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[Crowdsourcing] What Film To See

Okay, today I have a dilemma. I am thinking of going to the cinema with my girlfriend this weekend but I don’t know what to see. I know that comedy/romance/romantic comedy is the best bet for dates, so I’ve narrowed it down that far. I was hoping to ‘crowdsource’ (okay, perhaps that’s too fancy a concept to describe this bit of advice-asking, but it might make more people view this post and put down their advice) a resolution.

So, if you could read this list of films and post your advice on which I should see with my girlfriend in the comments section, that would be great! Thanks.

I must say, reading those wikipedia articles on them, I am leaning towards Friends With Benefits now. However, your advice is still very welcome so I can be sure I’m making the right decision!

Another Good Night

Me and J-O had another nice night watching a movie together (Megamind). Not as good as the last one but it lifted my spirits at least – for the time anyway. But once she’d gone to bed, I realised I’m still sat here alone, she’s still hundreds of miles away. It’s times like these when I wonder if it was all worth it. Before her, I was lonely, sure. But not this lonely. I didn’t have the hope that somebody would come along and be with me; in many ways that was comforting. To know I’d always be alone, to not get my hopes up that I would find somebody. I could get on with my life.

But then I think, although I may feel lonelier than ever sometimes, at least I have times – sometimes quite sustained – where I’m very happy. I think that in many ways I’d rather be really sad sometimes and really happy sometimes, then sad most of the time and kind of happy only very occasionally. I don’t know really. I can only hope that we can be together one day soon, that all this deep loneliness will have been worth it. That I can finally be happy.

Avatar 3D: The Verdict

OK, I’ll level with you: I didn’t see Avatar in 3D when it first came out. But with the whole movie industry trying to push 3D down our throats, I thought that now that Avatar 3D: Special Extended Edition is out, I’d see what all the fuss is about. This is my verdict:

Practically pointless.

OK, so I suppose I should explain why. Pandora (the planet) is a sublimely beautiful planet. It’s such a bright, vividly imagined world, so alien yet so believable. And that’s just in 2D. It’s so great in just 2D, that 3D doesn’t actually make it any more believable or engrossing. Not to mention the fact that the 3D is only really noticeable in a few scenes when there’s something small in the foreground like snow or ash. All other scenes just look the same as in the 2D version. Not to mention that 2D isn’t really 2D anyway; it doesn’t look flat, it’s just that the screen is flat – you can still see when something is in the foreground and something else is in the background.

Basically, I don’t see the attraction. Sure, the 3D is better than when you had to use the blue-and-red glasses, but it still isn’t actually that great. I don’t think it’s worth the extra money. And I think that Avatar is a brilliant film without it. In fact, I’d say the extended scenes added much more to the film than the 3D did.

So Funny and Cute

Like I said in my previous post, I went to see Kick-Ass today. It was great. It was pretty gory, which E didn’t like, although I didn’t think about that when I was watching the film. As we were walking back – me, E and several other friends of mine – E said she wasn’t feeling well, and that she was feeling cold. It was at this point she decided to link arms with me, as I was walking along beside her, so she could get warm. It was really cute, and it was a bit of a strange feeling to have her cuddling up to me like that. One of my friends that was walking with us remarked that we made a ‘cute couple’. I didn’t respond to it. It was nice of her to say, but as I’ve said before, I don’t like E in that way. And this event proved it to myself that this was the case – I didn’t get ‘excited’ (if you see what I mean). I was just content for her to be cuddling up to me as a friend, to get warm. It was completely innocent. It was really nice, really cute – E is so funny. I was just glad to have helped.

Thinking Time

I went to see Kick-Ass earlier. I loved it, it was amazing! Hit Girl and Big Daddy stole the film for sure, their scenes were absolutely amazing! As usual, I quite liked how the ‘geek’ got the girl, it gave me hope. But then I realised, I wasn’t like him at all – at least he put himself out there and tried, unlike me. After me and a few of my friends walked to the pier at the town quay, where the Hythe and Isle of Wight ferries leave, where my friends decided to catch the free bus into town. Given that it would be a long time before the free bus came, I decided it would be better for me to walk.

Living in Shirley, I estimated it would take me half an hour to get home from the pier. That half an hour, as usual when I walk home from the cinema in the evening, was a great time for thinking. Or a bad time for thinking maybe, because most of the thoughts were negative. But I did have some good ideas for some poems, which I’ll probably post in the next few days. In the end I managed to make it home in 35 mins, which was pretty good. To give you a bit of a reference, Google Maps estimates it should take 55 mins to walk that distance. Result!

I’m so sad.

Subtle Hint?

You know that Bulgarian girl I said I fancy? Well, the other day she seemed to hint to me that she liked me too. When I say that, she seems to like me anyway, through our general conversations, but this was a more obvious hint. Perhaps. I could just be reading into it too much.

Anyway, so this supposed ‘hint’. We were talking about films, and she recommended ‘Euro Trip’. So I went on IMDB, and here is the plot summary: “When Scotty’s German online pen pal suggests they meet, he initially freaks out (he thinks it’s a guy). But then he discovers that she’s (a she and) gorgeous, and heads out with three friends after graduation to meet her. As they travel across Europe, the four friends have comical misadventures.” Sound like a sort of similar situation? Okay, so I might be reading too much into it.

She does like me, as a friend at least, that much I can be sure of. But I have doubts that she likes me in any other way. I mean, she’s never actually met me in person. But if she does make it over, I’ll ask her out anyway, and maybe she’ll say yes, and we’ll become closer. I know it probably sounds silly that I like her despite we’ve never met. But she seems like a really nice, hard working, not to mention pretty, girl – and I’m completely bowled over by her 🙂

Avatar (Important Films Part 3)

Avatar was the last film I saw in the “noughties” (I watched it on 31st December 2009). It was amazing! They take a plot that is, essentially, quite cliched – a person infiltrates a ‘hostile’ group but ends up being turned and becoming one of them – and makes it brilliant. The characters are so well-rounded, the ‘aliens’ so human and believeable, the world the creator creates so stunning that you cannot help but be deeply moved by it and feel a real connection with the characters. It’s one of those rare films that surpasses the hype and seems to be greater than the sum of it’s parts.

I particularly liked (of course) the romance between Jake and Neytiri. I did suspect it would happen from the moment they meet in the film, because that’s how films work, but they managed to still execute it in a fairly natural way, unlike, say, Spock and Uhura in the recent Star Trek film, so it doesn’t seem contrived (though it is). It is the prime reason that Jake defects from the humans to the Na’vi (aliens) and I like it because it demonstrates (okay, again, it’s a film, but still) the power of love to change people. I know that seems like hyperbole but that’s just how I think, okay? (Sorry to be rude. Just ignore me. I really ranting at myself there, pay it no heed.)

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