The Shape of Water

Movies, Drama, Phantasy

The Shape of Water

No Comments 29 December 2018

This is a fairy tale like no other I have seen before. It feels like a Beauty and the Beast inspired Sci-Fi film set during the Cold War USA of the early 1960s. There is real beauty in the love story between a mute woman and a male creature that comes across as a mixture between a mermaid and robot. He also cannot talk but clearly has intelligence and feelings. The film at times becomes rather annoying when the portrayal of the US government and its personnel becomes a caricature rather than a realistic portrayal what the USA military was like during the conflict with the Soviet Union.

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Beauty and the Beast

Movies, Phantasy

Beauty and the Beast

No Comments 16 April 2017

As an adult you walk into Beauty and the Beast not expecting suspense how the story will end. Of course the beast will get the beauty in the end! The open questions are about their journey. What challenges will the couple face before their happy ending? For me the best part of the movie had very little do with the two story itself. The makers of the film use the plot and the characters as an excuse to show off mesmerizing feats of imagination and creativity. The most stunning scene happens as the beauty (Emma Watson) takes her first dinner in the castle of the beast. She is alone. Only with the staff, who have been years transformed by curse some years ago from human beings into clocks, candle holders and walking closets. The beast is mad with fury in his quarters. We already have learned that the staff has a very strong incentive to ensure the beauty falls in love with the beast: If this happens before a rose dies the staff (and the prince who is trapped in the body of a beast) will be transformed again into their human form. But the rose has not much longer to live. I can assure you have never seen a staff figuratively and literally pulling out all the stops as in this scene. My gut feeling tells me that people behind Pixar movies had their hands in ‘cooking this scene”. In any case, go watch Beauty and the Beast have your iPhone ready and when this scene starts, record it on your phone. And next time when you get poor service at a restaurant, instead of complaining, ask the waiter or waitress to quickly watch this scene with you. This will give them clear ideas how you would like them to lift their service game.

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LaLa Land

Movies, Drama, Phantasy

LaLa Land

No Comments 6 January 2017

Unlike in the case of Sully, I knew very little about Lala Land except that it is a musical. Lala Land feels very fresh. It resurrects the musical genre but does it in a way that our current sensibilities are not offended. The most interesting part of the film is how it vi- sually told story. I almost need to see the film one more time to put my finger on how what made it visually so appealing. It sometimes moves seamlessly between what is real and what is fiction. I enjoyed the most the the opening and closing scenes. Lala Land is fun. At times you simply want to get up in your seat and start dancing. Enjoy!

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Finding Dori

Movies, Phantasy

Finding Dori

No Comments 26 June 2016

All weekend I have been reeling from the Brexit vote shock. The only time my mind could forget this calamity while watching *Finding Dori* at the cinema.

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Ted 2  (aka Oh Teddy)

Movies, Phantasy

Ted 2 (aka Oh Teddy)

No Comments 3 January 2016

I laughed my head of in the original Ted. Ted 2 is not very funny, too long, and a waste of two hours of your time. Oh, Teddy, what happened to you.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Movies, Phantasy

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

No Comments 22 November 2015

I skipped the third installment of The Hunger Games because I found the second film already too repetitive. I was asked to join watching the concluding chapter of this blockbuster and went with some trepidation that I might be bored once again. I’m happy to report that Mockingjay Part 2 feels a bit fresher and takes the plot in a somewhat different direction.

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Inside Out

Movies, Phantasy

Inside Out

No Comments 17 October 2015

What makes my personality? Why do I sometimes feel so happy and at other times sad? Why can I not completely control my emotions? What is determining how I feel in a particular moment?

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