The Lego Movie is a unique and visually stunning animation movie where CGI is combined with stop motion using Lego toys. Now that is something you have to love or at least find appealing because otherwise you will feel overwhelmed and ending up not liking it much. When it starts it does not waste time throwing adventure and exciting events at you. I must admit it took me a little time to get into the spirit of things but once I did I was having fun. Now until this point I was not overly impressed and even wondered how this film got rated so high. Then it became apparent why that was. At one point Lego Movie throws some philosophy at you in a way that there is no escaping from it and it elevates it to heights that undeniably will make you feel good. It brings a lot of matters on screen and real life in perspective. I can't tell you enough of how uplifting it was and how much depth there was to some of the themes that were explored. It made my viewing experience so much better. The Lego Movie is one of the rare ones that can be watched over and over again and where you find themes and references hidden you might have missed on the initial viewing. For once I do agree with the mass, The Lego movie is awesome! Go watch it!
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genre: science fiction, action, adventure
Doomsday plays around with genres by borrowing from other movies like Escape from New York, Mad Max The Road Warrior and 28 Days Later. In my opinion this works quite well since instead focusing on plot Neil Marshal makes a full out action movie with enough thrills and tension to make you wonder where it is heading. When you watch this for the first time you will be in suspense throughout. The second time you will be enjoying the action and the references to other movies more. Rhona Mitra is excellent as the female equivalent of Snake Plissken and even adds to it for obvious reasons. One thing you have to realize about Doomsday though. While having a top notch cast playing everything straight it does not take itself seriously. It is a B movie made to entertain, have fun with and nothing else. If you were expecting more horror or better story than chances are you will be disappointed. In my opinion this is a very underrated action adventure that deserves better especially after I found it just as entertaining on my second viewing as when I did the first time.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
James Wan's went into another direction after his Saw. Of course people were hoping for more of the same of what Saw provided. Luckily James Want wanted to have an old school approach where the thrills were more reliant on atmosphere instead of gore and brutality.
From the start you will be drawn into the story. The story has some flaws in continuity and background. But this can be overlooked since you will get a very entertaining movie that is full of suspense and scares. For an experienced viewer most scary moments you can see coming. One example is the fact that when the evil arrives the sound from the surroundings becomes silent. This is a very cool effect but warns the viewer of the danger. The dolls play a major role in this movie and are quite effective as a tool to scare us. I lived in a town where some doll lovers hanged their collection of dolls on their wall outside. When I would pass this house it looked like these dolls were looking back at me and following me with their eyes. Of course they didn't but they creeped me out big time! The movie does this in the same way and adds more on this story wise. Dead Silence could have been a lot scarier, but for the most part it is an perfect example of a good horror movie where buildup of tension is far more effective than the use of visual violence.
After having re watched this for a second time I have to say that even knowing how it plays out and end, it remains a pleasant and even good watch. In fact Dead Silence in my opinion is a little gem deserving more praise since it was obvious that James Wan had the right vision when making horror resulting in the brilliant Insidious.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
genre: drama, adventure
Better buckle up because the gloves come off and I am going to spout unrelenting anger since that is what Captain Phillips deserves. First of all this is based on a true story. People who read newspapers now and have interest in the world around them already know how the outcome will be. Second, hostage drama's are boring. Unless a healthy dose of action or humour is added to the mix to keep things light and interesting. And Captain Phillips is as serious as they come with events being played out so unbelievable that you begin to wonder how the outcome is what it is. Third, seriously Tom Hanks stop crying in movies. I never can tell if you are seriously displaying tears or are laughing at everything and everyone for doing the same trick over and over again for an insane amount of money. Here it is even worse, it almost seemed like he was mocking the story. Fourth, Greengrass, you do know that shaky cam doesn't always work and is considered to be highly annoying.
I am sure there are far more reasons I could mention against this but the one question that was haunting me was why should I watch this? What does this film offer? Good acting? Well, I must say that the villains did an extremely good job and were convincing as hell. Tom Hanks and the rest were sleepwalking through their roles. A travesty how they were performing. Is there a political message? Now this is interesting. Very subtly characters do have their criticisms. Only that does not work in a film that is hardly subtle in how they portray the villains and the good guys. Does the Captain and his crew deserve my sympathy? In my opinion I did not really care for them as undoubtedly was intended to. We don't get to know the characters and therefore are not given real opportunity to like them before events start to happen. Now a case could be made in how the Captain and the crew members act during the events that would make me want to like them. However that is part of the problem. I was not really impressed in the way they behaved. In fact I could not believe how this large group of grown, experienced sailors were cowering away just because four Somalians with machine guns boarded their ship. It becomes even more infuriating when the real crew members tell a completely different story about what really happened. In fact most of what occurs after one specific event is completely fabricated (Captain Phillips is a lie!). And it takes forever and becomes more unbelievable as it goes and goes on. A little background on piracy or the procedure concerning these ships would have been nice also. If it is assumed that the audience don't know about this incident then why leave out important details which I can promise you are far more interesting than the whole hostage situation.
And how on Earth does this movie even get nominated? I know Oscar movies and the whole politics around them have made this award a joke. But at least there was always some value to the films that were being nominated. I see zero value in Captain Phillips. Absolutely none. In fact I find it extremely insulting that this barely adequate film is getting so much recognition and praise. Skip on this. Forget this film ever being made, you will thank me for it.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
genre: comedy, drama
Girl Most Likely is being advertised as a laugh out loud comedy and that may do this film a little disservice. It soon becomes clear that this is not a comedy but more a light drama about a woman who is having a little crisis and tries to deal with it. Once I realized this and could let go of Girl Most Likely not having jokes I started to enjoy her interactions with her supposedly dysfunctional family. Basically the story is about Kristen Wiig's character coming to terms with where she comes from and what she has accomplished. I think everyone passes a point where they do the same so they can relate to it. The whole cast do a decent job but no one really stands out acting wise. Other than that there is not much else to it that is worth mentioning. Overall it's decent enough but might be a disappointing affair if you were expecting a hilarious comedy.
Monday, February 17, 2014
genre: comedy, romance
The Right Kind of Wrong is not your typical romantic comedy. If anything it is more a comedy with romance in it. What makes it different? The energy. When watching this you will notice right away that a lot of positive energy is coming from this film. Almost all of the characters are likable. The soundtrack is top notch plus the scenery is amazing. And top of that it is genuinely funny. It's a blast through and through. Only at the ending they put in one scene too many but in hindsight a minor annoyance. For the haters and doubters. This movie is about letting go of what is sensible and giving into what feels good and right. From comments I have seen this seems to be very difficult to grasp and do. All I can say is carpe diem / seize the day people! Sometimes you have to do what your gut tells you to do because doing so will bring you true love and happiness. Let me make it clear that I have a love and hate relationship with romcoms. Which is mostly because of the majority not bringing anything fresh to the table. The Right Kind of Wrong is the first I have seen in a long time that plays around with convention and manages to entertain from start until it ends. So when I say it's good, it's good OK. If that does not convince you. This film features two of the most adorable cats ever (called snow and balls). And a magnificent ghost bear. Live a little, take a chance and watch this one, you won't regret it.
genre: animation, comedy, drama
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What is asperger syndrome?
IMDB Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and max is a clayanimated movie intended for adults. For some this will be hard to understand because generally animated features are considered to be made for children. This is something I never quite understood well since this simply is not true. While a majority might be aimed for a younger audience there are quite a few that are meant for youth and adults or adults alone. This is important to realize since Mary and Max is an example of an animated movie that while offering laughs is dealing with very adult themes that can be very confronting. Let me first tell you that Mary and Max is a very funny film through and through. While very unrelentingly confronting you with death and depression it never skips on wit to make you laugh. The narration is brilliant as it helps to distance yourself or get involved when needed. I read somewhere that Barry Humphries' (most famous for his character Dame Edna) was found to be overly used and intrusive. Personally I think it has been key to keep things light instead of depressing. The wit and narration combo in my opinion is a genius way of telling a story filled with heavy subjects that otherwise would be hard to deal with. But next to the darker themes there is one beautiful one that most of the people will be able to appreciate and relate to. Friendship. If you have to remember one thing about a film like this then let it be the fact that here they show the beauty and value of friendship in life no matter how it is conceived and exists. Here the friendship consists of communication through letters. But is just as strong or maybe even stronger than a so called normal one. Here you get to see how much a simple and sincere letter can impact someone's life that proves to be beneficial for both. This film also shows that sometimes people react in unusual ways not because they are mean or evil but simply they view the world differently due to reasons they have no control of and don't know how to respond. I know it's hard and not always possible to have an open mind or be understanding but please do try since it does prove to be worth wile in the long run.
Max and Mary is a sincere, touching and very beautiful film dealing with heavy subjects in a way I have rarely seen before. It moved me deeply and it is one that deserves all the praise that it is getting. A must watch! (I am very grateful for your suggestion Miss Chofas).
Some links to check out:
What is asperger syndrome?
IMDB Mary and Max (2009)