Killing Season (2013)

Killing Season (2013)
Killing Season (2013)

It can seems strange, but this screenshot above is from the movie and resumes the movie story pretty well. I confess I did not read anything about this movie, just the main actors names, Robert de Niro and John Travolta. That was enough to make me watch this. But it shouldn’t. Unfortunately good and great actors can sometime do crappy movies. I could complain about John Travolta accent of Serbian, but I do not know Serbian enough for that (enough.. do not know any!), and I just can say it should have took the time to practice it. Other than that, the story is about… sorry.. spoilers… two man fighting and torturing each other. Mostly with a decent reason. Even at the end of the movie that reason, if it exists, is not clear. And, as American as the movie is, everything ends well. Voting 6 in 10.

Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium (2012)
Byzantium (2012)

Gemma Arterton might be a good reason for me to like this movie, but it is not. She is gorgeous, even as a Vampire, but the truth is that the movie is kind of interesting. It is a drama, more than anything else. There are no really stale moments, and the story is quite fluid. But the best thing on the movie is not just vampires that do not bite (but use a pointy nail), but the way the story is told. In different moments different characters tell parts of the relevant story. And as you might imagine, given it is a Vampire story, we are not talking about a few years story, but more than 200 years of story. Not all those years are relevant, but you understand the idea. Just like some comment on ICheckMovies, I can say this is a refreshing Vampires movie. Not the usual boring way. Very different. I kind of liked it (not a favorite movie, but enough for a 7 in 10 @ IMDB).

Zombieland (2009)

First Rule: Cardio
First Rule: Cardio

The usual story. Stupid boy loves girl. Stupid boy lacks nuts. Girl gets stupid and in danger. Stupid boy grows some nuts, and saves girl. Now, join some Zombies in there, and some jokes. And a couple of rules on how to fight zombies. First, keep your cardio. That’s one more reason for me to do some exercise. Also interesting rule is: enjoy the little things (that’s why I like small girls).

Not a brilliant movie. Felt a little tired and bored from time to time. Probably some scenes could be cut giving more speed and interest to the plot. But who am I…

O Crime do Padre Amaro (2005)

O Crime do Padre Amaro
O Crime do Padre Amaro

This is a Portuguese movie that delivers less than it promises. There are some hot scenes, but nothing that relevant. The story is, in fact, a small number of stories that, by chance, has a common character. And just one of those stories is relevant.

I never read the book but I am sure it is a lot better than the movie. I just added it to my queue of books to read. In two or three years I might get to it. With luck.

Now, talking about quality, I can’t understand how a recent movie (2005 is not that old) has such bad audio recording. The authors do not know how to speak, or the technicians do not know how to record. But this seems a major problem on lot of Portuguese productions. Very bad, indeed…

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) is a good movie. First, remember it is from 1973. The special effects weren’t that evolved. Thus, a lot of them are just make up. Nevertheless, you can get some great views, like rotating heads, levitation and some other. The story is mostly what you would expect for the title. The main drawback is that we do not get a proper exorcism working. The devil disappears by other means (check the movie to understand). Also, there are some minutes from he beginning of the movie that aren’t relevant. I know they connect with the exorcist, but in fact they do not bring anything new to the story. With those scenes, the story could be made better and more interesting. But probably the director noticed the movie was getting too big, and just decided to cut the story. I just can say I think the end could be a lot better.

Also interesting is to read about the actress who made the girl character. She was almost nominated to an Oscar, but then they noticed she used some stunts and a dubbed version. So, if you want an Oscar, try to make it real.

Smash, Season 1, Episode 1

 

Smash, S01E02
Smash, S01E02

Smash is a new series. It is classified as Drama, but for now I do not think Drama is the right classification. It is not a comedy, is not action, is not horror, probably it is not romance, but drama.. ok, why not. I am not sure if I will continue watching it, but I will give a second chance, and wait for the next episode. Why not? The story is not bad (Broadway backstage), there are some nice girls, and it is completely different from the other series I am watching at the moment. So, wait for more posts about it in the future.

The Pillars of the Earth (miniseries)

The Pillars of the Earth (episode 1)
The Pillars of the Earth (episode 1)

I am reading the book The Pillars of the Earth (in Portuguese), almost at the end of the second volume, and started today to watch a miniseries that was created based on this book. It is (they say) the master piece of Ken Follet. If it is or not, I can’t say, as it is only the second book I am reading by Ken.

Back to the miniseries, this is always a problem to comment on a movie or miniseries after reading a book. Mainly because you imagine things, places, characters, and then you get places and characters with other aspects. But I started watching the series knowing that.

This episode shows that the director is cutting some scenes (like the supernatural sex scene between Ellen and Tom the Builder), and changing some bits of the story (Jonathan is found by Philip and he delivers him to the monastery in the forest, and only later he goes to Kingsbridge, taking Johnny Eightpence with him to take care of the baby).

But, hey, we can’t expects things to go exactly as in the book. In any case, I expect to watch the next episodes soon.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcism of Emily Rose

First, yeah, it is a good choice to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose in Christmas Day. Much better than watching it on Halloween or something. I was expecting something more from the movie. It doesn’t have that big special effects I was expecting (but that’s probably good, as Jennifer Carpenter as a great performing), and during the movie I forgot it is based on true facts (or at least they said) and I was expecting some non-natural behavior in the Court Room. But then, that would make the movie not credible.

The story is not that good to take two hours of movie. Not that the movie is boring (in fact, I couldn’t stop it in the middle to go into the restroom), but you get to the end wondering… is it just this? Well, that was my feeling…

 

Bolt (2008)

Bolt (2008)
Bolt (2008)

Back to animation movie. Bolt is from Disney, this time without the help of Pixar. But I did not miss Pixar in this work. The movie is great. Animation is cool. Characters are cute. And the story, unlike the last Up from Pixar, is both comic and dramatic, and I got a great time watching it.

Although the story is nothing really new there are a couple of details that make the movie interesting. For example (spoilers alert) the fact of the dog (Bolt) do not have any idea about a standard dog behavior, but Mittens, a cat, is able to teach him. And more, as far as he learns, he loves to be a dog. If you like animation movies, I recommend.

Up (2009)

 

Up (2009)
Up (2009)

I like animation movies, not just because of the story itself, but because they are usually comic and also because I like to see the advances on computer animation. And Pixar movies always astonish me because of the animation and graphics quality. This is not an exception. This movie is great.

Unfortunately I am not that happy with the story. Not because it is not plausible. I am used to that in animation stories (and not only animation…). But because I lack humor. There are a few that I can recall, but most of the movie is a drama, or just old jokes. And that is a shame. I am a really admirer of some animation movies that have different levels of humor, from kids to adults. In this I could not find adult jokes… but probably I was distracted….