The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) is a movie about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a negative asset manager at the prominent magazine called “LIFE”. One day he receives a roll of film from Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), one of his photography contacts who is traveling around the world shooting photos for the new issues. The film roll contains what will be the cover photo of the last edition of the magazine ever to be produced. The problem? That single photo is missing from the roll. With the help of colleague Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig), he is on track to finding Sean and recovering that missing photo. On the journey however, he finds himself. Continue reading

Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin Nombre (2009) is the movie about a Honduran girl trying to migrate to the USA, and the struggles and sacrifices she has to live through during that journey. The movie also centers around members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang who are known for their violent revenge culture and the inability to escape from their reach.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) is a movie directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), about Scott Pilgrim, who plays the bass in a local Toronto band, trying to make it and get signed. He meets Ramona Flowers after having a seemingly random dream about her, and Scott immediately falls for her quirky alternative appearance and personality. There is only one problem, Ramona has seven exes, who Scott has to “defeat” in order to win her over.

This is one of those movies where you have no idea what so ever about what will happen after seeing the trailer. Once seated and the movie starts however, it quickly becomes apparent how surprisingly brilliant this movie actually is. The moment the movie starts, you are thrown into a comic book atmosphere with an infinite number of video games references, and the Universal logo and theme are even in 8-bit.

I constantly kept thinking “What the hell am I watching?”, while at the same time feeling that this is something new and fresh. The transitions between the scenes were abrupt and fast, and could jump back and forth in seconds. There are no intense drama-scenes with deep conversations, but instead lots of one-liners and whitty comments.

This movie seems to have a lot of haters out there, but I think they just don’t get the feel of the movie. You will just have to see it for yourself and decide whether it is ingenious or overrated.

Score: 8/10 (Great)

The A-Team

The A-Team (2010) is a movie based on the popular The A-Team TV series and follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going rogue, they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.

Score: 6/10 (Fair)

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers (2001) is a 10 part mini-series about the Easy Company (506th Infantry Regiment) in the US 101st Airborne division and their mission in the second world war. They start out in England, with a mission to parachute behind enemy lines in Normandie, in the early hours on D-day. They continued though France, including the Siege of Bastogne, and made their way though Holland with Operation Market Garden, later entering Germany and finally Austria.

They performed a number of extraordinary missions during the war, but one of the most memorable was the liberation of a German concentration camp. There were some very strong images from the camp, and the viewer is thrown directly into the very same place where the story plays out. The feeling of being authentic and knowing that this has actually occurred is overwhelming and disgusting to say the least.

This is a remarkable and very strong story about friendship and about ordinary people achieving extraordinary things together. The portrayal of Major Winters leading the company from D-day and rising in the ranks during the war is excellent. The character development of all main characters is done well you can clearly see the difference between the people in episode one and the very last one.

The actors have done an amazing job telling the story in a honorary and authentic way. The following quote is from a war veteran on the IMDb boards:

I am an 80 year old combat veteran (88th Inf. Div. Italy).

I watched BOB on the History Channel. I was so overwhelmed, indeed a bit panicked by the authentic nature of 90+% of the uniforms, signs, noises (I take exception to the sound of incoming artillery).

I cannot believe I’ll watch it again. It’s too much. Too real.

One of the most powerful images however, is that the real people behind these characters talk about what happened in the beginning of each episode, with an epilogue at the end of the series. Seeing the real Major Winters talking about what he has experienced during the war, gives a remarkable depth, and puts the characters to life in a completely different way. It is quite similar to what The Fourth Kind tried to do, but actually succeeding. The fact that is was indeed real, was of course the main success factor.

This is frankly on of the best movies/series ever created.

Score: 10/10 (Totally ninja!)

Robin Hood

Robin Hood (2010) is a movie about the classic story about Robin Longstride (Russel Crowe). The story begins in France with the death of King Richard and the journey back to England. Robin decided to honor a dying man’s wish, to return the sword of Walter of Locksley back to him.

The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli is a post-apocapolyptic western movie about Eli (Denzel Washington), who has been on a 30 year long journey, heading west. During this tremendous journey though a wasteland full of thugs, robbers and killers, he tries to stay true to his mission to transport a very important artifact to the west-coast.

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The Descent: Part 2

The Descent: Part 2 picks up immediately after The Decent left off, with Sarah just having survived the cave system. She later has to return against her will with the police and other people to find her friends.

If you have seen the first movie, you already know what is going to happen. They did not bring anything new into the mix, but instead continued on the old blood-spattered trail and revisited old scenes and deaths. For some reason, the movie was more focused on jump scares and monster cries, when they instead could have further developed the sense of claustrophobia, darkness and loneliness that the first movie conveyed in a very interesting way.

The special effects were somewhat weird too, like no one of the crew have seen how blood looks like. The color and consistency reminded more of a can of tomato soup than blood. Other than that, most things looked about the same as the first one, but with worse feeling.

This is a classic horror sequel, just playing along with the same storyline without adding anything into the mix.

Up

I recently watched Up, an animated adventure by Pixar surrounding an old man called Carl Fredricksen. He sets out to fulfill his life-long dream to visit South America. After departing with his house (!), he finds out that he is not alone.

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