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"fascinating" is the least i can say...this film deserves all its awards and maybe so much more.
i wasn't planning to see this movie, and even watched it without expecting much, but it took me little time to realize what an incredible film this is.
the acting...rarely you will see such inspired acting. Every one is brilliant and Edward Norton steals the show in all his scenes :) Emma Stone is an excellent choice for the role of a young and lost youth and of course, Michael Keaton in the epicenter of it all
the immediate catch is the camera work, one endless frame capturing every bit of emotion, excitement, love and grief..
Birdman is a gem!
12 Monkeys (2015)
watched only two episodes so far, but the show seems exciting! it is based on the movie, but goes into a very different direction - new mysteries are introduced and very promising, should be able to keep us watching the with interest.
excellent actors, different personas from the original and yet giving new life to this story.
of course far far from the visage of Terry Gilliam, rather straight forward and yet, quite fresh.
looking forward to how it will develop further.
for now 9/10
The Scribbler (2014)
excellent and probably misunderstood
it might be that people dislike movies about "crazy people", probably wanting to keep away from those disturbed ones who cannot cope with the pressure of the "civilized" world.
yes, this movie is about those poor souls, but really it is an excellent movie which doesn't want to disturb, but touch a few serious questions, neglected in the rush of society: who am i, who really are you, what is normal, why cannot i be myself?
and what can be disturbing about a movie featuring such an excellent cast, including several beautiful women? or it might be the hypocritical disapproval of the naked body or the naked soul?
its a movie about outcasts and how being yourself and the search for your true self makes you stronger, despite the powers of the day, despite the common opinion, despite the fact that you surrendered and are rejected from the world.
i lacked a bit more absurdity, but probably this lack only stressed the seriousness of this production and after all there is no need to make Timothy Burton clone of a movie, when a story that tells more than it shows is being told.
to cut the story short i went for this movie expecting a low budget parody, but instead watched an excellent production and a new favorite.
give it a try and enjoy it.
The Giver (2014)
i was impressed with this movie. for a film that i thought was yet another dystopy - it actually shook me and made "hunger games" (which i loved) and "divergent" seem like preschool writing contest attempts.
i wonder how far it goes from the book it is based on, but nevertheless the ideas that are protruding are very well carried out. the actors seemed like given really short time (the movie seemed to last a few beautiful moments to me). it is such a strange feeling, yet the experience was deep - probably due to the depicted memories of love, joy, grief, pain...the play with colors was also influencing at a deeper level..
very well, very well..hope there isn't a sequel :D
excellent tale of the dark side
excellent! great movie, shot very well, with superbly-playing actors and realistic characters. seems like a 'small' movie, but very professionally done at all levels.
implements a great escapist idea - "if only things could be different" - while at the same time proving that behind such ideas there lurks a darker side waiting to grab its moment.
also, glad they added the idea of crime and punishment - everyone has weaker moments, will you give in to the instincts that you may be ashamed of?
excellent development of the story as well - i wasn't strictly following the jumps to and from realities (oops, yes there is some wild sci-fi involved :)), but everything seemed constructed well enough to reveal the main point - coherence is not about space or quants or crazy physic phenomenons, but the human self...or is it just one?
In a World... (2013)
from the heart
feels like an European movie, probably because it comes from the heart.
i'm getting to see now and then stories that don't seem too exciting - about ordinary people, living ordinary lives - only what really is ordinary when every person is unique, and in every live there is excitement and struggle and love and pain.
not too often to see those "simple" things in an American movie, at least in a not exaggerated, highly pretentious, aesthetic style, but told as a intimate story, shared with a stranger on a bus stop.
"in a world..." has many touches that make it a great movie, even if it 'only' tells a story of a small group of people, young and ambitious, older and solemn, each with his part in the lives of others. some realizing the impact they make, others just following their big goals in life.
again, surprisingly intimate, well told story - congrats to the team and Lake Bell
The Zero Theorem (2013)
i thought they didn't make movies like that anymore
i thought they didn't make movies like that anymore - visually wild and beautiful, very confusing and crazy, deeply humane, with love passing by and forever leaving its mark on everyone.
i just now thought that i feel in a similar way when reading some of brother strugatsky's books: the strangling system machine, the human pawns in somebody's heartless game, the desperate search for meaning of life, the dangerously feeble spark of love.
i was attracted by the visuals of this movie, but almost gave up after about 40th minute - it was all too confusing, a crazy circus of unexplainable characters and chatter. at some point though, i started to see more clearly what is happening and all started making much more sense, to the extent that i got hooked.
i don't remember much of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but i have the feeling the two movies were very close in concept and realization.
not much of a review, i know, but i'm still under the impressions of this movie and really, if any of the above makes any sense to you - go watch it, you will enjoy it :)
10 out of 10
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Luc Besson all over it (which is good)
a fun film with distinct features of a Luc Besson movie - the jokes, the setting, characters, funny situations..all mixed into a crazy story with a signature which is immediately recognizable.
i think that a fully french movie might've been even a better take, kevin costner puts a little too much gravity and seriousness to his role, as if he cannot let go and play a killer that has also absurd features at times.
this movie has a bit of everything in it - thriller, family drama, comedy, love, more comedy etc.
had fun watching it, so hope you have fun as well
The Family (2013)
fresh fun with old dogs
Malavita is a quite fresh comedy in the mafioso genre. Robert De Niro is in a good form, and Michelle Pfeiffer does well, even if i thought she didn't quite fit the role of an American-Italian mama.
there is quite a lot pushed into a relatively short story, and the movie goes by a bit hurriedly, but still delivers a lot of fun.
so if you're looking for some good time, definitely check it out - it has first teenage love, gangsters, burgers and somewhat of France aside from the main story. far from a intellectual drama or bloody dark crime world mystery, it is a light comedy well done and easy to swallow (i guess)
9 mois ferme (2013)
quite fun, but strange ending
i like this movie, liked it a lot. it was very funny, the kind of absurd situations fun, typical for french cinema. some faces there are worth remembering, and also some very funny lines. generally very good production and short, but good story; unfortunately the end was lacking. actually very very lacking to the point it takes away all the pleasure of watching the movie
pretty much my vote is of 6.5 instead of 8 because of the ending. could've been much more entertaining and with a really solid conclusion, but well, had fun anyway
recommend for watching? yes