Maleficent (Robert Stromberg,2014) The new view !

Check out my review on Maleficent

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Maleficent is the new take on the 1959’s Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi), stepping away from animation and into the world of CGI.   When Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is betrayed by the king and former lover, she takes revenge by bestowing a curse upon his beautiful baby daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning).  “Upon her 16th birthday she shall place her finger upon the pin of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep like death, only to be awaken by true loves kiss”.  Therefore, to save the princess, the king sends her into the woods with the three fairies to raise her as their own, only to return when Aurora is 16 and a day.  However, to ensure that the curse becomes a reality, maleficent follows the princess and watches her grow. Eventually Maleficent falls in love with Aurora and despite the efforts of Prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites) bestowing true loves…

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Maleficent (Robert Stromberg,2014) The new view !

Maleficent is the new take on the 1959’s Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi), stepping away from animation and into the world of CGI.   When Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is betrayed by the king and former lover, she takes revenge by bestowing a curse upon his beautiful baby daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning).  “Upon her 16th birthday she shall place her finger upon the pin of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep like death, only to be awaken by true loves kiss”.  Therefore, to save the princess, the king sends her into the woods with the three fairies to raise her as their own, only to return when Aurora is 16 and a day.  However, to ensure that the curse becomes a reality, maleficent follows the princess and watches her grow. Eventually Maleficent falls in love with Aurora and despite the efforts of Prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites) bestowing true loves kiss, Maleficent is able to wake her form her eternal sleep.  Showing the true loves can be between friends and family rather than a romantic partner.

Maleficent movie poster

Maleficent movie poster

This therefore removes the original idea that the prince can only save the princess, showing the power of love.  This could mean that the new representation of love is able to remove the idea of damsel in distress from the princess and give women a stronger representation within the franchise.  Aurora is also able to able to live happily ever after in the land of the fairies, rather than with Prince Philip in the castle. This again changes the rules and gives audience the message that we don’t need to find love to be happy.

Maleficent has truly changed the rules of the Disney franchise by turning one of the most famous villains into a loving hero and with Angelina Jolie playing the evil which, how can you not fall in love with her?  If they have managed to change the fairy-tale of sleeping beauty so much it makes me wonder what they have in store for the remake of Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh, 2015).

By moving away from the original animation and diving into CGI, the world of Maleficent really is brought to life and looks fantastic. However, this realism comes at the price of making the once adored children’s film a whole lot more sinister.  However, my only issue with the film is how Aurora is supposed to be extremely beautiful. BUT Elle Fanning is more cute than pretty. If it was up to me she would have been played by Halston Sage or someone who resembles the original.

Halston Sage

Halston Sage

Therefore, if you have not yet seen the no singing and no dancing remake of the classic sleeping beauty I ask you; how have you not seen this?

April Ely:  Deathbyapril.

Check out the trailer for Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh, 2015).

The Purge ( James DeMonaco,2013) Would it work?

Check out The Purge!

How have you not seen this?

A quick review

The whole idea of the purge is that once a year the citizens of America are able to “purge” their anger and the beast within. Therefore to do this everything is legal so murder, rape, robbery and no emergency services are available.  The only exception to this rule is those over a certain security rank are safe from this night of anarchy.

The film focuses on a rich family, who sells and owns the top of the art security system.  The family is rather privileged with two children, who should be fully aware of the risk of the Purge. However, when the youngest lets someone from the outside in, he sends an invitation for those chasing the stranger into their not so safe home.  If there is nothing more annoying than posh stuck up rich teenagers who have had way too much of daddy’s money , then…

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The Purge ( James DeMonaco,2013) Would it work?

A quick review

The whole idea of the purge is that once a year the citizens of America are able to “purge” their anger and the beast within. Therefore to do this everything is legal so murder, rape, robbery and no emergency services are available.  The only exception to this rule is those over a certain security rank are safe from this night of anarchy.

The film focuses on a rich family, who sells and owns the top of the art security system.  The family is rather privileged with two children, who should be fully aware of the risk of the Purge. However, when the youngest lets someone from the outside in, he sends an invitation for those chasing the stranger into their not so safe home.  If there is nothing more annoying than posh stuck up rich teenagers who have had way too much of daddy’s money , then how about they break  into your home an attempt to murder your family.  How could it get any worse? Well you could also add the jealous crazy neighbours into the mix and you have yourself a great horror film.

Everyone in this film also seems to be rather relaxed by lounging around in different rooms and having a family meal and film session. I would be terrified!

The Purge movie poster

The Purge movie poster

For me this film is so messed up and just unrealistic , with people going out during the night to have party’s and CCTV cameras broadcasting the events of the purge onto the nations televisions. If I was in this situation I would lock myself somewhere safe for the entire day and night just in case and sleep through it all. I would NEVER go out or let any of my family out. My dogs also tend to bark at anything so if I didn’t want to alert the entire street they would need to be locked away to.

I addition, if this was a real thing I doubt many people would go out as not everyone is a murderous psychopath. I think the only people who would go out are the insane and those who have a serious grudge towards someone else.  Another issue highlighted by the characters within the film is that the poor are unable to protect themselves and is therefore extremely unfair on them.  What would also happen if you got stuck outside after 7 PM because people still go to work and school on that day so what if they were stuck in traffic or their car broke down?  So if this was an option for us I doubt that anyone would actually agree to it.

What would you do in the purge?

I also found a great article on some useful tips to survive the purge:

http://www.dorkly.com/post/65882/8-tips-for-surviving-the-purge

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.

Halloween (John Carpenter,1978)

How have you not seen this?

A quick review

Halloween has got to be one of the classics and one of the best horror films of the 1970’s, along with other horror films such as Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) and The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973). This was also the horror film that rebooted the slasher genre, taking the wheel from Alfred Hitchcock’s Phycho (1960) and put audiences on the edge of their seat. However, even though the franchise has been exploited to the point of ridiculousness by releasing a Halloween 7, nothing beats the original.

The film focuses on the 6 year old Michael Myers murdering his older sister causing him to be locked away in an asylum for 15 years, only to escape and continue his murderous ways. Whilst free Myers finds the time to stalk babysitters, including the incredible scream queen Jamie lee Curtis pointed out in Wes Cravens Scream (1996) and…

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Halloween (John Carpenter,1978)

A quick review

Halloween has got to be one of the classics and one of the best horror films of the 1970’s, along with other horror films such as Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) and The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973). This was also the horror film that rebooted the slasher genre, taking the wheel from Alfred Hitchcock’s Phycho (1960) and put audiences on the edge of their seat. However, even though the franchise has been exploited to the point of ridiculousness by releasing a Halloween 7, nothing beats the original.

The film focuses on the 6 year old Michael Myers murdering his older sister causing him to be locked away in an asylum for 15 years, only to escape and continue his murderous ways. Whilst free Myers finds the time to stalk babysitters, including the incredible scream queen Jamie lee Curtis pointed out in Wes Cravens Scream (1996) and ultimately kills a small % of the town.

Halloween poster

Halloween poster

With the film opening with the ever so creepy and famous Halloween soundtrack and the unique filming technique of POV (point of view) of the killer rather than a victim, to create the sense that we could in fact be a murderer, we are given a new perspective of the film. From a normal view of what the killer is seeing, up until he puts a mask on his face and the camera, allowing us only to see through two tiny eye holes.  This technique wad later used in the holiday related horror Friday 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980) and in my opinion is one of the best openings to a horror film.  Once the murder has taken place we realise that the killer is in fact a 6 year old, making children in the horror genre slightly more terrifying and make us question the capabilities of the small and innocent.

Throughout the film Michael stalks our heroin   Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), and manages to hide from the rest of the supporting cast, causing her and her friends to doubt her sanity and for us to know who the boss battle will be between. However, when all hell breaks loose and our scream queen faces our villain he is stabbed twice , shot about 8 times and falls out of a window AND still manages to survive! But this is to set up the possibility of a sequel, which they seemed to have taken to the next level.  IF I SEE ANOTHER REMAKE I WILL BE THE NEXT SCREAM QUEEN.

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely.  

Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014)

A quick review.

No one would want to be framed for murder but what about being framed for murder by the victim.  Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn Gone girl is a unique twist on the thriller investigation genre and left me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning.

When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home to find that his wife the amazing Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing, Nick is instantly the suspect. However, as the film progresses things just don’t add up and it is clear that he has been framed for the kidnapping and murder of his wife. BUT when we discover that he was framed by his very much alive wife everything changes. The things she does however to pull of the perfect crime seems a bit extreme! From spitting in drinks to putting a Champaign bottle up her vagina to fake a case of rape, to actual murder. All I could think throughout the film was the fact that a Champaign cork travels at 40MPH, who would do that?!?  Well as a woman I can assure you that woman aren’t too happy if they get cheated on by anyone let alone their husband.

Gone Girl poster

Gone Girl poster

With the incredible directing style of David Fincher, this film really tells a fantastic and thrilling story and the creative technique of flash forwards and flash backs to add suspense and give a backstory to our not so beloved characters.  Even though it does sound like the title of a new James Bond film, it would be a film that I suggest to fans of the American psychological thriller.

The reason I say not so beloved is because throughout the film they are both as bad as each other, much like a modern but more insane version of the dark comedy War of the Roses (Danny DeVito, 1989). With him cheating on a complete Phycho and her faking her own death and killing a man.

The film seems to come across as having a message that states that all men are pigs and that all women are murderous psychopaths and for everyone to question their relationships.  There is just too much for me to say about this film but I think that everyone should watch it for themselves.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril April Ely.