Working Things Out

My comments on the odd things that happen in this world

Me Man And Man Make Cry July 12, 2011

Filed under: Film,General,Television — terrygreene182 @ 2:24 am

On the 12th of July I cried for 15 minutes.

What made this happen? The film Marley and Me. It’s not even that great a film but there’s something about defenceless creatures that get’s my tear ducts leaking profusely down my cheeks.

I can still remember the first film that ever really made me cry, it’s not Bambi as is most people’s standard tear-jerker moment from childhood, but was in fact “Homeward Bound”.

Yes that’s right, Homeward Bound. Essentially a film about 2 dogs and a cat going on a hiking holiday and being held hostage by nature. Think The River Wild but with animals instead, pesky porcupines and a meddlesome moose. (Don’t judge me on the alliteration, I’m sure you couldn’t have resisted it either.)

I haven’t seen this film in quite some time, yet I’m sure that if I watch it anytime soon it will still reduce me to tears. Just the thought of that golden retriever not appearing over the top of that hill makes me worry every time I watch it. What if someones snuck into my house with their own alternative ending to the film where Shadow dies by that train track, and what if they’ve painstakingly spent all night cutting this alternative ending onto my video so that the next time I watch it I don’t get the elation of seeing him slowly appear, instead I just get the depression of a harmless dogs death. Although saying this makes me wonder, surely if you’ve got an alternative ending you would also have in your possession a full video edit containing this alternative ending, so why did you spend the night slicing and dicing my video, why not just swap them over. I’m hardly going to notice that you’ve stolen my version until the end, and at this point it’s to late because you’ve already achieved what you wanted to. Jesus, think it through next time will you!

Enough of my Homeward Bound obsession anyway. That’s not even the most embarrassing tearful film story.

A little fun game for the middle of the blog, I’ll give you a quick quote and you have to guess the film before you read the next sentence. OK, everyone clear on the rules? Good, here we go then.

To infinity and beyOH DEAR GOD, WHY DOES IT HAVE TO ENDDD!!!

Sorry about that, I couldn’t even write the quote without bringing back the terrible emotions from that fateful day.

It started off as quite a good day, I was being the kindly elder brother and taking my 12-year-old brother(remember that age) to the cinema to see a couple of films. I knew I was taking him to see Toy Story 3 but I thought while there I might as well introduce him to something good so managed to get Scott Pilgrim Vs The World in first. Great film, go watch it.

Anyway, I sat there, for pretty much fiery pit onwards, audibly weeping, while my 12 YEAR OLD brother sat there smiling his head off having the time of his life. If anything is going to make you feel less of a man weeping at a childs film while a child sits there as happy as Jeremy Vine on election night when he gets to play with the green screen.

The most annoying thing about this instance of crying is that I wasn’t even that big a fan of the first two films in the Toy Story franchise. I’d only seen the first film about 3, maybe 4 times, and amazingly at that point had never fully seen the second film( I later discovered the reason for that, it isn’t very good). I have since seen the first two films about 10 times each, so now that I actually feel something for these characters it just makes the end of number 3 harder. I truly feel for the young dads who had grown up with Toy Story and loved it more than me and had to take their children to see the third in the trilogy as they must have been wailing. At least I just wept….losers.

Marley and Me started this blog and Marley and Me is going to end it.

Why would Channel Four show this on a sunday night, no one is out on a sunday night so if your watching this film, your watching it with other people, you don’t have a choice. Also starting a film like this at 8pm means that you have to let the kids stay up to watch the last hour, meaning, if you have a wife and children, there are at least three people there to watch you cry your eyes out for twenty minutes.

As I mentioned earlier it’s not even that good a film, I liked it yes, but from the start of the film I knew that John Grogan had just set out to lure people in with this loveable story of a boisterous and loveable dog before leaving you to weep while the credits rolled, or if you read the book, while you flicked through those last 5 blank pages which are always inexplicably at the back of every book.

My point to this blog, although yes I’ll admit for this point to make sense you need to ignore everything I have written before, is that crying is a good thing. It’s cathartic and is needed every now and then. Just make sure you do it hidden away somewhere from the general public because I catch you crying all you’ll get from me is an awkward pat on the back and the words “there there, never mind”.

Now let’s all just say “Awwww look at the cute little doggy!!!”

 

Kick-Ass April 5, 2010

Filed under: Comedy,Film,Review — terrygreene182 @ 10:27 pm

Gather round children, it’s time for my first proper attempt at reviewing something, hopefully I’ll be able to make something worth reading. So for my first review of the week I present to you

Kick-Ass

Directed by Matthew Vaughn(previously of Stardust and Layercake, so not a great start) this comic book teen comedy has been bigged up by the press so much that it has a lot to deliver. Luckily in my eyes it does.

Described by The Daily Mail as “twisted, cynical, and revels in the abuse of childhood” and given a one star review, this pretty much seals the deal on how the film experience is going to be. Fucking great. It’s the type of film that has you leaving the cinema smiling, which is rare for a cinema experience that combines action with comedy. 

With a young cast, this film is acted superbly and with conviction from each and every actor.  Even Chloe Moretz, as the young hit girl, is perfect in her role(and as a rule I dislike children). Much has been made about her use of the word cunt. Have these people never listened to children talk, they say much worse!

Back on topic.

It’s simply a film about finding yourself, as are most teen films, but delivered in a genuinely funny and different way. It’s rare to see a superhero film about an ordinary person, who isn’t a millionaire(Batman), bitten by a radioactive spider(Spiderman), a millionaire(Iron Man),  exposed to radiation(The Hulk), or  mutants(X-Men), but just an ordinary teenage boy who is fed up with the world, as are most of us are.

This film is obviously going to be a huge hit, and it deserves to be, even Nicholas Cage gives a good performance, his first one since Lord of War. An equally very good film I suggest that you check out if you have not seen already.

The main problem that people keep on mentioning in their reviews is the lack of character development throughout the film. All I can say to that is the fact that the timeline of the film is only a few weeks. How much more mature and developed do people become in three weeks.

Now I hate to come back to the Daily Mail review but I feel I have to as I just went back onto the site and had a read through again. They’ve now added a video to the bottom of the page that pretty much praises the films and at the end even tells the other superhero film makers to look at Kick-Ass and learn some lessons from it. Nothing like sticking to one view in the same paper, although I wasn’t expecting much.

Unless you’re looking for peadophilic aspect then there isn’t one, their review says much more about Christopher Tookey(the reviewer) than it does about the film.  Plus after doing a little bit of digging I found an article where he praised the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. So clearly a little bit lapsed in the mind department.

Thanks for reading this rather haphazard attempt at a review, it probably would have helped if I’d written on the day I’d seen it and not two days later but that’s the best I could do for now. Anyway, come back tomorrow for a review of Ghost Stories. I’m sure that will be better as I’m still getting nervous about having my back to my room when I sleep incase there’s a ghost.

 

Plan For The Week April 4, 2010

Filed under: Comedy,Film,General,Gigs,Television — terrygreene182 @ 10:23 pm

This week, along with all my normal ramblings that I know you all love so much, I’m going to be doing four reviews, hopefully if I can keep my mind on task these will be in-depth, well researched reviews, not like the Daily Mails(snigger snigger snigger).

Sorry, what’s that? Oh you want to know what I’m going to review, well get yourself a cup of tea, settle down with a blanket, and put your reading glasses on because I’m going to tell you in the next sentence. I shall be discussing(I feel that’s a better word for what I will no doubt write) the new film Kick Ass, the new Doctor Who, the new Jonathan Creek, and the been in the theatre for a month now Ghost Stories. I’ve seen each of these over the weekend and felt you all deserved the right to delve into my awkward mind.

Over this week, more than likely over the next four days, I am going to be posting up my musings about each of these subjects, and hopefully they’ll make some of you want to go and see Kick Ass and Ghost Stories, and if you haven’t seen the latter two, watch them on the BBC Iplayer.

This is just a short post for the day as I didn’t get to post yesterday, or the day before I think, but I’m looking forward to a good week of blogging, even though I’m back at work on Tuesday and have no more time off till August.

Thanks for reading.

 

I Enojoyed It March 14, 2010

Filed under: Film,General,Newspapers,TYSIC — terrygreene182 @ 2:12 pm

I’m sad to say yesterday I finally went and saw Avatar (in 3D of course) and, please don’t hate me when I tell you, I rather enjoyed it.

For the first 10 minutes of the film I pretty much sat there, not paying much attention to what was happening in the film, and just thinking “Ooh, doesn’t it look pretty”. But once I managed to keep my concentration on the actual film the plot sucked me in. And of course the pretty colours helped.

It was refreshing to see a film that a massive amount of work has obviously gone into, and an unspoilt vision has been able to get to the screen without being ripped apart my producers who don’t think the message will sit well with the general public. For once the makers of a film weren’t being condescending to their patrons, instead putting across a well thought out idea with messages in it. Those being destruction bad, environment good. Even the mention of Earth being a dead planet with no green hasn’t put people off.

Now I’m not going to be one of the many people who becomes obsessed with this film, as I did really like it but I didn’t love it beyond belief as many people seem to. All I’ll say is, if your not going to watch it because you don’t want to be sucked in, this being why it took so long for me to see it, then stop listening to yourself and go. See it in the cinema as opposed to on a television.

Saying that I am never going to watch the Twilight films!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Earlier this morning I saw an advert for The Daily Star, only this wasn’t aimed at its usual male readers, this for the half a million readers it said already bought they paper. Who are these women! I have never seen a woman even look at The Daily Star. Women are better than that. Maybe once you get past the tits, the stories are fascinating reads, but then so is Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

If you’re looking for more good reads then you should try http://www.richardherring.com/warmingup/ written everyday by the wonderfully funny man Richard Herring, it is well worth a read.

Thanks for reading people.