I started to write in this blog years ago due to my short-term memory about movies I see. Not sure why it is but usually I only remember whether i liked the film or not. This is one of the main reasons why I started this blog.
Since i moved to Asia it has been more challenging for me to keep up with my 3 blogs, time just goes faster here!
I had a mini backlog of films to write about from 2016 to yesterday and today I have decided to tackle that. I can't write to the level of detail that I usually like but let me at least share with you the title of the film, genre, whether I recommend it or not and the Rotten Tomatoes score that I usually agree with ( in case I don't, I'll let you know, too).
* Doctor Strange (2016).
Genre: Action & Adventure; Science Fiction.
Recommended? Yes, Entertaining! Excellent special effects.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% (audience)
* Passengers (2016).
Genre: Science Fiction.
Recommended? Yes, Entertaining!
They could have done much more with the original idea of the plot though.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%( audience) ( Agree!)
* Fantastic Beasts (2016)
Recommended? Yes, why not.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% (audience)
* A Monster Calls (2016)
Recommended? It is a must! Beautiful film, different from other movies you may have seen recently. It reminded me a little bit of "Pan's Labyrinth"( another great film, in case you haven't seen it !
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% (audience)
* Bridget Jones Baby (2016)
Recommended? It is a must if you are a fan of the Bridget's series and if you have read the books like I did ( Yes at that time i was single and i felt like Bridget so many times ..) ! I hadn't laughed so much in a very long time.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69% ( audience). To me it was a 90%!!
*Mike & Dave need wedding dates (2016)
Recommended? No!Avoid! ( Don't even ask me why I went to see this one.. I guess i was brain-dead at that time.. aw, wait i remember.. Andres chose this one!)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54% (audience, 35% critics, i have to agree with the critics..)
* Dirty GrandPa (2016)
Recommended? Yes, why not! Entertaining. It depends on your mood.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45% ( audience)
* The Purge, Election Year (2016)
Recommended? No! Avoid! Extremely violent, there is already enough violence in the world.I liked the first movie and the second one but not this one.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%
Since 2017 started we have continued our passion for cinema & we have seen the following films:
* Why Him (2016)
Recommended? Yes! Very funny ( If you like American humor, as I do)! James Franco is not only very attractive but also very hilarious in this movie!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59% (audience)
* A street cat named Bob (2016)
Recommended? Yes (if you read the book like I did and you like cats)
It is based on a true story. You can follow James Bowen and his cat on Facebook,too. I always wanted to see them in London but i didn't manage to. He became too famous after his book became a bestseller. If you look carefully you can see the real James at the end of the movie. I never saw homeless in the same way after I read this book.
A short video about the Real James & his cat Bob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdYTaoftSgk
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
* La La Land (2016)
Genre: Musical/Love Story
Recommended? Yes! Beautiful film! (If you like musicals & Ryan Gosling, you can't miss it! If you are not fan of musicals, do not bother, you will probably hate it..)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% ( Agree!)
* Split (2017)
Recommended? It is a must!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% James Mcvoy's is stellar in this movie! He reminded me a bit of Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Terrifying at times the multiple personalities of the protagonist. James Mcvoy is without doubt one of the best European actors of this time. If you haven't see his movie "Filth"(2013), you should. Another of his masterpiece terrifying performances!
*The Light Between Oceans
Recommended? Yes! Beautiful film! I cried so much but you what? There is nothing better than a movie that makes you feel, even if it is sadness.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62% ( I disagree with this one it's a 90% for me, i loved it and i could relate to the protagonists pain. Excellent chemistry between Michael Fassbender & Florence Clery )
* Fifty Shades Darker
Genre: I can't even classify it..
Recommended? No! Avoid!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56% (audience) - I'm afraid i have to agree with Rotten tomatoes critics score on this one 9%, is even generous. OMG is so BAD!!
Recommended? Not for me but some people love it and his score in Rottentomatoes is very high, too.. and it the main protagonist has even won an Oscar. The protagonist's life cannot get any worse than what it is in the movie..seriously. After this film we started to talk about how lucky we are in our lives right now.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% (audience) I'm the odd one here since i found it boring at times and then very depressing..I don't understand that high score. However, I can understand why the protagonist won an Oscar, he plays very well his role. Very credible.
Recommended? No! Avoid! ( And I was very interest in the history of what happened when Kennedy on the day he was killed but i expected much more.. )
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66% ( To me not even a 30%.. Natalie Portman plays very well her role but in general, thought the movie was very boring.. i even fall asleep for some of it. )
* Alone In Berlin
Recommended? Yes,Why not.
Interesting and based on true facts. It shows what a revolutionary man tried to bring awareness about Hitler's regime through post-cards left in different parts of Berlin anonymously. It would have been much easier now with Twitter!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42% (audience) . To me it was a pass : 50%
Recommended?Yes It is a must! Best movie I have seen this year so far! It shows a sad reality of a drug underworld that can be seen in most cities around the world. In this case in Edinburgh. ( Needless to say if you didn't like Trainspotting 1, do not even bother.)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
Top highlights of Trainspotting since i watched it yesterday and I remember it well: I loved this movie even more than the first one! Worth the wait all this years to see the trainspotting "gang" again! and Franco is a very bad, bad hombre! Great soundtrack , too!
And choose watching history repeat itself
Choose your future
Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn
Choose a zero hour contract, a two hour journey to work
And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody’s kitchen
And then… take a deep breath
You’re an addict, so be addicted
Just be addicted to something else
Choose the ones you love
Choose your future