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De Marathon (2012)
Victory is relative
The are many things that can influence our lives but nothing seems to be more powerful than the certainty of our imminent death.
"De Marathon" is a beautiful portrait of friendship and determination, where important choices and decisions are simply necessary in order to move on. Our lives are full of surprises and keeping the spirit alive through thick and thin is not for the faint-hearted. We laugh and we cry, we fight to win and sometimes we lose. The road may be long and believing in who you are and what you can do if your strongest ally. But victory is very relative and if your efforts can somehow be used as a form of inspiration, than you have already succeeded. Nice movie.
Alleen maar nette mensen (2012)
The social struggle that people go through when living in a different country is never-ending. We can never please everyone and finding our place among a different culture is a continuous and sometime strenuous fight.
"Alleen Maar Nette Mensen: Only Decent People" is a very interesting Dutch movie about the differences in culture and acceptance of one's individual background. However, we as humans tend to have needs that, sometimes, do not comply with the environment where we live. And making the right choice in order to not be excluded completely is a very difficult task. Smartly critical and very actual.
Once again we are back in the middle of a chaotic future where the only means of survival is complying to either the criminal world or the power of a violent system.
"Dredd" reminds me a lot of "The Raid", except for the high technology available where violence is extremely present. I can't understand the need for a 3D approach, however, in a movie that simply deals with the world of drugs and doomed victims who depend on the powers that be. We are all part of a system that is crumbling little by little and we still have to realize that the futility of our actions are the only thing to blame. Nothing fresh and therefore disappointing.
Being Flynn (2012)
The art of being you
How much we inherit from our parents doesn't necessary make us become who we really are. Some might take pride into extending the tradition while others might fight against any residue of similarity to prove otherwise.
"Being Flynn" is a beautiful drama based on a true story of survival and search for one's self. It is tragically positive as we grow with the character of Paul Dano, very nicely played, to discover new possibilities are always possible when you put your mind to it, navigating through your troubles and finding strength and determination within yourself. De Niro is absolutely amazing as an estranged father who thinks highly of himself, in spite of all his shortcomings. It's a rewarding experience that delivers a good message of the importance of finding out who you are and validating your existence.
Now Is Good (2012)
No way back
We all know death is the only certain thing that will happen to us. But the thought of living everyday as it were our last is probably taken seriously only by those with an expiration date on their backs.
"Now Is Good" is a compelling drama that raises those questions about how you would plan your remaining days when all you can do is wait for the final curtain. Dakota Fanning is an amazing young actress who can light up the room and yet bring tears to your eyes on a story that moves and inspires. It is many times depressing but also full of life, where the main characters depict so well how everyone around the patient suffers from different angles, ironically making the terminally ill seem stronger than everybody else. Beautiful. *** Director: Ol Parker
Bellicher: Cel (2012)
Pawn in a game
An almost perfect life can suddenly be transformed into a nightmare you might wish you could wake up from. But when everything leads to believe you are nothing but the culprit, problems can take a lot longer to fix.
"Bellicher: Cel" is a good Dutch thriller that deals with stolen identity and the numerous wrong situations that make the victim distrust anyone trying to help. Making justice with our own hands is sometimes the first thought after being denied assistance from the police, but that usually complicates the problem even further and the only way out is proving by one way of the other that you are nothing but innocent. And if in the end everything looks like a government misunderstanding, you realize you are nothing but a pawn in a game of political chess. Good entertainment.
Avoid it if you can!
Just because it's a comedy doesn't mean it needs to resort to name calling or poor attempts to make you laugh. There are still people who can enjoy an intelligent joke without being exposed to ridiculous and nonsensical situations.
"Bachelorette" is simply a waste of time. It's gross, tasteless and full of dead-end scenes that seemed to be shot just to fill a blank because the inspiration must have run out. But then you wonder: why try to revive something that is already dead from the very beginning? I still can't get over the fact that I sat through this painful experience. Avoid it if you can.
Den skaldede frisør (2012)
It doesn't matter how much you have, materialistic speaking. The one and only thing that makes sense in life and never fades away is the love we all feel inside, regardless of how many times it seems to let us down. Love is like an endless spring, always digging other ways to keep on flowing, if you'll let it.
"Love Is All You Need" doesn't need to say much. It's just a look into dysfunctional families and the many secrets we all hold, trying to avoid confrontation because it's much easier to pretend everything is okay. It's a very romantic and, yet, sad journey that takes you through the pain and determination of a character fighting to stay alive in every sense of the way. Sometimes love may seem to have abandoned you until it kisses you from behind, restoring the hope you thought was lost. Simply lovely.
It's always the same story: money for drugs and drugs for power. Lives are taken and many are confined to endless threatenings until no one is really safe.
"Savages" is a typical Stone movie. It has everything in it: romance, sex, violence, drugs and the endless fight between powerful men and their endless thirst for money and control. It is not a bad movie, but it takes its toll when you finally realize that you sitting through something you've seen before and any predictable ending could only struggle for something unexpected. Well, even that turn of events falls into the routine, confirming that anything that has to do with senseless violence can only wrap in a single way. Fun for some, tedious for others. I stay between neutral and disappointed. Take your pick. ** Director: Oliver Stone
Hope Springs (2012)
It takes two
I believe there are no perfect roles: there are perfect actors who make a role perfect. And that is something Meryl Streep can easily do. She is simply an amazing actress.
"Hope Springs" is a delicious comedy-drama that has so much of our own lives in it that it is hard not to relate. Relationships are far from perfect and as much as it takes two to tango, it takes just one to set the wheels in motion. Whatever happens afterwards, it's the result of combined efforts that brings two people together to rekindle what they thought was lost. Not so fresh, but great to watch. I just loved this movie and I would definitely recommend it.