As a standalone movie I probably would have rated it higher but as a movie in the Kingsman franchise I have to say that it was a disappointment. Continue reading The King’s Man – Somewhat of a disappointment.
This is going to be one of those posts where I go against the mainstream but my reaction when I watched this movie was: You got to be f… kidding me? Continue reading Joker: Is this a bloody joke?
As a movie this is a very good movie. The scenery, the acting, the colors etc. are of a very high technical standard. To me personally however, this movie is much too dark and depressing for my taste. Continue reading Blade runner 2049: Too dark and depressing for my taste.
The entire movie is dark in spirit with X-Men all but died out and Wolverine and Professor X just waiting to die. The story is rather predictable with no major surprises, little depth and low on logic. A typical Hollywood drama. I know a lot of people seem to like it but I cannot understand why. Continue reading Logan: Allow me to disagree.
This movie is pretty much a quite classical Hollywood musical with a non too original story, nice music and dancing. In addition the cinematography is simply excellent. Continue reading La La Land: Surprisingly okay to watch.
The movie is quite a low budget one. I can live with that. It is also quite dark. I can live with that as well. Unfortunately I found it to be a slow, boring, illogical and stupid mess. Continue reading The Machine: Unoriginal, abysmal mess.
As expected this is a bit of a propaganda movie against BP but that was of course rather expected. It is still watchable. The dramatization is fairly well done and the effects are believable as well as enjoyable. If you watch it as a disaster drama and special effects movie it is definitely okay. Continue reading Deepwater Horizon: Anti BP propaganda but watchable.
This is a movie that I have to say that I have a bit of difficulty in rating. Quite honestly I was sorely tempted to remove a star, or even two stars. Why? Because it is full of Hollywood nonsense, scientific errors, it is rather predictable and it did feel a bit like a Apollo 13 rip-off. Why did I not remove those stars? Well, it is rather entertaining even if, at times, I squirmed in my seat. Continue reading The Martian – If you do not think too much when watching it it was fairly entertaining.
Kingdom of Heaven by Ridley Scott on Cine+ Premier (CanalSat) My rating: 6 out of 10 stars Kingdom of Heaven is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the … Continue reading Kingdom of Heaven – Decent, even quite good but depressing movie
From Hell by Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes on Netflix My rating: 7 out of 10 stars In 1888 London, prostitutes living in London’s poor and decrepit East End are being butchered by a killer who has come to be known as Jack the Ripper. Scotland Yard Inspector Frederick Abelard and Sgt. Peter Godley investigate the gruesome killings. The evidence suggests that the killer may … Continue reading From Hell: Quite nice Victorian drama even though the ending is rather tragic
Noah by Darren Aronofsky on Blu-ray My rating: 4 out of 10 stars A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. Let me make it clear from the beginning, I do not care if a movie like this is 100% true to the bible and I could not care less about the creationist … Continue reading Noah: Another classic story ruined by Hollywood
Sabotage by David Ayer on Blu-ray My rating: 7 out of 10 stars In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count … Continue reading Sabotage: Not as bad as some people claim. I actually liked it.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Francis Lawrence on Blu-ray My rating: 6 out of 10 stars A year after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner, Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor’s Tour wherein they visit all the districts. But before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year … Continue reading The Hunger Games – Catching Fire: I liked this one better than the first one.
Pompeii (2014) by Paul W.S. Anderson on Blu-ray My rating: 6 out of 10 stars Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman … Continue reading Pompeii: Somewhat cheesy and underdevloped but decent enough Hollywood entertainment.
Red Tails by Anthony Hemmingway on Blu-ray My rating: 5 out of 10 stars Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky – even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It’s a tribute to the unsung heroes who … Continue reading Red Tails – Rather mediocre Hollywood creation
Argo by Ben Affleck on Blu-ray My rating: 7 out of 10 stars In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a … Continue reading Argo – Not my favorite genre but a decent movie
Lawless by John Hillcoat on Blu-ray My rating: 6 out of 10 stars Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World”, the loyalty of three brothers is … Continue reading Lawless – Well done movie but dragging on a bit
This Must Be The Place by Paolo Sorrentino on Blu-ray My rating: 2 out of 10 stars Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during WWII. As I have mentioned on the main page of this blog, this site is strictly non-professional … Continue reading This Must Be The Place – Not my type of movie
Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino on Blu-ray My rating: 10 out of 10 stars With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. This is one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It is a pure Tarantino blast. The somewhat unexpected and quite hilarious start of … Continue reading Django Unchained – A pure Tarantino blast when he is at his best !
Life of Pi by Ang Lee on Blu-ray My rating: 4 out of 10 stars A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. I did not have huge expectations on this movie since it is not exactly my style … Continue reading Life of Pi – Beautiful to watch but hugely overrated as a movie
Cleanskin by Hadi Hajaig on Cine+ Premier (CanalSat) My rating: 2 out of 10 stars While working undercover as a bodyguard to arms dealer Harry, former-soldier-turned-secret-service-agent Ewan survives a bloody shootout with balaclava-clad Ash, a member of an Islamic terrorist cell who steals Harry’s briefcase full of Semtex explosives and escapes with a minor injury. Ewan’s spymasters, Charlotte McQueen and her boss, Scott Catesby, inform … Continue reading Cleanskin – What a load of crap
Hindenburg by Philipp Kadelbach on DVD My rating: 6 out of 10 stars Discover the shocking secret behind one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century in this powerful, exhilarating, world war two thriller. When a chance encounter throws a young engineer into the depths of a deadly plot he begins a race against time to uncover a secret that could throw the world … Continue reading Hindenburg (TV 2011) – Not bad for a TV-movie
Exit Humanity by John Geddes on Blu-ray My rating: 5 out of 10 stars A decade after the American Civil War, Edward Young returns home from a hunting trip to find a horrific reanimation of his wife and that their son Adam has disappeared. He must battle his way through an unexplainable outbreak of the walking dead. If you start to watch this film expecting … Continue reading Exit Humanity – Not the usual zombie stuff
Midnight Express by Alan Parker on DVD My rating: 5 out of 10 stars Story of a man who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. I can say from the start that this movie is not really my cup of tea. Prison movies never have been. Some years ago my wife used to buy a weekly TV-magazine where you got … Continue reading Midnight Express – Not my cup of tea