Slacker (1991)

Review Slacker

If you’ve been watching for a long time you will have specific expectations. If it’s a comedy of course you’ll expect jokes, but also weird characters or strange situations. If it’s a drama you expect to be pulled into someone’s life and their story as they deal with a difficult situations. It’s easy to come up with more examples. Most movies follow those expectations as they belong to the specific type of movie. Still there are sometimes movies which do things differently, which use a concept and stick to that. The result will not always work, but taking risks when making movies is something I’m able appreciate. Continue reading

The many faces of… Michael Peña

Michael Pena

There are some actors who have had a solid career, but a lot of people really don’t know about. Jeffrey Wright or John Leguizamo immediately come to mind, but so does Michael Peña. Looking at some of the movies he’s been in alone says enough: Million Dollar Baby, Babel, The Lincoln Lawyer, Crash, End of Watch, American Hustle and Fury. He’s also part of the new Ant-Man movie. Preparing this post it is clear that he’s someone who might not be as well-known as he should be as I wasn’t able to find pictures for various movies he’s been in in the past.

He was born on Januar 13, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois. He started acting in 1994, but it wasn’t until ten years later when he gave his breakthrough performance in Million Dollar Baby and Crash. He currently has been in 72 productions. Continue reading

Get Hard (2015)

Review Get Hard

The 21 Jump Street movies have shown that the buddy comedies aren’t dead yet. Take two friends or two people who don’t know each other, put them together in a specific situation and see what they experience. Kevin Hart already did that earlier this year in The Wedding Ringer, but now also in Get Hard together with Will Ferrell. Continue reading

Tracers (2015)

Review Tracers

Taylor Lautner has become famous for his role in the various Twilight Saga films, in which he played the role of Jacob Black. Although he played in Abduction after the Twilight movies he hasn’t succeeded yet to become an actor who gets viewers to the cinema. It seems that with Tracers he still hasn’t manage to change that status. Continue reading

Terminator Genisys (2015)

Review Terminator Genisys

Why do audiences keep visiting new Terminator movies? Since the second movie there really haven’t been any great films in this series, but still new installments are being made. I do keep having hope that the new one will be good, but I have been disappointed time after time. My feeling about this movie in advance wasn’t positive at all. But Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and even James Cameron had positive things to say about this new part. Two important reason for me to still head to the cinema to see how good/bad Terminator Genisys is. Continue reading

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Review Tale of Princess Kaguya

When you think of Studio Ghibli the first thing you’ll probably also think of is Hayao Miyazaki, the director of movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Princes Mononoke and Howl´s Moving Castle. But he started the studio together with Isao Takahata. Takahata was responsible for the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies. Does he manage to get out the same sort of emotions with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya? Continue reading

Ex Machina (2015)

Review Ex Machina

Earlier this year an open letter appeared online, which was signed by many important scientists and business men, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, which called for building in security measures into the artificial intelligence systems which are being developed. There is a good reason for that, because the developments are going quickly, especially when a company like Google is investing in it. The first steps are already being made with self driving cars and personal assistants on your phone like Siri, Cortana and Google Now, but it is not hard to imagine that in our own lifetime we will see ourselves conversing with artificial intelligence which feel like real people. The movie Her managed to show the romantic side of that, in which someone fell in love with such a system. Ex Machina shows another side of it. Continue reading