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So Oscar day 1..

Posted by mogway on Sunday February 17, 2019

the Favourite a bitch fight between 2 cunts (they used it several times in the movie so i can use it too) with costumes on in ancient times where they already used the word fuck….pro Mark Gettis was in it! 6/10

BlacKKKlansman i LOVED this one, it had humor and suspense and action, based upon real shit as they said, the real footage at the end were a bit too much could’ve done without that but all and all an amazing movie and I suggest you see it. 9/10

Bohemiam Rhapsody
, i can’t be unbiased about that movie lol still LOVE IT!!! 2nd time it was amazing too. 10/10

Roma omg i was so freaking bored with this one, evermore than with the Favourite which i didn’t think was possible, the movie is in black and white so boring, it’s not in english so even more boring…the story boring not making sense, acting was ok, but i wouldn’t want to waste 2h14 on this movie..3/10

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Posted by mogway on Thursday April 26, 2018

So I just got home from Avengers: Infinity war……god how to review this without giving you any spoilers….
Well the movies started, lots of shit happened, Stan Lee cameo somewhere, credits roll….
yeah I think that about covers it….


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Oscar Predictions

Posted by mogway on Sunday March 4, 2018

Not that I have any influence on the voting or anything, I like to play the Oscar predicting game, after seeing all the best pictures and some of the other movies I think I have a good perspective on them. I’ll try not to be biased but hey we all have our personal favorites XD. The winners will be in bold, I won’t predict movies in categories I haven’t seen anything from, and if I feel like there was a snub I’ll tell ya too! (list can be found at Oscars 2018) If you want to see my short thoughts on the Oscars best pictures go here and here

What we’ve learned this year from the best pictures: Old is new, movies about historic events are hot or movies that take place in the past. Sex with animals is okay, just as sex with a minor of the same gender under the roof of the minors parents, racism is good.

Best Picture Nominees
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour * close second to the Post, Gary Oldman should win the oscar for best male
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water * will probably win but I didn’t get the hype nor liked the movie that much after seeing all the movies
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor in a Leading Role Nominees
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Snub Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2

Actress in a Leading Role Nominees
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water * will probably win but she almost didn’t have any lines
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Cinematography Nominees
Blade Runner 2049 – Roger A. Deakins the only one with amazing colors, the others are pretty dark (no pun intended!)
Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound – Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen
snub: Call me by your name

Costume Design Nominees
Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul – Consolata Boyle

Directing Nominees
Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan * want to win it but i doubt it
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
Snub: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – James Gunn (yes being very biased XD)

Film Editing Nominees
Baby Driver – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Dunkirk – Lee Smith
I, Tonya – Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees
Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul – Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

Music (Original Score) Nominees
Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer Biased too I love Hans Zimmer, and this is the only movie that didn’t have the Hans Zimmer sound
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell
Snub: Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 – Tyler Bates

Music (Original Song) Nominees
Mighty River – from Mudbound; Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Mystery Of Love – from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
Remember Me – from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
This Is Me – from The Greatest Showman; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design Nominees
Beauty and the Beast – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049 – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Dunkirk – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water – Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin

Sound Editing Nominees
Baby Driver – Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Dunkirk – Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water – Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Sound Mixing Nominees
Baby Driver – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
Dunkirk – Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten
The Shape of Water – Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects Nominees
Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick DUDE!!! Not biased…ok maybe a little but I’ve seen all the movies except the SW one and this is the most amazing one…Rocket and Groot aren’t real!!!!
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Nominees
Call Me by Your Name – Screenplay by James Ivory
The Disaster Artist – Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan – Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly’s Game – Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound – Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay) Nominees
The Big Sick – Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani * haven’t seen it
Get Out – Written by Jordan Peele * freaking racist movie, predictable
Lady Bird – Written by Greta Gerwig * was a nice movie but nothing to special
The Shape of Water – Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro still think it’s a bad movie but it will probably win anyway
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Written by Martin McDonagh * if they would actually solved the daughters murder i would’ve loved this one

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Oscars 2018 day 2

Posted by mogway on Sunday March 4, 2018

So the 2nd day is here. Also at the end of this day or maybe tomorrow depends on how it ends i’ll predict the Oscars.

So guess what read My rewiew of July 25th 2017 and where I predict Dunkirk being nominated for Best Picture I’m good! XD. Previous rating was 10 out of 10 and seeing it again hasn’t changed my opinion on that.

Darkest Hour
Although this movie lacks action and is mostly conversation it does not bore. This movie is very well made, the story and the feeling are just right, and the acting is superb! I do hope that Gary Oldman will get an oscar for him amazing portrait of Winston Churchill. Also seeing this right after Dunkirk makes it a lot more special, since you’ve seen the side of the war in the movie before and now you see what happened to make the rescue of the troop possible.
After seeing a good portion of movies I believe this one is a strong contender for best picture, I wasn’t impressed by the Shape of Water at all but I am by this movie. I give this one 9 out of 10.

Call Me by Your Name
I was dreading this movie the most, but it surprised me a bit. Move over Brokeback mountain there’s a new favorite Gay movie out there, while BBM left some things to wonder this movie doesn’t. The character of Oliver is a bit weird though, he changes his mind a lot, now it could also be the time this all happened cause in 1982 gays weren’t excepted as much as they are today. The only thing that is disturbing to me is Elio’s age…if they would’ve made him 19 it would’ve been so much better but he is still a child and sometimes acts that way too. Certainly not the best movie for the Oscars but it’s one that breaks the taboo’s. 8 out of 10, would’ve been a higher rating but it was a bit too long and the age thing.

The Post
I already wanted to see this movie, and when I saw the trailer I kinda already knew it would be an Oscar picture so I waited till today. It’s always a risk when having lots of stars in your cast when trying to tell a good story. But the names do not distract you from the fact what this movie is about. The acting was great and the story adaption was amazing too. Although this is a drama movie it doesn’t bore at all and it has you on the edge of your seat. I really think the oscar for best picture will be between the Post and the Darkest Hour. A must see movie! 9 out of 10.

Get out
Honestly don’t know why this one is for best movie, the story is weak and predictable and racist in a way too. The acting is good but that’s it. It’s not even scary, it’s supposed to be a horror / thriller but i found myself bored along the way. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen many horror movies that this one doesn’t do anything for me. 5 out of 10

Will do the predictions tomorrow as it is 1.30 AM here lol

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Oscars 2018 day 1

Posted by mogway on Saturday February 24, 2018

I’m watching all the best nominated picture movies this Saturday and next week.
Here i will give a short comment about my opinion about them, they may contain spoilers.
Click on their name to see the IMDB page

Phantom Thread
This movie was horrible it was long and utterly boring, i honestly can;t see why it should be nominated for best picture. I love Daniel Day Lewis and his acting was good but other than that it was truly horrible, he knew she was poisoning him at the end so why stay? Did he really love her? i was happy when the end credits came. 3/10

Lady Bird
I enjoyed watching Lady Bird, it was a nice easy movie with a good story and acting. A little predictable but that didn’t make it less enjoying. It was just long enough and it somewhat felt like a love story towards Sacramento. 7.5/10

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
When i saw the trailer i wanted to see this movie, but alas it didn’t live up to the greatness i was expecting. The acting was great and the story was good too, but it wasn’t complete. They give you a case to think about and work towards it only to lead you astray in the end and you’re no wiser than when you started the movie. I must say this was an epic performance by Woody Harrelson he was truly amazing in this movie. It was nice seeing a lot of great actors come together in this movie. 7.5 / 10

The shape of water
Not sure if im the only one but i kept on seeing Abe from Hellboy in the asset, it’s the same actor but they could’ve at least tried to make him look a bit different. It worked in Star Trek discovery. Ok about this movie, it’s an ok movie, the story is predictable and long, strangely weird too and some parts are just disturbing! (I am a cat lover) The acting was amazing especially by Sally Hawkins who besides Doug Jones had the fewest lines in the movie. It looked amazing though and Octavia Spencer is such a great actrice. It was a bit too romantic for my liking. The sets were amazing though and even if the Asset looked a lot like Abe he was gorgeously made. 7.8/10

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok (Spoiler edition)

Posted by mogway on Thursday November 2, 2017

Yes this is the spoiler edition so if you haven’t seen the movie (out today in America) and you don’t want to be spoilered stop reading!!!
Perhaps you’d like to read my Spoiler free edition.

Parties like the Grandmaster on ship like it’s her birthday cause hey it is 😀 A few hours ago I saw Thor: Ragnarok again but this time in Ultra Laser 3D and Dolby Atmos, and WOW!!!
There is absolutely no other way to see this movie, the colors, the sounds, the effects, it’s so much more amazing than the 2D version. If I already rated the 2D version a nice 10 this one would be a 20 for sure! But we only go to 10 alas.
The movie starts with humor which carriers on throughout the whole movie, it’s simple but effective, small elements to make you laugh. The running gag throughout the movie of Thor throwing things to Loki just to see if he is truly there, never gets old. Also the little nudges towards other movies. (Or I might read into it too much who knows).
The card that is left on the street when Dr Strange takes Loki felt a lot like a homage to Sherlock, gassing up on Xandar…why didn’t they go for that option? Would’ve loved to see some Guardians.. Or Skurge yelling for Asgard in the end, oh LOTR and Rohirrim stop my beating heart XD. Yeah probably seeing more..

I never read the comics so for me it was quite a shock to learn that Hela was a sister and the 1st born of Odin, kinda makes you wonder about Odin too, he wasn’t the nice soft king he let others believe he was. Hela just simply wanted more and poof she was banished. No wonder she wanted to come back and take back what was rightfully hers. I loved the scenes where she showed Skurge the true ceiling of Asgard and the vaults after that, smashing the Infinity Gauntlet to the floor saying it’s fake XD, and making remarks to all the other stuff that was there.
A nice new character in the movie was Taika Waititi’s Korg, yes the director played a nice role in it, providing some humor along the way.

Always have loved Jeff Goldblum and his portrayal of the Grandmaster was so amazing, a nice nutty man who does anything for entertainment and to make people love him. Also the slaves reference was awesome..prisoners with jobs XD
A reason why we will probable haven’t seen the infinity wars trailer is because Thor loses an eye, what is it with people and losing eyes in Marvel??? We see Thor drifting in outer space in the 1st part of the trailer, never could tell if he had both eyes, cause the leaked trailer wasn’t that good, but the extra scene does make you think about what happened to the people of Asgard, and of course also Loki cause he was standing beside Thor when they see Thanos’s ship.

Also a special shout of to Mark Ruffalo who is just amazing in this movie too, Hulk’s character is so much more likeable with him, he plays him so well.
I think it’s safe to say that out of all 3 Thor movies this is truly the best one, and it is best watched in 3D with good sound 😉 It might even end up in my Blu-ray collection and that’s saying something since I’ve only have 2 Blu-rays..Guardians vol 1 + 2 LOL maybe one day I’ll add all the other to my collection too, but Thor: Ragnarok will definitely be one of the first to into my collection. So go see it in your local theater because this one is really worth your money too!

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok (Spoiler free)

Posted by mogway on Wednesday October 25, 2017

I just finished a small production movie called Thor: Ragnarok….maybe you have heard of it or maybe if you’re lucky you might have even seen a trailer for this movie. If not here’s the trailer.

Ok totally kidding of course you know about this movie!! And you will hear a lot about it too in the coming days. Europe was lucky but alas America has to wait until the 3rd of November. So I will keep this spoiler free.

Not a real spoiler is that this is the 3rd movie of the Thor movies, and to my opinion it is the best of the 3!! Do you have to see the other 2 movies? No you don’t but it’s always better to do so. This movie starts not long after the Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it might be smart to rewatch that one again to know where some of the characters are. But it’s not a complete must, but I kinda think Marvel geeks already know all the movies by heart 😉

Also not a spoiler is that this movie is also about the Grandmaster, who is played by Jeff Goldblum. The Grandmaster is the leader of the Contest of Champions, which is also a game app for Iphone and Android. It’s a little more funny if you play this game like I do (find MogwayLavendel in the game 😉 )

This movie is action packed with great scenery, music, humor and some nods to other movies.
Unfortunately I saw it in 2D, but I am definitely going to see this one in the Dolby Atmos Ultra Laser 3D, yes this movie is so good that I’m going to see it another time. It’s definitely my 2nd favorite movie of the year. (My favorite movie of the year is of course that other small Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2)
Be sure to check back next week for a spoiler filled review.
I recommend this movie A LOT!! It’s a 10 out of 10!!!

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Review: American Made

Posted by mogway on Saturday September 16, 2017

On Tuesday I watched American Made, starring Tom Cruise.

American Made is based upon the true story of Barry Seal. The movie itself isn’t filled with a lot of action and there are little romantic scenes. The movie itself is nothing really special, what makes this movie so interesting is the story.
How on earth could one man be able to do all of this? It was amazing seeing how his story evolved and some of the problems he had were amazing. I am sure a lot of people want those problems too.

It’s not a movie you need to see in the theater… (although Tom Cruise showing his naked white ass not once but twice might be nicer on the big screen XD). It does require a bit of your attention to keep up with the movie and it’s mostly talk and Barry explaining how things worked (or not).
For the Friday Night Lights (series) and Breaking Bad fans among us it’s nice to see Jesse Plemons again, not a big part but he’s there.

The moral of the movie is of course crime doesn’t pay and if it’s to good to be true it probably is. It is entertaining in its own way, mostly because you will be flabbergasted on how it was all possible and the 70’s / 80’s vibe is always nice to see.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10

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Review: Shot Caller

Posted by mogway on Sunday August 27, 2017

Last night I watched a movie called Shot Caller I haven’t seen any previews of it during my previous visits to the theater but I saw it came out just now, I wanted to watch the Dark Tower but I couldn’t work that into with a viewing of Atomic Blonde as well, so Shot Caller became my 2nd movie. Also I wanted to see Nicolaj … I can never remember his last name.. Jaime from Game of Thrones was in it 😀

Spoilers ahead…

Shot Caller is about a man who makes 1 mistake and his whole life changes because of it. Whether this can be real or not it is an intriguing movie. The movie starts with him being in jail and we don’t learn why until you’re a good part into the movie, it jumps back and forward from time to time, making it sometimes a bit hard to follow. The only way to know for sure here’s back in time is because he has less tattoo’s.
The acting is superb and it was refreshing to see Nicolaj as a different character as Jaimie.

I am still having a hard time to really be positive or negative about this movie, it feels to me like you have to see it more than once to fully grasp the movie. The story line was confusing sometimes with the flash backs, and action wise it was a whole lot less than Atomic Blonde, might have not been my smartest move to see those 2 just minutes apart.
I am not sure if shows an accurate picture of how things are done in prison, I can image things can be run like they propose in this one.
But something I didn’t truly get was why give everything up you worked so hard for all your life just to throw it all away when you make 1 mistake.
Perhaps it’s better I don’t know if this is true when you go through prison, although I do not think prison here in the Netherlands is as hard as it is in America.

It’s not a movie you really need to see in the theaters, it might even be better to watch it at home, and I don’t think it will be anything for the Oscar’s either.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10.

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Review: Atomic Blonde

Posted by mogway on Saturday August 26, 2017

Today I saw Atomic Blonde 

It has more twists than a barrel of pretzels. When you’re watching this movie pay attention and keep on paying attention cause you can get lost pretty fast. 

I feel like they dragged out the story a little bit but it’s been refreshing none the less, the romance in this movie is new and for that time not too common. The movie takes place in Germany in 1989 just around the time the Berlin wall goes down. This has nothing to do with the movie but they make use of the east and west Berlin.

This movie is much more enjoyed if you were around in the 80’s, I don’t think a 17 year old will like this movie as much as a 30 year old would. Simply because of the music for one (awesome note Tyler Bates does the music, he’s my new fav music writer cause he’s worked a lot with James Gunn and did both Guardians of the Galaxy movies) it has some of the best tunes in the 80’s.  Especially the use of the original song 99 luftballons is amazing. Also kudos for using Queen!! 

Spoiler alert: another reason this movie is awesome cause back in the day Zardu Hasselfrau was touring with his band in Germany.. oh wait David Hasselhoff 😂

Anyone remembers tetris? The makers of the movie did, ugh that tune will be stuck in my head now. Also they use the best date ever at one point: 2nd of November 😊

Conclusion it’s an action filled movie with 80’s references that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I give this movie 8,5 out of 10 

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