Archive for the ‘2014’ Category

Sarajevo – **

Posted: July 28, 2019 in 2014, Austria, biopic, Germany, Terrorist, War, WW1, XX

This whodunnit … or rather who-ordered-it-to-have-it-done starts off really well. It focuses on one of the most important historical moments in recent history: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.

The protagonist is Leo Pfeffer, the magistrate in charge of the investigation. The case is quite simple really. Gavrilo Princip shot him after an earlier attempt to kill the archduke by other Serbian terrorists failed. They even arrested the murderer and he confessed. So what’s there to investigate?

Well, according to this movie a lot. Like, who ordered this murder? In history class we learn that a group of Serbian anarchists did it. But did they get the order from the Serbian government? Or … did they get the order from German (business) leaders who just wanted to start a war ?

The movie is good. Well acted. Well directed. Well told. BUT it’s focussing too much on the latter assumption. It’s an interesting thought and it’s true that Europe was eager to go to war (at least the German leaders), but we get the point after a while. There’s also a love story, which most likely is pure fictional and was just added for the drama. It’s well thought of, but it does bother the storytelling a bit. The conversations between the characters also feel like these characters know what the future will look like. Which they didn’t.

Still. Worth the watch. And it’s on youtube

www.imdb.com/title/tt3691446

 

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The Theory Of Everything – **

Posted: March 14, 2018 in 2014, biopic, Romance, UK, USA, XX

A young, beautiful, christian, language student falls for a funny, nerdy, atheist scientist. But soon he’s diagnosed with a muscle disease and only has 2 more years to live. They get married and try to make the most of it. However, the dude continues to live. And becomes a popular scientist, publishing a best seller et al. She could easily cheat. And she has a love interest! Her choir leader and family friend Jonathan!. But she remains loyal. The scientist, all paralyzed, gets along really well with his new nurse, who he seems to be able to communicate with well (via computer screen technique). Will he cheat?

Yep, it’s that kind of movie: a romantic drama!

Never really cared about seeing this movie, but hey, Stephen Hawking died today and I hardly know anything about him. So, it was worth the attempt. Not that this movie helped. I know as little about him now as before. Kudos to the main actors. Oscar-winner Eddy Redmayne did a Daniel Day Lewis and did it well. And Felicity Jones is the real star of the movie. She shines in every scene. Just for the acting sake and because Hawking died today: **.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980516

Not all is funny, but some bits are hilarious. Chelsea Peretti just talks and talks. There’s not really a concept or so. It’s like she’s on a high and says all the funny things that ever made people laugh around her. Which is fine. Because there are a lot of things that are funny. She has a quirky way of telling stories and she’s goofy.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3804556

saw it on netflix, but it’s on youtube as well:

Holt and Gina. His character, her one-liners. That’s really the only reason for watching all 23 episodes of Season 2. And to a lesser extent also season 3.

Some episodes are really good. Well written and funny as hell. Others are just okay. Some in season 3 are just bad.

But Holt and Gina. Love them!

The last couple of episodes  of season 3 are okay though as they become a  bigger story spread over several episodes, but it’s clear that the creators are trying too hard to make absurdity be funny.

 

Ae Fond Kiss – **

Posted: November 14, 2017 in 2014, Romance, Social Drama, UK, XX

For a movie made in 2004, this Ken Loach film still functions well in 2017. Nothing has changed in 13 years. A sad conclusion. The premise still intrigues these days. Can a catholic, female music teacher and a muslim accountant find happiness as a couple in modern-day Western society? Yes? No? Maybe?

Ae Fond Kiss feels like it was made by a debutant graduating from an unknown film academy. Which is not a bad thing, apart from the fact that it’s made by an experienced and award-winning director. The script is so predictable. Of course the catholic school environment will be depicted as being as old-fashioned as the Pakistani tradition of arranged marriages. The social commentary is too gentle. If you want to confront viewers with racism, don’t do it by just mentioning it. Go for the uncomfortable feeling! Some scenes don’t make sense. Like the moment where the guy discovers a tattoo on the body of his new girlfriend, which he has been licking and kissing all night long a few days before. Duh! The acting of most of the cast is non-professional. Which is fine. Eva Birthisle is quite remarkable as the teacher. Atta Yaqub looks lost as the Pakistani accountant. But playing the character as a bit of a shy loser, makes him more sympathetic. The rest probably didn’t even get paid for being extras with lines.  It has a terrible end. Totally opposite of what any rational person would conclude. But the whole experience is worth the watch. A Scottish movie to recommend!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380366

 

 

 

East Side Sushi – *

Posted: September 13, 2017 in 2014, Drama, USA, X

Long Distance Flight movie #7

A struggling Mexican-American single mom living with her dad is tired of combining a fruit stall vending job with a cleaning job at a fitness center. She loves cooking and decides to apply for a job working in the kitchen of a fancy sushi place. She gets the job, but can only stay in the kitchen even though she has the talent of helping out the chefs who prepare the food in sight of all the customers. When she doesn’t get promoted at the restaurant, she gets all upset, quits and enters a sushi making competition online.

YAWN

It’s really interesting to see how the sushi is prepared. They film it really well. However, it’s like a promo movie by the sushi restaurant organization who want to attract a different crowd: the latino community.

Not sure why reviewers rave about the ‘performance’ of Diana Elisabeth Torres. She’s terrible. She’s the main character and her forced over-acting ruins the movie. All the others are acting bad as well. It’s a debut movie. It feels like a project made by students who graduate at films school. It’s filmed really well.

But the story, the main character and the acting are so incredibly annoying.

ps: Why do movies so often have to explain scenes that are obvious? There’s a word of play joke about her name, Juana. The Japanese for good afternoon is Kon’nichiwa. So, the joke is that the chef calls her Kon’nichijuana. Great. We get the joke. It’s lame, but ok. It works. So, of course, when the chef gives her a special Sake-box with her name on it, it will say ‘Kon’nichijuana’. You really don’t need to SHOW it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2340650

Generally, Hollywood blockbuster comedies aren’t really funny. Or only partly funny. Luckily, from time to time, there are exceptions. Like The Hangover for instance. And also 21 and 22 Jump Street. Binge watch both of them and you’re in for almost 4 hours of pure fun and entertainment. Both movies are consistently funny. They are extremely silly and outrageously absurd, but very refreshing as well. There’s also subtle humor and plenty of cultural and social references/critiques. They often reverse the expectations. Which is great. The fact that within the script they joke about rebooting a tv series from the eighties (in the first one) and making a more expensive sequel (in the second one) is proof of how cleverly the script was written. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are really good at this kind of action comedy. And Ice Cube is just being Ice Cube to the fullest. There are quite a lot of surprises. And several quotes and one-liners are instant classics. You do need to have seen the first one, to understand the jokes of the second one. So that’s why it’s better to watch both of them in one rush. Yep. Very surprising.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232829

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294449