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‘The Kingsman’


“Manners maketh man.” Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson.

Harry Hart quoting Ernest Hemingway

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Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons

Lead actors: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

2014 Action, Adventure, Comedy

I don’t remember mentioning this to you…but, I totally, utterly love action movies:)

My movie collection is diverse because I am in love with stories from the big screen but if I have to choose to watch a film, it will definitely be ACTION!

Today I’ve decided to stop at ‘secret and full of special effects‘ shelf and bring to you a movie that I saw recently.

What is a Kingsman?

The lowest enlisted rank in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment of the British Army, equivalent to private in the rest of the British Army.

Might I say that the whole movie it’s in complete contrast with the word to word definition of the noun itself, which made me more curious about the story line.

Colin Firth never stops to amaze me with his talent and versatility and this role fit him like a glove.

The story revolves around a street boy called Gary, nickname Eggsy, who’s father used to work for a spy organisation with the talented and dashing agent Harry Hart. His life takes a turn for the better when he is offered a chance to enrol as a trainee in the secret service…but what will be the cost of it all?

This movie has an elegance to it that I didn’t see in a while on the big screens, everything has a delicate but deceiving facade, which makes it even more exciting to watch.

The story itself has some chapters you are probably very familiar with…son following in the father’s footsteps…the street boy prevails against all odds…the power of guilt…the underdog saves the day.

What I love about it, is the way it’s put together…obviously besides the special effects, which are absolutely great, the movie has a finesse…and it’s all down to its main character…Mr. Harry Hart.

The attitude, the perfect suit, the self-confidence…builds up the perfect english spy:)

Some call the movie a “witty satire”…”punk rock rebel”…”retro fueled fun”…

I would just say…it follows no rules and between the smiles and the calm before the storm, it’s the excellent way of spending your Sunday evening, comfortable on your sofa:)

So, take a turn and watch a different kind of spy movie…

The suit is the modern gentleman’s armour. The Kingsmen are the new knights.

Harry Hart

Your Action Girl,

Julia

xxx

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‘Mad Money’


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Director: Callie Khouri

Writers: Glenn GersJohn Mister, Neil Mckay, Terry Windsor

Lead actors: Diane KeatonQueen LatifahKatie Holmes

2008, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

It’s weekend…and for the first time in a while this friday I had what we call…’The Friday Feeling’:)

This movie is again one of my favourites…a comedy that you cannot miss, unless you’ve seen it already!

I don’t agree with the message it sends but every now and then we need to look at life with a funky red pair of glasses and just have a good laugh:)

I am an absolute fan of Diane Keaton and her role in this film is the reason why I still find it funny and intriguing after watching it more than once:)

Bridget is an upper-class housewife who finds herself in the need to take upon a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She becomes friends with two other employees and together they put in place a plan to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

After a lifetime of playing by the rules a moment’s decision will change all of their existence.

For better or for worse….?

Well…you will have to watch it and find out:)

Very straight forward story but the way the plot thickens, becomes more unrealistic and completely funny it’s all thanks to the three female characters. Their chemistry it’s off the charts and by the end it seems that they might have pulled of the perfect crime…or maybe not!

I love the ingenuity of the plan…the perfect match of roles…the quick and smart thinking…the free care attitude…all of which make this movie worthy to watch.

…and between all the broken rules, there is still place for a love story…awww:)

Life is not always fair…it’s not easy…it does not play by the rules…but with a bit of fun…we can bend the perception and live it as we imagined it:)

Have an amazing Sunday:)

Your movie lover,

Julia

xxx

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‘The book of Eli’


“God is good, isn’t He? 

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Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Writer: Gary Whitta

Lead actors: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson

2010, Action, Adventure, Drama

First thing I would say about this movie is…’it’s not for everyone’!

This is not because of the story, it is mainly because of the visual effects, some harsh and violent scenes, which are not meant for the faint-hearted!

The story starts like so many others before and after…many years after the war, which turned earth into nothing…a lifeless space where only the worst has survived.

 ‘The book of Eli’ is about sacrifice, enduring the pain for believing in something bigger than yourself, following a higher purpose and protecting the futures of many.

Most of the reviews I’ve read, call this movie, a post-apocalyptic tale – in some ways it is a tale…I would also say that it is a story about hope and the commitment to save the human soul from becoming ephemeral. As we all know, evil cannot exist without pure good, but virtue is sometimes hard to find and extremely difficult to keep alive.

Eli is a lone warrior who takes upon himself to protect and save a sacred book that holds the secret of humanity’s existence and preservation. His nemesis who knows the book’s power wants to take it for himself. The story line brings out the two characters in a constant battle for the most sacred object that can change the humankind’s future.

It’s quit amazing how during the movie, we never actually see what is the content of the book but somehow we become aware of what it could be… I won’t say it here, I will let you uncover that:)

As life proves us each day that we were not created to live and fight on our own…Eli has a companion along his journey…Solara, who does not know the true power of Eli’s cargo but against all odds decides to risk her life to protect it and at the same time save her own.

As I’ve watched this movie, I’ve thought that everything is very predictable but I was so wrong…Eli’s secret will be kept until the end of the movie…and believe me, you will want to discover it!

If you want your heart to race a bit…if you want to see a different side of Faith…if you think you’ve seen it all…think again:), open your mind and let the adventure join you!

One of my favourite lines and something we should all live by:

“Do for others more than you do for yourself”

Enjoy your weekend movie:)

‘The Adjustment Bureau’


” Your world has been adjusted “

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Director: George Nolfi

Writers: George Nolfi, Philip K. Dick

Lead actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt

2011 Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Would you defy fate?

Small things in our daily routine, like missing the bus in the morning, spilling coffee, forgetting something and turning back…we see them as chance. What if they’re not, what if everything has a higher purpose?

I’ve read a book recently that was based on the existence of Protective Angels. It is believed that each of us has someone up there constantly in our proximity, taking care of us …and every time we forget or miss something, it’s our angel trying to adjust our path, trying to prevent something negative happening.

I’ve found this idea really interesting and I’ve realized this movie was wrote on a similar ideology…

On the edge of winning a Senate seat, David Norris meets a ballerina named Elise. David learns that he is facing the agents of fate, who are trying to do everything to keep him on a predetermined path.

Creating a change in the future laid out for him, he must either accept an already written path that does not include Elise or else defy Fate to be with her.

When you make a decision, your mind is weighing options on how, when, where and what, those options are not always the right ones and when we tend to choose the wrong one, there is a glitch, a moment when a simple action gives us time to take a step back and re-think our next move. We don’t always notice this moment but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

This movie it’s one of my favourite stories because it has some truth to it…I’ll be honest, sometimes I believe that our life was set way before we were born but it can change according to how soon we’ll realise that we have a choice…we all do…we have the ability to choose.

We don’t give ourselves always the option of choice, but that’s because it means we actually take responsibility for our life..and that is scary…to not be able to blame it on destiny if we might fail.

If you didn’t watch this movie, you should…yes, it has a bit of sci-fi but the message behind the curtain…that is, if you choose to reveal it…it’s much more meaningful!

Your destiny might be written but you still have free will to create your own path.

Enjoy movie night:)

‘A walk in the clouds’


This weekend I was slightly out of ideas of what movies to watch…but going through my collection, I’ve found an interesting one! Guess what…it’s another love story:)))

This movie had all sorts of reviews, but at the end of the day, you decide if you’ve liked it or not!

I remember enjoying the story and honestly I would watch it again:)

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Director: Alfonso Arau

Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Mark Miller, Harvey Weitzman, Piero Tellini, Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio de Benedetti

Lead actors: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

1995, Drama Romance

The story it’s about love and the fascinating way that we can find what we need in the most unpredictable ways.

Paul is a returned soldier trying to overcome the horror of the war and a heart-break, when he meets Victoria, a beautiful traveler returning home with a secret.

Their story revolves around a selfless and quick decision that Paul takes to help Victoria by posing as her husband for her family. When both find themselves in a situation that none of them could have foreseen, their life will change in a way they couldn’t have imagined.

This movie it’s another way of telling a love story…a way that is random and surprising …a way that we realise what it means to be in the right place at the right time… a way that love teaches us how to find it…

Some believe in destiny, some…in luck and some live their life comfortable without knowing what will come…

This movie has it all…faith, surprise and a written story for two people brought together by chance.

Love it’s there when you need it the most…it’s never asking for more than you can give and it’s always your decision if you want to follow it!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and relax with a mug of hot chocolate watching a memorable movie!

‘Julie and Julia’


I have three good reasons to love this movie:

  • It’s all about food…lovely, tasty food…the amazing art of cooking
  • The “read between the line bit” – it’s a story that we can all find ourselves in…yes, us…all you bloggers out there, future writers that have a dream but don’t really know how to make it come true 
  • …and finally, I have a saying…”Us Julia’s have to stick together” :))

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Director: Nora Ephron

Writers: Nora Ephron, Julie Powell, Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme

Lead actors: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams

2009 Drama, Biography, Romance

As a baby blogger, that’s how I like to call myself sometimes:), I love this movie because I find myself in the story so many times…between the food lover and cake baker…the loving wife and the night-time blogger…we all have a dream… to find our purpose!

New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) starts on a daring project: she pledges to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, while blogging about it.

Along Julie’s story the movie plays the true tale of how Julia Child (Meryl Streep) herself conquered French cuisine, quote ” with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter”.

This movie it’s about love…love for the smell of melted butter…love for the un-accomplished dream…love for the person that will never leave your side…love for the life that you’ve imagined once…love for sharing the joy through taste and sweetness…love for everything that makes you hope that one day a miracle will reveal you’re purpose in this world.

So, if you never seen this movie or just heard about it once…if the excitement of opening the herbs cupboard sounds familiar …if you found yourself in front of your computer, being mocked by the empty white page looking back at you…. or if you just want to sit back and enjoy a feel-good movie…you will love this one!

Enjoy your weekend movie choice:)