Movie Review: Suffragette (2015)

Women. Half the world’s population. The main reason that any of us exist. Without women, the world would be completely fucked. So when I look back on history, I find it quite disheartening that these essential and amazing beings have had to go through so much hardship… and that they still kind of do these days. Hopefully we can better ourselves soon.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Suffragette”.

London, 1912. Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a laundry worker. She soon finds herself getting acquainted with the suffragette movement, and eventually joins them in their quest for voting rights. So now we have our historical drama. And is this plot any good? Yeah, it’s really good. It’s an engaging and at times even disturbing narrative, showing what kind of hardships and horrors these women had to go through, just because they wanted to be able to vote. At times it almost slips into pander-y Oscar bait, but it never falls into that trap, succesfully keeping a good balance of historical and emotional storytelling.

While I don’t think any of the characters are necessarily bad, I just didn’t find myself fully interested in all of them… found several of them a little undercooked. Carey Mulligan plays Maud Watts, a young mother and laundry worker who gets involved with the suffragettes. She’s determined and smart, but she does also show a more vulnerable side of herself, giving her a bit more depth as a character, and I actually cared about her quite a bit. And Mulligan is of course fantastic in the role. Helena Bonham Carter plays Edith Ellyn, a pharmacist and suffragette. She’s tough as hell and is always willing to stand up for her rights. And while I applaud those traits, I never found the character to be the most well realized. But I can say that Carter is great in the role. Ben Whishaw plays Sonny, Maud’s husband. While he is supportive of his wife, he is quite torn about her getting involved with the suffragettes’ protests. And while that could be interesting, they don’t go the full length with that and it becomes okay at best. Whishaw is really good at least. And I’m just gonna say it, what I said about Whishaw’s and Carter’s characters kind of goes for all the other ones as well… not bad, just slightly undercooked. At least we get some damn solid performances throughout the movie from people like Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Meryl Streep, Geoff Bell, Romola Garai, Finbar Lynch, and many more.

The score for the movie was composed by Alexandre Desplat, and I think he did a great job with it. What I liked most about it is that whether a track goes for sweeping and dramatic, or smaller and more personal, it always has a solid emotional core that makes the score some real ear candy. Seriously, it’s fucking beautiful.

This movie was directed by Sarah Gavron and I think she did a really good job with it. What I like about directing is that it’s versatile. When things are a bit more calm and contemplative, the camera is steady. But when things get more intense and (for lack of a better word) action-packed, it gets a bit more shaky, but never so much as to be a pain. I saw one guy describing it as a bit Paul Greengrass-ish, and I think that’s a pretty good description of it. And I think it really adds to the movie.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 72% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

While flawed, I still think “Suffragette” is a really good and important movie. It has a great plot, some okay characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. As previously mentioned, I found some of the character work here to be a bit lackluster, but that’s about it for flaws. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Suffragette” is an 8,87/10. So while flawed, it’s still worth buying.

My review of “Suffragette” is now completed.

Nice to see Helena Bonham Carter going for a more “normal” role for once.

Movie Review: Mudbound (2017)

This movie is a fairly unique case. Mainly because it’s a Netflix original movie that somehow has gotten multiple Oscar nominations. Not saying that it shouldn’t have gotten the nominations, just saying that it’s very interesting. Anyway, let’s just get into the review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mudbound”.

Mississippi, the 1940s. We follow the McAllans and the Jacksons, two families who live in close proximity to each other in a farmland. And throughout the movie’s runtime we see them have to deal with everything from the struggle of farming, to racism, to adjusting to life after being in a war. What we have here is a very rich and layered plot. Yes, it’s a fairly lengthy movie, and it does move at a fairly slow pace. But there’s enough payoffs and beautiful nuances to the plot here to make it all feel rewarding. The plot here is emotional, engaging, layered, and at times even disturbing. It’s absolutely fantastic.

The characters here are kind of like the plot in that they are quite layered and interesting. I will however not go too in-depth with each and every character as I feel that they’re best left experienced rather than explained… also, I don’t want to make this post too long and rambly. So here’s just quick overviews of the two central families and their most essential members (essential for the plot, that is). First we have the McAllans, featuring the likes of Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Jonathan Banks. They’re a white family who’s lived a relatively easy life until they move out to the Mississippi delta, where they have to start their new farm life. And they all get some really interesting development/moments throughout. Then we have the Jacksons, featuring Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, and Rob Morgan. They’re a black family that kind of has to live with the McAllans, which of course leads to some solid drama throughout. And the Jacksons are an interesting bunch of characters. I will now also say that all the actors in this movie are running on all cylinders, there’s no weak link within the cast, they are all absolutely fantastic in the movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Tamar-Kali, and had I not done that research I would’ve just assumed that the score was composed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. The score here is at times reminiscent of the score from “The Assassination of Jesse James” in that it takes a dark, emotionally charged, and even kind of eerie. But it still has a very unique sound and it’s just overall great. And before you ask, the song “Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige is fucking great.

Based on a novel by Hillary Jordan, “Mudbound” was directed by Dee Rees who I think did a great job. Her direction is sweeping and confident, at times feeling like a lot of old school dramas while still feeling new and unique. I also want to talk about Rachel Morrison’s cinematography for a second, because it is fucking amazing. There were a good amount of shots in this movie that made my jaw drop. What’s also cool about it is that none of the shots felt like a “just there to be pretty” type of shot, all of the shots had a purpose while also being pure eye candy. Speaking of images, there’s some disturbing imagery at a couple points in this movie… just thought I’d give you that warning in case you’re a bit sensitive… I don’t judge.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 85/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10. As previously mentioned, this movie has been nominated for multiple Oscars. Four of them actually, in the categories of Best supporting actress (Blige), Best adapted screenplay, Best cinematography, and Best original song.

“Mudbound” is a big and sweeping drama that shows that Netflix isn’t playing around. It has a fantastic plot, great characters, fantastic performances, great music, and fantastic direction/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Mudbound” is a 9,89/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Mudbound” is now completed.

I got nothing to put here. This isn’t the kind of movie you joke about afterwards.

Great Music #9

Hello, my friends. Sorry for not posting so much this past week, been havin’ a bad case of the flu. But I can finally bring you a small post here. And by small I mean I will just shortly present a song I’ve been listening to recently.

This time there is a little variation in what I am sharing with you. In what way is this variation? Well, for once I am not sharing a rock song. Instead I am sharing a piece of folk music. It is a song called “Five Hundred Miles” and it’s sung by Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands. If you recently read my review of “Inside Llewyn Davis” you would know that all of those people were in the movie. And this is indeed a song from the soundtrack of the movie as performed by these awesome people. This song is in my opinion beautiful and just overall great and that’s why I am sharing it.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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Folk music, a genre that these days got a pretty mixed reception. Some love it, some hate it and then we have some stuck in the middle type of people. It’s always interesting to know what people think of stuff like that. What are your thoughts? Share ’em in the comments.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us go… “Inside Llewyn Davis”.

It’s the early 1960’s and we follow folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he deals with all kinds of hardships throughout this week of his life. And I have to say that it was a very interesting and entertaining watch. The stroy really makes you feel for Llewyn as he goes through all of these terrible things. And I don’t mean terrible things in the usual Coen brothers’ sense, but more as in he can’t seem to catch a break. It’s a very personal story that I somehow related to despite not being a shit-out-of-luck musician. It was great.

The characters are all very interesting, entertaining and realistic. Oscar Isaac was absolutely phenomenal as this broken man who’s just trying to make a living through his passion for folk music. After seeing Isaac in this movie and a bunch other over the past two(ish) years I think I am justified in saying that he’s become one of my favorite actors. Anyhow, we have a bunch more great people in this movie. Carey Mulligan (Sidenote: whom Isaac played together with in “Drive”) plays a friend of Llewyn’s and she is terrific in this movie. Justin Timberlake plays her boyfriend and he is also really good in this movie. Then we have a ton of other great supporting actors who I will only mention quickly because otherwise we’d be here all day. *DEEP BREATH*. Adam Driver, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, F. Murray Abraham and a lot more.

Let’s just get this out of the way: If you strongly hate folk music, you’re absolutely gonna hate the soundtrack to this movie. The entire soundtrack is basically folk music. I personally kind of like it. I wouldn’t say that I absolutely lvoe folk music overall, but I do think the songs used in this movie were really good and fit the movie very well. I guess one of the main reasons why I really liked the songs here is because they are terrifically performed by the actors in the movie. Yeah… they do that. Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake,  Adam Driver… they all perform the songs in this movie. Sure, some songs take help from outside sources (such as Marcus Mumford), but for the most part they are performed by the actors in the movie.

Like I said before, this movie was directed by the Coen brothers and as with everything I’ve seen from them, this is very well directed. It’s a little sad though that their regular cinematographer, Roger Deakins, was unavailable at the time. But the guy they got instead still did a fantastic job with it and the movie looks really great and interesting. And as per usual, the Coen’s sharp writing is here and it’s as great as ever. What I do really like about it is not only that it’s quick and witty, but also how it can so easily switch between serious and melancholic to darkly hilarious without fucking everything up. And every piece of dialogue seems so real and genuine which adds to the greatness of it.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 92/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing. 

“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a very funny yet dramatic movie featuring a great story, fantastic performances, great music, excellent directing & cinematography and terrific writing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a 9,88/10. That means it msot definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Inside Llewyn Davis” is now completed.

Oscar Isaac, you awesome man.

 

Top 10 Sexiest Actresses

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Ladies, gentlemen and others… it is time. Time for another Top 10, that is. If you had a look around my blog yesterday/the day before I posted a little poll where you could vote for what my next Top 10 would be. To be honest, not many people voted unfortunately which led to there being a tie. The tie was between “Top 10 Batman Movies” and “Top 10 exiest actresses”, the latter of which I suspect my good friend Vinnieh suggested. But seeing as there was a tie at the end of the deadline, I had to figure out how to decide. So I did it the old-fashioned way and flipped a coin and this won. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen… My Top 10 Sexiest Actresses.

Rule #1: Same as always; my list, go bitch about someone not sharing your opinion somewhere else.

Rule 2: Which actresses qualify for this? Those who I consider sexy/hot/attractive/beautiful. If you do not agree with what I consider hot/beautiful, read rule #1 and come back when you understand it.

Rule #3: In this list there is no rule #3.

Let’s go!

Number 10: Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Someone who has been considered one of if not the most attractive woman in the world makes it in to number 10 and for good reason. She is a gorgeous woman. Those blue eyes, the great golden hair and overall gorgeous style puts her here at number 10.

Number 9: Halle Berry.
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How could I not include this dark skinned beauty? For fuck’s sake, she turns 49 later this year and she still looks fantastic! Okay, this picture looks like it might be a few years old… but still. She is one beautiful lady who also happen to be a terrific actor. Also, if you have seen the Bond movie “Die Another Day” you know how great she looks in a bikini.

Number 8: Jennifer Connelly.
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This dark-haired beauty has over the past few years become one of my favorite actors, proving herself with movies like “Requiem for a Dream”, “A Beautiful Mind” and “Blood Diamond”. She also happens to be pretty damn attractive with those pretty eyes and the aforementioned dark hair. She is a beautiful woman.

Number 7: Margot Robbie.
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I had never even heard of her before I watched “The Wolf of Wall Street last year” (Where she was terrific by the way) and I haven’t seen her in anything since then. But I can say that I both curious and a little excited to see her play Harley Quinn in next year’s “Suicide Squad”. Until then we can at least appreciate those gorgeous eyes, beautiful hair and overall pretty face.

Number 6: Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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Here we have the sister of one of my favorite actors (Jake Gyllenhaal). And to give credit where credit is due, she is also a really good actor. Not as good as her brother, but still really good. But the little she lacks in acting skills (compared to her brother) she makes up for in beauty. She captured me with those amazing eyes of hers (Sidenote: As you may have noticed, I am a sucker for eyes) and that really pretty smile.

Number 5: Charlize Theron.
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This South African beauty goes in for one of the top spots. It is easy to see why so many people call her one of the most beautiful people in the world. Just look at her! Not only in this picture, but on pretty much every picture out there. Except from the movie “Monster” because in that she looks terrifying. But if you stay away from those pictures you’ll be fine. Also, did you know she’s married to Sean Penn? I sure as hell didn’t until I made this list.

Number 4: Karen Gillan.
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A lot of people will go “Who?”. But the majority of the people who know who she is probably know her from her time on “Doctor Who” as Amy Pond. Not only is that red hair beautiful to look at, but her eyes too are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Also, going back to what I first said, you regular people have probably seen her without realizing it. She played the blue alien Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Number 3: Scarlett Johansson.
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Fucking duh.

Number 2: Jennifer Lawrence.
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One of the few celebrities in recent times that (properly) show off that curves are beautiful. She isn’t one those that has to be ultra skinny or have the biggest ass/boobs, she knows that good curves come naturally. Plus, she is overall a truly gorgeous woman. She is also a fantastic actress.

Honorable mentions: Linda Hamilton (circca 1991), Mila Kunis, Carey Mulligan. Anne Hathaway.

NUMBER 1: Keri Russell!
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Yes, yes, yes! Keri Russell is my choice for number 1. Why? Well… look at her! Beautiful eyes, gorgeous hair (both her old curly hair and her current non-curly hair). There is no actress I think exceeds her in beauty. She is a beautiful woman who I hope to see more of in the future!

I know my descriptions were kind of vague, but I did my best with it. So what are some of your favorite sexy/beautiful/hot actresses? Leave a comment.

Have a good one.

My Favorite Scenes: Drive – A Real Hero

Hello everyone! Time for another one of my favorite scenes! And this time we are taking a look at a scene from my second favorite movie; “Drive”. In this scene we see the main character known as “Driver” have a nice and incredibly well filmed drive with his neighbor Irene and her son Benicio. Not only does this scene look really amazing, but it also gives a little character development for out main character, set to the tune of “A Real Hero” by College feat. Electric Youth. Enjoy!

Drive – A Real Hero

Movie Review: Drive (2011)

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You guys know what is rare to find in movies these days? Good car scenes. And by that I don’t only mean car chases, I mean driving parts in general. Sure we have the “Fast and the Furious” franchise for the car chases, but that don’t satsify the “normal driving” parts. And “normal driving” parts are usually difficult to find if you want good ones. And good storytelling is not rare to find, but sometimes you need something that is both subtle and got something action-y. So then I heard about this movie called “Drive”. So I got curious and watched it a month or two later. So is “Drive” any good? Let’s find out!

P.S. I saw this movie first time a few years back, this review is based on me re-watching the movie now as I am older and understand shit even better.

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The story is set in Los Angeles and follows a guy called “Driver” (Ryan Gosling). Yes he is called Driver (or kid) in the movie, his real name is never revealed. He is a stunt guy at a movie studio, you know doing all the car crashing and what-not. He is also a mechanic at a workshop owned by his friend and boss Shannon (Bryan Cranston). He also lives a third life as a getaway driver. There’s a hundred-thousand streets in this city. You don’t need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?” That is the first quote we hear not only when he does his getaway driver thingy but also the first quote in the entire fucking movie. One day he meets and befriends his new neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos). Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) is in jail. Throughout the movie he does a fair amount of driving, he gets a lot tighter with Irene & Benicio, gets signed (by the help of Shannon) for racing by a man named Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and ends up in more shit than he originally intended to. The reason this review have been fairly restricted so far is that it is so difficult to not start going on about the entire story in the movie because that would be spoilers. The reason it is so difficult not to spoil is since the story is one of the best in movie history (in my opinion of course). I love it so much that I just want to get into a full discussion about it. But I can’t, this is a spoiler free blog. But yeah, I love the story. Also, the people who went into this and expected a “Fast & Furious”-esque movie will be sorely disappointed.

The characters in Drive are more flawed than a lot of characters I have seen. But that is what makes them so damn good! They have nothing that makes you think “OMG BEST CHARACTER EVER!”. However, you may like them and that is good. ’cause I know I liked them a lot even if some of them (Albert Brooks & Ron Perlman) were total dicks. One character that you’ll most likely actually like is Shannon, he is just trying to make money while also being very nice and a father figure for Driver. He is justbeinghimself and not being a dick in the process. The characters in this movie are so fucking well acted that I don’t mind if they are dicks or flawed or anything. The most well acted (my opinion acting up again) here is honestly Ryan Gosling as Driver, what a great performance! He delivers the character of Driver in such a quiet and cold manor that it can not be ignored on how great it is.

The music I didn’t care too much for at first. Not saying it is bad, just saying it is not my main cup of tea. It is a sorta techno-pop-stuff genre, but I can’t set my finger on it to 100%. It’s hard what to call it. Maybe I should just call the style…DRIVE. So yeah, good music.

Like I said on the story part is that this is not a hard boiled “Fast & Furious” movie like some people might think. This movie relies more on subtlety and philosophy and symbolism to do it’s talking. Also, this movie is beautifully filmed. It just looks amazing!

Reception for Drive was pretty much only good. For example, it won the “Best Director’s” or what it is called award from the Cannes Film Festival. It got a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 93% and is certified “Fresh”. And for once, Metacritic has a good score for a movie, the movie got a 78/100 there. Roger Ebert gave the movie a 3,5/4 stars and named it his “7th favorite movie of 2011”. To quote him:

“Here is a movie with respect for writing, acting, and craft. It has respect for knowledgeable moviegoers.”

The imdb rating for the movie at the time of this review is a 7,8/10. Damn.

So based on my weird opinions on “Drive”, I am giving the movie a 9,99/10. This movie is at the time of this review, my new favorite movie with “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” falling not far behind. I think it’s not only worth checking out, I also think that you should buy this movie if you haven’t. Please, do it NOW!!!

I reviewed “Drive”, my new favorite movie.

See you later!