Last evening we had the pleasure of watching American Hustle.
I loved it. It was fun, pretty to look at, had an amazing performance by all actors and was written beautifully.
If you didn’t watch it yet, go do it now. (Of course you probably watched it already because it came out last year so good job!)
Fantastic! Fantastic, I tell you.
Here’s the trailer:
We saw this French oldie two days ago and I loved it.
This film is dark, funny, sad, grotesque, caricatural, over the top, and very, very different from today’s blockbusters. A real treat!
(Thank you M. For the recommendation.)
From the wikipedia page:
The film tells the story of four friends who gather in a villa for the weekend with the express purpose of eating themselves to death. Bouffer is French slang for “excessive eating”. (the Italian abbuffata means “great eating”).
Rotten Tomatoes’ audience gives it an 84%.
La Grande Bouffe at Wikipedia
Trailer (in German because I couldn’t find one in English or the original French):
Brutal and honest, The Wrestler is a film that gives you a glimpse into the life of an ageing wrestling champion from the eighties that continues his career way beyond his prime.
It got 98% in Rotten Tomatoes and this time I have to agree with the hive mind. Brilliant, stupendous film!
Everything is right with it: the writing, the actors, the lighting, the colours, the sounds, the way it progresses. It is entertaining even though some of the scenes are excruciatingly gruesome.
I heard about Shame from a few different people but never had the opportunity to watch it before now. Telmo and I watched it two nights ago and I was slightly disappointed.
I expected it to be a really heavy movie filled with emotion and drama but what I felt was more on the “it’s okay” category. I suspect if I’ve seen it in any other day I would feel different, so I’m saving my final judgment for when I see it again in another state of mind.
I have a few things to say, though.
I think people should chill out about speaking of this movie as if it’s The Sad Life of a Sex Addict. I don’t think he is a sex addict. I don’t even know if it’s possible to be a sex addict. (Maybe it’s an American thing…) When the human prime directive is to have sex and reproduce, can someone get addicted to a prime directive? Isn’t that exactly what is meant to be? He likes porn, hookers and risk taking (by implicitly having unprotected sex). So? He can afford the hookers and he is an unattached adult so quit it with the finger pointing, people!
He is lonely. He lives in a society that exalts monogamy and relationships as the only acceptable model of reality. As we see in the movie, his MARRIED boss is screwing around. Is his wife okay with that?
The pressure of a relationship, any relationship—as we see in the way he deals with his sister—is too much for him. He isn’t a sex addict, he is just emotional undeveloped.
It’s a pretty movie visually and the writing is good. I just need to watch it when I’m not in a funk.
Saturday we went to the movies and because my brother-in-law mentioned it, I suggested we go see The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.
Wes Anderson is one of those directors that always makes beautiful movies. Unfortunately, they fail to entertain me sometimes. (Didn’t really like Moonrise Kingdom… Meh!)
But The Grand Budapest Hotel was super fun!
I loved the structure of the movie, the writing, the performances, the sets, the colours… Everything really.
Whimsical as always, Wes Anderson delivered a simple story about loyalty and love without being sappy or dull. Quirky and delicious!
Ongoing list. See first part here.
|Evernote – Writing – Free
Keeps my notes organised and synced between the iPad, the phone and the computer. I use it mainly to save stuff to read later—by sending an e-mail to the app with the link—and to jot down ideas to develop later.
|5Seconds – Animated Gif Creation – Free
The best animated gif creation tool I’ve found for the iPad after trying quite a few. It crashes sometimes but I am satisfied with it’s efficiency.
|Duolingo – Learn Languages – Free
Very well made. This app helps you learn several languages for free in a fun, game like way.
|Clumsy Ninja – Game – Free
Entertaining little time waister with a sweet character, nice graphics and cool life like physics motion. Pretty.
|Auralux – Game – Free
Another pretty time waister. Strategy style game.
|Feedly – Feed Reader – Free
After Reeder abandoned it’s clients I tried a lot of feed readers and this was the one I chose to use. It syncs with everything so I can access my feeds from the browser, the phone, or the iPad. It’s decent.
Disclaimer – This is my opinion as a user. I’m not being payed in any way by making these reviews. I just like the damn apps.
Yeah… I did it again. I went to see a movie and didn’t check if The Monster (aka Lindelof) was writing it. I know… I’m an idiot.
What I hated about the movie:
– The USS Enterprise is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before NOT to go on manhunts;
– No coherent dialogs;
– No purpose;
– No story;
– No ideas;
– The horrible 3D – DOF in 3D, really?
What I liked about the movie but wasn’t enough:
– The brilliant actors;
– The shiny pictures when unspoiled by the horrible 3D.
What I would like to say to JJ Abrams:
– Just keep to original scripts – Cloverfield was okay;
– 3D sucks balls;
– Stop using The Monster;
– Really. Quit that.
I give it one star and it’s all for the actors and the director that made a visual silk purse from a writing sow’s ear.