Justice League (2017)

Justice League
Director: Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Writer: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Based on: Gardner Foxteam-up of superheroes
Sequel to: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal Gadot, Ezra MillerJason MomoaRay Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, David Thewlis, Billy Crudup
Part of: DC movies
Seen on: 19.11.2017
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Plot:
After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck) tries to put together a team of superheroes. Diana aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is already on board, but the recruitment of other team members is more difficult. Arthur Curry aka Aquaman (Jason Momoa) isn’t interested, Barry Allen aka The Flash (Ezra Miller) is very willing but also not easily pinned down and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Ray Fisher) might even be dead. But when Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) attacks Diana’s home Themyscira to acquire an artefact, gathering forces becomes an even more pressing issues.

I expected bad things from Justice League and was pleasantly surprised by what we got. That’s not to say that Justice League is a good film overall, but at least it has its moments.

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The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girl
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: Lucinda Coxon
Based on: David Ebershoff‘s novel, which was in turn a ficionalized version of Lili Elbe‘s life
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Adrian Schiller, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sebastian Koch
Seen on: 25.1.2016

Plot:
Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are both painters and a happily married couple. While Einar may be more successful than Gerda, at least for now, that doesn’t keep her from continuing to work. When her dancer friend Ulla (Amber Heard) is late for modelling, Gerda asks Einar for help. He feels silly at first, but as he gets in the role, something happens. Einar creates Lili and slowly Lili fights her way to life inside of him.

The way I just described the plot already shows that The Danish Girl is a deeply problematic film – because that is actually an accurate description of how it portrays being trans*. It boils down to a film that is completely misguided and misinformed about what transgender actually is and tears everything apart that stands in the way of that distorted vision, even the basis in reality that it supposedly has.

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Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Magic Mike XXL
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Writer: Reid Carolin
Sequel to: Magic Mike
Cast: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin NashMatt Bomer, Gabriel Iglesias, Adam Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett SmithDonald GloverStephen Boss, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks
Seen on: 8.8.2015

Plot:
Mike (Channing Tatum) is hard at work, trying to get his construction business off the ground. But so far, it hasn’t quite paid off. When he is visited by his former stripper colleagues Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan (Keven Nash), Ken (Matt Bomer) and Tito (Adam Rodriguez), he first declines their invitation to come to Stripper Con to make one big, last splash in the business. But he finally does give in and they are on their way. But one difficulty after the other hits their road trip and since they are all out of money, fortunately most of their problems can be solved by dancing.

Every once in a while, Magic Mike XXL has moments where it is exactly the film I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, for the most part it consists of dreary dialogue scenes and has some of the worst pacing I’ve ever seen in a film.

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The Rum Diary (2011)

The Rum Diary
Director: Bruce Robinson
Writer: Bruce Robinson
Based on: Hunter S. Thompson‘s novel
Cast: Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins

Plot:
Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) just arrived in Puerto Rico to work there as a journalist, since he couldn’t get a job anywhere else as he is pretty much continuously drunk. But that also means that he fits in perfectly with the journalists there. He moves in with Sala (Michael Rispoli) and Moberg (Giovanni Ribisi). Then he is quickly approached by business man Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) who wants to use him for one of his real estate plans. But that’s really where trouble starts, as Kemp practically immediately falls in love with Sanderson’s girlfriend Chenault (Amber Heard) and Sanderson’s plans aren’t all kosher anyway.

The Rum Diary really has its moments but it becomes a little repetitive and then it runs a little too long. There’s only so long until you need to get drunk yourself to really enjoy drunken shenanigangs.

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The Ward (2010)

The Ward
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Cast: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jared Harris
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Kristen (Amber Heard) is caught burning down a farmhouse and promptly admitted to a mental institution. There she is stationed in a ward with four other young women – and a ghost. The ghost starts picking off the girls one by one, but nobody believes Kristen that anything is happening at all. So she tries to stop it on her own.

The Ward had some good scares, but other than that it was an extremely unimaginative affair with one cliché after the other.

[REALLY BIG SPOILERS]

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Drive Angry 3D (2011)

Drive Angry 3D is the newest film by Patrick Lussier, starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke and David Morse.

Plot:
John Milton (Nicolas Cage) manages to escape from hell to save his granddaughter who has been abducted by Jonah King (Billy Burke), head of an evil sect who plan to sacrifice her. John pairs up with Piper (Amber Heard) because she has a cool car and an attitude and starts to hunt down King, while being hunted himself by The Accountant (William Fichtner) who was sent to bring him back to hell.

I did not expect Drive Angry 3D to be any good. I expected it to be incredibly campy and entertaining and fun. But I was very disappointed nonetheless because I ended up being bored.

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Potential

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a teenie slasher. But a teenie slasher, which got really good reviews, at least here in Austria. I was intrigued. I like horror movies, but am mostly disappointed with the splatter ones, so I had to see one that was almost reviewed as “art-sy”.

Well, unfortunately, AtBLML did not break the tradition. It was not scary, but forseeable [maybe I was looking for the twist, because everybody kept telling me about the unforseeableness, but seriously – SPOILER!!!!

Mandy Lane is involved in the killings herself? Where’s the news in that?

SPOILER END].

Also, I’m not sure about the acting abilities of Amber Heard. I’m not saying that she can’t, but in this movie, she didn’t (have to) act, she just had to look pretty. Which was no problem.

What I did like about the movie, were moments, when they didn’t take themselves seriously and used the soundtrack to counter the pictures.

Like the one scene, where one of the kids runs away from the murderer, who sits in a car. So, the kid runs and runs and runs, and the car follows at about 2 mph. [Which in itself is pretty funny.] And in some shots, we get the view from the car, and the car stereo is playing some rap song, which just doesn’t fit it the scene at all.

And the end credits are to “Sealed with a Kiss”, which you wouldn’t expect in a teenie slasher.

Well. Summarising: It’s an average teenie slasher (aka not good) with better than average moments. And just because it’s shot grainy, doesn’t make it art.