O@tM: Roundhouse Kick!

No fear, not gonna review some lame Chuck Norris flick but some fairly decent movies. Fairly decent, yes, but not so great neither depressingly bad they’d each deserve an extra writeup. Let’s see what we watched lately …

edge-of-tomorrow-poster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/?ref_=nv_sr_2

An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy!

IMDb: 7.9

Just two things: Cruise and Blunt! While this was the movie in  which I first noticed Emily Blunt and acknowleged her talent right away, this was also the movie in which Tom Cruise redeemed itself in my eyes. I still think he’s a loonatic but this was his first foray into the realm of character acting.

The movie itself was very well done in this quasi hyper real quality and directed without much pathos but a good portion of humour. Loved it so much, after nearly 4 years we just had to re-watch it.

Too bad the bossfight at the end was a claustrophobic, dark affair and not the glorious large scale action that’s lightening up your screen we saw in earlier battles.

american-hustle

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=nv_sr_1

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

IMDb: 7.3

Another “old” (2013) movie we rewatched just a couple days ago. Nicely cast and acted ensemble piece around a heist. Christian Bale gives everything and shows us what method acting is. He goes fully hilarious. His sidekicks aren’t bad neither, particularly the girls in this movie, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, aren’t shying away from potraying sexy (Adams) and erratic (Lawrence) bimbos. I really apppreciated how effortlessly American Hustle gets rid of all modern day politically correctness.

Very nice entertainment and good observation of the dephts of the obviously shallow human soul.

strange

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211837/?ref_=nv_sr_4

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

IMDb: 7.7

Back to the realm of “new” movies (by which I mean freshly going into circulation in pirate circles) is Dr. Strange, a Marvel hero like no other and one I’ve never heard of before. While the second factum is nothing strange since I’m a girl and also much too old to read comic books, the first attribute is what made Dr. Strange such a rewarding watch. CGI effects through the roof give this movie a surreal, dreamlike appearance and the lack of all these usual lame Marvel fighting scenes makes it almost like an art movie … almost.

Cucumberbitch, Mikkelsen, Swinton are usally good actors but unfortunately held back by the weak screenplay which is indeed just another origins story. Maybe the next Dr. Strange movie will be great. Let’s hope so.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or “No-Maj” people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt’s precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard.

IMDb: 7.6

A little bit childish without being slapsticky or silly, FBaWtFT is an diverting adventure flick that kept us well entertained throughout its runtime. Eddie Redmayne, as bumbling magician Newt Scamander, is finally in a role I liked him in. Lots of special effects make this movie as visually striking as the script is amusing.

I don’t know enough of Harry Potter to judge if Mrs. Rowling has managed to successfully break free from that old franchise. For hubby and me FBaWtFT was able to stand on its own merits.


So much for the latest movies we’ve watched. But there’s more to come. Uh well, there is always more to come (Alien, GitS, Kong …) but I mean we’ve already got at least one other film lined up and ready for screening. But you know how it is, right? So much to do, so little time …

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