Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Based on: Michael Crichton‘s book (plus sequel)
Sequel to: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon
Seen on: 13.6.2018

After Jurassic World was closed down, the remaining dinosaurs are roaming Isla Nubar and things should be calming down. But then the volcano on the island becomes active and threatens the last remaining living dinosaurs. Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), by now head of the Dinosaur Protection Group, can’t let that happen. She contacts Owen (Chris Pratt) despite their differences because she knows she needs his help to save the dinos. But they are not the only ones interested in them.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was about as messy as Jurssic World. If it wasn’t for the dinosaurs, I’d say that it isn’t worth watching at all. But dammit, if the dinosaurs aren’t pretty.

Poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, showing a T-Rex roaring over a human.
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A Monster Calls (2016)

A Monster Calls
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Patrick Ness
Based on: his and Siobhan Dowd’s novel
Cast: Lewis MacDougallSigourney WeaverFelicity JonesToby KebbellBen MoorJames MelvilleGeraldine ChaplinLiam Neeson
Seen on: 9.5.2017

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) has been having horrible nightmares for quite some time now. So when he hears a voice (Liam Neeson) at exactly 12.07 am that calls from him from the graveyard not far from his house, he is not particularly impressed. Not even when the yew tree in said graveyard gets up and comes to him, insisting that he was the one who called it. The monster promises Conor three stories that will help him, then Conor will have to tell his own story – the story of the nightmare he dreams almost every night.

A Monster Calls is a simply wonderful film. Based on the wonderful book, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it is always nice, when the film keeps the promise and potential of the book.

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Au delà des murs [Beyond the Walls] (2016)

Au delà des murs
Director: Hervé Hadmar
Writer: Sylvie Chanteux, Hervé Hadmar, Marc Herpoux
Cast: Veerle Baetens, François Deblock, Lila-Rose Gilberti, Geraldine Chaplin
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.4.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Lisa (Veerle Baetens) is a young introverted doctor who keeps everybody at arm’s length. She has no family and no friends to speak of. So she’s more than surprised when she’s informed that she has inherited the old house across her apartment building from a person she never heard of. After reassurances that there really is no mistake, she moves there. Soon she starts hearing knocking and other noises from behind the walls though. When she takes a sledgehammer to the walls, she finds a whole other world full of dangers and darkness.

Au delà des murs is a three part miniseries that completely enthralled me. The first two hours are super creepy and tense and had me at the edge of my seat, the third hour takes a turn into romance. All parts are definitely wonderful.

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Dólares de arena [Sand Dollars] (2014)

Dólares de arena
Director: Israel CárdenasLaura Amelia Guzmán
Writer: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Based on: Jean-Noél Pancrazi‘s novel
Cast: Yanet MojicaGeraldine ChaplinRicardo Ariel Toribio
Part of: Viennale
[Review by cornholio.]

Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) has been going to the Dominican Republic on her holidays for years and years. And every year there is Noeli (Yanet Mojica) who is one of the many sex workers who spend the holidays as the companion of one of the tourists, partly encouraged by her boyfriend Menor (Ricardo Ariel Toribio). Anne is aware of Noeli’s job, but she finds herself falling for the younger woman, and even hoping that Noeli might feel the same way, while Noeli just tries to find a way to a better life.

Dólares de arena turned into quite another love story than what I expected from the description, but arguably it was the better story. It’s a distinctly political film, clad in beautiful shots and good acting.


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Lo imposible [The Impossible] (2012)

Lo imposible
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writer: Sergio G. Sánchez
Based on: María Belón’s story
Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Sönke Möhring, Geraldine Chaplin

Maria (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) are flying to Thailand for their Christmas holidays. Everything is as they had planned – that is until a tsunami hits and splits the entire family up. Lucas and Maria find each other floating close to each other, but Maria is gravely injured. A few natives find them and bring them to the hospital but their adventure is far from over. At the same time, Henry who has found Thomas and Simon sends them to a shelter on their own while he continues his search for Maria and Lucas.

The Impossible is an absolute tear-jerker, and a completely effective one. It’s also perfectly acted and well-paced with a soundtrack that plays on your emotions as much as on their instruments.


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Et si on vivait tous ensemble? [And If We All Lived Together?] (2011)

Et si on vivait tous ensemble?
Director: Stéphane Robelin
Writer: Stéphane Robelin
Cast: Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin, Jane Fonda, Claude Rich, Pierre Richard
Part of: Festival du film francophone

Jean (Guy Bedos) and Annie (Geraldine Chaplin), Jeanne (Jane Fonda) and Albert (Pierre Richard), and Claude (Claude Rich): the five of them have been friends for ages. Then Claude has a heart attack, Albert’s starting dementia is becoming more and more apparent and Jeanne gets a rather devastating diagnosis, and they decide that it would be perfect if they all lived together. Joining them is the young anthropologist Dirk (Daniel Brühl) who wants to write his doctor thesis about their project. But living together doesn’t only have advantages and things do get a little tricky.

Et si on vivait tous ensemble? is a funny, sweet and touching movie about getting old that brings a fresh aspect to a topic that is rarely mentioned. I loved it.

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Americano (2011)

Director: Mathieu Demy
Writer: Mathieu Demy
Cast: Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin, Carlos Bardem, Chiara Mastroianni
Part of: Viennale

Martin’s (Mathieu Demy) estranged mother just died, so he travels from France to the USA, where she’s emigrated to years before, to take care of her affairs. Once there, his mother’s friend Linda (Geraldime Chaplin) tries to help him with getting everything in order. But Martin finds out about a Mexican immigrant his mother was close friends with and who she liked a lot. Generally lost in his life, he decides to travel to Mexico to find the (in the meantime deported) Lola (Salma Hayek) to tell her that his mother is dead.

The movie might have worked if it wasn’t for the idiotic script, the clichéd story, the annoying main character… basically, if all of it was Geraldine Chaplin being awesome. Unfortunately that isn’t the case and so the movie ends up being pretty boring.

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The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman is the remake of the 1941 movie. It was directed by Joe Johnston and stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Chaplin and Hugo Weaving.

After the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns home for the first time in years. Home he finds his brother’s fiancée Gwen (Emily Blunt), his pretty psychopathic father (Anthony Hopkins) and a huge-ass monster that promptly attacks him…

You know, deadra summed this movie up with: “Huh?!-lol-eww-wtf-NEEDLES!!!-eww-lol-huh?!?-WTF?!??” which, minus the needles, is pretty much the perfect summary for me, too. This movie is bad, people. Really bad. But in some instances (unfortunately they are too few) it’s also curiously entertaining.

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