Top Films for December

It’s the start of December which means it’s time for the next movie preview! Here is my top selection for movies coming out in the UK across December.

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Pitch Perfect 2: Film Review

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I LOVED Pitch Perfect so naturally I was excited for more. While Pitch Perfect 2 was awesome and so much fun, it just didn’t have the same SOMETHING that made me love the first one. It wasn’t quite as funny or as edgy, and I think that’s simply because we saw that all the first time around. On its own, Pitch Perfect 2 was amazing, but in comparison to its predecessor it just isn’t at the same level.

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MTV Movie Awards: Best & Worst Dressed

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The MTV Movie Awards were held in Hollywood last night and to be honest, the calibre of stars on the blue carpet was pretty dire. They had decent people inside but hardly any A-listers did the carpet posing – except Scarlett Johansson, who looks FABULOUS. This is my favourite look by far. There aren’t many looks to chose from – but here’s the run down of the ones I rated and hated.

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People’s Choice Awards: Red Carpet Fashion

The celebrities headed to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to the People’s Choice Awards. This show has so many categories that it is impossible to write them all (see the full winners list here) but the main winner was The Hunger Games, which won in all major film categories. Twilight lost out to it in every category except “best fans” for the Twihards. Katy Perry won a couple and the biggest shocker of the night was that Jason Mraz beat Justin Bieber to the Male Artist award.

Anyway, enough about the winners- I want to see the red carpet fashion! Here are my top hits and misses:

 

HIT 

Julianne Hough

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This is so pretty. I love the colour as well.

Lea Michele 

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This isn’t a colour I would expect to like but Lea manages to pull it off.

Brittany Snow

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This is a subtle colour but it really suits Brittany’s skin tone.

Taylor Swift

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She looks so grown up in this gown. It makes her breasts look good too, which usually difficult with such a deep V.

Paris Hilton

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Now, this will split opinion because some people have called it garish. It isn’t exactly an awards dress but I love the print regardless. I dislike the shoes- I don’t think they work and they overdo the boldness. I would wear this!

MISS

Naomi Watts

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It looks like this gold top was just stuck on her front- it looks horrible. The rest of the dress is okay though.

Olivia Munn

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The skirt on this is nasty- it is like a doily.

Jennifer Lawrence

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This is surprising because Jennifer is usually really good with fashion. This just makes her look frumpy. It is nasty.

Emma Watson

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This is such a weird dress. The top half and bottom don’t go at all. I hate the top- it’s leather, it has random holes and weird frills. The pattern on the skirt part is nice though.

Let me know what you think of my choices!

Review: Pitch Perfect

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I had been looking forward to seeing this movie for ages- it just looked so amazing and such good fun. It was certainly fun and enjoyable. There were certain aspects that didn’t quite work in my eyes but I loved it as a whole. It is like Glee, Bring It On and Mean Girls all rolled into one and what girl wouldn’t love that?!

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Anna Kendrick stars as Beca, an “alternative” girl who starts at college and doesn’t get involved because she doesn’t really want to be there. She has been forced there by her father when she would rather go to LA and start her dream of being music producer. Her dad makes a deal with her- if she gets involved with college life and still doesn’t enjoy it after a year, he will pay for her to go to LA. So Beca joins the Bellas, an all-girl a capella group. The group is in desperate need of a style overhaul as their songs are boring and dated but the leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) is too controlling and doesn’t want things to change. But how can they win the tournament if they don’t mix it up a bit?

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There is a rival all-boy group on campus called the Treblemakers, who always win the competitions. The girls are supposed to be enemies with them but Beca is interested in Jesse (Skylar Astin). I love this aspect of the film because their blossoming friendship is really cute and Jesse tries so hard to make Beca open up, but that just makes her recoil from him. She is so mean to him and you feel bad for him. Their “relationship” isn’t simple and easy, which is generally what happens in teen comedies. It was refreshing to see this difference.

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Despite that, I felt like Beca’s character was full of clichés- she is an angst-ridden teenager who prefers to be alone yet she joins the Bellas, which are so different to her. Okay, she can sing and she was sort-of forced to join by Chloe (Brittany Snow) but I find it odd. Her being different is actually the saving grace of the Bellas and she helps get them out of their rut.

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The differing characters in the Bellas are where the humour mostly lies because they are weird and mean to each other. You have Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), slutty Stacie (Alexis Knapp), potential lesbian Cynthia (Ester Dean), an Asian who is so quiet you can hardly hear what she’s saying, and the others I’ve already introduced.  The Bellas are dreadful to begin with and Aubrey keeps making them do the same routine for each round and it is excruciating to watch. I love it when they start bitching and fighting with each other. There are times when the girls are a bit too random and weird that you are more like “WTF?!” than finding it funny. For example, I cannot stand projectile vomiting in movies and it happens in this twice, which I found unnecessary.

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My favourite numbers are the “spontaneous” ones rather than the performances songs. The riff-off is my favourite scene of the movie and the songs used in it are amazing. I also loved them singing “Party in the USA” on the bus to the semi-finals. The Treblemakers were far better in the rounds and they definitely deserved to win. However, you know how this story will pan out. Luckily, they don’t have a clichéd winning scene. I was a bit disappointed in how it ended really- the final scene just stopped and I was like “oh”. It felt a bit rushed towards the end and I would have liked more. I was really hoping for a credits musical number with both groups but there wasn’t and that was sad.

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Despite those little niggles, I did genuinely enjoy this. The songs were amazing, I was in awe of how the numbers are broken down into mouth-sounds. I loved the acapella aspect and the choice of songs used were perfect. The cast were spot on (keep an eye out for the commentators of the competitions [see above] as they are HILARIOUS ) and the script was witty and not too cliché-ridden. I had high expectations because I had been waiting for this since its US release and I wasn’t disappointed. I want this on DVD now!