Film: The Little Rascals

Little_rascals_ver2This film is a huge throwback to my childhood. I was given it for christmas but have just recently got around to watching it. I’m not one of those people that generally watch kids films (mainly because I don’t have kids so I have no excuse to), but there are a few films that I can spend hours rewatching and reminiscing about. This is one of them.

Watching it now, I can appreciate how genuinely good the children actors are (think Bugsy Malone, and how hard it must have been for the kids to stay in character). I love this film because of all the warm and fuzzy memories of childhood, but also because it is actually a good film.

It has everything a grown up rom com has, but in miniature. Darla, the infuriating female lead, with her pick of boys and enjoying the attention, and Alfalfa, the smitten and oh so sweet but not quite popular enough boy, portray the typical style love story. There is also go kart racing, which is always fun, and bubble singing!

This is a fun, witty film which is perfect for the whole family. If you have kids, I strongly suggest you watch it with them!

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Film: Seven Psychopaths

I decided to spend a few hours this week watching Seven Psychopaths, which I had meant to see at the cinema. I am, however, glad that I decided instead to watch it online. It isn’t really the kind of film I would want to watch on the big screen, despite having one of my all time favourite actors (Christopher Walken). As well as this cinematic genius of an actor, there is an abundance of famous faces in this film.

The carefree way in which the characters in this film talk about psychopathy intrigued me, as all things related to psychopaths usually does. I don’t buy into all that talk of it’s a representation of the psychopathy within Hollywood rubbish, or rather, I don’t see it. This film is more like a vivid imagery of a conversation, the like of which I would engage in with my other strange minded associates. I can’t say that this film had an immense amount of direction or that there is anyone else who would enjoy it, but I found I liked this film.

I think myself and Martin McDonagh might be able to collaborate on quite a successful movie script…

4.5/5

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Film Review: Knowing, 2009

Well, this Nicolas Cage delight was…delightful. (Sensing the sarcasm?). I watched this film quite late last night, and I can’t be sure if my confusion was as a result of my tiredness, or if the film was just that weird… And I don’t mean weird in the cool Donnie Darko/weird rabbit/random fires kind of way, although there were plenty of random fires.

It’s like a cross between 2012 type films of world endings, Matrix style with a load of numbers that no-one really understands, and The Others with the are they real people? Or ghosts? Or angels? weirdness going on. Sci-fi, Thriller, Horror and Disaster, with a little bit of implied romance thrown in there.

I thought I understood it at first. There was a weird girl who could predict tragic events in the future and Cage had to try and prevent those still to come – and then it kind of turned into this really strange Biblical/Sun exploding kind of thing. Sounds confusing? Well it was.

I may have to try and sit through this again to try and figure out what the producers/directors/writers were actually thinking when this film was developed. But until then, it won’t be joining my recommended list. Sorry Nic!

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