Category Archives: Movies

Often I have the problem that I don’t even know whether I saw a movie or not. This is a simple list of movie summaries.

Movies & Series

Movies

Complete Unknown – a story that does so its best to be original that only Amazon would sponsor it. The acting is great and you could maybe call it a love story of sorts. Yet the entire plot sucks harder than windows.

The Call Up – what is the point of this story ? The cube repackaged with 3D renderings. Initially it starts out as a realistic game and then it unravels (in a bad way) and gets very tedious.

The Wolf of Wallstreet – great Margot, lovely actress. Dicaprio plays good as well. Entertaining, but in the end you wonder what is the message behind this movie. Convince the public that ‘it is complicated’ and that in the end ‘justice prevails’. Made by wallstreet if you ask me.

Death Race – idiocracy redone and worse.

Star Trek Beyond – painful

SubconsciouS – a weird time travel, paranormal story. Kinda difficult to figure out. Seriously underrated at IMDB.

Arrowhead – Pitch black, but brighter.

xxx – 2017 – Funny movie. You can see the actors enjoyed making it.  Should watch it in HD.

Man Up – romantic story. Has some good moments but would not watch it again; nor recommend it. Chick flic.

Kingsman The Secret Service – james bond but then with new actors. Liked to watch it. Might watch it again. Light hearted.

The Green Mile – A movie that has been produced very well. Reminds me of Angry man. A bit para normality in it, but used in such a way that the story is properly told. Very good acting by everybody.

Trick ‘N Treat – Interesting movie especially the ending. 4 stories that intertwine.

Next – Nicolas Cage acts in a movie where he can see 2 minutes into the future. Some nice ideas in there. Like for instance how he walks to the person shooting a bullet at him. Yet in the end the story just turns out to be a dream that has to be redone.

Pandorum – Well filmed. Claustrophobic sting. By the end you actually have no idea who is what and what is up. Sad that the movie is too zombie like and too long winded. They could tell that story probably in 40 minutes.

Population 436 – Low rated movie but nice suspense.Reminded me of under the dome first season. A blend of criminal medicine and the paranormal. All set in a green and happy town.

Star Trek Into Darkness – Star Trek into darkness: makes starship troopers seem like a visionary experience as opposed to a parody. Bwoeha. A movie for teenagers by teenagers.

The newest star wars – The main thing from stopping me to see the new starwars is the absolutely ridicoulous amount of advertisment I have been swallowing the past weeks. It is clear disney has a better marketting budget than the movie probably calls for. Actually: with such a marketting, the movie must be piss-poor mainstream. It is probably sufficiently polished that everyone will ‘ooh and aah’, but in the end it will go down in the annals of ‘just another movie’. Where is the latest Ash vs Evil Dead episode ? At least there you know they spent the entire budget on filming. So far my insight for the day. Tomorrow more on ikea furniture.

National Treasure 2004 – With Nicolas Cage. This movie is a typical treasure hunt movie. A bit too much running and chasing. I like the tour of American statues. Learned some thing or two about the declaration of independence. Hey… wouldn’t it be great if Europe declared itself independent from the US ? Acting is ok. Chick is passable. Rooster na jah, I can’t judge that.

Terra 2007 – Simple animated movie. Story is kinda cheap. But at least there is a happy ending for everybody. Which is probably why I call it a bit cheap.

The Machinist 2004 – Good acting. ‘Interesting’ mystery until you realize that the entire thing unravels at the end. One big guilt trip, and whether one of his colleges ended up in the machine is not clear at all. The more I think about it the more I believe this was added to throw you off the story.

Return to halloweentown (2006) – Just saw this movie. Entertaining watch. Young actress. Has a disney stamp all over it. It starts with some magical moments and then tries to imitate harry potter. Not a bad attempt at a magic story.  I think the IMDB rating (5.8) is a bit too low for this one.

Up in the air – Entertaining movie. Starts slacking halfway. Not really any outcome. Probably a movie to present the male lead to a female audience: George Clooney. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1193138/

The Da Vinci Code – Not a bad movie. I do understand the commotion this movie made. ‘Suppose it was real’. Then again, if that is something you ask yourself, why do you believe in the first place. The rest of the movie. Tsjah, I miss the aliens I think. Something like angels and demons has a similar theme and is at least slightly more inspired in the filming department. Low quality production.

Family Man – The Family Man. A contorted romance about eternal love never to be interrupted by a career. Equally so: a view on the lifestyle of crack squad career guys. Probably the best actor in the movie was the sidekick who actually had a family.

Series

Dark Matter – Season 1 – except for the horendous techtalk this season can motivate me somewhat to watch it. Yet in the end many open questions remain: why did the android attack the crew when she woke up ? And what was the initial fight between the two about. In the end it turned out hey tried to wipe someone else his memory entirely; so that fight in the beginning made absolutely no sense.

Season 2 – even worse than the first one. I really have trouble watching this shit. Very sad because this is by the makers of stargate, and all the shots are so over-used, the dialogs are so bad. The story is such a piece of crap. I finally finished the last episodes and I REALLY REALLY HOPE THEY STOP THIS SERIES.

Extant – saw the pilot. Could bring some intrigue to the plate. Curious how it will continue

Firefly – another great cancel by studios that did not know they had gold in their hands. My alltime favorite song is sung in Jaenytown. The attempted reboot, called ‘Serenity’ was maybe a bit too polished.

Hannibal – great season 1 and 2. Mads Mikkelsen plays hannibal even better than Hopkins. Season 1 and 2 are full of the type of hair raising dialogs in which Hannibal plainly states the fact whilst the FBI never listening to him literaly.

Season 3 on the other hand. Chopped up in 2 sections; neither of which I found any interesting. At one point the producers even slip it in the series: ‘there is only so much hannibal murders you can do’.

Killjoys – funny serie. Lighthearted as firefly, yet it develops quickly in an overarching story that… well reminds us of firefly again. But then in green not in blue. Don’t expect the same level of detached humor as firefly though. These are Canadians we are looking at.

Kyle-XY – saw the pilot. Sucked so hard I. Not acting is not mysterious it is just shit. No storyline is not mysterious, it is just shit.

Magicians – a horror to see the German dubbed version. The original is a lot better. Probably the interplay between the different actors makes this nonsensical story sensible. The end of season 1 however felt as if they had to pack 5 episodes in 1 and then not finish it. It took another 3 episodes in season 2 to wrap up that narrative. Also the occasional breaks between meta and object level suck. Like one of the actors referring to shit they did in season 1.  By literally saying that they did that in season 1. Seriously ?

Shannara – A television series. Very nice visuals. Dialogs are not too bad either. The story is clearly something that will unfold and unfold and unfold. The only big ‘problem’ I have with it is that it is an MTV production and as such all actors are 17 year old. Even the elderly are no older than 30. Being 40 myself I must concede that I grew out of this shit. Reminds me Aeon flux.

Westworld – Allright WestWorld. A new HBO series that really starts out from an interesting perspective. Let’s see whether they can keep the storyline up. I fear though it will dissolve into some interpersonal conflicts with a good bad (and that is modern) gray guy; all fighting for some for of greater (and deeper) good. The robots will learn who they really are and the weapons who are currently harmless will harm the real people as well eventually. That is my weatherforecast.

Vangelis – Rosetta

Being a decades long fan of Vangelis has always paid of. In contrast too all yuppies who thought their latest eighties band was cool (it wasn’t, they can’t even remember their name), Vangelis has become one of those rare wines that aged well.

Although his mastering process is sometimes not quiet up to par (think the latest release of Chariots of Fire), in this case the equalization has been done properly. Some people do hear some distortion in some tracks, but I don’t think this has been the mastering process because it is only on specific synth sounds. In that sense it is part of the soundscape. Of course, the fact that people perceive it as distortion is maybe not so good.

Some of the tracks are too short. You just get to know the track and it is already over. I really do love a lengthy piece. One should after all take the time to enjoy music. How can you do that if he changes theme every three minutes.

01. Origins

The main theme, played on brass, throughout the CD reminds me of chariots of fire. But then played by someone who did not want to copy himself so starting from the third note the obligatory difference is there. And that is maybe the reason I don’t like the main theme that much. It is lacks inspiration.

The timpanis are better than on his older tracks. Less distortion. The wind sounds remind me of Vangelis direct. The synthy noises are typical Vangelis. Well designed and  beautifully add atmosphere to the track.

02. Starstuff

Opens with a nice combination of classic instruments (played on synth) and unnatural noises (of course played on synth). The hollowed out synth is a very nice touch. Although I guess some people will call this track ‘too typical’ Vangelis to be any original, one should not forget that few artists can make a sound that tells so much and is all patched together so nicely. Maybe the ‘problem’ with this track is that it has little purpose. Maybe the entire CD can be considered as a soundtrack for a movie. This is the track where some prologue is told. ‘It was 3508 when the aliens arrived….’

03. Infinitude

Opens with a simple but nice melody… until it is repeated ad nauseum. In the past Vangelis his themes were longer which made them ‘easier’ to accept when they repeated. This melody is almost melachonic… almost, except that it doesn’t get there because it is too short. The backing strings and piano on the other hand tell their own story which makes the track again an interesting one. And then it stops. This is definitely a track that is too short, from any perspective.

04. Exo Genesis

Arpeggiators… You got to love’m.  Feels ad impromptu. I’m not a musician but some of the notes felt like they were off.  The backing synth cover helps you through the track. What the hell was the point of this track ? Maybe the least appealing track just because it feels wrong. After listening to it multiple times I always ask myself: is it this track I didn’t like and each time it is.

05. Celestial Whispers

Beautiful melody, again with nice synth backing. And a pizzicato to top it all off. Again TOO SHORT.

06. Albedo 0.06

Great synthline. Lots of bras. If they would only take’m off… This is again the main theme but by now I’m over its apparent simplicity. You can feel the gods and the angels, the obscurity of the unknown and gnosis. There is no way you can listen to this track and not be exported to other places. This is fairly original for Vangelis. There is no track from his that really compares to this one.

07. Sunlight

By now on the CD I’m starting to get used to the dense cloth of backing synths. Maybe some piece of mind would not hurt. Like a simple triangle piece. A couple of piano notes. Like the French dishes. A cherry in the middle of the plate. That is then 50 EUR. I’m am really hoping this track will be like this. E.g: memories of green.

Well this track isn’t what I was hoping for and there actually _is_ some distortion at places. Oh well.. A theatrical piece to let the sun shine. Yet… the sound is not good. There is a lot of jitter in the sampling.

08. Rosetta

Finally a melody which I can acknowledge is a beautiful one that inspires me to listen to more. And the obligatory repetition starts… but that is okay. It is a long melody.

The apparent chaos between the different triangles and plinky-plonky pizzicatos make this track more interesting than the other ones. I might actually like this track a lot.

Woho ! He brings in the trumpets. And for once not overly loud but actually subtly embedded in the sound. Love this.

09. Philaes Descent

Mare Tranquilitates. But then the less chaotic version. In a wacko way I might even start liking this track. A bit how I liked Bachanale as well. (not that the comparison is complete. This is still musically completely mainstream compared to his previous excursion in chaos)

10. Mission Accomplie

Nothing more to say than the title. A heroic ending to a movie. End titles scroll up or down. People go home. Bye bye. Have a nice day. Thanks for watching the movie. Here are some bloopers. And thanks to the families of those people who lost their lives during the stunts. You are all great. Hope you enjoyed the movie. You can still buy popcorn at the exit. Please adjust your eyes to the brightness before going down the staircases.

11. Perihelion

Waah. A hammer straight in the balls (maybe I should work on my metaphors). Nerve center injection into Antartica. Really love it. Danger on the track. In headphones I do hear some distortion. Also love how chaotic this track becomes at the end.

12. Elegy

Melodic, hollow synth, some strings. Most people like this track a lot. It is clearly a well worked out piece. Yet is nothing else but some chamber music.

13. Return to the void

As always with the endings on Vangelis CD’s, this track is polished. Probably the appeal of this track is its equalization and reverb on the low notes. Is almost an underwater track. I wonder how he describes how he made that sound: ‘oh it is just my fishtank with a microphone’

Best tracks

  • Rosetta
  • Albedo 0.06
  • Periphelion
  • Return to the void