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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Pirates of the Caribbean. Dead Men Tell No Tales

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“The dead have taken command of the sea. They’re searching for a girl, a Pearl, and a Sparrow!”

  • What is this movie about? pirates_of_the_caribbean_dead_men_tell_no_tales_ver3

A boy and a girl cross paths and with the help of Captain Jack Sparrow go in a quest to find the trident of Poseidon.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

First of all, you can forget the previous film. As it never existed, but keep in mind the first trilogy, as this movie is kind of soft reboot of that one and we might see some familiar faces on it, and also some similar situations by the way.

As we are used to in all Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the action never stops. With long action scenes that never seem to end, with all details under control and crossing paths with all the characters, this movie is a good way to entertain ourselves and feel melancholic about the first (and movie) of all of them. In here different paths find their way to the same solution: they needs to find the trident of Poseidon for different reasons, and that makes all different characters having to work together. Does that sound familiar?

Johnny Depp plays again Captain Jack Sparrow and while he makes us laugh sometimes, we are already used to his performance so it feels like there is nothing new in there, specially after five movies of the same. As the new comers are the youngsters who display a good chemistry trough all the movie and that gives a bit of fresh air although we cannot help ourselves to think about Orlando and Keira in the previous installments. Then we have a new villain Captain Salazar played by Javier Bardem who gives  great and sometimes funny performance, specially when he goes like: “Spaaarrrow””, Sparroww”, that I cannot help myself but think of Robert De Niro in Cape Fear.

A good adventures movies that recovers the spirit of the first movies of the saga and keeps up with the humor that is also always present in these movies.  Plus stay tuned for the post-credit scenes, a fan service scene that leaves doors open…

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The name of the fifth installment, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” was previously mentioned by Cotton’s parrot in the first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, and during a transition scene in the third movie, At World’s End.

– In several countries, the film is set to be released as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, including English-speaking countries.

– With a release six years after its predecessor, marks the largest gap between the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

– At two hours and nine minutes long, this has the shortest running time of all the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

– The first film of the franchise to not be filmed in the Caribbean.

– Christoph Waltz was originally cast in the role of Captain Brand, but dropped out due to other work commitments. Javier Bardem was then given the role, but the name was changed from Brand to Salazar to sound more Mediterranean to accompany Bardem’s Spanish descent.

– After failing to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Disney reached back out to Martin Klebba (Marty), Lee Arenberg (Pintel) and Mackenzie Crook (Raghetti) to return for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). Only Klebba was able to make it work within his schedule.

– The father of Captain Jack Sparrow was played by a Rolling Stone (Keith Richards) and in this film, the uncle of Captain Jack Sparrow is played by a Beatle (Paul McCartney).

– The Jack Sparrow’s uncle tells Jack a joke : the same joke told by Al Pacino to Johnny Depp during ” Donnie Brasco ” shooting . ” A skeleton walks into a bar , orders a mop and a beer … ”

– The five finalists for the female lead were Lucy Boynton, Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, Kaya Scodelario, and Alexandra Dowling. After Brenton Thwaites was cast, the studio did chemistry tests with Thwaites and the actresses to see who best fit the role. Kaya Scodelario was eventually cast. (Variety)

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Alien: Covenant

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alien_covenant_ver4” Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”

  • What is this movie about?

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

It’s the first time that we get to see a proper Alien in an Alien movie for 20 years. So curiosity, after watching the trailer, had us attracted to watch this movie; and also the need to get the unsolved questions raised in Prometheus.

The action takes place 10 years after the previous movies and where we see the magic equation from the old alien movies:  a crew going somewhere and receiving an alert message, so they go to that planet to investigate and they find there one or two surprises. While this might have worked in the first two alien movies (and masterpieces), here there is something missing. The story goes too fast and there isn’t any surprises at all, because while we are watching the movie, we are guessing what is going to happen. And that is really a pity.

We do indeed get many answers, but maybe they are not what we were expecting (not what we wanted) and the feeling that you have been waiting almost 40 years for this, gives you a strange feeling. Plus, the movie leaves many open doors and raises other kind of questions that we hope will be patched up in the following movie, which by the way you will be left wondering what is going to happen: how they are going to connect this one to the original one.

Another problem that I see is that there are too many actors, there are like 15 crew members, which we see suffering one after another. And believe me when I say this is the first Alien movie were I laughed at the fate of some of them, because some situations are a bit ridiculous, pardon me. Maybe with fewer people the repeating idea would have worked differently adn even better. Despite that at some point we hear the Alien and the Prometheus theme, we are left a bit cold or feeling nothing like we felt 40 years ago.

Although the film shines more light to the Alien story than Prometheus did, it feels like something is missing, which is ironical as it provides many answers, which we have been waiting for since the original Alien movie. It feels just like another action movie, missing the magic of the two original ones (please pretend that Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection never existed).

 

 

  • Did you know?

– A Covenant is an agreement or a promise. In biblical terms, one of the Covenants between God and humanity was a promise by God to never again wipe clean the Earth as he has done in the flood. Another was the giving of the law to Moses. It was an agreement that the Israelites would follow God’s commandments, and God would justly judge those who broke them. It is possible that the “covenant” in this title refers to an agreement between the Engineers and humanity, or perhaps that the Engineers have been or planned to wipe out other species via a “flood” of their own creation.

– The name ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’ was used to avoid confusion that surmounted due to dissociation with ‘Prometheus’ from the ‘Alien’ franchise. The film was later retitled to ‘Alien: Covenant.’

– The new planet, which is assumed to be the home of the engineers, is being referred to as a paradise and could be the home of the gods who created humanity.

– On November 27, 2015, Ridley Scott announced that this will be the second (following Prometheus (2012)) in a new Alien Trilogy which will take place closer to and lead up to the original film.

– First Alien film to be released after the death of H R Giger. Giger inadvertently designed the original Alien looks and environments in his “Necronomicon” book, which led to Ridley Scott hiring him as art director for the film (and series). Giger essentially gave birth to the entire Alien look that we all know now.

– At one stage, Katherine Waterston’s character Daniels says “I got you, you son of a bitch.” Ellen Ripley uses these words at the end of the original Alien film.

– There is a scene where you can see a toy bird drinking water, in the original Alien (1979) in the opening scene there is a toy bird drinking water in the background.

– They’ve broken the alphabetic pattern for their artificial 1. Ash 2. Bishop 3. Bishop 4. Call 5. David 6. Walter