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Mortdecai

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so sorry. I’ve been busy doing fun things. I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve seen a lot of movies. Today I’m going to start with Mortdecai, the last movie of Johnny Depp.

I knew, when I went to see Mortdecai, that it was not going to be the mosti brilliant movie of the year. And I was right. It had it’s moments (not very many) and I laughed a little (very little). Otherwise the movie was just what I expected it to be, bad. The uppermost feeling that I had, most of the time, was embarrassment. Johnny Depp repeated his manners and Gwyneth Paltrow (although she looks beautiful) was unnatural. Maybe that was the purpose.

Mortdecai was a weird mixture of action and comedy. It had some very lousy jokes and some average ones. I was able to watch it, one time.

I feel bad for Johnny Depp. He doesn’t make good movies. I’m wishing that he would use his talent better. I’m even thinking of changing my idol. I’ve considered Benedict Cumberbatch, he is brilliant (I saw The Imitation Game, I’ll review it later).

Sorry Johnny, sorry Gwyneth, sorry Ewan. I just didn’t like Mortdecai.

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Interstellar

Last sunday I went to the movies with my son and we went to see Interstellar, this time it was my choice.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a movie full of Hollywood pathos. It’s also beautiful, touching and makes you think of what’s coming in the future. Is the earth going to be inviable? When you think about it, we’re talking about big issues here.

In addition to all of that, Interstellar was very entertaining. Both me and my son sat in our chairs, staired the movie, completely focused on what’s happening on the screen. Visually beautiful scenes and interesting plot. It didn’t bother us that the movie was nearly three hours long. I didn’t actually know (all the time, there were some elements that were predictable) what was going to happen nor how would the movie end. It was refreshing.

I have growing respect for Matthew McConaughey. Lately his roles and performances have been quite amazing.

I love Anne Hathaway.

And Michael Caine, well, he’s a legend.

I think Interstellar was much better than Gravity.

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Frankenstein

I ended up reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I must tell you why.

The movie theatre in my city showed National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein last monday. It’s a play, not a movie, but I’ll say a word or two about it anyway.

Two great actors performing this sad story. Benedict Cumberbatch (always brilliant) played The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller played Victor Frankenstein. Two actors who have played Sherlock Holmes on TV.

The beginning of the play, when The Creature is born, was a little too long. Acting was great, though. When the play moved on it got better, up to the point of being great. Stunning acting, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch, and, I believe so, physically very demanding.

The story is sad. People don’t accept difference very well, that’s current even now. Loneliness, revenge, ostracism, sadness, abandonment, cruelty, violence, compulsion. Those are just some words that come to my mind.

Great play. And there’s an interesting thing about this play. Cumberbatch and Miller change parts. Not in one play, but in showings. Miller plays The Creature, Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. I wish I could’ve seen that version too.

And then, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s amazing, that this story was publiced for the first time in 1818. It must have been a strange situation that a woman wrote this type of story in 1818.

In the book, there are moments that there’s too much description of events, moods and landscapes. These days, when violence is daily on TV and movies, this story is quite tame. It’s a horror story but it doesn’t strike so. Yet, it’s a good book and worth reading. I wonder why I haven’t read it before? It just hasn’t occurred. But now it did and I’m pleased.

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Dracula Untold

I had to choose a movie that would interest my husband and I chose Dracula Untold.

I’m not a huge fan of vampire movies, but sometimes circumstances drift into such situation that I have to see them. This was such a time.

Dracula Untold was well made visually. Other that that, well, it was above mediocre. Towards the end it got a bit corny and bloody, of course.

I have no criterion to compare Dracula Untold to another vampire movies, but I think that this was not the best one. In those movies that I have seen, Dracula has been less human, in Dracula Untold he was. He chose the best of other before his own needs and wanted to save his family.

No fantastic experiences or emotions. I saw, it ended, I got out, now I can forget about it.

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Magic in the Moonlight

Light, beautiful, funny, extravagant, colorful, childish, lovely, entertaining, easy. These are the words that come to my mind when I think about Woody Allen’s new movie Magic in the Moonlight.

Last saturday I wanted to see something light and entertaining, something not too serious. Magic in the Moonlight was just the right choice.

Magic in the Moonlight was very different from the previous Allen’s movie that I saw, Blue Jasmine (review here). The costumes were beautiful and so was the scenery. The storyline was not the most brilliant but somehow that didn’t bother me. Colin Firth (as Stanley) is a man of great and somehow inexlicable charm and I like him. Eileen Atkins was wondeful as Aunt Vanessa. And then there was Emma Stone, the leading lady, as Sophie. There was something fake about her. She didn’t impress me but I think that she was suitable for the role as Sophie. With her big eyes and lovely smile she was able to play this fake psychic who enchanted almost all the people that met her.

Magic in the Moonlight was fulsome, it was a little naive and silly. It wasn’t the best of Woody Allen, nor was it worst. Still, it was the perfect choice for my saturday afternoon. It made me laugh and it was romantic. It filled my heart with lightness and beauty and that was what I needed.

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Lucy

When I saw the preview of the movie Lucy I thought it would be interesting. I like movies where women are heroines, strong and fearless. So, yesterday I went to see Lucy with my son.

The beginning of the movie was okay. I’m not a big fan of Scarlett Johansson, but in this movie she was splended as cold, heartless  and impassive woman, you could see her transformation. And it’s always a pleasure to listen to the beautiful, soothing voice of Morgan Freeman. Those were the good things in Lucy, but…

What were those clips about wild animals, nature and dividing cells between scenes? They just disturbed me and I don’t see the point of them. And the ending? What a disappointment. It just was too weird and too sci-fi for me. I was gutted, I admit.

When the movie ended my son said to me “This was one of the weirdest movies I’ve seen in a while”. It was and not in a good way.

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One year

Exactly one year ago I started this blog, July 8, 2013. Since then I’ve written to you about every book I’ve read and every movie I’ve seen in a movie theatre. I’ve watched boadloats of movies at home, but I’ve left those movies out of my blog.

Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU all for reading my blog. I hope I’m able to share good, average and bad books and movies with you for a long time.

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