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October 25 2017

heidigard
So Sherlock was fine in the end? Oh, what a relief!
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February 21 2017

heidigard
I'm just glad you're back. I was close to deleting the soup from my menu :(

July 10 2015

heidigard
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My "first reaction" to this "first look": What the hell?!
I mean, what the fuck is going on here? This looks like we are plunging straight into fanfic and if this isn't a DW timetravel crossover I don't particularly want to have this around.
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July 08 2015

heidigard
wow. Haven’t had the opportunity to watch any movies in recent weeks and I picked this huge thing for starters after my fasting. What a stunning film! Matthew Macauneghy is really a force to recon with (the only thing he has to work on is his mumbling). He really pulled out all the stops – again. The others were great, too, and I have to say that though Michael Caine’s role was small, it was still a good sample of his legendary skills. There’s a reason he has so many fans. I also loved Macenzie Foy. She was marvellous. Her emotions seemed astoundingly real and credible. Good thing she’s grown past “Twilight”. Finally, I was thrilled to see Matt Damon had a small part here, too.
Anyway, the story seemed in large parts to be nonsense and horrifyingly inaccurate pseudo-science, but I was able to suspend my disbelief through most of it and enjoy the unfolding of the plot, not least because the wrapping looked so shiny and obviously put together with great care. Bottom line, this emotional thriller really gnawed at my nerves and made me cry quite a bit in more places than I care to remember.
On top of that, the visuals were astounding. This is really cinema at the height of space movies. I would have LOVED to see this in 3D. I adore how they utilised silence in space and marvel at how they did the zero-G stuff and how accurate a lot of this seemed (visually). They had me go “woah!” more than once. This is also due to the effects which blended into all of it absolutely seamlessly. As I said: top shelf modern quality cinema.
The music was good, too, though not that remarkable. And I never would have suspected it to be Hans Zimmer, so kudos for re-inventing himself.
Really the only thing that could have been tweaked a bit was the plot. It walked the thin line between wild but enjoyable sifi and absurdity a few times. But I really don’t want to complain too much. This took almost three hours but it was never boring. On the contrary: they filled the minutes effortlessly.
So, all in all, great work!
Tags: film review

July 07 2015

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June 28 2015

heidigard
lol, priceless!
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June 02 2015

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Though this is ancient, it's still priceless!
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May 27 2015

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May 24 2015

heidigard
Essentially a very well-made film, but the writing was severely lacking, (or else the editing made a mess of thing) because this had a number of extremely confusing places where there were jumps in the plot and in time that were almost impossible to grasp. Also – and I shudder to say this – this is one of those movies where the book is better. Not that I’m a fan (I’m actually quite shocked to discover how much I remember form school and surprised at how nerdy I got in my head here…) but come on! They even forwent that epic bit with Moses parting the sea with his staff! And yet they forced in other elements of the plot that seemed to be only there for the heck of it and because they didn’t want to leave anything out so hey! Let’s give this thorn bush a minute to burn in the background of some obscure vision scene with a creepy child stacking cubes just because we can’t have a Moses-film without that… Anyway, I haven’t read the Book in a while but I remember this whole thing differently… wow, and turning Moses into the leader of a genuine terrorist group is NOT a way to gain sympathies. In fact, he does not seem to have any other role than being a splinter cell leader while God does all the work but without taking credit for it, making it seem like random acts of violent mother nature. In the bible, Moses at least was some kind of messenger, an emissary proclaiming the seven plagues (that would have been cool stuff to see) but here, he’s just a weary victim along with all of his people…
On the plus side, they tried to show Moses as a tortured, doubting, human character in a bid for three-dimensionalism, so kudos for that, though he was a picture-perfect copy of Aronofsky’s Noah, which negates the whole thing again in a way.
Anyway, acting-wise this was really good. I love Christian Bale and he did not disappoint. The kid playing God was absolutely fantastic, too! Very serious acting there! Good casting choice!
Visually, this was great, too. Ridley Scott tends to get that part done right. I feel sorry for the horses, though and hope there weren’t any injured animals (or stuntmen for that matter) during the shoot.
Fantastic soundtrack, too.
So, if you don’t know the book it’s probably quite an ok film. Then again, a lot of stuff might not make sense… Also, this is seriously missing the gravitas it deserves and it completely failed to involve me emotionally.
So, despite the length, not a complete waste of time.
Tags: film review

May 23 2015

heidigard
Well, I’m not going to go as far as to say I hated it, but I definitely did not like it. This is a film that looks like a very badly-made music video. To be frank, the only actor I enjoyed here (both the acting and the musical numbers) was – surprisingly – Jamie Foxx. Everybody else was decent, but I simply can’t comprehend why anybody would put Cameron Diaz in any film at all. She’s a horrible, terrible actress! Her over-acting was giving me sore eyes and this experience once again reinforces my own private rule: never watch a film with her in it because it’s guaranteed to be crap.
The singing itself was not cringe-worthy, but obviously not live in a painfully apparent way and the voices of some singers were digitally enhanced to the point it got ridiculous and annoying. Boo.
On the plus side, the directing was truly fantastic here, as well as the editing. This had some hard sequences with all the singing and dancing and stuff but they got through that without any hitches.
All said, this is not one I would watch again.
Tags: film review

May 22 2015

heidigard
well, this was a surprisingly non-generic girl-and-horse story. The plot was mostly unpredictable, except for the broad, general direction, though it had some unrealistic notions in it, but hey! As with all horse-movies it had me at the edge of my seat (it’s a mystery to me why anything with a horse in it gives me the shakes like any well-made noir horror movie). The acting was decent, not Oscar-material but quite bearable. Especially the main characters’ friend was great and she herself seems to be a really good rider, which I appreciate.
The cinematography was good. Beautiful lighting, great sets,… but the editing destroyed a lot of it, giving it a home-made feel at time which you want to avoid with most movies at all costs. What especially irked me was that they had this fantastic song by Kate Havnevik and totally, utterly bypassed the opportunity for some truly glorious editing to the music… makes me itch to do it myself!
Anyway, this – predictably – wants me want to ride again. Oh, and I’m going to watch the sequel, I think.
Tags: film review

May 18 2015

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May 15 2015

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I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that this was by the Warchovskis in the credits. Also I was floored that Sean Bean was in this and DIDN’T DIE! In fact, I thought it was him but as he was still alive by the times the credits rolled around I had myself convinced that it just couldn’t be. Anyway, the acting was okay, I guess. Surprisingly, I liked Channing Tatum here and he and Mila had good chemistry, too.
The story itself was a bit flat and unoriginal. I strongly disliked the extended action sequences, which – while visually mature and well-done – bored me to death after a while. A chase is not interesting if you know who’s going to win. Neither is a fight. No need to wallow in the visuals, no matter how impressive the effects may be.
So, visually this was quite good with top-shelve effects and CGI work, but the plot could have used a bit of work and the script a little trimming. On top of that, the writing was rather confusing (see “Matrix”, so nothing new there) so much so that I got subs halfway through the film because I just couldn’t keep up with who wanted what and had which agenda and I wasn’t even sure I heard them right any more.
Anyway, this brought a fantastic score with it, epic and sweeping but so not fitting the film… Pity.
Good thing I was ultimately going for “brainless” instead of “brainy” (other choice for the evening: Interstellar) tonight. Nice for a one-off with average entertainment value, but nothing more.
Tags: film review

May 13 2015

heidigard
I’m actually quite embarrassed to admit I watched this. I mean, normally this is what fanfic's for, right? Anyway, I have to say after some starting difficulties this turned out really rather surprisingly good. The actors took a while to warm up to the roles (that might have been due to the initially quite shaky writing) and to each other. You don’t really buy Ana’s shy wall-flower act at the beginning (because the actress clearly has the self-confidence her character lacks) and the chemistry is pretty much NOT there at the start, but we get there. Especially Christian turned out to be an amazing actor (and not too bad on the eyes. That helped too.) and gave a startlingly good performance of this tortured little man-child looking for love. That was actually rather touching in parts. All in all, the characters turned out well. I was satisfied to see that Ana had some steel in her after all and wasn’t the naïve pushover I pegged her for in the beginning.
The cinematography was all pretty great and tasteful, too. There were a few instances of breaking style, eg. with that slo-mo scene, but all in all this was aesthetically pleasing and I have to commend them for how resourceful they were when filming the nude scenes, cleverly teasing but never actually really showing anything at all. Good camera work there.
So, I’d say a well-made film. I was never bored and it even had some pretty funny moments. It definitely does not deserve the bad rating it got. But what the hell was that ending? The story left me hanging pretty badly. One of the most frustrating endings I’ve ever seen. That was not okay. I suppose I’ll need to deduct points for that again…
Tags: film review

May 10 2015

heidigard
Somehow, this is. not. funny.
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