Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Without any particular movie to watch I decided to go with this one mostly because of Steve Carell who I like since The Office and Jennifer Garner who did a good job in The Invention of Lying back in 2009. I also recognise Kerris Dorsey from Ray Donovan tv show. 

The movie as its moments but could have been a lot funnier. Carell and Garner do a good job with the material they had to work with but in general the movie fails to bring the laughs. 

The support cast includes Donald Glover (Community) and Dick Van Dyke but they have little to do in the movie. Bella Thorne who I had seen early this year in Blended is just there to be the stereotypical highschool popular mean girl with no personality. 

There’s nothing else to talk about this movie. All I have to do now is to forget I ever watched it. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

The film follows the exploits of Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould), an ordinary 11-year-old boy, and his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” He is left out by his family; his older brother, Anthony (Dylan Minnette), his older sister, Emily (Kerris Dorsey), his mother, Kelly (Jennifer Garner), his dad, Ben (Steve Carell), and his baby brother, Trevor (Elise/Zoey Vargas).

The day before Alexander’s twelfth birthday, he wakes up and finds gum in his hair and clips it off with a pair of scissors. Anthony is trying to earn his driver’s license so he can drive his girlfriend, Celia (Bella Thorne), to the prom, Emily is rehearsing for the title role in her school play of Peter Pan, Kelly is working for a publication company that is publishing a new children’s book, and Ben, who has been unemployed for several months, has landed a job interview as a game designerfor a video game company.

That same morning, Alexander attends school where he experiences another series of misfortunes, as well as finding out that his friends, including his crush, Becky Gibson (Sidney Fullmer), and friend, Paul (Mekai Curtis), will all be attending Philip Parker’s birthday party instead of his, due to Philip’s expensive party entertainment and popularity. He tries to tell his family how miserably his day has gone, but none of them even listen to what he says. That evening, Anthony upsets Celia during a phone call while yelling at Alexander saying he is an “idiot brother”, and Emily rehearses her stage lines in Kelly’s Volvo while leaving its light on. Alexander makes himself a makeshift birthday sundae and wishes his family could experience the disappointments he does everyday.

The next morning, Alexander wakes up to find his family in disarray; his parents have overslept, Emily has a cold, and Anthony has found out that Celia broke up with him. The battery in Kelly’s car is dead, because Emily left its light on all evening while rehearsing, therefore Ben has to take Trevor with him to the interview after dropping Kelly off at work. At school, Alexander is told that Philip has cancelled his birthday party due to illness, and calls his father, asking him to plan a party for him. Kelly is informed of an embarrassing misprint in the book they are publicizing, and needs to stop Dick Van Dyke from reading it at public reading later. Ben takes Trevor along to the office interview and meets Greg (Donald Glover) who seems impressed at his credentials, although the meeting is cut short after Trevor ingests a highlighter. Meanwhile at school, Anthony finds out that Celia has come back with him. He, very happy about what happened, jumps up and accidentally slaps a banner which is held up by two trophy cases between him, causing them to fall and smash, and leading to him being suspended.

Kelly manages to arrive at Dick Van Dyke’s reading, but she is unable to warn him of the book’s misprint. He reads it with the inappropriate material, humiliating himself and the publishing company. Meanwhile, Ben has purchased cough syrup for Emily’s worsening symptoms and takes Anthony to the Department of Motor Vehicles, where his driving instructor intentionally distracts him, causing him to destroy several parking meters, badly damage the family minivan, and fail his driving exam. Alexander confesses that the family’s day was jinxed because of his ill wishes the night before, and apologizes, but Ben says “Apology not accepted” because they can still have some good in it. Afterwards, they all go to Emily’s play, which is inadvertently sabotaged by her impaired behavior due to her overdosing on the cough syrup. The game design firm call Ben and ask him to meet them at a Japanese hibachi restaurant for a second meeting. The family, joined by Celia, go to the restaurant in their badly damaged minivan, where Ben accidentally sets his shirt on fire at the grill, embarrassing him to the employers. The whole family consoles him, admitting that they will overcome whatever else the day has in store for them. Alexander states, “You just gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more”, and Anthony suddenly decides not to go to the prom with Celia, stating that his family is more important and also breaks up with her completely.

The family returns home, and discover that Ben had hired a rental animal service to recreate an Australian petting zoo for Alexander’s birthday party. They then decide to pitch in to try and salvage the day by helping host it. Ben and Kelly receive good news: he got hired for the game design job, and she has been informed that the celebrity reading went viral and has created publicity for the book. Reunited, Ben then brings out the cake, with Alexander wishing for more days like the one they shared together.

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Cast:

Steve Carell as Ben Cooper, Alexander’s father
Jennifer Garner as Kelly Cooper, Alexander’s mother
Ed Oxenbould as Alexander Cooper
Dylan Minnette as Anthony Cooper, Alexander’s older brother
Kerris Dorsey as Emily Cooper, Alexander’s older sister
Bella Thorne as Celia Rodriguez, Anthony’s girlfriend
Elise and Zoey Vargas as Trevor Cooper, Alexander’s baby brother
Sidney Fullmer as Becky Gibson, Alexander’s girlfriend
Megan Mullally as Nina
Donald Glover as Greg
Joel Johnstone as Logan
Jennifer Coolidge as Ms. Suggs
Samantha Logan as Heather
Dick Van Dyke as Himself

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

I watched the original 3 Star Wars movies when I was a kid and some remastered version came out in the theatres and later I watched the 3 prequel movies. I didn’t watch Clone Wars or Rebels or read any of the books. I played a Star Wars game a while ago but none of the main characters where involved in it. 

A New Hope came out in 1977 (10 before I was born) and since then George Lucas made so many changes to the movie adding scenes, using new CGI technology and changing dialogues that I’ve been afraid of buying not knowing what version of the movie I was getting. I finally decided to buy it since I had a 10€ discount. 

The movie holds itself together pretty well but it’s weird seeing all the CGI effects in a movie that was shot in 77. There’s a conversation between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut where Jabba is clearly made of CGI that contrasts heavily with Han and the background. 

I believe everyone knows the story at this point either by watching the movie or seeing it being adapted in other places. I was half expecting for Meg (Family Guy) to show up in the garbage disposal. 

Not having seen the original version I don’t know wich scenes where added or wich conversation was altered but the final result is still entertaining. I’m thinking of watching The Empire Strikes Back next week and I’m preparing myself for a heavily CGI Yoda in a 1980 movie. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

The galaxy is in a civil war, and spies for the Rebel Alliance have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire’s Death Star, a heavily armed and armored space station capable of destroying an entire planet. Rebel leader Princess Leia is in possession of the plans, but her ship is captured by Imperial forces under the command of the evil lord Darth Vader. Before she is captured, Leia hides the plans in the memory of an astromech droid called R2-D2, along with a holographic recording. The small droid flees to the surface of the desert planet Tatooine with fellow protocol droid C-3PO.

The droids are captured by Jawa traders, who sell the pair to moisture farmers Owen and Beru and their nephew, Luke Skywalker. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke accidentally triggers part of Leia’s message, in which she requests help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. The only “Kenobi” Luke knows of is an old hermit named Ben Kenobi who lives in the nearby hills. The next morning, Luke finds R2-D2 searching for Obi-Wan, and meets Ben Kenobi, who reveals himself to be Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan tells Luke of his days as a Jedi Knight, one of a faction of former galactic peacekeepers with supernatural powers derived from an energy field called the Force, who were wiped out by the Empire. Contrary to his uncle’s statements, Luke learns that his father fought alongside Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight before he was betrayed and killed by Vader, Obi-Wan’s former pupil who turned to the dark side of the Force. Obi-Wan then offers Luke his father’s lightsaber.

Obi-Wan views Leia’s complete message in which she begs him to take the Death Star plans to her home planet of Alderaan and give them to her father for analysis. Obi-Wan invites Luke to accompany him to Alderaan and learn the ways of the Force. Luke initially declines, but changes his mind after discovering that Imperial stormtroopers searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 have destroyed his home and killed his aunt and uncle. Obi-Wan and Luke hire smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca to transport them on their ship, the Millennium Falcon.

Upon the Falcon ’​s arrival at the location, they find out that Alderaan has been destroyed by order of the Death Star’s commanding officer, Grand Moff Tarkin, as a demonstration of the Death Star’s power. The Falcon is captured by the Death Star’s tractor beam and brought into its hangar bay. While Obi-Wan goes to disable the tractor beam, Luke discovers that Leia is imprisoned aboard and, with the help of Han and Chewbacca, rescues her. After several harrowing escapes, the group makes its way back to the Falcon. Obi-Wan engages in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader and is killed. The Falconescapes the Death Star, unknowingly carrying a tracking device that enables the Empire to follow it to the rebels’ hidden base on Yavin IV.

The rebels analyze the Death Star plans and identify a vulnerable exhaust port that connects to the station’s main reactor. Luke joins the rebel assault squadron, while Han collects his payment for the transport and intends to leave despite Luke’s request that he stay and help. In the ensuing battle, the rebels suffer heavy losses after several unsuccessful attack runs, leaving Luke one of the few surviving pilots. Vader leads a squad of TIE fighters and prepares to attack Luke’s X-wing ship, but Han returns and fires on the Imperials, sending Vader spiraling away. Helped by spiritual guidance from Obi-Wan to use the Force, Luke successfully destroys the Death Star seconds before it can fire on the rebel base. Leia later awards Luke and Han with medals for their heroism.

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Nightcrawler

Having to choose between Serena that got very poor reviews but starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and Nightcrawler a movie with great reviews but starring Jake Gyllennhaal whose last movie I had seen of him was the 2004 The Day After Tomorrow I ended up with Nightcrawler and I don’t regret it. 

Nightcrawler is intense and shows the extremes people are willing to go in pursuit of their goals. The movie is really well directed with some incredible shots and the story is engaging. 

Gyllennhaal does a fantastic job playing Bloom and many times during the movie selling the point with just his facial expression. The rest of the cast does a good job as well with special note to Rene Russo as Nina. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Caught stealing from a Los Angeles construction site, Lou Bloom attacks a security guard and steals his watch. Negotiating a price for the stolen material at a scrap yard, Bloom asks for a job, but the manager tells him he will not employ a thief.

Inspired by an amateur film crew he sees shooting footage of a car crash, Lou trades a stolen racing bicycle for a camcorder and a radio scanner, and shoots the aftermath of a carjacking to sell to a local TV station. The morning news director, Nina, buys the footage and encourages Lou to continue his work. She stipulates that the station is most interested in footage of violent incidents in affluent neighborhoods, since these attract the most viewers. Lou hires an assistant, Rick, a young man desperate for money.

To get better footage, Lou alters crime scenes, including moving a corpse. His work gains traction and he purchases better equipment and a faster car. He turns down a business offer from a competitor and sabotages his van, causing an accident which Lou films. He threatens to end his business relationship with Nina unless she agrees to sex, knowing her job depends on his footage.

Lou and Rick arrive before the police at the site of a home invasion in Granada Hills, an affluent neighborhood. Lou records footage of the perpetrators leaving in their SUV and of the victims in the house. The news staff worry that airing the footage is unethical, but Nina is eager to break the story. In exchange, Lou demands more money and public credit.

The police become suspicious of Lou and ask for his footage of the home invasion. He gives them an edited tape, withholding footage identifying the gunmen, then locates the gunmen himself and stakes them out at a restaurant with Rick. Scared, Rick demands half the money Lou stands to make, or else face Rick going to the police. Lou agrees, calls 911 to report the suspects, and gets ready to film the confrontation. He demands Rick get out of the car to shoot a supporting angle; Rick complies when Lou threatens him with violence.

The police arrive at the restaurant and exchange gunfire with the suspects. One is killed and the other escapes in the SUV. The police give chase, with Lou and Rick tailing and recording. After the SUV crashes, Lou urges Rick to film the suspect, claiming he is dead. The suspect shoots Rick and tries to escape. More officers arrive and shoot the suspect dead. As Rick lies dying, Lou films him and tells him he cannot work with someone he does not trust.

Nina is delighted by the footage and expresses her devotion to Lou. The news team discovers that the “home invasion” was actually a drug deal gone wrong; Nina omits this information to maximize the story’s emotional impact. Police try to confiscate the footage for evidence, but Nina defends her right to withhold it.

Interrogated by police, Lou fabricates a story about the men in the van following him; the detective sees through it, but has no evidence. Lou invests in branded vans and hires a team of interns to expand his business.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

I’m a fan of The Hunger Games even before the first movie premiered having read all 3 books. The studio decided to cut the last movie in 2 parts a practise that started with Harry Potter final book but that has a big difference that is the size of the book but I think Mockingjay part 1 was well succeeded and leaves the second part to be more about the fighting in the Capitol. 

The main reason this 2 part separation works so well is that the movie expands the story of the book by giving attention to other characters and places while the book focus solely on Katniss. 

The actors do a good job with Jennifer Lawrence stealing the show once again. There’s new actors like Julianne Moore (Alma Coin) and Natalie Dormer (Cressida) and some of the actors have more have more to do than in the previous movies (but not too much) like Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch) and Willow Shields (Primrose). 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

After being rescued from the destroyed arena in the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow Victors Beetee and Finnick Odair, are taken to District 13, an underground rebel facility hidden beneath the ruins of the old District 13, where she is reunited with her mother and sister Prim. While recuperating, she is introduced to President Alma Coin, the rebel leader, and is told that her actions in the arena sparked riots and strikes against the Capitol. Coin asks her if she will become the “Mockingjay”—the symbol of the rebellion— as part of their “hearts and minds” strategy. Katniss flatly declines, angrily reminding her that they left Peeta Mellark, her portrayed lover and fellow District 12 tribute, behind in the arena. At the suggestion of Plutarch Heavensbee, the former Gamemaker, she is taken to see the ruins of District 12, which was completely levelled by a Capitol bombing campaign (with the exception of the houses in the Victor’s Village). After seeing that Peeta is being used by Capitol state television to try and quell the rebellion, Katniss reluctantly changes her mind and agrees to become Coin’s Mockingjay, on the condition that Peeta and the other victors will be rescued, and pardoned, at the earliest opportunity.

After Haymitch notes that Katniss thrives on spontaneity, she is introduced to her film team (led by Capitol escapee Cressida), is dressed up in a specially-designed outfit, and given Effie Trinket as a stylist and close friend Gale as a bodyguard. They go out to District 8 to visit a hospital, but as the visit concludes, a Capitol bombing squadron arrives and bombs the hospital, killing everyone inside. In her rage, Katniss gives a rousing speech to the camera, which is broadcast when Beetee hijacks the Capitol’s news feed. The team then go back to District 12, where Gale tells the story of its destruction, and Katniss is filmed singing “The Hanging Tree.” After both are broadcast, strikers in District 7 kill an entire team of Peacekeepers with hidden land mines, and a rebel demolition team destroys the dam providing the Capitol with electricity, forcing them to use power generators and weakening their ability to broadcast their propaganda.

That night, Katniss is watching Peeta being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman, the Games’ former presenter, when, in an apparent defiance of his captors, he suddenly shouts a warning to the camera that the Capitol is about to attack District 13. Coin orders a mass evacuation into the underground shelters. While Prim is nearly locked out when she goes back to get her cat, everyone manages to get inside safely, and the facility survives the attack unharmed. Upon emerging, Katniss discovers that the area is littered with white roses, and realizes that President Snow has sent them to taunt her, and presumes that he is about to kill Peeta. As Peeta’s warning gave the District an additional eight minutes evacuation time, Coin despatches an elite special forces team, which includes Gale, to rescue him, along with Johanna Mason, and Annie Cresta, the remaining Victors, from their prison in the Capitol’s Tribute centre. The rescue is successful. However, when Katniss goes to greet Peeta, he unexpectedly attacks and strangles her into unconsciousness, before being knocked unconscious himself by Boggs.

Katniss wakes up in the medical facility, and is informed that Peeta has been “hijacked”—brainwashed into wanting to kill Katniss through aversion therapy and tracker jacker venom – explaining why the Capitol allowed Gale’s team to escape. A process to undo the therapy begins, with Peeta kept in isolation. Meanwhile, Coin announces the successful rescue of the Victors, and that the fight may now be taken to the Capitol.

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This turned out to be a good movie on its on but it leaves Part 2 with all of the assault the Capitol related themes making it a very diferent movie than any of the 3 that came before it. 

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Destiny

Destiny is a game design by Bungie the makers of Halo and although I never played Halo (I’m team PlayStation) I heard a lot about its merits and therefor I wanted to play Destiny since I first heard of it. 

Destiny is a game different than any other I’ve played. It’s still familiar for me in the sence it plays like most FPS such as Call of Duty or BioShock but has some MMO elements like World of Warcraft. 

When we start the game we can choose between Warlord, Titan and Hunter. I chose the Titan since it seemed to be more adequate to my play style. 

As usual I started by playing through the story mode and made it to the end alone even though I could have got into a team to help. The story is interesting but Peter Dinklage is a complete miscast as the voice of the Ghost. 

There are different enemie races and each as diferent classes and ranks within them. These enemies can be very powerful and hard to kill and even be able to regenerate or they can be weak and only pose a threat if a big amount of them get too close. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Destiny is set in the 28th century, a post-apocalyptic future. The setting follows a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveler,” a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars. The Traveler now hovers above the last safe city on Earth, and its presence allows the Guardians — the defenders of the City — the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as “The Light.”

Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations, and are now encroaching upon the City. Throughout the game, players have to combat aggressive aliens who have occupied the Solar System. There are four separate races in the game, each occupying different planets. The Fallen are an insectoid race of nomadic pirates who scavenge ruined settlements on Earth, the Moon, and Venus for resources. The Hive are a macabre race of ancient aliens who have created massive underground settlements beneath Earth and the Moon’s surface. The Vex are semi-organic androids who are attempting to seize control of Venus, Earth, and Mars by turning them into their machines, which they have already done to Mercury. Finally, the Cabal are a military-industrial empire of massive amphibians who have established massive fortifications on Mars. Every race utilizes different strategies and weapons in combat. The Fallen possess cloaking and short-range teleportation technologies to increase their mobility. The Hive use superior numbers to overwhelm their opponents in close quarters while more elite units attack from a distance. The Vex utilize hard-light shields and teleport units of infantry into the battlefield en-masse. The Cabal rely on heavy armor, ballistic shields, and jump packs to combat players. All of these races are hostile towards each other, as they can often be observed attacking one another in-game for territorial dominance. The player takes on the role of one such Guardian, and is tasked with reviving the Traveler while investigating and destroying the alien threats before humanity is completely wiped out. Destiny centers on the journey of the Guardians, the last defenders of humanity, set to protect Earth’s last city.

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The multiplayer side of the game is really well done and each class has their signature moves allowing for diferent ways of fighting. My Titan as the Fist of Havok which can be a particularly useful on Control games wich surprisingly became my favorite play mode. I usually like to play Team Deadmatch games more. 

Through the multiplayer games and the missions we can do on the planets we visited during the campaign mode we get weapons, armor or engrams that can later be traded for weapons, armor, strange coins, mote of light,… The weapons and armor have diferent levels going form comum to exotic. Most of my weapons and armor are rare with only one class armor and a machine gun being legendary. 

Destiny comes with an app for iPhone that proves to be very useful to see statistics and weapons as well as news and updates from Bungie. This app is lot better than the one that comes with Call of Duty. 

I enjoy playing Destiny but I eventually left to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I will come back to Destiny eventually but not before I achieve Prestige level in CoD:AW. 

This is a list of the weapons and armor that my level 24 Titan has:
Subclass: Striker
Primary: SUROS JPS-55 (Pulse Rifle) or Shingen-E (Auto Rifle)
Special: Amina-E7 (Sniper Rifle) or Dämmerung FR5 (Fusion Rifle)
Heavy: Disruptor 5000 (Rocket Launcher) or THE SWARM (Machine Gun)
Helmet: Knight Type 4
Gauntlets: Knight Type 1
Chest: Knight Type 2
Leg: Knight Type 3
Class: Mark of Chaos (Future War Cult)
Shader: Jester Apogee

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Fury

With nothing better to see I chose to see Fury even considering it stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal that I don’t particularly like. 

The opening sequence made me fear that I had made a wrong choice but then the action picked up I ended up liking this movie a lot. 

There’s many memorable moments but the big fight between the 3 tanks against the bigger and better German Tiger 1 was fantastic. The tank Fury is really well portrayed and the scenes inside it are made in a way that allows us to feel what it would be to be there. 

The acting is great with the trio I mention above doing a great job as well as Michael Pena and Logan Lerman. 

Fury was a good surprise in what could have been yet just another World War 2 movie and Pitt surprised me like Clooney surprised me in Monuments Men or Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

As the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany, a battle-hardened U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands an M4A3E8 Sherman tank named Fury and its five-man, all-veteran crew: Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), gunner; Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), loader; and Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), driver. The tank’s original assistant driver/bow gunner has been killed in battle and his replacement turns out to be a recently enlisted Army typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) who, it transpires, has never even seen the inside of a tank before, let alone experienced the ravages of war. Norman later earns the nickname “Machine”, given to him by Grady Travis.

The surviving crew, who have been together since the North African Campaign, despise the new recruit upon meeting him, for both his lack of experience, and for his reluctance to kill Germans, especially the teenagers of the Hitlerjugend in cold blood; a decision which results in the destruction of one of the Allied tanks and its crew. Wardaddy is furious and in an effort to brutalise the young man and ‘educate’ him to the realities of war, he violently attempts to force Norman to take his weapon and shoot dead a captive German artilleryman, who was wearing a looted American trenchcoat). When Norman refuses to do so, Wardaddy forces the gun into his hand and makes him execute the prisoner.

This bond between Norman and Wardaddy becomes stronger after capturing a small German town, where Wardaddy and Norman meet a German woman, Irma, and her cousin, named Emma. Norman (presumably) has sex with Emma, then joins Wardaddy and Emma’s cousin for breakfast, during which time Norman discovers that Wardaddy has sustained horrific burn scars on his back at some point. However, the rest of the crew barge in and cause tensions while at the table. Shortly afterwards, a German bombardment hits the town, killing Emma and some of the American forces.

The platoon of tanks, led by Wardaddy, gets a mission to hold a vital crossroads (protecting a clear way to supply trains), but after encountering a German Tiger I, only Fury remains, the other vehicles being knocked out. The vehicle is immobilized after hitting a landmine; shortly afterwards, a battalion of three hundred Waffen-SS infantry approaches. Wardaddy refuses to leave, and the rest of the crew, initially reluctant, decide to stay and plan an ambush.

Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men nevertheless inflict heavy losses on the Germans using both the tank’s and the crews’ weapons, but gradually, one by one, Grady, Gordo and Bible are all killed and Wardaddy is wounded by a sniper. Norman and Wardaddy retreat back into the Fury where they share their last words. Wardaddy tells Norman to escape through the bottom hatch of the tank and he hides in the crater made by the landmine explosion, while Wardaddy stays behind and is killed by soldiers after they drop two grenades into the tank. A young German Waffen-SS trooper finds Norman, but does not turn him in, leaving the assistant driver hidden safely beneath the destroyed tank as the surviving German soldiers move on.

The next morning, U.S. Army units discover Norman, and it is implied that the German offensive failed because of the crew’s actions. Norman is taken off to safety while he looks back at the carnage of dead German SS troops and the destroyed Fury.

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Cast:

Brad Pitt as US Army S/Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier
Shia LaBeouf as T/5 Boyd “Bible” Swan
Logan Lerman as Pvt. Norman “Machine” Ellison
Michael Peña as Cpl. Trini “Gordo” Garcia
Jon Bernthal as Pfc. Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis
Jason Isaacs as Cpt. “Old Man” Waggoner
Scott Eastwood as Sgt. Miles
Xavier Samuel as 2nd Lt. Parker
Brad William Henke as Sgt. Davis
Anamaria Marinca as Irma
Alicia von Rittberg as Emma
Kevin Vance as Sgt. Peterson
Branko Tomović as German Corporal
Iain Garrett as Sgt. Foster
Eugenia Kuzmina as Hilda Meier
Stella Stocker as Edith

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Interstellar

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

I’ve been waiting for this movie since it was announced. I liked what Nolan did with Batman (given the third could have been better) and I really liked Inception so a “space opera” directed by Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey seemed awesome. 

I really liked the movie until the scene where Cooper goes inside the black hole. That’s not to say that the movie was perfect until then. I didn’t like the ghost thing in the begining but I was thinking that it would be the result of some scientific experiment at the NASA lab and both Brand father and daughter are weak characters with Anne Hathaway being a clear miscast. It says a lot when I see characters sacrificing themselves and the one I care the most is the robot TARS. 

After Cooper gets inside the black hole everything crumbles but the seeds for that disaster where laid before by Brand. The speech “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space” is completely out of tone with the rest of the movie and the fact that Cooper is found alive outside Saturn later ruins the sacrifice he made earlier. 

One of the most anoying things in the movie is the excessive scene switching that happens every once in a while where we keep going back an forth between Cooper and Murph each time interrupting the previous scene action and breaking the momentum of it. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

In the near future, the earth is no longer able to sustain humanity. Crops are routinely ravaged by blight, dust storms scour the land, and mankind has regressed to a stateless, agrarian society. Cooper, a former NASA test pilot and engineer turned farmer lives with his family, including his father-in-law, son Tom, and ten year-old daughter Murphy—better known as “Murph”—who believes their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate to her. Challenging Murph to prove the ghost’s existence through scientific inquiry, Cooper discovers that the ghost is directing them to a secret NASA installation led by Professor Brand.

Brand reveals to Cooper that humanity’s fight to survive is a losing battle, and proposes that the solution is to colonise another galaxy. Cooper is recruited to pilot Endurance, an experimental spacecraft in search of a viable home world by way of a wormhole that has formed off Saturn. Endurance will follow the Lazarus Mission, a series of manned probes sent through the wormhole to survey potential planets as to their long-term sustainability. The data from Lazarus has given NASA three potential candidates: Miller, Edmunds and Mann, named for the astronauts who carried out the surveys.

Cooper’s decision to join Endurance breaks Murph’s heart, and the two part on bad terms. He joins Brand’s daughter Amelia, physicist Rommily, geographer Doyle, and a multi-purpose robot designated TARS on a two-year trip to Saturn before crossing over into the new galaxy. While traversing the wormhole, Amelia encounters an extra-dimensional presence that she believes has placed the wormhole to save humanity.

Once through, Endurance follow the signal left by Miller’s expedition, but quickly encounter a problem: the candidate planet is in close proximity to Gargantua, a nearby black hole, and due to its gravitational pull, time on the surface is distorted. Cooper proposes a solution to minimise the amount of time spent on the surface. They discover that the planet is inhospitable as giant tidal waves race across its surface. Doyle is killed and the ship inundated with water as the crew attempt to retrieve Miller’s probe, and they return to Endurance to discover twenty-three years have passed.

Back on earth, Murph is now an adult and has joined NASA where she attempts to solve a physics problem that has troubled Brand for years: the question of how humans can escape the earth’s gravitational pull en masse. Brand’s health deteriorates and he admits that there is no hope Endurance will ever return, instead putting his faith in “Plan B”, a mass repopulation project using fertilised embryos to start humankind over.

With the lengthy mission to retrieve Miller’s data having consumed valuable resources, Endurance is forced to choose between following Mann or Edmunds. Cooper and Amelia clash, with Cooper accusing her of being compromised by her emotional attachment to Edmunds. The crew seek out Mann, finding him on an icy, ammonia-saturated planet and reviving him. Endurance receives a message from Murph, who reveals that Brand lied to them about their mission, and Cooper realises Mann lied about the viability of his planet. Unwilling to admit defeat or live with the shame of it, Mann murders Rommily and attempts to kill Cooper before fleeing to Endurance. Amelia saves Cooper and the two give chase, arriving in time to see Mann attempt an improper docking procedure with Endurance, killing himself as the airlock depressurises. Cooper is able to dock with Endurance and get the vessel back under control.

Realising that there is a chance to help Murph and save humanity, Cooper and Amelia formulate a plan to pilot Endurance to Gargantua’s event horizon and jettison TARS into it to gather data on the singularity behind the black hole and slingshot themselves on a course to Edmunds’ planet. Cooper lies to Amelia and releases himself into Gargantua, allowing her to escape the gravitational pull. He ejects before his craft is destroyed, and comes to a halt in an extra-dimensional space where time is not linear, represented by Murph’s bedroom. Now able to witness every chapter of her life at once, he realises that he is her ghost and is able to relay the data collected by TARS through the dimensional barrier, allowing Murph to complete the equation.

His mission now complete, the extra-dimensional beings—an evolved form of human consciousness that has transcended the physical universe—close off the space, and he is released back into the Solar System through the wormhole near Saturn, where he is picked up by a NASA ship. He awakens aboard the NASA station, which is now serving as a waypoint to marshal the remainder of humanity to cross the wormhole, and is finally reunited with Murph, who is now an elderly woman. After saying good-bye to her one last time, he steals a NASA ship and enters the wormhole, searching for Amelia, who has located Edmunds’ expedition and with it, a planet that can sustain life.

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Cast:

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper
Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand
David Gyasi as Romilly
Wes Bentley as Doyle
Bill Irwin as the voice of TARS
Josh Stewart as the voice of CASE
Jessica Chastain as Murph
Mackenzie Foy as Young Murph
Ellen Burstyn as Old Murph
Michael Caine as Professor Brand
Casey Affleck as Tom
Timothée Chalamet as Young Tom
William Devane as Old Tom
John Lithgow as Donald
Topher Grace as Getty
David Oyelowo as Principal
Matt Damon as Dr. Mann

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