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T2 Trainspotting
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I love this film! Although not as fresh as the original (the structure, motives, character arc, and many sequences of this film either reflected or simply repeated the ones from the original), this film still warmed my heart with its quirky characters of awful "qualities" but still retaining some tiny yet shiny pieces of beauty in the deep down of their souls. The contrast between these characters of their young, desperately poor but optimistically promising years in the original and of the later years (may I even say the autumn of their lives) in this film with nothing left but some hopeless dreams and broken relationships really made my heart sank a little bit thinking about losses along the long and winding road of my own. Thankfully, though, the film is never all about pessimism or just a cynical view of the lives of the "losers" (either due to addiction, cowardliness, or ignorance) and their obsession with the past (that is "glorious" in their mind but was actually just as heart-breaking as their present except for the existence of hope), but it is also a tale of lasting friendship, of the perverse love for "home" and the past (as Veronika answered when being asked "To go home with nothing, what's at home?": "You know, emotional attachment"), of the optimism that is needed even more when you are in an inescapable hole. This film really made me miss the original, in a good way, as the dialogues and monologues are still hilarious and witty at the same time (although not as effective, since many are just a replay with some modern touches of the sequences from the original - the modern touches on the negativity of social networks and such are pretty light-weight and pale in comparison with this film's critical portray of traditional vices like addiction), the cinematography is just marvellous (the reference to "The Shining" - a masterpiece of obsession and hallucination is amazing, and the camera angles were chosen in a really interesting way), and the bombastic soundtrack is just all I can ask for from a sequel of "Trainspotting". This film did okay from the financial perspective, but I feel sad that not many people talked about it despite the film's quality and the legacy of the original film. Still, to me this is a really entertaining film and another reminder of how good Danny Boyle (still) is. The only disappointment is that Kelly Macdonald only appeared in a cameo role even though she could have been entrusted with a much more fleshed-out character like in the original (the lack of a true heist-like plot is also a let-down).

Love in the Time of Cholera
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not a bad film by any mean, but its being a cinematic adaptation of such a beloved and excellent novel made the audience very difficult to ignore the apparent mismatch in term of quality between this film and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's marvelous work. Mike Newell should be commended for his faithful approach to the novel, but he should also be questioned for his decision to select Giovanna Mezzogiorno for the pivotal role of Fermina Daza instead of more charismatic and beautiful Latin actresses like Catalina Sandino Moreno (who easily outshone Mezzogiorno as just a supporting character). The decision to keep Mezzogiorno portraying Fermina throughout her life (despite the poor make-up that made the difference between Mezzogiorno's appearance and her character's age very obvious, especially in the "later years" of Fermina) while using Unax Ugalde (in a pretty disappointing performance) instead of the ever-dependable Javier Bardem for the young Florentino Ariza also made the film less engaging to the audience. The fact that "Love in the Time of Cholera" is one of the best-written novels with extremely poetic passages is another high barrier that this cinematic adaptation cannot surpass, as how a hundred pages of detailed character and situation descriptions can be condensed into just five minutes of screening time? For example, each of Florentino's lovers was almost always beautifully described in the novel but in this film they are purely "supporting characters" totally forgettable to the audience. The lack of attention to the settings, except for the surprisingly beautiful recreation of Lorenzo Daza's estate is also disappointing, as "the environment" was always an important "character" in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works. Nevertheless, this is still an enjoyable, and charming, film that at least deserves a big applause for its being faithful to the original novel, one of my all-time favorite books that is (I have absolutely no idea why this film got such low score on Rotten Tomatoes, no idea at all, maybe my taste has been softened, but that is very unlikely).

Good Will Hunting
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Watching this film again after a very long time, I felt it not really able to hold up as I expected with a kind-of simple and straightforward plot. Still, the dialogues and monologues are extraordinary (kudos to Damon and Affleck!), the treatments of all characters are delightfully heart-warming and humanistic (a specific trait of Gus Van Sant), and the settings just make me miss Boston and Cambridge deeply.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The film definitely takes off after a ridiculous beginning (with awful, awful acting) with a surprisingly heartfelt ending, but another one-sided supervillain, under-developed subplots, generic characters, and boring CGI make this one again a passable/serviceable but forgettable Disney/Marvel superhero film.