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Matir moina (2002)
Too many characters and too little story.
I was very disappointed with The Clay Bird.
I found that the story chopped and changed from one character to another all to frequently, failing to stay long enough on one part of the story for you to really care what was happening.
Yes, some of it was beautifully shot, but I have said this before with other films, is it possible to not to have glorious scenery in a place as georgraphically beautiful as Bangladesh?
I would rather the story concentrated on 2 or perhaps 3 of the characters, giving a far more detailed account of life in this traumatic part of Bangladesh's history.
Knafayim Shvurot (2002)
More like this would be very welcome!
I see a lot of foreign language films but up until last night I had never seen an Israeli movie, probably due to poor distribution of these kind of films in the UK.
I thought Broken Wings was quite brilliant. Really quite moving and it leaves you with an enormous feeling of hope for this rather disfunctional family.
When I read a couple of reviews of this film I was expecting a fairly miserable ride, but it is full of humour which keeps it from sinking into absolute despair.
I would recommend this film to anyone, it's a shame more people don't get the opportunity to see this type of film.
It gets 8 out of 10, and I will be keeping an eye out for more of Nir Bergman's work in the future.
Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)
Pretty good, but not brilliant - but I have just one question...
I saw this film 3 days ago and it hasn't really stayed with me. It was perhaps "worthy" more than anything.
My main point is that most reviewers mention is the "stunning cinematography", and whilst I agree with that to a point, I would like to ask if anyone has ever made a film in Kenya that had crap cinematography?
I stand to be shot down here, but is it actually possible to not make glorious cinematic use of one the most beautiful places on the planet?
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Does exactly what it says on the tin!
I'm no lover of "chick flix" (or other such derogatory terms) but How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days is an enjoyable enough film and does exactly what it promises.
As with most romantic comedies you know exactly how it's going to end but you watch it just to see how they eventually get there. And yes in this case the journey was just about worth it.
Kate Hudson illuminates the screen every time she is on it and seemed to have a a genuine chemistry with Mr Bongo player himself, Matthew McConaughey.
I went to see this on a freebie preview thing and must have been the only single guy in the theatre, I was a times deafened by the giggly women who seemed to find it far funnier than I could possibly imagine.
Not a great film, but not nearly as horrible as it could have been.
Oh, it's good to hear the Gin Blossoms on the soundtrack as well, top band they are!
That bad it's good!
After the first 15 minutes I was on the verge of walking out of this mess of a movie, it really was bad, but I decided to stay and watch how bad the script could get. I wasn't disappointed as it got far worse! I think the plot was was so far fetched that you just have to let the ridiculousness of it all just wash over you. This film just so badly wanted to be the Matrix, the costume design was almost identical to Neo. The only saving grace for this film were the special effects which at times were quite breathtaking. Films like this don't come along too often, but it really was that bad that it was good. I certainly left the cinema with a smile on my face.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Funny to the point of tears!
Went to see this last night and although it was meant to be a serious death row drama it turned out to be the best comedy I have seen for ages.
During the last 10 minutes I had tears of laughter running down my face, I really wanted to have a great big belly laugh but for the other people in the cinema I decided against it.
It's quite bizarre really as a film with some good acting performances in particular from Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney and Rhona Mitra could be so bad. Kate Winslet hams it up as the ridiculously named Bitsey Bloom.
Any serious point that the film was trying to make is simply washed away in an utterly stupid plot twist.
I would like to know when our Kate is clearly speeding into town at maybe 60 or 70 mph to stop the execution and her cars engine begins to bellow smoke, she decides to put her foot on the brakes stopping the car with a skid and proceeds to run into the town centre when in fact she could have just free wheeled the damn car at a pace far faster than Ms Winslet could ever run.
Maybe I am just being picky, but this is a dreadfully awful film which should be avoided at all costs unless you fancy a right good giggle fit!
Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae (2001)
Take Care of My Cat follows the lives of a group of girls who have recently left school in South Korea and are searching for a meaning or a purpose in their life.
To say this film was dreadful is a compliment, as it was worse than dreadful. I am not a new comer to far eastern films and I must admit I really was looking forward to seeing this film, which I had read only good things about. This movie felt like 9 hours long and it went nowhere.
The only interesting areas of the film were the parts with the girls sending text messages and the text appeared in windows etc. Some of the split screen stuff worked well too, but ultimately the plot went nowhere. Sure I am interested in cultures from the other side of the world but at least attach a story to it.
It could have been aptly titled "Take Care of My Plot", as the scriptwriter clearly didn't.
Not recommended at all. 2 out of 10 and that is just for the clever graphics.
Our Father, who art made the middle section too long!
For a film with a relatively short 84 minute running time Abouna (Our Father) felt like an eternity.
It follows the (mis)fortunes of 2 young boys after the disappearance of their father, whom I assume had gone accross the Chadian(?) border to look for work abroad.
The direction is pretty good and features some beautifully constructed shots of the Chadian landscapes. The beginning and the end are well paced but the whole middle section of the film drags on forever. Special mention goes to the young girl who plays the deaf mute, she was fantastic.
Still, it is worth going to see even if it's just to drag you out of the multiplex and into your local art-house!
The Lion King (1994)
I avoided this for 9 years, until tonight...
Right then. First things first. I do not like kids films, and generally avoid anything bearing the Walt Disney logo.
However having never had the IMAX experience and hearing from a few of my mates that The Lion King is actually a pretty good film, I had myself a trip to the IMAX theatre in Durham, and I have to say I thought the whole thing was fantastic.
Of course old skool animation looks a little dated with all these modern Toy Story and Shrek efforts done on computers these days, but the characters were brought to life by a quite fantastic casting of splendid voices. The whole landscape is right in your face in an IMAX theatre, you can almost feel a part of the jungle.
I still don't think I will be queueing up to see Disney's next multi-million dollar kids flick (and no doubt a multi-million dollar tie-in with a burger chain) but more than anything I do think it is a massive achievment on my part, having managed to avoid The Lion King for 9 years, and in a sad soppy kind of way, I almost regret that! (but I didn't cry when Simba's dad got trampled, not that I would admit to that here though, you'd think I'd gone soft, you 'orrible lot!!!).
8 femmes (2002)
You wont ever see anything quite like this!
What a bizarre piece of film making!
Take some of the finest French actresses and put them in an Agatha Christie/Cluedo type environment, then turn it into a musical?! You bet!
It's a really strange one this. As the plot unfolds and all the dark secrets and twisted intentions are revealed it starts to make sense, although at times I did wonder how it was going to end.
I am always open to new ideas in movies and this was indeed very different. Some of the songs were perhaps a little silly, but it still made me smile.
The costume design is fantastic and it has so much fantastic colour in it.
I would give this 10 out 10 for originality, but overall it gets 7 out of 10. I guarantee you wont see anything quite like this for a long time.