From up on Poppy Hill (2011) Review

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From up on Poppy Hill is a Drama film that was directed by Goro Miyazaki with the film based on a screen play written by his father Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.

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Umi is a young girl who attends a boarding school called Coquelicot Manor in Japan. Here she meets Shun a young male student after he ends up in the school newspaper after committing to a Dare Devil stunt.

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Umi and Shun become very close throughout the film end work together to try and convince the chairman of the boarding school to not demolish it but the main mystery is whether they are actually lost siblings as both of them have the same photograph of a man who they believe to be there father.

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I will be honest and say that I have never been too fond of this film, I have always found it to be a little bit boring and the story feels like a plot that I have seen a thousand times before, however the voice acting is probably some of the best out of all the Ghibli movies, A lot of effort and heart went into all of these performances and while the only  recognisable name may be Jamie- Lee- Curtis everyone did a fantastic job and its the passion in the voice work that I think makes the film stand out among others.

From up on Poppy Hill will probably never be a film that I would say needs to be seen but it has a lot of heart and some amazing voice work, I wish the plot had a little bit more to it but overall I would say that one is just ok at best.

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Trading Places (1983) Review

IMG_6811-482x707Trading Places is a Christmas comedy directed by John Landis who directed classics such as an American Werewolf in London, Animal House and the Blues Brothers before this popular flick.

Trading Places Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy ©Paramount PicturesThe film stars Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche as the lead actors in the film who work along side a supporting cast consisting of Denholm Elliot and Jamie Lee Curtis.

09132013_Trading_PlacesA homeless man and a rich stock broker have their lives switched due to cruel one dollar bet set up by two sleezy rich business men Randolph and Mortimer Duke, the two comedy legends Murphy and Aykroyd give of some hilarious performances while the rest of the cast do an excellent job portraying their characters.

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I particularly enjoyed Jamie Lee Curtis in her role as Orphelia the prostitute that offers to help aykroyds character seek revenge on the Duke brothers and to get his fortune and dignity back, but the entire cast did a great job none the less.

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There are a lot of jokes and references in the film that wouldn’t sit well with some viewers including a lot of racial slangs, racist jokes and a scene with a gorilla that would leave some people very unimpressed however if you are not offended by anything like this then I am sure you will love the film.

Its one of my favorite movies to watch around the holidays and I am sure it could become a favorite for some of you guys too.

I hope you enjoyed this holiday review of Trading Places (1983) if you respect my opinion I will respect yours.

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