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House of Cards – Season 2

House of Cards - Season 2

If the first season of House of Cards made one thing clear it was that Francis and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) want to be at the top of the political foodchain. They are both predators who together set up their plan of attack and don’t hesitate to use any means necessary to achieve their goals. Criticism is something they don’t allow and opponents (whether political or in the media) have to play along or face the consequences of their lust for power personally. It was exactly the reason which made the first season of House of Cards so fascinating and compelling. Political allies were play things who could be swept aside without emotion if it meant an advantage for the Underwoods. Reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) knew to gain the trust of Francis, which made her a rising star in journalism because she always received the latest information straight from Capitol Hill.

As Netflix released the whole first season in one day it was possible for fans to devour a whole season in just a few days. The last episode left people hungry for more and since Valentine’s Day the fans have been able to enjoy 13 new episodes. With their ruthless methods Francis and Claire succeeded in creating many enemies. The question is whether they will be a threat to them in this second season. Continue reading

9 Mois Ferme (2013)

Review 9 Mois Ferme

Ariane Felder (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a hardworking judge who lives for her job. She has decided to stay single, don’t waste time on friendships and never having children. Her dedication is obsessive and even on new year’s evening she is hard at work. Her colleague know she is a workaholic and decide to lure her out of her office and join the party. Even though she doesn’t feel like gonig she agrees and reluctantly joins. Eventually she let’s her herself go wild. She leaves the party drunk carries on with her life. A couple of months later though she gets the shock of her life when she finds out she is pregnant. She decides to investigate who coule be the father and makes a horrible discovery. It is possible that the father is a very dangerous criminal, Bob Nolan (Albert Dupontel). Continue reading

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Review 300 Rise of an Empire

The original 300 movie has always been high on my list of favorite films. Visually it is in a league of its own, with highly stylized, brightly lit and often spectacular, slow motion imagery. The story of 300 men fighting like brothers against a huge army appealing to the raw instincts of the primal man inside of us. Can another movie, set in the same universe, repeat that formula successfully? Continue reading

Chinese Zodiac (2012)

Review Chinese Zodiac

Jackie Chan has been making movies since 1962. As he is almost 60 now you could think he might take things a bit slower. The opposite is true however if you look at what he has done for this movie. He is the writer, director, lead actor, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, theme tune vocalist, props and stuntman. That earned him a Guinness World Record for most credits in one Movie, which previously was held by Robert Rodriguez. With so many credits there is a risk that Chan has spread himself too thin. Continue reading

Nebraska (2013)

Review Nebraska

Director Alexander Payne’s previous movie, The Descendants was one of my favorite films of 2012. It starred George Clooney, was set in Hawaii and was about family issues. Although Nebraska also deals with family issues the comparisons end there as this movie is far removed from The Descendants. Instead of a tropical and colorful setting the imagery here is in a bleak black and white. The movie also doesn’t star actors who the average movie going public will know. It is a different beast, but one that is just as interesting. Continue reading

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2014)

Review of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

As adults we seem to be focussed on the practical things of life: Work, our family and friends. The moments where we don’t have anything to do are far and few between. You might still daydream, but I’m sure it won’t be as much as when you were a kid. A time when you could imagine anything and where you didn’t have the life experience yet to realise a lot of those daydreams would never be realised. Walter Mitty is a character though who has kept daydreaming and who zones out when he imagines the most fantastic imagery. It could be him saving people or standing up for something which in reality he doesn’t. He has never realised those dreams, not been anywhere and is stuck in his job. Continue reading