Titanic 3D

If you didn’t know already, Titanic will be rereleased in cinemas very, very, friggin soon. If you aren’t planning to go to the cinemas and watching this epic romantic thriller, then . . . I can not.

This is Titanic!

Titanic is a film directed by James Cameron, staring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. It was released in 1997 to sold-out theatres everywhere. The public assumed this film was going to tank, but it ended up breaking records for the highest grossing film of all time.  Things like this make me laugh. I love a good “haha, I proved you wrong” story. It stood as the highest grossing film for over ten years before getting beaten by James Cameron’s own film Avatar. I predicted it was going to happen due to its high ticket prices, but that didn’t mean I was happy about it. Don’t get me wrong, Avatar was great, but come on, better than Titanic? I don’t think so. The last time I saw Avatar was in the cinemas.  

The film is about a wealthy girl, lost, and trapped in her class who falls for a boy from a lower social class.

Here is a comment from a friend of mine that shares the same passion (and more) towards that film:

Sarahisawesome: cried the whole time  and god dammit there was enough room on that door!!!!!!!! 😀

I barely graduated out of elementary school when I saw this film. The ending scared the crap out of me. I went to sleep shivering under my covers. Disney had be believing that all movies had a happy ending. That was not happy at all! At that age I didn’t see the actors in the film, I saw the characters. So if a certain character dies, I would believe that I would never see that face again.

This is the type of film that will tear at your heart strings not just for the romance, but for the entire atmosphere and extras. This film alone won 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor. It stayed in theatres for ten months! That’s nearly an entire year!

I’ll see you at the cinemas. Popcorn and all.

As any stan would say:
Bow to this film. Bow.
Your film could never.
Flopatar
Leonardo DiCaprio has never looked better.
I miss this Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Little Mermaid vs Sleeping Beauty

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and it was the first film to begin the modern classic era of Disney (which I believe stopped with Mulan). I rented this movie from the local video store and at the end I felt as though my heart was being wrenched in my chest. At that time I had never seen such a romantic film. The fact that she had to try and get Prince Eric to fall in love with her when she was unable to speak looked like a lot of effort that it couldn’t be anything but true love!

For ten years I placed The Little Mermaid at the top of the Disney ladder as the greatest Disney animation of all time. I was (am) a sucker for romantic story-lines.

Ten years has passed and I find the story is ridiculous. Prince Eric had to fall for Little Mermaid solely on her superficial looks. In THREE DAYS. He really fell head over hills with the mysterious singing voice. The film seemed to rush ahead more than I remembered.

I guess I have a thing about princesses with beautiful singing voices because the other Disney movie that I fell in love with was Sleeping Beauty. Prince Philip, like Prince Eric was attracted to the mysterious singing voice in the forest. I like how they did not declare their love for one another during the dancing and singing scene as another film may have suggested. Nevertheless, they were very attracted to one another and there was definite chemistry between the two, at least as much chemistry as two drawn humans could be without it being too cheesy.

That is why I am comparing the two. I treasured both films as a child but as a adult I believe Sleeping Beauty wins for its music, artistic detail, innovative sound production, and characters.

Princesses:

Ariel is naive, immature and impulsive while Princess Aurora at the same age is elegant, classy, and graceful.

Villains:

Let’s face it. When compared to Maleficent, Ursala is like Santa Claus. She’s evil but she isn’t as scary as wicked Maleficent who still chills me to the bone.

Prince:

They’re both amazing. It’s a tie.

But I prefer Prince Phillip. Shhh.

The Lion King vs Bambi

I had a dream. A dream where I was a little girl again and my father was taking me to watch the Lion King. The cinemas’s entrance was amazing. We walked down the outdoor hallway entrance that extended to 200 metres. It had 10 metre high concrete walls that were from the mall’s building I guess. The walls had a bunch of movie posters, with all three lion king posters. It was so cool… I woke up and realized the last time I watched the Lion King was when I was 5. At school. I didn’t remember a thing about it.

I downloaded the movie, watched it and thought, “well this was anti-climatic. It’s okay.” I never watched it again.

I DID go to see the Lion King in 3D a week ago. I didn’t give a crap about the 3D to be honest. It didn’t make a difference. I really wanted to go because I never got the chance to see the movie in theatre as a little girl, like I should have.

It was amazing. I could not believe this is the same movie that I watched on the computer. I however, could believe this was the same film that I watched at school because I was equally terrified of the stampede at the time. The surround sound and the music got to me because I got teary throughout it. The nostalgia factor of feeling like a 5 year old again didn’t help either. I don’t cry in real life. I just cry at movies with amazing scores. The only bad thing I can say about the new release is the modernized Disney logo. Leave the original alone, please!

I just watched Bambi and realized how similar these two films are. The difference is that Bambi is a classic Disney film which means Walt Disney himself was part of the creative process.

  1. Both films start off with the new born (Fawn for Bambi. Cub for Simba)
  2. All the animals gather for the prince.
  3. One of their parents die. (Mother for Bambi. Father for Simba)
  4. They both grow up and fall in love with the female friend. Both show a montage of this too.
  5. Bambi fights a pack of fierce dogs near the end of the film. Simba fights off a cackle of wild hyenas near the end of the film.
  6. A fire starts and burns majority of the forest. Simba’s jungle becomes deserted and gloomy.
  7. Both film ends with the newborn of the newborn, as if the story would start all over again.

So which film do you prefer? The Lion King or Bambi. Don’t just vote The Lion King because you just saw it and think it’s all kinds of wonderful and haven’t seen Bambi in a long time.

I only choose The Lion King because even though both films have amazing songs, The Lion King’s songs say 90s to me. It was part of my generation. I have a personal connection towards it, which I can’t say the same for Bambi.

Make sure Santa Clause doesn’t fall off the roof!

It’s time for the Christmas post of the year. Last year I chose to recap Christmas holiday specials of 90s Tv Shows. Today, I decided to talk about the movie ‘The Santa Clause’ staring Tim Allen. Yes, you should know that movie by now. I’ve been putting this post off for a few weeks, but now it’s time to put my mind back into my childhood and discuss what it is that Kids love about this film.

Charlie must stay with his dad for Christmas. Scott Calvin and Laura Calvin Miller are seperated. The first thing they do is argue about when is the right time to tell Charlie that Santa Claus isn’t real. Neil, Laura’s current husband told him that there’s no such thing as Santa. It seems that Charlie likes Neil way more than his own dad.

Scott (Tim Allen) really wants Charlie to believe that there is a Santa Claus. “What about people that don’t have fireplaces, how does he get into their house?” I wondered about this question myself.

In the middle of the night, Charlie hears noises on the rooftops. When they check it out Scott finds a man dressed in a Santa Claus costume trying to get into the chimney. At the sight of Scott, the ‘burglar’ falls of the roof. They hear jingles on the roof and find a line of reindeers!

Holy cow! That WAS Santa and his reindeers. I was astounded. Scott puts on the Santa suit and helps Santa deliver the presents. When he approaches a house without a fireplace, he gets sucked down a pipe and a fireplace magically appears. Answer solved!

The reindeers take Scott and Charlie to their new home; The North Pole. The elves and Santa live in a big beautiful mansion. Nothing like what I expected. I thought the workshop would be more taditional; like the one in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

They both wake up in Calvin’s house. Laura and Neil pick up Charlie and are worried that Charlie actually believes that a dream where his Father is Santa, actually happened. The scene where Neil tries to get Charlie to find Santa nonesence is gold.

Neil: Have you ever seen a reindeer fly?
Charlie: Yes.
Neil: Well I haven’t.

Scott begins to put on weight and grow white facial hair at an immense rate. Laura and Neil do the most horrible thing. They take Charlie away from Scott and suspend his visitation rights. Scott takes Charlie along with him to deliver the presents and the police are out to get him.

Scott finally returns Charlie home. When Laura comes to realize that he is Santa, I just wanted to cry, Neil’s reaction is just hysterical.

Santa?

I knew there was no Santa when I used to watch this every year as a child, but this movie made me wish there was a Santa. My parents laughed at me that I actually believed in Santa Clause at age 5. I was crushed. Thanks Mom and Dad!

I’m an adult now, but this movie still impacts me. It gives me the Christmas spirit. It is the only movie that has ever given me this type of spirit as a child. Checking the IMDB rating, I don’t think this movie is for the critics. They have no idea how this movie affects children. As Charlie said, “It’s okay Neil. You were just denying your inner child.”

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

P. S. May I just say the soundtack/score of this film is perfect!

“I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Do you? Do you, really? What are you, some kind of stalker? Last summer was awesome. I went overseas, ate some good, cheap food. Did you follow me all the way there too?

I know, this post is two weeks too late! I’ve had a pretty stressful halloween week that I forgot to post this. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ was released in 1997, staring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Freddie Prince Jr.

PLOT:

Four smokin’ hot teenagers [best cast ever] are driving towards the beach at night to celebrate their high school graduation. They accidentally hit a man and they believe he is dead. They freak out and decide to throw him down a lake instead of calling the cops or ambulance. However, when the ‘dead man’ was in the water, he latches out and becomes alive! Instead of saving him, they drown him even more so that he is dead.

*I much prefer Ryan Phillippe over Freddie Prince Jr., but Ryan acts like an ass hole in the movie.

After a year has passed, the gang receive a letter that says ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and they go on a hunt to find out who wrote the note. All they know is it’s some person hiding under a fisherman’s hat, and using his fisherman hook to kill everyone.

The first time I watched this (2005) I laughed throughout the whole move. They call this a scary movie? The Ring, now that’s some scary shit. Anyway, I recently watched it again and I don’t know why, I actually got scared. I guess the second time I knew that it wasn’t scary, so I watched it in a relaxed manner. I put myself in their shoes and being chased after a stranger (happens a lot in my dream) is scary as hell. This isn’t a ghost that will just give you a scare, but a person that can cause you tremendous amount of pain.

What I wanted to blog about was the trend it caused at school. Everyone kept saying ‘I know what you did last summer’. I knew it was a movie, but I hadn’t seen it at the time so I just thought “okay”. Four years after the movie was released, I gained an enemy in high school because she believed I turned her friends against her (she actually did that herself but whatever). She wanted to get back at me so she left me an anonymous note that said “I know what you did last summer”.

I knew who it was from and I just thought, “oh god, this is so lame. Are you serious?” It’s like us still quoting from Austin Powers. I was sooo scared. This will only work if I actually did something horrible last summer. Come on now.

I’m sure you all have your “I know what you did last summer” stories of your own.

Baby Luck can get you Anywhere

I was surprised to find out that Baby’s Day Out was a bomb at the box office. This was one of those movies that my school teachers decided to repeatedly play on the last day of school before school holidays. It wasn’t a problem as the response of the class was overwhelmingly positive. I bet my teachers grew tired of this movie.

Baby’s Day Out was written by John Hughes who is famous for his 80s brat-pack movies such as The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles. It stars twins Adam Robert & Jacob Joseph Worton as Baby Bink Cotwell. Baby Bink belongs to a rich socialite family in New York. He lives in a mansion and is mostly taken care of by his nanny. He loves to read ‘Baby’s Day Out’ with his nanny.

 

You dress your baby boy like a girl, Mrs. Cotwell!

 

Mrs. Cotwell decides to get his photograph taken for the social newspaper and hires a downtown photographer to take it. The photographers turn up in the worst disguises ever. He even ask to be alone with the baby. I don’t think it’s a good judgement call to leave your child with three creeps but Mrs. Cotwell does what she’s told. When she returns her baby has disappeared and a ransom note of 5 million dollars is left behind.

 

Do you take pictures or play golf?

 

I find it amusing that the baby doesn’t shed a single tear at the fact that he’s being taken away from familiar surroundings and away from people he recognises. The three dinguses take him to his apartment. Dingus no. 1 falls asleep besides the baby which gives him the chance to escape. Baby Bink enters locations and vehicles that he sees in the book ‘Baby’s Day Out’. The kidnappers chase after him, and in result; many slap-stick sequences ensue.

He takes the bus.

A department store’s care centre.

A ride in a taxi cab.

The Zoo – I really hope this is just a set because if animals are to be caged it must be outdoors with plently of room to roam around!

At a downtown park . . .

. . . And a building construction site.

The slapstick comedy isn’t particularly funny, but it’s entertaining because these guys deserved everything that was coming to them. If you enjoy watching Home Alone, you’ll definitely like this movie. I really hope no one missed out on watching this when they were a child. It’s light. It’s fun. And the baby is the cutest, baby, EVA!

 


goo goo

 

gaa gaa

I got weepy at the end when the mother finds her child. I’m beginning to think I’ll cry at any movie about a mother and her baby. I consider this movie to be THE BABY MOVIE. An underated classic of the 90s.

Internet is for the Rich/Websites from the 90s

Before I begin, I have to apologize for not updating in what feels like ten years.

I was going through the old magazine shelf at a charity store and came across a 90s magazine. Score! It tells me what websites are running in the year 1997 in categories such as history, fashion, celebrity, etc. There happens to be a sealed ‘sex’ section but unfortunately the former owner tore it out of the magazine. What was the point of that? Lemme see the porno sites from the late 90s jerk!… I’m just kidding.

Not many households owned the internet, let alone broadband internet. I think we were lucky enough just to have dial up. An Australian internet company called Telstra Bigpond offered a “Power Plan” which provided 30 hours of internet access for $50 (AU). Additional hours were charged at $3.50. . I spend around 5 hours a day online which means I would have had to pay $470 a month.

Since this blog focuses so much on pop culture, it is only appropriate that I start off with the celebrity websites. As I go through these, I must warn you, the web addresses are ludicrous. If you are able to memorize and recite these back, dare I say you sound like a geek?

1. Cheech & Chong’s homepage: http://www.cheech.com – I do not know who they are and it doesn’t look like I will anytime soon because this site no longer exists.

2. Gillian Anerson: http://gpu3.srvu.ualberta.ca/-mlwalter/GAHP.html – This is what I was talking about, and yes it’s no longer online. This is too bad as the magazine gives the site a high rating; “Gorgeous design with enough info to fill your hard drive”.

3. Madonna on Letterman: http://ftp.mcs.net/mcsnet.users/barnhart/letterman/madonna-interview.txt – What a coincidence, Madonna was JUST on Letterman! “This site stands out because it gives you an everlasting celebrity moment in time: the night Madonna caused a fracas on the David Letterman show; she swore, she was toting a cigar, she talked about athlete’s foot and the host lost it. This is the kind of behaviour that separates the celeb wheat from the B-list chaff“. Damn. Is there a video of that on youtube or something?

4. Tarantino World: http://www.tarantino.com – Finally! A site that still exist… oh wait. I spoke too soon. This address name has been taken over from a real estate company in Texas called Tarantino. WTH. At least you get to see what the site used to look like:

tarantino1

tarantino2 tarantino3

5. Tim Allen: http://www2.awinc.com/users/refuge/tim/html – A 2 comes after ‘www’? I don’t remember seeing that before. This site was created by the fans of Home Improvement. Where did you guys go? Where have you moved to? This site even gave everyone his email address: Tim@morepower.com. I tried emailing him and of course it didn’t work. Morepower.com still works, and judging from the design, it looks like it has not been updated since the 90s. Go check it out.

This is getting depressing isn’t it? Well, I thought I’d give one more site a try…

6. Timothy Leary: http://www.leary.com – Hallelujah! It works! And it hasn’t been taken over by another business of some sort. Not much is happening …

I did not scan the look of Leary’s site but I promise I’ll do that and upload it by next week at the latest because you must see how it used to look. It is mesmerizing, literally.

If any of you readers happen to run these web sites or web pages, let me know. Are you still running a site? Have you moved it somewhere better?

Source: The Australian netDirectory, Issue 3 Summer 1997