Revenge

Hello, hello!
Earlier this week I wrote a review about Hereditary, which I saw during an online watch-party with friends. Well, Revenge is the second movie we tackled that night, so let’s see how that one did!

The Plot (as found of Rotten Tomatoes):

Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend — until his two sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. As tension mounts in the house, the situation abruptly and viciously intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, she survives and soon begins a relentless quest for bloody revenge.

The Rating:

Oh boy, where to begin?
This movie was certainly also worthy of a running commentary but not because it was good. I almost lost my shit when I saw that Revenge has a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
So many things about were just TERRIBLE!

I need to discuss some of that in details, so from here on this review will contain heavy spoilers – contiue reading at your own risk. 😉

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The Grinch (2018)

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I missed a bunch of last year’s big Christmas movie releases, so I figured now is the best time to finally catch up. After The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was a rather big disappointment, I hoped at least The Grinch would be better. Let’s find out how that turned out…

The Plot:

A tale as old as time…
Whoville is preparing for Christmas (3 times bigger this year!) when the Grinch finally has enough. He hates the holidays so he sets out to steal Christmas, so everybody can feel as miserable as him…

The Rating:

As much as it pains me to say I dislike something Benedict Cumberbatch is in, but this was awful. I should have checked the reviews before enthusiastically hitting the play button.

If you read my older Christmas movie reviews, you know that the 2000 Grinch film is one of my all-time favorites, so naturally, I was curious what they’d do with the material for the new movie.

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What to expect from The Punk Theory in 2019

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In the last post of 2018 I want to share my plans for The Punk Theory. Many great things are to come in 2019!

  • I’m planning to change up my usual blogging routine and write more posts. 
  • Some months (not all of them) will have certain topics. I want to surprise you with most of them, so I’ll only tell you what I’ve got for January: it’ll be Alfred Hitchcock month! He’s one of my favorite directors so the first month of 2019 will be dedicated to his movies.
  • I’ll be doing more movie reviews in 2019, but don’t worry, there will also be months focusing on books, TV shows and of course book vs. movie posts!
  • Furthermore, I want to be more social and connect with other bloggers. I was a bit stressed out in 2018 so I shamefully neglected that. In 2019 I will regularly participate in Thursday Movie Picks and Top 5 Tuesday!
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Book vs. Movie: Fahrenheit 451 (1966+2018)

Hey guys!
Today I have a classic for you. As the iconic novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury got a new adaptation this year, I was inspired to finally see all there about this story!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Cover from Goodreads)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
In a time where fireman don’t put out fires but ignite them, reading has become a crime. Books are banished and even owning one is punished. Amidst totalitarian times like these, fireman Guy Montag begins to rethink his life…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Let’s kick off with the novel.
I know this book is famous and praised by critics and fans alike. However, I’m not exactly over the moon. The story and the topics are relevant and Bradbury provides a lot of food for thought. My problem is his writing style and the pace of the story. While the ideas fascinate me, the story bored me. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly that annoyed me, but I wasn’t excited or thrilled by this book. It just felt flat to me, just as one-dimensional as a world without books. Furthermore, I was rather disappointed with the representation of women in this novel. Bradbury wrote in 1953 and was imagining some far away future, so you might expect him to be a bit diverse with his female characters. However, women generally appear to be brain-washed ideas who are incapable of thinking on their own. There is one exception, but Clarisse also wasn’t a character I liked. She was just weird and irritating, which clearly didn’t help with enjoying the book.

Maybe it works better on-screen, so let’s talk about the first adaptation by Francois Truffaut in 1966. First of all, it’s cool that the main role is played by an Austrian actor. You don’t see that too often! Seeing it all visualized helped bringing some of the ideas across and added in terms of intensity. But in general, the film was missing something, just like the book. The idea is important but the story built around it just doesn’t do the trick for me. It’s not Truffaut’s fault, he made the best film you could with the story given and the effects at hand at that time. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Tomb Raider (2018)

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It’s movie review time. Today I want to talk about one the biggest films of 2018: Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander had to fill some big shoes, so let’s see how well she did!

 

The Plot:
Lara Croft, daughter of the famous Lord Croft, is getting by as a bike courier. After her father disappeared on one of his expeditions she never gave up hope. Despite him missing for years, Lara refuses to pronounce him dead and claim her inheritance. However, when Croft manor is about to be sold off, she has to reconsider – and discovers something among her fathers possessions.
After listening to a pre-recorded video of her dad, Lara scrapes together her last dimes and sets out for Japan to solve the mystery surrounding her fathers disappearance.

The Rating:
Well, well. I have some mixed feelings on this one.
The film kicked off strongly and I enjoyed Vikander’s performance. The way they approached the character of Lara for this production had something fresh and not yet worn out.
Unfortunately, my excitement went down the drain once Lara left for Japan. At that point the story became highly unrealistic and lots of stuff didn’t make the slightest sense. Example: She arrives in a small village in Japan and not a single person is able to speak English. However, the exact guy she is looking for (a hopeless drunk) speaks perfect English without an accent. Continue reading

Heathers (2018) – A Review on the Pilot

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Some time ago I wrote a review on Heathers, a very dark comedy featuring Winona Ryder. It’s one of my favorite 80’s movie, so I was pretty excited to hear that a TV show based on the film is in the making. So far, only the pilot is out, but boy, I’ve got some stuff to say about that…

 

The Plot:
The Heathers are the most influential and popular group at Westerburg High. The leader is Heather Chandler who vows to destroy the social life of Veronica, another member of the gang, when the latter called Heather a fatty in an angry outburst. However, when Veronica wants to take action, things escalate quickly…

 

The Rating:
Where do I start. This whole thing is just beyond awful. I sincerely hope that the rest of the show never airs as it was quite a challenge to soldier through this pilot episode.
You can tell not only that the show is based on the movie but that they desperately want to imitate it. Spoilers: It doesn’t work. Compared to the angry and dark 80s film, the TV show is a pale wannabe satire. There was not a single moment in the entire episode that actually made me laugh. You can tell where things are supposed to go and what the show runners wanted to achieve, but it’s just not working out. Continue reading