Friday, June 27, 2014

مبـارك علـيكم الشهـر - Ramadan Kareem

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Like every year, the blog pauses forRamadan and we will be back in Eid at the beginning of August :) 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

The newest Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s movie is just amazing! I loved watching it in Cinema and it’s a movie that I will watch again and will remember for a while!

It’s the normal story of aliens (the ugly kind, not cute Thor kind of aliens) invading Earth and how the National Army is planning for one big hit that they think will destroy the aliens. Officer Cage (Cruise), a previous ad guy, is the army’s PR representative, but when he has a disagreement with the General, he finds himself in the front getting ready to fight. In the day of the battle everything goes wrong, but somehow Cage manages to kill one of the aliens. Killing this one unique alien gave him the power to reset time. Whenever he dies, he starts the day all over again.

I was like, OMG, that is like a dying in a video game, getting a Game Over then just rebooting and starting all over again! It was super wicked! I really loved it. There’s a lot of movies that had time traveling and days repeating, but this one is gripping thrilling and “OMG when this is gonna end, but I don’t want it to end” kind of movie.

Tom Cruise was beyond brilliant in the movie. He nailed the development of the character from just wanting to promote the army and into having to face the strongest and most horrible enemy humans have ever faced. And I can’t express how impressed I was with Emily Blunt! She really can play the action movies! The chemistry between her and Tom was so good! They were badass warriors yet so cute together. And funny!! There were some really funny lines coming from Tom!

The movie doesn’t only have romance, but it’s full with sick combat scenes! It was just awesome! The special features weren’t mind blowing, like it’s what we are used too, but it worked! The suits that the soldiers wore for me, were yes, good, but I felt they were a bit heavy and it kind of made me feel nervous for the soldiers hahaha. 

However, the whole movie experience was just aaaah, AMAZING! I mean … Live. Die. Repeat … what more can one say?!

The movie is also based on the novel, “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. All the best movies are based on books <3

For more info and the trailer, click here.

So, this is my last review before Ramadan.
Till August ;),
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Movie Review: Ride Along

Ride Along tells the story of a flamboyant guy who’s in love with 2 things, his girlfriend and his Xbox. In order to get the girl he loves, he needs to impress and get the blessing of her brother who’s this “beat ‘em up kill ‘em all” kind of guy. You will be surprised to know that Ride Along was written in 2011 and the studio bought it and kept it on the shelf till Kevin Hart came along to revive it with Ice Cube as a producer and a lead actor on it.

The movie stars Kevin Hart and O'Shea (Ice Cube) Jackson and Laurence Fishburne who play Omar the ultimate bad guy in the movie.

I like Kevin Hart. He is funny as hell and you can tell he has been through a lot before making it. He can hold a scene like no other actor and he even was praised by the likes of (Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock…..etc.) .In this movie he is amazing. His performance screams funny even when he is not trying. Ice cube on the other hand as always excels when he is supposed to be the lead in the movie the guy who saves the day and the guy everybody looks up to (you know the kind).

The movie is a killer. It’s full of laughs full of funny scenes and full of things that don't make sense. I would call the movie typical comedy. Yeah I would call it that. Because it's about a guy who is a weak and meek and have to faces his fears to get with the woman he loves. That’s the plot simplified no twists no breaking the mold. So why did it kill the box office and had the biggest opening on Martin Luther King Day? Because of the actors, because of the punch lines in the movie, because of moments when Ice Cube takes Kevin Hart to the gun range to see what he was made of and if he can he handle a gun and Kevin ends up in the trash can and when Kevin Hart pretended to be Omar. Laurence Fishburne plays an unexpected funny maniac killer. It should be noted that Ice Cube plays a cop and the significance of this note is his past (N.W.A). But he is far behind from that now.

There is a real chemistry between the two actors, an unexpected chemistry might I add. Just watch this interview done while they were promoting the movie and you will see that they have an off camera chemistry as well as on camera.

I watched this movie when I was on Dubai and I bought it on BluRay and trust me it was worth it, because the extra features were amazing and funny. I can’t wait for the sequel to drop in 2016.
P.S: the A-team movie sucks so much that I wrote this review while watching it.

For more info and the trailer, please click here.

Thanks for reading and see you after Ramadan.
Nedal Atawneh
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Movie Review: Barfi!

This movie is so much fun! I remember when I first watched it, I was in a bad mood which was changed tremendously by the movie! Actually I don’t know how shall I tell you the story, because even while you watch, you will keep on asking what is going on, and that is what is amazing about this movie!

The story is of Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) the mute and deaf man who was born as Murphy, and his name got changed to Barfi over the years! Barfi meets Shruti (Ileana) at the railway station, and they fall in love, but Shruti is engaged to another man. Later on, Barfi’s Father fall sick, and needs an urgent operation. Barfi tries to collect money, and an idea comes to him: to kidnap Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), the autistic girl of the household his father works for as chauffeur! And there starts another story, when Barfi plans to kidnap Jhilmil, he finds that she is kidnapped already! Barfi finds Jhilmil by accident and goes on with his plan, but it is too late, and the story just starts here!

The movie takes us in and out within the years in three different timings. It is set in the beautiful cities of Darjeeling and Calcutta. Everything is simple yet full of details. I loved how Barfi and Jhilmil played their roles perfectly, that was the fun side of the movie. Barfi is deaf and mute, yet so charming, intelligent and full of tricks. Then comes Shruti the dramatic part, and the police officer, which is the hilarious part of the movie; it would probably remind you of Tom & Jerry and Detective Conan!

You have to pay attention to each and every scene; each detail symbolizes a meaning, and all characters are interconnected with each other. When I watch some movies, it seems that there are some scenes that are okay to miss, but in this movie, there is a new story and an important detail in each and every minute! You will never get bored as you watch! Rather, it is such a mood booster movie with all the interconnected details and enthusiasm, the colorful landscapes of Darjeeling and Calcutta, and all the fun songs, especially that hilarious song of “grgr, brbr, krkr”!

Barfi is a romantic comedy, directed by Anurag Basu, and has won 27 awards.

This is the kind of movie that I would definitely watch over and over again!

To read more and watch the trailer, click here.

Noura AlNaimi
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I wanted to see this movie since I saw it in the Coming Soon list in IMDB, so I rented it out of ITunes and thought to watch it today. I just finished it and the ending made me cry and gave me goose bumps. It’s just so beautiful, exciting, inspiring, funny and just amazing!! I love it. I’m gonna buy it, so I can watch it again!

It’s the story of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a developer of negative photos in LIFE magazine. His life is boring and predictable, but his imagination is vivid and wild. He often zone out into his adventures dreams. This all changes when LIFE is turned into an online magazine and his job is threatened by a missing shot from a legendary freelance photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) that was meant to be the cover of the last printed edition. Mitty tries to find Sean to save his job and that takes him to the most wonderful adventure of his life! He goes to Greenland, Iceland and The Himalaya! 

The scenery is just magnificent! I can’t express how beautiful the movie is! Ben Stiller actually directed this movie and I was like, wow! He’s good!! You can see how the theme is about photography and appreciating the beauty of life. Every short was art and a moment of life paused for us to appreciate and admire!

I’m one of those people who live 2/3 of my life in my head. It can be very exciting if you have a great imagination, but that doesn’t mean not living the real life. I loved how the movie showed that Mitty’s dreams actually pushed him to open up and do something about his life. I always thought that if you were brave enough to live your life, you’d find it more exciting than any dream we dream. We just need to be open a little bit.

The movie is like an enchantment; I dove into it and didn’t want to get out. It’s one of those movies that you can call, beautiful. I also just found this expression, “spine tingling” and it’s perfect to describe this movie!

The soundtrack is amazing. I’m listening to the songs over and over and I’m gonna download them after I’m done with this review ^-^

I highly recommend it! Especially to those who love photography, adventure and the secrets of one’s imaginations.  

A quote I LOVED, “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention”

The story is based on a short story by James Thurber. There’s also an old version of this movie done in 1947, but it has a different plot. For more info on the 2013 version, click here.

Till again!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Movie Review: 21 Jump Sreet

What can one say about 21 Jump Street? Well what I can say is, first the movie is based on the popular 80’s TV series with the same name staring the young Johnny Depp in the lead role. You can either call the movie an action flick between bonding cops or you can call it a Bromance. I’m going with Bromance. The second thing I’m going to say is that the movie stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and there is a cameo by Johnny Depp. 

The movie is about 2 cops going undercover in a high school to find out who’s dealing drugs or slinging dope or whatever you want to call it. Imagine that? Written on paper, it might sound like a bad idea, but as Captain Dickens  (Ice Cube) said it best in the movie “You are here because you look young. You look small. You some Justin Bieber Miley Cyrus lookin …” So there goes the age part, but what about infiltrating the school and finding the dealers? That’s easy! Just make friends with the cool kids since they are the ones that usually buy the drugs. And here is where all fun begins, because they make fun of stereotyping.

I watched a lot of Hollywood movies and they have a formula when it comes to school movies: the quarter back dates the cheerleader captain and if you are good at sports and into fast cars or your dad is rich then you are cool and awesome, but if you like comic books or good at school and you are into studying then you are a geek and a freak.

 21 Jump Street, however, had a different twist. You will see the exchange between the characters from their teenage days to their adulthood days, like Jonah was that geek weird kid and Channing was the cool kid, but when they go undercover you will see that they exchanged roles. I think that what differentiate the movie from other movies and it gave it a successful edge.
Ice Cube on the other is the angry captain who shouts at his lieutenant’s, ‘cause why talk normal to someone when you can shout at them. Right? The dialog between him and Jonah and Channing is amazing and its super funny. I mean you can see the chemistry between the three of them and it fits so perfectly.

You need to put something in perspective here; this was series turned into a movie and that formula doesn’t always work. I can think of Sex and the City who turned into a movie and found success, but only the first one. The sequel didn’t work, so it was a big deal when 21 Jump Street smashed the box office.

There is a sequel coming out 22 Jump Street, so we will see what will happen to the franchise.
Sir Bryan Cranston once said, “You don’t have to be friends with the other actors on set but if you are it will make things go a lot easier and better.” I think this statement applies best on 21 Jump street.
There is a lot to be said about this movie like they make fun of how stuff supposed to explode but does not explode. Look out for those scenes.
For more info on the movie, click here.

P.S: there is a lot of foul language in the movie so when you watch it make sure there are no kids around.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!
Nedal Atawneh
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest movie by the amazing Wes Anderson. Wes is probably on the top of my favorite filmmakers. I fell in love with his work ever since I watched The Royal Tenenbaums many years ago. If you are familiar with his work, you probably know his unique, quirky visual style, which I love, because each shot of his is a work of art.

Just like The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional world where M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a very well composed concierge, is falsely accused of a murder he didn’t commit. He teams up with Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori) his trusted lobby boy to prove his innocence. That’s all I’ll say for the plot, so I won’t ruin the fun for you when you watch it this weekend.

The story is amazingly constructed, the characters as expected from a Wes movie are beautifully designed with unique crafted depth. Actually, Wes inspired this story from the writings of Austrian author Stefan Zweig.

It was interesting that the movie’s frame was almost a square (1.37 : 1 Ratio), as most films are wide screen. The square frame worked amazingly with his symmetrical composed shots, where you can see the elements in the right side of the shot are mirrored on the left side! As expected from a Wes’ world, this one is no different. It is filled with vibrant colors and beautifully designed sets.

Alexandre Desplat who’s known for creating master incidental music, composed the score for this film, as well as Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The music is inspired by the Russian folklore with Alexandre own unique twist, which added to the nice mix of this movie.

The perfectly crafted worlds of Wes Anderson never fail to amaze me, capture my attention, and leave me speechless.

Although the story of The Grand Budapest Hotel might not be the most original out there, but the way it was narrated and visualized will never let a viewer down.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a piece of art that should be enjoyed on a relaxing quite evening along side a treat of your choice, mine was ice cream!

This movie should make the top of your to watch list, don’t miss it! It’s a visual masterpiece.

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