The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
I am going to go ahead and say that I have never really liked Wes Anderson’s movies, but the trailer for this one looked funny, so I went ahead and watched it.
It was funny in some parts, but at other times it felt like a strange dream and I wanted to wake up so badly! In the end I had a migraine. This wasn’t for. Sometimes it felt like it dragged on forever. Some jokes felt repetitive and the story was definitely very predictable.
I didn’t HATE it but I also didn’t love it. If you love all things Wes Anderson then this movie is for you, but if you haven’t liked his work before, then this may not be for you.
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
A silly action movie with many plot holes. It is enjoyable, but it is not something you have to watch more than once.
A transatlantic flight with just business and economy class cabins. Whatever happened to the first class?
Tamara Drewe (2010)
A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.
I watched this film when it came out back in 2010 and I really enjoyed it. It is a charming and quirky British comedy. If you are looking for an easy going, fun movie then check it out.
The Book Thief (2014)
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
I have not read the book so I cannot compare it to that (most adaptations usually do not live up to the expectations though), but I enjoyed it for a bit and then it got boring. I lost interest.
The cast did an excellent job though and the little girl did a fantastic German-English accent. I did not know that she is Canadian until I looked her up.
It is more of a DVD movie. I wouldn’t rush to the cinema for this but the choice, as always, is yours :)
The Monuments Men (2014)
An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Absolute rubbish. Do not waste your time. It was all over the place and they didn’t really focus much on the efforts of those men.
I am not sure what kind of accent did Cat Blanchett have because it was not French.
I have heard the book is good, so I am going to check that out.
That Awkward Moment (2014)
Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
This is predictable - a chick flick with the guys (a dude flick?) but really enjoyable. Not worth going to the cinema for but if you do go, you won’t come out with a long face.
One thing I always find very funny is how unrealistic the apartments are in movies like these. So a doctor and his lawyer wife has a teeny tiny apartment whereas an admin girl has a hipster apartment somewhere in the “west side” of NYC…lol
a cute yet predictable film.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
This film doesn’t promise to be a tortured Oscar bait and it is exactly what it says on the tin: action and bit of espionage thrown in. I really enjoyed it and found it very entertaining.
Fun fact: Keira Knightley is less annoying with an American accent but still irritating.
Also I thought it was quite funny when I spotted British style of plugs at a Manhattan hospital :) that scene was clearly shot in the U.K … :)
The movie is fun and great and I buy Chris Pine as Jack Ryan.
The Railway Man (2014)
A victim from World War II’s “Death Railway” sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
A truly moving story with a very powerful message.. I loved it and it is one of those stories that stay with you after the credits roll.
I am going to read up on “Death Railway” now.
August: Osage County (2014)
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
I have not read or watched the play, so I watched it with an open mind. I really enjoyed it , however, if you are a fan of the play, then I think you will probably not like it as much. Also, the story isn’t new, we have all seen these things before. A family gathering, and some members haven’t been home for years, and then everyone starts arguing and you know why they all haven’t seen each other much!
I thought Julia Roberts was absolutely amazing in it but Meryl Streep was being Meryl Streep and there was bit of over acting on her part.
This movie isn’t for everyone because it is basically 2 hours of fighting and shouting and some may feel that they get that enough in their personal lives.
I think they just wasted Benedict Cumberbatch in this film. I didnt buy him as a “disappointment” and as a “shoes salesman” also many well known actors and they didn’t get much to do so for me that was a waste of talent.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
I have been trying to watch this film since it came out on Boxing Day, and finally managed to find time and watch it.
I think it’s visually STUNNING. I want to skateboard down that road in Iceland! It looked so exhilarating! Apart from the visuals, the story had promise but it lost steam quite early in the movie.
I stopped paying attention to the characters quite early on. In fact, Walter Mitty started to annoy me!
It’s not particularly good but it’s also not that bad either. It’ just in the middle.
Watch it for amazing cinematography. Don’t watch it if you are expecting a gripping story.
Last Vegas (2014)
Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.
It is an OK film. Nothing special or spectacular. The jokes were a bit tried and tested.
Probably worth waiting for it to come on TV.
I like how the FT has reviewed it: Hangover with a hangover.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Almost 3 hours of debauchery and decadence. I loved it! It is a fantastic black comedy!
I am not sure why some people are claiming that the movie sets bad example. It is very well made film and I don’t think it says to the audience that “please go and do drugs”. If there is anything that is corrupting the minds of people, then I would say it is the Reality TV. That sets bad example!
Leonardo DiCaprio is, as always, amazing, and I also LOVED Matthew McConaughey! He had a small part but you know what? everything sounds great with his accent!
Out on wider release (in UK) from 17 January.
Dallas Buyers Club (2014)
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
This is a very moving story with excellent acting by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
Leto has a supporting role but he has given the best performance this season. People keep mentioning Michael Fassbender’s role in ‘12 Years’ but compared to Leto’s work in this film, I am afraid it is no contest. Hands down Leto’s performance is the best .
As for McConaughey, he delivered the performance of his career. So good. So believable.
I absolutely loved this film and highly recommend it.
American Hustle (2014)
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Great performances by the cast. My favourites were Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale (is he ever bad in anything?) and Bradley Cooper but to say that this film is so amazing would be a lie. I think many critics have been conned by this film ;-)
It’s an OK film but I have to say I felt that it was a little too long and nothing too exciting really happened. I was starting to get a little bored.
I loved ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ but this movie was a little weak.
P.S. Messing with Christian Bale’s looks has got to be a crime!
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2014)
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Yesterday I reviewed ‘12 Years a Slave’ and compared to this film, that one is mediocre. I really enjoyed this film and I think Idris Elba did a fantastic job as did Naomi Harris.
My only problem with the film is that it is only 139 minutes. It should have been longer!
I think Elba deserves an Oscar nomination for this role and so does Harris.
There are people who would complain that “it doesn’t show enough” but I think it would be impossible to make a perfect film based on his life. There is just so much to cover. This gives a great taste and is a very good film.
Do NOT miss this.