Slice of Life

Here it is ! My Tumblr on movies reviews I never dared create even though I love cinema.. it's a shame really, because I have a lot to say about the tones of movies I've seen in my life ^^ Anyway, I'll make critics and reviews on movies I'll have things to say about (logic in some ways ^^). And maybe some other stuff. So,let's go, good read and do not hesitate to like or reblog. **Contains spoilers, read carefully**
Please excuse my English, it's not perfect ;)

I am the master of my fate ; I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

23. June 2014

Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherrie (Julianne Hough) are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

Amazingly surprised by this movie. I have to tell, I really don’t like musicals (I didn’t know it was this kind of movie), but this one… loved it !! Okay, sometimes there was some really strange things : like the "lick" thing by Constance Sack (Malin Akrman) in Stacee Jaxx’s ear (Tom Cruise), or their "kiss" at the end, or the "spanking" thing with Mike Whitmore, the Mayor (Bryan Cranston aka Heinsenberg ^^), but I think this is the “off-the-wall” moments of the movie ^^

I liked the love story between Drew and Sherrie, even if it’s not original, the context made me believe in it. But, I didn’t quiet understand or belive the “love story” between Constance and Stacee, or the one between Lonnie (Russell Brand) and Dennis (Alec Baldwin), even if those two were so funny !! Besides, I’d really love to go in a place like The Bourbon Room :)

Small details : I loved the special effects for the casting’s names at the beginning ;)

"Nothin’ but a good time", yes it was!!

23. June 2014

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A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

I don’t know what to think about this movie. I mean we all know the legendary story about Noah’s ark (Russell Crowe) but I got bored during the movie. Sometimes it was like being in front of a wildlife documentary. But, first things first, I think it’s all about special effects. I really think they were bad. For a such big bugdet film, I was really disappointed, even in communication class we can do better than this. The twins were really, really bad and Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) never gets old, that’s a shame ^^

In another hand, the casting was really great!! I liked the love story between Ila (Emma Watson) and Shem (Douglas Booth). And I liked the stone giants/angels, their story, and the freedom they have back at the end, when they fight until death.

I didn’t understand why the heritage of the family is a (magic) snake sloughed skin, and why Mathusalem (Anthony Hopkins) had some sort of “superpowers”? Besides, we don’t know what happens to Ham (Logan Lerman)… Yes, this is the beginning of humanity, it would have been a very long movie if we would have told everybody’s stories, but I would have liked to know how he planned his life, what does he become! Is he gonna live alone for the rest of his life, because I was really sad when his father abandonned the little girl to save his son’s life (and so does he)? Poor Ham! 

At least, there are always those questions which last. On the human beings ferocity, the sacrifices (from others) they can make to satisfy themself. Even when mankind tries to save his skin, he becomes again this dangerous and impulsive animal. By the way, that’s why I hate Tubal-Caïn (Ray Winstone)!! He’s a perfect example of the worst side of humanity (even is his survival instcint is remarkable). 
Or other questions as: why are we here? What are we supposed to do? To go? Where do we comme from? Etc.

There is just one thing I can’t handle, it’s the ferocity towards animals, okay there is just one scene with it, but I just can’t.

3. May 2014

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

I don’t have much to say about this movie, it was very long at the beggining for me, to get into the story. It begins slowly and we have to wait the meeting with Tiffany to be interested! Some moments were extended and I didn’t understood everything… I think I’ll have to watch it another time!

I liked the dance they did at the competition, a mix of several types of dances, and nothing, during the movie, spoil us the surprise of that! Thank you for that ;)

There are great music in the movie, not the one I use to listen to but that was the occasion isn’t it ^^

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence played very good disturbed people, especially Bradley when he becomes bipolar.
And the subordinate roles are good too, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham & Julia Stiles.

Thanks to this movie, I found back a video I saw when I was in Junior High School : Moses supposes in Singing In The Rain :D

3. May 2014

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At the age of 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

In my opinion, the message of the movie is to live without regrets because it’s all about that. You will not have to go back in time if you had any regrets. That’s a really good message !! Even if it’s not what the movie is about, It think it is and I’ll follow it ;)

When the Tim’s Dad died he delivered to his son the secret to be happy. He will have to live a normal day and then go back in time at the morning and begin this same day again but, in a better way, trying to make it better by knowing what is going ti happened. In the end, Tim doesn’t have to go back to the morning a second time, he succed in enjoying everyday that life makes.
Maybe this gift is a chance but it’s also a repsonsability: for example, his baby changed when he modified a thing in the past with his sister. Because I’m passionate in time travel I’ve seen tones of movies and series about it: sometimes I couldn’t believe in his travels in the past because it doesn’t made sense.

I think that is kind of unfair for Mary (Rachel McAdams), I mean Tim has met her for the first time several times, he’ll remember them but she can’t because it’s not her reality. He’ll do mistakes or maybe he’ll prefer one of them. Even if he acts stupid, I think he should take advantage of it, his clumsiness is part of his charm.

FYI : Richard Curtis the producer of “About Time” made and realised other movies that I recommand straightaway, like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” ; “Notting Hill” ; “Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason” ; “Love Actually” ; “The Boat That Rocked” ; “War Horse” ; and the episode 10 in the fifth season of Doctor Who :D

"Time can be rewritten" - Doctor Who (Season 2, Episode 10)

3. May 2014

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A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

I have to tell I was expecting something else… I can’t tell you what, but maybe I was excepting a little bit more original story: the rich girl in love with the poor guy, she leaves because of her parents but she can’t forget him and she comes back… But, the fact is: Rachel McAdams (aka Allie Hamilton) and Ryan Gosling (aka Noah Calhoun) are great actors and they make us believe in their story.
The two old people too, James Garner & Gena Rowlands, who play Noah and Allie as old people (I figured that straightaway by the way ^^). He made me cry when he sees Allie remembering a piece of their love story and when this moment of clarity goes away in a blink of an eye, and she starts panicking. It’s like he can’t suffer from this anymore, and I understand him, but he does, by love. When she has those moments of lucidity, he forgets all the bad times. That is what is beautiful in this story: inconditional love.

I was kind of angry at one moment : when Allie came back and her mother meets her, she said she understand her more than she thinks. I saw that coming miles away : she had the same love story and she chose the other man, the rich one aww… Déjà vu !

Moreover, it’s like their love story is doomed, I mean he’s always loosing her: when she leaves, when she forgets him and even when she comes back, she doesn’t know yet if she’ll stay but he suffers from it because he doesn’t kno either!
It’s an insane love that makes people do crazy things: here, it’s the dream of a house… Noah spend a part of his life waiting for Allie rebuilding this house (for her), without knowing if she’ll come back. Some would say "he just knew" but I don’t think so, he’s so devastated but, honestly I would love to meet someone that love me like that ^^

In my opinion, some deleted scenes were essential: like the love scene when Allie comes back after 7 years. I saw it as an important scene because it shows the dimension of their love and passion.

22. April 2014

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

I absolutely didn’t know what I was going to see -another science-fiction movie with aliens and war-, never heard of it before. But I have to say, I’ve been plesantely suprised! I mean really, this is not an original story but I liked the context. And the special effects are really great ! And more of all, the soundtracks are awesome, I mean it’s Steve Jablonsky!! I recognized him when I hear his music ;)

I don’t have much to say about the movie but I really wanted to share it, because it was a nice surprise!

The game that Ender (Asa Butterfield) has on his tablet is a sort of a test to see how he reacts to difficult situations, and it makes me think about the aptitude test in Divergent. It’s supposed to rveal their state of mind, the way they think.

At the end, I sensed it wasn’t a simulation and I really didn’t like it (I mean the lie). This is a state of mind of selfish and coward people : kill or be killed. Like Ender said, the Formics were just waiting, maybe they were just renforcing their strengh in case of a war, they’ve already tried to colonized the Earth and didn’t succeed it, they know Humans are dangerous: why would they try again, not everyone wants revenge!

The end is weird, where is he going? How can he take care of a Formics? And I didn’t understand how he can communicate with them either… maybe the book tells us more.

I haven’t read the book, and I know that there is certainly missing moments from the book, but I thought the scenes were linked very well.

Last thought : Ender makes me think (not all the time) at Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory : his face, the way he walks… ^^

22. April 2014

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This is the story of a hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when Sutter meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”

Sutter (Miles Teller) is an alcoholic and just been dumped by his (ex) girldfriend. Aimee (Shailene Woodley) woke him up in the middle of a stranger’s yard. He starts to like her and they hang out together… and more after that.

Sutter is afraid to reproduce his father’s mistakes and he’s hidding himself behind a mask -popular and funny guy in highschool- but that’s not him… at least not the one he wants to be. He’s not trusting himself, so he pulls off everybody who get too close… Even Aimee! He doesn’t think he deserves their attention and love. That part of the movie makes me think about the movie “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” which is nice too (I recommand it ;)! Moreover, he’s not the jerk I thought he will be : nice in front of Aimee and despising her in front of his friend.

The two things I can reproach him is :

  • First, when he tries to catch the attention of Cassidy (Brie Larson), and at the beggining he’s using Aimee to do that. It’s not nice from him.. it’s lame. In an other hand, Aimee sees that at the Prom and she lets him do it.. I mean, she’s a very nice girl but at least she could’ve tell him how she felt. No one is that stupid to see that it hurts.
  • And then, when he gave the habit to Aimee to drink and I really don’t like this bad influence he has on her.

Apart from the predictible accident on the road (predictible but still suprised by the impact), I really love that story, this movie. Yes, it’s simple but I found it so sincere. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, who are ennemies in Divergent (I saw this movie first) are playing so well! I believed right away in that story, they’re forming such a great duo!

10. April 2014

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Tris lives in a world divided by factions based on virtues, she’ll learn that she’s Divergent: she doesn’t fit in any factions, nobody can control her. Being a Divergent is dangerous and she may be kill at any time, but she’ll fight this society.

I’ve just seen the movie, so happy again that a book I love is adapted into a movie. But I was not happy as I thought I will be, that were important part for me in the book that weren’t in the movie. Here the missing parts:

  • There is not the scene where we see the books in Caleb’s bedroom (not very important but still).
  • When the mother came to see Tris when the Dauntless are loading the trucks, first of all she’s supposed to come see her at the pit during parents’ visit, and she didn’t tell her to go to see her brother and talk to him about the “liquid”.
  • When Tris comes back from the Erudite place she was supposed (by the book) to come face to face with Eric and Four but… No!
  • Edward doesn’t have an eye fewer… Maybe because he doesn’t exist in the movie!!
  • All the secondary characters are unnoticeable, I think we don’t see enough the relationships between Al, Cristina, Will and Tris and (maybe) that’s why we don’t understand when Tris is very angry at Al after he tried to kill her! We don’t see the relationship between Will & Cristina and neither between Al & Tris even if this one is may not be a crucial detail. We don’t know either the natives like Uriah with who Tris has a good relationship, it’s too bad because I really liked him in the book.
  • Then, we don’t see Four drunk, okay that’s not a very important part but that could have been nice ^^
  • Tris never calls Four “Tobias”, in the book he said that he likes her when she calls him like that because that makes him remember is real name.
  • They don’t explain what the 3 crows on her collar bone are: I think it’s important to know that they represent her family, because it’s supposed to be the “faction before blood” but we can’t forget where we came from.

Now there are a lot of modifications. Here they are:

  • When Cristina is above the abyss, there were supposed to have 2 big waves which destabilized her but no: just some water drops!
  • When they win the game against Eric’s team: Tris is brandishing the flag not Cristina as the book said, and she’s not supposed to fight a girl before (that I supposed is Molly!) but, I think that was for the dynamic of the movie. (this one is okay)
  • Then when the transfers are going at the edge of the city, we can see the train stationed but in the book she said that he never stops… They always jump off the train in motion. They’re Dauntless for god sake!

And for the last part, I’ll tell you the details that changed too but maybe not that important, I can’t help myself I saw them and I have to notice them… ^^

  • When Tris has to choose her faction she was supposed to dirt the floor before dropping her blood in the bowl she has chosen.
  • The bows are not at the right places: the Dauntless bowl is meant to be next to the Abnegate bowl (if I remember well).
  • After that, when she first jumped into the safety net, she was supposed to throw her sweater to Peter but… she didn’t. This is a small detail that could have been done in a second… anyway!
  • Then, when Four is throwing knives at her, she was supposed to close her eyes at the first one and Four is supposed to talk to her between each knives to convince her to give up.
  • In Four’s fear landscape: the confinement, in my opinion, is not enough intimate between him & Tris, like in the book… I mean they’re huddling together (at the limit of spooning). Also, just before this simulation Tris was supposed to give him the injection (very small detail but so simple to do when you think about it!!)
  • And the last one, when they are in the train with all the zombies-simulation-braves, Tobias is supposed to behind her.

In general, the scenes go on really fast with no real connections sometimes. I think we don’t see enough the scene with the giant Tyrolean traverse. I think there are not enough details on the factions, the tests, the trainings, and there is not enough blood like in the book… if you adapt a book into a movie do it right: we don’t necessary love violence, but that’s a part why we loved the book!! When Peter kicked Tris’ ass: we’re not supposed to recognize her next but she just had a small black eye and some bruises.

I’m not disappointed: I’m frustrated (a little). And even if I written down all the negatives points I’ve noticed, I loved it: I can’t hate it, I mean I love the book and they turn it into a movie, how, in the name of God, could I not like it? I mean I had shivers up every 2 minutes: that probably means something good isn’t it? ^^

To finish on a good note, the music in the movie is fantastic!! The music when we see for the first time the Dauntless jumping off the train is “kfshfvsvbsjk”, and I mean it!

I liked the dog during the first test of Tris (even if there is a missing part of this test), he looked very dangerous and the special effects are awesome! Also, when they’re supposed to play with paintball guns: it’s been replaced by fake ball impact and I think it’s a good modification, it’s more real! And the impact is better for the simulation!

The last fight, the one between Tris & Tobias is really nice, not too short (like in the book, yes the book has his default too!) and he’s not sparing her! But why are there so many Intelligent people? In the book there is not one but it’s maybe for the best because on a simulation that big I think it’s normal to have spectators and maybe the creators, to see their creation.

Jeanine is the one who cut off the simulation and not Tobias: I think it’s not a bad thing either because okay he’s a new experimentation but why would she give him the privilege to control the simulation (like in the book)? Good modification too.

Besides, I didn’t imagine the pit like this, neither the Abnegate houses, but that’s just my interpretation when I read the book.

And if tattoos were made like this nowadays, I think right now we couldn’t see a single part of my skin ahah ^^

The actors are amazing: Shailene Woodley aka Tris that I didn’t know, is gorgeous! Theo James aka Four is handsome (OMG!!) and I really liked Kate Winslet aka Jeanine, she’s really good to play a mean character!

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” 

Olaf the Snowman - Disney's Frozen