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// top five – movies featuring a tree

// leaf it alone.

Never shying away from deep, penetrating blogging, this week’s top five is dedicated to National Tree Day, July 31. So get out there and plant something because even though you use your computer for most things, there are still areas the size of American football fields being torn up every day. Who said I couldn’t go green for once? So here it is… the top five cinematic moments that show case how awesome trees are.

1. The Whomping Willow – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Is there a better way to start your 2nd year than to crash-land into a tree that then decides to trash your mode of transportation? Having missed their train and forced to take the flying car to Hogwarts Harry and Ron become embroiled in a rather eventful flight. On the final approach into the school grounds, the car loses power and crashes into the Whomping Willow. The massive tree seemingly comes alive, violently pounding the car. Disgruntled, the battered Ford extricates itself, lands on the ground and ejects Harry, Ron, and their luggage, before wildly driving off into the Forbidden Forest.

Awesome Tree Rating: 2/5 – A tree that can kick your ass is never a tree you want at a Bat Mitzvah.

2. The Old Oak TreeThe Shawshank Redemption

After having a heart-to heart with his friend Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), Red (Morgan Freeman) is informed that waiting for him underneath an old oak tree is something for him. Pretty flimsy premise to trek out in to the middle of nowhere to a spot where Dufresne diddled his wife’s skittle, but he does it anyway. The pay off? A tree more glorious than Dufresne gives credit to. In a box underneath a piece of volcanic glass are instructions for Red to head to Tawit-Tawoo… Tewhattenau….How do you spell it? Where ever Andy Dufresne instructs Red to visit in Mexico, when he is released.The real show stealer is the tree though. What beautiful bows.

Awesome Tree Rating: 3/5 – A strong performance form a tree in a supporting role.

3. Tree of Life/Tree of Souls – Avatar/Fern Gully

I’m sure everyone is aware that one of the most glorious uses of a tree as the fulcrum of a Hollywood movie was mercilessly ripped off by Cameron when he gave us Fern Gully Redux or Avatar as it’s more commonly known. The similarities are undeniable, but what Cameron did manage to do was make a tree look spectacular in 3D. There was even a replica in Hyde Park for a while if I’m not mistaken. Plus, it’s a tree that can bring people back to life if they die. Who the fuck wouldn’t want one of those in their back yard? Might have made me an even more reckless individual than I am now though. Whilst it did ruin a film that as a child I probably watched at least 3 times a week, it did (I assume) invite people to watch the classic animated version and moan about the similarities which is always a good thing for bloggers to get their teeth in to.

Awesome Tree Rating: 3/5 – Awesome tree Mr Cameron, but I’m afraid it’s a tree I spent a lot of time looking at in my youth. I’m all about growth,nurturing and development. Kind of.

4. The Ents – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Talking trees. Should they be in here? Of course they should. Not only are the Ents super old, they also don’t stand for any shit. “You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.” So true, and when The Ents do decide to get their leafy backsides in the mixer and save the forest it’s worth the wait. They teach Saruman that using forest supplies for Middle Earth take-over is super-uncool.

Awesome Tree Rating: 4/5 – They’re green, they’re lean and they are clearly on crack.

5. Dinosaur Food Tree (Technical Name) – Jurassic Park

To round off the top five trees on-screen, we have the tree featured in Jurassic Park that Dr Grant, Lex and Timmy hide out in. After a rather eventful encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex the group take refuge in the enormous tree which I can only assume is a Bigggus Redwoodus. During the course of their stay their sleep is interrupted by some hungry, hungry Brachiosaurus’ – Sadly Lex’s fears of the giant monoliths isn’t eased when one of them sneezes on her. It’s a classic scene from the second greatest movie of all time.

Awesome Tree Rating: 5/5 – It has it all; danger, suspense, humour and a dinosaur. Perfect really.

So that concludes our adventure into the world of Tress on-screen. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Tweet me the words ‘Foliage’ (@SexyRob) and I will be sure to send you a suitable pun.

Enjoy your day wherever you are.

Thanks for reading

SexyRob

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// trailer – The Avengers – Some Thoughts

// What exactly are the Avengers avenging?

So a while back now, The Avengers teaser trailer dropped into our laps and having had some time to digest, here are some thoughts… Not may, but a few.

1. I’m looking forward to this movie, even if the trailer is nothing more than a show boat piece to get Samuel L. Jackson more voice over work.

2. Marvel have had a strong year. Thor was excellent and I’m told Captain America is equally as good. There will now be a higher expectation on Marvel and Disney (who take over the reigns of most of the Marvel products from Paramount). The danger is obviously that there are a whole host of super heroes all fighting it out for screen time. How will Joss Whedon manage to satisfy the appetites of the fans of the individual characters. Personally I’m a big Iron Man and Thor fan, and with their recent success you would hope Whedon would go to town with these two taking the lead.

3. The Incredible Hulk. Whilst I do like the science part of Bruce Banner’s evolution into the angry green giant, I can’t help but feel that he is the weakest link. Fingers crossed Whedon can make Ruffalo’s trashing smashing monster more appealing. We don’t want another movie of just screaming and shouting.
Whedon is a good director, but let’s not forget his movie credentials aren’t exactly massive. Prove me wrong Joss. You know you want to.

4. If you managed to read this far, tweet the word ‘Shutterbug’ (@sexyrob) and I promise to give you a personalised SexyRob superhero name.

Check out the trailer below, but don’t expect too much. It’s a teaser trailer after all.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Righetti

Synopsis: Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

See you soon and thanks for reading.

SexyRob

// 100% non-exclusive trailer – Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows

// Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law return for more japes.

I was very skeptical about the first instalment. I was going through my ‘I hate Guy Ritchie’ phase which is like a cinematic period and arrives almost like clockwork. However, I’m glad that on Boxing Day I went and shelled out a few gold coins to be part of the excitement that ensued afterwards. Turns out that Guy Ritchie can still direct and RDJ and Jude Law have fantastic chemistry. Captain Evil aka Mark Strong did his usual job of being mean, which was good. McAdams was average in the love interest role, but overall smiles were a plenty as I left the Vue cinema in Worcester… Ahhh memories.

Skip forward 2 years and the dynamic duo are back. This time they face off against the super-evil Professor Moriarty on a journey that leads them all over the globe… I like the look of it, but it kind of has that action/comedy element that Pirates of the Caribbean has, so hopefully they don’t ham it up too much. Check it out below. See what you think. Feedback is appreciated.

If you read this post tweet me with the message – ‘Badger Soup’ (@SexyRob) and I will give you a personalised hello.

Thanks for reading.

SexyRob

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