katikat: (A_StephanieBennett)
Arrival - This was a great sci-fi movie. I started to suspect the twist at the end around halfway through but it was still so good. Great actors, great cinematography and special effects and simply fantastic music. Johann Johannsson has quickly become one of my favorite composers (he did this and Sicario), up there with Hans Zimmer or Henry Jackman.

The Da Vinci Code - It's not a bad movie per se, not at all. I just don't get the hype around it. I guess because it was one of the very first truly successful "conspiracy" novels about history and the church? Who knows. Well, by now there's one under every rock you turn, so...

Monsterville - This is a parody. It... is a parody, right? We're not supposed to take anything that happens in it even remotely seriously, are we? Well, I bought it solely for Kat McNamara, the actress playing Clary in Shadowhunters. Here, she's Lilith, the daughter of the owner of the Cabinet of Souls. She's definitely the highlight of this film.
katikat: (F_Hobbit)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - I still like the movie a lot but I'm not as smitten with it as I used to be. I guess I really am most interested in Legolas when it comes to this whole franchise. Legolas and Thranduil. These two and their relationship fascinate me to no end. So, this movie didn't really grab me as much on re-watch. The Song of the Lonely Mountain is still breathtaking, though, especially the one sung by the dwarves themselves!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - what a funny movie. I really liked the way it was done, that the women were considered warriors, too. A great alternate history. I might check out the book to see how different it is from the film.

Keeping Up with the Joneses - I bought this movie solely for Gal Gadot. And the Joneses were amazing. I was less enamored with Gaffneys. For me, as a Czech, their whole neighborhood, their lives, were pretty much a nightmare. I can't even imagine living like that. I guess that's the cultural difference, huh?
katikat: (T_Lime)
Spider-Man: Homecoming: A funny movie. I think it might be my favorite Spidey film yet. But that doesn't say much since he isn't exactly my favorite character. I loved the bits with Peter and Tony Stark, but the lovey-dovey parts bored me to tears. It was so cliché.

Delivery Man: I bought this film on DVD solely for Matt Daddario who played one of David's 500+ kids, the gorgeous gay one. Turns out, the movie's surprisingly sweet and funny. But yeah. Matt Daddario's Channing is my favorite part of the film.

Star Trek: The 2009 version. I'm not as smitten with it as I used to be. It's still funny and there are some truly amazing scenes in it but my infatuation with the movie kind of worn off. The casting remains perfect, though.

Deepwater Horizon: Still one of the best movies that I've ever seen. The mounting tension, especially when you know how it will end, is positively amazing. Yes, I went to see it in the cinema for Dylan O'Brien who played one of the survivors, but it is a really great movie, overall.
katikat: (A_ChrisPratt)
This high school comedy is nothing special, the usual body-swap thing, but the acting is absolutely mind-blowing. Kevin Zegers and Samaire Armstrong are simply incredible, playing each other. Especially Kevin Zegers is... wow. Once he starts playing "the girl", everything about him... softens, it's amazing to watch. So, for that alone the movie is worth it.

And with this, I'm done with my 50 Movies challenge. W00t! But since I just received another pile of DVDs, I'll continue watching X)
katikat: (W_UmbrellaRain)
What a scary movie. The ghosts in this one were even scarier than those in The Woman in Black, TBH. The visuals were simply amazing, the costumes, the old house... The story was quite disturbing but I was pretty happy with how it ended, because Tom Hiddleston's character was finally free, though it was a bit of a Pyrrhic victory. Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain were also great. But Charlie Hunnam's character was rather... bland.
katikat: (F_Inception)
The visuals in this film are amazing. I saw it in the cinema and it's still as fantastic on DVD: the cars, the fights, the chases, the desert... Wow. But what really made this movie for me was the growing friendship between Max and Furiosa. At first they didn't care about each other, then they hated each other and in the end, they became amazing friends. That was just lovely... *happy sigh*
katikat: (A_LucasBlack)
A very, very B kind of a sci-fi movie. The special effects were great but the story was boring and the cast entirely made of TV actors. It's a movie about an alien invasion told from the POV of innocent bystanders, not the military, not those who save the day, but of ordinary people who get caught up in the mess and can only watch while others try to stop the monsters. I'll give it points for an unhappy, open ending, that it did not end on a very patriotic chest-thumping note, but that's it. Eh.
katikat: (A_EmilyBlunt)
This movie brought me great satisfaction. Not only because of the cinematography and music, but because of Benicio Del Toro's character. He actually went through with his plan. He didn't let the villain sway him. He kicked ass and murdered his way through to the boss - and then he took his sweet revenge. Was it right or PC or whatever? No. Was it satisfying? HELL YES! And the best scene in the movie? The prisoner transport across the Mexican border. Wow, talk about tense. I haven't been this on the edge of my seat, watching a movie, in forever. Wow.
katikat: (A_TomBeck)
M:I1 definitely didn't age well. I mean, I know that it's been 21 years, still... it felt too... dated? Like the old Bond movies, a bit too ridiculous and not gritty enough to be suspenseful. I don't know if that was the goal, the evoke the atmosphere of the TV series, but that's how it felt. And Tom Cruise was so young there!

M:I2 was, IMO, much better, thanks to John Woo and Hans Zimmer and Tom Cruise taking his stunt work even farther. I'm not saying that it's the best movie in the series - I think that that honor belongs to M:I4 - but it has definitely the best cinematography. John Woo is brilliant in that way. The slo-mo, the doves in the fire... the visuals were simply breathtaking. And Tom Cruise has never been prettier *happy sigh*
katikat: (W_BlackHands)
Christ, that was scary. The way the Woman in Black appeared in the window or behind the hero, when she just walked by without him noticing... O.O I own the book and I read it but it wasn't nearly as scary as actually seeing it on-screen. And the ending, what a weird happy end, let me tell you. It was so different from the book. So, to sum it up, don't watch it with your lights off unless you really want to feel scared. Also, I admit that it was strange for me to see Daniel Radcliffe as anything but Harry Potter. Just, you know, weird.
katikat: (A_ShelleyHennig)
I used to really love this movie. I had it recorded on a tape and I loved to re-watch it every time I felt down. That's why I got it on DVD. It's still cute and sweet but my obsession with it seems to be gone. Maybe because I'm older now? Who knows? Still, I loved Cher and Josh's love story, it was cute. Not because she changed for him but because he made her want to be a better person, less self-centered. And that was really, well, sweet.
katikat: (S_Stargate)
The first half was a little bit too silly for my liking. I liked how Britt and Kato became friends, that was cool, but the rest... rather cringe-worthy, IMO. It didn't really grip me until Britt decided to actually start working at the paper and get the bad guys that way. I wish the movie were slightly more serious and that it showed from the get-go that Britt was more than a silly frat boy with a good heart, true, but an empty head.
katikat: (M_Window)
This was a really weird movie starring Colin Farrell as the fisherman Syracuse. I mean, it was pretty obvious that Ondine was not a Selkie, but you kept wonder what exactly was going on, who she was. I was actually with Syracuse all the way, I was on his side - till he got drunk and left Ondine on that lighthouse island, knowing that she had no way getting away from there. That was horrible and I don't think I could ever forgive him.
katikat: (An_YNM)
Funny, touching and surprisingly bloody. I mean, the number of people who died in this children's movie was quite staggering. I loved the crazy crew, especially the chain-smoking old lady - "I sleep in the nude." LOL! - she was hilarious. I admit, I didn't care much about the Atlanteans per se, but the explorers, they were quite a hoot, let me tell you!
katikat: (S_Hannibal)
I bought this one because of Kevin Zegers who plays one of the supporting parts. But I loved it because of the friendship among the women - and Hugh Dancy. He's absolutely perfect here as the dorky, super intelligent but so not cool dude, and him and Maria Bello are the best - and most interesting couple for me - in the film. Loved it. Loved it so much. What a feel good film.
katikat: (S_Merlin)
I didn't like the movie. The main hero, played by Bradley Cooper, was an entitled ass and I didn't feel sorry for him at all throughout the film. I did like the ending, though, when he outsmarted the mob guy played by Robert de Niro, that was cool. But the rest... Well, I watched/bought it mostly because I wanted to know more about the background before diving into the TV show. Hm, we'll see when I'll get around to watching that ;P
katikat: (F_Tron)
I saw this in the cinema and really liked it. But now, having seen it on DVD again... eh. I still liked Tris and Four, they were great, but the rest seemed rather boring and slow. I think they could've cut good 40 mins, then it might've had some juice in it. Too bad. Though really, one has to suspend their disbelief watching this - and similar movies - because the whole faction system and whatnot... ugh. I get it, it was an experiment, like in The Maze Runner, still *shrugs* If there was at least more suspense and thrill in it.
katikat: (W_CheekySmile)
Zoe Saldana kicks so much ass in this movie. I love that she's so bad-ass and immensely capable and ruthless - and yet, she loves her family and she loves her boyfriend, if she could even call him that, that is, with all the things she's keeping from him. I love that she's not a robot, but a 3D female character, which doesn't happen very often. I wish we got more movies like this, that would showcase all the sides a woman can have, that would not portray women only as mothers and nurturers, but as someone to be reckoned with!
katikat: (A_EmilyBlunt)
This movie made me a bit uncomfortable in places. Not because of the topic, but because of how ugly the characters were in certain moments. I mean, not that I didn't understand Bree and why she kept lying, or Toby and his behavior, considering his background, but the way Toby kept intentionally hurting Bree and humiliating her... he wasn't a child anymore, he was 17, and teen or not, that was ugly. I felt so sorry for her...

I'm glad I saw this movie but, to be perfectly honest, if Kevin Zegers weren't in it, I don't think I would've gotten it on DVD.
katikat: (A_ShelleyHennig)
I bought this movie for Lily Collins and Armie Hammer. There were some good scenes in it - like the first fight scene between Snow and the Prince, that was very cute - but overall, it was just way too silly for my liking. And I don't mean funny, I mean silly, childish. It felt like a parody, which it probably was? I mean, I admired Armie Hammer for his ability to keep a straight face, true, but I'm glad I didn't go and see it in the cinema. I think the Snow White with Kristen Stewart was much more to my liking.

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