Movies

Here’s a post that’s similar to Netflix & Chill, except, you’ll waste money and it’s an un-terminatable contract for 12 months!

I like Netflix becuase it’s cheap and you can terminate it whenever, especially when there’s nothing to watch on the UK one, which is almost always.

Now, imagine paying £27.99 a month for an all-you-can-view cinema card from Odeon when I hardly have time to go to the cinema!

Advices: don’t do it (unless you can actually find time to go).

I tried cancelling it because I just realised after 8 months (enough to fully grow a foetus inside a womb) that I literally have not been to the cinema in almost 9 months! Happy premature birthday, you spicy AF individual/s.

Okay, enough of tangents (even if that’s the kinda, sorta best one), first of all, I had two out-of-service knees that kneeded bedrest for approximately 5 months… Then I went back to work.

So, the last film I actually saw in cinema was Wonder Woman and the time before that? Well, the time before that I’d seen Arrival. IMAGINE!

My advice? Don’t tie yourself down to the Limitless card (or similar) if you’re busy and don’t have a lot of free time to see films or else you’ll be wasting money.

However, it’s a very good initiative and works out incredibly cost effective if you’re a regular cinema goer.

I love cinemas, I love movies, I just geniunely don’t have the time, and I won’t make time to go and see something on my own – because I don’t want to be stuck in a room full of couplos doing their businesses. Crack on, lovers! 💕

Okay, so I need to write 300 words for SEO and I currently only have 231 so… Damn, 232 now. Oh, you see where this is going. Let me fill up some space with my favourite thing to fill up blog posts with… Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. FlamBAE. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. BAEoncé. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. Bae. BAE! BAE! BAE! BAEBAE! BAEBSTATION. BAE! BAE (don’t) LEAF!

Odeon & Chinchilla. I two bazillion percent want to chin on your chill and/or chill on your chin, either or… I’m not fussy. Your chin, my chill… Let’s make it happen.

Arrival

Today is #AlienDay, and what better way to celebrate than review one of the best alien films I’ve seen to date… Arrival.

Yes, I actually have a penchant for alien films. I’ve seen most. and have got to say ‘Attack the Block’ was also good.

The story of Arrival:

Basically, Louise Banks is a lecturer who is enlisted to help investigators make sense of the phenomenon and decode the aliens’ language.

The mysterious spacecraft lands in her city, and it’s up to her and the rest of the team to piece together the reason for the spacecraft’s landing, and what it that the aliens want. Although stations across the world and transmitting reports that state the aliens want war, and to attack… Louise follows her instinct and believes otherwise. It’s up to her to prove their innocence before it’s too late. Obviously she was extremely nervous to begin with, but then she befriends the aliens and makes an alliance with them. They begin trusting her. She ends up decoding their language, and understanding what their visit is in aid of.

You’ll have to watch the film to find out, I don’t do spoilers.

However, although the film is focussed on the aliens, there’s another weird, underlying storyline that caught my eye, and will catch yours when you watch it. The film begins with Louise, a mother, playing the role of the doting mother. Her daughter later tragically dies of a terminal illness (with her father nowhere to be seen).

Louise is a linguistics lecturer at the Massachusetts University at the time when bizarre things start happening in her town… Shortly after weird stuff start happening, as I mentioned above, she learns that 12 extraterrestrial spacecrafts have landed across the Earth – one of which is in her town. U.S. Army colonel G.T. Weber turns to Louise and physicist Ian Donnelly to find out what caused this.

Louise and Donnelly successfully make contact with two seven-limbed aliens (which Ian nicknamed Abbott and Costello) aka “heptapods”.

Louise, being a linguistics expert, discovers their written language of complicated circular symbols and begins to unscramble them. The more proficient she becomes, the more vivid her visions of the future (to us, the audience) but past (to her, in the film) with her daughter and of their relationship with the absent father. The reason for the father’s absence later becomes clear at the end of the film. Trust me when I say – if you’ve seen it, you’ll know… If you haven’t, watch it, because it’s shocking!

During the investigation, Louise and Ian develop a bond, and an attraction. It’s clear for the viewers to see – but nothing happens right away. Somehow, they end up together, like we knew they would…

Although it’s centred on aliens, there’s a story there about devotion, the sixth sense, and the ability to predict the future. There’s risk involved, and sometimes, taking risks means losing things/people. Would you take a risk?

All in all it’s a great film. I’m not going to lie, I’ve only watched it once and I remembered leaving the cinema in shock and confusion. However, it’s such a great film that after a short amount of pondering, it really puts things into perspective and you realise that it did in fact make sense.

I loved it, and I reckon you would do after watching it, if you haven’t already.

Side note: Ian was the late daughter’s dad. Louise and Ian embarked on a relationship, and her daughter was the by-product.

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I ran a poll on Twitter and was overwhelmed with the ONE vote that I received so I decided to write this review in aid of that one person who pitied my poll enough to vote, stating that they’d read my blog if I reviewed films. This one’s for you, sweet and kind anonymous person!

(I’m also running another poll on there now regarding my idea for Comic Relief Sponsorship). If you’d like to join all the ONE PERSON out there who likes to vote, please do! ❤

‘Passengers’ is a very good film. Incredible, incredible film. It’s predictable, not gonna lie, but it’s a great watch nonetheless. JLaw, the overrated JLaw, yeah, she’s in it and so is Chris Pratt (the actor, not your mate Chris who sometimes or always acts like a Prat).

As you can see from the trailer, the film is set on a spaceship in Space, travelling to Homestead II. The trip itself takes 120 years… So, naturally, in the real world, the 5,000 ‘Passengers’ bodies would need to go into hibernation via a pod, waking up in 120 years, un-aged.

Lo’ and behold Chris Pratt’s character, Jim’s, one breaks down and he wakes up earlier than everyone else (80-something years into the mission), still looking his 30-something year-old self. He  falls in love with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Aurora, by catching a glimpse of her while she slept in a room filled with 5,000 other sleeping passengers. Love makes you do weird things, so he’d stay awake all night watching videos of her being interviewed – prior to setting off on the mission (casting tapes) – and from reading some passages from her books. He’d even speak to her sleeping self, telling her about his day… Enough’s enough at this point, he’s a red-blooded man who wants some LOVIN’ so he decided to wake her up, but talks it over with a robot bartender – who doesn’t have feelings – just to be sure.

Aurora is a writer and journalist who is travelling there on a quest of self-discovery and to finish her book… She mentions that her quest to Homestead II is predominantly focussed on work. But, she is single ready to mingle like an unboxed Pringle (once released from the pod).

Jim (who – on Earth – would long be in Heaven by now) can’t stay awake and die prematurely on the ship without her, so he goes through with his plan to wake her up prematurely, and this is when they eventually embark on a romanticism situation (where he pretends he doesn’t know a lot about her from his late-night “researching”). Oh, wait though, like any film, there’s got to be some drama… Their romance is going well, he’s about to propose… But, before he does, she finds out that he lied to her – when he made her believe she woke up because of a fault in her pod – this enrages her so she accuses him of “murder” (pretty strong here, Aurora!), and was even about to attack him with a rod at one stage.

Then, weird things start to happen, things on the ship start to break down, and they have to figure out what’s going on… A captain who’s sick wakes up and begins to die but manages to bring the two back together and asks them to find out what’s going on to save the rest of the 5,000 people on board… Pratt’s character is an engineer and mechanic, so trust him to be the first to wake and be there when mechanical and technical faults start to happen… Do they make it out alive? Watch it and find out.

The special effects are outstanding, I’d say this film, visually, is up there with Sandra Bullock’s Gravity. I love space films anyway because they are just so very interesting to watch. I actually wanted to go home and watch Interstellar and Gravity (again) straight after because it was that good!

I liked the chemistry between Chris and JLaw, it was strange because I usually find JLaw to be wooden in performances… Her aggression, elegance (which she usually has) and intellect in this film made for better viewing. She’s stunning but usually very plain, like Kristen Stewart from the Twilight saga. Alas, they’re both successful and doing good! Respect and big ups!