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Blue Jasmine (2013)
Genius in directing meets superb performances
I am no Woody Allen fan. I've always found his movies boring, the very few I've seen anyway. I haven't seen many Blanchett films, either; it's not that I don't like her but let's just say that our roads haven't crossed yet, until now of course.
Let me tell you a drama picture is not easy to perform, either for an actor nor for the one sitting in the director's chair nor the one writing the script. I think having said that, it is fair to praise Woody Allen to create such interesting characters and to give them life with a simple and genius script.
Cate Blanchett, moreover, is amazing as Jasmin. I think she deserves to walk out with the gold at the Oscars this season.
And finally, the main reason I'm writing this review is Sally Hawkings. She played Ginger, Jasmin's sister. I think it should be fair to praise her performance not just because I liked her but because of her nomination for the academy. She is just as superb as Cate. The only thing that weakens this film is the comedy. It does not make you laugh. But it is so well played I didn't mind in the end.
Houston, I've got a good feeling about this picture.
It's Friday, valentine's day all over the world, and I decided to stay home to watch gravity with great expectations. I have to say earlier this same day I had had to cover a coworker's English lab class at school where I teach English. Since it is nearly the end of the school year I wanted to play gravity for them in the lab big screen. But a 12- year-old dissuaded me not to play on the basis she said of boredom she had experience at the local cinema. I played a different movie instead. She didn't put out my expectations on the film, nevertheless. So later, I played the film in my place by myself. And the film by itself proved to be a master piece. All thanks to amazing writer- director Alfonzo Cuaron and outstanding performance by Sandra Bullock. Both giving merits to walk out with the gold at the academy awards this season. The picture is dramatic, edgy and well written. The cinematography is great as well, and the end reasonably satisfying. I have many thoughts about this gem but I can't convey them into writing. All I have to say in the end is ¨Houston, I got a good feeling about this picture¨ The bottom line, if you are a kid or are easily impressed this film might not be for you. You may find it boring.