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The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid 2 review

One of the best action movies of the last couple of years in my book is The Raid. The story could be summarized in one sentence (a police team has to fight their way up a building to arrest the leader of a criminal gang), but more wasn’t needed. This was because the film offered one thing in abundance: Action. Adrenaline pumping, raw action. It is no surprise that I couldn’t wait to check out the sequel and my expectations were very high. Does The Raid 2 manage to meet them? Continue reading

Snabba Cash (Easy Money) (2010)

Review Snabba Cash

Sometimes you discover trilogies you have never heard of before. This was the case for me with the “Stockholm trilogy”, which is known over here as Snabba Cash or Easy Money. As this is a Scandinavian movie series it isn’t that surprising I had not heard of them as these movies simply do not get as much publicity as American movies. When a movie spawns several sequels, it usually means that the first movie was good (and successful) as movie studios usually don’t put money into something which flopped. Continue reading

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 review

Thanks to its huge load of successful jokes, an original story and beautifully rendered, delicious food, the first Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs was an unexpected success. The story about how inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) designs a machine that can change water into food, the FLDSMDFR, which broke and made it rain food was very entertaining. When animated movies are a success you can always expect a second movie to be made, which is now available on DVD and Blu Ray. The FLDSMDFR, which seemed to have been disabled in the first movie, seems to still be working. Instead of influencing the weather it now creates something else: Living food, foodimals. Continue reading

Living on One Dollar (2013)

review Living on One Dollar review

There are moments where you really have to appreciate the things you have. Something as simple as the place you have been born can determine the rest of your life. As this documentary shows a huge part of the world’s population is living in poverty and have to survive on a dollar a day. It Is such a small amount of money and almost impossible to imagine. I know I’ll spend that easily on a candy bar or other snack while there are families that will have to feed themselves for a whole day with that money. It won’t be hard to realize that this means other things like paying for education or medicine can’t be done. Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple (together with two friends) decided to try to live on 1 dollar a day for two months in Guatemala and document their experience. Continue reading

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street Review

Before 21 Jump Street was released there were not many movie lovers who were expecting it would be a movie worth watching. Several TV shows were already turned into movies (Miami Vice and The A-Team are just two of them) and in general they were of inferior quality, not being able to make the concept of the TV show shine in movie format. 21 Jump Street managed to surprise though, partly because it made fun of the fact it was a remake of a TV series, but also because of the chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. It was a fun, entertaining comedy which was very successful and of course that means a sequel would be made.

The result is 22 Jump Street. Usually sequels to comedies will disappoint because they try to do the exact same thing and it simply doesn’t work again (Analyze That, The Hangover 2). But is this movie able to also surprise people in a positive way like the original did? Continue reading

The We and the I (2012)

Review The We and The I

Before watching this movie you should ask yourself one question: Am I willing to sit in a city bus for an hour and a half, surrounded by teenagers? Because that’s exactly what this Michel Gondry movie is. It’s the last day of school and as a viewer you ride along with the students, who are on their way home.

Gondry is well known for his plaful imagery, but in this case he reduces it to a minimum: During the opening credits of the movie a toy bus is driving throug the streets of New York and ends up at the actual bus. Another example is the way he shows the titles of the three chapters of the film, which are shown in a very natural way, for example through a reflection on the bus. During the journey the viewer gets to know a lot of the kids and as the movie progresses the number is reduced as they are getting of the bus at their stops. Continue reading