CB: Rewind << January & Monthly Awards

Last week, when I was back to work and had almost no time to prepare for this week’s post, I had a small panic in regards to the first Commercial Break of February. But then it hit me (thanks to Sofia’s monthly recap), that I could just look back at my very successful January, with all its 23 posts (a record of the last few years on this blog), and wrap it up nicely before I really kick my birthday month into gear.

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CB: Disasters & Time Travel

First week of 2018 has come and gone, too quickly for my taste but there’s plenty more to come. Plus, I’m proud that I started off the year on a strong note – I posted 5 posts last week, made a new banner for Thursday Movie Picks, watched a few movies, binge watched an entire show, AND pulled my back because apparently I can’t enjoy myself without something extra special.

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# 278 – In Time

Justin Timberlake has left the music behind him and entered the world of movies with great success. Meaning he has been in many movies lately and I keep watching those movies although I have no idea why. In Time happened to be his action movie with Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Muprhy and Matt Bomer.

The whole point is that after a certain age people don’t get older anymore and their time starts to run. So it is basically a good concept, that time is a currency in the future  – time is priceless. The way they played out the concept wasn’t as good as one would expect. Not to mention the fact that they probably had like no idea how to edit this movie together – the time was running, there was like seconds left and it felt like freaking minutes. That was what made me mad – if the whole concept of the movie is about time, then the time during the movie should be running as realistically as possible. It could be done, it has been done – but American blockbuster action movies tend to avoid that.

Andrew Niccol who wrote and directed the movie has done many movies over the past 15 years, beginning with Gattaca, The Truman Show and Lord of War for instance. In Time might not be his best work, since I have seen the other ones, but the concept like I already said is pretty excellent. I would like to read a book with a similar story, where the alternative future is based on time-currency.

Also something I saw was the idea of driving between the levels, I don’t remember if they actually were called levels or districts – whatever. The idea was very similar to The Hunger Games concept – different levels connected by the high-way but they differ with people’s wealth. So when Timberlake’s character rides to the most highest level it seems very cool and everything up to that moment is absolutely brilliant – but then it starts to fall into the typical action movie black hole and it becomes ordinary among its other “friends”.

I mentioned Matt Bomer in the beginning because he is the first hero in this movie – having a lot of time, being like a hundred years old or something, he gives his time to Timberlake’s character. Sadly. I like him, I haven’t watched White Collar since the first season and I don’t remember why, probably because I had so many shows and I needed to prioritize. Anyway, Bomer’s role in this is small but he is still a hero in some ways. Not like Cillian Murphy who is this good-bad-good guy – I just adore him. I liked him in the Red Eye of which I still remember this one specific scene because I thought it was perfect.

Anyway, no other things to say, I would give the general idea a lot more credit that the actual final product but I guess it wouldn’t be fair.

# 216 – Friends With Benefits

I waited for this movie a very long time, I remember thinking that this is going to be awesome and I’m gonna like it. I think due to that fact I enjoyed it more than I normally would’ve but Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis had great chemistry and some nice scenes either way. The whole idea was a bit too unstable to me, the way it all ended was a little too corny for this movie. Would’ve liked to see it unravel in a completely different way and maybe I’d be happier about this movie in the end – sadly the end for me was everything but good.

It all started very well, the stories looked good and well, it was quite funny in the beginning. While the stories started to get more serious it all went down-hill cause it wasn’t that joyful and easy anymore. I liked the friends with benefits part, I think that’s what I’m saying about this movie. I’m sorry that I’m really vague about this movie, I saw it a long time ago (and saw a lot of other movies/TV-shows in between) and I think my memory is a bit off with this one. But what else is there to say about a romantic comedy: it was funny, it was cute and then in the end it was all mushy stuff like always.

I checked into the facts, the writers of Friends With Benefits are couple of guys who haven’t written much and it is directed by Will Gluck who has done Easy A and Fired Up. But the sad part is that the movie had a $35 million budget while it crossed just little over $84 million – could’ve been a little bit better considering Timberlake’s fans but apparently they like his music more than his movies. Although Timberlake is not that bad at acting, he actually has great moments when he actually makes me forget that he is a singer. Though now I guess I should call him a singer/actor which is far too popular in Hollywood.

All in all, the movie had its laughs and I think that they are worth to watch this movie at least once, but as I said, the ending was just not for me (not this time) so 2,5 out of 5 for this one. Maybe next time Timberlake, maybe next time. PS: Mila Kunis was gorgeous like always!

#212 – In Time (trailer special)

Justin Timberlake has turned his back to music and is making a lot of movies lately. Friends With Benefits came out a little while ago and now, in the end of October, In Time – sci-fi action movie is hitting the screen. The movie takes place in near future and is about being young forever. It looks promising but I’m not very excited about it – Justin is the lead Robin Hood type hero, Olivia Wilde plays his mother (that is just weird), Amanda Seyfried is the love interest and Cillian Murphy looks like the villain in this one. Great cast (I’m not happy with the female leads but still) with Andrew Niccol as director/writer – might look promising as an action movie but so do a lot of trailers.