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The last scene is an emotional knockout!
How refreshing to have this mature cinematic experience! This feels like everyone involved, creators performers and crew, really cared about the story. Thank you Christian Petzold, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Hoss and Hans Fromm and everyone who worked on "Barbara" and "Phoenix" for making sensitive and moving films for adults. I suspect the film went through three stages. 1. "Let's tell a simple moving story, giving the audience just enough to aid them on their journey with two compelling characters." 2. "
and then we can have her say this and we can have them do that and then
3. "Let's resist the temptation to add more and more and tell a simple moving story, giving the audience just enough to aid them on their journey with two compelling characters." The last scene filled me with an emotion I've never really felt before. Then in true art film tradition, the screen goes black and I am compelled to say "wow." And begging for the characters to return and give me more. May there be another reuniting. I am a fan for life.
Stark, Sparse and Special, are there more like this?
One of the first art house films I saw was "Wings of Desire." Ever since I have been trying to recapture the quality of that experience. I have to say, this film surpasses even that poignant initiation.
Ida truly is an art lover's feast.
One feels like Ansel Adams has come to life in a 4 x 4 aspect ratio motion picture.
Unfortunately, very few people will get the full transcendent experience in a darkened theater with a large screen and a great sound system. I was fortunate and was able to bask in the true glory of what a film experience should be.
Every detail was crafted with love: Unusual but effective framing, sensitive music, outstanding, understated performances and a believable script that doesn't say too much or too little.
If anyone shares my appreciation for films of this quality, please share a list of your favorites.
Blood Brother (2014)
No budget, some good moments
I'm a fan of no budget indie movies. Saw this film at a special screening. It featured some good performances and some good camera work and editing. But make no mistake. It is a no budget movie. The script was a mess, but inventive. The story takes place in red rock canyons of Utah. (Affordable lighting) There was no payoff in particular. Most of the 87 minutes were tedious. Some were flat out annoying. I wished I had a remote to fast forward to the end to get the result of the "murder mystery." College level effort. Now, having criticized it, I want to finish with this. Not very many critics on IMDb have ever made a feature film. It is A LOT of work. The Hendricks put 87 minutes on a big screen. That's commendable. But please, write a screenplay that goes somewhere and makes sense to an audience next time!
Dream House (2011)
You must be dreaming if you think...
You must be dreaming if you think this movie was disappointing. No doubt it could have been better if fewer hands messed with it. However, I went in with low expectations. Kept waiting for it to get stupid like so many reviews would have you think. It was well-acted. Had a great look. The story was creative (unless you saw the trailer). For those who were disappointed, go rent a Jason vs. Freddie Krueger and get your brainless slasher thrills. Me, I'll take this over most of the artificial, big budget shlock and hope that Hollywood runs out of comic book characters so that more movies with interesting characters can be made.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
REH Fans: For Your Eyes Only
Wordmonkey and many other reviewers here echo my dismay.
Is it even possible to bring the real Robert E. Howard's Conan to the screen?
Consider: - For such a young man, REH was an amazing wordsmith. Reading his words IS the magic. - What actor could capture the essence of Conan? - What director and studio would care enough to make it more than a tin can video game?
Lord of the Rings and Solomon Kane contain glimpses of what Conan could be. But in my opinion, bringing the Conan of Red Nails to the screen would be itself an heroic miracle.
Solomon Kane (2009)
Much better than the Conan movies
I gave it a high review because I want a bloody distributor to sit up and take notice. Does anyone know why this movie is NOT in theaters?
I'm a fan of Robert E. Howard. Even though this is not technically one of his stories, it pays great homage to him. I got the DVD from the UK. Pleasantly surprised by how much money is on the screen.
I give the climactic point a B-, but the rest of the film an A-. And I acknowledge that its not easy to come up with a new and creative, gratifying way to dispatch the main villain. Nevertheless, I was hoping for something more.
Still, if The Wolfman can make 62 million dollars, THIS epic could make a killing with male American moviegoers.
Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
Why this film is overrated
This is not the great work of art that so many pretend it to be.
If you haven't seen it, lower your expectations.
It IS fresh. It IS quite original. It is also slow-paced, inconsistent and visually bland. There are SOME impressive visual moments, allowing the visuals to tell the story, but there are also at least 4 non-action scenes where the director and makeup artist seem to have a fetish for keeping blood and snot on the character's faces for minutes on end. Many reviewers claim this is "beautiful" and "realistic." I ask: What is beautiful and realistic about a boy and a girl with blood and snot on their faces? The reaction of the surrounding citizens is not realistic either.
I found this film too inconsistent. I was drawn in one moment, and distracted the next.
Another disappointing mixed bag ina genre that has few compelling films.
A haunting piece for film buffs only
This film does not play well with today's mainstream audience.
I ordered a VHS tape of this rare film due mostly to the high ranking by a handful of voters. Of those I know who watched Katerina, I was the ONLY one who was not completely dissatisfied.
I have had the opportunity to see Austewicz and could appreciate the nature of the growing threat the Jews faced in this story.
The descriptions I have read of this movie don't really convey the tone accurately. Today's mainstream viewer will not appreciate the artistic stylings, the slow pace, the long monologues, or reading imperfect subtitles. On the other hand if you can read Anton Chekov, you'll be able to sit through this one.
Again, it is no Schindler's List, or Fateless. BUT, If you're a film history buff not looking to be entertained or uplifted, it is worth a look.
The Mist (2007)
Beware, very suspicious user rating!
I would almost feel guilty if I didn't post and try to warn viewers about this flick.
Once in awhile I trust the user rating simply because I'm looking for something I haven't seen. Many times it pays off. This time it didn't.
I won't spoil it, but I wish someone WOULD have spoiled it for me so I wouldn't have spent over 2 hours on something so ultimately unsatisfying.
If you're a fan of movies like Jaws, Alien, Aliens, or even The Stand, movies that have a heroic battle and an edge-of-your-seat heroic ending... this ain't it.
There were some intense scenes that were very thrilling. On the other hand, the religious psycho character is something that Hollywood has done so much that I found it completely annoying here. I mean, really over the top annoying. And the last 20 minutes felt like 2 hours of tedium. Then, as it has been said here on IMDb SEVERAL times, the payoff was EXTREMELY unsatisfying.
Not a bad ending, just tried too hard
A lot of cynical buzz about the ending kept me away until I rented it last night. It wasn't a big deal... the movie just wanted to be too glorious at the end... but that is apparently the story the filmmakers wanted too tell. So what.
At times too simple-minded, at times to grandiose... overall still an impressive flick. And a good entry in the disaster thriller category AND accessible too most audiences.
Anyone else agree how obviously more cinema-educated and cynical we have become in the last decade?
I'm not saying that's a problem.