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The Voice (2011)
A talent show better than the rest
In an entertainment industry where looks dominate, The Voice offers a refreshing format which reassures us, that talent alone CAN prevail. Unlike rival programmes such as American Idol and X-Factor, the coaches on this programme are unable to see what the contestants look like when they first hit the stage. The auditions are essentially 'blind' auditions, where the judges sit in a chair with their back to the contestants so that their entire focus is on the voice of the contestant. Only if they like the contestant's voice, do they push a button which enables them to turn around and to see the contestant. In short- beautiful, talentless people don't get a look in here.
Living in a time that is dominated by celebrity, image and 'z-list' culture in which talentless people can make it big for being pretty, The Voice is taking things back to basics- good old fashioned raw talent. This original twist is not alone in making the show a success. The chemistry of the four coaches (Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton) makes the show endearing and entertaining.
Highly recommended, don't miss The Voice on NBC.
The Doctor Who Hears Voices (2008)
Very unusual (Spoilers!)
I agree with the comments of "She's_Dead". It is very difficult to ascertain how this docu-film was made in terms of what is reality and what isn't and where the real Ruth was all along. Certain scenes feel as if they have been filmed in the moment but as Ruth is played by an actress some scenes would have had to be filmed after the actual incident, in which case Rufus the psychiatrist was re-creating scenes with an actress, which is unusual because he is not an actor (or at least we are not told that he is).
It would have been instrumental for the director to have clarified these points of confusion at the beginning of the film. Despite these flaws I have to say that the premise of the film itself is quite interesting. Rufus the psychiatrist suggests that mental problems cannot be solved by medication and by the end of the film you would most likely agree with this having seen how things turn out for Ruth. She accepts that her mental illness is not a drawback in itself- the drawback is the reaction of society to this illness. In this sense the film is thought-provoking and quite insightful.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
This film is simply superb. It is so refreshing to watch a movie that is so entertaining and captivating without being filled with the usual high-speed action, flashing lights and violence that you would normally expect in a movie of this genre.
The brilliance of this movie lies in the performances of the characters- it undoubtedly has one of the best casts in any movie ever made. Every word spoken, every action, every look by every character is immaculate in its intention. The film also gives us what I believe is one of Pacino's best performances, from start to finish he is utterly enthralling, particularly in the famous 'ATTICA!' scene, the scene where he is speaking on the phone to Leon and then his wife and of course the scene where he is creating his will.
To conclude, I loved this film.