It Follows review

Yo yo yo ma homies. This is a review I wrote for the recent horror, It Follows. I have to say that this now competes as one of my all-time favourite horror films.

It’s always good to see a low-budget film make it big. You could say it’s a strike for the little guy against the monopoly of the major studios. There’s been a major buzz surrounding ‘It Follows’ ever since it became the ‘breakout’ film of last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Since then it has been generating some overwhelmingly positive reviews; somewhat unusually for a film of this genre. In fact it’s the only film I can remember to have garnered a near 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while The Telegraph newspaper called it the most exciting film of the festival, going on to say, “With its marvellously suggestive title and thought-provoking exploration of sex, this indie chiller is a contemporary horror fan’s dream come true.”
High praise, indeed. So what’s it all about?
Well, it starts as a simple boy meets girl story. Or girl meets boy. 19-year old Jay (played by newcomer Maika Monroe) is a seemingly ordinary girl who likes swimming, hanging out with friends and watching TV. Everything seems to be going reasonably well in her slightly awkward budding relationship with new boy, Hugh. Although, we soon see that he notices people that no one else can and he seems very eager to get away from them. Jay overlooks this fact and the inevitable horror film sex scene happens. More-or-less normal teen behaviour, you might think. Things then get strange as he drugs her and ties her to a chair in an abandoned warehouse. I can’t divulge why, or that would give away a crucial part of the plot. Better to see for yourself. Afterwards, Jay finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. She too starts seeing people that nobody else can. Faced with being drawn into a waking nightmare, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horror that seems to be only a few steps behind. It quickly becomes apparent that in order for her life to return to normality, she has to address the curse, if that’s what it is, and ‘pass it on,’ a realization which throws up some interesting moral dilemmas.
It Follows carries on the recent trend of foregoing blood and splatter in favour of good old-fashioned chills, often calling to mind the classic, atmospheric ghost stories of old. There are also elements which echo David Lynch of Twin Peaks’ work. The film is especially effective in its early stages, the formulaic jumps and frights getting a little predictable towards the end. But the really interesting thing is the subtext, which goes far beyond the traditional SEX = BAD epithet. This is hinted at in the press release, which says, ‘It Follows is a contemporary horror exploring teen sex, suburbia and the stuff of nightmares – a cult classic in the making.’ A statement that after seeing this film I could actually agree with. Maika Monroe truly gives a chilling performance in ‘It Follows’ and makes an impressive ‘Scream Queen’. The lingering shots and entrancing electronic music gives the audience an authentically terrifying experience. I suggest this film to any true fan of horror.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower film review

Hi everyone. This is an old review I wrote for The Perks of Being a Wallflower film. I have definitely changed my writing style since then but I want to keep my blog updated with more material.

Plot
Set in an early 90’s Pittsburgh, Charlie (Logan Lerman) begins his freshmen year at high school. Troubled by his past and underlying mental illness, he struggles to fit in anywhere. That is until he meets the delightful Sam (Emma Watson), her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller) and their “island of misfit toys”.

Review

Based on the bestselling novel which gathered an impressive cult following, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ delivers something quite unique in this day and age; truth. I think it’s fair to say that film and television had started to overdo the whole ‘teen angst’ scene. Although many great films and shows have been set in and around high school age groups such as: The Breakfast Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dead Poet’s Society- to name a few. There have been some major disappointments. An example of these would be; the many awful American Pie sequels, 9021Oh-no and the hot and cold Twilight Saga.
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a film that I could perhaps imagine being a classic in years to come. The author of the book, Stephen Chbosky who also wrote and directed this film shows us his wonderful way of portraying the young adult world. Having seen and read interviews with him, it is evident that Chbosky has added some of his own experiences to this film and that he really cares about the characters and fans, which adds a beautiful truth to the whole image. Fans of the book will not be disappointed as he has delivered this film very tight-knitted to the novel. I praise Chbosky for his wonderful casting choices of the three leads: Lerman, Watson and Miller and the shining supporting cast that will bring a sense of nostalgia to adults and recognition to well aware teens.
Despite the film being set in the early 90’s it still creates a wide audience. The character developments are widely relatable, as are the storylines. The film tackles drug use, suicide, homosexuality, sex and mental illness. It also features feather boas, fishnets, Rocky Horror, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, David Bowie, classic novels and an extremely awkward scene of truth-or-dare. Not mentioning the wide range of quotes including the now popular ‘We accept the love we think we deserve’.
Emma Watson (formerly known as Hermione Granger) really breaks her Harry Potter image when playing her character Sam. Sam plays the love-interest of Charlie. But, she is much more than that. She is intelligent, naïve, troubled and has the audience fall in love with her as well as Charlie. Herself and her step-brother Patrick are Charlie’s unofficial guides throughout the film, teaching him what life really is. Newcomer and the ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ star, Ezra Miller plays the wonderful and flamboyant Patrick. Perhaps another actor would have just portrayed Patrick as the ‘gay best friend’ but Miller really brings depth to his character and brings the whole film together in his own unique way. He has the audience laughing, crying and wishing for a friend like him. Last of all we have ‘Percy Jackson’ star Logan Lerman showing us how good of an actor he is. Lerman brings Charlie to life from the book in a way that makes any fan weep for joy. He is the main character of the film and we are with him throughout his whole journey. Having recently had his best friend commit suicide, Charlie is in a bad way. Dark memories are resurfacing and he is alone. That is until he meets Sam, Patrick and their friends. He has his first party, he has his first experience with drugs, he has his first kiss and he has his first love. The best thing about Lerman is that he makes us feel what the character feels. He takes us into Charlie’s head; darkness and all. There is only one word for this cast and that is perfect.
Verdict
For high school students past and present, this is bound to bring out some locked away part of your emotional adolescence. The cast and storytelling is what makes this film. The technical direction of the film is faulty at times but it goes mostly unnoticed. You will feel like you are part of the group and experiencing their problems, pains and joys along with them. I recommend this film to any ‘coming of age’ fan.

Back again and with a guide to failure.

So, it appears that I’m here yet again. It saddens me to admit that my recent attempt of a ‘comeback’ failed miserably. It was a lousy piece of writing that lacked the Finn-ish substance that we have all come to know and love (nod, smile and act like you know what I’m talking about). Failure is never a nice thing to feel. Whether that be in education, work, relationships, friendships or the worst – and totally the best – giving into that 12″ Margherita pizza when your diet has been going so well; and when your closest heaven-like takeaway does a great ‘BOGOF’ offer, who can possibly say no? Unfortunately for most failures; the faster the drive, the harder the crash. It is important to remember that those horrible feelings in which failure brings – although intense – are only temporary. We must accept our mistakes and work from them.

From my own experience and the accounts of others, I believe that there are 6 different stages of failure:

Confusion

Sadness

Regret

Anger

Acceptance

and finally; motivation for something greater!

I, like so many others, do not believe that they are good enough. We already have failure in our heads and as a result we carry this through everything we do. I don’t see it happening at the time but it’s a more than reasonable answer for why I’m so bloody good at not putting in my 110%. I may mock my old drama teacher for her constant ramblings about ‘SFP’ – SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY, but for the most part, she was right. I mean, don’t get me wrong… if I believe that I’m going to turn into a Russian gymnastic potato, I doubt it will actually happen. But in terms of failure, it’s pretty effective to go into it with a positive outlook as hard as that may be.

And remember…

DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYONE ELSE. THIS IS YOUR JOURNEY. WHO EVEN DEFINES FAILURE? DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DEFINED BY YOUR COURSE, JOB, FRIENDS, PAST OR WHATEVER OTHER CRAPPY THING SOCIETY PROJECTS INTO OUR EXPECTATIONS OF LIFE. HAPPINESS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. PROJECT YOUR GREATEST VIBES OUT INTO THE WORLD AND THEY MIGHT JUST BOUNCE BACK!

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Liebster Award… I don’t get it…

Liebster award!

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Hey y’all. Sorry that I haven’t posted in a few days but I’ve had a lot on my mind and a lot of stuff to do.

Anyway, I’ve been nominated for a ‘Liebster award’. Sorry everyone but I didn’t even know what that was… awkys. As far as I’m aware, there are different Liebster awards and I was nominated by http://waywardwritings.wordpress.com/ for the new blog award – thanks btw :). I have to answer the 11 questions that person sent me. So, here it goes…

  1. What is your favourite season, and why? My favourite season is probably Autumn. I like it when there’s a mild heat that doesn’t bother me and the wind is blowing like a low setting on a vent – what is this? a fucking novel or something. Halloween is also my favourite season special.

2. How do you like your eggs done? I like my eggs fertilised. No? OK…Scrambled eggs can be good. Egg soldiers can also be good. I’m not a big fan of the yolk though.

4. What are you good at? I’m particularly crafty in the art of humiliating myself. I’m not sure to be honest. I’m not that good at anything. I think I’m ok-ish at writing – or at least I’d like to think so. I’m also very good at being lazy and staying in bed watching films.

5. Favourite Christmas special on TV? What does this even mean? Like movie or an Eastenders Christmas special type of thing haha? I’ll just say Home Alone or something.

6. Name a random hobby. This blog I suppose.

7. Do you collect anything? I have a bad habit for hoarding receipts and tickets.

8. Name one thing or type of thing that you always have to buy, but know you don’t need.
Junk food, cigarettes, alcohol… Wait, who am I kidding? Of course I need all of these things. I do need to quit the junk food though!

9. Favourite scent?  CHIC for men by Caroline Herrera or Paco Rabanne One Million.

10. Pumpkin spice lattes: yay or nay?  I’ve never had one but it’s so “Hey Tiffany, do you want me to order your pumpkin spice latte? They’re really hawwwt” which makes me love it somehow. J’adore white girl USA.

11. Mac or PC? Mac even though I’ve never had one. They turn me on.

That’s that. I’m not nominating anyone else because I don’t know anyone and I don’t want to go through a hassle of finding people. #AprilLudgateForLife

It’s my holiday 😴

Greetings. I know that I haven’t posted in a couple of days so just keeping you all in the loop. I can’t remember where I left you but it’s been a sort of stressful week as far as Finn weeks go. I’ve had a lot of college work to deal with and I’ve been working at this toy shop which is sort of scary. Although, I’m slowly getting used to it and I’m even getting to grips with working the dreaded touchscreen tills. Fair enough if it was “that’s £5 please… And here’s your change.” But, no. I have to worry about things like ‘add ons’, online ‘click and collects’ and a bunch of other scary stuff. I feel like such an idiot sometimes haha. I’m also working tomorrow from 12-4 which is peak time. It is also a Saturday at the beginning of a school holiday which means it’s going to be absolutely mobbed! Can I handle it? Probably not. But I’ll sure as hell give it the good old college try – if that’s even the right saying… Sorry; I’m sadly not American. It’s been a good week for television as my favourite show ‘American Horror Story’ has returned for its fourth series which is sub-titled: Freakshow. It was f*cking amazing and if you watched it then you might like to know that so far Bette and Dot are my favourites and of course the queen of AHS herself, Jessica Lange who plays the German, Elsa Mars. If you haven’t watched it then you either need to start or you need to get away from this blog right now you cretin. ‘Bad Girls Club’, the American reality show also made its final return. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a show in which a bunch of self-titled “bad girls” live in a mansion together. It’s even better than it sounds. It’s also hard to explain for people who don’t get that culture. Today I have started watching ‘Parks and Recreation which is freakin’ hilarious. I do not know why I hadn’t clicked on to this show until now – all thanks to a meme I saw on Instagram. Amy Poehler and Aubrey Plaza are hilarious and I’ve been in genuine stitches every episode so far! I’ve also redeveloped my problem for sleeping through alarms which has seen me in 2 hours late to college this morning. I think I need to invest in a genuine alarm. Perhaps one that pours water over me and beats me to liveliness. Also, while it’s still in my head; does anyone else get disgustingly embarrassed at the thought of people hearing you sing?

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Stats are rats

It’s early morning and I’m not fully functioning just yet. However, I’m functioning well enough to realise the stats on this are wrong. Before I went to sleep last night I had about 5 likes on a new post yet it was still saying that I had only accumulated 3 views even though it was posted on the same day. So, when I woke up I checked again and I had beat my record with 7-ish likes on my post, yet somehow only had 5 overall views… How about no?
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Bed time

Hello. It’s around 4am and I’m about to try that thing called sleep as I have my first day of work tomorrow at half 3 and I’m pretty nervous about it. I’ve been listening to Sam Smith’s album The Lonely Hour. It’s quite impressive. I can remember when I first heard Sam Smith’s songs ‘La La La’ and ‘Money On My Mind’, I absolutely detested the man. However, when ‘Stay With Me’ came out, despite not liking it at first, I grew to love it. Then when I heard ‘I’m Not The Only One’ I loved the guys music. His voice and style is very different to most male artists out there. Anyway, the point is that not everything is as it seems to begin with so don’t judge things too quickly. This was by far my worst post so far.
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