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Top Boy – ***

Posted: February 22, 2018 in 2011, Drama, Gangster Movie, TV series, UK, XXX

Letitia Wright, impressive in Black Panther, made me watch this BBC crime series, in which she also plays a role. It’s been filmed 7 years ago, but she still looks the same! She just has a supporting role. It’s not that impressive, but you do see that she got talent!

The main stars of this series though are Ashley Walters and Malcolm Kamulete. Not sure why they haven’t turned into major league actors yet. They are phenomenal. Malcolm’s character reminds you of the kid from Cidade De Deus. He’s young, smart, wants a normal future, but is surrounded by gangs and drugs and reluctant to be a part of it. No Rio this time, but London. Ashley’s character is the up and coming drug captain of the block, also smart and with a conscience, but ready to kill when needed.

The series is well written, well acted, well-directed. It’s a lot of drama in only four episodes. A bit too much really. If HBO would have produced it, it would have been double as long with more diverse settings. It feels a bit like The Wire. It shows you a reality in a dramatic way. It’s heartbreaking at times. It’s great television. And the soundtrack is haunting at times.

Worth checking out.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830379

Bruna Surfestinha – *(*)

Posted: January 12, 2018 in 2011, Brasil, Drama, X1/2

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Some ten years ago a Brazilian call girl wrote a best seller, recounting her life as an escort. The book was an instant success, as it was based on her already popular blog, an online diary on what happened in her kinky life. She became the most famous prostitute of the country, but also ended up being addicted to drugs.

Her rise to fame and her downfall are also made into a movie, called Bruna Surfestinha in Brazil (her escort name), but relabeled Confessions Of A Brazilian Call Girl for the international market.

It’s not a good movie. Especially the beginning and the end are crap. But strangely enough, the middle part is exciting. The main reason why the beginning doesn’t work is the fact that actress Deborah Secco is way too old to play a 17-year old teenager who runs away from home after being bullied in school. You see an older actress trying to be young. It’s not acting at all. It’s embarrassing. You also don’t really get to learn why she leaves home. Okay, she got bullied in school because her first boyfriend told everyone else that she swallows and now the rest of the guys in school think that’s what she does easily. And she doesn’t feel at home in the house of her adoptive family, of which the brother seems to bully her even more than the kids at school. Yet, all that is not a clear reason why she left her home to go work as a prostitute in Sao Paulo. It just doesn’t make sense to believe that the biggest attention whore (literally) of Brazil started her career after being bullied at home and in school. That’s not a plausible reason.

She’s a nymphomaniac and she’s curious to experiment. Let’s just call it what it is. The young woman is just eager to make money with something she likes: sex.

The story really gets intriguing when she starts writing the blog and the editing theme quickly shows all kinds of clients that come by. That’s the fun part. There’s even a few wtf  sexual fantasy moments. But it’s interesting.

But then she gets addicted to drugs and she becomes a mess. And again, Deborah Secco disappoints. Not sure why she got so many awards. It’s really not good acting at all.

Apparently the book is a quick read and is written like it’s done by a young adult. Maybe the book (however bad it may be) is still better than the movie. It’s intriguing. Sure. But the focus is too much on the glamourous life and not so much on the hardships. There are scenes (especially at the end when she does a sex marathon) where you think: what kind of life is this? But the whole build up to that scene, just doesn’t make you feel sorry. It’s clearly her choice to have sex with several men, for money. And fame.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587828/

Trevor Noah is a bit of an overconfident arrogant dick. But he gets away with it, because he’s also really good. This documentary follows the stand up comedian during the months leading up to his first one man show. It’s a fascinating documentary. It shows a lot of Trevor Noah, who’s being interviewed one on one and who’s being filmed as he prepares for gigs, visits the places where he grew up and goes on stage for the first time in LA. They also let other people speak. Some of his family and friends, but also some of the older generation of comedians in South Africa who absolutely hate his guts.

Worth the watch.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1671547/ 

We Bought A Zoo – **

Posted: November 15, 2017 in 2011, Drama, Dramedy, USA, XX

A young widower leaves his adventurous journalist life for what it is and buys a zoo to start all over again with his two young children. The youngest kid loves it (she’s 6 or so), the oldest one hates it (he’s 13 or so).  If he hadn’t bought the zoo, all animals would have been displaced and the animal keepers would have had to look for another job. He’s in for the biggest adventure in his life…

The story seems a bit far-fetched. A good excuse to make a movie with big stars and a lot of animals. But it’s apparently based on a true story.

It all feels a bit silly though. The script isn’t strong. It’s a kids’ movie. The kind you can watch at 2 pm in the afternoon. After a (more exciting) BBC nature documentary. Scarlet Johansson is in it, but her role could have easily been played by someone else. Nothing special. Matt Damon is okay in the lead role. He seems to really be having fun. He has some good scenes. Especially the “I Need Help” conversation with his son. But then the movie is over and you’re shrugging.

The use of great indie college rock tracks on the soundtrack is of course the director’s idea But it just doens’t work here.

Check the dvd extra on training animals.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389137 

 

The Walking Dead Season 2 – *(*)

Posted: October 24, 2017 in 2011, Drama, Horror, USA, X1/2

More of the same. Pretty boring. Sure, at one point you start to be curious about what’s going to happen with some of the characters. But every single episode is SO long. It’s so slow. You need to press the fast forward button to want to continue. You can go for a long break on the toilet, come back and still catch up. There’s not really any story development either. It’s all very predictable. At times, certain characters do contemplate suicide, but then somehow hope for a better future. Really? There wouldn’t be any series if they all would just kill themselves; But it would make more sense. Also, when they start slashing zombies, none of the blood stains ever cover their clean t-shirts. Really? It’s also pretty sexist. Men don’t do any household. Women who try to go protect are reprimanded for not doing house shores. By other women ! Then there’s romance. In a series about killing zombies! Really? And that kid. All he has to do is stay in the house. Or stay within eyesight. Yet, it always seems to run away and run into danger. Every single episode someone gets lost and needs to be found. If you would just stay together, no-one would ever get lost and no-one would need to risk their lives to go fetch the lost one. But then again, there wouldn’t be any series. And the zombies don’t scare at all. In fact, they are comical. Yeah. There won’t be a season 3 viewing.

Although the finale is quite fascinating and leaves you wondering who the hooded woman is with the slave zombies.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520211

The Loving Story – *(*)

Posted: February 20, 2017 in 2011, Civil Rights, Documentary, USA, X1/2

After watching Loving, you may want to watch the documentary that was the main source of the movie: The Loving Story.

Mr and Mrs Loving were the interracial couple who were sentenced to exile in the state that they lived (Virginia) just because they married ‘a different race’. Their case ended up being brought to the Supreme Court, which allowed interracial couples to be married all over the United States.

The most interesting thing about watching this documentary is the realisation that the casting director of Loving did a tremendous job looking for actor that ressemble the real life characters. The actors must also have watched this documentary over and over again. The HBO special itself isn’t giving that much extra information about the case. It’s pretty much all covered in the movie. You get to see still pictures of the couples, home videos of the family, interviews with the lawyers (at the time of the trial and later on in life). They also add vintage footage of tv interviews from back in the days when people just openly talk about wanting to keep segregation…

That said. It’s 2017 and you have the alt-right KKK-clones claim the same things on tv.

It’s sad that you don’t really get to know much more about the family members. They interview the daughter, but she’s basically telling general stuff about her parents.

So, watch the movie and leave it at that.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1759682