Film Rant – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I went to see this film last night expecting to be happily entertained for a couple of hours. Instead I left deflated and fighting a “pissed off” feeling.

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Among the hundreds of human survivors in post-apocalyptic San Francisco and the large group of apes in the forests, the cast consisted of just two female characters, one ape, one human. The human woman, Ellie, was played by Keri Russell. Some may know her from The Americans. I remember her from her days on Malibu Shores. The female ape – As far as I know she wasn’t addressed by name. She was Caesar’s wife, gave birth to his  son, got sick and that was the extent of her character.

The gang of human survivors: I noticed a couple of female faces in the crowd but they were nameless and voiceless. The group of humans who venture into the apes’ territory? All male except for Russell who has very little to do. In fact she’s left entirely out of the final battle scene.

How about the females in ape society? Apart from Caesar’s wife, I didn’t see any. The only reference to females was Koba saying females and young were to stay put while the rest of his army went out to fight. That was about the moment I half choked on my fizzy cola bottle sweet.

Seriously. Just seriously. I’ve seen mostly four star reviews in the local newspapers as well as online. Did the critics notice the glaringly obvious lack of female characters, or are they just ignoring it? How about the writers and directors? My gut tells me no one set out to intentionally create a film almost devoid of a female voice, but that’s what has happened.

As I’m writing this, I’m starting to get angrier than I was watching this film. This new “Dawn” is one where women are not welcome.

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Have you seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

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Mini Movie Reviews

My 2 week holiday is long over, but before I started back at work I managed to squeeze in a few movies and the odd hour or two (or ten) of TV, of course. Here are some of the horror/sci-fi films I watched.

Europa Report

europaA privately funded space mission sets off to travel further than any human ever has before. The gang of six international astronauts is heading for Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons in the hopes of discovering some form of life. The mission, of course, does not go smoothly.

The best element about Europa Report was seeing how astronauts live in space, getting a peek into their living quarters, how they pass time, deal with being all alone up there and missing their families, how they continue in the face of dwindling odds for survival. All the action is filmed from cameras located inside the spacecraft and the astronauts’ helmets, giving the film a realistic edge. The “found footage” element works well.

The snippets of horror were muted, not thrown in your face like so many other space films. Europa Report was a subtle horror/sci-fi flick (with the exception of the final image which I’m still not sure what to make of). The actors all did their jobs nicely and it was great to hear different accents. For any space lovers out there, check this one out. ****

Would You Rather

wouldAs I’m not much of a fan of so called “torture porn”, I’m not sure why I stuck with this movie. Okay, yes I liked two of the lead actors, Enver Gjokaj who starred in the shortlived Joss Whedon series Dollhouse and Brittany Snow from Pitch Perfect were in it, but after thirty minutes I should have known better and switched it off.

Would you rather stab the person sitting beside you in the thigh, or be whipped three times? So you get the gist of this sadistic game. There’s nothing new here but thankfully it’s not as grotesque as Saw. I wouldn’t bother with this one unless you’re extremely bored on a Friday night. **

The Purge

the purgeIn America, one night of the year, for 12 hours, there will come The Purge. Police and emergency services will cease, all crime will be legalised, so the country’s citizens (should they choose) can run amok, stealing, raping and murdering, whatever they’ve been keeping pent-up for the rest of the year. The film focuses on Ethan Hawke’s and Lena Headey’s family, battling to stay alive when their home is invaded.

I can’t even be bothered to rate this one. I couldn’t get past the idea of an American society allowing something like The Purge to occur. Maybe I could have enjoyed this film if we were given some explanation and background. But we’re not. So in theory you could attack your neighbour’s daughter during The Purge, and come tomorrow, society would simply carry on as normal and there would be no repercussions? Not even say the daughter’s family taking their revenge? I don’t think so. I found the concept of The Purge so ludicrous I’m stopping typing, right now -

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So as you can gather, of the above three, the only one I’d recommend would be Europa Report, and I fear it could be too slow-moving for many. But as someone who’s always been fascinated by space and space travel, getting a realistic insight into what life is like for astronauts was a delight.

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What horror and sci-fi movies have you watched recently, and do you have any you could recommend ?

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Be Back Soon

Just in case anyone wonders over the next week and a half/2 weeks why I’m not stopping by to visit their blog or posting my own, I’m heading off on holidays to Jersey (UK) & London.

For a blog titled “Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction”, I realise there hasn’t been much paranormal stuff of late, so I promise to get back on track with reviews later in the month. In preparation for the new and final season of True Blood, I went back and re-watched the first 6 seasons. I hope the writers give Sookie and the folks of Bon Temps a good send-off.

I hope July will be sunny and good to everyone. See you when I’m back!

I’ll leave you with some photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks on my local travels.

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Came across this secondhand bookshop in Tipperary recently

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Bryan Adams at the Marquee Cork

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Rock of Cashel. Of course I would wait until the castle is being renovated to visit. Please excuse the ugly scaffolding.

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On the road to Tipperary, the lighthouse at Ballycotton, some ruins near the Rock of Cashel, shop at Cashel

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Muckross House and view from sitting outside Electric in Cork City

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Muckross Grounds in Kerry

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Selfie taken at recent wedding. Me and my sister, Aileen.

Catch up soon, Emma x

 

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Friday Feeling Blog Post

The working week from hell is over. #TGIF  Hope everyone else’s week was more relaxed than mine. I’m off to Bryan Adams tomorrow evening. I had a great night the last time he played Cork two or three summers ago. Fingers crossed the gig tomorrow at the Marquee will be just as good.

I’ll leave you with a performance of Run to You from Slane Castle.

Have a great weekend xx

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So many books to read, so little time

I have a book buying problem. It doesn’t matter that I may have 10 paperbacks, 2 hardbacks and approximately 55 ebooks lined up on my Kindle to get through, I keep buying. Since I have nothing much to say right now, I thought I’d draft this short post and show off the pretty covers of my recent book purchases.

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Read it over 2 days, only stopping to make myself a cup of tea or grunt at someone in my family who dared speak to me that weekend. Cried my eyes out. Epic series.

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I’m actually reading By Midnight at the moment. The beautiful hardback drew me in, and for €5 in a secondhand bookshop I couldn’t resist.

solsticeMae, I’m so sorry. I snapped this up immediately when it went on release. My excuse is I’m saving it for a gorgeous, sunny day, ’cause it looks like that kind of read.

annaI saw this on every second book blog last year and spotted it in my go-to secondhand bookshop. Here’s hoping I get to Anna Dressed in Blood by Halloween.

zI enjoyed the film, so thought I’d give the book a go.

 

iThanks to Becky, I took a chance on I Heart New York last year. How could I resist the sequel with this fun, pretty pink cover.

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My friend Jen recently released this New Adult story. Can’t wait to dive in.

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What books have all you literature lovers splurged on recently?

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