If you’ve read my Horror Films That Don’t Keep Me Up At Night blog post from a few months ago, you already know that I’m a giant baby when it comes to horror films. You’ll also know that one of my favourite horror films is The Ring (2002) for those of you who don’t know, The Ring is a Western adaptation of the Japanese horror film; Ringu (1998) Directed by Hideo Nakata and based on the novel Ring written by Koji Suzuki.
My love of The Ring has kick started a new obsession of mine which is; Japanese horror films. It started with Ringu, I then moved onto Dark Water (2002) and Ju-on: The Grudge (2002). I’ve come to the realisation that the reason I am a fan of Japanese horror films but so afraid of Western horrors is due to cultural differences, don’t worry – I’ll explain.
Spoiler Warning: I will be discussing plot points.
I bet you’ve already got a number of songs in your head that could possibly be on this list; Let it Go? You’ve Got a Friend in Me? Maybe even The Fairy Godmother’s Song from Shrek 2?
I’m going to try my best to keep this list as varied as possible but it’s become apparent that there’s going to be a number of Disney entries here as lets be honest, they’re the studio making all of the animated musicals! In this list I’m going to stick to actual songs with lyrics rather than songs from a score and just stick to movies this time as I could give them both a list of their own!
Disclaimer: You’ll probably notice that quite a few of the biggest animated musical hits don’t make this list and that’s because I’m trying to be as varied as possible as everyone already knows how great songs like The Circle of Life and Under The Sea are.
Now, let’s begin!
I first saw the trailer for Valerian City of a Thousand Planets at the start of the year and automatically I was excited about this, I am a real sucker for CGI heavy films that use a lot of MO-CAP and Green Screen, I’m also a fan of Dane Dehaan so of course I was going to see this film.
For those of you who don’t know; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a 2017 Sci-fi film based on the 1967 graphic novel: Valérian and Laureline written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. The film stars; Dane DaHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna and more.
I saw this film today and it was not like I expected at all, think of this blog post as somewhat of a review, however I want to discuss a few things in particular.
As a film student and just all round film fan, I am ALWAYS as the cinema (thank god for 2 for 1 tickets!) I used to make a list of every film I knew that was coming out that year and when, then tick them off once I had seen them, so I’ve seen a lot of films! For this weeks mid-week blog post I thought I’d share some of my favourite cinema experiences!
Just a note: I’m sure this isn’t really a problem for many of you however for the very few (I know there’s some of you out there!) that keep up to date with my posts should know that I’m currently in the process of moving therefore I may not have time to do my usual pattern of a mid-week post then a movie review at the weekend, I’ll have to see where I’m at when the time comes, so don’t panic if there isn’t a blog post for a few days!
and with that, lets start this journey down memory lane!
And here we have… number 8 in the series! If you aren’t aware, I do a weekly series where I review animated films that are – usually – made by a small studio or at least weren’t featured in UK cinemas (possibly US too) So, this weeks entry – April and the Extraordinary World!
April and the Extraordinary World is a French-Belgian-Canadian 2D feature film that released in 2015. It was directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci and was produced by multiple, multiple different studios.
For fans of: Studio Ghibli films, The Legend of Korra & General Steampunk.
Mild spoiler warning
I was really stuck with what to do for a mid-week blog post this week so I began googling prompts and I came across a tumblr blog full of question tags and specifically one on films! and since this blog is mostly about films I figured I’d fill one out for anyone to read if they wanted to get to know my film taste more. If you want to do the same 60 questions as me, you can find them here.
So, lets begin!
Yes, I’m still doing this! I believe this is the…7th?? entry in this series, where I watch and review a small studio animated film – I say small, some of the studios I review in this series may actually be quite big in the country they’re based, I just mean where I live in the UK, this film was either overlooked or never reached our cinemas.
So anyway! This week; Throne of Elves; a 3D animated, Chinese film released in 2016 and directed by Song Yuefeng. I believe the production company responsible for this film is Mili Pictures, however I’m not 100% certain. Whilst I was watching this film, I couldn’t help thinking how much this film reminded me of some kind of Fantasy RPG game or something and I’ve just found out whilst researching the film that it’s based on the video game; Dragons Nest!
For fans of: Arthur and the Invisibles, Epic, Fantasy RPGs
Mild Spoiler Warning