Movie Review #3: Interstellar (2014)

 

Interstellar promo poster
Interstellar promo poster (source: hollywoodreporter.com)

Title: Interstellar (IMDb)
Directed byChristopher Nolan
Written byJonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Year: 2014
Length: 169 min.
Rating: 12
My IMDb rating: 9/10

After reading several great reviews about this movie, I was finally able to watch it myself. Now I know why everyone was so excited about it.

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Movie Review #2: Beastly (2011)

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Beastly promo poster (source: impawards.com)

 

Title: Beastly (IMDb)
Directed by: Daniel Barnz
Written byDaniel Barnz, based on a novel by Alex Flinn
Year: 2011
Length: 86 min
Rating: 6
My IMDb rating: 6/10

A typical beauty and the beast story. Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is a handsome and popular young man, and the son of a television news reporter who values beauty over everything else. He makes fun of Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a typical goth rumoured to be a witch who is considered to be ugly. She warns him not to provoke her unless he wants to suffer from the consequences. Of course, he doesn’t heed the warning.

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Movie Review #1: Sin City – A Dame To Kill For (2014)

movie poster for Sin City A Dame To Kill For
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (source: superherohype.com)

 

Title: Sin City – A Dame To Kill For (IMDb)
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Written by: Frank Miller
Year: 2014
Length: 102 min
Rating: 18
My IMDb rating: 9/10

This movie is really sexy. Naked bodies everywhere (mostly female but on one occasion also male). The rating isn’t just for sexiness either. There is more than enough of violence in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. While the feminist in me was screaming at me to get out, the comic geek in me was cheering in her seat. I couldn’t help thinking: Damn, what an amazing movie.

I haven’t read the graphic novel yet, so I can’t compare that to the movie adaptation. I will solely consider the movie then.

The cast speaks for itself: among others, we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and of course, our dame Eva Green.

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Comic Books: A New World

I can tell you this: I enjoy reading comic books. And also: this is a very recent development. How did this happen? What started my fascination with American comic heroes?

I remember well how I got into Japanese comics, a.k.a. manga. They were my starting point into fandom.

I was 9 years old and my mother bought me the first volume of Sailor Moon on our way home from school. She never knew what consequences that little act of kindness would have (we had little money, so giving me something without it being my birthday or Christmas was a big deal). In the days and years to come, she would come to regret giving me that little book. She still jokes about it whenever I talk about one of my many fandoms. That one volume started a manga craze, and with it, my addiction to all sorts of media entertainment. Additionally to reading almost every manga that was being published, I watched a lot of anime and some American animation on TV and later online.

Sailor Moon example page
Sailor Moon appears! (Bishôjo Senshi Sailor Moon by Takeuchi Naoko, Vol. 1; source: mangareader.net)

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