The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

My rating: ratings3

Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller, who also directed the film) is a negative assets manager for Life Magazine who frequently daydreams of fantastic adventures, and has a crush on his coworker Cheryl (played by Kristen Wiig). For the final issue of Life, photographer Sean O’Connell (played by Sean Penn) sends Mitty 25 negatives and says that the 25th one captures the “Quintessence” of Life and that it should be used for the cover. The 25th one, though, is missing, so Mitty must track down O’Connell and travel the world, and makes some stops, including Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas.

I was not disappointed by this movie, since I was very excited about it when I first saw the trailer. Walter Mitty is filled with comedy and heart, but some parts are a little slower than others. The film has a great plot and great cinematography, but Mitty never really changes throughout the movie. Instead of becoming a better person who doesn’t daydream that often, all he really does is travel the world and make a new friend (an eHarmony employee). I think adults would like this movie just like I did, but it does have some iffy content that might be intense for kids, including some violent scenes and swearing, despite its PG rating. It deserves a PG-13 rating, but I think it would be appropriate for kids 12 and up.

Here is the film’s trailer.

A side profile of a man running with a silver briefcase in hand. Behind him a cityscape.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

My rating: ratings4

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a reboot of and with a different plot than the original Jack Ryan movies (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears), which starred Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck as the CIA analyst. In Shadow Recruit, Ryan (played by Chris Pine this time), who is also a veteran Wall Street executive,  finds out about a Russian plot, led by Viktor Cherevin (played by Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the film) to crash the US economy and start the second Great Depression. Ryan travels to Moscow, and with the help of CIA agent Thomas Harper (played by Kevin Costner), he must stop Cherevin.

I really enjoyed this movie and sat on the edge of my seat at some points of the movie. The movie was kind of slow, though, at other points. The action is great and tense and will definetley satisfy fans of other Jack Ryan movies. This movie is well-acted and very entertaining, but like I said, a little slow. I think all action/spy fans will enjoy this movie like I did. I would recommend this movie for all actions fans 13 and up, since I think it is too violent for younger kids.

Here is the film’s site and trailer.

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The 71st Golden Globe Awards

This Sunday, the Golden Globe Awards took place. For those of you who missed it, here are the winners (from the movie categories):

Best Picture – Drama: 12 Years A Slave

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: American Hustle

Best Actor – Drama: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress – Drama: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams in American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón  from Gravity

Best Screenplay: Her (written by Spike Jonze)

Best Original Score: All Is Lost

Best Original Song: “Ordinary Love” by U2, from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (from Italy)

I am predicting that the Oscars might turn out very similarly, with 12 Years A Slave or American Hustle winning Best Picture, Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Supporting Actress, and Frozen winning Best Animated Feature. The Oscar nominations will be announced this Thursday.

Best and worst movies of 2013

Hey, everybody! To celebrate the new year, I have also decided to post my top ten best and worst movies of the year. I have decided to also post the top ten highest grossing movies of the year, and some box office bombs this year, just for your information. Here are my top ten favorite movies of 2013 and why I liked them (not all of these movies have been reviewed on FilmToppings, since I didn’t watch all of them in the theaters):

1. Gravity: This movie has breathtaking cinematography and visual effects, and is possibly one of my favorite movies of all time. (5 out of 5 pizza slices)

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: This movie has amazing visual effects, especially the dragon, and has lots of suspense. It is way better than the first Hobbit movie. I can’t wait to see what happens next. (5 out of 5 pizza slices)

3. Thor: The Dark World: This movie is very entertaining, and is possibly my favorite Marvel movie other than The Avengers. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

4. Fast and Furious 6: Very entertaining, but not as good as the 5th movie in the trilogy. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Slower but way better than the original, and has an amazing soundtrack. I absolutely cannot wait to see Mockingjay – Part 1.(4 out of 5 pizza slices)

6. Ender’s Game: Very satisfying for a fan of the novel, and has a great soundtrack. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

7. Pacific Rim: This film has awesome graphics and  cool action scenes. Any action fan would enjoy this movie just like I did. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

8. The Wolverine: The action is great and very entertaining, and much better than I expected, since I thought it would be boring. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

9. Red 2: Very entertaining and funny. I recommend it for all Bruce Willis fans. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

10. Saving Mr. Banks: This movie is well-acted and has great costume designing as well. (4 out of 5 pizza slices)

Here are some of the worst movies of 2013 and why I hated them (not all of these movies have been reviewed on FilmToppings, since I didn’t watch all of them in the theaters):

1. Paranoia: I expected this movie to be an action movie (since the trailer made it look like an action movie), but when I saw it, it hardly had any action! (1 out of 5 pizza slices)

2. After Earth: I expected this movie to be cool, but the action scenes don’t last that long, and neither does the movie!  It lacks suspense and is too serious of a movie. (1 out of 5 pizza slices)

3. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters: This movie is extremely disappointing and dumb, and has terrible visual effects. (1 out of 5 pizza slices)

4. R.I.P.D.: This lifeless movie has bad visual effects, and isn’t funny like I thought it would be. (1 out of 5 pizza slices)

5. The Lone Ranger: This movie is very disappointing, slow, and stupid, especially Johnny Depp’s character. (1 out of 5 pizza slices)

Here are the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year and how much they earned:

1. Iron Man 3*: $1,215,439,994

2. Frozen: $1,000,236,000

3. Despicable Me 2: $970,761,885

4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $894,052,000

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $863,767,855

6. Fast and Furious 6: $788,679,850

7. Monsters University: $743,559,607

8. Gravity: $704,865,000

9. Man of Steel: $668,045,518

10. Thor: The Dark World: $641,162,958

*Iron Man 3 is currently the 5th highest-grossing movie of all time

Here are some of the biggest box office bombs of the year, their budget, and their box office:

Ender’s Game: Budget: $115 million, Box office:$87.9 million, Total loss of money: $27.1 million

The Fifth Estate: Budget: $28 million, Box office: $8.5 million, Total loss of money: $19.5 million

R.I.P.D.: Budget: $130 million, Box office: $78.3 million, Total loss of money: $51.7 million

Oldboy: Budget: $30 million, Box office: $4 million, Total loss of money: $26 million

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Budget: $30 million, Box office: $22.5 million, Total loss of money: $7.5 million

Bullet to the Head: Budget: $55 million, Box office: $9.4 million, Total loss of money: $45.6 million

Getaway: Budget: $18 million, Box office: $10.5 million, Total loss of money: $7.5 million

Battle of the Year: Budget: $20 million, Box office: $13.7 million, Total loss of money: $6.3 million

Machete Kills: Budget: $33 million, Box office:$15 million, Total loss of money: $18 million

Tyler Perry Presents Peeples: Budget: $15 million, Box office: $9 million, Total loss of money: $6 million

Some interesting stats on FilmToppings in 2013

Happy new year, everybody! To celebrate the new year, I have posted some interesting stats on FilmToppings in 2013, including most commented posts, countries this blog was viewed in, and much more!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.