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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Brilliant, moving, thought-provoking
It's sad that so many can fail to really pay attention to the important elements in a movie, and not only on what the movie may show, but mostly what the movie (or book, or fable, etc.) may make you think, feel, what it may bring from you. Well, but everyone is entitled to an opinion, to have their own "tastes"...but, criticize, that, I think, needs fair and reasonable arguments, at least...
Bicentennial Man is not a movie about a robot, it's not a sci-fi movie. It merely uses the robot story to talk about so much more. It's just a means to discuss the issues of humanity, feeling, the human soul, prejudice, love, courage, determination, selflessness, and so much more.
To fully grasp what Bicentennial Man really discusses in its plot, one has to look beyond the surface of what it is shown. You have to pay attention to the subtleties, to in between the lines, and so on.
If you want a sci-fi movie, a comedy, a family movie, this one will satisfy you. But if you want a dense drama, something to make you think, something to make you feel, and also get some good, honest laughs on the process, then you'll be more than grateful for having chosen to watch it.
For sure, without a shadow of doubt, this is among my top favorite movies of all time.
Heart-warming, though serious flick about a serious situation...
Yet another one here who has some of those depersonalization episodes the main character in this movie suffers from. So, along with some of the other reviewers here, I know what you go/have gone through...
Getting back to the movie, it has been majestically directed and well- acted. The movie takes a great effort into showing the audience what the main character is feeling, without making it boring to the spectator. Matthew Perry is also great in the movie, with a powerful performance...not shallow, and also not exaggerated.
With enough depth in drama, as required by the situation displayed in the movie, it also had quite some humor in it, but at the right dosage, I'd say.
So, yes, it is a movie TO BE SEEN by the general audience. It has humanity in it, even when showing something which is not pretty. It portrays a journey of self-discovery also, something pretty much required of any human being out there, even the ones who occasionally have some trouble with feelings and humor/mood changes, likes some of us.
Great movie! Really recommend it!
See You in September (2010)
A cute rom-com with something else to show...
Sometimes I don't get why some people are so harsh on some movies... OK, "See you in September" is not a masterpiece, and it would never run for the Academy Awards...but, if some people forget about all the technicalities of movie-making, about flawless plots, and all that, they'd find much more positive aspects in movies like this one!
See You In September does have a few plot holes, and it does not have amazing cast performances...though the plot and actors do work well enough to bring the audience a pleasant experience.
Talking about myself, when I watch a movie, most of the time I try to look beyond the movie itself. Some movies are just so bad, that there's nothing to look for. But, See You in September's got it.
It's not a story with a deep drama sub-plot, it's not trying to teach us any supreme lessons, not show us any truths about the human condition. It's simply a comedy that gives us a bit of what it is like to be a person...that some of us have problems, and that helping one another can be quite effective. It shows us friendship, it shows us the hard times we sometimes have, and it shows us a bit of how simple the solution to our problems can be, here and then.
I loved this movie. Had quite a pleasing experience in watching it. It's a descent comedy, a nice way to spend an hour and some more minutes, it can be called a feel-good movie that really makes us feel good, etc.
All you need to do is watch it without high expectations...just enjoy it, think beyond the story being shown...try to relates the situations displayed (problems some of the characters were facing, the formation of otherwise improbable friendships, and all that), and you'll see that this movie is one that can make you think, feel, and have some fun in the process...
Blue Valentine (2010)
Mixed feelings about this movie
After watching this movie, I was left with very mixed feelings about it. I mean, the movie is good, it has some great acting by the leading actors, and all...but, something about it bugs me! I recommend people to watch this movie, and draw their own conclusions about it...still, I can't make out what to think, or feel, about it.
The movie is about a couple who is currently not happy with one another. It tells the story of their past, some of their present, and also their end as a couple. The problem is...I don't really see the point for the way the movie ends. I mean, I don't understand, clearly, where it wants to lead the viewer, even if I have lots of ideas about it.
Dean is a guy who's been in love with Cindy since the first time he laid eyes on her, and he's still in love with her 'til the very end. Apparently, the problem is in Cindy...she seems to be more screwed up than anyone else in the movie. She tries to be a nice wife and all, but it seems that the things she's been through in life have made her cold to love itself.
She's revealed, in the abortion clinic, that she had had around 20 to 25 sex partners in her life, since she was 13; her last boyfriend, before Dean, was a crazy, violent guy, who may be the father of her child; Dean quickly offers to make a family with her when she finds out she's pregnant, so maybe she never really loved Dean; and, so on...
What I see is...the movie may be about things that happen in life, just that. I don't feel it as a movie about how a relationship can go wrong throughout time, but I see it as a movie about how love can go wrong...
Dean loves Cindy very much. One of the reasons he has a job as a simple painter is also to be able to spend as much time with his family as possible (besides being able to drink his beer whenever he wants). Cindy, on the other hand, doesn't seem to love Dean all that much, maybe she never really did; at some point in time, she's asking her grandma what it is like to recognize true love...she doesn't seem to believe much in it, specially by coming from such a dysfunctional family (agressive father, who didn't love his wife).
So, that's I understand from the movie...love depends on both people in the relationship to work out; if just one person really loves the other, the relationship won't survive...something Dean says at some point in the movie really shows that (and it's not as sexist as it may seem): "Guys are more romantic than girls; when a guys chooses a woman, he thinks, 'I'd be an ass if I didn't keep her'; but, women, they only choose, they choose the guy with the best job..."
Joyeux Noël (2005)
Words aren't enough to describe it...
It may just be a personal opinion, but I gotta say this is one of the best movies I've ever seen! Not so much for the movie itself, but mostly for the light of hope it brings us that mankind still has a chance to find the right path, that humanity and fraternity still exist.
The movie is also great. The plot was pretty well written, the photography is very nice, there's a nice amount of action scenes...basically, it contains elements to please almost any kind of audience.
I would really recommend this movie, and it's certainly one that I intend to buy the DVD!!!