Movie Mania: Joker

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I FINALLY have the time to review one of the films I was most excited about in 2019. Joaquin Phoenix has been on my radar for a long time, so what is it he can contribute to a character we’ve already seen many versions of?

The Plot:

This is not a Batman film. (Bat-who?)
As you might have guessed from the name Joker focuses on Arthur Fleck and his journey to becoming one of the most famous comic villains…

The Rating:

This was so brilliant!
As I walked out of the cinema I was thinking “Is there already a petition for Joaquin Phoenix to get an Academy Award and where can I sign it?”.

I know the thoughts on this film couldn’t be more opposing but I thought it’s a masterpiece. Why? I’m so glad you asked!

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Movie Mania: Ready or Not

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2019 had so many great films in theaters I am still trying to catch up with my reviews. Although there wasn’t a single film I didn’t enjoy, I certainly had one of the best times ever with Ready or Not. Let’s find out why!

The Plot:

Grace and Alex just got married. Grace is excited to finally reconnect with Alex’ estranged family – something she will soon regret.
It’s a family tradition to play a game with the new family member. Only in her case, it’s pretty lethal…

The Rating:

What can I say about Ready or Not?
Well, the idea is absolutely bonkers but for some reason, it works out just fine.

Not only is the story crazy, but filmmakers also managed to marry gore-y sequences with a great sense of humor. I know many people won’t like the film exactly because of that. Too much blood, too many things they don’t consider funny, etc. But it was right down my alley, so I had a blast.

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Aladdin (2019)

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Disney is currently busy turning all my beloved childhood favorites into live-action movies. I wasn’t that over the moon with Beauty and the Beast but still wanted to give Aladdin a shot. So let’s see how this one turned out!

The Plot:

You know the deal: blue genie, cute guy from the streets, princess, and a power-hungry dude, lots of singing…

The Rating:

By turning all the famous animated films into live-action remakes, Disney has found a very profitable source of income.
Well, I grew up with the original films and they hold a special place in my heart. So, of course, I had to check out the new version of Aladdin.

First of all, let me say this was better than expected. Not flawless but decent.
I enjoyed the casting for both Jasmin and Aladdin and think these actors both did a great job. I was curious to see what Will Smith would do as Genie. Robin Williams left giant footsteps to fill, so it was not easy for Smith to step in his shoes. At times I had the feeling Smith was holding back, not wanting to compete with Williams thus making for a rather bland Genie in several scenes.

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Movie Mania: Downton Abbey

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Although or maybe just because I had some mixed feelings about the Downton Abbey series, I went to check out the movie. Was it good? Was it bad? Let’s find out!

The Plot:

All of Downton Abbey is in an uproar. The King and Queen have announced they are paying a visit. There are preparations to be made, family feuds to be undusted, drama to be had…

The Rating:

Although I watched all seasons of Downton Abbey I could never quite make my mind up about the show. I loved that it was interspersed with bits of real history but at times the soap opera vibe was too strong for me.

I thought, maybe the film will hit the spot a bit more so I went to see it at theaters. It immediately turned out that I was not the target audience. There was just I, an elderly couple and four elderly ladies.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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My darling readers, today I’ll be reviewing one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I am beyond excited that Quentin Tarantino’s latest picture finally hit cinemas and I already went to see it multiple times.

The Plot:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in 1969 following the lives of actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth. They are both struggling in a changing world.
In the meantime, Rick’s neighbor Sharon Tate is on her way to success in Hollywood…

The Rating:

Okay, so here’s the deal. I, for my part, really enjoyed this film. However, it is obvious to me, why many people didn’t.
First of all, there isn’t all that much of a story going on. I think Tarantino was more trying to capture the vibe of the 1960s, the zeitgeist and getting that feeling across. If you aren’t into the 1960s aesthetic, this might not be for you.

I absolutely love the 1960s and could watch the film for the clothes and music alone. However, I am also quite familiar with the movies of that time. So for me, the not really existing story about Sharon Tate was interesting. But if the only thing you know about her is that she was a Manson family victim, you’ll be bored with her scenes.
Unless you have some background knowledge, you won’t get why many of the scenes are in this film as several of them don’t seem to contribute pretty much anything to the story. Let me give you an example. In one scene, Sharon goes to a bookshop to buy a copy of Tess D’Urberville for her husband. This scene is not particularly interesting nor has it any relevance for the rest of the picture. However, the scene gets interesting if you know that Sharon had read that precise book, loved it and wanted to get her husband Polanski to make a film of it. She would have played the leading character. The day she gave him the book was actually the last time Polanski would see his wife before she was murdered. He did end up making the film about ten years after her passing and dedicated it to her. The movie title Tess was a huge success and nominated for six Academy Awards.

There are several instances in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood where scenes will be lost on you without at least a bit of background knowledge. Tarantino included so many details, every time I re-watched the film I discovered something I had missed before.

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Thursday Movie Picks: 2019 Releases

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Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today I’ll share some of my favorite films that came out last year. Reviews for all of those are coming in April – so stay tuned!

#1 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

I actually went to see this one twice. Tarantino’s latest picture divides audiences and I can understand why some people disliked it. However, I for my part had a great time with it!

#2 Ready or Not

Speaking of great times! I laughed so much while watching this crazy movie. Samara Weaving is stunning and in the final scenes, she gave me Heather vibes. Ready or Not was (by far) not as hyped as my other picks but it gets a 100% recommendation from me.

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