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12 Years a Slave (2013)
It's OK for some to be free of to be slaves
Reluctantly I taped and watched 12 YaS, reluctantly because somehow I was prepared for it. It's not a very entertaining topic unless you have a taste for it. I read one of the comments stating he enjoyed the performance of the "evil" wife...To each their own! Once again the disparity of the comments shows how we can differ from each other's. Some acclaimed this work with such enthusiasm whilst other saw another Hollywood stunt for success. In my state of mind I wanted it to be done and over with just to get an idea of what it really was. ...***And then comes Brad Pitt, I could not believe it but it was- I'll say no more about it! The fact being it's a true story does not rate high in my estimation. I don't think anyone believe slavery is a fiction, and I kept thinking all along the film - so it's OK for those genuine slaved to endure this hell and ***SPOILER***thank God and Brad Pitt (hoops did I...) this guy nearly became a white man again. Off course I realise I must I missed the point.
The Tenth Circle (2008)
it is or it is not another "accused"?
Did not manage to count the circles... but watched this on the little box as a lunch "digestif"! Pretty boring for most of the story with characters having their own agenda. Romeo did not really care about Juliette, well may be he did! Juliette folks had their own motivation to do what they thought they should do. And Juliette mixed things a little. But it brightens a little towards the last bit. However by then most feel like quitting and happy to reach the ending whatever it might be... I'll give it another circle! Oh BTW, I did not read the book. Wow, I feel like copy all this and paste it here to get enough lines for submission; I really did not want to say more about it as I felt I said already too much - But rules are rules!
Regrets don't always fix errors of jugement
I really should have waited a little longer to gather my thoughts! I just switched off the TV and grew to enjoy this film very much. I was not really in the mood for a film but since it was recorded I decided to give it a go. I had to stay alert to keep up with the twist and turn of the beginning. Then I found it more and more interesting. Both females lead were giving such a good, but intriguing performance and the male lead was in the same league. I caught on early with what went on. However it did not spoil the story for me and enjoyed the development to the full story. I also liked the conclusion that made a lot of sense for me. I was haunted with the soldier character whom I could not remember the name but knew I enjoyed in some other work...IMDb helped me, it was Daniel May I had seen in Ronald Big TV show. "Vera" a detective story whose episodes I enjoyed a lot gives a good appearance as the young man's mother.
The Power of One (1992)
Being on the wrong side gives pain, But pain make some stronger
What a wonderful story despite the great sadness it depicts - I watched this once more, but this time after having visited South Africa and surrounding. And there was then something more familiar about it, My trip was very much safari so brushed more with the animals than the people. As such I enjoyed so much the scenery and the music (not that there was this kind of music in the Savannah!) But I was aware it belonged to it. As for the people, our guides were locals from Zimbabwe but well educated, Yet I think I could sense some remnant of Apartheid. I remember commenting about the Jews in one other movie and I felt some similar feelings with black population and the way I grew up. This time it was not hatred, but something different yet also negative. I remember when a pre teenager we received a very black teacher and how surprised to hear how much better he could speak than we could. TPOO does wake up in us these feelings, or their memory. And it also shows what only one can achieves to make the world a better place. I enjoyed the acting especially that little boy in the beginning.
The Reader (2008)
I have difficulty to come here and give my two cents worth when I read such eloquent and so well written accounts of this work. I usually don't repeat the story for 2 reasons, one explained above and the second I know that there is usually a synopsis of every movie already given. So I just come here to share my feeling I resented watching movies. Here, like many, I reacted positively but with lot of pain and sadness. Thought provoking? Certainly as this film deals with many facets of our "humanity" or the lack of it. The holocaust was such a surreal events that people who live with ordinary reality had trouble to perceive or accept. And the many who somehow were part of the tragedy, save the victims, weren't necessarily evil people as well. "human" is such a quality or rather an adjective that can have extreme representation, the good Samaritan or the serial killer with almost everything in between. I personally saw an interesting introduction of this person who dealt with life the best she could but with lot of respect for what she was doing, and this was acknowledged by her peers and superiors at work. Her secrete handicap led her in a different direction although she applied the same integrity. Her logic defied those with higher intellect. The conclusion is well handled and fitting, and the acting all around was brilliant. Well this may already amount to 2 cents so I'll leave it to that.
The Makeover (2013)
All in Stiles!
Give me Julia Stiles in any sauce and I'll have it. I walked into this movie half way through it at lunch time when I switched on the "box" and there she was, I soon realised I had seen that movie before and loved it. Not well educated or with a very poor memory I always have trouble to associate these with Pygmalion, I probably never read anyway. But I do remember...was it Rex Harrison and the Spanish rain.... Never mind I just enjoyed this plot for what it was. As for Pygmalion, well if it has not existed that story might still be possible, and likable too, why not! It's amazing how people react differently - This guy can't believe it's possible for 2 people so different to fall in love. But one has to realise what people portrait is not necessary who they are, they may have shaped themselves through a variety of influences. However their inner personality remains to emerge... Sometimes I enjoy (in a variety of ways) reading these commentaries as much as watching the movies themselves. I'm not sure why but watching David Walton I thought I was watching Jim Carrey a little more behaved, Oh well! Oh what the story is about? hmmm it's a fairly nice story with a nice ending *SPOILER* Oh again, I should have put this at the front of the sentence. Damn!
Karma at its best
Recently flicking through the TV channels... Oh "The boy in the striped Pyjamas" I remembered this was a movie I did like! So I watched almost from the beginning as it had already started. This is a very sad film, and the saddest thing about it...NO spoiler here, is that I have seen it before and could not remember much about its details, only that it made me remember that it was a very good movie to my liking. And this is sad indeed, I have some difficulty to accept that it was almost new to me again, and how could that be, when some of the scenes are so powerful and well acted. Today I read a few comments here on IMDb and it's quite interesting how they express almost extremes opinions. One that seems to pop up a lot is the choice of language. Some feels that it should have been expressed in German or with some sort of Germanic accent or words perhaps. I disagree with this. Recently I saw the "Book Thieve" and I found so inappropriate the use of a few German words here and there even if I wasn't too bother by the "would be" German accent at the hand of English speaking actors. I personally feel that the transfer to a fully educated English dialog reflected better than otherwise the depth of the situation. After all if it had been a book wouldn't it be in pure English? Reason for this choice are said to be because it is a British film, this alone is a good reason as the Irish writing is the original therefore its thoughts are expressed correctly and not translated to its nearest meaning. Then if it is presented to an English speaking audience it's definitely a good choice. I do understand though that each country has its personal characters, and language with its own peculiarities of which cultural influence is one of them, thus may have a different flavour written in another language, but this is only of value when one is familiar with these differences, I don't believe the majority of the viewers would. Other comments do speak of improbability of certain situations in the plot... I don't believe this work claims to be a factual account of what went on during these terrible times. But it certainly is inspired by the horror of it. And it brings it through the eyes of the age of innocence in a very touching way. Innocence from those who could not know better because of their young age, but also innocence from those who were conned in believing they were doing a humanitarian salvage. In France I have been raised with negative feeling towards the Jewish presence and I did not need this film to tell me what Jews were, I believe most of Europe was also holding the same perception. Of course, to hold such thoughts is still a long way from acting on it as the SS did, but it certainly part of it. But let's not forget that human behaviour has not changed all that much. We're still not very comfortable with anything not familiar or posing a challenge. Race is still a problem, Sport, nationality, status etc. So anything that may be identified as a threat, a disadvantage or a suspicion may give rise to undesirable thoughts or actions. Some suggest we should read other work about the Holocaust instead of "melting" over this story... I would say, some don't even believe or want to believe that such event happened. And here the brutality of these days I believe is factual, the unbelievable outcome of these event is also well documented and most reasonable people would accept it happened. The discordance between the German is also to be believed. I think each of them dealt with what happened then in their own way, mostly faced with a very difficult and dangerous "hot potato" But some were brave enough and some lost their life to keep to their belief. I saw all this in this film...Will I remember it next time?
The Daughter (2015)
A wild and wounded duck witnesses human inter...actions
Perhaps I was not in the mood for it, went to watch "the daughter" after a coin toss with the alternative to be "the lady in the van". After reading the account of a Canadian here I was wondering if we saw the same thing! Yet all that was said was very much what I saw (save some early parts when I closed my eyes out of boredom) Some may say it was only my loss and they may be right, however that's how I felt. The inspiration for this film I'm told is a Danish work "the wild duck". Well the duck did it for me. As for the rest, so much can be written about it, or simply it can just be an every day sad story about things going wrong when people stop caring for each others. Yet I was surprised to be quite moved at some of the acting despite the lack of interest I seemed to have for the story. I guess I may be on my own with this assessment if I go by most others comment. In all fairness I have to state again that I can't follow a dialog that is not clear and loud enough so perhaps it's a little like reading a book with every third word missing and certainly affects my appreciation of movies when its dialog is crucial for the plot.
The Book Thief (2013)
hard time through children experience
The book thief, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson! 2 actors I admire much... So I got rid of the TV commercial and prepared myself for a great viewing. I did get it; I have seen quite a few movies from this era and this topic. The first one would have been the one with its haunting music and a favourite introduction to classical guitar debut "Jeux Interdits" (forbidden games) TBT is set 4 years before I was born therefore depicts a lot of things that are buried somewhere in my aging mind but, yes, ring a bell and wake up some emotions. As much as I enjoyed the film I was uncomfortable with some aspects of it. I did read a few comments before I wrote mine, knowing that each of us is entitled to his/hers opinion, and found some that like me beg questions. I don't read much so at least was not worried about how the film was loyal to the book yet wonder why in certain cases filmmakers seem to corrupt a well known book with changes that really don't do anything for the film... Some did comment about the accent, and the use of German words thrown about English spoken sentences. I too agree it was disturbing, especially when I could not understand the meaning of some of these words. I guess that in a book (read these were also used in the book) it's quite different, you can pause and, today via internet search, get the answer in seconds. This is not so at a theatre, even in my case watching the recording, you seldom read a book in one go, but a movie should not be interrupted. As for the accent I was not too demanding I took it as a little 'salt and pepper' in the mix to get a German flavour. I do prefer a foreign film with subtitle but here this is not the case, and I'm not sure if plain English accent (and which one!) would have had the same impact. All the same I repeat I enjoyed it very much
would't be wooderful
I used to be French and I used to love Woody Allen - "used" because of a combination of geographical mutation and a vanishing memory... I remember seeing this movie in Sydney a few years ago, so taped it when it was on TV a few days ago. This time I watched it on my own, perhaps because I felt it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I had a wonderful time revisiting... I did not worry about expectations and really it's one's best way to approach it, not to pull it on a slab and dissect it. (the same goes for so many other movies; it supposes to be fun, and it is. I liked the originality to involve W Allen the way it is done and make a romantic and funny story out of it. I was interested to read one of the comment mentioning that years ago Woody Allen, in "Play it Again Sam", Does a similar thing when he converse with a certain "Humphrey Bogart". I would be surprised if it was just a coincidence. Although I can't say it has any other bearing on this film.