Saturday, January 24, 2015
American Sniper (Directed by: Clint Eastwood; Written by: Jason Hall, Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and James Defelice)
Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who wanted to become a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle struggles with the reality of the war and, once returned home, tries to adapt to his urban life, wife and kids.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Keir O'Donnell, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Sienna Miller, Brando Eaton, Mido Hamada, Sam Jaeger, Ryan Sadaghiani, Ayman Samman, Jonathan Groff
Why I loved this film: This was quite possibly one of the greatest military movies I ever watched. The writing was just brilliant, from the witty remarks to the expressions of pure suspense, Bradley Cooper brought complete life to the role of Chris, a father, a husband, and an American hero. The visual effects were also stunning and believable as well as the sound. At some points, it felt like you were actually on the battlefield. The suspense that they built was captivating and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
In spite of my views on war and arms, I have to say that this man's story was worth knowing about and had me thinking about it long after the ending. I mean, the irony of a man leaving his wife and kids to save a country and his fellow SEALs, almost dying in battle, barely making it out alive, going through hell to adapt to the 'real' life in the States, only to be killed close to home by a crazy war veteran.
By the end, I was left stunned with a mixture of emotions.
This is another Oscar-worthy movie to watch!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, this film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers during the darkest days of World War II.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Tom Goodman-Hill, Steven Waddington
Why I loved this film: This is a true story, sympathetically told, with brilliant performances all round and a stand-out Turing from the Oscar-worthy Benedict Cumberbatch. Meandering through Alan Turing's life since school until shortly before his death, the script will have your attention as well as a mixture of emotions, it had me smiling shortly before my eyes filled with tears.
Overall, I highly recommend it!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse - a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there is more bad news: Hollywood's golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.
It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are...
Quote: "We are the sum of our thoughts. What you choose to dwell on will dictate your emotions."
My thoughts on this book: There were two completely unrelated story lines, while the No Prisoners took main stage, the Hollywood couple only seemed to serve as a gap filler when nothing else was going on, to the extent where not much thought seemed to have gone to the ending leaving me wondering 'is this it?'. I also could not help reading Brad and Angelina every time this second story came up. However, it did seem to depict the type of scandal found in Hollywood, where celebrities are placed on a pedestal and their craft is put above morals. Then there was the Justine storyline... Very actual and I guess it hit home where a woman is left wondering about her own morals after having been led on by a good looking guy, and starts putting her own life and future into perspective. Will she be alone forever? Definitely something we single ladies tend to think about. Plus the whole workout scenario. I really related more to Justine in this book than in any other book of the Private collection.
It was also fun to read while spending my holidays in Mexico. It made me feel closer to the story.
Overall, I liked what was done with the No Prisoners but felt that the Hollywood couple lacked a little more of a storyline.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Merritt Wever, Merritt Wever
My thoughts on this film: I am probably the only one who did not like it at all. The only thing that kept me from walking out in the middle was the respect I have for all the great actors included therein. Otherwise, the story was boring, probably as washed-up as the main character and the dialogues were just a waste of time.
I seriously cannot understand all the fuss created around this film.
Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Supporting actor - motion picture: J. K Simmons (Whiplash)
Supporting actress - tv series, mini series or tv movie: Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Mini series or tv movie: Fargo
Actor - mini series or tv movie: Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Actress - tv series, musical or comedy: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the virgin)
Tv series - musical or comedy: Transparent
Original score - motion picture: The theory of everything
Original song - motion picture: Glory (Selma)
Supporting actor - tv series, mini series or tv movie: Matt Bomer (The normal heart)
Actress- motion picture, comedy or musical: Amy Adams (Big eyes)
Animated feature film: How to train your dragon 2
Supporting actress - motion picture: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Screenplay - motion picture: Birdman
Actor - tv series, comedy or musical: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Foreign language film: Leviathan (Russia)
Actress - mini series or tv movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal (The honorable woman)
Tv series - drama: The affair
Actor - tv series, drama: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Cecil B. DeMille: George Clooney
Director - motion picture: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Actress - tv series, drama: Ruth Wilson (The affair)
Actor - motion picture, comedy or musical: Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Motion picture - comedy or musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Actress - motion picture, drama: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Actor - motion picture, drama: Eddie Redmayne (The theory of everything)
Motion picture - drama: Boyhood