Saturday, 19 December 2015

November Movie Favourites!

Hi guys!

So, last month I watched a lot of movies, so I thought that instead of a regular "November Favourites" post, I could instead write one exclusively about movies. I am aware of how late this post has been published, but I was having a bit of trouble with it and therefore hope that you will overlook the delay.

  First of all, let me note, that in my blog posts you will read both the term "film" and the term "movie" because I'm neither from America, nor from England, so, I can use either without restrictions. I can speak both American English and British English fluently, by using the terms of each one respectively, but I am still indecisive as to which form of English to use exclusively (I will go into more detail about this in a future post if you're interested). I'm currently leaning more towards British English, but I am not very used to using the word "film" yet.
(Me, watching the movie "Penguins of Madagascar", 
with my boyfriend who is taking the photo.)

  Before moving on to the main topic of this post, I must first give huge credit to the writers of Wikipedia for providing an extensive description of the plot for each of the movies which I chose to include here. I've attempted to summarise those descriptions, doing my best to include as few spoilers as possible while also giving enough details to enable you to fully comprehend the main plot of each movie.

  I know that the summaries look pretty long so, in case you are worried that they might reveal too many details about the plot of each movie, I have also included a link to the trailer, whose purpose is to catch your interest with as few information as possible about the movie itself.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy.
IMDb page: Click here
Trailer: Click here

In 1963, professional thief Napoleon Solo who is now a CIA agent evades an operative named Illya Kuryakin from KGB, a Russian organisation, after attaining Gaby Teller, daughter of Udo Teller, an alleged Nazi scientist who is rumored to be working under a private criminal organisation. Solo's superiors suspect that the purpose of the organisation is to use Teller's father to construct their own nuclear weapon. Due to the potentially world-ending nature of this crisis the CIA and KGB reluctantly team up and Solo and Kuryakin are forced to put their competitiveness and strong dislike for each other aside (but with little success). Together with Gaby they travel to Rome to find her uncle Rudi, who knows about her father's whereabouts, and works in a shipping company owned by Alexander and Victoria Vincinguerra, a wealthy couple of Nazi sympathizers who are supposedly leaders of the criminal organisation. The trio take up fake identities and infiltrate an event hosted by the couple with both Solo and Kuryakin determined to find Udo Teller and the weapon and upon success of the mission, steal his research for their respective governments.

The Three Musketeers (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance.
IMDb page: Click here
Trailer: Click here

In Venice, at the beginning of the 17th century, The Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis attempt to steal a very important document with the help of Milady de Winter, Athos' longtime lover. After being betrayed by Milady who sides with the cunning Duke of Buckingham, they return to France where Cardinal Richelieu forces them to disband for their failure, leading them to end up on the streets of Paris, as nothing more than commoners.
  A year later, a young man named D'Artagnan, with a fiercely arrogant attitude, travels to Paris in hopes of becoming a Musketeer as his father was, only to learn that they no longer exist. Soon after arriving in Paris, D'Artagnan meets the former Three Musketeers by chance and schedules duels with each of them, while unaware of their identity. However when the three arrive at the designated place, the duel is interrupted by Richelieu's guards who attempt to break them up. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are inspired by D'Artagnan's confidence, fight at his side to defeat them, resulting in the four of them being summoned before the young King Louis XIII for punishment. However, Queen Anne, impressed by their bravery, defends them and asks that they are rewarded.
  Later Richelieu plots to frame the queen as having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham. This would force King Louis to execute her and declare war over England giving him advantage to rise to power as an experienced leader. Milady, who is working for him, sets out to execute the plan, but Queen Anne soon realises that someone is plotting against her and ask for the help of the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan to resolve the matter.

Get Smart (2008)

Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure.
IMDb page: Click here
Trailer: Click here

Max Smart, an analyst for the top secret American intelligence agency "CONTROL", is eager to become a field agent, but despite top scores in the acceptance tests, he is denied a promotion because he's considered too valuable in his current position. However when "CONTROL" headquarters is attacked by a Russian terrorist organization called "KAOS" and almost all of "CONTROL's" agent's identities are exposed, Max is promoted to field agent and becomes Agent 86. He teams up with Agent 99, a beautiful and experienced female agent who is reluctant to work with him because of his intense clumsiness, in order to bring down "KAOS". The leader of the organization, Siegfried, threatens to release nuclear weapon detonator codes to hostile countries unless he's paid a large ransom and plans to organize an attack in order for his threats to be taken seriously. Agents 86 and 99 attempt to infiltrate the organization and terminate Siegfried's plans, while trying to identify the double-agent in "CONTROL" who is assisting him.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, with a powerful hint of Comedy and Romance.
IMDb page: Click here
Trailer: Click here
Eons ago, Bor, father of Odin (both powerful gods in Norse mythology), fights with the Dark Elf Malekith who seeks to use an ancient weapon known as "Aether" in order to return the universe to the darkness in which it dwelled before the birth of the Nine Realms. After defeating Malekith's forces and upon seizing the "Aether" Bor comes to realise that it is indestructible and safeguards it within a stone column in a hidden location.
  In present-day Asgard, Loki is imprisoned for his war crimes on Earth (events that took place in the first film, "Thor"), while Thor fights alongside his loyal companions to restore the peace across the Nine Realms. The Asgardians soon discover that the "Convergence", a rare alignment of the Nine Realms, is imminent and that as it draws near it will trigger portals linking the worlds to appear at random.
  In London, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, who has been separated from Thor for 2 years, travels to an abandoned factory where such portals have appeared, disrupting the laws of physics around them. Jane is teleported to the hidden location where the "Aether" is kept and becomes infected by it, after which she is returned to Earth, unaware of what has happened to her. Heimdal, the all-seeing guardian of Asgard, alerts Thor that he cannot see her anymore and Thor departs for Earth. When Thor finds Jane she releases an unearthly force, leading him to bring her to Asgard seeking the help of his father, Odin, to extract the "Aether" from her body. When Odin claims that such a thing is impossible and imprisons Jane after an attack on Asgard, Thor clings to his last hope. He has no choice but to seek Loki's help in order to execute his reckless plan to save Jane and destroy the "Aether" once and for all.

Movie Series:

The Hobbit
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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Trailer: Click here

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
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Trailer: Click here

 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
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Trailer: Click here

The films take place in the fictional world of Middle-earth, sixty years before the beginning of the events in "The Lord of the Rings", and follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a grand adventure as their "burglar". Join the heroes as they embark on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim "The Lonely Mountain", kingdom and home of the dwarves filled with treasure beyond compare, from the powerful dragon, Smaug. Together they must demonstrate great courage and strength of heart as they face grave danger with evil creatures lurking nearby, and unexpected enemies preparing to stand in their way.

And that is all of my "November Movie Favourites"
I hope that I got you a bit interested in watching these movies and that you will enjoy them as much as I did.

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