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Movie 42: 28 days Later

42 28 DAYS LATER (UK, 2002)
Dir: Danny Boyle
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Glesson...

When Jim wakes up in a hospital after a coma, he realizes the world he used to know is gone.
I know this film has renewed the zombie genre in a positive way, but I found myself bored most of the time. It’s probably because I watch The Walking Dead, and I’m already overly familiar with every detail the plot has to offer.

Movie 41: Dark Skies

41 DARK SKIES (US, 2013)
Dir: Scott Stewart
Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton...

A family begins to notice strange events happening in their house.

It’s one of these horror movies that you think might be good, but then it’s not that good, and you forget it quickly.


Movie 40: Inside Out

40 INSIDE OUT (US, 2015)
Dir: Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
With the voices of: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith...

Riley is a teenager who has just moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, which causes her emotions to be all over the place. Literally.

I know Inside Out has been praised for its revolutionary depiction of emotions, to the point that many claim it could be a good tool to teach kids.
I usually don’t mind the necessary over-simplification of any concepts or ideas that come with animations. I love most Disney movies, and enjoy them to this day. However, despite Disney’s claim to have used research in the field of psychology, I am not impressed by this over-simplification of emotions. Instead of being revolutionary, it reinforces the misconception that being depressed is like being sad, because the emotions are categorized in such a way, that it does not allow for anything more complex to happen. Riley does not suffer from depression, she’s indeed just sad. But I can see why a lot of people would not be able (or rather would not want to) tell the difference.
Now I’m not saying that Inside Out is problematic to the point that kids should stay away from it. Not at all. To treat as a revolutionary movie is what I find should be avoided.

Finally, while they were some fun characters here and there, Riley and her love of hockey and Minnesota were not compelling enough to keep me interested.

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Movie 39: Into the Woods

39 INTO THE WOODS (US, 2014)
Dir: Rob Marshall
Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine...

A baker and his wife need to lift a curse in oroder to finally be able to conceive.

This musical started off well, but then it became more and more boring, until the unbearably tedious last thirty minutes.
I really enjoyed the music in Sweeney Todd, but this piece was overly repetitive and bland.
Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt’s performances are good, but still fail to save the movie. On the other, Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella seem only capable of two different facial expressions.
Big disappointment.

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Movie 38: Nightcrawler

Dir: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed...

When Louis Bloom decides to become a freelance cameraman who specializes on violent crime, he takes his trade to a new level of ruthlessness.

I tend to think Gyllenhaal is an overrated actor, but this performance is his first that impresses me.
Nightcrawler is a compelling commentary on violence in the news, and how sociopaths can thrive in such environments.
Definitely worth seeing.

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Movie 37: Click

37 CLICK (US, 2006)
Dir: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Slander, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken...

Michael finds himself in the possession of a remote control that allows him to fast forward the moments of his life that bore him.

This is an easy comedy to relax too, though it becomes overly dramatic towards the end.


Movie 36: Song of the Sea

36 SONG OF THE SEA (Ireland, 2014)
Dir: Tomm Moore
With the voices of: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson...

Young Ben's life changes when he discovers that his little sister is a selkie, she takes the form of a seal when swimming in the sea.

This is a beautiful animation, with equally beautiful music, and a great use of Irish myths. I haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet, but I have the feeling it will not be as worthy of an Oscar as this one.


Book 12: Ship of Magic

12 SHIP OF MAGIC Robin Hobb (US, 1998)

This is the first volume in The Liveship Traders Trilogy.

The Vestrits are a family of traders whose fate is tied to a liveship: a magic ship with thoughts and its own personality.

I read the Farseer and the Tawny Man trilogies about 10 years ago, when I was still a teen in High School. Beyond the fact that Fantasy produces more crap than most genres, Robin Hobb has in many ways ruined the genre for me. Her books are so elegantly written, imaginative, and emotionally intense, that it has been difficult for me to appreciate the dreadful non-Robin Hobb realm of fantasy, where only George R.R. Martin seems to shine.

Ship of Magic is the perfect installment to a great Fantasy trilogy. It takes its time introducing complex characters, and fills the reader with wonder. The rest of the story gets even better.

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Movie 35: It Follows

35: IT FOLLOWS (US, 2014)
Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto...

After having a sexual intercourse with a man, Jay realizes that a mysterious entity, who can take any form, is now following her.

It Follows is among the most creative movies I've seen in the last few years, and perhaps the best surprise of the year.
With a simple concept, it manages to deliver the terrifying scenes one expects from the horror genre, while offering an interesting cast of teenage characters, and a fascinating glimpse at today's Detroit. Great job.

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Movie 34: Sinister

34 SINISTER (US, 2012)
Dir: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance...

A true crime writer moves in a new house with his family in order to research on the murders that previously took place in it.

As the plot seems very cliche, I did not expect it to be this good. Sinister works with all the tropes of the horror genre but somehow turns it into a film that manages to surprise and scare here and there.