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Lilja 4-ever (2002)
First of all, I'm a big fan of depressing movies. I don't know why. Not all kind of depressing movies, just the most realistic ones. Like Darren Aronofsky's movies or "Schindler's List". So I started watching Lilya with enthusiasm. I thought I would be blown away. But I wasn't. That doesn't mean I didn't liked it and of course doesn't mean that it's a bad movie.
It's not a bad movie, but it's an... "easy" movie. I'm not sure if it's the right word (sorry, English is not my native tongue). There are many problems with young society these days and each time a director makes a movie focused on these problems, people say it's great. I give you the example of "Precious" and "Juno". I guess that what makes these movies so acclaimed is the brutal realism of the pictures (not particularly the case of "Juno") and the fact that only a few directors aboard this subject. I call it an "easy" movie because of that. All you have to do is get yourself a chocking subject, some decent actors and there you go. People get chocked and you get recognition. I wasn't chocked, but I was touched. Let's face it, this recipe never fails, and it didn't failed with me. The acting was good, and the director did a good job (altough he did some strange zoom-in (but it's always interesting to see something different)). The realism from the pictures was the best part. Honestly, I think this should have been nominated for Best Foreign Language Movie.
Watch this movie. If you already watched this type of movies, you won't be blown away, it's a bit similar but with a different story. If this is a new type of movie for you and if you're a bit fragile, it's likely you're going to cry.
127 Hours (2010)
It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it makes you want to see it over and over again!
It's my first movie review in IMDb, so please be kind :D Some months ago (probably November), I found this movie here on IMDb. I was really excited, because I'm a big fan of survival stories and I already knew this one because Bear Grylls mentioned it on "Man Vs. Wild", which is a show I watch a lot. Unfourtunetely, this movie's premiere here in Portugal was last week, that's about two months after the American premiere. That meant I would have to wait a long time to see this movie. I could have downloaded it, but I wanted to see this movie with good quality and subtitles so I waited. It was hard but, oh boy, it was all worth it!!!
I loved how the movie started, it started quickly, with great music and editing. I couldn't ask for more!
I just think the part when Aron falls into the crevasse should have more emphasis. It was because of that fall that the movie was made and that Aron did what he did.. I think they should have added some slow-motion. :)
The scenes from the crevasse have a different meaning with James Franco. He is perfect for the role and he can make us live Aron's drama is such way that sometimes it looks we are also there. Brilliant! Anguish, sadness, happiness, joy... "127 Hours" and James Franco can make us laugh and cry and the same time; it's such a great movie!
The infamous amputation scene was not painful to watch. I don't like horror movies, because all of the gory and bloody scenes, so I was a bit afraid of this scene. But I could watch the scene without closing my eyes or even covering or turning my face away. It's really no big deal, but fortunately for me, a girl got out of the cinema after that scene and that made me win a bet with my friends! :P
I've already watched "The King's Speech", so I know what Colin Firth did in that movie. He was amazing and deserved the Academy Award for Best Actor, but if it wasn't for him, I think Franco should have won it. He's great.
Overall, it was an amazing movie, although it was too short, but I guess that most people don't want to see a guy talking alone in a crevasse for 2 hours. I wouldn't mind! I was not hoping such a quiet movie, but I loved it. When it finished, I wanted to see it again and I probably will see it again next week with more friends.
I really think everybody should see this movie. Don't avoid it, just because of the amputation scene. If you are fragile, close your eyes, you will know when it's over because of the music (by the way, the music from that scene is great).
Probably my favorite movie.