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.

Now You See Me (2013)

Isla Fisher @ Now You See Me
Isla Fisher @ Now You See Me

While the fact of having Isla Fisher or Mélanie Laurent could make me rate this movie high, the truth is that I can’t. I can’t see any interest in the movie. There is a story, but so vacuous… And if one wants a movie about magic, or it makes it really about magic, and has interesting details, that are plausible, or they want a movie about fiction, and then you can make what you want. Doing a movie somewhat in the middle doesn’t make sense. At least for me. If you want an example, explain how Isla Fisher can fly in a soap bubble, or how the… oops, spoilers, or how the last movie scene is possible. Rated 5 out of 10 in IMDB.

Drop Zone (1994)

Wesley Snipes and Yancy Butler @ Drop Zone
Wesley Snipes and Yancy Butler @ Drop Zone

It looks like that lately I am watching the movies that inspired Grand Theft Auto. Yesterday it was Gone in Sixty Seconds, with car boosting, racing the police, et al. Today, Drop Zone, with parachute diving, namely into a moving truck. Nothing I didn’t do before… in GTA.

Well, regarding the movie, it is yet another typical argument. But enjoyable. Action with humour and a girl. What else a guy wants? Ah, some more action, and some more jokes. Good for a last day of the year evening.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage @ Gone in 60 Seconds
Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage @ Gone in 60 Seconds

One more oldie found in the TV. The type of movie I like with cars, speed, humour and some violence. Ah, and with a chick. This time Angelina Jolie. What a difference from 18 years ago.

Not much to say about the movie. Again, Hollywood like story, but this time with a small twist in the end, although it continues with a Hollywood like ending.

Nothing much more to say. Other than I do not understand why so many people say Nicolas Cage is a bad actor. Could be better, but surely there are worst actors out there.

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen @ Bohemiam Rhapsody
Queen @ Bohemiam Rhapsody

No, I will not complain on the lip sync from the actors, or the details that did not happen as described in the movie. It should not be seen as a documentary, but as a Drama based on a true story. Just like Ben-Hur and a lot of other movies, that are based on true stories, and include a lot of errors when compared with the world history.

The movie is great. It would be great enough to just hear Queen music. But the actors are good, there are fun moments, there are some emotive moments. Nice.

And… that 20th Century Fox scene is just greeeat. Wonder if it was performed by Brian May.

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.

 

Maigret in Montmartre

Rowan Atkinson as Inspector Maigret
Rowan Atkinson as Inspector Maigret

This is the fourth episode, in case you consider this a series, or the third sequel (well, terminology), and the one I liked the least. I am not sure if because I knew the story (I’ve read the book) or if my predisposition was just different this time.

The cast is great, the acting good, the atmosphere authentic. But I do not think that the story was well told. Although I’ve read the book, I did not recall completely the history, and I confess that, at the end, I did not really understand the history. I had to think about it, trying to remember the book, to be able to glue parts. This is the first time I needed such a thing (and in fact, the first time I could do it). Again, reasons can vary…

In any case, if this year we have any other episode, I would watch it happily.