DD TV The Viewer – February 2017

February 2017

Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on the most impressive movies we have watched in these past few months.

We use the following “rough” method for the rating.

*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent

**** (4 stars) great

***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended

NON – STOP (2014) with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore

It deals with a thriller – action movie, in my opinion amazing, whose story takes place during a flight from UK to USA on the Atlantic Ocean on a Boeing aircraft.

It was air  tragedy movie of the same kind of “Airport” starring Alain Delon and James Stewart, but this one takes somewhere else…

Liam Neeson, who is used to be charged with the criminal’s role, this time he is the heroic Federal Policeman who can save passengers and aircraft. Julianne Moore is the heroic air stewardess who co-help Neeson.

A mysterious guy send menacing SMS to Liam Neeson telling him he would kille on passenger in every 20 minutes during the flight if he’s not given 150 million dollars on a bank account. I don’t want to tell the rest of the story because the surprises are many and I’m not going to spoil them. Someone of the crew and within the passenger die, but overall, the airplane manages to land safely in America.

***** to actor Liam Neeson: to me he is like Christopher Walken, or Mickey Rourke: good looking, but bastard

**** the story wasn’t the boring and repetitive one of the average air movies.

GHOST RIDER (2011) with Nicolas Cage

It’s the story of Johnny Blaze, a young motorcycles rider, who takes the power to get lit up like a torch whenever he “feels” a person around him is in danger.

In particular, in this movie, a gang of young criminals, led by the Devil, makes a raid on a motorway to beat a girl and kidnap his little son, Danny. “Ghost rider “ appears in the sky like a meteor falling on the ground is seen and he stops between the beaten girl and the gang’s leader, who stands up in front of the girl and about to shot her dead. The fight kicks off. Unfortunately GR suddenly runs out the super powers and ends up bruised wounded at the hospital. 7

Soon after he recovers and after finding and convincing her to trust on him, he begins with the girl the chase of his son Danny and of the criminals in the area.

I loved the story, because it was enough original. It was a lovely action movie, with awesome special effects.

I also enjoyed watching the movie, because I love actor Nicolas Cage and because, in these f*cking bad times, we need to see a hero to save the Planet from all evil.

AS IF (2007) with Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon

It was one of the Christmas movies now on TV.

It is the funny not very original story of the wicked Witch who makes her best to prevent the Princess to marry her Prince Harming.

Every character of the Kingdom is in cartoon, but thru a time tunnel, in which one by one in different times throughout the movie they fall in, they turn into human being in flesh and bones and find themselves in New York City…! Here the funny side of the movie begins.

In this story I saw elements of “Who framed Roger Rabbit” (due to transformation into flesh and bones of the characters), “Pretty Woman”, (Patrick Dempsey is the man who finds the Princess and helps her …), “Cinderella”  (the Princess finds help by calling all the animals she can find in town, like birds, mice, flies, bees,…), “Snow White”.

The movie is just for kids, but I think adults could watch it, laughing with their kids.

PAULIE THE PARROT (1998) with Tony Shalhoub

It wasn’t a premiere – during November and early December 2016 on TV the really big movies and premieres were slated to give room to the Italian political facts related to the poll and the facts that lead to the forming of the new Government – but it was the first time I watched it.

It was a movie, but not a manga cartoon, basically for kids, but, I had an awesome time, being an adult. It seemed a silly story; instead I could find few more serious aspects in it.

The story is the adventures of Paulie, a speaking parrot, but really speaking as much fast and as better and the humans can do, He’s an intelligent, sensitive, smart parrot who can help out few guys in difficulties. He’s a true hero.

This story recalled me all those pets –, dolphins, horses, cats and dogs, rabbits used in pet therapies to help out people with heavy disabilities.

This movie had behind, in my opinion, a deep message from WWF, which actually to me worked like “Do not drop animals”, or better “If you want one pet, take care of it and he will love you”.

It had few silly scenes in it, but instead of laughing I had some tears rolling on my cheeks.

MALEFICENT (2014) with Angelina Jolie

This was the very first premiere on TV in 2017 and I was really eager to watch it: it deals with a “spin off” of a classic fairy tale us kids we all read during our childhood: Snow White.

Maleficent is the name of the wicked Queen who later prepares the poisoned apple to Snow White and this movie is the story of the Queen and how she became wicked. She lived and she ruled as Queen of the fairies in a kingdom that was located near another kingdom where humans lived. One day the King of the humans decided to conquer the fairies’ one, but they lost and the King of the humans died after the wounds. He asked for revenge and the one who managed to do it and to conquer Maleficent’s kingdom had the right to become king. The one human who did it was a young boy named Steven, but he seduced the Queen and cheated on her stealing her wings in her sleep: the wings gave her magic powers… When she realized it, she got furious and prepared her revenge. Since that day she grew wicked against mankind.

Amazing story, but I do not think that if I watched it as a kid, I would have accepted it. I would have speculated on Maleficent’s origins!! I am glad I enjoyed it as an adult. Just like in the Snow White fairy tale, there is an ending message to all and it’s about trust.

Amazing fantasy movie with fab computer graphics effects and given the topic, the accuracy of the special effects was expected. It was designed to be a super Disney production and it wasn’t under my expectations.

I found it amazing that the queens and heroines of the current times, Maleficent included, are no longer emancipated women: they all just reflect the women’s current social status. Independent, they have the power to decide, they don’t necessarily look for the Prince Charming, they’re appreciated for other qualities, not only are they for beauty.

By the way of beauty, I didn’t like the job the make-up artist of actress Angelina Jolie did on her character: the make up on her cheeks was exaggerated, outrageous.

My rating overall is 4 stars out of 5.

BIG HERO 6 – of Disney (USA 2014)

It is another animation movie premiered in January 2017 on the Italian TV I was eagerly awaiting to watch, because those robots made me curious… I was a big fan of the generation of cartoons of the late 70’s (Goldrake, Daitarn III, Jeeg Robot…) and whenever it deals with robots, I’m usually attracted by.

The story was amazing: it takes place in San Fransokyo a futuristic town, whose name is the sum of San Francisco and Tokyo, and a little boy, Hiro, is one of the many nerds in town who is a pioneer of robots, micro-robots. The story goes on like one of a movie: feelings as if it was in an “adult-style” story, nothing is naïve or childish.

The second thing I was impressed by was the design of the characters: 3D designed protagonists, but they looked like human beings… they looked real actors in flesh and bones!

These were the best points in the overwhelming success in the world of this latest masterpiece of the Disney.

4 stars is my overall rating, considering all.

THE MACHINE (2013) with Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz

It is a sci-fi movie. The story takes place in a post-Cold War era and the soldiers wounded from the battles fought throughout the world are rescued and very often are into rehab.

In the UK, the soldiers who go into “rehab” have their wounded part of body replaced with mechanic, robot parts. So, also their face, if wounded, is replaced by a “robotic” skin. Their brains, even if it is not damaged, receive a micro-chip, which controls their feelings. In other words, most of the humans who survived are cyborgs. Cyborgs are used also as future weapons.

The story isn’t so distant from “Terminator” the cult-movie of the 80’s, but here inspired many topics: the toll the traumatized soldiers have to bear and have to share with their families, the solitude, the social integration, the concept of being “different” (i.e. cyborg vs. human; the soldier with disabilities and the healthy human around him), the Cold War.

I didn’t notice any vulgarity, or obscenities in, maybe few scenes of blood in.

I’d recommend to watch it with young boys, not with kids.

Next update in July 2017.

DD TV xx

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