Movie review: Slumdog Millionaire

I’ll let you in a on a little secret: I’m a hopeless romantic presenting itself as a cynic. An, boy, is this the kind of movie a romantic would like to watch over and over again. Continue reading

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Ten weirdest movies of all time

You’ve got to admit it: sometimes you do want your brain messed with and watch some bizarre and inexplicable movie. Lucky you, there are countless such movies: surreal to the point of insanity. From iconic directors like David Lynch and Harmony Korine to underground indie filmmakers, it seems as if, at one point or another, almost everyone has put the work into creating something frightening and strange.

Some of these are pretty thought provoking in their weirdness, and others are straight up gory and gross, thus eating popcorn becomes optional.

Brace yourselves for the ten weirdest movies of all time.

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Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War

I took my time with this one. I went to see it Sunday, then thought about it, and thought about it, and then I ended up reading a lot of other reviews, which is something I don’t usually do before writing a review for a book or movie.

Avengers Infinity War is going to earn a ton of money at the box office. That thing is for sure. It’s also the longest trailer ever made. Unless you’ve been religiously watching all the other movies in the MCU, you’ll have a hard time knowing who does what, and why. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember who is who in this movie.

There are so many characters, that the entire movie feels like a bunch of cameos.

Other than that, this movie resembles Thor 3: Ragnarok more than any other of the series.

It’s funny and dark. It also features a character that is almost indestructible from the moment it first appears on screen until the very end.

The ending, which I’m not going to spoil, could have been frustrating to the point of breaking your heart, if there wouldn’t be the Deus Ex Machina of the Infinity Gauntlet.

The fate of the universe is not that much at risk. It does not feel like that.

After all, if you can turn back time and reverse any sort of damage, what is there to lose?

It must be boring to be all powerful, all mighty, and to be able to see into the future.

At the same time, surprisingly, this movie is character-driven. And, yes, Thanos is by far the most believable of all the villains in the MCU so far, but he’s just a different shade of X-Men’s Apocalypse.

Who knew Social Darwinism would become popular again? At least in the movies?

As a matter of fact, depending on your beliefs, you could actually argue that the Avengers are the bad guys in all this. In a way.

This movie ultimately fell short. It promised a lot, but under-delivered. It’s not a bad movie, and it’s well worth watching, especially if you have invested a lot of your time in the previous movies of the franchise, but while it delivers an interesting villain, the stakes don’t feel real anymore.

Thanos should have had a lot of trouble starting from the first few minutes of the movie, but, yeah, all-powerful characters seem to be the norm these days.

Maybe one day Marvel will be able to make a movie that has it all.

 

Movie Review: Match Point

I have to admit that I’m not Woody Allen’s biggest fan. He’s extremely talented and has produced and directed a lot of movies, but even when I did like his stuff, movies like Deconstructing Harry or Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I still got the impression that there was something missing – one more ingredient to make them perfect. And I felt as if Allen carefully builds his characters to a certain point, after which he just gives up and abandons his character to find their own way toward the end. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Titan

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

Director: Lennart Ruff
Writers: Max Hurwitz (screenplay by), Arash Amel (story by)
Stars: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson

Okay, so I have no idea if I liked this movie or not. The critics seem to pretty much hate it.

The thing is, this is quite a strange movie. The premise is good, the first hour of the movie is quite good. You got your “end of the world is near and everyone dies” scenario, a bit of drama, a bit of hope, it’s quite interesting. The acting is good. Continue reading

Ten movies that were better than the book

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” – John Le Carré

A lot of writers sell the rights to their books to producers who seem to have nothing but the best intentions for their works. Unfortunately, most often than not, the end result is nothing but disappointing.

Indeed, on rare occasions, the opposite is true: the adaptation improves greatly the source material. Here are 10 movies that are better than the book they were based upon. Continue reading

Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem

About one in three movies made by Woody Allen is a masterpiece. The remaining two are terrible. Yet, that one which is a masterpiece, is loved by some, loathed by others.

What I am trying to say is that, Allen’s work is polarizing. You either adore it or hate it.

Vicki Cristina Barcelona is one of his best works. Allen weaves a bizarre story, which is kind of his trademark, but this time, he reveals an awful lot about people, which is why we enjoy stories in the first place. Continue reading