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This was no movie, this was the future!
Oh boy, how could I´ve been so wrong? I just assumed Christopher Donaldson's debut feature film and writer of the story, perfect recipe for disaster. And I will say it again, I couldn't have been more wrong. I was pretty impressed with how the whole film came together. And this movie came even with a brilliant twist at the very end. Did not see that one coming. With an estimated budget of CA$1,000,000 my guess is that this is like the best movie you could have made, the most bang for your buck. "Ditched" opens on a brutal car accident that has left an ambulance overturned. Paramedic Melina (Marika Sila) is the only passenger conscious among two other paramedics, two police officers, and three prisoners. Things don't seem incredibly awful, that is until Melina starts to realize that they may not be alone out there in that ditch. In fact, nobody seems to be who he is or was. I really liked the characters in this movie and from time to time the dialogues were very good. A long way to go but if this is your first movie, expect some fireworks in the future. The cast and their acting performance was very decent. However the acting performances of Marika Sila (Melina) and especially the performance from Kris Loranger (Franson) were just inspirational. I am now just waiting to see more from Christopher Donaldson. And I have a feeling he will deliver.... To those who like this genre, a must-see!
Ferry, we love you!
Quit while you´re ahead! Season 3 does not make sense! Don't try to improve on something that is already accomplished. These series actually started very well (season one). But Ferry Bouman (Frank Lammers) and Bob Lemmens (Tom Waes) did not deserve this ending and also did not deserve season 3. In fact, there should not have been a season three. You can say a lot of things about "Undercover" but it would be very unwise to say that season three was very good. Please, do your homework! There is no plot, no worthy twists, and no well-written dialogues. The storyline is one of a dime in a dozen. Not to mention extremely predictable and very unrealistic. We only have a cheap sequel with a few good actors but only one actor is delivering, and that is Frank Lammers. He plays so well and stays in character that the others look like fools. Thank you Ferry, we love you.
Without Tilda there is no movie and with Tilda, there is still no movie. What did I just see?
In "Memoria" Tilda Swinton plays Jessica Holland, an expat woman from Scotland who lives in Medellín and is in the market-gardening business. One night, Jessica is awoken from a sleep by a strange bang, like a sonic boom. This is the long version of the movie. The short version is "what did I just watch?" If they had made a short movie (35 minutes), you would still ask the same question. This is by far the slowest movie I have ever seen and then having to admit I still did not understand the plot? Or was there no plot? Was there even a movie? So many questions that might never be answered. This movie left me behind feeling very frustrated. It might have been a masterpiece or just the opposite. But if I have to stare at trees, roads, the sky etc for at least 75% of the movie, I fall asleep. There is one thing that is very good about this movie, and that is the always wonderful acting Tilda. Without her, this movie would not even exist. This is the trick, use Tilda and some people might actually come and see the movie of my twisted "Memoria". And the only good scene was when Jessica was visiting the doctor. She was trying to ask Xanax but had to struggle to get a prescription because Xanax is addictive! And this is happening in Medellin, once the cocaine capital of the world...
The 355 (2022)
Don´t get fooled by the bad reviews!! This movie deserves better.
"The 355" is a movie about a CIA operative "Mace" (Jessica Chastain) teaming up with German undercover BND agent Marie Schmidt (Diane Kruger), MI-6 operative Khadijah Adiyeme (Lupita Nyong'o), a Colombian DNI psychologist with no field experience Graciela Rivera (Penélope Cruz) and a mysterious Chinese woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan). If you have the intelligence services of Colombia, Germany, the USA, the UK and China in one sentence, no way this can be a bad movie. I agree, the plot could have been better and the plot twists you can see coming from a mile away. But on the other hand, the movie is full with suspense and very good action scenes. Excellent acting from all five lead actresses with a kick-ass performance from Jessica Chastain. The score and the editing are just sublime. I am really surprised to read all the bad reviews. Give this 355 girl and her team a chance. Ignore the bad ratings and reviews. You will enjoy this movie.
Ray Donovan: The Movie (2022)
Ray, we will miss you!
"Ray Donovan: The Movie" picks up where season 7 ended. Ray's father Mickey (Jon Voight) on the run with valuable documents belonging to the Donovans' long-time rivals, the Sullivan clan, while Ray (Liev Schreiber) and his brothers Terry (Eddie Marsan), Bunchy (Dash Mihok) and Daryll (Pooch Hall) are dealing with the usual questions of fate and a haunted past from which they'll never quite escape. Ray's daughter Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) has been left a young widow after her husband Smitty (Graham Rogers) was collateral damage in yet another shootout involving the Donovans. Outstanding acting performance from the whole cast, and Live Schreiber´s best role of his career. With this movie, Ray gets the send-off he deserves. Like his daughter Bridget in the movie says: "It had to stop, it had to end". Ray, we will miss you!
Please stop this franchise.
"Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" is a well-made movie that might impress you from time to time. Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) has returned home to the dying Midwestern town of Raccoon City to warn her estranged brother Chris (Robbie Amell), a respected police detective, that something horrible is about to happen. While she doesn't know what that is, the young woman is still certain the Umbrella Corporation is up to no good. It's secretly run Raccoon City for decades, and according to Claire's sources, whatever it's been creating in its underground laboratories has broken free and is no longer under its control. The initial appearance of Lisa Trevor (Marina Mazepa) is outstanding, and the creature designs are suitably gnarly. There's an awesome transformation sequence involving a nefarious Umbrella scientist that had me squirming in my seat. Overall the acting was decent. The title of the movie is impressive but the storyline is not exciting. Please stop this franchise.
The Lakehouse Murders (2022)
But too little too late.
The movie centers on the couple Elise (Tianna Nori) and Allan (Jack Grinhaus), who relocate into a cabin surrounded by nature and overlooking a lake. Elise, hoping for a peaceful environment to pen down her book, gets distressed when another couple, Geena (Brendee Green) and Lee (Jean Paul Najm), moves into the cabin next to them. Unfortunately, Elise happens to share a tragic past with the two neighbors. This storyline is a bit insufficient for an original plot. Even the subplot with Sylvia (Gillian Fortin) and Murray (James M Jenkinson) does not suffice. This story is underdeveloped and gave us no time to get to know the characters and their motives better. Furthermore the pace of the movie is too slow. The one thing good about the movie is that there is suspense until the end. But too little too late.
Milking the same cow over and over again
I had to force myself to watch this movie as the trailer did not predict a good one. Not often is the trailer representative but here it was. It´s really the same old over and over again. I get it, Marvel, a household name. But it shouldn't be that difficult to come up with something more original? The ridiculous costumes and even the acting of Angela Jolie and Salma Hayek was off. And I prefer to see Kumail Nanjiani in comic roles. But that´s just my opinion. Hope you guys enjoyed it. I didn´t.
The Commando (2021)
Don´t complain, you know what you will see!
James Baker (Michael Jai White), a DEA agent with PTSD returns home after a failed mission where he killed an innocent mother and her two daughters. James goes on a little holiday trip with his wife trying to forget what happened. But what are the odds that in his house a stash of 3 million USD is hidden? This is the loot of a bank robbery, several years ago, by a gang led by Johnny (Mickey Rourke). A lot of action, a plot that does not make sense and Mickey Rourke acting like he has been hit by a bus. However, if you are really bored and have time to waste, you know what to do...
12 Hour Shift (2020)
So bizarre and brilliant at the same time!
"12 Hour Shift" is set in 1999 in the ER unit of an Arkansas hospital where one of the nurses, Mandy (Angela Bettis), runs a side hustle in organ trafficking. Whenever a patient who is unlikely to make it is wheeled in, she reserves them for harvest. And she has even been known to push victims along with an injection of bleach. She is not a criminal mastermind and things go seriously wrong when Mandy recruits her cousin, textbook airhead Regina (Chloe Farnworth), who botches a kidney pick-up. The humor is bone-dry. And the acting performances from both Chloe Farnworth (Regina) and Angela Bettis (Mandy) is just amazing. If you like dark humor, you have to watch this movie. I enjoyed this movie so much and watched it two times. A hidden gem.
Being the Ricardos (2021)
60 million viewers... WOW
"Being the Ricardos", written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is a biographical drama about Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), the couple starring in the 1950's TV sitcom "I Love Lucy". The film follows the couple over one tumultuous week in the production of an "I Love Lucy" episode, where the two deal with issues in their romantic and professional relationship. In addition, the movie perfectly shows what the culture was like in the 1950s as Lucy and Desi attempted to get their real-life pregnancy written into the show when these subjects were taboo in American television. The movie perfectly recounts this week where Lucy is also in the centre of public attention after the press states she is a Communist. The movie perfectly describes how Desi tries to take care of these issues. The story is well-written film and both Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman act on a level you will seldom see. The acting is so natural that you get sucked into this story. And you really think that you are in the 1950s. One of the top 10 movies of this year. This one you have to see.
The Lost Daughter (2021)
Who is lost?
I get it. Movie is slow paced and nothing seems to happen. And then suddenly this movie takes off. I was a bit reluctant to go and watch this movie but as Olivia Colman was nominated for a Golden Globe (did not win it), I had to find out myself. And I am still not convinced if I saw a masterpiece. The storyline was a good one though. Maggie Gyllenhaal´s directorial debut is also spectacular. The acting performances of Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Ed Harris were excellent. "The Lost Daughter" is full of hate, sadness, anger and regret. It's about motherhood, lack of maternal instincts, depression and children. And when you watch it, you will recognize most of these feelings. No need to be a mother. Also as a father you can identify yourself with these feelings. Anyway, this film won't be for everyone. But then again, which movie is for everybody? Worth watching.
The Tender Bar (2021)
Ben is back!!
"The Tender Bar" is set in the 1970s and tells the narrative of J. R. Moehringer, a young kid whose father abandons him before he has a chance to know him. J. R.'s mother relocates the couple to her father's property in Manhasset, Long Island, where J. R. (Tye Sheridan / Daniel Ranieri) spends his time at his Uncle Charlie's (Ben Affleck) pub, The Dickens. He learns lessons about life, love, and how to be far better than his father at the bar. It feels a bit strange to get lessons in life from people who belong in AA meetings. Although Tye Sheridan is pretty good here, Ben Affleck's performance is the only one sticking out. Without him, "The Tender Bar" would not be the movie you are looking for. I'd go as far as to say that this is an almost impeccable movie. This next phase of Ben Affleck's career is scary good. If he keeps acting like this he will have no problem in shaking off "The Batman" attachment. He is aging like a fine wine as an actor and is back on the very high level he was over 20 years ago. And remember this name: Daniel Ranieri. The young actor playing the young JR who shows considerable screen presence in his acting debut. He´ll be back. This kid is acting like an Oscar winner. Remember his name! Soundtrack was amazing and starting to Love George Clooney as a director. This movie is definitely worth watching. The only negative point for me was that the movie was way too short.
National Champions (2021)
#FIX THE SYSTEM - We are inevitable as the rain!
"National Champions" is set in New Orleans 72 hours before the championship game. Missouri Wolves Heisman-winning QB LeMarcus James (Stephan James) vanishes from the team hotel with his best friend, tight end Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig). Head coach James Lazor (J. K. Simmons) has to mitigate the players' strike of the game. The movie is based on the play of screenwriter Adam Mervis. "National Champions" clearly clarifies the inequalities in college football. Players suffer devastating injuries while generating billions in revenue for their schools. The vast majority will never play professionally and have devoted all of their time to football. The response that free education and opportunities for further success are also explored. The storyline will keep you watching as there is a subplot beneath this story with an outstanding ending. The veteran cast never fails to amaze you. Outstanding acting performances from Stephan James (LeMarcus James), Alexander Ludwig (Emmett Sunday), J. K. Simmons (Coach James Lazor), Lil Rel Howery (Coach Dunn), Tim Blake Nelson (Rodger Cummings) and Timothy Olyphant (Elliott Schmidt). Loved to see Stephan James acting like in "21 Bridges" and Timothy Olyphant (Hitman - 2007) should have had more screen time. #FIX THE SYSTEM #WATCH THIS MOVIE #ENJOY.
Last Looks (2021)
Mel is back!
And Charlie Hunnam has never been gone. Ex-LAPD cop Charlie Waldo (Charlie Hunnam) descends from his hill where he retired in order to investigate a high-profile murder. TV Actor Alastair Pinch (Mel Gibson) stands accused of murdering his wife, Monica. The plot and storyline are very smooth. This movie never gets boring. And we are witnessing the rebirth of Mel Gibson. Finally he delivers again. Charlie Hunnam never disappoints. What an acting performance. Where the story lacks originality, the acting never fails. The movie is fast paced and funny. A well-deserved 7/10 for never getting bored to death!
The Adderall Diaries (2015)
A rubbish title for this amazing story...
"The Adderall Diaries" is based on the story of Stephen Elliott. Stephen (Franco) had recently gotten a deal to write his next book and decided to write about Hans Reiser (Christian Slater), a software guru who developed the Reiser file-system and is standing trial for murder. I was surprised to see the excellent acting performance of Timothée Chalamet who plays the young Stephen in this movie. I liked the story as it was based on real events and the acting performances were very strong, especially the performances of Ed Harris (who plays the father of Stephen) and James Franco off course. And there is a very nice twist at the end. Who is the real victim here? And we learn that memories can be distorted and that is a story we can all feel related to. There is really nothing much to add. If you are a JF fan, go and see this movie.
Don't Look Up (2021)
This will be a true story!
"Don't Look Up" uses a disaster outline as an allegory for a reality-based crisis. A huge comet is going to collide with the Earth. The movie shows the indifference to addressing climate change and the fact that capitalism is indestructible. Astronomy student Kate (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers the existence of a comet. Her professor Dr. Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) calculates the trajectory of the comet and concludes that in about six months the comet will hit the Earth, killing all life in the process. The first problem in this movie is the star-scattered cast (incl. Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance and Jonah Hill who just plays himself). There is just not enough time for this cast to get into their characters and deliver an outstanding performance. The only acting that breaks through Mach 1 are the performances of Rob Morgan (as Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe from the NASA) and the two leads, Jennifer and Leo. And that´s it. The other problem is the storyline. I understood that writer-director Adam McKay co-wrote the story and screenplay with journalist/activist David Sirota. And it shows. This is a dissertation on the dysfunctional state of current politics and media, in which everyone is so narrow-minded and money even prevails an existential threat! Wow! Again a matter of form over substance where it should be the other way around. 50% of the people in the movie says "Don't Look Up" and the other half says "Look up". The good part of the movie is the way how it ridicules the media, politics, social media and the few tech billionaires we have who will act exactly like one of them is portrayed in the movie. But at the end, it is just a movie and entertainment. Therefore a 7/10 and a recommendation to watch.
This movie will rattle your cage...
"Wolf" is a psychological thriller, revealing the brutality of the clinic for young people who feel they are animals trapped in human bodies. It is about a boy, Jacob (George MacKay), who is a wolf trapped in the body of a child. He will take us on a journey together with his inside partner, a longstanding patient, the graceful Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp) and the treatment they get (or fail to get) in this facility. And believe me, this is a real thing, species dysphoria! When I read about it, I just had to see the movie. Only near the end will the story really give you satisfaction. A nice twist but there was potential for more. I was not completely satisfied. But that´s just me. I guess this is not only a story about species dysphoria, but being understood by your environment in general. The performances of George MacKay (Jacob) Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp) and Paddy Considine (Zookeeper) add so much flavour to this movie. Be curious and have a go at it. This movie will rattle your cage...
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Movie is brilliant! Always go for the red pill...
Yeah I get it, actors aged, storyline a bit weird etc. None of this matters, this is the Matrix guys! I loved the plot and the very subtle twist at the very end. And outstanding acting from the whole cast, and more than exceptional acting from Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Jessica Henwick (Bugs) and Jonathan Groff (Smith). And don´t complain about the script. Everything in life is about Ones and Zeros. And life is also about living your life and dreaming about an alternate version of your life. Was just great to see almost all the actors and actresses back from 18 years ago. Even Sati... Just like in the movie, go for the red pill. Get out of your comfort zone.
Deadly Cuts (2021)
Irish comedy at its best!
"Deadly cuts" tells the story of Michelle (Angeline Ball) and her team of hair stylists in a working-class suburb of Dublin. A local criminal Deano (Ian Lloyd Anderson) is forcing her to pay protection money and a local councilor is threatening to demolish the street. I kind of liked the storyline. Yes, there is a twist that you will see coming from a mile away but overall it is a very well executed plot with a fantastic cast. Outstanding acting from mainly Angeline Ball (Michelle), Ericka Roe (Stacey) and Shauna Higgins (Chantelle). The movie is fast-paced and with a run-time of only 90 minutes you will never get bored. As the spoken language is Irish, I am sure I missed some jokes here and there. But this is a movie well worth watching.
Castle Falls (2021)
You like Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins, do not complain! Enjoy!
Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins make a great couple in this action film. Not only as actors, also as producers. And Dolph directing! Do not expect a movie filled with needless action and fight scenes. This movie actually has a very good plot and the dialogues are well written (and executed....). This is a great action movie with a twist and suspense until the very end. The ageing hulk is on prime form, managing his directorial duties with acting. And again an excellent acting performance from Scott Adkins. He must be one of the most underrated actors. In this movie he clearly shows that he can do more than just kick ass. You like Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins, do not complain. Enjoy!
The Novice (2021)
Forget "Whiplash", there is a new kid in town "The Novice"!
"The novice" is a movie about a college freshman, Alex (Isabelle Fuhrman), who joins her university's rowing team and commences a fanatical physical and psychological voyage to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost! This is like a real personal quote from Isabelle Fuhrman: "I'd love to play more challenging roles, characters that would stretch my comfort zone and imagination." She asked for it and she got it. Just like she did in "The Hunger Games". This was also one of her lines in this movie "Your mistake is that you always stick to what you´re good at. " - is her discussion with co-star Amy Forsyth, who plays Jamie. And she succeeded Magna Cum Laude here. What an acting performance and storytelling. I was just blown away. When you watch the movie, you should feel like you can relate to the characters. Characters are the most important part of storytelling. They are the life of a movie. When you watch this movie, you get sucked into the story. You feel like you are rowing and you can even feel the pain. It would be a shame if you did not go and watch this movie. One last thing, I read that this is Lauren Hadaway's directorial debut. Another fact that will be hard to believe when watching this movie. A solid 9/10 rating.
Nightmare Alley (2021)
One word only: WOW.
"Nightmare Alley" is a film noir about the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants, the dark, shadowy world of a second rate carnival filled with hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales in the 1940s. Stan Carlisle (Cooper), an ambitious carny, hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Blanchett), who proves to be as dangerous as he is. The movie is based more on the 1946 novel than on the 1947 film noir of the same name. Before watching the GDT version, I went to see the one of 1947. Some claim that the original movie of 1947 is the real deal, but I am now convinced that this movie, packed with stars, a cast you will rarely see acting together, is indeed a work of art. Is it GDT´s best movie, no? Is it a very good movie, yes! And it has one of the best endings that you will see. The movie has a great cast and is crammed with great actors and actresses. Most of them Oscar winners or multiple Oscar nominees. Outstanding acting performances from Cate Blanchett (Dr Ritter), Bradley Cooper (Stan), Willem Dafoe (Clem), Rooney Mara (Molly), Richard Jenkins (Ezra) and Toni Collette (Zeena). And don´t forget Mary Steenburgen (Mrs Kimball) and David Strathairn (Pete). Both Oscar winners! And another great acting stint from the always underrated Tim Blake Nelson (as the Carny Boss). Obviously I love the work of GDT. The cinematography is great and even all the details of the set design are astonishing. If you are looking to watch an outstanding movie, do not look further. You just found it. Go and enjoy this masterpiece! If you are looking for a film noir, this one has all the elements to succeed: An oppressive atmosphere of menace, pessimism, anxiety, suspicion that anything can go wrong, dingy realism, futility, fatalism, defeat and entrapment. And the protagonists are driven by their past or by human weakness to repeat former mistakes. It is official, I have been GDT´d.
No punch lines, no funny quotes, nothing but emptiness.
"Fortress" is a movie that will bore you to death. No really, I do not understand what Bruce is doing here. After watching his previous flops ("Survive the game", "Apex", "Hard Kill" etc.) Too many bad movies to write down here. Bruce Willis has had a rewarding career as a butt-kicking action star from his days in the 'Die-Hard' Franchise. However, as age catches up with him, he can't quite move the way he used to, and he seems to be losing his flair as the projects he has been landing latest aren't the Box office kind of titles. All his latest movies are not worth watching. I try to understand but it seems that he lost his appetite for acting. Is he trying to set the world record for acting bad in every new movie featuring Bruce? I don´t get it. This was only part one, so two more to come as it is apparently a Trilogy. Aren´t we lucky? But just maybe part 2 and 3 will be so good that we forget all the recent films with Bruce. Also when he speaks, he lost his tonality. We have to wait 66 minutes before we hear Bruce with his acting voice. But by then the movie is over. The combat scenes with the sexy girls are ridiculous but sometimes fun to watch. The storyline is better than his recent movies, not his acting. For me there was one surprise. Outstanding acting from Michael Sirow, who plays Ken Blain. One of the US Special forces who is befriended with Robert (Bruce Willis). Michael Sirow also plays in "Survive the game", just like Chad Michael Murray (Balzary). The only difference is that Michael has something extra to give to the audience. Chad´s acting is consistent, meaning he cannot act better given the cast and the plot / storyline to work with. Overall a 4/10 which is twice as high as I rated Bruce his last movies. If you are a Bruce Willis fan, you might enjoy this movie. But if you are a "Die Hard" fan, you will not. No punch lines, no funny quotes, nothing but emptiness.
The Scary of Sixty-First (2021)
Conspiracy or truth? Guess you´ll have to watch....
"The Scary of Sixty-First" is just a weird movie with a gloomy sense of humour based on conspiracy theories that was nice to watch. Some scenes are provocative so you are warned. It is an easy to follow premise. The storyline of the movie is that the existence of a global elite paedophile network is not that farfetched. If you like conspiracy theories and especially the ones where Epstein is involved in and with the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell now unfolding, this is definitely a movie you have to watch. Did Epstein really commit suicide? Was he indeed the ringleader of a global elite paedophile network and where the British Royals involved etc.? If you prefer a good plot twist and outstanding acting, don´t go, you will be disappointed and it will be a waste of time. Despite all the negative reviews, I kind of liked this movie. If you are just looking for entertainment and a movie where you don´t have to think too much, this is the one! You are looking at 81 minutes movie including the ending credits. It´s not like you will be wasting a big chunk of your life. Just enjoy!