“You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.”

Exciting review today folks, Spectre has just landed, I watched it last night and am ready to review.

So, as we already know, Daniel Craig stars as Bond, Ralph Fiennes plays M after Judy Dench’s character’s tragic death in Skyfall (hallelujah!). Our villain is the awesome Christolph Waltz and our Bond girl this time is the lovely Lea Seydoux. Along with Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, it makes for an awfully good-looking cast I must say. Sam Mendes returns to direct Spectre after Skyfall and does a darn good job of it.

Without saying too much and spoiling it for ya’ll, the Double O service is in trouble with a higher government organisation trying to shut them down and, at the same time, Bond comes across an evil organisation which must be stopped. I shan’t say any more.

The Beginning:

There’s so much to look at with a Bond film, so I’ll start with the beginning; the opening fight sequence. This takes place in Mexico on the Day of the Dead. Awesome costumes and music appear as we go through the festival with long, smooth takes. Bond is cool and casual as he seeks out his victim and from there, violence and action escalate. I enjoyed the opening scene, some people say it’s the best yet; I wouldn’t say so but it’s definitely up there with the best. What I didn’t like about it was the naff CGI background when Bond is fighting with the baddie in a helicopter, we’d have long shots showing the helicopter in mayhem but when it cut to inside the helicopter it just looked a tad fake.

The Score:

Next, onto the opening titles which are always a big deal. When Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” was released a few weeks back, I hated it. I thought there was no way that it lived up to the standard of other bond theme songs. But, with the added sleek visuals, it really worked. But I’d never listen to the song on its own, it needs the visuals (soz Sam).

The Production:

The film is shot and edited beautifully as you’d expect with a Bond film. Gorgeous locations which very much make me want to go on holiday. Pretty cars which I know nothing about except that they’re Aston Martins and that they look and sound cool. One unfortunately ends up in the bottom of a river, but life goes on. The music still has that classic Bond trumpet twang about it but it felt darker this time, giving the film more of an edge.

The film’s full of high power, tense car chases and fight scenes which we all love. Some of the fighting’s a little cliché but all Bond films are a little like that I suppose.


Acting was top-notch as per usual. Dan delivered the stubborn, arrogant but kick-ass Bond that we all love. Lea was a pretty cool Bond girl I must say; she made the character really feisty and headstrong which I liked. Mr Fiennes offered some comical moments as a stern M. I love Ben Whishaw’s portrayal of Q, he’s young and funny and brings a fun light to the Bond films.

I am such a big fan of Christolph Waltz, but wasn’t overpowered by his character. Yes he’s dark and evil, but compared to our last villain in Skyfall (Javier Bardem as Silva), he’s a little dull. Evil, but I just felt like there could have been a bit more depth to him.

Go see it:

The film is awesome don’t get me wrong but I just wasn’t ecstatic when I came out of the cinema. I’d rate it 8/10 … It just needed a bit more of a thrill in the narrative to bump it up to a 10. But a very good film overall.

Check out the trailer:

If you’ve seen Spectre, let me know what you think!

‘Sit down man, acclimatize’

I managed to get to the cinema at the weekend, hallelujah. “What film did I see?” I hear you ask … Everest is your answer.

Going to start this review off rather boldly, this film is a 10/10, no question. It’s sublime.

Let’s get down to the deets of this review. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it stars Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin to name a few. All filming takes place on mountains in different locations around the world.

The narrative is based on the real life events of 1996 where a climbing expedition attempting to reach the top of Everest gets caught in a horrific storm. If you see it, I’d recommend reading up on the actual events afterwards; the story is captivating and harrowing.

Acting is top-notch in this film, Keira does a highly convincing Auzzie accent and had me in tears more than once. She plays Joan, the wife of expedition leader Rob and is preggers so can’t join the expedition. She shot all of her scenes in 6 days and did a damn good job of it.

Jason Clarke is our main man, who plays Rob, the expedition leader. His character is strong-willed throughout the film. Jason’s performance is faultless. Jake Gyllenhaal … awesome, as always. He plays a hippy/adrenaline junky mountain climber called Scott. He’s not in every scene but he adds so much to the ones he is in.

Josh Brolin’s performance really stood out for me, his character is Beck, the confident, slightly big-headed guy who is really a softy deep down. Brolin shows the torturing journey Beck goes through and the strength and Will of Beck is honourable.

What I liked about this film was that it wasn’t a good guys vs. bad guys up a mountain blockbuster. It relates a series of unimaginable, true events; you root for all of them because they all are in need of saving. I was so tense during the whole film and this was heightened knowing that it’s all true.

The film is so naturally made, by that I mean everything looks real, it’s not fake. For example Josh Brolin’s character Beck is hanging over a crevasse on a ladder at one point. The shot is real, not green screened or highly edited like a lot of films would do. It’s shot like a documentary which it is at heart but has the emotion and drama to make you connect and feel for each character.

THIS FILM IS AWESOME, I can’t explain enough how good it is. It drained me of everything and left me so weak that I had to refuel and have several plates at an all you can eat Chinese afterwards. Seriously, go and see it.

‘It’s just crazy that we were talking about slasher movies in Language Arts’

Hello lovelies, I have something a little different for you today….

I bring you my first Saucy Series review. Exciting times we live in. I am one of those people who will sit in bed for hours/days binge watching a series on Netflix. I’m not ashamed because I’ve seen some awesome stuff. In particular Scream, the series I watched this week.

This is a Netflix Original series so if you don’t have Netflix I apologise, you can’t watch it, but you never know it may be in some dark corner of the Internet for you. It’s based on the Scream movies but has been modernised and I have to say it turned out pretty well in my view.

What it is:

A YouTube video goes viral in the small town of Lakewood which acts as a catalyst to a stream of teenage murders based on a horror story from the town’s past. It revolves around our main G, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), who is highly caught up in the twisted plot and must save herself and her friends before they are killed. Dramatic stuff.

The series is currently only one season long, I’m hoping for more. It’s hella’ gory so if you’re not into that I don’t recommend this just to let you know know.

What I liked about this series was that it’s ultra modern but still has all the aspects of a classic horror movie. For example a lot of the drama and chaos is caused through technology which is creepy because it could feasibly happen.

All the characters are awesome in their own way; sometimes they can be a tad melodramatic but we can look past that. My particular favourite was Maggie Duval, Emma’s mother (played by Tracy Middendorf); she gives a great performance as a mother but also as someone wounded and haunted by her past.

It wasn’t easy to guess who the murderer was throughout the series, my guess changed a few times which is good because you’re kept in the dark so it’s just as big a reveal to you as it is to the characters at the end. It’s full of jump scares and tense/eerie music and slick editing to make us terrified like the characters. I, on more than one occasion, had to have it on mute to lighten the fear I was feeling.

There’s a lot of blood in this series and it all looks natural on the whole. It’s shot well in a really nice setting too.

Some reviews that I’ve read say it’s better than the original films, I’ll let you decide that for yourself. I loved the series so much that I watched it in about 4 days. It’s seriously worth a watch, an awesome horror series.  I give it an 8/10 rating.

Here is the trailer to get your taste buds tingling:


“Can I use that swear word now?”

Allllrighty then … today, I bring you my first PYEOF, (poke your eyes out film).

I went out for a rather luuverly lunch and cinema trip the other week with friends and boyfriend. After stuffing myself to the brim at TGI’s we thought we’d go and see Inside Out, Disney Pixar’s latest movie … Now I’m not the biggest fan of cartoons as you can probably tell from my previous reviews. However, I was open to giving Inside Out a shot.

I’d watched the trailer before going which built it up to be something great (the two minute scene used is probably the best part in the whole film). But what a disappointment it turned out to be!

Let me explain the plot to those of you who haven’t seen it:

Riley is a young girl from Minnesota, she’s had a happy childhood with her parents. Her dad gets a new job in San Francisco, so they up sticks and move there. Upon moving they come across troubles such as the delivery van went to the wrong address, the house is rather manky etc. So the film is spent seeing how Riley adjusts to her new life. At the same time as all of this, we see inside Riley’s head which is run by Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Worry. Their job is to make sure Riley has a good life un-phased by catastrophic events.

Now this is where it gets stupid for me; inside Riley’s head, they’ve got this tube that carries Riley’s daily memories into “long term memory” for storage. Joy and Sadness accidentally get sucked up it along with Riley’s core memories (significant happy moments in her life). Anger, Worry and Disgust are left in control. This slowly destroys Riley’s personality as we see her tumble into a dark place where she’s deeply unhappy … So it’s a happy-clappy kids movie as you can tell. Joy and Sadness then face dilemma after dilemma (which are highly ridiculous)  whilst trying to return to “head quarters” to try and save Riley and her personality.

Time to rant:

To be quite honest with you, I’m not sure how this film got the 8.6/10 rating it got on IMDB … I’d give it half of that. Of course the quality of production and animation is great because it’s Pixar, but the narrative just lets the whole thing down. The story of Riley’s life falling apart is drowned out by Joy and Sadness being stuck and helpless in a fantasy land that they could easily get out of. The amount of disasters they face makes the film feel a hell of a lot longer than the 94 minutes that it is.

I went and saw Disney’s Big Hero 6 earlier on in the year and loved it; it had enough elements to be a kid’s movie but at the same time enough elements for it to be enjoyed by adults too. So I was expecting this when I went to see Inside Out. I think there were probably 3 jokes conveyable to an adult audience in the whole thing. So the rest of it is just mind-numbing to watch. But I don’t even think kids would enjoy this film as there’s just too much going on.

I’ve read reviews where people say this is Disney Pixar’s finest piece of work … Maybe we were seeing different films. The trailer shows a conversation between Riley and her parents having dinner, and in this sequence, we see inside her mother and father’s heads too. The parents’ emotions look and act like the parents which makes it funny whereas Riley’s aren’t like her at all … which I just don’t get. This scene is the scene I mentioned from the trailer which is humorous but after that it is doom and gloom I’m afraid. I also think if the whole film had been written so it flits between Riley and other people’s brains such as her parents, the whole thing would have been a lot better, rather than following Joy and Sadness’s troublesome and highly ridiculous journey.

I could rant and rant but I shall spare you all, but I just think it could have been written so much better if they’d tried it from a different angle. It was too confusing for a child and there was just not enough enjoyment factor for any audience. I rate it a 4.3/10.

If you’ve seen it and had a different or similar reaction to mine, I’d love to know what you think!

Here’s the trailer for a small glimpse of it:

“That’s M-U-R-D-E-R, which spells S-E-R-I-O-U-S.”

Right, this is take two of this review. Alas I accidentally deleted the first version (weeps into pillow). But life goes on and I’m ready to introduce you to another Top Film.

Drum roll please …

I present to you, Filth from the present past of 2013, directed by John S. Baird (based on the novel by Irvine Welsh). It stars the splendidly Scottish James McAvoy (Mavy), the not-so baby Billy Elliot: Jamie Bell, the wacky Jim Broadbent and quite a few more well-known faces.

The plot of the film is set in the beautifully historic city of Edinburgh where we follow the life of Bruce (Mavy). He is a police officer seeking a promotion whilst trying to win back his wife and child who have left him. We see how his world is full of troubling hallucinations which begin to interfere with his work and home life. The narrative leads to a big reveal at the end which I shan’t spoil for you.

I warn you now, Filth is not for the faint-hearted and not a family film, it’s rammed with crude, black humour, drugs and rather violent sex and violence. But don’t let this put you off, it has much more to offer than that!

Alrighty, let’s get down to why I love this film … Número Uno: James MacAvoy. He creates a sublime characterisation of Bruce, showing him as a gritty, slimy yet wounded soul. He is captivating. A lot of his dialogue is either directly to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, or through voice-over so you’re almost in his mind, which is cool. Along with this, you get to see inside his hallucinations which can be rather trippy in parts but awesome in a messed up way. Mavy has the ability to go from one extreme to another in this film, for example he’ll be totally calm but then face the camera with a crazed, stirred up expression that slightly weirds you out. To further the fact that he’s awesome, he vomits on que in this film, or so I’ve read. Of all the things I’ve heard actors can do, chundering on demand isn’t one of them! Mavy plays a deeply troubled person very convincingly but manages to add some humour to it so it’s not at all depressing. My favourite part of the film is the final minutes where Bruce gives his final message to the audience. It leaves you frozen with your jaw hanging. I won’t say what it is as it’ll ruin the film for you, but trust me, it’s sick.

Secondly, most of you will know this woman as Moaning Myrtle from Hazza Potter, but Shirley Henderson is in this film and is shamazing. She plays Bunty, a housewife who is pestered by a mystery caller (Bruce). In the scenes between her and Bruce, Henderson reveals a feisty and foxy character who is highly animated. She’s brilliant and tackles the role head on.

I could ramble on about all the actors in this film, they’re quite faultless. But the final one I shall mention is Eddie Marsan who plays the husband of Bunty, Bladesey. His portrayal of an overly timid and naive man who can’t handle much in life is spot on. He creates several truly memorable moments in the film.

Filming and editing is slick in Filth, it keeps a good pace and creates a jumbled yet compelling narrative. There are some special effects used very well in Bruce’s hallucinations which add immensely to the portrayal of his messed up mind.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know what a bad potty mouth I have for a young woman of 18. So naturally, I’m loving the unmannerly language in filth. I get tired of films where there’s just non-stop action, fighting and explosions, I like something that challenges me to concentrate and listen as well as watch. Filth offers this on a gold-plated platter of expletives. (F*** yes!) F-bombs are dropped all over the shop. But at the same time, full and important conversations are held throughout.

There’s so much that I haven’t talked about but I don’t want to give too much away. Seeing the film with little information will leave you better amazed as you won’t expect what’s coming.

The whole film has a grimy vibe, hence the title, I like it because of this. It doesn’t try to be clean or happy, it’s messed up but you love it. The writing is sheer genius and shot to match. Out of 10 I’d give it a fully deserving 9.

Take a look at the trailer below and check it out! Let me know what you think if you do give it a go!


“This time travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg”


Hello! Apologies for not posting in a while, I’ve been living up my summer…A.K.A. Binge watching Dexter on Netflix … Whoops! But anyway, I am back and ready to review!

Today is another of my top films, it is an action/sci-fi hybrid starring the gorgeous Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. It was made in 2012 and directed by Rian Johnson.

I present to you …


Now the narrative’s a little tricky to explain but I’ll try my best. The film is set in the future and time travel is yet to be invented and when it is, is only available on the black market. Joe’s character who I believe is actually called Joe works for the mob and is a looper. A looper is basically a hit-man and when the mob wants rid of a looper they ‘close their loop’ by sending their future self back in time to be killed by their younger self. Then the looper is given a grand payday and 30 years to live. Joe is doing well and making lots of money and one day his ‘loop is closed’ when his older self (Brucey) is sent back to him. But Brucey is clever and gets away to carry out a mission of his own. Then from here it all kicks off and goes down. I shan’t reveal any more so I don’t give anything away!

So – my take on it – it’s awesome. When I’ve spoken to people about it though, hardly any people have heard of it which saddens me as it’s so, so good! It needs more recognition.

Joe plays a young Brucey and does it excellently; his interpretation of a younger Bruce is on top form. To achieve this Bruce recorded all of Joe’s lines and Joe learnt to mimic them all (perfectly I may add). Bruce’s character is dark and moody which makes things exciting as we see him battling with Joe for what each of them think is right. Emily Blunt plays a strong, independent woman (go girl!) who can handle herself and take on anyone who threatens her. The actor who plays her son is adorable and is a great actor for such a young kid.

The film has a balance of the future and our world today which makes it believable and more realistic in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of films where the ‘future’ is full of flying cars and everything’s made of sterile, shiny metal. Rian’s impression of the future is realistic, which I like.

Special effects are always tricky and can make a film go from a 10 to a 2. But they are flawless in Looper. The scene I’ve posted at the end of the review demonstrates how good they are and is part of what makes the futuristic approach believable.

The soundtrack is also awesome. It’s all recordings of machines or objects made of metal and combined to make music. It gives the film vast amounts of tension and again fits in with it’s time setting.

Check out this clip:

Looper deserves a 10, no doubt about it. Please please watch it. It’ll give you the shivers, make your hair stand up on end and mess with your emotions. Watch it watch it watch it!


“Thunder Buddies For Life”



Director: Seth MacFarlane

Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth

Genre: Comedy – as you can almost certainly guess.

The Review:

I am a huge fan of Seth MacFarlane, so I knew that I’d be laughing throughout when I went to see Ted 2 yesterday. I will say here, right now, that if you’re not a fan of rude and inappropriate humour…do not go and see this film, I can tell you now it ain’t for you. If you don’t take things too seriously and want a laugh, see it, see it right now, today, it’s friggin’ hilair. I’d rate it a solid and good 8.5/10 and I’ll delve into why. Be prepared: I ramble on in this post, light reading goes out the window!

The Plot 

Ted 2 is set roughly 6 years after the first film and if you remember John (Marky Mark) was serious with Lori (minxy Mila); they got married but then get divorced and the film is based six months after that. Bye Bye Mila, unfortunately no more drooling over her boys and girls. Ted in the meantime has got pretty serious with his grocery store babe, Tammy-Lynn and they get married. Their relationship hits the rocks shortly after and to solve this they decide to start a family and have a baby. Obviously, with Ted being a stuffed toy, this brings its problems. They try finding a sperm donor, but let’s just say things get a bit messy … So they turn to adoption, which flares up a debate with the American Government that Ted is not a person but a piece of property. So for the remainder of the film, he fights for his right to be a person alongside Tammy-Leigh, John and Sam, their young lawyer (Amanda). Their journey is riddled with problems and laughs as you’d expect. 

Comical moments are non-stop in this film, I must mention in particular, a very funny homage to Jurassic park when they stumble onto a marijuana farm … Look out for that bit! The banter back and forth between John and Ted is slick, hilariously disgusting and awesome as ever. If you’re easily offended by such humour, no offence but stay at home.  

I’ve read other reviews that said there are too many jokes and not enough actually happening in the narrative which I disagree with, there’s a healthy selection of both. Check out the clips at the bottom of the review, it shows a few of the many comical parts of the film. 

At first I was saddened that Mila wasn’t to make a return to this sequel, but Amanda along with My love Morgan Freeman and cameos from other stars such as Liam Neeson and Tom Brady make up for it. Amanda was rather amusing whilst still being as cute as she is. Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman, I need not say any more about that. Liam Neeson’s brief cameo made me chuckle but I did notice other cinema viewers did not as much, Tom Brady’s storyline in the film is rather messed up yet side-splitting. 

I liked that this sequel had more of a narrative, Ted basically loses his whole life by being deemed a piece of property and fights to be seen as a person which added a bit of drama and can be very relatable to moments in history.  

The actual filming and editing of the movie cannot be faulted if you’re looking for a technical review and the sound track is emotive, bright and rather comic in itself.  

I like that Seth likes to push boundaries with his humour and tackles things that are messed up in today’s society through comedy, like he does in his other work such as Family Guy. My favourite part of the film is a character called Joy played by Cocoa Brown, she works at the grocery store with Ted and Tammy-Lynn and is pure genius. 

I do feel though that some parts could have been gone into further and were rushed, for example at the end, Ted’s case gets re-opened in court where they decide whether he’s a person or property. It’s brushed past rather quickly. But at the same time I understand that it’s a movie, not everything can be shown in real time other wise I’d be an old woman by the time I left the cinema. There are a few other examples of this that I noticed but wont go into but this is why I rated it an 8.5.  

A lot of people will try and compare it to the first film, which I get, but I’d say don’t. Yes it’s the same characters bla bla bla but it’s years in the future with changing times. I will say it is very similar to the first in many ways but also different, it’s its own film. I think people should go and view it with the mindset that I did – it’s a comedy, you’re there to laugh, so enjoy it. Some of you will love it like I did and some of you will hate it; but each to their own opinion. 

After so much reading, here are some visuals: 

A trailer which shows many comical parts from the film: 


and some inside clips:


I hope my sorta rambling review gives you an idea as to whether you’d like to go see it or not and if you do … let me know what you think of it! 


“This is from … Mathilda”


Top film number one: Léon: The Professional 

The basics: 

Directed by the legendary Luc Besson and made in 1994. Léon scores an 8.6/10 rating on IMDB (Bit stingy in my opinion! I personally would give it a solid 10.) It made $45.28 million in the US Box Office and £27 million in the U.K off of a $16 million budget. If you’re an action loving movie watcher this is the film for you.

Time for the lowdown:

I friggin’ love this film. Luc is a director who inspires me a great deal and this, to me, is one of his finest pieces of work. It tells the story of Mathilda, (a very young and adorbs Natalie Portman) whose drug dealing father is killed along with the rest of the family by his evil employer, Stansfield (Gary Oldman) who also happens to be a DEA agent. Mathilda manages to escape the massacre of her family and finds refuge with French hit-man, Léon (Jean Reno) and persuades him to take her on as his protégée so that she can seek revenge against Stansfield.

I first of all love this film because of the actors cast in it.  Natalie was just 14 when this film was made and she plays her role exceptionally. I must admit though it’s a tad weird as her character falls in love with the middle aged Léon in the film, (even more so in the special edition Director’s Cut) but we’ll overlook that, as it adds to the intrigue, narrative and originality for sure. Natalie is really believable as an actress and plays this young, frivolous yet wounded girl exceptionally well – it was her big break.

Then there’s Gary whose acting remains faultless in this film; his accent: on point, his crazy cop characterisation: on point. What I’m trying to say is he’s plain awesome in this film. Then we come to our protagonist himself, Jean Reno, playing Léon. He creates a highly reserved, gentle and protective character who brings some moments of great comedy to the film as we see Mathilda bring him out of himself as Léon.

I secondly love a good shoot-out, and was more than satisfied with the ones in Léon and if you dream of being a mobster in a parallel universe, this’ll make you dream it even more. Fight scenes in this are slick and explosive, without being overly ‘Hollywood’. 

This film is put in the crime thriller genre, but this hybrid brings so much more: you’ve got comedy, tragedy, and a little spark of f****d up romance…A little something for everyone. The film gains so much tension as it progresses that by the end of it you will literally be screaming at the screen or tearing your hair out which is another reason why I love it.

Some Visuals:

My favourite part of the film is this tiny snippet of Gary’s character losing his shit:

I feel genuinely on edge every time I see this scene and it gives me the shivers because he’s so damn evil.

Now here is the trailer for the film to get your tastebuds tingling for it. Do ignore the slightly hammy voice-over though.

I hope my ramblings have done this film justice and I hope that you watch it! It’s pure genius. If you happen to spot the DVD or a showing of it, trust me – go for it!




first photo: http://www.vvallpaper.net/2011/07/leon-professional-jean-reno.html

Gary Oldman clip: from Vlkoslak B‘s youtube page

Trailer: from LoveExposure‘s youtube page

second photo: http://www.vvallpaper.net/2011/07/leon-professional-jean-reno.html

‘You Had Me At Hello’

Hey! Welcome to the land that is my blog…I’m excited to share my love of all things film with you all.

A little about me…

My name’s Izzy Fitz, I’m obsessed with three things in life: pugs, food and films! I cannot get enough of any of them! I’m currently studying film production; then one day in the future, hopefully, I’ll pop up on your screens with a movie I’ll have written and directed…That’s the dream anyway, and as my homie, Stevie Tyler says: Dream until your dreams come true.

But anyway, enough about me, back to:

The blog almighty.

I’ll be sharing with you films that I love – old and new – my opinions of the latest cinema releases, films that you’ll love and films that’ll make you want to poke your own eyes out and any juicy film goss that I hear about. I’ll wax lyrical over a good film and take no prisoners if there’s a bad one. I’ll share with you people I’m inspired by too and hopefully give you a new insight into what films are out there in this wide wide world we live in.

Feel free to email in requests, questions and feedback once things get going, all is much appreciated.

So…Let us begin…

  (Photo source: http://beingnormajean.blogspot.co.uk/2011_06_01_archive.html?m=1