Dr.Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant neuro surgeon, so full of himself loses his career due to nerve damage in his hands after a car accident. Searching for a way to heal his hands after traditional medicine failed him, he travels to Nepal, meets the Ancient One, masters the mystic arts and rescues earth from threats from the other dimensions.

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The visual effects in the movie are mindblowing, though the car accident scene is very brutal. Personally I love the scenes where he gets introduced to the mystical arts power and I was impressed by the mirror dimension fight scenes.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting skills were not utilized to their maximum. Rachel MacAdams reactions was genuine throughout the movie. Chiwetel Ejifor as Mordo was very successful in his performance. Tilda Swinton was a miscast, though I read the director’s point of view in casting her as the Ancient One.

There are some gaps in the movie, that comic fans will not have problems filling them, specially the characters backgrounds and their development. I wanted to know how much time did it take Dr.strange to become a beliver and a mystic art master and the background of both Wong and Mordo. The time loop idea which he used to defeat Dormammu is a weak ending in my opinion.

Dr. Strange (2017)                        PG-13
The 14th installment in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Written by: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
Based on marvel comics by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Director of Photography: Ben Davis
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Runtime: 115 mins

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Invictus (2009)

Sometimes things that seems not so important, may change a whole country …things that leaders are blamed about, may turn to be the reason for history to remember them …

Nelson Mandela the great African Leader, after 27 years of prison, in his first round of presidency unites South Africa. He believed in his national rugby team though all experts confirmed it will never reach the finals, convinced the National Sport Council, inspired  team captain and lead his country to win the 1995 Rugby world cup, hosted in South Africa. Mandela achieved his dream of a rainbow nation, during the 100 mins final match; 43 million people supporting and cheering without considering race or origin or social level or any other discriminations that took place in South Africa, people only held the South African Flag and cheered for their country.

Invictus” is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Movie title comes from the fact that Mandela had the poem written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated. In the movie, Mandela gives the “Invictus” poem to his national rugby team’s captain Francois Pienaar before the start of the Rugby World Cup. In reality, Mandela provided Pienaar with an extract from Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech from 1910.

Million Dollar Baby

I have a confession to make; the first time to watch this masterpiece was last week 😵… 13 years from its date of production and 12 since it won 4 academy awards: Best picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a supporting role.

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Being the movie geek I am, I don’t read about movies I want to watch, thus I never knew the plot and always thought its just a fancy boxing movie hence created by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman.
It was a shock when Maggie was left ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. A very strong and determined character was introduced throughout the movie and there she is lying helpless. Every second afterwards I was waiting for the miracle to happen. I was waiting for Frankie to find her a doctor who can heal her. I was waiting for her persistence and strength to help her overcome the situation. Until Euthanasia was put on the table. Continue reading

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan wrote and directed an epic war movie; fictional characters based on the true events of “the Battle of Dunkirk” that took place during World War II. Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It lies 10 kms from the Belgian border.
The battle of Dunkirk was the defense and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940. The War Office made the decision to evacuate British forces on 25th of May. In the nine days from 27 May–4 June, 338,226 men escaped, including 139,997 French, Polish, and Belgian troops, together with a small number of Dutch soldiers, aboard 861 vessels (of which 243 were sunk during the operation).

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Academy Award Winning Pictures

“Best Picture” is considered the premier award of the Academy Awards, it is the final award presented at the ceremony. In 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films to be nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards. Two years after this change, the Academy revised the rule again so that the number of films nominated was between 5 and 10.
Aslo the name underwent several changes over the years. Since 1962 it has been called the Best Picture award.

1927/28–1928/29: Academy Award for Outstanding Picture
1929/30–1940: Academy Award for Outstanding Production
1941–1943: Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
1944–1961: Academy Award for Best Motion Picture
1962–present: Academy Award for Best Picture

As of 2017, there have been 537 films nominated for Best Picture and 89 winners.
The Complete List of ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners till the 89th Academy Award (2017).

89th Academy Awards: Moon Light (2016)

88th Academy Awards: Spotlight (2015)

87th Academy Awards: Birdman (2014)

86th Academy Awards: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

85th Academy Awards: Argo (2012)

84th Academy Awards: The Artist (2011)

83rd Academy Awards: The King’s Speech (2010)

82nd Academy Awards: The Hurt Locker (2009)

81st Academy Awards: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

80th Academy Awards: No Country for Old Men (2007)

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18 days

18-days-movie-poster-2011-102074459818 Days is an Egyptian Movie, produced right after January 2011’s revolution. The movie was first screened in Cannes International Film Festival, May 2011, and was never publicly screened in Egypt until a copy of the movie was leaked on youtube this July.The Movie’s runtime is 117 mins, it includes 10 short movies, by 10 different directors and 8 screenwriters. The movie dates the emotions of Egyptians during the 18 days from the beginning of the revolution on the 25th of January till the Mubarak stepped down on the 11 of February 2011.

The production time, was less than 3 months, the thing that helped the stories to reflect the raw emotions of different social and financial backgrounds without any political manipulation. The revolution was still young and the future was vague and no matter what your political view or opinion in the revolution itself now, you will see yourself in one of the stories and you will retrieve your emotions during those days.

The movies are:
Retention: written and directed by Sherif Arafa
a symbolic movie, takes place in a mental health hospital, the patients represents different segments of the Egyptian society and their reactions to the news during and after the 18 days. 

God’s Creation: written by Belal Fadl and directed by Kamla Abou Zikry
a girl who sells tea in down town area just changed her hair color, no one likes it, she witnessed the demonstrations and was captured by the police.

19-19: written by Abbas abu-el hassan and directed by Marwan Hamed.
prisoner 19-19, an intel employee being interrogated during the 18 days  
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A memorable Quote from Ratatouille

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… In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and theirselves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.