With Ati at North Gate Cinema, Cork
Definitely part one.
Surprisingly efficient little gem
The premise is quite simple. Guy is trapped in a wooden box for the duration of the movie. Only one person is ever shown (except a little mobile phone video). That person is Ryan Reynolds. Somehow he makes it work. He's efficient and believable as an Iraq contractor (truck driver) who wakes up in a coffing buried to the ground and panics, cried, gets angry, negociates via phone etc...
I found that the suspence kept itself afloat throughout the movie to the final act and the time passed surprisingly fast. Very good, geniuine, believable movie. Very scary at times.
Dear Johning the world
I expected this to be really bad but it wasn't as bad... I loved Channing Tatum in A guide to recognize your saints so he is capable of other things besides showing off his bod. I am yet to decide whether I actually like Amanda Seyfried but she is definitely one to watch. The movie is pretty standard... nothing surprising but if there ever in these types of movies. Mediocre.
6th star just because it took them over a year to have sex which I thought was quite rare and respectable in a movie
7th just because I got to explain what it means to get a dear john.
With Bella & Benjamin at Les Trois Palmes
Oddly intoxicating, but in a not so good way. Acting was well above average, especially Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese maintains to keep the intensity going almost until the end. Decent, haunting portrayal of what it's like when your world crumples and the aftermath of psychosis
Precious... but not excellent
I don't know what I expected really. I've read the excellent, tho heavy book my Sapphire called Push, and the movie is quite a faithful adaptation of the novel where she tells the story of a 16 year old Black girl expecting her second child by her father. Heavy topic and even heavier-weight performances especially by comedy actress Mo'nique as Precious's abusing mother, this is one of the Oscar front runners. I can see some awards hitting for the acting there but it is not a "nice" story by any means. Surprise roles from Lenny Kravits and an almost unrecognizable Mariah Carey as her social worker make this movie worth seeing. Especially for the final scene where she's quizzing Precious and her mum about the sexual and physical abuse she's endured. As for hope, yes Precious learns to read in the movie and gets the kids in the end, but somehow it all seems quite unfulfilling. Great acting, based on a great tho hard book, but something just doesn't transit in to the film.
I was not expecting very much besides excellent special effects since that's what Ronald Emmerich does best. Why anyone would still be giving him 200 mil for a movie is beyond me but I guess it's still somewhat appealing.
The movie itself is what the trailer prescribes, yucky sentimental mush where the end of the world comes with enormous waves and earthquakes and yes, the Americans end up being heroes in their own mind at least. Forgetting grieving for the millions of people who die in the first hour of the movie, everything seems dandy for the survivors in their own little arc.
Even the special effects didn't really impress me as much as I expected. I fell asleep during the first hour for a bit but other than that it was alright. Not good but alright for what the trailer said. I wish they'd shown more of the destruction of other places besides america like in the trailer as Eiffel tower was left out completely etc.
Lastly loved the Louvre and London Scenes with Eiffel tower in the background of the Louvre and Big Ben in the background of the hotel... I guess it was necessary to show that so that the americans knew that the scenes were in fact in EUROPE lol. Having been in both places I just thought it was funny.
Average rating: 6.9