17/05/2013 new movies short reviews by Natasha and Alex M
The Great Gatsby NEW
just a couple of thoughts:
1. this is not an action movie although I caught my self felling extremely
nervous and intrigued for the whole movie from the beginning to the end, like
you are waiting for something extraordinary to happen and it happens
2. a man with irresistible imagination, Great Gatsby is a sensational dreamer,
who materializes his imagination with incredible outcome - they all come true.
this is the power of the mind for you working without fear
3. you can not repeat the past? of course you can! yes, you can, not only you
can repeat the past you can change it too. you can not change the events and
the people in the events, as what is there is there and it is not within your
power. but you can change one very important detail that IS in your power - you
relationship with your past, your inner feelings about your past. changing your
past can change your future for the best. if you see your past as a waste of
time and suffering your whole life will be a reflection of the past. if you start
changing your past by accepting your experiences as learning and as positive,
if you start loving and letting go of your past, your present and your future
will only change... for the best. small details changing can influence the
color of the whole picture of seeing your past (meaning YOURSELF). your parents
might have got a bitter divorce that you still feel guilty and sorry about, you
might have had wrong relationship. by accepting your past as positive
experiences you change your future for the best outcome. this is how Gatsby saw
himself in the past - successful and lucky, well educated and wealthy, this is
what got created out of it - his present became brilliant and bright.
4. there are mistakes made and the major mistake made by Gatsby took the movie
to the culmination point, after which everything went wrong... his mistake was
his weakness that took him to convincing and pushing his loved one to admit
certain things in front of her husband. Gatsby's demands ended up his love
adventure and gained him nothing except his fall. rudeness and power never
helped to get a woman's heart. grace and tenderness did because women do not
like violence! they get scared and pushed away by man's violet behavior - words
5. it is interesting to observe how men try to find the weak points of each
other to get one woman's heart. they can play on it till they provoke each
other to something unforgivable.
6. the actors are ALL just shining - there is no small or big role - all of
them were played with no even single mistake made. Leonardo's part was very
tricky to perform although he did it amazingly easy and talented! he plays a
man wealthy but still not independent - there is still some shadow business
going around him and it looks like he is still controlled by others... you can
not find out who these people are, but he plays so well that you can only get a
slight sensation of his uncertainty and vulnerability
7. there are some very interesting digital effects: like for example snow
turning into letters that are done with a real master hand to it
8. love this man as the space and time work only for the greatest of us... but i understand the woman as well and i forgive her as money draw us into unloving relationship very often especially when we look for a wall of protection... suffocating will follow though... there is one very important universal law: wealth attracts nothing - it is just a form of energy like for example stored paper pile on your desk - it comes and it goes... true love attracts everything - creativity, working ideas, success, satisfaction, wealth, happiness and all there is as love is the prime energy of all there is.
9. oh, last but not least - the music is stunning there - despite 20-s it is electronic and gives you that "today" feeling of lost in time...
The movie style and technique is absolutely stunning. It consists of two parts, one of which "Paradise Lost" describes the life of a woman whose attempts to Mother-Theresa's help everything and everyone are considered by the others as annoying and none of her business. She lives to next to an older woman, Avrora who is considered very strange in behavior and who spends most of her time gambling at the local Casino. The truth about her dramatic past reveals when Avrora passes away and the love of her life comes to her funeral and tells a story that is portrayed in the second part of the movie called "Paradise". The characters are so well shaped that we can easily call this movie a well filmed high class theater. The romance of the second part is so emotionally powerful one can only dream of and so well filmed using black and white colors only it is more than nostalgic - it is yelling out loud love itself... The sound design is also absolutely fantastic and brings us back to the mute movies. The most romantic movie in its best Portugal way and a rare pleasure to watch, the one I have not seen in years. Overall we gave the movie a score of
What Richard Did NEW
I think we were expecting a bit too much from this movie but left a bit disappointed with weak actors' play and sometimes a bit primitive solutions. It might be attractive to teenages but I would not recommend it to my kids to be honest as this movie does not teach you anything: no lessons learnt by the main hero nor by his mates or parents. No other thoughts to be honest and giving it only
THE HUNT NEW
Every story has two sides… There are metaphors that can only highlight the story sides and story lines, making them sound stronger like echoing resonating in the cold Danish forest… There are beautiful hunting sceneries shown in the movie: spectacular rain deer in autumn woods close to creeks with shores covered in yellow and red leaves that look absolutely breathtaking. There is happiness buried in a form a hunting dog that was shot by cruelty followed by a feeling of revenge that did not have any ground. There are people hunting people that make your blood freeze. There are children that tell lies that other people want to believe in, there are betrayals of your best friends turning their backs to you, feasting you and there are fights for survival and for gaining your reputation back, the reputation lost by one small comment, by one cute girl’s foolish remark. The remark can grow into something ugly and it can become huge and unbearable like a snowball, like a hard rock thrown into your window late at night… Reputation is very hard to get – you can work for years till you are fully recognised. Nevertheless it can be lost in one split of a second and the whole world does not belong to you anymore. This is the way an angel and a saviours in the first episodes of the movie can be turn into a devil at the end: words can harm you more than bullets. It is actually amazing: silly, unthinkable comment – and the life of the whole town is destroyed, its people are not happy anymore as the trust is lost. It is like a small drop of water can create an avalanche or a flood. There is also a warning for all of us: lies can destroy the world around you so be careful what you pronounce out loud...
Farewell, My Queen
Gorgeous women, chaos and passion - just a normal everyday life of anyone, right? Perhaps for Marie-Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting, whose job is to read books to the bored Marie Antoinette - yes. They are all backstabbing, gossiping and dirty in any possible way. One of Marie-Antoinette's readers is simple, quiet and innocent but she makes her way to the Queen effortlessly and surely. Nobility of the higher society on the other side is only shown on public and soon forgotten: it is replaced by greed, emptiness of the souls, shallow interests around lovers and fashion, lust and unbalanced emotions. There are Her Majesty final days before she is beheaded by Revolution and her bread-hungry-people-rebels if I am not mistaken in history flow. The Queen is nervous,she is unmistakenly a chosen one by her posture and her beauty and her fate is defined by her actions. The drama is not felt while you watch the movie, only the uncertainty and mad disorder in the Versailles palace will leave you on a nervous break down after the movie so please be careful with the side effects. Pleasure? - yes but my price was a bit dear - I was close to hysterical. But soon we all be no one... Rate: 9/10
It is a movie about professionals and about passion.
This movie would be terrific for those of you who adore cooking and have an eye for perfect dish decoration and meals presentation.
It is interesting to observe how professional can create that very special atmosphere no matter where he/she is and what reality he/she exists in: a presidential palace or at a ship travelling to Antarctica.
There are always people exists that will cross your way criticizing and even hating your ideas. It is funny to see how unprofessional people judge your work no matter what you do and what profession you are in - it happens everywhere. They try to tell you about how you should run this or that or as simple as - the cost of what you do in the place where the costs never get discussed. But I believe all independent thinking people experience such ridiculous encounters.
SONG FOR MARION
This is one excellent movie about real life and complex relationship between people of different ages. There are a couple of thoughts:
1. how can i make you smile and happy?.. how long are you going to be grumpy man with no rainbows in your eyes? life can end unexpectedly, tomorrow! what will you end up with? grief or joy from every moment in the past you lived? live it to the fullest and cherish every single instant of your life as there will be no other on this plane... this one is a gift, your gift to yourself.
2. when you look at me like this - with sadness and lack of emotions i can see only "no tomorrow" deep inside of you and me. i want you to laugh at stupid things and smile with me, sing with me the best song of our life. it is one life as we share it. because tomorrow will never begin - it is only today - here and now which is important... the past and the future - does not matter as there are not here with now.
3. it is funny and enjoyable to watch.
4. "i love you. you are my rock"
5. great new song by celine dion that ends the movie - please see and listen below:
wow - full house at the movies today... we were lucky to get the last two seats in the second row of a small cinema - new addition, part of Como Palace Cinemas. The seats were actually very very good and comfortable and would take the first place in the Gold Class Village and La Premiere Hoyts cinemas competition. Anyway... Documentary?.. Sorry Alex, I did not read the movie description and did not watch the trailer beforehand... My fault again... But the movie starts and we are in the other world of dancing, dancing and dancing: victories small and enormous, broken bones, blood, ice and tears, emotions and somewhat dull performers, brilliant young talents and children pushed by their parents to the top (with no success as you have to love what you do to achieve that pleasure of your job-expressing-nirvana space)... There is everything the world of ballet can offer and more... Russian ballet teachers and competition judges are everywhere - it is like a parade of distinctive James-Bond-movies accent. The Palace cinema is full of young ballet dancers and they react on every little remark in the movie by laughter or some sharp and loud comments - the girls are graceful but a bit nervous as this word is so familiar to them... Did we cry - yes as some of the movie parts are very moving especially when the hard working people from poor countries like Columbia and gifted artists-orphans from African countries win the toughest ballet competitions in the world - they get prestigious scholarships, they get awards and thy get jobs in the most recognizable world opera and ballet houses and theaters. We cried of happiness for them - it is so touching. You will love the movie...
RUSSIAN DISCO FROM AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS
The craziest movie ever - I have not seen anything like this more like a Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But to be honest with all my love to the latter UK blockbuster this movie is not that good at all... More suitable for teenagers and very young and empty headed generation. Russians immigrants in Berlin - can not imagine anything worse than this.... The colors, the trashy set ups and the camera work is very good though... and the music selection is sooooooo bad... gosh! I could not stop laughing as they are totally not Russians these crazy bunch of randomly speaking people! But the stupid ones always win... Let's see what Ivan-durak has got for nothing...
The story line
The movie is based on one of the most famous of François Mauriac's novels. The novel is set in the Landes, a sparsely populated area of south-west France covered largely with pine forests. The story can not be more simple: Thérèse, has been tried for poisoning her husband Bernard by overdosing him with Fowler's Solution, a medicine containing arsenic. Bu the simplicity as usual brings up author's talent and novel's deepness and sophistication. Despite strong evidence against her, including prescriptions she forged, the case has been dropped; the family closed ranks to prevent scandal and Bernard himself testified in her defence. On the journey home, Thérèse reflects at length on her life so far, trying to understand what brought her to continue poisoning her husband after she observed him taking an accidental overdose. She suggests that her actions were part of an "imperceptible slope", caused in part by the pressures of motherhood and marriage and the stifling life of a Catholic landowner's wife in 1920s rural France. However, neither Thérèse, nor the narrator himself, provide a clear explanation for her behaviour.
Thérèse assumes that she will be able to leave her husband quietly now the case is over. Instead, Bernard announces that she is to live at his family house, Argelouse, in an isolated spot in the pine forest. He effectively confines her there, giving out that she suffers from a nervous complaint, and making the occasional public appearance with her to quell any gossip. His concern is that the forthcoming marriage of his younger sister Anne, to a suitor approved by the family, is not prevented by any scandal. He allows Thérèse no company other than unsympathetic servants, keeps their daughter away from her, and threatens to send her to prison for the poisoning if she does not cooperate. Thérèse lives mainly on wine and cigarettes, falls into a passive stupor and takes to her bed. When she is ordered to attend a dinner party for Anne, her fiancé and his family, she does so, but her emaciated appearance shocks the guests. Bernard decides that the scandal will never be fully forgotten unless Thérèse is allowed to disappear without controversy. He promises she can leave after Anne's wedding, and moves back to Argelouse to supervise her recovery. The wedding over, he takes Thérèse to Paris and bids her farewell. There will be no official separation and no divorce, and she has an allowance to live on. She is free to go.
Short analysis in a couple of thoughts
1. is it simple curiosity to observe the close one suffering or a rebel's soul trying to escape the reality in any possible way, is it hatred or this is all because of the pines? Therese's actions would be explainable if she had a lover and wanted to kill her husband but her actions do not have any ground and her deeds have no reasonable explanation that you can fit into your moral world. There is simply no reason for that. In my opinion it is a boredom of a rich woman trying to find an excitement in any possible way...
2. so delighted to see a yacht with red sails - a symbol of freedom and adventure, the yacht with her possible love on it. the movie is full of such symbols: forest doves trapped in a soft net, chasing and hunting rabbits and rabbit's lifeless body lying on a kitchen bench and many more scenes with wild animals... Such a strange destiny she created for herself. how many of us are getting trapped first under our parents unfulfilled dreams pushing us into unwanted relationship and us trying to please them dearly most of the time. How many of us got trapped later in the same relationship with our husbands trying to always look happy for them and fulfill all their small wishes, living their programs, their lives and excepting this without thinking what our own program is here, what is our purpose in this place and time...
3. finishing on the light note: she is free now: broken but free and smiling... what her life will bring her next?..
Added Alex's thoughts too:
1. this is a multi-level movie as a very simple story has got lots of complicated underwater currents and streams
2. Theresa's character belongs to introvert's type. She is calm and emotionless on the outside but her life is so different on the inside and her emotions are burning like fire. The director's genius showed it in a couple of her imaginary actions: jumping out of the train, burning down her property at night (pure imagination) and then her fainting while serving her sick husband a drink (it is already her inner life showing up in real). Her real life is discussing properties, hunting and gossip. Her inner life are pure emotions that are never discussed in the family.
3. There are so many small details that Alex noticed and I did not, and on the contrary - he did not notice and I did. This movie can be watched twice for sure.
4. Anna, Theresa's best friend and Bernard's sister meets a love of her life - a man who can finally makes her feel real emotions and passion. But in reality he appears to be fake. Theresa cracks him like an almond. But that leads Anna to find herself a partner, a smaller version of her own brother - stupid, simple and emotionless man who can only see how big their house is and talks about his business, investments and money. Theresa is predicting her best friend's life will be just a copy of her own...
5. Last scene - Theresa and Bernard are at the Paris cafe and he finally understands why she did try to poison him - at least his eyes show it (brilliantly played), so called a story of sensual existentialism is opening up... and he leaves the table and then.. oh, no he comes back... she looks at him with hope. His last words: "everything is paid for" leave her empty-hearted. 6. Audrey Tattoo plays her character amazingly and so talent-ly as it is very hard to play a person who does not show up any emotions on the surface but all the work is done inside. Even her eyes remain cold but you can still see sparkles. Very hard role but performed with a perfection of the actress. Astonishing!
The Other Son
For both us watching this movie it was not really clear and that close as we are not Arabs nor we are pure blood Jewish. Alex smiled and he was sad sometimes; as to myself I could hold from laughing and crying at some moments.
Please note that this movie will be quite sensitive and even dramatic in some parts for most Jewish and Arab people. As to us - we simply would like to see both parties under one roof living happily. This is the highlight; the details:
The story is based on the true events taking place in a Holy Land. Two sons, one of Hebrew origin and the other of Palestinian are switched during the evacuation rush while at the hospital right after their births. 18 years passed and the sons were both raised in the other families - one as a Hebrew boy and the other as an Arab. The DNA test showed it to the surprise of all four parents. The events develop in the most predictable way...
There are some quotes that we really liked and laughed at:
"Are we going to give him back?" (little sister) "Am I the other one?" "Am I still Jewish?" "Is he more Jewish than I am?" "Am I an Arab now?"
However the position of rabbi is very clear - total rejection of a human being from his community: " It is written that great challenges are for great men. God loves men as a father loves his son... I am sad for you... Judaism is not a belief. It is a state. A spiritual state of being tied to our own nature. Your real mother isn't Jewish so neither are you". Some movie parts are very sensitive and even heart breaking...
One thing we all need to remember: your kids are not your kids - they are free spiritual beings, they belong to everyone and to no one. They had chosen you before they were conceived and born; they had chosen you as your parents for apparent reasons.
Secondly, your identity is beyond the country's geographical boarders, beyond nationalities and beyond any other social, political and economical boundaries. The other identities except who you are artificially induced by the false believes, by the religious and political institutions with one aim: to divide you and to keep you away from the truth of who you really are.
Due to my mixed blood I am not Russian, nor I am Jewish or gypsy or Ukrainian. I am not going to limit myself with such a poor description of myself being something: Russian or Jewish. I am everything there is and I embrace with pleasure all nationalities, all geographical positions including hair and eyes color and even your life choices... Only by accepting everything you will feel you do not have any limitations as a spiritual creations of God (read: The-Self). This is the only way to change the pattern of the canvas as by changing one piece of the puzzle the whole picture will suddenly change to the brighter and better one...
For some of us this movie will be an open discussion and for some - eyes opening if you are ready for this.
I also believe that most of the religious believes and traditions were originally based on the climate conditions, on the environment where people lived tied to a particular places, on the moon phases, on the seasons changing and on many other aspects of life which was originally maintained in harmony and close to Nature. Some of the (especially) fasting traditions were created for the people to feel a presence of God inside of them; the physical aspect of not eating or just restraining from some foods was on the second level and would be just a naturally organic way of achieving the purpose of spiritual cleansing and enlightenment.
Blindly followed traditions can damage not only your esoteric bodies but your physical one too. I also have noticed that people in the Southern hemisphere follow the traditions developed by the Northern hemisphere cultures without noticing simple seasons' opposite presence. The dates of Ramadan and Orthodox religious fasting-s should have been mirrored-reversed according to the seasons in the Southern hemisphere as this is vital for the human body pace. But this is just a BTW note...
Hyde Park On Hudson
Very interesting movie from a historical point of view but IMHO it is a bit dry and slow despite a very good level of actors' performance. Some of you might enjoy it as the nature scenes are pictured beautifully. It would be also interesting to observe the life of women sharing and loving one man,women knowing about each other, accepting the situation for the sake of being with the person they love unconditionally - half of the cherry is still a cherry. The movie is witty and some episodes are done brilliantly. I loved the King and the Queen of Great Britain performance the most. "Can I please call you Elizabeth?" website to read more
Audi Festival of German Films 2013
Festival Dates: 1 May, 2013 - 15 May, 2013 Participating Cinemas: Kino Cinemas, Palace Cinema Como
Presenting a wonderfully audacious collection of contemporary German cinema, the 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films celebrates the rich diversity of one of Europe’s most dynamic and creatively renowned cultures. Showcasing 45 award-winning films and documentaries from inspiring thrillers to wry comedies and critically lauded feature dramas, the Festival will take place across 8 cities throughout the first two weeks of May, and, for the first time, will include Newcastle and Byron Bay.
With two movies and yummy German snacks for lunch full of guests and experts and smoothly organised by Ned and Co Marketing and Publicity http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/prj/fia/ffg/fil/pom/enindex.htm Today we review two movies watched at the opening night that we adored. Please note that some movies are screening only once and get booked very quickly so please make your selection fast.
Shores of Hope Audi Festival of German Films
This is a very strong movie about trust, dreams, freedom, life choices and betrail. When there is nothing left in your life: your love, your kids, your wealth, your dignity are all taken from you and you are left with pain there only one thing you live with: hope. Can Hope make you stronger, can you win in the game with filthy authorities and politicians and stinky rotten institutions that preach one thing and do the other. My daughter lived in Berlin and visited the hidden cells of famous Stasi Prison where they kept and tortured political prisoners. That was a shock of her life as she was never exposed to such inhuman treatment. I believe lots of our readers will discover that love finally conquers everything but will you be able to survive and reach this day?..
Lost in Siberia Audi Festival of German Films
Prepare to laugh out very loud as you might first have a culture shock: the movie has way too many Russians for one German movie and it is about Russia and it is filmed 90% in Russia, in a small town called Kemerovo. Then you might be moved by the beauty of the people and the far away country side nature. Ther are so many thoughts here as the movie is also spiritual and it is so very close to me personally… "You don't choose Love, Love chooses you...", “Death is not scary, it is simply falling from one world to another…” and so many other deep thoughts you can only verbalise in comedy… Can you? He needs Her like he needs air to breath and She is that air but does She need Him in her life already full of complications?..
Please browse some photos from Audi German Film festival 2013 opening night: for TV and Media