MOVIE TIME: DEADPOOL (2016)

Another superhero movie, with a twist… Kinda…

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MOVIE TIME: REGRESSION (2015)

Regression tells the story of a detective (Ethan Hawke) and a psychoanalyst (David Thewlis) that try to solve a crime related to a satanic ritual abuse involving Angela (Emma Watson), a young woman.

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MOVIE TIME: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro is a beautiful animated movie, from 1988, that tells the story of two sisters and their little adventures once they move to rural Japan together with their father, in order to be closer to their mother who is sick in the hospital.

It all starts with Satsuki and her little sister Mei moving together with their father in a small village in Japan. The girls seem really excited about the place and see everything as an adventure ready to begin.

One day while she is playing in their backyard, little Mei, finds a little creature that she decides to follow. And then, just like in Alice in Wonderland, she finds herself in another world, where she meets this really big creature that she decides to call Totoro. Continue reading “MOVIE TIME: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)”

MOVIE TIME: NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

Night Train to Lisbon tells the story of Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), a Swiss teacher, who abandons his lectures and his monotonous life, to find out more about a Portuguese writer, after he finds a book of his writings in the coat of a girl he saved from suicide.

Once he saves the girl from jumping off of a bridge, he brings her to his class, but she decides to run away. She forgets her coat and he attempts to return it, but he can’t find her anymore. That’s when his journey begins.

In the pocket of her coat he finds the book of a Portuguese writer called Amadeu de Prado. In there, there’s a ticket to Lisbon that leaves in less than 15 minutes. He assumes that that’s where the girl will be so he goes to the train station. But she’s no where to be found. So, he takes a leap of faith and jumps on the train.

Once he gets to Lisbon he finds himself chasing the whole history and life of Amadeu. He meets with his family and his friends, in order to find out more about the writer.


This movie was a totally different thing than I thought is would be, so it was kind of surprising. In a good way.

I decided to watch it because I thought is was about a man who travels to Lisbon in order to find a girl , when in reality it’s a journey of a man, who I believe, tries to find himself.

Night Train to Lisbon has a very complex story, with a lot of flashbacks to the writer’s life so it makes it little hard to follow. However, this might also be the thing that makes you pay a lot of attention to the movie and what really draws you into it.

One thing that I would’ve liked to know more about, is Raimund’s life. He is so busy chasing someone else’s, that we don’t know much about him or about the woman he meets along the way. Also, the girl he saves makes an appearance only for a brief second to say ‘thank you’ and tell him why she tried to kill herself.

What I learned, however, from this movie is that taking a leap of faith can be a wonderful thing.

VERDICT: Take that train to Lisbon!

MOVIE TIME: THE ROAD TO EL DORADO (2000)

The Road to El Dorado is an animated comedy that tells the story of two con- men, Tulio and Miguel, who win, at a street game, the map to the lost city of gold – El Dorado.

In order to escape the police and the men they conned, they accidentally get on general Cortes’ boat, which they then escape from (again) and happen to land exactly on the island of the city of gold.

They do, eventually, find the city and there they are proclaimed Gods by the local priest, who wants the control of the city. They also meet Chel, a girl who helps them with their con of stealing gold from the city.


This is one of the best animated movie I have seen in a while. I like the story, I love the characters (even though my favorite is Altivo the horse that joins them in their journey) and the songs and the scenery they went with are fantastic. You should definitely check it out!

VERDICT: Miguel and Tulio are life! Haha

Have you seen this movie?

Alex D.

MOVIE TIME: JOULUTARINA

I know my Christmas blogmas is over, but I saw this movie a few days ago and I really liked it so I felt like sharing it with you.


Joulutarina in a Finnish movie about how Santa Clause became Santa Claus.

Nikolas is a little boy who becomes orphan after his parents and his little sister die in an accident. Since he has no family left, the locals from the village he lives in decide to raise him communally. So every family takes care of him for one year then passes him on to the other one.

Feeling grateful for what the villagers are doing for him, Nikolas starts whittling toys made out of wood, which, each Christmas, he leaves behind as gift. This soon became a tradition, so every year he made more and more toys that he left at the doorstep of every family that took care of him.

When one year the villagers could no longer take care of him, he is taken in by a grumpy old man, Issaki, as his carpenter apprentice. The old man works Nikolas hard, but the little boys is clever and quick to learn so Issaki soon starts to grow fond of him.

As time passes by, Nikolas lives more and more for the spirit of Christmas and it soon becomes his life. Every year he would deliver wooden toys to every children from the village, without them knowing who delivered them, so Nikolas soon became to be what we know today as Santa Claus.

What I liked about this movie is the fact that is different. It has nothing of the Christmas extravaganza we are used to when it comes to Christmas movies. It might be because it is a Finnish production and not an American one, but I was still pleasantly surprised.

It’s a very simple movie, no flashy colors, no loud characters, nothing of the craziness we know. But I think this is what makes it great. It makes you feel closer to the story and closer to the characters. It tells a very different story of the one we heard of, one that could actually be real for a change.

All in all, this a movie I recommend wholeheartedly. It’s a 9.5/10 for me.

P.S. The movie is in Finnish since it’s a Finnish production.

Alex D.

MOVIE TIME: TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009)

It’s been a while since I posted a movie review, or since I posted anything, really. I’ve been busy lately so I barely find time to relax and post something.

Taking Woodstock is a movie I saw some time ago and it is obviously about the famous festival Woodstock. Actually about how and where the festival took place.

The film follows the true story of Elliot Tiber, whose parents owned a small motel, close to bankruptcy, called El Monaco Resort. Because of financial problems and being close to forclosure, Elliot plans to organize a small music festival in the town in order for people to come and seek accommodation to their motel. However, when he finds out that the organizers from Woodstock no longer had a location for their festival, he offers his permit and accommodation to Michael Lang, while the location is provided by Eliot’s neighbor.

Of course, thanks to the high number of people coming in for the festival, Eliot and the organizers face various problems: from troubles with the locals to lack of accommodation and traffic jams.

The ending is pretty obvious, since everyone knows how the festival ended.

What I liked about this movie was the fact that it didn’t necessarily followed the story of Woodstock itself, but rather the story of Eliot and his crazy idea of “taking Woodstock”. Not only did it change his life, but also his parents’ lives and the lives of everyone who participate to the festival.

I’ll be honest, this was not necessarily “my type of movie”, but I really enjoyed it. It was great to see how people, young people lived back then, how free they seemed to be and how much they enjoyed life. I almost wished I was there.

I definitely recommend it: 7/10

Alex D.