DD TV The viewer – July 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

ESYLIUM (2013) with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster

In a post-atomic futuristic time on Earth, humans are divided in two factions: the rich ones who can have it all and take care of their loved ones, living in “Esylium” and the poor ones, who are forced to live isolated because they get ill and have no access ro any kind of treatment. The poor ones have to reach the others to try to get a better life

The leader of the rich ones is despotic and can’t tolerate the presence of the poor ones. She asks for the help of the intelligence service, of her guards service (cyborgs and robots). The humans too try to approach to Esylium with all weapons types they know.

Although the story might appear a little rhetoric and boring, this science-fiction story, reflects the division period we are living in every country  right now

Amazing special effects!

Matt Damon performed the character I supported in the dispute

MINIONS (2015) directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

It was premiered in mid-May on the Italian TV.

A really funny cartoon, which totally recalls “The Simpsons”: the creator was the same for both.

It is actually a spin-off of “Cattivissimo me” another recent successful manga

The funniest things were their facial expressions and their “language”

Highly recommended to the kids and to the ones who need to have a laughter.

MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOM (1985)with Mel Gibson and Tina Turner

SHARKNADO USA, 2015 with Ian Ziering and Talia Reid

They are a couple of silly movies I had the chance to watch for the first time this past summer: I rate them “silly”, because both stories, both plots are silly a very banal, trivial story, a vacuum of thrills and action that led me to cry with a laughter.

Mad Max is the sequel of Interceptor. It is a sci-fi movie overproduced in the ‘80’s, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. Gibson played the part of an immortal fighter. I do rather the soundtrack!

In “Sharknado” you see sharks in the Pacific Ocean being like hoovered by the strong winds of the tornadoes and get thrown on the land, on the streets, scaring and killing people. To me it is not sci-fi, it is not a disaster movie: it is just a failing way to add more thrill in a disaster movie

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER  (UK, 2010) with Ben Barnes

I watched and enjoyed the very first movie of the saga and the sequel. I wanted to know this time how the three kids entered the fantasy kingdom of Narnia. This time they stared at a picture featuring a ship sailing in the ocean… after a spell, the water started to move. The water came out of the picture and invaded the room the guys were in, the guys have to swim towards a light they see and they find themselves in the ocean and are rescued by the ship crew. So the story begins …

Kids in the story have grown up and are teenagers.

I loved the special effects and I loved dreaming: these are the movies that can bring you back to your childhood. They are never boring, but you have to love the genre (fantasy, sci-fi)

Amazing movie: **** stars (4/5) my final rating

STEVE JOBS (USA 2015) with Michael Fassbender

This is the second biopic on the visionary co-founder of Apple, the late Steve Jobs. The movie was premiered in early July 2017 on the Italian TV. And I couldn0t wait to see it, to see the differences with the first movie with Ashton Kutcher.

In fact, I’d rather the first one.

I think it is not easy to perform the role of a visionary, smart, clever man (think of the many tentative types with Andy Warhol in the past), but the choice of the actor was wrong.

The dialogues portion looked confused. In the beginning it seemed whatever Jobs said was without a sense, a conclusion and without any effect.

In my opinion, there was somebody at Hollywood who sort of forced to shoot a second biopic on the character, to keep its myth alive, but no one did realize that the release of another movie was happening too fast from the release of the first biopic.

Do not force people to cry when legacy is still fresh.

YOUTH (UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, 2015) with Michael Caine, Harvey Kietel, Jane Fonda

Prior to say this is one of those “hard” movies you can understand after few viewings, I’m no fan of Paolo Sorrentino the Italian director, although I’m proud he got an Oscar, with his previous movie.

The story is simple: it is about the meaning of future, via the protagonists, who spend some time off on vacation in a luxury resort on the Alps, watching the other guests.

It recalled me “American beauty”: a movie with no relevant story, but it had deep meaning I caught few months later.

I didn0t find it a silly movie, but it wasn’t funny. I laughed because it all seemed to be without connection, like a collage of stories, due to the many characters involved in.

I can recommend it to adults, preferably.

My rating is ****:  4 out of 5 stars

 

Next update in October 2017

 

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