Of course with my love of films, I enjoy going to the cinema on a regular basis. However, as your average poor student I can’t always afford to go – especially to the likes of Cineworld, the highest cinema in the world and also the UK’s busiest.
Definitely not the busiest with students mind you…
Located on Regent Street (North east of the city centre), it is opposite Buchanan Bus Station and closeby to both Charing Cross and Glasgow Queen Street train stations – perfect for travel.
The only downfall to this awesome place is of course the prices. I have only been a few times due to this and it totally kills me. I walk past everyday on my way to University and it just breaks my heart that I can’t afford to go here every time I wish to see a film.
I know what you’re thinking, most cinema prices are extortionate as it is but really, Cineworld takes this to a next level. If you are ever in Glasgow and do end up going I highly recommend you eat beforehand or do the sneaky maneuver and bring your own snacks (you won’t be the only one).
(TIP: There is a Sainsburys Local just across the road. Don’t say I’m not good to you lot!)
Like I said, I walk past everyday going to University so again, this is handy for students who have long breaks during classes maybe or just fancy a night out if they live in the student accommodation. It really just fits perfectly within the Glasgow area. It’s a brilliant place, I love it and it is for sure the best cinema to attend in the Glasgow area. I just hate how it is so expensive… But we can’t have it all can we?
This ladies and gentlemen, is a love/hate relationship at its best.
So Justin Timberlake, the man who brought Sexyback, has just released his new album ‘The 20/20 Experience’… Personally I’m not a big fan of his music, he is by far a much better actor than he is a singer and each film he has been in plays him as a totally different character so he is pretty versatile.
When he first started appearing on our screens – and not in a music video – I must say I was shocked and didn’t really know what I thought about it but my opinion was quickly decided after 5 minutes into The Social Network. Justin plays the part of Sean Parker and completely sold it – I mean, I know he had featured in a few other small parts here and there before this but this definitely done it for his acting career as he was even nominated for an NAACP Image Award for best supporting actor due to this performance.
Anyway, my favourite character he plays would have to be Scott Delacorte in Bad Teacher… I think, or maybe Dylan in Friends with Benefits… Ah I don’t know it’s so hard to choose! But if you haven’t seen either of these films I can guarantee you they’re worth a watching! Both are brilliantly done and lets be honest who can say no to a bit of JT?!
This year, we have more of the man to look forward to as he is hitting our screens later in the year with Inside Llewyn Davis. The film is based in the 1960’s and is about a singer-songwriter whom navigates New York’s folk music scene, as far as I know Justin’s character’s bibliography has not yet been released but as soon as I know more I’ll be sure to fill you all in 🙂
So I thought in this post I would talk to you about my favourite collection of films… Harry Potter.
I’m sure you already know the basic story line behind the films but just in the off chance that you don’t then here it goes.
The first film begins with a young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) whom finds out he is a wizard on his 11th birthday and sets off on his journey to ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’. It’s then not long until he finds out that he is in fact famous in the Wizarding World for surviving an attack by the most evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, when he was only a baby. Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, but only left a lightning bolt scar on Harry’s forehead. As the films progress and the characters get older, they partake in the most outstanding adventures in attempt to defeat Voldemort once and for all.
Personally I love the films as I enjoyed watching Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) grow older as I did too. I know how daft that sounds but my childhood revolved around the films as the first was released in 2001 when I was only 7 years old! I still to this day remember being terrified watching it! My favourite would probably have to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as it’s the first time you see the love between Ron and Hermione really begin to turn into something special.
Now, when I watch the the final 2 movies in comparison to the first couple it’s amazing to look at how much the actors have grown and how they all must be like a family now, which is always nice to see. Even now that the films are over and Daniel Radcliffe is starring in other movies, I still always look at him as ‘Harry Potter’ – crazy I know but I can’t be the only one thinking it!
Here I’ve attached a small clip of the cast during there last days of filming. Even if you don’t enjoy the Harry Potter collection, it’s easy for anyone to see the amount of hard work the team have put into it.
The worst selling (Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban) even managed to make more money than the best selling Twilight which is pretty impressive. Yes, you guessed correctly, I am definitely not a Twilight fan… I’ll stick to wizards rather than vampires and wolves.
“Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”
– Stephen King
Honestly, I apologize profusely for not writing about this magnificent place before now that is ‘Xscape’…
Located in Braehead, Xscape really does have it all… from skiing and snowboarding to mini golf and of course a fantastic Odeon cinema. This cinema really is top notch, it has its very own IMAX, 3D screenings, wheelchair access and for only £1 you can even upgrade to a premier seat. Fancy eh?
For students reading, I know it sounds like an expensive day/night out to the cinema but it is actually really reasonable and if you are part of the ‘Odeon Premiere Club‘ you get a massive 25% off your viewing. The building also has several restaurants such as Nandos and TGI Friday’s so why not go and make a day out of it? Personally, whenever my friends and I are in doubt at a weekend, this is the place we will head to.
The only thing I will say is if you do fancy going, parking can be a nightmare! The place is always busy with cars, however there is Braehead shopping centre just across the road which will always have available spaces and is of course, within walking distance. Another option is that there are several buses that run to the area on a regular basis which might be handy too.
After watching Point Break at the beginning of the week, I completely fell in love with Patrick Swayze all over again so last night I decided to stick on the old classic Dirty Dancing. Swayze was definitely the one to watch, he was a triple threat at its best! He could sing, act and dance… what more could you want? However I only realised last night that he in fact sang ‘She’s like the wind‘ from the film.
It’s no doubt the film also won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ as ‘Time of my Life’ went straight to number 6 in the UK charts after the film was released in 1987. Many people have also tried to master the lift at the end of the film whilst this song is played, however I don’t think anyone would pull it off like Swayze did…
Before Dirty Dancing, Swayze had only featured in small productions but this was soon to change after his outstanding performance within this film. He went on to play ‘Sam’ in 1990 in the film Ghost along with the likes of Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg and again touched many hearts in his incredible acting ability. If you haven’t already seen his film, I would highly recommend it! Especially if you just feel like a good old cry!
Overall Swayze had a remarkable talent and women all over the world fell in love with his charm (maybe even some men too), and I could quite happily watch any of his films over and over again as he is so versatile and able to pull off many different characters.
FILM: POINT BREAK
MY RATING: 8/10
DIRECTOR: KATHRYN BIGELOW
Well what can I say… Last night I watched the 1990’s classic action film Point Break (1991) for the first time and I cannot believe I haven’t seen it before now. For a start the casting of the late Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves worked a treat and I think Reeves was perfect for the part of Johnny Utah. Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp were also both in the line up for the part but they wouldn’t have done it as much justice as Reeves did (and it’s not often I’ll say that).
If you haven’t already seen it, the film has the simple plot of a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Reeves), going under cover in order to arrest a group of surfers in whom commit bank robberies dressed as ex-presidents. It also shows a real bromance between Johnny and Bodhi (Swayze) which is epic and really adds to the overall story. (Oh and girls? I must say Patrick Swayze is looking good in his lucious blonde surfer locks ;).)
The only thing that I would criticize about this film would be Reeves accent. At times yeah, it can be a little annoying but honestly I wouldn’t let it put you off.
Nevertheless in order to get this film I had a lot of bother! Honestly, I’m not great with technology so after downloading the film from iTunes, it froze and stopped working for a good hour or so before I had a loooong phone call with Apple and they refunded my money… it then seemed to fix itself a little later, oops! However if you don’t have a copy of the film, Amazon seem to do both new and used copies for little money.
And if you like this film, Kathryn Bigelow is also the director of new film Zero Dark Thirty which may be worth a watching too.
Enjoy folks 🙂
So as mentioned in my previous post, last week I was going to try catch a viewing of Cloud Atlas… thankfully I never! When I got to the cinema there were no showings anytime soon so we opted for bowling instead – apparently this was a good call…
I caught up with my auntie this weekend and as it turned out, she herself had went to see the film during the week and she actually had to walk out half way through! She said she gave it the benefit of the doubt and stayed for a mere forty five minutes before giving up completely and left. According to her, it was “a collection of random stories that made no sense” and she also mentioned that actor, Tom Hanks’, ‘past life’ dialect was very too difficult to understand.
On the web, reviews are very much mixed. For example on The Mirror’s wesbite, they totally rate the film calling it a ‘must see’, however The Guardian’s website gives the film a pretty pathetic 2 stars in their review. Disappointing isn’t it? I was so looking forward to what seemed like an epic film with it’s all star cast, but I suppose that’s why they had such a great casting eh?
Anyway if you have been to see the film, please feel free to comment! I’d be more than happy to hear your verdict too.