katikat: (A_ChrisPratt)
2017-08-22 07:50 pm
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Movies on DVD 50/50: It's a Boy Girl Thing

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)
2017-08-21 09:38 pm

Movies on DVD 49/50: Crimson Peak

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)
2017-08-18 11:51 pm

Movies on DVD 48/50: Mad Max: Fury Road

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)
2017-08-14 10:53 pm
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Movies on DVD 47/50: Skyline

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)
2017-08-14 12:11 am
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Movies on DVD 46/50: Sicario

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)
2017-08-06 10:12 am

Movies on DVD 44+45/50: Mission: Impossible 1+2

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)
2017-08-03 11:53 pm
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Movies on DVD 43/50: The Woman in Black

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)
2017-07-31 09:57 pm
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Movies on DVD 42/50: Clueless

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)
2017-07-30 11:24 pm
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Movies on DVD 41/50: The Green Hornet

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)
2017-07-29 08:52 pm

Movies on DVD 40/50: Ondine

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)
2017-07-28 01:39 pm
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Movies on DVD 39/50: Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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)
2017-07-23 05:09 pm

Movies on DVD 38/50: The Jane Austen Book Club

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)
2017-07-21 07:42 pm
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Movies on DVD 37/50: Limitless

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)
2017-07-15 06:37 pm
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Movies on DVD 36/50: Divergent

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)
2017-07-09 03:15 pm
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Movies on DVD 35/50: Colombiana

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)
2017-07-08 09:37 pm
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Movies on DVD 34/50: Transamerica

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)
2017-07-06 11:00 am
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Movies on DVD 33/50: Mirror, Mirror

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.
katikat: (S_TWStalia)
2017-07-03 02:04 pm
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Movies on DVD 32/50: The Prince and Me

A romantic comedy about a girl who falls in love with a prince, starring Julia Stiles. Well, it wasn't bad, it was actually quite sweet. Nothing ground-breaking or artistic or even action-driven. Just... hm, sweet. I know, not very eloquent, I just really don't have much to say about it *shrugs*
katikat: (T_TreeFogBlueBlack)
2017-07-02 10:46 pm
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Movies on DVD 31/50: Ocean's Thirteen

It wasn't as boring as the second movie but not nearly as good or as smart as the first one. It seemed rather convoluted to me while actually nothing really much happened. It felt like a bunch of tiny stories smooshed together to make one big film. Also, I'm not a big fan of characters reminiscing about how old and uncool they've become. Oh well. But no wonder they didn't make more of these films. Even now it felt like they were still milking the first one.
katikat: (A_IanMcKellen)
2017-07-02 04:05 pm
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Movies on DVD 30/50: The Martian

I saw this movie in the cinema and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected a depressing Robinson Crusoe tale and instead, I got a most inspiring story. I had to have it on DVD. Though I must say, after reading the book, the movie feels... dumbed down, overly simplified. The book is so much better and smarter. Still, even the movie is a rare pleasure. I admired Mark's endless optimism and resourcefulness. That was a thing to behold. His "never give up" attitude was truly inspiring!