Best & Worst (February 2015)

Best: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director: Matthew Vaughn MV5BMTkxMjgwMDM4Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTk3NTIwNDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookston

A secret spy organization called the Kingsman recruits a street kid into their program as a billionaire plans to commit a massive genocide. Stylish, rude, this movie is completely different from the typical action spy thriller and it’s so much fun. Colin Firth has never looked better and watching him kicking ass in his tailor suit is wonderful. And Samuel L. Jackson as the villain is hilarious. Full Review.

Worst: The Loft

Director: MV5BMjAyNTM4ODM5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTA4NDE3MzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Erik Van Looy
Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor, Isabel Lucas

Five married guys secretly start sharing a loft, where they can have affairs and indulge in their fantasies. But the fantasy dissolves when one morning they find the body of a murdered woman in the loft and they start to question if one of them is involved. Despite Karl Urban and James Marsden’s charm, all the characters of The Loft are so dislikable. Wentworth Miller must give the worst performance of the year so far. The plot tries to be smart and unexpected and ends up being a complete mess. The portrayal of women is so poor (and for some reason all the wifes are brunettes and the girlfriends blonds).

Best & Worst (January 2015)

Best: Paddington

Director: 301097 Paul King
Cast: Ben Wishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for marmalade travels to London in search of a new home. He is found in Paddington Station by the Brown family, who looks after him until he catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. I love how in this movie no one seems to see anything weird about a talking bear walking around London. The story is so charming. Even Nicole Kidman is great, her character is a bit over the top but fits the movie perfectly and she turned out to be quite a good villain. Funny and sweet, with a very subtle approach at mature themes like immigration and children refuges from the war, Paddington is a movie that not only kids will find absolutely enjoyable and lovely but also adults.

Worst: Mortdecai

mortdecai-poster-1Director: David Koepp
Cast: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum

I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s a comedy, it’s suppose to be funny. It is not. Johnny Depp plays the excentric Charlie Mortdecai, who has just grown a mustache he is very proud of, but his wife despises. That idea is supposed to be funny. The execution is not. There’s also a painting missing, which no one cares about. This movie is embarrassingly horrible. At this point I don’t expect much more from Johnny Depp but I don’t understand how Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow or even Paul Bettany thought this could work. The few funny moments of the movie are thanks to these three when Johnny Depp is not on-screen. Seriously, of all the people involved in this movie, someone should have pointed out how bad it was.