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MV5BMjMzMzM2NTM2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk4OTYwOQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_On a lazy Saturday afternoon I watched a Japanese cartoon with the title From Up on Poppy Hill or as the original title goes Kokuriko-zaka karafrom_up_on_poppy_hill_tatin_arts_hall_by_maximusnights-d6s88ae

It is the story of two school friends who become close as they try to save the old building where their clubhouse is in their area and fall in love at the same time. But there is a secret that has to keep them apart.

I hadn’t watched a Japanese cartoon in some time and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. I like how calm they can be. The story is not bad and it was a really nice film to relax with on a Saturday.

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Ricki and the Flash

Ricki_and_the_Flash_posterLast night I watched Ricki and the Flash, a family story.

Ricki is a middle aged rock singer that aspired to be a rock star, that’s why she abandoned her family. She hasn’t been very ricki-and-the-flash-m4v-670
successful that’s why she needs to work in a super market too. When she hears that her daughter was cheated by her new husband and is suicidal she ran to help her. But it is not an easy situation. She has alienated herself from her children all these years that she was absent trying to become famous.

It is an interesting film a bit depressing in the beginning, but the casting is fabulous so the story flows. It is not going to make you cry, but it does have a statement about independence and gender equality. It is not a bad film to watch on a Sunday afternoon but it isn’t going to become your favourite film.

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Entourage

entpostnewLast night I watched the film Entourage and I have to say it is highly entertaining.

We see the process of making a movie from a marketing point of view and not the actual making, and an inside view of
how people live in Hollywood. Vince Chase is entourage-beerthe film star and because he has close friends and family working with him the press call them his entourage.

It seems to show us a glimpse of Hollywood’s life from the inside as many times they occasionally met various stars on the street or in a restaurant or at the therapist. I really enjoyed the balance of hysteria and stress; Ari Gold that is trying to find funding for the film being always stressed and angry, while Vince that is spending the money is as cool as a cat. I have never watched the series which was very popular, but the film is quite funny at times and highly entertaining.

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Magic Mike XXL

220px-Magic_mike_xxlLast night I watched the much awaited Magic Mike XXL and I was disappointed.

Here we see Magic Mike although he has started the business company he so much wanted, he returns to the group of his co-male – entertainers for one last show as he missed the fun. So
the film shows them going on a road trip stopping at various 50538_pplplaces where they have various scenes meeting women. Finally they reach their destination and have their last show.

It is a boring film with boring scenes and dialogues. In the first Magic Mike film there was a plot along with the stripping showing (or at least you got the impression that it showed) the true life of a male stripper and Mike’s story. In this second film there was no plot and I had the impression that it was filmed just for showing off their gorgeous bodies. Unfortunately that is not enough.

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Whiplash

WhiplashLast night I watched Whiplash one of the Oscars favourite from last year.

Andrew had been passionate about drums since he was a child and at 19 he went to one of the best music schools in the country to become one of the greatest musicians. Fletcher is a passionate teacher in this school, in search of a student who will be one of the greatest. When the two of them get together we see one of the hardest and most demanding relationships between master and student.

It is  a very interesting drama with fantastic music that gets you thinking. What is greatness and how can it be achieved? Talent is obviously not enough.whiplash-2-xlarge

The student knew and accepted that to be great he had to push himself and overcome what he thought were his limits. That’s why he broke up with his girl, that’s why he went back to play for his teacher’s band although he was the one that accused him. The teacher also knew that if he wanted one of his students to be one of the ‘greats’ he had to push them harder so they would overcome their limits; simply telling them “good job” is not enough. I admired the kid that finally overcame his teacher’s obstacles because I believe he deserved to be one of the greats. I just don’t think that the teacher deserved to have found one of the greats. I accept that he was harsh and wouldn’t give away a kind word for anything, he wouldn’t show any appreciation and he was cruel when he talked to his students. But I accepted that all that was to push them out of their limits. What he did in the end showed me that he just wanted to take revenge.

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The Age of Adaline

The_Age_of_Adaline_film_posterLast night I watched The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama with a happy ending.

Adaline after a car accident stopped ageing. All the people around her grow old apart from her. When a police officer asked for her birth certificate she decided to disappear and it was time to change her identity. And that is how she Film Review The Age of Adalinecontinued living her life. Never growing old, never afraid of dying, not trusting people and not actually living of course. Until she meets Ellis and his family…

It is a very calm and quiet film. Adaline has accepted her life and lives as she can without extra drama. Even when she has a blast from the past she is as calm as can be, I guess because she is supposed to be quite mature and wise. The film is really stylish, with nice clothes and surroundings and it is good to watch if you want to relax and have a quiet afternoon. But it’s not going to remain with you as the most romantic film of all.

 

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Seventh Son

SS-A1S-IMAX-31-DECLast night I was lured to watch Seventh Son because of the great casting. This clearly sometimes should not be a reason to watch a film.

The film starts with young Gregory imprisoning something in a remote place. As we reach today and Gregory, a Spook that hunts monsters and has grown old, the thing, a dragon, escapes. seventh-son-004-1500x1000 After Gregory’s apprentice got killed by that dragon he needs to find another apprentice, who has to be the Seventh son of a seventh son to be strong enough. He finds Tom Ward and has to train him until the next full moon. Meanwhile the dragon, which in reality is Mother Malkin, a powerful witch, gains more strength and by the next full moon she will be ready, unbeatable and impossible to capture.

I am a fan of tales of fantasy, of dragons and wizards; but films like these cannot base their success on the costumes, the scenery and the great casting. They need to have a really good plot to take them off and turn them really good films for us to watch. Unfortunately Seventh Son is somewhat lacking in that.

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Love and Honour

love-and-honor-dvd-cover-91Last night, I searched through the TV programme and decided to watch Love and Honor, a romantic drama.

It is the year 1969 and two soldiers, Joiner and Mickey, that are in a one week leave from the army, serving the war in Vietnam, decide to2013_love_innerbig secretly fly to the US, just for a couple of days. Joiner wants to propose to his girlfriend and Mickey wants to make sure that his friend will come back. But things aren’t quite as they expected, as it is the year of free love; Joiner’s girlfriend, changed her name, has turned hippie, and lives in a commune.

There is simply no reason to watch this film (not even for Liam Hemsworth); unless you are a teenager and have never seen a film about Vietnam and the hippies before. Even then I’m sure you can find something else!

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Far from the Madding Crowd

download (1)Last night I watched Far from the Madding Crowd, one of the most romantic films I happened to see lately.

Bathsheba Everdene is a young and independent woman helping her aunt with her farm. When farmer Oak sees her he asks her to marry him, but she refuses. After a turn of luck for both of them Miss Everdene inherits her uncle’s farm and imagesfarmer Oak loses all his fortune. He started looking for jobs and he happened to be around Miss Everdene’s farm just in time to save it from fire. Miss Everdene takes him to work in her farm, but her next door neighbour Mr Boldwood is the attractive and eligible bachelor that starts to court her. Still Bathsheba is too independent for a husband, until out of nowhere the young soldier Francis Troy appears in front of her…

Far from the Madding Crowd is one of the most famous books of the Victorian era of English Literature by Thomas Hardy. It is set in the beautiful English countryside and it has lovely melodic music to accompany it. The photography is amazing and it tries to make a point I think; when we know that farmer Oak is well, those are the only times the sun is almost blinding us, and we feel warm and sunny, young and happy. It’s a beautiful romantic love story, one of the best in the English literature as most people say, and one of the sweetest films I’ve ever seen.

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Last Knights

last-knights.35329“Honour is something all men are born with. It cannot be taken, nor can it be granted, it can only be lost. “

I just finished waching Last Knights, a historical action adventure exactly like the ones I like.

When Lord Bartok refuses to bribe the New Minister Geza Mott last-nights-3and attacks him, the minister convinces the Emperor to execute Bartok. After the execution, Mott is afraid for his life, certain that Commander Raiden will come after him. Under the Emperor’s orders he cannot kill him, so he has him followed day and night. But Raiden has lost his rank, his honour and his will to live, let alone revenge…

It is a great adventure film set in an utopistic kingdom with no race differences. Any one is equal as a lord or peasant or soldier no matter their colour or race. In such ancient times without the help of technologic gadgets the planning and organizing of the Bartok’s people is admirable. I loved the photography, the settings and costumes in the film. And I also loved the main character in the film; Raiden is a man of such honour, something that is practically extinct.

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