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Ghostbusters

The remake version, with Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kirsten Wiig and Kate McKninnon.

Given that I wasn’t taken by this remake, I did decide I’d at least had to watch it. So I did.

The many bad feedback this film has received isn’t all that weird. At first I thought they had come up with sort of a new story, but no. You kind of live on the humouristic input of the cast in this case. Which is sort of bad, as only Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones are truly funny.
The first half hour is quite lovely because you see women actually making science look cool. Apart from Big Bang Theory, that simply doesn’t happen much.
The way they talk about it makes it live more. I do appreciate that. I also do recall a signing session I’ve read about, where young girls approached actress Kirsten Wiig (who I personally don’t find funny at all, not even a little bit, but that’s me) and asked for an autograph and said she wanted to become a scientist because she had seen the film. I did think that was great.

But: the storyline is a bit weird, the music is terrible, Chris Hemsworth as absolutely LOUZY secretary. He gets to keep his job because Erin can’t stop drooling over him. In that retrospect it’s kind of funny, because hello, sexist? But well, if men can pull that off, why not a cheery bunch of women, eh?

Right, onwards: I remember seeing Moulin Rouge (the Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor version) and thinking ‘geez, what a circus, filled with clownesk make up and so on!’ this film resembles that a bit. It tries to be funny about its own failures, I guess. The women have chattering and bickering about things that men think happens between women all the time. And don’t like ‘m for it. I think it was supposed to be funny that way, but to me it shows too much of a cliché. That that is why women shouldn’t do things like that. That they deserve not be heard. It bugged me, because it keeps being repeated.

The guest appearances of a part of the original ghostbusters cast Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potz sort of make a nice trip down memory lane.
Still, I wasn’t much impressed by the film. I would’ve liked a cast that is a bit more edgy. Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones carry most of the film, while I know Kirsten Wiig was actually cast for that. I just don’t find her funny. Cute, in a way, but that’s about it. I would’ve gone with Rebel Wilson and Octavia Spencer for instance. A truly funny bunch.
Because, that’s another thing: why is Leslie Jones cast to add a mixed feeling, while she is the only one who hasn’t got a scientific background? Yes, I might be too critic, but come on!

Oh well. That’s it. That’s my opinion.

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Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This film, about -supposedly- a randomly scraped together group of British tourists who fall for a scam that is a hotel in India, is not as good as I hoped it to be, but nor as bad as I feared it to be in the end.

Though packed with British actors such as Judie Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie and so on, the film clearly is made in the USA. Though displayed in India, the Indian actors playing these parts are supposed to speak English, even to each other. Which makes their acting not so great. It is not really their fault.

Maggie Smith is lovely as a fully racist patient who needs a hip replacement and has offended so many doctors who are ‘of the wrong color’ or ‘not actually British’, that she is offered an alternative. Cheaper, no waiting list. In. India.
The other storylines are supposed to convince you that it’s just a coincidence that this lovely flock of people just happens to have been put together by faith, but it really isn’t. I don’t see why the Ainslies (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton) feel the need to go. Nor with the others. It is not an organised travel they are part of. At the airport, they simply connect the dots as they are all British and flying with the same plane, stuff like that. They just happen to go to the same hotel. That isn’t a hotel. The website has promised quite a stay, the local manager isn’t able to fullfill that wish. Just yet. Only a few rooms that aren’t rooms, just piles of dust, are actually usable. Even less of those actually have doors.

Given that not all of the travellers have an actual return ticket, a refund or an immediate return home isn’t possible.

The film mostly depicts what they make of it in the meantime. And how couples uncouple or recouple. Etcetera.

It is a good thing that this film is packed with already familiar actors. I wouldn’t have watched all of it without that. I skip hopped after a while. One of the travellers keeps a sort of journal that should make it a bit more interesting, but it fails on me.

All in all I wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s not too bad if there’s nothing else to watch.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Notting Hill

An utterly sweet, but quite unrealistic depicting about the love between a super moviestar Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and a travelbook salesman William Thacker (Hugh Grant).
After meeting for the first time in his travelbookshop, there’s initially no spark at all between Anna and William. He likes the fact that there is a moviestar in his bookshop, yes, and he does like her appearances, but other than that, no. She is really only there to buy a book.
Then they meet again in the streets. Given that this is after William accidentally empties a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice on her white top, this isn’t the friendliest of meetings. It becomes more unlikely when she agrees to go to his house to clean herself up. And from there it takes more unlike turns. Aside all those unlikely turns, it actually is a very sweet and cute film.
The circle of friends and family that William has around him is so charming, so cute and so funny (Emma Chambers as William’s younger sister is a true gem!) that you completely forget that you don’t ever get to meet any of Anna’s friends or family. They aren’t introduced to any of them, nor does his family. It’s just her and her diva behaviour that, at some point, drifts them apart until she realises she cannot behave like that around someone she actually likes. That life isn’t a filmscript where someone can just yell ‘cut!’ if it’s not going by plan.

The music to go along with the film is as nice and smooth as the rest of the film.

It’s a proper watch, just don’t mind the unlikelihood of any of it happening for real, and you’ll be fine 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Titan

Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson and so many others.

Given that I’ve written a small scifi book myself, which more or less has the same theory in it -humans having to find a way to be able to live on different planets- I very much liked the start of the film. It’s funny to see Taylor Schilling in a completely different role than her good old Orange Is The New Black one. She does swear at times to remind you of that part, but other than that, this is quite a new one.

Sam Worthington in this role very much reminded me of Avatar. Especially after an hour. Until then, things don’t go smoothly, but the way it’s being portrayed fully has my interest. A group of people has been gathered by a list of special bodily strengths. For instance, Rick Janssen, (Sam Worthington) has been chosen as he managed to survive three days in the desert.
As the program of ‘rebuilding’ these strong people advances, the effects become more obvious. And you see more ‘Avatar’ hints floating about.

It’s not a wild chasing film, which is nice for a change, but it also doesn’t have a very strong ending. Then again, it’s worth a watch.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Jenny’s Wedding

Katherine Heighl playing a serious part in a dreadfully long film about her being gay with Alexis Bledel is a seriously bad plan. They should have switched parts, though that would barely have worked, given that Alexis is truly such a sweetheart. But the part of Kitty is barely there and you know Alexis should have been given a far bigger part. Then again: for this film that would not have worked, as you don’t expect Alexis in a film that is so incredibly shallow, really.
Grace Gummer playing the part of younger sister of Jenny (Katherine Heighl) is a proper shot. She actualy knows how to give her character the sarcastic twist it needs to make the film bearable.

All in all you won’t get any of the time you spend on this film back, and it only has bits and pieces that are good enough. Even when Anne is on about the grass….stupidly you actually get what she means, but those words never really come out of her mouth. Something just breaks within her, looking at something as ordinary as the grass. You get that. The moaning on about what that means doesn’t make much sense however.

The storyline of how everyone has a hard time dealing with the situation has no depth in any way whatsoever. The film should have been edited back to about 45 mins and even that would’ve been long.

Don’t get your hopes up, I’d say. Grace Gummer is the only one worth your while, as Alexis Bledel simply doesn’t get enough air to actually breathe here. A waste of talent, there!

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Anomalisa

This is quite an interesting, but confusing film at the same time. In a time where so many tricks are being made with animation, this one really sticks out. It’s a grownup film, mind, with scenes that reminded me of films like Being John Malkovich, The Shining, Lost in Translation, Thunderbirds and even Little Britain. The latter mostly because no matter how many different types of characters pop up, there’s only 3 different voices used in the entire film.

The storyline is sort of dull. A man who is highly confused with himself, goes on a business trip to actually promote his book (about improving business by customer services).
The thing is: it’s puppets (hence the Thunderbirds). The cute little animals (hares, mice, raccoons, etc) you can dress and that have a velvet feeling because their plastic skin has that on the outside? Yes, well, those creatures, but now in human shape.
All the faces look pretty much the same though (this has a reason, I’ve understood). The dialogues are extremely slow, like the intention of the film is to put the record straight as to where the attention is supposed to go: that it’s ace that this film was done with these puppets. And all the voices sound alike. Nearly all of them. Even de women’s voices. Because all of those characters are done by the same person.

In all fairness it indeed is quite impressive. With little face expressions, you do kind of feel the same annoyance that Michael feels on several occasions during his trip.

The funny thing is: because it’s puppets, it’s a lot easier to show a whole lot more without truly getting into trouble. I mean a puppet won’t ask for extra money if he is filmed naked, coming out of the shower. They would ask ‘is there any use for that?’ in this case, it’s done because it can.
After a lovely evening, the storyline takes an even weirder twist. The John Malkovich-factor, if you will.

In the end it is a great film with a lot of ‘what??’ moments, and despite being a bit slow, especially in dialogue at times, it’s worth a watch.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Impossible

This film is based on the tsunami that occurred in Thailand during Boxing Day that year.

A family of four; mother (Naomi Watts), father (Ewan McGregor), and three sons (Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast), are just vacationing in their hotel when the tsunami suddenly hits and surprises everyone on that coastline.

It’s intruiging and so very desperate to see what those poor people had to go through. Being dressed in not much more than bathing suits, they had (all of them, not just the family portrayed here, obviously) to try and find their loved ones back. Given that trees had fallen down and people probably have been trapped under there, it must have been horrific to witness and to be part of such a disaster.
You also see Lucas having to be far more of a man, all of the sudden. His mother is wounded, he just wants to go back to something that seems familiar and safe, and suddenly his mother points him to creatures that are even more vulnerable and lonely, such as the little barely 2 year old they bump into.
The adventure they have together, aswell as their husband and his father, with the two sons and siblings, is quite remarkable and shows quite well how things went.
The friendliness of local people, but also how cruel circumstances can be, despite everyone’s efforts to make the best of it.

Maria (Naomi Watts) is still being the perfect mother when in hospital and so deadly ill. Giving Lucas the assignment to go look for people who need help. It seems strange to send her son away, and yet: with the adrenaline bursting, it is truly good for his mind to be occupied that way.
The euphoric feeling he gets when he has a match is incredible.

The only thing that quite bothered me -though this is typically Hollywood, I get that- is that they team behind the film apparently couldn’t be bothered to look for a family that even slightly resembled the actual family they have been depicting. They chose their specific story, which is indeed extraordinary, and included lots of other survivors aswell, so why not choose likewise people? This wasn’t a typical American family, as is shown. They are actually Spanish.
Then again: it does not, in itself, mean that Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, nor the boys, don’t do their job well. They do so, the story is desperate and heartwarming. Just what you need on a rainy day with a cup of hot tea within reach.

It’s well worth a watch.

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Films, Poems, Uncategorized

 

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