Some weeks behind (prepare for a long post):
---Joyeux NoëlIt is the First World War and the German, Scottish and French are in the middle of a fierce trench war. But on Christmas Eve, all the soldiers look each other up to celebrate to holiday together.
I was very sceptic about this movie. The story sounds too ridiculous to believe. How can people be in a terrible war, then celibrate christmas and then kill each other again. It doesn't sound believeable. But appearently it really did happen.
So even though I started sceptic, this was a very good movie. The story I described before is worked out very nice and credible with some touching scenes and some funny scenes. Sometimes it's a bit too sweet, but hey, it's a Christmas movie. And the christmas feeling is there, even through out all the terrible things that happen. Of course it is predictable. Like I said in the first alinea, nobody can go back to the old situation, which is logical. You can really feel with the three armies and they did a good job in showing that is was just work, nothing personal. Like the German leader who was married to a French woman.
The friendship between the three armies is well done too. This is of course thanks for the great acting of the whole cast. That they most of the time speak there own language is excellent too and adds realism. So the German speak German, the French speak French and the Scottish speak Scottish (I think). The last group didn't have any subtitles on the BBC, so there were times I had no idea what they were talking about. They should have put subtitles under that too. But when the movie progress and the armies meet each other, they began to speak one language and this transition worked very well.
The movie looke good too. The begin is beautiful with the nice landscapes of Scotland. And in the trenches, everything is easy to follow and pretty spectaculair. So in short, a very good, credible, interesting war movie with a Christmas theme.
---Open SeasonBoog is a grizzly bear who is more like a pet then a wild animal. He has an ideal life. He is taking care of, has a roof above his head and every night he gets a song before he goes to sleep. However, his life is gonna be turned upside down when he saves the deer Elliot out of the hands of de hunter Shaw.
I didn't like it that much. It's supposed to be funny, but I never really laughed. There are some nice and amusing scenes, especially in the end with the final fight (and winks to other movies). This moments came from the side characters, the main characters, the bear and the deer, weren't that fun.
I think the voice actors are mostly to blame. Lawrence was ok but didn't fit the bear, but Kutcher went over the top and was annoying because of this. The rest of the voices were great. Especially Gary Sinise. I mostly know him from CSI: New York as the good guy. So it takes some time to get used to him being a bad guy, but he is great.
The movie looks fantastic. I was really impressed by the gorgeous backgrounds. Absolutely brilliant. The animals and the animation were great too.
So even though the movie wasn't bad, and I enjoyed myself, I'm not very enthusiastic about it.
---The HolidayAmanda and Iris both have succesful carreer, but they are not so lucky in love. And with Christmas on there doorstep they want something else. They both agree to switch houses, not knowing that they both will find their true love.
How can a romantic comedy with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black fail? I don't know cause this movie is fantastic.
There is nothing to tell about the story. It's predicatble, but I wouldn't expected anything less. It's all about the four main characters and there chemistry.
The acting of the charming cast is great. Diaz and Law are very charming together, but I had some trouble with Diaz in the beginning. But after she meets Law and after she recovers his secret, I didn't had anything to complain. Law really convinced me after his secret became known. It was really well worked out and added realism to his character. Winslet is excellent (as always) and her scenes are the best of the movie. Especially her scenes with the (then) 91 year old Eli Wallach, who was brilliant. I really enjoyed this man. I did have my doubts about Black, I feared he would be over the top annoying. But he constraint himself and was very good because of this. I also really liked the way both couples engage in their relations different. Lotta fun and very well done. There are also some very nice supporting acts. Especially Hoffmans cameo was great. It was also fun to read how this cameo got started.
The movie looks warm and has a nice atmosphere. Especially the gorgeous snowy locations of England were super. The music of Zimmer is absolutely perfect and fits the movie like a glove. There are some more famous songs, which I have no problem with, but the music from Zimmer was fantastic and really completed the movie. It did remind me sometimes to the music from Bill Conti of the Thoms Crown Affair. Wonderful.
I really enjoyed this movie a lot. The 138 minutes flew by way to quickly and I was saddend when it was over.
---A Christmas CarolEbenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and think its all nonsense. But this will all changed when on Christmas eve he gets a visit from the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley. He tells him that he can expect a visit of three more ghosts. The ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Past Christmas, I haven't seen a real Scrooge. Ok, there was A Carol Christmas which was based on the famous Dickens story. But that movie was just bad. And since it was snowing outside, I wanted to see a real, good Scrooge movie. And the one with George C. Scott is good. Very good.
The story is of course well known and nothing new is done. Not that that's important. It's all about Scrooge. George C. Scott is absolutely brilliant as Scrooge. But as soon as the ghosts are gone, he gets annoyingly happy and that's irritating. Thankfully it's a small part of the movie, for the rest he is fantastic. The other castmembers and the ghosts are great. David Warner is excellent as Bob Cratchit, but Anthony Walters is really annoying as Tiny Tim. "God Bless Us, Every One." Ugh. You would almost be happy that he dies. Unfortunately for a short time. Thankfully he only has a few scenes. The ending is very sweet but that is custom to the story (even though I don't like it).
This movie just has the perfect Christmas atmosphere and the customs and enviroments are fantastic. Just a wonderful Scrooge movie that takes away the bad taste A Carol Christmas left behind.
---The Brave Little Toaster/Het Dappere BroodroostertjeA group of house hold devices have been abondoned by their owner. After a couple of years, they decide to look fot him themselves. But they didn't realise that their journey will be filled with dangerous adventures.
Once upon a time, many, many, many, many, many years ago. I've seen this animation movie. So I couldn't remember much. I was very curious what I would think of this movie now. And I thought it was very good.
The story was fun, exciting, funny, tense and sometime pretty grim and sinster. Maybe that was the reason I couldn't remember much. Must have closed my eyes back then. The scene in the spare parts shop with the mixer, in the house of the owner, the nights in the forest ( especially during the storm) and the scenes in the junkyard are pretty shocking and definately not suitable for the small kids this movie is intended for. Even now I find it pretty shocking.
What the movie does achieve (just like al the Pixar movies) is make you forget that for the biggest part of the movie, you are watching a toaster, a lamp, a radio, a blanket and a vacuum cleaner. Everyone of them with there own personality and characteristics. The late Joe Ranft from Pixar worked on this movie, so that could explain somethings. The movie is called The Brave Little Toasterm but the real stars are the vacuum cleaner, the lamp and the radio. Especially the last two make a fantastic couple.
The adventures of our house hold devices are great, of course somethings don't fit and there are some giant holes in the story. But if I almost didn't noticed it, then it shouldn't have been a problem for the kids it is intended for.
The animation and the drawings are good too. The background are great and the devices top. But the animals didn't do much for me and the characters are terrible. Very unbelievable and annoying. But thankfully is all about the devices and our five heroes. And those are great.
Most songs were ok, but I think that the Dutch translation ruins a lot. The voices fits the characters perfect, but you can't hear that in the songs.
So a great movie that is still fun after al those years. Some dark, sinister scenes makes it very suitable for grown up kids like me. Not sure about the small kids the movie is intended for.
---In Good CompanyDan Foreman is a 51 years old succesful businessman. But his life changes drasticly when during a fusion, he has to give away his job to the 26 years old Carter Duryea. But that his new boss is a young kid is not enough. Carter begins a relationship with his oldest daughter. And then he finds a pregnancy test in the garbage.
Very fun movie that has been carried by the excellent acting of the whole cast. Except for one scene, Dennis Quaid was very good. In that scene Scarlett Johansson shows what a brilliant actress she really is. In the rest of the movie too. Marg Helgenberger was very good too, but unfortunately she doesn't get enough time. In the beginning I had my doubts about Topher Grace. I didn't find him credible as the big boss (because of his nervous behaviour and how he totals his brand new Porsche before leaving the shop). But that changes after the movie progressed. He's not so arrogant as I feared, but he is just insecure about what he achieved at such a young age. That is really a good thing for his character. Basically it was his part in That 70's Show, only now combined with a job as a succesfull businessman. His character really grew after the table soccer scene with Scarlett Johansson. After Quaid calls them in for dinner.
There are also some great scenes in this movie. Espescially the staredown between Grace/Quaid and Gregg with lots of close ups was awesome. The movie has enough humor and funny scenes. Especially the difference in age between Grace and Quaid was fun. And I especially had to laugh about Grace. What I didn't like were the scenes in which Quaid basically is a big jerk (and not as the fun, grumpy old men) and in which he doesn't care as much for Grace as I expected. There is also a hilarious deleted scene on the DVD that should have been in the movie (with the painted hair of Quaid). But the movie also have a serieous and recent note with the many firings due to the crisis (even though in this movie the firings are because of a fusion). What I didn't liked was that even though there are firings, Grace still buys a brand new, very expensive car. For that money that could have kept some people.
So in short, I thought this was a good, fun movie with great acting of the whole cast.