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Paranoid Park (2007)
Brilliant use of depth of field
Brilliant again from van Sant, the shot making of a true genius, the out of focus depth of field pushed to its limits forcing the eye to roll round the image. Also one scene in the corridor going from over exposed to under exposed is mesmerising, not something the ordinary director would think of doing, normally the whole scene is correctly exposed. As for the story,its brilliant and deep, and makes you think of what would go on if such a ordeal happened to you.
Overall a brilliant 8/10 and both story and shot making is brilliant, one for all film students and film buffs to watch if just to be mesmerised by the visuals.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Like a super 8
Like a super 8 film from the 70's/80's New York this felt like it was art created for the screen on a setting, the open plan falling down dilapidated building. Beautifully shot with scenes of the hills and fields that seemed to roll on forever.
The acting even included San Sant himself as well as Grace Zabriskie who is normally in David Lynch's films.
The story was maybe even too weird for me and didn't really get a resonance and stayed very flat, it was not his best but showed how he can make his films.
Although it was maybe too weird it still made me want to be there in that building, the place where creativity happens, as spaces like that spark imagination.
Brilliance in direction
Brilliant, a work of brilliance by Gus van Sant, Makes you feel like you are there, feel like you are a student in the school as it shows the mundane parts of everyday school life inter wined with brilliant corridor movements and sound recordings, the slowing and filming of the sky and the thunder.
Another of Van Sant's brilliant films like Drugstore Cowboy, engages you into the role of the idea. Using kids, the students to play the parts of the 'Loosely based on the massacre of the Columbine High School' students similar to that shot and similar to the shooters, making them all feel ordinary and very mundane. Done in a documentary style, but acted unscripted.
A clear 8/10 and a must see for all, along with his other brilliant titles.
This is another of Noe,s brilliant masterpieces, which he uses his very visceral shooting styles, above and in between making you immersed in the film. The shots feel real and the sexy scenes, very visceral, as well as the violent scenes. You feel like you are watching fire unable to take your eyes away from it, unrelenting and brilliant, it encompasses your soul and body, and fills you full of emotions.
A clear 9.4/10 and one of those brilliants like such films as memento.
Another Noe film to be seen to believed and brilliant film like this doesn't come around that often and caress the mind body and the spirit inside.
A must see for all film fans, and one of those very few French films I find entertaining and beguiling as well as thoroughly enjoyable and enthralling.
Somos lo que hay (2010)
Not bad, but not good, awful acting and bad shots.
When I saw the beginning and the first 10 minutes, I thought what have I let my self in for, this is going to be awful, but it got better, and by the middle seemed to have an OK story line and the cinematography improved. But at the start the shots were unbearably bad and throughout the whole film the acting was atrocious, some of the worst acting I've ever seen in a film.
However, this film is OK at the end, not really one to go out of your way to see, but if your bored, and have nothing better to do and are at the cinema already, It's watchable. Although my flat mate said, it was one of the worst films he has ever seen, worse than piranha 3d, but what does he know, his favourite film is Phone Booth.
A 6/10 and an OK watch, for South American film fans, but not for those usual Hollywood film fans.
Los abrazos rotos (2009)
Brilliant, Instantly a classic
In my eyes this is one of Almodovar's best, just coming in behind Bad Education and talk to her, It has his usual brilliant directing and shot making, with his usual outstanding, hand and feet ahead, slightly over the top story, that follows through. It also has his usual bright and vibrant character and sets.
One of those instant classics. A Spanish masterpiece, one for all to see and one of those 8.5/10 scores.
It is not given the right justification in the trailer, and is much better than I had even expected, yet I know he is the Best Director(in my mind). It also has my favourite actress Penelope Cruz and also brilliant acting by all of the wrest of the cast, with a particularly outstanding performance by Lluís Homar.
Blade Runner (1982)
A brilliant visual
Its got a good story line, but the thing that sets this off from the normal film is that each and every set and part of the film have been impeccably shot, to create a truly mesmerising surface for the actors to act upon. Each of the scenes has some brilliant space age gadgets and viewpoints. The part I particularly talk about from this film is his home, with its stony coloured, decorated walls, lighting schemes and particularly the view and lighting streaming into the room.
A good film and a must see for as sci-fi and similar film genre, like Brazil, Logan's Run etc
Good acting meets brilliant visuals and directing, in this masterpiece by Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford.
Des hommes et des dieux (2010)
Don't bother to see this.
What a load of boring material, from the trailer it looked like this film was going somewhere, but then I saw the film and was blown away by how little the film had in the way of entertainment. Yet another French spoken film, I do not like and think is wishy-washy.
A clear do not see, and it pushes me to boredom and tiredness, with a little bit of dosing off.
Why would anyone give this a good review and an award.
A clear 4/10 and that is pushing up the vote to the films maximum, but if you like absolute crap, then this is the film for you.
Even the acting and direction was lacking as well as the shots, which were boring and usual, nothing to make it stand out, and nothing to give this film merit.
Schindler's List (1993)
The best Holocaust film along with the Pianist
This and The Pianist are the best War/Holocaust films, that I have seen and both deserve their recognition, both show how mistreated the Jews were but also show how not all the Gremans were bad people, some were good, and some helped the Jews to survive and prosper as a race.
A clear must see for anyone, and a clear 8.5/10 from me, not a 9 because it's not really my favourite genre.
Brilliance of acting by Liam Neeson and Ralph Feinnes, as well as Ben Kingsley and all of the other major cast and extras. A brilliant Spielberg film with direction, dialogue and shots as well as having a very moving story line.
Cape Fear (1962)
Again original is better
I'll start by saying that this is much better than the Scorsese remake, it is more rich and deep and Gregory Peck is the perfect actor for this role, as he showed in To Kill a Mockingbird (very similar role). With this film his brilliance strikes through, with its really rich dialogue and story. This is why you can see they made a remake, to utilise this brilliant story, of stalking and endangerment.
This film is one of those many that is way better than the remake, in fact I cant think of any film that is better as a remake at this time.
Brilliant directing and acting by all of the cast to fully throw you into the mood of the family and the problems and frustration caused by such a savvy and dangerous man.
A clear 7 1/2 out of 10.