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American Hustle (2013)
I'm not sure how much of the story is true, it doesn't really matter to me.
All I can say about "American Hustle" is that it had a lot of energy, good acting (especially Christian Bale), three-dimensional characters and a good enough story to keep my interest until the end.
Keep in mind that this is a comedy at heart and I can not help but notice the similarities with "The Wolf Of Wall Street". While there are noticeable differences in style, the two movies can easily be considered spiritual-cinematic-siblings.
I recommend "American Hustle" to a mature audience with a (mature) sense of humor and appreciation of good acting.
Grzeli nateli dgeebi (2013)
The story revolves around two 14 year old girls, best friends growing up together in Georgia.
Although it's set in 1992, the time-line and history is merely a canvas for a tale of friendship and difficulties in a flawed culture and society.
We witness the hardships the two girls have to go through and negative or positive emotional bonds they have with friends/schoolmates/family.
There's not much dramatization or cheesy drama going on, since the narrative is documentary-style realism à-la "A Separation". I have to applaud the two young actresses for more-or-less carrying the whole story on their shoulders, with success. Not that the other actors are bad, they all contribute to the authentic atmosphere.
It's also hard to ignore the setting, the homes and streets that reek of post communist decay. This felt personal to me, having grown up in an "fresh" democratic Romania, where the circumstances were similar, even if not the same.
I can totally recommend "In Bloom" to anyone interested in a good story. This is no Hollywood moneymaker, but I also disagree with another reviewer writing that it's hard to understand for non-Georgians. Cinema is universal.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Unconventional moody tale
I have seen the movie last Saturday. My expectations were not too high, because I don't really fancy folk music.
I left the theater impressed. Although music is a main element, the focus is on Llewyn. He carries the movie.
Symilar in tone with "Barton Fink" and "A Serious Man", "Inside Llewyn Davis" stands out with its beautiful visuals and melancholic narrative.
The titular character and the glimpse we have in his life remind me of "The Catcher In The Rye"'s Holden Caulfield , but I can't help to compare it to the Norwegian movie "Oslo, August 31st", which shares the same tone but in a slightly more depressive manner.
Do not set your expectations high or low, just go into it with a clear head. This is as different from True Grit as "No Country For Old Men" is different from "A Serious Man".
An 8 out of 10 for me.
And one more thing: the trailers make the movie look visually gloomy to an exaggerated extent, which is not the case in the movie theater.
7 días en La Habana (2012)
A collage of nothing
I will keep this review short and spoiler-free.
"7 Days In Havana" is a compilation of seven short stories, each with it's own director and character(s). The first two "days" seemed to be taking the film in the right direction, but after that everything fell apart.
Some elements try to bridge together some of the "days", but the whole structure of the storytelling ends up being an inconsistent mess.
I thought that all the cliché representations of Cuba would be lacking, but "7 days in Havana" gives almost nothing new.
A wasted Saturday night for a movie I would not re-watch.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Worth checking out
"Everybody's Fine" is a movie about loneliness,life,family and communication.
It tells the story of Frank,an old widower,and his struggle to reconnect with his children,two sons and two daughters,all living their own lives,all apart from each other.
Unfortunately,for me,the movie didn't hit any emotional "soft spots".
The main reason the movie is worth watching is the lead.Robert DeNiro proves us that he is not just an old has-been,he's still got it.I only wish he would chose more serious character-driven roles,he can still shine if he wants to. The supporting cast is also good,but unfortunately they are overshadowed by DeNiro.
On the technical level,"Everybody's Fine" has great cinematography and soundtrack,no erratic editing/shaky cam,which is also a good thing in this day and age of cinema.My only complaint would be the direction-the pacing seems to be a bit inconsistent.
It is a movie I recommend to any movie-lover,and it's a must-see for every DeNiro fan.