Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Last Summer Trilogy and NEDs

It has officially come to my attention that since starting university I have become a fair weather blogger. It is therefore my intention to be good and aim to post once a week. Now I am aware I have made this resolution before but at the moment I am becoming increasingly bored and lazy so I feel I should fill my free hours with something more productive whilst avoiding the ever multiplying pile of washing up at the same time! I also have been watching a huge amount of films recently (good and bad) and with award season upon us and the Oscars just around the corner I am for once by no means short of things to write about.

At the weekend, I re-watched the teen slasher classic I Know What You Did Last Summer. To say the least it wasn't quite as scary as I remember it but it was okay. It does what it says on the tin, so to speak. However, for some reason, blame what you will, tiredness from the early hours of the morning or maybe even just the obsessive compulsive in me needing to finish the story, I then went on to watch the whole trilogy. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer was to be perfectly honest not that bad, relatively speaking of course! Set in the Bahamas, co-starring Brandy and Mekhi Phifer and featuring a cameo from Jack Black as the stoner pool guy it was cheesy horror at its best. But the fun well and truly ended with the third and final film I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. The barrel had clearly been well and truly scraped not just for the story line, but for actors, special effects, just everything really. It was absolutely atrocious and that doesn't even begin to really describe how bad it was! Almost two hours of my life completely wasted which I will never be able to get back!

On a more positive not, although I'm not quite sure positive is the right word to describe this film, this week I also watched Peter Mullan's NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) It follows the life of a young boy, John McGill growing up in 1970s Glasgow. At the start of the film John is full of academic promise and wants to escape the life he currently knows, with a drunk, abusive father (played by Peter Mullan himself) and a violent brother who is constantly in trouble with the police. But, as John moves up to secondary school his whole world changes and he soon finds himself falling into the exact life he was trying to escape. With an outstanding performance from Conor McCarron as John it was one of the most moving films I have seen in a long time.

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