Love, Simon (2018)

The perfect movie for this year’s pride month.

It’s the story of a young adult that keeps living in the shadows of his secret. Today, being homosexual is common but let us not forget how much courage it takes for someone to declare his sexual orientation. Specially when many LGBTQ+ communities are getting attacked by both society and authority in so many countries. Teenagers have many mixed feelings and are always thinking about future consequences that are not always optimistic. They keep feeling left out or marginalized, many thoughts will go through their heads: “what if my parents got mad? What would my friends do if they found out? how would my exes react after this? Everyone at school will start mocking me…” The fear of losing your family and friends makes the secret you carry that much more of a burden.

Being gay or lesbian or anything else is not something to be ashamed of anymore. It is hard to declare it and we all know why. Saying you are gay does not change who you are. You are still the same person you were before telling your parents or friends you liked men. You should always remember that if your friends stopped talking to you because of something like your sexual orientation then they are and were never really your friends. Be who you want to be and do what makes you happy. It is your life no matter what your family or friends think. No matter what happens, it will be alright.

I’ve never read the book this movie is based on so my review will only be about the making of the movie itself. The characters are all well-thought out and the story is very funny, interesting, and emotional. I personally love many of the actors: Jennifer Garner is stunning as always. Katherine Langford is the new young revelation of “13 reasons why”. Nick Robinson was the perfect choice for Simon.

All i can say is that it’s a fun, refreshing, funny and simple movie. You could just enjoy watching it at any time of the day with anyone and you wouldn’t be bored. You could even watch it multiple times and still enjoy that light humor and remember those high school days.

little fun crazy fact out of nowhere: At the end of the closing credits, on the right side of the screen, it reads “#gtfo”. This is an internet initialism for “get the fuck out.” It is, in effect, telling audience members to leave the theater. I personally think this is very cool! but whatever… who cares what i think.

Metascore: 72/100 (good)

IMDb: 7.9/10

Love, Simon

 

 

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Ready player one (2018)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. This phrase alone would make you wanna see it. The creator of jurassic park and artificial intelligence did another masterpiece. In an interview, Spielberg said this was the third most difficult movie he has made in his career. This movie is based on a book which i, unfortunately, haven’t read.

In year 2045, everyone plays this virtual reality game and its creator challenges all of the players to win 3 keys in order to become the owner of the game. I have to say the plot is quite normal. The events are expected before they happen. Yet, the visual effects and the presentation of the players is quite fascinating.

The movie is already about a very advanced futuristic world where virtual reality takes a huge part in everyone’s lives. Adults, kids, teens, everyone plays and even loses money on this game. They live more in the game than in real life. Now let me say if we ever come near to this, which we probably will very soon, it sucks for humanity cause we will no longer have any… we will party, have friends and find love in the game, no face to face meetings and no real conversations. Basically we will be really developed robots with feelings.

We have made some huge improvements in the cinematic universe with the graphics. After avatar and everything, we’re really taking this to a higher level. The characters seem soooo real and detailed its just incredible. Of course this movie is all about technological advancements, which makes sense. And this really makes us realize how much we’ve improved in this domain, and have a sight of what will probably happen in the future. I mean most of the ideas presented in those futuristic movies have been developed in real life, and virtual reality just happens to he the latest creation so i’m sure we’ll improve it so much that we will eventually have the virtual world in this movie.

Plus i really liked the oldies soundtrack of the movie. This 80s vibe is totally killing it in a movie set in 2045.

 

 

The pursuit of happyness (2006)

One of my favorite movies of all time. What’s better than a Will Smith movie? A Will and Jaden Smith film (Jaden is Will’s real son in real life).

A struggling salesman, Chris, takes care of his son, Christopher, as he’s trying to start a life-changing professional career. Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. At the end of the movie, the real Chris Gardner walks past Chris and Christopher.

The phrase “the pursuit of happyness” is an alteration of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” phrase in the United States Declaration of Independance.

Chris is shown running throughout the movie. Remember the title of the movie: “The PURSUIT of Happiness.” Chris places emphasis on “pursuit”. Jefferson, when he penned the Declaration of Independence, did not promise Americans happiness, but only the right to pursue it. Chris says, at one point in the movie, paraphrase, “I am happy right now. It is a fleeting moment.” We experience happiness in eyeblinks. The rest of the time we, like Chris, are chasing after it.

It’s real, it’s heavy, and it’s inspirational, but NOT AT ALL cheesy. It’s very funny at parts, but be prepared for some serious drama. In no ways is it cliché or contrived or boring. To say “I laughed, I cried” would be really lame. It is the truth, though. The movie is very accurate, but can be painful to watch for people who have been in the same situation.

“If you want something, go get it. Period.”

The shawshank redemption (1994)

One of the greatest American movies of all times. It’s even Morgan Freeman’s favorite film of his own.

Story of an American banker who finds himself to be an inmate at the Shawshank prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit, the murder of his wife and her lover. The movie revolves around  his journey as an inmate in the prison during which he befriends a fellow inmate as well as gains the respect of his friends.

The movie is based on a Stephen King novel, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, published as a collection of four short stories.

The film’s initial gross of eighteen million dollars could not even cover the cost of its production. It did another ten million dollars in the wake of the Oscars and became one of the highest-grossing video rentals of all time, but the film was still deemed to be a box-office failure. Despite being widely considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it didn’t receive a single Oscar win, though it was nominated for seven.

Even though it’s set in prison, there is no action, no special effects – just men in prison uniforms talking to each other. It’s just a simple and eloquent depiction of hope, friendship and redemption. nd what is so great about the movie is that it moves you, it gives you hope. Even though the circumstances between the characters and the viewers are quite different, you don’t feel that far removed from what the characters are going through.

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

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