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Logan Lucky (2017)
Give it a chance
Logan Lucky did not receive many stellar reviews on this site but I would recommend it nevertheless. If you are looking for a serious heist film with serious characters you are not going to like this. But if you would like to see a fun film with offbeat humour that does not take itself too seriously, about a group of hillbillies trying to pull of a super challenging robbery and where everything is over the top, from the story to the characters, than look no further. It has some good jokes, great performances from Daniel Craig and Adam Driver and a great soundtrack. Give it a chance if you would like to relax and have a few laughs on the account of the protagonists of this film.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Agatha Christie fans might be disappointed, others who don't know the story might like it
Murder on the Orient Express is a classic detective novel by Agatha Christie released in 1934 featuring the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. There have been quite a few film adaptations of the novel, the most known probably directed by Sidney Lumet in 1974.
Everyone who have read the novel might not be too excited about this film version. Kenneth Branagh does a good job playing the famous detective but if you are used to David Suchet's Poirot, better prepare yourselves to see something different here.
The film itself is very well made, the photography is beautiful, as well as the costumes, all the acting stars do not disappoint and the story is nicely presented. When closing credits start rolling it says "Based upon the novel by Agatha Christie" and I think it is important to keep that in mind. It is simply a version of the story and the detective imagined by the director and the writer of this film so not every single detail from the novel is followed. With that being said, it is still a nice viewing experience. I would especially recommend it to all of you not familiar with the story, I believe you will enjoy it.
Happy Death Day (2017)
Good for a fun beer & movies night
Happy Death Day is probably not going to become a cult classic of any sorts but if you like horror/comedy type of films you might like it. It starts of quite seriously and looks like it is taking the direction of a typical on college campus slasher. After a while it takes a nice turn and becomes much lighter and that is when some of the comedy elements kick in. It also had a few twists which was a nice surprise. You are not going to avoid any clichés by watching it since it has them all, good looking bitchy sorority girls, a handsome college professor with an English accent and a good-hearted shy kid.
One thing I could not get out of my mind while watching it is how similar to Before I Fall it is. It is a drama/mystery also released this year and the premise is almost the same although Before I Fall feels more serious.
Do not take Happy Death Day too seriously, relax and you should have fun watching it. I believe that was the main intention of everyone involved in making it.
Grand Prix (1966)
Way ahead of its time
What an incredible achievement considering that Grand Prix came out in 1966. The racing footage has not been surpassed to this day more that 50 years later which puts the film way ahead of its time. There were a few racing films with sometimes decent stories made over the years but the actual racing scenes never felt right or real. They definitely do here. It is absolutely exhilarating watching those cars speed down those classic race tracks such as Spa, Monza and Monaco. The drivers in those days were true gladiators and had to have much more between their legs than drivers nowadays. The sound of the cars and the entire film is fantastic as well. The story itself is not that great and some acting feels a bit wooden. It is enough to hold the film together and the real stars are those beasts of a car anyway.
Essential film for every Formula 1 and racing fan. Try to watch it with really good headphones or great speakers, relax and fell the roar of the engines!
Some Freaks (2016)
A good story
Some Freaks is a love story between two people who are essentially outcasts in their environment. You will enjoy it if you are looking for something that is different from most mainstream romantic stories.
Some people argued that being overweight or wearing an eyepatch does not make a person a freak and that the film presented the idea of that in a false way. The two main characters are not freaks because of their physical appearance but probably perceive themselves as ones in my opinion. It is hard to feel normal when your peers push you away and you keep hearing mean comments wherever you turn. The need to change and belong may become a necessity even if that means suppressing your personality and becoming like people you actually do not like. The characters are in that age where they care what other people have to say about them, they might pretend to be strong but everyone at that age cares, those who actually do not are rare and quite blessed.
All of that was portrayed well in my opinion. It is true that there are some clichés present but it does not distort the message of the story which is the most important thing. Hats of to all the actors for doing a wonderful job as well.
Definitely recommended if you are looking for a love story that feels a bit more real that most of them out there.
I believe that every fan of The White Stripes and music in general will appreciate this documentary. It offers an in-depth look of the band on their tour of Canada, capturing great live performances as well as interesting interviews.
This film is perfectly shot, the combination of black and white and color footage was great, the tempo is perfect and it is emotionally charged as well. If you are a true fan of the band you will already know most of the things talked about in interviews, but if you are not, I am sure you will still be interested to hear how Jack and Meg approach their music, what inspires it, how they work on stage because it seems quite different from the approach of many other musicians. Jack White is definitely one of the most original and inventive musicians of his generation and listening to him being interviewed is always a treat.
I might sound a bit overexcited but this truly is a beautiful documentary about two interesting, grounded, real and beautiful people. Unfortunately I never had a chance to see The White Stripes play live so seeing this meant even more. All you music lovers out there will enjoy this for sure.
Brigsby Bear (2017)
Quite quirky and quite good
Another nice indie film that will especially appeal to people who enjoy offbeat type of comedies, Brigsby Bear is certainly one of those. It starts on quite a serious note and for a while it seems this could evolve in a straight drama story but it takes an unexpected lighthearted turn and stays within that frame until the end.
It is interesting that the plot line on this site does not exactly reveal the main reason why the Brigsby Bear show abruptly ends and it is a good thing in my opinion since it keeps things more interesting.
There are a few things about the story that seem completely unrealistic and might bother some people but I think we should keep in mind that it is a comedy film and it's main goal is to put forward a positive message about the importance of friendship and never giving up your goals and dreams no matter how far fetched they sometimes seem and Brigsby Bear does that and manages to be a heartwarming film despite it's unusual storyline. I would personally recommend you to watch it if you want to see something different.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
A decent action flick
Atomic Blonde does not offer anything particularly original when it comes to the plot, it is your typical spy story. The film looks good though, the action scenes are very well filmed, fast paced and entertaining and the photography was nicely done too. Kudos to Charlize Theron for her performance, I think she really nailed this one. The story itself is not moving as fast as all the fights but it is enough to keep you hooked. Another positive thing in my opinion is the soundtrack. If you like 80's music, you are definitely going to enjoy this film. All in all it is a decent film and I do not think you are going too make a mistake if you decide to spend 2 hours of your time on it.
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
More than you would expect
The plot line and comedy/drama categorisation do not reveal much when it comes to this film. It is a good thing since it offers more than you would hope for. I would say it is more of a drama than a comedy, there are some quite serious issues covered in this story.
Aubrey Plaza is great as Ingrid, she managed to find a nice balance between being unhinged, vulnerable, obsessed and yet her familiar facial expressions will sometimes still make you laugh.
I believe that the obsession with social media was portrayed nicely here, I am sure you all know or knew someone who is practically glued to their phone and can't imagine lasting a day without it. Instagram, Facebook and other media can really make a person feel a bit depressed since everyone seems happy all the time, they eat at nice restaurants, travel to nice places, go to great parties where in reality it is all a bit phony which is another thing that this film shows. There are not many people who would post something sad because they are having a bad day or are going through a rough patch, the fear of being judged is always present and it would break the balance of everything being seemingly perfect with everyone. If you combine that with a troubled personality or a mental illness, the results can be pretty bad. And that basically describes Ingrid.
It is a solid indie film with good performances and something to think about.
Maudie will play all your heart strings in the most beautiful way
I will keep this very short so all of you who might be reading it will be able to start watching this pearl of a film as soon as possible.
This is a beautiful, emotional, intimate, performance driven film that tells a story about two people living on the fringes of society where they still manage to find love and bring colors to the bleak environment that surrounds them. Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins deliver stellar performances that really make you care about and love their characters.
When you finish watching it, tell about and recommend Maudie to as many of your friends and family members as possible, the ones you know will really appreciate great filmmaking so it gets as much recognition as possible because it really deserves it.