Sunday, July 20, 2014

Under the Skin quick movie review

Cast: Scarlet Johansson
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Running time: 1 hour and 48 minutes

  Movie critics love Under the Skin, the most recent movie of Jonathan Glazer, who has previously directed Birth and Sexy Beast over the period of something like 13 years. The movie, based on a novel by Michel Faber, follows the adventures of our protagonist, Scarlet Johansson, around Scotland.

  So I'll come right out and say it, I HATED THIS MOVIE!!!!!!! I was in agony, i wanted to shoot myself in the face and never ever see that van again in my life.

  But let me explain why i had such a strong reaction to this movie. To do that, i will make this review special and start with my thoughts on the negative aspects of Under the Skin. My main problems were two, the first one being how slow paced it was. I didn't expect anything super fast and adrenalin filled but the degree of the slow-moving pace was unbelievable. Minutes were passing by and nothing was happening. And i mean nothing. After a point it became exhausting, nerve-inducing and all in all a black energy-consuming hole that sucked the life out of my eyes (and yes i know how dramatic i am being). The movie runs 1 hour and 48 minutes long and i felt like it was 4 hours.

  But making things even worse, Under the Skin was incredibly repetitive. Scene after scene following the same path with slight differences. As mentioned before, if i ever see that van or that black lake/floor again i will hit my head on the wall. Subsequently, if i was to remove all the extremely similar scenes, Under the Skin would come down to a half an hour sort film (that i would probably love).

  However, there were some great attributes to Under the Skin that i can recognise and appreciate even though i couldn't stand the movie as i was watching it. The premise of the human-looking alien that comes to earth and experiences for the first time everything that we take for granted in our everyday lives is an interesting idea that i would have liked to see made into the short film i previously mentioned.

  Another idea i was interested in was that in the begging of the film the fact that Scarlet Johansson's character has never eaten chocolate cake or has never felt sadness and empathy or has never had sex and her reaction to all that is so wonderful and pure and by the end, when she is the most happy she has been in the whole movie, the same fact, that she has never experienced life as a human before, turns into the very thing that destroys her is very though-provoking and intriguing.

  In conclusion, this movie got Under my Skin (such a good pun, i know) in a really unique (and not good) way. If you have a low threshold for slow-going and overlong movies stay away, but if you don't mind a more relaxed and unhurried structure in a film you will probably end up loving Under the Skin.
Score: 20% (but if you had asked me my score right after watching the movie it would be more like Score:0%)
Tomatometer: 86% 

Courtesy of A24 Films
Mongrel Media

Friday, July 18, 2014

Getaway quick movie review

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
Director: Courtney Solomon
Running time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

  Recently, i decided to start writing quick reviews about movies that i would skip otherwise. My first quick review will be about Getaway.

  Getaway stars Ethan Hawke as a very skilled ex-race driver and Selena Gomez as a very skilled hacker kid. Hawke's character gets into a very bad situation when Jon Voight abducts his wife, threatens that he will kill her and makes him drive all over Bulgaria,  "take hostage", in a sense, Selena Gomez and rob Gomez's dad's bank.

  There is, almost, nothing good about this movie except from the fact that, especially in the begging, Brent Magna (Hawke) treats The kid (Gomez) (and yes that is how Selena Gomez is credited) as the annoying brat that she is. Half of the things he says to her are the words shut up. However, this is not, completely, a positive attribute for the movie. It is a fault of the film that the kid is so annoying and unlikable while still being one of the two main leads.If the audience doesn't like, find interesting or relate to the protagonists there is no reason for them to watch the movie.

 I won't name all of the flaws of the movie (there are too many) but here is the one that stood out to me the most. We, as the viewers, are supposed to believe that Selena Gomez is a brilliant hacker with an interest in cars and we don't, or at least i didn't. She looks like a little girl in over her head talking about hacker and car "stuff" like she is just reading a script that she doesn't understand. If a better actress, who could make us believe she was genius super kid, was cast the movie would be a lot more believable, tolerable and not overall one of the worst movies I've seen this year. And i have to note that i have a particular interest in movies with hackers (that's why i liked the fourth Die Hard film) and i, still, couldn't stand this movie.

   So my overall opinion is that this movie is idiotic and more idiotic than the movie is the Selena Gomez casting. It's pretty boring, it's repetitive as a result of the numerous chase scenes (action movies are not my thing so if you like car and chase movies disregard this point) and it's not worth anyone's time.


Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Movie Fact of the Day

  Today's movie fact is about a movie that i loved since the first time i saw it as an early teen. The movie i'm talking about is Death at a Funeral (the original one).
  One of the leads is Alan Tudyk (one of my favourites), and in multiple scenes his character, Simon, was under the influence of  hallucinogenics . During his drug haze Simon gets on the roof of the house, gets naked and threatens to jump . According to Tudyk, the inspiration for his performance was an intoxicated teen, who he saw when he was young, on top of a picnic table, naked. He based the  poses he did on the roof on the memories of that naked teen.
  I hope you enjoyed today's fact and go check out my Death at a Funeral review ( if you haven't already. Have a great day.


Courtesy of
Verve Pictures

Friday, May 30, 2014

Movie Fact of the Day

  Today 's fact is another fact about one of the movies James McAvoy has been a part of. This time the movie is "Wanted", a 2008 film also starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pratt among other.
  There is a very liberating and badass scene in the film where James McAvoy's character, Wesley Gibson, tells off his boss and as he is leaving, hits his best friend Barry (played by Chris Pratt), who is sleeping with his girlfriend, in the head with his keyboard. The letters that come flying off towards the audience spell the words "Fuck You".
  So, that was the movie fact of the day. I hope you enjoyed it and have a great day.

Courtesy of
Universal Pictures

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Movie Fact of the Day


  This post is a spoiler about "Trance", so i suggest if you haven't seen the movie, watch it and then revisit this Movie Fact of the Day.   If you've seen "Trance" then you know about the character secrets that are revealed by the end of the movie. However, there is a sign early on that if you look close enough will give up all the secrets before the third act unveil.
  That sign is in the scene where James McAvoy's character is under hypnosis. His phone rings but before he gets a chance to answer it he gets into a car accident. At the moment where the car hits him the audience can see in the phone screen who called him, and who would later be the solution to all the questions of the movie.
  I hope you enjoyed today's movie fact and feel free to revisit for movie reviews, rating and more.
  Have a great day. 

Courtesy of
FOX Searchlight Pictures

That Awkward Moment movie review

Cast: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis
Director: Tom Gormican
Running time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

  Jason (Zac Efron), Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are three best friends. When Mikey's wife asks for a divorce his two friends decide to stay single with him and ease him back into the dating pool. But what do you know, both of them end up finding the loves of their lives (shocker!) and start to go back on their pact. What will happen? Will their friendship survive? Will they find happiness and true love?

  One thing that worked about this movie was that the 3 lead characters have a nice chemistry with each other. Even though i thought (and i've heard a lot) that Daniel and Jason were kind of mean and douchy, it was somewhat fun to watch the three of them together. I would mostly contribute that to Miles Teller's charm and personality, which he brings to all of his movies (i'm a big fan as i've mentioned before). 

  Apart from Teller's charming presence there was some humor in his character. He was the link that held the friendship together and made the movie remotely fun. I doubt i would like this movie at all (not that i like it a lot as it is) if he wasn't in it. As far as Michael B. Jordan's character goes i have to say i liked him the best. Daniel is funny, but Mikey is the kindest and nicest of the group. And in a group of douchebags that means a lot. Now, regarding Zac Efron's character. I though Jason was a blank and boring addition to the group. Efron didn't have anything to offer to the film, mainly because the character had no positive attributes. He wasn't funny like Daniel was or nice like Mickey was, so i found it hard to care about him at all.

  Right from the first couple of scenes i had a problem with the movie. We see Teller and Efron's characters pitch a book cover proposal to some clients and i didn't buy it for a second. They look like they are in college and even if we assume they are 26-27, like they are in real life, doesn't that agency have any senior stuff that would meet with the clients and do the important jobs? You don't become a lead book cover artist when you are in your 20s. I would believe it more if they were interns rather than cover art geniuses with huge New York City apartments.

  Speaking of the begging of the movie, the first scene (if i am not mistaken) is when a girl breaks up with Zac Efron even though he hadn't realised they were in a relationship (or the girl hadn't realised they weren't in one). The fact that every girl (there is another one later in the film) Jason hooks up with doesn't understand that they are only having sex, and not starting a relationship, offended me a little bit. The movie doesn't seem to get that not all women are looking for relationships and/or are idiots who mistake casual sex with dating.So, actually, i had problems with the movie right from the start.

  Also, the whole premise of the film (that Daniel and Jason would stay single to help Mikey) didn't sit well with me. How would that help Michael B. Jordan's character? Is it because they didn't want him to see other people in love and feel hurt and jealous that he was no longer with his wife? Like he doesn't have any other friends that are in relationships. The idea struck me as a little childish. And i doubt Mikey would object with his friends meeting girls that they like and actually being happy.

  Like so many other rom-coms That Awkward Moment was very predictable. Friends decide to stay single and they immediately find the perfect girl. The guy sees his girl-best friend play the piano and he realises he loves her. The other guy gives a big romantic speech in front of many people so that he can win back the girl. And finally, the third guy who thought that he couldn't move on from heartbreak ends up getting over his ex and finding someone new. You could make a list with all the cliche romantic-comedy situations that are in this movie. The predictability of the movie kept me from being excited to see how everything would play out and learning what would happen in the end.

  Finally, i can't not comment on the fact that SPOILER! Ellie's dad's death is so clearly just a plot devise for the movie. We meet him in Ellie's birthday party and, literally, the first scene after the party is when we learn about his death.The writers should have, at least, put another scene in between so that it's not that obvious. It felt totally manipulative and not in any way emotional.

  In conclusion, That Awkward Moment is widely predictable with a couple of charming characters (literally,there were 2) that can't save this movie from the drag that it is.
Final thought #1: There is a book reading scene that is very painful.
Final thought #2: Damn Zac Efron's tight pants, tho.

My score: 19%
Tomatometer: 22%

Courtesy of
Focus Pictures

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Run movie review

Cast: William Moseley, Adrian Pasdar, Eric Roberts
Director: Simone Bartesaghi
Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  Run is the story of Danny, Sean or whatever his name is, who lives with his father and at night he "runs" through town to steal and support the family but, also, because as he says it's the only time he feels free. There is a part about his mother, his crime-lord uncle, some kids in his new school, a girl and other very stereotypical stuff. There, really, is no point in me telling you about the plot of this movie because you've probably seen 100 other movie with an extremely similar storyline. 
  But let's start with the parts of the movie that worked.Or part to be exact. The whole parkour theme of the film is pretty interesting. That was what drew me to the movie in the first place. But even that, is not great. I would have liked to see more parkour, especially since it's supposed to be a parkour movie. If i had to describe Run, i would say it's a very common flick with a little bit of parkour, rather than a parkour-centered movie.
  One of the main problems of Run is that it is full of cliched situations. From the fact that Danny keeps his parkour skills secret from his new classmates but then has to use them in front of the them to the oh-so-ordinary (and boring) love story or the third act abduction that i could see coming from miles away. It all felt so familiar. Too familiar. If you've seen anything ever, you will know what is going to happen in this movie.Not only is the plot incredibly stereotypical but the acting isn't any good,either. I though Moseley's performance was two-dimensional and, frankly, a little annoying. As was Pasdar's. Moseley was portraying Danny as a weirdly shy little boy, while Pasdar was a strict borderline abusive father. I didn't believe their relationship was a loving father-son one. And that was partly because of the acting.Finally, i have to point out a major flaw of the movie. And this is something that happens a lot in action movies but it was much more obvious in this movie. Danny would have been caught or killed multiple times during the film. However, he always magically managed to survive. As i watched the movie, there were certain moments where Daniel would be either shot by the bullets professional assassins were firing or caught by the policemen that were chasing him. The fact that he was always able to escape unscathed felt unrealistic.
  In conclusion, Run has a good premise that doesn't come to life upon execution. Not worth a watch, in my opinion.


Courtesy of 
Koch Media
Millennium Entertainment
Palatin Media