katikat: (F_Holmes)
2017-10-10 10:25 am

Movies! Movies!

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - I love this movie. Unabashedly. And I have no idea why so many people shat on it back then. It's funny, it's touching, it's full of action and RDJ and Jude Law excel in it. Oh well, I'll never get people, I guess.

Ghostbusters - the all-female remake. It had some funny moments and Leslie Jones' Patty Tolan was the highlight of the movie but... it wasn't all that good? The story was kinda lame and the jokes depended too much on "humorous" situations that pushed my second hand embarrassment button way too much.

The Giver - I loved the relationship between the Giver and the Receiver, the Giver showed Jonas the fatherly love he never experienced. And I loved that the ending was left open. What was that house? Did Jonas ever return home? What happened with the community?
katikat: (S_TWSciles)
2017-10-05 10:16 am

Movies! Movies! And Shows!

I went to see...

American Assassin - great cast, good action, needed better, tighter directing. I think it was a missed opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, I just didn't love it. Maybe that will change when I get it on DVD, that usually happens. The thing is, I don't think it'll earn enough money for a sequel. And that's too bad because I would've loved to see Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton together on the screen again.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - fantastic action, great cast, passable story, way too long. And some of the jokes were downright distasteful - seriously, the vagina thing? *full-body shudder* I would've cut Elton John out completely and severely slashed Penny's time on-screen. I did love the original Galahad and Agent Tequila! Weirdly, I slash those two O.O

On DVD I saw...

Shelter - I just needed something soft and sweet. One of he best gay romances out there, hands down.

Angels and Demons - another Robert Langdon movie. Not bad but not nearly as interesting as the first one. Still, good time was had.

Inferno - the last Robert Langdon movie (so far). And the weakest. I just didn't care about it. It was long, it was boring... no wonder it flopped. It just lacked the spark of the previous films in the series. I think it's time to let Robert Langdon rest.

On the TV front...

MacGyver - the reboot, I mean. I fell SO HARD for the show! I mean, so hard! I'm actually writing fics for it, 3 by now! Wow. I haven't felt this inspired to write anything for something new in ages. It's basically a modern day A-Team - over the top, silly and not to be taken seriously - but the relationship between MacGyver and Jack Dalton is just... MWAH!

The Librarians - got S1 on DVD and I should finish it tonight. Another silly, sweet, cute show with little to no real angst. The perfect show to watch when you feel down and need cheering up!
katikat: (A_StephanieBennett)
2017-09-12 12:35 am

Movies! Movies!

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)
2017-09-03 06:24 pm

Movies! Movies!

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)
2017-08-26 10:56 pm

Movies! Movies!

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)
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: (F_Inception)
2017-07-23 10:50 am

Cinema: Dunkirk

Saw Dunkirk. Disappointed. Scattered, splintered, non-linear story that didn’t reveal enough about anyone to make me care. The most interesting part was the non-linear story telling, TBH.

Cut for spoilers )
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: (S_NCISLA)
2017-07-16 02:58 pm

TV Shows

These last few weeks, I watched some TV shows, too, not just movies. Like NCIS:LA S2 (for Densi) and Covert Affairs S1 (for Auggie Anderson) on DVD, and then Stitchers S1 downloaded (for Camsten). I also started watching Elementary S1 on Netflix, just to have something where I don't care about the fandom or shipping or anything like that at all and that I can fall back on when my current fandom - Shadowhunters - pisses me off, which it's been doing more and more lately.

And now I'm watching Doctor Who S10. Apparently, the new Doctor should be announced today. I'm already dreading it because whoever it'll be, I bet a shit storm of hate will follow because that's how the net's rolling these days. Me? Cynical? Why do you think?