Listed in reverse chronological order, more or less.
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Having recently watched Grand Budapest Hotel again, I decided to catch an earlier Wes Anderson movie. Rather than
whimsical, I'd call this one quirky :) The perpetually watchable Bill Murray plays an ocean explorer out to make
a movie of himself avenging his late friend, who has been killed by a mysterious Jaguar shark. Nothing goes according to plan,
but lots of mishaps, goofs and dry humor later, everything is concluded to the satsfaction of everybody, to borrow from Dickens.
Well, not quite, but it's fun to watch how it does and doesn't work out.
- Murder on the Orient Express
It's hard to do a remake if the previous film is as outstanding as the one from 1974 was. Kenneth Branagh deliberately does a few things
differently, especially with the cinematography, but the result is disappointing. Too much of the computer-generated background landscape
is distracting rather than gorgeous, and some of the actors seem wasted in tiny roles, especially Penelope Cruz and Willem Dafoe.
Further proof that some films just don't need a remake.
- Blade Runner 2049
I had expected more than the film delivered. It feels more like a suspense story made to show off a wonderful post-apocalytic worold,
rather than a deeper exploration on life of humans and replicants alongside one another. Some unanswered questions and unexplored
subplots hint at a further sequel to come.
- Miss Sloane
Lobbying is a ruthless business, but when the best of them switches sides (to oppose the gun lobby, no less), she needs
all her skills to stay just one step ahead of the opposition. Anyone with more than a passing knowledge of the US political
system should be able to enjoy the fast-paced action, and appreciate that the only character with morals is a callboy.
Coming back to your home town after many years because of the death of a parent is tough enough, but having to deal
with assorted friends, neighbors and acquaintances who may or may not have changed since then is tougher. And on top
of that, everybody is curious what might happen between you and an old girlfriend who's still around. Frank Goosen's book
made a lot of hay with it, and so does the movie in its own way.
- Murder in Three Acts
This Hercule Pirot adventure is a bit different from the others, set in the Eighties rather than the Fifties or so which
seem to be more suitable timess for Poirot. Along with his sidekick Hastings he seems a bit out of place in this world
of parties, so I can't really recommend it to anyone but Peter-Ustinov-as-Poirot fans like myself.
- Alien Covenant
Filling in the plot between Prometheus and the original Alien movie, this one comes up short by recycling too many
ideas from the original, and giving too much attention to the story of the androids rather than the humans.
- The Founder
The story of how Ray Kroc takes the McDonalds restaurant concept to great heights in order to satisfy his ambitions does not portray the
protagonist in an entirely flattering light, but it does shed a light on the early life of the company, and is entaining to watch.
- Going in Style
Three senior citizens are about to be cheated out of their pensions, and decide to hit back at the bank that is complicit in this.
Despite serious obstacles, they pull off a bank heist. While at times a bit formulaic, a great cast of leading and supporting
actors pulls off the film - solid comedy and entertainment.
- Wilde Maus
A man is thrown off course by losing his job, and simultaneously takes revenge on his former boss, builds something new with
an old high school buddy, and has to deal with the desperate attempts of his wife to become pregnant. That's a full plate, and
Josef Hader makes great comedy of it.
- Berlinale 2017
We had better luck this year than last year - I liked 4 films out of 4 this time.
The Dinner proves that a dinner table at a fine restaurant is probably not
a good place to explore the dark corners of a family. Two brothers and their wifes try anyway, and it ends just short of all-out war.
Lost City of Z tells the story of an adventurer going up the jungle rivers of Amazonia
in the early 20th century, and the sacrifices he has to make in life and death. The Bar
tells a disturbing story seemingly straight in the middle of everyday life in the city. But it's a fight for life and death and betrayal
amongst strangers finding themselves confined in a bar together. The Party is supposed
to be a celebration, but soon takes a dark turn when nasty truths are aired. Nobody goes out the same person that went in - a lot
happens in just 71 minutes.
- Kundschafter des Friedens
Funny and entertaining story of a team of former East German spies that get reactivated to help out Germany's intelligence service
in a formerly Soviet state where they used to wreak havoc as young men. And this time, experience, obsolete gadgets and old-school charm
win over modern methods and technology.
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
I thought it was fitting to watch the final chapter in the cinema. Not the best instalment of the series, every remaining member of the
Umbrella Corporation is finally dispatched from earth, and just a few left-over zombies and beasts still roam the wastelands, and Alice and
Claire are left to pursue ... whatever.
Never having been a fan of superhero movies, I finally let myself be convinced to watch it, and it turned out to be solid entertainment.
While the boy/girl story seems formulaic, watching the Spider-Man learn learn about his skills, do good, and battle his evil opponent
made for a fun movie evening.