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The Butler – Movie Review

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For those of you stuck in Kuwait during the Eid, I would really suggest going to the movie The Butler. I can’t remember the last time I spent Eid Al Adha in Kuwait, so before anything Eidkum Imbarak, and I hope everyone enjoys their break (btw I’m not spending it in Kuwait, follow my journey on my Instagram account: Withsummerlove). The best part of Eid is that there are so many movies to watch and most of them are really good. The princess Diana movie is also out and many are recommending me to watch it, but I still didn’t find the time to do it.

The Butler refers to a lot of American history, so for those of you that no nothing about it you might have some difficulty understanding the significance of certain scenes. It talks about the life of a butler that served for a few decades in the White House. The butler was African American and it showed his struggle with his family and how they went through all the racial issues and segregation from the Civil rights movement, to Vietnam and up to this day.

 

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The Conjuring – Movie Review

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I have not seen a good movie in a long time. I have not seen a good scary movie in a very long time.

The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, changed those facts about me because I watched a good scary movie last week. It’s currently number one for the top movies to watch at Cinescape and it really deserves that position. The story was very typical, but the way it was filmed makes you want to watch to know what happens in the end. It made a scream, it made me laugh and it made me think. Watch it before it’s stops showing at the cinemas.

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Walt Disney’s Paperman

This is the cutest Disney animated short film ever. It’s only 6 minutes long, but it’s worth it. It had won an Oscar for the best animated short film in February 2013. It’s a hand drawn/computer animated black and white romantic comedy.

I wanted to upload the original video, but it kept on crashing. The ones on youtube don’t work, so here’s the link to watch the official movie.

Paperman – Full Animated (Short Film) [VO|HD] by addictomovie

And most importantly, enjoy watching it!

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Wonderland by Dana Al Mojil

This short film really took me by surprise. When I first watched it, I hadn’t realized that it’s a Kuwaiti version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. I didn’t read what its about or even read the title of the film, so it was really interesting to watch. It focused on the social and political situation in Kuwait, but in a magical way. Many of the famous characters are portrayed from Carroll’s novels in the film and it’s funny to see them dressing/talking Kuwaiti.

 

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The Flowers of War – Movie Review

The Flowers of War is by far the best movie I have ever seen in a really long time. I’m not the type of person that likes sad war movies, but this one is different. The story is based on a novel, which is based on real events. It’s not, however; based on a real story. Nonetheless, the characters are easy to connect with. I will not write about what the movie is about because I really don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

I will admit that I started crying after the first 10 minutes. In total, I cried around 5 times. I rarely cry during movies and if I do, never have I cried as much as I did that day. It now seems that the movie is too sad to go too, but it isn’t. The movie led me to research the real events that happened. I was surprised that a lot of the sad things were actually real.

The beauty of the movie is that 2 hours passed by, but it didn’t feel like it. Each scene from the movie could be turned in to a picture, but not any picture, one that is flawless. The movie is directed by Yimou Zhang. It’s the first time I see any of his movies, but I think I’m hooked to his way of filming. It’s just so beautiful. You’ll understand once you see the movie. The main character and the only known one is Christian Bale.

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Snow White and The Huntsman – Review

The movie was really good. An excellent movie. What brings it down is the fact that everyone and I mean everyone falls under Disney’s spell. Disney movies are set into a certain time frame. In every single movie, the events happen at the same moment. That is what makes them so addictive. We’re used to the pattern. It’s safe and we always know that it will end happily ever after. Since I have watched Disney’s Snow White and so many other Disney movies, it ruined this movie for me. I knew it was a fairytale, so my mind is strictly set on Disney’s standards. So, if my Disney standards have not been met, then I’m not satisfied. I wish I knew less of Snow White because I really believe I would have enjoyed it more.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Review

 

Honestly, this movie would have been much better if the title wasn’t so long/boring. I really wouldn’t have watched it if it wasn’t that Mel Gibbson was in it and he hasn’t been in a lot of movies lately, so I was curious.

With Mel Gibson doing himself no favors in the public media over the last six years, this movie is a much-needed reminder of why he was so great. The movie captures everything we truly loved about Gibson’s performances: charm, wit, humor, and edge. The script by Gibson, director Adrian Grunberg and producer Stacey Persky is an original that can very easily be considered an unofficial sequel to Gibson’s cult favorite, Payback. This movie is about a career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities and placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. While Gibson’s character never reveals his actual name, he possesses a chain-smoking habit, sticky fingers, an iron jaw, and a penchant for bloodshed. A thrilling movie, well-paced, and good action sequences.

UPDATE It turned out the movie title in the US was Get The Gringo (a much better name).

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We Bought A Zoo – My Thoughts

I loved it. It’s such a feel good type of movie. I left the cinema feeling great and motivated to take an adventure. That’s what’s so amazing about it. The movie is not complicated, and it has a big meaning behind it. It stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning. Its based on a true story about Benjamin Mee who after his wife’s death decides to buy a zoo. His family moves with him to the countryside where there are very few people. He decides to renovate and re-open the struggling zoo.

One of my favorite quotes in this movie is “you know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -Benjamin Mee. It’s what Benjamin based most of his life on. He did things on a whim and they usually worked. It’s such a motivational quote. I really recommend watching the movie.

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Review- Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible isn’t a typical action movie. I don’t remember watching the first 3 movies, but this new one is worth watching. The most interesting scenes were the ones shot in Dubai. The opening scene in Dubai shows the massive sand dunes in the Emirati desert, and then zooms in to the team’s car. It shows that they were about to run into a group of camels walking in the middle of the street. The mistake was that the street had fences on both sides that prevent any animals from leaving the desert and any cars from entering. How the camels ended up on the street is a mystery to me. Also, Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, and his team checks in into 130th floor of Burj Khalifa Hotel. However, Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa occupies below the 40th floor. Ethan Hunt starts chasing after Wistrom, his enemy, through a sandstorm. It was coming from the front of Burj Khalifa, yet when they exit out front, the storm hits the building from the back. Both weren’t wearing anything that covers their faces. Ethan later wears goggles and raps a scarf around his mouth and nose while Wistrom just covers his face with a scarf. They ran and drove separate cars for more than 5 minutes without coughing or pausing once because of the storm. It’s impossible to be able to breathe in that type of sandstorm, let alone run or drive! The dust cloud then passes by really fast and the sky becomes clear in a few seconds. That is impossible. That’s because a similar sandstorm happened in Kuwait in March of this year. It’s a really rare type of storm and it lasts for hours before it clears out and it’s impossible to be able to do anything outdoors.

Overall the movie is worth watching, especially in IMAX.

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Puss in Boots – Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to see Puss in Boots two nights ago and I was slightly disappointed. I had not expected anything out of it, but in the start of the movie I realized that it might be similar to Shrek. It turned out it wasn’t. It had the same concept, but the jokes weren’t as good. It’s about how Puss’s life was like before he met Shrek. It’s such a cute story, but I wish they made it a bit funnier. Being a cat-lover, I left the movie wanting a cat so badly. I will never forget the days when I used to have 2 cat and 4 kittens. Not kidding, and I had them all at the same time. Those days are gone now. It would have been so cool if this movie came out several years back. I know that I would have bought them boots! Anyways, it’s a movie worth watching, but I guess the demographics were set out towards kids.

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