Monday, 20 January 2014

Captain Phillips

I had been planning on watching this movie for a while, trying to put it off because I knew it was going to be intense and sad (of course I was right), but since it wasn't going to be in the cinema too much longer I had to go now.

Captain Phillips, I had been hearing a lot of good things about this movie, but how couldn't it be good when it has Tom Hanks starring as main character. The movie is based on a real event that took place in 2009.

Rich Phillips is a Captain and is sailing a cargo ship with 20 crew members from Oman to Mombasa. The ship gets hijacked by four pirates with guns. Muse (played by Barkhad Abdiis the leader of those men and 'takes' over the ship. During that time most of the crew members are else were in the ship, hiding. Muse is very uncomfortable with this and wants to go find them. One of the pirates gets hurt and Rich and him go back to the others while Muse keeps looking for the rest of the crew. They take him by surprise and use him to get the others of the ship. In this process they take Rich with them. The crew and the ship are safe but now Rich is in a small rescue boat with four angry pirates. Things start to get out of hand pretty soon.

It's very exciting, but to me it was even horrifying. They start building up the pressure pretty early. As soon as the ship leaves the bay they starting playing music that makes you skin crawl like something really bad is about to happen. This keeps playing the rest of the movie. I don't do well with stressful situations. It makes me wanna scream, so of course at the end of the movie I sobbed like a baby because the stress level was out of the roof. Very well done but maybe just a tat too much.

After watching Buried a few years back i always assume the worst will happen, which didn't make this movie easy to watch. Tom Hanks makes the story very real. I wish I would have watched this movie sooner, I should have. But again, after seeing it, I know so very well why. 

I do recommend to watch it, because it is an amazing story and teaches you a lot about the process of getting across products in cargo ship (I never knew that it worked like that, 20 people seems so little for such a big ship). I will probably never watch it again but I am glad that I did watch it at least once.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Favorite Disney/Pixar Movies

So here is my list with my five favorite new Disney and Pixar movies. This is more difficult for me because I grew up with these movies, waited for them to come out, see them in the cinema, but I can do this! I feel bad for my other favorites but I had to make a selection.
I can't get enough of this movie and it's songs. It came out in 2010 and unfortunately I didn't get to see it in the cinema (they didn't play it in English).

It's about a girl going after her dream and exploring the world outside of her comfort-zone. I love how for once it's not about falling in love with a guy, Rapunzel just wants to make her dream come true. In this process she meets a lot of nice people and falls in love with a guy who is also trying to make his dream come true, yet during this process his dream changes because of Rapunzel.

It's such a feel good movie. Rapunzel is 'played' by Mandy Moore, who has a lovely voice and is perfect for the part. They made a short movie called Tangled Ever After, which shows you a short story of Pascal and Max. I'd love to see a sequel to this movie but because of the short I do not think it will happen.

2. Frozen
This movie only just came out in December but there is a lot of fuss about it already and with good reason. I went to see it the day it came out. It was amazing.

It's about two sisters. Elsa, who has the ability to freeze things but can't control it, and Anna. One day Elsa hurts her little sister by accident and her parents decide it's best to hide her gift from everyone. They close the gates and Elsa and Anna never see each other again, not even when their parents die. When Elsa is old enough to become the queen, something goes wrong on her coronation day and the freezes the whole kingdom and flees.

Frozen tells you the story of the love between siblings. Even though they weren't as close anymore, they still want to do whatever is best for each other. Elsa wants to protect Anna from her and Anna doesn't want Elsa to be alone and wants to help her with her ability. Maybe I love it so much because of my siblings. Like these two I would do anything for them. Plus, Olaf is very cute!
This movie came out in 2001, I was very young then and used to watch this movie all the time with my brothers. This was our introduction to Pixar.

This story is about Sully and Mike, two monster buddies working at the factory that scares kids to produce screams for their electricity. One day Sully accidentally lets a kid into their world (which is against all the rules) and befriends her. He calls her Boo and takes care of her. He needs to get her back to her own world but in order to do that they first need to deal with her monster, Randall. They realize that the company is leading down a rather dark path and try to stop that.

It is a very loving story between a little kid and her 'Kitty' (teddy bear). Sully changes his opinion about everything and realizes that everything he believed in was wrong. It is very cute and heart breaking when they have to say goodbye. This year Monsters University finally came out (the sequel to this story)!! I was hoping for a Sully and Boo reunion but unfortunately that did not happen. Nevertheless, also a very good and funny movie.

(I know it's not Disney) This movie also came out in 2010, but I also didn't have the chance to see it in the cinema.

Hiccup is the son of the tribe leader in a town of Vikings. He is not really a though guy and isn't very close with his dad. His town gets attacked by dragons a lot and one day Hiccup hits a very dangerous dragon. But when he gets the chance to really kill it he feels bad for the creature and spares it's life. They become friends and with that Hiccup betrays his dad. No one believes him and they put him aside as stupid, until they have to face an even more dangerous dragon.

This story, for me, is about fighting for what you believe in, no matter what others say. Even though everyone in his town kills dragons and seen them as dangerous, Hiccup doesn't see it that way and befriends them. He chooses to stand by his own principles even though it makes him a outsider. I can't wait for the sequel How to train your Dragon 2, it comes out this summer!
Who doesn't love this movie right? It came out in 2003 and won over all our hearts. I have never met anyone who doesn't love this movie (or hasn't seen it).

It's a story about a dad looking for his son, who got taken away from him by humans. He meets a lot of nice people a long the way and touches a lot of hearts while doing so. No one really knows where Nemo, his son, is. Mean while his son is trying to escape to get back to his father. When he is finally in the ocean again he meets someone who met his dad as well and they tell him what his dad has been going through. Their relationship before this event wasn't the best but after it Nemo realizes how much his dad loves him and his dad learns to give him a little more space.

The beginning is very sad but in the end it's loving story. This tells you that parents will stop and nothing to save their kids and will do anything for them. I can not wait for Finding Dory to come out 2016, everyone has been waiting for that forever!

The End
So that was that. My list of Disney and Pixar Favorites. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. What I learned from this is that I am obsessed with these movies while they are actually meant for kids. So obsessed that I actually feel bad towards all the movies I love that are not on this list. Like: Treasure Planet, The AristoCats, Mulan, Snow White, Bambi, Pocahontas (gosh I hated the sequel to that!) and The Hunchback of the Notre Dame. But I had to make a selection otherwise this would have been a very very long message.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Favorite 'Old' Disney Movies

Everyone, who is close to me or knows me, knows how much I love Disney & Pixar movies. Today I want to tell you about my all time favorite Disney movies. I decided to make two different posts about this and in this one I will tell you about my five 'Old Disney Movie' favorites.

It came out in 1991 and has several remakes already (like Beastly and Beauty and the Beast TV series). I have watch that movie more times than I can remember.

A spoiled prince gets turned into a beast by an enchantress, because he needs to learn a very important lesson: Not to judge someone for their appearance. Only if he finds someone who can love him in spite of his looks, will the spell be broken. But this has to happen before he turns 21, which means that the prince was 10 when he was turned into a Beast (because 10 years later he meets Belle and her father). Rather cruel..

I always loved Belle, because she reminds me of myself. Especially during one of the first scenes, where she walks through her town while reading a book. Not bothered by others just in her own world.

This movie came out in 1992, a year before I was born. My affection towards this movie wasn't created only by the story, but also by it's songs. I used to sing A whole new world for my family, a lot.

This story is about a 'street rat' who meets the princess by accident. He falls in love with her and feels like he needs to change in order to be with her. He pretends to be a prince but in the end his lies come crashing down on him. Nevertheless the princess falls for him too, the 'street rat' not the prince. This story is about how status is not important, it's the person you are inside that counts.

What is weird about this movie is that throughout the story: whenever Aladdin pretends to be a prince, his skin color seems lighter. Disney isn't perfect. There are lot of things wrong about how it is presented. The sequel is very random.

Is it bad that I liked the sequel (1998) better? Maybe a little bit, but I can't help it! The Lion King (1994) is obviously an amazing movie. But I remember waiting for the second one to come out and watching it with my best friend. My love for the second one is just bigger because of the memories.

Simba is king in this movie and his daughter, Kiara, meets the grandson of Scar. Obviously Simba is not at all happy about that and tells her that she is not allowed to talk to him. Yet she falls in love with him and is trying to convince her dad that even though he is Scar's offspring, he is nothing like him.

It's is a story about love. Kiara does not judge Kovu for his origin and loves him no matter what. In the end she is able to convince her dad of his error in judgement. Even though I dislike my mom for keeping the sequels away from me, I am very grateful that she at least gave me this specific sequel.

This movie came out in 1995, I remember falling in love with John Smith when I was a little girl. I was very very mad when I finally saw the sequel!

This is a story about how an Englishman and a Indian fall in love. Their people are fighting each other for the land whereas Pocahontas realizes that fighting is not going to solve anything. She simply wants to talk to the people and explain to them that there is not gold. "You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew."

I had to change my list because of Pocahontas. I re-watched and realized that this movie deserved to be here. John and Pocahontas convince their people to talk to each other. That fighting is not the answer, that it's all simply a miscommunication. I always enjoyed the songs of this movie because I agree with her. There is more beauty in nature than in buildings.

Finally an old movie, this one is from 1967. I just watched both this part and the sequel The Jungle Book 2, that was made in 2003. It is a shame that my mom never followed up on sequels when I was a kid. It would have made my life so much better.

This story is about a boy that is raised by wolves. When a dangerous tiger returns to the jungle, they decide he has to return to human village for his own safety. Problem is, Mowgli doesn't want to leave the jungle, he is very stubborn and doesn't realize they are only trying to help him. He tries to convince several animals to let him stay and take care of him but in the end they all 'betray' him and want to take him home. Then he runs into the Tiger and together with his bear buddy he defeats him. In the end he meets another human and decides to go to the village with her.

I always loved this story, it was very sweet and happy. The ending bothered me though. The whole story long Mowgli doesn't want to leave and when the animals finally agree with him, he leaves anyway. I guess no matter how hard you try, you always want to know where you come from and where you belong.

To be continued..

What really bothers me about most Disney movies (with princesses) is that you never get to see what happens after they say: And they lived happily ever after. It always made me wonder. I have to look for a guy who will make me happy and to grow old with. But what happens after that? What happens when you have found your 'Prince'?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Time Travel

Not to long ago I watched the movie About Time. I had been looking forward to watching this movie for some time. Not because of the plot but because of Rachel McAdams. She's an amazing actress, for some reason I always enjoy watching the movies in which she plays (like: The Notebook, Mean Girls, The Vow, Sherlock Holmes etc). But I have a few things to say about this movie and none of them are really positive. First, before saying anything else, I will tell you a little bit about the story line.

The story is about a very insecure guy named Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson, who also played one of the Wesley brothers in Harry Potter) from . In the beginning of the story he is only 21 when his dad tells him something rather disturbing. Apparently all the males in the family tree are able to travel through time. At first he is struggling with this ability, trying to figure out how to use it. Especially after he meets Mary. He makes a mistake and erases meeting her. He tries everything to get her back. A lot of stuff happens throughout this story and it's heartbreaking but also heartwarming.

But then there is a lot of stuff that bothered me about this story line. It was too perfect. There weren't a lot of disadvantages to being able to travel through time, which struck me as weird. Especially if you have watched all the three movies of The Butterfly Effect and The Time Travelers Wife (also starring Rachel McAdams). Tim could chance situations and events without consequences (up to a certain level). It was like they took parts from the movies mentioned above and put it into this story but left out the depressing consequences. It made me feel good but also ruined my experience. I don't really understand why Rachel was in this movie (not that I judge her for it or anything) but it's so similar to the Time Travelers Wife, which was a lot better. 

I don't know what it is with this concept and idea. They never seem to be able tot put it right. The movies about time travel are either too depressing or too easy. On 27 of February another movie about time travel will come to the cinema's: Welcome to Yesterday. They used the concept of time travel little differently and for once it isn't about a guy falling in love (well at least not mainly), but again same idea. I don't know whether it bothers me because the idea and consequences are depressing to me or because it bothers me because after seeing The Butterfly Effect years ago, that everything else seems like a rip off to me.

Of course, nothing will defeat my love for Doctor Who. For some reason that idea about time travel makes my heart warm and fuzzy, and maybe that is because they are not trying to make it seem real.

Ender's Game

I just came back from the cinema. I watched the movie Ender's Game based on the book with the same name in the series The Ender Quitet by Orson Scott Card. I had heard a lot of good things about this movie, had seen the trailer a few times and was very excited to watch the movie. I saw it during the Sneak Preview, which means I had no idea which movie I was about to see. Luckily it was the one I was hoping for.

This movie has an amazing cast. Not only does Harrison Ford play the head commander, it also has Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley as commanders. Plus the lovely Abigail Breslin plays the main characters older sister. Okay maybe I should tell you a little bit about the story line before I start rambling about the cast.

Years and years ago the earth was attacked by a alien race called the Formics. They were not prepared for those aliens to attack the earth and a millions of people died, including the hero that defeated the fleet and saved the earth from destruction. To prevent this from ever happening again they are training a lot of kids for the next war. Andrew Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield, who also starred in Hugo). He is a very smart boy. He isn't big or strong but he is very smart. He thinks of good tactics before he fights, to prevent himself from losing or having to fight again. This is why he is chosen for the next level of training and send off into space. Once he  gets there you see a big chance in how he, and the other kids, are treated. They are treating those kids as pieces in their big game called 'war'.

There were few things that bothered me while watching this movie. Apparently those kids are property of the earth and commanders. Once they enter the program they no longer belong to themselves. They belong to them. They are not allowed to make decisions for themselves. To me this is child abuse. I get it, they don't have the time, freedom or luxury to think about morals, but those kids are still human beings. They lie to them to get what they want and do not really care what happens to them in the process. I get how this values the story but it bothered me. It seemed inhuman to me.

The story was very touching especially how Ender (nickname for Andrew) deals with all the battles and situations he has to face in order to defeat their so called enemy. I finds the right place in between his sisters compassion and his brothers will to fight. Which brings me to the headline of the story. This is mentioned given to you before the movie starts and comes back to you throughout the story."The moment when you truly understand your enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment you will also love him."

Asa Butterfield was a very good choice ans main character in this story. he brings a lot of feeling to the screen. He as a good appearance and plays the character very well. His eyes pierce into your heart and soul. They touch you and leave you wondering. When he cried, I cried. When he laughed, I laughed.

I really enjoyed this movie and I am very much looking forward to reading the book and it's sequels. It's highly recommended to watch this movie (or read the book, obviously).

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Throne of Glass

A dear friend of mine recommended this book to me and I thought it might be a good book so I decided to read it. Throne of Glass written by Sarah J. Maas.

It is a story about a 18 year old girl named Celeana Sardothien, she is the most feared assassin in all of the kingdom. No one knows that she is only a 18 year old girl. In the beginning of the story she's locked up in Endovier, the most awful prison there is in Adarlan. She's been there for a year now, while most criminals don't survive there for more than a month. When they take her away from the actual prison she fears it's finally her time to die, but instead of being hanged she gets forced to meet the son of the man who put her in this place, crown prince Dorian.

He is collecting her for a competition. The King is looking for a champion, a fearless fighter, that can lead his army and who can go on dangerous missions. She doesn't have to say yes but she wants to because if she does win the competition, she only has to serve the King for four years and after that, she will be free. She never thought she could be free again, so really, she doesn't have much of a choice. She goes back to the capitol city of Adarlan with Dorian, as his champion in the competition. Sh has to change her name to Lilian because the King doesn't want the people to know that the most famous and feared assassin is only a girl.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It was recommended to me by a dear friend of mine, so obviously I had to give it a try. There were a few things that annoyed me about this book. The writer likes to switch from perspective. Most of the time you read the story from Celeana her perspective but there are a few chapters that are from other perspective. Which was annoying to me because then I wanted to know more about that character, but that didn't happen. So for me it didn't add anything to the story it only took away from it. 

Aside from that the story line is very exciting and easy to read through. Celeana is very likable, as are her friends, not as much as she is but still good characters. Like a lot of people who read this book said: "Finally a YA book with a strong heroine!", I totally agree with that. It's very nice to fall in love with the main character for once, instead of falling in love with her love interest. I feel like she is my friend instead of a annoying obstacle.

You fall in love with her right away and want to know more about her, she doesn't reveal much yet, but I'm hoping to learn more about her in the sequel Crown of Midnight.

For the original review click here.