Krush Groove (1985)

Review Krush Groove has been looking back at various classic hip hop songs for a while with interviews with those involved in their series Magnum Opus . It is an enjoyable look behind the scenes which shows how these songs came to into existence. In one of the latest videos LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells was featured and a clip of the movie Krush Groove was shown, where he had a small cameo. Despite the fact that I had seen quite a lot of hip hop related movies, this was one I missed. Time to add this one. Continue reading

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Review Mad Max Fury Road

Hell has never been shot so beautifully. In the future, after several wars, the world is a nothing but a shadow of its former self. Water and oil have become scarce and the world has changed into a big desert. Max (Tom Hardy) has survived it all, but is still struggling with visions of people he wasn´t able to save. He´s captured by the War Boys, a private army of tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and is used as a “bloodbag” for a sick War Boy, Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a confidante of Immortan Joe. Her assignment is to drive a big truck, the War Rig, to a nearby town to get gasoline. She leaves, but leaves the road and when Immortan Joe realizes what she´s doing, he sends out his War Boys to stop her. Max involuntarily gets involved as he´s strapped on the front of one of the cars and he has to try to survive. Continue reading

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Review Pitch Perfect 2

The original Pitch Perfect was an unexpected success. The expectations in advance weren’t really high, whih is why it managed to surprise many people, including myself. I loved it. The story about an a capella group, the Bellas, who had to form a team to win hit all the right notes (no pun intended).

This wasn’t only because the music choices were great and performed weel, but also because of the cast. Anna Kendrick carried the story, but the weird supporting characters were memorable. Rebel Wilson shined in her role as Fat Amy and Hana Mae Lee was very funny as the almost silent Lilly. Add to that the politically incorrect comments from Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) as commentators at the various competitions and the result was a surprising, almost (pitch) perfect combination of these elements. That surprise isn’t there now and the expectations are high. Does this second movie manage to meet them? Continue reading

Still Alice (2014)

Review Still Alice

What makes you you? The experiences you have during your life form you, memories help you to not make the same mistake twice, but also help you function. Everyone knows the experience of forgetting specific details about something, feeling like its just on the tip of your tongue, without you being able to recollect it. It is a frustrating feeling, but it is unimaginable having that experience a lot.

That’s exactly what Alice (Julianne Moore) experiences. She is a successful linguist who besides teaching regularly is invited to give speeches during conferences. Language is her passion, but she notices that she’s starting to forget words. That feeling becomes worse and she decides to see a doctor, who makes a shocking conclusion: she’s got the first signs of early Alzheimer. Continue reading

The Swimmer (1968)

Review The Swimmer

The Swimmer is one of those movies that probably wouldn’t be made. The concept of it sounds odd: A man, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster), is visiting friends and realizes that all the houses between where he is and his home all have a pool. He sees it as a river through the valley and decides “to swim” home, meaning that he’ll have to swim through each of them. Continue reading

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

Review Kung Pow Enter the Fist

Out of all comedies I know Kung Pow might be one of the most unusual ones. Although Woody Allen already dubbed an Asian movie with his What’s Up Tiger Lilly before Steve Oedekerk did, the latter one took the concept to its extreme. He took the kung fu film Tiger and Crane Fist (also known as Savage Killers), wrote a whole new story for it, added himself to some of the scenes and badly dubbed all the voices himself on purpose. The result is movie unlike any other. Continue reading