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The things in this movie that strike me most are: the six guitar
strings in the beginning which vibrate as the human voice delivers the
top news of the world (weird); the camera angles (in "drunken master"
style); the jazzy/funky music that goes nuts now and then (very
refreshing and exhilarating); Varla's vile face expressions (plain
menacing and sophisticated), tight gloves (ready for battle!), and her
evil bursts of laughter (quite hellish); the hysterical behaviour of
the kidnapped girl who even before her boyfriend's grisly death is
lunatic (careless in a most childish manner); the goofy gas station
attendant nicknamed "Einstein" ("Do and think little but talk volumes,
especially about other people's secrets!" must be his motto); the way
The Vegetable "gives" the knife to Rosie (what does she expect from the
highly controversial and unstable knot of muscles? "Here you are, take
it, please"?); the simplicity of the whole production (a few
characters, minimum sets, almost no special effects, the stunning b&w
The greatest disappointment (the major spoiler ahead!): the three heroines all die in the course of the movie. That is unfair. They are too groovy and too busty to die. They should have killed off every other character in this flick and survive, walking away in the sunset with the smoking guns, bloody hands, and swaying hips. How could the director be so cruel to this trio that remains the best female criminal gang to ever hit the screen? The technical side of the film is superb. Hardly anybody could make it better. The WWII did not pass in vain for Mr Russ Meyer, that's for sure.
A 7 out of 10 (because of "the greatest disappointment" - minus 3 points, alas). Thanks for attention.
The story unfolds in a rather pessimistic and suicidal manner (similar
to the other Polansky flicks). By the end of it the four leading
characters are tied up in a highly erratic, erotic, and deadly knot.
Personally I had underestimated this film considering it to be some
shallow soft porn, but now after watching it, I consider it to be an
amazing psychological drama that digs deep into man and woman. The
story, however tragic and frantic, looks and feels very realistic. It
is shown in vivid colours how a man can frustrate his life and how a
woman can fade away under the influence of her partner's cruelty.
That's for the story. Just an external layer, to be more exact.
As to the technical side of the production, I would say that the colour scheme of the movie, the shots of the ocean and the wandering ship, the representation of the New Year party (when the booze opens gates to all manner of deviations with even a couple of karate/kung-fu moves, which you never expected to come), the choice of actors, and their play are all quite impressive. No major changes in any aspect of this film are needed (though it would have been a bit better without certain hot material in the middle of the film, while as you can clearly perceive, the UNSEEN sexual intercourse with the black male dancer IS the breaking point in the story, though not the only one, proving again that often it's what you don't see on screen disturbs the most). The Mimi character is as overwhelming, as only a woman can be.
Once I watched "Basic Instinct" (many years ago) and kind of liked it. Then there was "Lolita". Also found it not bad. "Eyes Wide Shut" was next - found it interesting too. "Dogville" was next and really enjoyed its exploitation hysteria. But "Bitter Moon", touching upon similar topics, simply kicks those four off to non-existence being superior on all levels: the story, the drama, the punch line, the actors' play, the camera-work and the decorations (maybe on a par with "Eyes Wide Shut" in this department), the music (the choice of melodies for the different sets just hits the mark - it is as good as the choice of the music for Rockstar's "Vice City", if you know what I mean), etc. Actually remember watching quite a number of adult thrillers and to me this one is the winner in the category. Being adult with XXX material (meaning scenes of sex), it is not an erotic showcase. It is a showcase of the popular modern way of leading a joyful life of pleasures. It is a showcase of ignorant souls (ignorance is bliss) and malfunctioning bodies, A showcase of a dead end. "To die young is glorious", "Sleep with and impregnate as many girls as possible", "Don't think about tomorrow - it's weakness", "We live only once and should taste it all". Are these mottoes correct? The movie makes harsh statements without being didactic.
If this film is a kind of warning for you that's pretty helpful, if it's more of a mirror that's pretty exasperating. But in both cases it's a knife thrown in your lake. There will be crease marks.
It's also one of those rare films when, after watching, I am interested in the career of the leading actors. Their performance here is not just fine, it's freaking on the verge.
Have not expected to give this movie a high mark, but cannot help it. It evokes deep emotions and from now on it is definitely my favourite adult thriller. A 9 out of 10. Thank you for attention.
The 3d person in this game is simply awkward. It is no "Max Payne", so
the shift from the enjoyable 1st person view of "Postal 2" is not just
a drawback. It's the pits. Is there anyone who enjoys the 3rd person
here? To hell with this game with its stupid 3d person, unfavourable
camera angles, uncomfortable controls (btw the character cannot jump
and crouch and it is no joke), very linear game play, no atmosphere and
engagement (in "Postal 2" there was a real feeling of the living town
somewhere in America, while here you just have to moronically beat one
mini game after another and have no idea how you got here) and crazy
hardware demands (really, in "Postal 2" you could just walk about and
enjoy the smooth picture even when the action got real tough with many
blows, fires, and shootings on screen - a mid-range PC was able to deal
with it perfectly with max video/audio details and resolution). Here
you take a two-year old "quad" PC with Vista, make all the video
details and resolution minimum and the game still slows down
drastically and produces lags and jerks whenever the action gets
lively. And the story here is simply non-existent - it starts with some
kind of zombies and SWAT team members, then suddenly jumps to the city,
then to the shop, and you have no control over the happenings at all
(while in "Postal 2" you could really follow the plot with interest,
carry out the tasks in any order you like, and you were not fed up to
the teeth with repetitive cut scenes - you had to walk to some special
place marked on the map, which really was like in real life). Against
the background of all these negative points the previous installation
with its numerous loading screens seems to be perfect.
Maybe there is one good thing about this game - the original menu music. It rocks, at least a bit...
It deserves "The Worst Game of the Year" prize or simply "Govno of the Year" (and NOT for its political incorrectness - and that alone speaks volumes). Especially on the grounds that there have been very high expectations. Verdict: rubbish, a 1 out of 10. Do not spend your cash on this piece of you-know-what and keep far away. Thanks for attention.
The parts of this series are from good to excellent. While having quite
a number of them (have watched more than 60 already), the series never
drops its wild pace and hilarity. All the main characters are very
realistic and quite adorable, each with a peculiar "inner" twist. The
situations go from funny to crazy. What really draws my attention is a
very wise use of classical music, slow motion, and b&w techniques. It
all really adds to the show, which would have been great even without
Started to watch it after having a look at "House MD", and you know what? It is much more enjoyable (though, of course, to compare these two is not easy - "MD" is more of a thriller, while this is a sarcastic sitcom). There is a "House MD" allusion in one of the parts by the way.
It never ends without a lesson taught. You see that this or that character gets what he deserves after all. And one of each character's traits is simply grotesque - be it alcoholism, stupidity, indiscretion, naivety, snobbery or natural tendency to mockery.
Dr Bykov is the star with his sharp tongue spitting out groovy remarks in all directions, playing video games, and sometimes (at least twice during the series) wearing his "badass" leather jacket, but Lyuba, Natanitch, Lobanov, Borya are very close to this status though for very different (and extremely funny) reasons.
Not sure if this sitcom will be understood by international audience, but still it does deserve the highest mark. A rare treat, stylish and comprehensive. One very important thing: this series is didactic as well. Don't think that it's just pure entertainment to laugh one's ass off. It is more than that. Much more. If you think deeper about the life of certain characters (Lobanov, Natanich, Romanenko, Varya), you will come to sad conclusions
Give it a 10 out of 10 - it really is hysterical, clever, and sad. Thank you for attention.
Have seen 4 serials that can be called "cult" ones: "Thunder in
Paradise", "Twin Peaks", "Interny", and this one - "Shkola". All these
four are not just good, they are excellent. "Excellent" means this:
when you watch them, you really feel for the characters, you really
care, and you want the series to go on and on
"Shkola" has quite a few
of interesting characters who behave in a most groovy, rowdy or stupid
way. The present life is depicted in bawdy but realistic colours.
Remember watching "Beverly Hills 90210" once, and of course the
impression was radically different. If you like your cinema only
cosy-rosy, soft, warm, romantic, smoothed-out, pathetic, and friendly
in a childish innocent way, stay far away from this serial. You will be
upset or even foam and faint in front of the TV-set. But if you enjoy
rough, uncouth realism with the doltish true-to-life characters, who
just happen to be all in one place, all in one movie, then this is for
you. You don't have to wait long till one of the characters brings
havoc or goes berserk: it happens every 10 minutes. A very smart move
of the director was her use of mostly unknown actors. Actors with big
names would have ruined the documentary feel of the reel. And truly
enjoy the jerky camera handling and wild angles. Often the faces look
so disproportional and uncomfortably ugly (sometimes it adds a
hysterical effect to the action)...
It is to be viewed attentively and without long gaps (personally watched it almost every evening usually a couple of parts at once). You will notice how the characters' lives are changing in strict accordance with their previous misdeeds. The effects of their own behaviour get into sight vividly. Don't know if it had been planned by the director beforehand perhaps it just turned out like that in the final product (in one of Nelson Algren's books this phenomenon was explained). To me this topic is not something exotic. Being a teacher by first profession quite agree with those who say that in reality the things can get much worse than in this serial. Just one scene to back it up. In the movie the headmistress comes up to the "neo-Nazi" Bagira and tells her to quit smoking and leave the school. There are words shot from both sides. Just words. In reality in a similar situation in our school the female teacher (she was also the school manager) was punched in the face and had to lead classes with a big bruise under her eye.
Have read a few bad things about Valeriya Gay Germanika. Even if it's all true, it doesn't mean anything. Do happy, stylish, rich, and successful people need to make realistic movies that show human hearts agonizing in pain of the modern world? Very unlikely. They'd rather make "Smativai udochki", "Machete", and other blockbuster trash/remakes/etc.
It is not entertainment. And it never adds more scandal than needed. Rough sex is not shown. Blood sprays are not shown. There is no stupid and overused these days slow-mo. There are almost no taboo words. And no nakedness "to spice it up". If you are looking for this material, go get something like "Ken/South Park" or "MILF".
And of course this movie is for adults only. And to know Russian is essential. To know very well that is.
A very peculiar drama without even the slightest tint of glam but with bitter taste and dark atmosphere, not to everybody's liking to be sure, but quite monumental and groundbreaking. Give it a 9 out of 10. Thank you for attention.
Don't know how accurate this movie historically is, but on the level of
blood and gore it is more than satisfying. Blood pours, blood squirts,
blood sprays in all directions. Some scenes are emotionally insane -
when for instance Spartacus kills ... (I won't spoil it for you).
Really it's something that makes you feel bad. There are many sex
The whole impression of it all is mixed. Suppose the Roman era of gladiators is depicted quite truly but the need to show everything in such close and uncomfortable details is questionable.
It reminds me of "God of War" PS2 game. The use of slow motion during the fights is extensive and it makes you almost feel the taste of blood as the screen catches the drips of it.
Don't have any complaints to the actors' play. They do the right thing. Everybody is believable. Even fantastic. Also sometimes the characters pronounce such phrases that it all sounds simply schmutzy and hysterical.
Strictly "AO" material. Quite sure that it is the most brutal film about gladiators. The rest directors shouldn't bother - to shoot a more powerful film about bloody gladiators' fights and remain serious is impossible. Add more blood and it will get ridiculous.
Hard to rate this. I'd give a solid 9 for the powerful drama, an undoubtful 10 for the fight sequences, a good 7 for the rhythm (still I'd prefer a solid 3-hour movie instead of the serial which makes it impossible to watch it all during one evening).
Too many naked female bodies, bad language plus gay topic make the movie even more scandalous while loosening the dramatic impact (at least to me).
Watch at your own risk. And by the way, it all ends perfectly. To continue it not a must.
An 8 out of 10 (it delivers too much now and then NOT during the fight scenes, which I rate as top-notch). Thanks for attention.
Yes, it's that good. Behind the flashy slick visuals a story of big
heart and adventurous love unfolds. A story that changes everybody
engaged. Changes for the better.
Like the other Indian comedy, which I witnessed not so long ago ("Money Hai"), this one is marvellous. It starts with crazy atmosphere (some serious gangsters are having a party and during their funny talks a tough and very lively hit-man jumps out of the big cake and starts shooting in all directions) that never stops It's got so many hysterically funny scenes and innuendoes that no contemporary Hollywood comedy can beat it (at least from what I've seen). Like the one where a gangster puts on a triple mask and each mask gets a punch during a funny "karate" brawl scene You can easily enjoy it all together with your whole family - no one will be offended (a rare feature these days).
It's very recommended if you enjoy good bright and clever modern comedies. It has more moral lessons than any drama I've seen in years, if you can notice them (I'll not spoil it by pointing them out here).
This is a 10 out of 10 - big respect to India. Thank you for attention.
What I can see is an unimpressive cartoon with very limited imaginative
material. A flying cow - that's brilliant! A superhuman intergalactic
villain that walks about in an ugly coat with a turned-up collar and
resembles a poor pensioner - that's fantastic! A rectangular
parallelepiped that jumps and changes colour - that's groovy! A
fictitious bird that looks like a slightly tuned-up parrot - wow! A
couple of evil robots (blocky and with an AI of a child) that can be
easily defeated with the help of good old judo - that's outstanding!
You can continue this list yourself. Get over it, this cartoon was good
for its time (and for its place - the whole idea was the winner in
those grey USSR days) but now it is almost unwatchable to me.
Not everything is junk of course. I like the idea of mirror-flowers that have memory of their own. One of the landscapes presented is quite picturesque. And the space suits of the main three characters are very believable and have a nice colour scheme. Apart from these features there is nothing else to admire.
There was a proper sci-fi animation film from those days but unfortunately I do not remember the title and the country that made it (it started with some swift vehicle running through the landscape somewhere on a distant planet and continued delivering mind-blowing landscapes and creatures). One day I hope to find out what it was.
If I want a sci-fi animation film, I go for a Japanese flick ("Last Exile" IS great, "GITS: Stand Alone Complex" IS impressive). Usually Japan does not disappoint: tons of fresh ideas are wrapped up in an eye-candy jacket of lines and colours.
As to this very cartoon... It's passable at best. I can only agree with the opinion that it really shows potential. And I can only wish it had been made in a different way (more imaginative characters and creatures, better dialogues, detailed robots, menacing villains, etc.).
It is a drag (I would recommend this one only to those who have fits of nostalgia) - 4 out of 10 from my side is an objective mark, I think. Thanks for attention.
A perfect comedy: wild, colourful, stuffed with original catchy tunes
and songs, and spiced up with a few moral lessons "Let me ha... let me
ha... This is my rap song... Money hai... No honey... Turn the beat
up!" Now and then there goes "Scandal!" in the audio background making
it all look even madder. You can't stand overacting? Keep far away from
this one then. Because it's got plenty of that and I love it here. It's
one of those movies, which made me sad by its final credits because I
did not want this screwed-up show to end.
To make a goofy allusion, I would compare this flick's excellence to the best of "Benny Hill Show" features, while it's got plenty of music and songs, tons of jokes, crazy innuendoes and gags, crowds of pretty gals and women, and a few punch lines, which underline human nature and present-day globalization. But, honestly speaking, this is one glossy music video that goes on as long as 2+ hours. Every 15 minutes this film made me laugh like crazy (starting with the insane opening music video and finishing with the extravagant depiction of the characters' dreams coming true). The image of the plumber was something to see ("No leakage... Call me any time. We are working 24 hours a day". - If only our plumbers were that hard-working and that willing and ready to fix anything!). Every song was funnier that the previous one. But don't let it mislead you: the film is clever. Yeah, you see it right: CLEVER. It gives a clear insight into our fears and misdeeds, which are a "scandal" in our own eyes, if you think about them. What is more, the film has a very detailed character development. If you watch closely, you start to understand these young men and women chosen, you start to care. Perhaps it is achieved by their childish emotions, the characters are overflowed with throughout the movie: they dream, cry, laugh, go mad, get mean, get sad, etc.
After watching "Paisa Vasool" I did not know what to expect from India, but this one has got me back on a very enjoyable track. I hope it's not the only modern product from India with such unbeatable "all-crazy-things-in-one" quality. The stylish camera-work alone deserves an Oscar. To listen to it all via proper audio equipment is a pleasure to the ear too (the sound of "cock-a-doodle-doo!" that goes during the screen presence of the mad billionaire is a killer). I don't know any American comedy of these days that can be a rival to this one (let alone being able to beat this title).
If you want to be entertained to no limits in a modern stylish and exotic way - turn your brain off and give it a try. If you want to learn moral lessons about family, friendship, loyalty, etc. - keep tuned and enjoy. If you are longing to have both (entertainment + food for thought) - it will match your purpose all right.
By the way, I'm 100% serious in my review, don't be fooled by the poor IMDb rating. And if you are looking for a retarded comedy, which truly deserves the rating of this one - get something like "Horse Feathers".
Dear India, thank you for this marvellous comedy! Last time I enjoyed cinema this much was Hong Kong John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow" (and as to comedies - "Monkey Business" with Cary Grant). This is what I call an "A-product".
A perfect 10 out of 10 - turn the beat up! Thank you for attention.
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Seriously, India surprised me with this tasteless production.
The movie is dark and does not have anything pleasant to the eye. It's ugly. That's for the image.
The flick has poor comedy elements which quite often seem to drag forever: for instance, there is an everlasting scene in which Maria Mhatre is hiding from the goofy criminal, who is kind of drunk (or doped?) - it really is a test for the viewer's patience. Sometimes this "comedy" steps into such dark areas that you can't believe your eyes: in one of the scenes the cripple in the wheelchair gets a harsh beating: he gets kicked, knocked down to the floor, beaten up by a plank, and finally hanged (head down?!?!) by that very goofy criminal. And as for this goofy bad guy, he really looks funny with his "explosion an a macaroni factory" black hair and funny moustache but in contrast to this silly outlook he acts in a most violent manner towards others (he also behaves like some good-for-nothing alky). Wherever he is on screen you have this uncomfortable feeling and feel sorry for the frustrated actor. That's for the "comedy".
As the film goes on, to me it gets less and less interesting because the story jumps in a hectic manner and the terrible male faces' close-ups with their awkward speech appear too often. Twenty minutes into the movie and I wanted to forget the whole stupid story - so I just continued watching to find out how far it all could go. That's for the storyline.
There is one thing I liked though. It's the use of English. The actors push in English phrases now and then. The choice of words is excellent. "Shit" and "bitch" are most common while the subs go: "Cowdung" in one certain place. They speak Hindi and then all of a sudden: "Sorry!" "Shit!" "Boyfriend!" with such over-the-top intonation. That is ridiculous.
I can give it a solid 3 out of 10 - mostly for a ridiculous mixture of English and Hindi and for the scene where a little boy is hitting (in his dream) the bad guy with some iron bar. Thank you for attention.
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