Thursday, May 15, 2014

I Like (good) Movies - An Update

Hello my lovely readers!!

First, I must apologize to anyone who has left a comment over the last 6 months or so. Google mail changed on me without noticing and all of my blog comments were chucked away in a separate folder that I had no idea existed until yesterday. I will try to get back to most of you over the next little while, although it may be hard as...

I am still/currently travelling around Europe and don't have much time for online socializing. I also haven't been able to watch very many movies which is why I have been lacking severely on updates of any kind.

Off the top of my head now, sitting at a cafe in Sicily, I will mention some films I have seen lately that I liked and think you should watch (I will not mention the ones that should disappear unto nothingness, i.e. I Am Soldier...vomit):

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (the new one, need to go back and watch the old one)
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America Winter Soldier
Blackfish (must see)
The Castle (an old Australian cult classic that everyone needs to see)
The Act of Killing (must see)
The Hobbit
The Wolf of Wallstreet
Gravity
The Art of the Steal (okay, wasn't that good, but I watched it after a string of terrible movies so it seemed awesome)
Prisoners
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
Philomena
Nebraska (!!!)
Her

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I will state here that I am trying to watch more documentaries as television is rubbish and does nothing but shrink your I.Q. - watch REAL life people! Documentaries are the easiest and best way to do so...but always take them with a grain of salt. They are always created on one frame of mind.

And of course, if you aren't already, watch Game of Thrones. It's sexy and probably the main reason to ignore the last paragraph I just typed.

All for now! Thank you for your support and criticism. Thank you forever for sticking with this. When, if ever, I have a home again, I will be back with a vengeance of updates and (hopefully) a spiffy new layout.

Cheers!

[Want to see what my real life is like lately? Check out my travel blog at travellingcanuk.blogspot.ca]

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Art of Flight (5)



(Trailer) 

2011 documentary by Curt Morgan.

This is easily one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

I do not snowboard, nor do I particularly enjoy winter sports but this movie had me from start to finish. I found it interesting, thrilling, funny and fantastic. What a ride! Beautifully filmed and brilliantly captures the lives of these crazy folk (that's right, I said folk).

While it is all about snowboarding I liked how they showed the friendships and explained the regions as well. I liked how they spoke of it being an adventure thing and not a adrenaline junky thing - something I think that is easier to understand and relate to.

I loved it. I would watch it again at any moment. I honestly cannot think of anything about it that I didn't like.

The music is a bonus as well.

5/5


The Iceman (3.5)



(Trailer) 

2012 directed by Ariel Vromen.

Based on the true story of a mass murderer in America who was finally arrested in 1986.

Michael Shannon (to me) is one of those actors who has always been amazing but took a bit of time to work up to me for no reason. I suppose it more has to do with remembering him in all his different roles over the years and let me tell you that seeing him in this role will make it impossible to forget him now. The way he went from normal, slightly scary guy to absolute insanity in an instant on screen gave me chills. I forgot that he wasn't this cold blooded killer.

Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder and all the supporting cast were great but no one really made up for Michael Shannon. He was just too good.

The movie was interesting and at some times exciting and bone chilling but over all I just couldn't get into it. I liked watching it and think it is a good movie but the fourth wall stayed up for me. I am not sure why. In all honesty this is my style of film but it just didn't hit home.

Check it out if you like the trailer. The fact that it is based on a true story adds another level of horror and amazement to it all.

3.5/5
(mostly for Michael Shannon's performance)

The Great Gatsby (4)



(Trailer) 

Let's just sum this up nice and quick and clean:

Leonardo DiCaprio was brilliant.
Tobey Maguire was amazing.
Carey Mulligan was fantastic.
Joel Edgerton was awesome.

Baz Lurhmann did this movie right. While the beginning seemed all over the place, once the pace was set it was less distracting and added the right amount of suspense at the right times. The ending still took my breath away - just like the book. They followed it really well and I have no complaints there at all.

Costumes were mind meltingly lovely. Settings were perfect. Just...just, amazing.

Watching it just for Leonardo alone is worth it though.

The only issue I had with this movie was the music. I really didn't like it at first. Then...after the first hour I understood what they were doing there. It was nice to see them try to make it modern in some way but still keep the story intact. I think when I watch it again that I will like the music.

See it.

4/5

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (4.5)



(Trailer) 

The sequel - directed by the fantastic J.J. Abrams (all hail).

Say it with me kids: Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes. And now remember that he is the best thing since things were invented and does everything with perfection.

I could go on and on but that about sums it up. HE BLEEPIN' ROCKS.

Okay. Good.

Chris Pine (This Means War, Rise of the Guardians) , Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Fright Night), Zoe Saldana (Columbiana), Karl Urban (Dredd, Priest), Simon Pegg (Paul) and John Cho were all just as amazing as ever.

Actually, I take that back, Zachary Quinto really, really shines in this movie and I love him.

Action was amazing. 3D was awesome. My nerdy senses were tingling the entire time and I was happy as a (enter some sort of metaphor).

The main reason I am giving this a 4.5 instead of just a 5 is because when the credits rolled I wanted something more. I didn't feel as complete as I did (and still do) when the credits roll for the first film. Part of me knows that this is because they are going to smack me in the face in the 3rd movie but still...I paid money to see the second one and want it to be able to stand on it's own completely. It just sort of...ends. Meh.

Still loved it!

4.5/5

The Host (2)


(Trailer)

2013 fantasy film based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer, directed by Andrew Niccol.

The only thing worse than a boring, bad book is when they are turned into even more boring and extremely terrible movies.

The only good thing about this movie that instead of spending 3 or 4 days reading the book that you can spend 2 hours (why this movie is that long is beyond me) just watching the movie.

The only good thing about this movie is Saoirse Ronan (Hannah, The Way Back), who can act and I hope that she got a lot of money for making this movie because she is far too good for it.

Oh, and I suppose I do like the idea behind the aliens and the hosts and what not but...ya. No. I could've done with a 20 minute short about it or maybe a sci-fi essay.

Watch it if you want to forget it.

2/5

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Iron Man 3 (5)



(Trailer) 

The third installment of the suave Tony Stark by director Shane Black.

Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robery Downey Jr.

Got it? Good. Because he was born to be Iron Man and he just absolutely amazes me. He was just as amazing in this than the other two films, if not more convincing...if that were even possible.

It was funny. It was dark. It was emotional. And if you even had to ask, the action was superb.

Loved it. I felt that it dipped and dived a bit at parts but afterwards I honestly couldn't think of anything bad to say about it.

I even liked Don Cheadle better this time around. Guy Pearce was fantastic as the villain. Rocked it. I also enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow more than I had in the other two films.

The 3D was good and it's just a fantastic movie. Go. See it. Enjoy!

Bonus: Ben Kingsley.

5/5
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