Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I was very suspicious about The Hunger Games -movies. I watched the first movie The Hunger Games from DVD and it was not so bad as I thought it would be.

I’m not part of the target audience, that’s for sure. I went to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with my son this week. The movie theatre was full of teenagers, mostly girls, giggling and talking, eating popcorn and candies. I thought that maybe I was in a wrong place. Eventually a few more grown-ups came to the theatre, so I was not the only one.

The movie was, I must admit, entertaining and even a little thrilling. I don’t know if this is embarrassing or not, but I kind of liked it. But, when you start to think about the story, it’s pretty depressing. A group of people are sent to a closed area to kill one another and other people watch, even cheer. Well, not all people cheer, the families of the rivals aren’t that happy because they, almost undoubtedly, will loose their loved ones. A very sick game, I say.

The movie ended but the story didn’t. So now we are waiting the next movie. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will be split into two movies, part 1 will be in theatres on November 21st, 2014 and the second part on November 20th, 2015. Two more year before I know how the story will end. Interesting to see if my son still wants to see these two movies, he’s 14 now and will be 16 in 2015. It’s possible that he’s not interested in The Hunger Games after two years. We’ll see. Maybe I have to go by myself and join the huge bunch of teenagers a couple of times more.

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The Counselor

Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the same movie, quite a bunch. But, as I witnessed, that amazing bunch doesn’t guarantee a great movie. And not even the director Ridley Scott.

The Counselor  was a little boring and somehow dragged. The movie had a few scenes of shocking violence and a lot of talking. A great deal of talking, plenty about sex and women. The best part of this movie was Michael Fassbender and his emotional performance. Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem were not at their best, they performed  but, to me, they didn’t give anything special this time. Cameron Diaz, well, she had some brave scenes, I say. She was good as a temptress but her performance didn’t thrill me.

In The Counselor things start to go wrong and they do not get better. There’s no happy ending in this movie. The Counselor ends in tears. I’m not saying that there has to be happy ending all the time, but it surely makes the viewer feel a lot better when he or she leaves the movie theater.

When I left the movie theater, I must admit, I was (just a little) disappointed. But, The Counselor was not the worst movie ever, so didn’t spoil my day.

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Thor: The Dark World

Another Marvel-movie with my guys. This time Thor: The Dark World.

Thor: The Dark World was watchable. A lot of action, spacegrafts, battles and weird-looking characters. Still, it was somehow boring. Some big yawns came in the middle of the movie, but I managed to stay awake.

I must say that Chris Hemsworth is a very good choice for the part of Thor. He is charismatic and looks very good, masculine and strong. But the most interesting character is Loki, Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston. There’s something very interesting about Mr. Hiddleston. He is magnetic and his eyes look straight through you. And some characters in the movie are, in my opinoin, purposeless, like annoying Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings.

The story in Thor: The Dark World is ordinary,  but, I dare say, it’s the same in almost all super hero movies. There was nothing special in this movie, just a lot of fighting and explosions. One guy beats all and saves the universe, and the woman of his dreams. Yet, I like heroes that conquir every misfortune and every bad guy and Thor did just that.

The ending of the movie implicates that there’s still more to come.

I think the first Thor-movie (2011) was better. Anyway, my guys loved Thor: The Dark World. I guess that I’m not necessarily part of the target audience. But, luckily, the movie offers some feast for the eyes, so that the women in the audience get some entertainment too.

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Marina

Beautiful, mysterious, gloomy, fascinating, captivating, compelling. These are the words that come to my mind when I think about the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. His newest book Marina is no exception.

Poetic descriptions about the events and people in them. The writing is beautiful and of many words, wonderful words and I love each one of them. Marina kept me in my reading spot for hours and the only flaw was that it was quite short and ended quickly.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón has an unique way of using words and telling a story. I’ve read all his books and I’ve been bedazzled by each  of them.

Marina is a sad story. It tells about loneliness, friendship, mendacity, commitment, insanity, eternal love and loss. It has also a suspense factor with supernatural elements, some similarity to Frankenstein’s monster but in a different way.

When I read Marina, I was able to see the misty and rainy streets of Barcelona. I was able to feel the emotions and see all the horrible events in my mind.  I’m in love, I must say, in these books. I want more.

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