I admit it: I would never walk a thousand miles over three months, spending days and night all alone in the desert, the woods or whatnot, sleeping in a tent, etc. But that’s what movies are for, right? Making you experience things vicariously, giving you a chance to walk a mile (in this case, a thousand miles) in someone else’s shoes, you know? Continue reading Wild

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I put it at #2 on my Best of the Decade (2000-2009) list and the next time I revisit it, it might just make its way on my all-time Top Ten. And yet, when “An Unexpected Journey”, the first episode of Jackson’s “The Hobbit” prequel trilogy, came out in 2012, I didn’t even go see it for various reasons (so-so trailer, bad reviews, rough year on a personal level). I also skipped “The Desolation of Smaug” in theaters last year and it’s only this month, a week and change before the release of “The Battle of the Five Armies”, that I caught up to them. And to be honest, I can’t say I regretted not seeing them until then. The first “Hobbit” is particularly disappointing and the second one is only marginally better. Still, I figured I should give a chance to the third and last one, and on the big screen this time.

The good news: “The Battle of the Armies” is certainly the best film in the “Hobbit” trilogy. The bad news: it’s nevertheless nowhere near as great as any of the “Lord of the Rings” films. Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014 log (12)

(2 Dec) Only Lovers Left Alive (2014, Jim Jarmusch) 68
[ If anything, this artsy vampire movie is beautifully designed, shot and edited. Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska are striking, haunting presences as well. Oh, and there’s some great music, too. But the narrative is very sparse and the tone is rather funereal, which is fitting for an artsy vampire movie, I guess… I still found myself admiring the film more than I enjoyed it. ] Continue reading 2014 log (12)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

This is a strange film series for me. I loved the first episode, notably because it seemed to tell a complete story. So much so that I didn’t feel the need to rush to see the second movie, which I only caught up to when it hit Netflix. For better or worse, that second flick very much didn’t tell a complete story, ending just it was about to get really exciting. As such, I was quite eager to see what came next and I wound up deciding to go see the third installment… Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1