The Bourne Identity (2002)

boure-idJune 2002   Ι   1h 59min   Ι   Doug Liman

Jason Bourne loses his memory after a mission went wrong. As he’s trying to figure out who he is, he stumble upon a woman and ask her to take him to Paris where he can possibly find out who Jason is. The only problem is that a group of people is trying to murder him and the only way to survive is to use his incredible fighting skills. 

Yay I finally watched the first Bourne movie!! I actually didn’t know much about this whole film series before Jason Bourne (2016) came out. I really like Matt Damon as well so this felt like a must-see movie. So what did I think about it? Well, it wasn’t really my cup of tea, or I mean it wasn’t a bad tea but it wasn’t a great tea either. To be honest, I actually don’t like tea at all. I found the movie pretty monotonous and the whole story was pretty much based on a big misunderstanding. The character Conklin thought Jason Bourne was after him so he went after Jason, so Jason goes after Conklin because Conklin went after Jason. I think even I got lost there.

Now don’t get me wrong, this was a very good and enjoyable movie. I think both Matt Damon and Franka Potente did a phenomenal job and I loved the action scenes. Jason Bourne is definitely a man with talent. I also really liked the whole memory loss thing because it felt like a mystery and as the movie went on we got to learn more about Jason as well. I do think the whole story was a bit uneventful and the environment a tad dull but the action scenes made up for it. I am actually very interested to see where this film series leads and I will definitely continue watching Jason Bourne. I’m overall pleased with the movie!

My rating: 6,3/10 🔫

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THE 5 BEST ANNE HATHAWAY MOVIES

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So this is a mixture between movies that are fantastic that Anne Hathaway’s in and movies where Anne has done her best acting (according to me and what I’ve seen, and yeah she’s brilliant in everything so it was hard to choose). I just think Anne is absolutely brilliant and an amazing actress, and I have loved so many movies that she’s been in but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my 5 favorite movies starring Anne Hathaway. So here we go (in no particular order)!


#1 The Dark Knight Rises

I’m not going to lie, at first I had a hard time seeing Anne play Catwoman but damn, did she do a good job. She has definitely been my favorite Catwoman so far and I would have loved to see more of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. She’s badass! This movie’s also very badass!


#2 The Princess Diaries

I had such a hard time choosing between this one or the second Princess Diaries. Then I was contemplating whether I should include both of them and take away another movie, but in the end I decided to just go with this one. This is after all one of my favorite childhood movies. I also love that the main character Mia is so down to earth and once again, Anne Hathaway’s acting is just brilliant and she’s so funny!


#3 Les Misérables

Fantine is such a powerful and emotional character and it’s amazing what Anne has been able to present to the screen. It’s not this romantic woman in love anymore, it’s so much pain, pain and love. Her voice is also absolutely beautiful.


#4 Bride Wars

A romantic movie about weddings with both Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, it’s like it was made for me. Love this type of character Anne plays as well. It’s nice to see the funny and romantic side.


#5 Becoming Jane

Deep, painful but strong love. The way Jane and Tom feels for each other just takes my breath away. It’s fantastic to see Anne play this confident and independent woman and at the same time show Jane’s desire for Tom and how they are meant to be. Love the movie, love Anne in it.


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The Punisher (2004)

maxresdefault1April 2004   Ι   2h 4min   Ι   Jonathan Hensleigh

Frank Castle is a retired undercover FBI agent who’s looking for revenge after his whole family was murdered. He meets three outcasts along the way and they might be to a bigger help than Frank thought. His main goal is however to punish the people who were responsible for his family’s death. 

This movie has been on my to watch list for way too long and I finally took the time to watch it. I can’t believe I call myself a Marvel fan, haha. This movie is awesome! The Punisher is a very emotional and dark character but I like how you can see that there’s still something good in him. The movie was very eventful and it did also have its funny moments. I would say that the majority of the movie was pretty dark and depressing, but the movie was nevertheless pretty darn good. I think it was the three characters Joan, Spacker Dave and Bumbo that made The Punisher more fun and special. In these darker movies with a dark main character, you really need those weird and special characters to lighten the mood.

One bad thing I did was comparing this one with the Daredevil’s Punisher (from the Netflix series). I should know by now that even if it’s the same character, the story and the presentation of the character can be very different (just look at Spider-Man). I do however have to say that I liked Jon Bernthal more as the Punisher, he had more unique characteristics. Thomas Jane did also do a great job, he just didn’t talk that much. He was however great at showing how he suffered from losing his family. Overall I would say that this movie is badass. Cool characters, cool story, makes you a little depressed but otherwise it’s rather enjoyable.

My rating: 6,5/10 💀

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Mary Poppins (1964)

mary-poppins-sequel-disney1August 1964   Ι   2h 19min   Ι   Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins might be the worlds best nanny and that is exactly what the two siblings Jane and Michael needs. She takes them on adventures only a child could dream of. Along with them is a man with many professions and together they sing their way to happiness. The only problem is their dad Mr. Banks, who doubts Mary Poppins. 

When I was growing up Mary Poppins was quite famous but it was all about Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan etc. So I have only watched this movie maybe once before and that is a shame because it’s a fantastic movie. Since Mary Poppins Returns comes out next year, I thought it would be fun to watch this movie again and review it. I can also say that I didn’t remember anything about the movie, so it was almost like watching it for the first time. I think it was such a fun idea how they mixed between animation and real life, it really puts an extra touch to the movie and makes it even more magical. For being a movie that came out 1964, I have to say that the animation is pretty darn good as well.

Julie Andrews (whom I mostly recognize from The Princess Diaries) is absolutely marvelous as Mary Poppins. I think the character is a tad too egocentric, yes she’s a badass character but you know, she really think she’s absolutely perfect, well maybe she is. A character I would consider pretty perfect however is Bert. He’s so funny and weird and Dick Van Dyke is such a talented actor and an amazing singer. It’s actually a pretty spot on cast. When it comes to the story I find it very interesting and entertaining but I do think the movie is a tad too long for me. I just don’t feel like it had to be over 2 hours. I did not enjoy the ending very much either, it was a bit messy for me. The last 5-10 minutes was very good though. Mary Poppins is overall a very fun and entertaining movie, a bit weird yes, but very enjoyable. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

My rating: 7,3/10 🌂

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I’VE MOVED TO AMERICA!!!

Hello friends! A bit of a life update here. I have taken my stuff and moved to America, California to be precise. In the beginning of August I left Sweden behind to start a new exciting adventure in the USA. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not staying here forever, I’m just going to be in California for one year to study. I love traveling and this is something that I’ve wanted to do for so long, and it’s finally happening. It’s going to be amazing to experience a different culture and just see how it is to live in a different country. By doing this, I’m also hoping I can find myself and my purpose/goals in life.

Before I moved to America I was working and I really managed to balance my blog with my job. I have no idea how busy I’m going to be now that I’m studying but I’m going to do my absolute best to keep the posts coming as normal. This blog and this community is after all a big and very happy part of my life. I just wanted to let you know that my life has changed massively. I’m also going to take the opportunity to compare America with Sweden when it comes to movie related stuff, or just share different experiences (I’m hoping I will see the Walk of Fame). Thank you so much for reading and may the force be with you! 😀

Scream 4 (2011)

Hi so it’s The Doc, not Renate if you’re wondering, wait this is a horror review… what’s going on? But I’ve been a fan of her content for a while and I’m glad to be featuring on her blog! Anyway here is my review below.

Ghostface is back in Scream 4, the latest addition in the famous slasher franchise, directed by Wes Craven, with survivor Sidney Prescott getting on with her life, things take a turn for the worst when Ghostface seems to re-emerge after 10 years of inactivity, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere.

Scream 4 is a slasher for the modern audience maybe not that familiar with the older Scream films and maybe a bit jaded with your average slasher films and like other Scream films, it’s intentionally self referential and a bit meta, though it comes across as a bit obnoxious this time around in character monologues about slasher movie tropes and clichés, okay we get it, slasher films follow certain formulas. That in itself may be the problem with the film, which didn’t quite know what it wanted to be, it’s a borderline parody of slasher film at times with the ridiculous internal slasher movie in the movie that the characters are all aware of, though at the same time Scream 4 is also a continuation of Sidneys’ story and relationship to the ghostface persona.

The film is full of young actors to give the film more a modern feel and it works for the most part in giving audiences a youthful cast of some young talent, though some of the better actors unfortunately don’t get the screen time they should have (Britt Robertson, Aimee Teegarden). And the ones that do are okay but ham it up a bit too much, driving the film again into near parody territory when it’s trying to just be a slasher movie (Emma Roberts in some scenes), that being said the older cast are mostly good, with Neve Campbell as Sidney Courtney Cox as Gale and David Arquette as Dewey reprising their Scream roles and rolling back the years with some believable, good performances.

The plot plays out like classic Scream with a murder or two coming about, making characters alert to the situation as more and more bodies pile up, people panic and Ghostface emerges, this time around the rules have apparently changed but do they? No, not really, the film is updated with modern technology, vlogging and smartass teens but apart from that, it does feels like classic Scream.

The gore is back big time with some pretty intense scenes and as far as the Ghostface scenes go, they are done well enough, with some rather gruesome deaths in the film, Ghostface is once again faster and smarter than most characters and impossibly silent as a mouse (somehow). Ultimately Scream 4 is a bit if a disappointment in the franchise and for long time Scream fans I feel, being both an homage and a continuation of the story, it doesn’t really take the setting in any interesting new directions and serves as a bit of a weird, overly self referential outing that hams it up a bit too much.

6/10

. Film ironically falls into generic slasher territory it parodies in part

. Fails to capitalize on taking an interesting direction for the series

. Some fun writing and dialogue, interesting characters

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

the-amazing-spider-man-filmJune 2012   Ι   2h 16min   Ι   Marc Webb

Peter Parker gets bitten by a genetically altered spider and obtains special powers. He decides to use his powers for good and becomes an iconic hero in New York. Now his city is being threatened by the Lizard (a hybrid of a lizard and a man) and Peter has to do whatever it takes to save the people he loves. 

I’ve had this desire to see The Amazing Spider-Man again now for a while but I haven’t really had the time, until now. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this movie but it’s just as amazing as always. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, Andrew Garfield will always be my Spider-Man, no matter what. It just feels like we have built this relationship together and he’s the one who made me fall in love with the character. Andrew Garfield is also fantastic in this movie. He presents this nerdy, super clever and a bit dorky Peter Parker and I really enjoy that version of him. I also love love love Peter and Gwen in this movie. They are not just becoming a couple straight away, their relationship is slowly built, and I really like that. Emma Stone is also amazing!

 

What also makes me love The Amazing Spider-Man is how they gradually build this fantastic superhero. They show the whole process of him receiving these powers but also what he goes through emotionally. I would say this movie explains everything so well which I really appreciate because sometimes you just get thrown into a story without even knowing what it’s about or getting any facts. The only thing I’m missing is the Spidey humor. It was there but they could have made the movie a little bit more funny. This movie is however perfect and I will probably watch it a lot more!!

My rating: 8,8/10 🕷️

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