April 22, 2014

Movies I've seen recently #13

Pride and Prejudice (2005)
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I love reading books, but some books are just too boring to enjoy. Among those is Jane Austen's books (I have only read one of them, but that was enough. And I allow myself to generalize on this topic). Well, that said, I think the film was way better than the book. Now I am just wondering if I should watch the "old" version with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?

Atonement (2007)
I read the book by Ian McEwan last year (did I write about it here?) and it was also pretty boring... But the film touched me so much more than the book. Because of my scepticism towards the book, I was quite sceptical towards the film to begin with. Until the last 15-20 minutes of the film I still had this "blah-feeling" about it, but then it just hit me and tears streamed down my face for the rest of the film... I couldn't remember this ending from the book, so it was surprising - and it just shows that the book wasn't able to catch my attention enough to remember what happened.

Cold Mountain (2003)
This is probably the best film out of the three in this post. I love it, Jude Law is great as usual and Renee Zellweger too. Her character is pretty cool. It's such a bitter-sweet story, but I really enjoyed it.

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April 6, 2014

Movies I've seen recently #12

I Heart Huckabees (2004)
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Ok, I must admit that the only reason why I wanted to see this movie was Jude Law starring in it. It is a crazy comedy with a ton of black humour... and it didn't really match my sense of humour. Too bad.
Well, I definitely prefer Jude Law in chick flicks/rom coms/whatever you like to call them.

Blue Valentine (2010)
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This is not a feel good movie, more like a feel sad movie, but it's still a really good movie. The performances by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are great in this one. I could easily watch it again. Plus I really like "their song"...

"You and me" by Penny & The Quarters

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
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This is such a quiet, weird and quirky movie. I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. The little boy is cute. And that's the only thing I remember (I'll admit that it's been a while since I saw this movie... not exactly "recently", ha).

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October 7, 2013

Movies I've seen recently #11

Elizabethtown (2005)

Some parts were really good, some were not good at all. I must admit that it's been awhile since I saw this movie and I can't remember that much from it (I guess, that's not exactly a quality stamp). Somebody dies and somebody fall in love and there is some sort of stupid memorial stuff, that was quite cringeworthy. That's all I remember.

Match Point (2005)
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Another Woody Allen film. I usually like his quirky movies. This one was very good, I loved the twist at the end. And Matthew Goode is always charming...

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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I'm not sure I got the point (if there is a point in this movie). It is a very colourful movie and that is definitely  a plus. It is fun at some point, but most of the time it is just confusing. I thought it was kind of... messy? Great acting though, Adrien Brody is good.
By the way, the little film in the beginning, "Hotel Chevalier" was weird too. But the song playing during the prologue was fun.

[Movie stills from here, here and here]

November 17, 2012

Movies I've seen recently #10

Gigantic (2008)
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The description of the movie from IMDb: "A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up." Sounds like a weird story, right? It is! It is a quirky story and overall I think I like it, even though I didn't figure out why the homeless guy was in it. Zooey Deschanel is just a quirky as usual and I love that.

The Good Night (2007)
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I don't know about this one... First, the intro was just weird. Second, it was not as funny as expected. It is about a former pop singer, now writing jingles, who feels more and more depressed and unsuccessful, until he meets mysterious Anna. The problem is that he only meets her in his dreams and as you might have guessed, he will do anything to sleep and dream about her all the time...

Hysteria (2011)
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One of my classmates recommended this movie about how the vibrator was invented and I must say, I was sceptical at first, I mean, the history of the vibrator?! But the label "comedy" made me feel less put off. And it turned out to be a very good and funny movie! Maggie Gyllenhall is doing a great job and so is Hugh Dancy. I will definitely recommend it.

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November 11, 2012

Random verticals

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A few random verticals from Rome, Venice and California.

September 24, 2012

Movies I've seen recently #9

Leap Year (2010)
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The first time I saw this movie was on the plane back home from China two years ago. I really liked it back then, so I rewatched it when it was on TV. It is a sweet rom com, no surprises, a lot of clich├ęs, but I enjoyed it anyway (of course - rom coms is one of my guilty pleasures). Matthew Goode is, by the way, very very charming in this film!

Along Came Polly (2004)
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One of the best things in this movie is the scuba instructor Claude's accent! "Exactliii, like se hippoo", "Gut bye, Pollii" (check it out in this video from 2:53). I think Michael O'Sullivan from Washington Post is spot on with this review: "Is Along Came Polly a great film? No, probably not, but it is a very amusing one".

Jersey Girl (2004)
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Ok, maybe I'm just a big crybaby, but this is seriously one of the saddest romantic comedies I have ever seen. This is a movie I prefer to watch on my own as the water level in my eyes tend to rise several times during the movie. I just can't help it. But, of course it's not sad all way through, it is a rom com after all. And little Gertie is the cutest little girl!

Picture Perfect (1997)
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A classic chick flick, nothing special. Kevin Bacon's character annoys me and sometimes Aniston's as well. The story is pretty predictabl, hence the classic chick flick label I put on it.

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September 22, 2012

Liquid Drop Art

The Takeoff

This is simply amazing and very, very fascinating! Corrie White takes these incredible, colourful photos of water drops. I am not sure I can imagine how much effort it takes to take this kind of photos, which makes it even more admirable. I know that I wouldn't have the patience for this kind of photography (and I might be too lazy as well... all that equipment, you know!). So I'll just keep admiring Corrie's beautiful work. I can't get enough of those colours and crazy shapes, so inspiring.

Check out her website and her flickr to see more of her amazing water drop photos.

Chinese parasol
3 Up - 3 Down
Out of the Abyss
Dome FX
Clown Dance
Two Flash Splash
Mushrooms and Jellyfish
A Cherry on Top
Sea Flower
Emerald drop
Blue Mushroom

[Photos by Corrie White]