Sunday, 24 June 2018

Mary and Max (2009)

I discovered Mary and Max last year, at the end of December, thanks to Dell from Dell on Movies who posted on Twitter his old review of the film. I didn't read it though because I was on my phone, but I screenshot the tweet so that I could remember to check the film out. Which I finally did and I'm very glad as Mary and Max is such a witty and warm film. 

In the 1970s, Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore) is a lonely 8-year-old girl who lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, with her alcoholic mother (RenĂ©e Geyer) and a distracted father. She spends her time with her rooster, watching her favourite shows and eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can. One day, while at the post office with her mother, she spots a New York City telephone book and, as she becomes curious about Americans, she randomly picks Max Jerry Horowitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and writes him a letter in the hope that he will become her pen friend. When he gets the letter, Max, who is an obese, 44-year-old Jewish turned atheist who has trouble bonding with people, has a panic attack. He eventually decides to write her back. 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Sound of Music (1965)

I've been meaning to watch The Sound of Music for a very long time but always put it off because of its length. I just have to be in the mood to watch an almost 3-hour long musical which I'm usually not in. I finally felt like watching it and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 

Set in 1930's Austria, the film follows Maria (Julie Andrews), a young woman who wanted to be a nun since she was a little girl but when finally joins them, doesn't like it and keeps getting in trouble. For this reason, the Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) sends her to the house of a retired naval captain (Christopher Plummer) to take care of his seven children.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Tomb Raider (2018)

I never cared much about Lara Croft. I never played the video game and I never even bothered with Angelina Jolie's movies. I do like Alicia Vikander though (and I'm tremendously jealous of her for marrying Fassbender) so I decided to check out this new Tomb Raider movie. Having read some brief reviews, I was expecting it to be bad but I wasn't expecting it to be as bad as it turned out to be. 

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is a fierce and independent young woman whose father (Dominic West), an eccentric adventurer, vanished when she was barely a teen. When forced to handle her father's global empire, she decides to leave everything she knows behind in search of her father's last-known destination, a mythical island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Needless to say, her mission won't be an easy one.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Last Will Be the Last (2015)

I never cared much about Massimiliano Bruno's films as he usually does comedies and Italian comedies are pretty bad these days. The Last Will Be the Last (Italian: Gli ultimi saranno ultimi) is a dramedy though and it has Alessandro Gassmann in it so I gave it a chance. 

The film follows Luciana (Paola Cortellesi), a woman who can't really complain about her life. Sure, she is not the wealthiest woman as she is only a factory worker but she is happily married to Stefano (Alessandro Gassmann) and she is surrounded by friends. On top of that, her dream of becoming a mother is finally coming true. Unfortunately, her contract is coming to an end and her employer doesn't renew it because of her pregnancy. Since her husband spends all of his time hanging out in cafes and doing unsuccessful businesses, she finds herself in a difficult financial and familiar situation.