The Magicians – Season 1

Review for The Magicians, Season 1

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The Magicians – Season two had to begin for me to realize that I need to write about the first season.

I will begin with mentioning how I barely managed to see episode one, my God, it was torture! I tried seeing it like three times, I have to admit my mother was there with me talking so I could not fully pay attention, but I do think one of the attempts was made when I was alone.

It is good I managed to get over episode one because then I fell for it and watched the rest of the season non-stop. I love everything that has to do with magic and supernatural things. As it was said about The Magicians it actually is a combination between The Chronicles of Narnia and Game of Thrones – well, not exactly GOT but something related to kings and a kingdom, so… Narnia 😛

I found the acting bad at times and the writing boring, but there were other moments when the story made up for that. Also, some other really hilarious moments when I thought I was watching a comedy show, all thanks to Eliot of course. And some sexy moments as well, still thanks to him.

I know there were other sexy scenes but he is the only one that does it for me, I mean look at that face, and he’s bi, could he be more perfect? I really don’t get it how he is not the main character, that’s Q? But then again El is the king so I guess, he kinda is the main. Or there is no main since we saw a lot of Penny and Julia, then I’m thinking it might become GOT cause without a main they can just kill off whoever they feel like? Hope not!

The story as I mentioned is phenomenal and at the end, we see the plot twist of the year that involves the Beast and Julia. Now that the new season is on I cannot wait to see what lies ahead, ready to be amazed again by The Magicians.

Split (2017)

Cronică – Split (2017)

Split a fost exact ceea ce aveam nevoie. Îmi place când de-abia ies de la un film şi am o senzație de profundă schimbare. Îmi simt ființa, atât corpul cât si spiritul, cuprinse de un amalgam de emoții, senzații, imagini – cauzate de film – uneori amintiri, altădată previziuni, poate previziuni e mult spus, mă refer la faptul că îmi conturează nişte hotărâri, nişte moduri de a acționa în viitor, îmi formează nişte convingeri într-un anumit domeniu, după care să mă ghidez.

Aş putea spune că mă simt răvăşită într-o anumită măsură, unii poate ar spune ce atâta tam-tam pentru un film? dar tocmai asta este ideea, că un film – bine, poate nu toate – nu e făcut doar pentru box office, pentru încasări, pentru premii sau doar entertainment. Filmul are un scenarist în spate care are o idee, pe care o transpune într-o poveste, împreună cu regizorul, cu actorii, cu toată echipa reuşesc să ne aducă nouă pe marile ecrane această poveste transpusă prin trăirile personajelor ce sunt aduse la viață de către actori, un produs final, şlefuit, oferit nouă ca o ofrandă, ca să fiu poetică.

Consider că până la urmă acesta este scopul oricărui produs de artă: fie că este un film bun, o carte bună, o piesă de teatru, un tablou frumos etc. Cred că asta este menită arta să facă – să ne învețe o lecție, care să ne placă, fie ne bucură, ne şochează sau ne educă spiritual, moral, emoțional etcetera, cum spunea Hedwig – ne arată ceva despre noi, ceva ce nu ştiam sau poate doar bănuiam, era la suprafață dar nu conştientizam complet, ea reuşeşte să pătrundă suprafața şi să ne dezvăluie ce se afla acolo de fapt.

Eu ador filmele lui M. Night, am văzut mai multe dintre ele: The Sixth Sense (1999)Unbreakable (2000)Signs (2002)The Village (2004)The Happening (2008)The Last Airbender (2010). Pot spune că este unul dintre regizorii mei preferați 😀 îmi place latura dark, uneori spre supranatural.

Dacă nu mă înşel e genul acela de regizor care apare într-un rol mic în filmele sale mereu, cum a fost acum în scena în care Dr. Fletcher se uită peste înregistrarea camerelor de luat vederi, el este cel care îi arată înregistrarea. Îmi pare rău că nu am vazut filmul într-o sală cu adevărați iubitori de film pentru a-l recunoaşte împreună, măcar nu au fost comentarii în plus pe parcursul filmului, asta e ceva 😉

Nu prea îmi place să fac synopsis sau rezumat ca pentru tema de la română, am să vorbesc puțin despre actori şi personaje. James a fost minunat ca de obicei, o alegere foarte bună, cred că n-am mai văzut de mult un film cu el, în afară de X-Men, bineînțeles, trebuie să văd ce mai are în plan.

Anya Taylor-Joy este o newcomer destul de bună, cred că va face ceva valuri în viitor, sper să fie distribuită în roluri pe măsura ei.

Mi-au plăcut şi celelalte două fete dar mai ales Haley Lu Richardson, este o Isla Fisher în miniatură, este adorabilă, m-a atras instantaneu pentru că am impresia ca seamănă cu Isla – am o pasiune pentru Isla aşa ca nu aveam cum sa nu o plac – plus că jocul ei actoricesc este destul de bun, reuşeşte să transmită nişte emoții.

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Când filmul a debutat cu flash-urile din trecutul lui Casey am zis “nu se poate, e genul acela de film”. Ulterior mi-am dat seama cât de necesare au fost pentru a cunoaşte personajul şi modul ei de gândire, iar până la urmă am ințeles că datorită trecutului ei a fost cruțată.

Bestia a empatizat cu ea şi a considerat că pănă la urmă este o persoană traumatizată ca şi el, iar el se hrănea doar cu ființe neprihănite; fete protejate care încă nu făcuseră cunostință cu răutatea lumii. Considera că lumea trebuie să aparțină celor care au suferit, care au supraviețuit, ea făcând parte din această categorie, fiind abuzată de mică. El a considerând că the broken are the more evolved. Rejoice!

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Iar la final am avut o surpriză, o referință la Mr Glass din  Unbreakeable şi îl vedem chiar şi pe David Dunn interpretat de Bruce Willis (another favorite :D). Scenă care se zvoneşte că face din Split o urmare a filmului vechi de 17 ani, Unbreakable şi anunță un alt treilea cu Bruce Willis.

Până atunci, ne bucurăm de Split.

Jackie(2016): First ladies are not made, they are born

A review of the movie Jackie (2016)

Jackie is a beautiful piece of cinematic art, I have always been drawn to the Kennedys and the short but glorious presidency of JFK.
Growing up I loved history and movies generally but I especially enjoyed (and cried at) every Kennedy related movie I was able to see. Researching the Internet there have been a lot of movies along the time about the Kennedys, out of which what I remember seeing were: The Women of Camelot (2001)Bobby (2006)Parkland (2013) and now Jackie (2016).

I find it ironic, or better said karmic,that I saw it on the 20th of January 2017, 56 years since the inauguration of the Kennedy administration in the United States on 01/20/1961.  It premiered on the 13th of January 2017 in my country, Romania, but I managed to see it right on the 20th. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

I think that I was meant to see this amazing movie with one of my favorite actresses, Natalie Portman. Her performance was powerful and spot on, as she is a very talented Academy Award winner, we could not have expected otherwise.

Her portrayal of one of the most famous of the First Ladies of US in history, Jacqueline Kennedy, made us relive the tragic assassination of her husband, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, back in 1963. With a well crafted performance we were able to get a glimpse into the life of JFK’s widow in the days after the assassination, the burial and the things she had to go through in those painful few days, as told by herself in the interview with reporter Theodore H White in Life magazine.

Jackie portrays the short Kennedy presidency as a unique moment in US history, one that will never be repeated and will always be remembered as Camelot: there will never be another Camelot, not another Camelot.

I beg to differ, I think the Obama presidency, both Barrack and Michelle have left a mark in the souls of American citizens, US history and the world, although the Obama presidency is not marked by tragedy as the Kennedy one, I believe it will always remain in history as memorable. Once due to the fact he was the first Black president, and secondly due to his and his wife’s both charming personalities as well as the love and respect they have for each other, their country and their marriage, and of course the things they did for America.

Coming back to the movie I was of course very moved by Natalie’s performance, and the close ups of when she is crying are cringing. If I were not in a cinema filled with people at that time, I would have cried my ass off.

It was a necessary movie for me, to remember me of my undying love for history, my capacity for empathy, the fact that life moves on, and how a woman can still love a man and honor him even after his death and a life of infidelity. Thank you, Jackie!

Collateral Beauty (2017)

Cronică de film – Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty am putea spune că este ca oricare altul dintre filmele cu care Will Smith ne-a obişnuit în ultima vreme. A devenit un simbol personajul său mereu tată, copilul său în prim plan şi drama mereu prezentă.
Însă ce a fost nou aici şi mi-a plăcut extrem de mult a fost ceea ce am aflat la final, anume ca Moartea, Timpul şi Dragostea chiar au venit pe Pământ sub forma a trei persoane, apărând în viata lui Howard – personajul lui Will – şi a prietenilor lui pentru a le oferi exact ce aveau nevoie.

Lui Whit (Edward Norton) Dragostea, interpretată de Keira Knightley – care surprinzător nu mi-a fost antipatică ca de obicei, nu complet cel puțin – uneori plângăcioasă, plină de idei, alteori sigură pe ea şi convingătoare, Keira pot spune că a reuşit să cuprindă imensitatea acestui rol şi să o redea în cele câteva scene ale ei, reuşind să-l facă pe Whit să îşi reamintească iubirea pe care o are pentru fiica lui şi să încerce să o recâştige.

Claire (Kate Winslet) este într-o luptă cu timpul, dedicându-şi cea mai mare parte a vieții ei companiei nu s-a oprit să se ocupe de viața ei şi să îşi întemeieze o familie, acum dorind un copil şi gândindu-se să apeleze la o banca de spermă pentru asta. Însă mereu tânărul Timp, interpretat de Jacob Latimore, îi arată că are timp şi pentru asta, lucrurile se întâmplă în viață cu un scop, au modul lor de a se aşeza într-un anume fel la momentul lor potrivit, deşi avem într-o anume măsură control asupra lucrurilor care ni se întâmplă nu putem controla totul, ci trebuie să îi dăm timpului timp, vorba aceea.

Simon (Michael Peña) se luptă cu o formă de cancer, după cum mărturiseşte la un moment dat l-a învins de două ori în trecut acum ieşind din remisie realizează că nu va reuşi să îl învingă şi a treia oară. El ascunde acest fapt prietenilor şi familiei sale până întâlneşte personajul interpretat de Helen Mirren care îi deschide ochii şi îl ajută să accepte realitatea şi faptul că trebuie să îşi înştiințeze familia si prietenii pentru a putea fi alături de el şi pentru a îşi lua la revedere.

Dragostea, Timpul şi Moartea au pe rând întâlnirea lor cu Howard, în care încearcă să îl facă pe acesta să treacă peste moartea fiicei sale, să accepte realitatea şi să găsească puterea să continue.

Iar printr-un joc actoricesc foarte bun o avem prezentă şi pe soția lui Howard, însă identitatea ei ne este dezvăluită de-abia în ultimele minute ale filmului, noi având impresia de-a lungul filmului că ea este doar o străină care conduce un grup de susținere pentru părinți ce şi-au pierdut copiii.

Per total filmul este menit să ne facă să înțelegem că există frumusețe in lume şi motive să luptăm chiar şi dupa pierderi inimaginabil de mari, chiar şi atunci când pare ca totul este împotriva noastră. Un film apărut în viața mea într-un moment cum nu se putea mai bun, mulțumesc Universului pentru Collateral Beauty.

Mr Robot – Seasons 1&2

Review of Mr Robot, Season 1 and Season 2

Mr. Robot got me interested after seeing an awesome quote on Facebook, I think it was: “Fuck society!”, I said then: I have to see this! I couldn’t. A least not the first time I started watching it.

I could not force myself to be interested in it, it was so slow paced and those dead moments in which he was in his own head and kept talking to himself… I think I lasted until Christian Slater showed up cause I wanted to see him – love him, best thing about Interview with a vampire, him and the way Kirsten Dunst’s hair curls up.

But then I lost interest fast, I think I managed to see Carly too but whatever, gave up on it.

Then later on, I think a few months later, the Universe had me watch it again, when time was right( kinda how now it’s time for this review) can you say “love at second sight?” Oh, and what love, honey! Love at first sight or a life’s love does not even come close to this true love.

Elliot and Remi, of course, snatched my heart with his amazing acting, voice, and his funny, sometimes dumb faces, oh, acting at its finest, some shows are better that some movies, and their actors as well.

Christian appeared – DILF, at least I guess he has kids :)) – with his sparkling bad ass personality and acting, until his character was just Elliot’s mind acting up and being a jerk.

And a new amazing love: Martin Wallstrom, and that character, hot damn! I really got a thing for them deranged puppies. And when we thought he was dead, I mean when Elliot thought he was dead, I refused to believe he could be such an asshole as to kill him. Then Tyrell shot Elliot in the last episode of the second season, but he did have it coming and he did not die, it ended close to some Hamlet stuff but it’s fine.

Angela had more acting time in season two and she was actually likeable at times, Tyrell’s wife has the face of a major bitch so no matter how much of a bad ass bitch she was I just cannot stand her face, good acting though.

Funny cause Chaikin has a similar face, with blue eyes I mean, and that voice, that I found annoying in Suburbia, it tormented me for two days, could not remember where I knew that voice from, it was Dalia, the step evil stupid sister :))) Oh, I fell for Chaikin hard, she could do no wrong even if at times her character did the most stupid things ever – like killing Susan Jacobs, the fuck?

I cannot wait for the show to come back and see what surprises are in store for us from Mr. Robot.

“La La Land” laaa, whaaa’?

Review for the movie La La Land

La La Land, one of the most amazing beautiful pieces of visual and musical art I have seen since, I don’t know, The Great Gatsby? The champagne glasses and the pool party, the girls in pretty dresses and the music sometimes made me think about The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrman.

Probably for people who had a chance to see a Broadway play it makes them think about that, but I haven’t seen one so I couldn’t say.

The story was rather clicheic but we had great performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and it made it enjoyable and at sometimes fun to watch until their relationship, just like shit, hit the fan.

It was very unlikely for a character interpreted by Ryan Gosling to not show up for an event that important for his girlfriend and be an asshole and screw up things like that, but then again, he too is a man. Damien preferred to be realistic in portraying Seb’s character and maybe this took out some of the cliche I was referring to and made it authentic, so maybe it was not a cliche?

Well that ending was, hmm, what is the word: pathetic? I mean, I understand it was just something Seb and/ or Mia imagined it could have happened but still, it was weird and definitely new, it was a gamble from my point of view, one that they surely won at the Globes. I do hope it will not become a trend for all movies to give alternate endings just like that.

If you think in essence, like I always do, that was quite the shit end, it shows how they could have been so much happier together (yeah, whatever, Seb was a jerk for not talking to her that night in the restaurant but he was upset and whatever, he’s a guy, then they get over it; indeed not showing up for her show was a thousand times shittier but forgivable, is not like he cheated, seriously). Meaning Mia’s new husband is just whatever, it’s like she settled, that is just sad, but then again, if that is not authentic and if that does not show what happens in real life with millions and millions of couples – lost souls living their lives wrongly – I don’t know what does. Amazing insight, Mr Damien, bravo!

With all this being said I need to mention something else, that aches me so. Since you did not end up with Seb, Mia, interpreted by Emma Stone, how in the world do you run from a dinner with Dandy?!? Oh my God! he could have been slicing up people together with Twisty at that table, and I could be tied up and waiting to be dessert, I would not have moved an inch or think of leaving, the fuck!!! It’s Dandy!!! Hollywood better get their shit together and see Finn‘s amazing talent and cast him into something banging cause I need to see that face on the big screen more, soon!

The music was, of course, hat down! I would watch it again just for that dreamy music that just fits perfectly to the movie, it’s like a unique dress made perfectly for the body of one single curvy gorgeous woman, that just slides right on to her, that is how amazingly the music fits with the movie and characters, I wonder if we will have an Oscar for La La Land?