Baby Driver

Movies, Drama

Baby Driver

No Comments 1 August 2017

Baby Driver is fresh. It mixes genres action movie, crime and love story, and music video. Baby, a taciturn man in his early twenties, lost his mother and father in a car accident when he was about 10. The parents were fighting in the front seats, shouted at each other, and she did see the breaking truck. Baby sitting in the back, saw it all and—bam—was an orphan.

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The Brothers McMullen

Movies, Comedy

The Brothers McMullen

No Comments 4 August 2017

Three catholic brothers—John, Berry and Patrick—aged 33 to 21 try to figure out their love life. The oldest inherited the family home on Long Island and the two younger brothers move back in. Five years ago, their unpleasant and unappreciative father died and mother went straight back to Ireland to live with the love of her life who has been waiting for her for 35 years.

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Blood Diamond

Movies, Drama

Blood Diamond

No Comments 3 July 2017

If you are about to get married and want to celebrate this significant event with a diamond, I do not recommend you watch Blood Diamond. Your enthusiasm for diamonds will be greatly diminished. You will no longer sing, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” It is hard to get the idea out of one’s head because of these sparkling objects many people to lost their lives and one may literally wear blood on one’s hands. We also learn how prices for diamonds are kept artificially high because large companies buy up supply and store tons of diamonds in vaults. The film tells a very good story that seems to be in large measure true.

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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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Coming Soon: Review of Allied

Movies, Drama

Coming Soon: Review of Allied

No Comments 4 April 2017

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Movies, Comedy

Keeping up with the Joneses

No Comments 3 April 2017

A middle-age couple drops of their two boys for summer camp. For the first time since the kids were born, the husband and wife are alone. Time for some wild sex and parties? Not really. The two find it difficult to let lose until a new couple moves into the neighborhood.  They seem to have so much more spontaneous affection for each other and seem to lead so interesting lives. They are also so good at everything. I was almost tempted to stop watching the film after 30 minutes or so. It was not clear where the plot was heading. I did not find the film particularly funny. But somewhere, almost half way into the movie, suddenly it becomes clear what the film is all about. Once it reveals its true character, you cannot but laugh and be drawn into its message. I do not want to reveal too much because otherwise you will not be able to experience the surprise that is necessary to enjoy this film.

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Moonlight

Movies, Drama

Moonlight

No Comments 6 March 2017

The moment when Faye Dunaway pronounced erroneously La La Land as the winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture was one of the most dramatic moment in all of Oscar history. A few winners’ speeches later, the director of La La Land graciously told the stunned audience there has been a mistake! 
“Moonlight is the real winner,” he announced. Confusion ensued but after a few minutes the true winning director, Barry Jenkins of Moonlight, took the microphone. He thanked everyone who helped him bring about his vision of making a film about the challenges of growing up as black gay kid. My interest was piqued.

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