Friday, 22 September 2017

Baby Driver (2017)

Genres

Action, Crime

Director

Edgar Wright

Country

USA

Cast

Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Flea, Lanny Joon, CJ Jones, Sky Ferreira, Lance Palmer, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Paul Williams, Jon Spencer

Storyline

When he thinks he is finally free to have his own life with his new girlfriend Deborah (Lily James), young getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) is coerced back for another job by his former boss Doc (Kevin Spacey). Only this time he's saddled with a too violent and unstable crew of thugs and Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in danger. 


Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Brand New Testament (2015)

Original Title

Le Tout Nouveau Testament

Genres

Comedy, Fantasy

Director

Jaco Van Dormael

Countries

Belgium, France, Luxembourg

Cast

Benoit Poelvoorde, Pili Groyne, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens, Yolande Moreau, Laura Verlinden, Serge Larivière, David Murgia, Johan Leysen, Pascal Duquenne, Viviane De Muynck, Johan Heldenbergh, Gaspard Pauwels, Didier De Neck, Kody, Romain Gelin, Marco Lorenzini

Storyline

God (Benoit Poelvoorde) lives in human form as a cynical writer who is bored to death and the only thing that makes him feel better is creating meaningless but mean laws to destroy people's days, so his very opinionated daughter Ea (Pili Groyne) decides to descend to earth in search of her own 6 disciples to write a brand new testament and so rewrite the world.

Opinion
The Brand New Testament is a satirical dark comedy about religion. I'm an atheist. In other words, I just couldn't miss this one. Only I did. But I finally got back to it and it was awesome. It's been a while since I last saw such an humourous film that manages to be also touching but most of all thought-provoking. 

Only second to the catchy title (God exists and he lives in Bruxelles in Italian), the storyline is the reason I decided to watch it expecting a fun film. What I wasn't expecting, however, was the depth the plot would get as soon as the story progresses. Because the story really isn't about religion, it is about life. 

By simply letting people know how much to live they have left, the film explores the pursuit of happiness and what it means to break free from the everyday-life chains that oppress us so to become who we truly are. But it also shows some heart-breaking realities, like the devastation of a mother as she finds that her disabled son is going to die a month after her. That was a hard to watch, to be honest.

Don't worry though, that's one of just a few sad and dark moments in The Brand New Testament. The film has plenty of humour, mostly brought out of everyday life, and it's delivered beautifully by the cast.

Which brings me to what's easily my favourite thing about the film, the six disciples. They were not chosen because of their moral values or anything, they are just six people who have the courage to be who they truly are. They all are different from each other; they simply are common people. There's the beautiful yet lonely young woman, the boy who wants to be a girl, a killer, a lonely man who hasn't done anything but work his entire life, a sex addict and an unhappy married woman. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Just Not Funny Comedies


Welcome to another Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves that consists of picking three films to fit the week's theme.

This week we deal with those comedies that fail to do what a comedy is supposed to do aka make the audience laugh. My three picks? Well, I don't think I laughed even once while watching them.ù

Bad Moms (2016)

Three overworked mothers ditch their responsibilities to just have fun aka a story with some potential that was wasted because the writers did not know how to develop a story without filling it with clichés and predictable plot turns. Nor did they know how to do comedy because all the joke fell flat. Kathryn Hahn was able to make me chuckle a couple of times but only because she is amazing. 

Baywatch (2017)

A lifeguard does some undercover work to find out who is selling a new synthetic drug on his beach. Based on the famous TV series, this film is ridiculous, to say the least. The story is terrible, the characters even worse, and the humour, well, if dick jokes is your kind of humour, you'll love this. It'll basically all you get. 

CHiPs (2017)

It's about a rooker cop who is teamed with a California Highway Patrol pro who actually is an undercover FBI agent that investigates a heist involving crooked cops. Just like Baywatch, it's a remake of a TV series and it's just as bad, if not even worse. It sucks on every single level, especially on the humour which is pretty much all homophobic jokes.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Salt (2010)

Genres

Action, Thriller

Director

Phillip Noyce

Country

USA

Cast

Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Daniel Pearce, Hunt Block, Andre Braugher, Olek Krupa, Cassidy Hinkle, Corey Stoll, Vladislav Koulikov, Olya Zueva, Kevin O'Donnell, Gaius Charles, Mike Colter

Storyline

CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) goes on the run after a Russian defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Opinion

I don't know why but I thought Salt would be an exciting spy movie with just the right balance between action and thrills. Probably I just wanted a film with a female spy as the lead to success. Anyway, the film wasn't was I thought. Instead, it was more like a bland action sci-fi flick. Why sci-fi? Because there's so much nonsense going on, it's even too non-sense for an action flick. I know action movies are not realistic, but this one defies the definition of unrealistic.

The story starts off pretty well, it has a nice pace and it's interesting to follow. Then it all starts to become a little too much chaotic. A mess, basically. It is incredibly stupid, too ridiculous, there are too many plot holes, and too many twists - one second Salt isn't a Russian spy, the second after that she is a Russian spy, and then again she isn't. I'm not even sure that's what happened, it's all so damn confused in this movie and it ended up being quite boring. 

What's even worst about Salt is the characters. First, Evelyn Salt isn't a bit credible. She is out of everyone's league and I know I shouldn't be judging a book by its cover, but she is just too small to have such a strength. I mean, she is basically the Hulk with Tony Stark's brain in Angelina Jolie's body.  The other characters are even worst, especially the Russians who are nothing more than just your typical Russian stereotype who only does two things, drink tons of vodka and shoot for no reason whatsoever. I'd get in a movie from the 80s but in one from 2010? Hell, no.

And just like everything else, the action is terrible too. The whole film is basically nothing more than nonsense and non-stop mediocre action. It isn't exciting, if anything it's boring because overdone.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Pan (2015)

Genres

Adventure, Fantasy

Director

Joe Wright

Country

USA

Cast

Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garret Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke, Lewis MacDougall, Jack Charles, Cara Delevigne, Na Tae-joo, Bronson Webb, Kurt Egyiawan, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell

Storyline

12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland where he must face pirate leader Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) in order to become the hero that will always be known as Peter Pan.