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Month: February, 2013

Yipee-Ki-Yay..I am on Vacation

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John McClane has been around for the better part of 2 decades, the first Die Hard is from 1988, and this time he’s trying to help his son, Jack (Jai Courtney), who is keep in a Russian prison. Little does McClane know that his son is a CIA Operative working a case to secure documents which have to do with Chernobyl nuclear disaster or so the CIA thinks.

I like a good Die Hard film like  any other, but in this case the story line is very thin, but the action sequences are great. I mean there’s a Hind helicopter in this one (last time I saw that in a movie was in Rambo, First Blood prt2). The thing about this movie is that McClane’s character isn’t as powerful as in the previous films. They put him down as an “old” man, not the bad-ass McClane as we know him to be. Like he doesn’t really care, repeating to everyone he’s on vacation and  that he has nothing to do with the whole affair (and it shows). The chemistry between Willis and Jai is hardly there, except for the last shot of the movie.

It makes and entertaining film, but it were called Big Trouble in Chernobyl it would be ok too. A Good Day to Die Hard it is not a Die Hard film except for the title, and that is the problem with this film. It’s like the writers didn’t care what they’re doing to the franchise, so for part 6 please bring back John McTiernan, Jeb Stuart, and Steven de Souza.

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And the trailer.

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Road to the oscars prt 9

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“Tonight is the night of nights. Today, as you read this, you are en route to the great adventure for which you have trained for over two years.” Wrong speech, but tonight is Oscar night, so for some tonights is the night..This also mean we are done on our journey. Amour is the last one.

The film is about Georges and Anne who are in their eighties, retired music teachers. One morning  Anne has an attack. After a surgery gone wrong, the right half of her body is paralyzed. The two decide take care of her at their own apartment. This all goes “we” until Anne get a second sesure. The way George and Anne handle the situation is amazing. They kibble, fight, laugh and cry together in this film the shows how a couple at their old age love each other and sacrifise all just be with each other. It’s brilliant film. Not like all the other nominees and can’t be compared with any of them.

I can’t say a lot about it you just have to go see it, It’s heartwarming and hopefully at my old age and something happens to me, which make it difficult for to take of myself, I hope my counterpart will be so patient, caring and loving.

It follows a long line French drama film and can proudly take its place in French Austrian film history.

Amour is nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Director (Michael Haneke), Best Original Screenplay(Haneke), Best Foreign Language Film (Austria-Ffrance).

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 8

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Tomorrow is the big day, Oscars night! That means we have two more films for you in store, Amour and Les Miserables. This post will be on the latter.

Les Miserables a novel by Victor Hugo first published in 1862. In 1980 the musical was acted out on stage. This time the musical is acted out on the big screen with an all star cast; Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

It has already won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Hathaway. It has also wonfour BAFTA Awards, including the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway).

The part of Hugh Jackman is done great, funny to see him without his Wolverine claws. Russel Crowes acting is great too. The thing about this film is that both actors, who have a great reputation and a list of fantastic films, this time do something different. Hearing Crowe or Jackman sing is interesting.

But if I compare this to, Chicago or Moulin Rouge Les Miserables is slow, expcet for the scene in the tarven with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. That is great and funny, but than again both of them can do scenes like this like no other.

This adaption of Les Miserables is visually stunning, the décors are great and something you will never see in a theatre.Together with this all star cast it is a great adition to the musical adaption.

Les Miserables is nominated for:Best Picture, Best Actor (Jackman), Best Supporting Actress for (Hathaway).

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And the trailer.

Road to the Oscars prt 7

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It’s a few days before the Oscars, with three more films to go! And on our route we came across “the life of Pi”.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

And now you’re thinking, really a boy and a tiger on a liferaft? How can this be anf for 2 hrs to? At least that was what I was thinking.

So the movie. It impressed me from the start. The setting the cinematography, it’s great. The swimmingpool scène of Pi’s uncle swimming and the clouds “reflecting” in it, marvolous. But even though the cinematography and special effects are great this movies is great for its cast. Suraj Sharma who plays the young Pi is excellent. The fear, the will to survive, the despair and surrender to death itself.

The story itself is amazing, not at all of what I was expecting, funny, serious, sadening, miraculeus and amazing.

I would like to end this entry with the following quote from the movie:

“Mr. Patel’s is an astounding story, courage and endurance unparalleled in the history of ship-wrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger.”

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And the trailer.

Mark Hamill talks Star Wars eps VII.‏

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It seems that not a week goes by that we’re not getting any new info or news on Star Wars, which already seems its going to be the most highly anticipated movie for the coming years.

First off, will he appear in Star Wars VII? “They’re talking to us,” he reveals. “George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts.”

How would Luke Skywalker fit into the new movie, “I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. ….'”

Here’ s a magic word “offspring”….It sounds plausible and makes a good story arc for eps VII , VIII and IX … Focus on Han and Leia’s kids (Jacen, Jaini and Aniken) and Luke and Mara Jade skywalker son Ben, who is thought in the ways of the Jedi by Jacen Solo, his cousin. As for Hamill’s thoughts on Luke as an Obi Wan this fits right in because Luke take Jacen as his apprentice.

The offspring arc could bring back the original cast.

Hamill concludes of the next movie, “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'”

We agree less CGI and try and bring back the magic of the original trilogy.

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Mark Hamill’s new movie Sushi Girl hits DVD and Blu-ray this week

Read the full interview on ETonline

Road to the Oscars prt 6

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We continue our journey with Argo. The movie is based on a true story and is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. The movie has already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for best picture. So I was really looking forward to see this, to see what the fus was about and why it already won the awards mentioned above. After seeing Zero Dark Thirty, which I thought to be a very intense film, I thought what could be so special about a Ben Affleck film and as it turns out … Argo is the best movie by Ben Affleck  ever since Good Will Hunting. From the start it has a hold on you and tension is building and building. It’s by far the most intense movie I’ve seen, with Zero Dark Thirty following very close behind.

The cinamatograpghy is great and that combined with the original news footage of the ’70, which fits right in, gives the movie just that little bit extra. Ben Affleck, John Good Man and the other cast memeber’s make up is so well done that they really look like the actual people involved. All the acting is good, very believable. You can feel their anxiety. The frustation as a viewer builds up as the movie goes alone… and that is way ( to me) it becomes so intense because you can almost “feel” it… It all just gets to you.

To be honest I thought  Argo was just another BenAffleck movie, but it completly took me by surprise,  it’s really a  must see!… And Sci Fi fans enjoy the end!

Argo is nominated for: Best Picture, Performance by an actor in a supporting role (Alan Arkin), Original Score and Adapted screenplay. 

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And the trailer..