Friday, November 29, 2013

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a lesson in history

5 second plot: This is the story of Nelson Mandela, from when he was a little boy to when he became the president of South Africa. Luckily he lived a long live, because a lot happened in between.

5 second review: As a lesson in history it is an important movie. It's necessary for everyone to see the story behind the legend and the struggle of South Africa. As a movie it's really slow and boring. But that's a small price to pay to see the story of this great man.

IMDb score: 7,1/10
Our score: 6/10

Micky Flanagan Live: The Back In The Game Tour

5 second plot: Stand up comedy by Micky Flanagan, talking about every day life.

5 second review: Just the way I like it: a big fat thug accent, swearing a lot, not giving a shit about talking personal stuff,... Brilliantly funny this guy.

IMDb score: not yet known on the IMDb... I'll be damned!
Our score: 9/10

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Homefront gets The Stath all fired up

5 second plot: The Stath is a former DEA agent. Now he lives with his little girl in a small town. By an unlucky coincidence he gets the local meth cook all fired up. This crazy bastard calls an even crazier bastard that wants The Stath dead. But everyone knows: The Stath don't fuck around.

5 second review: Old school action, that's all there is to it. Sure, the bad guy very easily finds a complete file on The Stath's undercover activities. But if you put that weird coincidence aside, it's a pretty good movie. And I love seeing The Stath kick bad guy ass.

IMDb score: 6,7/10
Our score: 7/10

The Book Thief is as beautiful as it is sad

5 second plot: Liesel is a young girl growing up in Germany in the Second World War. She is placed with an elderly couple after her mother has to give her up. For some years they hide Max, a Jewish refugee. He becomes her best friend. And of course: she loves reading books.

5 second review: Man, I didn't know what to think of this movie at first. Usually, I hate dramatic films like these. They are even speaking English with a German accent all the time. That is totally not done in my (yep, here it is...) book. But this amazing sweet young beautiful actress Sophie Nélisse makes everything right. So at the end, all things considered, I really liked this movie.

IMDb score: 7,7/10
Our score: 8/10

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7: Dead Weight

5 second plot: The Governor and his new family join a new group. It's all peaches and cream at first but it doesn't take long for the Governor to start going nuts again. He is very keen on keeping his new family safe. So he takes another look at the prison.

5 second review: It's as if the writers realized they made a mistake by sending the Governor away too quickly in the first place. It's one big déjà vu. He's going to attack the prison again? Aside from that strange story-line adventure, this is one awesome episode again. Every week we get some new cool zombie events. This week's special: mud stuck zombies and an underwater zombie. Hell yeah.

IMDb score: 8,2/10
Our score: 9/10

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club is seriously depressing

5 second plot: In the mid '80s Ron is diagnosed with aids. The doctors only give him 30 days to live. But he doesn't accept this and goes out looking for the right drugs to keep him going. He finds what he is looking for and sets up a 'club' to help other patients. And earn a few bucks on the side.

5 second review: Man, that is a one in a lifetime role Matthew McConnaughey has got going on there. I never suspected he had it in him. But he does. Big time. It can't be healthy to loose that much weight though. Djeezes. I'm not a sucker for depressing movies, but you can't make a depressing subject like this into a joyful one...

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Our score: 4/10

Delivery Man is warm, but corny

5 second plot: A guy finds out that the sperm donations he did in his 20s resulted in 500 plus kids. 142 of them would like to know who their real father is.

5 second review: The story gets corny a couple of times and it left me with a lot of questions (like: how does a kid in a wheel chair who can't talk explain that he wants to know his real father), but it's very warm and filled with nice people. If you can go with the flow, it's an easy watch. And I just love his lawyer friend. He's hilarious.

IMDb score: 6,4/10
Our score: 6,5/10

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Frozen has got a lot of singing in it

5 second plot: Anna and Elsa are princesses. They have been locked up inside their castle all their lives because Elsa's got magical powers she can't control. The day Elsa is crowned queen she accidentally unleashes her powers and covers the kingdom in ice and snow. Anna goes after her with the help of some new friends.

5 second review: This is mostly a kids film. Although not for the really little ones, because there is a crazy snow monster in here that will scare the bejeezus out of them. I'm personally not a big fan of the singing. But I am a fan of the great adventure and the funny moose. And the funny snowman of course.

IMDb score: 7,9/10
Our score: 6/10

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is pretty good

5 second plot: Katniss and Peeta have awakened a spirit of revolution in the districts. The president is not amused. He decides to organize a special edition of the hunger games where the contestants are all previous winners.

5 second review: This is a great adventure film. I don't know how close it is to the book, but the story is really good. It's a perfect back bone for the great set pieces, wardrobes and action sequences. A quick warning though: this film has a 'to be continued' ending.

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Our score: 8/10

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Almost Human Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

5 second plot: In the year 2048 the crime-rate has spiraled out of control. A detective teams up with a one of a kind android to stop a well organized group of criminals who seem to be targeting cops.

5 second review: It's not easy to show the future on a TV show budget. But it's done pretty good. Besides from the futuristic look, it's a simple action packed buddy cop series. And from the first look of it, that seems to be done pretty good as well.

IMDb score: 7,9/10
Our score: 7/10

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6: Live Bait

5 second plot: An entire episode of Governor. Right from the moment where he lost it. He then wondered around for some time. Grew a beard and started walking like a zombie. And then he met a family. With a little girl just like he had one.

5 second review: The strange thing about this episode, is that you start feeling sympathy for the devil. But it won't take long before he goes nuts again. It's good to see some new faces, cover some new ground. Smart move.

IMDb score: 8/10
Our score: 9/10

Friday, November 15, 2013

In Fear is never original

5 second plot: Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl to go to a festival with him. On their way there they (well, he) plan to spend the night in a romantic hotel. They get horribly lost. After a while they realize someone might be playing a game with them. They are correct. And seriously screwed.

5 second review: It's sometimes scary, but never original. Only the ending. But that's just plain stupid. I didn't care what was going to happen to the main characters. That's never a good sign. That should be the red line through a story like this: caring that nothing bad is going to happen to the good guys.

IMDb score: 5,5/10
Our score: 3/10

Monday, November 11, 2013

Oldboy is sick

5 second plot: A man is locked away in some sort of hotel room for 20 years without knowing the reason why. When he gets out, he is seriously pissed off and wants revenge. And maybe a reason for his lock up.

5 second review: The brutal fight scenes are pretty cool. The love affair feels awkward. The story's got a lot of loose ends and a bunch of things just don't make any sense. But I could have lived with that. However, the ending is so horribly ridiculous that it wipes all that was (a little bit) good about this movie completely from the table.

IMDb score: 5,4/10
Our score: 0/10

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 5: Internment

5 second plot: Sick people start dying and that creates a very dangerous melting pot in the sick-bay. Hershel does what he can. A large group of zombies gets through the fences. Rick and Carl deal with it. And the last shot of the episode is the Governor, looking at the prison inmates from a distance.

5 second review: This was a very dark episode. The prison does not seem to be a very safe environment anymore. I do hope they kill the Governor quickly, because I was already sick of him the last time. He already had more than enough screen-time.

IMDb score: 9,1/10
Our score: 9/10

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Patema Inverted is a boring beauty

5 second plot: Patema is a very curious young girl living in an underground comunity. On one of her secret missions to a forbidden place she falls in a deep shaft and ends up in another world. Only this world is upside down for her. And she's upside down for them.

5 second review: It's a beautiful story about all the things that really matter in the world and it's told with a great eye for detail. Too bad it's a bit slow and not the big adventure it could have been.

IMDb score: 7,3/10
Our score: 5/10

Friday, November 8, 2013

12 Years a Slave is one of those films

5 second plot: Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York is kidnapped in 1841 and sold as a slave. He has to deny who he really is in order to survive. The things he has to endure are gruesome beyond imagination.

5 second review: The horrible injustice is almost unbearable to watch. It's unbelievable that human beings where capable of doing these horrific things to other human beings. To put it in other words: this film really got to me. It's not the most cheerful film to watch, but it's a must see. A lesson in history.

IMDb score: 8,6/10
Our score: 8,5/10

Thor: The Dark World is great fun

5 second plot: The Dark Elves are back after a couple thousand of years and want to release some evil red blob when the 9 worlds align, thus destroying the universe. Thor comes to the rescue. His human friends come to his aid.

5 second review: Now that's what I call a fun movie. Sure, not everything adds up (or adds up way too simple), but in return we get spectacular fights and a whole bunch of great laughs. The first movie was too serious (and too plastic), this one is more relaxed. I loved it.

IMDb score: 7,6/10
Our score: 9/10

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Our Universe is really... big

5 second plot: 50 minutes of watching pretty pictures of our solar system mostly and a bit beyond that.

5 second review: As an adult it is nice to get the overview again from time to time. Well, I think it is anyway. The movie is okay, but it's nothing new. They could had made it more exiting with a bit more 'real' and up to speed data about recent space exploration and things to come (like the moon station).

IMDb score: 7,5/10
Our score: 6/10/10

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 4: Indifference

5 second plot: Rick goes out looking for food with Carol. He confronts her with the fact that she can't go back, since Tyreese will kill her. They run into new people. But the newbies don't make it. The other group (that ran into the herd) finds the medicine but they have a though job getting out in one piece.

5 second review: This was a welcome change: two groups going out, running into crazy stuff, finding new people, seeing nature take over the world,... Nice.

IMDb score: 8,2/10
Our score: 9,5/10

Friday, November 1, 2013

Last Vegas is not very funny

5 second plot: A bunch of old timers get together in Las Vegas because one of them is getting married. With a woman (less than) half his age. And well, they party like it's 1959.

5 second review: I laughed a couple of times. But most of the time I didn't. In the first couple of minutes he asks the girl to marry him at a friend's funeral. That's sadly not funny. And there are plenty of moments like these in the movie.

IMDb score: 6,8/10
Our score: 4/10

About Time is beautiful

5 second plot: Tim finds out that the male side of his family can travel through time (for real). He uses this ability to get himself a girlfriend. And after that he tries to make the world a better place. But it's not as easy as you would think.

5 second review: If you want to impress your girlfriend, this is the movie you want to watch with her. It's a charming, funny, lovely, beautiful, moving story that figures out a way to avoid bad vibes and focuses on the good things in life. And it gets quite complicated. As time travelling often does.

IMDb score: 7,8/10
Our score: 8,5/10