Movie of the Week: Arrival

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Hey guys! When I’m at my sister’s house, I end up watching a shit load of movies, eheh, which is good, because I haven’t been into movies or TV much lately. Arrival was something that they had watched before, but thought that I should watch it too, so watch it we did. And wow people! This one surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much, because I hadn’t even heard of the movie before, but WOW.

So, just so you can know what it is about:

“Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.”

For once, I loved that a movie about aliens wasn’t all about killing and violence. Instead, it was about understanding and cooperation. I was in awe with this one. So good.

The whole concept of the movie is so cool, and it’s one of those where you have to truly pay attention to every detail, because there are a lot of things that you won’t see coming. This is one I highly recommend. And the language? Beautiful!

It gets 4.5 stars for sure!

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Now to you. Have you seen Arrival? Thoughts???

Movie of the Week: La La Land

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Hey people! I haven’t talked about movies in a few months, but last night I went to watch La La Land, and given that the movie was just nominated for 14 Academy Awards, I thought that maybe I could share my thoughts on it.

I’ll start by saying that I wasn’t curious about this movie. I saw the trailers and they did nothing for me, on the contrary. I love musicals, I love Emma Stone, but everything else about this movie didn’t speak to me at all. Still, given the choice between La La Land and Resident Evil, my answer was obvious!

I have to say the movie surprised me a lot. I liked the cinematography and the overall feel of the movie. But beware, because of the way this movie was shot, it might make you dizzy and give you slight headaches, because it sure gave me one.

I also liked the story, it has that old Hollywood feel with a modern twist, and it’s very well accomplished. And more so, I absolutely loved the ending, those last 10 minutes made the whole movie for me, and I was so glad that it went that way.

Now, while I absolutely love Emma Stone, I can’t stand Ryan Gosling… sorry! I feel like he’s one of the most overrated actors of his generation, and while he has his good moments in this movie, I don’t think his performance was all that spectacular. To be honest, while these two actors work great together onscreen, I find it kind of strange that they didn’t look for other actors who could fill the singing part a little bit better.

While the movie was way better than I was anticipating and it’s a visual feast, I don’t find it a movie worth of 14 Oscars’ nominationsDamien Chazelle, the director, sure had a great vision, but is this the best movie and best screenplay of 2016? What about best actor and actress? I honestly don’t think so, but I’m curious to see what your thoughts are on it. 

I have to say though, the music?! FANTASTIC!

For the first time, I’m rating a movie (and I’ll start doing so), and I give this one a solid 4 stars.

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Now to you. Tell me your thoughts on La La Land.

Movie of the Week: Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Hey people! How are you?! Cool? I had a blast last night, when I went to the movies to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby, which was totally unexpected! I have to admit that I was very sceptic about this movie, and I was not planning to go see it, but then my sister wanted and needed a fun comedy to watch, and we ended up going last night, and oh boy, it was funny as hell. I will risk saying that it was the FUNNIEST of the 3 Bridget Jones‘s  movies.

To start, I was worried about how they would spin the story so that Bridget was not with Mark anymore and how they would explain that, but they did explain it, it made sense and it was sad as hell, but understandable nonetheless.

The actually dilemma of the movie was also well done and the humour in the plot was off the charts. I loved the interactions of the characters and how, even though a lot of time has passed, they are still very much the same old characters we know.

I’m gonna say it again: I loved the humour! This was the type of hilarious that had me twisting my legs and cursing the water I had just drank. THAT FUNNY!

I have to admit that I was rooting for Mark since before I saw the movie, because the story wouldn’t make sense to me otherwise, but I have to admit that I did like Jack, and I was super happy with the resolution of the movie.

I was initially a bit on the fence also about the age of the cast. Nothing wrong with these actors or their ages, don’t get me wrong. But I do think they’re a bit over the age for romantic comedies… sorry. But I have to say: IT WORKEDRenée Zellweger looks good in the movie, and she looks normal, which is a great thing. I love Colin Firth, so I can’t say a bad thing about him to be honest. And Patrick Dempsey is very much still Dr. McDreamy, right? Emma Thompson as Dr. Rawlings is a scene stealer though, she’s spectacular! Sarah Solemani is another show stealer, she’s amazing  :D.

To wrap this up, this movie is so funny and well done and I have to recommend it.

GO WATCH IT NOW :D!

Movie of the Week: Begin Again

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This week I saw an awesome movie! My brother-in-law was listening non-stop to the Begin Again soundtrack, which prompt me and my sister to want to watch the movie, which we did, and loved it.

The format and concept of the movie is super unique, and the way it’s filmed was a plus for me, because it seemed like an amatour film at times, which added to the concept as well. And I just love the casting, because Mark Ruffalo is a genius and so is Keira Knightley. Adam Levine really surprised me, mostly because I didn’t even have a clue that he was in the movie.

I really loved the story about how these 2 characters found each other and helped each other become more themselves – does that make sense?!

The soundtrack is beyond awesome! Keira’s voice is not always spectacular, but the songs are beautifully written and all the songs have a meaning and a purpose on the storyline. It’s definitly worth having a listen to it – I need it for my phone ASAP.

Have you seen Begin Again? What did you think of this movie?

Movie of the Week: Suicide Squad

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So… I finally went to see Suicide Squad, because I was curious, and because the people I’m with right now, sis + brother in law + friend + nephew, really wanted to see it as well. Well guys… neither of us actually liked it. It was such a disappointing movie.

I felt like this one had such a huge potential, but it was totally wasted away. While some characters were great – ahem, Harley Quinn – most were underwhelming, and their inclusion in the story was not totally well rounded. For instance, maybe I’m alone in this, but I really didn’t like Jared Leto’s Joker. Such a huge deal was done in regards to his casting, but for me it was just a big no.

I liked some of the other characters, but ultimately they lacked something. Will Smith did mostly an amazing job, but some of his dialogue felt disconnected, and lacked something. In fact, most of my problems were with the dialogue and conversations… the timing was off and they felt so weird.

The story was just a bit nonsense to me, and the Enchantress ended up having a role I wasn’t expecting and that I didn’t like. I had a few “WTF?!” moments during this movie. Way too many. The transitions were also off. To be honest, there was very little I actually liked, and I’m not sure if I’m getting too picky, or if these movies are just sucking big time.

Did you see Suicide Squad? What did you think of this movie?

Movie of the Week: Captain America – Civil War

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captain_america_civil_war_1By now you guys all know that I’m a huge Marvel fan, right? And also, I’m a HUGE Captain Americaand Chris Evans – fan, but when the trailers for Civil War started coming out, I saw myself siding with #TeamIronMan, and I honestly felt like I was cheating on Steve Rogers or something… I felt bad. Still, there I was, totally convinced that Iron Man was in the right on this one… until I saw the movie last week.

I’m now firmly #TeamCap and the only thing I can say is that the trailers lied!

OMFG!!!! This movie is excellent!

Because the ensemble cast is so huge, I was a little worried that some characters would get lost in the jumble, but that doesn’t happen at all. Every single one of these superheroes gets their time on screen and their chance to shine, and shine they do. The reasoning behind why each of them chooses one side or the other is clear, and it mostly fits with what we know of the characters. And despite what it looks like, not everything is black and white – or red and blue – and there are more than enough reasons for some wavers.

The action sequences were freaking amazing. The movie opens with an Avengers sting, and I swear to you that I could spend hours just watching Cap and Black Widow fighting. The stunts choreography is spectacular. The acting is out of this world! Having so many stars sharing one screen is bonkers, and they all bring it.

I really liked the plot. I love how this movie doesn’t focus that much on the villain – though he gets his screen time and the story is developed well – and instead focus on the internal struggles of each of these superheroes and their battle between doing what everyone says it’s right and what they feel is right.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but I want to talk about a few specific characters. I thought the integration of the Black Panther was very organic, he not only belonged there, but he made sense. Also, I’m so freaking excited for his movie, because he was just awesome!

I was a little scared when they announced that Tom Holland was playing the new Spider Man, but boy, did that kid impress me! I loved the way they introduced him, without having to go into an origins story, but with him still being pretty new to the superhero game. I wasn’t a particular fan of how Tony recruited him, because I felt that from all the players duking it out there, Spidey was the only one that didn’t know all the stakes, and I felt that if he did know them, he wouldn’t be siding with #TeamIronMan. The suit looks amazing though, and he was a delight to see on screen!

I loved seeing Steve, Bucky and Sam together, with the later two competing a bit in the role of BFF/sidekick. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie play well off each other, and that chemistry was amazing.

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I was super excited about seeing Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man join the team. He was so freaking excited to just be there, and I thought he integrated himself quite nicely with the other #TeamCap superheroes.

If there was one character I wasn’t a fan of on this movie it was James Rhodes. I always loved Rhodey, but he was a little too entitles in this movie, and somehow he really pissed me off. And somehow that annoying thing passed to Tony too, and that’s bad, because I love Iron Man.

I thought it was amazing how they showed The Vision‘s vulnerability, with him struggling to understand his role, his existence and his emotions. At the same time that they showed him building a relationship with Wanda, which I felt was important for both of them.

Ultimatly I’m a little scared for what this movie means for the MCU, because several characters are not in the greatest position at the end of it, and I have no clue how that will play out in their future movies. The two post-credits scenes do an amazing job setting up the Black Panther and Spider Man movies though. I’m excited 😀 !

(I had to share this one… come on… that’s arm porn!)