7 Aug 2015

LOVEFILM: JULY '15.

THE OTHER WOMAN ... 

What can I say? Bored by this one, neither Mr T nor I managed to see it through until the end. TT

Indeed boring. Really absolutely boring. nothing new or adventurous or even remotely amusing in this film whatsoever and I have watched some monumentally weird and bizarre stuff.  Can't even think of anything else to say about it. NJT


THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET ...

An Homerian tale in it's telling and delightfully scenic interspersed with narrative motifs graphically marking the end of a chapter. The eponymous hero travel from his home in Montana to The Smithsonian to collect his award for excellence in science having created the scientific discovery of the age. Delightful story of a ten year old with scientific abilities that lead him through a journey of personal discovery and to recovery from family tragedy. NJT

A lovely heart warming bitter sweet story of self discovery that despite the young star at the heart of the story may well leave young audiences bewildered. A perfect vehicle for Helena Bonham Carter but it is Kyle Catlett as the ten year old T.S. Spivet who steals the show. TT

DRACULA UNTOLD ...

Blood, war, men on sticks, creatures of the night, taken son, more war, dead wife, power, lust, more war and the attraction of the dark side, Oh Vlad... yawn... NJT


A bit more enamoured of the whole Dracula thing than Mr T. At least the vampires were of the good old fashioned type (bar the whole silver thing which I thought was the preserve of the werewolf). I thought this an OK film, Luke Evans as Dracula Gothic with a almost Byronic intensity which is just the way I like it. TT

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES ...

Not nearly as well versed in the book as Mr T and therefore not nearly as aware of all the libertys that were doubtlessly taken it has to be said that I probably enjoyed this, the third and final part in the trilogy, more than he did.

Too much fighting, too little hobbit and a tad too heavy on the CGI for my liking. Call me cynical but I can't help but think that somebody somewhere saw the potential for computer games/theme park ride spin-offs. It's odd but despite many of the characters being so familiar from the Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) films I didn't care for them in the way in which I had. And then there were the comic asides ('Alfrid your slip is showing') which somehow seemed lame in comparison to LOTR Gimili's Nobody Tosses A Dwarf. TT

Now then; having been a huge fan on Jackson's production of Lord of The Rings, I'm a little disappointed to have to be less than gushing about what he's done with The Hobbit. Whilst the basics of the story are present the film does not feature 'The Hobbit' in question sufficiently for us to realise that this story is anything to do with the original book. Yes there's lots of nice CGI to carry us forward and through the denouement of the story but Bilbo 's development and history is very sadly absent. The film loses much in character and plot for the sake of pushing the action to the fore of the narrative here. The presence of characters from the broader mythology within this narrative is distracting enough. The creation of otherwise non-existent characters is simply an annoying sop to the dictates of the production company, 'Where's the love interest?' - 'There isn't.', 'Well you better create one.'  So on the whole probably an enjoyable film but the Tolkien fans will not be happy with it. NJT


tick symbol : A 3d people was holding a Wrong Symbol300:RISE OF AN EMPIRE ...

My we are doing well this month. The second film that we thought so bad neither of us saw it through to the end.

Wooden characters, terrible dialogue that at times couldn't be heard above the combination of stormy seas and incidental music, costumes that wouldn't have been out of place in a bad/stereotypical gay porn movie (or so I'm guessing), more slowed-down scenes of blood spatter than I care to think about - all the more impressive given that barely a spot hit any of the perpetrators. And that's not too mention the overly aggressive sex scenes at which point we switched off. TT

Whilst having enjoyed the first film for it's cinematography and powerful clipped story-telling, this one really is a bit of a disappointment.  Not terribly phased by violence, violence and more violence with occasional sexual violence and then more violence. I can't see the point in a film which is nothing but that. Playing fast and loose with ancient histories just to see how many different blood-spatter patterns the camera can record in different ways, really is not a solid premise for a film. NJT


13 comments:

Brandi Kosiner said...

The bitter sweet self discovery one catches my attention

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I like hearing both of your thoughts on the different movies. I haven't seen any of these- but the one I am most interested in watching now is THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET- which I hadn't heard of before, but it sounds great. :)

Thanks!

Kelly said...

I'll have to look more closely at the second in your list, not being familiar with it at all.

I couldn't get through the second Hobbit movie (why do they need three for one book?) so I'm not exactly holding my breath to see the third. It wasn't a book I enjoyed, either.

Dare I admit I enjoyed the Dracula film? It'll be in my next review post.

Gina R said...

Ooh. Those didn't fair too well now did they. The only two I've scene are Dracula Untold (didn't mind it all that much though certainly not earth shattering) and The Hobbit (loved the book but I think they drug it out too long by making it three movies). Great share as usual!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Mr. and Mrs. T

Thanks for the dual narrative in this post, it really added to the entertainment value!

All of your film choices were new to me and whilst 'The Other Woman' would be the kind of 'Rom-Com' my twenty something nieces would enjoy, I think the only one which would interest us would be 'The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet. I watched the trailer and will definitely bear this one in mind.

I thought that Mr. G watched a lot of films, but your tally is much more impressive .... Do you comment and review on IMDB?

Have a good weekend :)

Yvonne

Literary Feline said...

Of the movies you mention, I have only seen The Hobbit and The Other Woman. I don't think The Hobbit movies came close to The Lord of the Rings movies, although I did enjoy them to some extent. I'm sorry you didn't like The Other Woman. It left a lot to be desired, but I kind of liked it. I'm not a huge comedy movie fan so have to be in just the right mood to enjoy one.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oddly enough I couldn't get into the Hobbit films although I enjoyed the ring films. Looks like I wasn't the only one.

kimbacaffeinate said...

I love the Hobbits films but still need to see the most current. Thanks for sharing, I was curious about the Other Woman.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing. I've seen the first two Hobbit films, but not the last one. I meant to go when it was in theaters and never did...

Arti said...

Brilliant reviews and so fascinating to know the thoughts of both of you. T.S. Spivet immediately caught my attention the first time I read it and I am so glad you loved it. On my hit-list now, would look forward to catching it sometime! Wish you a wonderful day, Tracy ~

Suko said...

Thanks for these reviews, Tracy! These succinct and intelligent reviews will help guide my choices. (I had some computer issues yesterday when I stopped by, but today all seems to be working, luckily.) Enjoy your weekend!

Brian Joseph said...

Great reviews Tracy.

As a fan of Tolkien's works I did love all of Jackson's foray's into the books.When a film deviates from a novel it never bothers me, I see books and movies as being art forms and I think that no mater how much I love a book, deviation is both necessary and desirable.

LL Cool Joe said...

I thought the Other Woman was lightweight but quite fun.