Film Friday #140

Monsters University

In this prequel to Monsters Inc, we go back to Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully’s (John Goodman) University days when they first met. Both are enrolled in the Scarer programme, where Sully has a natural talent, which makes him a bit of a lazy jock, and Mike is forced to work flat out. The two immediately hate each other but are thrown together when the consequences of their rivalry gets them kicked off the programme. The only way back in is to join a fraternity and win the annual scare games but the only available fraternity is full of hopeless misfits and both of these overly confident monsters will have to learn to be team players. This is a really fun film and worth watching for the mind-blowing array of monsters alone. I have to agree with The Phage though. It doesn’t pack a huge number of laughs and setting what is essentially a kids’ film in a University is a bit odd. What put this above most Pixar films for me was the integrity of the story. Without spoiling, I can reveal that an overly tidy ending is avoided and it manages to feel a lot more real that this genre usually is. Now if it just had minions… 3.5/5

Those spots better not be contagious

Those spots better not be contagious

Blue Velvet

When college student, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) finds a human ear in a field, he is brushed off by the police but after getting some inside information from the police chief’s daughter, Sandy (Laura Dern), he can’t resist investigating by himself. This thrusts him into the world of nightclub singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), a woman with some very unusual sexual proclivities. Dorothy is menaced by Frank (Dennis Hopper), who may or may not have kidnapped her family and who quite likes a bit of helium, role play and violence. Still following? Good. This David Lynch classic is intense, dreamlike and deeply unsettling. I wasn’t sure whether I was coming or going half the time. There is no denying that it’s weird, creeping uneasiness stays without you and that the visual symbolism is impressive but whether I actually liked it, I’m still not sure. 3.5/5

I think you've completely misread 50 Shades of Grey...

I think you’ve completely misread 50 Shades of Grey…

Ghost World

Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two outcasts who have just graduated high school and have plans to get jobs and move in together. When they play a prank on equal weird middle-aged loser, Seymour (Steve Buscemi), Enid becomes obsessed with him, throwing the girls’ plans as well as Seymour’s life off track.  This is an interesting and somewhat humorous look at the people who live in the “ghost world” at the edges of society, never quite blending in and asks the question, is it better to change yourself to become one of “them” or to embrace your true self and the loneliness and isolation that might come with it.  3/5

Budget cuts were hitting Catwoman hard

Budget cuts were hitting Catwoman hard

The Last Summer of La Boyita

As pre-teen Jorgelina (Guadalupe Alonso) finds it more and more difficult to connect with her adolescent sister, Luciana (Maria Clara Merendino), she decides to spend her summer with her father on his cattle ranch. There she reconnects with her childhood playmate, Mario (Nicolas Treise). As the two become ever closer and Jorgelina becomes more interested with the changes that will soon happen to her body, she realises that Mario is hiding a potentially devastating secret. This is a beautiful and touching portrayal of an extremely sensitive topic and the two young leads are outstanding. 3.5/5

How come you get to wear the hat?

How come you get to wear the hat?

10 Comments

  1. theipc

    That kid has a nice beard!!

    1. Abbi

      Obviously going for a hipster look.

  2. Agree with these reviews. 🙂 (except the last one because I’ve never heard of it!). You know I love my Pixar stuff but Monsters University isn’t one of the very best plus I was expecting more laughs. Yep – if only there were minions in EVERY movie! As for Blue Velvet, that’s how I feel about all David Lynch stuff – don’t know if I actually LIKE any of it. Other than The Elephant Man – that was good.

    1. Abbi

      I think Minions could improve pretty much every situation! David Lynch is definitely an interesting one. I haven’t actually seen the Elephant Man. I should look it up.

      1. Oh, you haven’t? I definitely recommend that one, then! Excellent film. Very unlike the “weird” Lynch stuff…

        1. Abbi

          Adding it to my list!

  3. The only one of these I have seen so far is Blue Velvet and I loved it. Hopper is at his maniac best in this creepy tale about life below the surface of normalcy. That Ghost World looks interesting not sure how I have never seen it.

    Thought I would give you a heads up that your gravatar image does not have a link to your blog.

    1. Abbi

      Hopper is definitely properly scary in Blue Velvet. It’s a great role for him and I can see why this is such a cult classic.

      You should check out Ghost World. It’s definitely worth a watch.

      And thanks for the heads up on the Gravatar. I will make sure to fix that. Much appreciated.

  4. Monsters University was really wonderful. Would’ve been my pick for best animated film of the summer. Then Despicable Me 2. Yay Minions!

    1. Abbi

      Despicable Me 2 edges it out for me but I am absolutely Minion mad. I am not sure why they amuse me so much but no matter how bad a day I am having, I just have to watch the “Banana” mini movie and I am instantly cheered up 🙂

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