Our Accents in Cinema

I was sitting watching Trainspotting earlier and this thought just came to me, and I thought, why not share it with the internet! What else would a teen blogger do?

This won’t be a very long post I hope. It’s as the title suggests, concerns accents, particularly Scottish ones in cinema.

With personal experience of people trying to understand my accent when I’ve gone on holiday can be a very frustrating time. The blank looks and constant asking of what can get grating. So, it got me thinking how we are perceived in cinema. As I mentioned above, Trainspotting is obviously set in Edinburgh, and the characters obviously have very strong accents. I recently learned that the first whole 20 minutes of it had to be re-dubbed for American audiences. The use of subtitles were apparently ruled out as it would be obviously spoiled by the use of it in the disco scene.

One of the worst accent offenders however, is Christopher Lambert in Highlander:

 

Seriously? I mean, I know Lambert is from France… but come on. He had Sean Connery RIGHT THERE. To be fair, Sean’s accent is quite odd as well, there is still no excuse as to why Lambert’s accent is that bad. The same I feel goes for Mel Gibson in Bravheart. I do wonder if they have ever heard a proper Scottish accent before filming.

I have rarely seen an actor be able to present an accent that is even remotely close to anything that sounds Scottish. And it is odd to think that Scottish actors can do other accents better (of course this isn’t the case for everyone, as there are some pretty dire ones out there too). It is fair to say that there is a serious problem when it comes to hearing our accents on the big screen. I know I cringe every time I hear a non-Scot attempt it!

I managed to find what I think is a pretty accurate video that I think all of the bad accent offenders should watch to teach them a thing or two about how to get over their bad accents!

 

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Top 4 Favourite Movies!

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the lack of update in the past week! To make up for it though, I’m going to count down my top four favourite movies!

First in at number 4 we have…

Back to the Future Trilogy.

I first saw these films when I was roughly 8 years old, and let me tell you I had a little bit of a crush on Michael J. Fox. But that’s not why I love these films. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, follows the adventures of Marty McFly and eccentric scientist Emmett Brown (the legend that is Christopher Lloyd) and his invention of a time machine inside a Delorean. To me these films are witty as hell and quite clever in regards to time travel and their cause and effects. I watch these films so often, it’s terrible!

Photo taken by dnak from Flickr!

Photo taken by dnak from Flickr!

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Trailers and Sequels and Movies, oh my!

Okay, I have to take a minute here and discuss the some new trailers that have been floating about recently.

First on my list is the new Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer.

The sequel to the 2009 film, finally gets an international trailer. And a proper look at one of my favourite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch as our villain.  Our newly released trailer gives us 2:19 seconds of what we are to expect, and master of lens flare J.J Abrams, is surely got us in for an interesting ride.

Next up is the a teaser trailer for The Hangover Part III.

Our Wolfpack trio seem to be returning to Vegas once more in what is claimed to be an epic conclusion to this trilogy. This time round, there isn’t a bachelor party and no wedding to attend. So what could possibly go wrong? Again it seems everything and anything for Phil, Alan and Stu. Mr. Chow seems to be out again for revenge.

Despite what many said about the Hangover Part II, I myself quite enjoyed it. It’s definitely not up to par with the greatness of the first film, but it still holds up. Hopefully this is a return to form for writer and director Todd Phillips.

Lastly, and now I know this is an perhaps a bit older trailer. But it’s based on one of my favourite books, The Great Gatsby.

I mean just look at this film.  Baz Luhrmann (of Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge! fame) is back with his fastpaced style to recreate the world of the 1920’s, with Leo DiCaprio as our Jay Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby. 

I especially love the music in this trailer. As again Baz uses a modern soundtrack for his film (of course this is done in excess Moulin Rouge!) And plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of Kanye/Jay-Z in their life? I’m just hoping that a book I love doesn’t get ruined, and by the stunning visuals that this film has, I think it will be just fine!

Tale As Old As Time

Thought that this week I’d give you guys a bit more information about me, and give you a little discussion about my favourite animated film, Beauty and the Beast.

A film blog without a Disney film being included would be such a travesty (especially for how absolutely childlike I am in my love for Disney and Pixar). Do I even need to tell you the story? Belle and her father are outsiders in their town, and on the way to promote a new invention, her father get’s lost and stumbles upon a castle. Belle, worried about her father, goes off in search of him only to find him captured by a monstrous Beast.  Belle takes her fathers place in the castle and what follows is a wonderful tale of recovery as Belle teaches the Beast to love and helps break the curse that a beautiful witch had set upon him ten years before.

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Film Festival Reflections

Now it can be said that the Glasgow Film Festival has had its best year. It’s certainly been ambitious.

368 screenings, over ten days, in twenty-seven venues  is an impressive feat.

Not to mention the draw of the stars of the movies themselves, Eli Roth, Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and John C. Reilly to name a few.

But the biggest draw (for me at least) was an event I am absolutely kicking myself for not getting tickets for.

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Brave wins Best Animation Oscar!

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By ebbandflowphotography on Flickr

It’s Sunday night. The stars are out in droves at The Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, looking beautiful in suits and expensive dresses. I however, am in my onesie, in bed sleeping for university the next day.

The news of Brave’s win hit me over Twitter this morning as I caught up on across the ocean. I’ll be first to admit, I am not a patriotic person, I despise it when they play Loch Lomond or 500 Miles at the end of nights out. But somehow I am so proud of our little Scottish movie.

If you don’t know, the film, set in the Scottish Highlands and concerns Merida, a skilled archer, who defies custom and refuses to be paired off to a son of a neighbouring clan who are fighting for her hand and in consulting a witch, accidentally sets a curse on her family that she must repair.

I saw the movie on the weekend of it’s release with my family, and I was stunned. My expectations were obviously high, Pixar has produced some of my absolute favourite animated films (Up and the Toy Story series, in case you are wondering). And this was no exception.  Between the amazingly detailed animation, score and story, I was swept away into Pixar’s very first fairy tale story. The little nods to Scottish history and humour makes it all the better.

Directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman accepted the award, Andrews wearing a rather fetching(!) kilt. I’ve managed to find a decentish video of their brief speech from last night. Brave had already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for best animation so this is the icing on the proverbial cake for Disney-Pixar. It beat off stiff competition last night in ParaNorman, Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Brave’s win marks 7 Best Animation Feature wins for Disney and Pixar over the last 12 years, which I think is an amazing feat for both companies, whose features just keep getting better and better!