PARASITE NEW 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.
REVIEW: Wild Rose By Bryanna Reynolds In this heart warming film about a woman finding her way, Wild Rose will have you rethinking your life path and assessing what means the most to your heart and mind. The best part about the film is that it makes you rethink your own lie and question what you really want for yourself and the people around you. The film Wild Rose is about a woman who has recently been released from prison. Upon release she chases her dreams of becoming a country music singer. There were so many times I was identifying with the character and her pursuit to chase her goals and her career. But ultimately she had to re-evaluate her life and her relationship with her children. She had to rediscover herself and the world to an extent and where her place was in it. The film was reminiscent of hollywood film ‘A Star Is Born’ in that you see the journey Rose-Lynn takes on her journey and quest to become a country music singer. A quality I loved most about the film is that they truly capture the dream of Rose-Lynn. It is easy to identify with the key characters and that is always something worth sharing. You can immediately see and feel what it must be like to be her. All in all it is an inspiring drama worth the watch! See it to be inspired! I would recommend this film to anyone who is familiar with any british feel good films and anything that makes you reassess your life and your choices.
MYSTIFY MICHAEL HUTCHENCE website review by Susan Reynolds
“Mystify” Documentary Biopic
9.5/10 Review by Susan Reynolds
Director: Richard Lowenstein Screenplay: Richard Lowenstein Cinematography: Andrew de Groot Producers: Richard Lowenstein, John Battsek, Mark Fennesey, Maya Gnyp, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Sue Murray, Andrew de Groot
Born: 22/01/1960 Died : 22 November 1997 (aged 37); Sydney,Australia Partner Paula Yates (1995–1997; his death)
Michael Hutchence said in this movie success is limiting. Once you are, you might as well give up. Michael’s burning desire was to be regarded as an artist. His friend video and music producer Lowenstein showed Michael a more introspective personality off stage this was at odds with the superstar extrovert persona he had on stage.
Lowenstein aimed to reveal details about the real Michael not the manufactured one which was often presented by the media. The movie shows footage from Michael’s childhood and we see family and friends sharing their thoughts about the guy who was by all accounts as a child a shy young dreamer. The movie jumps around a bit but that was tolerable overall a great peek into some never seen before footage and information not been made accessible to the public. ...I loved seeing the behind the scenes of “Never Tear Us Apart” This informative biopic shows a complicated sensitive personality who did struggle with being a pop star. The public loved the packaging! You just simply can’t divorce yourself from the untamed hair, charismatic stage presence and his writhing body movements in mystical cohesion with his music. There’s often a problem for sensual, attractive people who can suffer not been taken seriously for their art because of their looks. I immediately think of Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics in order to do so played down her appearance she dressed more austere in suits and cut her hair short.
Michael had very human motivations in seeking out love in life and also he was propelled by the fear of being alone. Michael had steady girlfriends amongst the list of beauties were: first girlfriend (now film producer) Michèle Bennet, Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen and the fateful relationship which brought him much angst Paula Yates. Yates also bore his only child, his beloved Tiger Lily.
Michael had been in and out of love and arguably chased an illusion into a relationship with extrovert public presenter Paula Yates. The intensity of all the Paula Yates Bob Geldof drama not over emphasised in the film. Unfortunately along with Paul Yates came a hornets nest of haters and dogged reporters looking for a story. Sir Bob Geldof, Yates then Yates husband of 10 years was loved by the British and an icon from his success with the huge project Live Aid. Bob Geldof was left an emotional wreck by the loss of Paula to Michael at the time.
Arguably Though if love be a crime then many people have a lot to answer for. Michael Hutchence with his emotions getting the better of him particularly after we now know about his accident and subsequent brain damage he couldn’t cope with the situation of not having access to his daughter and the surrounding turmoil with Yates. (A band member also revealing recently that Michael had told him he was leaving Paula Yates just before he died) It is disputable still that his death was accidental not suicide. Michael was found after his to have a cocktail of drugs in his system.
Tragedy does have its way of creeping in sometimes because the door has been left ajar.
That crazy beautiful song “Mystify” at the end of the film encapsulates the mystery of the man himself and his desire to put into lyrics the feelings and desires which are beautifully intangible.
He was at times hedonistic , sensual , charismatic all the heady adjectives could be used to describe the rock star. But as man he also wasn’t infallible or immune to life’s tragedies. He was a multi faceted individual, the film aimed to show the dimensions which it did but like many artists he still leaves us feeling he was somewhat of an enigma.
A long loving each other couple: Marcos and Ana live together raising up a young 20 years old boy who grows up and leaves the parents to study overseas in Spain Amrcos and Ana are both over 50 years old. She is a house wife and he teaches philosophy at the Buenos-Aires University. Ana is getting extremely bored. She joins women's club but everything seems dumb and even more boring than sitting at home alone. Marcos starts thinking about his relationship with Ana... the next moment they are already living separately having separate lives. The story develops further - we heard such stories 100-s of times before in so many romantic comedies from all over the world. We do not learn anything new here. You can guess the finale , it is more than predictable. The story turns and twists do not surprise us. The film is more cliche than something fresh you would expect to appear on the screen. There some very funny moments though. There are also some very unusual episodes like the one with a pet reptile or Ana's mother dancing freely with her new husband. Everyone is extremely happy neglecting all their life troubles. It looks like the people are happy for some other reasons - but we can only guess... Marcos and Ana's son has never understood why his parents got separated - the less we know - we do not understand why... there are no clues in the movie... but looks like the story was very much undeveloped in this direction - actually the main direction was very strange. None understood this... I am not surprised the son asked them - I would ask them too... or may be I should ask the director - she filmed it - he should know! 25 years of marriage all went down the drain - why? Happy people loving each other, good sex, caring of each other - what else do you want? Everyone smiles though... I get suspicious that these actors do not understand what is going on - they go from one relationship to another. Their lovers are all very dull and the characters are under-developed. The drama is absent as well as our understanding of the situation. They look bored at he end of those adventures. We get bored too to be honest.
I gave the films 7/10 for one reason - the main actors are very good; their faces carry lots of charisma and they are quite famous. I also loved the music and the different culture and lifestyle in South America, there are lots of such interesting faces too we never see in European or Hollywood movies too.
TOLKIEN FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 9/10
It is a movie about the young years of Tolkien, the genius author of Lord Of The Rings. It is filmed beautifully with the great taste. It is a very English movie if one can say so neglecting the fact that it was filmed by the 42 year old Finnish Dome Karukoski.
He is the director who has 6 Finnish Film Awards - one of a kind indeed. The list of actors is so rich you will enjoy every page of the screening.
It is a bio drama describing the life of world famous writer, about his friends, about his love, about his inspirations and the power of art. He spends his young years in the company of same, talented friends whose friendship will survive war and years. they go rather through life challenges including the cruelty of war. These significant events inspired Tolkien to his book creation. Tolkien is the author of the book that shacked the whole world with its inhabitants and characters full of magic and adventures. Tolkien was a student before the first Hobbit appeared and saw the light of this world from the tip of his ink pen. The writer was the admirer of the language he created himself and he was a soldier. The elements of the book are mixed up with the real life story in the picture. Tolkien world was imaginary and he was romantic in the real life. The horrible events of his life forever changed his vision too. He built his own world he lived in. We do not know what is true and what is not so true in this film - I know one thing: it is superb, professinal indeed! The ending is very promising and does not leave the bitter taste from the tale told on the screen. I read Tolkien books of course that appeared in Russia rather late: in early 90-s and was fascinated as well as my kids who opened the Tolkien's world to themselves. I would be curious to read more of his books after this film.
The film generally is very stiff and motion'less as t the actors are all frozen neglecting their dances and songs. The 3 hours story is great and long but it does not work somehow. It looks not that believable with all my love to Indian films. The start of the film though is very emotional and strong but somehow it all falls apart right after the glorious start. I did not really understand as there were lots of political inclusions in he picture which IMHO would be better off if the only story of the boy's journey be present on the screen. the inclusion of nation-wise-coming-together did not work either.
Nothing really touched me as a human too as the stories look real but also made up somehow. I would watch it once only with my best Indian friends to have fun and then - forget!
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website review by Susan Reynolds
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 2019 Adventure/Comedy 1h 26m Universal Pictures
Review by Susan Reynolds 9/10
Director: Chris Renaud Patton Oswalt : Max (terrier cross) Chris Renaud: Norman (guinea pig) Tiffany Haddish: Daisy (Shih Tzu)
Kevin Hart: Snowball (rabbit) Harrison Ford: Rooster (big farm dog) Jenny Slate: Gidget (Pomeranian) Lake Bell: Chloe (tabby cat) Nick Kroll: Larry Sergei the evil circus owner Eric Stonestreet: Duke (shaggy Newfoundland mix) Ellie Kemper: Katie
Pete Holmes: Merrick Dana Carvey: Pops (Bassett) Hannibal Buress: Buddy (Dachshund)
Tara Strong: Sweetpea (budgie)
Several storylines run through this film and make for fast pace engaging viewing ...the liberation of the white tiger cub by Snowball the rabbit and a Shih Tzu named Daisy from a cruel circus owner. There’s a farm holiday for Max and Duke who are mix breed rescue dogs with their family of humans. Then there’s Gidget the Pomeranian who is entrusted to look after Max’s favourite toy then has to retrieve it after falls into the wrong paws.
This film shared a slight sentimental feel with the original brilliant film Toy Story. I thought in the surveillance team reporting back information about the whereabouts of Max’s child owner. Just like Woody asks fellow toys to report back in Toy Story, that’s where I think the comparison ends.
Outstanding funny Chloe the cat is fabulous with her mannerisms and comical attempts at teaching Gidget the dog to act like a cat. The animations were amazing and particularly good at setting the mood with the contrasts of sweet natured well intentioned pets and then the sinister bungling wolves controlled by an evil Circus master.
Enjoyable film for young and young at heart this is my first viewing of an animation in a long while. Especially enjoyable is the tough yet wise German Shepherd farm dog “Rooster” voiced by Harrison Ford and the caring sweet neurotic Max who is so endearing towards his child owner. Both dogs have a positive outcome from their meeting.
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review by Oksana Newton
ave you ever asked yourself a question? What your beloved pet does when you are not home. Maybe your “little baby” is missing you, waiting you next to the front door or sitting on the window and waiting till you back home? It’s what we humans think. If you would like to know what really yours pet does when you are out, than watch The secret life of pets 2. All secrets will be reviled and truth will blow your mind away. Funny cartoon where pets have secret life, great friendships, super skills and being super heroes. Amazingly even rabbit can impress you with his super power, speed and fantastic ideas. A story where friends become one strong team and save an animal who got in trouble. Story where friends get together no matter what kind of pet they are. You surely will look at yours pet with different eyes after this cartoon. It funny, unpredictable, with an emotional moments and lovely cartoon. Prepare to laugh and have a ball. You will love it. Five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. We loved it. Enjoy and don’t miss out. The secret life of pets 2 is waiting for you!!!!
REVIEW: Book Smart By Bryanna Reynolds In this cute coming of age film starring Lisa Kudrow Jason Sudeikis, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Will Forte and Beanie Feldstein to name a few, Booksmart will have you laughing out loud and reminiscing on your own high school experience. The best part about the film is that it makes you question what if you had lived out your high school years differently. The film Booksmart is about two students who suddenly realise that all their years of cramming and studying as studious and academic students meant that they missed out on so much. The fun and games most students experience is something they feel they missed out on and decide to take back control of their lives and live out their fantasies. The star studded cast are suitably cast and a favourite of mine in the film was definitely Lisa Kudrow as always she is amazing on screen in whatever role she is playing. The best part about the film is that they truly capture the essence of high school. Most importantly the film makes you look at yourself and the choices you yourself make. In a way it is philosophical because it makes you think outside the square and think about how things could be different. It also makes you compare what should be and what are people's priorities and question whether one or the other is right. It is a fun and inspirational film that you must see. I would recommend this film to anyone who is familiar with feel good films and anything that makes you use your imagination. It is the perfect layback and enjoy during your everyday life.
NT LIVE: ALL MY SONS FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 10/10
Touching and emotionally "naked" this theater production was the most powerful I saw in the last 10 years!
The story is sad I would say tragic about the family that was together long time ago. The family looks very positive from the first sight... but with the much closer look the full poisonous drama reveals itself in all its ugliness of truth behind the lies.
It all takes place right after the war. the aftermath is horrible leaving the mother is despair waiting for her first older son to come back from war... all in vain... If it was for the war then the tragedy would be understandable but it is more about the war inside the family rather than in the world. They are terrible years of mindless and full of blood life where money and self importance prevail the human common sense.
It seems the war made them all even: the two families standing in front of us: the people that we have no right to judge as we have own tragedies in our own families: some are open and some are well hidden.. lessons we need to learn and we do not want to learn unless the situation becomes unbearable...
The families have a unique opportunity now to heal the wounds. to build their new worlds afresh. This is the time to come back to happiness and peace... but NO!
The actors all go surely and steadily to the finale which is more "thrillic" than the skull of war: the actors play at their best capacities giving to the story line each: their hearts and souls. At the very start of the performance they all seem to build the new, beautiful and cozy house: their business is flourishing, the stability is giving them a good backup to grow,, the younger son is planning to get married. he has enough money for everything he wants in this world.
It all suddenly falls apart when the family members discover that the head of the family, their dad was dishonest with his business and as a result his partner ended up in jail. It is not a small incident as it changes lives, and it kills lives as a result of his actions. The business partner who ends up in jail facing a bankruptcy and his family is penniless now. His daughter is poor as a church mouse now... One tragic incident follows another... the house is full of grief and tears now. the biggest tragedy takes place when the younger son decides to marry the daughter f the jailed businessman and the ex partner of his own father who was dishonest in his business.
The lies are all revealed now and the world of the family is about to collapse and it does... the ending is unavoidable and very powerful... Some people still have to continue to live in the lies...
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING website review by Bryanna Reynolds
My Big Gay Italian Wedding By Bryanna Reynolds In this laugh out loud comedy set in a picturesque town in Italy, the audience are taken on a roller coaster ride of family drama. This light hearted film has you laughing at the most inappropriate times and has you wanting more come the end of the film. The film see’s a young gay couple travel home with two friends to tell their parents they are engaged. Upon their arrival in the town, there is upset with the coming out of the Mayor's son. But strangely the Mayor is the only person in the town who cannot accept his own son’s sexuality. Throughout the film we see the journey of acceptance for the young gay couple and the lengths a parent will go to, in order to accept their son. While the film deals with sexuality it is just one aspect of the film and story line about acceptance and spending time learning about one’s self. It really is a journey of self discovery and growing up. The fantastic cast are all suitably legendary and make for a match made in heaven. It would be great to see future collaborations of the cast together in more films. It also makes for some of the best international comedy I have seen in awhile. The film is in Italian but very easy to understand. The best part about the film is that they truly capture the spirit of friendship as well as overcoming weakness and self doubt through comedy and standing up for your rights as a family. It is as much inspirational as it is comedic. Having visited Italy it was beautiful to see it captured so wonderfully in the film. It made me want to go back and visit. This is a positive for tourism as well! Throughout the film the soundtrack is amazing and leads up to a magical rendition of ‘Don't Leave Me This Way’ at the end of the film. It is one of my favourite songs and it was choreographed so beautifully. Every performer in the film were downright amazing and completely pulled the film together. While the film is about pulling togther a family for a gay wedding it is equally represen5ting friendshipl, family dynamics and love. I think it ultimately is asking the question what defines love and how far will you go to protect the person you love. I would recommend this film to anyone who is familiar with My Big Fat Greek Wedding with a twist of course. I would love to see more work from this cast and crew.
GODZILLA 2: KING OF THE MONSTERS website review by Max Lyons
Film Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes place five years following the events of 2014's Godzilla. After defeating the MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms; yes… they were actually called that) the monstrous lizardous Titan went into dormant hiding. Now, with new kaiju emerging and the unfathomably powerful King Ghidorah dawning its tempestuousness on the world, a helpless humanity must do everything in their power to reawaken Godzilla and pray for their survival amidst the battle for Titan dominance.
I’m going to keep this review short because wasting any more of my time on this film (beyond it’s already egregious 132-minute runtime) is genuinely disheartening in itself. In fact, if I were to voice everything wrong with this film, I imagine I’d be looking at a minimum full-length novelette, and so instead I will merely summarise my experience in one word; boring. An incomprehensible blending of human drama and Titan conflict, King of the Monsters fails in almost every aspect of cinematic competence. The acting is mediocre, the characters are one-dimensional and characteristically inconsistent, the dialogue is painfully exposition-heavy and abhorrently cliché, and the narrative itself serves little purpose beyond loosely justifying the movements of the Titans; getting them from A to B.
But there are giant monsters fighting each other, right? Isn’t that entertaining?... Sadly, not particularly. As breathtaking as some of the visuals are (including a gorgeous bioluminescent Mothra), the actual melees themselves are mooted by close-up framework, luminously absent environments, storm-ridden skies, and an ever-present cyan-filtered ambience. Like most other things in the movie, it quickly becomes so incomprehensibly blasé that it vitiates any conceivable shred of enjoyment.
On paper, an all-out battle-royale between gigantic monsters sounds gleefully entertaining, not to mention every Godzilla fans wet-dream. In execution, it fell face-first every step of the way. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was a disheartening painful slog and I truly don’t recommend it to anyone.
CLAIRE DARLING FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website RATE: 10/10
The film has a very slow pace though it does not influence and diminish the mood and depth of the emotions portrayed. The events that take place fit into one day so intense that you simply feel blown away in the past episode... The day though fits past and present as the present has lots of referrals and come backs to the past events in the family. The action takes place from the early morning till the very deep late night. But in these 24 hours Claire Darling has time for everything: she wakes up, she organises a garage sale of all her wealth possessions in her house, she meets with her daughter who left the house 20 years ago, she has time to speak with an old friend, she has time to get in the hospital and run away from there. Is not it too much for one day for an old woman? But the quiet pace of the country life where the film takes place makes it all look so speed-less and so patient.
Claire's house is full of treasures and dolls, that move, speak, open their mouths, dance, play musical instruments, show circus tricks, it is full of ancient clocks with each bell-beat of which we can witness a small theater performance; it is full of stuffed animals masterfully created by the artists and it is full a-of rare and antique furniture. It is a magical world kids adore and love. Martine is one of the kids, a friend of Clair's daughter who loved the house since they were friends with her. She walks around the house with its mysterious corners.
But Claire's own children had enough of it, they have different life value. NO one else loves what was collected by the family but Clair herself. Her monetary difficulties, her argument with her husband, her grief with her son leaving this world because of an accident and then the death of her husband plus her grown up daughter, Mari's frustrations and her leaving the house - all of that she forgets when she plays with her house toys. The magical toys of the house all still working, but no one is there to share Claire's excitement anymore.
The magical mechanics accompanied by the divine music from the dolls and toys, the magic of the ink from the ancient table with lots of secret departments and wards... all of that surround Mari when she comes back to her childhood house. Mari suddenly discovers the letters from her to her mother that Claire never opened up. The table is bought by someone else... May be all these toys will be happier in their new houses... Never have they been happy in that house of Claire. As for Mari and Claire - their life is as good as it gets. Mari is not married yet... She can not make up her mind.
The past and the present interact as if one image goes from the past and finishes in the present in one episode so cleverly. Today's Clair wear a luxury silk gown with flowers. She meets her younger self in the kitchen or n the living room. It is like a memory flash from the past to the present and back.
There are no bedroom scenes and they are not required. We can only guess of Claire's relationship with the local priest.
The nature pictured is absolutely stunning and the whole movie seems so aesthetically pleasing.
It takes a while to understand who is who and where they fit into the puzzle in this lyrical and melancholy film about a woman nearing the end of her life who is suffering from dementia.
That is because there are constant flashbacks and there are no establishing scenes.
The action just takes off and then it is left for us to gradually put the pieces together.
Once we do, it becomes far more satisfying. What are we without our memories and most-treasured possessions? That’s the question that we’re invited to contemplate in Claire Darling, directed by Julie Bertuccelli, based upon the best-selling novel by Lynda Rutledge. On the first day of summer, reclusive millionaire Darling (Catherine Deneuve) lays her worldly possessions on the front lawn of her mansion, impulsively determined to sell everything. As a horde of curious and opportunistic neighbours and others fight over the ridiculously under-priced antiques, the objects stir vivid memories for Darling of her flamboyant life. Her long-estranged daughter Marie (Chiara Mastroianni) arrives and we learn more about their troubled relationship and Darling’s back story. Claire Darling is a deeply personal film about emotional attachment for the director and co-writer Julie Bertuccelli, who filmed it at her grandmother’s estate. As Darling, veteran actress Catherine Deneuve plays opposite her real-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni. Claire Darling, the movie, goes from evoking powerful memories of the past to pure fantasy. Let’s face it, at times Darling, the elderly woman, is off with the pixies.
Underpinning the film though is guilt, guilt about Darling’s treatment of her daughter and about what happened to her son and husband.
To say any more would be to spoil the surprise.
Suffice to say, a couple of the scenes a significant way into the picture are particularly telling and you need to concentrate to follow exactly what is going on and why.
A subplot involves the disappearance of a ring with a great deal of sentimental value.
I dare say many will find the going in Claire Darling too tough to stick with … and I wouldn’t call this Deneuve’s most memorable role.
Although I would hardly call this is a masterpiece, I appreciated its attempts to create an air of mystery, even if its execution was a bit too convoluted for my liking.
It is another eye opening documentary from the creators of THAT SUGAR FILM. Director Damon Gameau works hard to show us the unique and new material from his own research. The films is structured as a letter to Damon's daughter who will turn 21 in year 2040.
How life will be in 20 years? What will happen to us? What do we need to teach our children as they will take over this Earth with everything we leave for them?
All over the world, travelling far the filming crew is in search for original approaches and solutions for the collective human self elimination through global warming.
There are so many stories and examples from the new ways of energy production, transportation and agriculture. They show that we can eliminate very effectively the CO2 poisonous production as a result of some plants, manufacturing and goods produce. We can finally create a more adaptive and healthy to live in world.
It will all depend on us and our actions - our future should be created positively if we want it to be healthy and positive. The power is in our hands! I also hope that everyone should bring their children to watch this film to learn and to understand the implications and how to live their lives consciously. Great and inspiring movie that will make you think!
It is a film about the last days of William Shakespeare himself. In 1613 his famous London Thetaer is destroyed by fire. After this tragedy the writer return to Stratford o his family and his hardest role: husband and father who lost his son. The film is full of quiet passion. It feels like the episodes are stills and they look almost like the old paintings of the great masters. The script is amazing and the actors' performances are simply stunning. It might seem a bit slow but s intimately beautiful. Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench are both incredible. I also read that all the interior scenes were lit by candles and filmed as is. I would not say that this film is for everyone: it is rather sad and I also know that many will not like the pace but it is all done on purpose to portray the depth of the family drama.
Italian Drama (English Subtitles) Directed by Alice Rohrwacher Produced by Martin Scorsese Cast: Adriano Tardiolo :Lazzaro Alba Rohrwacher :Antonia Luca Chikovani :Tancredi Nicoletta Braschi :Alfonsina De Lun (Marchesa) 2hr. 10min.
8.5/10 Review by Susan Reynolds
Amidst a rustic rural area of Italy there was an estate called Inviolata where resilient yet unsophisticated impoverished people barely eked out a living. The workforce of 54 were growing and harvesting tobacco for the greedy Marchesa who happily kept the workers in poverty. The workers were oblivious of their right to earn a reasonable wage. This practise of share farming had been outlawed in the 1970’s, this illegal business existed primarily because the conditions of flooding had left the people ignorant and isolated. It also existed as exploitation does because it can and this case it did.
The disproportionate living standards were evident when we see the Marchesa nearby with and her family in a large house with furnishings and fashionable decor. We had entering the story the Marchesa’s son Tancredi who befriends the seemingly happy or is he just blissfully ignorant Lazzaro who is one of the workers. Lazzaro is a bit of a lost soul who lived with his grandmother and didn’t know who his parents were. No one is ever quite sure what makes him tick as he seems to be in a parallel universe staring into space at times.
When he’s not preoccupied staring into the distance Lazzaro is everyone’s whipping boy. His fellow workers say “fetch this Lazzaro” “get that Lazzaro” or “what are you doing Lazzaro, hurry up” He’s a meek individual who does what he’s told until Tancredi calls him away to explore away from his regular work routine on the estate.
Tancredi disrupted Lazzaro’s life, albeit Tancredi is self obsessed but he does give Lazzaro a most precious thing, friendship! Tancredi appeared genuine in that but is he really? Lazzaro showed his new friend his hideout in the mountains which Tancredi decided to retreat to and engineered a scheme for a ransom in a letter to send to his crooked mother informing her he was kidnapped.
As a result of the news of a supposed kidnapping of Tancredi reaching authorities and the subsequent searches for him the illegal workers are discovered. All the lives are thrown into chaos. The authorities “rescue” the workers and they are processed and are moved to an urban setting. Were their lives improved? What happened to Lazzaro? A fall off a cliff, a visitation by the wolf, Lazzaro seemingly dead. The story echoed the biblical tale of Lazarus as he had risen from the dead. This good man Lazzaro lived on!
Wolves, icy conditions, eternal youth, corruption and exploring the disjointed lives of those just trying to survive. Themes social mobility, social acceptance, friendship, exploitation, spiritual and mystical elements. If you can handle a few story jumps you’ll be fine. If you can follow the idea of a fluidity of paint on a canvas spilling into happening pools of creativity then you’ll get it. The story does venture into the unexpected so prepare for it.
ROCKETMAN website review by Vellukhanna Mariappen
Rocketman is a biographical film surrounding the early life of the musical legend, Elton John.
As one would rightly imagine, the movie splendidly covers Elton's most memorable songs, with the divergent notion of highlighting the origins of it, fashioned through episodes of emotional turmoil and uncertainties that young Elton faces from the early '60s.
The movie renders about the many instances of brilliant songwriting and vocal productions with fellow lyricist Bernie Taupin, who'd become Elton's lifelong friend. The audience would definitely be captivated with every minute of the movie - being interspersed with moments of cataclysmic meltdowns albeit peaking the global music charts throughout the '70s, of his estranged relationship with both his parents, and of Elton's bold embarkment of a journey of soul-searching through the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
The nexus of brilliant portrayal of Elton John by Taron Egerton, and of the mindful direction by Dexter Fletcher, is very evident to the audience. The movie certainly does every ounce of justice to the legend, and you'd be left with many-a-memorable-tune in your head, long after you have left the show!
Regards / VelluVellukhanna Mariappen
ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION website review by Oksana Newton
Asterix and Obelix are the most loved and well known by lots of generations. It is basically the classical story about great and loyal friendship between two friends who always get out of troubles together. So guess whta? Yes, they are back in this new, funny and exciting animation. My son and me, we both loved it so much! It was one interesting, unexpected and enjoyable story to watch. My 7 years old boy couldn’t stop laughing. He was absolutely delighted. The whole story starts in the Gaulish village, where people support each other and work as a team. On the day Head Druid Getafix decides to pass the secret of the magic potion to some young, brave and skilful person who could keep the knowledge and power of the potion in safe hands. This magic potion is very powerful and it is also very desirable by Romans. Julius Cesar wants the potion desperately. He wishes his soldiers have magic strength and only this potion could resolve his problem. He signs an agreement with evil wizard Demonix, who promises to get the recipe of the potion. Back to the village Asterix, Obelix and Getafix are ready for theirs journey. People need a new young wizard to save the day. During the trip Asterix, Obelix and Getafix discover a little girl sleeping inside of their cooking pot. They can not return home, so they take her for a big and dangerous adventure. They looked for a long time for that one-special person, but they couldn’t found anyone who would love and appropriate to be the next wizard. They are now back home and what do they find: the village is destroyed by Romans. Getafix, Asterixand Obelix have to hurry up to save the people, but it is way too late. However one brave and clever person saves everyone and helps Getafix to win the battle with the evil wizard, Demonix.
I really want tell you who saved the day, but just watch and enjoy the cartoon. Please also remember that sometimes we are looking too hard and too long for someone special, while this person is here, just next to you. ... and this is what actually happened in this beautiful story... Enjoy the cartoon.
HEIRESSES FILM TO PAY ATTENTION AT website review; Misha Marchev RATE: 7/10
It is a cinematography with no men involved. The are exterminated completely or exhausted as an unnecessary tools? What is happening? There is no men here in this film. The females filled up the forefront and they filled the second plan / background as well. Would you dare watching this?
But you will be completely mistaken if you think this way as your assessment might be mistaken. For the film that involves a psychological drama this movie is a delight, it is for the viewer who thinks and analyses. I will leave a trace in your soul as it might resonate with your own life. The picture will delight you as well.
This film got 3 prizes at the Berlin Film Festival. Add to this the San Sebastian's triumph for the best Latin American film and your ironic perplexity will disappear as a light spring wind... In addition, the only man engaged in this movie is its director. . He is the film's father, the god and the creator. who tuned up the whole female orchestra.
What do we see? There are two aging females: Chela and Chiquita. They have been together for 30 years. What do they have in common? One bed perhaps. But this is not what is important.
They had a rich and interesting life before and they were never deprived of anything. Their poverty now is depressive . The money that they had all finished. What is the way out of it? They sell their antique furniture, dinning sets and paintings or something that really interests the buyers. Chiquita is jailed as they can not pay to their creditors. Chela's not mercantile life style does not help either. She is immature emotionally and behaves like a scared teenager. Sometimes she is even scared to get out of the house. She is not counted, she is not heard at all. Everything is decided without her being involved but she is not interested in it at all. Her other half is stronger and she makes sure that Chela is not making any decisions at all.
Chela makes her first steps out without her girlfriend. She feels herself more and more human step by step, bit by bit. She discovers that she is good at swimming. She also finds out about small pleasures of life. She overcomes her fear of driving too. The car is a symbol of life. If you can not drive your car you can not drive in life. Slowly Chela opens her own new world. She grows day after day. Her maturity is welcomed by the audience. We get engaged , we feel happy but sad at the same time. Chela frees herself up day after day. But Chiquita's three months jail sentence is close to its end too... so what will happen?
The film is very fine and graceful, very touching, The characters are are played with a mater-touch. The characters are so different: so feminine with the fear of a young female dear peeping through the door... with a completely opposite and almost male (ignorant) character dressed in the female clothes.
The loneliness of all the characters in the film is obvious and unavoidable. The picture finishes with a long "..." there are questions everywhere: what happens next... It is intriguing. The slow motions of t he characters and the seemingly "frozen" sceneries only highlight the strong emotional work that is taking place inside the hearts of he females. The contrasts depresses you but also makes you very curious and excited. You will want to scream in the middle of the film and them all: you know girls, there is life over there!!! Some of the viewers will find the film very boring to watch but those of you who love art house will really enjoy it.
A long-standing couple from wealthy backgrounds who have been together for decades suffer financial distress resulting in a quantum shift in one of them.
Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún) are in their sixties. Both are descended from well-to-do families in Asunción, Paraguay.
They have lived together for more than thirty years, largely insulated from the troubles of the outside world.
Times have changed though and with debts mounting, the pair begins to sell-off some precious heirlooms.
Ultimately the financial situation proves untenable.
After she is convicted of petty fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order.
Suddenly, the sheltered Chela must fend for herself.
Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly starts working as a chauffeur for the other wealthy women of the neighbourhood. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), thereby forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution. Slow moving art-house fare, this is a film that is likely to appeal most to hardened film buffs and festival attendees.
In the public preview screening I attended several people walked out within half an hour.
I, though, appreciated the sensitivity and slice of life drama imbued in the movie.
Although nothing happens quickly, you can see the wheels turning in Chela’s head.
Clearly she has been treading water for some time, but unexpected circumstances lead to a change of routine ... and a chance to live a new life.
In her stunning debut, Ana Brun does a fine job channelling the apprehension of a character all but rooted to the spot (often through non-verbal cues) until fate intervenes.
She may not say much, but her body language conveys a great deal.
There is sadness, desperation and fear in her characterisation, which won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.
Ana Ivanova makes for a gloriously provocative vixen who believes in living life to the fullest, quite the antithesis of Chela.
Making his feature film debut, writer and director Marcelo Martinessi doesn’t pander to platitudes, rather he is nuanced and keeps things real, which serves the subject matter well.
Subdued and melancholic, The Heiresses is a touching and telling small audience film, which is bound to polarise patrons.
Rated M, The Heiresses scores a 7 out of 10.
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM website review by Max Lyons
Director: Chad Stahelski.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick.
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Running time: 131 Minutes. Film Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
John Wick 3: Parabellum is the latest entry in the gritty hyper-realistic macabre action franchise starring Keanu Reeves as titular character John Wick. If you’re unfamiliar with the franchise as it stands, I highly encourage you to go back and watch the first two instalments. There’s a lot to unpack, which is part of the reason the franchise has garnered such success. The characters are detailed, the world-building is expansive and intriguing, and the narrative is highly engaging as a result. In saying that, for the squeamish or faint of heart, perhaps think twice. These movies are unapologetically violent, but not for the sake of ultra-violence – it serves a purpose and works fittingly with the world and action-style.
Whereas the previous two movies had quite a lot of word-building, this movie slows down a bit, instead focussing more on the narrative situation of Wick himself, labelled “excommunicado” by the High Table (the governing body of the assassin world), he must run and fight his way to freedom/redemption with a $14 million (and rising) bounty on his head.
Though this may the film’s greatest shortcoming, it doesn’t neuter the cinematic experience as a whole. Still remaining is the excessively detailed character portrayals, the over-the-top amazingly choreographed and cinematically shot action sequences (a true testament in a landscape ruled by unnecessary jump-cuts), and the mysterious intrigue of the assassin underworld and all it entails. Reeves continues to showcase his mastery in acting and dedication to the roles he plays, and with him is an incredibly talented cast of co-stars impeccably befitting to the film’s adroit calibre.
For fans of the series, John Wick 3 is a highly enjoyable continuation of what you’ve come to love and admire, albeit lacking in the world-building department. It continues the tone of the franchise, sets up future avenues to explore, and culminates beautifully in an onslaught of near-palpable action sequences that will have you on the edge of your seat. For newcomers, you may get a little lost on some of the narrative devices (again, I implore some pre-requisite viewing of John Wick 1 & 2), but for any action-lover, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
will be released in cinemas Australia-wide on May 16, 2019.