Monday, 23 January 2017

Movie review: Collateral Beauty (2016)



[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]

Nota bene: for other movie reviews, click for the dedicated page with movie reviews.


Collateral Beauty (2016)

[IMDB]



Well done. Beautiful.

Simultaneously sad and funny, both in an intelligent way.
It manages to be deep, while using fewer words than common philosophy to reach the same depth.
Great writer, very inspired.

Great cast. They all do their part great.
If Will Smith had been more "selfish" and demanded more screen time and a more complex part, he might have secured himself a better position for the Academy Awards.

Interestingly, all 4 main characters have issues regarding family life:
  • Howard (Will Smith) has lost his daughter some time ago and since then tries to reconnect with the world, including his former wife.
  • Whit (Edward Norton) (1) has cheated on his wife some time ago, therefore his daughter rejects him now, although his desperate attempts to reconnect with her, and (2) he lives with his mentally ill mother.
  • Claire (Kate Winslet) realizes she has dedicated her whole life to her job, has no family whatsoever, has no children etc.
  • Simon (Michael Peña) - the only guy with a real family (wife + kid)!... receives the bad news that his cancer has kicked back in, therefore has little time left to live!
Well, that's a nice drama!


Nota bene: You should be glad if you fail to understand it. (same set of feelings as in Me Before You [review])


Conclusions


Definitely worth watching. Deserves some Academy Awards nominations.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

1 Decembrie, Ziua Nationala a Romaniei: Parada militara [Poze + Video]



[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]


Pentru cine vrea sa vada _toate_ pozele => album pe Google Photos


In 2014 [blog post: Ziua Nationala a Romaniei: Parada militara (2014)] m-am declarat nemultumit de organizarea paradei in Piata Constitutiei.

In 2015 am facut greva si nu m-am mai dus tot in Piata Constitutiei - a durat nesimtit de mult renovarea Arcului de Triumf si constructia pasajului subteran de la Piata Presei Libere...

Well, in 2016, daca tot am vazut retragerea de la repetitie [blog post: Retragerea de la repetitie (2016)]... hai sa ma duc si la parada propriu-zisa!

Ca de obicei, totul s-a desfasurat in 3 parti:
  1. Parada Militara propriu-zisa
  2. PR: vehiculele parcate pe Soseaua Kiseleff, oamenii se pot urca pe & in ele, militarii discuta & fac poze cu oamenii
  3. Retragerea



Vremea


Ger, dar cu soare, frumos.
Vreme normala pentru Decembrie.


Oamenii


Aglomeratie, lume multa, ca de obicei.
Dupa accent/dialect, au venit oameni si din alte parti ale tarii pentru parada din Bucuresti. Tare treaba, ce pot sa zic!

Copii care flutura steaguri si tipa "La Multi Ani!" - se bucura, le place for some reason... cred ca incearca sa acopere zgomotul motoarelor si nu pot :) - copiilor le place sa tipe oricum, iar acum cand au voie they give their best, which is not enough :))


1. Parada Militara propriu-zisa


Am vazut cate ceva printre oamenii din fata, dar aparatul foto a vazut mult mai mult decat mine, pentru ca e mai inalt :)

Cateva poze din cele din albumul de pe Google Photos:
























































2. PR: vehiculele parcate pe Soseaua Kiseleff, oamenii se pot urca pe & in ele, militarii discuta & fac poze cu oamenii


Cateva poze din cele din albumul de pe Google Photos:



















3. Retragerea [Video]






Concluzii


Ca de obicei: aglomeratie, dar frumos.