Everything I Watched – May 20- June 2

May 19 - June 3I had the chance to see a few films in theatres this past few weeks and to re-watch some from the past few years at home.

Star Trek: Into Darkness – 2D – J.J Abrams – 2013 – Cineplex Odeon

I was pretty pretty excited to see Into Darkness, and I came away feeling pretty satisfied. I am definitely not a hard core Star Trek fan, and I recognize that sometimes emotions can run quite high when new material is added to the Canon. But, I just went wanting to see Benedict Cumberbatch be a total bad ass and see a bunch of explosions and ubiquitous anamorphic lens flares ; I was not disappointed. I must say I also thought the opening scene was visually stunning. I think Abrams has done a clever bit of storytelling by developing this new alternate timeline, which gives him the freedom to place well known characters in new situations while still being able to pay homage to what has been done before. Oh, you should also totally watch this Audi commericial featuring Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy.

Star Trek – J.J Abrams – 2009 – movie2K.to

After watching into Darkness I wanted to refresh my memory of how and why the alternate timeline was created in the first place. It probably would have been more logical to watch this one before the other. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

The Great Gatsby – Baz Lurhmann – 2013 – Cineplex Odeon

In my humble 33 years on this planet, I have not yet read The Great Gatsby. And I think in this particular instance, I was glad I hadn’t. Much like Into Darkness, I wans’t worried that the director might somehow mess up something that I held dear. Rather, I was just able to watch the film as a film. And there was a lot going on in that film. My mind simply can’t comprehend how Lurhmann is first, able to have such a grand vision for the aesthetic of a film and more than that, how he is able to actualize that vision onto the screen. There is just so much going on that eventually,  I just stop trying to learn from what I am seeing, and just sort of take it all in.

Master Chef  USA- Season 3 – Episodes 1 and 2 – 2013 – globaltv.com

I love Master Chef. I am fascinated by Gordon Ramsay, I think Graham Elliot is adorable (particularly the way he uses the word “yummy” to describe food), and Joe Bastianich plays a great grumpy judge. I think the challenges are intriguing with stakes high enough to keep my interest. And a blind contestant took home the Master Chef Trophy last year, I mean, what more do you want?

Hanna – Joe Wright – 2010 – Personal Film Collection

Hanna is far from a perfect film, but it gets so many areas right that it’s one that I keep coming back to. Solid performances, palatable stylization, beautiful cinematography, effective soundtrack, and engaging themes. I suppose the one shot of Cate Blanchett baring her teeth through a cracked window might be a bit too much, but hey, it’s all about fairy tales right?

 

 

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