Archive for the ‘Adventure’ Category

The Lost City Of Z – **

Posted: October 26, 2017 in 2016, Adventure, Drama, UK, USA, XX

Percy Fawcett was a British explorer who tried to locate the ruins of an ancient civilization in the Amazon region between Bolivia and Brazil. The search for his own Machu Picchu was obsessive. The man went back several times in the first quarter of the 20th century. A few years ago, a journalist followed his footsteps and wrote a book about it, on which the story of this movie was based.

First, the good thing: the director didn’t choose to tell the story of the journalist who travelled in the explorer’s footsteps. Great!

Now the bad thing: the director decided to make an overly detailed, chronologically told biopic trying to tell too many things that don’t really matter.

There’s hardly any adventure in this movie! There are as many scenes in England as there are in the jungle. Which is something you don’t expect after having read rave reviews and after having watched mysterious and adventurous movie trailers. It’s not good to have expectations, but when reviews start with lines like ‘bring your mosquito repellent to the cinema’ or mention ‘Indiana Jones’ or the ‘Heart Of Darkness‘ as references, you kind of hope to seen an adventure movie in the jungle!

Alas!

It’s not really a bad movie. It’s just not an adventurers trip through the jungle. Yes, there are encounters with indigenous tribes (depicted as the Stormtroopers from the Amazon, because they pretty much suck at efficiently shooting arrows at intruders).  Yes, you see a jaguar. But only for about 30 seconds. Yes, there’s one snake. Yes, there’s one mosquito bite. But that’s about it. Whoever writes about a trip to the jungle didn’t actually see the movie or hasn’t been to the jungle before.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212428/

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The Mountain Between Us – **

Posted: October 23, 2017 in 2017, Adventure, Drama, Romance, USA, XX

Took my mom to the cinema to see The Mountain Between Us, a movie which got a lot of bad reviews, but somehow still intrigued. One of the first things my mom said after the end credits rolled was: “Why would reviewers consider this a bad movie?” Yes, reviewers, why?

Sure, it’s predictable. And yes, the chemistry between the main characters isn’t really there. But it’s an entertaining movie. It has beautiful scenes of the Rocky Mountains and the action and adventure is gentle enough for those who go see it for the romantic element. Yes, it’s neither a good adventure movie, nor a gripping romantic drama. Yes, the director should have focused on just one genre, the epic adventure tale especially. But the poster and the trailer already tell you it’s not going to be Into The Wild or The Revenant. 

Both Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are a joy to look at. Even after several days without food or the lack of a hairdresser in the wilderness, they still look very hot. Elba’s beard doesn’t seem to grow at all. Winslet’s bruised face could still be featured in a l’Oreal commercial. Let’s blame the perfect look on the clear, cold weather up in the high mountains! She’s a bit of an annoying, passionate, independent, restless photographer-journalist. He’s a quiet, rational, emotionally timid brain surgeon. Whoever thought the audience would believe they are a perfect match in heaven (well, the mountains – close enough) is wrong.

The movie would have been much better if one of them, or both, died somehow. After surviving Titanic, maybe Winslet should have just given her life for a change. But no.

Love going to the movies with my mom (83). She really enjoyed this one. So fuck reviewers who tell people it’s a bad movie. It’s not. It’s just not a great one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2226597

 

A nostalgic trip down memory lane: Romancing The Stone. Just felt like watching it again. And it was fun. As much fun as it was when I watched it repeatedly as a kid. This is the kind of movie that made me want to travel and be adventurous! Ha! Still haven’t made it to Columbia though.

For those who haven’t seen it yet: it’s Robert Zemeckis’ first blockbuster starring a then up and coming Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It also has Danny DeVito in a small role. It’s very entertaining. It’s cheesy. A lot of the scenes don’t make sense. But others are still funny and quite clever.  The action and adventure aren’t that outdated at all. Just maybe the approach of how Hollywood showed ‘third world Columbia’ back then.

The eighties were the best.

And the trailer is pretty good, with Danny DeVito introducing the story as a phone call.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088011

Movie night in Caen (Normandy, France).

Conversation at the cashier’s desk:

* So, all movies are dubbed here? 

– Yes, everything is VF. (Version Francaise, French version)

* Shit/Merde

– But you speak French really well!

* Thanks, but I don’t really want to see an American movie in French. 

– How do you watch it then? 

* Euh. The original version (with subtitles).

– We don’t do that here in France. 

* Yes, you do. In Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris your movie theatre chain shows the original ones. 

–  Ah, but this is Caen. This is France. Maybe you can watch the new King Kong. It’s a silly movie with special effects and not much blabla. 

*  Ok. 

That’s why Kong: Skull Island is on here. A movie, so silly, you can watch it in the dubbed version and feel like you haven’t missed the original language at all. Because it is very clear that Warner Studios made this movie to be dubbed in any single language in the world to attract the largest crowd possible. Moonlight it is not.

At times the movie has a flash of excitement. It’s actually quite cool to set the story in the seventies, accompanied by a soundtrack with classics from that decade. The beginning actually makes sense. A ‘lost’ Vietnam war resulting in a bitter colonel out for a successful mission. The introduction of new technology (satellites) discovering an unknown island. The cold war enticing a race for any new discovery against the Russians… In fact, once they arrive on the island they are met by Kong, the giant gorilla living on the island, who single-handedly smashes all the helicopters entering his territory. You don’t have to wait until the finale to see the creature make his presence. All pretty cool.

But then it starts becoming a bit ridiculous with references to all kinds of movies from the past. It’s like Jurassic Park meets Apocalypse Now meets a World Wrestling Federation smackdown. That ‘fight’ between Kong and some vicious raptor will excite all the MMA fans out there. And the acting is terrible. The Oscar winning Brie Larson can get ready to win a Razzie now…

But. It’s worth switching off your brain for and not leaving the theatre.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562

the french trailer (of course)

 

Game Of Thrones Season 6 – **

Posted: January 8, 2017 in 2016, Adventure, Fantasy, UK, USA, XX

Hm.

It’s all getting a tad boring.

The scenes are way too long. The little humor here and there is way too daft. The violence and gore are no longer shocking. In fact, it’s getting annoying more than anything else. Some characters are still walking around with no purpose at all. for now. Others become stronger leads, but can’t captivate. There are more conversations than ever. And they are dull.

But,

Some favorite characters are still around and carry the show. And kick ass. Especially the women. For a sexist show which exploits female nudity, this is one hell of a feminist manifest.

This looked like it would be a fun movie to watch. The trailer promises quirky humor and some action and adventure for both kids and adults. And there is some quirky humor and some action and some adventure. But this is for kids really. Not for adults.

The soundtrack is annoying as hell. The kid is annoying as hell. Sam Neill is annoying as hell. Almost all the side characters are annoying as hell. The CGI is annoying as hell.

So, yeah, disappointing. Not sure how this can win so many awards.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4698684

 

 

Theeb – ***

Posted: October 7, 2016 in 2014, Adventure, Coming Of Age, Drama, Jordan, Road Trip, UK, XXX

It’s not really difficult to define what makes a movie great. When you watch a story on screen that entertains/fascinates/thrills you from start to finish, then it’s a great movie. Period.

Such is the case with this gem from Jordan.

A young bedouin follows his older brother, who is assigned to escort an English army officer through the dessert. At one point he finds him self alone in the vast emptiness…

This is a very entertaining road movie/adventure film/historical piece/coming of age story with a fascinating cinematography and several suspenseful thrills. It makes you want to watch Lawrence Of Arabia again or look up flight tickets to Aqaba to go tracking in the Wadi Rum.

A must. And if you have kids who can deal with death, an excellent movie for children as well.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3170902/