King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram,
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom WuKatie McGrathDavid BeckhamMichael McElhatton
Seen on: 22.5.2017
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When King Uther (Eric Bana) is betrayed by his brother Vortigern (Jude Law), Uther barely manages to get his baby out of the danger zone. The baby grows up to be Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) who has no idea of his family background, but gets a whole lot of street smarts. And then Uther’s sword is uncovered, stuck in a stone. Since it can only be removed by Uther’s son and nobody knows where he is, Vortigern forces all men in the country to give it a try. And nobody is more surprised than Arthur when he is actually able to pull the sword out – a fact that immediately pits him against Vortigern and the powers he commands.

I expected King Arthur to be pretty bad and it was, but it was also a little better than expected. Which is not to say that it’s actually a good film or really worth seeing.

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Re-Watch: Hanna (2011)

Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Seth LochheadDavid Farr
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Tom HollanderOlivia WilliamsJessica Barden
Seen on: 18.4.2016
[Here’s my first review.]

Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) grows up with her father Erik (Eric Bana) in complete seclusion. He trains her to be the perfect spy and she grows up knowing that once she leaves her solitary life, she will be hunted down by Marissa (Cate Blanchett). Nevertheless Hanna wants to head out into the world and finally Erik also agrees that she’s ready. So the first thing Hanna does is to head out and try to kill Marissa, before Marissa can kill her.

I was rather disappointed in the film when I saw it the first time – I just didn’t think it lived up to its potential. So I hadn’t planned on watching it again but then it was part of my curriculum at uni and I decided to give it another try. With my expectations dialed down, I was able to enjoy Hanna much more than the first time.

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Deadfall (2012)

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Writer: Zach Dean
Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Treat Williams

Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are siblings who have just successfully robbed a casino. But on their way to Canada, their car crashes, they kill a cop and so they suddenly find themselves in the middle of nowhere without a ride. Despite the snow and the low temperature, Addison decides to go on on foot, while Liza hitches a ride with recently released from jail Jay (Charlie Hunnam), planning to catch up with Addison later. But in the meantime, the local police are in full manhunt mode and things are not about to get any easier.

Deadfall has a good atmosphere and a mostly excellent cast, but unfortunately the script is right out of Coincidenceville which was pretty irritating. But at least it was never boring.


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Hanna (2011)

Hanna is the newest movie by Joe Wright, written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr and starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Tom Hollander and Olivia Williams.

Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) grows up with her father Erik (Eric Bana) in complete seclusion. He trains her to be the perfect spy and she grows up knowing that once she leaves her solitary life, she will be hunted down by Marissa (Cate Blanchett). Nevertheless Hanna wants to head out into the world and finally Erik also agrees that she’s ready. So the first thing Hanna does is to head out and try to kill Marissa, before Marissa can kill her.

Hanna has all the ingredients to be an amazing film. But somehow somwhere something went wrong and the film ended up being not good. It’s not bad per se, but it just doesn’t live up to its potential at all.

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Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max is an animated movie by Adam Elliot, starring the voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana. I saw it during the Anilogue Festival in Vienna.

Eight-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore/Toni Collette) is a slightly strange and lonely child living in Melbourne with an alcoholic mother. One day, she tears a page from a New York phone book and writes at random to Max Horowitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Max turns out to be a fourty-four-year-old autistic who, after overcoming a panic attack triggered by the letter, answers Mary. A lifelong exchange of letters and friendship follows.

I can not tell you how perfectly wonderful this film is. It is funny, charming, sweet and incredibly well written, has great performances and is beautifully narrated by Barry Humphries. On top of that it looks amazing. Get your hands on a copy now.

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Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek is, in this case, the new J. J. Abrams movie starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy.  

Before I go into anything here, a quick disclaimer: I am not a Trekky (sp?). I have seen a few episodes of the various shows (mostly Voyager and DS9), but I never really got into the fandom. So, if you want a review by a fan, maybe deadra will write one someday or maybe she’ll leave her comments here.

Star Trek tells the beginning of it all – how everybody got to know each other, how Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) became friends and how everything started on the Enterprise.
After the death of his father (Chris Hemsworth), James Kirk grows up to be a rebel, constantly challenging the rules around him. He joins the Star Fleet, where he soon excels – and meets new friends, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and McCoy (Karl Urban). Soon they all get pulled into the troubles arising from a Romulan ship that seems to be stranded in time.

Despite a few plot holes, Star Trek is a very entertaining movie with good acting, a nice sense of humour and perfect special effects. Having never really liked the show(s), I didn’t expect much but I was definitely pleasantly surprised and had a lot of fun – also as a not-Trekky. [Though deadra did have to explain a few things to me – there were some insider jokes I didn’t get.]



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Miscellaneous Older Movies

I’ve seen Troy, finally. And I have to say that it was better than I thought it would be. Which doesn’t say a whole lot, because I expected it to be as bad as Alexander or Kingdom of Heaven.
I actually like Troy. All because of Eric Bana, Peter O’Toole and Sean Bean.


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is nice. It just has two huge flaws:

  1. What’s up with the accents? I hate it when they shoot films in English which are set somewhere else and to make up for it that it’s not the original language, everybody talks with an accent. It’s just not logical. It’s either prentending that English is the national language in Greece, than only the Italians and Germans should have accents when talking, or you shoot in the original language (in this case Greek, Italian and German) and use English as the language they communicate in when not talking to each other or just use subtitles.
  2. When having the choice between Christian Bale and Nicolas Cage, who in their right mind would choose Nicolas Cage?

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Audition is one freaky movie. I didn’t know much about it when I watched it and the slow development and the beauty of the first half of it, lulls you into safety.

It features one of the most beautiful shots I’ve ever seen.


And then it gets so seriously crazy…


When the bag moves for the first time, I almost had a heart attack.
One of the worst scenes ever in any film is the one, where Asami goes “Kiri, kiri, kiri”. Especially, because in German you say “Kille, kille, kille” when you tickle someone and it’s phonetically really close. I don’t think I can ever tickle my nephews (or anybody else for that matter) again without seeing needles everywhere.



Snakes on a Plane was even worse than I thought it would be. Couldn’t they even get someone who could believably animate snakes? It is really, really sad to watch. Nevermind the story which is thin as it is, but they could have at least made the snakes look like real animals.


Black Snake Moan features Samuel L. Jackson as well, but no snakes, which is good. From the trailer, you’d expect a completely different movie. But the film it actually is, is really good. Interesting, different, disturbing, very good characters and acting. Christina Ricci was amazing. And I wouldn’t have thought that Justin Timberlake could actually act.

The ending was a bit disappointing though. It came a little fast, compared to the pace of the rest of the movie and it was a little too optimistic for my taste.


K. and I had another cinema evening, this time watching The Other Boleyn Girl.

It was ok. Natalie Portman and Eric Bana played very well, Scarlett Johansson didn’t so much [but she usually doesn’t. If she didn’t have a nice ass I don’t think she would be anywhere close to a screen].
Historically, as K. explained to me [I wouldn’t know. I take my knowledge about this period from The Tudors, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age], it wasn’t really accurate. As if reality wasn’t dramatic enough. But I guess you’ll have to blame Philippa Gregory for that.
Anyway,  it felt like a prequel to Elizabeth, but one where they didn’t use as much money, time or good writers like for Elizabeth.

This sounds really bad. It actually wasn’t. But it wasn’t as good as Elizabeth, which I’ve just seen, and it’s hard not to compare the two.

It’s worth a watch, but it’s not the best movie of all time. I’d give it an enthusiastic meh.

(It probably would have changed my mind if there had been more of naked Eric Bana, as I expected from the things I heard about the movie before…)

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Excuse me, if this is old news for you but I just found out that they’ll make a movie of Audrey Niffenegger’s wonderful, great and beautiful novel The Time Traveler’s Wife” (link to imdb). In fact, they already made it (It’s in post-production).

Adapted by: Jeremy Leven who is responsible for tear-jerking chick flicks like The Notebook and Don Juan de Marco. And The Legend of Bagger Vance which I have never seen, but presume to put into this category (or a category close to tear-jerking chick flicks) as well.

Directed by: Robert Schwentke who did Tattoo, an ok German thriller (better than most, that doesn’t make it good though) and Flightplan which was crap.

Starring: Eric Bana who was great in Munich. I still haven’t seen Troy so I can’t comment on the quality of his acting (though I’m pretty sure I could comment on the quality of the movie as a whole by comparing it to Alexander) and Hulk was… well, let’s just say every great director is allowed a slip with his movies, also Ang Lee (right, Tim Burton? You know which one I’m talking about… stay clear from remakes, ok?). And Rachel McAdams who hasn’t done much, in fact (compared to other stars about her age and not to me… compared to me… well…). The Family Stone and Wedding Crashers are not necessarily a sign for acting qualities (I’ve actually seen The Family Stone and can’t remember her) but Notebook was very good.

So, summarising: We have a beautiful story from one of the best books I’ve read in the past years (if not ever), adapted by a writer who doesn’t write a lot but/and the stuff that he writes is usually good (for chick flicks at least, which I like when I’m in the right mood), a director whose movies were … let’s say below average and two actors who have each one good movie (from the ones I have seen) they played in.

This will be interesting. Not necessarily good, but I sure hope so.