2014 Movies: Part 2

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Allrighty, to celebrate the very last day of the year, here is the second post of my movies of 2014. There will be a third post as well by tomorrow or Friday (depending on how I feel tomorrow, ya know) with the last batch of movies I watched this year that was also released this year.

Happy new year, and thank you for supporting this blog!

The Other Woman

I seem to have stumbled into way too many Cameron Diaz films lately, which is just sad as I don’t really like the lady all that much. This one was okay for the formulaic romcom it was aiming to be though. I liked the all around team spirit of the ladies and the determination to bring a womanizer down.

Divergent

I know a lot of people hated this book adaption, but I thought it was okay and the casting was decently done.

I, Frankenstein

One of the worst movies of 2014. I can’t recall anything good to say about it. I don’t know how anyone involved in that movie thought they would get moderately good reviews from it.

Lucy

I know many people had beef with Lucy but I found this dark sci-fi thriller very entertaining and well produced.

Need for Speed

Movies just shouldn’t try to be other movies, if ya know what I mean.

Noah

I still maintain that this is the worst book adaption that will ever happen. I had issues with the length of the movie and the CGI particularly.

What did you think of these?

007 December – Die Another Day (2002) – Life of This City Girl

and here is my review of Die Another Day for Rob. Take a look!

007-December BlogathonFor today’s next review of Die Another Day (2002), here’s Natasha from Life of This City Girl with her opinion on it.

Thanks Natasha!

Die Another Day (2002) – Life of This City Girl

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Plot synopsis: James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (via IMDb)

Hi everyone! When Rob mentioned he was doing a Bond blogathon, naturally I was quite keen to watch one of them. My knowledge of Bond is quite rudimentary, I must confess, and I think I’ve only seen about 5 of the entire series.

So, moving on from that extremely low number, I was lucky that the one I chose at random was one I HAVEN’T seen, so I have now seen an impressive number of six.

I thought this movie was rather decent. It…

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Genre Grandeur – The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl

Here is my review of the Holiday for Rob’s GG. Thanks for hosting me!

For the next entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur – Holiday movies, here’s yet another review of The Holiday (2006), this time by Natasha of Life of This City Girl

Next month’s genre has been chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she has chosen the genre of British Thrillers, so send me your reviews of your favorite British Thriller(s) by Jan 25th and I’ll post it.  It’s real simple, just send me an email to britthrills@movierob.net and I’ll post it.

Let’s see what Natasha thought of it!

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The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl

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Arthur Abbot: Iris, in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.

Plot: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where…

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Movies of 2014: Part One

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If you’ve taken a peek at your calender, Facebook feed or internet, I am sure you know that 2014 is done. I won’t go in to how I’ll be better with stuff in 2015, because let’s face it, I won’t be 😀

2014 was a relatively successful year for movies, but it also contained a truck load of disappointments. Today’s post is a run down of about half the movies I saw this year (that was also released in 2014), with the second installment to follow. Please let me know, what you thought, and all that you loved and

Vampire Academy

I had such hopes for Vampire Academy. I’ve read all the books and when I heard it was made into a movie, I was very excited. It turned out to be one of the greatest disappointment of 2014. Not only is it a horrible book adaption with terrible directing, it didn’t capture the essence of the story or any of the characters.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Marvel has had its ups and downs with their Avenger series, but the first and second installment of Captain  America has just been so superb.

Maleficent

I really enjoyed this Disney movie. I thought it had a beautiful message and refreshing take on a very old story.

Lego Movie

Hmmm. I’m not really a fan of any animation but this was quite well for what it was. (except for that wildly annoying and addictive song)

How to train your dragon Part 2

This movie could have worked with Toothless flying around the entire time, but I enjoyed the storyline as well. Very cute considering the big plot twist which was the equivalent to Robb Stark’s death in the animation world.

That awkward moment

Since watching Zac Efron cancels the need for a good storyline, I enjoyed this despite its flaws.

The Fault in Our Stars

Yeah, I cried like a baby. It was well adapted from the book and several levels of unfair.

Guardians of the Galaxy

It may not have been worth the hype, but it was good all around.

Grand Budapest Hotel

This is one of my favorite movies of 2014. Ralph Fiennes’ acting and the whole extravagance of the movie made for a wonderfully entertaining time.

What was your favorite movie of 2014?

Marvelous Mondays: X2 by MovieRob

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Welcome to the last Monday of 2015! Today we are hosting Rob again. Thanks for your continued support 😀

“Logan, my tolerance for your smoking in the mansion notwithstanding, continue smoking that in here, and you’ll spend the rest of your days under the belief that you’re a six-year-old girl” – Professor X

Number of Times Seen –  Between 5 – 10 times (Theater in 2003, DVD and 16 Dec 2014)

Brief Synopsis – While Wolverine tries to uncover his past, the rest of the X-men must deal with an Army colonel who wants to destroy all of the mutants on Earth

My Take on it – After having re-watched the original X-men movie two weeks ago for Natasha’s Marvelous Monday, I was pleased to have been able to watch the next installment not too long afterwards.

It’s hard to say whether this one or the original is better because they both are great movies which is not such a common occurrence when studios want to crank out sequels just to make a buck.

The advantage that this movie has is that it doesn’t need to waste too much time on introducing the characters since we are already familiar with most of them and they were able to dive right into the action.

One of things that I love about the X-Men characters is that there is such a diversity among their powers that they all must work together as a team (whether they are good guys or bad guys) to be the most effective.

The opening sequence of this movie is Amazing!!!!! Watching it in the theater was such a thrill because it proved to the world that movie special effects had advanced so much that superhero movies could make superpowers seem real.

Unfortunately, the next installment wasn’t as good as this one was and it took until the rebooted the franchise in 2011 for there to be another excellent installment.

Bottom Line – A very good sequel that relies on the strength of not having to introduce all of the characters to give us a very intriguing story. Opening scene is one of the best scenes in the entire franchise. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

Thoughts 12.1: Life Lately

Hey all! I am feeling as inspirational as a teaspoon lately, so today I am blessing you with one of these – I know you can’t wait to read what I am up to #harHar. Firstly, I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I didn’t put anything up because 1) people shouldn’t be on the internet during Christmas time and 2) am uninspirational right now and the best I would have done was a pic of a Christmas tree.

SO, I am heading over to my visit my bestie in the whole wide world today! I am really excited to see my dear Bkushi.

Reading: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. Not very far yet, but having a good time. In fact, this is much more fun than the latest Nora Roberts trilogy I finished last Wednesday. What a disappointment! Currently in a “Read all the Things” mind-set – this can be bad for the movie part of the blog!

Watching: Mostly things in cinema, like Mockingjay Part One last week. I also recently reviewed the incredibly unsatisfactory Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies. I have the yen to watch Sherlock and Game of Thrones again, and need to start with Vikings because I have heard such good things about it.

Obsessed: Surviving December without breaking the bank, reading and watching things, and all the Christmas events that are surfacing.

I am also thoroughly obsessed with Christmas, one of the best holidays EVER.

Making 2015 the BEST YEAR EVER.

Working: on my negative attitude. That saying of: if you can’t change the situation, change your attitude about it, is the truth.

Blog wise: I am busy customising my rating system to make it more uniform and not only based on emotion. I am considering having things criteria that all count out of ten, e.g. acting, storyline, pacing, visuals, excellence within genre, etc. and then having an average based from those.I also should be writing posts on the gazillion book posts I have read, but I am feeling very uninspired and thus am writing this post LOL.

Planning:

Which subjects to take next year.

Next year.

What to get everyone for Christmas – nope, haven’t done Christmas shopping yet.

Wishes for 2015:

Fast internet

No Loadshedding

Passing all subjects

Finding something to be passionate about

Really getting my fashion blog up and running

This pic is pretty cool:

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Book Review: Dark Witch (Nora Roberts)

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Background:

Iona Sheehan had detached parents as a child, never completely receiving their undivided attention and care, but had her grandmother, a woman who not only loved her the way her parents should have, but taught her about her magical ancestry.

As an adult, Iona finally responds to the call she has been feeling her entire life – visiting her cousins in County Mayo, Ireland.

Branna and Connor O’Dwyer are both extremely powerful witches. They are quite keen to train Iona, but know that the arrival of the third Dark Witch would not go unnoticed by the enemy that has stalked their family for generations – Cabhan, the evil force that was forced into half existence by their ancestor. Cabhan is an abhorrent force that preys on the weak and innocent, and hates the entire O’Dwyer clain because their ancestor banished him.

Iona meets Boyle McGrath when she applies for work at his stables. Boyle has known Branna and Connor his entire life, and thus accepts witches as a day to day thing. He and Iona has a spark, but he feels that colleagues shouldn’t be bed mates. Eventually, Iona works around his opinion, and they start up a relationship, which isn’t easy because Boyle seems to discriminate only against one witch’s powers – hers. When Iona overhears Boyle in a rage suggesting that she put a spell on him, she is righteously offended and very hurt. He immediately takes back his words, but it is too late. Will Iona be able to forgive Boyle? Can she help stop Cabhan?

Rating: 5.5/10

Disappointment: the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations

A disappointment is when you have been itching to read a series from the second you saw it was on sale. A disappointment is when you thought something written by your favourite (and generally excellent dispite a few blunders to her name) author would produce her usual funny, witty, sweet, interesting books. Disappointment is when a book feels like it was written for obligation and not love.

My first problem came two pages in reading the book: there are nearly FORTY pages of preface.  Ten pages, maybe. Twenty pages, if you must. FORTY?

Iona Sheenan was an unsatisfactory character. She came across as vacant and silly, on the hunt for some fun but not really caring if it happened either way. The babbling, the constant apologising irritated me to no end.

The ways the Irish people speak in the books are so forced. I am very sure that no one ever speaks like that, and it was such an “Oh, a foreigner!” act that became old very quickly. The dark force Cabhan wasn’t scary at all, didn’t give me a moments jump or anything like that. I’ve read many other Roberts books that had horrifying antagonists and gave me chills, but this evil man felt forced and not very powerful.

Nora Robers has many outstanding books to her name but this, like her book just before this, Whiskey Beach, is too long, too forced and unoriginal to boot.

Movie Review: Rush (2013)

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James Hunt: “I have a theory why women like racing drivers… It’s not because they respect what we do, driving round and round in circles. Mostly they think that’s pathetic and they’re probably right. It’s our closeness to death. You see the closer you are to death the more alive you feel, the more alive you are. They can see that in you they feel that in you. My name is James Hunt. My father is a stock broker, my sister is a barrister, and my brother is an accountant, and I… well I do this. It’s a wonderful way to live, it’s the only way to drive, as if each day is your last.”

Plot: Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. (IMDb)

Acting: 8.5/10

Graphics: 7.5/10

Sound track: 7/10

Costumes: 8.5/10

Scenery: 8/10

Pacing: 8/10

Time run: 123 minutes: 8/10

Stance within genre: 8.5/10

Book adaption/Originality: 8/10

Likeability: 8/10

=80/100 = 8/10

This was a movie I thoroughly enjoyed. The movie was shot in a time when Formula 1 was at its height, the racers were celebrities and treated like kings. It thrilled me that the story was based on a real story. I started out rooting more for James Hunt than NikiLauda. James (Chris Hemsworth) is charming and confident in everything about his life, while Niki (Daniel Bruhl) is rude to the point and austere. Then everything changes and it becomes clear Niki is the true star, the hard worker and a genius in a field. I for one did not think he spoke the truth when he said he isn’t doing it for the love of driving, but for the money of it. One does not go into battle six weeks after burning your face off if you don’t have a passion for what you do, dear sir. I rooted for Niki at the end and had goosebumps by his relentless determination and guts. I respected him for pulling off during the Japanese Grand Prix – it is something I would have done as well since it was clearly so dangerous to be on that track.

I thought the casting was excellent as well. Hemsworth and Bruhl resemble Hunt and Lauda enough to make you look twice. As for the actors, they came of arrogant and austere respectively, which seems accurate. It is nice seeing Chris Hemsworth in something other than a superhero movie. I haven’t seen Bruhl in anything else, but he gave a stunning, convincing performance. I loved the scene where he is driving after he was picked up from the road and he’scruising and then just lets the car rip for Marlene and those two idiots are cheering in the back.

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The racing scenes are well done and entertaining, and not overwhelming – they take place frequently because it is a racing movie but it does not harp incessantly on the racing to become boring. The costumes were expertly created to resemble the look of the 1970s with even the supporting actors and actresses looking exactly how they were supposed to look.

Overall, I liked the tone of the movie. It was shot expertly to reveal the glamour of Formula One in its golden age, I enjoyed the characters and thought everything was brought together beautifully.

Highly recommended!

Movie Review: Sex Tape (2014)

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Plot: A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts. (IMDb)

Acting:5/10

Graphics: 8/10

Sound track: 6/10

Costumes: 6/10

Scenery:4/10

Pacing: 4/10

Time run: 100 minutes: 7/10

Stance within genre: 2/10

Book adaption/Originality: 7/10

Likeability: 4/10

=49/100 = 4.9/10

In yet another unfortunate meeting between Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, Sex Tape has its moments, but they are far apart. Mostly it isn’t funny at all. I only watched this movie at a girl’s night – we wanted something funny and this fit the bill. It is probably the movie of 2014 I had no inclination to see because I always knew it would be quite horrendous.

The premise of the story is plausible enough – they could have prevented it all very effectively by just not making a sex tape OR not on a device that was connected with the internet in any freaking way #idiots. Thus Sex Tape is very relevant to society today but it must also be noted that the leaking of such material is often traumatic and not even remotely hilarious.

Cameron Diaz as a mother is certainly something new for her, and I mostly enjoyed her in it. Jason Segal is SO thin in here, and it looks odd. He is certainly the type of man who looks okay with a bit of fat, so I am rather sad he lost it all!

This is not as bad as Grown-Ups 2, because they at least didn’t send a Moose through the door within the first five opening minutes. I had some fun with this, but a shallow, unsatisfactory fun, which can be compared to drinking Jägermeister: fun at the time, but you really have no idea why you did it the following day.

Recommendation: If you like shitty movies, or are busy drinking Jägermeister.