Max is 30 years of age, a banker in middle management, he is smart and successful: his life rocks... [as I watched this movie and I saw myself on that Russian project in 2006 working with these guys. The picture is so vivid and so true and real I could not resist to make certain associations because it brought back so many memories as if the Max's image was copied from the guys I worked with...]
There are two lines in movie. One is obvious: they seem to have high life but they are so bored with themselves... as there is nothing left inside and they do not know why they are that way and how to bring the life interest back. Most of them become alcoholics at the age of 50 you would be scared to look at them as their eyes are empty - as there is no soul reflected there - they are SOULLESS. It is not sad - this is for information only - you can not be sad for such people as it is their life choice and it should be respected as they have total freedom to create what they want. Just they never knew anything else and no one showed them what is "ELSE".
Apart from the main line I mentioned above there is an underline. Max is an extremely strong character. He is a shark when it comes to business world but he is hopeless when it comes to humor... But there is more to that:: there is a glimpse of light inside of him neglecting drugs, smoking and alcohol addiction - there is still some light left and there is not all that is lost forever... that inside core is still there - he is what he is - strong and successful, he created himself through the hardship of orphanage, through hard study and sleepless nights before t he exams... and watch what he finds in life to get the full light as it will shine through the dirtiest place he ends up at... He is the main hero you can fall in love with through his life of comedy and drama... We really loved the movie and rated it distinguishly:
Always dream big? Yes, Big Brother is an ultimate goal for anyone's dream.. Indeed... What else can you dream of? May be knowledge? May be ultimate health or enlightenment, the ability to answer all questions ever asked - no forget about this... To get into the Big Brother's show - this is the dream of a dream of every intelligent person on the planet! Just imagine: you will be famous and you will have lots of money! What else can you dream of? You are running out of you fantasy choices? The obsession to get your dream to come true becomes your reality as nothing else matters: your family, your possessions, your dignity and pride? What dignity and what pride? You step over your children and over your wife so your fake belief, your dream materialize. Is not that the life aim worth living for? You have to keep believing and do everything to reach the unreachable...
We really like the main hero's friend who worked for him at the fish market. When the main hero is saying: "The people from TV are watching me. I am giving to the beggar because of that... " His friend's reply: "But someone is watching you all the time..."
The movie is very controversial. It can disgust you as you watch people who have such foolish dreams. For such dreams they sacrifice their own reality. There are dreams worth living for and worth fighting and sacrificing for and this is good, but there could be dreams that worth as the wrapper of your kid's candy - meaning dumb, meaning nothing!.. The movie is about the latter dream that can make you a mad person.
Rate: 7/10 (6 for Alex and 8 for Natasha)
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The script describes a trip of five people to a mystical Bell Tower of Happiness that according to local gossips is located between St Petersburg and Uglich, close to abandoned nuclear power station. A musician, a bandit and his friend with his old father and a prostitute are trying to search for this magical place and be gifted with happiness. But the Bell Tower is not gifting everyone while they all believe that they would be the chosen ones.
The story line reminded us of a famous Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”… but we should say: ~reminded only~ as it is far from a masterpiece like Uglich is too far from St Petersburg. The idea is marvelous and simple: who reaches the place of happiness and who deserves it. The way to the destination so hard for the characters seems even harder to the movie director. The talent of a master piece is seen and comprehended by emotions your audience is experiencing during the movie. If there are no emotions – there is no art. If the picture moved you – you see a top class art work, if it did not – excuse me…
We believe it is a dangerous zone and a dangerous road to travel – the purpose is close but the aim is unreachable (I mean for the director) as the balance is destroyed. What you see and what you do on the way, on your journey is more important than the target itself… I believe we saw Russia as we forgot how it is: semi-destroyed, stinky and dirty halls, elevators and staircases, the roads where the best vehicle to travel in is a wheel-barrow, the hospitals where the best choice is to die rather than continue living – yes… it is desgusting to see, this is life in Russia to its best extend with vodka, ignorance and criminal stories… but why? What is the purpose? The journey is OK to take… but you wait for the end of the movie to show you the light and the way out or some climax … No, the ending is weak and purposeless… as there is no full stop… where are the answers? The answers are all “pointless”? Lost point, lost line, lost movie for the director – too bad we gave it only
The music and lyrics (the songs) were very good and should be rated separately 10/10!
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this movie will blow your mind! - this is how good it is... some thoughts: 1. one word - unique movie, and again: that should be watched twice to get all the details and more... it consists of 4 stories all so different but united - through an common atmosphere of being about modern life in russia and... i will tell you later on what is the other aspects of common ground 2. alex was very surprised by the row of unusual ideas he got from this movie - just take this one - to dry your hands under two, not one dryer (as you have two hands!)... grinding your coffee under the pillow to reduce the noise. 3. you feel the movie is done by a genius with great and sometimes mind blowing solutions in cinematography: every story has a twist... 4. the story about money travelling from hands to hands (corruption) staring from a common car mechanic and ending unseen and invisible at the table of a president where money are not in operation anymore. 5. there is another aspect that combines all four stories i promised to tell you about - social problems as it is a movie about people and their relationship in the modern society 6. the story about the woman with extrasensory abilities is more than twisted .. .actually - there is one more thought for you - i bet you will never ever predict the ending of all four stories: a wedding organiser talking to a couple... no you will never guess the ending... money travelling hands to hands... no! a psychic woman trying to find a girl lost in the woods... no way! a young girl and an older guy fall in love... you will never guess how the story ends! i told you - twisted they are... 7. it is also interesting to observe the wedding planned mentioning: i do not work in old traditional style... and the movie ends with an episode of a huge difference of younger and older generations 8. it touches lots of of social problems: modern education gaps, corruption, understanding of each other in relationship etc etc 9. overall impression - sensational movie and fun to watch...
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THE GEOGRAPHER (drunk away his globe)
A couple of thoughts: 1. this is an excellent movie and should be watched twice at least for its crucial (or more like not trivial) script and story.
2. the movie would be of interest not only for russian speaking people but for all of us. there are no lush Moscow life and skyscrapers - the life of a far away place called by locals: "the ass of europe" is shown in its bottomless poverty and uncolored "beauty". geographically is the the very end on europe - Ural mountains are dividing Eurasian continent right in the middle of the Perm city (that very "shiny" europen ass).
3. from surroundings... let's go back to the people who live there and their lives. it is a deep psychological drama: funny sometimes as we laugh at ourselves and sad as life itself... take the marriage. there are no perfect ones but some of them just look like dead ends where nothing works out: the fire is gone (if there was any).
4. Konstantin Khabensky acting is close to nothing: he plays magnificent the most complicated main character - all our thumbs up for him!
5. the movie is very sad to watch as the country isdrowning in alcoholism (like the love letter one of the heroes heartlessly throwing into the black water of Kama-river); education is below the bottom line, prostitution is blossoming though which is good - at least something should blossom in such circumstances...
6. oh those russians... you should see what they do to survive... and not like everyday life but watch them white water raffling - amazing, impressive episode of strongest will power you would ever see alive...
7. lets' go back to our main hero... he seems weak and unattractive as he drinks like a horse and he looks disgusting when he drinks... but take a look what happens to him when it comes to survival and HIS will power: how he carries a girl for miles and miles to reach the destination point. take a look how smart he is in his life situation set up (gifting his wife to his best friend just to see her happy (??)) take a look how much light he has got inside and how he gives this light to the others...
8. we could not miss spectacular nature scenes of far away regions of russia... i felt sorry that while working on one London's project back in 2006 in Perm we did not have a chance to see these parts of russia... 9. there is one very important scene in the movie - drowning love letter - it goes down like titanic leaving us with a feeling of one neglected feeling, one neglected person... one neglected nation... they feelings drowning under the water like that best part of your life disappearing in front of your eyes.
10. just the last note: we were so very luck first of all as it was a world premiere but secondly because it was a director's cut that will never be shown anywhere else in world anymore.
11. there is a great movie episode when the car is standing closing the sing behind that says "HAPPINESS IS  FAR AWAY". the car takes off opening the rest of the phrase "HAPPINESS IS NOT FAR AWAY" (literal translation would read "happiness is not over the mountains")) Rate: 10/10
full of spanish flavour and craziness movie worth watching as per our previous recommendations... there is an interesting thought: Australia is shown in the movie as an escape destination from life madness. itvery complex movie to watch as it is very hard to analyse the characters you consider not quite right in their heads (softly speaking) - the situations they are placed in and the life circumstances are beyond one normal person's world perception as well as their reaction and behavior and the results of their behavior... oh, stuff it!.. but it is exciting to watch and observe the characters' development... the actors performance is excellent as your feelings go like Melbourne thermometer during the day - basically like four seasons in one day or from -1 to +20 in 2 hours!.. there is not one normal person, not one normal couple, not one normal family - and this is normal... I'd be very suspicious with the people who say their family is normal as there is no such thing... and wait... the one couple that seems pretty normal, the guy is actually... eh... no more secrets... you should go and watch the movie... and one more and last thing: you will not stop laughing... let's say the director: Antonia San Juan is just one Spanish Federico Fellini :o)
some lines from the movie: "do you know marcel proust?" - "what football team he plays in?" - "..[some team name follows]..." - "dont know - he might be new in football..." :)
i am giving up! i think i am now overrating my ability to pick up really good movies following internet reviews, trailers, directors and actors selection... i am giving up as the movie we just watched was too far from we expected or i am just loosing my hope in Spanish cinematography (let my spanish friends forgive me for this comment please). i still trust this is not the latter...
the actor who imho was supposed to look like antonio in reality did look like him but his acting was so poor... oh, HOLD UP here Natasha, no more comments... I try to remain positive but then i start remembering but (forget the actors overall not impressive performance) the movie script, the idea (and me trying to follow it without loosing my thought line)... no, I am really giving up... as originally i wanted to give it 7 out of 10 but after discussing it with Alex we decided to low it down to
some people might find it interesting though as there is an intrigue, lots of gun shots, expensive jewelry, cabaret girls, "fake" detectives, mafia and con- and bull..- artists involved in politics... oh god know what... i believe you should be born in argentina, spain or urugway to understand some specific jokes laugh together with the audience... we laughed but we were always like 2 seconds late... the spanish audience though was singing along, laughing and cheering up the main heroes... well, the spanish flavor was definitely in the air... but we weer not moved... we only hope if you decide to watch it you will be less critical than we are...
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media pre-view event at Palace Cinemas Como June 21 2013
No this is not a new Russian James Bond movie... although it is so much close to it... no, not close...
[We love James Bond movies and we never miss new episodes that get released year after year but they seem fake and artificial especially the last ones produced compared with this picture... but let's not change the subject]
This is Russia's first big budget disaster thriller that is so realistic you will freeze to your cinema chair together with your blue-berry ice cream... There are broken bones, blood, wounds, fast moving objects (like trains and people :o)), dead people, half-dead people and not-that-dead people (please those of you claustrophobically ill in head - we recommend you not watch it at all - you will have to leave the theater after 20 min from the start); what else do we have (?): ok, water, water, water, dirty water and dirty tunnels, total deliciously dirty mess (all the good thriller should and must have); scared men, women and children, actually - scared to the extend of going insane: there is only one train and thousands of lives in it... water... and fire in the hearts of those who... oh, would you like me to add some pepper to this dish (?): yes, breathtaking-ly-handsome Russian men that look like enormous Siberian bears... and gracefully tender Russian women that look like meadow flowers and butterflies. Would you like some fries with that (?) or should I say: would you like some dark rye bread, butter and caviar with that? yes, you do! Coincidence or faith (?) brings two men together, two men who love the same one woman: her lover and her husband... they are both caught in the disaster that happens underground... or may be it is their personal demons that bring their lives together in such unfortunate life circumstances... this metro fight for life is their light for one woman... who knows what will happen to them after 8:20 am, after 9 am, after 10 am Moscow pick hour, Sadovoe Koltso... Did I make you interested?.. No? Well, let's say this: naturally I am an emotional person and I never hide my emotions.. .well I do but I don't... I am bad at it... as it shows up as an open book shows its story line with pictures and typos... I was close to tears from the beginning to the end of the movie... only close to tears... not tearing... There are so many familiar characters in the movie that you will be happy to remember and to meet them again be you Russian or not so Russian... 100% pleasurable entertainment indeed! "Everything, everything except love... and our life is too far, I am not alone but I am nothing without you..." - Leva and Shura, a Russian-Australian group B2 burn it in "The Pray" singing this song at the end at the movie...
Very grateful to our friends at Ned & Co for organising the media preview so beautifully with such a movie and yummy snacks and drinks. There are some photos taken from the event:
it is another beautiful version of a well known "the snow queen" (a book by H-C Andersen for those who keep forgetting it...) made in 3-D. it would definitely be an entertaining experience to watch for 5-11 yo kids (fast subtitles reading will be required from them though which also could be a good mind-training exercise for them) and for adults, young and warm in heart. there are lots of new twists and unexpected turns, fantastic adventures in the flowers- and snow- wonderlands in this new interpretation of an old fairy tale. the animation will keep your kids go "wow", "oops", "oh" and even "ouch"... there is one thing for sure: those kind and brave ones always win but (there are always "buts" in these russian interpreted tales) - even the 'baddies' turn into... oops... i am not supposed to tell you all the secrets here... and to discover this part you would need to watch the animation for yourself... do you think gerda will save kai?.. well, you never know with all these crazy russians anymore...
if the title says: romantic comedy you expect the movie to be about love and to be funny. you have an abundance of both in "Love with an Accent" movie by Rezo Gigineishvili. there are six plot-lines that do not connected with each other except one small detail: all the events occur in Georgia. the country is beautiful as their people are (still can not understand why politicians keep separating nations). you would like to see more love? yes, it is so romantic, you will have tears in your eyes, it is so dramatic it will make you angry, it is colorful, mutual, adventurous, with thousands of red roses and petals, it is misunderstood, cruel, extraordinary and delicious. "Mozart?" - "Soccer!" - "Mozart!" - "Soccer" - yes it is funny too... it is naive, full of letters and messages, it is inventive and it is accidental. It is fun to watch as it is soooooo intelligently and tenderly made... Would watch it once again for sure...
some additions from alex: for those of us who have never been to Georgia there is a great opportunity to see the country in its modern shape with all the landscapes and sensational Tbilisi city nigh and sky views... - the camera work is outstanding in practically all movie episodes... there is one more detail: actors reminded me good old french school as some of them play so naturally and effortlessly it is invisible that they actually ACT, they simply live through the movie... excellently done! Rate: 10/10
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pre-release movie reviews
GENTLEMEN OF FORTUNE NEW
just some highlights 1. the movie is very light, funny and entertaining 2. the actors performance are good (not excellent but good). Sergei Bezrukov is excellent - HE IS ALWAYS "MISTER Excellent!". 3, it's a old story remake. for those of you who watched an old version it will be a fun way to watch a new one and compare. 4. take james bond movies for example: we like the, most of them are spectacular are entertaining to watch but they are "empty" ad leave the cinema with almost no memories. neglecting the fact that the new G.O.F. movie is also light and entertaining it has a got message behind the main script: but you need to go to the festival and watch the movie to read the message... good luck and good time entertaining yourself and you family!
The Great Gatsby
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
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
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...