The Mummy

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“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.”

  • What is this movie about? mummy_ver3_2017

An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

 

  • Why should you (NOT) watch it?

First of all, this was supposed to be a movie about a mummy. Kind of the one we had back in 1999 (a masterpiece by the way), but sadly we find ourselves in front of the new mission impossible movie. Where the main star is Tom and the rest of things are mere decorations.

This movie faces a big issue: its plot. As per the promotions we saw, it kind of looked like the story was going to be like in the 00s movies. They find a mummy. The mummy awakes. And hell hath no fury. But what happens here is: They find a mummy. The mummy awakes. And then we no longer now if we are in a story of Egyptian mummies or about Black Lagoon Things. The characters are not well-developed. They are flat characters that no one will feel connected at all and they don’t seem to move forward through the film. Plus the story also moves too fast; there isn’t any deep story or anything interesting for the audience, just plain action and silly dialogues.

The story looked promising at first. At least for the first 5 min until the appearance of the female character. No I am not talking about the mummy but about a kind of Lara Croft that suddenly appears and never leaves and who, by the way, is playing the though one but is just a useless damsel in distress. So we could have managed without her in here. Then there is a big problem: Tom Cruise’s character. It looked like they wanted to make a modern Rick O’Connell version but it became agent Ethan Hunt and remember, this is not a Mission Impossible movie, but a mummy one!!!

The whole action and whole story is focused on him and at some point we really don’t care at all about him. We just want to see the badass mummy in action. Sadly, the best performance of the movie, that would be the mummy from the tittle, almost doesn’t happen. We get to see a bit of her and a bit of action, or shall I say more horror than action, as they wanted to recover the spirit of the original movie. But it wasn’t enough. This is just a way to create a character and kill it before it even was born. Really a pity. They also introduce Dr Jekyll’s character preparing it for future movies of this “Dark Universe” as they call it, but it doesn’t look like we will be much interested at him in the future.

The only good thing about The Mummy is the mummy herself. If you watch the trailer below you will already now what happens through most the movie, so don’t waste your time nor your money.

#MummyShit

 

  • Did you know?

– This film is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe, also known as “Dark Universe.”

– The zero gravity scene took sixty-four takes and was shot for two days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars, Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.

– The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

– The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters,” is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.

– The film’s original plot was set in Iraq and followed a Navy SEAL and his team that battle mummies led by Ashurbanipal.

– At the fight in Dr. Jekylls office a big golden book falls out of one of the book cupboards. Clearly a link or reference to the “Golden Book of Amun-Ra” which was significant to the plot of the 1999 Mummy movie.

– The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universal’s monster universe.

 

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Glow

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  • What is this series about? glow_ver6

A look at the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization in Los Angeles.

  • Why should you watch it?

There has been a lot, but really a lot of advertising of this show in Barcelona. Some streets were even wallpapered with small posters of the show (I even snatched one for myself LOL). And even though sometimes the hype is too big and then the show is not as good as we thought, but fortunately, this is not the case!

This show is really cool. Firstly, it’s set up in the 80s, an age we all feel nostalgic, whether we lived it or not. Secondly, it’s from the creators of Orange is the New Black and you can feel it in the air that it has the same scene. At some point you might think it’s kind of copy just that instead of being them in a prison, they are on a ring, but it’s not the case as this show shines with its own light. Thirdly, there is the cast. Each one of the girls is played by a brilliant actress that gives their best performance. In my case, I really like Debbie, I find that Betty Gilpin does a marvelous performance of this character. Lastly, but not last, there is the music. Of course it’s always a music according to the age we are, and it even makes feel you more nostalgic if possible.

We follow Ruth’s character taking a patch on this new stage in her life and in every episode we learn not only more things about her but also about the other ladies. Why are doing this, what they want to be. Each episode with a wonder music surrounding us and each episode taking the story one step ahead. The only pity is that every episode only lasts about 32min, and you will feel in the mood for more and more, so it’s a brilliant excuse to binge watch the series in a single day. But then you will feel like you need more, and more, and then before you realize it the show if over.

 

 

And for the Spanish viewers:

 

  • Did you know?

– In Spain, a promotion campaign for the series involved singers Marta Sánchez and Vicky Larraz rekindling their rivalry over their respective stints in band Olé Olé, fitting with the show being set in the ’80s. The final video of said campaign featured Sánchez and Larraz stepping into the ring. (Showing above these lines).

– The wrestler who trained the actresses for this series, Sal Guerrero aka Chavo Guerrero, Jr. is the nephew of Armando Guerrero aka Mando, the trainer for the wrestlers on the original series on which this one is based.

– Kia Stevens, who plays Tamee/Welfare Queen in the series, is the only female cast member who is actually a professional wrestler. Stevens has been a champion all over the world wrestling under the name Awesome Kong (sometimes Amazing Kong). She also briefly wrestled in WWE as Kharma.

– Ruth’s in-ring persona ‘Zoya the Destroya’ is loosely based on original GLOW wrestler Colonel Ninotchka.

– Debbie’s in-ring persona ‘Liberty Belle’ is based on original GLOW wrestlers Americana and Scarlet and Tara the Southern Belles.

– Carmen’s in-ring persona ‘Machu Picchu’ is loosely based on original GLOW wrestler Mountain Fiji.

– Rhonda’s in-ring persona ‘Britannica’ is loosely based on original GLOW wrestlers Zelda the Brain and Godiva.

– Dawn and Stacey’s in-ring personas ‘Edna and Ethel Rosenblatt, The Beatdown Biddies’ are based on original GLOW wrestlers The Housewives, Arlene and Phyllis.

– Arthie’s in-ring persona ‘Beirut the Mad Bomber’ is based on original GLOW wrestler Palestina.

– Sam Sylvia is loosely based on Matt Cimber, the original GLOW director.

– Sebastian Howard is loosely based on David McLane, the founder of the original GLOW.

– Melanie’s in-ring persona ‘Melrose’ is based on original GLOW wrestler Hollywood.

 

Free Fire

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“Thousand apologies. Hate it when people are tardy. It’s good to meet you boys.”

  • What is this movie about? free_fire_ver15

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

  • Why should you watch it?

The premise of this film is pretty simple. There are two gangs that are going to exchange money for guns and then trouble strikes. Until here everything looks normal, like in others movies, two band gangs waiting for an exchange but at some point something doesn’t go right. And from here is where the magic of this movie starts. Not only things start going into a downfall, but they do not have a limit, the start and don’t seem to stop!

It is at that point, when the shooting starts that this movie really starts. The way it’s made it might remind you of the masterpiece that is “Reservoir Dogs”, but remember, this is no Tarantino and that does not mean that this movie is bad, it’s just different. Everybody starts shooting at some point and you can watch the dark humor with which it is being done, because although it’s kind of gangster movie without the hats, it’s really hilarious the situations where everybody finds themselves at some point through the story.

The cast is just brilliant. Each of them plays their roles really cool and it’s true that at some point you might find it difficult to follow them and remember who is who, but it is really normal as the camera never stops rolling. You might pick up a favourite one really fast and trying to guess what they are going to do or what is going to happen. Who is going to get the money? And the guns? Being the movie adapted in the 70s is always a plus just to see the clothes and hairstyles that everyone is wearing.

A movie to enjoy a good time and a good time to enjoy a movie. Just watch it and enjoy it.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– While planning out the dimensions of the set, Ben Wheatley built a scale replica of the film’s warehouse in the video game Minecraft.

– Armie Hammer said that police appeared on set during the second day of shooting following calls of concern from members of the public in nearby shops having heard gun shots.

– Sara Dee features in Free Fire and all previous Ben Wheatley movies he’s directed for cinema release. She plays the telephone voice.

 

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