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?

This Week on TV: Grease Live!

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Not sure if this should be in the TV or Movie section, because it’s technically a movie, done live… for TV :D.

Either way, I don’t care, because Grease Live! was absolutely fantastic! I’ve only seen the full original movie once, and that was about 15 years ago, so I didn’t remember much of the plot, but I found it kind of fascinating. The singing was superb, I actually think that I like Aaron Tveit better than John Travolta in this role, his singing voice is definitly better. While Julianne Hough was awesome as Sandy, I still like Olivia Newton-John’s voice slightly better. But utterly impressive was Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, she was completely transformed, and I couldn’t even recognize the same kid that was on High School Musical.

Overall the casting was freaking amazing and the show was awesome. But more than the story or the actors, what amazes me was the whole of the production behind it. Fox did it brilliantly!

Movie of the Week: Sisters

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I watched Sisters a few days ago, when I finally managed to convince my mom, nephew and sister-in-law to go to the movies. I love Tina Fey, so I kind of had high hopes for this movie… unfortunately it wasn’t all that. Incredible, I liked Amy Poehler’s role better than Fey’s…

So, the movie was ok, but I felt that it was too much at times, while at some other times, it just wasn’t enough. I don’t know how to better explain my feelings for this movie. Was it entertaining? Yeah, it was. Would I see it again? Not likely. My 13 yo nephew really loved it though ;-).

One curious thing was seeing James Brolin and Dianne Evelyn Wiest portraying a couple again, which they also do in Life in Pieces.

I guess I’m used to seeing Tina Fey doing intelligent kind of humour, and I thought that this just wasn’t it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Teaser Trailer

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OMG people! Did you know we were getting this so soon????? I didn’t! And at the first Lumos Maxima I felt shivers and had tears in my eyes, which I had to control because I’m at work and all! I’m so intrigued by this movie, and the acting seems great and the effects look spectacular, and the settings and wardrobe look like perfection, and I can’t wait.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses Optioned for Film

77493_originalWait, what?! OH YEAH!!!

Deadline just broke the news that Tempo Productions has optioned the Sarah J. Maas novel, A Court Of Thorns And Roses for film, and I’m so so happy!

ACOTAR would be a great movie, who’s with me? Are we fancasting the hot hot Fae yet? 😀


EXCLUSIVE– In a competitive situation, Jo Bamford’s and Piers Tempest’s Tempo Productions have optioned Sarah J Maas’s YA fantasy book A Court of Thorns and Roses. Maas’s book follows 19-year-old huntress Feyre, who kills a wolf in the woods, only for a beast-like creature to arrive and demand retribution for it.

Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever.

Maas is repped by CAA and Tamar Rydzinski at the Laura Dail Literary Agency. Charles Moore at Wiggin LLC acts for Tempo.

Movie of the Week: Trainwreck

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I’ve been meaning to watch this movie since it was at the movies a while back, but at the time I couldn’t make it, so I was just now able to catch it. Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t go see it in a big screen.

Until this, I hadn’t watch anything with Amy Schumer, I caught a couple of interviews with her, and although I didn’t find her particularly funny, I decided that it was time to give her a chance, because if everyone finds her so damn funny, they have to have a reason, right?

Oh well… I found the movie a complete Trainwreck (yes, pun intended). I didn’t find it funny at all. Actually, sorry, I’m lying here, it had its funny moments, and it was usually between Bill Hader and LeBron James (or any other basketball star running around at the time).

I found the premise of this movie really great, a complete genderbending of the so traditional “bad boy doesn’t want to settle down, then he meets the right girl and turns his life around”. So the beginning showed promise, with Amy sleeping around and doing what she liked, however it got old pretty fast, by the complete lack of human decency that her character showed. I mean, girl, if you don’t want to actually sleep with a guy, don’t make him stop breathing so he doesn’t bother you – get up and leave! I don’t know, her character just really got on my nerves. The way she treated her boyfriend, and then her sister and her family, was just not ok. And the jokes weren’t that funny.

Amy Schumer does know how to act, and well! It can been seen in the last minutes of the movie, especially in her dramatic scenes. I also didn’t understand why all her dresses were so damn short, lol, I’m sure there’s a reason, I just didn’t get it.

Really, what saved the movie for me was Bill Hader’s moments without Amy Schumer… =/

Also, John Cena’s character?! Really? I can’t even!

Movie of the Week: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Wow, did you know that it has been well over a month since I posted about a movie? Yep, apart from a korean movie I watched on board when I was on my way to Korea, this is the first movie I’ve seen in over a month! WOW indeed!

Yesterday I had a lazy Sunday at home and decided it was well past the time to watch Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the novel by Jesse Andrews of the same name, which I reviewed back in June.

The reviews of the movie have been fantastic so far, so I was expecting it to be good, but man, I wasn’t expecting it to be that much better than the book. And it is! I liked the book, but the movie is absolutely amazing.

I was right back in June, this plot and story work way better in movie form than on the page. On the book, we never quite know exactly how Greg feels about everything and everyone surrounding him, because he is never really honest about it. This works way better on the movie, given that we can actually see his expressions and desperation written plainly on his face. Also, the relationship between the 3 main characters is way deeper in the movie than in the novel. Here we go through almost an entire year of bonding and OMG, it’s so so beautiful. I was crying like a baby – sobbing really – throughout the last third of the movie.

So, everything works amazingly well for this movie. The cinematography is completely unique, and there are a few scenes with a still camera that will give you the chills. Greg and Earl’s movies also work out great on movie – duh! This is a very visual plot, so I think it’s natural that the film can give it something that was severely lacking in the book.

I completely loved this movie. I adored Olivia Cooke as Rachel, and I think we can expect great things from her – and oh, her voice, I love her voice. Also, Nick Offerman as Greg’s dad was an unexpected pleasure 🙂 . I also loved RJ Cyler as Earl 🙂 .

And OMG, Hugh Jackman! I totally gasped at that scene, I was not expecting it at all.

To finish, I really loved it, and I think that even if you didn’t enjoy the novel all that much, you’ll really like the film. Trust me 😉 !

Movie of the Week: PHD Movie 2 – Still in Grad School

This week when I got home, I received my reward for crowdfunding the PHD Movie 2, that is, I received my DVDs of both movies, so naturally I wasted no time in watching the second one. If you have been paying attention here, you know that I’ve been pretty excited about this, right?

This second movie deals with 2 different main issues. From one hand, Cecilia (Alexandra Lockwood) needs to graduate ASAP, mainly because her advisor is leaving on sabbatical, so she deals with the problems of writing the thesis, procrastination, finding a thesis committee, managing all the conflicting schedules and ego issues, etc. On the other hand, Winston (Raj Katti) goes away with his group for his first field conference and has to deal with the pressure of doing better than the other groups and competing for funding.

I really liked this movie, though not as much as the first one. I did like the themes and the resolutions. I even cried! Winston’s collaboration with his rival lab to make an essential contribution to science moved me. But the high point of the movie for me was watching real footage of Alexandra Lockwood’s graduation! Yes, she is already a PhD! 😀

My biggest problem with this movie was the time frame. Essentially everything happens within a week or so, so while Winston is away at the super long conference, Cecilia realizes that she has to write a thesis, she actually writes it with several corrections from her professor, finds a committee and a date, defends her thesis AND has a graduation ceremony… in the meanwhile the conference is still going on. I didn’t like that! It’s the most unreal thing ever that they’ve done in the movies or comics…

It still left me pretty emotional… 😥 Oh, and I totally saw that ending coming… after how the first movie ended, I thought it was pretty obvious!

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Room (trailer)

Room is one of the many books becoming movies in 2015, based on the novel Room by Emma Donoghue, and it’s about a 5-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) being cared for by “Ma,” played by Brie Larson.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. 

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another

I have to be honest, I don’t know if I want to read the book – it’s not really my thing – but the trailer looks freaking amazing, and I want this to come out NOW! Check it out.

Movie of the Week: Inside Out

I’ll level with you, this has been a terrible month for my relationship with movies. I had a long list of movies that I wanted to go watch at the cinema, but each time I set a day aside to go to Barcelona to watch one, I just didn’t! I was in no mood, none whatsoever. So, the university opened again on Tuesday (1/9) and suddenly I’m not alone anymore, lol, so I thought that handling 6 hours of a lot of people was enough for one day and I left early and headed to the movies. Yes, the only thing that actually made me move was the fact that otherwise I would be listening to people for at least 5 more hours!

Anyhow… I decided to watch Inside Out, because I needed a laugh and thought that was safer than The Fantastic Four or any other action movie. Lucky for me, the movie was still at the closest Original Version Cinema in Barcelona, near Plaça de Catalunya 🙂 . It also gave me an opportunity to find out that a Costa Cafe opened near there (on the same street as a Starbucks, dumb move!) – I had lunch there, had a cappuccino, regretted it slightly… moving on!

This movie, wow, this movie is FANTASTIC!!!! Holy Crap, totally magnificent! It’s my favorite Disney-Pixar Movie, for sure.

I didn’t have much idea of the plot before it started, but I was so pleasantly surprised. I loved Riley and I loved all of her emotions and her islands, so precious. I don’t even have coherent words for it, but I’ll tell you that I was laughing and then I was crying, and then I was laughing and crying at the same time (and wiping my tears with my t-shirt because I forgot my paper-tissues). It’s ok to be happy, it’s ok to be sad, angry, and feel disgust and fear, all these emotions are part of us, and they make us complete. We are all emotional complex, deal with it!

The actors were amazing in their parts, Lewis Black as spot on! Bill Hader was Fear, and I thought he did great as well.

But the ladies were magnificent! Mindy Kaling played Disgust and OMG, she was so funny. Phyllis Smith was my favorite though, I loved Sadness, and I loved how she portrayed her. having watched every season of The Office, I immediately recognized her voice, and honestly, no one could do it as well as she. And of course, Amy Poehler does a terrific job as Joy and I loved her so so much!!!!

I can’t say enough how amazing this movie is. Have you seen it? Did you liked it?! 😀