The Lobster

Name: The Lobster
Year: 2015
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 118
Description: A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.
Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Hmm… I really liked the first part, but then all the unexplained things started bothering me, like: how did this society come about, why does everyone absolutely have to have a partner, or more importantly, what is going on with people’s feelings in this world? Some of the characters definitely had some emotions, but others clearly didn’t. During the second half, I was especially annoyed because of the weird plot twists and it’s still not clear to me why the Loners did what they did and what they hoped to achieve or which consequences all their actions had. The ending felt unresolved (for the characters) as well. Having said all that, I really liked Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman and wouldn’t mind having a partner with their kind of voices at all.

The music was effective as well. This was only the second time I’ve watched a film where the score consisted of strings only and source music, but this time it really worked very well.

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Home

Name: Home
Year: 2015
Rating: G
Running Time (minutes): 94
Description: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.
Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The true is, Rihanna is absolutely TERRIBLE, whether she got an A in geometry or not. The whole thing are way too childishness to enjoy aside from some the jokes, it just fits out of my taste. The only good thing about it was that the Parsons at least do’s have the chance to say the contemporary music thingy in Smeckland is rubbish. The feel-good ending felt incredibly forced: I’ve never ever watched a film in which the narrator had to literally summarise an entire reunion that was supposed to be emotional in three sentences because nobody said a word during the five seconds of screen time it was given.

The score is really great, however, but then again, most animation scores I know are. It was nice to finally hear music by Lorne Balfe himself and not just hear him ghostwrite Hans Zimmer scores. Why is this film full of Rihanna songs, though? Her presence in the voice cast is bad enough. It doesn’t even make any sense for her to sing in the story either: she can’t talk and wail at the same time.

The audio description had a very serious flaw. It didn’t contain one single, comprehensive description of what the non-humans looked like. Only Boovs can run away from problems, not the audio-describers.

The Big Short

Name: The Big Short
Year: 2015
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 130
Description: Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor, believes he too can cash in on Burry’s beliefs.
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Pretty good, although they overdid the financial terminology bit. If they had focused on the human side a little more, the film would have been much more relaxing and enjoyable.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

Name: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Year: 2015
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 137
Description: After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol and tries to deal with the battles coming her way… but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow? Or will her target change? Will she be with her “Star-Crossed Lover”, Peeta? Or her longtime friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bows and arrows, a love triangle, hope. What will happen?
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi

The first film in this saga made a huge impression on me because it was so raw, brutal and moving. The second film was nearly as good as the first one. But then, they had to make the third film for no other reason than financial greed. And finally, there’s this one.

I don’t really know how to feel about it. I only really started to enjoy it at the 40-minute mark. It’s not a bad film, but it’s certainly not good either. It’s all doom and gloom. I realise this is not a fairy-tale, but there’s just something about these first two films that’s absent in the last two, even though I can’t say exactly what that is. And then, the finale started to unfold and I just found it absurd. But now that it’s all over and now that the whole conclusion is slowly sinking in, I must admit the ending probably isn’t that bad. It’s just not the grand finale I was hoping for. There’s no real closure, no relief after this harrowing story, though, and that bothers me.

Like in the previous films, James Newton Howard’s score contained lots of nice bits, but overall, it’s not really a score I like. Obviously, Howard needed to do what he did for the story’s purposes, but I know he can write much more interesting, dark music than what he did for this franchise. As the film drew to a close, the score really started to become noticeable and whatever problems this score has, I’m 100% sure Howard is not to blame for them.