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The Fault In Our Stars | Drawing

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It’s no longer news at this stage that I am a huge fan of John Green and in turn his wonderful YA novel The Fault In Our Stars, so in celebration of the movie poster being released back in January I drew the movie poster which features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort who play Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters respectively.

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This drawing is probably the most challenging one I have drawn to date because of all the features I had to contend with.

First off there are two people. A drawing with just one person can be difficult at the best of times, add any more and it becomes a real challenge.

Second factor is the various materials and textures I had to draw which take up most of the drawing; hair, clothing, and grass, three very difficult textures to draw accurately.

Finally, drawing someone upside-down and making it look convincing!! This proved most difficult.

Hopefully I pulled it off. Do let me know what you think of the drawing though (but please don’t be too harsh on me ;))

– Bee

 

The sequel we’ve all been waiting for | The Incredibles

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It’s the sequel the world (well Disney fans at least) have been waiting for, and alas the wait is over. Pixar announced today that a sequel to The Incredibles is in the works, along with a third Cars film.

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As the film was released 10 years ago (I know it’s hard to believe!) I can’t help but wonder what time period the film will take place. Will they continue where they left off at the end of the first film, or will we see a ten-year time period in the characters. This would mean our beloved Jack Jack will no longer be a cute little baby but very powerful 10-year-old.

So what do we actually know about The Incredibles sequel?

Sadly, not much as of now. However Brad Bird WILL be returning as writer (and hopefully director) so the story is in good hands.

As for Cars 3 I am neither disappointed or overly excited at the prospect of a third film. I loved the first one and am yet to actually see the second, but let’s face it. Anything Pixar put their name to turns out amazing. Let’s just hope they are writing a great story and are not just producing a film to make loads of money on an already well-known name.

For now all I can say is I am very excited for The incredibles sequel, a film I have been waiting for for 10 years!

Until next time,

– Bee

 

PS. This announcement has reminded me that I am yet to finish my Pixar series so yeah…I’ll get back on that (Ratatouille is next!)

My 13 Favourite Halloween Movies

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Perhaps a bit of a disclaimer is to be had. These are my favourite movies to watch at Halloween. This does not mean they are Halloween movies. In fact none of them are even scary because quite frankly I cannot deal with scary movies!!! Seriously, I can count on one hand all of the scary movies I have ever seen and I would like to keep it that way.

Having said that, I am very excited that it is now October and Halloween is quickly approaching. I am really getting into the Halloween spirit this year so without further ado let’s look at my top 13 favourite Halloween movies!

1. The Addams Family (1991)

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I was pretty obsessed with the Addams Family as a kid. So much so that I used to dress up as Wednesday Addams pretty much ever year for about 6/7 years consecutively. So it is no surprise that this film is a Halloween must for me. I watch it every year and I never tire of it, it’s amazing!

2. Beetlejuice (1988)

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This is not the only Tim Burton film you will see on this list. Beetlejuice is a comedy horror fantasy type film about a young couple who are recently deceased who start haunting their own home. It is then they meet Beetlejuice a bio-exorcist from the underworld  who helps scare away the new inhabitants.

This is a great movie to watch on Halloween if you like the horror stuff without the horror. Apparently they are making a sequel to this movie too. Not too sure how I feel about this. It certainly won’t match up to the original but we’ll see.

3. Clue (1985)

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How many movies are based on a board game? Not that many. But yet Clue is based on the classic murder-mystery board game Cluedo. It is set in a gothic mansion where six strangers are blackmailed into coming to a dinner party. This dinner party soon turns into a murder solving party and the guests are forced to discover who the killer is before they too get murdered.

Let the description not fool you however, this film is anything but scary. It is actually a comedy. I literally grew up watching this film. There was about a year or so that I would watch this film at least once a week (if not more). I absolutely loved it – still do. When I was really young the character of Mr. Body used to scare me but that didn’t stop me from watching this film. Ugh it is so amazing you must go watch it! I actually used to make all my cousins watch it over and over whenever they would come over to my house so uh…sorry about that!

Another thing I love about this film is the amazing cast – Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Madeline Kahn and Micheal McKean.

Without spoiling it too much, I love the ending – or lack thereof! When this film was shown in theatres upon initial release, three different endings were shown. So you might have seen it in cinema a and your friend might have seen it in cinema b and you would both have seen different endings – I thought this was really funny and also really clever because if you play the board game it never ends the same. This film is definitely one of my favourites, and worth checking out.

4. Corpse Bride (2005)

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Told you it wouldn’t be the only Tim Burton film on the list. This is classic Tim Burton characters and style. About a wedding that went wrong. It is a really great film to watch on Halloween. Plus it stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, what’s not to like?!

5. Ghostbusters (1984)

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This is a classic. If you have not seen it yet (but let’s face it of course you have) then go to Netflix or something and watch it right now! Again saw this movie when I was little and I have loved it ever since. Amazing cast. Perfect amount of scary (for a kid I mean). Just classic.

6. The Gremlins (1984)

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I had actually never seen this movie until a couple of years ago when my brother bought me the Gremlins box set for my birthday. It is a really great film about a young man who receives a strange creature called a Mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. It is a black comedy and although it features Christmas, I think it is a great movie for Halloween. Plus this was written by Chris Columbus so….there’s that.

7. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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This doesn’t even really need explaining. It is on everyone’s Halloween movies playlist and is a Halloween classic.

One thing I will say though is I can never look at Bette Midler in the same way again. She will always be that creepy witch Winnie to me.

8. Labyrinth (1986)

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Three things about this movie:

Directed by Jim Henson

Produced by George Lucas

Starring David Bowie

I love this movie, its fun and creepy at the same time, perfect for Halloween. Plus it had David Bowie…legend…enough said!

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Another Tim Burton. Another Halloween classic. Again, I really don’t need to do much explaining here. This is a classic Halloween film, which has been the inspiration for many a Halloween decoration and pumpkin, etc. If you have never seen this film, I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

10. Psycho (1960)

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Psycho is probably the only film on this list that has the potential to be scary, depending on your threshold scare level. I’ll admit, I was on edge the first time I watched it. It is definitely suspenseful, though I wouldn’t quite call it scary. Still, it makes for a perfect Halloween movie. If you can’t watch Hitchcock on Halloween, when can you!?

11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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There are a lot of musicals on this list, but hey who cares right? I do love my musicals. Tim Curry appears again on my list, only this time he is not a humble butler, he is a flamboyant sweet transvestite (from Transylvania – couldn’t resist!).

I warn you, this movie is for a more mature audience so don’t let the kiddies watch it, and it’s probably not one of those films you want to watch with your parents either. It is very much a sexually driven film. Having said this, it is a classic, and it does make for a great Halloween movie.

12. Spirited Away (2001)

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I know this is probably the least Halloween-y type movie on my list, but it is a fantasy film about this weird and wonderful place the protagonist has found herself in. I am not really a huge anime-manga fan, but I do really enjoy the work of Hayao Miyazaki, and this is probably his best film ever. If you aren’t interested because you don’t like anime-manga, I highly encourage you to look past that and give this film a go, because underneath all the weird and wonderful animation and characters, it is a really beautiful story.

It’s not really a Halloween-y movie as I said but I still enjoy watching it around Halloween.

13. Sweeney Todd (2007)

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Last but certainly not least, this film could possibly be one of my favourite films of all time. I mean, it’s definitely in my top 20. Again it is another Tim Burton classic, another Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter collab, and another musical, but it is a very dark somber musical – after all its a story about a barber who is out to seek revenge and becomes so overwhelmed with his power that he starts slicing innocent people’s throats open and his partner in crime used their bodies to make pies (which she then sells to the public). Gruesome right? Some of the scenes in this film can be very graphic so if you don’t like the sight of blood you probably shouldn’t watch this, but having said that, the blood in this film (to me anyways) was very obviously fake. I don’t know if they did this intentionally for theatricality or what but either way the overall effect was certainly still there.

I actually dressed up as Sweeney Todd about five years ago, and I just found some photos of it recently, and it was pretty funny.

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This is definitely a fantastic choice of film to watch on Halloween. Again, if you have not seen it please go watch it, it’s amazing!!!

Okay, so that is it for my list of 13 Favourite Halloween Movies. I hope you have enjoyed. Please let me know some of your favourite movies to watch around Halloween, and if there are any I should check out.

Hopefully I’ll be doing some more fun Halloween-related posts soon.

– Bee

Harry Potter Fans Rejoice!

I, like most other Harry Potter nerds out there, was overwhelmingly excited by today’s news that J.K Rowling’s spin off book from the Harry Potter series entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them would be turned into a film thanks to Warner Brothers.

The book is ‘written’ by Newt Scamander who was featured in the Harry Potter book series.

What is even more exciting about this news however, is that J.K herself is actually writing the screenplay for this film!

As someone who enjoys writing, I can understand how precious a character can be to it’s author so I totally understand why J.K wanted to write the screenplay herself and as a fan I am very excited by these prospects.

Here’s what J.K had to say about this exciting announcement…

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Get excited peeps!

– Bee

Pixar Series | 07. Cars

Cars is the next film in my Pixar Series in which I discuss each of the 14 Pixar Animated Films. I had only ever seen Cars once before, upon its initial release. So I was happy to go back and watch it again.

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Director: John Lasseter

Year: 2006

Background:

Cars is Pixar’s seventh animated feature film released in 2006. It is Pixar’s final, independently produced motion picture before its purchase by Disney. John Lasseter has said that the idea for Cars was born after he took a cross-country road trip with his wife and five sons in 2000. When he returned to the studio after vacation, he contacted Michael Wallis, a Route 66 historian. Wallis then led eleven Pixar animators in rented white Cadillacs on two different road trips across the route to research the film.

Plot:

Lightning McQueen is a hot-shot race car who is convinced he will win his first ever Piston cup. However, he comes in a three-way tie and when traveling to the rematch, goes missing and ends up in a town called Radiator Springs, a run down empty town which no cars ever pass through anymore due to the new motorway. When McQueen destroys the towns road, Doc Hudson demands he fix the road before he is allowed to leave. In doing so, he makes friends with a tow truck, and even falls for Sally Carrera, a Porsche. The question is, will McQueen make it back before the big race?

Cast:

  • Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen
  • Paul Newman as Doc Hudson
  • Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera
  • Larry the Cable Guy as Mater
  • Michael Keaton as Chick Hicks
  • John Ratzenberger as Mack

Major Characters:

– Lightning McQueen

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A very self-assured rookie race car driver.

 

 

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A very lovable tow truck who has the best one liners of the film

 

-Doc

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He seems like a grumpy old man…well car…but he’s not really…deep down…

 

 

– Sally Sally_Cars

McQueen’s love interest for the film

 

 

Music:

He’s back! Randy Newman that is. Nine songs from the soundtrack are from popular and contemporary artists. (Including a track from John Mayer) The remaining eleven pieces are orchestral scores composed and conducted by Randy Newman.

 

Favourite Character:

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It has to be Mater, I mean there really was no better character. Normally I am trying to decide between two characters as to which was my favourite but I knew this time around that it was Mater no doubts about it.

Mater is the lovable rusted old tow truck. He is a bit of a country hick and he has without a doubt the funniest lines in this movie. He really is the comic relief for the entire movie. I could go on about how cool Mater is but if you haven’t seen the movie then watch it and you will see for yourself and if you have seen the movie then you already know how cool Mater is.

 

Favourite Quote:

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite quote of the whole movie comes from good old Mater…I’ll just let you watch. What’s funnier is little kiddies wouldn’t get the joke, thanks Pixar!

 

Favourite Scene:

Is it bad that my favourite scene was the end credits? Probably, but not for the reasons you may initially think!

The end credits for most Pixar films are pretty funny but I especially love this one. It takes classic Pixar characters and turns them into cars, watch for yourself…

The funniest part by far is John Ratzenberger!! And you will only get it if you are a true Pixar fan!

 

A113:

If you are unaware as to what A113 is, it is an Easter egg (inside joke) that is present in all 13 of the Pixar animated feature films.

A113 stands for the number of the classroom used for graphic design and character animation in the school used by John Lasseter and Brad Bird.

In Cars, it is the number on Trev Diesel, the freight train that Lightning McQueen out runs while he is first on his way to Radiator Springs. Trev Diesel was also made as a carrying case for the die-cast line and has A113 on it.

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Fun Facts:

  • This movie was originally titled “Route 66”. The name was changed to “Cars” so as not to imply a connection with the TV show Route 66
  • Instead of making the cars’ headlights the eyes, as is done on most cartoons, the Pixar artists decided to put the eyes up on the windshield, because that made the characters more expressive.
  • The film’s animators drew up over 43,000 sketches for designs of the cars.
  • Lightning McQueen’s original number was to be 57, director John Lasseter’s birth year. It was later changed to 95 to represent the year that Toy Story was released. The car in the final film who has the number 57 (who wins the race in the first teaser) vaguely resembles McQueen, and is probably an earlier production design for that character.
  • Sally the Porsche’s profession as an attorney is a reference to Portia, a nickname for female lawyers, named after the character in William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”.
  • The voice of Lightning McQueen’s agent Harv is provided by Jeremy Piven who also plays Vincent Chase’s agent in the TV-series Entourage. The UK release featured the outspoken Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as the voice of Harv.
  • HIDDEN MICKEY: Briefly formed by the rotating sign on Flo’s V8 Cafe.
  • The Michael Schumacher Ferrari, voiced by Michael Schumacher, speaks Italian to Guido, saying, “Spero che il tuo amico si riprenda. Mi dicono che siete fantastici.” This translates to “I hope your friend recovers. I was told that you are fantastic.”
  • This was the last feature film for Paul Newman before his death of lung cancer in 2008. It also turned out to be the highest-grossing movie of his career
  • The last film worked on by Joe Ranft who ironically died in a car crash in 2005. The film is dedicated to his memory, as is Corpse Bride.
  • The longest Pixar movie to date.
  • Every now and then, Lightning McQueen’s tongue pops out when he’s thinking about something. This is actually a characteristic of director John Lasseter which his animators gleefully incorporated into the film.
  • The final Pixar film to be released on VHS, and the first to be released on Blu-Ray.

My Rating:

8/ 10

I am actually surprised with myself by how much I enjoyed this film. I did see it when it initially came out back in 2006, but I was only 14 then so I don’t think I appreciated Pixar as much as I do today. I was such a little tomboy growing up and I was big into my cars so this movie is kind of fun for me in that respect.

As far as storyline goes, it wasn’t all that predictable, as children’s film does always intend to be. The characters were great and really well established and it was actually way funnier than I remembered. I did find myself laughing quite a bit.

So if you have never seen this film because you don’t think you would like it because it’s about Cars (I have come across people who thought this before) then please go see it because I promise you, you will enjoy it. You may not love it but it really is a great film. I can see now why they made a sequel to it (which I still have not seen!)

– Bee

Next in this series: Ratatouille