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Brilliant remake, just as good as a new one
To be honest I wasn't optimistic at all. Les Revenants was a brilliant and unique creation, award winner for International Grammy. I couldn't see any way how they could re-enact that brilliance. But after watching this 1st episode, I must admit this one isn't bad at all ! They expanded the boundary, brought their own twists and made it something new. Whether u have watched the original or not, that won't affect at all! Les Revenats had an Godly location, this one might not have that. But they tried with some new characters and aspects to make up for it. While you are at it, you better enjoy the ride ! Its gonna be shocking and bumpy !
Den som dræber (2011)
Another brilliant Scandinavian Serial Killing show
Finished watching the only season of this Danish TV serial which is being remade for US right now. Every episode is almost 1.5 hrs, characters are same but every episode comes up with a new serial killer to analysis and catch. A female lead detective pairs with a talented but problematic forensic psychiatrist to catch these killers. They all have their share of personal problems to handle. Katrine(Detective) has been abused as a child by her stepfather and Thomas(FP) always grasping to retain balance between his work or job that he desires and his family.
Now the stories. Every serial killer is different, everyone has their own way of thinking and different way of killing. Thomas analysis the methodology of the killer in his own way, links up the puzzles that help Katrine catch the killer. Some stories are brilliant, some are average, but overall there were lots of excitement and intelligent stuff. After watching so many hightech series some might seem quite amateurish but actually they are not. Ratings might not seem that much convincing but its not as bad as rating says.
There's one more thing. I know the Scandinavians were amongst the first to give women empowerment but three Scandinavian serial killing TV series I watched and all three of them has the female lead protagonist. I am not being misogynist or against women empowerment rather the opposite, but sometimes it feels a bit cliché. I love Scandinavian crime production and I can't but to be partial!
Overall my rating: 8/10
A rare vintage Art-house production in TV
Rarely TV serials adopt the idea of 'Art-house' production, and this is one of them. Another gem from the BBC production. Story of the creator of 007 who himself is a legend in thus arena, perhaps one of the most influential one. At first glance I thought it contains style over substance but in time everything worked out just fine ! This is not just another espionage story of WWII, rather the script mingled the personal and professional life of Fleming brilliantly. Dominic Cooper was an excellent choice, he can play the hard-boiled spoiled brat quite fascinatingly, we all have seen it in 'The Devil's Double'. Lara Pulver was naturally brilliant in the seductive dominatrix role as usual. Only if they could let the 'blond Muriel' stay a bit longer !
Its not easy to bring-up the story of someone with so many 'issues' meticulously, but they tried and didn't fail ! Its no hardcore action flick like 007, rather vintage flavoured of WWII, the set decoration was quite believable. And most of all, this series is 'Hot', and hot means 'Haught' ! Waiting for the final instalment !
The Fall (2013)
The devil lies in the detail, stark-gory-scary detail .
I believe you all are aware of the quality of BBC productions. At a stretch just now finished another one of their brilliant installments The Fall - TV. The success of a psycho serial killing show depends on the depiction of showing the intensity of the fetish perversion of that killer. The Fall did that job meticulously. Beautiful n Gorgeous Gillian Anderson was the best thing that could happen to her role. There is an unique vibe and glitter in her presence that showcase a staggering personality, that is what called a real show !
The most perfect job that the show did was not exaggerating or over- qualifying the killer, nor glorifying or idolizing his motives. A serial killer always doesn't need to be recluse. He could a loving father to his children, a loving husband to his wife. He has to deal the redundancy and mundane cliché of the day to day life. But at the same time he could do the 'Doubling' perfectly. But when the hunter meets his perfect opponent, he could really get 'hunted' ! The devil lies in the detail, stark-gory-scary detail. And the details of this series parts it from others. You wont feel rush like the traditional USA releases, it takes time to build the story in UK production. But less dramatization and raw nature of the fetish was something 'sickening to the stomach' was present here that you won't be able to deny. This is dark, really really 'DARK', and if you don't have the stomach for that, don't come near here !
De tweeling (2002)
One of the best WWII movies of all time which is definitely underrated and deserves more attention
After a long time writing a review, actually a short one. I thought I have watched almost all great heart wrenching drama about the people around the devastating destruction of WWII. But I guess I was wrong.''De Tweeling'' aka ''Twin Sisters'' is an absolute tear jerker. Story of two orphan twin sisters who were separated at childhood, one lived in Holland living a posh life and other had to live in Germany in a severe abusive atmosphere. WWII came, altered their lives in a most possible devastating way one can imagine. This is a story of love, heartbreak, tragedy and war in an epic proportion. As you can see its based on a worldwide best-seller, its almost impossible to portray and bring up the story in big screen by its level and proportion, they did a very fine job. And perhaps this is the best Dutch production I have seen so far.
Don't want to give any spoiler, so I shouldn't go any further I guess. But the actresses performed the twin sisters in different stages of life did excellent job. One of them will remind u the prime period of 'Audre Hepburn' and wouldn't that be extra something !
Story evolves from different point of view. It will make you asking the question again and again whether the normal people of Germany really knew what was really going on ? Why did they march under someone as crazy as Hitler ?? Did they really have any other choice ?? I will leave them out for the audience.
The choices we make shapes our life and defines who we really are . But under different circumstances, would we make the same kind choices ?? Is it really up to us or we are the victim of our surroundings ?
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
The movie that moviechoholics long for a long long time
A Place After a long long time I am being compelled to write a review on some movie, and thats this. U can easily call this one beautiful piece of a multi layered movie. the Dark and Gothic vibe of this one gave me chill big time ! This story is told in three phases . One robber,one cop and their sons .
Rayan gosling successfully tore down his good boy image a long time ago, but outdid himself in this particular character as a hard boiled tattoo covered stuntman come bank-robber, on the other-hand an emotional and affectionate father. In the second face comes the Hangover star 'Bradly Cooper'. Hangover revived his career, no doubt in that, but recently he is showing his true class and ultimate potential. He is also tore between his ambition and being honest which is caused by grief. Then comes the third phase of the movie including their sons, their legacy. This is the most significant part of the movie . The ending proves how the son become their fathers, completing the circle of their ultimate destiny. No one can avoid that. Eva Mendez did a great role, Ray Liyotta as a dirty cop performed a good score too.
To me, the outstanding success pf this movie is its Background score and Gothic atmosphere. One of the best art-house movie of recent times after Gosling's 'Drive'. The deep and intense character study was spectacular. Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines is undoubtedly a visual odyssey, if nothing else. This film is about,is legacy, and passing the torch from generation to generation. This is the movie that movie choholics long for a long long time .
Experience of a lifetime ....Pick of a Genius mastermind.. a true Psychological masterpiece
I don no how This movie made me impulsed to make a review..this is an experience of lifetime ! Probably this is the best direction and camera-light work I have seen in a movie so far . This black and white classic is one of the most original and genuine psychological masterpiece of all time, thats for sure !
Now i come back to the point of this movie.The most amazing thing of this movie is that you can explain and see from two very different point of view ! both the lead characters are so complicated and strong that you can't say what's the lead and whats the supporting character ! From the very first appearance of this movie you will see some bizarre and symbolic scenes , traditional from Bergman. After that, the first appearance of the actress will give you many questions of what you will get the answers at the last of movie, in the meanwhile the suspense arise gradually that what happened to her for this kinda unlikely condition ?? why did she made herself mute and detached from the outsider world ??she certainly has her own very reason and U can do nothing but only respect her from that. But would it be pleasant or praiseworthy for every other person ?? There comes the second point of view from the second character ! She doesn't know many things outside her life, she is only a nurse. But does that mean she can't have her own very feelings about all things, own point of of view, above all her own ''persona "? She feels like 'The actress' is her idle, though she doesn't wanna talk but that can't her aloft from expressing her very personal feelings only to her what she can't tell everyone. Ultimately she became very close to her, but she only saw the surface of the mentality and everything that that belonged to her, but then came thee twist ! When she finally got to know what she really is, she can't idolize her any more ! All the time she wanted to imitate her, but when she finally got some success in this matter, she can't like her anymore! What will happen now?? What about her own "Persona" ? what she will do now ?
Ingmar Bergman is a real genius. He pulled every strings so carefully and subtly that you will be stunned and mesmerized how he could do it !I wish I could give it more than 10 ! Feel like seeing it again and again!
Another adrenaline rush explosive thriller from the koreans
Korean thriller makers are making a splendid job now-a-days, they have even succeeded the Hollywood thriller makers in this specific genre..The Man from Nowhere' is a perfect example of this. Anyone might think this is a mix of 'Leon:The Professional' and 'Man on Fire' where a highly trained but troubled person tries to protect a child, but this movie is more than that.There are many short but strong stories nicely fabricated that will keep You watching the total movie in a rush! Now come to the story. A mystery man with no past links suddenly becomes involved in a drug transport because of a child being kidnapped and unfortunately that child was the only link of him to the outerworld .So had to comeout from his own hideout and save the girl and find out the persons behind it. He has to defy the police as they are after it too, at a point the sad past life comes to daylight and it was well understood about his strange behavior of everything. This rouge so renegades the force and takes the action by his own. The stylish BOURNE looking action scenes specially needs to be appreciated.But I m not giving it the highest rating only its lacking of showing the touchy emotions in the best way..it was excess .Silence play a better role than words in some situations, it needed that. But the overall movie was simply sublime.reasonable violence was shown here..it was logical. Some funny characters and parts are nicely putted into, that enhanced the color and variety of the movie. But I am getting addicted to this korean thrillers." Memories of a murder', "Joint security Area', Vengeance trilogy( including OLDBOY), Infernal Affairs trilogy, 'The Chaser','Thirst','The Bittersweetness of Life', 'I Saw The Devil'..the serial is getting longer and longer..keep it up !!