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The Great Gatsby

The-Great-Gatsby-Movie-2013When The Great Gatsby by Baz Lurhmann was advertised to be released I was thrilled and determined to go and watch it. But having chosen Steinbeck over Fitzgerald at university I am ashamed to admit that I had never read the book. I decided to read the book first and afterwards watch the film. So now three years later I have to say that both book and film are perfect! THE GREAT GATSBY

Gatsby is this handsome, mysterious and very rich young man who has suddenly appeared in the social life of the 20s New York and is a neighhbour to Nick whose cousin is Daisy that happens to be Gatsby’s first and only love. Gatsby throws extravagant parties where everybody who is somebody wants to go to and waits for the day that Daisy will enter his door. Daisy that is unhappily married to Mr Buchanan finally sees Gatsby after all these years and is in love again. But everything goes horribly wrong to this love story as something usually does when true love is at stake and we have its tragic end.

The film is fabulous and Lurhman’s aesthetic fits once more and makes the story his own. The music is amazing, the photography is beautiful, Gatsby is mesmerizing and I just wonder once more how come Mr Lurhman didn’t think of making this film sooner. It is simply wonderful!

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Suffragette

downloadAfter a difficult labour and a newborn at home I had no spare time to watch a film from beginning to end. The first film I actually managed to watch is Suffragette, one I was really curious to watch and it was really interesting.

We meet Maud Watts, a wife and mother that works long hours at a laundry service in the beginning of 20th century London. She is suffragette-10-xlarge
exhausted, abused and frightened of her boss and since it’s the time the suffragettes started becoming aggressive she started paying attention to them. We see how she turns from a quiet woman into an active suffragette defying men’s authority and fightinh for women to have the right to vote.

I had heard more or less the story of the suffragettes and how they were treated by police and the government, how they were attacked, interrogated, imprisoned and force fed when they went on hunger strikes. What I hadn’t realised and this is why I liked this film is how they lived and were treated before being suffragettes. It clearly shows how they were considered mere property with absolutely no rights as human beings. Men could abuse them, threaten them, take their money, even take their kids away no matter if they were rich or poor. Watching Maud’s life she made me feel afraid and sad. But because she was a woman who could see a better future for herself she was ready to fight back.

Her question to her husband if they had a daughter what life she would live and his answer ‘same as yours’ that helped her decide her actions, made me think of my little girl and how lucky she is to be born in the country that this fight has already been fought. Unfortunately at this day and time in this big world of ours there are a few other women that still have to fight.

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Two night stand

Two_night_standAnother film that I happened upon on TV and decided to watch was Two Night Stand.

It is the story of two single people Alec and Megan, that meet through one of the online dating services and end up having a maxresdefault
one night stand in Alec’s house. In the morning there is a terrible blizzard and Megan is trapped in his house so they have to spend the whole day together, but things go a bit off so it is not as friendly as it was previously. But when night came they make up and  have the second night stand.

Have you ever watched something that was so bad but you couldn’t stop watching it? The performances are so bad, especially the girl’s, that they are unforgettable and for the rest eg. music, plot there is no space for talking about it in this blog.

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Spy

Spy2015_TeaserPosterLast night I watched Spy a comedy/parody of spy thrillers and James Bond movies.

Susan Cooper is a CIA agent who has never been out on a mission. She has always been the eyes and ears of her colleague and loveSpy-movie-review-melissa-mccarthy-jude-law
interest agent Fine. When Fine is killed in action and a lot of field agents have been compromised, she decides to leave her desk, catch the villain and avenge her colleague’s death.

It is a parody of spy films that takes us around the globe and it is quite funny. I have always loved films that show us action in various famous locations and aren’t only in a studio. Susan is a funny spy as her general appearance is very far from what we are used to seeing in spies and spy heroines; it is also her asset as the villain doesn’t see her coming. It is a well made film that is quite enjoyable to watch.

 

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American Ultra

American_Ultra_posterLast night as I turned on the TV there was American Ultra on, so more out of boredom than interest I watched it.

Mike is a young guy that works in a third rate cash n carry and he is very much in love with Phoebe, his girlfriend. He seems to lead a pretty uneventful life when all of a sudden two guys come
american-ultra-gogg to kill him. He manages to kill them professionally and swiftly using as a weapon only a spoon! And he can’t explain why. When CIA agent Lasseter appears things become a bit clearer.

It’s a fast paced action film/comedy/parody that it’s quite easy to watch and since the title doesn’t give much away I didn’t know what to expect; which was an interesting surprise. I’ll probably never watch it again, but it is not so bad to watch once.

 

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Woman in Gold

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Last night I watched Woman in Gold, a true story based on the life of Maria Altmann.

Maria is a Jewish aristocrat that has fled from Vienna to the US with her husband in the beginning of the second world war leaving behind her family and their past. She also left her legacy and a lot ofmaxresdefault exquisite works of art that belonged to her family and were taken by the nazis. After all these years and after her sister has passed away she decided to fight for her fortune that was stolen from her with  the help of a very young and feisty lawyer.

It is quite a capturing story and it is most interesting when you find out that it is based on real events. The casting is really good and the flashbacks make the story even more vivid. The Viennese music adds to its atmosphere and it is a quiet film worth watching for a quiet afternoon.
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Me Before You

download (1)As my husband saw me crying my heart out over the book Me Before You and while trying to make me feel better, he agreed to take me watch the film yesterday.

William Traynor, an athletic fierce businessman that loves his active life, has a terrible accident that leaves him quadriplegic. After two years of physiotherapy, of trying and hoping to get better, he is 20disappointed, understands that there is no way that he could go back to being his old self and makes a deal with his parents that they could have him for six more months. After that he would go to Dignitas where he would be offered assisted dying. His mother desperate to change his mind hires, Louisa Clarke, a local unemployed girl with a weird sense of fashion, as his carer; and that is how everything changes in both Will and Lou’s life.

It is a very moving book and an equally emotional film. Two people that would never have met under normal circumstances affect each others’ lives so much and fall in love with each other with a pure love that goes past appearances and loves the person. Lou loves the man, not the man in a wheelchair; Will wants Lou to be happy and somehow loves her future self, how she will ME BEFORE YOUbecome as he already sees the changes in her in the six months they spent together.

I’ve read a couple of reviews that were quite polemic to the film for what their writers thought was the film’s message regarding disability. All I can say is that I have always been supportive of a person’s freedom and their right to make personal choices (as long as they are not harmful to others). In this case as I am fortunate enough not to be in Will’s position I could never assume to imagine what choices I would make.

It is a moving and romantic film, you get to love the characters and they stay with you for quite some time afterwards. Don’t miss it!

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MV5BMTUyMTE0ODcxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE4NDQzNTE@._V1_SX640_SY720_I finally watched Mad Max Fury Road more out of curiosity than interest as I know my interests are quite different than these kinds of films.

In a futuristic society where the whole world has been destroyed, there is hardly any water and very few societies have survived. The person that keeps the water has all the power. In such a world, maxresdefaultcraziness, violence and hunger prevail, and all that can lead to
dangerous behaviour. Here we see Furiosa trying to save 5 young girls from a cruel master and Mad Max unwillingly joined them.

As I said earlier it didn’t have much to interest me. I knew that Mad Max was a series of films released in the 80s with Mel Gibson. I don’t understand the point of resurrecting them. I don’t understand all this craziness, violence, fury and nonsense that is set in the future. What difference does it make and why is it interesting? Where is the creativity and inspiration in all of this? If you want to show the futility of life, the craziness, violence, fury and nonsense you don’t need to imagine it in the future; have a look at the present.

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Love, Rosie

love__rosie__2015____movie_poster_by_blantonl98-d8gtc68Last night I watched a romantic film that I hadn’t heard anything about. It is called Love, Rosie.

Rosie and Alex met when they were 5 years old and living in the same street they have been the closest and best of friends ever since. But growing into adults started to complicate their Love-Rosie
relationship and friendship. Just when they decide to leave their home town and go to college life steps in and changes their plans putting a great distance between them.

It is based on a book called Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern which I had never read. The film is quite nice as it is quite funny at times with weird situations that seem a bit too much; but as we know weird situations can happen to anyone any day. I loved the music when they went clubbing as it reminded me of my youth. It is sweet and interesting to watch and makes you think of how absolute and innocent first love can be.

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Bridesmaids

film-bridesmaidsLast night I finally watched the film Bridesmaids which was in my ‘to watch’ list for quite some time.

When Lillian gets engaged to be married her long time friend 91AekcUuy+L._SL1500_Annie is going to be her maid of honor and a new circle of friends will be her bridesmaids. Although Annie is happy for her friend, her personal life is far from satisfactory and she feels a total failure. Through her own disappointments she can’t see how she is ruining her friend’s wedding preparations and a lot of things don’t go according to her plans.

Somewhere I had heard that it was supposed to be the female equivalent of The Hangover so I expected something funny, but as I remember it The Hangover was much funnier. It was an ok film to spend the evening, but I didn’t relate to any of the characters and didn’t laugh as much as I expected.

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