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50/50

With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Angelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Serge Houde and others.

A young man who hears of a his sudden cancer diagnosis, is facing this with factors he can no longer deal with.
His girlfriend is bitchy selfishly and perfectly portrayed as such by Bryce Dallas Howard (I only seem to catch her in these type of roles, was she born to be typecast as such? Just like Kirsten Dunst, she doesn’t ever seem to play a nice person). Kyle (very properly played by Seth Rogen) is Adam’s best friend and a true hero in this film. It doesn’t show directly, meanwhile he keeps at Adam’s side at all times. What friendship is really all about, eh?

The film definitely has a proper message: don’t waste your time. It also tells you that not all the professionals that are involved in your treatment, will actually see you as a person. The doctor telling Adam his initial diagnosis clearly shows the lack of respect that some doctors might have. I think it’s a little too strong, so you’re glad when Adam’s mother (very nice play by Angelica Huston) verbally slaps the doctor in the face for that.

The only part that was highly questionable to me, was Anna Kendrick. I can’t believe someone would be that unprofessional and that easy to persuade to bend the rules her way. It was good for Adam’s story though.

It is a proper watch. It’s not the lightest material thanks to the cancer, but it’s got enough proper good moments to go with it.

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Posted by on February 2, 2019 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Bird Box

With Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Vivien Lyra Blair,Julian Edwards and others.

Bird Box bares a strong resemblance to The Happening, except this seems like the aftermath of if. Because of the timehops, it still is like The Happening though.

Sandra Bullock is Malorie, a pregnant artist, who has such serious doubt about actually becoming a mother, she is in actual deny about it. Even though she is at least 8,5 months pregnant. When her sister Jessica drives Malorie from a hospital appointment, suddenly, the wave of suicides starts happening.

I might have missed out on something, but I can’t seem to find the reason for the blindfolds. It’s interesting, of course, and that’s probably why they put it in there. It’s a bit like The City Of Blinds, except I haven’t seen that film, I’ve only read the book which was so good, I didn’t understand the need for making a film out of that).

They have made an interesting film here, despite the fact that there are so many likewise series and films of it already (The Happening, a bit of The Walking Dead, though there are no zombies here, The Fog etc). If you want some more of that, this is a perfect watch.
Also, I do like the fact that Sandra Bullock actually put enough effort in her looks to convince me she is in her 30s. I know she isn’t, but it’s convincing enough.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in Films, Opinion

 

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Collateral Beauty

With Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Jacob Latimore.

Don’t feel like watching the standard Christmas Carol? Watch this one instead. It is The Christmas Carol in a modern version. This is the first Will Smith film I’ve seen in a while that I was moved by so very much.
The circle is truly shut in the end and it is such a beauty to watch.
The story as you know it is there, except the ‘Scrooge’ in this story fails to give a damn about his company failing. He is just an unpleasant man to deal with, while his friends/coworkers are still trying to safe what is left of a company that once was top of the edge.
To make him give a damn, his coworkers first hire a private investigator. When that doesn’t help, they hire actors to get the message through.

Though I understand why they chose the title for the film, I feel like that is missing out greatly on the huge emotiones that come pouring out on different points in the film.
But to be fair I can’t think of a proper title other than ‘A Christmas Carol’ here, and frankly that would probably take away the magic that one can feel during the film as well.
Naomi Harris is doing such a wonderful job on that end, truly: WOW! Helen Mirren is a lovely tease.

I’d say it’s a must see, even if it is only for seeing Will Smith shining his way through. I was truly taken by his performance!

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Angela’s Christmas

Very cute, short little Christmas story. Because of its start, it reminded me instantly of Frank McCourt’s Angela. Also because it’s clearly an Irish story.

It’s mostly a nice film for smaller children because it’s only 30 minutes. Not too long for quickly distracted minds there. Still, the film is quite dark. Understandable, as it’s Christmas and early morning/early nights make it so, light wise.

The film is very suitable for any audience. Siblings will recognise the rivalry that makes being a family soooo lovely (not always the case, I realise) and also recognise the compassion that Angela has in her mind for the baby Jesus. The kind of compassion adults often lack, as they see an ornament, not a being in possible want of love or attention.
And come on, only 30 minutes…

Just watch it 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

With Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Katherine Watson and many others.

A bit of a dark followup of the Harry Potter series, and technically it’s a prequel, of course.
Then again, perfect casting of Eddie Redmayne. He gives the part of Newt Scamander just the bit of humanity, the bit of clumsiness you associate with either Hagrid caring about his precious, but highly dangerous creatures, or Hugh Grant in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Newt is clumsy and yet knows exactly what is the correct response to the creatures he’s got amongst him in his very special suitcase. And just like Hugh Grant: he keeps messing things up, leaving behind a trail of massive messes and surprises all the way long.

The film is a bit of a stretch for any kid, being over two hours long. It has a lot of dark atmospheres too, but given that Harry Potter isn’t exactly the lightest material the more he grows, that is not that much of a problem here.
Though the film depicts violence, any computer game will contain more of that. I wouldn’t say it’s for all ages though. It very much depends on the kid. An easily startled kid shouldn’t watch it, for it’s too dark.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Films

 

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The Balad of Buster Scruggs

With a starloaded cast, this series of stories is a very intruiging one. Though it starts indeed with The Balad of Buster Scruggs, it continues with other ones. The Coen brothers have known how to tell the stories very well. The first one, of Buster Scruggs, reminded me of House of Cards (the giving attention to the audience) and a bit of Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. This has nothing to do with the setting, but since it’s put up a bit clownesque, and I’ve never seen that actor sing, so there was a surprise. There’s a few Tarantino-like scenes in there, which I loved so very much.

This first two stories have something of dark humour in them, the rest lives mostly of atmosphere. They are not ‘quick’, or immediately obvious. All of the stories know how to grab your attention by the balls, but none of them every bore. By the time it could become boring, it’s changed into something else already.

I enjoyed watching this film very much, even though I’m not that much of a cowboy story lover. There’s nonsense to be expected and to be enjoyed.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2018 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Titanic

Undated artist impression showing the 14The boat sinks.

The End

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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