Entirely bonkers

Just came back from Alice in Wonderland 3D. Lot of media fuss about the movie, but Johnny Depp and Tim Burton… Either I love it or I hate it (like Sweeny Todd).

This one I love. I don’t particularly like the story. Never read the book (and still don’t intend too), and there are quite a few things I probably didn’t get/understand, but still: it’s a magnificent world with pretty multifaceted creatures. Which is just a fancy way of saying they are all mad … a perfect bridge to a quote from the movie:

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
[Alice checks Hatter’s temperature]
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

And my favorite quote:

The Mad Hatter: I’m investigating things that begin with the letter M.

The Weekend in Oviedo

The name Woody Allen is immediately connected to a movie I saw in my later childhood. A movie I maybe shouldn’t have seen at that age which left me seriously pondering if sex was actually a good idea to begin with: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, But Where Afraid To Ask. Funnily enough I’ve never seen the movie again since. So maybe I should give it another try to see if my memories are correct.

Reading through Woody’s filmography, I actually haven’t seen much of his work. Saw Scoop and Match Point. Both left me somewhat irritated. Cassandra’s Dream is still on my wanting to see list.

So I went to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona with mixed feelings. Simply hoped that the cast is powerful enough to at least keep me entertained. And I was right. Reading through the comments on Wikipedia someone quoted the movie as “a witty and ambiguous movie that’s simultaneously intoxicating and suffused with sadness and doubt”. That exactly hits the point. The story is simply told, but powerful and truthfully put into the lively and sexy surroundings of a sunny Barcelona.

Wanted Ange

Wanted

Wanted

Orange gave me some tickets for the … uhm … Cinema at the Lake.

Wanted with Angelina. Wasn’t expecting much. Another how to kill 2000 people in five minutes movie. Actually that’s exactly what it is, but in a still surprising way, and with a couple of bondish (meaning totally impossible) stunts.

As for Ange. I wonder why she keeps doing the same Tomb Raider style movies, but if I’m honest … if I could choose between playing Fox in Wanted and Emma in Jane Austen’s Emma, I would do Fox 3000 times over.

PS: If you want to watch the movie, don’t see the trailer. It’s the whole movie in 3 mins. Why do they keep making those trailers where you a) already get the whole story, and b) see some of the best stunts already?

The Real Girl

Must admit I was amazed to see Lars and the Real Girl with an almost unbearably cute Ryan Gosling. I’d have pretended about Bianca along with that whole town as well. And that even though his moustache 🙂

Half Nelson probably is a good movie, but got on my nerves. The Fracture was good, but mostly due to Anthony Hopkins. Ok. He has the funkier part in the movie. Stay was just strange. … And The Notebook … stays my let me believe in true love movies.

Go Ryan!

Be Em Double U

Watched Shoot Em Up yesterday and was wondering what’s new on YouTube about Clive Owen. Found The Hire. A film series produced between 2001 and 2002 by BMW.

Among a leading Clive and a always very nicely presented BMW are Gary Oldman, Marylin Manson, James Brown, Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker, and Madonna. Since each episode is directed by someone different, some are funny, some are tarantinoesque, some are serious. Definitely worth watching.

The Chosen (Season 1, Episode 2)
The Star (Season 1, Episode 4)
The Hostage (Season 2, Episode 1)
Beat The Devil (Season 2, Episode 3)

All episodes are available on YouTube…

Gary

Just watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Not bad actually. Not mind blowing either. The book is way better, but I find that to be the case in almost all cases. An absolute highlight is Gary Oldman. For one the character he plays in one of my absolute favorites: Sirius Black. Ok. The role in not too thrilling, but what about Dracula, Romeo is bleeding, Leon, or Zorg in the Fifth Element… Reading through his movie list, Iooks like he’s retreating from the movie business. What a shame! If I could choose to meet one actor of my choice, it would be him.

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Gary in a Nokia ad

Californication

In the never ending flow of new series, I think I found another pearl: Californication starring good ol’ Mulder aka David Duchovny.

The first episode starts with him dreaming of a nun offering him a blow job in a church right in front of the altar to help him get over writers block …

Watch the preview.

Bitches

Well, well. Went to see Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s latest piece of … aehm … art, yesterday with 7 guys. Also judging from the audience not really a movie girls dig into. Actually I didn’t want to go first as well. Then again I’d figured even if the plot is shallow it can’t possibly be any worse than a couple of movies I’ve seen in the last weeks.

And I was right: the story IS shallow, but the characters, the scenes, and the conversations are – maybe a tendency to long, mostly completely senseless, but overall – hilarious. Like the discussions about Le Big Mac’e or giving foot massages in Pulp Fiction …

I read an interview of Markus Kavka with Tarantino (Das Aspririn-Gespräch) before I saw the movie. Tarantino always seems to me like a huge piece of work with a tendency to being a pervert. But his female characters are always sort of unique: in some way trashy, and definitely bitchy, tough, but still chicks, never polished beauties, but theres always something that meets the eye. While the guys are … huge balls … guys, but in the end … well … Guess who’s winning …

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Because I Said So

Went to see Because I Said So with a friend on Wednesday. Ladies Night the thing is called. Actually there was definitely not a single man around (except the cinema staff of course).

The movie was hardcore predictable and even worse getting on my nerves. I sometimes really wonder if an actress like Diane Keaton really has no clue when she’s making a really shitty movie? And who the hell writes such a boring script?

The guy was hot though. At least something.