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A good subject wasted at the hands of a poor sentimental director (Contains Spoilers)
*Contains Spoilers* The taboo subject of rape is an untouched theme that few directors have ventured to make a film about. I admire Rakhshandeh for her courage, although she is recognized as a controversial director, but she she has ruined her film with her sentimentality. The end result is a watered-down cheap melodrama with unreasonable plot twists that make any sensible person laugh (a woman in her bridal dress killing a man with a wrench! the last relative of the victim overdosing right when the defendant is about to be hanged and the unacceptable refusal of the family of the girl to show the rape scene clip on the mobile to the court!)
The subject is good, but the patched-up scenario seems like a composition written by an elementary school girl (the director is female). Directors like Derakhshandeh take it for granted that the poor quality of their films WILL be compensated by the controversial subjects they take on. It is very unfortunate for a director to be seen through.
The Hunger Games (2012)
The film fails to clear up the moral mess it creates
This film is dangerous in its (unintentional) attempt to deteriorate human feelings. The feelings of savagery and blood-thirst are so confusingly mixed with feelings of compassion and love from the side of the people of the Capitol that those inhumane feelings of slaughtering and hatred have in a way been endorsed.
I don't give a D if someone defends the film by saying that this Game has turned into a tradition for the people after decades of practicing because it is, I believe, only in the most nefarious period of human spirit (if imaginable) that these kinds of traditions would be condoned or, as the film suggests, received full-heartedly and enthusiastically and that has had no instance except for the Dark Ages and the Arab Conquest! It's funny (for me, even disgusting) that the people of the Capitol show joy in watching blood spilling on the one hand and love and sacrifice on the other hand.
Innovation is good, but not in a Frankensteinian way. One might think this is preposterous, but believe me, films of this sort cannot be without psychological effects on younger people.
I can't help but restate that this film is dangerous for it fails to clear up the moral mess it creates in the film, which might not have been the director's intent, but it should have been. He's responsible for the Frankenstein he has released.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
I hated the score. The score by Tiomkin was simply ridiculous. With this music it turned out to be a mock-war film rather than a heroic one! It is true that in the 60s there was a zeal among film music composers for such kind of music (lots of percussion and almost melody-less scores), but this was supposed to be a war story! When the group starts setting off and they are loading the ship the music is so idiotic one imagines they are going on a picnic!
Half the story is a lie. Such big guns did not exist in that part of Greece.
Again, terrible music. I was infuriated when I heard the first sound.
My three stars were only for the acting of Quinn and Niven, and a little bit Peck.
Black Swan (2010)
A Blakean Treatment
Dazzling! Very beautifully interwoven. Unlike many other films about the two contrary forces within human beings -borrowed from William Blake's symbolism perhaps- this was not about killing the evil inside and becoming innocent or pure, but it is about initiation into experience and letting the evil force show itself.
The sexual approaches of Thomas are not sexual abuses but only stimulations to arouse as what we call it her "evil side". The mother is the superego (or in Blake's symbolism the URizen) who has imprisoned her daughter inside the walls of innocence. She must initiate into experience so that she can perform the role of the Black Swan better. That is why Thomas is trying to do. For him, the bettering of the ballet is important, he wants a wild, energetic and evil Nina to act out the Black Swan not the meek, innocent Nina who performs the White Swan brilliantly, naturally.
I feel dismayed why "Black Swan" wasn't awarded the Academy Award for best original score. Why "The Social Network"? In my opinion, it was unfair. The music of "Social Network" was not worth winning the award. "Swan Lake" or at least "Inception" should have won. HFPS must change its jury!
A cinematic venture!
This was soul-provoking! I am an Iranian, and living in th 21st century, I didn't know that such big tribes have been living in such conditions at the time of my grandfather!
You see that today, or even in 1925, on one side of the world a lady or a baby could have everything served for him or her clean and on-demand, but here 80 years ago, people ventured their life to go to somewhere with more grass. It's really interesting that these Persians bear those difficulties to find pasture for their sheep, but they lose many the sheep on their way.
I praise the Americans who accompanied this tribe, they were as tough as Bakhtiari people.
Only a scene in U.S is missing
This is genuinely-made. One feels satisfied after watching it. To be honest, when I watched the starting scenes of the movie, I said, "this is another anti-Asian, anti-Islamic movie supported by Pentagon. But thinking more, and finding out the theme of the story was a "lack of communication", I got to love it. But I feel that there should have been a scene in, for instance, New York City wherein there is violence and lack of communication just as there is all over the world. This could show that the director is not racist at all! By the way, the whole movie was a nice job. I sympathized with all of the characters, mostly Yussef's and Ahmad's father, but not for Santiago, the rascal Mexican. I recommend to all intellectuals to watch this movie with a broad mind.