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"Le temps détruit tout"
"Time destroys everything". So begins and ends Gaspar Noe's scandalous film Irreversible, a film so dark and cruel that most people will find themselves either in tears, rage, or their own vomit when they watch it. Not only is it dark and cruel, it's traumatize, tragic, and shattering all at the same time, not to mention nauseating. And when I say nauseating, I'm referring to the cinematography, particularly in the beginning of the film. The camera swoops around all sorts of Paris streets and buildings in an incoherent and gratuitous manner, as if it were on a roller coaster. Add to that brutal violence, which includes a scene of someone's head getting obliterated with a fire extinguisher and top it all off with a scene in which a women gets pinned down, raped, and beaten for ten minutes while the stationary camera looks on, unflinching. That is the most unwatchable part of the movie. Nobody deserves to suffer like that. It was Monica Bellucci's screaming that made the scene unwatchable. But take away all the unnecessary violence and camera work, and you have a well-crafted, thought-provoking piece of art. I don't think there is any other film that captures the true horror of rape so well. I mentioned in a post before that I cannot recommend this film to most people, especially the faint of heart, due to its extreme content. I would give this film a very high rating if it weren't for its gratuitous violence and nauseating camera work. Because of that, I have to cut it down to an 8/10 RATING.
A 7.7? Are you kidding me?
Titanic is my all-time favorite film. This film breathed life back into the Hollywood epic. Sadly, many people don't see it as an epic. They see it as a romantic chick flick that only focuses on the love story. But contrary to popular belief, the film focuses just as much on the ship as it does on the love story. It blends fact and fiction so well in a way that you rarely ever see on film. Movies like this are very easy to make, but there's very hard to make well and almost impossible to make great. It is also probably the most emotional moving film I've ever seen. It's the only movie that made me genuinely cry. It also has one of the important life morals: only life is priceless and making each day count. Although, I do have to admit that the dialogue is predictable and at times stilted. But that doesn't stop it from being a masterpiece. Because there is nothing in the film that I would improve, I'm giving it a 10/10 RATING.
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Not a Favorite of Mine
I, for one, am unenthusiastic about and really disappointed in this Disney-distributed live-action feature film adaptation of the Great American Novel, but I don't really think it's horrible. I just wish it was distributed by a studio other than Disney, because they have to make their movies kid-friendly and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not kid-friendly in all its aspects.
I saw this movie in my literature class in the 11th grade after reading the novel and both my teacher and my peers were just as displeased as I was. The movie skips over some interesting parts from the book and the scenes Disney chooses to include, they're quick, dull and without atmosphere, which the movie doesn't really have. I also think Elijah Wood was a careless choice for the part of Huck Finn, and they did it just for the sake of stardom. One thing that I was pleased with in this movie however was Ron Perlman as Huck's father, but even he can't save this movie.
I'm pretty sure if Mark Twain were alive today and saw this film, he would be exasperated not only with the film itself, but with the way it's being told to today's generation. It does compare to the original source material, but in a way that is unsatisfactory, unlikeable and, dare I say it, embarrassing. But if you want to introduce yourself and/or your kids to the Great American Novel as a censored, pandering, shallow, and bland as heck version, don't let this review stop you.