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From envy, admiration and worse
This is not the classic western. If anybody had ever asked what were the motives that led to Robert Ford to commit the murder of Jesse James, this movie is the answer. This isn't the story of a murder is the story of an introverted, fearful, nervous, somewhat gay, silent and little smart man that admired another man who was quite the opposite and that once this admiration wasn't reciprocated, like Robert Ford had wanted, then came hatred, revenge, resentment because he wasn't, not like Jesse James, but Jesse James itself.
This film is an analysis of how admiration for a person becomes an obsession to be what we are not (this story reminded me somewhat of The Talented Mr. Ripley) Does Robert Ford wants to be as Jesse James? The answer is no, basically story shows us that Ford was looking for what Jesse represented, an admiration by the people, an applause, but what he found was exactly the opposite by not realize that the only real applause isn't from cowardice, or vile acts, but it is to exploit what we are, what makes us be us.
This story whose message transcends beyond an historic landmark is also gratifying for any person who likes movie due to its technical details are extremely impressive, it is necessary to highlight the photo, that undoubtedly, they choose a number of perfectly frames that get making plastic each scene, at times actually seems we are seeing a painting by the way in which natural light becomes an essential element. Just include the value that music gives the scenes since served as a catalyst for emotions to give a touch more melancholic to some moments.
Perhaps the only things that could bring as defects are the abuse of the blur effect in the lens only to highlight what is at the center of the image, and the rhythm a bit slow but justified wonderfully with the editing and photography. In short this is a really beautiful film.
The Mummy (1932)
Karloff is the movie
This film is weird, first we have in front of the only one of the classic monsters who do not necessarily apply the word "monster" to describe it as such, because we only see the mummy in its original and monstrous form the first 5 or 7 minutes of the film, and nor is the most terrifying and murderers. For me the importance of this film lies not so much on what happens during the story but in the idea of the same, its premise, which I must say that is really original, and the interpretation of Karloff whose gaze is really frightening in the close-ups. But from then on, this movie falls into the errors that most of the films of the genre produced by Universal, everything is solved very quickly and the end doesn't have a climax, although here we must applaud the fact that the hero is not so hero and is much more important the role of the lady, on the other hand there are several secondary interpretations that hinder the development of story and this provokes that at some times the story turns monotonous and slow to move after a very good start. In short film is a regular one, with an excellent player and a very creative and original premise.
Story vs performance
This is one of Hitchcock's films more direct and specific of all his entire filmography, isn't one of the best movies, but its an outstanding film of its English period. The reason why this film highlights of the others is because its plot is not about a crime but a character itself.
The whole story is built around Mr. Verloc and from the first minutes we know that he is the villain of the story, so everything that comes after the sabotage of the power plant is knowing what is going to do this man now?, What are their motivations?, How do they going to stop he before everything worse? And so Hicthcock begins to develop an odyssey of a man who is a traitor to the motherland. But unfortunately falls short, whether in later movies this filmmaker is going to delve into the psychological aspect of their characters, during this English period that mattered less was why?, so everything became a succession of actions that sought to engage the viewer with the suspense but they don't understand what was happening at the bottom of the story.
So the result is not boring, Hitchcock manages quite well the intercalation of planes with great action and suspense with those who are closest, this ones few and poorly worked. For the technique are few or no errors presented but on the performances Hitchcock doesn't look that the characters develop their emotions instead they just living the moment, so when the end comes no one believes the melodramatic reaction of Mrs. Verloc and the agent of Scotland Yard attitude towards her, this character in particular is at times quite pathetic. So the value of Sabotage is the story in general you shouldn't seek such great performances, they will come in a latest period of Hitchcock.
Shakespeare by Branagh
Of all the adaptations that Branagh has done of Shakespeare novels, including all the films in which he has been director, Hamlet meets the best of all and it's for many elements the most beautiful. This not only because it achieved a faithful adaptation of this English classic drama, but also gives a majesty and elegance that make up the more stylized version of this tragedy. Here photography but especially the art design make up the strongest pillars to recreate a superb Danish castle that turns out to be another cast member. It is also interesting the casting that Branagh chose to interpret secondary roles, then we see a gallery of big players that have small roles and give a freshness to the density of a film that lasts more than four hours. Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Billy Crrystal, Judy Dench and even Charlton Heston make up characters that strengthen the good interpretations of Julie Christie, Kate Winslet and Derek Jacobi, not that well for Branagh that for my taste is a very over acting Hamlet. Yet the result is for me one of the best adaptations of this English playwright and a good film that brings us closer to knowing more about the most beautiful drama of history.
Love Actually (2003)
All you need is love
First of all this isn't a simple and silly romantic comedy, and that is its greatest charm. The film itself is an x-ray, an analysis of what is love actually and its beauty lies in the fact that it remains today, you could see it a lot of times and its essence continuous fresh thanks to a series of stories that show us the different faces of love and above all, by a spectacular cast for one single movie, in which none of the players is lost and each make their best effort to give a more real interpretation.
To be honest the biggest hit of the movie is the script and the direction of Richard Curtis that with subtlety builds a beautiful story that can move from comedy to drama without any complication because, at the end of all, is there a suffering or joy more great that love? In addition, photography and art design also contribute to create warm atmospheres, yet despite that the film takes place in winter, where the characters make great performances and show us more intimate sides that help achieve greater identification with some of the stories.
Another detail is that, definitely, if this story will develop elsewhere than London and at another time than Christmas, we would probably face a silly movie about love, but these factors combine to give a more consistent, as a wink toward anything that moves us the heart. But not everything is happiness there are also some details that are bad for the film especially with some stories that have a very open ending, like the case of Sarah and her love for the graphic designer, which makes it unnecessary.
In short, is an excellent film to see if you are in love but also if you don't, perhaps you will find here some love.
Get Smart (2008)
I was never a fan of Get Smart and this is what really kept me a little reluctant to see the film, yes I watched several episodes of the series but never actually existed a connection between it and I, but Steve Carell and all the beauty of Anne Hathaway convinced me to come to see the film, and I must say that I enjoyed the result and laugh as long ago I happened with a movie.
It isn't the best film of the genre but you can note that the advisory in the script by Mel Brooks was enough to make an interesting and mostly healthy comedy, away from a thousand times movie made about jokes related to sex, and I don't say that because they bother me I say this because most films that use them are lost in "how to make the scene more bizarre and fun" rather than make a story more interesting.
Having said that I can summarize that I liked Get Smart, it made me laugh healthily, Carell achieves a performance and convincing tribute as Maxwell, but definitely the most comedians are Alan Arkin and James Caan, I'm grateful for the brief appearance of Murray, Anne is beautiful as always, and even "The Rock" makes me laugh. It has too a good editing that makes the whole film agile and in short all the elements combine to make a good movie summer (much better than Speed Racer) and entertain as the pure Hollywood style.
Paranoid Park (2007)
A film about growing
To me Gus Van Sant is a director with a career more or less constant, which has films that are better to forget, but if I must admit something is when their movies treat the side of the everyday youth, their idiosyncrasies, their way of life, then the director becomes an expert in this field and masterfully shows a story that in some hands would become a sort of melodramatic "Grease", like a soap opera.
For me his work summit "Elephant" won what few films had done, he risked to make the anatomy of a crime from the common life of a group of students, showed a social problem, denounced and said, without embarrassing, in front of the public: the blame for what happens to young people is yours, is of parents, is of our society. And if that message was not clear, in "Paranoid Park" there is something of that, but doesn't conform with that, Van Sant makes a film more intimate, deeper, analyzes a crime from the criminal, but especially analyzes how cruel and sad can be the adolescence that, believe or not, is the age when we usually hate everything in the world.
Here isn't the anatomy of a crime, is the reconstruction of a murder by Alex, a mischief that end badly, his fears, his pain, but above all his fault that can't share with anyone and that leads him to reflect about his friends, about love, about things that when we are adolescents should like us and at any moment they don't, about mature and begin to grow. So Van Sant with an accidental murder, does that Alex does something that many of us takes a full life do: mature.
The Dark Knight (2008)
A dark vision almost perfect
While I write this I'm still immensely impressed with the forcefulness of this film, there are really few action or adventure movies that will create what "The Dark Knight" gets in just a few minutes, and that is to bring the climax of emotions with a script that is strengthened in each of its lines and with an edition that frame after frame doesn't exist any wastage. Anything that we had heard about this film before its premiere, all these positive comments that the criticism launched after having seen it, all the positive references are true, very true.
To begin with, the action sequences are a visual choreography, in each one's emotions are as much as possible, because not only are loaded by a perfect use of special effects, explosions and an audio editing forceful, but also because Bale, and Heath Ledger above all, build two characters who represent two sides of the coin and their clashes are so catastrophic that makes everything a witness from the edge of the seat.
And is that really the performances are at the level of what anyone could expect, but definitely this is the film of The Joker. Either that, including me, thought that no one could deprive the best interpretation of this murderer to Jack Nicholson, really we have our mouths open to the strength, vitality and terror that manages to combine Ledger villain in this, I confess at times was too crazy up to me, and that is what succeeds, it succeeds really that you think that this man is a man without any kind of moral questioning, everything for him is a macabre game.
So Joker works well because it also has a dramatic, dark and vertiginous screenplay that unfolds quickly to each of the characters and at the same time, for that speed with which everything happens, forcing the viewer to be attentive to each of the sequences, each of the planes, and the richness of this script is that even if it is full of action is also an ode about a moral antihero, that make you think about the various faces of good and evil, and leads to comic character to a much more psychological level, reflected whenever Joker and Batman exchange lines, and which culminates with a hopeful end even when circumstances suggest quite the opposite and balance between the two sides of the coin has been broken. That's because the script is really something worthwhile, for all Batman, The Joker, Harvey Dent and James Gordon mean and represent.
The film is not an idealistic and beautiful portrait of a hero, is a dark film about a man who loads a weight of being a hero that nobody wants, is the battle of a man in front of the chaos, is the fascination of anarchy and violence and hope that lies even after the cataclysm. Yes, it has its errors of continuity, some holes in the plot, but not all opaque this marvelous film. This is a great film in a genre in which there seemed no room for maturity, for the visual beauty that has made the best Batman film.
A werewolf's tale
It isn't a comedy, not a horror film. It is the story of a man who becomes a wolf and at the same time is a satirical mockery of the naivety of the Americans and the coldness of the British, at the end of all is an atypical film about a werewolf that, between scares and laughs, goes well fought on both sides. It is a simple film to pass the time that has good special effects and shows the transformation of a man into a beast and a woman who seeks a man below his hair. In short, is a great film for laugh a while, take good scares, see blood and have fun with a script well done on screen and with several references to stereotypes of two very different and similar cultures as the American and English.
Anatomy of a society
It is a film about everything and anything. It would appear that there is no plot in particular rather than be witness to what happens to a group of kids in a English private school. The story, without major shocks, follows Travis and his group of friends, their classes, their hobbies, their thoughts and reasoning. But at any moment, everything begins to change. In a subtle way the differences between "the dominant bourgeoisie", in this case managers and coordinators, and " student's proletariat" are increased to such an extent that breaks down completely that peaceful existence. Thus there is no longer reverse and the bloody end is only an analogy of intolerance by a society between one generation and another, between those who have power and those who suffer from it.
Photography, direction, editing, art and the perfect performance of Malcolm McDowell combine to create a film that, despite its slow pace, from the sixth chapter and on seems have sense and it is too late to reverse the gear of a society, of an entire revolution.