DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE NEW website review by Katherine Kelly
Dragged across Concrete
Dragged across concrete a 158-minute crime noir movie written and directed by S. Craig Zahler of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 fame features including Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. The opening scene portrays a surly 60-something Brett Ridgemen (Mel Gibson) outside a dwelling during a drug raid. Ridgeman and his sidekick Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) employ violent and demeaning methods in the raid, which were filmed by a neighbour. Their chief subsequently suspends them without pay. We are then introduced to ex con Henry Johns (Tory Kittles). On returning home from a jail stint he discovers his mother working as a prostitute to make ends meet in caring for herself and Henry’s disabled but bright younger brother. Ridgeman’s domestic situation is far from ideal. He lives in a poor African American neighbourhood with his chronically ill ex-cop wife where youths repeatedly harass their daughter. Ridgeman has failed to rise up in the policing ranks due to his rough handling of suspects and criminals – therefore the poor neighbourhood. A suspended, ageing cop with an invalid wife unable to work and an African American ex con are left to contemplate on how they will make a living in their present circumstances. The methods employed in making that living lead them through many dark and brutally graphic paths resulting in an unexpected twist.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2019 NEW OPENING NIGHT: AWARDS NIGHT website coverage: Amit Singh
Indian Film Festival is in its 10th year from inception in 2010.
This year the week long event was opened by Sharukh Khan- the King of Bollywood. He was accompanied by many other Bollywood royalties such as Karan Johar, zoya Akhtar, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora Tabu, Vijay Setupathi and his crew and many more.
Sharukh was awarded a doctorate at Latrobe University for his contribution to world cinema. He and his son recently gave their voices for a character in the movie Lion King. Latrobe has announced a scholarship $200,000 for women in India aspiring to do a PHD.
Indian diaspora in Australia is becoming increasingly significant with over 280,000 Indians in Victoria and over 700,000 Indians around Australia. Indian diaspora has has made a significant contribution to the housing market in Australia with 33% of new homes being purchased by Indians as compared to 23% by Australians. Indian culture, religions, food, festivals and Bollywood are now an integral part of Australia bringing diversity, richness, culture, traditions, many languages and flavours of India to Australia.
This is fostering closer relationships between the two countries in trade and commerce too. Events such as IFFM will continue to do so symbolising true friendship between the two countries.
Thank you to Natasha Marchev and Miranda Brown . From Amit singh Brand Ambassador of Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine Marquis Fashion Magazine
I like writing about good movies. Writing about something bad, or more like something that does not teach you anything or does not resonate as an art work in your soul is a real pain for me personally. Let's try though there is nothing I want to tell the world here about this film.
I was curious to watch this film as I heard the discussions of our media critics once at the screening. It sounded like a thriller. I wanted to check out this pie that turned out to be a pie with a filling. Just to note that the filing was not that tasty to say the least.
From the very beginning, the picture immerses you in a creepy atmosphere thanks to howls on the background and the coldness of it. The start feels more like an immature film captured. The acting is awful and quite fake as if the actors do not understand what is required from them. The acting is soulless. The group of your men and a girl travel to Sweden to experience some "community". The mysterious death of the sister of the main character together with the parents of both looks like a good but artificial hook that does not even engage us (the girl doe snot seem very much frustrated about the loos of three family members in one night). I realised that I did not empathise or somehow connect with the characters at all. Why should I suddenly be interested in the fate of this wooden hysteria... yes, the situation with the death of someone's parents and sister is more than unclear! In general, all the characters are some kind of cardboard , frozen. Dialogues look scanty and pointless. There is no development taking place anyhow.
For me the plot and the actor have always been and will be the main ones. If there is none there is no film. Everything is somehow sad with this and uninteresting. This seems like a big problem! But I'm not a huge horror lover. I am perhaps missing something very important and horrible in my own life. I watched good and terrific thrillers before though. They are lovely. They are engaging etc etc... The storytelling in Midsommar is so boring that was the first film I stood up 40 minutes before it finished and walked out from the cinema. The actions are strange - yes. But they are more disgusting and boring rather than horrifying.
It was the worse I have seen in many years.
Just keep in mind this: if you watch it you can not un-watch it and this is the saddest part - the film will stay with you. You can not vomit it out nor you can spill it out... It is an art house in its worst and most painful expression.
Just to end the horror: of writing about he horror (in both meaning of this word):
- Hi girl, and where do you want me to take these from here? - To the small branch of the greenhouse ... - Are you really making cacti out of people? - Only from plyukans - But ours are not plyukans, ours are hanuids. - It does not matter…
I have to admit that of all the modern European directors who are currently in action, few embed locations in the narrative more eloquently than Matteo Garrone. It is Garrone who is the first example among "directors making films about what is most interesting to them personally." Apparently when it becomes fascinating for the director it becomes interesting for the spectators as they feel the love the director injects in his picture. The director is interested in the back skirts, almost shadowed life of modern Italy. His latest film (and possibly the best) called Dogman takes place under the gray skies of an almost forgotten and trashed coastal village north of Naples. The semi-abandoned urban landscape is here in front of us, it scares us leaving s almost naked in our feelings. We can say that a starting point for the plot goes very optimistic. We can see the local residents, some poor, some rich in the light of faded neorealism. It is Garrone’s absolute realism, cultivated by him in Gomorrah film. where he focuses on the unbearable pain of the “little man” who desperately seeks a decent life in a modern but rotten world.
So the "little man" very skinny and almost sick looking named Marcello is a timid dog hairdresser, masseur, watcher, walker, groomer and who knows what somewhere in the Italian outback as I mentioned before. It looks like a dead rabbit skin , the place he lives in: both his flat and his workshop as well as the surrounding area. The settlement consists entirely of soulless concrete buildings, abandoned children entertainment parks, full of rain ponds, dirty and unsafe. Many shops are closed due to poverty on deserted streets. Marcello has a big heart: he is loved by both dogs, his daughter and his next door traders. This "little man" is able to tame even a pit bull who does not enjoy washing his back. His little daughter visits him once in a while; he must be divorced as his ex-wife brings her in to her father and takes her back to her house. His only "friend" is the local thug Simone, who communicates with Marcello. Simone looks more like a pit bull than like a human. He speaks and behaves worse than the most evil dog too. Marcello delivers drugs to Simone, helps him out to solve his problems and gets him out of troubles. Simone in return only scares and humiliates an unfortunate dog groomer, threatens the local community and uses drugs in front of Marcello's daughter despite all Marcello's calls to prevent such incidents. The endless faith in justice with Dogman leads to a terrible fate - a real hell in reality. We suddenly realise what is it to be a Christ in the modern time, what it feels to be human and be nice to everyone and how it turns out if you want to please everyone around you. It is a good lesson for all of us who love to be kind.
The film seems to be joggling between opposites: dizzying helpfulness and kindness of Marcello and his addiction to drugs. It feels like a finest line between the evil and the kind, the love and hate. We can not understand if we should like Marcello or hate him for all he does. The way Marcello behaves with his daughter, his clients, his puppies and his friends on one side and the actions he performs with Simone are two polar actions. There is also a strong contrast between the two main characters of the film: Simone and Marcello. The rationality seems completely ironic in such a world especially considering the central character, Marcello. He is one miserable figure that can cause sympathy on one side and frustration on some of his actions o the other side. We feel like the director swings us on the huge playground swingers from one emotion to the next and totally opposite one. We love and hate Marcello as we see ourselves in him. Nevertheless Marcello is not a ridiculous idiot at all: he plans his actions, he reacts, he experiences and he reflects. The result of his mental torment is as unpredictable at the end as a explosion of the atomic bomb. He challenges his image as a “book-reader” in order to eventually become someone more complex and ultimately more real. The quiet man turning into a monster character.
Marcello’s relationship with other characters and no matter how strange it is and primarily with dogs is the thread that connects Dogman-Marcello together. Interestingly that the climax events in his relationship with Simone is also to some extent inspired by Marcello's experience that he gained working with animals. The relationship between Marcello and Simone in this case are still the relationship between two men while Simone treats his mother offensively and Marcello’s love for his daughter is desperate, genuine and comprehensive. The characters are comprehensively and well developed, which raises the stakes for the film and for director's work of course.
Complex in its psychology game Dogman film is built on acting. The lead actor Marcello projects warmth and humanity. Simone in return performed by Edoardo Pesce is one inhuman and terrible monster, He is a creature that does not know restraint even in a dead end cage and tries to escape in any possible way. he is an animal-human that belongs to jail. I believe the main idea in Dogman is our relations with fear, how it affects film )and our own) personalities in different ways. All our life is based on the emotions of love and fear. We act from these base emotions. Being locked in the dog's cage Simone is afraid like an animal. Marcello is simply meek and broken when Simone talks with him and scares him to kill him.
Garrone maintains quite a strong pace in the first two acts, we can notice that closer to the end suddenly looses its overwhelming with events rhythm and slows down somehow. It also hard not to notice that the difference between border between comedy and drama is almost the same as the difference between evil and good. The last 10 minutes of the film are almost silent, somehow ironic but it all falls in perfectly into place to end up the story that has more questions than answers, the story of Dogman.
Lighting and camera work play an important role in creating a certain environment in the film. The fell is both" real and phantasmagoric. Cinematography carefully describes the extreme desolation in gray colors, they add to the mood of uncertainty and sadness. The characters that inhabit this strange and isolated world are also depressingly real. I believe Dogman will be received by the viewers as a powerful social commentary on the poor layers of modern Italy but the film is of course much much more to this.
Using a minimal background (both in terms of scenery and the local world, as the inner experiences of the characters), Garrone shot an amazing picture from the visual and emotional side. In addition he also built a grotesque and rather surreal story. The plot is quite believable but at the same time it is so unusual. Garrone showed us the tragedy in its ancient Greek sense and understanding of tragedy as a genre. He also explores the metaphor of the “inner animal” up to the very end of the film. The title “Dogman” refers not only to the name of Marcello’s store, but also relates to the transformation of this clogged man into a big animal (a dog) himself. We know though that the dogs can be evil but they are innocent by nature.
ONCE UPON A TINE IN HOLLYWOOD NEW website RATE: 9.5/10
Quentin Tarantino no longer needs to prove anything to anyone: not to his friends or colleagues, not to his critics, nor to his audience. He can simply afford to make the films only for himself, the ones that he loves and admires, he can make them how he wants and whatever he wants. If you like the final result, well, then you are on the same wavelength with the director. If you do not like it, please do not blame me, you are not there yet. Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a verbal and visual declaration of love for Hollywood and cinematography itself of the late 60s. That beautiful fairy tale that he presents to us ended on August 9, 1969.
If you do not know who was Sharon Tate or if you have not heard anything about the events of August 9, 1969, here we go (Wiki): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_murders . I recommend you read the story before you attend the film otherwise it would not make sense. You would simply waste your time simply without understanding who all these people are and why nothing happens during the first two hours of the film. You will think: there are some strange, almost random characters are involved in a very banal household incident, they walk, they watch movies, they go to work , the try to solve their minor and boring problems, they feed dogs, they cook dinners, they act in Hollywood movies etc etc. They also conduct meaningless conversations with each other and carelessly drive around Los Angeles in luxury and huge cars. You watch and you think: why all this takes place? Read the history then go to the film. You will have a double pleasure enjoying it and the events will all suddenly connect and will make sense: every small and insignificant scene and episode will make sense.
If Tate Murders is not some senseless words for you then you will see a completely different story from the very beginning. It is beautiful tale of the golden age of Hollywood with a good horror suspense in such intense and concentration that even your great Hitchcock would envy. If you know the story right you will watch Sharon Tate who first appearance in the film happened 8 month before the faithful events, you will already know how and when it will end. You will be waiting for the horror to take place and watching those everyday common scenes will make very painful. You will also understand who these cute hippie girls and boys are: they smile at the sun, they laugh, they misbehave and they are ready to sleep with anyone who seems to them somehow attractive. The name of the street on which the events take place will make you shiver. If you already know the events that are about to take place on that ill-fated day, then every detail will be significant in those two seemingly boring hours while at the start of the third hour of the film Tarantino will show you what he really thinks. He is a Hollywood Don Quiote after all.
When the third hour starts you will suddenly realise that the previous two hours were made by Tarantino to lull your vigilance, and then to masterfully arrange the film shoots and get the guns out that will surely kill someone in the final. This is the classic Tarantino after all.
However the director can allow himself not to rush in preparation for the finale. The film shows many episodes simply because Tarantino is madly in love with his 60s Hollywood: he loves westerns, he loves those stupid television series that he grew up with and much more. He loves big beautiful cars and fantastic neon lights of Los Angeles: he shows them to us with his childish admiration. He knows how to shoot them and he enjoys every frame they get into. He loves long actresses' legs, short skirts and cool colorful boots.
Most of the characters in th e film are real people. These directors, producers, actors and stylists really worked in Hollywood in the late 60s. They knew each other, they were partying together and they were starring in the same films as well as they lived in neighboring streets. There are only two characters of the film, Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth who are fictional personalities. But despite that even their images are based on real people. The friendship between Dalton and Booth reminded many the relationship between Burt Reynolds and his understudy Hal Needham.
Honestly speaking Tarantino deserves our biggest respect at least for managing to get such a brilliant cast in the film. Despite the fact that both DiCaprio and Pitt are very distinctive and individualistic actors, Tarantino somehow managed to get them to work together in one union hardly believable to work but it does bloody works in a great duet. It is really impressive how it works. Margot Robbie is just one perfect choice for the role of Sharon Tate
But the real discovery of the film for me personally was the 10-year-old Julia Butters who played the young actress Trudy Frazier working with Rick Dalton on the set of the Lancer series (a real television series). This girl will go far, well she already did playing with Leo. There are so many good famous actors that listing them all here is simply pointless.
Well, for me personally the picture was a real revelation today. I believe this impression will remain some days after. Tarantino is undoubtedly a genius but he is also a very talented con artist as he so masterfully hides in a prominent place the answer to the question: what, once upon a time took place in Hollywood. Bravo, maestro and thank you once again for these two and a half hours of total beauty.
THE PUBLIC NEW website review by Roslynn Garwood-Webb
The Public Film Review
It has been a while since we have seen Emilio Estevez on our Screens and it was certainly an absolute pleasure to reacquaint myself with one of my old time 80’s favourites in his Writer/Director/Actor role in ‘The Public’.
It's a sub zero freezing day in Cincinnati and the Public Library has become a refuge for the homeless as the temperature plummets and the homeless shelters are at capacity. Estevez plays Stuart Goodson, a quiet, unassuming, mildly mannered Librarian, who greets the homeless folk by name as they enter the library at the beginning of each day.
It becomes quite apparent very early in the film that the public library is not only a safe haven from the cold Cincinnati winter but its also a place for the homeless community to gather, learn and utilise the library computers to provide them with a link to the digital world. When one of their own is lost to the freezing temperatures, Jackson leads the charge in deciding that they wont in fact be leaving the library at closing time today, instead they were going to take emergency refuge in the warm sheltered confines of the public library. Even though Stuart initially rebukes the homeless’s stance, he soon comes around to the idea as he realises that in fact they are right in that there is in fact no reason the public library could not be a sanctuary to the cities’ homeless community.
Through the clever telling of a very real and politically relevant story, Estevez shines the beacon on quite a few of Modern Day America’s public issues. The Publicis quite a slow film, but it gathers momentum where it should and will leave you with the realisation that sometimes in life you have to make a stand and stand up for those who have a diminished voice, all whilst having to sit very close to the loud voices of politics and self machoism.
Six people who are total strangers from New Zealand and Australia go on the El Camino De Santiago journey to walk from France through the whole Spain. The trail and this walk is my dream to make one day. Hopefully we will be able to travel next year. The filming crew is capturing the six people moments: happy and falling, sad and painful as well as of celebrating and relaxing. For me personally the story was both: uplifting and frustrating. Uplifting was in the sense of observing so many diverse soul taking such a hard path in life to explore themselves without fear: it is not that easy to walk 25 km each day with short stops. the words " I can do it" are still ringing in my ears. They are old, they are overweight, they have been not on a happy journey before taking these steps. It is rather inspiring to watch. From the other side it was very upsetting as I could feel so much pain thee people were caring within the,selves. My eyes were full of tears at such moments. I though the film could have been made more intense but this is a documentary after all... I liked it.
LATE NIGHT NEW website RATE: 6/10 Honestly I am not a big fan of Emma Thompson but she is very likable in this film.
In this particular film she is amazing. She plays Katherine Newbury, the host of an evening talk show in the United States, who believes her ratings are falling and she needs to breathe new life into her show.
This role was absolutely made for her as she stole every scene in which she appeared (please pay a pecial attention on her outfits and her earrings that look so spectacular scene after scene!).
Mindy Kaling played Molly (or No. 8 - the way Katherine named her show employees). Molly is Indian and she was employed by Katherine as a writer for her show, mainly to increase the office diversity sex- and nationality-wise as Molly had no official writing experience at all. Surprisingly Molly actually offers a lot of ideas to enhance the show TV rating.
The film had a smart and well-written script (written by Mindy Kaling!).
There were a lot of funny moments too mainly in the scenes where Emma Thompson participated.
This film might restore your faith in humanity and your belief in office diverse culture!
A movie built on true story about young Australian and New Zealand soldiers under fire of deadly battle in South Vietnam in 1966. 108 Australian and New Zealand young soldiers against 2500 Vietnamese soldiers. They were young , age 18 to 21, full of dreams and expectations with only one wish - to get home and forget about horror of war. They were dreaming about creating their own families, have kids and be happy. Unfortunately for 18 of them theirs dreams were finished in Long Tan, killed and destroyed in the battle. All film was showing a truly strong brotherhood and friendship between soldiers. No matter how brutal war was , they stayed together like a heroes till the and protecting each other. It’s was hard to except the fact that it is a real story, lives of young people who deserved to be happy. Boys who never got back home alive. In my opinion it’s a fantastic educational film for all of us. This movie made me think deeply about life and it’s meaning. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It’s always good to know a history of country where you leave.
SMALL ISLAND NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Small Island By Bryanna Reynolds
“A refreshing take on performance art from the convenience of a film cinema”
Bohemian Rhapsody were lucky enough to attend the screening of ‘Small Island’ to preview the performance in a never before seen experience.You could say it was like no other experience.
This film was a live taping of the novel ‘Small Island’, which was performed by the National Theatre in London.
If you are looking for a play/film to inspire you to follow your dreams, hopes and ambitions, then this one's for you. Throughout the narrative we see the lives of three people flourish as they chase a bigger dream and life to the one they are living.
My favourite narrative from the three of them was the one of Hortense who dreams of a life different from the one they are living. You have to see it to believe it.
The production as a whole will have you on the edge of your seat, intrigued by what will happen next.
Before you know it there are twist plots and turns throughout the narrative that you won't see coming. It was refreshing to see the stories come to life!.
I would definitely recommend seeing ‘Small Island’ if you get the chance! The amazing people at the National Theatre performing in the play truly take you on a journey worth the watch.
BURNING THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 9/10
I was trying to find time to watch this film for the last month. Finally I did. I was not disappointed! My attraction was Murakami of course. Let's see what I dug out...
A young guy Chun-soo graduated from the university and dreams of becoming a writer. But he still cannot find a decent job and therefore returns to his hometown and native village in order to look after the calf .He also looks after the house of his father, who was arrested for breaking the official’s arm. Chung-soo meets a girl named Ha-mi in the nearby city, who works as a second-rate model in the shop that sells something no one needs. The girl claims that she was his childhood friend. Jung-soo spends one night with her and thinks that they have started some sort of relationship, especially after Ha-mi asks him to look after her cat while she is in Africa for a trip for some time. Surprisingly when the girl returns from Africa, the guy realizes that he was in a deep friend zone: Ha-mi comes back with a new boyfriend, some kind of modern Gatsby, Major Ben. After one evening when Ben reports that he has a strange hobby (to burn orphaned greenhouses /sheds every one or two months), Ha-mi suddenly disappears... This is the plot but there is so much to it: so many mysteries and unknown and untold and un-discovered.
The film is based on a short story by Murakami “Burn the Shed”, strongly echoing the “Arsonist” by William Faulkner (it was no coincidence that it was chosen as the favorite writer of the protagonist). The director Lee Chan-dong develops the writer's thoughts, multiplying the subtle psychological aspects by acutely social issues and as a result creating a skillful, hypnotic and very difficult to watch work that will be not to everyone's taste I trust. In addition to the fact that the film’s timing is almost two and a half hours, the director does not seek to entertain the audience or catch up with Hitchcock’s tension, building the action slowly and even more painfully. The director pays attention to details ending the film with a sudden explosion. The detached, even rather dry method of directing retains its pace and its color almost to the final scene, occasionally adding moments to the story that give the story a taste of the thriller but not so much of a thriller. As for the characters themselves, they do not cause empathy at all: Jung-su is an introvert with a deficit of ambition in life, he does not attract the viewer, Ha-mi is an ordinary dummy, cheap girl who has small mind as well as small brain but who strictly follows the Asian principle “we love the rich, we appreciate the useful ones, we are friends with celebrities ”, Ben is a classic example of a representative of lazy golden youth careless and heartless.
With all of the above, the movie is paradoxically very attractive, it is interesting to watch even with those not too pleasant characters. It makes a strong impression and leaves a lot of food for the mind. It has lots of scenes where you have to guess what is going on which I personally loved very much. The viewer who loves slow pace but good quality dramas and subtle, attentive to the little things in the story which is more like a themed meditation will love it very much. The director carefully follows Murakami's ideas about the semantic ambivalence of what is happening, allowing you to consider events, in particular the disappearance of Ha-mi, from a variety of view points using Ben's phrase about greenhouses as one of the clues. Some events are more like: “was it there at all?” - example: with the cat that never shows up at the Ha-mi's flat etc, There are many scenario “phantoms”: I loved the scene with with the pantomime of eating an invisible mandarin too and many stories from the childhood that perhaps never have taken place.
There is no coincidence that Lee Chan-dong called his work “a symbol of the tragedy of young people in the modern world,” because in the images of the three heroes and the relationships between three of them, he tries to capture those vital problems that are relevant not only now, but at all times - envy caused by social inequality and easy-to-get money, jealousy, contempt and snobbery of the upper classes, low self-esteem and awareness of the futility of one’s own attempts to keep the loved one, penniless, which, as a result, results in uncontrollable rage. The most sad, part is that the author does not see an optimistic way out of these situations and these feelings, sending our tormented and devastated souls far and nowhere.
LITTLE WOMEN website review by Roslynne Garwood-Webb
It is difficult to know if Louisa May Alcott would love or loathe Director Clare Niederpruems modern day version of the Classic ‘Little Women’. The film certainly has all of the main story lines and most certainly celebrates sisterhood and family as the precious gifts that they are, however at times the film felt disjointed as it flicked between past and present with little change in the casts appearance.
For those of us who have read the book or watched a previous film version, this adaptation portrays perfectly all of the dreams and aspirations of the four charming March sisters, to modern day life. Under the whimsical guidance of their Marmee ( Lea Thompson), Jo (Sarah Davenport), Meg (Melanie Stone), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy (Taylor Ashley Murphy) commit to their childhood oath of always looking out for one another and for following their childhood dreams. The film centres around Jo, the eldest sister who moved to New York to pursue her writing dream. Following a series of rejections from publishers, Jo’s Editor challenges her to write about something that is closer to home as opposed to her fantasy genre. What ensues is a beautiful story about all of the things she holds closest to heart.
I thought the ending of the film was absolutely perfect !
If you decide to dare to watch this non classical adaptation be sure to pack some tissues and be prepared for a few slow moments throughout the film but be rest assured you will leave the cinema with a full heart and the belief that your family and your dreams are truly everything !
Let's say it honestly: Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw is not perfect. It is stupid and unrealistic. But the humour, your ticket price and laughing at the main characters (which we did for the entire film) could be your trip savior to the theater and yes, it worth it!
Storyline This is a rather problematic part, but I will say that in this picture the story is not made for the sake of the story. It was rather made to bring forward the visual part. So the story is no story! The plot tells us about two agents who do not want to work together because of what took place in the previous part of the franchise, Fast and Furious. I honestly don’t remember which one, because I’m already lost in those films with no story line and honestly I do not even remember I saw the previous parts. But lets trust them: they do not want to work with each other - full stop! Nevertheless they HAVE to work to save the world NOW. It is very banal to mention the least. The moments are stupid and idiotic even but what can you do? It is the film for those who attend such movies! Although we were all so engaged and so involved that this stupidity did not matter. - it was fun to watch and get grounded at this point. All attention was stolen by the visuals and the main characters' look so we ignored the "idiotic parts". Therefore, I would not say that the plot had huge problems, but it was more or less "hidden" and balanced well. To be frank I was not focused on how much the film was somewhat miserable and silly. Therefore, let's forget the storyline component as there is nothing to talk about something that is in reality "not there".
Characters They were remarkable. Luke Hobbs, Deckard Shaw, Brixton, Hattie were all well-developed heroes. Each of them had his own problems and inside conflicts. Almost all of them looked like real people because of their weaknesses and strengths in general. They were all very pleasant to the viewer. There is also an ideological message: about family values of course - what else? And this message worked of course! WE believe it is banal but it works. We can still extract something good from the picture having this in mind.
In General The script has certainly enormous problems, but since it is done for the sake of spectacular visuals again: it is forgiven, I can close my eyes to these “shortcomings” (and considerable ones).The actions of the characters are also overwhelmed with idiocy for many times, but the main characters very well presented to the viewer. They simply endlessly make fun of the characters which comes out quite funny. Well, good humor is also a good present for us all.
Actors Everything is great with this! It seems to me that no one needs to explain that Dwayne Johnson and Jason State are some of the most charismatic actors that exist in this world. They do not hesitate to make fun of each other in this picture. They are two agents who hate each other. Their duet has turned out to be great! The charming Miss Vanessa Kirby, who is simply always magnificent in spy pictures has no exception! She plays the sister of Deckard, who is trying to save the world. Well, the Brixton antagonist performed by Idris Elba is one of the best features of the film. He has quite understandable motives, which may not be reasonable for everyone, but for me they seemed to be quite understandable and justified. There is a couple of surprises that perfectly complement the whole composition of the film: Helen Mirren added really very unexpected character o the film: the woman in red with immaculate manicure who spends her life in jail! Ryan Reynolds once again played a funny character who constantly made us breaking into the next laughter. Kevin Hart was generally as unexpected as possible! It was added purely for the sake of the next portion of humor. In general, the crew gathered was really very good.
Visuals That’s why it’s worth going to the theater to see this film! The action part is just great! I would say: breathtaking. Spectacular. The chases of cars were filmed amazingly well as well as nature shots that were simply beyond any possible expectation! The visuals were gorgeous!
Film Atmosphere Fine for the action film. The entourage was so interesting that it was hard to look away from the screen - this was only the first half of the film. The second half grabbed some tipping point. There was not enough intrigue and somehow cliché of the finale did not do good for the whole film But in general, it turned out quite normal for a project of this format.
What did we see? Imperfect, problematic, stupid, sometimes completely idiotic movie but still catchy blockbuster. This attraction clearly fulfills its intended function - to entertain the viewer in all possible ways. I believe that you can even close your eyes to the plot and not understand its logic, since it is not the main thing in this film like with many other blockbusters. Despite all the shortcomings of this project, it has excellent acting, good humor that works. Plus the characters of the film are lovable.
Gather together a group of life-long friends amongst the breathtaking views of Sydney's Palm Beach, shower them with litres of expensive champagne, endless platters of mouth-watering food, and impress them with private fireworks displays. You will be certainly be set for an ultimate birthday celebration.. but will anyone care enough to watch the events play out on the big screen. For the people sitting in front of me at the Melbourne premiere of new film Palm Beach - the answer was a resounding no as they abandoned the cinema just 30 minutes in. To mark his birthday, Frank and Charlotte host a lavish 3 day long party at their luxurious home overlooking the glistening waters of Palm Beach. Welcoming their closest friends - Billy and Leo who were once members of a band with Frank. Rounding out the guest list with their wives and adult children. Personal secrets and failures will be revealed, past traumas will bubble back to the surface, and arguments will unfold. The people have their problems, but it’s difficult to feel much sympathy when they are surrounded by so much wealth and excess. A stellar line up cast of talented Australian favourites offer authentic performances and are the one highlight of the experience. If only the script had given them more grit and drama to keep us interested. To be fair, I am outside of the intended demographic for the film, with perhaps an older audience over 50 having more to take away.
THE THIRD WIFE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
Silkworm I am invisible up in the tree leaves Filling my little life with it’s meaning, I am weaving my thin thread of silk. There's great many so close to each other, One is silkworm and so is another, All are weaving their own threads of silk. All the seas drop by drop were completed with water, And grits may concrete into boulder, All eternity is longer than that. I need only contribute a very small fee, For my short single life to weave The only beautiful silk thread. Someone has been caught by the web of religion Someone’s crazy for Martian invasion I am weaving my thin thread of silk. Someone is searching for scientific answers, Someone’s fighting rock mountain hardness, I am weaving my thin thread of silk. I… I can do that but simply no more, I am a single silkworm, World of madness around me is spinning. We create with our own hands this magic Light and delicate wonderful fabric, Beauty, simple enough to perceive it. All the seas drop by drop were completed with water, And grits may concrete into boulder, All eternity is longer than that. I need only contribute a very small fee, For my short single life to weave The only beautiful silk thread.
The plot is absolutely amazing to say the least. It is set in 19th century. The Vietnamese village appears in front of our eyes. The main character is 14-year-old. Her name is May, she is so innocent and young. She is now married to a rich land owner. She is almost a baby, just finished playing with her dolls. She is gorgeous and is discovering the world. He already has two older wives, and she becomes the third one. The family and the wives all accept the girl well enough, but she understands that she can take a worthy place in this family only under one condition: giving a birth to her husband's heir, she has to deliver a son, not a daughter. She is now pregnant. May thinks she is about to gain recognition and authority. She suddenly becomes a witness to forbidden love and its destructive consequences, the cruel truth opens up to her - in fact, her value in the family is very low and the possibilities are limited.
My feelings and impressions were mixed up to be honest: the film is very artistic and shows lots of light and sun, but it is emotionally very dark like travelling on board under tunnel of cliffs.
What did I like? Camera work. Very beautifully shots, the frames are very gentle, smooth, ponderous and peaceful. The Close-ups of faces, bodies and other details are simply magnificent. I liked this picture so very much to watch. It was like an old Asian painting. So simple, so calm and so sad at the same time Actors' work. The mains convey the characters (male and female) so well and they set the mood and tone of the whole film. Female characters: adults, young girls an infants are so beautiful and cute. It was a significant part of the art work of the entire film.
What seemed a bit strange indeed? The plot. If the first half was a bit less interesting like an introduction, the second half and the ending seemed strange. It was as if something had gone wrong especially at the very ending which was IMHO completely vague. From a certain point (May's moment of birth), the actions of the characters seemed surprising. It was a bit unclear about the final message.
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT website review by Anthony Wayne
Set in the 80s, Blinded by the Light is the coming of age of a Pakistani teen named Javed living in a small town in England. Expectations from his Pakistani father conflict with how he sees his own life and future. When his classmate introduces him to the music of the boss - Bruce Springsteen, Javed springs to life listening on his walkman. The raw emotion of the lyrics provides Javed with the energy and inspiration to take control of his destiny. "Bruce knows everything I've ever felt.
Everything I've ever wanted". I gotta say I love double denim - It's so in right now right.. the fashion and soundtrack featured was enough to get me excited about this film. The potential is there for another feel-good hit from `Bend It Like Beckham' director Gurinder Chadha. A joyful story about striving for your dreams and finding your voice. And yes sure - while I may have shed a tear or two in the final scenes, my overall feeling leaving the cinema was a little meh and the film fell short of my expectations. Honestly it's much like how I felt about my date for the night - while there's the best of intentions, first dates at the cinema never quite seem to work. I'm sure the film will find it's audience - fans of Bruce will likely enjoy on an entirely different level as it lovingly glorifies the legacy of this legendary musician. And those who have lived through the 80s, will enjoy for the nostalgia.
THE WHITE CROW THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website review by Susan Reynolds
“The White Crow” 2019 In English and subtitled Russian and French. Drama. Directed by Ralph Fiennes Cast. Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev. Adèle Exarchopoulos as Clara Saint. Chulpan Khamatova as Xenia Jurgenson. Ralph Fiennes as Alexander Pushkin. Aleksey Morozov (actor) as Strizhevsky. Anastasiya Meskova as Alla Osipenko. Dmitriy Karanevskiy as Leonid. Nadezhda Markina as bureaucrat.
Review by Susan Reynolds 10/10 The news of Ballet Dancer Rudolph Nureyev’s defection from Russia to the West captured the worlds attention in 1961. This film presents a riveting re-enactment of the event in history and an admirable illumination about the character of the man behind the legend. The term White Crow is a Russian saying for someone who is different from everyone else.
Nureyev was the first artist to flee Russia and stay in the west during the period of the Cold War. Nureyev had been Born in 1938 on a Trans Siberian Railway train! He lived thereafter in Ufa, we see snippets of his childhood as flashbacks in black and white, then 1955 Training in Leningrad, and then his time in Paris in 1961.
Ralph Fiennes played in the role of Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin, ballet master of the Vaganova Academy in Leningrad, Nureyev then 17 enrolled there in 1955. Ralph Fiennes not only acted in the film but was also the director. He’d been captivated by a story written in 2007 by Julie Kavanagh “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” the book instilled the desire in Fiennes to make this film. The screenplay was written by noted playwright David Hare.It’s a stunning film, it’s artistic, authentic, well constructed and is pleasurable viewing.
Ukrainian dancer and actor Oleg Ivenkois played “Rudy” and performed the ballet scenes brilliantly. His brusk manner and the complexity of character he gave us was disconcerting at times for its reality. Flashbacks were successful in this film, imagery of the child Nureyev was played by a young boy with a hauntingly beautiful face. One scene the child Nureyev is left in the forest by his father the sense is of abandonment and isolation and is palpable.
This child with innocent eyes in abject poverty leaves the viewer filled with sadness yet we are lifted by the knowledge unfolding that this man was destined for greatness. Not through some mystical aligning of the stars but through his passion for his interpretation of ballet and desire to affirm himself as a tour de force in his art.
Director R.Fiennes portrayed Nureyev as arrogant and uncooperative at times but I didn’t see that as something to get bogged down with. There’s more to this film to take in than just that. Take what you will from the scene where Nureyev is looking at the Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault when he is in the Louvre in Paris. I found it a moving scene there’s the sense of longing in Nureyev a desire to connect with art. We can allow ourselves to feel awakened by this appreciation. In the painting there is amongst the turmoil a fight for freedom, Nureyev wanted to be liberated this was a beautiful visual depiction of Nureyev’s inner turmoil and desire as he stares at the painting.
Later however the desires turn to pleasures of the flesh with men and a women. The latter is disturbing as it is Ivanovich Pushkin’s wife who we see pushes herself onto Nureyev. All scenes serve a purpose in presenting scenarios whereby we see Nureyev’s character. Confusing circumstances which lead Nureyev’s male friend and lover to say to Nureyev that it was sending Nureyev crazy. He leaves the care he’d been in with Pushkin and his over eager wife; he’d been with them in recuperating from an injury. As a balance to this craziness with the wife of his mentor the healthier friendship was to be found with socialite Clara Saint (Adèle Exarchopoulos), he met her and after she lost her lover, the son of André Malraux, Minister of French cultural affairs. Nureyev and Clara saw the sights of Paris together and she supported him when more serious matters emerged.
It isn’t any surprise really when all things considered that Nureyev should choose to defect when faced with the dilemma he was confronted with. Criminal charges faced Gay and bisexual men in Russia at that time. Nevertheless the choice Nureyev made must have been gut wrenching. Ultimately he chose what he perceived as freedom and the rest is history as they say.
BE NATURAL website review by Vellukhanna Mariappen
BE NATURAL (THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLANCHÉ):
There had been, no doubt, many a mortal life that had been withdrawn from the narratives of history, thrown into a state of permanent oblivion. History, as we know it, always had a shroud of obscurity about it.
This extends to the conception of the art of movie-making as well, and this movie is all about celebrating the life of one of the most monumental figures of the early era of films and direction - Alice Guy-Blanché. A French woman of modest beginnings, she found her calling of story-telling through cinema at a period when motion pictures had not yet been streamlined to display movies. As such, she was well ahead of her contemporaries, and this movie portrays the big names of the time - Eiffel, Kodak and Edison, to name a few.
Be Natural is a movie produced and narrated by Jodie Foster, and it is evident that her objective is to do justice to such a creative being as Madam Guy-Blaché, by tracking down her lineage across the United States, outlining grandchildren and great-grandchildren of hers and her collaborators at the time, thereby establishing the grand schema of illustrating just how much she had influenced in the world of cinema.
Be Natural is a documentary of one of the most remarkable woman in history, and it captures the deeply-set stature of a woman of both ambition and of family-life.
OPHELIA THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 9/10
I trust Shakespeare have never dreamed about it: the film about Ophelia, his Ophelia however she is there and she is beautiful. The faith of Ophelia is discussed for over 400 years - all in vain until now when her life got suddenly unfolded in front of our eyes. Ophelia practically turned the Shakespeare's drama Hamlet upside down (in a good way though) .
The costumes are the set up of the film is just a honey on the artistic eye of the people who love styling and old time dresses.
The soundtrack is "silent", still and balanced while it is beautiful and so much sad and in place. The nature is artistic to the extend t hat you want to walk all the oaths and touch the flowers and insects surrounding the characters. BEST, magical!
Naomi Watts looks sensational as well as Daisy and both actresses performance! Daisy is light , powerful and so well projecting into the character and her feelings. She is pretty to the maximum! She is tender, loving and feminine, she is close to nature and mighty in her will power, she is very smart and confident. Her Ophelia never loses her mind, she only pretends to protect herself and her prince. Ophelia never dies in this film. She hides in the abbey to give birth to Hamlet's daughter. She is drawn in contrast to the main characters who have chosen death, war and killing each other in revenge for power or just for other reasons, they have chosen destruction while Ophelia chooses balance and harmony that bring her peace and life, forgiveness and creation. Gertrude's role is different: she chooses death and event kills her new king and her new husband. he new king is the evil itself. Hamlet is acting more like a teenager: he is way to common but the chemistry between him and Ophelia is very strong. We just can not see him pronouncing: To Be Or Not TO Be as he would not be the one thinking about the essence of life - he is way too grounded for it. But the rest is very well done. He is charming and touching.
The director gave the voice to the females in her film - the voices we have not heard before however there is a small point missing in the film...
The film is unexpectedly well done and deserves to be watched.
WHO YOU THINK I AM THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 9/10
Juliette Binoche is amazing as ever! Her transformation are always a pleasant surprise o the movie lovers. She drives the whole film. We believe her to the tip of her hair. She is stunning!
The social media can raise your status, bu it can also damage and even kill you. Boredom and jealousy can be quite powerful tools in the hands of very creative and poisonous mind of the woman who was left behind by her ex-husband who has chosen a girl 30 years younger than his wife.
The plot is amazing, interesting, contains lots of twists. You will not get disappointed if you like intrigue.
Juliette Binoche plays a 50-years old University teacher who creates a fake facebook profile to first spy on her new lover but then it turns into a real love affair with her and her lover's friend. The aging woman uses a younger girl's photos to attract the friend and it works well to her surprise. She catches the fish but she hardly can manage her feelings to make it work. her sick mind fails her. This fake love can destroy many lives... The virtual reality is nothing similar to the "real reality" but somehow it is he same too: anyone can be tricked by the "first impressions" of positive that can later turn into something ugly and unbearable by both sides. This is the case when truth and lies are parts of the same "reality" or :vir-tuality".
DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 10/10
I rarely cry at the films . This documentary was obviously the exception. It made me all in tears for almost the whole duration of the picture. I can not find words now to describe my feelings on how cruel people are, how unconscious they are and how even knowing what is happening around them they keep living in denial without understanding and taking responsibility for their action environment-wise.
Th release on the film in on July 25 and I wish all people who care about the future of their children will watch it.
The documentary is made with incredible passion for protecting the living wild creatures who are defenseless against cold weapons targeted at them. The main idea of the film is: while killing them we are killing ourselves. No one hears the scream: the government remains silent. They are groups of people who are happy to run such campaigns risking their lives just to save one more animal.
I do not know what you will experience during the film: will you be moved, inspired or on the contrary: powerless to protect which sometimes sounds close to impossible.
One important thing was missing I believe: while such kills are obvious and cruel, because the blood we see on the screens there are so many killings of lives done in the farms that produce the live stock: cows, sheep and chickens do die in billions over the year and this comes unnoticed... may be we should pay attention on all live forms too and wake up educating our children that eating our friends does not do us any justice... let's just look closer first and then the whales can be protected by definition and our seas will be full of fish again!
I also thought" crying about the world would not save it - doing something about it will do save it!
The film is built as an autobiography drama of incredible player Diego Maradona
It is about the man who is a living god in human flesh for 2 million people. The film is using he rare footage that many people have not seen before, new interviews with the celebrity. The drugs killed his carrier in its bloom, the usual thing for the top star, he was never on the football field after the incident anymore. He also praises the people who assisted him on his way to recovery.
Diego will be visiting Kusturica in Serbia. He will be inviting Emir to he house where he spent his childhood and was born.
For those of you who love football and are fans of Maradona you will see great number of his goals by the master of the ball kicking and the magician of the field. There will be a goal that was called "the hand of god" The film soundtrack by 'Sex Pistols' and the fan's songs about his idol are great to see as well. Diego is not only a great ball maestro but he sings fabulously well.
All of you who love Kusturica as a director and love Maradona himself it will be a great double celebration. It is a must see film for them.
I can see the film to be discussed by many people who love a real organic football in its best form: played by Maradona!
Diego Maradona was one of the greatest soccer players the world has known.
Short in stature, his low centre of gravity perhaps enabled the maestro to weave the magic he did with the ball.
He was also an inveterate drug user.
This documentary casts a light on both the good and the bad of the ball magnet and lothario.
He was a man loved and loathed.
After a brief introduction to his football prowess before and during the opening credits, along with the paparazzi chases that were part of his everyday life, the doco really kicks off once he is traded to lowly Italian club Naples.
He was paid a then world record fee. The date was 5th July, 1984.
Maradona immediately lifts the club’s fortunes appreciably, for which he is wildly celebrated.
From an impoverished background, he went on to become the best player of his generation (possibly the best ever, although Pele may dispute that) and a World Cup hero.
But, according to this documentary, he was also in the pocket of the Mafia and repeatedly cheated on his wife, once resulting in a child, which he refused to acknowledge existed until recent years.
The documentary unfolds through 500 hours of original, never before seen, footage from Maradona’s personal archive … through his defining years.
That is coupled with his thoughts and those of his family and the football fraternity (his personal trainer, a key journalist and club president, among others), who know him and have been close to him.
While insightful to a point, I don’t think the filmmakers did a good enough job explaining the love/hate relationship the public and fans had with him.
At 2 hours 10 minutes, the doco is also far too long. His story could readily have been told in an hour and a half.
Once his decline was obvious, I also felt short-changed that his life post football superstar was given extremely short shrift.
So, while Diego Maradona the documentary had merit, it was indulgent and could certainly have been better.
Why for instance did we not hear more (warts and all) from those who played with him week in and week out?
Senna and AMY, by the same director, Asif Kapadia, were immeasurably better because they didn’t tip toe around the negative.
Diego Maradona the doco appears to have adopted a more cautious approach ... so as not to offend, I dare say.
Rated M, it scores a 6½ out of 10.
NEVER LOOK AWAY THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 9/10
This film is epic! It goes for 3 hours but you will never feel it. they will fly away like good one hour! The film covers three historical periods of Germany (25 years in one go!) through the life of one young artist: Kurt. His childhood and youth were spent in Nazi Germany and then in Communist dysfunctional ruling. He then escaped from Eastern Germany to the Western part of it. His life reflects the whole generation that suffered and went through the same dramas. The director masterfully portrays what he loves the most: his country, his people an their many broken faiths.
The Nazi period shows the tragic events as well as the successful carriers of some who served the Nazis, some people die from the hands of the executors and some get paid for these executions. The young artist grows and matures through these times and generations. We also observe how the lives of victims get interconnected with the lives of the perpetrators just to understand that there is none: there are no victims and no perpetrator as finally one can turn into another, get married and have kids with one another and much more. There are no separation on such level. It is pointless to abuse and accuse as there is only one person you are doing it to: yourself.
The film is very powerful and very real. It is dramatic as well. Kurt's paintings reflect the past so vividly, his love of freedom to perform as an artist with out any limitations is inspiring like a breath of fresh air. The real artist should search for truth constantly, but the truth s never is social, it is in artistic vales as social values come and go but the artistic value is timeless.
The actors are all so amazing
Should I recommend the film? Please check out my rate and yes of course!
THE KEEPER THE FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 10/10
Soon to be release the film about Bert Trautmann... yes that Bert who finished playing the match with the broken neck.
on May 5 1956 Bret Trautmann played the match that made him not only the best keeper in Manchester City. The team ended up in the final on England Cup two years in the row. Bert was carrying one goal after another at that match when Peter Murphy's knee ended up on his head breaking up his neck. Trautmann is paralised. The pain is unbearable but he chooses to stay and play till the very end of the faithful match. He was a true legend of British football.
Five of his neck disks were dislocated, one of them was broken and was replaced by the next disk. That actually saved his life. If only Peter Murphy hit him harder t would cost Bret his life. This is the film about the legend of Bret. The film is about love, war, loss, lights and the iron will of the human who never gave up.
Bert was born in Bremen in 1923. He went through war and was captured and kept in the English camp for German soldiers after the war. He was rewarded the iron cross for WWII by the Nazis. The camp was visited by government officials who were looking to create some football lovers clubs . They believed that the game could unite the nations. Trautmann joined one of the clubs. He once replaced the keeper at one of the games and since that time he never left the place. Jack Fryer later noticed him and invited him to his club St Helen Town which Bert accepted. He also was not keen to return to Germany that reminded him about the horrors of war.
Bret was talented. Manchester City team was looking for a goal keeper at that time and Bret was taken with no doubts. The players were afraid to look at Bert as they thought he was reading their minds.
The film is made so well you will be totally transformed during and after ! Watch it!
Based on fact, The Keeper is a part feel good, part dramatic story set during and immediately after the Second World War.
It concerns a German prisoner of war whose remarkable soccer skills would see him make the grade in the English Premier League, eventually being named player of the year.
His name is Bert Trautmann (David Kross) and his prowess as a keeper is noticed by the manager of a local football team, Jack Friar (John Henshaw).
Friar’s team is going nowhere. Basically, they are a laughing stock, losing frequently, so in spite of the times, Friar arranges for Trautmann to get special dispensation to leave camp and play goalie.
As you can imagine, the move is hardly one embraced by all.
Against the odds, despite the local hostility, a relationship slowly blossoms between Friar’s daughter Margaret (Freya Mavor) and Trautmann.
But much more is to come, as Trautmann is courted by one of the world’s foremost clubs, Manchester City, going on to make 545 appearances for the club between 1949 and 1964.
He ranks fourth among Manchester City players in terms of appearances.
First up, I should acknowledge what a remarkable story this is, co-written and directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller, one that certainly suits cinematic treatment.
It lurches from light, almost fluffy, to dark and sinister.
Underneath it is a man who feels extreme guilt and yet gets an unexpected chance to move on with his life, the way few if any could given the circumstances.
Kross does a good job channelling the outwardly positive but inwardly tormented Trautmann.
I loved the feistiness of Mavor as a local, who at first wants nothing to do with Trautmann because of what the Germans did to the British, but is intrigued by him and gradually won over.
Henshaw makes the most of his larger than life persona as a football tragic and Margaret’s father.
Gary Lewis is totally believable as Manchester City manager Jock Thomson.
What is particularly impressive is that the picture doesn’t end with sporting triumph, rather it goes on to tell a far more tragic tale.
The Keeper is also distinguished by beautiful settings and cinematography by Daniel Gottschalk.
Rated M, this fascinating tale of love and loss scores a 7 to 7.5 out of 10.
If you saw the Mulholland Drive , an amazing film some years ago , just forget it - this film is nothing close! Or should I say there is another way to call this film: "the flight over the cockroach's nest"
Honestly I have no idea what to say about his film. When the film is way too good I want to write about it non stop. When the film is let's say softly a weak attempt to waste my time - there is nothing to say... but I will try...
There are different types of art houses. The director got lost in his house. It seems like using the drug you have never used before: you do not know what to expect but the crap comes out anyway. Andrew Garfield's character is questionable. The director laughs at him from one side but the extend of this laugh results into the feeling of vomiting somehow.
There is no central idea in the film It consists of the parts that fall apart. the director is jumping like from Men In Black to the Breakfast At Tiffany without warning. I felt confused. I fell asleep and it saved me closer to the end of this nightmare. The camera is superb and the episodes are filmed very well but I could not find any sense in them.
It is boring.... I felt like swimming alone but in my own direction... I did not connect.
Child’s Play (2019) is the latest in a recent trend of 80s/90s horror movie reboots that, whilst not exactly Oscar-worthy — IT (2017) is the exception, not the rule – all have their merits and make for an enjoyable viewing. They don’t exactly bring anything new to the table, but in a landscape currently dominated by The Conjuring franchise (now 7 movies and counting), they are sadly some of the best high-budget horrors as of late.
At its core, the movie follows roughly the same plot as the original, albeit with a few creative changes. After moving to a new city, Andy Barclay (Gabriel Bateman) receives the present of a Buddi doll from his mother (Aubrey Plaza), which soon becomes his best friend. When the doll (self-named Chucky) suddenly takes on a life of its own and starts killing, Andy must do everything in his power (and against the logical doubt of others) to stop him before he wreaks further bloody havoc.
To the chagrin of many, Chucky’s modernisation has meant the abandonment of its campy voodoo origins, instead relying on Hollywood’s crutch of speculative rogue technological advancement. So no, Chucky no longer possesses the soul of a deranged blood-thirsty serial killer; he’s just a futuristic A.I. doll with some safeguards switched off. Though disappointing, it does allow for some narrative intricacy in exploring Chucky’s transformation from a loving, slightly malfunctioning, Buddi doll to the child-obsessed murderer we all know and love (and fear immensely). Unfortunately, the relative longevity of this transformation does result in the film suffering some pacing issues, with the first half dragging on a bit too much before the slashing starts to ramp up. The last third is where the movie truly shines, with the final showdown pulling out all the stops to compensate for the slow build. Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky is also noteworthy, effortlessly showcasing his mastery in voice acting through a highly captivating, albeit delightfully disturbing performance. As part of the transformation, Hamill initially opts for a plaintive voice that sparks more sympathy than antipathy in its innocence. This cutesy persona then starts to devolve in parallel with his sanity into the terrifying shrill made famous by original voice actor Brad Dourif. Plaza also puts on a respectable showing alongside Bateman, with the remaining cast following suit in sufficiently adequate fashion; nothing to rhapsodise over, but nothing overtly atrocious.
In the end, Child’s Play (2019) was a fun movie, albeit with somewhat of an identity crisis. Though enough of the original movie remained throughout, it felt more like a completely separate movie pitch that shared enough overt similarities to the franchise’s premise that it was moulded into a Chucky movie for the sake of name brand capitalisation. In execution, it presents a new and interesting take on the original Child’s Play (1988) with an updated modern premise, but the more the film looks to copy its predecessor rather than doing its own thing the more it faults. Despite these scope limitation, Child’s Play (2019) was still wildly entertaining and well worth a casual viewing; decidedly recommended.
REVIEW: Annabelle Comes Home By Bryanna Reynolds In this addition to the Conjuring franchise we see the positively paranormal Annabelle universe come to life with Annabelle Comes Home. The audience are taken on a journey of jump out of your skin thrills and suspense when the infamous Annabelle doll is once again released from a locked cupboard! Starring your favourite paranormal investigators ‘The Warrens’ portrayed by Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and newcomers to the franchise Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife and Mckenna Grace, Warner Brothers have added an addition to the Conjuring universe that you simply must see! The film follows the journey of The Warrens 10 year old daughter Judy Warren on a night with her babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) and her friend Daniela (Katie Sarife). When Daniela comes to visit she is curious about The Warrens and their connection to the paranormal. It is revealed that Daniela’s father passed away and she seeks to reconnect with him to clear her guilt over his tragic passing. Daniela finds her way into the forbidden and locked room at The Warrens and unleashes the one and only infamous Annnabelle doll along with a succession of other paranormal artefacts. Within minutes of the film beginning the goosebumps were real and felt all over! We saw the affects the Annabelle doll had in the public before she was locked up in the glass cupboard of the Warrens basement. The narrative of the film follows the usual paranormal thrills that the fans of The Conjuring universe will be familiar with. That is one of the thrills about watching this film is that it is like getting a further look into your favourite paranormal family. The casting in the film was fantastic and although Lorraine and Ed Warren are not in the film a lot their presence is a welcome at the beginning and conclusion of the film. The trio of trouble makers Judy Warren her babysitter and her friend make for a tale that works so well. They all have their strengths and weaknesses which the audience can choose a character that best represents them. The film is bound to leave you wanting more! I can't wait to see what happens next in the franchise, because there are so many more paranormal stories to be told. Go see it now!
APOLLO 11 website review by Vellukhanna Mariappen "That is one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."
The most historic adage ever spoken on a realm beyond that of the Earth, Apollo 11 transmutes us a view through the eyes of the one who uttered it, Flight Commander Neil Armstrong, together with that of his crew members "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, with actual footage of the 1969 lunar mission that had never before released by NASA. The movie is conceptualised to be that of a documentary, though it features wonderfully, the sequence of events from the several hours prior to the launch of Saturn V, being the carriage-acting rocket of Apollo 11 Lunar Module (codenamed Eagle), to the safe return of the 3 famed astronauts to the Pacific Ocean, 9 days after leaving the Earth's atmosphere.
Coupled with amazing techno-stylised acoustics from Matt Morton, we experience the grandeur and heart-racing experiences of the epic Mission To The Moon. The audience is presented with the appreciation for the engineering grandeur and technical precision that has gone in to the making of the Apollo 11 mission a success, in every one of the 93 minutes of this film. Apollo 11 expounds amazingly on the imagination and curiosity of the modern era.Vellukhanna Mariappen
Yesterday is a comedy film based on the concept that the Beatles never existed. Danny Boyle directed this film. He is well known for his work on Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting. The screenplay was done by Richard Curtis who has worked on so many famous movies and TV sitcoms, including the films Notting Hill and Bridget Jones Diary. Together they worked on Yesterday producing an amusing story in which Himesh Patel plays Jack Malick, who is an unknown musician. He has come up with his own compositions but hasn't got anywhere. After a freak accident, Jack recovers to an alternative universe where the Beatles never existed. He starts to remember their songs and lyrics and uses them to launch himself into stardom. His current manager and best friend Ellie is played by Lily James. Ed Sheeran who plays himself asks Jack to be his opening act in Russia. This starts his career highs using the songs he recalls from the Beatles. Jack's life becomes more complicated as he rises very quickly to fame and has decisions to make. Can he continue to live this new life that's one not based on honesty. He is also in the dilemma about his relationship with Ellie who he really doesn't want to lose. There is great music in movie and the nostalgia of the Beatles songs. The actors do a terrific job, and the lighthearted wit and humour I found quite entertaining. A very watchable fun film. I recommend viewing it. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.
PARASITE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
Parasite, the winner of Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 with another 4 awards and one pending is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy film directed by Bong Joon-ho. It stars the talented group of actors: tars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam. The film became the first one that deserved such a great prize at Cannes from the whole South Korean cinematography history. Remarkably it was 100 years anniversary of South Koreans cinematography in 2019. Amazing to notice that the rights to distribute the film was sold to 192 countries around the world just before the film was released in Korea which was a breaking record for the country.
I will not say much on the plot of the picture but will only mention that it is touching, unusual and truly exiting spectacle which will by all means appeal to both individual fans of Korean cinematography as well as the fans of thrillers, comedies, dramas and other genres.
It might sound very funny but the film surprisingly combines almost all genres known, including even a bi of catastrophe. That will definitely please the most sophisticated viewers. The diversity of genres is impressive indeed but on the other hand it might lead one to some unpredictable confusion. We though can see that such approach is absolutely justified since it gives the unique and rich in its colors picture of certain atmosphere the viewer receives. The director is very skillfully juggling with all the genres as if it was some sort of the game for him: he throws us from hot water to cold water in our feelings, orders us to get glued to the screen in order not to miss the next twist of the story. The characters' fates are decided by his hand of the master and we are left in suspense what to expect next... He is a real Korean Alfred Hitchcock in its best.
The funny images of the certain characters shown at the start of the film intrigue and impress us with their complexity while and at the very end we just sit there waiting for a real shock to take place as it all happens :"like in the movies "with the seriousness and reality that will disturb beyond human understanding but not deeply traumatise the viewer.
What ever you plan in your head for the ending, it is unpredictable to the most. We expect drama but the director shows it all in his own way. We will have various options of the thrilling finale but even this will not save us from the brightest impressions the director prepares for us because his idea of the final will interchange under the most perfectly crafted mask,It is logical but surprising at the same time. It is not your detective puzzle movie, it is everything in one! Most of the story is quite expected consequences of one magnificent plot of one beautiful filmy and a brilliant film.
The film speaks about he social issues all societies carry no matter what country it takes place. It is about the poor and unfortunate family that takes advantage of the luxury of the rich. It has layer under layer and I would recommend to watch it twice to understand what is also said between the lines. The film messages are sharp and easy to understand. The director gives us what he has on the plate, for us it is to judge and place the accents on: what we accept and take inside and we can not accept and reject. We feel for "the poor" and support their actions but "the rich" are also so lovable. They are not guilt that their lives are turned out to be better than the others. The director is not judgemental and we fully understand him and follow him. We have a choice and we choose what to think. These crooks in the film that remind us of stinky cockroaches but they are so cute and so lovable at the same time. The director makes us feel like a piece of clay sculpturing us action after action - he makes us feel tenderness when we watch relationship, fear in the knife fights while he uses grotesque and irony in his descriptions, It is bitter to observe the world in such condition where some live with the bathrooms flooded in faeces and the others bath in aromatic rose petals but it is life and the Fortune does not choose, it is blind. From the other side one poor family expresses smartness and the rich family expresses kindness. We finally question ourselves: who is the Parasite: one or the other side?
Speaking about the technical side of the movie it is made on the highest level indeed. It has ideally adjusted picture that perfectly combines with the director's style of production: we will feel the real flame that inflames between the story lines. The actors are simply stunning: you will never feel than acting, it feels more like one horrific reality show that we are witnessing having live real people doing their every day activities so organically well.
The screen picture is charming but many will find this movie rather excessive despite its fabulousness and some will condemn the heroes and criticize the very concept of the film. After all the director offers the empathized story of the criminals and their ugly world. The director himself commented on his picture: "this is a drama without villains and a comedy without clowns",The film will be perceived so ambiguously it will certainly leave a very long lasting aftertaste. Attend the screening with your friend, you will have great time discussing it after the end titles.
The film is amazing to say the least including the soundtrack which is simply perfect as well as the script which is also beautiful. The actors as I mentioned earlier are superb and the while production team deserves a round of applause.. This film can and should be watched, learned from and enjoyed. .
Undoubtedly one of the most creative, clever, bizarre and ridiculous movies I have seen, this will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m not kidding.
It is a comedic, dramatic thriller that won the Palme d’Or (Best Film award) at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ki-taek's family of four – including his wife and two grown children, a grown son and daughter – is close, but all are largely unemployed, save for some casual menial work here and there … and the future looks bleak.
All that changes though when Ki-taek’s son, Ki-woo, is recommended by a university student friend for a well-paid tutoring job, as he is heading off overseas.
Carrying the expectations of his family, Ki-woo arrives at the house of Mr and Mrs Park, the former being the owner of a global IT firm. In other words, they are very well off.
Ki-woo immediately wins over Mrs Park and her daughter, whom he is drawn to and she to him.
Before long, Mrs Park has employed not just Ki-wood, but his sister – as an art instructor for her young son – and then his father as a driver and mother as a housekeeper.
The ex-driver and previous, long-serving housekeeper are let go for spurious reasons.
Director and co-writer Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer) regards his film as “a comedy without clowns” and “a tragedy without villains”.
He doesn’t think it is easy for people of different circumstances – in this case rich and poor – to live together.
According to him, “one group is pushed into a parasitic relationship with another”.
Parasite starts out as one thing and takes on a decidedly different dimension midway through – importantly one you can’t pick.
Perhaps there’s even a bit of Jordan Peele’s mighty Get Out here.
This movie centres around a family of impoverished confidence tricksters who know no shame – none whatsoever. One is bolder and more brazen than the next. In fact, they celebrate the fact that their scam is so successful.
You could argue that surely nobody would be as gullible as to fall for something like this, but that is missing the point.
To get the most out of Parasite you need to buy into the contention and go with the flow.
Clearly Joon-Ho must have had a lot of fun devising this unique offering for he has well and truly stepped off the deep end.
If you don’t mind outlandish, you should find much to enjoy in Parasite.