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.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

I rewatched Pacific Rim (please don't go read the pathetic review I wrote years ago) about a month ago and two things I realised. First, it was not as good as I remembered, and second, it did not need a sequel. But we all know how Hollywood works, so Pacific Rim: Uprising happened. 

Ten years after the Battle of the Breach, in which humanity defeated the Kaiju monsters by sealing the entrance into our world. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), the son of Stacker (sadly Idris Elba does not appear in this), makes a living by stealing Jaeger parts. While on a job, he meets Amara (Cailee Spaeny), an orphan teenage girl, who gets both arrested by the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps, and Jake is tasked, with the help of his former co-pilot, Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood),  to train a new crop of Jaeger cadets in case the Kaiju return.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

After I watched Deep Web and was disappointed by it as it turned out to be more of a documentary about Ross Ulbricht, his arrest and trial rather than the dark web, Brittani from Rambling Film suggested that I watch The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. So did I and boy it was good. 

As you probably guessed from the title, the film tells the story of Aaron Swartz. What you may not know is who he was. Well, he was a tech industry prodigy, a writer, a political organizer and an Internet activist who "killed" himself at the early age of 26.