Insurgent (2015)

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Let me start by saying that I did not enjoy Divergent nor Insurgent. In other words, I’ve now spent 258 minutes on this saga, which means I’ve wasted 258 minutes of my life on something completely unsatisfying. It would also be completely pointless if I didn’t run a movie blog where I could warn people to stay away from this one, or at least wait until it comes out on DVD so you wouldn’t have to suffer through its non-existent 3D effects.

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Divergent (2014)


Young Adult novels are getting more and more popular and I’m not afraid to admit that I’m going with the flow and enjoying the ride. From The Hunger Games series to the Maze Runner series, books with dystopian story lines are becoming a trend and that trend is reflected on the big screens. Whilst I don’t mind the fact that the novels like to play around with similar situations and heroins, the standard for these types of movies for me needs to improve franchise to franchise. Therefore following the highly successful Catching Fire might have been Divergent’s biggest downfall.

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# 230 – Mildred Pierce (TV-show special)

To be clear, Mildred Pierce is not a TV-show but a mini-series that snatched Emmys for both Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce. I watched all the five episodes in one day and enjoyed it quite a lot, it even motivated me to watch Dowton Abbey of which I’ll be writing soon.

Since Kate Winslet was the star of the series, with valid reasons, I’d start with her and her character. It seems Winslet is used to roles that take her back in time, she has that look to her, that old beauty that is now shadowed by leading ladies with a lot of plastic surgery. She portrayed a woman, Mildred Pierce during her years of struggling with life, kids and money. Since it is based on a novel I’m not surprised it had such great stories to tell, has Todd Haynes as the director/producer/writer and was aired on HBO I would say this series was destined to be great. While reading other reviews on it, it seems that the general criticism to it has to do with the length of Mildred Pierce. Many tell it was too long and 5 hours is just too much drama.

In my opinion the mini-series is kept interesting by good actors and this series had a lot of them. I do like Kate Winslet so it is hard to say something bad about her, she is a great actress so I didn’t even try to find any mistakes she might had done while portraying Mildred. Guy Pearce took the role of the wild and carefree lover who I liked cause I rarely see Guy Pearce and I don’t know why since he is such a brilliant actor. One of my favorite surprises was Evan Rachel Wood who got to portray Mildred’s oldest daughter in last two episodes. In addition to the fact that Wood stood out, I think the younger version of the daughter, played by Morgan Turner, was as delightful to watch. It is great to see young actresses take on such huge personalities on screen and I believe she has a interesting career in front of her. Melissa Leo, the Oscar winner, took on the role of a friend and was just that – a safe and helpful character.

What was also enjoyable was the atmosphere of it all, the 40s were captured in clothes, interior, cars and the way of speaking as well. Did it feel real? Yes, but since I’m no expert on the era I can’t really be trusted on this matter. Besides, I am all for the oldies that are done nowadays – this is why I enjoy Downton Abbey so much (I really do!).

I would think that the idea of making it into a mini-series was quite good cause I couldn’t imagine getting into the whole thing with in 2 hours. Although I did have some moments when I wasn’t paying any attention to what was happening cause it seemed to have a lot of scenes I wasn’t that interested in. So I might be agreeing with those who say it went on for too long and irony of it all is that the best parts of this whole 5 hour experience were somewhere in the beginning and then the last 30 minutes or so. And those final acts of the whole story really showed of the strength of Winslet and Wood.  So it is an interesting issue, as a movie it wouldn’t have worked and I guess 5 episodes was just the right amount for them in their minds so why not go with that.

All in all I’m very happy I have been in a mood to watch more serious movies and shows lately, this gives me a chance to write something good about the things I write cause it really seems that the serious ones get better reviews – until the next serious review!

# 219 – Emmy Awards 2011

So I thought it would be nice to do a short summary of this years Emmy Awards that might end up just being a post about the winners not the losers and some of my comments about those shows/actors/actresses. If you don’t want to entire list of this years Emmys go to here.

The saddest part is that the best comedy and the best drama TV-show are both totally unfamiliar to me. I should change that and I think I might have some time during December when my classes end quite early. Basically I have to watch Modern Family and Mad Men which took home the Emmys. The comedy one makes sense, I heard only good things about Modern Family. What is shocking (a bit) is that Mad Men took the Emmy from Game of Thrones. Although it is a fresh show, the Thrones have proven to be one of the best ones this year so I thought it would definitely take the best drama but I guess I was wrong.

While the miniseries Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce got the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in miniseries or movie the Outstanding Miniseries award went to Downtown Abbey. I haven’t seen either of these although I think I might be seeing Mildred Pierce this upcoming weekend (not promising it though). It has 5 parts and I think it would be a nice entertainment although I just might end up downloading it and keeping it for my lonely nights here in Pärnu.

The funniest actor is the Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory (yay!) and Melissa McCarthy took the Emmy as the funniest actress in a comedy series. I am really happy about the first one, Jim Parsons is the funniest guy out there in my mind as well, but McCarthy is a tricky one. I have nothing against her, I loved her in Gilmore Girls but I haven’t watched Mike and Molly though so as far as I know Tina Fay and Amy Poehler deserved it a bit more.

Other awards went also to shows I haven’t watched like the Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series went to The Good Wife Julianna Margiulies and the Actor who won the Emmy of the same category  was Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights, a show that ended at the beginning of this year but still took the Outstanding Writing of a Drama Series Emmy.

The most Emmy Awards went to the Modern Family but I’m not gonna list them all because I can’t really comment since I haven’t watched it (yet) but I do want to point out that Boardwalk Empire got many nominations but took only the Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series with its pilot that was directed by no-one other than Martin Scorsese so this would be another show that I recommend to myself and others cause I apparently don’t have enough on my plate at the moment.

So this is it, these were the Emmy awards this year and if nothing else seems realistic the fact that the next Emmys will be better that the ones this year looks very promising because Suits is able to get nominated.