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Two Days, One Night

A woman goes door to door, looking for her co-workers to let her keep her own job. If their co-workers do, they loose a 1000 euro bonus, which some of them desperately need. In comes a movie about unemployment, capitalism and despair. Two Days, One Night is a film about a woman who does not seem to get a hold of her own life.
It is beautifully shot by the Dardene brothers, and along with Marion Cotillard, they bring this movie down to earth. It's also at times very sad, but it never goes to bleak territorry. And the outcome is so satisfying, and the movie surprisingly so entertaining as a whole that this simple-hearted, pragmatic and honest film feels every bit as real as any Linklater film, sliding from scene to scene with ease and elegance. It's a subtle drama, that is also full of light and heart.

Stoker
Stoker(2013)
½

I always applaud foreign films for going the extra mile, and being unafraid of showing something different. Stoker, directed by korean masterming Park Chan-wook, often treads that line. It may be predictable, but it is a hell of a ride.
The movie stars Mia Wasikowska as weirdo India Stoker, who recently lost his dad to a car accident, and now lives with her estranged mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). That's it until an uncle, Charles (Matthew Goode), who was never present in the family tree, comes by, and things go wrong.
Yep, you know where the story goes, however, my eyes were glued the whole time because 1) This movie is crazy entertaining and 2) What a style!. Delivered with such fashion, Chan-wook and cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon raid the screen with exhuberant beauty and Tarantino-like panache. Visually, this movie is unforgettable.
Wasikowska finds herself in the best role she has done. She is creepy, haunting and mesmerizing to watch. Nicole Kidman also proves once again she is a veteran actress, specially in a powerful monologue towards the end of the movie. Goode is mysterious and sexy as the strange uncle, and even though there are better casting choices, he is just fine for the character.
In the end, this movie is bloody fun. It is an eerie, grisly and at times darkly funny film with lots of visuals to make it a must-see.

The Kings of Summer

There's nothing new about The Kings of Summer. The story, about kids running off from their parents and go live in the wilderness, is not new and has been done before, apart from our childhood fantasies. However, The Kings of Summer has panache galore, which makes it as interesting to watch as it is to nitpick
First of all, the performances are a definite mixed bag. The Adults (Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly and Marc Evan Jackson) are hilarious in this film. Offerman pulls off, as well, some intense drama which is extremely surprising. The kids are not as good, and that is a problem considering they are the main focus of the film. Nick Robinson is a handsome boy, but his acting is not nearly as interesting as his body. Gabriel Basso is solid and more believable as Patrick, Joe's Best Friend. They both are sort of after the same girl, Kelly, played by Erin Moriarty, also very pretty but not very good. Last but not least, doofus Biaggio played by Moses Arias in a fearless, facetious role that is unforgettable (From the three kids, by far the most amusing).
The way the story goes is pretty simple. However, it is the way it is told that gets to you. Saying that director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is visually ambitious is underestimating the amount of beauty and gimmicky distinctive style the film has. It is edited in a way to make the fashion more preculiar, all along with a playful soundtrack that mixes 80's video-game-like music with hardcore rap.
In the end, The Kings of Summer is more visually stunning than emotionally resonant. It has moments, however, and those small moments make the film a solid coming-of-age tale.

Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler(2014)

The trailer for Nightcrawler spoils the party, so if you're lucky enough and haven't seen it yet, do me a favour and watch this film right now to be rewarded. If you are unlucky, as me, you will still find Nightcrawler a daunting thriller and a delightfully entertaining dark comedy, even though the publicity campaign showed you the sweet spots.
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is another guy struggling for a job in the bustling city of Los Angeles, until he comes across a Nightcrawler (Those cameramen with police radios that go and film crime scenes to later sell it to the police) and decides to become one of them. Thanks to his doubtful sanity and psyche, he will turn out to be wildly successful.
The film has commentary written all over it, and as a first-time director and already respected writer, Dan Gilroy does a very fine job in this film. This film is visually sleek, stylish and elegant. Gilroy knows when to be pretty and when to be ugly, and the constant suspense, along with the shifts of humour, makes this ride consistently entertaining, additionally being straight to the point.
Gyllenhaal has been getting a lot of buzz as the psychopath Lou Bloom. He did, in fact, lost a lot of weight (For who knows what reason) and gets pretty physical, even though without stepping into full-on shouting and screaming and overacting territory. In the end, his performance is pretty subtle and eyes-glued-to-the-screen mesmerizing to watch. Saying this is the best performance of the year is a long shot for sure, but is not this particular performance that surprises me, but how much this actor has grown in the last years choosing roles in films like "Prisoners" and "Enemy" that strikes this character as Gyllenhaal's most precious. I still believe Gilroy offers more than Gyllenhaal, but the commitment he has given into the film is remarkable.
Plus, Rene Russo (Nice seeing her back) plays the sort-of boss, and the relationship between her and Bloom is portrayed masterfully, leading to memorable scenes between the two. Russo is back on the game well enough. On the other hand, newcomer Riz Ahmed, a crucial character to the film, promises as a young actor even though his character is, in my opinion, slightly irksome and over-the-top compared to Bloom's. I'm not saying he is Bloom, I'm just saying Bloom is a much more intriguing character.
The film tackles a lot of subjects: Unemployment in the United States, the easy access to illegality, the true job that is nightcrawling, the way the media cares more about viewers than moral, etcetera. However, I never found myself overwhelmed. Each subject is tackled masterfully, and Gilroy's directorial debut proves as much skill behind the camera as behind the typewriter. Nightcrawler is good entertainment, even though it is about being bad.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
½

Coming out from a solid first installment and an amazing sequel, Mockingjay Part 1 could dissapoint as it has a lot to live up to, considering how the franchise gained popularity in the last few years. However, there is a lot to like, and I even would say to love, in this half-baked prologue.
The games are over, and our hero, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in the hidden District 13, being part of a rebellion, leaded by the District's president, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore, that she must be the symbol of. But with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) missing, Katniss also has to bring herself together to save him.
The tone of the film changes. I'm not saying The Hunger Games was never dark, it always had the grimness you would expect from movies about kids killing each other. But those films also had that fun entertainment factor as well. This film gets rid of that and the tone gets very dour throughout. Also, the political satire the books were always known for including and the movie for discarting, is much more pronounced in this film than in the other two, and they manage to string up some clever humour with it as well. They specially focus on the aspect of Propaganda in this film, and while it is no Quarter Quell, it is still mildly entertaining. It is really when you enter the third act of the film that you go "There! That is the movie I love!" as, even though the ending is very abrupt, the last 25 minutes are a wild ride of emotions and suspense.
The performances are great. Jennifer Lawrence shines in her signature role, and the supporting cast, is it Elizabeth Banks as the diva Effie Trinket or, in a wonderful twist of events, Josh Hutcherson in the best Peeta so far, are also very good, even though I wasn't thrilled about Julianne Moore or the third apparition of the each time less interesting Gale, Liam Hemsworth. Nontheless, Jeniffer Lawrence is the star, and it is all about her in the end. The other Lawrence, the director, also proves himself as the ideal director for this franchise. He once again proves visionary when it comes to adapting these books to screen.
However, the last book is really short, and you can see they stretched some parts in the film to make it feel as one movie. These parts, however, were parts I enjoyed. What I didn't enjoy as much is how incomplete the movie feels. Yes, part 2 is missing...badly. That's why the film leaves us with a bitter hint of unsatisfaction. It's a huge, memorable teaser for a 2015 knock-out release.
Mockingjay Part 1 suffers from the same any Part 1 ever suffered. The movie that will come in 2015 will justify the existence of this one, but this is no bad movie at all and it is not skippable in any way if you're a fan of the franchise. Take it as an emotional slow-burner and a movie filled with memorable scenes.

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things About I Hate About You does not re-invent the genre, or really add anything to it in any way at all. However, it is the quirky humour and the strong cast that make this film a very solid rom-com.
Katherine Stratford (Julia Stiles) is an antisocial girl who is a pain in the ass to her sister, Bianca (Lisa Oleynik). Her father will only allow Bianca to date if Katherine gets a date too. So as she wants to get on with dreamy Joey (Andrew Keegan), they go into a plan to get rebellious, tough guy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to date Katherine, what seems an impossible task between two explosive personalities.
The film respects the rom-com formula to the point, with all the cliches we learned to love (Not really). The chemistry between Stiles and Ledger is very good, but they are also extremely likeable besides being complete killjoys, and that is mainly thanks to the really good script written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. The narrative is predictable,but the jokes come in non-stop bursts, and most of them are really effective. During the second half, I was laughing my ass off, and the rest of the film got me into succesive chuckles. Gil Junger also directs the film very well, with lots of stylish sequences and gimmicks, and an innate knack for comedy that is irresistible, just as Julia Stiles, the real star of the movie. Oh, and Joseph Gordon Levitt fans will find him very pleasing as well in one of his first roles, as well as hilarious sidekick Michael Eckman (The charming David Krumholtz). Not to mention the toungue-in-cheek cameos from Allison Janney and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell.
If you are looking for a good time, considering the amount of absurdity and the short duration, 10 Things I Hate About You is adviseable. It may be forgettable, but you won't want that hour-and-a-half of your life back.

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

Interstellar, the latest movie by one of my all-time-favourites Christopher Nolan, is not as bad as you may think it is. In fact, there is much to love in this riveting three-hour Space Voyage drama about human decadence. It is not Nolan's best film, but it is a jolly good film indeed.
You will know what you have to know: The earth is running out of food, so astronaut turned farmer then turned astronaut again Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is going, with a team of other brave beings, on a journey beyond our galaxy to search for a future among the stars.
This film begs being seen on the biggest screen, with the best sound possible, because Interstellar is a true delight to all senses. The sound design, the eclectic soundtrack by amazing Hans Zimmer, the drop-dead gorgeous visuals along with Nolan's masterful direction make this one of the prettiest (If not the prettiest) movies of this year. Nolan has put heart and soul and brain into tailoring this scientific extravaganza that floods with relentless ambition. The film goes places no film has gone before, and dares to walk the line between science and fantasy. And with it's heavy twists, the three hours go really fast, as this film has also that Nolan entertainment factor that is both pleasant to watch and to discuss long after the credits roll.
The star-studded cast, masterfully leaded by Matthew McConaughey in another powerful, gut-wrenching role, is what also elevates this film to another level. Besides McConaughey, young Mackenzie Foy as Murphy, Cooper's daughter, is as moving as its fictional father. Plus, we've got the always welcome (At least in my opinion) Anne Hathaway in a refreshing role considering her soft ooey girl types in her filmography.
Nontheless, with a story that caters so many themes and wants to show so much about interstellar travels, the film has its share of plot holes and non-sense. But is not that what actually prevents the film from hitting its peak, but the ambition of its director what actually does. Nolan is smart, maybe too much for its audience, and as he keeps throwing cosmical and scientifical scrawl at the screen, it is pretty hard to follow. The tension is present, but at times at a lower intensity as we do not entirely understand what these characters are going through. Additionally, the last 25 minutes offer a very dissapointing, bizarre conclussion to the oddisey that doesn't really fit into the film's convoluted plot.
Notwithstanding, I loved most of Interstellar as the superior Summer Blockbuster it is. You may need a certain IQ, attention span and heart condition to swallow the dense explanations, the thought-provoking tones, the long duration and the eye-popping grandeur the film offers.

Bernie
Bernie(2012)
½

In many ways, "Bernie" is comparable to "Fargo". You should feel bad for laughing at the real events the movie is based on, but the real story is so ludicrous, it is very hard not to, and Linklater's delightful dark comedy is at the same times so gentle, that you almost feel it does not disrespect any of the people involved.
Bernie (Jack Black) is a really good guy, very well-known in the community of small town Carthage. He works at a funerary, and in his job he meets old grumpy widow Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), who is rich but full of hatred. Bernie eventually starts taking care of her businesses, and people start not seeing Marjorie anymore. Until, that is, that she is found dead, and good guy Bernie is charged with murder.
Bernie is so funny. It is even funnier thanks to its "mockummentary" style that really brings the laughs and the originality to a vibrant showcase. Linklater once again shines, not only at making the movie feel real, but at his terrific writing skills, as the script is comedy gold. Everyone in this short small film really plays a homerun. Jack Black is excellent as the innocent, well-intended Bernie, Shirley MacLaine, in a very short appearance, is as impressive, and Matthew McConaughey, who plays Danny Buck, the sheriff in charge of the murder, is equally as good. It is a very well-crafted movie all throughout, and the fact that it was a true crime that we are talking about makes it even more amazing.

Boyhood
Boyhood(2014)

In the best Linklater fashion, Boyhood has no solid storyline (Dazed and Confused, anyone?). It also has existential witty dialogue (Before trilogy). It's like Boyhood is Linklater's baby, even more considering that it took 12 years to make, and is now an almost-three-hour experience in the theater where we see people grow and how their lives change.
That is what Boyhood is. And is not Linklater's best film, and it certainly will win some haters as the movie does not cater to everyone. However, those who do will find themselves so immerse in the world Linklater created for this really epic production. Because, for the most part, Boyhood is this really touching coming-of-age tale of not only kids but adults who have a tough time keeping up with time.
The only familiar faces in the film are Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, and they both deliver oscar-worthy performances that are so Linklatertical that elevate the whole production to a whole new level. I, though, had some problems with Ellar Coltrane, the main focus of the film. On his early years, he was pretty relatable, but I found the second half a little bit tricky to connect with him. That is my opinion, anyway. The truth is that the script is so damn good all these characters are very unique and their personalities very well done. In fact, we may have another indie trilogy in our hands.
Boyhood has a jackpot concept that, while it is not fully explored, packs a considerable punch, and is also light on the fluffiness one would expect. It is a very big small film with very small big intentions.

Dazed and Confused
½

Dazed and Confused has no solid storyline, no "beginning, middle and end" but, in Linklater fashion, wants to depict a typical teenage "school's out" night of the 70s, with unique characters and personalities that make this the cult gem it is.
There are so many characters, although movie tries to center as its protagonist Randy Floyd (Jason London) who, well, is not the smartest choice as he is not the funniest nor the most charismatic of all, but he is the only one with a dilemma: His football coach is pushing him to a clean commitment where he would give up sex, drugs and alcohol but he wants to have fun. The film is also a coming-of-age tale for Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins) and Sabrina (Christin Hinojosa), two high school freshmen who go out with the seniors on a wild night they will never forget.
The whole 70s vibe is recreated to a fault, and the heavy rock soundtrack with funky beats and sick guitar riffs just makes everything better, as you will find yourself smiling and singing as "Low Rider" by War plays on one scene.
This movie is so much fun, and it is fantastically directed and written by Linklater who depicts teenage hood in a rather unusual way, far from morals and nearer "it's okay to smoke pot and drink till blackout because we are teens and it is the 70s". A cult classic with all the letters.

Before Sunset

Nine years after the romantic one night stand viewers were part in, in Linklater's Masterpiece "Before Sunrise", this sequel tries to establish a second encounter between this two not-anymore strangers. I was pretty skeptical from the beginning feeling that "Before Sunrise" is an amazing standalone film. Well, "Before Sunset" is very good, but never quite reaches the heights of the first one.
"Before Sunset" changes focus. What first was a love story, is now a more playful, raunchy re-encounter between two people who had some kind of past. The jokes are meaner, and the wittiness unfortunately decreases, but the film also improves on the laughs and also the drama involved in not seeing someone, in getting married, etc. Once again, Linklater proves to be master at showing what time does to people, in this case, to people who were in love. I also enjoyed how everything in this sequel seems to bring back to that special night in Viena the viewers had. The tounge-to-cheek script along with the always alluring Paris makes for intricate, fun and utterly enjoyable viewing.
Everything in "Sunset", however, feels more set up than in "Sunrise". In the original film, the meeting of this two strangers was very much random, so is their day at Viena. In here, the encounter seems to be much more planned, and even the places they visit seem to be synthetically set up. The film relies on the chemistry of the protagonist and the dialogue they are having for you to not see the backgrounds, but that sort of freelance feeling made the original so great. And knowing now this turned out to be a trilogy, makes the ending of this middle chapter much more meaningful, although honestly, it can't escape its middle chapter feel. However, this is superior to many romantic comedies out there, and also has that Woody Allen-esque feel that makes it particularly delicious to bite into. "Before Sunset" is a sweet treat that is only kept restrained by the shadow of its superior predecessor.

Before Midnight

Seeing the trilogy in consecutive viewings makes this last entry in the romantic trilogy overall more affecting. The first two movies were sweet, whismical, almost magical romantic comedies. Before Midnight resembles more a real drama
The couple has now done everything they talked about in the previous films: They got old, they got kids, and while on the first half of the movie it seems that the couple still has that witty, playful vibe, then the second half strikes in and we see what the years had done to the couple that met on a train on Viena 18 years before. It is not as depressing as it sounds, however. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy still manages to string some laughs, along with the highly clever dialogue, and Linklater still is king (With the help of his two tremendous actors, in their best performances yet) at doing these really long scenes that feel improvised and spontaneous. The trilogy closes, again, magically in Before Midnight. It's a solid film, if at times dour, but it still is uplifting feeling how we growed with this characters.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

"Total Recall is silly until the point of unbelieveable. It's overproduced, bad acted and nothing innovative compared to the 90's original"

Total Recall is a big production big in thoughts. It creates a very well-crafted world with amusing special effects. But when it comes to be a remake, Total Recall is an insult because it isn't as good, as funny or as unexpected as the 90's version.
The cast is so lame. Colin Farrell does nothing but put a worried face the whole movie. Jessica Biel she is just bad and Kate Beckinsale is maybe the only one that can do something to the favour.
The plot is exagerated and the action scenes are too repetitive and are full of cliches. Luckily, I didn't expected the world for this movie because the result is a bland, tasteless spoon of the future that fails because of bad plotting, acting and pacing, and is definately, if not it, one of the worst movies this year that are so highly anticipated.

Before Sunrise

Two strangers meet in a train. They start to talk. They feel towards each other. They talk, they kiss, and in the morning, they say their painful goodbyes. In Linklater's beginning to the critically-acclaimed trilogy, "Before Sunrise" sets the standards for a european affair. For a night, we get to see the couple of young adults get to know each other, we get a peek at their conversations and at their relationship. It's a simple, short, bittersweet film that puts butterflies on your stomach every single shot.
Linklater plays masterfully, not only at capturing the city of Viena (Helped by cinematographer Lee Daniels) but also at capturing the freelance casualty of this relationship. The scenes are shot in streets, in cars, in restaurants, and they are always smooth, eye-popping and charming. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have amazing chemistry, and are elevated by the masterful script by Linklater and co-writer Kim Krizan. In it, we get not only a heartfelt look at a different, more romantic kind of "One night stand" but also a deep character study: Jesse (Hawke) is a sort of yankee prick. He is childish in a loveable way, he is shy, he is insecure but he is also charming. Celine (Delpy) is an existential, sweet, gentile soul, and as we see how they connect through the night, the more painful it is to leave them behind.
They talk about marriage, about past relationships, about american and french culture, about feminism and machismo, about what will they do, what the future holds and what is the meaning of life itself. The cheesiness of it is what makes it so mature, so melancholic and at the same time funny. The wittiness reaches levels of unusal (if not unrealistic) heights, but Linklater keeps things feeling real.
The first entry of the saga is a smart, heartwarming glance at the romantic escapade of two very different people. They don't have much money (Although they go to 5 different restaurants in one single night) but they don't care. They don't know what to go see so they go see nothing. They just wander through the night, indulge in their words, and it is absolutely perfect.

In a World...

Every character in "In A World..." behaves in a childish, playful way. I don't know if first time director/writer Lake Bell knew if that is how the industry behaved or just wanted to show that kind of characters, but I now believe that much of the reason the film works, besides being terrificly original, is because of the silliness of the "world" they built.
"In A World" sinks you into the world of movie trailer voice-over people (An industry that, ironically, is dissapearing), and while most of the movie feels refreshingly exciting, the film is also a satire to the Hollywood mainstream business in general. Carol Salomon (Lake Bell) is on her prime as she is continuously landing important jobs, but waking the jealousy of other veterans of the business, such as hot shot Gustav (Ken Marino) and even his veteran father Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed). So, a battle between voice-overs insues, and we get the pleasure to see how, at the same time, Carol seems to get a hold of life.
The character of Carol reminded me a lot of Greta Gerwig's character in "Frances Ha". She is a woman who doesn't know where to go, but strives to be as successful as the people around her. When most move on, she is still locked by her naivety or her inability to responsability. So, in a way, "In A World..." is a late coming-of-age film about growing up, although none of these characters grow up.
The cast is full-on. This is Lake Bell's best work yet, which doesn't say much as she has done terrible, terrible rom-coms. And the supporting cast (From Fred Melamed to Stephanie Allynne in an outstanding comedic role, to even celebrity meta cameos from Eva Langoria) are all excellent. They are also elevated by the wonderful, inventive script that Bell wrote, that is both tongue-in-cheek funny and subtly charming.
"In A World..." is for people who enjoy movies. The scope is broad but its ambitions are never let down. It is a fast-paced comedy with bursts of romantic mellowness that makes for entertaining and amusing watchability.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

You can tell by the title that this movie is yet another film about misfit teenangers trying to get a hold of life. And while everyone is a misfit themselves, I think that this film is also relatable because it tells the story of a high school friendship tha tis so faithful it can either bring back memories or intensify the actual happennings. In a word, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is perky.
Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a freshman at High School with a turbulent past, and he is having a hard time to fit in. Luckily, he finds the oddest couple of friends: Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). Together they will live the most exciting year of their lives, and luckily for us, we will be there to see it.
Throughout the movie we get small hints towards Charlie's past troubles, and although the reveal could be more effective, the movie still manages to tickle our heart strings by being purely human and understandable. The acting is a little bit stiff: Lerman is good, Watson could use some help though. Ezra Miller is just pure excellence. He is well into character all the time, and he also benefits from an equally riveting role.
The film tackles almost every "teen misfit" issue of the 21st Century: Homosexuality, domestic abuse, drugs, alcohol, etc. The scope may be large, but Stephen Chbosky, the writer of the book as well, in his directorial debut, manages to keep the storyline smooth at most times. You may feel you are sometimes seeing a showcase of troubled teenage lives, but as soon as the film realizes this, it gets back into knitting this characters into a satisfying, sweet, heartfelt conclussion.
This is a feel-good movie that has also some deep glimmers of tragedy, but is mostly a solid, quirky dramedy with lots of heart.

Scent of a Woman

This may also be referred as Martin Brest's last good movie, and Al Pacino's prime as well. Scent of a Woman is a film that fully relies on the talent of Pacino to bring a funny, touching, delicate dramedy with more heart than conscience.
The story goes a little bit like this: Aided college student Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell) is on the verge of expulsion when he is witness of a prank at his college. On the same thanksgiving weekend of the occurrence, he takes a job to take care of the foul-mouthed, blind veteran Frank Slade (Pacino), who takes Simms to New York to have a weekend of luxury and fine tastes.
Having not seen the italian original, I cannot say which one is better at achieving what the movie wants, but when it comes to this drama, it is certainly mild in every aspect. It is not sad, it's chuckle-worthy and it is LONG. Two hours and a half is a lot for a movie about two generations of people conversating, about whether life is worth living, about women and about their problems. Scent of a Woman, however, keeps the density light thanks to Al Pacino fankly over-the-top performance that is also very riveting and eye-catching. Plus, O'Donnell is not bad at playing Pacino's escort. Although that is what he is: An escort to a top-notch performance. The screenplay, by Bo Goldman who wrote such classics as "Shoot the Moon", is also a favourable factor because, as I've said before, the movie is made up of conversations for the most parts, and when this don't go into a dense monologue, they are pretty alluring.
Martin Brest offers in here a movie that is full of extravagance and self-indungence, as well as enough Pacino to bring joy to our hearts. It could be shorter, but what we've got here, the story of a bucket list turned into a miracle trip, is an above-watchable charmer.

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment is one of my favourite movies of all time. A cartoony, silly, at times over-the-top, but so god-damn seductive and charming it makes its Best Motion Picture award that was very cuestionable, in my opinion, very well deserved.
I love everything of this movie. How quirky it is on the first half, how destructively tragic is on the second half. I love how you can tell the scene where your heart sinks to the bottom and you get the queasy feeling of sadness running through your bodies. Few movies left me as emotionally stunned as "Terms of Endearment". If you want the whole package, better know the least about it. Just know it is the story of a relationship between a mother, Aurora (Always excellent Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (The equally-as-good Debra Winger). These leading ladies are not only good. They are beyond excellence good, and their chemistry adds to this movie's punch. Add to this a kinky character played by Jack Nicholson, and a personal favourite of mine when it comes to Acting Range, Jeff Daniels, and you've got yourself not only a tearjerking cult classic, but a film you will want to watch again and again. James L.Brooks is a guy who I respect very much. He is an excellent movie producer, and I liked every single movie he directed and wrote (Yes, Even How do you know!). And you know a movie is this good when besides its flaws, you want to give it the perfect score, because it has done something no movie has ever done. Terms of Endearment gets the A+. It's a heart-warming and heart-rendering dark horse. You won't see it coming.

The World's End
½

Five friends from the past. 12 Pubs. An unforgettable night. What would seem a decent premise for a regular comedy takes a turn to the extraordinary in "The World's End", the last chapter in the much acclaimed Cornetto trilogy. It's funny, it's exciting, it's stylish and it's amazing.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost this time are not alone, and although the duo still is the highlight, it is a group of friends now the main focus of the story. So, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan join the group of high school partners, who return to their boring hometown to complete unfinished business: Doing the Golden Mile (Visiting 12 pubs and drinking a beer on each one until reaching the last pub called "The World's End"). In this town, they will meet characters from their past, like the ones played by Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan. And really, the less you know about the movie, the better, because this comedy takes a wild turn almost half-through, and is an entire different film after it.
The characters in this film are very deep indeed. Pegg's character wants to return to the High School's days and refuses to grow up, while the others want to move on. This makes the comedy actually touching and heartfelt. Then, madness insues, and Edgar Wright proves once again being the perfect director for the delirium, as with panache he delivers energetic scenes and amazing deed. The writing is very clever, and the jokes are witty and well-intended. If you must compare it to "This is the End" (Two completely different films, by the way), this one is cleaner, which is not a bad thing at all.
This film is not the best in the Cornetto trilogy but it is a great comedy nevertheless. It's bizarre, amusing and relentlessly entertaining.

Begin Again
Begin Again(2014)

Begin Again is a sort of mix between Musical and Rom-Com from writer-director John Carney, who previously made the much acclaimed "Once", that I have not seeen yet and would have probably affected my appreciation of the film beforehand, as everyone seems to be forced to compare this movie to Carney's previous effort. But looking at Begin Again as a stand-alone film, it has its good parts and bad parts.
The film has some great writing, and I'm not talking only about the wonderful songs but also the script in general. The film is funny in a well-intended way, and while it never busts with originality, it still is clever and particularly overflowing with wramth.
The story, about an unsuccessful, alcoholic record executive called Dan and a recently-dumped and unexpectedly talented singer/songwriter Gretta goes where you know it is goint to go, but still feels fresh, especially on the first half where Carney proves panache with timeline jumps. Nevertheless, there is nothing substantial enough to grab onto during the songful ride, which is not only a love letter to indie music and song production and melodies themselves, but another movie that steps into that genre called "Love for New York City", as the characters in the movie have the idea of recording an outdoor album in different locations of New York. The result is a spirited bonding voyage with this characters and their music that eventually works.
My main problem in this movie is the cast. Some of them are good. Knightley surprised me as the unsure Gretta, who is a perfect adorkable, always bonny gal who, surprise, can sing not perfectly but pretty damn good. Adam Levin as his ex-boyfriend slash rockstar, Dave, is also very good, and probably the best thing Levine has done in his short carreer as an actor. He is douchy, susceptible and adds to the movie manipulative plot. Then we have two persons I didn't like: Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steifeld. I recognize the quality as a young actress from the latter, and her character as well, but I just found her incredibly numb throughout the movie. And Ruffalo, well, I just don't like Ruffalo. He is always playing the same roles of the completely effed-up man, out of job, out of wife and out of soul who needs a fresh beginning, but I just couldn't click with him in this movie. His performance is obnoxious, he mumbles word in a mix of english and hieroglyph and he always has the same-old Ruffalo constipated face in saying "I am the most miserable man in the world". Guess what Ruffalo? You actually are!
Besides some rough edges, the above-average Begin Again is grand for its music and its Carney-greatness.

Babel
Babel(2006)

Babel shows again director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu blending three stories together into a sort of tragic Pulp Fiction as he did in 21 Grams, only that this time I didn't want to burn the film after I've seen it. In fact, I really liked Babel. It's not only more luminous than the previously mentioned, but a prettier, steadier and ultimately much more better executed film.
The film goes through three stories sharing a same theme that is the lack of communication: One, definitely the most heart-pounding of all, is with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt as a couple in vacation in Morocco that are victims to a terrible random attack. Then we have the story of the children of this couple and their Nanny, Amelia (Adriana Barranza) that get into trouble in the very racy U.S/Mexico border. Last but not least, a story about a teenage girl in Japan, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) that is deaf-and-dumb and is desperate to loose her virginity.
The three stories are pretty solid, although I have to say the least interesting (And the one that less ties up to the main core of the film) is the one of the horny asian schoolgirl, although it has its intense moments. The other two stories are just pitch-perfect. The Morrocco Attack is full of tension and drama, and the one in the Frontier is full of despair and powerful indictment. And of course, the message of social understanding between the three is potent and satisfying.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritú, Rodriego Prieto and Gustavo Santaolalla al get together to make yet another film that is aesthetically beautiful to look at, and with a score that adds intensity and oomph. The acting is phenomenal, specially Adriana Barranza who is the Queen Bee in a honeycomb of greatness. The amount of talent involved in this film pays off hugely.
The three stories get fair screen time on "Babel", and that at times feel uneven, but never prevents the film from being what it is: a powerful moral of today's society that manages to touch the viewer in many ways.

21 Grams
21 Grams(2003)
½

The first minutes of 21 Grams were the most confusing minutes of my life, as the movie begins with narrative jumps between the stories of these three people, Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) and Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro), that get together because of a car accident, and you don't know what is going on, as the film plays with the timeline of the plot and goes from before the accident to after. But as the movie progresses, it comes together very smoothly, and then 21 Grams finds the perfect spot to end it all. Unfortunately, there is an hour and 20 minutes left still.
21 Grams is an example of a perfect short film that was stretched into a full-length squandering. After the first 30 minutes, it fails to keep things interesting or even entertaining, but keeps shooting melodramatic hits at you like saying "Look at these people, their lives are so miserable". Worst of all, you sit through it waiting for a glimmer of hope in this despairing squalid wad.
Of course, it's not all far gone as the characters in this film. The bleakness in 21 Grams is at times beautiful, mainly because of the masterful combination of director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and cinematographer Rodrigo Pietro. Add to that a tear-jerking Gustavo Santaolalla Score and you've got yourself a pretty film. Then you get some nice performances from Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro, at times either a little too stiff or a little too exagerated but throughout very solid. And then the movie is an incurable mess.
Everything, from the everlasting burden to the ridiculous runtime, I lost anything to hold on to, and when the credits roll, I was so happy, and promised myself never to sat through that depressing truss again.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)
½

David Fincher does it again with Gone Girl, a mesmerizing, twisted look into marriage and media. A film so near to perfection it may as well be one of the best of the year until now.
The less you know about it the better, but it goes something like this: Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) wakes up one morning to find his wife, Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) missing. As the whole town gathers to look for her, the media starts showing Nick as the culprit of her disappearance. That's how much you should know.
This movie is beautiful, as almost every David Fincher film. All the shots are clean, and the attention to detail is pristine. The film has also a delicious dour atmosphere and dark tone that just gets more intense as the movie progresses, until the point it provides tons of shock value. But surprise! This movie is very funny.
Gillian Flynn, the writer of the books, did not only write an excellent, vertiginous script, but also so darkly comic it's a delight how this movie easily moves from drama to thriller to comedy in a smooth way. Also, the soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor deserves a shoutout as this guys manage to deliver a very eerie soundtrack that intensify every scene in a powerful way. This movie is long, but I never glanced at my clock, and that is a good thing.
The cast is good. Affleck plays an amazing character, which we get to know as the movie unveils. The air of mistery that surrounds him is perceivable, although the star of the show is Rosamund Pike as the title girl. She is disquieting, convoluted and as mysterious as her husband, only that she is the definite scene-stealer. When it comes to supporting cast, then we get into uneven territory. Some are good. Tyler Perry (Shocking!) is very good as Affleck's lawyer Tanner Bolt. He is charismatic and perfectly casted. Carrie Coon is superb as Margo Dunne, Nick's sister. She is hilarious, but she is also capable of showing emotions. Then, it goes downhill, with either boring, plain performances from Kim Dickens as the staid detective Rhonda Boney, or the very miscasted Neil Patrick Harris as the showy Desi Collings. It's funny how they manage to be in some of the film's most striking scenes, but never live up to the movie's high standards.
Gone Girl is, from start to finish, a grisly, riveting, thought-provoking ride that is not only terrific entertainment, but also delivers stick-to-your-head disturbing content only Fincher himself can provide.

Panic Room
Panic Room(2002)

Panic Room is a home-invasion thriller that would go under the radar if it wasn't for his director, none other than David Fincher. It's about a Megan Altman (Jodie Foster), a recently divorced woman who moves into a big apartment with her daughter, Sarah (A young, cute and somehow better actress Kristen Stewart). This apartment has a panic room, and as soon as some burglars enter the house, they lock themselves in there, not knowing that what the burglars are looking is in the panic room.
Home-invasion films are not original and they are pretty formulaic. However, Panic Room still manages to ignore that and be full entertainment. There is no long introduction to this characters, and the tension is built and kept for the nearly 2-hour runtime of the film. Fincher is really good at being atmospheric. He proves it once again in Panic Room and although the film is drenched in CGI, it also haas that Fincher Stylish camerawork that make some scenes stand out. Jodie Foster is also really good at the leading role. There is no much substance in the acting here but the performances are fair square.
However, the problem in Panic Room seems to be that it is forced to have home-invasion characters. The people in this movie make some really stupid choices, which either takes you out of the film or gets you immensely frustrated. For me, it was a bit of both. Mix that with some of the movie fluffy silliness and you've got yourself a thriller that does not go smooth, and has lots of rough patches, specially during the second "Home Alone"-inspired act where the burglars stop playing on the mother and daughter and the latter start playing on the baddies. There is some enjoyment as well, but tension is lost considerably.
In conclussion, Panic Room is an average home invasion thriller that is fun but does not liveup either to the genre or to the talented director's previous work. The senselessness is there, along with a warm cup of self-enjoyment, and sweet, sweet generic suspense.

Seven (Se7en)

Let me first clarify that the ending of this movie was spoiled to me before I've seen it. The internet is an unfair bitch If you haven't seen this film yet, so go watch it, and you will enjoy it more than I did.
Se7en I'd like to say is Fincher's first film (You know, counting out that Awful alien "thing") and the story is pretty simple. Two detectives, Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) go over an investigation about a series of murders concerning a killer who is obssesed with the seven deadly sins. Somerset and Mills have to find this man before he completes his seven murders, which makes for an interesting if not familiar policial thriller premise. Let's face it, it is not original, but it is good.
Fincher is king when it comes to atmosphere, and in Se7en he proves it once more. The film has a dark, eerie tone but also the production design is excellent at putting us between the walls of some of the nastiest murders ever filmed. There are buckets of gore in this movie from beginning to end, but what really elevates this film to a dauntless status is its ending, which I'm not going to spoil, but is so disturbing and thought-provoking it leaves room for an even as enjoyable second viewing. Additionally, Se7en is solid at being riveting by having this "list" type of narration when it comes to the seven murders. It is engaging from start to finish.
A perturbing, implausible thriller that is as alluring as off-putting, Se7en trades originality for panache and leaves with the big bucks.

The Others
The Others(2001)

The overuse of fog in The Others may be a deep metaphor or an actual representation of the weather in Britain.
Bad jokes aside, I believe, by seeing the tomatometer above, that this movie has lost its gloss as years passed, as many spooky movies. This 2001 thriller however, still gets its amount of praise, as it benefits from two strong assets. Number one, Nicole Kidman is fabulous in this movie. She plays the tormented and suffering Grace, a woman who is so unhappy and longing for her probably deceased husband, and a mother who is too hard on her children. Her portayal is not ground-breaking, nor is the film, but she delivers intensity when it is needed and she is the one in charge of leading us through the plot.
Number two, this film has a fabulous ending, and that's why people still like it today. The huge twist at the third act may not surprise you as much as it surprised audiences before however, but still, I didn't guess it, and its execution is brilliant.
The rest of the film is a mixed bag. The development is painfully slow, and while Amenabar is certainly talented at creating an eerie atmosphere, most of the tension come in spurts, and then we have overlong doses of dramatic sluggishness. The Others is too dense to do spooky effectively.
I love a solid horror movie, as they are really hard to find. The genre can provide great stories, while always providing splurges of entertainment and suspense. The Others is not a solid horror movie, as it is not a horror film, or a thriller or a drama. The problem with The Others is that it doesn't know what it is.

Almost Famous
½

During Almost Famous, I was confused. Where is this movie going? What is happenning? However, something kept my eyes glued to the screen, and I don't know if it was the sexy music, the quirky dialogue or the excellent era representation but it was riveting. And then, when the credits roll, I was at the border of an emotional breakdown. I realized. Almost Famous is Cameron Crowe magic.
If you are a fan of 70's rock then you are in for a treat. Let me first advise you that the Stillwater in the movie is not THE "Stillwater" rock band you all know, and that the film is not based on them. It is based on a rock band in the stairway to fame, and tells the coming-of-age story of William Miller (Patrick Fugit), a young Rolling Stone journalist that goes on tour with them, and discovers about humanity like never before.
I was always a sucker for coming-of-age stories so maybe that helped. The music helped too. The dialogue, everything. The script is so witty, and delivers some heart-warming moments. Fugit is a very good lead, but the star is Kate Hudson as the mesmerizing trainwreck Penny Lane, who steals every scene with her seductive beauty. Also, I have to mention Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller, the mother of William. It's McDormand. You know she is going to be amazing.
This film is on the road to become a cult classic. And even though it's difficult to get on the first viewing, you can't wait to see it again, as Crowe's terrific dramedy storytelling is superb in this movie. Almost Famous is a nostalgia ride that is full of heart and good intentions. It keeps you in the edge of your seat without offering much than conversations between complex people that are very difficult to understand. And if you like Elton John's "Tiny Dancer", there is this scene on a bus where you will find yourself chanting along with the cast.

Neighbors
Neighbors(2014)
½

Do you want to watch a mature, good-hearted comedy? Then go watch the "Brady Bunch" cause Neighbors is not for pussies.
Sorry, I got carried away, and I understand if you don't like this movie. However, I feel the previous statement is true. Don't go in expecting witty humour, relax, smoke a joint even if that is your thing, and let the Seth Rogen humour flow through you. I laughed, HARD.
Neighbors is R-rated for a reason: It's raunchy! Filled with penises, drug use and sex jokes, the movie does not spare on its rating, and casual moviegoers may be disgusted. I felt delighted, maybe because I have problems, as the people in this movie that, wow, for a comedy, the characters are very complex.
The cast is excellent. Seth Rogen is very funny, but the surprise here is Rose Byrne. She is hilarious. They play the parents who don't want to seem old because of having a baby, and while they act very irresponsably, we feel for them because we all think of that when we grow up. Zac Efron, holy crap, he was very good. He is very likeable when he wants to, and extremely douchy as well. But he is also tormented by the future and you could see that. Ike Barinholtz is hilarious as well.
This movie has depth in the characters but trust me, is just excessive frenetic fun, and that is why I love it. While it is not unlike anything you've seen before, it does not give in to the formula, but instead is an unstoppable brawler that delivers joke after joke, and pop culture references galore.
Neighbors is a hilarious, energetic 90-minute feast of profanity. And I'm so into it.

Now You See Me
½

A movie about magicians is already appealing. Anyway, this is a heist movie, and let me tell you, it is a damn fun one.
Now You See Me tells the story of an FBI Agent, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who goes after a magician group called the Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Fisher and Franco) because they have stolen million of dollars.
Now You See Me is what you most want of a summer movie: Is clever, twisted and the fact that it tackles the subject of magic makes it even more interesting. I have seen the trailers and I found them too revealing,specially for the big tricks that are done in the movie. Still, what really dragged me into the movie was the cast: To begin with, I am absolutely impressed with Ruffalo, who has a starring role and he nails it fabulously. He takes the spotlight, leaving the rest of the cast on the back. From the four horsemen, we have performances that could be played by anyone, but have Harrelson's and Eisenberg's distinctive touch (Fisher and Franco are cast-fillers. A shame as I am a big fan of Isla, I don't give a s**t for Franco). Also, we have two veterans in the cast: Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. It is inevitable to say it was nice seeing them, although they didn't shine as much as someone would expect them to. Last but not least, is Mélanie Laurent who came out from nowhere but, well, she was ok, I can't criticise her for such an easy, generic role.
I've found the movie's script amazing, despite of the fact it is panned by many critics: It is witty and surprising, with a big twist. Also, it is a pity they focused more on amusement than on explaining some things actually (The last big trick is not explained, and is the most fantastic one), so it is not a perfect score.
I was surprised by Now You See Me as I went with low expectations and had a great time. It is not an unforgettable masterpiece, but a deliriously fun rollercoaster for the hot days of Summertime.

22 Jump Street

Few sequels get to equal or improve over the original. But with the same talented minds involved in the first one, few can go wrong with 22 Jump Street. It is just as good.
Meta humour is the best part of the film. 22 Jump Street admits being exactly the same as the original, with minor tweaks to offer. They infiltrate, identify the dealer, get the supplier and job done. This may bother some, however, it's not the destination but the trip itself, and there are references galore to why sequels are worse. Well, guess what, this sequel is not worse!
The jokes are way more subtle than in the first movie, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller are comedic geniuses, and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are chemistry gold. You can barely notice they are acting, you feel the true bromance between them like real-life friends (Not saying that they aren't). There is lots of humour not leaving out the emotional bumps this duo goes through. The story, also, has its twists, which I appreciate as well. This is an extremely well done comedy production and shows talent throughout the cast and crew.
I just wished more for some reason. More of the delirium of the first, more raunchiness, more Hill for instance (There is more solo than duo on this film, and that is Tatum who gets more screen time for some reason). Although the film improves in many aspects the original, it also struggles to match some of what makes 21 Jump Street a great time.
22 Jump Street still has it. The quick, witty humour is there and the people involved are ridiculously involved. The only bad thing is you may be leaving hungry for more, and in the case of comedies, that is a good thing. After all, just across the street of the vietnamese church there is a building in progress called "23 Jump Street". And as Stevie Nicks would say, I can't wait.

21 Jump Street

"21 Jump Street is a foul-mouthed, but hilarious and fresh teen flick that can be enjoyed by anyone"

I was surprised while watching 21 Jump Street. I thought it was decadently funny, compelling, and incredibly good. It benefits from two main things: Jonah Hill's acting that is always superb even in comedy, and a mix of wittiness in the plot that makes it a sweet treat of young comedy.
But 21 Jump Street is at the same time more adult than other teen flicks like American Pie or Road Trip that are mostly about titties and are very much inmature. 21 Jump Street wins them with a smart, sweet twist of laughs and thinking, and really good action scenes, also combines with comedy.
Maybe they swear too much. I mean, TOO MUCH! And it also tends to be a little bit strange, but I think that's sort of what makes it special, becuase 21 Jump Street is an enjoyable thrill ride you don't wanna miss.

Into The Storm
½

I had a hard time trying to realize why "Into the Storm" was shot as a found-footage film. I mean, if you think about it, the movie sacrifices so much just to achieve that, but it fails even at being one of them. Some of the times, there are too many conveniences. Others, you don't know who is filming. It's confusing, besides feeling more fake than realistic as it should be. Anyway, Into The Storm is bad.
I know, you're not surprised. I wasn't either. In fact, you already watched this movie several times in the past. You know, that formulaic disaster movie with all the plain characters? The comedic duo, the family that is broken that learn to stay together due to the catastrophes, and the bloggers/internet personalities (In this case, storm chasers) that don't care about their life but want to get money so they put their cameras as the priority. People die, there are heroic sacrifices. You know how this movie begins, you know how it ends. The point is Into The Storm may be the most forgettable movie of the summer.
But wait, shall you say, we can still see people being consumed by fire twisters right? Well, at some point in the movie, yes. However you are also forced into the introduction of this boring characters, making the first half of the movie very painful to watch. Then, when the tornados appear, things pick up a little. Lots of barns are destroyed for some reason, and there is a lot of running and name shouting. However, the formula in this movie is so faithful you don't feel tension. You know that by the time the credits roll, sunshine is a guarantee.
On the other hand, a shoutout to the speciall effects guys. With the minimal budget of the film they did some pretty good (if awfully unbelievable) stuff. The visual content cannot yet match the one in a random Roland Emmerich film, but it's still pretty well done. Unfortunately, the narrative content is similar to a Roland Emmerich film.

Chef
Chef(2014)
½

Chef is an entertaining small road-trip father-and-son-bonding film that has food as a theme all over it. It's a very contemporary, extremely sweet feel-good comedy that counts with the fantastic asset that is Favreau, who really makes this movie works. Besides, who doesn't like food?
The movie is about this chef, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) who leaves his opressive job at a popular restaurant to become a more creative cook at a food truck and travel across America with his son. It's a familiar plot, that's for sure, but it's the way that the story is treated that makes this movie delicious, pun intended.
This film is made for this generation for sure. Not only food trucks are something that are most popular on the 21st Century, but also Social Networks, that get a big part in this comedy. And of course the movie is super entertaining, because not only Jon Favreau is funny, but the star-studded cast is sure to tickle our inner fanboys. I'm not saying everyone has a reason to be here, most are just cameos (Robert Downey Jr., for example, appears in one scene only), but as far as enjoyment goes, this movie has plenty.
As much as I love seeing Favreau cook food and listen to Sofia Vergara's tropical accent, the truth is Chef really doesn't bring anything new to the table unlike its protagonist. It is a predictable, sturctured film with lots of hollywood flare. The first half of the movie I found most enjoyable than the second, and I thought that the execution was extremely cheesy. This film, really, is pre-fabricated cheddar cheese that everyone loves, but come on, who doesn't want to dip into a good old grilled cheese every once in a while on a sunny afternoon.

Hercules
Hercules(2014)
½

This movie is so not-awful it kills me, even though there is cheese melting off the screen in this one.
If you're looking for a historically-accurate recreation of Hercules with academy-award winning performances, a quirky script and amazing productin values, then you better go watch something else. Basically, Brett Ratner says "F**k you" and brings us a head-bashing, CGI Dwayne Johnson movie with little greek mythology over it but lots of steroids to keep things entertaining.
Because really, what is Hercules if not entertaining? The first half of the movie has some really cool battle scenes, and The Rock is a very sympathetic actor, not a complex one with many personalities but a really good one for cheap action films like this one. Besides, the movie has noble intentions. Hercules is humanized in the film in an interesting way I found surprising. I also liked the ginger girl with arrows and the guy who predicts the future. And I also liked the bad jokes, must confess.
However, if you're thinking of buying a ticket, I tell you, better look for something else. As not terrible as it is, Hercules still is bad. The dialogue is cringe-worthy, acting is inconsistent, and it is as dumb as half-a-Kardashian brain. You should know this, anyway. It's Hercules, with The Rock, and Brett Ratner, how much would you expect? Additionally, this movie is ugly. The visual effects are bad, there is a lot of green screen and unprofessional extras, and although as said before, some battle scenes are cool, you can tell that the studio was like "Ok, this is a cash-grab film, so better keep things cash-grab-worthy".
If you catch it at Hallmark or at half-price, then watch it, why not? You a fan of The Rock? Then yes, watch it. You a fan of Brett Ratner? What the hell is wrong with you? Hercules is plain, but the taste comes from the sweet, sweet popcorn.

Short Term 12

"Indie Charm" is that feeling only Indie movies like Short Term 12 can provide. It has mostly unfamiliar faces and it is terrificly original, which makes for some superb realism in filmaking you can't get on Mainstream. You've heard about this movie. And you should see it.
Short Term 12 is about a Foster Care center for Trouble Kids, and Grace (Brie Larson) along with his boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr) love their job of running the place. As the movie flows through our veins, we discover more about these characters, and oh god, Short Term 12 is really that good.
It has lots of humour, to begin with. It sort of plays with the fact that this teens have trouble and that leaves us some quirky moments. It's impossible not to smile as every positive moment is so heartwarming. This movie really gets the feels, and in both ways, as it is also heartwrenching. Of course it is expected. It is a film that is not shy of showing how messed up some of this kids are. The emotional payoff is sensational, and thanks to amazing performances, the film is an A+ Superior Tearjerker.
Brie Larson is magnetic. Every presence is a scene stealer. She is really coming to herself as a great actress and the heart and soul of this film. Destin Cretton has crafted a film so amazing that it is a contemporary masterpiece. On demand, on Hulu or wherever you find it, go watch Short Term 12, and tell other people to watch it. It is a necessary, but also thoroughly enjoyable little gem that is full of energy and punch.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

The main problem with World War Z is that it actually tries to be as smart as its source material, outright diverging way too much from it, making this no other than an average zombie movie with really pretentious segments.
The first fifteen minutes are great. There is no long introduction, the movie is pretty straight-forward. And as this family witness the first minutes of the zombie outbreak, there are some geniuenly creepy scenes. And the movie is escorted by Muse's "The 2nd Law: Isolated System" which was a plus for me because of my bias feelings towards the british rock band. The rest of the movie is a mess.
I mean, I can endure the main character surviving by one or two coincidences, but the whole movie is based on them. Brad Pitt (Who plays Brad Pitt by the way) is saved and discovers key plot points by being at the right moment at the right time the entire movie, and that tells how lazy and weak the script is (Besides being completely unfaithful to the very, VERY good source material). The ending is extremely abrupt as well, leaving more frustration in the viewers. And Marc Foster with his shaky camera does not help. Because of its PG-13 rating, I walways felt I was missing the sweet gory stuff that could make this movie mildly entertaining.
This film had potential like no other, but somehow, they blew up by trying to look bold and clever, instead of actually being bold and clever.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Less scary than its predecessor, Insidious: Chapter 2 fails to live up to its genre. However, it is still a tense, interesting, jumpscare-filled spooky story with lots to tell.

Platoon
Platoon(1986)
½

Having a tough day? Then this movie will literally kill you. Having a good day? Then if you watch this movie, you feel like a miserable piece of crap afterwards. However, you should watch this, not only because it is a classic, and because is one of the only great Charlie Sheen movies, but because its representation of the War of Vietnam is something you don't get in any other movie, not in The Deer Hunter, not in Apocalypse Now and definitely not in Forrest Gump. Platoon is the real deal, as painful to watch as it is.
A moving piece of cinema, with scenes that are so brutal that show in the delicate but heavy-handed way that makes Oliver Stone such a great critic for all U.S.'s issues what the Vietnam war does to the people that came in as the civilised men we knew and get out with a brain so torn out by the tragedy and the horrors. Because at times Platoon is a very, very sad Horror film, that takes the refreshing turn of showing the American army as enemies and not all the time as victims. Because both countries cause suffering and pain to each other, and in that aspect, Platoon is particularly powerful at.
Charlie Sheen, whatever happened to him, gives a full-on performance as the main character of Platoon. He is also favored by the really complex character he is given, Chris Taylor, an innocent high-class boy who turned into a disturbed killing machine. Of course that the rivalrie between the two Sargeants of the platoon, Sgt Barnes and Sgt Elias, played by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, steal the scenes in which they have to shove the characters into our minds, but that's why Dafoe and Berenger were chosen to give life to this rivalry. The second half of the movie deals with this enmity in a less satisfying way, trying to convince us of an enemy to a movie that was just perfect being as neutral as it was. But as far as structure goes, the movie is stil impeccable.
The production is outstanding, with scenes that put Michael Bay to shame (In fact, 1986 Stone explosions look better than 2014 Bay "fireworks" or whatever those are). The showdowns are tense, exciting and gripping at every second, and the sense of melancholy is throughout the movie present, thanks to Stone's sensitive direction, Robert Richardson's amazing cinematography and the musical masterpiece that is "Adagio for Strings". Platoon is a movie that really does justice to Vietnam, and does not sugar-coat it nor overproduce it. It's an Oliver Stone film that packs a punch like no other actual film out there.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not only an improvement to the pretty darn good predecessor, but also one of the best movies of this summer mainly because of one thing: Its simplicity.
Let's begin by pointing out the absolute beauty of the film. With top-notch special effects, the apes look better than ever, and the post-apocalyptic world is terrificly designed and executed. Lush vegetation and slum towns take our eyes to a journey that was never achieved before in cinema. Visually is very striking, but as we get into the plot, we find even more.
With the world decimated by the lethal virus from the last movie, now the humans and the apes are trying real hard to live together. Both sides hate each other, and both sides love each other. They are societies that can't somehow fit together. As the tension grows between this two species, shit happens (No spoilers) and war breaks out, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows its splendour.
The action scenes are exciting, but there is also a very powerful drama about the past of these characters, that make for some really moving scenes. Andy Serkis is amazing as Caesar, and of course that the humans aren't as interesting as the apes but their war is a sure grabber for audiences. I am only dissapointed that the very final scene feels very "middle chapter", because the rest of the movie is as good as it will get until now for this revitalized franchise.

Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez has done it again. He makes a sort-of-good movie with his Tarantino-like style and his loveable visuals, and completely wastes it all on a poorly done and painful to watch sequel that ruins a franchise (Spy-kids anyone?).
I mean, this is a movie that has Danny Trejo throwing a machete into a helicopter that explodes, Lady freaking Gaga playing villain (For 5 minutes though) and Charlie Sheen, oh I'm Sorry, Carlos Estevez as the president of the United States, plus Mel Gibson as the Bad guy and Sofia Vergara with Sub-Machine Gun Boobs. Then why, why in the name of the lord is this movie so damn boring?
It is, besides its predecessor being way more subtle on its plot and less star-packed. From beginning to end of this senseless compilation of cringy dialogue and SFX special effects, Rodriguez never tries to be funny, but in fact fails at any attempt of tension by being dumb or uninteresting. A really, REALLY bland movie, besides being a Rodriguez film.

Casa de mi padre
½

"Casa de mi Padre" is one of those regular SNL skits that was somehow extended into a full length movie. And although the movie succeeds at some few funny moments, the film wastes its potential by trying to make us care for characters that are either too over-the-top or painfully uninteresting. Will Ferrell talks spanish real bad, and that is funny the first fifteen minutes, but turns annoying really quickly. Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are given the most boring dialogues in scenes I felt were never ending. In fact, the whole movie felt an eternity. Casa de mi Padre is a failed attempt at a definite Robert Rodriguez-inspired satire, that is way overlong besides its 1-hour-and-20-minutes duration, and way underproduced for a Will Ferrell Comedy. Just go watch "Machete" instead.

Argo
Argo(2012)
½

Definately one of the best movies of the year and a golden candidate, Argo is another success from Ben Affleck, who is proving himself that he is more than a pretty face, but an excellent director and manager of suspense and thrillers. Argo is based in real events, but the movie itself feels real. With great performances and a witty dialogue (Some laughs that make the movie softer), Argo gets more and more tense as the movie develops, full of nail-bitting suspense that make it a hit. The story is fearless, showing everything completely, not leaving plot holes behind and an outstanding recreation of the early 80's worth seeing. This movie is just held back by some difficult-to-believe segments in which the tension gos full-hollywood fantasy, and really pulls you out of the experience. It Is not messy though. and it will entertain you and keep you in the edge of your seat till the conclussion where you will say "Finally" and you will relax once and for all after that tension the movie keeps until the very very end.

The Dark Knight Rises
½

The Dark Knight Rises was one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It's not only an Epic conclussion but a thrilling, nail-bitting and fast-paced fun ride so shocking and dramatic it's basically one of the best films of the year. Cristopher Nolan ends the trilogy with a movie that is as good as it predecessor, and introducing new very attractive characters, like John Blake (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), that with the rest of the cast shine, with great, vivid and intense performance.
Indeed, TDKR starts messy but ends up with all the power and a final act that leave us hungry for more. I think is with "The Dark Knight", the best superhero movie so far, but even better as it wraps up in an incredible way the whole "Dark Knight" Saga. It's extremely important to see "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" to understand the complexity of this film, but trust me, you will still get the surprises of this movie.

Oculus
Oculus(2014)
½

As a fan of "most" of Jason Blum's cheap but effective horror catalogue, I have to admit my surprise when I say I wasn't scared at all by Oculus, but I had other feelings towards it that really strucked me once the movie was finished. First, confusion (This movie will trick you like a street magician). Then, some dissapointment (Guessed the ending, ok?). But throughout, immersion. This movie is the most riveting horror film I've seen lately. There are one or two jumpscares, there is little gore as well, but the imagery is what gets you into it. The tension, the sense of dread, the family drama. So many elements of this movie worked and so few didn't and that is what makes Oculus a polarizing film. It is not scary, but it adds elements of the genre to a well-structured thriller that is spine-chilling and compelling.
The movie tells the story of two siblings at two different times: One, at the present, where they try to prove that a mirror is guilty of causing bad things, and the other, 10 years before of the first timeline, in which the siblings are young kids experiencing some really weird stuff around the house they just moved in with their father and mother. The movie jumps between the two timelines in a Memento kind of way, only that it does it less strictly paced and more freely, at times mixing both to make our brain melt while we try to figure out where are we. However, this is what makes the movie tape you to the seat.
The acting is so damn pristine. Karen Gillan and Brendon Thwaites are really good, and their younger portrayers, Analisse Basso and Garrett Ryan, are even better. Katie Sackoff is also good as the depressive and distraught wife. Mike Flanagan in his sort of cinematic debut delivers a piece that is interesting to watch and begs analyzation, second seatings and a keener eye and mind for sure. Because in the end, this movie is meant to be thought-provoking. Are they crazy? Is the mirror really getting them to see things? It's low budget that does not show it. It's well done suspense cinema, with a plot so complex you can base a thousands guides out of it. Oculus is a film that gets how tragic events in horror films are, and how eerie things might get if the suspense turns into drama. It is a five-star concept, with four-star actors and a three-star execution.

Midnight Express
½

The Shawshank Redeption is venerated as the greatest Prison Break Movie of all time. And even when considerating the options, Midnight Express doesn't come up very often, which is a little bit strange as this movie is now a definite classic since it was nominated in 1979 for the Best Picture at the Oscars. I am here to tell you why Midnight Express is that good.
First of all, Alan Parker and Oliver Stone form the power-duo. Yes, they indeed go hard on the turkish people in this movie, but with harsh criticism also comes social satire and oh does Oliver Stone do that well (He deserves the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay very well). The movie is filmed in a gloomy way so to show the despair of our main character, Billy Hayes, who is very flawed, and we root for him even in moments where he crosses the line of judgement. The rest of the characters in prison may be a little bit undeveloped, but we feel their connections with Hayes.
Brad Davis gives a phenomenal performance as Billy Hayes. He is at moments heartbreaking and at others charismatic, and he definitely can get bat-shit crazy at times. He really shows versatility in a role that begs for it. And my god the soundtrack, Giorgio Moroder (Scarface) really brings its upbeat 80's neon keys to this way ahead of its time thriller. It sure is gratuious (Lots of scenes with "in your face" violent, and a really sad nude scene at a visiting room), but is the brutality that makes this film special. Alan Parker wanted to depict the inferno of a turkish prision in a hopeless, dismal way that in the end, results in striking scenes with powerful acting and finger-licking good dialogue.
However, trouble in paradise insues when you know the real story on which the movie is based on. The third act is drastically different. It is no criticism, sure, but the real life ending makes much more sense than the exciting but poorly thought-through finale they give in the film. But for its non-stop madness of, well, madness, Midnight Express deserves a place on your valuables. It's basicallly A Clockwork Orange meets Shawshank Redemption. Nuff Said.

Guardians of the Galaxy
½

Marvel is being completely dishonest when saying this movie was "risky". We all knew this movie would be succesful because even though we don't know the Guardians of the Galaxy, we do know the star-studded cast, and the amazing publicity campaign. However, you should go into this movie expecting a "marvel" movie, which is indeed a safe bet. It has a feel-good action formula, cheesiness overload and visual grandeur, although this time, the movie packs a more humurous punch from beginning to end (Stay after the credits if you don't believe me). Guardians of the Galaxy is very funny indeed, and is a solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Portfolio, and definitely the most interesting one.
Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill a.k.a Starlord. He was abducted by aliens when he was a child and now he lives as a galactic outlaw, that is the same as a normal outlaw only more awesome because he is Chris Pratt and there is a lot of 80's vanilla music involved. Yes, the nostalgia is strong in this one. So is the "Star Wars" feeling.
Because of the comings and goins of destiny, he ends up with a group of outlaws to form the unlikiest assembly of heroes, the anti-avengers, the...GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
Starring Peter Quill, lethal green femme fatale Gamora; the big, bad and hilarious Drax the destroyer and the highlight duo of foul-mouthed mammal Rocket Raccoon and sweet yet equally appealing tree-man Groot. They will face a large number of very uninteresting villains in the movie, and then it's over, and fans of the comic will overhype the living s**t out of the film
But wait! It's not bad, not bad at all! But come on, "Best Movie Ever"? No, sorry. And I know I don't get Marvel movies, they are not supposed to be oscar contenders. But I can't shake this feeling of "cash grab" in the extremely convenient formula of the film. And the villains, come on, man! If you are going to throw me four villains, make at least one "not bland". They are all extremely boring, not at all like Marvel's anti-hero-assembly villain, Loki.
If you have seen "Super" and "Slither" then you know that this is a James Gunn movie. A fun movie that can go both ways, a "treat yo'self", a time-killer. However this film looks terrific, has some witty dialogue and Baby Groot is so ticklingly cute that you can't feel but satisfied at Marvel's attempt to serve fresh fruit at the table.

Divergent
Divergent(2014)
½

As a reader of the books, my sort-of excitement was into the film. I feel I must clarify then that I didn't like the Divergent book too much. I felt it was really slow and too over-the-top and in the end anti-climatic. The movie, however, is an improvement to the book itself. Of course, the flaws of the book doomed the movie to its "average" status, but when looking at the steamy pile of crap we get from youn adult novel nowadays, Divergent stads as a solid "Meh" that is not as forgettable as countable other teen tales.
And it has reasons to be a failure. The cheesy CGI effects are ugly. The adaptation of the post-apocalyptic Chicago is ridiculous compared to many other movies that do it much more better. There is an extremely abrupt and forced in love story (Of course there is) that does not work and sometimes takes the main focus of the story anyway. Theo James, the man in this love story, is extremely wooden and unable to show any feeling at all more than "Man, I wish I was in the new Expendables movie".
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for this franchise. Mainly because of its leading woman, Shaileene Woodley. Man, can that lady act! She really brings the heart and soul to a rather emotion-less movie all throughout. It was also nice to see some actors with her that already worked with Woodley in two excellent movies (The Spectacular Now and The Fault In Our Stars, examples of how the love story in this movie should've been developed and proof that the faulty nail is Theo James). Kate Winslet as a villain is deliciously enjoyable, as she reminds of many other equally cheesy "so bad is good" movies from the past.
In a world where war has decimated the United States, Chicago has been divided into factions: Candor (The Honest), Euridite (The Intelligent), Amity (¿The farmers? In the book they were the friendly and they were awesome) Dauntless (The cool guys who do dangerous stuff) and Abnegation (Bland people that do the movie justice). In this world, Tris, our hero, must choose, but it doesn't matter really, because she is Divergent (Ellegible for all factions) and the government wants her dead, because she is a threat to the system.
Hunger Games? Anyone? Yeah, pretty much. This movie is very similar, but so is the book, so we better throw crap to both of them. Divergent is a half-baked adaptation to a half-baked book. You will never leave the theatre or living room feeling so polarized about this movie than watching this. You can't love it, you may hate it. But as a time-killer, Divergent is terrific. It's a pity other time-killers are better.

Schindler's List

When it comes to hystorical dramas, Schindler's List will forever go down on history as the prime example of a perfect one. Every single minute of this 3 hour journey into the holocaust depicts horrors in such a way that is difficult to feel they are real. It is more difficult to believe then when reading the facts that it actually was real, making the movie that much more impactful and terrifying. With scenes that even now (In comparison to what was cinema before) are still relentlessly shocking, Schindler's List is also the most respectful and tender homage to the Jewish community who suffered during the day. What is on screen is not pretty but is necessary. If it wasn't for this movie, but also if it wasn't for the book it is based on, Oskar Schindler would have dissapeared as the many he couldn't saved. Thankfully, Spielberg produced a movie that so amazingly celebrates the eternal hero that Oskar Schindler was. It is an essential masterpiece, a crucial addition to any cinephile's list.

The Fault In Our Stars
½

When you watch movies like "The Fault In Our Stars", you know that you are about to sink the knife in the onion. You know how this story is going to end and, surprisingly, I didn0t want it to end, and that means the movie did a great job at being what it is: A relentlessly emotional yet subtle 21st Century "Love Story".
Now I know what you are asking yourself. Why go see a movie about to dying cancer kids? Well, the truth is the movie is not about death. It's a feel-good movie about young love and a positive viewpoint of life. And If you're expecting a Nicholas Sparks movie, then let me tell you you're wrong. In fact, the doomed couple is only a "couple" for a quarter in the movie. The rest is them having conversations, overcoming obstacles, etc.This makes the film have a more "Before Sunrise" vibe instead of a sappy "The Notebook" air to it.
Shailene Woodley is great, as always. The day this talented woman cannot act will be the end of great actresses themselves. Don't worry, it will never happen. The surprise was definately newcomer Ansel Elgort, playing the optimistic Gus. Elgort's performance is everything: Charming, sensual, charismatic, strong and ultimately heartbreaking, just as the movie itself. The dialogue is an absolute gem: A perfect mix of sugar and peppermint to balance the touchy subject of Cancer in a playful way.
"The Fault In Our Stars" is fresher than many YA movies out there. Whithin the love story, there is a story of humans that is so damn moving and beautiful, you will want to see it again. I think that even the most Harley-Davidson-loving hairy redneck will be crying after seeing the two hours tour-de-force Josh Boone (And down to the bone, John Green) has brought to the screen. An arguable chick-flick, and a pretty damn good one.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

The Heat is not an extremely unforgetable film. It actually gets lost between the abundance of Buddy cop comedies that exist right now. Still, while not fresh or new to the genre, it still is relentlessly funny, thanks to McCarthy and the chemistry she has with her co-lead, Sandra Bullock.
See how I almost described McCarthy as the main protagonist? Well, the truth is Bullock's Agent Ashburn is the main hero, but not-yet-burnt Melissa McCarthy steals the show. Sure, she plays the same character, but she does it so good it is impossible not to like her, yet. And I'm not saying Bullock didn't deliver. She did. But again, she is playing Miss Congeniality in another movie. There is really little difference with Miss Congeniality. Oh my god, this is VERY similar to Miss Congeniality.
I know Paul Feig directed Bridesmaids and I know Miss Congeniality sucked and that The Heat is ten times funnier (Mainly because on the second half the movie improves by pushing aside softcore buddy cop humour and takes out the big guns, buckets of blood and lots of F-bombs), but the main problem with The Heat is its lack of freshness and we see it, even in the hilarious after-credits scene.
The movie tries to go "touchy feely" also. Of course, it fails. Whenever the plot derivates from McCarthy or her bromance with Bullock, the movie tries hard into making us connect with the character and passes out on opportunities to make us laugh. Also, there is a point I think in which hey take it too far (I am talking about that Denny's scene), but it was interesting to see the movie take those risks.
"Size does matter" must be the slogan for The Heat, with its big main leads, its giant guns and 2-hour runtime, The Heat provides laughs and buckets of comedic cliches for dreamy feminists, and casual moviegoers alike.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I almost lost faith in Marvel movies. I didn't like Captain America: The Winter Soldier (God punish me) or Thor 2 or The Avengers. But there's something that keeps dragging me to them. And X-Men is a saga I was always unaware of. Don't be misleaded, I've seen 3 X-Men movies (The louzy X-Men 3, the absolutely horrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the well-intended X-Men: First Class), but my excitement and anticipation for this movie was the same a vegan would have for a new Gordita at Taco Bell. Well, oh how wrong I was.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is jolly good. Ignore the plot holes you will think of after the movie is finished because the journey is full of great performances, witty dialogue, boombastic action and dem feels (So much feels). Bryan Singer has brought us yet another comic book movie that feels comic book-y, while yet retaining the expertise of camerawork and writing that makes cinema even better than comics.
Great performances, specially talking about the absolutely mind-blowing James McAvoy. He really does put heart and soul into this movie (Maybe because it is the only job he is offered right now. Sorry McAvoy but it is true. You won't get any bigger than this). The start-studded cast is composed of big actors who have fun playing superheroes, and we have fun watching them do superhero stuff.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is, for me, the saving grace for X-Men movies. A deep, action-packed entry into the franchise that is not scared of assuming the role of being based on a comic book, and plays with the fact this particular superheroes are not human, but they aspire to be.

Godzilla
Godzilla(2014)
½

I think "Godzilla", along with "Guardians of the Galaxy", was one of the movies I was most excited to see this summer. The trailers looked eerie, and they had big chunks of Bryan Cranston in it. So, what happened exactly?
Gareth Edwards ("Monster") tries hard. The movie looks amazing thanks to pristine camerawork, vissual effects and cinematography. There are uncountable numbers of breathtaking scenes (Most of them, unfortunately, already appear in the hype trailers) and they are even more striking thanks to the phenomenal monster design.
However, Godzilla fails at anything else if it is not about a monster wrecking your backyard. Godzilla tries hard to introduce human drama into the story, and at the same time making that human story the core of it. Until the characters are fully introduce, the movie does not begin, and it takes a while (Seriously, this movie is very slow). Bryan Cranston appears in the first 15 minutes, and he is amazing, and delivers gut-wrenching scenes that could simply steal the movie from the fire-breathing monster. But then he is not in the movie anymore, and we are left with the wooden, unidimensional Aaron Taylor-Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth Olsen, who are so damn boring you just want Godzilla to come and crisp them like chicken nuggets.
The human elements are predictable and feel like an obstacle between the viewer and the glorious Godzilla "Pacific Rim" scenes (Of which we see very little). Godzilla's biggest mistake is not being about Godzilla. It is a well-directed and visually striking, but poorly written and blandly acted buzzkiller, that is better than Broderick's abomination but is not nearly as monstrous as other movies out there.

Monsters University

With Pixar's signature style and wonderful animation, Monster's University is in many aspects better than its predecessor. Funny, sweet and full of irony that makes it a little treat for people of all ages.

The Conjuring
½

James Wan proves himself one more time in The Conjuring, a chilling homage to ye olde horror tales, and a damn good one.

The Purge
The Purge(2013)

While it has an interesting concept, The Purge wasted its potential on cheap scares and typical slasher film cliches that just doesn't make the cut.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Thrilling and wonderfully casted, Star Trek Into Darkness is in many aspects as delightful and nostalgic as its predecessors, for both long-time fans and newcomers.

Scary Movie 5

By far the dumbest of all, Scary Movie 5 is a tasteless and unfunny comeback for the not-so-long-awaited spoof saga.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

In a glance, Gravity is Cuaron's masterful mix of impressive visuals and cinematography, and some really tense action sequences

Mama
Mama(2013)
½

Guillermo Del Toro had his misteps (Don't be afraid of the Dark was one of them). Mama, although similar to the one named before, is not a mistep. It is a scary but somehow enchanting horror movie.
This is the story of Annabel (Jessica Chastain) who suffers a change in her life when the nieces of his boyfriend Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are forced to live with them after their parents dissapeared. Along with them, a not-that-sweet motherly creature, called Mama, comes with them, and boy will it not be good.
It is the way horror movies should be done in the first place: First imagine the concept, then the story and then, the best part, the jumpscares. The movie's story will not amaze you in originality. Maybe the ending differs from other in that way. Still, the story is nothing more than a filler to the chills and the adrenaline of Mama. There is a message of growing up which is very clear in the transsition of Annabel from rebel to a mother-like figure, and although the formula is basic, the movie still was quite a good time.
Jessica Chastain was a pleasant surprise. She is even good in horror movies. The rest of the cast had nothing special to offer, except for Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse, the little girls. They are three very important personalities in the movie, and after them is the most important: The Creature, which looks like a larger size of the small monsters from Don't Be Afraid of The Dark.
Guillermo Del Toro's touch is relatable. Still, I had quite a time seeing Mama. Is a horror movie that is dark, creepy but understandable, and most of all tolerable in a time where guts flying around seems to be the definition of Horror

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)
½

If the entire cinema awes in shock at "that scene" in the movie, then you know it can't get any worse.
Side Effects is the last movie from stylish and intriguing director Steven Soderbergh, who always manages to make movies that are equally entertaining as unforgettable. Side Effects is one of those movies. An exquisite cinematographic thriller that starts with a simple premise, and ends with a completely different one.
The plot we all know is that Emily Hawkins (Rooney Mara) is a woman who just got her husband, Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) out of jail, and she suffers from severe depression. So, she starts seeing a psychiatrist, Dr Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) who prescribes her medicine that, as the title says, has some unexpected Side Effects.
Now, from the second the movie opens, you know you are going into something that runs on the disturbing side (Such as Contagion, another movie from Soderbergh). The blood stains in the apartment tell us something tragic will happen, and it happens, and it got me.
That is where the movie takes a twist in genre (From psychological to crime thriller) and plot (Which I'm not gonna reveal. See it yourself). The slowly-built but effective suspense in the middle of the movie is some of the best in cinema nowadays: Uncertainty and different point of views will struck you. Even at the end you won't know who is who in the movie.
Talking about whos, let's talk about the cast: Rooney Mara and Jude Law star in the movie. Mara does a fantastic job as a sick, helpless lady (And you will sure sometimes root for her even in the most obvious moments). Jude Law, instead, has a role anyone could've done. He adds nothing to the movie but his sophisticated accent and elegance. But someone who has even less relevance in the movie is Channing Tatum, whose performance is so unhighlighted it is hard to notice him on the beggining of the movie. Catherine Zeta-Jones is also in the movie, and she plays Dr. Victoria Siebert, Mara's previous psychiatrist. She is something. Her performance is intense, and yo will find her character so compelling, it will definately leave an impression of her.
As provocative and clever as it is, Side Effects is one of Soderbergh's finest. It is twisted and sick, like its protagonist, and is also a sad film, knowing that the brilliant mind of Soderbergh will no longer make us cheer in horror.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)
½

Marvel is taking the dark tone from superhero movies nowadays and traslating it into the movies. But this is Iron Man, so it can't be just like that. So, yes, Shane Black's take on Iron man was a pleasant surprised. The ones who were annoyed, like me, by the childish action in The Avengers, will find a much more mature superhero, but with lots of laughs as condiment. Iron Man 3 sometimes works out as a hilarious yet more serious entry in the franchise, and definately the best one yet.
The story already has an adult vibe to it: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is trying to put himself together after the events in New York. He suffers from anxiety attack and post-traumatic disorder, and as he is trying to protect the woman she loves, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), he will have to deal the constant menace of a blood-thristy terrorist by the name of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
The movie is one of Marvel's finest. You come for Robert Downey Jr's charm and wit, and leave with a few surprises. Trust me, Shane Black and Drew Pearce did a fantastic job in writing, as the film is outrageously funny. Still, it also has lots of drama and tension, specially with the pretty much controversial twist that, well, it got me. I enjoyed that twist, and I don't understand why would anyone hate it so much as it was pleasant. Still we have to talk about the other characters of the movie. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are back. They still are overshadowed by Robert's mesmerizing performance, but they both have important roles in the movie. We must talk about Ben Kingsley: He is brilliant. I never saw him this way, and I definately think no one else could have done his role as he did. Also, we have the addition of Guy Pearce to the cast, although I can't say too much about him, as this movie is full of surprises I could ruin all of them for you.
The film is a visual spectacle to all senses: For example, a scene where Tony's house is bombed into the ocean is specially outstanding. Although this is were, maybe, Iron Man 3 has its weak points: Its almost unreal summer movie vibe is sometime just ridiculous, and the overuse of Special Effects dragged me out of the story. However, minor problems. You will still have a lot of fun.
I would recommend watching Iron Man 3 in the biggest screen, with the highest definition and a pair of glasses to get struck by the explosions and amuse of the movie. Iron Man 3 benefits from a talented cast and a story worth telling, and you will walk out repeating to yourself "That was fu***ing awesome" because it is. It is fu***ing awesome.

The Great Gatsby
½

"Tale as old as time". Taking Fitzgerald's dark novel and recreating it into a summer movie is a risky move. Specially when you take Baz Luhrmann as a director who, let's face it, cannot do anything discrete. But that is where, maybe, The Great Gatsby finds its strength, and maybe the reason why its christmas release was postponed. The Great Gatsby is a summer movie, a filler, almost a teen movie if necessary to describe how not serious this movie is, or at least not enough as it tries to be.
The plot is mainly unchanged, only with some glitter added to it to make it more glamourous: Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is an aspiring businessman who rents a cottage in Long Island, New York, next to the mansion of a compelling yet strange man named Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). As he meets this figure, he discovers the man had history with his cousin Daisy (Carrey Mulligan), who is married to a rich but unfaithful man called Tom Bucharan (Joel Edgerton).
This is an important comeback movie to two of my favourite stars: Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher. Although it was nice to see them on the big screen again, their comebacks were a little bit disappointing. Tobey does his same old role of the good, clumsy guy with no intentions of greatness, and his presence is overshadowed by an ambitious Leonardo DiCaprio who takes over the screen along with Carrey Mulligan as star-crossed lovers (Lots of scenes are callbacks to Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). While Isla's role is much more attractive (The lover of Daisy's husband), little she appears in the movie. In fact, in no more than three scenes. So, in the end, we will have to wait to see her in Now You See Me to really know wether she is coming back to cinema or she is just wondering around, poking a little bit to see how much money she can get.
Something we have to talk about immediately are the visuals: The fact this movie is in 3D is already ridiculous for me, but even worse is the amount of green screen used even in scenes where it isn't needed. Sometimes, I couldn't even tell if the real actors were playing or just some silly CGI.
But, what about the positives? Well, the costume and make-up design are stylish and impressive, along with the amount of hollywood glam that has been added to the movie. The excessive parties, though overly retouched by special effects, are impressive, and the story is very well unfolded (Even though it's Fitzgerald business). In the end, The Great Gatsby is as forgettable as that romantic movie with the cute chap and the desperate gal. Doesn't matter how emblematic the novel is, or how much attention can Baz Luhrmann drag into a movie, it is still a film that will remain in the memory of those who remembered the day Tobey Maguire came back to the cinema.

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)
½

How long since we have a pure, 80's style Science Fiction Movie that doesn't suck? And with Tom Cruise in it, how can it be if not irresistible, unwatchable? Oblivion is a really good movie. Unfortunately, for the irony of the title, it will probably be "forgotten in time".
Joseph Kosinki, director of the likeable but little exciting Tron Legacy, has made its comeback with the story of Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) who works on an uninhabitable world along with her partner Vika (Andrea Risiborough). He is supposed to finish his job and then go to live with the rest of the human race in a moon in Jupiter, but it ain't so easy, as once he finds Julia (Olga Kuryelenko), a human whose spaceship crashed on earth, everything will change.
How interesting the story is, to beggin with? It is interesting enough to drag you into the cinema. Oblivion is Popcorn fun, with a plot that has many twists and turns but a lack of execution. Some secuences are pretty stupid, the characters are pretty stupid, and specially the things they do are pretty stupid. Guess they wanted to "Get stupid"?
The script of Oblivion will no live up to the heights of any sci-fi goer, or any normal cinema audience member. It is a little bit louzy, specially at the ending where Oblivion shows most of its flaws. Dissapointing final encounters and conclussions are present, even though I'm not thinking on spoiling them.
Though the plot is faulty, Oblivion has still a great audiovisual flare: 80's style epic soundtrack mixed with over-the-top visual effects that recreate glimpses of after earth that are just breathtaking. You may find it overwhelming at times, but never awful or unnecessary. If you can watch it on Imax, better. Tom Cruise is also a positive. He does a really good job. He ain't badass or goodass, just a normal guy. And, even though his character is a little bit weird at times, Cruise pulls it off as the star he is. And does he looks good!
Overall, Oblivion is a delight for the senses but weak for the mind. An anticipated summer you may be able to enjoy if you don't go expecting a new Avatar or Star Wars, but some refreshing original content in a time where the prequel and the remake are the king and queen of tintseltown.

The Impossible
½

The Impossible is one of this year's best movies...enough said. To begin with, I'd recommend knowing where are you heading for when watching this movie. I mean, this movie is a must, but it's also one of the most intense experiences I've ever lived. This movie demands to be seen on a cinema. A good cinema, with powerful speakers and a big screen to really get into the movie. For example, on the first 3 or 4 minutes of the movie, the screen is dark and you only can hear a horrifying sound that will knock your socks off. And the tsunami stuff hasn't happened yet. When it happens, you will watch one of the most detailed disaster productions Hollywood ever made. It's incredibly filmed, and beautifully filmed (Director J.A Bayona shines in this movie). The performances are amazing, from the fearless Naomi Watts to the young but talented Tom Holland. The only bad thing of the movie was the constant emotional manipulation. The story (A family holiday gets interrupted by one of the worst natural disasters in history, and a family of 5 do the impossible as they reunite after that awful catastrophe) aims to be one of those "emotional genre" movies, where you know you'll cry like a little b****. Well, that may be the first 200 times. The other 500 times it gets kind of lame, and all that emotional stuff seem like a joke. Don't get me wrong, I cried, but then it got repetitive, and it didn't gave me the buzz. It's sad that the movie wasn't recognized more by the academy. The performances, the direction, the movie itself it's awesome. Naomi Watts is not enough to justify what a brilliant and exhilarating experience it is. Go see this movie and you'll see what I am talking about.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

I may not be the perfect judge of this movie as I haven't seen the last 20 minutes or so, but Lincoln still has that oscar feeling to it that it was unevitable to not like it. The story centers on Abraham Lincoln (Played by a fantastic Daniel Day-Lewis) and his efforts to abolish slavery by passing the Thirteenth Amendment. This movie is one of those typical Oscar movies about history. It has incredible performances (Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones) but also has heart, as Lincoln mixes both the presidential and prestigious side of the man we all know, and his personal life, his relationships and his family life. Although, before seeing Lincoln, I'd recommend doing some research about the subject, especially if you don't know much about Lincoln's presidential mandate and what he has done. Yeah, maybe I'm being a little bit ignorant about this great american figure, but to get the thousands of references this movie has, it's really useful a little of information. Also, you must be interested in the story to enjoy the 2-and-a-half hours this movie proudly exhibits. This movie is a real talkie, talking during the whole movie. Tony Kushner's script makes it really enjoyable, between memorable quotes, anecdotes and some dark humour. Indeed, the movie will be slow if you know nothing about what they're talking about or you watch it just to know what's all the hype about but you're not really interested in Lincoln's efforts to finish slavery. You will, though, immediately be seduced by the performances, that is one of Lincoln's strongest pillars and makes it a powerful, historical drama and one of the best Spielberg movies from this time.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)
½

Pixar and Brad Bird is like Eggs and Bacon...Always good together. The Incredibles is one of my favourite animated movies ever, as it was outstandingly funny and and human, and I even rated it 5 stars because I simply loved it. Ratatouille, in the other hand, is a totally different movie. Yes, from superheroes we go to a rat desperate to be not appreciated as a rat but as a cook, and what better city to place the story in than Paris. But not all is delicious in Ratatouille. Well, at least not for me. Ratatouille for me was pretty much heavy, slightly boring and even though it made me giggled sometimes, it lacked of fun, but was filled with magic. As many people, I love to eat and to cook, so this movie is really inspiring to me. But when they talk to me about Pixar, I imagine something delightful, full of fun and some intense drama included. Ratatouille has some emotional moments, but does not feel at any moment as a truly Pixar movie, except maybe for the originality of the plot. Ans also, while Pixar mainly focuses on the whole family, I felt Ratatouille had a more kiddy target audience, like Cars, but the theme of the movie is a little bit too grown-up for kids. So, in those terms, Cars may be a much organized movie, only that slightly worse. So, it dissapointed me. Ratatouille for me is a one night stand, but I think it's both too long and tiring to watch it again. Unfortunately, Ratatouille was bland.

Insidious
Insidious(2011)
½

Insidious is a really interesting movie. I personally like paranormal horror movies, and I love the Paranormal Activity saga, except for the last movie. And even though James Wan directed and wrote Saw and Dead Silence (I don't like any of them), he also was a writer in the outstanding TV Series American Horror Story, that presents lots of similarities with Insidious, a movie about a haunted house, or a haunted child, or a haunted life...Insidious keeps the tension until the very end in a dissapointing but at least tollerable conclussion. The atmosphere is amazing. This movie really haunts your dreams even though it may not scare you as much in the moment as it gets to you later. Indeed, Insidious benefits also from James Wan who really keeps the scares into a non-stop pace. But although the atmosphere is good, the special effects and make up aren't so inspiring. Insidious has poor visuals, as the movie lacks of a big budget but a terrible ambitious story. Also, there are lots of fails in the making of the creatures. They seem unreal, you can see mask, flaws in the costumes. That damages the inspired atmosphere and also James Wan's attempts to keep the movie going. Also, there are several jumpscares going on. Oh, your heart won't stop. This movie is compared to Poltergeist, despite similarities, because how scary it is. Insidious is scary, and I enjoyed watching it. Sometimes I wanted to clos my eyes but I didn't want to loose a thing. The plot is so well crafted is difficult not to immerse in the story since the very beggining. So I would recommend it if they ask me "Is there any good Horror movie from nowadays?".

Falling Down
Falling Down(1993)

I don't know if a "great time" is the perfect sentence to say what I felt in this movie but let's put it other way. Falling Down was fun. It's an undeniable classic. Well, most of Schumacher's movies are classic. The big difference is that Falling Down does not sucks. Come on! Batman and Robin, The Phantom of Opera, Bad Company...Unfortunately, Joel Shumacher is mostly recognised for being a total jerk at directing movies, but I think this statement is cuestionable. Joel Shumacher will never win an oscar, that's for sure, but he is not a serious director. He cares more about the entertainment of the audience (Or the controversy) that the entertainment of the audience and the gold. But Joel seems to get money ot of his unhinged projects: Maybe because they're fun to watch. That happened to me in Falling Down. I thought it was a gripping thriller, with lots of nail-bitting moments but also lots of wittiness and criticism to real life that are awfully...correct. A man that looses temper and wants to set things right, this movie is the definition of "Rage day" for me. So, it's a classic. It's funny, violent and maybe overlong (In 2 hours, the story gets pretty boring). I also think the movie is good not only thanks to Joel's mind but to Michael Douglas' charisma. He is a great actor, and he really gets into character this time and you can believe what's happenning, although most Schumacher's movies are unbelievable. But the rest of the cast do not apport anything to the movie. I expected a lot from Robert Duvall and Barbara Hershel, but they are overshadowed by Michael Douglas. To leave no strings attached, I want to close up by reconsidering Shumacher's movies. I've seen Batman Returs, Batman and Robin, Bad Company, Blood Creek, Number 23 and The Phantom of Opera. Never liked them. I only gave one chance to this movies as they say it's one of the best ever made. I do not agree, but I think it was fun and Joel did a lot of movies. Maybe we should just give him a chance.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)
½

Apollo 13 is a classic hard to forget about. It does not only stands out as one of the most produced drama in years, but with such a cast (Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris) taken into such an intense plot, it's almost impossible not to fall in love with this movie in first sight. To begin, it has a really big name in direction, although barely recognised. Ron Howard is hated and praised, but in the film industry he is definately between Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorseses. In other words between the bosses. The first movie I saw from this man was The Grinch, the Jim Carrey version, another classic as this movie, only that they are absolutely different, of course. But something you can notist from Ron Howard, and you can see it in movies like Frost/Nixon or the Da Vinci saga, is that he really knows how to keep the tension. But of cours, 2 hours and 20 minutes are a lot of seconds to fill up with nail-bitting moments. Without violence but limited to problematic situations, this movie is interesting but gets heavy after some times. But the cast, amazing by the way, do their best to keep you in the movie, although is inevitable loosing some interest as it's a true story. Indeed, Apollo 13 is one of the best movies ever made because of its simplicity. It's a drama with no cheap shots, a thriller with no KA-BOOMS but almost a realistic experience of a trip to space, despite troubled, and how it was when americans still went to the moon. This, proud to say, it's a real space movie. Armageddon, meh, maybe too sticky. Apollo 18, yes, that space Paranormal Activity, is some crap to recycle. This movie however, is a clean, pure space movie as it should be. And even though its said to be a documentary (And it can perfectly fit as one) for me Apollo 13 is only awesome because it had some really tiny flaws that can barely be noticed on the splendour it gives away.

Moonrise Kingdom

Although Moonrise Kingdom was named the best movie of the summer, it presents its flaws. Let's begin with the good stuff. Wes Anderson that stands out as a director again, gives us a beautifully filmed movie, with lots of sympathy and wittiness, but also with that love-it-or-hate-it ambience that is typical from the director. The movie is like reading a fairytale, as the photography and camera shots are all very poetic, colourful and frenetic. Despite the incredible recreation of the 60's, Moonrise Kingdom is also a modern movie with a modern topic to teeangers, that also explore some themes like sexuality or misunderstanding by the parents. Indeed, is a movie for everyone, although it can be a little bit tough to swallow for youngsters. But Moonrise Kingdom is not all gold. The plot takes its time to take off, as the first minutes of the movie are slow. Also, in the final scenes, the story gets repetitive, and gets off-track while loosing the fun or wittiness mentioned. The movie has a great cast (Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, who barely participates, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton), but they don't give anything priceless. So, yeah, it may be the best movie of the summer, but still, it's a summer movie, maybe unforgetable because of the originality, but mainly just fun but not enough to the oscar season.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

Skyfall may be the best of the Daniel Craig as Bond trilogy, where Sam Mendes stands out as an extraordinary director, highlighting the feelings and sensations of the character, giving the movie a "heroe-in-crisis" theme we've seen in movies like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy or n the coming soon Iron Man 3. But an essential difference is that James Bond is no superheroe, not even a heroe, but a secret agent that in modern times is seen as a ridiculous Cold War leftover, and the movie talks about that too. Daniel Craig still has to effort to be a great Bond, but he is sure one of the best before Sean Connery, who also was a great actor. Unfortunately, Daniel Craig still lacks of expression, or body language, but tries his best, and succceds even better than in Casino Royale. The truly jewel in the movie is Javier Bardem, who is with Octopussy and Dr. No the best villains Bond has ever deal with. Bardem's Silva is the funniest and scariest villain one person has encarnated, and is participant in cliff-hanging moment that are truly nail-bitting. The story has a fast beggining and an explosive ending, with action and emotions mixed in one nostalgic but after all, happy final act. But in the middle, Skyfall centers more in the argument that in the action, and tries to focus on Bond's relationships and the Bond mitology the movie hides. The Alfa Romeo, the Martini, the Radius...Skyfall puts all the bond movies in one trying to be an ode to Bond after 50 years of service. But, will Bond retire after this? Of course not. We'll have Bond for a long time, and so Daniel Craig. Expect at least two other movies after this. And about Skyfall, the story might get confusing, but in the finale that looks promising since the beggining, al things will be cleared and you will leave the theatre with a big smile and more than one tear on the eye.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is not a comedy to begin. It wanders between a drama, as it has some strong scenes and arguments, between some jokes (Touch of childish). But the movie can develop and entertain thanks to Steve Carrel that proves himself as an actor that can carry the movie by himself. Keira Knightley...Well, he was ok, but she is not great. Although, the production is outstanding. They created a pre-apocalypse world that is so vivid and intense that even the extra acting is seriously desperate and good. I know the movie wasn't succesful, and I wouldn't pay a cinema ticket neither, but I think people should consider that the movie has lots of heart and the bittersweet ending is hopeful after all.

Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4 wasn't only unscary and unoriginal. It was definately the worst of the whole saga because it was dissapointing. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman try so hard to not fall into clichà (C)s, that they end up making the movie slow and without excitement although it has a very short duration. In AC 3 they delivered a very solid ghost story, integrating witches and rituals into the story. In this one, they try to continue that story but in a worse way, as in al the movie "Nothing happens" until the last minutes, that are short and do not scare all the way. It has jumps and boo-moments, mostly repetitive, and it's a little bit fun, but it didn't get me and I'm terribly dissappointed as I expected more from this directors who took the saga to a whole new level, and lost a life with this production.

Looper
Looper(2012)
½

Looper is a hard movie to review. Is a very intense film, some scenes are really strong, but it's the originality of the plot that makes it incredible. First, as you may know, Looper is an assassin that kills someone from the future, and suddenly to a Looper called Joe comes his older him and blah blah blah...Well, believe it or not, that's only one quarter of the movie's story. The movie takes a really wild twist at one moment, that changes the whole perspective of the movie. So, the plot changes from "I have to kill older Joe" to "What am I going to do" and it really keeps you in the edge of your seat until the outstanding conclussion. So, Looper has everything. Great performances from everyone (Specially Bruce Willis), some gun things and an incredible amount of Science Fiction (Not revealed in the trailer) that made it the most unexpected and outrageous film I could've imagined. Extremely violent for sure, but that is not raw thanks to Rian Johnson's beautiful direction, and the unbelievable mind of the screenwriters, who sure had to break their heads to sort out how will the story develop in such a fantastic way.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Finding Nemo 3D is a pixar success. First, it's one of the most colourful animations ever made, so delicate it's definately one hell of a CGI movie. And the 3D makes it even more spectacular, attacking all senses, making the experience more real. The original movie was already good. Ellen DeGeneres steps out as the most hilarious character Pixar ever made, Dory. So, between memorable lines like "Just Keep Swimming" you cannot don't feel any kind of nostalgia towards this movie. Trust me, you will have a wonderful time, as Finding Nemo is one of the best animated movies ever made.

Up in the Air
½

Up in the Air is a tough movie to review. Is one bittersweet romantic comedy about the life of a businessman that travels all around the world and suddenly founds love, and puts job in front of them. The psychological themes, the wit and the smart dialogues are all mixed between their three charismatic leads that do as much as they can to make you sit through the movie.

The Terminal
The Terminal(2004)

Funny and sweet, although sometimes silly, The Terminal stills being succesful because of its talented cast and director.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

With a beautiful soundtrack and a mesmerazing performance from Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away is an emotional ride that is as delightful as a classic.

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

"Offensive, raunchy and incrediblly hilarious, Ted is a shameless comedy that will make you laugh your booty off"

Be prepared. You have to be familiar with the humour of Family Guy to really get the territory the movie is heading to. Also, movies like The Dictator that is extremely stereotypical can train you for the gags Macfarlane wrote and managed to develop in this 21st Century Comedy.
Ted is one (If it isn't) of the best comedies of the year. Is terribly funny and so racist, agressive and sassy you will feel bad after laughing your ass off with Macfarlane's witty humour. Jokes include fat people, famous people, arabs and any type of human in the world, that is not safe from being laughed at in Ted.
But the movie also has a sensitive. side. A story of growing up, even as inmature it might looks, it shows sensibility to the audience. Of course, all along with the humour that never abandons the movie.
Cameos include Norah Jones and the terrible but heroic actor of Flash Gordon, Sam Jones. But there's much more to offer and Ted is a very fun ride you MUST get into if you love comedy movies. The success it has is definately a well-given award to a comedy that is between the best movies of the year.

Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman(1990)

"Hard to hate it becuase it's a classic, Pretty Woman is a predictable but sweet romantic comedy, with a great perfromance of Julia Roberts"

It was the 90's. Richard Gere barely old, and Julia Roberts more beautiful than ever. So, it was the perfect moment to take this movie out in theatres. Pretty Woman is a fun romantic comedy, is not too long (2 Hours of charm) but also does not escape the "Have seen it" feeling from romantic comedies.
The movie starts clunky, hard to understand, slow, but then it takes its rails and goes max-speed. Julia Roberts shines in this movie not only as the funny one but as the prostitute, giving a mesmerazing performance. Richard Gere, well, he is ok, maybe too melodramatic but can be forgiven.
You shouldn't expect too much for pretty woman. A sassy plot that presents minor flaws but within the limits, it's a good old-fashioned comedy enjoyable to watch.

Hannah and Her Sisters

"One of Woody Allen's finest, Hannah and Her Sisters is a sweet and funny movie that stays in the heart and memorie forever"

Although it doesn't have too much Woody in it, it has enough to give it that charm and laughs we look for in his movies, and his mind in the plot and script makes the movie a treat.
A lot of stories mixed with lots of very compelling characters. Woody as the Hipocondriac is great, also the psichological Michael Caine, and the different stories they are so good.
There are also a lot of jokes from many types: Stereotypical, slightly raunchy, but the movie is more an uplifting film full of romance that will sure put a smile on our faces, specially with a stylish ending that will surprise us in many ways.
Fans of Woody like me, this should be one you have to see to be a fan, as it is one of the best films ever made, and one of Woody's most charming productions.

The Five-Year Engagement
½

"The Five-Year Engagement is an overlong typical Apatow movie: Raunchy, sometimes in excess, and sweet, with only some laughs to offer"

Maybe 2 hours was too much for a plot that repeats the same thing from start to beggining. But between the Deja Vu and Second Transmissions, there are a ton of jokes and romantic dialogues that make this movie another Apatow flick that works....so,so.
While it touchs the same theme like Bridesmaids did in 2011, The Five-Year Engagement is less wilder, more raunchier, sometimes too much that isn't even funny. It's not too foul-mouthed, and Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, who have worked together in many movies before as the ooey gooey couple, they have chemistry and they are fun because Jason and Nicholas Stoller are in charge of the whole movie structure, that turns dense from the First hour to the finish.
I had fun, believe me, but it would have been better if it wasn't a too Hollywood comedy, typically formulaic, and not so Stoller but more Apatow in a bad way. I just don't think I would like to spend 2 hours of my life again watching a movie that is not entirely engaginc.

The Bourne Supremacy

"Sharper than the first one, The Bourne Supremacy is a shocking and violent sequel that improves on it's genre"

It started already good, so compelling. The plot begins with a memory, something abstract, and as the movie deploys, Paul Greengrass makes from that memory a story, and filled with action sequences and engaging dialogue that keeps the movie in a perfect line between flop and awesomness.
The Bourne Supremacy has lots of style, but when you think is as simple or formulaic as the first movie, BAM! one sudden twist changes the story, and is full of surprises. Matt Damon is much more intense, so the cast, and when all comes into place, it ends with so much fashion it makes it one hell of a movie.
The problems are that the movie isn't as simple as the first one, so it tends to be messy and hard to follow. They mix too many things at one but without plot holes, only that perfectly explained. And while the other was a well-balanced action flick, this is more turbulent and dramatic that the first installement, and it's also a prelude which sort of makes it even more interesting because it leaves room to the finale (The Bourne Ultimatum) that will sure be one to remember.

500 Days of Summer

"Bittersweet, Witty and Hilarious, 500 Days of Summer benefists from the outstanding performances of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a solid plot, even though it's similar to movies like Annie Hall or When Harry met Sally"

I laughed with 500 Days of summer. Is that kind of indie movies that are uplifting, funny and simple, so simple that makes them beautiful. Marc Webb started his carreer with the right foot choosing two tremendous leads (Zooey and Joseph who are great) and two screenwriters who made the movie a treat (Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber).
The only bad thing is sort of the formula that is well made and balanced, but it's similar to Annie Hall, one of the most classical Woody Allen's movies, but at least it's better. More modern, more fresh, more amateur it makes it sort of more magical. Annie Hall was a great movie but got lost in the over raunchiness or un-updated humour that makes it not a "last forever". In fact, 500 Days of Summer is so easy going there is no way it does not entertain for years.

The Bourne Identity

"The Bourne Identity is an overrated, good old-fashioned action movie, that although it delivers some thrills, it's not an original flick"

The Bourne Identity has lots of "Had seen it" moments. It's build by taking repeated formulas from other action movie, and that is the whole time in the plot, making it unsurprising or boring, but not until the point of catastrophe.
The Bourne Identity is nothing more than a well-balanced summer high-budget action flick that does not count with Matt Damon's incredible acting (or at least it doesn't deploy it) but just with his pretty face, and it gets sort of annoying.
Although, It makes the two following movies (Haven't seen it yet) even more interesting, because just the Idea of how the saga can get better wants to make me go see it.

The Intouchables
½

"The Intouchables is funny and sweet, although it presents minor flaws but lots of heart"

There's not too much to say: I'm still eating lemons to get out that sticky flavour of my mouth. The Intouchables is funny, a story about friendship, how can it fail? And it's also french. It's almost impossible for french movies to fail. They are sexy, witty, appealing and they are good at what they do.
The Intouchables is not that forgettable but it also is, because the plot is not innovative, and it's a little bit overlong, must admit. There was a point in the movie I thought "What's going on with all the melodrama?" and in the end, I almost had waterfalls falling from my eyes.
The Intouchables never goes too far, thankfully, and it's a well balanced movie that deserves its success.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)
½

"Rock of Ages is barely good because has great music and musical numbers, and a cast that does not fail, but it's silly and weird and it's not enough for two hours"

I think the main problem of Rock of Ages is that, even though it doesn't fail as a musical, it fails in everything else. Starting by the good stuff, it has great music and dazzling musical numbers, impressive coreographys (Although there isn't too much of this last) and a cast that is great. Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand were so much fun, Cahterine Zeta-Jones is an immortal goddess, Tom Cruise....Well, ok I guess, and the two new guys, Jullianne Hough and Diego Boneta, especially this last, they have future.
But there are also bad things, mainly in the plot and script. Rock of Ages doesn't work as a movie. Is too silly, uncomfortable, overlong and way too strange. It's intimidating how far it goes on it's theme. And not all of it's drama or comedy is good neither. Comedy: Way too childish or sexy. Drama: Melodrama, teenager type, too flicky. So Rock of Ages is forgettable, but not it's music or cast that are sure going to prevail for years.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

I'm going backwardsm telling Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa was worse than its predecessor. While it's voice cast shines, most of it is thanks to Chris Rock and David Schwimmer, and because we fell too much in love with the characters in the first movie. The Plot is silly so the script, and the jokes are more agressive, more dumb and does not find the wittiness that the two other movies in the trilogy have in common.

Madagascar
Madagascar(2005)

Madagascar is super fun. It counts with a brilliant voice cast (Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller) that are the main core of the movie and the strength, but also the silly but funny humour of the script and a plot made for the whole family to enjoy. I laughed as a child watching "The Three Stooges" and as it's also beautiful animated, I was dazzled by the colours and magic of the movie.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was as fun as the first one, but with more energy and storytelling and less slapstick. The movie shines thanks to its voice cast, very talented from Ben Stiller to Sacha Baron Cohen, all of them are fun (Highlights: Chris Rock and David Schwimmer, like in the whole trilogy). The plot is a little bit sloppy but as soon the jokes and the witty script arrives, it makes it a funny, slightly thrilling and crazy family ride reallly enjoyable.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)
½

"Better than Bruno, much worse than Borat, The Dictator goes too far the stereotypical humour, leaving any incorrect or political jokes behind"

Borat was great. It was a totally naked and sharp comedy, not raunchy but culturally outrageous and that made it so good. Bruno was an unfunny, raunchy in excess comedy that made me feel so uncomfortable as Borat but in a bad way. The Dictator is between them.
It wasn't too bad, and 'm not talking "Comparing with Borat". The Dictator was barely decent because of the exagerated racist humour that contains. It's also a little bit raunchy. Too raunchy, maybe to the point of tiring. Jokes are those two ways, and if you don't like them, go away.
The cast shines in The Dictator. Everyone, from Sacha Baron Cohen to Bobby Lee are funny, but then it gets boring as the raunchy gets over-raunchy and the political get ridiculously stupid. There's not too much to say but that. The Dictator is a movie insulting EVERYONE, all kinds of people, and that makes it attractive and clever, but not too clever as more it develops, more dumb it gets.
The story of Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), the long-time-ago dictator of Wadiya, who in a desperate try to save his country from a nuclear ecatombe, immerses himself in new york, where he is cutten his beard off so no one recognizes, and a double is used to sign some papers to make Wadiya a democracy. Aladeen has to prevent that, but short in time and with some distractions like his love to Zoey (Anna Faris) get on his way, it will be difficult to accomplish his mission.
No one is safe from The Dictator, but the film puts too much of this and too much of that and makes it unbalanced and predictable as many other movies.

The Godfather, Part III
½

"I don't think it was right for the saga to have an ending like The Godfather, Part III. Much more worse acted and les attractive that the previous movies"

15 years we have been waiting for the ending of The Godfather. The result was, for me, too dissapointing. I was a little bit shocked, have to admit, as some scenes where just heartbreaking and pure emotion. But, there's something more, it's not all that wat.
Coppola took Mario Puzo's last bit of the novel and not only turned it into an ultra-long duration movie that gets really boring in the beginning but ends with all the thrills. But definately didn't made it as meticulous or careful than the other 2 movies, and it seems like this is "JUST TO END THE SAGA"
I may seem a little bit rough but The Godfather,Part III really hurted me. I was reallly connected to the first movie (Not like I was a gangster, but because of being one of the best in the cinema history), I mean, everybody was connected, and definately I felt a terrible dissapointment that couldn't go out of my head for years.
The cast also shows less quality. Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton. They all........flop. They fail to apport the intensity, the tragedy, the sharpness of the first two movies, and deliver an almot disney performance except for the eye-popping ending.
The Last Part of The Godfather, Part III explains the desires of now old Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) to retire from the "business" and live a quiet life out from the danger of being a Capo. But it's not easy, as old enemies and forgotten friends will make this impossible.
The Godfather, Part III was'nt the worst movie in the world, but just even not by a bit the decent ending for the mind-blowing saga.

The Godfather, Part II

"The Godfather, Part 11 stills thrilling and delightful, but messes up with duration and gets really tiring sometimes"

I'm only having one problem with The Godfather Part II. The movie was great, incredible performances from all the cast, from Al Pacino to Diane Keaton, and Coppola stills doing the movie thrilling but not so fast-paced.
The almost three-hours-and-a-half long sequel and a little bit prequel to the movie is a director jewel but sort of an audience punishment because of the duration. Plot gets long, drama gets boring and even hte excess of shooting can be too much for the movie. DEFINATELY, the second part of The Godfather is a much more violent, turbulent and somehow slightly decadent than the first part that showed perfection.
I really liked The Godfather, Part II. Don't get me wrong, I loved it! But you always expect High-standards and that is just wrong. The Godfather, Part II is a great movie, but I don't like movies that maybe exagerate too much because of confidence gained by the first movie.
The Godfather, Part II tells two stories: One is how young Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro) gets to be known as a top gangster boss, and another is how his son Michael (Al Pacino) keeps the business going in the 50s.
I've found the two-story method enjoyable, but even more the outsandings performance. The not too damaged second part of The Godfather stills being fresh and irresistible.

The Godfather

It's The Godfather......'nuff said.

Scarface
Scarface(1983)

"A turbulent gangster drama, that is history thanks to Al Pacino's incredible performance and memorable even though blood-splattered golden scenes"

Scarface is hard to digest. Brian DePalma has always been a violent and deep director, but Scarface is in the limit of total insanity. The movie is as violent as predicted, has lots of F Words that anyone who sees it thinks of confesing after.
Sometimes it goes too much out of the comfort zone, but indeed Scarface stills shines between gangster movies. Al Pacino as Tony Montana was absolutely perfect, a great actor who didn't exagerated and made perfect his complex character. It perfectly remarks over the violence and swearing of the movie.
But I thought the rest of the cast was just decoration to DePalma's truly first course, Pacino. They apport somehow intensity but not as much as the main character. And that somehow damages the neat plot (Neat but with blood stains all over) and they exagerate too much Brian's simple story.
Scarface is also historically outrageous, touching the themes of Castro's communism even in times where it was dangerous. Totally naked, the film shows the tough side of cuban immigrants in Miami by the 80's, the corruption, the drug thing and all that isn't right and seems right. Even though you know there is no other person in the cast that can reach Al's position, you still connected to the characters, and in lots of emotionally strong parts you will just start crying, even though is not a movie to cry for.
Resident in Miami and born in Cuba, ex-convict Tony Montana (Al Pacino) enters the drug business of Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) and immediately starts feeling consumed by power and ambition including his friend Manny Ray (Steven Bauer). Tony also falls in love with his boss' wife, the beautiful Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer), and this will bring him lots of trouble not only with his boss but also with all the people around him.
Scarface is pretty much the baddest of all gangster drama. It's not as delightful as The Godfather but it has the sharpness and wildness that makes it an original.

Sleepless in Seattle

"Funny but way too predictable, Sleepless is a timeless classic that marks the beginning of this type of movies"

Nora Ephron made her debut with "When Harry Met Sally", a movie that even though it was very similar to Woody Allen's "Annie Hall", was a huge success thanks to the chemestry and laughs apported by the two leads, and the delightful mind of Nora Ephron in the writing. Now she is back with Sleepless in Seattle, famous for the scene in the top of the Empire State.
Now, obviously we know how this is going to end but....Do we know what will happen? Yes. As all Nora Ephron's movies, they are charming but they cannot escape the typical Romantic comedy clichà (C)s or aren't treated with such simplicity as that jew with glasses who never dissapoints.
Sleepless in Seattle, indeed, still has a good, solid script that mantains the movie's plot, and the two leads do not shine like the Ryan-Crystal combination in When Harry Met Sally, but do their best to keep this movie working.
The movie tells the story of Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), a Seattle widower who enters a Radio shows because of his son, Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger). Jonah told the show that his christmas wish was to have a new mother for his father. Sam talks about his wife in the show, and millions of women in United States get touched by him but especially Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a future bride from Baltimore who obsesses with this guy even when she is going to the shrine soon.
Sleepless in Seattle is sweet, really sweet and sticky, as a caramel candy, and that's good and bad, but sure it's fun.

Chicago
Chicago(2002)

"It offers top-notch musical numbers and is faithful to the source, but Chicago still makes efforts with it's regular script and cast"

I just wasn't amused by the magic of Chicago. Oscar nominated and directed by one of the most ambitious musical or anything directors Rob Marshall, the expectations where as high as the Empire State.
The truth is, even though it's really similar to the musical, Chicago suffers a lot from the bad-chosen cast. They can dance and sing, but they can't develop their characters as much as in the musical.
But there still hope in Chicago. The musical numbers are stunning, and majorly thanks to the musical itself that the movie adaptated. It still dazzles, with maybe more complexity than in the musical, and choreographies so energetic and catchy you may even go dancing out from the theatre.
But it's really that thing from "Cell Block Tango" or "All That Jazz" that are so intense to the heart, and it's not thanks to the movie. Most of the film is a brilliant adaptation, so there's nothing too surprising in comparison to the musical. And of course, the film doesn't reach the high standards of the broadway success.
The plot, also was better developed in stage that in screen. I couldn't get the humour or the drama, I only got violence and erotism. Yes, it makes that sexy thing with you, dancing in lingerie or showing legs, but the raunchy jokes or trouble in the musical aren't developed, why? Because of the cast! That is the core of all drama in Chicago and fails to do what Rob or Bill Condon say.
Chicago is a story of sex, violence and jazz, as it mainly tells the story of Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) who dreams of singing and dancing in Burlesques. While she is married to his beloved husband Amos (John C. Reilly), she is having an affair with a man called Fred Casley (Dominic West), who promises her he will get her a place in stardom. But when Roxy realizes he lies, she kills him, and goes to jail with famous singer Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who killed her husband and sister. In prision, she fights with Velma to get the recognition of lawyer Bill Flynn (Richard Gere) who assures her a place out of jail, and a fight begins, between excess of fame and lies, that brings the story together.
Chicago stills being good but not Oscar gold. It's an impressively done musical, that lacks of a good cast to handed it well.

The Interpreter

"Love it or hate it, The Interpreter is never boring and always thrilling, despite the lack of surprises"

I was dazzled by The Interpreter. I'm not a fan of the two leads, but I really appreciate Sean Penn, as Nicole Kidman in my opinion, needs to improve her work. Well, the movie has acomplished the standards I expected: A fun ride.
Of course, it's just popcorn, and If you're good with it you will like it. But the thing that makes The Interpreter good is besides it's long duration, it always keep the audience tense, and that made the ending a little bit dissapointing (Nothing shockingly amazing happened)
It's also not much of an action thriller, more like a mix of drama and suspense. The Interpreter does not exagerates in explosions and striking visual effects, but in the elegant and rebel plot that somehow hiddens actual situations in the way.
I thought it was all ok for a popcorn thriller. Balanced acting and a maybe unattractive plot that works as the movie develops. Some minors problems that should have been fixed are things that seem missing to keep the puzzle together to a delightful popcorn flick, but instead, it's just plain good.
The UN Interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) overhears a conversation of two men talking while looking for forgotten objects, where they plan to kill "The Master". She gets compromised and escapes, and later learns the Teacher is Edmond Zuwaine (Earl Cameron), the president of Matobo, and reveals all to the police. Now, Silvia has to deal with the annoying presence of Secret Service agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), who does not trust her and wants to get to the bottom of all this thinking it's a lie.
The Interpreter, confusing, fast paced and slightly traumatic, is a hell of a studio flick to rent or watch on TV.

A Cat in Paris

"The thrilling and tragicomic A Cat in Paris is not only a feast to the eyes thanks to it's artistic animation, but a wicked multi-sensorial experience"

Besides the seduction of all french movies, A Cat in Paris goes far beyond our imagination, and immerses into the story of a cat, that ends up connecting two stories, and the result is a fast-paced, even filled with suspense animated story.
I fell in love with A Cat in Paris' animation. It's so artistic that seems as a Picasso translated into screen. And with some great voice acting and a score that perfectly adapts to the movie, is a win difficult to forget.
But the movie itself is a mistery. A Cat in Paris starts maybe too promising and then sinks a little bit, when the surprise factor is gone, the ending gets a little bit long. And it has lots of ups and downs that just does not cut it.
But, A Cat in Paris is more about the heart-warming story, maybe too tragic for a family movie but with enough kiddy (I mean really kiddy so that's another critic) to make kids giggle. But the movie does not focuses on laughs but in the suspense and slight horror it apports to the viewers.
Dino is a cat that has two lives. By the day, he is the beloved pet of Zoe, a little mute girl that lost his father, and whose mother is behind the killer of him. And by the night, he is the partner of the thief Nico. Somehow, these two stories will get togeteher thanks to the man that killed Zoe's father, Victor Costa, and for one night, everyone is in danger.
A Cat in Paris is a mix of danger and cuteness, but the firs one is in much bigger quantity, so we can find a movie filled with tension and excitement.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)
½

"Get Smart is maybe one of the most predictable Secret Agent Spoof Comedy ever made, but its two leads will give us the laughs and thrills of a typical blockbuster movie"

I don't have problem with the kind of movies that are made for a summer success. Get Smart is definately one of them. From the beginning you can feel the air of "Have Seen it" and smell the "Know what's going to happpen" in every moments.
But I didn't came to see this movie to be surprised. I came to see it to laugh and It ended up to be both HILARIOUS and exciting. I have to admit the special effects and visual ambrosia are so well done it was one of the most thrilling rides you can hop on.
And of course, It would be nothing if it wasn't by the cast. Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway are the core of the movie, the ones who apport the intensity, the laughs, and of course the beauty and seduction of Anne, perfect for the modern role of Agent 99.
Yes, it's not that faithful to the old comedy series. This last one was mor witty and intelectually funny but this movie is more about the physical and painful laughs of many tragicomic events.
Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) has been working in CONTROL, a government secret agency, with dreams of becoming an agent. And that moment has finally come when he and his partner Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) go on a journey to stop the bad guys from KAOS to cause a nuclear explosion somewhere in the U.S.
Get Smart has lots of shocking moments, booms, shots and laughs, but it's all thanks to visual effects and charming leads. The rest is sort of a blockbuster typical and maybe better to improve it. But after all, I liked it.

Megamind
Megamind(2010)
½

"A little bit both silly and predictable, but Megamind stills being a solid animated comedy filled with also both laughs and cries"

Animated movies are sort of my thing actually. I love how they can make me return to be a kid. And even though I don't feel too comfortable with nowadays animation flicks, I loved Megaman.
It was indeed surprisen. Full of surprises. It was a thrilling ride, but yes it was predictable. The plot itself is too much of a repeated one, and we know how it's going to end. We just gotta enjoy the trip!
And what a wonderful trip! With such comedians as Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill in the cast there is no way to not laugh. They are one of the main parts of the movie. And indeed, it's spoofy but for the whole family to get.
Sometimes, it feels inmature or unnecessary, but with incorrect humour and the right amount of foolness it apports the child inside our body, not completely of course as the movie is not kiddy enough to bring it to us.
Other problem was maybe the end, that was painfully repetitive and didn't seem to end, but with soft, heartwarming scenes, it will sure bring up some tears to our eyes. Even Chuck Norris could not resist the undeniable charm of the movie.
When the worst villain of al Metro City Megamind (Will Ferrell) finally gets to kill the beloved protector of the city Metro Man (Brad Pitt), he gets to rule the city but immediately learns it's boring without no one to find. So he decides to create a hero, and in the process, he will not only find love in a young journalist called Roxanna Ritchi (Tina Fey) but he will discover it's not always self-pleasant to be the baddest of them all.
Megamind is an emotional mix of tragicomic events that can make us feel the opposite of what the movie tries to make us feel, but sure it will worth the money.

The Incredibles

"Spoofing the modern american Family problems, The Incredibles is an exciting, witty and even sometimes sexy Pixar flick that is definately one of the best ever made"

Since the moment it started, I fell in love with The Incredibles. What looked as a superhero flick for the family ended up even a more-for-adults animated movie. I seriously loved it.
First, it's wonderfully animated, and the voice performers were perfect in any sense. Brad Bird created a story that mixes Daily American Family problems and superhero madness into one big bowl of laughs and intensity.
The animation is totally out of Imagination. The scenerys and characters are perfectly translated into screen, and even sometimes in sexy ways. The Incredibles has also a passionate, sort of seductive side for adults, perfectly hidden by Brad Bird, who has shown to himself he is a wonderful director and writer.
I also laughed my booty off. Even in the most violent scenes there is something to giggle abut, because there is always a discussion or Ironic situations, and indeed how creative the movie was is so compelling, you just keep asking yourself "How can one man thinked about this?"
The Incredibles is the story about a typical american family with superpowers and how do they manage themselves in Daily Life. When the Family Guy, Bob Parr ( Craig T. Johnson), a retired superhero, is offered to return to his glory days, not everyone but specially his wife Helen (Holly Hunter) agrees. And in the end, Bob ends up discovering something more terrifying and shocking he would have ever thought.
The Incredibles stills being a family movie, but adults will not suffer as it has a lot to offer you will never expect.

The Woman in Black

"The Woman in Black is an awful adaptation to Susan Hill's story and lacks of a solid horror plot, but the OUTSTANDING Performances of the well-chosen cast and Heart-breaking jumps will gve us the chills"

As seeing the trailer I said "Hell no, I'm not watching this movie". And eventually, I did. I've read Susan Hill's novel, one of the most both depressing and shocking horror novels ever made. But what brought me here was the opinion of the critics who said "Horror and Drama are well-balanced" and "Even though it's scary, It's not as strong as it looks". Well, guess what? They are right.
The Woman in Black is not even half scary than what it looks. Is the kind of movie we jump for the moment but then we don't take it to bed. It doesn't stick to your mind like many other horror flicks, but the gothic, dark scenery and the ghostly story makes it acceptable for horror fans.
As a reader of Susan, I felt slightly disappointed of how the book changed. Nothing is the same which is somehow good because you don't know what to expect, but also bad as it's a fail adaptation.
Other Fail where the trailers, who revealed much of the jumps. Of course not all of them you can still have a heart attack. The other thought I had is how Daniel Radcliffe shines in this movie. In one of his first "Adult" role he interprets a sad, scared character, and he does it so well. He is truly a good actor. Maybe some practice but after all it was ok. The rest of the cast also shined. Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer were fabulous, specially this last one. And I wouldn't be surprised if some awards are in their hands. That and the Incredible cast where the highlights of this movie, that is gloomy and terribly fearless, but not that scary.
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) goes to a journey into an old house in an Island near a Village, to try to sell it. But when a strange Woman in Black starts being seen, terrible things start to happen in the nearby Village, and as Arthur feels blamed about it, he feels he is the one that has to stop it.
The Woman in Black is nothing like the thrilling story, but If you want to have fun with friends jumping right from your seat, you might want to check it out!

Green Lantern
½

"TOO MUCH for a superhero movie, Green Lantern fails to thrill or entertain any kind of viewer"

One thing for sure, I would have never thought of Ryan Reynolds as a superhero. He is somehow charming, but so weak and mellow, he is the perfect guy for romantic flicks, not for this.
But wait a minute, since the trailer I knew this wasn't a good movie. Why? Maybe because it was too Japanese Video Game type, and the effects looked too much that exagerates the appealing of the movie. So what? I was right.
Green Lantern is an exageration. Too much effect, too much innocence, not enough action. Although the enemy is creepy, everyone seem to be creepy in this movie. The art direction goes totally out of hand and the movie ends up taking things already used. Impossible love, explosion, alien, this, that, blah blah blah.
So, Is this faithful to the comic movie? Yeah, but fans will not be pleased with the script, that is kiddy and not epic as it should be. The 5 persons who worked on the script made of these a family movie, with moral and everything, that makes it barely enjoyable.
If it wasn't by it, it wouldn't be such a bad movie. Is creepy and a little bit shadowy like The Dark Knight. But there is a difference: The Dark Knight does feel real and problematic, this movie is unbelievably unbelievable! It's true, it's overproduced, noisy and thinly written, there's nothing more loyal than that to describe it.
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) was given a ring and a green lantern from a dying creature from outer space. When following the instructions the Alien gave to him, he discovers he has new superpowers and is part of the Lanterns, protectors of peace in the Universe. Now, he has to fight an evil power trying to consume the universe before it's too late.
We've seen thousand, millions of movies like The Green Lantern, so it's unnecessary to see it. We know from the beginning what will happen, and how it will end.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)
½

"Sex and Drama are two perfect words for Annie Hall, a bittersweet romantic movie that shines thanks to an intelligent script, wonderful direction and good old-fashioned performances"

This Woody Allen was the one who started this type of romantic comedies. The same type of romantic movies like When Harry met Sally or 500 days of Summer. That's what makes Annie Hall a classic.
Woody tries to put on screen a terribly messy relationship between two adults, and the whole plot turns around their relation and is never boring. Sometimes to the past or the future, Woody not only messes up with time but with logic. Characters start fictionally talking to other people, they live their past, and that is what I think makes this movie special.
Woody makes his typical role, of a nervous, gruff New Yorker, while Diane Keaton plays the role of a silly but charming adult singer. I thought they both apported to the movie the same amount of laugh and cuteness, and Woody didn't took over the film so fast.
Indeed, Woody spoofes a lot in this movie. American Stereotypes and Politics are the main gags in the film that can be delightfully funny until the point they get repetitive. After all, he doesn't joke to much with love and tries hard to get some dark, shadowy aspects to the movie that cannot be possible.
The good "bad" thing about this movie is that many of his jokes are so spoofy to himself, that makes it even funnier. But, in my opinion, Woody didn't tried hard enough to put that enchantment or magic into the movie, and just worked it out more as a popcorn love flick.
The movie tells the story of the relationship between Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), A Jewish comedian afraid from death and with a negative point of view of life, and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), an inspired, cheerful singer that even though presents some small psycological problems, enjoys every minute of every day. As bad this couple seems, they falled in love, and the film goes through the moment of this odd twosome.
Annie Hall wasn't bad, but lacks of magic. Inspiration is there but not too much. But enough said, It is revolutionary, puckish and simple, as any moderately excellent Woody Allen movie.

Midnight in Paris

"Midnight in Paris is Magic, Romanticism and Paris in all it's glory, making it one of the best Woody Allen films ever made"

Between the Erotic and Sexy Allen of this last years (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, You will meet a Tall Dark Stranger, etc), It was time for Allen to return to it's roots of charming love and witty jokes. And the movie that was prepared to do this was Midnight in Paris.
You should have some background story first, knowing that Midnight in Paris will have lots of historical references to Hemingway or the Fitzgeralds, but don't need to know too much of their work to understand how brilliantly vibrant the movie is.
Woody in direction highlights again the beauty of the european city, and this time, he shows Paris in such splendor it's difficult to not fall in love with it. Woody shows a melancholic, romantic and charming city, and with a really original and sort of disney-magic plot, the amount of Beauty in this movie will get you overwhelmed.
I don't like Owen Wilson, that was the problem I had with this movie, but as all Allen films, it has been great casted and that includes also Owen, that seemed to do a mature part of his obssesive writing role. Don't like Rachel McAdams neither and she did something good. And the rest did a great job. Marion Cotilliard, Corey Stoll....They all encarnated a historic character so well it's difficult to not fall also in love with them.
Is Midnight in Paris strong, turbulent, tragic, erotic? No. It's Old Woody. Witty, romantic, soft. Definately all Allen fans will be crying of happiness at seeing him again doing what he does best. Comedies. And Midnight in Paris is definately a good head start for probably movies coming soon that will be Woody returning to his roots.
Writer Gil (Owen Wilson) is on a trip to france with his fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams) and his two new father and mother-in-law (Kurt Fuller, Kathy Bates). One night, when his girl and parents walk back to the hotel, Gil wanders to the city until midnight, when he travels back in time into the golden era of paris, where he meets his inspiration Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stall), the Fitzgeralds (Tom Hiddleston, Allison Pill) and his new undeniably seductive muse Adriana (Marion Cotillard) that will change his life forever.
Midnight in Paris, as said, is a movie to fell in love with magic, and even it does sound a little bit Mickey Mouse, you will not expect the overwhelming beauty of the movie that will please absolutely everyone in the world.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a sexy and funny story about obsession, that with a great cast and talented Mr Allen in writing and direction, it cannot fail"

Woody has felt in love with London, as this is the second movie after Match Point in the Woody Allen tour around Europe. Although You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger does not show much London as Match Point, Woody keeps the erotic touches of the previous one, only a little bit lower.
The movie starts a little bit messy and hard to follow, but you get interested in the characters immediately. Woody presents as usual, only one base story and other 3 that are connected, even in the silliest way, to that base story. Of course, that one is about astrology and predictions.
Woody does not spoofes gypsis or astrology, just take that situation to develop it into typical Woody: Affairs, love, erotism. But with a senior cast also in board (Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, etc.), Woody also adds some cuteness and innocence to a movie that mixes spice and cream
The stars of the cast were definately everyone as usual Allen, but specially Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin, who play a tragic couple that has been having trouble lately. Of course, Woody always treat the couple-fighting theme in a delicate way, giving us Woody Allen Fans a fresh bite of him.
The jokes and Dialogue are not Witty. Indeed, they are funny and the small gags also, but this movie is more about the situations, some tragicomic and some bittersweet, than Woody's casual fun.
The plot has left many things unconclused. Stories I wished they have been more developed, ended in a too wide place so viewers can get lost, and as everyone gets seduced by its compelling characters, there is no way people would like to know what happen to them.
Two couples find their lives turned upside down by their unfulfilled longings in this ensemble comedy from director Woody Allen. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) have been married for years. They have a grown-up daughter named Sally (Naomi Watts), who is married to a successful novelist named Roy (Josh Brolin), but finds the future of her marriage in jeopardy after falling for Greg (Antonio Banderas), the dapper owner of a prominent art gallery. Meanwhile, as Roy develops a fixation on Dia (Freida Pinto), an exotic beauty he encounters on the street, Alfie ditches Helena for Charmaine (Lucy Punch), an impressionable young call girl. Now it seems that the harder everyone tries runs away from their problems, the faster their lives seem to fall apart.
So, is this classic Woody, with fun and wittiness? Or new woody, Erotic and Sour? It's a mix of both, but especially of Old Woody, thanks to it's older part of the cast and Woody realizing London needed something to calm down the heat from Match Point.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

"Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows is only Downey's Charm and some good visual effects. The rest is Ritchie failing to apport the thrills or surprise moments of the first movie"

I've never read even on of Doyle's books of this english sort of anti-hero. But as I love mistery movies and Robert Downey Jr is always a good excuse to see a movie, when the first Sherlock Holmes movie came out I was pleased to go and see it, and it was fun, thrilling and delightful. Then, a second movie came. When I watched the trailer, in comparison to the other movie, I was unattracted by it. It seemed boring, too much action and not enough Sherlock. But you can't judge the book by it's cover, so let's give it a try.
The movie started messy and unnecessary dramaticly as a surprise but not quite good thing happens that gave us a clue of what the movie will be: A fail attempt to recreate the first one.
Sherlock Holmes 2 offers great visuals, maybe one of the best from a Warner Bros production, that usually exagerated them in creepy ways. Indeed, the effects had a side dish: The filming. It seemed beautiful until the point it got tiring. Ritchie overdones the slow-motion filming even in calm scenes, to make it feel more fast-paced somehow, when the only thing it does is making this movie overlong.
And the new villain, Jared Harris, is not dark and scary as last movie's one. It isn't badass also. It's just simple and plain boring. That's the main problem of this movie. It gets boring. As time passes, you realize the plot starts burning itself in the oven, as the action scenes get too long and without suspense, that was one of the factors that was abundant in the first movie.
And the cast beside Robert's magical performance, is as the villain. Maybe not boring but definately not entertaining, more like Extras than secondary papers. Even Mr Watson cannot hit a note.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
So, Sherlock Holmes movie is witty and has great visual effects, but with an unoriginal plot and a painfully long duration, it fails to deliver any of the thrills or fun from the first movie.

Click
Click(2006)

"Even though it can sometime result sensitive and funny, Click has the typical over-raunchy Sandler that in a PG-13 movie does not work"

Never was a fan of Adam Sandler, but I liked The Wedding Singer and many others after all. Click just didn't cut it. The plot was really creative and attractive, and with apart from him an almost cameo cast (David Hasselhoff, Critstopher Walken and Kate Beckinsale), they didn't show fun at all. They were just characters, because the real fun was apported by the writers (Koren and O'Keefe) who between witty and sassy jokes, made this movie a little bit raw but not too much to make it R. It's Adam Sandler the one that exagerates the masterpiece of script with gross acts and actions, and sometimes too offensive and inmature monologues.
To mention that Sandler was a problem, the storytelling or direction is unpaced and terribly messy. And the fact that in heartwarming scenes they put some sex-connected parts goes far over what this comedy should be. Everything indeed is connected to sex in this movie. From the kids to the life, it's all about sex to Sandler and Company.
But, not that bad as you think, Click will make you laugh or just giggle, but it's not Hilarious. Adam shows himself at best but can still improve by trying to keep it more family friendly (Not like Jack & Jill family friendly, but a nice PG-13 smart humour) and they can still put more fun without putting more sex. Details, if they can pull off this details very well, they will do a fantastic comedy.
Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), a succesful architect, lives the life every man would dream of but without enjoying it. One day, while shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond, he finds Morty (Cristopher Walken), who gives him a device similar to a remote control that can control time. Michael starts living his life as no one has ever done with that control, but nothing is forever, even life, and when the control starts waisting his time, he will have to learn....Enjoy time, or enjoy life?
The moral of the movie is pretty good, and I have to admit I cried in lots of scenes, but It lacks of heart anyway, and also of good-quality fun, that does not cut the movie to the end.

The Amazing Spider-Man
½

"Even though it's as predictable as predicteds, The Amazing Spiderman counts with a great cast and outstanding visual effects that will give us the chills"

When the first trailer came out, I wasn't into this movie as I was then when later trailes came out. About Marc Webb, who everybody thought was the main problem of the movie, made an excellent job directing this popcorn fun action film, in my opinion, better than The Avengers.
Of course this last is a Box Office classic, and as Spidey wasn't in the group even though in the comic he was, he deserved a movie of his own. But wait, 2002's Sam Raimi's Spiderman wasnt that movie? Sure it was, another classic of action sagas, Sam Raimi made a tasty treat for fans of the comic, except for the overly-dramatic last deliver that made everyone confused.
Webb's Spiderman is, somehow, more promising, and it's adaptation is more faithful to the comic that Raimi's, but Spiderman stepped forward The Amazing Spiderman, giving us the obvious Deja Vu moments.
But, if you're not bothered by reviving Spidey's origins in definately a more detailed and dramatic way, The Amazing Spiderman will heartwarm you. Of course Webb could put his charm and laughs into the high-voltage sequences of the scenes, and sometimes fear and lots of suspense on the Climax.
The Cast was definately another applaud to the movie. Andrew Garfield not only a popular but excellent choice to be Peter Parker, and his powerful performance but sometimes melodramatic adapts perfectly to the strong character. Same happens with Emma Stone, one of my favourite actresses, that although she doesn't shows off as a charm leading or supporting as always, she transformed Gwen Stacy into her own.
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is an orphan high-school teenager who in quest for his father's remainings and secrets immerses himslef into the Oscorp laboratories, where he is bitten by a spider. This bite gives him superpowers and he feels it's his duty to protect the city. This will bring him enemies, but not normal enemies like the police or thieves, but deadly monsters like The Lizard, a giant reptile who is Dr. Curt Connors (Iffans) that transforms himself into a monster because of power ambition.
The Amazing Spiderman is neither overlong or boring. It's Exciting, Funny, Romantic and Reloaded with comic and action film scenes that will leave us happily ever after....And if god is good, a second movie.

To Rome with Love

"Funny, Sexy but someway overlong, To Rome with Love cannot escape new Woody's lack of charm"

To Rome with Love isn't as romantic as other movies, nor as magical as Midnight in Paris. Indeed, it was fun, but Woody is starting to get old.
It was totally heartwarming watch Woody in screen again, and he hasn't aged one. He stills being funny and the movie can carry itself by his performance, which again, was Hipocondriac.
The rest of the cast mafe a good job but not enough around it. Alec Baldwin tries had but cannot get any kind of laughs, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Paige could do some, the rest are extra pepper and salt to not make this movie dull.
And is it peppery! Woody made a movie filled with lust and indulgence, and in the end it doesn't seem right. The movie brings up laughs but does not bring up heart, making it a flop as romantic, but good as comedy.
I love Woddy Allen, and he always makes a great job putting up direction in cities. Rome is beautiful, and even Woody showed just bits of it, he could really assemble that city in his mind and put it on screen, telling a story that worth the tickets.
Woody mixes 4 stories in this movie: One is about a regular italian employee who was transformed into a celebrity by the media. Another one is about a young couple who is having a friend coming over, female friend, who seems to attract the boy's heart. Other one is about a recently married man that was mistakenly gifted a prostitute and pretends her to be his wife, while his real wife is missing. And the last and mos interesting, a talent scout ounds a beautiful opera voice on his daughter's boyfriend father, but no one seems to agree about his talent, as he can only sing in the shower.
The movie is predictable and is not sweet. Not sweet AT ALL. But vivid rome and solid jokes give this movie life to make an acceptable entry of Woody that worked, but not enough.

Pinocchio
Pinocchio(1940)

"Deep and Magical, Pinocchio is the most Disney of the Disney classics, with a wonderful moral, and a story worth telling"

Memories. This movie brings lots of memories. Even in VHS or DVD, is never late to see Pinocchio, because it keeps maintaining it's imagination and wild storytelling.
Pinocchio can teach children and also teenaners for generations. It's moral is so wonderful, so simple and so strong by the way, the whole movie keeps around it without falling apart.
Pinocchio does not fear to touch dangerous territories, even lots of frightening parts, it keeps reminding us the meaning of Wishes, and they can come true.
The music, the animation, the plot itself it's so creative and adventuresome it can keep being a classic for years. And even though some scenes are pretty harsh, it's what mantains the movie on it's flow to do not fall apart.
Gepetto (Christian Rub) has build the perfect child marionette, called Pinocchio (Dick Jones). He wishes he could be a real boy and with the help of a blue fairy, the puppet is given life. But to become a real boy, he has to difference right from wrong, and be brave, truthful and unselfish, and let his conscience, a cricket called Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) be his guide.
Pinocchio in the way will learn lots of thing about growing. What is good, what is bad and what is rather dangerous, and that's what makes it a classic, because parents show this movie to their sons and their sons to their sons, and succesively it keeps entertaining families for generations.

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids(2011)

"Bridesmaids has the perfect comedy formula: A hilarious script, a great cast and a story worth seeing"

I remember qhen I first saw the trailer to this movie, and said, I'm not going to see this sh**t. I love Kristen Wiig, but I didn't know her that time. The only people I recognized were Rose Byrne and barely, Mellissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph. But when I saw this movie, I laughed my ass off.
Bridesmaids is as incorrect as Borat, as amusing as The Hangover and as raunchy and humilliating as many other movies. The idea of a 100% women cast teached us they can be better than men, even in comedy, as this female cast do things no lady does.....REALLY, no lady should do what this girls do.
Even though the Oscar was nearly given to Melissa McCarthy, I thought that the core, the funniest lead in the movie is the lead herself, Kristen Wiig. Her break-out in SNL didn't gave her very good jobs in cinema, but this is truly a new beggining for her.
Don't get Bridesmaids wrong. Is not only nasty and offensive, but also has a sentimental side, and the humour from Judd Apatow (Producer) is in the air, entering between all our senses.
Another gem of the movie is the Script. Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Both women also) made an outrageously funny script, many comedy movies lack of. Another piece in this golden puzzle.
Annie (Kristen Wiig) was named Maid of Honor by hes best friend of a Lifetime, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). But when a new Maid of Honor, called Helen (Rose Byrne) threatens Annie and Lillian's Special Friendship, the pre-wedding proccess turns into a total disaster!
Bridesmaids maybe one of the best comedy movies ever, and deserves it's recognition by critics because of being a not so solid, but ridiculously loose comedy.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

"Spoofy but absolutely funny and enchanting, The Muppets is one of the best products disney has offered this last years"

The people who hate this movie are definately unsensitive and have a sad, shadowy perspective of life. The Muppets is a total frenetic and colourful funny way of seeing this gift God or Monkeys or anyone gave to us.
I knew since the trailer came out this movie was going to be a fun success, and it was. I wasn't the only one who fall in love with The Muppets. It offers everything classical Disney movies had to offer, and what Jim Henson would have done if he would still be here. Dazzling Musical number, Funny gags and jokes and lots, BUT LOTS of celebrity cameos, even more than in movies like New Year's Eve and Valentine Day's, that are terrible.
Songs like "I've got Everything that I need" or "The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me" will fill our eyes with tears of happiness and will stick into our brains enough to sing them the rest of our life.
And the script. Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (Both from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") did a wonderful job giving life back to this old characters, which indeed I didn't forgot. They did an interesting, old-fashioned Disney Plot, with villains and heroes, but with cameos in total harmony.
The acting, excluding the cameos, was better muppet than human. Jason Segel was good, and Amy Adams, all right, but Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Monster.....They are truly the emotional and hilarious core of this movie.
While in Los Angeles for a holiday, World's bigget Muppet fan Walter discovers that the evil Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) wants to destroy the old Muppet Theater and Studio to get oil out of the land. To stop this, Walter asks for help to his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to help him convince The Muppets to do one last show, and raise the money to buy the Studio and save it from Richman's wicked hands.
The Witty, Charming and Hilarious The Muppets is a Disney Classic, and in my opinion it deserves twice the awards it got, including Oscars, and twice the money it could gather, because when it's time to see The Muppets, nothing can be more magical than it.

The Out-of-Towners

"Silly, messy but eventually funny, The Out-of-towners is a good comedy, but mostly good because of Steve Martin's charming performance"

There are many movies who spoofes New York unsensitivity for ousiders, them being robbed, kidnapped or involved in the middle of a Mafia or something alike. The Out-of-towners is another who steps in that territory and with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, I expected no more than a solid comedy with nothing golden to offer. Indeed, It was solid but not enough, at least I laughed.
The core of the movie is Steve Martin, doing the role of a bad-tempered husband. He does it so well. His carreer in SNL definately shows up again in this movie, where he stills doing foully things.
Goldie Hawn is one of the problem of this movies. Exagerates her role as a mother and wife that just looses his own kids, and probably she is leaning more for the romantic side of the movie, which terribly fails into decadent ambrosia.
Even though the script is funny, it has some mistakes. The main aim to this movie gets burnt by this mistakes, showing fun but lack of an interesting plot.
When Henry Clark (Steve Martin) gets fired from his job, he goes to New York followed by his wife, Nancy (Goldie Hawn). But their relationship and the trip itself will fall apart in disaster, all in one crazy night.
So as I tell, this version of The Out-of-towners is pretty different to 1970's gem. But it is some popcorn fun, and if you are a Steve Martin fun, you will not be dissapointed.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

"While Dark Shadows tries to be funny and scary at the same time and fails in both, also show that the Depp-Burton relationship is starting to show Wrinkles"

The original Dark Shadows from the 60's was scary, dark and creepy. It definately showed sign of success and while creating fans, it suddenly stroke down and got lost between some boring memories.
Tim Burton, at least, rememberes that soap opera and tried to take it to life again in a more Adams Family-alike "comedy" movie that isn't funny, it's boring and starts showing undevelopment in the Burton-Depp relationship.
While Johnny Depp with Robert Downey Jr are some of the most charismatic actors of this time, his character Barnabas Collins is not charming, is evil and wicked but without showing any signs of laughs that the movie needs. It isn't hilarious Jack Sparrow or slightly creepy but amusing Willy Wonka, is a sad vampire that starts being less interesting within the first 10 minutes of the movie.
The rest of the cast was more boring of course. Michelle Pfeiffer isn't the same woman as before, and while she stills being a goddess, she doesn't act as one or exagerates it too much. Chloe Moretz was weird and didn't act like a normal teenanger more like a weirdo. Helena Bonham Carter also exagerated her role and Eva Green.......She was as acceptable as Johnny Depp, maybe more as she was the most funny...AND SHE HAS GIANT BOOBS!
Also, a problem is the script. While the plot was obviously Tim Burton's mind in a more obscure way, Dan Curtis made a horny and obscene script that doesn't put up to the movie and some times make viewers terribly uncomfortable.
But the improvement was the visual effects and maybe the twists the movie has. The rest, a fail after another and the obviously tiredness of the audience after half of this film.
After being cursed by a witch to be a Vampire forever, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) wakes up from the shadows in 1972, and received by his succesor Elizabeth Collins (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her family, that are actually having troubles in the seafood business with a woman called Angie Bay (Eva Green). While Barnabas helps them rebuild their business, he realizes Angie is Anjelica, the evil witch who cursed him, and killed his wife, mother and father. And so, a battle unleashes, and trouble between horrible creatures will dispute in the human world.
Dark Shadows isn't the worst movie ever but it's Burton's worst attempt to remake a classic, as he always do it so well, but this time....it flops.

Winter's Bone

" Winter's Bone is not only Jennifer Lawrence's break-out performance, but a very, very, VERY turbulent, deep and harmful drama definately not for weak viewers"

The academy and I both got shocked when seeing that 17 year old girl, play a strong, brave character in Winter's Bone, and she was nominated but got snubbed by Natalie Portman, which in my opinion, wasn't better than this.
But of course that's not it. Winter's Bone is not Jennifer Lawrence. Winter's Bone is Violence, rawness and tragic horror in any way. The result, is really strong.
I wasn't expecting a sweet, motherly movie but indeed, Winter's Bone left me shocked in so many ways once it finished, I couldn't move from the seat. I was stuck as the conflict, the things that poor teenanger had to pass through to find her father. And some scenes, like the one in the boat, are so tough that viewers will feel uncomfortable and tears will go out while our mouths are wide open. But that's what makes this movie special. Is a totally naked art film that doesn't fear to show it's obscene side.
Teenager Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) is a girl who has to keep up with his sick mother and her Siblings, Sonny and Victoria. One day, a sheriff comes and tell her that if their father, who is a drug fabricant, does not show up in the court for his trial, they will loose their home. So now, Ree has to find her father, a nasty trip that will change her life and other's.
Winter's Bone is Debra Ganik's jewel, blood-splattered, harsh and striking, but good enough to make everyone cry.

Manhattan Murder Mystery

"What Manhattan Murder Mistery offers is refined comedy and some nail-bitting suspense to make another Woody Allen success"

Woody Allen and New York are like Cookies and Cream...Always so good together! What Woody Allen did this time is giving a twist to it's normal Romantic Comedy with a murder, and this movie truly offers not only fun but a solid, interesting plot to put up with.
Maybe the whole Murder idea is not complete, and not as legendary as Hitchcock nor any other mistery movie, but it sure is a great movie from Allen because behind the plot, there is the love issues he always treats with such simplicity and wittiness.
Of course, Woody's presence in this movie nails it, but let's do not discard Diane Keaton and Alan Alda, all very good in it's characters, and Anjelica Houston.....Well, she is an extra.
At the end we find a sweet, hilarious and slightly offensive but very Woody Allen-alike well done job, and I really miss this Woody Allen.
Carol (Diane Keaton) thinks her neighbour was killed by her husband, and as his husband Larry (Woody Allen) does not support her, she trusts her "friend" Ted (Alan Alda) to look more into this intriguing case.
I love Woody Allen, that's why I loved this movie. Is one you can see again and again and even though Woody should not try to deliverate mistery, and even though there were some hard pointed plot holes, the movie stills being a comedy classic.

Brave
Brave(2012)
½

"Witty, Fun and Heartwarming, Brave marks the return to the old disney, and not the crappy animated movies of today"

Katniss Everdeen was just the beggining of the archery success. She made more than 1 million children only in USA take up this old weapon of defense. Followed by Hawkeye, a really really interesting Hero of The Avengers and now, Brave, where Ginger-girl's adventure will take them far away on Scotland or whatever the town it is, to discover that life matters only if you have family and friends to support you.
While this moral has already been worn in many other movies, it's the enchantment of this movie what will make Pixar fans squeal with pleasure. Indeed, last Pixar movie, Cars 2, was a flop, and John Carter, which Pixar also participated but not entirely, was also crap.
But Brave, is Brave and gives honor to it's title, an amusing, clever and magical story that never gives up neither spectators or plot, perfectly written and putted on screen like a melody.
Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the Daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to forge her own path in life, Merida defies an ancient and sacred custom of the lords of the earth. Inadvertently, his actions unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when Merida asks for help to an old lady, she only gets an unwanted wish. So now, Merida haves to stop the madness she has unleashed before it's too late.
Maybe it's a little bit strong for kids, and I like to say it's a Family "Prometheus" in theatres, but not that much. Brave is Disney in all it's ways, in imagination and mind, no one can be as courageous as this is.

The Little Mermaid
½

The Little Mermaid is not as romantic as Beauty and the Beast or enchanting as Cinderella. But it's classic Disney, with wonderful musical numbers, colourful animation and sweet ooey gooey love.
The villain here, well it's not as scary as Snow White's Queen, a woman I would definately not have sex with.
But Ursula is scary, I mean she is a powerful character that apports intensity to the story. And the love, slightly teenage melodrama that Ariel lives in this movie is a total disney flick, with happy endings and what the hell! Just memorable characters that will leave you mouth-shut!
The plot it's a little bit made-for-girls, and I enjoyed it but, they should correct lots of squeaky scenes, so happy and rose painted, it just takes the magic and make it seem like the Disney Crap today! But still, the mithology this movie hides for the adults is good. It's a psychological ride that goes far away from Ariel's situation or the kiddy jokes this movie has.
The Little Mermaid is a beautiful but not so mature love story, with some action, and a really, really, really intense villian, and it's also wonderfully animated, thrilling and incredibly memorable.

Kill Bill: Volume 2
½

Even though people say it's the best, I thought the opposite.
Kill Bill part 2 was a barely decent ending for the saga.
Unlike the Part 1, this Kill Bill does not have any surprises, or thrills, or good old-fashioned action. It's just a way of Tarantino saying "Ok, let's end this for once".
Uma Thurman stills doing the character of the woman, this time more sentimental, more golden. She could express feelings of anger, sadness and happiness all in one, that makes this movie a good reason to go see it.
And Tarantino? Wasn't he a good reason to see it? Answer: This movie does not seem to be directed by Tarantino. It doesn't have the style, the power and the classic scenes of Part 1, which was one of my favourite movies ever.
This movie seems more like a mix of David Fincher and Tarantino, which is good but not entirely, as the plot falls apart with unrealistic holes that should be explained in Part 1 to get more surprises in Part 2.
That was what I missed from Part 1, Surprises. The kills, the revenge....Is short as hell even thought the movie is 2 hours long. Then, in some scenes it gets boring and the end is so fast that I really expected a lot more to end the Kill Bill Saga, a turbulent drama and action movie transformed into a weirdo fandom.
Tarantino fans like me, weren't pleased. I truly expected the goosebumps of the first one or Pulp Fiction, but this is less violent, less action packed, and less entertaining.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Even if people tell you it's gory, you know that Tarantino it's Tarantino and there's always a good reason to go and see him.
The turbulent, slightly funny and wonderfully directed and edited Kill Bill is not another "revenge flick". Is a Tarantino with what everyone expects. Great Music, Great Story, Great Direction, Great Acting and lots of thrilling fight scenes.
Uma Thurman has somehow managed to leave his sexy side in Pulp Fiction, and started his new mercyless, thirsty-for-blood and a little bit creepy female character of the Woman we will not know her name until the second movie SPOILER: Beatrix Kiddo
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This movie didn't lacked of anything. It has all the action, drama and enough comedy to make it an absolutley golden candidate and, for some reason, it didn't. Neither for it's wonderfully chosen Soundtrack. Even though this movie is highly recognised by the academy, it was never awarded.
And this truly is a favourite not only of mine but of the cinema in general. A compulsary movie to see before dying, to see if this woman can get her revenge, or fail in a terrible death. And this first part is definately the most shocking, incredible and classic in the history of cinema.
And what an ending! Tarantino kept one hell of a surprise until the end, where it hits you directly and with no words, perfect to leave room for a second part
So, Kill Bill Part 1 was fast-paced action mixed with highly amusing performances (Mainly Uma Thurman), a great script and lots of blood, perfect for Tarantino fans to scream in their seats.

The Midnight Meat Train

I don't have any problem with horror movies that are gory, slashy and with nothing more than death to get people into the theatre. But The Midnight Meat Train is not scary, and that's what horror should be about.
Beggining for the point of view of blood, this movie has lots of it, even the softer scenes are full of corpses, heads and human limbs flying around.
There is a point where I want to take that blood out, because more than horror is causing me a barely humouristic sense. But of course, not too much.
So that's the main problem with the movie. I don't know which genre it belongs. It's not Horror (Absolutely unscary, no jumps, just blood), It's Not a Thriller (No surprises or shocking scenes) and, well, It's not a drama neither a comedy.
So What the Midnight Meat Train has to get at least one star?
Well, it offers a wonderful direction, somehow creepy what Ryuhei Kitamura, and some feeling this movie lacks of by Bradley Cooper, The rest, blood and guts.
What Clive Barker wrote on Book of Blood is nothing compared to this. Even though it's difficult to say if it was more bloody or not, it sure was more entertaining. This movie is boring, boring as hell. Slow, even the killer cannot entertain with it's terribly violent kills.
So, The Midnight Meat Train was a lame, boring, unscary and slow bad adaptated horror flick to Clive Barker's thrilling horror story, that this movie cannot equal.

Beauty and the Beast

Disney did something clever at taking this classics and returning them to theatres in 3D. And taking maybe the most mature and beautiful love story in the history and putting it again, made me buy one ticket immediately.
Beauty and the Beast is a feast for the eyes, for the ears. The music, so energetic and delightful. The story, so passionate, any viewer will feel the love and heart this movie has.
3D was well done, but the reason to watch this is to see it again, because it's magical. Seriously, I can hear "Be Our Guest" in my office for 18 hours, and I only work 10! It's just so ears!!
Of course this 3D thingy was not to have people to come back and see this to remember...Disney's greedy workers do this just for having money to do crappy movies like John Carter or even worse, but I'm Ok with it as the Old Disney for me is always magic, not the dirty one right one.
So yeah, Beauty and the Beast is the most heartwarming movie ever, exquisite, charming and stunningly animated, Disney Classics never get old.

The Hunger Games

Even though I've read the hunger games, I'm going to be more critical about it. One Point out!
The Hunger Games was, as everyone says, incredible. As strong, as powerful and as visceral as the books, a movie whose beautiful violence makes it over the top Popcorn fun.
Indeed, the relation with the book and the movie itself have both some mistakes. Not awful mistakes like for people to hate it, but enough to not be 100%.
The acting was really good. Woody Harrelson was the perfect person to be Haymitch, and he aported the necessary laughs to the story. But my precious Jennifer Lawrence was, absolutely incredible. She deserves an Oscar, really, she was golden. She has never given up and she made a Katniss of her own so senitmentally powerful that fans will cry their asses off.
The rest, well Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were not as great as its precessors. They are cute faces to make panties wet, and they surely did (Girls in the cinema were screamin like in murder) but in my opinion, is the only problem with this movie.
The fact that Suzanne Collins made a book as chilling as The Hunger Games was for people, especially young but everyone, to understand the Government, how it works and to know if it takes the right decissions. Also, the deaths apport that rawness that when you read the books, it's completely naked and open to leave us thinking, about the cruelty of the Capitol.
But, in this movie, Gary Ross couldn't escape from teenage melodrama, that stills being there, sinking the message down. I wouldn't like critics to spoil The Hunger Games, only that that and the Shaky Camera (Which didn't bother to me as much as other hated) Gary could not made me satisfied completely, but he was up to my expectation.
Summaring, The Hunger Games is Violent, Raw, Disgusting and Tragic, and even it has it's mistakes, it counts with great performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson, and lots of fighting, dying and crying.

Men in Black III

Let's Face it! In most of all sagas, or in 90% of cases, No movie is better than the first one!
Men In Black 3 is an attempt to go back to the humour, the magic and the delightful foulness of the first one, but just can't, because of a bad script.
Yeah, the plot and Script by Cunningham just messes the movie up, and the story goes far beyond the MIB franchise. Indeed, Barry Sonnenfield could apport the chills and laughs necessary for this movie not to fail. It didn't fail, or at least it didn't as expected to.
Maybe Tommy Lee Jones has got old, but not Will Smith, who still step up in this movie as comedian, and show us how good he is at this. But he got nothing to be better than Josh Brolin's K, who is hilarious. Josh could adapt the old curmudgeonly into a young one, with same qualities and....Just go and see it to see what's the fuzz about!
So Men In Black 3 is not the best in the franchis, but better than second. Even though it doesn't fail, I felt a little bit uncomplete. But you will sure find surprises, laughs, and a 300 million budget that for some reason does not work.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

Prometheus is not terrifying, is not high-voltage action. It's just Ridley Scott doing what he does best. Science Fiction.
There's a lot of symbolism hidden in this movie. Messages about religion and the creation of the world, the miracles and the science. The Main Character, portayed for one woman I'm really scared to have sex with called Noomi Rapace (She isn't ugly, but man, her Lisbeth Salander was out of this world) is a new kind of scared heroine, and not so heroic. She found signs of life origining from other planet, they go there, and they fucked it up.
One woman I would have sex with, Charlize Theron, portays Meredith Vickers, a refined, bossy woman who does nothing in the movie but shout to other people, and run. But the jewel, the icing on the cake is really, Fassbender. We have already seen his bold performance as a sex addicted in Shame, and now he is a robot.
Fassbender is soft, smooth like a Cheesecake like the movie. Not telling it's not violent, disturbing and visually meh! But it was somehow soft enough to not make the plot fall apart.
The script, plot holes. Should correct. But after all, Prometheus is a hole, not a prequel. A hole between the Alien Franchise. An undiscribeable movie many cannot realise how good was it.

Marley & Me
Marley & Me(2008)

Plot: Cute
Dog: Cute
Acting: Cute
Ending: I'm not going to revealed it, but take lots of Kleenex. Really, just take them!

Just My Luck
Just My Luck(2006)

Awww, wasn't Chris Pine Cute?? Well, so so.
Was this movie cute?? Well, almost. Not too bad actually. Donald Petrie's comedies are always in the borderline of fun and disaster. He could manage anyhow the teen melodrama, and put lot of physical humour, like in the Pink Panther Saga. Steve Martin's one.
Now, it was predictable, but funny. Popcorn fun not Oscar fun. Ginger Ke$ha (Lindsay) is not a teen anymore, and seems to be lucky with men. I think Homeless Men, because, gawd, It's Lindsay Lohan!
Chris Pine is a chocolate covered marshmallow. This movie was one of his first and he, well, he didn't showed up as the actor he is now, but at least he looked cute.
But Chemistry? Romance? No, you will not want to see this. There is almost none, more OUCHS and YUCK than kisses and sex....Of course no sex, It's Lindsay Lohan, god dammit!
It was fun, but not hilarious fun, but painful fun. Not painful to watch but painful in situations and moments of the movie where the plot just forgets. So you can go see it, and eat popcorn. You will be happy.

Freaky Friday

Normally, this is not the kind of movie someone would say "It's a Classic!" or "And the Oscar goes to..." becuase it's a Comedy and it's from Disney, and if it isn't animated, the first two things do not go well together.
But Freak Friday was....Meh! Allright. Not great, not bad, just a tickle to the tummy to make us giggle. The acting, well Lindsay Lohan, or Ginger Ke$ha, is ok, and Jamie Lee Curtis also. Not hilarious comery actresses like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig or Jennifer Aniston, but aport some unshameful acting to this movie.
But Freaky Friday is not all Pink. The teen romantic Twilight melodrama stills there because mrs Ginger Ke$ha is there and it's difficult to do not feel uncomfortable with it. I was like, TAKE IT OFF, but after a while like, WELL, AT LEAST I HAD POPCORN.
So, Freaky Friday is not a docummentary of Rebecca Black, but a nice comedy for the family, but specially for teenagers, or grown-ups.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

I've never read the comics nor seen the Animated series, but a Marvel movie or me, is always welcome.
Let's try it! And was it good......Jon Favreau cannot fail. He, and it's talented script crew could mix fun and action in a perfect soup of feelings. Iron Man is as everyone says: Smarty Pants pain in the ass!
It has 2, maybe 3 fights, but everything in the right measure of BOOMS! and TATATA! to stop the plot from falling apart. And what lovely is Robert Downey Jr, definately a symbol of Marvel right now and the favourite superhero in the whole world. His encarnation as Tony Stark is creative, charismatic and flirty, with the audience and critics, and makes perfect chemistry with Gwineth Paltrow as Pepper.
So Iron Man, not much to say but well done Marvel for choosing Jon Favreau, and well done Jon for choosing Robert, and well done Robert for being Robert. I repeat....Was this good??

Marvel's The Avengers
½

It took almost a Century for Marvel to finally get this movie to work.
They began making a movie for each character to introduce us the heroes that are actually in the movie. And Marvel Studios was being tossed like bread between Sony Pictures, Paramount and as this last one has been bought by Disney, Mr. Ears made this movie possible.
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that movie sucked) didn't seem the right choice to me for directing this movie. I really wanted The Avengers to be special, and I had a constant fear of this movie to end up like Twilight Saga, lots of money, lots of haters.
But when the critics showed up to be ok with it, and seeing the 90% in Rotten Tomatoes, i thought " Well, maybe it isn't too bad" and it wasn't.
Of Course, the Main Course of the Diner is Robert Downey Jr, whose charismatic performance as Tony Stark makes him the favourite of the whole movie. Joss didn't made a bad job, but it wasn't astonishing as it's visual spectacle or my dear Robert.
The introduction to some new interesting heroes, like Black Widow and Hawkeye (A.k.a Male Katniss Everdeen) just made me want to see them in their own movie. The rest? Captain America does not have lots of participation as in the other movie, for me, one of the best Marvel's. Thor is just awful. But Hulk. Well, maybe replacing Jason Horton wasn't a good idea, but Joss and Zak Penn made a more humouristic hulk.
Talking about that, the script is more comedy than action, hilarious comedy that will keep fans pleased, and the actors at least could manage their feelings and express them to the audience.
Marvel's The Avengers is Popcorn Fun and Visual Effects Dazzle, but is it that good to be the best superhero movie ever, or for critics even to put it 5 star? No...At least in my opinion, the guy who is daring for a Hawkeye movie.