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I expect you all watch a lot more movies than you read books! Due to popular demand, I am adding this page so that you can tell me what movies you are watching, which ones are good and why you think they’re worthwhile (or not). If you think that the film has a ‘message’ for viewers, tell me what you think the mesage is, and how it is communicated. For example, some people think Avatar has a message for us about respecting native cultures and protecting the environment from destruction by big business. Then again, maybe it’s just a brilliant science fiction adventure! Get thinking – and writing!



  1. Tomorrow When The War Began

    Tomorrow when the war began was originally a book, but lets face it which movie wasn’t ??? it is now a movie and it is now one of my favourite movies. Tomorrow when the war began is about 8 17 year old kids who go out on a harmless camping trip to ‘Hell’. When all of a sudden their peaceful Australia is invaded. With all odds against the they set out to destroy the enemys main transportation ways, such as the Wirrawee Bridge, and what ever else the can to slow down the invasions progress, this movie is filled with Drama, Romance and Explosions. It is a favourite of many people because of its all Australian actors such as Lincoln Lewis….. If you don’t believe me see for yourself because it is definatley worth watching =]

    Comment by Sophie M Yr 8A — September 8, 2010 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

    • that movie gave me nightmares 😦

      Comment by Sophia Thatcher — May 19, 2011 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  2. I have the movie Alice In Wonderland
    It is about this girl called alice (mia wasikowska and she has been asked to marry this really obnoxius guy, she runs off and well you geussed it falls down a hole but there are people talking around her saying thinnk she’d remember this from the last time. She goes around wonderland saying this is all a dream that I have had before. But in fact she had been to wonderland before. she meats the nice white queen (anne hathaway) and has to slay the dragon like animal,that the red queen controls(helena bonham carter). Along the way she meats the white rabbit(michael sheen) leading the way to the Mad Hatter portrayed by Johnny Depp who is a magnificent actor and puts his own twist into the chracter.
    I think this is the best movie of all time.

    Comment by Georgia White — July 29, 2010 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  3. Alice in Wonderland is a thrilling and very mystical movie. This movie is about an 18 year old girl who had bad dreams about this dark and scary place where anything that was impossible was possible. She now is at her own engagement party. While she was there she saw a familiar face and followed it to a tree with a hole next to it. She falls down it much like her dream. As she meets and encounters all of the familiar faces from her nightmares but this time the encounter was for real.
    She soon discovers that the dreams where just memories from her first visit to wonderland and must now face the Jadawokey and set all of Underland (which is the actual name of Wonderland) free. A must watch

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — July 29, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  4. Avatar is a very thrilling and entertaining movie it has exceptional quality effect and challenges you to think of what the world might become or what we might discover, this movie is based in the future, we are trying to ruin a culture that we actually have no idea how smart the are and all we are thinking about is our greed and wealth, it is a very long movie but it is worth it I would recommend it to anyone in need of an exciting movie or if you just have free time and want to lay back and relax….. It has the same producer as the titanic!!
    I give it 4 out of 5 stars!!

    Comment by Sophie M Yr 8A — June 10, 2010 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

    • Good work, Sophie. Did you just watch it since I saw you yesterday, or did you write this based on watching it sometime ago? If it’s been a while, pick another Science Fiction film and review it for me before you get back to school. Compare and contrast it with Avatar.

      Comment by peterholford — June 11, 2010 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  5. Coraline
    Is a great Movie about a girl who had to move away from all her parents to this creepy old apartment house with odd characters, her parents don’t take much notice of her and she gets a new freind called whyborn. but she follows these mice through a door that is the size of a doggydoor and finds herself in the exact same place but, her parents have buttons for eyes and her mum is the evil who takes childrens eyes out so she can call them her own. Coraline must find her way back home with her parents and she must close the door but does everyone susrvive.
    I rocommend it to an older audience. I love this movie so much because the makers also made ‘the nightmare befor christmas. so it would be so that this is a great movie.

    Comment by Georgia White — June 6, 2010 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  6. I have watched a movie called INK HEART, it is hilarious, sad and action packed. Ink Heart is about Mortimer Folchart who has the silver tongue which is where you can read something and it comes true. He unfortunately comes across Ink Heart the book, and unleashes good like the pompis fire breather Dustfinger, one of the Ali Baba’s Theives Farid (out of the book Arabian nights) and evil like the Shadow and Capricorn. But what was really bad that he also traped his wife Teresa “Resa” Folchart. His daughter Meggie Folchart is the only person who can save her mum, dad, the other good book characters and the world.
    This Movie is really great I could watch it over and over.

    Comment by Georgia White — June 4, 2010 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  7. Pirates of the Caribbean 2:

    the pirates of the caribbean is a very riveting and compelling ‘thriller comedy’ if you will. The effects such as the tentacle face of Davy Jones are very superior. I quite enjoyed the crazy and hilarious antics of the famous Jack Sparrow. There is a sequel to these movies such as 1,3 and there is rumored to be a 4th one coming out with I really want to see, because unlike other movies the further the sequel goes it never seems to be unentertaining. I would recommend it to anyone, who is bored on a weekend, and just needs a smashing movie to watch.

    Comment by Sophie M Yr 8A — May 22, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  8. About a week ago I watched The Time Travellers Wife.
    This movie is about a man who can time travel (obviously). One day a girl comes up to him and starts hugging him. he doesn’t remember her but she definately remembers him. When she was a little girl she went down to her field and was having a nice quiet picnic when a man starts telling her to pass her blanket to him. she does this and the a naked man with a blanket wrapped around him comes out of the bushes. She was really frightened until he explained to her that he was a time traveller. Then he asked her to put some old clothes out in the woods for him as he would be returning soon.

    She did that, and then when he returned he had some clothes to wear. They became close friends and when she got older they got together and she had to explain to him that they had met in the future (weird I know) they then got ingaged and then married. They also had a child and named her Alba – she was a time traveller too – he then kept time travelling and eventually got shot whilst time travelling and died.

    I loved this movie eventhough it was a bit weird at some points.

    Comment by shannon — May 21, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  9. I have always loved cooking. Some of my fondest memories are sitting in the kitchen with my mother and sister spreading the mayonaisse my sort of granny used to give us,all over a thick piece of toast and munching on it as I coated the table, oven and floor with a layer of lemon icing or pesto sauce. These memories make my stomach bubble with joy, like toffee in a cooking pot. This is much the same sensation I was delivered as I watched the film JULIE AND JULIA. I cannot describe it with any other word than, and I hope that I don’t sound to pucker, with any other word than darling.
    I felt like a large uneaten cream cake when I watched the closely studied character of julia child- played by Meryl Streep- make creation after creation of edibles in copper pot’s and french ingrediants and the blogger julie powell trying to precariously balance her job with completing the entire julia child’ mastering the art of french cooking’ recipe book. Two different women at two different times in history, making the same recipies.

    The performances were spot-on, and I thought that Meryl Streep made the film whole with her perfecting the frivolous character of an amazing cook.

    It was film of enchantement and also on the verge of reality. I have to say I enjoyed it thouroughly, but there was only one or two slight problems.
    The lights came on in the cinema and there were no homemade delights scattered about, only stale popcorn.

    Also…I am far to old to smear chocolate cake mixture on the walls.

    Comment by Bella — May 19, 2010 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  10. Back to the future I have seen this movie a lot of times.
    This film stars Michael J Fox who plays a character called Marty McFly.
    This film is about Marty and scientist also known as Doc. Doc
    was the old school scientist (he was fiered because they
    all thought he was mad). One day before school Marty went to
    Doc’s place just like any ordinary day but his was about to change
    forever. Doc had created a time machine. When Doc asks Marty to
    join him on a test run and it works. When Doc had keyed in the date
    they were to visit, he didn’t realise that he keyed in the date of when Marty’s
    parents were at school and now has to help his parents meet without
    his Mum falling for the wrong guy or even worse him!!
    After seeing all the possible options of what and who his parents meet
    he does his best to keep everything in perfect manor.
    This was the most Awesomest movie ever!!!

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 10, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  11. Today i watched a movie called (believe it or not) Phoebe in Wonderland.
    This was a very sad movie about a 10 year old girl called Phoebe with Tourette Syndrome. Phoebe’s mother was currently writing a remodeled version of Alice in Wonderland. Phoebe would see the characters from the book and they would tell her to do things she wouldn’t normally. This led to her having nightmares, seeing counselors and receiving the harsh comments from the kids at school. She would often wake up with self made scatches all down her legs. The school play was Alice in Wonderland as well and Phoebe gets the part of Alice. She loves the play as it helps her escape the real world but when she spits in class, the principal removes her from the play. She is devastated and so it is no surprise when her voices tell her to jump from the catwalk at the top of the stage. She does not get badly injured but her drama teacher gets fired for letting her go up there (which she didn’t). At the end of the movie Phoebe learns to accept her circumstances and she becomes much happier.
    This as I said was a sad movie but still nice to watch as she is helped through it. I recommend this to anyone who likes sad movies!

    Comment by Phoebe Parry — May 8, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  12. I forgot to tell you the best bit. Before thry lived happily ever after they had a big war between the Navi and the humans, the Navi one the battle but lost a lot of their men an women who tried to defend their home. The chief tried to kill Jake but Natiri saves him with the oxygen mask that Jake had tried to get before he passed out due to lack of air.

    P.S. it is betrayed not bvetrayed. Sorry I had to help mum at the shop.

    Comment by shannon — May 7, 2010 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  13. I watched Avatar in 3D and in 2D I prefered The 3D of course because it was as if you were there. Back to the story line, Avatar is about a man in a wheelchair name Jake Sully his twin brother (a scientist) dies just before he was set to fly for a 6year trip to a place they call “Pandora”. Pandora is habitant to blue alien like people called the “Navi”. Jake’s brother had made an Avatar or Navi in his science lab but because he died Jake took his place in the mission as the looked the same.

    When Jake gets to Pandora he doesn’t really like it as he is surrounded by all of these scientists who don’t want him around. Jake does make one friend though and his name is Norm Spellman. Norm was Jake’s brothers friend in the academy they both attened on how to interact with the Navi and how to make them become your friend.

    Norm and Jake become really good friends. When they go out for their first mission Norm and Grace (the team leader) come across a tree that they thought had some sought of link between all the other trees around it. Jake isn’t interested in this so he continues on before encountering a beast, he has no idea what to do so he calls over Grace and Norm, they tell him to run so he does. In the proccess they get separated and the beast just runs after Jake, he has to jump off a cliff into some water to get away.

    Whe Jake gets out of the water he has to try and survive the night. A girl named Natiri(?) at the start he doesn’t like her and vice versa. After a while though they fall in love. This was one of the things he told himself that he wouldn’t do. Also at the start he told the Chief man that he would tell him everything about them and their culture, as he wanted to destroy Pandora. Jake forgot all about this promise he had made as he was having such a great time.

    Then they came and knocked down their sacred tree that they all lived in. Natiri wasn’t very happy with Jake as he bvetrayed her.

    In the end they all happily ever after and Jake became a permanent Navi along with Norm and a few others.

    I loved this movie and would recommend it to anyone.

    Comment by shannon — May 7, 2010 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • Must’ve been awesome in 3D. I’ve only seen the 2D version.

      Comment by peterholford — May 9, 2010 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  14. i watched Brave Heart
    I love this movie!
    Brave heart is based on the true story of William Wallice
    (Of Scotland). This man was a scot’s man from the middle ages
    who raised himself after his Brother and Father were killed in battle.
    Wallice then set out to fight against the english to not only get his
    revenge but to free Scotland, and this is where he meets Robert the Bruce
    Who becomes king of Scotland after Brave heart was torched and killed
    by the English.
    A remarkable story of history, trust and friendship!!

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 7, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

    • Great review, Bec. It’s a great film – very intense.

      Comment by peterholford — May 9, 2010 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

    • first of all, it’s William Wallace, second of all he wasn’t torched he was tied to an iron table, and whilst it was burning hot they cut open his stomach and put all his guts on this plate and burned him, then they hanged him, then he was drawned and quatered and sent to the four corners of the UK.
      Robert the bruce turned against William Wallace by saying he was a criminal and should be killed, but then turned against the English and fought for Scotland.
      By the way I’m not a history buff, I just have heard this every bloody time.
      I personally think the movie is a scam, and an actual scot should have played, but bugger that.
      I do think it’s a good movie though, but you forgot the part where his lady love get’s killed because she want’s to marry him..

      Comment by catriona Graham — December 3, 2010 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

      • Seven months later, ‘Trina makes a strong response … well, good to see you’re thinking critically about what you’re watching!

        Comment by peterholford — December 4, 2010 @ 10:00 am

      • I only just read it.

        Comment by catriona Graham — December 4, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  15. i watched a movie called Monsters vs Aliens
    and it is the most funniest movie ever!!!
    It’s about 5 monsters found all over the world who have to be kept in an instertution.
    They have to fight a robot to be granted with their freedom.
    It is rated G and is recomended!!!

    Comment by Rebecca Waters 8 — May 5, 2010 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • bec this is definately a great movie it was so funny!!!

      Comment by jasmine bazzica — May 18, 2010 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  16. My Sister’s Keeper i thought this was a really great film because was about something that people just don’t care enough about and they just think it wont happen to me, that thing is cancer. people know how much it affects your self other people friends and family and that just keeping a hat on will stop it. over all i thought this was a great film and that although it was a very sad story it was still happy and in some bits rather funny

    Comment by brigitte — May 5, 2010 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  17. I watched *The Gods Must Be Crazy* 1 and 2
    It was very funny and entertaining for me and
    i thought was a well spent Saturday!!!

    Comment by Rebecca Waters 8 — May 2, 2010 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  18. well around Easter we rented out, Where the wild things are now this movie is horrible!!!!!!!
    It is nothing compared too the book, and you wouldn’t have thought it was a children movie!!!
    the plot was confusing, the child was violent too his mother, the movie was rated G when some of the wild things attempted too eat the boy!!!!

    Comment by catriona Graham — April 30, 2010 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

    • Okay Trina, I don’t mind that you didn’t like Where the Wild Things Are but your use of the word ‘too’ is starting to worry me. When do we spell ‘too’ with double ‘o’?

      Comment by peterholford — April 30, 2010 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

      • I haven’t revised on to, too and two for a while, but I did write this at 9pm, then fell straight to sleep.

        Comment by catriona Graham — May 1, 2010 @ 8:13 am

      • TO (preposition) expressing motion in the direction of (a particular location): walking down to the shops
        TOO (adverb) 1. to a higher degree than is desirable, permissable, or possible: he was driving too fast. 2. in addition; also: is he coming too?
        TWO (cardinal number) equivalent to the sum of one and one
        All courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary of English

        Comment by peterholford — May 1, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  19. I watched How to train your Dragonit wa sa really exciting movie. I saw it in 3D so when all the dragons were flying around it was as if they were right there. The movie is about a boy named Hiccup who is the son of the viking leader. Hiccup doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of the vikings, as he isn’t very strong and can’t even hold an axe to fight with. He has a crush on this girl named Astrid and he really wants to impress her (she is a really good fighter) but she doesn’t like him at all. One night Hiccup captures a ‘Night Fury’ (one of the most dangerous dragons known to them) but when he tries to kill it he can’t, him and the Night Fury make a really good friendship. I loved this movie and would reccomend it to anyone.

    Comment by Shannon — April 24, 2010 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

    • this is the coolest movie shannon i saw it 2 times in the cinemas

      Comment by jasmine bazzica — May 18, 2010 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  20. I watched a movie called Confessions of a Shopaholic. Its about a shopaholic (obviously) called Rebecca Bloomwood. She applies for a job at the best fashion magazine however misses out so she joins a money magazine to work her way up the ranks. This is a comedy so I don’t think it has a message to it. It is very good and I would love to see it again!

    Comment by Phoebe Parry — April 24, 2010 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

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