O@tM: Roundhouse Kick

Ohayo, friends of the cinematic experience.

Lately there was  a shortage of O@tM reviews in this blog, wasn’t there? That doesn’t mean, hubby and his Orca necessarily have watched less movies. But fewer good ones that deserve a full review on their own. Reasons for that might be that we are maybe slowly growing too old to be excited about Marvel’s and DC’s CGI battles, cardboard heroes, bad storytelling, loud and hectic direction … and yes, there seem to be less and less movies to appear on the international piracy circuit as well.

Be that as it may, here are some we have watched and didn’t really like as much as we hoped for. And why not start with the heavy candidate, the movie of the friggin’ year, Oscar contender and most talked about flick. Ya, why not get that elephant out of the room?

black panther
What’s up Pussycat?

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

IMDb: 7.6

Sorry to say, this was a very boring flick. Yes, I know it was different from the usual Marvel fare, but this Black Panther was dragging its claws and made us very very sleepy. “But Orca!”, I hear you say “the cast was all black! That’s revolutionary!”

Is it? I would find it revolutionary to see any white faces in a movie that supposedly plays in some or the other African jungle, even though it was filmed on location in Argentina. Ok, there was one white guy, some CIA agent, but the revered Martin Freeman remained remarkably pale (see what I did there?) in his role. Oh, and surprisingly the bad guy is also white. Go figure. When Hollywood does Black Empowerment they do it right! Is what they think. :/

Rest of the cast didn’t get us excited neither. And sorry for a bit of America bashing again: The movie doesn’t hold up to the hype, and the whole Black Cast media frenzy kinda goes p00f outside of Hollywod and USA circles. The rest of the world is much more colourblind than you would imagine. And anyway, since when do politics have any influence on how we see a film? Aren’t we grown up consumers and can make up our own minds and see movies without any bias? And as that, only judged by its cinematic laurels alone, Black Panther turned out to be a cute little pet pussy.

 






 

MazeRunner
Teenies saving the World!

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

IMDb: 6.4

After a good first movie, followed by a very disappointing second flick, we weren’t really in the mood and not at all excited about watching the third installment of the Maze Runner trilogy. But hey, bad weather, a lack of better movies and general boredom made us watch this grande finale to a story we’d already forgotten about.

And it turned out that in this third part they got a better grip on the story and on the audience as well. Maze Runner: Death Cure was astonishingly entertaining and even kept us on the edges of our seats sometimes.

Of course the whole premise is bullshit but once you go with the flow it’s pretty good cinematic entertainment.

 






 

avril
Anime made in France, Belgium and Canada?

In 1941, the world is radically different from the one we know from history books. Geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V rules France and, for the last 70 years, scholars have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century’s knowhow dominated by coal and steam. In this bizarre universe, Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, Darwin (Philippe Katerine), her talking cat, Pops (Jean Rochefort), her grandfather, and Julius (Marc-André Grondin), a young scoundrel and police informer, go off in search of Avril’s parents, two of the missing scientists. The quartet will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new Rigged World.

IMDb: 7.3

Very competently done (looks like made by Studio Ghibli) film with a very interesting premise of an alternative history, steampunk into the 1940s and weird political developments.

Unfortunately, after a splendid start, they lost us pretty quickly. The director didn’t use this opportunity to produce one of the greastet anime movies ever but turned it into a mediocre adventure flick. It’s a shame since the star studded (voice) cast was great for both, the original French as well as for the English dubbed version.

But as it stands, Avril doesn’t reach Japanese standards. I dunno what it is exactly, but the Japanese movies have that certain something Avril is lacking completely.

 






 

PacificRim
Where’s my popcorn?

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

IMb: 6.9

I remember I gave the original Pacific Rim a dismissal review back in the day. Didn’t like it at all. For various reasons. But maybe, maybe … hm, maybe I went soft in the last couple years but I found Pacific Rim much more entertaining and not as as offending as the first time around.

No, Pacific Rim isn’t a great film by any means, but once you know and have accepted its flaws there is no reason not to have a good time while watching it. And we had to re-watch it anyway so we’re already mentally up-to-date for when the second part comes out on Blu-Ray. Should be anytime soon now.

 






 

virgin
The one that got away. 😉

Andy at the age of 40 still hasn’t had sex. He lets his secret slip at a poker game with his buds from work. After the revealing all his friends are on a mission to help get him laid. Along the way Andy meets a nice mom, Trish, and they fall head over heels for each other.

IMDb:7.1

When we watched this romcom back in 2005 when it originally came out, I loved it very much. It was quirky, fast-paced and a bit risqué. And very very funny! Just rewatched it and must say that, from today’s perspective it’s not as half as good as we remembered it.

In fact are Steve Carell and his buddies relatively harmless, even a bit verklemmt, in this matter of factly pretty harmless and sweet romcom. On my personal scale The Virgin slipped from Funniest Movie of the Year 2005 to rather mediocre TV filler fodder.

Weird how time changes ones perceptions, isn’t it?

 






 

Ok, that’s it so far. Now let’s hope the situation will change to the better soon and we’ll get a stream of new movies from all the uploading pirate groups. There are some really great movies waiting waiting in line for their DVD and BluRay releases. 😉

 

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