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: Spotlight

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When Spotlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture last Sunday I was a bit surprised, mostly because I hadn’t even heard of this movie, but because I wanted to know what the hell it was about, I loaded the trailer and was soon checking if it was screening in any of the 3 VOSE cinemas in the city. Yesterday I was finally able to go and watch it, and I’m so damn glad I did.

The trailer is pretty straightforward about what goes on during this movie – given that it’s based in real life events and all. But mostly it’s the journey of the Spotlight team while they uncover the facts and expose a pedophilia scandal inside the church.

The subject itself is abhorrent, but what they uncover will make you feel very uncomfortable. The shear size and numbers of the scandal is mind blowing.

About the movie itself, it’s just amazing. It doesn’t have action or anything like that, what it does have is heart and amazing acting. Mark Ruffalo blew me away (as always), and so did Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber.

It’s a movie worth watching, but more than that, it’s information worth knowing, because then maybe we can actually see…

Movie of the Week – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wow, I hadn’t posted about a movie in a while… oh well, here it is… When I got back to Portugal, after my trip to Brazil, I managed to include a visit to the Movie Theatre with my friend, to watch (by then, very late) the new Avengers movie.

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Let me start of by saying that I loved the movie. Granted, I wasn’t as surprised and excited as the first one. It wasn’t as good story wise as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But nonetheless, it was AWESOME! And for the life of me, I can’t understand all the hating towards it. Warning, there will be SPOILERS!

What I loved:

  • This movie was a Clint Barton fest and I was delighted by it. Hawkeye hasn’t been the center of attention in none of the other movies because he doesn’t have powers or lots of money, but here we see how much the team needs him and it’s glorious. Jeremy Renner was amazing.
  • The Vision is from now my favorite new Avenger, yup, no doubt about it. He’s like an upgraded version of JARVIS, he flies and he can create clothes… what’s not to love? Paul Bettany, who was present from the beginning of the MCU as JARVIS, was absolutely amazing as Vision and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • Speaking of JARVIS, I will miss him most of all…
  • Thor and Tony comparing their wives (girlfriends, whatever), in a game of who’s better and more accomplished was hella cute and such a break from the usual system.
  • I really loved that Sam and Rhodes were at the party and I was really glad when War Machined showed up to fight. It would have been nice however to see Falcon there as well, given the wings and the fact that they were in the air… it would have helped.
  • Oh Captain America, poor baby, my heart breaks each time that he has a scene with Peggy Carter…
  • Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were pretty great. I was a bit wary about Quicksilver, given than just last year we saw a version of this character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I have to say, that even though Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was amazing and lots of fun, I kind of liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version a bit more. I think they made Quicksilver more human, which makes sense, given that he was never without his sister.
  • Bromances all around! I love the Bruce/Tony bromance, but my heart gave a little jolt when Thor sided with Tony!!!
  • There were some amazing fight scenes!!! =D
  • The New Avengers!!! Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon! Can’t wait to see them in action on Civil War!!
  • I really loved that Natasha was made Clint’s BFF and that his kids call her Aunt Nat… It was adorable…

What I wasn’t especially fond of:

  • The plot was really complex, which made the story seem confuse at times. I don’t know what they could have done differently to fix it… everything was important.
  • I wanted to slap Bruce Banner really hard… First, I don’t think they should have gone there with Natasha and Bruce, yeah they have some kind of weird chemistry, but they shouldn’t have implied that she would abandon everything to be at peace with him, I don’t think that’s in character for her, and it really bothered me.
  • Nick Fury. What the hell was he doing there? They did not need him, his lines could have been said by Maria Hill and his named dropped and that would be ok… no need to bring him there (especially because he’s supposedly dead!).
  • There weren’t enough outside shots of Iron Man. Most of Iron Man scenes were done inside the suit and I felt that the suit did not see much action.
  • Oh, yeah, Pietro dying?! Not OK people… not OK at all!!!

I guess this is it, I need to watch it a second time though 😀 !!!