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I like it for the autumn flavors. For impecable job of Susan Sarandon, for Ed Harris smart manner to build his characters and for the fair portrait of motherhood. A film about family and about love , realistic in surprising manner and proposing a nice, useful message to viewer. A sort of cup of caffe with good dose of cinnamon.
Mireasma ploilor tarzii (1984)
A poetic title. A good cast. A village in Dobrogea county. And characters reduced to status of simplistic sketches. Not just surprising if you do not ignore the period. Because it reflects realities and dialogues and relations and manner to see love stories of the middle of last decade of Ceausescu regime. And, today, the nostalgia of a not real young public is the precious part . A geolog, a project, youth events in flash backs, beautiful music of Horia Moculescu and the state of return to past for Romanian viewer. It is easy to define it ordinary or beautiful film of Epoca de Aur but this definition sounds very subjective. Sad fact , Mireasma ploilor tarzii has a real good potential of story and actors deserving be better used. A choice, a past love, a professor front to opportunity to repair old mistakes , admirable job of Colea Rautu and Maria Ploae in her gentle way to build her character, a difficult option between love and career. And good intentioned director. Short, a try . Interesting in intention.
No Goodbyes (2021)
I saw it as a cry. About hidden reality. About painful truths. About hate . About pink triangle. An old man telling his story to a young one. A story about Nazi and pain and loneliness and brutality and love. Not comfortable because it is one ignored very often. But brutal, cruel out of imagination. So, an useful film. For give few fists of questions and support of reflection about terrible tragedy. Well acted, well crafted story.
Beyond This Place (2014)
Very easy to define it as a beautiful film. In fact, it is an experimental one. Seductive for music, allusions, fo cinematography and suggested story. Sexuality, nature, young people, sexual ambiguity and nothing more to not consider waste of time the less ten minutes of this short film. A story about exil or discover, in intime sense, the other. Short, not bad. Off course, far to be memorable but one of films giving a sort of oasis and freedom of interpretation. And, for me, it is just enough.
delightful at first sigh
It is not easy or fair to write few words about it. Because it seems out of definitions. At first, you feel it as a new try of rehabilitation of a bad girl, in the style of Maleficent. Or Emma Stone in a role remembering, for a fist of motives, perfect character for Helena Bonham Carter. Cruela is vulnerable, like a Clark Kent/ Superman relation, bitter, it is dark, well crafted, well acted, full of colors, flavors , fashion and 1970 decade spirit and proposing nice gifts for viewer. And , in so many scenes, a delightful surprise, a not so great end , a sort of reference to Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent or Karl Lagerfeld . Emma Stone is more skilled than you expect or suppose and her duel with Emma Thompson is just the prize to the expectations abut this story of Estella , beginnings, tragic start and steps of succes and truth. Short, a delightful film, smart to wise, great in details and just impressive for courage, imagination, humor and noble freedom expressions. The bad part - after few days , the entusiastic reaction becomes more reduced and you discover it only as a new Disney film, flamboyant, off course, but especialyy target being the kids. But, sure, the first impression/ spell matters.
Mary Celeste (2019)
Its beauty is a ball of image, dialogues, questions, suppositions and bitter loneliness of a girl front to the disappearance of her friend. The atmosphere represents the basic gift to viewer. Crumbs of ordinary reality, characters reminding close persons, hypothesis far to be original. So, beautiful sounds strange but it can be the fair term to define the film.
Elvis and Anabelle (2007)
Just great. This is the fair definition of this special film about miracles, death, relations, a good father and his son , a queen of beauty and a house. I was seduce and impress, in same measure, by the wonderful job of Joe Mantegna. I was surprised by beautiful artistic skills of young Max Minghella. And, sure, by the story. And, yes, I admitt, the references to The White Snow or to Sun flower by Vincent van Goghis are a nice, very nice clues. Short, one of touching and pure admirable films , easy to become cheesy but well directed, seductive for the feel to be almost a personal story. And with few magnificent scenes.
live show edition
A young ambitious reporter, his exploration of a house, the warning of camera man and bizarre clues . The brutal end and the reaction of show guest looking for protect the sensitivity of public. Result - a nice film, first for rich references, second for wise exploration of the evil, theme assumed by series.
Russkaya igra (2007)
It reminds old flavors of XIX century Russia, in literary perspective. A young Italian, looking for obtain monay, the friends - very good gamblers - and their perfect plan of succes, the Russia in basic/ naked aspects, beautiful cinematography, simple, not unpredictable end. A trip in old Russia, dances of Gypsies and talks about identity, something from Pinocchio. Nice, charming and ironic, a reasonable portrait of cultural clash.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
I saw this film only for actors. Especially for the presence of Patricia Clarkson. After a decade, Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are the basic motif for see this easy romance , with few ingredients in the desire to make it serious or different. Nice is the fair term. The best thing - the eulogy to New York.
Ils ont jugé la reine (2018)
For many reasons, more than a docu-drama. But a fine portrait of wars between categories, values, cruelty, power, crowd and painful- deep loneleness. A queen, the last of France, and her last days of life. Manipulation and hate. Basic traits of French Revolution and the rivalries defining it. A trial and a sentence. And the Great Terror. A well crafted story , with powerful moral, reminding, in some aspects, in some measure, the trial and death of Charles I Stuart or the exile and execution of Romanovs. Short, portrait of evil and its victims, its implacable work and result.
For Sale (2020)
in a quiet town
The first reaction - I like it ! First, for inspired portrait of the venerable man, relaxed, on his balcony, in the too quiet Italian town by Randall Paul. Second - for realistic - fair portrait of a so familiar kind of young people whit their certitude to be very cool. Not the last, for the admirable atmosphere. And for the status of parable about a sort of spider, his large web and a TV as simple temptation object. A seductive use of details - clues and the splendid last scene.
A Shoe Addict's Christmas (2018)
Can be bad a film having in cast Candace Cameron Bure ? Absolutely not ! And the contribution of Jean Smart is the guarantee . The basic virtue of film is the air of fairy tale. And the high predictability, to. No surprises, no revelations. Only the expected Christmas gift from Halmark, nice, comfortable and well served by a simple story.
Buna seara, Irina (1980)
I suppose , to see it today can be seed for a mix of nostalgia and little smiles. But it remains a touching, beautiful acted drama about love, choices, expectation, relations. The opening party is a slice of life style from 1980 decade in Communist Romania. The work of Valeria Seciu is just admirable. The existential crisis, sailor life, past love are well surprised. A film about versions of loneliness, tender, gentle and almost historical proof of the time and its art.
My House (2020)
A cruel, realistic game. A dominant mother . Rules. And the mix of reality with fiction, the fiction ruling . A special film, maybe, first, for music. Admirable crafted, well using ambiguity and reflecting large slice of ordinary secets of a perfect family.
Dante Falls (2019)
A film with teens , about eccentric hobies, cemetery and afterlife, a boyfriend in religious trainment and a box to easy opened by evil spirit. All - more than familiar but nice. Short, a not so bad salad.
A beautiful metaphor about cinema in skin of horror. Clues about end, inspired job of Larry Hankin, almost a cliche about young people kiss in the time of film projection and familiar references. An admirable job, good start of a horror series .
The Christmas Contract (2018)
more than decent
I suppose, the actors , more than the story, represents the basic ingredient of seduction in the case of this very nice film. Robert Buckley, reminding a sort of Clark Kent, Hilarie Burtun proposing a honest portrait of Jolie are the basic pieces of a charming story about family and love, not sensational but more than decent. A hallmark film, not great but better than much about Christmas in Halmark style.
Dune: Part One (2021)
It is not a simple film. But an adaptation of one of real difficult to adapt at his standards novel. And, honestly, this Dune: Part One is just seductive at visual level. But, I admitt, I am far to be very enthusiastic about it. Maybe, I am to attached to old adaptations - first 2000 one - , maybe I feel the novel in different way than the director, maybe I am too old at 45 year old, maybe I am tired or too far by contemporary cinematographic taste. Yes, the image is completed by inspired performances, the poetry of desert is well reflected , the cliches are at fair place , the relation mother - son has its charme in Oedip - like manner and the portrait of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is more than wise crafted. And the young Chalamet proves his real skills as admirable actor, Jason Momoa surviving to his character in very nice manner. No doubts, the film represents a generous gift to public from an ambitious director. Is it enough ? Maybe .
One Royal Holiday (2020)
The first question about this film is about the subject. Obvious, it is absent. Or, more precise, it is reduced at a pretext around the fascination of American public about royalty. The virtue of film , maybe the first, is represented by older actors giving lovely roles of mother/ father/ old term friend . Not doubts, a charming Christmas film in the style of Hallmark. For so many reasons, it is enough.
Christmas by Starlight (2020)
crumbs and accents
I like it for the crumbs of humor, nice acting, for fair portrait of maturization and the accent to family history and values. For the fresh ingenuity of story, to. And, not the last, for leading characters, well crafted, wise used. To be honest, exactly the honesty remains the main virtue of this different, in some measure, in inspired way, Hallmark film. Nothing fundamental changed but the story is more rich in nuances than you expect. So, I admitt, I like it.
Mystère Place Vendôme (2017)
A nice crime film , seductive more for historical details and atmosphere than for story itself, interesting for the work of Anne Brochet and Marilou Berry than for the too easy plot. But, sure, few drops of seductive use of familiar location, a fist of politic and some love are good ingredients for the adventures of a sauce master , piece of a political crime project. The result is a reasonable one and the end is just sweet. So, a just charming film.
One of films like a box with memories. I saw it when I was teenager and the fascination remains intact after decades, more than the sexual impulses. Because , in bizarre way, it remains a manifesto about opened marriage, bisexuality, manner to expose sex scenes and bitter poetry of a story representing a frame or , in happy perspective, a sketch. And, no doubts, for the way to propose to viewer her Emmmanuelle by Sylvia Kristel. Short, seductive for late poetry and, sure, it sounds very wrong, innocence.
Un amour à taire (2005)
The first virtue of this beautiful - bitter film is the way to tell a story same delicate today than yesterday. A film about survive, war, hunting, past, family, memories and love. A film reminding hidden truths in simple - power manner. It seems easy to write about it but you know than not exactly the story itself is real significant but the way to feel it by each viewer. So, the fair word remains, about it - see it ! It is not about Shoah but one of tragedies so often, so easy ignored is exposed in precise manner. Not as pledge or manifesto but as a sort of very useful testimony. So, Un amour à taire:
La détente (2011)
Just inspired portrait of war. A soldier front to his fear. And his imagination as only tool for change the things. Result - a seduction explosion of imagination, music, references to childhood. And a very cold end as return to reality. A seductive film, admirable crafted, proposing the fair story of survive grace to a kind of refuge, fall in the brutal death.