It’s special effects season, it’s mega stars season, it’s bigger than life movies season – THE BLOCKBUSTERS are here and ain’t nothing gonna stop them from grabbing you by the shoulder and placing you in the nearest cinema! And why should you resist? They offer excitement, humor and a fantastic getaway for a of couple hours. So brace yourselves for 5 movie recommendations and 5 TV show recommendations. These are May’s finest!
Avengers: Age of Ultron – The ultimate kickstart for the blockbuster season.
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Ready, set, go… April is here and along with it comes “Furious 7” who would probably sweep theaters around the world. But aside from furious films, we have touching ones, and humorous ones, and captivating ones and… well, you know the deal. On top of that, if you roll down to our TV section you’ll find some highly recommended new TV shows this month. Let’s see how April is gonna look and sound like, these are April’s Finest!
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2012 has ended, and guess what? Some of us are still alive. So, now that we all feel like we got a (nice enough) chance of continuing our lives (unless those Mayans were only mistaken by a month or so), it’s time to look forward to 2013 and guess which movies and TV shows will be the very best of this upcoming year:
Best case scenario: It will be Britain’s improved version of Boardwalk Empire.
Worst case scenario: It will be extremely slow and boring.
Best case scenario: It will be as suspenseful, clever and exciting.
Worst case scenario: It will be more teen-oriented (or dumbed down, if you prefer).
Best case scenario: It will be as genius as its main protagonist.
Worst case scenario: It will suck more badly than The Da Vinci Code.
7. Man of Steel
Best case scenario: It will be better than Christopher Reeve’s Superman movies.
Worst case scenario: It will be as good as Zack Snyder’s latest film – Sucker Punch.
Best case scenario: It will be a new & improved Homeland.
Worst case scenario: It will be as suspenseful as Felicity.
Best case scenario: It will be better than The Untouchables.
Worst case scenario: It will be on par with the dull Public Enemies.
Best case scenario: It will be better than the original House of Cards.
Worst case scenario: It will remind us of the last time Kevin Spacey was involved in something related to cards (21).
Best case scenario: It will be the best Wizard of Oz adaptation.
Worst case scenario: It will be like a family friendly version of HBO’s Oz.
Kathryn Bigelow must be the manliest female director that ever existed (including the Wachowski brother turned sister). Following her nail-biting of a movie about a bomb squad, The Hurt Locker, this movie deals with the manhunt after Osama Bin-Laden.
Best case scenario: It will be better than The Hurt Locker.
Worst case scenario: Its 2.5 hours duration will make the viewers’ feel like they too were hunting him for 10 years.
1. Anchorman 2
Most of the cast from the hilarious previous film will return for the sequel, but there’s at least one major addition to the cast: The funniest woman in the world, Kristen Wiig! What can you expect from a movie with the funniest woman and man (Will Ferrell of course) in the world? You can expect it to be the funniest movie in the world (ever)!
Worst case scenario: It will be established as the second best movie ever made, after Anchorman of course.
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After last year’s huge success of the Jinni Mood/Movie/TV Awards (think Golden Globes and then multiply it by a thousand, then add the Oscars and multiply that by a million. Is it too soon for self-deprecation? I have to check with my superiors) we decided to make a tradition out of it and choose our award-winning titles for 2012. So, which was the roughest movie or TV series of 2012? Which was the most exciting? No need to open any envelopes, you can just read below:
Atmospheric: Game of Thrones – When you watch Game of Thrones, you really enter the world of Game of Thrones. And it’s a world in which a Hobbit won’t survive for more than a minute. “Winter is coming” (it’s here already.)
Biting: 30 Rock – Feeling very self-confident, the show allowed itself to bite whoever it wanted. Politicians, competing shows, and even NBC, the hand that feeds them – all were in the line of biting.
Bittersweet: The Giant Mechanical Man – this movie is about two lonely people who find each other. It’s one of the most goodhearted movies I’ve seen in a while. If you like charming and sensitive movies – watch it. If you’re a douche – don’t.
Bleak: Breaking Bad – Sometimes you just feel too darn happy. But fear not, there is a solution – all you need to do is watch Breaking Bad; the critically acclaimed feel-bad TV show was at its bleakest during the first half of the 5th and final season. I can’t wait for the 2nd half of the season to wipe that grin off my face.
Captivating: End of Watch – I consider it to be the best movie of the year. It’s fascinating; there isn’t one dull moment in it. It’s not always easy to watch, there are some very harsh scenes, but if you have the stomach and the tissues for it, this movie is a must-see for you.
Clever: Argo – This is no less a sharp satire about Hollywood than it is a suspenseful spy thriller, even more I guess. What makes it a great movie despite its tonal shifts is that it remains extremely clever throughout its entire length.
Contemplative: Blackthorn – This western is beautifully shot, the Bolivian locations in which the movie takes place are unbelievable. Straying very far from Michael Bay territory, this gem of a movie is basically about a person (an older Butch Cassidy) reflecting about his own life. I know it sounds boring, but it isn’t. And if you think so, maybe you are.
Disturbing: Dexter – Fans of the show don’t really find this glimpse into the mind of a psychopath disturbing anymore. What they do find disturbing is the suggested romance (siblings with benefits, is that a thing?) between Dexter and his step sister. Maybe the sister is the only one with the forbidden crush, but it’s disturbing nonetheless. The bad writing that is.
Emotional: House M.D – Dr. Gregory House was the most fascinating, complex, well written character ever seen on TV. I think that more than a few people would agree with me. The final season of the hit series was probably its most emotional one. The only thing that prevented me from crying was/is that I’m a man.
Gloomy: This is England 88′ – After the movie This is England and the series This is England 86′ came This is England 88′ which dealt with more or less the same issues from the previous 2 entries – people whose lives are pretty shitty. Leave some room on you TV screens for some more sad faces, because This is England 90′ is coming up in 2013!
Humorous: Parks and Recreation – With every passing season this series just becomes funnier and funnier. April (Aubrey Plaza – marry me today. Is 7:30 good for you?) and Andy are the best onscreen couple by far, and Ron Swanson is just the best. The picture below says everything; and also nothing.
Mind Bending: The Booth at the End – A mysterious man sits at a booth at the end of a diner. People come to him because they heard he has a gift and can solve their problems. But there’s a price… All is very mysterious in Hulu’s 1st original series that leaves you wondering.
Rough: Dredd – The movie takes place in a rough and tough world, in which Judge Dredd serves some very rough justice. You don’t have to go all the way to Indonesia in order to find this year’s best action film. Dredd is similar to The Raid only way better and in English, not that the dialogue is important.
Scary: Cabin in the Woods – This movie was extreme in every sense. I expected something light when I heard it was a horror comedy, but it’s much more shocking than it is light. It’s a funny and disturbing film, but first and foremost – a scary one.
Sexy: Magic City – Starz’ attempt at making a “Boardwalk Empire meets Mad Men” type of show failed in many aspects, maybe in all aspects but one. It’s obviously not nearly as smart or captivating as the other two, but it’s definitely sexier. It’s like soft-core porn made for fans of periodic reconstruction.
Sincere: Louie – Usually when we describe a movie or a show as sincere we mean a certain kind of a drama. We rarely describe a comedy as sincere, but Louie is just so open and revealing that you get a sense that he’s showing you the real him. I believe him.
Stylized: The Man with the Iron Fists – I’ll start by saying that there’s nothing good about violence. Usually people get hurt when there’s violence involved. But when it’s in the movies, and it’s so over the top, extremely gory and super stylized then it’s just great.
Suspenseful: Sherlock – Each 90-minute mystery leaves you absolutely breathless. Not only the setting, but also the pace was adapted to fit the 21st century and the result is a masterfully suspenseful series.
Tense: Homeland – This paranoid psychological thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will be the next plot twist. Many critics say that the first half of the second season was much better than the second one. They could have been right if it wasn’t for that amazing episode that concluded the season. Homeland is must-see TV.
Touching: Trouble with the Curve – The movie itself is definitely touching, but what gives the movie this Mood Award is the fact that it was the last time we will see the legendary Clint Eastwood acting. And that’s even more emotional than it is touching.
Witty: 21 Jump Street – Don’t let the fact that it’s incredibly silly confuse you – 21 Jump Street enjoys a quick and smart dialogue with some brilliant tongue-in-cheek moments. Unlike many other movies, and people, 21 Jump Street is very self-aware.
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007, Her Majesty’s favorite secret agent (and probably everybody else’s – Judging from the great critical and commercial responses) celebrates a jubilee – a pretty remarkable achievement for a film series. Just think of it; when Dr. No, the first “official” Bond film, came out in 1962, its counterparts were a film by legendary westerns director John Ford and an Elvis film…
So, giving a cultural icon due respect, here are some James Bond highlights:
Essential – Dr. No
True, it is a 50 year old film and might feel a bit dated, but it still remains an essential viewing for anyone who wants to know the blueprint for every world-saving spy film made since. Plus, it has the best introduction scene.
Underrated – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
George Lazenby had the unfortunate job of following Sean Connery, and – maybe unsurprisingly – got a rather negative reception. However, over the years viewers have come to appreciate Bond’s Swiss escapades and tragic love affairs, as one of the most underrated entries in the series.
Underwater – The Spy Who Loved Me
Not one to confine himself to dry land, 007 goes underwater in numerous films, but nowhere more extensively than in his 1977 reincarnation, where he must stop two hijacked nuclear submarines from starting World War III. As the good people of Q Branch presumed, an amphibious car may be useful.
Megalomania – Moonraker
In a series known for the grand schemes of its villains, a man must go to extra lengths to be regarded as the most megalomaniac evildoer. Well then, how does eradicating the entire human race in order to create a new superhuman species, to whom you’ll be a God, sound to you?
Well done, Hugo Drax!
Slick – The Man with the Golden Gun
While being slick is a basic requirement for every Bond, no one was slicker than Roger Moore, and he had to be at his slickest in The Man with the Golden Gun, facing the almost equally slick golden-gun-toting-three-nipple-having-peanut-eating-dwarf-henchman-aided Scaramanga.
The Remake – Never Say Never Again
Granted, the Bond series is formulaic, and in some lesser films has been very lazy and uninspired (the insipid invisible car in Die Another Day comes to mind), but there has never been a flat out remake. Not an official remake, anyway, since Sean Connery‘s return in 1983 for one last round of gratuitous sex and violence in this mildly successful attempt to update Thunderball.
Love and Romance – Casino Royale
Being portrayed as a relentless womanizer throughout most of his cinematic run, it was a refreshing change of pace to see James Bond fall in love in the middle of all of his heroic missions. Having a rougher feel than almost all of his predecessors, also helped make Casino Royale another essential entry in the Bond canon.
Vengeance – Licence to Kill
While Daniel Craig’s films are often described as the most brutal Bonds, they are actually far behind this late 80′s effort by Timothy Dalton, in which 007 goes on a trail of vengeance, granting himself his own license to kill freely and bloodily.
Back from the Dead – Skyfall
Having come back from the dead at least once before, in the aptly titled and slightly campy You Only Live Twice, Bond manages to do it again, this time in a grittier, more somber fashion in the excellent (though a bit long) Skyfall. It reintroduces some emblematic elements that can serve as a neat closure, not only for the current Bond, but for the entire cycle.
Worst Bond – Quantum of Solace
Following the impressive reiteration of the Bond myth in Casino Royale, expectations from its follower were quite high, but the film was a disjointed mess and a total disappointment, which only had one slightly memorable scene, covering poor Gemma Arterton in crude oil as a sloppy homage to the far superior Goldfinger.
Best Bond – Goldfinger
Widely (and justly) considered as the best Bond film ever, Goldfinger boasts not only the coolest Bond car (the iconic silver Aston Martin DB5, which appeared in 5 bond films to date – that’s one more than Pierce Brosnan) but also the best and wittiest master villain.
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