21/02/2014 new movies short reviews by Natasha and Alex
THE BLACK BROTHERS NEW Die schwarzen Brüder website Audi Festival of German Films (Goethe-Institut Australien) RATE: 7/10
It is a family movie and it is almost a fairy tale, a little bit naive but adventurous and very well done, I would say a gentle blend of Charles Dickens, Harry Potter, H-C Andersen and Mark Twain in their best traditions. Good and evil on one side and and their ever battle on the other. It is fun to watch (I loved the part with a frying pan and how it actually ended), and there were lots of other funny moments. There is death, there are small victories, and of course noble fighting for the truth. There are very good actors and the movie overall is very dynamic. I really loved the nature scenes that were done beautifully. It is a 19th century tale but the child trafficing and child labor theme sounds more like a modern world issue. I guess the world has not changed at all... but there is nothing to decide - just enjoy the lovely story and the freedom path it shows you - in uniting, pure hearts and love.
AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2014 NEW GOLD website RATE: 8.5/10
British Columbia, late 19th century, gold rush.., People travel up North for their luck and more luck and even more luck... But YOU are not sitting at home and watching the movie - you are down there with them, riding one of the horses, loaded with sentimental things (that are light to carry), food, guns warm blankets and fresh water. You trust only one person - yourself as there is no one else to trust. You are surrounded by wilderness, sometimes by wolves, but even wolfs are not that scary compared to people. This is a journey of your life-time, your first one to Telegraph Creek, and may it is your last one... It is tougher than you though in the first place as anything can happen on your way there: your money can be stolen, your food supplies might end, you might break your hand or get into a wild bear trap that rips apart flesh and crashes bones, your mind might take what is going on around you, or it might only one crazy bullet... May be one of Jack London's characters travels with you too... He eats the from the same pot with you and he sleeps in your tent - who knows?..Your road lies through forests and creeks, through unpaved paths up and down the mountains and through the sacred lands of Indian tribes...but the main road , the main journey is in your heart and how you make it is more important than any other roads you travel. There are only 7 or 8 of you in the group. It is not about the physical pain -the psychological drama revealed seems much more painful and its scales are vaster than Canada and North America, they are vaster than the earth itself... It is the world where death is a casualty and the wounds never get healed unless they help you to amputate them with your limbs...But no one talks about any wounds, as a matter of fact no one talks at all... You find out about the characters through their actions and deeds as nature does not have ears, it does not even have feelings, it is speechless too.... We travel down the river, closer to Dawson, and closer to gold and happiness... The trip looks endless... Is there going to be light at the end of the tunnel that sucks them all in: what is the power - greed? adventure? fear? may be all of that... or may be just impossibility of returning home as there is nothing waiting for you there... It sounds like a chess game to me - pawns, kings, rooks and bishops are left behind and the last remaining figure turns into a queen... oh yes, sorry and one black knight survives... Tough game with tough rules and no chess board - just lives under the blue Alaskian sky... but the winner takes it all.... This is Western German style for you and
*I was soooo glad they did not meet one single real wild bear over there ... may be one will wait for them, but the Golden Bear instead...
VENUS IN FUR - ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL NEW La Vénus à la fourrure website RATE: 100/10
that's a movie to be watched twice or even more times. a movie of a genus creator. one word: BATTLE OF SEXES. there are some thoughts: 1. it is incredible how with minimum actors, with minimum change of decorations (not including the two actors dressing and undressing constantly till the moment we all were waiting for at the end of the movie. it takes a mind of a master to create an art piece of the highest grade with a minimum of physical attributes given (again: I mean a number of actors and no changes in the surroundings)... 2. just a small note: the cinema was full to the extend that arrived one hour before the movie start time we got the LAST TWO TICKETS!!! Well, I could predict it would be popular but not in such way! SOLD OUT! 3. coming back to #1 of minimalism... when the director is giving himself such limits - they should be substituted by excellent script, talent of the performers and the messages hidden in the plot. 4. task #3 is completed with an ease of an expert 5. IMHO it is very hard to film a theater performance (blend with live lines some sort of illusion/play and realit) especially the one that changes and turns in unexpected way. theater can be boring to film if you do not know what you are doing.. 6. task #5 - solved with a wave of a whip, or should i say with agression of the power projected by a brilliant director. 7. the movie is impossible to re-tell - it is not speak-able, like Fellini's "City of Women" or Peter Greenaway's "Prospero's Books". you can not tell - you can only feel it 8. breathless cinema theater... with occasional laughter from excited women - this is it! but not really - you will never know how it ends unless you watch it. 9. as I mentioned the movie has to be watched twice at least to read subtitles in the first place, then to observe the actors' performance - HE is acting with his eyes and mimics sometimes the words are not required, she is gifted in all the ways one woman should be!
unneeded addition:, probably even repeating myself THEATER (in it's best expression of sanity and insanity stealing souls and giving life) - pure indulgence of flowing words over thoughts and acting over words! Roman Polanski's another masterpiece... i found a subliminal blend of Fellini (in sur) and Peter Greenaway (in visual but more on the side of modest costume changes dressing and undressing permanently) - the best comparison i could come up with as i am still under the impression...
"If I can't enjoy the full and total happiness of love, then I want to drain its torments, its tortures to the dregs; then I want the woman I love to mistreat me, betray me, and the more cruelly the better. That too is a pleasure." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur
"I saw sensuality as sacred, indeed the only sacredness, I saw woman and her beauty as divine since her calling is the most important task of existence: the propagation of the species. I saw woman as the personification of nature, as Isis, and man as her priest, her slave; and I pictured her treating him as cruelly as Nature, who, when she no longer needs something that has served her, tosses it away, while her abuses, indeed her killing it, are its lascivious bliss." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur "It is merely the egoism of the man, who wants to bury a woman like a treasure. All attempts at using vows, contracts, and holy ceremonies have failed to bring permanence into the most changeable aspect of changeable human existence, namely love." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur
"Despite all the progress of civilization, women have remained exactly as they emerged from the hand of Nature." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur
"Love knows no virtue, no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason, nor do the assets or blemishes that we discover tempt us to devotion or intimidate us. It is a sweet, mournful, mysterious power that drives us, and we stop thinking, feeling, wishing, we let ourselves drift along and never ask where we are drifting." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur
"Pleasure alone makes existence worthwhile. A pleasure-seeker has a difficult time parting from life." - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Fur
Vanda (as Dunayev): I don't need your respect, excuse me. I'll take happiness. My happiness, not society's happiness. I will love a man who pleases me, and please a man who makes me happy--but only as long as he makes me happy, not a moment longer.”
“Vanda (as Dunayev): I am a pagan. I am a Greek. I love the ancients not for their pediments or their poetry, but becausein their world Venus could love Paris one day and Anchises the next. Because they're not the moderns, who live in their mind, and because they're the opposite of Christians, who live on a cross. I don't live in my mind, or on a cross. I live on this divan. In this dress. In these stockings and these shoes. I want to live the way Helen and Aspasia lived, not the twisted women of today, who are never happy and never give happiness. Who won't admit that they want love without limit. Why should I forgo any possible pleasure, abstain from any sensual experience? I'm young, I'm rich, and I'm beautiful and I shall make the most of that. I shall deny myself nothing.
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AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS website media preview March 7 EXIT MARRAKECH NEW website RATE: 10/10
overall opinion from the media opening event: excellent and strong movie selection it is a journey of his lifetime: he is young German boy turning 17 right in the heart of Morocco where his father has a theater premiere, more like a an exposure of European culture to the Arab world. but he, the young led is a rebellion. "i see something in you.." comments his boarding teach when he leaves for his holiday and unites with his dad. he is not intending to stay with his dad and follow him on his boring "cultural exposure". he wants to be out there by himself and experience life as it faces him: with the face of love represented by a... local prostitute (?), face of freedom by smoking dope (yes?) and the face of power by removing his teeth braces, hiring skis to ski down the sand dunes, throws away his mobile re-charger and his medicine. The young guy needs to make his hands and his white color dirty to understand what life tastes like: it can be bitter like blood from his finger and sweet like a kiss under the stars... you can not slow it down, you can not rush it up - it flows through your fingers like that hot Moroccan desert's yellow and speechless sand . no, he is not an ordinary guy...
there is another line: father and son. would they understand each other, is it really required after so many years of their separation? will the older one allow the young one to drive his own life as he allowed him the steering wheel n the middle of the desert? is the time together worth it?
but wait - there is another also very well developed story tine: if his dad accepts his son's high testosterone years how does the son accepts hid dad's women's choices and his dad's new family? is there ever be peace between sons and dads in the world?
the actors are brilliant, the environment calls to go travelling again: Morocco, Israel, Iran... all such amazing countries in the nature beauty: the desert is so rich with its colors, the culture is so rich with its traditions, music and art.
it is not over heavy, over dramatic as most German movies are, it also not too light (not very French) - it is just in the middle - just right!
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Life’s No Piece of Cake | Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge NEW literal translation: LIFE IS NOT FOR COWARDS website RATE: 8/10
it is a tragicomedy although it looked like a 90% comedy to me. or should I say - it is more like tears from laughter rather then laughter from tears. but definitely very entertaining film she is Kim, a teenager, a satanist rough angry and agressive from the outside but very kind, soft and gorgeous on the inside girl her grandmother is terminally ill, old but "young in heart" and funny Kim's father Markus was always the backbone of the family, strong and protective as man should be - till they lost their ground, their beautiful space, their family's feminine part - Kim's mother dies tragically in an weird accident. there are families, families, families everywhere - they all seem nice and happy but they all have imperfections and issues: father and daughter, parents and grown ups, rude and ungrateful sons who do not respect the authorities, there are mother and son relationship, grandparents and grandchildren - the list goes on and on... and dont forget the extended family: friends and more friends... how do we love and care for each other, what is more important for us: ourselves or those around us... why do we find power to laugh, still laugh when we see someone's tragic situation. how can we make it so it all grows back together? will it ever? there are lots of unexpected moments of happiness and self realisation in relationship when they are deep and trusting, not the ones you take for granted and not the ones you believe will not last forever... there are lots of comical situations: the one in travel agency gives you suggestions what you can do in certain circumstances with nasty travel agents; there are also very funny suggestions how o answer the calls from annoying telemarketing companies and the list goes on and on... the movie is a total pleasure to watch and have a good laugh as it lifts your spirit as at the end of the day what matters is just your spirit and positive attitude to life. there is basically nothing else as any situation can be looked at from different perspective... indeed... it is also worth noting a very tasteful music selection that really makes the movie very special...
our thoughts... there are some movies when you come back from them you have nothing to talk about... just it is something about nothing. the director a bit overdone with lots of scene exposing the old man's body and it is not about its attractiveness or not attractiveness. it is more about overdoing it. like someone is showing it into your face trying to say: have a look - this IS ugly. so what? the beauty is not in the body. these people ARE passionate and it is in the culture and it is very pleasant to observe. but i look at the woman and i think: Gloria are you right in your head at 68 years old? this man IS an idot, cant YOU see it too in the first place? why do you keep trusting him going out with him on stupid holiday... oh, well, nay it is my mood today... but Alex had the same vision... he criticized the most the primitive poem the old man reads to Gloria that he has written at this age (???) - the man could not be shallower than this... the music selection is nice though - lots of spanish and italian (old song of Umberto Tozzi's Gloria) ... the movie develops very slow at the beginning and takes off at the end with a good tempo, but it still does not save it. apart from some nice moments dancing and good music there is no salvation... it is light though and entertaining...
Me gustaría ser un nido si fueras un pajarito me gustaría ser una bufanda si fueras un cuello y tuvieras frío si fueras música yo sería un oído si fueras agua yo sería un vaso si fueras luz yo sería un ojo si fueras pie yo sería un calcetín si fueras el mar yo sería una playa y si fueras todavía el mar yo sería un pez y nadaría por ti y si fueras el mar yo sería sal y si yo fuera sal tú serías una lechuga una palta o al menos un huevo frito y si tú fueras un huevo frito yo sería un pedazo de pan y si yo fuera un pedazo de pan tú serías mantequilla o mermelada y si tú fueras mermelada yo sería el durazno de la mermelada y si yo fuera un durazno tú serías un árbol y si tú fueras un árbol yo sería tu savia y correría por tus brazos como sangre y si yo fuera sangre viviría en tu corazón.
short review 1. it's tender but slow to the extend when you start thinking: it's a movie guys, it's no life; what's the point? 2. it's funny but strange; there are too many absurd moments that you simply dont understand: what are they trying to say? are we stupid not to understand simple things? are we too smart not to understand very complicated things? 3. the actors are a bit weak, even Jeff Goldblum with his energy and charm does not save them... 4, the overall opinion after watching: "so what?" - no feelings, no point; my heart did not embrace it... 5. one more recommendation: when you go to watch the movie please eat, drink and smoke, as the food and the wine are very nicely pictured there...
our thoughts: 1. a bit boring movie sometimes even revolting with religious restricting especially when the young 12 years old boy talks about bomb suicidal people. the other revolting moment: when the money the girl has won honestly were sent to Palestine without even her permission. students-girls can not hold hands at school (what??) 2. very strange family relationship (second wife marriage, a bit fake and not drawn in full colors) 3. some psychological moments are not clear: the moment with two girls committing "sins". 4, technically the film work is a bit weak and poor. not a good quality camera work 5. what I liked: Wadjda's mother telling her how to read Koran - "you should talk like you sing, neglecting the surroundings, just let your heart sing..." It reminded me of my mum teaching me to do public speaking. There are also some good funny moments and emotional moments too... 6. simply nothing else to add as apart of new and interesting life style we could not find anything for us in this movie (it was 5 from Alex and 7 from Natasha)
oh, god... what can I say... it's very hard to rate the movie which is not your type... it contains lots of hidden clever messages though: political, religious and many others - we discussed it on the way back. good to have Alex's view too... but for him as for me ii is very hard to judge such movie... It will be of interest for teenagers and people who adore computer games and fights, buildings being destroyed and people get killed (digitally). We found it boring neglecting the movie excellent graphical solutions and amazingly done fight scenes. The movie did not make any sense for both of us, nor it has left a trace in our souls.. sorry...
they are innocent and helpless like our kids, they trust us, the people more than your closest friends do. they are animals that are cruelly left without shelters after heavy forestation in Indonesia. the deforestation is done there illegally. Well, you can call it legal as we all know how it is done. Natural resources at the beginning belonged to the nation, to all the people on earth, in this particular country. the government sells it without a permission pocketing bribes and wasting national resources. the large corporations buy out the rights to destroy what they think it theirs: mining, deforestating, poisoning and exhausting the land that belongs to all of us... well, I am not the one to tell you the common stories here. the movie is about awareness... they are the real young people from all over the world , volunteers who rise to help the issue: they come up with a smart plan: 1. make sure people who buy the products from palm oil plantations are aware where the oil comes from and who suffers because of its manufacturing. the awareness is supposed to eliminate the product demand and reduce the market demands meaning the companies that are damaging the environment will not have the business running smooth and effortless 2. to replace the palm oil palms plantations with sugar palms plantations as safe alternative 3, and the most important art (which I believe is the biggest challenge) make sure that the government is not corrupt and that everything is done for the people and for the nation not for the wide pockets of the individuals who the people voted for to protect them. this is IMHO the hardest part as it happens everywhere with everything you touch the government is not there for us but against many of the people who selected it - it mainly works for itself, to make sure they are as a government are safe and secure , they make sure that they are the power not the people whom they temporarily represent... i have to say that the group of young people are challenged with a 100 days project - they face their own fears, tears, animals left without forests (their homes to live in) and these animals' eyes, hard physical labor, emotions, dirt on the road, tropical rains, unbearable conditions of living ... their perspective changes - everything they thought was important in a real world is not now! I believe this is the right way to change something... you want the change - get up and change it! dont talk about it - act. see where your money go to when you do a donation. y donate to cancer cure medicine development 0 go to cancer ward in the hospital - take a look a the people, talk to the doctors, you will find out more than you think... you want to help wild life - go there and see for your self! this is the only way - act, initialise something useful... the government and their corruption will not change unless you stand up for yourself and the people. I consider these young group of people very brave and very smart in their plans and decisions. Good on them!
12 YEARS A SLAVE NEW RATE: 10/10 the movie is not good - it is simply three words: excellent, brilliant, great! I am not surprised as you will see lots of big names in the cast list: talented Chiwetel Ejiofor as main Benedict Cumberbatch Brad Pitt Paul Giamatti etc etc I simply said to myself such names would not waste their time if it was not for a higher purpose. Slavery in 1840-s when innocent rich and free black american was sold once again to the South t work on cotton and cane plantation... is there justice? It's based on true story... may be we all should open our eyes an ears and have a look at what has changed? May be you will notice there are slaves in this society, there are people slaves and nation slaves. It is impossible to watch with your eyes wide open as some moments are so heart breaking you will not like them, but they are truth... and the story is for the universal truth to come out soon... no matter what...
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR NEW website RATE: 9.5/10
way too many thoughts to write in one short paragraph. no showing off , no ego, just very simple down to earth movie with love of two girls and issues around this love story. the end of the movie showed "part 1" - i hope there will be part 2 coming soon... there are a couple of notes to share: 1. camera and camera close ups are amazingly done - so sur0realistic and real-istic - just top class! 2. the main actress is the best: so innocent like a child, so beautiful like a teenager and so sexy as a woman. 3. girls, when you watch the movie - get your hankechieves close as you will be crying so touching some mments are 4. i tool 0.5 off as some parts seem a bit too long (3 hours part 1!!!!)... but from the other side they get you into the mood if feeling here and now. 5. beautiful details captured: happy oak tree when the girls kiss first and the falling leaves from the same tree when there is loneliness surrounding one of them... and much more like associations at the kinder-garden. kissing with the sun on the background is breathtaking scene etc etc... 6. stunning work of stylists and make-up artists: so natural and so attractive 7. fantastic music selection 8. explicitly anatomic and fleshy bed scenes 9. pay a special attention at the hair-dos of both girls: poetically messy hair of one and changing styles of the other... 10. lots of deep thoughts and philosophy talks, talks about art etc whch I adored the most 12. poetry reading and books reading is soooooo fenomenally well done during the class teaching: so clever incorporated in the main story... that makes it so special! 13. same sex couple facing the reality of the rude intrusion into their private life by the friends, misunderstanding and limit-minded crowd surrounding them sometimes... but their happiness together from the other side... 14. will we ever understand what love really is??? 15. ...more comments to come...
quotes: Emma: I have infinite tenderness for you, and I will my whole life...quotes from Sartre but not De Beauvoir; one wonders if Kechiche is even aware of the queer woman existentialist philosopher, and if he would include her if he were.
NO NEED POEM (by Alain Bosquet): The elephant's trunk is for picking up pistachios: no need to bend over. The giraffe's neck is for grazing on stars: no need to fly. The chameleon's skin, green, blue, lavender, white, as it wishes, is for hiding from ravenous animals: no need to flee. The turtle's shell, is for sleeping inside, even in winter: no need for a house. The poet's poem, is for saying all of that and a thousand thousand thousand other things: no need to understand.
THE DAY OF THE BROKEN NEW movie preview - kind courtesy of counterpunch production at the Backlot Studios RATE: 0/10
The feature debut of writer/director Simon J. Dutton, THE DAY OF THE BROKEN stars Greg Fleet. Justina Noble, Peter Finlay, Lawrence Mooney and Simon J. Dutton and tells the story of a mother who has lost her child to the most appalling crime. The police are compromised, the private investigator she hired has disappeared. Her only hope of retribution is to contact the man she swore would never be part of life.
Over a slow-burning 24 hours, we pass through the lives of seven lost souls, all damaged and all strangely linked to each other and the terrible events that are about to unfold.
Shot in and around Melbourne and laced with pitch-black humour, this is tough, intelligent and uncompromising cinema with powerhouse performances and a brilliant score by Norwegian artists DEAF CENTER.
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MÖBIUS NEW RATE: 7/10 website pre-media movie preview - kind courtesy of AFFF and Ned&o
i was not able to understand what is going on for the first 20 minutes of the movie - thanks to Alex to explained to stupid and ignorant me. if you are into Maths you should well know that Mobius strip is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component meaning in practice it can be easily be created by taking a paper strip and giving it a half-twist, and then joining the ends of the strip together to form a loop. if you start drawing on such surface a line that goes parallel to the side of the strip eventually to get to the other side of the strip without crossing the boarder. the association is obvious - this movie is about political and economical international spies who work for both sides. imagine two people of the same profession - two-sides meet and fall in love. this is when the movie really takes off... it would be weak and dry without beautiful Cecile de France who saves any movie from falling apart. Jean Dujardin is hot but not as good as an actor IMHO. It is a Russian French movie with lots of language jumping from Russian to French and to English with some Russian music on the background. Some political figures featured in the movie are easy to guess and they play a vital role in the movie plot. I also believe that this movie will be interesting to watch people who like political detectives and short romances.
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WRESTLING QUEENS Les reines du ring RATE: 8/10 website media movie preview - kind courtesy of AFFF and Ned&o
this movie is a total fun to watch if you are into physical comedies - this movie is the one for you! it is fake as it is very hard to imagine something like this happening in reality - yes, but it is funny-fake and it is soooo french with lots of world famous actors and actresses involved into it!
if you can imagine fat, clumsy, skinny , ridiculous women wrestling - i can see you laughing already!..but keep in mind how sport changed their lives forever: one of them finds the way to her son's heart, the other one finds the love of her life, then - the other makes the fatal changes to her life in one go: just saying it out loud: "I do not love you any more darling and I am leaving you!" - i am ok on my own and lots of other changes. may be it is not juts sport but more like finding yourself in your your life choices and finding your only one road....
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BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD Les beaux jours RATE: 8/10 website media movie preview - kind courtesy of AFFF and Ned&o
after the movie was over we went to a foye for drinks and movie discussion and the preview. I heard very different opinions on this one: very realistic, very natural, down to earth, not a fake movie. it is life itself and life situations when women are not happy inside their families they start looking outside for sexual relationship: how they forgive and accept men, the feminine part just shines through and the famous and talented actress is making the difference to this life common situation.
there was another opinion also that I heard: totally empty movie about nothing: hypo-sexuality is very unattractive. on my question when the person had sex last time i got the answer: 30 years ago which explains it all... I did not judge. I also said that some people are born to have many lovers, some - just a few, some are born devoted to their only one partner and some - are not born to have any lovers at all - you should not judge and you should look at it as diversity of life and accept it as the existing fact... it is not within our power to change god's divine plan and his grand patterns. it is more to live your life how you believe is right for you: happy and without guilt feelings.
I'd rather say: the movie is not excellent but it is good enough for entertainment with some funny moments . I also believe what ever the director wanted to say - he reached us, the right audience for his movie...
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JUST A SIGH Le temps de l’aventure RATE: 7/10 website pre-media movie preview - kind courtesy of AFFF and Ned&Co
this was probably the strangest french movie i have ever seen in my life... there are more questions than answers there... is it really possible to fall in love in one second and to start understanding each other from the first word said or not even yet pronounced...she is the most unpredictable behaving woman i have ever seen and he is tender and quiet - i have noticed lots of french movies only eyes are "playing" - sometimes such quiet performance is more powerful than silence itself. she is indecisive, she lives by one moment; she can not tell her deepest secret. only this strange man she fell in love with on the train will know and he will understand... will the man she spent with 8 years forgive her? or is she going to see him ever again?.. do strangers meet again?... way too many questions and i was hopeless with this movie as it is there and the next minute is it vanished from your sight...the same way the strangers - appear and disappear... there is only one moment left - the one with deep sigh... one more note: the music selection in the movie is divine!
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IT BOY 20 ans d’écart RATE: 8/10 website pre-media movie preview - kind courtesy of AFFF and Ned&o
she is funny, beautiful and intelligent , he is... 20 years younger! does it matter for them? for him? for her? are there lies, are there relatives, friends, ex-es and all that jazz? who is judging whom? you totally switch on into this movie as it remind us own own love stories and mistakes and feelings... relationship is the most complicated aspect of life as it is you and your mirrors - all there is and how you see yourself through them... is she only playing or is she in love? is he serious about everything or he is too young to make decisions? would you like to find out? it is funny, it is sensual and it is about all of US!
our fashionista girls and models will love this movie IT BOY (20 ans d’écart aka 20 years apart - i think i guessed the french title right :) ) - it has got lots of funny episodes inside the fashion magazine office... :)
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH BY BRC) RATE: 10/10
it is a pure adrenalin movie... this is right!-he is a criminal but you adore him,you want him to fall never! but there is no such word in where he is. this world eats him alive, it sucks him in like he sucks in the baking powder... and kills and destroys him as there is not anyone allowed to be rich in this world except those who run the show...
Leo is a genius in such roles. he is on his highest flight - winning it all and over in the world of cinema... it is not about the money it is about the Big Game, the playing with fire and it is about winning it over...
... to be continued by Alex...
1/ was really shocked about the stock market and how it operates, never thought that it was so crooked, fraud and dishonest (including the operations on the government level). it is more than revolting to watch people working there persuing only one aim: crazy money.
2. as to the main character: some of the movies are so boring to watch... - it is so exciting to watch the development of the main character growing, life shaping him. it is mainly about ONE MAN and his surroundings - fabulous to watch!
3. the movie is very dynamic - funny, dramatic - all different moments. i wanted to mention lots of special moments - like synchronicity with the blowing airplane that was supposed to take the rescued people home, the moment when the main hero understand that wealth is not everything - it will not protect his family nor it will protect him. there is another "crazy" moment of the main character getting back home totally stoned: the reality how he sees it in "his" world might totally differ what happens in objective reality - the situations can be totally drustic if you go on with your bad habits. there are more movie "moments" but I am not entitled to tell the whole story here...
4. there is one more warning though: sales technology! in the society of consumers that buy everything they see - they need it or not how easy it is to trick a believers' mind... they can sell you everything if the right buttons are pressed - you just need to know how to present the unneeded items for sale (the episode with the pen is magnificent!) - just need to remember that sales technique is different from genuine marketing!
5. i only think what would happen if the main hero did not divorce his first wife and he did not get married on that prostitute who dumped him the first moment he lost all his money
6. main character - he is smart beyond any level of intelligence - he is a chess-player taking into account all possible combinations fifty steps in advance: two or three situations - he is on the boat with FBI; he is in his daughter's bedroom with his wife refusing him in front of the security cameras; there is another moment when he makes $$$ on a penny stocks where everyone's asleep and many more scenes... is he a real wolf? is he a negative character? no, as you feel for him no matter how dishonest he acts. no one cares - the main thing is HE IS ALIVE, he is like everyone else - no angel and no devil - this IS LIFE, this IS REALITY! 7.overall: very powerful movie and brilliant actor! once again: proud of what and how Leo has performed! Masha said today in the car: if i was you, mum, there would be only two people i invited to your parties: Leo and Jeffrey Rush - they two would be only two reasons I would attend them!! :)
Lucy's Bedtime with Aria Taylor
this is exciting! Aria opened two of our latest fashion parades and was a real star at our events... Aria is invited as a VIP celebrity guest to our February event ... I got this email today from Aria's father - there is an attached link to Aria Taylor's next feature film that you may enjoy:
The movie is called "Lucy's Bedtime", with Aria in the lead role as Lucy. It is released later this year...
HER RATE: 7.5/10
to be honest i expected much more from this movie following the synopsis. I little bit disappointed but as usual the trailer does not give you the full picture what to expect or more like it gives you some wrong view on what to expect.
the movie starts great: there is a young man who lives in a digital world - high technology, everything automated to the extend when you start thinking: 'lazy bastard, go and switch on this light yourself!',
digital or real life? - what works and what does not? is it flesh or our imagination? what is a dream and what is not? what is real and what is untouchable? do computers lie? can you fall in love with Scarlett Johansson's voice even if you knew she is in love with 643 other men and may be women :) . can invisible help us to enhance one broken reality or at least help us to understand ourselves? what do we miss in reality and how do we connect in both: real and digital world?
is it better to meet in person and see someone's eyes - exposed, in front of you, honest and easily readable, so there is no way to hide anywhere behind the screen or behind your fire-wall? - all data is there, all files are on the palm of one's hand, the passwords and the codes are known and reachable. some people find it difficult as you can read the people in front of you quicker and easier - their intentions, their true thoughts - everything!
it reminded Alex and myself how we started communicating and the screen was in front of us for two years, how we could be on the distance but still genuine and open to each other and the whole world, how we could read each other's thoughts and dreams..., we did not make ourselves better or worse; without pretending - just the way we were... and love came digitally first and then physically in the second place as a beautiful addition to the typing ghosts... so is it possible?..
to add a bit of bitterness in this honey: Joaquin Phoenix is a fantastic actor - sensitive, gentle and he performs beautifully with his eyes and facial expressions but at some stage (and it is totally not the actor's fault) you realise the movie takes too long...with some unwanted and long pauses and monologues and dialogues that would rather be good for the radio book reading than a movie.... unless the director was trying to achieve this effect: hearing but not seeing something (blank screen)... or even mute life sometimes... it is hard to judge because what ever was the intention the result did not impress too much...
our opinion: the movie worth seeing and people who are very much into mobiles and computers will adore the main idea which i do not want to fully disclose here...
DALLAS BYUERS CLUB media preview - kind courtesy of Ned&Co and Pinnacle Films RATE 10/10
you can compare this movie with a bullet in your head or a Texas rodeo but not for the spectators of the show - but for the bull rider. don't look at the fact that the main character is a drug, alcohol and sex addict he is first of all a human: sharp and straight forward, he is a truth seeker.
i can relate to his condition as our family went through a similar journey having a young terminally ill, loving and lovable man in the house. the journey does take apart those who are happy to give up and who take it as a misfortune, but it shapes those the strongest, it straightens up your life and the lives of the people around you making their path purposeful. such people become like guns that shoot out truth only, they do not take bull-crap stories of fake terminal illness supporters and serial killers in the hospital wards.
did it worth a life of one person to show the truth to the others? may be... but i will tell you this jesus swears a lot.
the movie will be a painful reminder for some, an opening door with the light shining through the dark tunnel for the others, the eyes opening for many and shocking for the rest of you... sometimes you find your life purpose the hard way, but "hard" is not even the right word - it is just the way that helps you grow spiritually and discover your self without masks and fake covers. just one more note at the end of this review: people look after your selves and your health while you are young and never regret anything you have done in the past. what you do today is more important than yesterday mistakes.
Justin Bieber's Believe media preview kind courtesy of HOPSCOTCH FILMS IN CINEMAS JANUARY 24-27 RATE: 8/10
I have to be honest with you - I thought JB was the person who did not need any of my attention till I watched this movie... I never even heard his songs... not because I am generally ignorant but because there is much more interesting music on the market and he is not the one and i am not 12 years old sensitive and lonely teenage-girl...
I had a feeling this movie will change my attitude to Justin and it turned to be true. He started singing and dancing since he was 3 years old - there are some old videos shown when he is in the car humming to himself some tunes. He plays guitar, percussion and piano. If he is not on stage (and he gave 160 concerts so far and he is only 19) he is in the studio writing a new song with his team, writing music and lyrics, all by himself, he stages his own shows, he directs his own video clips - no one tells him what to do - he is the core of what he is creating and loved him straight away not because his face is girly-pretty and he looks sexy - there is more to what young girls and some fans in him - he is extremely intelligent and talented beyond your expectations.he is light like a feather, he flies on stage when he dances. It is a life energy inside of him talking and you get taken by it. You dive inside his un-catch-able tunes and you can not get out of his music and his humble personality.
you might say: easy life... yes perhaps when you dont live it yourself everything seems easy. when this life is in your hands then n the troubles start... you climb up so high people just wait for you to fall down... this is when you start flying. what holds you up there? your belief that this is your way and nothing can bring you down. enemies go and only friends remain close to you. the ones who trust you the most, the ones who share your belief...
This movie , documentary is entertainment, Justin is an ultimate entertainment. he is a show that goes on and on and he is directing it. if you dont like him - do watch the movie, if you already do - dont watch it...why? listen how he talks about love and you will understand why. .. and there was something about his pants or was it about yours?..
Prediction: he will not be another Prince or another Michale Jackson for god sake, but he will be just Just-in Beiber, one talented and always gentle soul.