katikat: (T_Coffee)
2017-05-21 12:07 am

Movies on DVD 24/50: Assassin's Creed

I honestly don't know why people don't like this movie. The cinematography is positively stunning, the music and sound mixing too. Michael Fassbender is just breathtaking as both Aguilar and Cal, and his chemistry with Marion Cotillard blows your mind. And the fights! The fights! Simply incredible. I saw it in the cinema and I immediately bought it on DVD once it was out. And I love to listen to the OST with my headphones on because the incredible thump-thump-thump of the basses makes your bones downright vibrate. Just awesome!
katikat: (S_Mentalist)
2017-05-04 11:43 am
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Movies on DVD 23/50: World War Z

Brad Pitt isn't aging well, is he? I mean, he's barely fifty but he looked really old in this movie. Kinda surprised me, is all.

The movie itself was pretty nerve-racking. I can't watch TV shows about zombies, but movies? Those I can deal with easily. Why? Because I get the solution to the "zombie issue" within two hours or so without it being dragged out endlessly. What scared the crap out of me was how fast the zombies were in this film. Usually, they just stumble and crawl, but here they were as fast as in the second Maze Runner movie. Infectious and fast? Scary! O.O
katikat: (W_UmbrellaRain)
2017-05-02 06:36 pm
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Movies on DVD 22/50: The Source Code

A sci-fi movie staring Jake Gyllenhaal. It's not. I'm not sure if I'll re-watch it any time soon, true, but it's not bad. Gyllenhaal stars as a pilot who's used in an experiment where the main goal is to stop a dirty bomb from going off. I liked his character and then Cpt. Goodwin, the woman who helped him achieve his goal, but the other characters were either annoying or unremarkable, to be honest. Also, the film felt very cheaply made, there were like 2 standing sets and three places where they shot outside and that was it. Not really minus points, just something you kinda notice, you know, especially in a movie featuring a star as big as Jake Gyllenhaal.
katikat: (A_DomSherwood2)
2017-04-28 12:27 am

Movies on DVD 21/50: Take Down

I bought this movie solely for Dominic Sherwood - see my icon. And he's awesome in it. It's a story of a group of spoiled rich brats who are sent to a survival camp as a punishment for their transgressions. They become tight friends and everything's going perfectly - and then the island is attacked by mercenaries who take the kids hostage. And the kids get angry and start fighting back using everything they learned from their instructors, they don't even shy away from killing the mercs because they were taught to do anything to survive. This movie's also called Billionaire Ransom in some places. And it's actually pretty good! I'm glad I bought it :)
katikat: (F_Holmes)
2017-04-23 12:15 pm

Movies on DVD 20/50: Sherlock Holmes

I was reading a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and I suddenly felt like re-watching this film. Gosh, I love the chemistry between RDJ and Jude Law so very, very much. You can sense just how much they enjoyed working together, what a blast they had. The more I watch this movie, the more I like it, actually. It just makes me feel... good. And then there's the amazing OST by Hans Zimmer, of course, that I often listen to while working. Everything about this film simply speaks to me!
katikat: (A_TomBeck)
2017-04-09 11:55 pm

Movies on DVD 19/50: White House Down

Well. They obviously couldn't decide if they wanted to be a comedy or if they wanted to be taken seriously. As I see it, this was a lame attempt at making Obama an action hero. The chest-thumping American heroism was layered so thick sometimes that it was rather cringe-worthy. I get why it flopped in the theaters. And how could it have cost 170+ mil. to make? Jesus! Olympus Has Fallen, another movie with the same theme, was definitely better and it deserved to win the theater crown in this unspoken battle of White Houses.

I think the best part of the film was the tour guide: "Stop hurting my White House!" LOL.
katikat: (An_YNM)
2017-04-07 12:30 am
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Movies on DVD 18/50: Mulan

Yeah, it's a Disney movie for kids but I had a blast catching all the adult jokes that tend to totally fly over the kids' heads. And the love story between Mulan and Shang is really great, too. As someone on Tumblr pointed out, Shang fell for Mulan while he still thought that Mulan was a guy, and that's just precious! And then there're the bits that have since then become iconic, like Mushu's "Shame on you..." speech, ha! A really good movie.
katikat: (A_StephanieBennett)
2017-04-04 10:39 pm

Movies on DVD 17/50: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

I liked the first three MI movies but it wasn't until Jeremy Renner's William Brandt came on board that I started to really love them. Which is why it was such a blow to find out that he won't be in the upcoming movie because it clashes with Renner's Avengers filming schedule. Darn it!

This film is such an awesome feel!good movie. Unlike Bond or Bourne, these movies are about the team. Sure, Ethan Hunt is the main hero but he, Benji, Brandt... they're all a team! And that's so wonderful about it. And then there's the amazing Ilsa Faust, of course. And Ilsa's rocking awesome! Her fighting skills, her smarts, but also her vulnerability - she isn't a hardened person - all that put together makes for an incredibly compelling heroine. Wonderful.
katikat: (T_Champagne)
2017-03-31 10:19 am
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Movies on DVD 16/50: Clash of the Titans

The remake. It wasn't a bad story per se and the special effects were amazing, but... I just didn't like this film's Perseus. And I don't know if it was because of how he in particular was written or if it was because of Sam Worthington who just kinda sorta rubs me wrong? I don't know why but his Perseus just... grated. On the other hand, I loved Mads Mikkelsen - Mads Mikkelsen's the highlight of every movie, after all! - and it was great to see Nicholas Hoult and Jason Flemyng in a movie together - later on, they starred in X-Men: First Class together! And then there was Liam Neeson, of course. So, overall? A passable movie, but nothing special. I don't think it really warranted a sequel, though.
katikat: (A_EmilyBlunt)
2017-03-30 10:41 pm
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Movies on DVD 15/50: Erin Brockovich

After the Robocop disaster, I needed to clean my palate, so I chose a movie I liked, Erin Brockovich. I'm not a huge fan of Julia Roberts, but this is my favorite movie of hers. The little man challenges a huge corporation and wins. The girl gets the guy. The girl with no job makes a big career. What's there not to like? I loved Erin's determination, her desire to help these people, not because of the money she could get out of it, but because of what they could get out of it. It was really inspiring and lovely. And the fact that it was based on a true story made it even better!
katikat: (W_PiperWindow)
2017-03-29 07:34 pm
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Movies on DVD 14/50: Robocop

The remake, not the original. The original is a bloody, R-rated fun. This movie is... tedious, boring and it completely misses the mark. No wonder it was such a flop in the cinema. TPTB turned it into some human drama about family and man vs. machine and whatnot, and there was a lot of politicking and scheming... uh.

And Murphy. Remember Peter Weller's amazing acting, his robotic movements? You actually believed that he was a machine. Joel Kinnaman was... not as good. Actually, he was really lame here. At no point did I feel like his Murphy was a robot. Not even remotely. He simply looked like a guy in a black robotic suit. He lacked Weller's physicality.

I don't mind remakes. But here, I do have to ask: WHY?
katikat: (W_UmbrellaRain)
2017-03-28 12:09 am
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Movies on DVD 13/50: Lucy

I'm not the biggest fan of Scarlett Johansson, but she was amazing in this movie. A sci-fi from Luc Besson? Fantastic! The very beginning was only so-so but once the action started going, it never stopped. The movie itself was rather short - not even 90 minutes - but the special effects were breathtaking and the whole concept very intriguing and - at least from my POV - original. And I loved that Lucy accomplished what she set out to do. Her life definitely didn't turn out as she expected it but at the end, she got to understand...
katikat: (W_CheekySmile)
2017-03-26 08:39 pm
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Movies on DVD 12/50: Spy

Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart! I bought this DVD before I found out that Miranda Hart was in it, then it became a must-see for me, because I really, really, really love Miranda. She's hilarious. The movie itself is quite funny with a lot - A LOT - of f-words in it, though. And Jason Statham plays such a tool! And with so much gusto, too, ha! Basically, an R-rated fun.
katikat: (S_Shadowhunters)
2017-03-21 09:18 pm
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Movies on DVD 11/50: Into the Storm

This was trying to be the new Twister but failed. Whereas in Twister, I was invested in the characters, here, I didn't really care about any of them because they actually annoyed me, especially with all the vidding! Dude, you're being chased by a tornado, drop the frickin' camera/phone and run! But of course not. Christ! The one saving grace? Richard Armitage playing a father of two. That family angle was nice, but it felt a bit too shallow, not hitting the right buttons for me.
katikat: (A_ShelleyHennig)
2017-03-19 06:12 pm
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Movies on DVD 10/50: The Broken

Sheesh! Now that's one effed up movie, let me tell you. Lena Headey was great, as always, of course. But the movie itself... A mirror breaks and suddenly, nothing makes any sense. It was really scary, the cinematography, the music, and it made me rather uncomfortable. Okay, VERY uncomfortable. Yikes. I don't think I'll be re-watching this one any time soon *eye-twitch*
katikat: (S_TWSciles)
2017-03-19 03:58 pm
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Movies on DVD 9/50: Ocean's Eleven

George Clooney and Brad Pitt at their best. This is such a feel-good movie. And I love the friendship between Danny and Rusty, it's just precious. I also love that Danny might be the head of the team, but without Rusty, he wouldn't achieve anything. And I love me a good heist! And so many stars in one film, too, wow! I especially loved Scott Caan prior to his H50 fame, that was sweet!
katikat: (W_BlackHands)
2017-03-17 11:12 pm
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Movies on DVD 8/50: The November Man

Pierce Brosnan playing the lead, Peter Devereaux. But I didn't get this movie for him but for Luke Bracey who played the second lead, David Mason. It's about CIA agents and stuff like that, but honestly, I was mostly interested in Peter's mentor relationship with David. Nobody was actually a really good guy in this film, there were only bad guys and not so bad guys, but Peter and David, their relationship was definitely something, so intense. I mean, Peter had so many chances to kill David! And he didn't do it! I love friendships like that. Good movie.
katikat: (W_CheekySmile)
2017-03-17 12:18 am
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Movies on DVD 7/50: Broken Arrow

Man, I can't believe that this movie's already 20 years old. I remember seeing it in the cinema! The story didn't hold up much through the years, but I still love the intensity between John Travolta's Deaks and Christian Slater's Hale. Those scenes where they play off each other are amazing. And then there's the music, of course. Hans Zimmer's music. Especially the main theme just... wow. For 20 years I've remembered the melody, it's so good!
katikat: (S_DuneHeadtouch)
2017-03-14 10:35 am
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Movies on DVD 6/50: Charade

Hilarious shenanigans where men in pajamas are getting themselves offed and everyone's after stolen money, or Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant at their best. It reminded me a little of How to Steal a Million, but it was a bit more serious - there were several murders, after all. But what a funny romp. Especially the banter between Hepburn and Grant was amazing!
katikat: (A_MattDaddario)
2017-03-13 10:02 am

Movies on DVD 4/50 & 5/50: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief & Sea of Monsters

I like Rick Riordan's books. I'm not smitten with them like many others but I do like them. But these films... they were kind of boring. The only reason why I stuck with them and watched them both - besides the fact that I bought them, that is ;) - was that Alexandra Daddario was in them, playing Annabeth Chase. Alex is so, so cool! I adore both her and her brother, Matt Daddario. They're just too precious for words.

But back to the movies. I don't know. The story did follow the books more or less but they amped up the ridiculous factor, especially in the first movie. The second one was better but still... some of the more nutty bits were downright cringe-worthy for me. Maybe if I were a kid, I would see it differently, that's true. Oh well...

So, 5 movies down, 45 to go! W00t!