Retrospectiva 2016 / 2016 in review

A trecut si 2016… Spun asta cu un mare oftat de usurare, deoarece mi s-a parut un an greu. Greu si mohorat, marcat de decese. Rude apropiate, cunostinte mai mult sau mai putin apropiate, un caine drag numit Tara… Emotii, lacrimi, amintiri, complicatii de tot felul, oboseala imensa. Si totusi, ca un mesaj subtil de incredere si speranta, mereu si peste tot am intalnit femei insarcinate.

Nu simt ca am avut prea mult timp pentru filme, dar spre surprinderea mea, lista cu filme vizionate in 2016 este mai lunga decat cea din 2015:

1. Ride Along 2 / Un politist si trei sferturi

  • Regia: Tim Story
  • Scenariul: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Distributia: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Pratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong
  • Partea a doua de la “Un politist si jumatate” aduce pe marile ecrane pe James (Ice Cube) si Ben (Kevin Hart), doi politisti cu temperamente total opuse, unul dintre ei, James, cu ceva ani de experienta in politie, incercand sa dovedeasca tuturor ca Ben, proaspat absolvent de academie de politie, nu e totusi facut sa fie politist; lucrurile sunt complicate, intrucat Ben urma sa se casatoreasca cu sora lui James.
  • De data aceasta, apare si Maya (Olivia Munn) o politista foarte buna si inteligenta, care se poarta mai dur, dar este la fel de bine intentionata ca si cei doi.
  • Comedie placuta, merita vizionata.

2. Fifty Shades of Black / Cincizeci de umbre ale lui Black

  • Regia: Michael Tiddes
  • Scenariul: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
  • Distributia: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard, Mike Epps, Affion Crocket, Jane Seymour
  • Parodia arhi-cunoscutului film “Cincizeci de umbre ale lui Grey” este una reusita, impingand chiar pana la ridicol unele momente din filmul original, insa cand s-a terminat materialul original, s-a cam terminat si filmul. Sfarsitul este brusc, nefiresc cumva si aproape ca nu are legatura cu restul filmului, de aceea dezamageste.
  • Actorii au fost buni si s-au potrivit cu personajele traznite.

3. Zootopia / Zootropolis

  • Regia: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Scenariul: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
  • Distributia: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J. K. Simmons
  • O animatie foarte frumoasa, care transpune perfect lumea animalelor in lumea umana si reuseste sa ne invete sa nu ne dam batuti si sa facem ce e corect, chiar daca nimeni nu ne crede in stare.
  • Mi-a placut foarte mult interactiunea dintre cele doua personaje principale si mi-a placut evolutia fiecaruia.
  • Filmul spune povestea unui iepure care lasa in urma viata de la tara unde a crescut pentru a merge la oras si a intra in academia de politie. Bineinteles ca entuziasmul legat de noua viata minunata de la oras dispare repede cand realitatea se dovedeste a fi aproape complet diferita fata de vis.
  • Inserate in poveste sunt si momente de-a dreptul hilare, folosind anumite animale pentru a realiza legatura cu lumea reala. Spre exemplu, toti functionarii de la o institutie publica sunt transpusi in pielea unor lenesi care, bineinteles, se misca cu incetinitorul, exasperand pe toata lumea, exact ca in realitate.
  • Finalul este unul cumva neasteptat, in sensul ca personajul negativ este cel la care eu nu m-as fi asteptat.
  • Este un film frumos, care merita vazut la orice varsta.

4. How to be single / Cum sa fii singur si fericit

  • Regia: Christian Dittet
  • Scenariul: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox
  • Distributia: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy
  • Am inceput sa vizionez filmul fara sa am mari asteptari de la el. Credeam ca va fi un film usurel, cu cateva momente haioase, dar in general o poveste in care patru femei au bani si care au o viata plina de evenimente si barbati. M-am inselat.
  • Este vorba despre patru femei, fiecare realizata dintr-un punct de vedere diferit de celelalte, fiecare incercand sa gaseasca ceva ce inca nu avea. Filmul incepe cumva ca o gluma, insa spre final devine o lectie pentru fiecare dintre noi.
  • Titlul ne duce cu gandul la ideea de a fi singur din punct de vedere al statusului marital. De fapt, realizam la final ca este vorba de un alt sens al cuvantului, un sens mai important decat cel uzual.
  • Filmul este haios si, in functie de cum vezi lucrurile si care personaj iti place mai mult, are un final fericit sau nu.

5. The Boss / Sefa

  • Regia: Ben Falcone
  • Scenariul: Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory, Melissa McCarthy
  • Distributia: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates
  • Un film destul de interesant, care ne arata cum e sa fii obisnuit sa ai tot ce vrei si sa pierzi dintr-o data tot ce ai. Personajul principal este o femeie extrem de bogata, care pare o replica a lui Donald Trump. Ea pierde totul si ajunge la inchisoare pentru scurt timp. Cand a iesit din inchisoare, a inteles ca nimanui nu-i pasa de ea. Asa ca a reluat legatura cu fosta ei secretara si cele doua ajung sa puna bazele unei afaceri impreuna, dupa ce Sefa trece printr-o serie de lectii.
  • Filmul este comic, chiar daca spune o poveste destul de dureroasa si trista in definitiv.
  • Productia o aduce pe Melissa McCarthy in rolul de scenarist alaturi de sotul ei, iar pe ecran o aduce intr-o ipostaza mai mult decat familiara, intr-un rol foarte amuzant.

6. Bastille Day / Atac de ziua nationala

  • Regia: James Watkins
  • Scenariul: Andrew Baldwin, James Watkins
  • Distributia: Idris elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly, José Garcia
  • Cand m-am uitat la acest film, nu stiam nimic despre el. Vroiam sa vad un film de actiune si vazand ca joaca Idris Elba, am ales sa-l vizionez.
  • M-am bucurat sa vad un film bun de actiune, cu replici bune, poveste bine conturata si credibila, chiar daca este destul de intortocheata uneori.
  • Unele scene de actiune mi s-au parut putin cam prea lungi fara un rost anume, dar sunt bine facute si nu sunt total seci, deci nu deranjeaza experienta vizionarii filmului.
  • Mi-a placut ca personajul feminin, chiar daca este pacalit si a inteles ca a fost naiv, nu este un personaj prost, ci invata din ce se intampla in jurul lui, iar cei care o ajuta sa inteleaga ca a fost inselata nu o invinovatesc in nici un fel pentru sentimentele pe care le avea si care au contribuit la usurinta cu care a fost pacalita.
  • Am ramas surprinsa sa recunosc vocea lui Idris Elba in soundtrack-ul filmului si trebuie sa spun ca mi-a placut melodia si mi s-a parut foarte potrivita cu tema filmului.

7. The Huntsman: Winter’s War / Razboinicul Vanator si Craiasa Zapezii

  • Regia: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Scenariul: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin
  • Distributia: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith
  • Mi s-a parut foarte interesant cum au fost preluate cateva elemente si personaje din cunoscuta poveste a Craiesei Zapezii si cum au dat nastere unei cu totul alte povesti, dupa parerea mea la fel de frumoasa ca cea initiala.
  • Mi-a placut felul in care au fost construite cele trei personaje feminine si mi-a placut foarte mult ideea ca o persoana nu este in adancul sufletului rea din nastere, ci poate deveni asa din cauza a ceea ce i se intampla in viata. Incurajatoare ideea ca aceeasi persoana, pusa intr-o anumita situatie, isi poate regasi bunatatea si compasiunea.
  • Mi-a placut scena cu momentul in care apar cele doua femei pitice. Replicile lor sunt foarte amuzante.
  • Jocul actorilor este foarte bun. Charlize Theron este de o rautate greu de descris, Emily Blunt este atat de ranita incat devine de gheata, Jessica Chastain este si ea ranita si se inchide in ea, iar Chris Hemsworth este bun la suflet si de ajutor, chiar daca e un pic zeflemitor.

8. Money Monster / Masina de bani

  • Regia: Jodie Foster
  • Scenariul: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Konf
  • Distributia: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham
  • Personajul interpretat de George Clooney, profund afectat de dezastrul din viata personala, devine pe nesimtite cinic, interesat doar de bani si nu mai da nici un fel de atentie reala informatiilor pe care le vehiculeaza in emisiunea lui tv despre bani si investitii. Vorbele lui, carora el nu le acorda nici o importanta reala, considerand totul doar un show in care nimeni nu poate crede cu adevarat ce spune el, ajung totusi sa afecteze foarte grav vietile mai multor oameni, dintre care unul este gata sa-l faca sa plateasca pentru destramarea vietii lui.
  • Cred ca mesajul filmului este acela de a avea grija intotdeauna cum lasi sa te schimbe in rau ceea ce traiesti la un moment dat, pana unde esti gata sa ajungi in incercarea de a rezolva o situatie personala dificila, cat de responsabil esti in ceea ce faci, cat de mult esti dispus sa risti in incercarea de a repara ceva ce ai stricat, chiar daca fara sa stii.
  • Chiar daca este un film cu mesaj, ca toate filmele cu sau de George Clooney, filmul nu este deloc greoi sau plictisitor si este foarte bine facut, te tine in suspans pana la final.
  • Actiunea este destul de intensa si aproximativ liniara. Este foarte buna comunicarea intre prezentatorul si producatorul emisiunii, astfel incat reusesc sa treaca prin momentul dificil fara sa piarda foarte mult.

9. The Nice Guys / Super Baieti

  • Regia: Shane Black
  • Scenariul: Shane Black, Athony Bagarozzi
  • Distributia: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger
  • Am vazut trailerul la acest film in timp ce eram la cinematograf la alt film si imediat am fost atrasa de scenele amuzante, astfel incat am decis ca trebuie sa-l vad. Cand l-am vazut, am ras mult si mi-a placut cum s-au potrivit cei doi actori principali.
  • Fimul este bun si respecta destul de bine atmosfera anilor ’70, fiind de asemenea intesat de faze haioase.
  • Pentru mine marea surpriza a fost Ryan Gosling. Nu l-am mai vazut sa joace in postura unui tata si nici nu l-am mai vazut sa joace in scene in care este atat de beat incat d-abia se mai tine pe picioare. Ambele posturi i-au iesit foarte bine, iar momentele de infruntare cu fiica sa sunt atat de interesante, incat ai impresia ca se inverseaza putin rolurile.
  • Russell Crowe este foarte constant, stie exact ce are de facut, stie cum sa faca, isi da seama cum e partenerul lui si e in stare sa o inteleaga pe fiica detectivului mai bine decat propriul ei tata. Totusi, el stie exact cine e si ce reprezinta pentru ea, asa ca nu intra in foarte multe detalii, pastrand putin distanta fata de ea la inceput.
  • Este un film foarte bun. Un film care merita vazut si chiar si revazut.

10. Finding Dory / In cautarea lui Dory

  • Regia: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
  • Scenariul: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse
  • Distributia: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West
  • Am adorat “In cautarea lui Nemo” si abia asteptam sa vad continuarea, pe care am asteptat-o cu mare curiozitate si nerabdare.
  • Filmul mi-a placut mult, pastreaza atmosfera din filmul initial, dar se orienteaza catre descoperirea trecutului lui Dory.
  • Am ras foarte mult si am ramas din nou surpinsa de imaginatia creatorilor.
  • Este un film care va ramane printre acelea pe care copiii de toate varstele le vor adora, indiferent cati ani trec de la lansarea lor.

11. The secret life of pets / Singuri acasa

  • Regia: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
  • Scenariul: Cinco Paul, Ken Danrio, Brian Lynch
  • Distributie: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell
  • Mi s-a parut foarte interesanta ideea filmului si mi s-a parut foarte frumos filmul.
  • Pelicula arata felul in care animalele de companie se ataseaza de noi in mod diferit, in functie de temperamentul lor si de specia din care fac parte. De asemenea, ne arata ca atunci cand le parasim, fie si pentru scurt timp, ele sufera.
  • Am si eu o catelusa, draguta foc si foarte inteligenta, dar care mai face mici nazbatii care ma supara,  pentru ca nu am prea multa rabdare. Insa dupa ce am vazut acest film, am inteles si mai mult ca ea tine la mine si nu vrea sa faca prostii numai de dragul de a le face. Ma gandeam la ea, pentru ca asa cum se comporta Max cand vine stapana acasa, la fel face si Sara. Ma asteapta in fata usii si cand ma vede incepe sa sara bucuroasa.
  • Mi-a placut foarte mult Snowball si mi s-a parut hilar prin vocea disperata a lui Kevin Hart. Momentul in care el tipa ca nu are nevoie de oameni si in secunda urmatoare este mangaiat de o fetita, iar el se inmoaie complet mi se pare epic.

12. Ice Age: Collison course / Epoca de gheata: Ploaie de meteoriti

  • Regia: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
  • Scenariul: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg, Yoni Brenner
  • Distributia: Ray Romano, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Simon Pegg, Wanda Sykes
  • Am vazut toate filmele din seria Ice Age, insa nu imi amintesc sa fi ras la vreunul atat de mult pe cat am ras la acesta.
  • In acest film, Manny se confrunta cu sentimentele declansate de cresterea fetei sale si atasamentul ei fata de un alt mascul. Manny este dat peste cap si incearca sa o tina pe Peaches cat mai aproape de el, nefiind pregatit sa accepte faptul ca ea a crescut si ca e timpul sa-si formeze propria familie.
  • Toate grijile lui palesc insa la aflarea vestii ca un asteroid ameninta sa distruga planeta. Toata trupa trebuie sa plece intr-o lunga calatorie, pentru a salva Terra si vietile tuturor celor de pe ea. Drumul este plin de aventuri, dialogul este intesat de replici amuzante si, bineinteles, avem clasicele momente cu Scrat, care acum ajunge sa incerce disperat sa controleze o nava spatiala, in cautarea eternei sale ghinde.
  • Desi in general imi plac povestile care continua, uneori ma gasesc in situatia in care ma gandesc “cat mai lungesc toata franciza?”. Nu este cazul aici, primul gand a fost “oare ce idei nastrusnice au mai gasit?” si am fost nerabdatoare sa descopar cum continua povestea. Mi se pare fabuloasa imaginatia creatorilor si cred ca au reusit cu brio sa continue seria in mod placut, mereu surprinzator si teribil de amuzant.
  • Amintindu-mi de acest film, ma gandesc foarte serios sa-l revad… Probabil in weekend… Sa vedem ce program voi avea 😉

13. War Dogs / War Dogs: Tipii cu arme

  • Regia: Todd Phillips
  • Scenariul: Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic
  • Distributia: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner, Eddie Jennison, Julian Sergi, Daniel Berson
  • Am mers la sugestia prietenelor mele la acest film, Jonah Hill nefiind printre primele mele alegeri de obicei, insa m-am distrat si mi-a placut filmul mai mult decat m-as fi asteptat.
  • Filmul spune povestea lui David Packouz, care, realizand ca ramane fara bani, apoi afland ca iubita sa este insarcinata, decide sa intre in cardasie cu Efraim Diveroli, un traficant de arme care stie foarte bine sa isi descrie faptele si actiunile cu cuvinte mari, pretioase, care fac ca totul sa para legal.
  • Cei doi trec prin multe, castiga foarte multi bani impreuna, insa setea dupa bani a lui Efraim devine atat de mare si periculoasa, incat David decide sa le spuna politistilor totul despre afacerea lor, scapand cu o sentinta mai usoara decat cea primita in final de Efraim.
  • Am ramas uimita sa constat ca ma duc la cinematograf, vad un film american a carui poveste se desfasoara in Albania, dar vad Casa Poporului in imagini, iar “albanezii” vorbesc in romana. Ma bucur ca a fost filmat in Romania, dar cred ca ar fi fost mai interesant daca chiar filmau in Albania sau povestea se petrecea in Romania, avand in vedere ca intriga filmului nu depindea neaparat de Albania. Mi se pare o stangacie sa spui ca esti in Albania si sa fie clar pentru destui oameni ca esti in Romania.
  • In rest, mi-a placut filmul, m-am bucurat ca David nu a fost asa naiv cum mi s-a parut la inceput si ca a inteles ce facea Efraim, apoi a actionat corect. Au fost cateva momente care chiar m-au facut sa rad si au fost cateva momente care mi s-au parut foarte serioase si exact impletirea mestesugita intre partile amuzante si scenele serioase constituie farmecul acestui film, facut dupa un caz real.

14. Mechanic: Ressurection / Mecanicul 2

  • Regia: Dennis Gansel
  • Scenariul: Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher
  • Distributia: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh
  • Am vazut prima parte, “Mecanicul” (2011), un remake dupa un film omonim din 1972 si mi-a placut mult. Am fost curioasa sa vad ce se va intampla in urmatorul film.
  • Inceputul m-a dezamagit, fiind destul de subtire ca poveste, cu mici greseli care deranjeaza putin, dar cu multe efecte speciale, unele reusite, altele mai putin. Am rezistat cu greu sa nu trec la alt film, sperand ca la un moment dat va incepe totusi actiunea si povestea va avea mai multa logica, ceea ce s-a intamplat tocmai spre finalul filmului. Am ramas cu impresia unui film mai mult improvizat decat gandit si construit. Povestea imprumuta enorm de la un alt film facut dupa o carte intitulat “Killer Elite: Infruntarea” (despre care am scris aici) si nu prea are elemente care sa schimbe totul suficient de mult incat sa zici “da, au pornit de acolo, dar pana la urma au facut altceva”.
  • Nici nu stiu ce sa spun despre film. Personajul principal mi se pare mai slab construit decat cel din filmul din 2011, personajul feminin este foarte prost construit (se spune despre ea ca este agent militar, dar are reactiile unei femei oarecare, aleasa de pe strada), are momente in care este puternica si cu tupeu, dar are si momente in care este ca o carpa moale. Personajul lui Tommy Lee Jones mi s-a parut cel mai bun, fiind un personaj in contrast cu celelalte prin lipsa de conformism, o aparenta ciudata si un stil de a vorbi ironic si colorat, foarte bine jucat (nici o surpriza aici!).
  • Efectele speciale, desi unele exagerate, asa cum am mai spus, sunt frumoase. Mi-a placut mult ideea cu mersul pe sub piscina cu ajutorul unor ventuze, insa ideea de a omori pe cineva in felul descris mi se pare exagerat, desi nu imposibil.
  • Ca o mica gluma, m-am bucurat ca nu au mai avut o masina clasica pe care sa o arunce in aer. Iahturile ma atrag mai putin decat masinile, asa ca nu ma deranjeaza ca cel din film a luat foc :-).
  • Finalul este la fel ca cel din prima parte, toata lumea crede ca Arthur Bishop a murit in explozie, insa el este surprins de camerele video cum scapa cu viata.

2016 is finally gone. It felt like a difficult year. Difficult and gloomy, with too many deaths. Close relatives, acquaintances, a dear dog named “Tara”… Emotions, tears, memories, complications, exhaustion… Still, like a subtle sign of faith and hope, I’ve seen many preagnant women.

I don’t feel like I had much time for films, but to my surprise, the 2016 list is longer than the one in 2015.

1. Ride Along 2

  • Directed by: Tim Story
  • Written by: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Pratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong
  • The sequel to “Ride along” still has James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Kevin Hart) opposingeach other. James, an experienced policeman, wants to prove that Ben is no good and Ben, fresh out of the Police Academy, wants to prove that he is good detective, but everything is even more complicated: Ben is about to marry James’ sister.
  • This time there is another police detective: Maya (Olivia Munn). She is a good and intelligent detective who seems tough, but is in fact just like the two men and wants to catch the bad guys.
  • Nice comedy, worth  watching.

2. Fifty Shades of Black

  • Directed by: Michael Tiddes
  • Written by: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
  • Cast: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard, Mike Epps, Affion Crocket, Jane Seymour
  • The parody to the well-known film “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a good one. SOme of the moments are so exaggerated that they become completely ridiculous. Unfortunately, when the original film ended, so did the parody. The ending of the parody is sudden, unnatural, somehow unrelated to the rest of the movie and disappointing.
  • The actors were great.

3. Zootopia

  • Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Written by: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J. K. Simmons
  • A very beautiful animation and a wonderful way of replacing the humans with the animals while keeping the human world with its institutions, jobs and social conflicts. The film teaches us not to give up and do the right thing even if nobody believes we can.
  • I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters and I loved their evolution.
  • The film tells the story of a rabbit who leaves the country life where she grew up to go to the city and become a police officer. Naturally that her enthusiasm quickly disappears when the reality hits, proving that it’s completely different from what the rabbit dreamed of.
  • The story has some hilarious moments using certain animals to build the connection to the real world. For example, all the clerks from the DMV are sloths and, of course, they move incredibly slow, driving everyone mad, exactly like in reality.
  • The ending is sort of unexpected because the villain is not the character I would have anticipated.
  • It is a beautiful animation, worth watching at any age.

4. How to be single

  • Directed by: Christian Dittet
  • Written by: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy
  • I started watching this one without expecting too much from it. I thought it would be a simple film, with a few funny moments, generally a story about four wealthy women living lives filled with events and men. I was wrong.
  • It is about four women, each one of them already achieved something and each one of them trying to find something they don’t have. The film starts somehow like a joke, but in the end it becomes a lesson for all of us.
  • The title leads our thought to the idea of being single from the perspective of relationships. In the end, it becomes clear that it is all about a different meaning of the word, a far more important meaning than the common one.
  • The film is funny and, depending on the character you like, it has a happy ending or not.

5. The Boss

  • Directed by: Ben Falcone
  • Written by: Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory, Melissa McCarthy
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates
  • A very interesting film showing what it’s like to be used to having everything you want and lose it all at once. The main character is an extremely wealthy woman, a sort of a Donald Trump replica. She loses everything and goes to prison. When she finishes serving her sentence she understands that nobody cares about her. She reconnects with her former secretary and together they start a new business after The Boss learns some lessons.
  • The film is amusing, even if it tells a quite sad and painful story.
  • This time, Melissa McCarthy is not only the actor in a funny role. She wrote the script alongside her husband, Ben Falcone.

6. Bastille Day

  • Directed by: James Watkins
  • Written by: Andrew Baldwin, James Watkins
  • Cast: Idris elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly, José Garcia
  • I didn’t know anything about the film when I started watching it. I chose it because I wanted to watch an action movie and Idris Elba was part of the cast :))
  • I was glad to watch a good action film, with good lines and well thought story, even if sometimes it’s a bit complicated.
  • Some fighting scenes felt a bit elongated for no reason, but they are well made and have some small bit of art in them, so they’re alright to watch.
  • I loved that the female character, though tricked by someone who played with her feelings, is not a stupid character. She understands she was deceived and is not blamed by any of the two main male characters.
  • I was surprised to recognise Idris Elba’s voice on the soundtrack. I loved the song and I thought it was a good match to the movie.

7. The Huntsman: Winter’s War

  • Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Written by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith
  • I thought it was very interesting the idea of using some elements from a well known fairy-tale and use them to create another fairy-tale, just as good as the original.
  • I loved the three main female characters and I loved the idea that a person is not born evil, she is shaped by the events in her life to become a mean person. Extremely comforting is the idea that the same person can return to being good and kind in the right circumstances.
  • I thought the funniest scene was the one in which the midget ladies appear for the first time. The lines exchanged by the characters in that scene are hilarious.
  • The actors are brilliant. Charlize Theron is evil in disguise, Emily Blunt is so hurt that she literally turns to ice, Jessica Chastain is also hurt and closes within, Chris Hemsworth has a kind soul and is helpful even if he tends to make fun of many things.

8. Money Monster

  • Directed by: Jodie Foster
  • Written by: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Konf
  • Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham
  • George Clooney’s character is profoundly affected by what goes on in his personal life and slowly becomes cinical, with an interest only in money and no longer pays attention to the information discussed in his show. His words, which he never believes due to his certainty that it is all only a show and nobody really takes his words for real, end up affecting people’s lives and one of them is ready to make the tv presenter pay the price for the words he said.
  • I think the lessons in this film are that we should always be careful of how we let ourselves be changed in bad by what we experience throughout our lives, how far are we willing to go to sort out a difficult solution, how responsible we are regarding what we do and how willing are we to fix fix something we broke unintentionally.
  • Even if it’s a movie with a few lessons (just like any other by or with George Clooney), it’s not a difficult one to watch. It’s a very good film that keeps you in suspense until the very last minute.
  • The action is rather intense and constant. The communication between the executive producer and the presenter is brilliant and that helps them go through the difficult moment without loosing too much.

9. The Nice Guys

  • Directed by: Shane Black
  • Written by: Shane Black, Athony Bagarozzi
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger
  • I watched the trailer to this film while I was at the cinema waiting for another one to begin. I was immediately amused by the two main characters and I decided I must see it. When I finally watched it I laughed a lot and I loved the way the two actors worked together.
  • The film is good and recreates quite well the 70s atmosphere while having many funny moments.
  • I was surprised to see Ryan Gosling act in a father and a drunk man role. I’ve never seen him in either role, but both of them were great. The scenes in which he argues with his daughter are so interesting that they make you wonder when did he become the child and left her to be the parent.
  • Russell Crowe’s character is very constant, he knows exactly what to do and how to do it. He understands what his partner is like and is able to understand his daughter better than her own father. Still he knows who he is and what he represents to her, so he keeps his distance.
  • A very good film worth seeing over and over again.

10. Finding Dory

  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
  • Written by: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West
  • I loved “Finding Nemo” and I couldn’t wait to watch the sequel.
  • I loved it very much. It keeps elements from the original film, but it focuses on Dory’s past and present.
  • I laughed a lot and I was once again surprised by the imagination of the filmmakers.
  • It is one of those films that you love regardless of how old you are.

11. The secret life of pets

  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
  • Written by: Cinco Paul, Ken Danrio, Brian Lynch
  • Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell
  • An interesting idea and a very beautiful animation.
  • it is about the different pets get attached to us, depending on their personality and species. It also shows how they feel when we leave them.
  • I have a beautiful and intelligent little dog called “Sara”. She’s sometimes naughty and I get angry at her because I don’t have much patience. After watching this film I understood even more that she doesn’t do stupid things on purpose and that she cares for me and maybe she’s simply seeking my attention. I thought of her because she does the same thing Max did when his owner came home. She waits calmly in front of the door and when I come in she starts jumping around and wagging her tail.
  • I loved Snowball and I thought Kevin Hart’s voice was hilarious. scene in which he yells in the middle of the street that he does not need people and right after that is petted by a little girl and he melts in her arms like butter in a pan is a moment to die for.

12. Ice Age: Collison course

  • Directed by: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
  • Written by: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg, Yoni Brenner
  • Cast: Ray Romano, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Simon Pegg, Wanda Sykes
  • I watched all the films in the “Ice Age” franchise, but I don’t remember laughing at any of them as much as I did at this one.
  • This time Manny is faced with the fact that his girl is growing up and it’s time for her her to find a male. Manny tries to keep Peaches as close as he can because he’s not ready to accept that it’s time for her to start her own family.
  • All that is put aside when they all find out that a huge asteroid is threatening to destroy the entire planet. Manny and his friends board on a journey to save Earth and all the lives on it. Their journey is filled with clever and funny lines. Of course, the unforgetable Scrat desperately tries to control a space ship while trying not to lose his acorn.
  • Although I generally like stories that never end, sometimes I find myself thinking “how long will they keep going?” However, when it comes to the “Ice Age” franchise my first thought is “what other funny ideas did they come up with?” I find the imagination of those behind the franchise is fabulous and they manage to continue the series in a wonderfully good, funny and always surprising manner.
  • As I remember this film, I’m thinking about watching it again… Perhaps in the weekend if I have time 😉

13. War Dogs

  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Written by: Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic
  • Cast: Miless Teller, Jonah Hill, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner, Eddie Jennison, Julian Sergi, Daniel Berson
  • My friends suggested this film and even though I am not a fan of Jonah Hill I had fun and I enjoyed this film more than I expected.
  • It tells the story of David Packouz who, after realising that he’s running out of miney and his girlfriend is preagnant, decides to join Efraim Diveroli, an arms dealer with a gift of describing his business as a perfectly legitimate thing.
  • They go through a lot together and they make a lot of money together, but Efraim’s greed becomes so big and dangerous, that David decides to tell everything to the proper authorities, managing to receive a lighter sentence than Efraim.
  • I was stunned to realise that I went to the cinema to watch an American film set in Albania and I see the Romanian Parliament House and hear Romanian language coming out of the “Albanian”‘s mouths. I’m glad it was filmed in Romania, but it would have been better if they either filmed in Albania or set the plot in Romania since it wasn’t crucial for the story to be set in Albania. I think it is foolish to say you’re in one country when it is obvious you’re in another.
  • On the whole, I liked the film and I was glad that David was not as naive as I initially thought and understood what Efraim was doing and then did the right thing. I laughed at some scenes, other moments were very serious and I think that the brilliant way in which the two types of scenes are combined makes it a good film.
  • “War Dogs” is based on a true story.

14. Mechanic: Ressurection

  • Directed by: Dennis Gansel
  • Written by: Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh
  • I watched “The Mechanic” (2011), a remake of a 1972 film with the same name, and I loved it. I was very curious to watch the sequel.
  • I was disappointed after the first fewq minutes because the plot is weak. At the beginning there are some small mistakes and many special effects, some good, others not so good. It was very difficult for me not to switch to another film hoping that at some point the story would begin and it would make sense, but that didn’t happen until the near the end of the film. I was left with the impression of a more improvised than thought and planned movie. The story bears a striking resemblance to the one in “Killer Ellite” (made after a book; I wrote about it here) and there weren’t other elements added to this story to make you think “alright, they started from the same idea, but they worked on it and managed to make something original / different”.
  • What can I say about the movie? The main character is worse built than the one in the 2011 movie, the female character is poorly created (she is presented as a military member, but her reactions are those of an ordinary woman off the street), she has moments of strength and defiance and moments in which every single drop of strength is missing. I thought that Tommy Lee Jones’ character was the best by lacking conformism, odd appearance and a slightly vulgar, yet ironic language. In short a great performance (no surprise there!).
  • The special effects though, like I said some are a bit exaggerated, are beautiful. I loved the idea of “walking” under the bottom of a glass pool using two suction cups, but the idea of killing someone in the described manner seems to me a little far fetched, but not impossible.
  • To joke a little I’ll admit that I was glad they didn’t blow up another classic car. I like yachts a lot less than cars, so I don’t mind that the yacht they used in the film went up in flames.
  • The ending is the same as in the 2011 film: everyone believes that Arthur Bishop is died in the explosion, but a CCTV camera captures the moment that proves he is still alive.
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