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Need for Speed (2014)
Finally a VERY good video game movie
EDIT: There were good video game movies before, like Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider. That's why the change in the title.
Need For Speed is surprisingly good not only for its fidelity to the spirit of the video games (adrenalin- fueled races, police car chases, ambush, everything what makes a Need For Speed game is there) but also for its well-written although not too deep plot and its really talented cast. Also there are a lot of subtle references to the video games that will delight the fans of the series.
Aaron Paul delivers a real emotional character in Tobey Marshall, a man who joins an illegal race to prove his innocence of a crime he didn't commit. Dominic Cooper is flawless as Dino Brewster, an old sorehead of Tobey who cheats to win a beat and makes a scheme to blame Tobey for the crime he committed. Imogen Poots makes Julia, who could easily have been a tomboy by another actress, into a funny and feminine brat girl. Michael Keaton is excellent as Monarch, the owner and narrator of the illegal race. Scott Mescudi steals the scene as "Maverick" Benny. Rami Malek delivers a hilarious comic relief as Finn.
It is a must see for who likes race movies.
Don Jon (2013)
Finally a romantic comedy what a man will not be ashamed to watch
Don Jon surprised me as a romantic comedy that in a healthy way makes fun of porn and of romantic comedies (yes, a romantic comedy that jokes at romantic comedies). Now let's dissect this indie gem:
* Joseph Gordon-Levittdelivers an awesome work in the writing, direction, and as Jon, a Don Juan who can't get satisfaction in his actual sexual relations and loses himself in porn addiction until find the "one" woman with who he makes his connection.
* Scarlett Johansson is marvelous as Barbara, a teenage girl in a woman's body who honestly believes all the things she sees in romantic comedies.
* Julianne Moore is perfect as Esther, a woman who helps Jon to acknowledge he's a porn addict and get rid of it.
* Tony Danza, in the lack of better words to describe, is pure gold in all of his scenes as Jon Sr.
* Gleene Headly is okay as Angela, Jon's mother who looks like a grandmother but doesn't have grandchildren (oh, my!).
* Brie Larson as Monica, Jon's sister who does nothing than typing on her cell phone, makes the best no-lines role i ever saw since Crispin Glover in Charlie's Angels - no, this is not right, Brie has one line, and in this only line she says all she needs to say. Awesome.
* Rob Brown and Jeremy Luke are average as Jon's friends.
* Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum make hilarious cameos as the romantic comedy stars (did i mention this is a romantic comedy that makes fun of romantic comedies?).
Wisely, Gordon-Levitt deliberately makes the audience wish the film had a longer runtime than the 90 minutes, but let's be honest, who stays sitting 120 or 150 minutes to watch a romantic comedy?
Now the one thing i disliked: the scene of Wrong Turn in the opening. For a moment i thought "did i enter the right theater?". Fully unnecessary. Only this stopped me from giving this gem a 10/10.
9/10 to this awesome directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
José do Egito (2013)
An awesome series, it is worth the watch
José do Egito is the best biblical series of the television and the most faithful to the original source: the Bible. It covers with richness of details the odyssey of the faithful José (Joseph) since his adolescence when he was sold as a slave by his own brothers until his adult life when guided by God he became the governor of the Egypt and helped not only this country but his family to survive and fulfill the plan of God - making Israel a great nation fearful of God and taking his name (Jehovah) to all the world. The artistic license with the characters is surprisingly respectful to the original biblical text, what makes the series even more pleasant to watch.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Sincerely i avoid western animated films in general once the are directed to children, and i avoid at all video game films once they are idiotic, so with double reason i avoided Wreck-it Ralph for a good time until i read a positive matter about it in a video game magazine. I watched it expecting the same garbage of all video game films i had watched previously (except for Scott Pilgrim VS The World, the only good video game film i ever have watched until then) and to my own surprise i LOVED it. Not only the story and the characters are enjoyable but this film has something that lacks in all other video game films: the REPLAY FACTOR. Even Scott Pilgrim i watched only once, but i have watched Wreck-it Ralph at least three times now trying to figure out and recognize all video game characters and references in the film, and every time i re-watch it i find something i have lost in the last time i watched it. AWESOME!
Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998)
It began good and and ended bad
The stories of the game characters were well told in general and Kung Lao, like the non-game characters Siro and Taja, was great and charismatic, Shang Tsung stole the scene as villain, Shao Khan was a caricature of the game character, Scorpion's new origin was a disaster and it was very worse not having any relation with Subzero (they are deadly enemies in the game), Raiden was a perfect adaptation of the game character and the lesbianity between the reptilians was an outstanding bait to attract the teenage public, but it suddenly ended with only one season, and with all the heroes dead and the evil triumphing! I hated this end!