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Into the Woods

A fairy tale fantasy movie neither Noshi nor me had heard about, so when it was on flemish television a few weeks ago, we sat down and gave it a watch.Mind you, the subtitles we had to endure where terrible though as a result, to make it all rhyme in flemish...Made in 2014, this film ("starring" Johnny Depp, who is in the whole 2hr movie for like 5 minutes) is a filmed adaption of the musical of the same name, and as such most of the movie is being sang (and not by the actual actors).  Think a bit Phantom of the Opera in movie style.The film combines the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Rapunzel into one tale of a childless bakers couple that want to lift a curse on their house in order to get a baby.  This curse has been placed by their neighbourly witch years ago when the baker's father stole magical beans from her garden.In order to lift it, they need to obtain an item from each of the fairy tales, but this results in all the stories intermingling and chan

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The Lion King

The highest grossing first month Disney "CGI" movie to date, as this true classic (it's in my top 3 of best animation Disney movies ever) has hit the movie theatres, but is it truly as good as the original.Short answer: almost, but not quite.Now, I take everyone knows the story, unless you are not a Disney fan and as such haven't seen the original (but if you don't like Disney, you probably won't go see this movie anyways) about the young lion Simba, destined to become king of the pride.  AND HE IS FRAKKIN ADORABLE!!!!But his evil uncle Scar has other plans, and together with the Jackhals plans to get rid of Simba and his father, the ruling king Mufasa, by causing a stampede in the gorge near Pride Rock.  He convinces young Simba it is his fault, and the lion cub flees, to be picked up by Timon and Pumba, who teach him the enjoyment of life.When Nala (more on her part in the movie later) can`t stand the decline of the kingdom anymore, she goes out for help and learns Simba didn`t die in the stampede

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Alita: Battle Angel

Based on the 90s manga of the same name, this movie has been the years long in development "pet project" of James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator, Avatar,...) that finally hit the theatres in 2019.And it paid off, placing itself in the top 10 of highest grossing films so far this year...Scientist Dr Ido discovers a cyborg body on the Scrapyard, dumping place of the floating city of Zalem.  This city is the last remnant of the great war called "The Fall" which took place almost 300 years ago, and which took place between Mars and Earth.When Alita saves Ido, who is a Hunter-Warrior (basically, a bounty hunter) she strats to remember more and more of her past, and soon after she discovers her true origins when she finds a cyborg body called a Berserker.  When she gets heavily damaged in combat with a villain called Grewishka, doctor Ido reluctantly installs her into this body, making her a feared angel of battle.She goes after the criminals that are out to get her instead, and most importantly a man called

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The Great Wall

Okay, I LOVE this movie.  I'm grabbing the BluRay and it goes in my "often to rewatch" collection.And while many will disagree with me... I'll tell below.  And no, it's not for the gorgeous Jing Tian...William and Pero, two european mercenaries looking for Black Powder, a mythical weapon they want to bring back to Europe.  Surviving a night attack by a strange creature, they arrive at the Great Wall of China, commanded by General Shao and Strategist Wang.Here they learn the creature that attacked them was Tao Tei, a demonic race returning every 60 years to punish China for it's ancient greed.  And the wall and it's protectors are all that stands between them.  William joins the forces, and he sees a magnificent army at work during the desperate battles.But it turns out to all have been a distraction, as the Tao Tei had been tunneling underneath the wall and lay siege to the capital...Okay, so the movie in itself is your average "desperate historical fantasy battle" movie, but for me..

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Me and Noshi sat down to watch the final instalment of the series, and while I liked the first one, the second one was to much Hunger Games to my liking.So let's see what this one brings though...The movie starts with a train robbery, in which the cargo are the last "Gladers", people immune to the Flare virus that ravages the world.  As their friend is not on the train, they head to The Last City, headquarters of the WCKD (those responsible for operating the Maze etc) to free him.Spurring the seeds of rebellion, they manage to break in while the city wall is destroyed, and the populace from outside the walls storms in, besieging and looting the city as they go.  As Thomas gets captured and tested, it is discovered that his blood contains the antigen for the deathly disease (and hence the movies name).  As he and Teresa escape from Janson, the city collapses and Teresa looses her life in the process.The Right Arm resitance then manages to get their ship out to sea, and Thomas awakes on an island

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Parodising the 1813 novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies combines the lovestory set in victorian London with zombieslaying girls...Yeah, I agree, that seems like a mighty odd concept...Even though the movie went to production hell, as it originally would star Nathalie Portman, it still has a rather strong cast including Matt Smith and GoT illuminati Lena Headey and Charles Dance.  It follows the original storyline of the classic novel, but adds elements of horror and zombies into it as it goes along, making for an entertaining film.Especially since it never becomes really dark or Walking Dead like.  As London is the last remaining city in England not overrun by Zombies, the Bennet sisters are trained to fend off zombie attacks.  But as a lady in that era was required, they also have to look for good husband to marry.During the courting with various prospects, a charming soldier named Wickham shows Elizabeth that there is a chance to coexist with zombies, but his plan is quickly

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Captain Marvel

So the MCU has finally brought in the big hitters to tackle on Thanos, with this female lead (it is apparently a thing in today's society) origins story.Captain Marvel is as such the final movie before the Avengers: Endgame, and with half the heroes wiped out by the snap, it seemed the cavalry has been brought in big time.Now, what I liked about the movie especially, is all the knot backs to movies from before, like how the SHIELD base is the one from the beginning of The Avengers, or how the Kree Empire doesn't have that doom and gloom look yet it has in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Or how MCU Fury lost his eye...The story itself is how a Kree warrior called Vers seems to have flashbacks to a previous life.  Tought to hunt the shapechanging Skrull, she feels something is wrong and goes back to Earth to discover her past.Here she learns that she isn't who she appears to be, and how slowly her memories return with the help of a young Fury.  During a hunt for a renegade Skrull scientist, Talos, she

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Venom

A bit under the radar in the end, Venom was one of the anti-hero Marvel movies of 2018, produced by Sony in the Spider-verse.So we sat down and where ready to be emerged in what should become part of a joined universe... which now all is going to roll into the MCU apparently... While exploring space for new habitable worlds, a probe belonging to the bio-engineering corporation Life Foundation discovers a comet covered in symbiotic lifeforms. The probe returns to Earth with four samples, but one escapes and causes the ship to crash in Malaysia. The Life Foundation recovers the other three and transports them to their research facility in San Francisco, where they discover that the symbiotes cannot survive without oxygen-breathing hosts, which often fatally reject the symbiosis. Investigative journalist Eddie Brock reads about these human trials in a classified document in the possession of his fiancée Anne Weying, an attorney preparing a lawsuit defense for the Life Foundation. Brock confronts Life Foundati

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Mary Poppins Returns

Initially, even though I loved Mary Poppins, I wasn`t intrested in this rumoured reboot.But then we saw the first trailer, and learned it was a sequel indeed... so me and Noshi sat down for some good Disney time.The film is set in 1930s London. After the death of his wife a year earlier, Michael Banks lives in his childhood home with his three children, Annabel, John, and Georgie, and with his sister Jane. Michael has taken a loan from his employer, the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and Wilkins, the bank's corrupt new chairman, sends associates to warn him that his house will be repossessed if the loan is not repaid in full by Friday. Michael and Jane recall that their father had left them shares in the bank that should cover the loan, and they search the house for the share certificate. During the search Michael finds his childhood kite and decides to dispose of it.While out in the park with Annabel and John, Georgie finds the kite and flies it. Mary Poppins descends from the sky with the kite in her ha

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The Warriors Gate

The most recent film we found scrolling randomly through Netflix, is this French - Chinese action movie from 2016.The traditional story of a kid having to find his bravery, it is an enjoyable little film with nice action scenes and some good jokes (like the dumb henchmen executioner of the evil overlord).Jack Bronson is a teenager who spends his free time playing warrior video games and working at a Chinese curios and antiques shop. His mother is trying to sell the house they live in before it goes into foreclosure. When Jack goes to a biking park, Travis, a neighbourhood bully and his friends chase after him and he hides inside his bosses shop and helps out. A family heirloom, The Warriors Gate, from Mr Cheng’s cousin in Beijing arrives at the shop and he gives it to Jack as a gift.Jack goes to sleep with the thing in his room and wakes up with a sword at his neck. A warrior, Zhao  tells him that the ‘Black Knight’ has to look after the most precious thing in the kingdom; the Princess. Jack gets

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Aquaman

"Something, something, trident"Okay, so that actual movie quote sums up Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, nicely: a great film with humour.It's something that started already since Suicide Squad: more colour and humour in the DCEU movies, as they where severly losing terrain on the more light hearted MCEU movies.  Then Wonder Woman pulled up the "level" of quality of the films, and mix those two together and you get Aquaman.It's the origin story of Arthur Curry (who looks "a bit different" from his school boy comic look), child of two worlds which where never meant to meet, let alone have a child.  But he is also the heir to the throne of Atlantis.And let Atlantis, regented over by his half brother Orim, be in turmoil and on the brink of declaring war on the surface dwellers due to them poluting the oceans.  While orim, through treachery and plot, unites most of the tribes into a mighty army, Aquaman is convinced by the (gorgeous) Mera to stand up and claim his heritage by finding the Trident of A

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Bohemian Rhapsody

And I cried, and I cried and I crieeeeeeeeeddd....No truly, I don't mean the lyrics of Somebody to Love, I actually did to that extend that Noshi by manner of speaking forbade me to see that movie ever again...You see, I have a hate / love relationship with Queen.  Not in liking or disliking their music and styles, because I adore those darling, but it is the music that has always been part of my life in both good and bad days, from pump you up songs like Breakthrough, down to feeling depressed and looking to The Show Must Go On.So Rami Malik stars as Freddy Mercury (really, pro-critics, "lip syncing"????  Are you guys having it so high up the stiff behind that you actually believe someone can match his voice and range???) in the story of how the poor Zanzibari bagage hauler gets to meet a small band and it grows out to perhaps the most varied band ever.Through all his exentricities and being badly influenced, to finding at last true love and true friendship, and to the strong handling, and refusal

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Mortal Engines

The newest masterpiece by Peter Jackson, and while it might not top his crowning achievement of The Lord of the Rings, his movies are always, as we say over here in flemish, visually "af".And so it is again with the sci-fi epos Mortal Engines, based on the book with the same name by Philip Reeve.Earth has had it's continents shattered after a huge war, and cities have been wiped out.  Civilisation survives in small, often mobile, villages.  But amongst them are also the Predator Cities, like London.  Huge machines with thousands of inhabitants, these roam the lands looking for small communities to absorb and process.Thaddeus Valentine, lead scientist of London, has other plans though.  He is secretly working on a forbidden weapon, called Medusa, to breach the great wall into the east and the lands beyond.  But he is assailed by a mysterious scarred girl, Hester Shaw, with whom's mother he had a romance.  Until he killed her for a piece of technology of ages gone by.As London adva

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Date A Live Mayuri Judgement

Taking place after the second season, and before the recently started third one (at last), me and Noshi sat down to watch this very fun harem anime's latest instalment.Though I am convinced she wants to adopt Yoshino in the meantime...One day, Shido and the girls are enjoying Miku's latest concert, but on the train home he notices a strange blonde girl.  When morning comes, he sees a large orb over the city, but apparently he is the only one able to.Investigations learn that this is an orb made of the jealousy energy of the spirits upon each other, as they all are in love with him.  To break up the orb as such, he must go on individual dates with all of the girls, but he keeps seeing the blonde girl everywhere.She turns out to be a creation of the orb to see if he is worthy of storing the spirit energies, and as such is in love with him as well. Her jealousy however causes her angel to go berserk and they must all stand together to defeat him...An enjoyable movie, with a dramatic finale albeit not a

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