Weekly Movie Round Up

Weekly Movie Round Up

This week we’ve been cramming in a few favourite films! Having Sky Now as well as Netflix gives us a big range of films to watch and this week has been for a feel good movie.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

Our weekly cinema date was going to be none other than the most anticipated movie of 2017 for Disney lovers (well, in my opinion anyway). I wrote a full review of what I loved and what I didn’t enjoy so much about Beauty and the Beast here.

The film follows the same principal as the original 1991 animated version but with a few differences… Belle (Emma Watson), a bookworm is an outcast in her village. Her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) heads to the market to sell some artwork projects, however, is left alone in the woods after a storm hits and wolves chase him and his horse, Phillippe, to Beast’s (Dan Stevens) castle where Maurice is made the Beast’s prisoner. Belle goes to the castle herself and takes his place, releasing her father and becoming a prisoner.

Time passes before she begins to realise there is much more to the Beast than meets the eye. Although he is freed Maurice desperately asks for the help of Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gadd) to retrieve Belle from the Beast. Gaston, not believing him whilst on their search admits he is only helping to win over Belle so he can marry her but eventually attempts to have Maurice put in a mental institution. Belle goes to save him once more before Gaston discovers the truth about Beast and goes to kill him.

Time passes before she begins to realise there is much more to the Beast than meets the eye. Although he is freed Maurice desperately asks for the help of Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gadd) to retrieve Belle from the Beast. Gaston, not believing him whilst on their search admits he is only helping to win over Belle so he can marry her but eventually attempts to have Maurice put in a mental institution. Belle goes to save him once more before Gaston discovers the truth about Beast and goes to kill him.

★★★★★

THE WEDDING SINGER (1998)

A nineties classic set in the eighties with all the cheesy music and pop culture references you’d expect. I’m not a fan of Adam Sandler movies at all. I find them terribly unfunny… Except for this one. It’s the only Adam Sandler film you will catch me watching. It’s a sweet rom-com with a great soundtrack.

Adam Sandler plays a wedding singer, Robbie, who is jilted at his own wedding. Finding it hard to get over his ex-fiance Linda leaving him, he decides to work as a singer at other events. He is eventually is convinced by the reception hall waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore) who has befriended him, to help her with her own wedding. However, her fiance isn’t a romantic sweetheart like Robbie which makes the wedding singer wonder if Julia deserves better.

★★★

SNATCH (2000)

Another comedy but this time in Britain. This film actually changed my opinion of Brad Pitt as an actor and as well as containing Hollywood royalty, it stars some British actors who have gone to act in some of the world’s biggest TV shows and movies. Snatch is raw, gritty and has a great set of story lines, all connected as one. Kinda like Pulp Fiction!

The story revolves primarily around a stolen diamond in which a New Yorker, Cousin Avi (Dennis Farina) has asked Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to bring back to him. However, there are some issues when more and more people discover the diamond’s existence. Meanwhile, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) get in a pickle when Mickey (Brad Pitt), a “fuckin’ pikey” messes up their caravan purchase as well as unlicensed boxing match deal with sadist Brick Top (Alan Ford)

★★★★

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)

When I saw the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel in the cinema I had thought that it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. A star-studded cast with some major names made me wonder if it was trying to compensate for a bad story line. However, since it’s cinema and later DVD release I have loved this film and could watch it every day.

This film is a pastel lovers dream. A Wes Anderson beauty of a film is a cinematic masterpiece. Not only are the sets mind-blowingly gorgeous but the story also tells the tales of love between friends as well as romantic interests.

The story is told by M. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) to a young writer (Jude Law) staying in the Grand Budapest. He recounts the of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a concierge at a famous European hotel on the brink of war, and his younger self, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) when he was a lobby boy.  M. Gustave is framed for the murder of his elderly lover, who gave his a priceless painting in her will, and is arrested for the crime.

★★★★★

THE GREAT GATSBY (2013)

Baz Lurhmann had my heart since Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! 

Before it’s release it was obvious the classic novel would sparkle with champagne, diamonds and fireworks. Infused with modern day music, Luhrmann wanted to give the film its own musical edge. Where jazz was the hip hop of the twenties, he creates a tipsy chaos of hope, love, loyalty and friendship.

The film (and the book in my opinion) doesn’t much sense to me. It’s a little all over the place. I also personally think Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio) is a creep using Nick (Toby Maguire) to get closer to an old flame (Daisy). And let’s not forget to mention she is married to the millionaire, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).

However, despite the odd behaviour of a man who hasn’t fallen for anyone in five years since seeing his ex, the film is beautiful. Adorned with Tiffany diamonds, stunning costumes and bright colours, the film is visually stunning.

★★★

WAYNE’S WORLD (1992)

Another cheesy nineties comedy to lighten to mood! The perfect evening background noise movie.

Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) host a public-access television show called Wayne’s World,  from Wayne’s parents’ basement. Discovering the show’s popularity, TV  producer Benjamin (Rob Lowe) offers to buy the rights for $10,000. Whilst Benjamin exploits the show, he also tries to assist Wayne’s new vocalist girlfriend Cassandra in launching her band’s career. This causes Wayne get jealous and realise that he is selling out his own career.

★★★

THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (1957)

Made famous because due to the book and movie of My Week With Marilyn, The Prince and the Showgirl is a light-hearted comedy set in London in June 1911.

George V will be crowned king and in preceding days many important dignitaries arrive.  This includes 16-year-old King Nicholas VIII of Carpathia, with his Prince Regent father, Charles (Laurence Olivier). Civil servant Northbrook (Richard Wattis), is hired to entertain and keep the royal family happy during their visit…

Northbrook decides to take the Prince Regent out to the musical performance The Coconut Girl. During the intermission, the Prince Regent is taken backstage to meet the cast. He is completely uninterested in engaging with the male actors. However, he is extremely interested in the charms of Elsie Marina (Marilyn Monroe), one of the performers. He sends a formal written invitation for her to meet him at the Carpathian embassy for supper. Essentially, he believes that as Prince Regent he can woo any female he chooses. However, Elsie isn’t fooled and rejects him. This is until she sees there is more love in him than he desires to be seen.

Marilyn Monroe is absolutely adorable and as always has perfect comedy timing. She completely blows Laurence Olivier, a traditional stage actor off the screen.

★★★

What movies have you been loving this week?

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.

No Comments

Leave a Reply