#MettelRaySe7en: My Movie Alphabet Vol 2

While there might be some things that never change, we as people still constantly evolve just like the world around us. Our thoughts, our tastes, our opinions – with every new grain of information something in us could change completely. We might idolise someone one minute and cringe our noses at their stupidity the next, we might find a movie absolutely brilliant, only to fall out of love with it two years later. And it’s fascinating to see and compare our present to the past, which is why I had this crazy idea to compile My Movie Alphabet Vol 2, almost five years after I posted the first one. To see how I’ve changed… and how much I’ve stayed the same.

For more information,  click here for the blogathon announcement post.

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Her (2013)

herscoreYou shall not pass if you want to avoid spoilers.

There’s a certain power to Spike Jonze’s Her that might not be evident at first but give it time, give it a week even and the idea of Her will slowly but surely build up in your mind into something amazing. That is, after Her you start looking at technology in a whole new way and suddenly you realize, having that artificial friendship/relationship might not be a far fetched idea after all.

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January Favorites

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It’s been a while since I did my favorites post and I feel a bit bad, it’s not because I haven’t had favorites, it’s because I just haven’t had enough. But I figured, it doesn’t matter, I can ramble about few of my favorites for hours anyway, so why not do it each month. So I’m kicking this tradition into motion for the second time, harder this time, so it would actually get itself started. Also, this marks my third post this week, which means this one is extra special and I have done extremely well with my resolution to post two posts each week. Yay!

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

drinking buddiesTiny spoiler-baby is ahead, you’ve been warned.

Two posts a week, that was my promise to myself and therefore you guys are getting two posts on this fine Sunday. One I already published, and this is obviously the second one – what a great way to end a week, right? Also, there’s no better way to end it than with a positive review. Drinking Buddies was the last movie I saw in 2013 and making the choice based on its name and the trailer, I was sure I wasn’t going to be disappointed. And giving the fact that I’m on a good movie binge right now, I’m proud to say that I really enjoyed Drinking Buddies.

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The Words (2012)

the wordsI know it’s not my typical review posting day but I have a little goal to fill and that is to get to 60 reviews and this being the 60th I thought why not do a Sunday one to finish off the last week of 2012. And what better way to do so that to admit that I kind of liked The Words but not really, to be honest, I didn’t expect to have any positive feelings at all but that happened so, I liked it. I also didn’t know that Jeremy Irons was in it (there’s a consequence of my non-interest towards Cooper and his movies) and if I’d known that, this review would be already written months ago!

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# 278 – In Time

Justin Timberlake has left the music behind him and entered the world of movies with great success. Meaning he has been in many movies lately and I keep watching those movies although I have no idea why. In Time happened to be his action movie with Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Muprhy and Matt Bomer.

The whole point is that after a certain age people don’t get older anymore and their time starts to run. So it is basically a good concept, that time is a currency in the future  – time is priceless. The way they played out the concept wasn’t as good as one would expect. Not to mention the fact that they probably had like no idea how to edit this movie together – the time was running, there was like seconds left and it felt like freaking minutes. That was what made me mad – if the whole concept of the movie is about time, then the time during the movie should be running as realistically as possible. It could be done, it has been done – but American blockbuster action movies tend to avoid that.

Andrew Niccol who wrote and directed the movie has done many movies over the past 15 years, beginning with Gattaca, The Truman Show and Lord of War for instance. In Time might not be his best work, since I have seen the other ones, but the concept like I already said is pretty excellent. I would like to read a book with a similar story, where the alternative future is based on time-currency.

Also something I saw was the idea of driving between the levels, I don’t remember if they actually were called levels or districts – whatever. The idea was very similar to The Hunger Games concept – different levels connected by the high-way but they differ with people’s wealth. So when Timberlake’s character rides to the most highest level it seems very cool and everything up to that moment is absolutely brilliant – but then it starts to fall into the typical action movie black hole and it becomes ordinary among its other “friends”.

I mentioned Matt Bomer in the beginning because he is the first hero in this movie – having a lot of time, being like a hundred years old or something, he gives his time to Timberlake’s character. Sadly. I like him, I haven’t watched White Collar since the first season and I don’t remember why, probably because I had so many shows and I needed to prioritize. Anyway, Bomer’s role in this is small but he is still a hero in some ways. Not like Cillian Murphy who is this good-bad-good guy – I just adore him. I liked him in the Red Eye of which I still remember this one specific scene because I thought it was perfect.

Anyway, no other things to say, I would give the general idea a lot more credit that the actual final product but I guess it wouldn’t be fair.

# 218 – The Change-Up

Keeping things on the fun side (before I do a short summary of this years Emmy Awards) I’m continuing with The Change-Up which I saw a couple of weeks ago. While I have the up-most respect for Jason Bateman (I just like him so much) I find Ryan Reynolds a bit annoying. I think it’s because I have seen him so much and he always seems to play the same characters. But I’m not gonna get into my subjective opinions cause I want to keep this post short.

So, this is another comedy that brings us the body-switch situation but a more grown-up version of this situation. I was quite excited about it before I went to see it and it was probably not a surprise to me that I ended up not liking it. Was it because of the jokes that went too far or was it because the ending was just too messy and weird. The babies in the movie were… well, I just felt sorry for them and I couldn’t really laugh from the heart. I don’t know how to explain but I just didn’t feel it.

Jason Bateman was adorable as always, Ryan Reynolds had the same expressions as always, Leslie Mann gets cast as a mom a lot (cause she is a mom?), Olivia Wilde was the hot assistant (hot being the main emphasis) and this was basically the whole main cast. IMDb has 6,4 for this one and I’m giving it a 2,5 out of 5 cause I’m not feeling the fun, but in other situations it can probably pull off a 3 out of 5.

#212 – In Time (trailer special)

Justin Timberlake has turned his back to music and is making a lot of movies lately. Friends With Benefits came out a little while ago and now, in the end of October, In Time – sci-fi action movie is hitting the screen. The movie takes place in near future and is about being young forever. It looks promising but I’m not very excited about it – Justin is the lead Robin Hood type hero, Olivia Wilde plays his mother (that is just weird), Amanda Seyfried is the love interest and Cillian Murphy looks like the villain in this one. Great cast (I’m not happy with the female leads but still) with Andrew Niccol as director/writer – might look promising as an action movie but so do a lot of trailers.

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