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L'oeil du cyclone (2015)
An amazing hidden jewel of a film
Having a general knowledge of African geopolitics and of life in Africa is a great help in understanding this film because the points made by the films are often very subtle and very African. With this caveat out of the way, what a gem of a film this was. Is it a thriller : Yes ! Is it a court room thriller : Yes ! Is it a political film : Yes ! Is it a war film : Yes ! Is it realistically African : Yes ! Does it leave you thinking about it for hours afterwards : Absolutely Yes ! If you understand French, the original dialogue is best, but, thankfully, the English subtitles were for the most part good translations.
Without giving too much away there are so many subtly made statements by this film that you will never guess the main statement it is leading you towards, and yet where you think it is leading you throughout most of the film is itself gripping to the core.
An absolute masterpiece.
The surprise hit of 2016
I had never heard of this film yet it was 7.3 on IMDb with over 50000+ voters.
Then I saw that Pharrell Williams was an executive producer on the film, so I was "Happy" to try it - :-).
What a different, enjoyable, and eventually rewarding film.
The film is about someone who is not just different from the standard stereotypes, but also ..... DIFFERENT ! And that tells you all you need to know before you watch it !
Watch it till the end - this film gets better and better throughout the entire film, culminating with a really rewarding end.
I loved it.
Nuit blanche (2011)
If you ever saw "No Way Out" then watch this upgrade !
If you ever watched Kevin Costner in "No Way Out" and loved it, then watch this upgrade.
Wow, wow, wow ! I'll say just one thing : pay real good attention to the dialogues in the kitchen.
I intended to watch half this film one night and the rest the next night, as I needed to get up early for work. Forget that !!! This film grabbed me by the throat so intensely I had to watch it till the end and risk a bad day at work.
Top notch, from start to finish. The only time you will be able to relax and catch your breath is when you watch the opening credits !
Around the Block (2013)
I expected nothing but was blown away
Make no mistake - anyone who gives less than 6 to this film is prejudiced, whether they know it or not, or they are white Australians who do not want to accept that there other "Australias" within Australia.
If you watch this film with nothing other than curiosity as to where it will take you, you cannot help but be blown away by the simple power of this film.
Kudos to the screenplay, kudos to the director, kudos to the obvious off-the-cuff but first class acting, particularly in the prison scenes and the first rehearsal, and kudos for putting it all together as if you are watching Life rather than a film.
It is a film with so many stories : Liam's of course, but, also, his mother's story, his teacher's story (Christina Ricci), his brother's story, his school's story, the gubba teacher's story, his brother's story, and last but not least, his father's story. All of these stories grab you by the throat but you have to not be prejudiced to "see" all those stories.
A brilliant film.
What a surprise ! What a film ! What a treat !
What a film ! I had no idea this film was made by the director of Ong Bak so everything turned out as a most brilliant surprise.
If you want to read the best review of this film read the one from EBOSSERT on 14-May-2008. It says everything there is to say about this film. Basically, if you like action films, this is one of the very best action films I have ever seen and the storyline isn't bad either. The action sequences are just fantastic, and made even more fantastic because of the natural empathy one has for Zen, that girl !! I am already getting ready to watch this film a second time - that's how good the action was !
This film has you tense and guessing all the way through
Quite frankly, I did not expect much of this film, particularly after I saw a score of 5.0 on IMDb.
Throughout the film you keep asking yourself "where is this going to" and each time, as the film goes on, you get more of a surprise and the tension increases a notch.
Throughout the film I kept thinking "Winter's Bone". This film reminds me a lot of "Winter's Bone", and they were both made in 2010, but at the same time this film is quite different, but still about small town and small community secrets all the same.
The acting is top class, and the direction flawless. No film stars on show but they're not needed - this is top class entertainment from little known actors (not for long) and it is top direction too.
Watch it - you won't regret it.
Found it on cable, thought it would be average, was very pleasantly surprised !
You know the situation : It's school holidays - no films for adults around, it's all kids stuff, and you find an odd film called B-GIRL on Cable. No other choice around at this time so you go for it thinking : "it will pass the time".
Well, after 5 minutes I didn't think I'd see the end of this film, after 15 minutes there was no way I was going to bed without seeing the entire film. It leaves you with a smile on your face, a warm feeling, you talk about it with your partner and then you hit the net to read more about it because .... you've enjoyed it ! In the end I loved this film, and the last 10 minutes are just ..... F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C !
How She Move (2007)
If you liked Barber Shop you will like this film
Well, if you are open-minded enough to have liked Barber Shop, then you will like this Canadian film.
If your mind is as closed-minded as Fort Knox, then you will give it the current score that it has : 2.5.
This is a film for anybody prepared to watch films from outside of their own racial grounds. It is engaging, it is true to life, on two or three occasions you lose the connections between the scenes, but many times, especially towards the end, you find yourself having a tear or two in your eyes and this simply because it so often mirrors what life can be like.
I like it and recommend it to anyone open minded beyond the traditional American film.
Terrence Howard is slowly becoming a TOP CLASS warranty certificate
I checked IMDb : 3.9 score. Then I worked out this was a "black" film, or, translated, an inspiring film where the main subjects are black but which can be inspiration to anyone out there. And "black" films hardly ever get scores above 5, so I decided to take it out anyhow and see it for myself.
What a film. What a performance from Terrence Howard, yet again - this man doesn't know what bad acting is; whatever the film, the Oscar winning CRASH, the revenge thriller with Jodie Foster, THE BRAVE ONE, John Singleton's FOUR BROTHERS, or HUSTLE & FLOW, this guy shows he is one of the best actors around.
Whatever your colour, simply put your Objective hat on and let yourself be inspired - you'll go to bed dreaming, feeling good, moved, inspired. Brilliant.
Seraphim Falls (2006)
A film you start to watch and find you cannot leave, not even to make coffee !
I started watching this film thinking : "I've got to go to work tomorrow, so I'll record the second half". Twenty minutes into the film I needed a coffee but was so captivated neither of us wanted to get up to make coffee. In fact we weren't even talking. We were totally totally captivated by the film.
This is a film where half way through it you've enjoyed it so much you think that whatever the end is like, you'll still end up loving the film, and the end really does not disappoint.
This Western is right up there at the top with the best of them, surpassing Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. Pure joy. And it leaves you dreaming ....