The Merc with the Mouth: Deadpool review

I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time and the best thing is Martin came home on Saturday and we watched it the day after. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, so it was the perfect date night ūüôā

I was expecting a¬†game changer, a movie that would¬†add flavor to the superhero genre and it delivered big time.¬†Lots¬†of fourth-wall breaks, awesome soundtrack, gruesome fight scenes, I don’t know how many mentions of the F-word and truly hilarious moments, there’s tons of cool things in the movie.

Basically,¬†it’s a superhero origin story¬†where we¬†follow¬†Wade Wilson, the irreverent mercenary who becomes the¬†still irreverent super-powered anti-hero. His goal is¬†to find¬†the man who tortured him and transformed him into Deadpool¬†(Francis, aka Ajax). But he¬†doesn’t want to kill him… right away,¬†as he wants¬†Ajax to cure the mutant side effects.

We get plenty of opportunities to laugh at practically anything Wade’s smartass mouth comes with. Don’t expect some¬†big twist: guy fights bad guy, guy gets the girl… but not before killing so many people he can spell out the bad guy’s name with their corpses. One word –¬†awesome.

I also loved all the complimentary things that came with the movie – trailers, teasers, posters, etc. Just check out some of my favorites:

 

 

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Love and time: An Interstellar review

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I know that there have been many reviews of Christopher Nolan’s latest¬†film and all of them¬†have high praise for¬†it. I was also impressed by¬†the visual effects, the acting, the music but the best thing about Interstellar is that I¬†haven’t felt something like that in a movie theater¬†for a very long time – immersed and shaken at the same time. And four days after seeing it I’m still thinking about it, so I decided I’d better share my thoughts.

Interstellar is truly a sci-fi epic like no other. I’ve seen people are trying to compare it to¬†‘2001: A Space Odyssey’¬†but for me¬†the movies¬†are almost nothing alike,although they share some¬†plot elements. Furthermore, I’ve always thought that¬†Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation¬†of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel¬†was aiming mostly to make art rather than to ponder the philosophical questions that occurred with¬†the story. With Interstellar, Nolan made¬†his most personal and emotional film to date about love and time (time being a recurring theme throughout all of the director’s¬†movies). But it’s so much more than that too. I have¬†no words to express the epic journey Nolan takes us on in the film, but needless to say, it’s tear-jerking and emotional throughout. The acting is first-class, especially McConaughey, who gives, in my opinion, his most emotional performance yet. The¬†soundtrack from Hans Zimmer is, without a doubt, one of his best and most influential, helping drive the film’s bold and breath-taking vision (the church organ was stunning). The visual effects are easily¬†the best¬†of the year. Seeing¬†a black hole created through visual effects in such a way, with pages theoretical equations provided by Kip Thorne (theoretical physicist, of whom’s work inspired the film’s genesis) was mesmerizing. ¬†What you see in Interstellar¬†is the most realistic depiction of a black hole, and even offered new insight to accretion discs surrounding the anomalies. But even everything else, from the alien planets to the Endurance, the visuals are astounding. And the center of the film is the touching story with a¬†script that continually pours or oozes emotion, keeping the audience tethered to the film.

This is the sci-fi movie of the decade, and probably the best movie Nolan ever made. Simply go see it, without a second thought.

40% Tolkien + 60% Jackson = The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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It was about time I went to see Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I won’t review the content of the movie in any detail, but I would like to share my thoughts about how this film should be approached. I’ve been a Tolkien fan since my teenage years and he’s works showed me the way to the fantasy genre for which I’d be eternaly grateful. So I expect that many fans like me will perceive this movie as a disfigured monster version of the written story. Still, I tried to see it as Jackson’s The Hobbit, not Tolkien’s. The two works represent different media, they come from different times, and have partly different target audiences. The children’s book was written before Tolkien had any idea of the majestic trilogy to follow and Jackson had already did his Lord of the Rings trilogy and I believe he tried to make the prequels resemble it, in tone and scope.

It’s more like Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is “based on” the 1937 children’s book in the sense that the characters have the same names and visit the same places in somewhat the same order (though new characters and places are also added). Their basic motivations are also the same. But beyond that, there is hardly anything that isn’t greatly exagerated and elaborated, mostly so as to allow for a much darker tone and MUCH more fantasy action.

Entire new subplots are freely created and added to the story. The Elf Tauriel and her unlikely flirt with one of the Dwarfs is clearly meant to add a love story. The survival of ALL the protagonists despite their endless meetings with death doesn’t just strain credibilityy.

So, viewed as an independent work, it is a great movie.

Film makers about their art

Movies have always been a big part of my life. I love the glamour, the action, the drama, the thrill of an interesting and captivating story. And I like to know all the little details about a film: the cast and crew, the locations and trivia. Today I decided to see what my favorite directors think about the magic of film making.

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
Walt Disney

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Alfred Hitchcock

If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right.
Woody Allen

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
Martin Scorsese

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
Jean-Luc Godard

Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.
Ang Lee

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
Francis Ford Coppola

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.
Tim Burton

The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
George Lucas

Film lovers are sick people.
Francois Truffaut

To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence.
Quentin Tarantino

Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing at whatever; I was off making something blow up and filming it, or making a mould of my sister’s head using alginating plaster.
J. J. Abrams

When I grow up, I still want to be a director.
Steven Spielberg

One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery without necessarily fully understanding it yourself.
Christopher Nolan

You think about taking audiences on a journey.
Sam Mendes

I suppose directing on set is the most fun because it’s a good crack and you feel you’re on the battlefield whereas writing is a fairly solitary undertaking.
Guy Ritchie

The filmmaking process is a very personal one to me, I mean it really is a personal kind of communication. It’s not as though its a study of fear or any of that stuff.
David Cronenberg

Everything seems really simple on paper until you take a camera out of the box.
David Fincher

Do what you haven’t done is the key, I think.
Ridley Scott

R’ha by Kaleb Lechowski: a rocking Sci-fi short

This amazing short is a fully computer animated film that you won’t believe was made by a 22-year-old student. Sci-fi is one of the most expensive and hard film genre. A big budget and a lot of people working on the production is a must. But not in this case!

Lechowski¬†studies at the Berlin Mediadesign Hochschule and¬†R’ha¬†is his second big project and his first animated 3D short. ¬†He is a big sci-fi fan and the inspiration of movies like The Matrix¬†and video games like Half-life can be seen in his work¬†.¬†Apart from the great story that left me wanting more and the amazing shots, I was stunned that the film was done by one person. ¬†It appears that I wasn’t the only one impressed, because it’s quickly gathering views on Youtube. But most importantly,¬†it’s already attracted the attention of Hollywood executives. I hope Lechowski receives a green light on his project, because a full-length R’ha movie will be something a sci-fi geek fan definitely should look forward to!

 

My movies of 2012 Part 2

As promised these are the movies from 2012 that I didn’t manage but would love to watch.

Best to see

Life of Pi

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I saw the trailer 4 or 5 months ago and I was captured by the beauty of it. I have very high expectations about this one, so I hope I won’t be disappointed.

Amour

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I haven’t seen a¬†touching and thought-provoking movie in a while so I’m betting on Michael Haneke.

Moonrise Kingdom

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This seems to be just the quirky, filled with great performances kind of film I like.

Argo

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A good true story can win me over in a heartbeat. Moreover, I’ve missed Ben Affleck’s approachable characters, so this is a promising one.

Skyfall

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They say it’s one of the best 007 movies, so I simply can’t ignore it.

Ted

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I’ve seen the trailer countless times and it always cracks me up. “F**k you thunder, you can suck my d**k!”. I don’t know how I haven’t seen it yet!

Prometheus

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I’ve heard very different opinions on that one. It appears it’s a “love it or hate it” situation. However, the Alien movies are my favorite mix of sci-fi and horror and the genius designs of H. R. Giger still impress me, so I have to give it a chance.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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This seems like¬†¬†“Not your typical teenage angst story” and I’d love to see Emma Watson outside the Harry Potter series.

Lincoln

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Lincoln and Daniel Day-Lewis. Enough said!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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I have mixed feelings about The Hobbit. I’m excited and yet terrified it will be a flop. ¬†All I can do is wait and see, I guess.

Silver Linings Playbook

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Jennifer Lawrance keeps growing on me. This movie looks like the next step in her very promising career. Furthermore, I can’t wait to see De Niro in a decent role.

Cloud Atlas

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I expect to see so many things from this one: drama, mystery, violence, sex, adventure, comedy, sci-fi, romance … It’s 6 movies for the price of one! What more can a movie geek ask for ūüôā

Seven Psychopaths

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The Tarantino feel and great cast had me on the first 10 seconds of the trailer.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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A feel good film can always work on a gloomy weekday evening. And the cast and locations look pretty awesome to me.

De rouille et d’os

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A film about emotional and physical disability, that doesn’t suffer from¬†exaggerated sentimentality is a rare case. I believe this has the potential to be one.

Rise of the guardians

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And what will be my list without a fun, exciting and clever looking animated movie. The idea of the tattooed Santa with Russian accent seems so cool that I can’t resist this one.

I’m sure I forgot some great movies and didn’t put them on the list but I hope you’ll be kind enough to remind me of them ūüôā

My movies of 2012

I have to admit that in the past year I didn’t spend as much time on new movies as I wanted. I saw some of the most talked about ones but I still have a lot on my to-watch list. That is why I decided to share the 2012 movies that I liked most and the ones that I most want to see.

Best I’ve seen so far

The Dark Knight Rises

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The third, most anticipated and maybe final movie of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was awesome and absolutely satisfying. ¬†The examination of society’s faults like bureaucracy and the corruption of law and order, and most of all the exploration of human nature continues. ¬†In such a world the only thing that can bring change is a hero…

Looper

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This set in the future time-traveling movie had quite an interesting concept. And the best thing is it was much better than I expected. Looper provided an unpredictable story, a great amount of twists and thrills, intrigue and strong performances.

The Avengers

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There hasn’t been a movie as boisterously entertaining as¬†The Avengers¬†since the first¬†Iron Man.¬†It was a remarkably funny, action-filled, exciting and well-executed film with awesome cast that had great chemistry. Can’t wait for the next super-hero movie!

The Hunger Games

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Although the movie was unlike the book in some ways, I loved it. The concept, yet already expolred in films like Battle Royale and The Running man , is brutal, unnerving but still interesting. Good acting, a good story and a good outcome. I look forward to seeing the rest of the movies of this series.

The Amazing Spider-Man

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I liked the other 3 Spiderman movies but they concentrated way too much on the love story. I’m glad they decided to start over fresh with Spidey. ¬†Peter’s change from nerd to hero was wonderfully handeled, the characters were fantastic and fight scenes very cool, especially the one in the school. The Amazing Spider-man was truly amazing!

Please bear with me and my geekiness, but as I was writing this post I realized there are way too many movies I want to see, so I’ll post the Best to see list tomorrow. Untill then, I would love to know which are your favorite movies of 2012 ūüôā

Three trilogies for my Christmas vacation

I’ve got an early Christams present – a new hard drive. I’m thinking of¬† filling it with favorite movies for the vacation. Almost 2 weeks and I plan to spend at least day in bed watching movies and eating Christmas dinner leftovers. And what will serve my purposes better than a great trilogy.¬†Here is what what I came up:

1. Back to the future trilogy

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These great movies by Robert Zemeckis have always entertained me. Smart films with likable characters and an insightful screenplay that provide great fun that seems brand new even 25 years later.

2. The Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI)

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I could spend a whole blog and a lot of time explaining how much I love these movies and how much they mean to me. I’ll just say that the trilogy was the first Christmas present I remember receiving ūüôā

3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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It was the book that hooked me up to fantasy. This amazing saga that, no matter how many times I read the books or watch the movies, I’m blown away by Tolkien’s vision and masterful storytelling. And with the release of “The Hobbit” I think it’s just mandatory to see the Lord of the Rings Trilogy one more time.

So, these are my absolute favorites. I’ll be happy if you share yours ūüôā

Only Italy. Only Robert Downey Jr. I review Only you

I’m a little sick and staying at home so I needed a “comfort” movie. I was browsing Imdb for a nice comedy or a rom-com and I found this. I love everything about Italy, RDJ is one of my favorite actors and Marisa Tomei does great supporting roles so the choice was easy.

The plot was a little far-fetched. When she’s 11, Faith (Marisa Tomei) finds the name of her soul mate from the Ouija board: Damon Bradley. Later, a fortune teller sees the same name in the Crystal Ball and Faith is convinced. 14 years later, she is engaged and about to marry a nice but dull doctor. Until she gets a call from one of his classmates who is on his way to Venice, Italy. “Surprisingly” his name is Damon Bradley. So Faith and her sister-in-law Kate decide to go to Italy hoping to find Damon. Continue reading

Christopher Reeve: The true man of steel

For a long time I was reluctant to watch “Smallville” as the idea of Superman in high-school seemed kind of ridiculous and, to be honest, I didn’t want to see anyone else but Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent. But finally I decided to give it a try a few months ago and I was hooked. Now I’m on Season 2 and yesterday I watched a particular episode that got the little nerd inside me screaming with delight – my favorite Superman was there as Dr. Virgil Swann. Then I got reading about him and decided to share some of the most interesting and awesome facts about the true Man of steel that he was.

Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. After graduating from high school, he studied at Cornell University and worked as an actor. In his final year of Cornell, he and Robin Williams were selected to study at New York’s famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts. Although Reeve is best known for his role as Superman, he appeared in 17 films, a dozen TV movies, about 150 plays, he hosted or narrated various documentaries and TV specials. In addition to his acting career, he was actively supporting causes like Amnesty International, Save the Children, The National Resources Defense Council, The Environmental Air Force, The Lindbergh Foundation, and the People for the American Way.¬†

Paralyzed after a horse riding accident, he didn’t drown in despair but began to use the interest in his situation to increase public awareness about spinal cord injury and to raise money for the research and invention of a cure.¬† Together with his wife Dana Reeve, Christopher opened a center devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently. The Paralysis Resource Center publishes “Paralysis Resource Guide”, houses the largest U.S. collection of paralysis-related publications and has distributed grants to paralysis researchers totaling $22 million.

And now some trivia.

The character Dr. Swann, which he portrayed on “Smallville”, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.

Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for Superman.

While filming Somewhere in Time, the local theater decided to show Superman. Early into the screening, the sound went out and Reeve stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines.

He turned down the lead roles  in American Gigolo,  The Blue Lagoon, Body Heat, The World According to Garp, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Splash, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Lethal Weapon, Pretty Woman, The Bounty, The Running Man, Total Recall.

After meeting Reeve at the 1979 Academy Awards, John Wayne turned ti Cary Grant and said: “This is our new man. He’s taking over.”

He was very interested in stunts and was as a licensed pilot.

Jane Seymour‘s son was named after him.

Once a group of children recognized him in a park and purposefully threw their Frisbee over a fence and then asked him to fly after it. He didn’t want to hurt their feelings and said he couldn’t fly after it because his cape was in the washer, so they settled for him just reaching over the fence and handing it back to them.

“A hero is someone who in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”

After his death in 2004, a number of memorial cartoons to commemorate his death were Superman-themed.