Movies I Saw at TIFF 2011
The overall plot of the movie reminds me a lot of the movie The Lower Depths by Jean Renoir.
The score of course is very well done. For silent movies, the music is even more important.
Basically everyone would like this movie. The humor is spot on and it’s just a great movie. ” - praetoriansentry
I felt like the movie was particularly poignant because cultural the differences/difficulties in the past still exist today.
Even though the movie takes place in Algeria, I don’t feel like my lack of history knowledge made the movie any less powerful.
The way the timeline of the movie works is really interesting and I think makes for a great film.
I definitely intend to rewatch this film. I’d highly recommend it for almost anyone, but especially those with an interested in French/Algerian culture. ” - praetoriansentry
I think the movie does an amazing job showing how political games can lead to awful and tragic circumstances in difficult times. I think this theme is very applicable right now.
There are several very emotional scenes in the movie involving the Kanak people from New Caledonia. I didn’t know anything about this rebellion or anything, but this movie does a really good job using that event to talk about much bigger themes.
I definitely want to see this movie again and would recommend it for most people. ” - praetoriansentry
The set for the movie is very confined. I don’t think there are any exterior shots and the whole movie takes place in this church basically. The small isolated set gives it a kind of dream-like/surreal feeling. I think the confined set also emphasizes that this church really is the priest’s whole world.
One funny thing about this movie is that the music was kind of weird and creepy in on part. It reminded me a lot of the music from the beginning of one song from the Powder soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QiPlDTy67g
I think this is a movie worth checking out. It’s not for everyone because it is a pretty slow movie and pretty religious. ” - praetoriansentry
The movie feels very well done and believable. It doesn’t feel like cheap investigative reporting or hidden camera journalism. He actually talks to the women that work at these places and tries to get their point of view. Parts of it are funny and other parts could certainly make you cry.
The director does an amazing job juxtaposing religion in sex in these three different countries. It makes for a very powerful movie. I think watching this movie could prompt a great dialog.
Anyone interested in women’s rights, sex, or religion could take a lot out of this movie. Note: It’s not for the faint of heart. ” - praetoriansentry
This is a documentary I would not miss. It’s really well done. Parts of it are darkly humorous and other parts will make you cry. ” - praetoriansentry
My guess is that the work is very personal to the director which is why it comes of as a little complex. I think if you just take the movie as an experience, it will be the most enjoyable.
I thought the actor that played the father in the movie was really good. He goes between being terrifying and lovable very quickly. There are moments when you can see a genuine connection between him and his sons. That can change very quickly though.
I think if you’re into italian pictures or movies about difficult family relationships you should see this movie. ” - praetoriansentry
I actually enjoyed the movie more than I expected. I didn’t know what I had in store, but I didn’t consider that it was the same director as The Exorcist.
If you’re into crazy movies you should see this otherwise you may not enjoy it. ” - praetoriansentry
I think if you’re really into animation or happen to like dark movies with lonely characters you should check out this movie. ” - praetoriansentry
The Hunter felt weakest thematically. It seemed like the movie might be trying to send a message, but I wasn’t quite sure what that message was.
I think if you like, outdoorsy films or stories about searching for something, The Hunter is worth checking out. ” - praetoriansentry
Copola himself said that he got the idea for the movie in an alcohol induced dream, so I guess it’s no surprise that its crazy. The ‘scary’ parts of the movie aren’t really intense or authentic so the movie doesn’t feel successful there.
I think most people should probably skip this movie unless you’re bored or a huge Val Kilmer fan. ” - praetoriansentry
I think the movie sets out what it intended to do. There is some ridiculous violence and some nice cheap scares.
If you’re into campy horror flicks, The Incident is worth seeing. ” - praetoriansentry
The high level plot has been done, but the smaller details of the film and the way it works feel really original so that made it a pleasure to watch.
I think if you’re in the mood for a somewhat touching story about falling for someone, you can check this movie out. ” - praetoriansentry
Chris Pratt was pretty good as the obnoxious guy who used to be a dick to everyone in high school.
If you’re a huge Channing Tatum fan you can see this. Otherwise it’s worth seeing if you’re really bored. ” - praetoriansentry
The movie isn’t really horror or anything thing. It fits the thriller genre a little better because the main character slowly becomes more and more convinced that the new girl in school is a vampire. She tries to convince others that its true but either they’re killed off or don’t believe her (of course).
I think the story is pretty familiar and a lot of the movie was predictable. The movie was still pretty enjoyable though. The actors are well cast especially Lily Cole who plays Ernessa (the creepy vampire).
If you’re in the mood for vampires and/or teenage girl drama (or you’re bored) The Moth Diaries is definitely entertaining enough to check out. ” - praetoriansentry
From the first third of the movie, I thought I was going to like it a lot, but somehow it got a lot weaker for me.
I thought the piano score for the movie was quite nice and worked well for a lot of the film.
I really have no desire to see this film again and I don’t know to who I would recommend this. ” - praetoriansentry
I think the movie presents the topic in a way that isn’t particularly compelling. There isn’t a lot of data or statistics used in the movie. It’s mostly historical or anecdotal. This weakens the message in my opinion.
Overall the documentary could lead to some interesting conversations, but I don’t think it really brings anything new or interesting. If you’re interested in black issues and the like, Dark Girls might be worth seeing. ” - praetoriansentry
The setting for the movie is actually really interesting because it takes place in Uzbekistan, but follows some Korean people that live there. The focus isn’t on the Korean culture in Uzbekistan, rather the focus is on the characters attempts to improve their situations through crime, drugs, and returning to Korea.
I wouldn’t recommend this film unless you are really interested in Uzbekistan or Korean culture. ” - praetoriansentry
Overall the movie feels like less of a story and more of a statement about the decline of cinema. The director feels that there needs to be more awareness of the classic movies.
I’m not really sure what the relationship is. The movie really drags on for a long time and it really isn’t that interesting. The directors point is also a little tough to swallow because we do have access to all of the classic movies online or on disc. I also don’t think that all movies need to be made for pure art. I think Hitchcock said that he made movies for entertainment… But I don’t think I Hitchcock on the list of movies that this director liked.
I wouldn’t recommend seeing this movie to anyone really. ” - praetoriansentry