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Hancock – *

Posted: November 6, 2017 in 2008, Action, Uncategorized, USA, X

The idea is kind of cool. There’s a superhero in LA, who lives like a bum, is an alcoholic and reluctantly saves lives if someone asks him too. However in his attempts to get the bad guys, he damages a lot of roads and buildings and that costs a lot of money to society.  He’s also far from pleasant to the people he rescues and the passers-by. In short: he needs a PR guy and guess what? He just happens to save the life of a PR- man who wants to give something back in return. Little does the PR-man know that his new girlfriend has the same superhero powers like the guy he’s trying to help.

The good thing about this action movie is that it’s short. 80 minutes or so. That’s still more than an average viewer can take. If you like seeing roads and buildings being destroyed during superhero battles, than this one’s for you! If you don’t, skip it. Even when you’re a Will Smith or Charlize Theron fan. This just isn’t worth the watch.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157

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Lion – ***

Posted: October 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Second time around. Still good. It says a lot when a movie can still get you, even though you know what’s going to happen next and how it’ll end. Some elements get more attention though. The soundtrack for instance is quite amazing. That wasn’t so obvious during the first watch. All in all: great movie.

https://trailertherapy.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/lion/

 

 

Hm. Disney. It’s part of everyone’s life. Yet. Who has seen all of them? Here’s the list. The stars are purely out of nostalgic memories…

  1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – ***(*) The first movie I’ve ever seen in a movie theatre. A re-release back in the late seventies or early eighties.
  2. Pinocchio – ** Saw it once, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  3. Fantasia
  4. Dumbo – ** Saw it once or twice maybe, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  5. Bambi – ** Saw it once, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  6. Saludos Amigos
  7. The Three Caballeros
  8. Make Mine Music
  9. Fun and Fancy Free
  10. Melody Time
  11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  12. Cinderella – ** Saw it once, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  13. Alice In Wonderland – * Saw it once, never saw it again. Never liked the story.
  14. Peter Pan – ** Saw it once or twice maybe, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  15. Lady And The Tramp – *** Saw this one several times as a kid.
  16. Sleeping Beauty – ** Saw it once or twice maybe, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  17. One Hundred And One Dalmatians – **(*) It was with dogs, so probably saw it many times as a kid.
  18. The Sword In The Stone – *** One of favorites. Need to see it again though. But the story was great!
  19. The Jungle Book – ***(*) One of my favorites. Recently saw it again. Great nostalgia. Maybe the best of them all.
  20. The Aristocats – ** Saw it once or twice maybe, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  21. Robin Hood – ***(*) Doesn’t have a good reputation, but I loved this one as a kid. Need to see it again maybe.
  22. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh – ** Saw it once, never saw it again. So not all that impressive.
  23. The Rescuers
  24. The Fox and The Hound
  25. The Black Cauldron
  26. The Great Mouse Detective
  27. Oliver & Company
  28. The Little Mermaid **(*) This was the first of the new wave. Saw it once. Good memories.
  29. The Rescuers Down Under
  30. Beauty And The Beast – *** Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. 😉 A bit overhyped. But good nevertheless.
  31. Aladdin – **(*) Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. 😉 That one was entertaining.
  32. The Lion King – ***(*) Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. 😉 That was a good one.
  33. Pocahontas – ** Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. 😉 Remember being disappointed. But a fan of Miko!
  34. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – ** Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. Can’t remember it well.
  35. Hercules – ** Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. Can’t remember it well.
  36. Mulan – ** Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. Can’t remember it well.
  37. Tarzan – * Back when I went 5 times to the movies a week. However, this one was bad. So that was it for Disney movies.
  38. Fantasia 2000 –
  39. The Emperor’s New Groove
  40. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  41. Lilo & Stitch
  42. Treasure Planet
  43. Brother Bear
  44. Home On The Range
  45. Chicken LIttle
  46. The Wild
  47. Meet The Robinsons
  48. Bolt
  49. The Princess And The Frog – **(*) 
  50. Tangled
  51. Wreck-It Ralph
  52. Frozen – **
  53. Big Hero 6
  54. Zootopia/Zootropolis – ***
  55. Moana/Vaiana – **

 

  1. The Reluctant Dragon
  2. Victory Through Air Power
  3. Song Of the South
  4. So Dear To My Heart
  5. Mary Poppins – ***(*) Such fond memories, need to see it again.
  6. Bedknobs and Broomsticks – **(*) Kind of forgot about this one.
  7. Pete’s Dragon
  8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – *** That was a funny one. Need to see it again.
  9. Enchanted

 

  1. Toy Story – *** This was pretty awesome.
  2. A Bug’s Life – ** This was just okay.
  3. Toy Story 2 – *** This was pretty awesome too
  4. Monsters, Inc – **(*)
  5. Finding Nemo – *** Hey, this one was excellent. Need to see it again.
  6. The Incredibles – ** Kind of disappointing
  7. Cars
  8. Ratatouille – ** Kind of forgot about it.
  9. WALL-E – ***(*) This was amazing.
  10. Up – *** This was funny.
  11. Toy Story 3 – ***(*)
  12. Cars 2
  13. Brave – **
  14. Monsters University –
  15. Inside Out – ***
  16. The Good Dinosaur
  17. Finding Dory – **
  18. Cars 3
  19. Coco
  20. The Incredibles 2
  21. Toy Story 4

 

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas – **
  2. James And The Giant Peach

“Why would you finish a show that you don’t like?” asked a friend who asked me what I thought of Dancing On The Edge. 

In short: it’s only five episodes and I somehow hoped it would get better once you got to know the characters a bit more.

Alas! It never got better. It’s just overlong and not exciting at all.

The premise sounds good though. It’s the story of a jazz band who tries hard to get their new music across in 1930s London. They get help from a music reporter and are able to perform in a fancy hotel with not so open-minded guests. The series stars the charming and talented Chiwetel Ejiofor as the leader of the band and the setting, costumes and make up look stunning. So far so good.

But the tone changes from a musical period drama to an ordinary crime story. One of the singers gets severely attacked and it’s pretty obvious who did it. The wrong person gets accused and it looks like he’ll be framed for the crime. A lot of characters are introduced that may or may not be complicit of the crime. So there’s a little suspense. But in the end it’s all so predictable and a drag.

Watch it only for Chiwetel!

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2163315

In preparation of X-Men: Apocalypse there are six X-Men movies to watch again and one to watch for the first time.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – * 

The acting is flawed and some of the special effects as well. It’s an action movie. Period. Sure, it tells the background story of Wolverine. But that’s not really compelling. The story doesn’t really help you appreciate the other movies more. There’s little humor and no social commentary at all, which was so great about the first trilogy.

X-Men (2000) – ***

Back in 2000 it was quite refreshing to see a team of comic heroes come to live on the big screen. Especially since the story touched social elements that are now even more relevant. Just think about how muslims are treated nowadays. Some have evil intentions and other don’t, but the former group causes fear and gets all the attention. So what is the other group to do?

Same happens in the original X-Men movie. A politician gains success with his promise to deal with the mutants who are potentially dangerous. One group of mutants (the X-Men under guidance of Professor Xavier) wants to help human kind and has hope that one day men and mutant can live together. Another group (under guidance of Magneto) sees it differently and wants to take over control. After all, mutants are the superior beings. It’s a battle that already kicks off from the very first moment. The acting is great. The special effects are still fascinating. The story is told well. There’s a bit of humor. And lots of action.

X2 (2003) **

Second time around, this sequel doesn’t really compel. It’s an action movie where all mutants are in danger and both teams behind Professor Xavier and Magneto have to work together to stop their kind from being killed. It’s fun, but the social comments are gone. The visual effects are still fascinating though. It’s the kind of movie that you better watch in the movie theatre.

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ***

Probably the best of the first trilogy! It has everything. It has the social references that the made the first movie great and it has the action and special effects that surpass the second one. This time around they found a cure for the mutants. Some are interested in getting the cure (Rogue for instance). Others of course can’t stand the idea of someone trying to cure them. Think about how some evangelical churches want to cure homosexuality for instance. Of course some of the government wants to use the cure as a weapon. And so, again the X-men have to bond together.

The Wolverine (2013) *

Euh. Ok. So, not sure why this movie was made. The Wolverine is mourning the loss of his beloved Jean Grey in a remote nordic place. A young woman comes to pay him a visit and tells him he is expected in Japan. A man, whose life he once saved when the bomb fell in 1945, is dying and he wants to see Logan for a very last time. But he has a last request and offer. He wants Logan’s ability to heal and in return Logan would get back to being ‘normal’. Things change rapidly when the old man dies and his grand daughter is on the run for her father and the yakuza, while Logan is hunted by another mutant. It’s all very chaotic. The action scenes aren’t really that spectacular. The fight scene on the roof of the high speed train is mediocre. The samurai fights are boring. There’s zero chemistry between the characters (not even in the love scenes). And there’s no humor. If this is the first in a new trilogy involving Wolverine than it kind of makes you not want to see the other parts.

 

 

I needed to re-watch this for professional reasons. I will take American guests to Salzburg on several occasions this year and there’s a whole Sound Of Music day excursion planned as well. The strangest thing is that Austrians don’t seem to know about the existence and success of this movie. Apart from those working in tourism in and around Salzburg of course. But ask anyone in Vienna about this massive blockbuster hit from the sixties and they won’t know what you’re talking about it.

The Sound Of Music is the kind of movie that you’ve seen a dozen of times as a child, because they play it every single year on television during the christmas holidays. Almost all of the songs from the movie have become classics. Even if you haven’t seen the production, you’ll recognize at least a few tracks. But is it really a good movie?

Well…. it’s pure nostalgia. It’s corny. It’s cheesy. It’s fun. In fact, it’s a must. Let’s leave it at that.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059742

Pinx is a nice little festival held over a couple of days at the Sphinx cinema in the centre of Ghent. It shows gay-themed movies from all over the world, most of which will never get a broad cinematic release. It’s great if you live in Ghent or if you combine a movie with a visit to this touristy Flemish town (or with other showings).

One of this year’s Pinx movies comes from Brazil. It ‘stars’ upcoming talent Jesuita Barbosa as a young soldier in the late seventies, when the country was still controlled by a military junta. But it’s more of a showcase for Irandhir Santos, who plays the young boy’s love interest and the leader of a hedonist anarchical theater group.

Santos’ acting is quite powerful. There are some okay moments. And the director was able to create a particular atmosphere that focuses on the sexual and theatrical revolution of Brazil’s seventies. But that’s about the only positive things you can write about this musical drama. It’s not as universal as say, Que Hora Ela Volta, and a lot of the comical or poetic references only work if you understand Portuguese. The theater group is a pot smoking hippie cabaret ensemble who bring nothing fascinating to the stage (apart from that one song about asses maybe). And the relationship between a thirty-something guy with a teenage boy feels weird, even though it looks quite natural on screen.

Judge for yourself. Or not. You won’t miss anything.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2746176/

 

Just before the movie started, a short was presented as well. Dániel tells the story of a young student in psychology who finances his studies by prostituting himself. He meets the new boyfriend of his friend Nori during a dinner. But that encounter ends with a surprise…. It’s the kind of short movie that students at film schools graduate with. If it wasn’t for the Hungarian conversations and the cute main character, nobody would give it any attention.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4288764