Archive for July 30th, 2014

30
Jul
14

Begin Again Movie Review

Plot: “Songwriting duo and couple Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine) decided to seek their fortune in NYC. When Dave is signed by a major label, temptation proves too powerful for him to resist and the couple call it quits. Crestfallen, Gretta fights to get back on her feet until one night, while performing in the East Village, she catches the attention of Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a once-respected music executive who’s since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta’s powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.”

This movie falls under the label of “another great summer movie getting looked over because everyone is seeing the blockbusters instead”. This movie is a hidden gem. It was so enjoyable with a great cast and wonderful music! Also, the city of New York is the other character of this film. If you love music and NYC, this movie is for you.

It was refreshing to see Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Keira Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean) playing roles in this heart felt non blockbusterish indy type of feel good movie. The soundtrack and original songs in this movie were catchy and emotional to each of the scenes they were attached too. You probably won’t be able to catch this film in the theater cause it’s on it’s way to video soon, but at least, please catch it when it does!

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30
Jul
14

Lucy Movie Review

Plot: Lucy is an American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend for his employer, a Korean gangster and drug lord named Mr. Jang. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang’s hotel room that contains a highly valuable synthetic superdrug called CPH4 that can increase the user’s brain function capacity.

The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-sik. I’ll tell you, it was refreshing to see director Luc Besson in action again, doing what he does best… Action with style! Although this movie isn’t action packed, when the movie does call for it it really pops with Luc’s directing style.

This movie has received mixed reviews and I’ll tell you why. As Scarlett’s character Lucy accidentally “absorbs” an overdose of this experimental synthetic drug and she is on her way to using up to %100 of her brain. The first half of the film you see her trying to learn, cope and get a hold of her new ability. So the plot has stylistically filled action and drama and a great performance done by Scarlett. Her reactions are priceless. Then second half of the film you see her start to perfect her new ability. However since no one knows what it’s like when a person can use 50 to 100% of their brains ability, the movie movies into a science fiction direction that may throw movie goers off especially with the way the final sequence ends.

Luc Besson is best know for his science fiction film Fifth Element and his action dramas The Professional and La Femme Nakita. In my option, he crosses over the two genres quite well in Lucy, while some fans probably felt otherwise. The movie takes fictional liberties on what happens when you can use all of your brain power. I though this movie was unique and very enjoyable. I loved the casting too. The stand out character for me was the Paris Police officer played by Amr Waked. This Egyptian born actors performance was fun to watch.

Also, this movie had great location shoots. My favorite were the scenes filmed in Tai Pei Taiwan. My advice about seeing Lucy who is someone that’s mind and brain opens up with new powerful opportunities, is to have an open and clear mind when entering the theater to see it.

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