Chef (2014)

Jon Favreau and Emjay Anthony
Jon Favreau and Emjay Anthony

Another movie that was in the TV, and that I started watching just because I like the title. I will not talk about the story. It is nothing really new, and it is quite simple (I could explain the whole movie in two lines). But the movie is enjoyable, fun, and results on some good time. What I did not understand is why we have Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman or Robert Downey Jr. They are all well known actors, and their characters in this movie are less than secondary. And in 2014 they were already well known for Marvel (at least Scarlett and Robert) and I do not think they were needing the money. And this movie production could be quite cheaper with other actors. Just saying.

Other than that, kudos to Emjay Anthony. I really enjoyed his acting in this movie.

Astérix: Le secret de la potion magique (2018)

Gaulish Team
Gaulish Team

It would be hard to write this post to talk about the story and the characters. I am a fan of Asterix, but I am used to read it in Portuguese, and writing about it in English would be hard. And for those wondering, no, I did not watch the original (French) version, but the dubbed version. And although I usually hate Portuguese dubbed versions, it wasn’t that bad. Acceptable enough.

About the story, well it focus the usual ingredients of Asterix stories: the magic potion, the Romans, the pirates, the wild boars, etc. It isn’t as good as the first books. It focus some ideas from recent movies that I will not refer so I do not give any spoilers. Ah… and it has a religion reference that, although I find it humorous, I think some other Catholics might not like.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt @ Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt @ Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Again, taking the Christmas holidays to see some movies in the TV. I had this in my to-see list for some time, as I found the plot idea interesting. And I can say the movie delivers it. Of course it is a typical Hollywood plot, with all ending well, and with the main characters surviving everything. But you are expecting it from the beginning. Some details remember me of Get Smart series, like the gun locker hidden in the oven. Nice to watch and laugh.

Bad Teacher (2011)

Cameron Diaz @ Bad Teacher
Cameron Diaz @ Bad Teacher

Yet another movie I just watched because nothing was running better on TV. I never heard of it, even having Cameron Diaz or Justin Timberlake in the cast. Anyway, it is a fun movie. A little crazy (think American Pie, but not that bold).

Nice to watch in a afternoon when you do not want to work and you have nothing better to do. It uses the common Hollywood-like story, so easy to predict the next scenes. But still good to surprise with a good joke from time to time.

Voted 7 in 10 at IMDB for some good passed time, some Lucy Punch cute scenes, and a nice pair of boobs (check above).

The Italian Job (2003)

Charlize Theron @ Italian Job
Charlize Theron @ Italian Job

Well, usually the movies during Christmas are all comedies, franchising, and boring stuff. Well, I found out The Italian Job in the TV, and as it was in my list of movies to watch, I took the chance. And you know me. Given I like Jason Statham movies, and I like cute girls, like Chalize Theron, it was easy to like the movie.

Now, the movie is fun, has action, and cars and speed. If I needed to summarize, I would say The Italian Job is a mixture of Need for Speed or Fast and Furious and Ocean’s Eleven. 8 in 10.

Young Sheldon (S01)

Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon

I wasn’t planning to follow this Series, although I follow The Big Bang Theory. The main problem is when you do some zapping and watch a little of something. While some are good but you are not tempted to follow it, some other are more likely to convince you.

Well, with Sheldon, the pair of episodes I watched convinced me. These weren’t the first of the series, but almost. Then, I did go back and watch the missing ones. And right the beginning of the first episode would win me. Sheldon playing with the train and shooting a ball to prove that a body in movement keeps the movement was good enough.

In the last episodes from this season, I feel like more emphasis is being given to the family than to Sheldon himself. Nevertheless, the… oops… spoilers… the guy that is dating Sheldon’s grandmother remember me somebody, and I enjoy him.

And regarding this series I would likely say that the two best actors are the younger. Sheldon and his system Missy are great. I really love that girl…

Los Misterios de Laura (S01)

Los Misterios de Laura
Los Misterios de Laura

This is the first time I know of some movie or series that is original from Spain. Usually they dub movies into Spanish, but this time, the series is originally from Spain, and bought by an USA company for an adaptation. Interesting.

Anyway, about the series. It is fun, the acting is good, and the crimes interesting. There are a few of the episodes where the story is too intricate that is not credible. But fun enough.

There are also those episodes where you see what is happening, and you just want to slap the inspector and say “don’t you see? that is so easy to understand what happened there“. Or that, or I am watching too much crime series.

Anyway, it is good. Watched most of the second season already, and some from the third season. I just expect that Fox Crime repeats the second season, so I can catch the missing episodes.

 

Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo (2016)

Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo
Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo

This is a Spanish movie, with two comic book characters, Mortadelo e Filemón. As a kid, I read a pair of books. Not the greatest comics of the world, but acceptable to have a good time. After those times I never heard again about them. In a presentation on Animation I attended, an invited speaker from Ilion Animation Studios, that worked in the animation of this movie, shown some small videos, and I got tempted to see it.

The animation is great, but the story is cheesy (as I remember from the comic books), and there are some dead parts, that took forever to end (as an excuse, I was watching the movie in Spanish, without subtitles, and I don’t really know Spanish.

Modern Family (Season 9)

Ariel Winter @ Modern Family
Ariel Winter @ Modern Family

One more season of Modern Family is over. Some good episodes, some pretty bad. Example of the bad is the season finale. If that is what they have to make the audience wait for the next season, the series is condemned. If I will continue watching it, probably yes. Why? Because I know it is not restricted to the season finale, and there are some good episodes. Also, because I am stunned how much Ariel Winter has grown in the last years, and how cute geek her character is. Just sad her role in the season is rarely central.

The Big Bang Theory (Season 11)

Amy @ TBBT
Amy @ TBBT

Eleven seasons. A lot of episodes. And finally Sheldon gets married. Well, will not talk much about the story. Things continue much like in the previous ten seasons. But the story evolves, and jokes keep mainly at the same level. Not bad for so many years of life. Anyway, usually I would add a screenshot with Kaley Cuoco, for this time I preferred to put this scene, as it reminds of me. When I have something in mind I almost forget everything else to try my approach/task/solution.