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May 10 2015

heidigard
heidigard
0280 582a
Reposted fromoopsiak oopsiak viasherlock sherlock

May 09 2015

heidigard
Well, this obviously was a very important film to some people, even though it's "just" an HBO-movie: There are a number of names appearing here or associated with it: Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Alfred Molina all have big roles in this and Brad Pitt was a producer. That is why I'm surprised at the mediocre quality of this piece. It attempts to be Arthouse, but doesn't quite manage. Yet it's not the tear-jerker it has the potential to be, either. The first third entirely failed to grab and hold my attention and the cast only brought out the strong acting in the second half. The piece was too lengthy, suffering from erratic and indecisive editing. the plot could have used some condensing, too. Ultimately, the story didn't amount to much. The characters' suffering seemed pointless and didn't involve me as much as I would have expected. I'd even go as far as to say that Stephen Fry's two-parter docu "HIV and Me" had a lot more impact on me than this dramatisation.
Wow, now this sounds like I thought this was a bad film. It's not. It's just not as good as you'd expect or as it could be. And what's shocking is that now, 30 years later, we are still no closer to curing HIV...
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May 07 2015

heidigard
heidigard

ishaveforsherl:

OMFG IS THIS EVEN REAL???? (X)

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May 06 2015

heidigard
I guess I was in the mood for this film, but I don't feel able to say much about it. The acting was so-so. The script was pretty good, though. A lot of suspense for this kind of story. I also found the glimpse into Saudi Arabian every day life quite interesting (but also extremely saddening. The middle ages are not yet over, it would seem.)
Anyway, good film, though not exactly entertaining.
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heidigard
Apart from the serious logic flaws this had, it wasn’t such a bad film. It had really good actors (and some eye candy too! I mean, Theo James? Wow. I want one like that!) and was actually quite gripping if a bit lengthy in places. But I would not have watched it if I had known that it would be some dystopic future flick with society issues, much like Panem. I strongly dislike these kinds of film because I get enough of unfair social systems in reality. Apart from that I expected some element of fantasy here, not this pseudo-science bullshit. Also, I would have forgone this if I had known there’s be a love story as a major plot in this film. Predictably, it threw me right into a dark pit of tearful, sobbing depression. Ugh.
But on to the worst logic flaws: One, why are there only young people in the Dauntless faction? Do they die young there? Two, what an utterly stupid idea to create a 6th faction in the form of the “Factionless” - a socially neglected, unhappy, frustrated, yet numerous faction - through throwing people out of other factions for as little as being last of the class? They are factoring in the loss of throwing out a quarter of their initiates every term because the arbitrary red line is clearly not flexible, so if every faction throws out one quarter of their people every term, the factionless effectively outnumber each other faction there by 4:1 (!!!!!) at the end of the testing period, making them the largest faction by miles! Wouldn’t if be a far smarter move to not throw people out but try to reintegrate them into society? Unhappy outcasts as the political majority make a very bad basis for a peaceful society.
Anyway, the score was great. The soundtrack too. Lots of Ellie Goulding. Even some Snow Patrol. What could be better?
As teenage flicks go, this certainly didn’t look too shabby but for reasons listed above I wouldn’t watch it again.
Edit: I just remembered why Theo James looks so familiar: a friend of mine is married to his doppelgänger!
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heidigard
This started out fairly boring with wooden acting and strange characters (albeit nice visuals) and I soon started wondering how I'd get through 90 minutes of this. But boy did I misjudge! After about 20 minutes this little boat of a story began picking up momentum like woah! It had everything you need for a great adventure movie: the actors, after warming up, were on fire: gritty, hands-on performances by all! The film had moments of a profoundly awe-inspiring nature (e.g. the whale-shark) that made you feel the vastness of it all and the seconds half was more or less constant edge-of-your-seat tension. The character writing was excellent, giving the story yet another facet of friction.
Visually, this was also marvellous! I truly commend their VFX-artists! Most of the fishes must have been computer-generated, but they looked absolutely, flawlessly real. Again: Awe-insping. Everything was underlined by a beautiful soundtrack. It's been a while since a film got me this involved. Who could have guessed after that rocky start? Go watch!
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April 26 2015

heidigard
God, I so hope that this finally is the long-expected Doctor Who crossover we've all been waiting for!

April 23 2015

heidigard
Play fullscreen
"Narrow it down"
well-edited, gritty Sherlock vid. Enjoy!
Tags: Sherlock
Reposted bysherlock sherlock
heidigard
Play fullscreen
"Human Error"
I just re-watched this gorgeous vid for the upteenth time and it made my heart clench and break all over again because my god! Sherlock is just so desperately, hopelessly in love with John.
This will forever remain my OTP, I've just realised.
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April 17 2015

heidigard
 Odd example for a mystery thriller. Also, I didn’t quite get the ending. But I see why they wanted Laurence Fishburn in this: It’s kind of like the Matrix… sort of… I think. Anyway, fantastic actors. Really. Kudos to all of them! Strong, consistent performances enhancing well-written characters and truly bringing them to life.
Also, visually this was stunningly well-done. The visual effects blended in absolutely seamlessly and the camera work and particularly lighting were exceptional! Really great to look at, all of it.
However, despite the suspense (another bit that was excellently done) and the action, this felt strangely long. Maybe because it just posed too many questions without answers?
Anyway, I might watch this again just to look at the marvellous job the actors are doing here along with the pleasing visuals. Also, I might get this movie the second time around (was the same with the Matrix).
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April 12 2015

heidigard
Saw this yesterday with a friend. Cute film. What was eerie was that the theatre was pretty full (mostly children and their parents) and we were the only ones laughing ourselves silly. What's wrong with kids these days that they don't find this kind of thing funny?? The only scene they laughed at was something questionable which wasn't really funny at all.
Anyway, this was done with so much love! The animation was flawless and I thought they captured the British countryside and especially London far better than any photographs or life-action movie, somehow. I wonder how they did that...
Also, the story was pretty original and unforseeable. This was never boring in any way. I think I'll buy the DVD for my mum. She'll love it!
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March 30 2015

heidigard
'Honey ,what shall we name our kid' 'JOHN'
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March 28 2015

heidigard
This was a very strange Icelandic film. Two words: Beautiful cinematography. The nature footage was just breath-taking. And I never knew how truly magnificent Iceland horses are. Their bearing is quite regal. And they seemed well-trained, too. I thought they looked like incredibly intelligent beasts to act with. The actors themselves were great! Everything looked very natural. I can only presume that the script only loosely described what would happen because there are a lot of things in here that could not have been scripted (e.g. this guy falling into the ocean with his horse).
Also, the Icelandic people have a very, very odd sense of humour. It’s a bit like British humour, but 500 years back.
What annoyed me was that it was impossible to get decent subtitles for this so I had to watch it with only occasional (and very random) translations. Thankfully, this didn’t have all that much dialogue and the pictures spoke well for themselves.
So, incredibly beautiful to watch. Little entertainment value for people who aren’t interested in horses or Icelandic scenery, though.
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heidigard

Firestorm over London — The Mystery of Mycroft’s Ring or why does he wear...

Interesting stuff about Mycroft's ring with lots of arguments why it could still be a wedding ring, even if he wears it on his right hand.
Reason # 6 (widows and widowers wear their wedding ring on the right hand.) makes me suddenly yearn for a fanfic to that extent. Does anybody know a short h/c-story about this?
Tags: Sherlock
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heidigard
I just KNEW this wouldn’t work. Like the Minions, these characters lose all their charm once you drag them from the sidelines into the spotlight. They are a marvellous addition for any movie, but on their own the shine wears off within minutes. To be honest, I did not expect anything much from this, but I did think a project with Benedict Cumberbatch would be worth watching. I was wrong. The script was stupid. The character designs were extremely lazy and flat. The whole project looked like it was made without love or passion. Just milking the cash cow. It was missing any and all of the little visual details that normally make a good animated movie, like little scenes or funny nods and hints in the background, tiny things that catch your eye and make you laugh… this was missing everything that makes movies like How to Train Your Dragon or Wall-E work and I actually feel reluctant to name those two as examples for how it’s done right because they are so far removed from THIS.
Anyway, don’t waste your time on this.
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March 26 2015

heidigard
woah, what nonsense. I wonder why they keep dishonouring the original by producing cheap rip-offs. I only watched this because somebody said it was actually decent, but though it's probably better than Dragonheart 2, it's nowhere near a good film. The plot was both disappointingly predictable and surprisingly original, but the story was poorly executed in extremely bad writing. It looked like a play half of the time and like it was the first work of a newby author. Everything seemed so disjointed and it just grated on my nerves that they tried to re-create the original constellation of characters through these pale, soulless copies
It's not the actors' fault. They were decent enough, but not mind-blowing. Just kids mucking about in the woods.
The visuals were meh with substandard animations and abysmal make-up.
All in all, absolutely forgettable.
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March 24 2015

heidigard
I watched this with my friends in Munich last weekend. It's definitely not a movie I would have gone to see of my own accord, being so full of violence and a completely silly story. This was the kind of dumb movie that I could have seen myself walking out of. Sure, it had entertainment value of sorts, but of a pedestrian, vicious kind that does not appeal to me at all. The actors were good, though. I love Colin Firth (though I can't see for the life of me why he keeps making such bad choices in his rolls in recent years). Samuel L. Jackson was funny to see with his natural lisp. Mark Strong was absolutely lovely as Merlin. I adored him in that role, gentle and human for once (up to a point). Such a change from the villains he normally portrays. Anyway, what I found most impressive was the transformation from street kid to gentleman. The cloths do really make a person. And the bearing, too. I found that actually quite inspirational.
Anyway, the script was beyond stupid. Visually, they did well with exceptional camera work. The fight choreographies looked amazing and the editing was great. I was impressed by Colin Firth's fitness and agility, as well as the kid's. But the make-up-department fucked up on a number of things. Though I congratulate them on their daring when they let Colin keep that little spot on his chin, any thirteen-year-old girl could have done better with that zit on Eggsy's neck in the end.
I really loved both the score and the soundtrack, though.
So, not a film I'd recommend for people like me, though I can (sadly) see that there are certainly people who'll like this. I grant them that Colin had a certain coolness that was hard to resist, but the violence and questionable humour were just too much.
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March 23 2015

heidigard
I know it's probably intentional and I've seen it countless times in vids etc., however, I can't help but notice how utterly heart-broken (in a quiet, secret way) John looks at that engagement ring of Sherlock's... This makes my gut ache. 
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