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Is It Just Me? (2010)
Silly movie - waste of time
This movie is so predictable, so corny and so stereotypical, i had to play a game of cards along with it to watch it. It is of such unoriginality it's practically unbearable. I don't understand why they even bothered to make this movie. It's never really funny, clever or sexy. It was like a bad and bizarre mix-up of "friends", any shitty romcom, broke back mountain, 'as good as it gets' and i don't know what else. Just really really bad. Sorry guys, but this was such a disappointment. Why i did give it two stars was the only more or less credible acting job by David Loren, the only charming role in this movie. I'm sure Bruce Gray can do a better job, but not in this movie with this script, poor chap. Just to give you a clue, it's worse than ' The Ugly Truth' or 'little black book', yes!!, and maybe not as unbelievably bad as 'the hottie and the nottie', but..close.
Des hommes et des dieux (2010)
French monks in a catholic monastery Algeria have to decide whether to stay or go back to France.
This film appealed to me in several ways. I liked the direct, intimate approach in the way it was filmed. It was very refreshing to see hymns used as a big part of the soundtrack, very different as to what you usually hear :)
In the cinema where i was watching the film, the average age must have been a lot higher than usual, and a few seats away, someone was even quietly singing along with some of the hymns, very bizarre feeling in a cinema!!
I liked the fact that they treated the subject of faith and the possibility of coexistence of Christianity and Islam, as well as the differences, in a very simple, every-day-life-way.
What was new to me was the visualization of fraternity. This aspect was a big thing throughout the whole movie. It is one of the things i least understood about priests and monks until now. It was amazing to see this feeling i have never personally experienced come alive on the screen and sort of being able to feel it myself.
I also liked that they used 'real' people and not pretty Hollywood types, but i suppose that is normal in a production like this.
I liked that a lot was left unspoken, unexplained and open for various interpretations.
The scenes i liked best was the one where: *the abbot was at a lake to find inspiration for his tough decision. *the 'last supper' with the close-ups of the monks' faces and the ballet music *the terrorist and the abbot talk about the birth of Jesus *the ending (usually i don't like abrupt and vague endings like these, but in this film it was bearable and befitting, because in real life it is also still unknown what exactly has happened).
Hufters & Hofdames (1997)
Very simple and uninteresting movie
This movie is a waste of time. It doesn't surpass the cliché. At no point it gets really interesting. The other person mentioned in his/her comment: "The film was made with an incredibly low budget and shot and cut in just a few weeks' time, but that doesn't show at all."
>Believe me, it shows.
"The acting is good and natural"
>True :) That is maybe one of the sole reasons to watch it.
"the story line doesn't feel artificial"
>no, only boring
"and the script has lots of very humorous twists."
>Not really, a faint smile might have been on my face at times but actual laughing..no.