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

Garden State (2004)

Garden State (2004) is an indie movie about Andrew, a troubled young man returning to his hometown to attend his mothers funeral after being shut out by his family for more than a decade. His return coincides with his decision to stop taking his antidepressants after being dependent on them for the major part of his life. He happens to run into many of his childhood friends but also Sam, a like-minded and troubled woman he instantly connects with.

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Veronica Mars (2014)

Veronica Mars (2014) is a crowd-funded movie about private investigator Veronica Mars who returns to her hometown to help her old high-school friend who has been accused of murder. Arriving back at Neptune, she soon realizes that things aren’t what they seem and starts unraveling a deep coverup.

I have watched and rather enjoyed the old Veronica Mars TV series, so I was delighted to hear that a movie had been made to complete the story a decade later. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to bring back that old fuzzy feeling, reminiscent of the old series. They did it fairly well, and I enjoyed watching every minute of it, even though the movie was riddled with clich├ęs and an undeniably predictable plot.

Since being a fan of the original series left me with a marshmellowy veil covering my senses, one could say that I am somewhat biased and looking at this movie as a self-contained unit instead of and extension of the old series, it barely holds up. The viewer is presented with an small history lesson in the beginning of the movie, but it’s far from enough to convince the viewer to ignore the cheesy characters and predictable plot.

If you are a fan of the TV series, just watch this movie already – if not, don’t bother.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

In a world… (2013)

In a world (2013) is an intimate indie comedy directed by and starring Lake Bell.

An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voice-over star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.

The movie tells an enjoyable story of a niche occupation, people doing movie-trailer voice-overs, and letting the viewer get a glimpse into the drama and prestige that this world endures.

While the characters were somewhat believable, their lack of development and building of depth left me wondering why I should root for them – it failed to make me emotionally identify myself with a particular person.

Score: 6/10 (Fair)

Secretary

Secretary (2002) is an award-winning movie about Lee, a former mental patient trying to get back on track with her life. She starts working as a secretary for a paralegal, and he changes her life forever by challenging her and leading her into uncomfortable situations.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

This is a story about finding yourself, and be true to who you are, regardless what other people think is right or wrong. Maggie Gyllenhaal does an exceptional performance portraying Lee, the former mental patient with a psychological disorder. Her character grows from being completely insecure about herself and the world to the very opposite, where she is in control (or lets someone else take control, on her terms).

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

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)