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
Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight was one in a lifetime sort of thing. Truth be told, his superb performance accounted for the movie’s success. Continue reading
For this weekly recommendation I’m going to try something new. I’m going to recommend a Romanian movie. And it’s not because I’m a patriot or I like Romanian cinema. I actually find it very boring and dull. I feel it lacks imagination and heart. But this movie isn’t about something being funny or fast paced. It’s about a feeling. Of despair, of hope and of a better life. Continue reading
To Live and Die in L.A. , a 1985 movie based on the eponymous novel written by Gerald Petievich, tells the story of two secret agents, Richard Change ( William Peterse) and John Vukovich (John Pankow), as they attempt to arrest Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe), who’s probably the reason why I loved this movie. Dafoe’s character, basically a counterfeiter, is just smart and evil enough to make the movie worthwhile.
Even though produced on a modest budget – none of the actors were big stars at the time – William Friedkin’s film has been well received by critics. Continue reading
The 5th of November 1999. I was barely 8 years old and still believed in Santa Clause. That’s when I saw my first Star Wars movie. I remember some colleagues from my moms workplace came over for dinner and one of them bought me a VHS tape of The Phantom Menace. It had been released a couple of months earlier. I remember excusing myself and going to my best friend across the hall and we watched it together. And we watched it again the next day. I think we watched it for once a day for the next week. I was amazed. Also, I remember asking Santa that year for more Star Wars stuff. I got the original trilogy on VHS and a Lego set. When I started getting my allowance I started to buy books. I don’t know what kids at 12 or 13 years old do with their pocket money, but I was buying books. Pretty weird, right?
There is no denying that Marvel has achieved a lot with its cinematic universe. In less than ten years they have released 17 movies, with an additional 7 planned for release in the next two years. A total of 12.7 billion dollars at the box office so far for the releases in the cinematic universe. All of the movies have been well received by critics and fans alike, some of them receiving widespread critical acclaim. Light hearted, great humor and an excellent cast, these movies are a joy to watch, even if you are not a comic book fan.
But how well does their cinematic universe compare to that of DC?
Let’s find out… Continue reading
Two word review: My God!
What a TV show. Truly. One I can binge watch without giving a damn about all the adult stuff I am supposed to be doing. It’s got it all: a bit of supernatural, a bit of science fiction, a bit of horror, a bit of romance, a bit of humor. It’s got suspense and it’s got great acting. The cinematography is quite amazing. The soundtrack, top notch. It’s got it all. And it’s probably the best TV show since Game of Thrones. Continue reading