Sunday, February 9, 2014

movie nights

It's still cold outside, so grab a snack and a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the movie. But, which movie? Here are some suggestions.

Prisoners (2013)
 

Although it's 2 hours long, you'll be at the edge of your seat the entire time. An intriguing thriller that shows what lengths people can go to when their loved ones are in danger. As the story unfolds, everything comes upside down and the only thing that is certain is that appearances can be deceiving. Great performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. (trailer)







Frances Ha (2012)
 

A cinematic version of Girls in black and white (without Lena Dunham's boobs in every other scene).  The main character, Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a happy-go-lucky 27-year-old woman. Follow her as she tries to detach herself from her best friend, who leads her own happy (?) life, and see whether she will manage to pull herself together. I watched this one because of all the praise it had received. But I didn't really like it. I couldn't empathize with Frances. (trailer)







Don Jon (2013)
This is a guy-flick! Really. It's the story of a young man trying to find and enjoy love. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has written and directed it and he also plays Jon. Jon is a guy from New Jersey who values his family, his friends and his church. But he's addicted to internet porn. The movie tackles the issue of this kind of addiction in a funny and lighthearted way. Scarlett  Johansson plays Jon's dream girl, Barbara. I find Scarlett Johansson, her low-pitched voice and her lazy (supposedly sexy) eye obnoxious, not because I suffer from venustraphobia (as Ed would say), but because she's always trapped in this sexy stereotype in every role she plays. At least here, she's not trying to pretend she's not slutty and cheap but just casually beautiful (as she did in Woody Allen's movies), so this part is tailor-made for her. In contrast, Julian Moore's character, Esther, is a breath of fresh air every time she appears on screen. All in all, Don Jon is an entertaining movie with a sweet ending. (trailer)






The Hunt (2012)
 
Coming from Denmark, The Hunt, is a compelling movie that will make you feel anxious, angry and depressed about the unfairness of it all. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a divorced teacher who works at a  kindergarten. He lives in a  small town and he's friends with everybody up until the day a 5-year-old girl lies about him in the most horrific way. His life is ruined as everyone believes that he has sexually abused many of the kids in his school. Mob mentality takes over and Lucas has to go through his own hell. It's a film definitely worth-watching. Mikkelsen is amazing, but the little girl (Annika Wedderkopp) gives a great performance too, as she manages to make the viewer literally hate her. It's also interesting because it makes you think... how cunning can a child become when they don't get their own way? (trailer)





Lee Daniel's The Butler (2013)
I wasn't very excited about watching The Butler for 2 reasons: 1) Why should the director's name be on the title? I haven't seen any other director placing their name before the name of their work, so why?? 2) Why, of all the (young) actresses who are out there striving to land a part in a high-profile movie, should the part be given to Oprah Winfrey who is a multi-millionaire and she has already established her image as a TV queen? But, anyway, I did watch it. I didn't get immediately engrossed in the story. Was it Oprah, was it Robin Williams' fake make-up and hair (come on, Hollywood, you can do much better than that)? I don't know. As the story progressed towards the '60s and the Civil Rights Movement, I gradually became more interested, but still... casting James Marsden to play JFK must be one of the silliest decisions in the history of moviemaking. If the viewer needs to keep reminding themselves that this is President Kennedy, how can they follow the actual story? And so on and so forth... The Butler is not a horrible movie, but it's not an excellent movie either. Just average. (trailer)




About Time (2013)
Written and directed by Richard Curtis, this romantic comedy is one of the sweetest movies I've recently seen. It's one of those films that "linger" for a couple of days after you've watched them and make you smile when you think about them. Aesthetically, it reminded me of those '90s romantic comedies that everyone's tried to reproduce in the past few years but to little (or no) avail (the wedding scene is just perfect). To tell you the truth, I didn't expect to like a time-travel movie, but this one was so realistically made that time-travel didn't bother me at all. Set in Cornwall and London, the scenery is wonderful and comforting. Domhnall Gleeson is Tim who finds out he can travel back in past moments of his own life and change them. But, as he clearly states from the very beginning, he only cares about finding love (awwww). And he does find love when he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams, breathtakingly beautiful as always) but, of course, there are complications. Amusing and moving at the same time, this film conveys a powerful message; even if you could go back in time and fix your mistakes, prefer to live each day of your life to the fullest so that you will never get the urge to actually travel into the past again. Definitely worth-watching, perfect for Valentine's Day. (trailer)




23 comments:

  1. Wow you're really not a fan of Scarlett are you?
    I was quite taken with her in Lost in Translation, although I've been disappointed with her career since then....Ah, the curse of typecasting!

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    1. Hahahaha! I just can't stand her! She may be sexy but she's not classy-sexy, like let's say, Margot Robbie (the first one that came to mind just because she seems to be everywhere).

      She's part of the reason why I don't want to watch "Her". Her voice the whole time combined with Joaquin Phoenix's perverted face and moustache? Eeewww.

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  2. Έχω δει το πρώτο και το τελευταίο και μου άρεσαν πάρα πολύ!!
    Συμφωνώ απόλυτα σε αυτό που είπες για την Σκάρλετ.. Δεν τσαλακώνεται ποτέ και για μενα μια ηθοποιός που παίζει πάντα στο ίδιο στυλάκι δεν είναι ηθοποιός!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα φιλιά!!

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    1. Κι εμενα αυτα τα 2 με καθηλωσαν! Η Σκαρλετ θα μπορουσε να ειναι η χι ψι κοπελα που ανεβαζει φωτογραφιες του εαυτου της στο fb ολη μερα. Δεν την αντεχω καθολου!

      Ευχαριστω που περασες και καλη βδομαδα! :)

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  3. είδα την 1η και μου άρεσε πολύ! Θέλω να δω και τις υπόλοιπες! Τρελαίνομαι για σινεμα!
    καλή συνέχεια!

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    1. Ναι, ηταν οντως πολυ καλη! :) Κι εγω, μ'αρεσει πολυ! Ευχαριστω Νασια και καλη βδομαδα!

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  4. Έχω να δω σινεμά από το 2011! Και έχω πολλάααα κενά! Ευτυχώς διαβάζω τις προτάσεις, όπως καλή ώρα τις δικές σου, Εύη μου! Να είσαι καλά :) Καλή εβδομάδα!

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    1. Πω πω! Εγω ειμαι ταινιομανης κ σειρομανης, χαχαχα! Ευχαριστω που τις διαβασες κ να εχεις κι εσυ μια ομορφη βδομαδα! :)

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  5. Κατεβάζω ήδη την τελευταία...όχι τίποτα άλλο επειδή θα ήθελα να μπορώ να πάω λίγο πίσω στο χρόνο, να τακτοποιήσω κάτι εκκρεμότητες..χαχα!..
    Φιλιά και καλή εβδομάδα!

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    1. Χαχα! Δες τη κ πες μου αν σου αρεσε! Καλη βδομαδα!

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  6. Prisoners was really excellent, really dark.

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    1. I agree! The father's reaction to this situation was as shocking as the situation itself.

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  7. about time is my favourite!!!! seen twice in the same weekend!!!!!!
    just seen even prisoners : don't like it!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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    1. Yes, I could definitely watch it again!
      Was it because it was too dark that you didn't like Prisoners?

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  8. ευχαριστούμε πολύ για τις προτάσεις Εύη μου!!! καλή εβδομάδα, φιλάκια!!

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    1. Κι εγω ευχαριστω που περασες! Καλη βδομαδα!

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  9. Πολύ ενδιφέρουσες οι προτάσεις σου Ευη μου!!Τό βράδυ,κάθομαι καί βλέπω ταινίες! Αυτές πού μάς προτείνης δέν τίς έχω δεί!
    Καλή εβδομάδα!!Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Αν τις δειτε πειτε μου ποια σας αρεσε! :) Καλη βδομαδα!

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  10. You really need to stiop doing this. I need to get a hold in the home and family chores and teh you start talking about spending two hours with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and how can I even remember who am I suposed to cook? ahahahahah
    Thought of you last night. I watched an absolutely delicious movie - very different from the ones you suggest - but a delightful one and suddenly I realised you put the movie bug in me that seemed lost... I know I know... you want to know which movie made me think of you but you know me when I start rambling...... ;) it was "The Book Thief". It stays with you, you know?
    So thank you for giving me the movie bug again... going to watch some of your suggestions but no promiss on The Hunt (didn't that guy had a series called Hannibal or something? There were huge frightening outdoors with that expression of his that me me run home ahahahahah)
    Love,
    Teresa

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    1. Hahahahah! I have the same problem when it comes to house chores! :) I've heard very good things about The Book Thief so I'll be watching it as soon as it comes out on DVD (has it?).

      I'm so glad to hear that your interest in movies was sparked again thanks to sexta-feira! You are so sweet, Teresa!

      Yes, I think he was Hannibal, but he's so innocent in The Hunt that you'll feel sorry for him all the time. It's a very good movie and it's also nominated for the Best Foreign Film oscar (I think that's the name of the category).

      Thanks again for a comment that made me smile in the midst of a really busy day! :)

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  11. Great article Evi! I loved Prisoners... it creeped the hell out of me. I couldn't empathise with Frances either, but I couldn't help but be intrigued in her journey the whole way though, which is why I loved Frances Ha. The Hunt was my favourite film on your list :D

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award (which is traditionally for movie blogs, but I always enjoy your content on movies).

    http://themovieman-bennyjayruss.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/the-movie-man-gets-liebster-award.html

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