Let’s All Go To The Lobby (Vol 4) – SHARKNADO 5

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“Sharks. Why has it always gotta be sharks”

Sharknado 5 has hit UK TV screens and I sat down to watch the premier – obviously. In this fifth installment of the most ridiculous movie series of all time, the sharks are back, and this time they’ve gone global.

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The story begins at Stone Henge, where in the caves beneath lie ancient artifacts and paintings depicting the terror that is the Sharknado. Two of our ‘heroes’ Nova and Fin decide its a really clever idea to go all Indiana Jones and remove an ancient stone from the caves…not knowing that it will trigger – you guessed it – a Sharknado!

That’s right everyone, one of our most treasured prehistoric landmarks is really a portal for a TORNADO MADE OF SHARKS.

Now I don’t want to go too far into the plot because this film is so full of cameos and surprises, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I will point out a few of my favourite moments.

  1. Only eight minutes into the film and a baby shark was punched square in the face.
  2. My favourite way to kill a shark: Parkour kick it off of a London bus whilst Bret Michaels shreds on the guitar.
  3. The Sharknado is in full force, and we hear the very British line “What are we supposed to do, we’re stuck in traffic” (all too real).
  4. The ladies from Good Morning Britain announcing “The Sharknado is heading towards Buckingham Palace. The Queen is trapped inside as all entrances are blocked by sharks”.
  5. My first ever religious experience was watching this film – just look out for The Pope’s cameo…
  6. Tara Reid’s scream.
  7. The ‘Safarinado’

A few years ago I visited Rome’s Trevi Fountain, just like Tara Reid’s character in the film (because even when you’re trying to save the world from a Sharknado, you can still find time for a Lizzie McGuire moment) and honestly I can’t remember what I wished for, but I’m pretty sure it was Sharknado 5.

Seriously though, I do recommend watching it if you’re just up for a laugh. It has hilarious Z-List celebrity deaths, countless references to classic movies, and the most ridiculous one liners.

Oh…and if anyone is wondering what I’m up to this weekend, I’ll be at Stone Henge, clearing my thoughts and trying to summon my own Sharknado.

LET’S ALL GO TO THE LOBBY (VOL. 3)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Let’s All Go To The Lobby, the part of the blog where I have a little chat about films I’ve seen recently. Let’s get stuck in.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge aka Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

piratesI was lucky enough to see a preview showing of Pirates 5 this week…so this is pretty exclusive. Salazar’s Revenge follows the story of young Henry Turner (son of Will Turner / Orlando Bloom) who – with the help of the totally bad ass Carina, embarks on a quest to first, find the infamous Jack Sparrow, and secondly, break the curse that is keeping his father as the immortal captain of the Flying Dutchman. While this is going on, a ship of Spanish ghost pirates (Salazar and co.) are out and wanting revenge on Jack Sparrow who doomed them to a life…or death…at sea, never being able to step foot on land.

I absolutely rinsed the first Pirates of the Caribbean films when they came out, and Salazar’s Revenge actually feels a lot like the first film; we have a new Will and Elizabeth who – dare I say it – I actually prefer to Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, as well as some of the original Black Pearl crew. Jack Sparrow is as funny and drunk as ever, providing some gold one liners, slapstick treats and two brilliant scenes featuring a bank and a guillotine…I’m not saying more than that, you will have to see it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film. Its fun, full of adventure, it has a good story line and the effects are awesome.  7.5/10

Timer (2010)

ea_timer (1)I stumbled upon this film on a list of “20 best rom coms you might have missed”. The film circles around Oona (Emma Caulfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who, along with most of the world, has a Timer implanted into her wrist that is supposed to count down to the exact day you will meet your soulmate. Oona’s Timer is blank, which means that her soulmate doesn’t have an implant yet. Our continuously frustrated lead meets cute musician Mikey, a 22 year old grocery store clerk who only has 4 months left on his Timer. Despite knowing that they can’t in fact be soulmates, the two decide to live in the present and start a pretty dysfunctional relationship…

I actually loved this film and I really dig the concept…but it did seem a bit rushed. There are a few loose ends, like Oona gives her producer dad Mikey’s band’s CD to listen to but nothing comes of that, her brother meets his soulmate but we don’t really get to explore that as much as I would have liked too, and I’m frustrated about the ending. When you watch it, you’ll see. 7/10

LET’S ALL GO TO THE LOBBY (VOL. 2)

 

lets-all-go-to-the-lobby-3Now, I watch a lot of movies – some good, some bad, some plain ugly. I’m going to chat about just a few of the films I’ve seen recently.

La La Land (2017)

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Let’s start with the movie that really cleared up at this year’s awards ceremonies. Normally I don’t watch big award winning movies at the cinema, and never thought I would again after The Big Short / The Big Nap fiasco of 2016.

The first 20 minutes of La La Land were more ‘Blah Blah Bland’, but once I got past the first few songs, the story kicked in and I found it pretty enjoyable!

The film follows an aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician called Seb (The Goz) who can’t make his rent payments. The two keep bumping into each other, there’s a dance number, and a weird flying scene (less said about it the better) but like any Hollywood built love story, there are ups and downs, a pretty big twist and lots of turns – which at times can leave the viewer frustrated, but also wanting more.

La La Land is also very visually pleasing. The use of bright colours give it that backlot Hollywood classic feel. Speaking of backlots, I have an obsession with movie backlot tours, facts and Easter Eggs, and one thing I loved about this film was the fact that Mia works at a coffee shop on the Warner Bros lot in LA. Trivia time…Mia’s scenes are actually shot on French street which is just around the corner to Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) which was filmed on both French Street and Midwest Street. La La Land also shared this street with Casablanca and Small Soldiers – THE MORE YOU KNOW!

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External set – French Street, Warner Bros Lot

Anyway, the film was stunning, it deserved all of the awards it got, The Gosling’s hands are magic and Emma Stone is a Queen (I’m still not over Spiderman 2 btw). If I learnt anything from the film though, it is that three cappuccinos and a week of research won’t prepare you for a job interview like an impromptu dance number with Ryan Gosling. onesheet

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

What a doozy. Why did I even watch this. The story stinks, the characters stink and the humour stinks. Starring Cameron Diaz, Selma Blair and Christina Applegate, this early noughties film is an hour and a half of pure rubbish. There was one scene I had time for…fun, teenage movie, dressing room montage, but even that wasn’t great…oh and the penis song was funny for about 20 seconds, but this was a five minute bit. Terrible.

Inception (2010)

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Okay. So my dreams haven’t been the same since watching this film. They have become far too adventurous, and over the past few days I’ve been waking up pretty tired. Inception is about a couple of guys (Leonardo Dicaprisun & Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who make a deal with a business man (Ken Watanabe) to get into the heir of a different business man’s (Cillian Murphy) head to be able to alter his money making decisions – i think.

In order to do this, they get a team together (Tom Hardy, Ellen Page & Dileep Rao) to enter Murphy’s dreams three times in a row (so a dream, within a dream, within  dream). Two scenes really stood out for me, firstly when Leo take Juno into his dream for the first time and she starts altering buildings and bridges. The second is the anti-gravity fight scene with J G-L whch was seriously clever and cool.

Sound confusing? It is, but the cast is brilliant and if you put your phone away and follow it closely its actually a really good film.

Let’s all go to the lobby (vol. 1)

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This is the part where I tell you about the movies I’ve watched this week…they might be good…they might not be. Should you watch them? I dunno, it’s your taste dude.

1. Why Him?

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It’s a really funny and modern film which features some amazing cameos to look out for – there is even toilet humour (aka. the best kind of humour).

So if you’re in need of some comic relief, grab your friends, grab some popcorn and head out to see this movie.

2. Ruby Sparks

74f3d7f6daeb475f78424d9ec04225f0Awkward writer seeks fictional girl.

This film came out in 2012 and I’m amazed I hadn’t seen it yet. Writer (played by Paul Dano) starts a new book all about the girl of his dreams, but dream becomes reality when the girl he is writing about comes to life.

Dano has a lot to overcome in this Rom com/ drama (depression, writers block, the fact he owns a magic type writer) but it makes for a fun ride.

 

3. Weird Science

weird_scienceAwkward geeks seek fictional girl.

So apparently there was a bit of a running theme. From the realm of John Hughes, this 1985 movie is kookie, fun, a little bit weird, but a little lot awesome.

Two geeky dudes create the perfect girl from a lightening bolt, super computer and a Barbie – then they throw a huge house party.

This film stars Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and a pubescent Iron Man which is just delightful.

A fun watch for anyone who is looking for something a bit silly.