

All Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) wants in her life is to be popular. To have the look, the body and the lifestyles of those she admires; particularly the models in her favourite magazine ‘Poise’. Imagine her surprise and delight when on her 13th birthday she gets her wish; through her best friends’ wish dust (Matty) and she wakes up in her 30th body. She discovers that she got everything she wished and wanted for but all is not as it seems.

The film is a remake (or remodel) of Tom Hanks film ‘Big’ (which I haven’t seen so can’t comment on) with a female character in the leading role and wishing to be older. The idea of being 13 in your 30 year old body and life, is an interesting concept but being older comes with the responsibility of accepting your chooses in life; the good and the made. The idea of being able to sweep away our mistakes rather than learning and growing from them is childish which make the films only redeeming features are the ridiculousness of it all. The choice of music is perfect for the era, with the use of the most recognisable songs of the decade; including Rick Springfield, Vanilla Ice, Billy Joel and Pat Benatar and of course Michael Jackson.

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving

The film starts with Jenna in 1987 on her birthday, with the outline of two of our main future character being introduced as well; Matty and Lucy (knows as Tomtom). Enter in the mean girls and there is a star performance by the leader of the group Tomtom (Alexandra Kyle); with the impeccable ability to appear as if she is being nice to someone without actually being nice at all. A small mention to the actress who plays Young Jenna (Christa B. Allen) since it was her first movie; you can tell that she is a natural actress with a great future ahead of her (currently starring in ABC Revenge).

We jump to the future life of Jenna (set in 2004) and with Jennifer Garner as our leading actress and being perfect in this role. You can see the excitement and fun that the actress is having with the role; her comic timing is seamless even in those cringe worthy moments. Soon we are introduced to Lucy (Judy Greer) aka Tomtom, her life and the people in it with one noticeable missing person being Matty. Whilst Mark Ruffalo has a promising opening scene with Jennifer Garner by the surprise at that Jenna and Matty aren’t friends anymore and Matty’ reaction to Jenna’s shock; this is where any other male comedian actor could have been continued the role. This is due to the fact there are no more significant acting moments to mention. The cast of the film enjoy their time, with both the young and the older cast members, doing the dance routine to Michael Jacksons’ song and video ‘Thriller’. The most interesting cinematic moment of the movie is the different angles and viewpoints that the director decides to use when Jenna as Jennifer Garner is getting ready for the party.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)                                                                                       Star Rating 4/5

Genre: Rom-com

Cast: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Larissa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Krumholtz.

Director: Gil Junger

Meet Kat (Julia Stiles) the meanest outcast girl at school; whom younger sister Bianca (Larissa Oleynik) is the popular girl of the school and wanted by not one boy but two boys (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Andrew Keegan). Only problem is that Bianca can’t date until her sister goes; in comes the mean boy of the school Patrick (Heath Ledger). Trouble is guaranteed.

The film is adapted from William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and while the film references quotes from Shakespeare; there is no need to be a fan to enjoy this film. It can make you laugh within minutes of the opening scene with the number of jokes riddled throughout the script; it really is a laugh a minute film. Including the sarcastic motions and attitude it is perfect for a person who has dry humour. With the opening song ‘One Week’ by the Barenaked Ladies you can predict the film is going to be packed with amazing songs and it is; Joan Jett, The Cardigans, Save Ferris and Letters To Cleo to name but a few.

“Go Behind Enemy Lines”

The story introduces our entire main cast within the first few minutes of the film (all major actors of their time) when Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is shown the breakdown of his new school by Michael (David Krumholtz). This is the precise moment when Cameron develops a major crush on Bianca and finds out that she can’t date anyone. In comes the plan to get Kat to date Patrick so that Cameron can date Bianca. Scheming, Parties, Decent, Singing and Suspicion that follows in the story are to the expectation of the audience.

With all the cast and the supporting actors (Gabrielle Union, Sarah May Pratt, Larry Miller, Daryl Mitchell, Allison Janney and even David Leisure) holding their own performances to a high quality; it is quite the perfect romantic comedy. The small role that David Leisure has is so memorable, with comedic timing that it is a scene that won’t be forgotten easily. The director shows that they know what they’re doing; with noticeable scenes conducted in motion and in rotational movement. With the added music to a scene that would be silent or empty is faultless; in even the smallest scene. Though the ending is thoroughly predictable it is satisfying with the only omission that there should have been some more drama between the sisters; particularly towards the ending.

The Art Of Mouring

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Poems
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The news hits hard
Harder than it should
Harder than you expected it to
You are frozen but somehow still moving

Then it hits you like a tornado on a summer day
Wherever you are; whatever you are doing
You break
The outside looks in; they see you but can’t really see anything

They see a person, a child, cry, shaking with emotion
They look on uncomfortable
You wipe your eyes and hold your head high, shoulders tall, back straight
Knowing this isn’t the place or the time

You are alone and you let the grief in
But it doesn’t feel real
How did it happen, how are they gone, are the really gone
Question racing through your mind

Once the racing has slowed
The truth comes creeping in
That they are gone, that they always were
It’s the memories that keep them alive

Loneliness

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Poems
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Loneliness,
It digs at you, it crawls at you,
Like insects underneath your skin,
Until you feel that you can’t breathe,

Loneliness,
It’s a hum,
A hum, that vibrates throughout your body,
That shakes you through the day and night,

Loneliness,
It’s a thought, a distance feeling,
When surrounded by people,
And never feeling more alone,

Loneliness,
Sitting in an empty room,
Or being in crowded house,
And a knot forms because you know that you don’t belong,

Loneliness,
And then that moment happens,
You can’t explain it and you don’t expect it,
But you realize that you’re not alone.