Trailer Alert – HELL’S KITTY


Love, Rosie (2014)

loveDirector: Christian Ditter

Writer: Juliette Towhidi (Screenplay) Cecelia Ahern (Novel)

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton


Plot: Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.


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Verdict: Poor When Harry Met Sally Rehash


Story: Love, Rosie starts as we meet Rosie (Collins) on what should be the happiest day of her life, she looks back on her friendship with Alex (Claflin) who she has been friends with since they were 5. We start the flashbacks when they are 18 and the two have a drunken kiss on her birthday before both going their own direction when it comes to the dance.

Alex goes off to America to study at Harvard, while Rosie finds herself pregnant and keeping her baby, keeping that a secret from Alex. When the secret comes out the twos friendship stays strong with Alex living the life of luxury in America while Rosie raises her own daughter Katie back home.

As the years roll by the twos friendship has its up and downs like any relationship before we learn where the two find themselves having separate lives but being the go to friend when they need someone but this could be that they are cover up their own feelings for one another.


Thoughts on Love, Rosie


Characters/PerformanceThe Rosie character represents people who believed they had the perfect life planned out, only for something to change it in a completely different direction, one they are happy with but not the one they dreamed off. Alex is the best friend who can never announce his love but I do feel we needed to learn more about the life Alex lives other than just the women his dates. Ruby is a scene stealer in the best friend role and every time you see her you know there will be a laugh.

Performance wise I did feel that Lily Collins struggled to start with but she did grow into the role nicely, Sam Claflin is good in these romantic comedies, where he might not be the best at the comedy but knows how to get a laugh. Jaime Winstone does make us laugh the most through the film while the girlfriends Alex have seemed too beautiful to be part of this story.stars

StoryLove is a story we all like to watch unfold and this story filled with almost moments for these two comes along nicely as we have been there with the person we think could be perfect for us when they are not available missing our chance of that love. I did find myself enjoying this movie more than I thought I would.

Comedy/RomanceWe don’t have silly over the top comedy instead we get nice gently nods to comedy which I did like in comedy. The romance is mostly about who you could be with and knowing how you do love someone you can’t be with.

SettingsHere is where I have the biggest negative for this film, I couldn’t put my finger on where the film is set, I got told it is set in Ireland but everyone gets called English, and I also didn’t understand why Alex was always in night when talking to Rosie when it should be the other way around, I think.genre

Final ThoughtsI did like how this looks at miss loved between two people that are clearly meant to be.


Overall: I did enjoy this movie but I can see why the fans of the book don’t enjoy it.




Attending a Special Screening of Chorus Line

On Thurday I will be attending a special screening of ‘Chorus Line’

This will be at my local theatre the Pavilion. I hope this will be the first of many chance to work with Park Circus, who are aiming to show different movies from the past and present.

Here are a couple of screen shots for this movie.

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‘A Chorus Line’ – Cassie (Alyson Reed) and Zach (Michael Douglas).

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‘A Chorus Line’ – The male members of the chorus line raise their top hats, dressed in gold suits during a routine.

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‘A Chorus Line’ – Mike (Charles MacGown)

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‘A Chorus Line’ – Richie (Gregg Burge)

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‘A Chorus Line’ – Michael Douglas.

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – F – Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford (Screenplay) Gustav Hasford (Novel)

Starring: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard


Plot: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Tagline – An Epic Story of the Vietnam War

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes


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Verdict: The Epic We Know


Story: Full Metal Jacket starts as we follow the Marine training under the brutally strict Gny. Sgt, Hartman (Ermey) who puts the recruits through intense training, Pvt Joker (Modine) is one of these marines, it is Pvt Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence (D’Onofrio) that takes the highest level of abuse from Hartman. Upon graduation Gomer has reached his limits and is ready to snap, showing just how far the training can drive someone.

Joker goes to Vietnam to be part of the journalist side reporting on the war as a soldier, his unit are meant to be writing stories to inspire the soldiers to continue the fight. Joker takes Rafterman (Howard) to write a story where they end up with Animal Mother (Baldwin) and his unit showing the horrors of war.


Thoughts on Full Metal Jacket


Characters – Private Joker is the one telling us the story, from training to the front in Vietnam as a journalist soldier, he barely sees combat until his latest story where he final gets to experience the war first hand. Animal Mother is one of the marines that Joker meets along the way, he doesn’t like the happy-go-lucky personality that Joker shows because he knows the true horror of war. Private Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence is the biggest victim of the abuse from the drill instructor, he gets alienated from the rest of the trainees reaching his limit before snapping, showing us that the training methods can destroy a soldier before he even steps foot in war. Gny Sgt Hartman is the drill instructor for the marines, he is brutal in his techniques which causes Leonard to go too far. He does possess some of the greatest insults in any military movies.

PerformancesMatthew Modine is great in this role, he shows the light-hearted attitude towards war as well as the horror when he ends up in the middle of it. Adam Baldwin does a good job as thee soldier ha wants the highest body count. Vincent D’Onofrio is truly brilliant in his role, you feel like you are understanding his emotional evolution during the film. R Lee Ermey stuns dominating the screen with every single scene he is in, making a big impact on the genre.

StoryThe story shows the intense training before heading into Vietnam, it goes onto show how the soldiers would need to learn to think on their feet, while remaining united against the enemies ahead during the horrors of war. The training side of the film is the highlight of everything because it is a non-stop intense display of how the training happens. Once in Vietnam it does feel just like most war dramas, following the unit through the different war scenarios they must deal with. The story will remain up there with the very best without a doubt.

War The genre is always a difficult watch, we know the war was real, we know millions lost their lives in conflict which ever war we talk about, this was Vietnam and was just like the rest shocking and disturbing to the people in the middle of it as well as fighting in it.

SettingsThe settings put us in the middle of the war and the training, you can’t fault the settings which come off perfectly.

Scene of the Movie –
Leonard pushed too far.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is there one? No.

Final ThoughtsThis is considered one of the greatest movies of all time and you can see why, it is flawless in how every scene unfolds, has the most brutal training regime you will ever see and shows the horrors of war.


Overall: Powerful Masterpiece from the master.