The Wolf of Wall Street


Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall Street

Oh, where to start. I did not like this movie. Unfortunately, it being Scorsese and DiCaprio, I had pretty high expectations while at the same time I have to acknowledge that there won’t be a new the Departed.

 

The Wolf of Wall Street is about a New York stock broker, Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), in the 1990s and is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. Jordan starts as an intern on Wall Street and when his internship is finally over and it is his first day as a stock broker in 1987, Black Monday happens and the stock market crashes. Jordan lands a stock broker job in an insignificant little boiler room firm in Long Island. It becomes evident that he can be very persuasive on the phone, and together with his new best friend more…



Dallas Buyers Club


Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Well, I want you to watch this movie – although I am not overly impressed by it. Actually I left the cinema feeling quite ambivalent about the whole thing. I guess this isn’t really the right way to do a sales speech. The movie is based on real events in the 1980s and revolves around electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroff (Matthew McConaughey) and his struggle against AIDS and against the American medical system more…



The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug


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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Peter Jackson’s love for Tolkien’s works keeps being manifested, doesn’t it, in big elaborate movies paying homage to the man. I have just watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (a bit late, I grant you) and I just have to ramble on about it a little bit. I know I didn’t write a review about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but some of the point of view I had back then, I still now.

 

So in the movie we join Bilbo and the thirteen dwarves and then of course Gandalf the Grey as they travel through Middle Earth to the Lonely Mountain to get back the dwarves’ home and treasures which were occupied by the dragon Smaug. Of course there are lots of trials more…



Before Midnight


Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in the movie Before Midnight

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight (2013)

A realistic movie about love and relationship. Many years ago a friend told me about a movie, Before Sunrise, describing it as a talking movie with amazing dialogues between two actors, who were basically the only people in the movie. That sounded really strange to me, however I was intrigued. Now, 18 years after Before Sunrise was released, the third movie in the series is out. These movies are  so beautiful. more…



Jobs


Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

You can love the man or you can hate the man, but you have got to admire his passion, drive and vision. Steve Jobs changed the world with his revolutionary ideas. There’s no denying that and this movie shows that in a biopic sort of way.

 

The movie tells the story of Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) and Apple Computer from the humble beginnings in the garage of Jobs’ parents through its growth and innovation of computers to the years when Apple Computer started haltering behind competitors and through to the late 90s where Apple introduced their new PCs distinguishing themselves from competitors and proving themselves innovative more…



What Maisie Knew


My initial reason for watching and even knowing about the movie What Maisie Knew was simply Alexander Skarsgård. I mean, it sounds like something I would do, right? And I’m glad I did watch it because this movie was amazing.

 

Julianne Moore and Onata Aprile in the movie What Maisie Knew

Julianne Moore (left) and Onata Aprile in What Maisie Knew

Maisie (Onata Aprile) lives with her parents in New York City. Maisie’s parents aren’t getting along and when they split up, Maize gets caught in the middle of a vicious custody battle. Maisie’s mum Susanna (Julianne Moore) is a musician touring with her band, and her dad, Beale (Steve Coogan) is an English businessman. When Beale marries Maisie’s nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) in order to appear stable and trustworthy to the court, Susanna marries the bartender Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård) in order to approve her image as a good mother. However, it quickly becomes clear that Susanna and Beale care more about hurting each other than their daughter’s well-being more…



Gayby


Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas in the indie comedy Gayby

Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas in the indie comedy Gayby

I just got the movie Gayby on DVD! I’m so excited! This movie is so sweet. I stumbled across this movie while I was internet stalking this guy I’d seen in a movie (as you would normally do) and decided to watch it. I love indie movies because they are different, and this one is just the right mix of being down to earth and relatable and of portraying stereotypes in a comical way.

 

This indie comedy, directed by Jonathan Lisecki, is about two best friends, Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas). They have been friends since forever. Jenn is straight and Matt is gay more…



Man Of Steel


Henry Cavill and Amy Adams as Superman and Lois Lane in Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams as Superman and Lois Lane in Man of Steel

If you are a hardcore Superman fan of course, it is a must to watch Man Of Steel. If you are a fan of unnecessary lengthy special effects sequences, this is also a must-see movie. If you want to see this movie because you, like me, just want to look at Henry Cavill, I have to say I’ve seen him cuter in other movies.

 

Superman (Henry Cavill) is born on Krypton, a planet facing its doom. In efforts to secure the species’ survival and the life of his newborn son Jor-El (Russell Crowe) )sends his son up into space headed for a planet where he will be safe.  We flash forward to Superman being a young man travelling the country being anonymous and doing manual labour. Trying to hide who he is and finding a place in the world, he finds himself face to face with the pushy reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams). But then danger arrives. General Zod (Michael Shannon), who’d been sentenced to hibernation orbit before Krypton imploded, has escaped and is now determined to make a new Krypton more…



Hemingway and Gellhorn


I’m watching Hemingway and Gellhorn right now. I was in the video rental place and saw it there on the shelf. Main reason for grabbing it was that Clive Owen was in it. I’ve been mildly obsessed with him since the early 2000′s and did for many years regard him as one of the sexiest men alive. I am sad to conclude that that era is now over…

 

Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in Hemingway & Gellhorn

Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in Hemingway & Gellhorn

The movie tells the story of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn. In the beginning of the movie we see them meet for the first time. Hemingway (Clive Owen) is a famous author and Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) is an up and coming reporter. He’s married, she’s feisty. Hemmingway introduces Gellhorn to the Spanish civil war. They travel to Spain to make a documentary, and from there we follow their relationship more…



Review of Only God Forgives


This is definitely art-house cinema. I didn’t feel the urge to walk out of the cinema like a bunch of the reporters in Cannes did when they watched the movie. But I’m not sure I completely understood the movie, either. But nonetheless I was impressed because it certainly is a piece of art.

 

Vithaya Pansringarm in Only God Forgives directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Vithaya Pansringarm in Only God Forgives

In the movie we first meet Julian (Ryan Gosling), the owner of a Thai boxing club in Bangkok that he runs with his brother, Billy (Tom Burke), and which functions as a cover for drug smuggling. When Billy is murdered as a consequence of his actions, the boys’ mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) arrives seeking justice, or rather revenge, for her son’s death. This opes Pandora’s box and Julian is faced with his mother’s demanding he avenges his brother. At the same time more…