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Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)
A truly beautiful and moving film
This is marvellous and unique film which, because it's filmed mainly from the perspective of voyeurs of the human race, in this case angels, has the ability to make you appreciate all the things we so often take for granted in the hustle-and-bustle of our daily lives. Colour, smell, taste, love, friendship, music are all such an integral part of human existence yet without films like this we could easily take them for granted and forget how they enrich our lives.
I suppose the angels in this film could even be viewed as representing children slowly waking up to the joys of life. Realising that, even if time will eventually ravage them, there is so much to savour in the here and now.
This also is a film to be prasied because it's not scared to allow multiple languages to be heard - just as in real life. It reminds me in many ways of the films of Andrei Tarkovsky - haunting, poetic images and words - and yet is undoubtedly much more accessible.
With so many other postings available I don't feel any need to mention plot points, all I wanted to put across was if you prefer thought-provoking films (with marvellous cinematography, contemporary soundtracks and the ability to remind us of the gentle joys of life) as opposed to the more visceral and empty films that are currently mass-produced then "Wings of Desire" is well worth investing your time in.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Come back Bryan, all is forgiven...
I have to admit I had a slight sinking feeling when I knew that Brett Ratner had directed this one rather than Bryan Singer. And I guess rightly so.
This film just seemed to be lapping up all the clichés that the genre could offer especially when it came to some truly appalling dialogue. As if Magneto would ever come out with anything as
corny as "What have I done..?" when everything starts going pear-shaped. I found myself sitting there thinking : "Sir Ian, please tell me you fought against saying such a hackneyed line!?"
Character development (which played such a strong part in the first two films) was sadly lacking as well which made the film feel empty to me.
In conclusion, the film's not a total bomb, there are some great set-pieces and some nice moments of humour However, you just can't help feeling that Mr Singer would have presented us with something with greater subtlety and more significant emotional depth...