THE WHITE CROW NEW 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 NEW 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.
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.
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".
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!
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!
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!
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 NEW 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 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.
An Unexpected Love (M) – 129 minutes – by Alex First
Ricardo Darín (Wild Tales) and Mercedes Morán (The Motorcycle Diaries) play Marcos and Ana, a long-married couple who are led to question the true meaning of love and desire after becoming empty nesters.
When the pair arrives at the airport to farewell their son Luciano (Andres Gil), who is leaving his Argentine homeland to study abroad, they are filled with certainty that they’ve done well as parents.
However, his departure leaves a significant hole in their everyday lives and after more than 20 years of marriage both reluctantly come to admit that their feelings for each other have shifted.
So as if it were one last project together, Ana and Marcos decide to “consciously uncouple” and begin to explore the world of being newly-single.
But it is fair to say the results are not all they cracked up to be.
Written by Juan Vera and Daniel Cúparo, An Unexpected Love is directed by Vera, who makes his directorial debut.
A very long and slow movie about finding yourself after middle age, the narrative arc in this romantic comedy is obvious from the start.
In short, it plays on the adage that grass is always greener on the other side, only to find out it isn’t (surprise, surprise – NOT!)
Still, it will have particular appeal to women of a certain age.
There is a lot of chatter (much verbiage) and I am sorry to say much ado about not all that much.
An Unexpected Love attempts to be cute and funny, but didn’t do a great deal for me. I simply wanted to get to the end.
My negativity isn’t about the acting, which is fine – two established actors with fine reputations play their roles as they would be expected to – but I struggled with the scripting.
For one thing it needed tightening and overall the whole piece could have been a lot more engaging and entertaining.
When Harry Met Sally this isn’t. Now there is a fine romantic comedy.
Marcos and Ana could have had more interesting things to say and do. But then again if you like stories about the mundane, go for it. Otherwise, give it a miss.
Rated M, An Unexpected Love scores a 6 out of 10.
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!!!!
Finally and luckily I had a chance to see this beautiful animation that I was waiting for since the first one saw the light of screens. Now the question is: should you go and see it? The answer is simple: it depends on your choices in anime and your personal likes and dislikes. But I will try to answer this question in more details:
The storyline. You will see the friendly company will get divided: some will go to the country and some will remain in the city fighting for freeing the white tiger (who does not want to do not know how to talk) and still having lots of adventures. The adventures will erupt slowly like a sleeping volcano: with full on action closer to the end of the film. If you ask me who was my faveorite character I would say: the grandma who was driving while she was sleeping and snoring...
Atmosphere. The atmosphere of adventure is always present however... If you start o compare with part 1 the real adventure is somehow lost in part 2 in its scale and in its joy. In my personal opinion: it was not enough to match the level of part 1.
Humor. The humor was ok but mainly targeting the pre-school kids with nice exceptions. There are two examples: red dot episode and the episode when Giget learns to be a cat. There are many others and the jokes will be lovable by many no matter how old they are. I am also sure you will have more fun if you have your own pet at home and you have some one to compare with what is on the screen and what is in your reality.
Music. The composer remains the same as in part 1 of the film
Overall. Part 2 seems a bit weaker than part 1 but still is fun to spend your time with kids and family. Part 2 became not as original as part 1. It also seems more childish than part 1. You will love it!
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.