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Movie Review – Despicable Me 2

21 Aug

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by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!

A few days ago I decided to re-watch Despicable Me 2 because it was being recommended for me by Netflix. I love animation and as the new movie about the Minions just came out, I thought it would be a very good way to finish my day.

So, in this sequence from Despicable Me, we have a former villain, Gru, trying to adapt to his new life as a single parent of 3 girls. Along with his Minions, Gru cooks, educates, plays, and dresses like a princess in order to please Agnes, Margot and Edith.

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Although Gru isn’t a bad guy anymore, others are taking his place and because of that the AVL, Anti-Villain League, comes to light. The AVL is a top-secret organization that is dedicated to combating super-villain activity. And impressed by the action of an unknown villain, the league ask Gru’s help to catch this bad guy.

Homesick for his action-packed life, with a lot of guns and experiments and inventions, Gru decides to help the AVL. With this decision he also gains a partner, Lucy Wilde, a very curious woman that will give you plenty of laughs.

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And of course,  we can’t forget the Minions! Again, with their yellow colour, their strange language, different costumes and dances, they provide the best moments of the movie and also the success on Gru’s mission.

Personal opinion: Well what can I say… I love animation! And I loved the first Despicable Me. And I was pretty sure that with this sequences would be not different. This is a film for the whole family: there is action, there is love, there is comedy! One more time the Minions were responsible of natural laughs even more because of some new costumes that the used in this film, like the maid costume. So cute and so funny! I’m anxious to watch the movie dedicated to them… I already had a great time watching the trailer.

So, if you want to spend some time with some funny stuff, Despicable Me 2 is a great option. (ps: I totally recommend you to watch Despicable Me first, because you will get the sequence story more easily 😉 )

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To hell with that childlike sense-of-wonder crap: Despicable Me, instead of trying to return adults to a false state of innocence, reminds us that we all started out as ill-mannered little savages.”Movieline Stephanie Zacharek

Movie Review – Zombieland

21 Jul

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by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!

The last movie I saw was ZombieLand. It was recommended by a friend, who – knowing that I like science-fiction – thought I would like this one, but he advised me: it’s a zombie movie but with a different approach. This different approach was Comedy. Can you believe it? A funny zombie movie?

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I know that sometimes Hollywood surprises us with a lot of bullshit and impossible things, even if such things don’t exist, like zombies. But I decided to give it a chance.

Zombieland is a kind of guy’s journal, with some personal rules that he developed after the virus breakout.

Here the comedy begins: all of us would think rules like “1. Get a gun; 2. Head Shot; 3. Get ammunition;… etc”. However, his rules are totally turned into avoiding conflict and contact with zombies as much as he can:

#1 Cardio: because we have to be able to run as much as possible from zombies.

#2 Double Tab: because you have to make sure that the zombie is really dead, so why not confirm it with a double shot, right?

#3 Beware of bathrooms: even when you need it very much, zombies won’t be kind and wait for you to finish your job in there…

#4 Wear seat belts: car accidents became too common, especially because you can run over a zombie or simple because they can appear right in front of you.

And a lot of other funny rules, but really useful ones.

So Columbus, the guy who is telling the story, is on his way to get to Columbia, Ohio, in order to find his parents and a land zombie-free. In the meantime, he meets a totally crazy guy named Tallahassee, whose hobby/skill is killing zombies! He uses the most different tools to kill them: from a huge gun to a Fiskars gardening tool and a banjo – used to attract zombies. Lol.

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They also meet two girls – sisters – who are trying to reach an amusement park. As nobody trusts anybody, they kind of enter in a conflict between the two pairs. After solving their differences, they build a kind of family and stay together until they reach the amusement park. However, the sisters decided to go by themselves to the park and when they light up the toys, a huge horde of zombies appears.

Trying to get rid of them, the sisters ends up trapped on the tower toy, and suddenly the guys appear to rescue them.

Personal opinion: This movie wasn’t on my “to watch list”, but after a friend recommended it to me I decided to give it a shot. And I was really impressed with the way they treated the theme. I really enjoyed the comedy aspects of this movie and it is really good to just spend some time. I loved the scene with the banjo and other strange action shots they did together.
In the movie they didn’t show all of Columbus’ rules, but they say that he has 32 of them. Searching for them on the internet I found the list below. Enjoy reading it! And you should watch the movie if you feel like laughing about crazy zombie-killers.

“Guilty-pleasure movies should not be underestimated. I had a scary-fun-house blast at Zombieland, in which studly Woody Harrelson, nerdy Jesse Eisenberg, sexy Emma Stone and sunshiny Abigail Breslin roam a near-dead world kicking zombie ass.”Rolling Stone

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Movie’s Review: Lucy

14 May

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by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!

 

Quick question for you: have you ever thought about what kind of power would we have if we used more the 10% of our brain capacity? How intelligent would we be? What could we do with such capacity?

 

Interesting isn’t it?

 

Well, we have a movie to illustrate this kind of situation.

 

Lucy is a  science fiction action film that takes place in a world controlled by the mafia and surrounded by drug addicted people, corrupted cops and gangs.
The name of this movie came from her protagonist, Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson), an american woman who lives and studies in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Tricked by her boyfriend, she ends up working as a drug mule for Mr. Jang, a Korean mob boss and drug lord.  She is captured and a bag of a new synthetic drug, called CPH4, is forcibly sewn into her abdomen. While in captivity, waiting for a travel to Europe, Lucy is beaten by one of her captors, with a lot of kicks in her abdomen and the bag of drug breaks.

 

 

With a large quantity of this drug in her systems, Lucy increases her physical and mental capabilities, such as telekinesis – ability to not feel pain and super strength. Aware of these changes, she kills her captors and escapes. Lucy runs to an hospital to remove the bag of drugs from her system and discovers more about the drug: it is a pregnancy substance given to fetuses during prenatal development. However, in large quantities, it can provoke serious consequences to an adult human…

 

So Lucy starts searching the Internet about her condition. She gets in contact with Professor Samuel Norman (played by Morgan Freeman),  a well-known scientist and doctor whose research is based in neuroscience and the possibility of expanding the brain’s capacity.

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As time passed, Lucy became more aware of her skills and the progressive expansion of her brain’s capacity. She decides to meet Professor Norman and help him in his research while she still has time. This meeting will not be easy, since Mr. Jang and his gang are running after Lucy to retrieve their product.

 

With a lot of action, fights, destruction, Matrix-like movements and an interesting perspective of what we would be capable of if we could use more of our brain’s capacity, Lucy is a very good movie. It captures your attention from the beginning until the end.

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Personal opinion: I really enjoyed watching this movie. I wasn’t expecting much of it and I hadn’t seen the trailer before, so I didn’t know what it was about. It is a science fiction with a different theme from the usual – like aliens or super-gifted heroes. Mixing the subject of the movie with science and giving it a pinch of reality, where the brain capability could be expanded by a synthetic drug, it makes you think “Well… what if someone is already researching something similar to it?”. This kind of situation is more real then aliens invading our planet, you know what I mean?
Yeah, really good movie and with an amazing work done by Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. I totally recommend you to watch it.

 

“A full-out action movie – and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.” – San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moview Review – Walk of Shame

9 Mar

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by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!

Today’s choice is a comedy movie.

Who is not familiar with the term “Walk of shame”? This expression is used to describe a situation in which a person must walk past strangers or peers alone for an embarrassing reason before reaching a place of privacy.

As so, this movie shows exactly this “walk” of a good girl who was dumped by her boyfriend and lost a huge job opportunity in the same day.

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Meghan is an anchor reporter in a small broadcast TV and is disputing the anchor job in a bigger company. This company makes all the background check on all candidates for the job, so Meghan has to make sure that she doesn’t have any hidden skeletons, which is easy for her, as she affirms to always being a good girl.

In the same night, Meghan is dumped by her boyfriend and find out that the anchor job was given to someone else. Disappointed and with a broken heart, she goes out with her friends to forget the worst day of her life so far. She dresses up with a sexy dress and drinks a lot of shots.

When searching for a bathroom, she meets a cute guy and decides to continue her party in his apartment.

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When she wakes up, in the middle of the night, she starts her walk of shame. She leaves the guy’s apartment with just her car keys. When she got out of the building, she discovers that her car was towed. As so she starts her journey to pick up her car. Meanwhile, someone though she was a hooker, she takes a cab and doesn’t pay the driver, ends up in a crack house, steals a little guy’s bike and runs from the cops, among other problematic situations.

Personal opinion: I wasn’t expecting much of this movie, but I just loved it! I was searching for a light movie to watch and I faced Walk of Shame in my to watch list. It was a pleasant surprise. The movie is so funny! When you think that Meghan, the lead actress, has got all of the bad luck possible, you see that things can become even worse! Lol. I really enjoyed my time watching this motion picture. if you are looking for a good laugh, you definitely should watch it.

Far-fetched, absurd and hopelessly schticky, but if you can get past its boring initial set-up, it’s actually quite funny. – Film.com — Jordan Hoffman

 

 

Movie Review – Clue

20 Feb

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by Laura

Hi folks!!

Today’s movie is old but gold! Lol… Just kidding…

Today I’m going to talk about Clue! Yes, Clue! And you didn’t read it wrong, this post will be about the movie and not about the board game.

I don’t know if you were aware of it, but for me it was a surprise. I did not know about this movie, which is based on the Clue game. So when I was surfing on the internet, looking for an interesting movie to watch, I have found Clue!

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Clue  is a mystery comedy movie from 1985 based on the board game of the same name.

The story here is about six guests who are invited to a party in a strange mansion. All the six guests have something in common, but they don’t know what those are yet.

So during dinner, the link between them is revealed: they are all being blackmailed by the same person: Mr. Body.

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After dinner, they all went to the library, to figure out a way to avoid each one’s blackmail. The light goes out, a gun is triggered and Mr. Body shows up dead. And so they started to distrust one another.

As the guests keep discussing about their problems and who is Mr. Body’s killer, a lot of strange things happen in the mansion and other people end up dead just like him. The interesting thing to notice is that every one of them has some kind of motive to kill all of the victims.

At the end, and after the police arrived, the mystery is solved!

Personal opinion: Well, I’m really addicted to thriller movies and Clue is not the best movie I ever seen. It has a light thriller in it and a lot of comedy stuff, which makes the movie more comic than tragic, I guess.

However, for those who like the game, as I do, it was very catching because I was anxious to see how it would finish. How will they keep the game’s spirit? And the grand finale was a real surprise! They presented 3 different possible endings!! How’s that? Just like the game, right? So cool…

“Unlike the game, Clue doesn’t take murder seriously. Writer-director Jonathan Lynn has made a campy non-thriller rather than laying down the mystery and then having fun with it; the comedy kills the plot.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Fun fact

In keeping with the nature of the board game, the movie’s theatrical release displayed one of three possible endings, with different theaters receiving each ending. In the film’s home video release, all three endings were included.

Moview Review – Shooter

9 Jan

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by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movie time!!

Today I chose an action movie to talk about. The movie is Shooter because I watched it a few days ago.

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Shooter is an action movie released in 2007. The main character is played by Mark Wahlberg and we can also see Danny Glover playing an important role in this motion picture.

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Movie review – Maleficent

14 Oct

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by Laura

 

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!

Following the trend of re-filming fairy tales, like Red Riding Hood (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) to re-tell stories or even tell a new one, Disney couldn’t resist this.

Maleficent was released this year and Angelina Jolie plays the main role as Maleficent herself. The cast also includes Elle Fanning as Aurora, Sharlto Copley as Stefan and Juno Temple as Thistletwit, among others. Its budget was estimated in $180.000.000 and by 9th of July grossed $335.469.968 worldwide. Big bucks indeed.

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