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 ;)

25. August 2014

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel on his manual typewriter about Ruby (Zoe Kazan), his dream girl. He can’t believe his eyes, because the next day, Ruby becomes a real person, and they begin to have a beautiful relationship together. If the relationship isn’t perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby’s actions change to what he needs.

I have been really taken with this movie!! He made me think about a French book “La Fille de Papier" (by Guillaume Musso) where a character from a book becomes real, and the movie "The Vow" where a girl forget the last 5 years of her life.

The story is very original even if I wasn’t expecting some part. The dramatic part.
I thought he was gonna take advantages of the power he gets on her, but he didn’t and I really liked it ! Excpet at the end, when he lose control but, it was measured the most part of the time.

I felt like this movie shows that a relationship can’t be controlled, and you have to work on it. At a time, she said that they are becoming the same person and they shouldn’t be, and I think that’s right: everyone has a character/personnality and that’s what we like about them : flaws and qualities !

I wasn’t excepted this end. She doesn’t remember him, if they are gonna be a couple again she won’t remember him but he will (like in “The Vow”). And I think that’s a big secret to keep! They have a past, and they start over but what is gonna stop them to make the same mistakes? Even if, (only) she doesn’t remember their past relationship, they can screw this again. I mean relationships don’t work like that, you cannot erase someone’s mind to start over.

The scene where Calvin sees Ruby for the first time in the real life was hilarous, like the one with Harry, Calvin’s brother (Chris Messina), when they make her speak French :) And also their first meet in Calvin’s dream, when she provocs him about his dog’s name: Fitzgerald.
I loved the scene when she becomes jealous and throws a glass of water at his face, and when he goes after her to catch her, very romantic.. he acted weird, but still romantic!

I also liked when Calvin is with his psychologist, when he describes Ruby to him, with so much details, you can see that he’s obsessed with her.. but is that the boy in love or the writer who’s talking ? I think when a writer does that, it really makes us believe in every words he tells us. He believes so much in her that’s what makes her real.. If I could do that in my life, that would be wonderful ^^

I like the musics in the movie and the actors are excellent, by the way I discovered a new face of Paul Dano and a new actress : Zoe Kazan, fresh and dynamic!

To finish, I can say that, this movie made me want to write a book on a tiping machine ahah ^^

11. August 2014

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime.

First of all, after seeing this Transformers movie, I came back home and watched the first movie. Why? Because I think the first is the best one, we discover the Transformers universe. Here, I felt like they invented again a new story to the old one (the creators and the seed), which make me think that’s less credible, that they just want to make Transformers movies so they don’t get tired of making a believable story. In the third movie, I reproached them for making robots look like humans, but they are robots not humans!! I don’t want to see them “bleed” when they got hurt! So in the fourth movie when I saw a robot smoking a cigar I was like "Whaaaaaat?!! Come on!!".

Like I said, I prefer the first Transformers movie and the actors (I miss Sam Witwicki), but I give a chance to this one because I like Mark Wahlberg who plays Cade Yeager. But, I don’t like the fact that they put old actors for young characters and I think that Tessa Yeager, his daughter (Nicola Peltz) and Shane Dyson, her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) haven’t a deep personnality, I mean they put Tessa on a tiny short and shot her ass and that’s all! Then, I didn’t like either that they put so much clichés: the Texan father you don’t want to piss off, or again the Texan father who wouldn’t let anyone date her daughter or just let her go out. And all the act of bravery, this is so “déjà vu”!! Come on guys, be original please!

Technologically speaking the scenario was so bad and the movie was very long, it could have been done in two movies!

Moreover, I didn’t understand why all engineers in KSI didn’t think for one second that Megatron’s mind could be in the new robot, I mean that’s the first thing I would be afraid of!! He’s a super robot!! But, despite that, I really liked the concept with the white ball, that’s really a good job! I would love to have one ;)

Then, what’s the story about the knights? Are they from the beggining to ? Why are there dinosaurs' robots?! And why are they in jail?! Okay, they are so cool spitting fire (so badass ;) and I would love to ride one of those, but seriously WTF?!

Let’s talk about the things I liked ^^ For example, I liked the musics, they were really synchronised with the actions, I’ve got chills! Plus, I love Stanley Tucci who plays Joshua Joyce (KSI guy), he’s so funny!! And moreover, I loved all the cars, I mean Bumblebee is my favorite but, the others were so beautiful: the Bugatti Veyron, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Pagani Huayra which is my loved one in this movie!! Also, when Optimus Prime rises from a destroyed and dirty truck, it’s was really cool too (chills again!), so fancy ^^
So, I guess when he’s in a bad shape: he just has to scannerised another truck and all his pieces are just fixed, just like that? Okay, he’s a super alien robot but I was just wondering! Sad note: I felt so bad when Ratchet died :( Who could believe that I felt like that for a robot ^^

To finish, even if I said things that I didn’t liked, I can’t help myself: I will always go to see the Transformers movies :D

11. August 2014

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In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice.

I’m mitigated about this movie, the beggining was like a dark western with the heart extraction (which I liked) and then it was more like a childish-comic-western-movie. I really don’t know what to think about it, I mean it was a bit long that’s for sure. Johnny Depp who plays Tonto has a weird role (again) who made me think about Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean saga. Tonto is as crazy and disturbed as Jack! By the way, I don’t know if i’m the only who thought about that but, when Tonto walks on the ladder to go on the freight car of the other train, that made me think about Pirates of the Caribbean when Jack Sparrow arrives with the rest of his ship at the port.

Moreover, I didn’t understand the goal of everyone.

To finish, Helena Bonham Carter who plays Red Harrington in this movie, made me think about he movie Wild Wild West with hidden guns. Also she’s always such a wonderful actress.

That’s not a good review here, but I needed to say it :) 

9. August 2014

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

First of all, I’ve been attracted by the two protagonists females : Gemma Arterton who plays Clara Webb and Saoirse Ronan who plays Eleanor Webb, her daughter.

In this movie, the vampire myth is revisited, vampire are not masters, they can’t do whatever they want, it’s the not-cool-side of immortal people. We can see Clara, trying to raise her daughter as best possible as she can. She’s even gonna sell her body for money. Vampires have to work as everybody else, they are not the exception of the rule.

But, I have to say, I wasn’t excpecting that. I mean it’s not a movie based on violence, action, blood,… but it tended to drag on, more action wouldn’t have been too much. Moreover, I think they should have told us right at the beggining a little bit more of their story to not be bored easily. For example, there is no explanation about the vampire’s fellowship, why women cannot become vampires.

Also, I really liked the way they change into immortals but I think they didn’t develop the concept as much as they should have. There is no real explanation about the double who kills himself. Is that the immortal who takes place instead of the original human?

There are no fangs!! I mean, they are vampires, this is mythology!!

To finish on a good note, I liked the love story between Eleanor and Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), Sam Riley who plays Darvell, and the film is beautiful, esthetically speaking :)

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)

Olaf the Snowman - Disney's Frozen