My little movie watch(ed)list.
Do click on the posters to check out the storyline, cast and rating on IMDB. Happy hunting!
Victor Frankenstein (2015) 5 out of 5

Victor Frankenstein (2015) 5 out of 5

First of all, I am incredibly biased because James McAvoy plays the lead. We all know how the novel by Mary Shelley goes. It’s been ingrained in our minds the imagery of the evil ‘made by Hollywood’ mad scientist bringing to life the undead, followed by manic evil “It’s alive. It’s ALIVE!” shrieking. The novel however, I believe was written from the perspective of the creature. All in all, it’s a sad tale of trying to right (in his mind) a wrong. The inability to forget and forgive an unfortunate past and followed by the inevitable descend into madness because of it. Seeking redemption in all the wrong scientific ways. One thing for sure, James McAvoy makes madness forgivable and desperation endearing. Worthy of strong mention, Mr Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. He is flourishing for sure! I loved him in Kill Your Darlings (2013). For some reason IMDB rated this movie ONLY 6/10. My biased, ferociously loyal mind naturally refuses to acknowledge any flaws in the movie. 5 out of 5. 5 out of 5.
The Night Before (2015) 3 out of 5

The Night Before (2015) 3 out of 5

I’m really in love with this particular crop of comedians! It’s the same group that made This Is The End (2013) and that was pretty awesome. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie make one heck of a team. It’s a very trippy, very druggy Christmas movie. It’s a feel good movie. Lots of appearances by other hilarious comedians. Nuff said. It’s pretty f*ckin funny *grin*
Joy (2015) 3.5 out of 5

Joy (2015) 3.5 out of 5

This movie has the same cast as Silver Linings Playbook (2012) which happens to be a fav of mine, so in many ways this movie had quite an expectation hurdle to cross. I’m happy to report, that yes, this movie is pretty darn awesome. I love the childlike flow of the movie, the funny and slightly dysfunctional characters and the gist of the movie about not giving up on a childhood dream. If you are a female entrepreneur or aspire to be one, this is a great movie to help you get out of that funk you fall into once in awhile, ESPECIALLY when people start doubting you and worse, when you suddenly doubt yourself. What resonates with me is that – when you hide yourself away from the world, you are truly hiding from yourself as well. When you put yourself out there, pain is inevitable. This movie is about working through the pain. Side note, Jennifer Lawrence, please stop being so awesome.
Burnt (2015) 3 out of 5

Burnt (2015) 3 out of 5

I can’t quite put my finger on Bradley Cooper, I’m not entirely sure how to place him. I really liked him in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Limitless (2011). I can definitely say he’s come a looonggg way since the TV series Alias. I kept thinking about The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). Although that movie was a lil’ more entertaining. Burnt is a good movie, not a-mahzingly good but still would recommend it especially if you go weak in the knees for Mr Bradley C. It’s an existential type movie, but in the world of culinary arts – passion, redemption, love, acceptance and a lot of throwing away good food.
Spotlight (2015) 4.5 out of 5

Spotlight (2015) 4.5 out of 5

Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaten did an amazing job and really tied this great movie together. Based on a true story. It’s about the hard truths most of us sweep under the denial rug because either 1) we were unable to handle the truth at that particular moment in time 2) didn’t have the resources to do anything about it 3) had our own personal issues to handle 4) the assumption that there’s nothing we could do to change things and 5) standing against it would mean losing something that is precious to us, be it sanity, support or physical possessions. In short, being bullied by those that are in power and worse of all, by your own thoughts. What resonates from Spotlight is that, while it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to abuse one.
Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

The gist of it – the main character Christopher McCandless was resolved in completing his mission of being free of mundane day to day life no matter the physical and emotional cost. The rigmarole of completing a degree and pursue a career. How he had a rocky childhood. He felt trapped. He felt doomed to live life like the rest of us. The movie was based in late 1980s to early 1990s and yes, based on a true story. Uncanny how the real person and the actor (Emile Hirsch) chosen to play him, look eerily alike. As journeys often lead you to surprising paths and pitfalls, he made plenty of life threatening mistakes (involving a moose!) but also met many people who eventually became family (which he saw and met now and again predominantly by chance). He liked living by chance. Nothing planned. If it was meant to be, it just would. The scenes, they had put a lot of heart and thought into it. No special CGI or sound effects in play. Those movies usually have a greater impact, if not on your mind, in your soul. If slightly slow moving movies with deep story lines isn’t your thing, I don’t recommend it. It’s not for everyone. Apart from it being a little draggy, still pretty good.
The Danish Girl (2015) 5 out of 5

The Danish Girl (2015) 5 out of 5

As many Working Title movies have in the past, The Danish Girl managed to hook me in as well from the get go. Working Title has produced beautiful works of moving picture art from Anna Karenina, The Theory of Everything and also an old favourite of mine, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. This movie stars none other than, Eddie Redmayne (aka Eponine’s Marius and Mr. Hawking) and Alicia Vikander (Kitty from Anna Karenina and Ava from Ex Machina). Eddie never disappoints and Alicia Vikander managed to play the leading lady immaculately. What comes to mind is that she’s the next Ellen Page! If you have a heart, complete or broken, you WILL cry. For me, The Danish Girl is my most favourite movie for 2015. Last year, it was The Imitation Game with Kill Your Darlings coming in a very close second. Working Title has consistently produced movies with powerful story lines, solid screenplays and no doubt, have given actors the opportunity to challenge themselves to be play inspiring characters. Yes. Please watch. Bring tissues and grab your blankie, pets and significant other.
Dark Places (2015) 2 out of 5

Dark Places (2015) 2 out of 5

Charlize Theron (I adored from the very start in The Astronauts Wife and also Aeon Flux) turns out also produced the movie. She did an impeccable job as usual. She saved the film for sure! It didn’t hurt that Nicholas Hoult (the beast from X Men) and Chloe Grace Moretz (natural born kick ass babe and killer beauty) was in it too. The Dark Places (2015) soundtrack was awesome as well! It was eerie and totally created the mood for the storyline and plot twists. Unfortunately forgettable film BUT does reconfirm how humans, when pushed agains’t a tight corner by default shows their true colours or true strength. Also how, despite best intentions, can still **ck things up. I don’t think cruel people actually know that they are cruel (unless you are a psychopath and feel nothing). Not all things done out of love are right. Nothin’ much else to say really. It’s a good psychological thriller. Good for a brief retreat.
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