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Favorite Movies:
La Haine (Hate), Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor), Underground, Amélie, Léon: The Professional, The Matrix, The Big Blue (Le Grand bleu), Nikita (La Femme Nikita), Good Morning, Vietnam, Kontroll, The Incredibles, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Character (Karakter), Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, Sin City, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Gladiator, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Love Actually, Braveheart, Bruce Almighty, There's Something About Mary, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres), Control, Everything is Illuminated, The Silence of the Lambs, Water, Requiem for a Dream, Romeo + Juliet, V for Vendetta, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Thirteen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Terminator, The Sound of Music, The Sixth Sense, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, The Prestige, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Mask, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Illusionist, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part III, The Fifth Element, The Exorcist, The Devil Wears Prada, The Departed, The Crow, The Bourne Identity, The Breakfast Club, Team America - World Police, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Shaun of the Dead, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Pan's Labyrinth, Ocean's Eleven, Notting Hill, Moulin Rouge!, Memento, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Labyrinth, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Interview with the Vampire, GoodFellas, Full Metal Jacket, Forrest Gump, Finding Neverland, Die Hard, Chocolat, Chicago, Charlie's Angels, Casino Royale, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Boyz n the Hood, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Blow, Beetlejuice, Benny & Joon, Batman, Batman Returns, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, American History X, Aliens, 300, 28 Days Later, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, White Heat, The African Queen, Snatch, A Clockwork Orange, Across the Universe, Juno, The Darjeeling Limited, Atonement, Day Watch, Baraka, Hard Candy, Little Miss Sunshine, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Nightwatch, District 9, Pi, Harry Brown, The Insider, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Airbag

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  • The Great Beauty

    The Great Beauty (2013)

    February 10, 2014

    A choir sing in a italian square while a bunch of Japanese tourist listen an italian tourist guy, one of the tourist split from the group to snap some panoramic pictures of the city, suddenly he is dead... The life start in the afternoon for everyone

    The Great Beauty start with a wild party on the rooftop of luxury apartment in Rome. You can identify the main character of this story, the selfish people with un reciprocated love, the heavy drinker with nothing left to live, midgets, dominatrix and horny fellows. The last person to reveal is the singular guy smoking and seems to having a blast on this party, this i Jep.

    Jep is a writer, Jep is a playboy, Jep is the happiest guy in Italy. The Great Beauty tells the story of Jep Gambardella a well known writer with a single successful book, lives "La Dolce Vita" in this wonderful and amazing apartment with a terrace to the Coliseum, he lives the live to the fullest, with crazy parties with friends who share a common interest in writing and theater. But there empty, from the inside.

    Jep search for love, real one, he spent hours by looking at the ceiling picturing the ocean, the sea that saw him grew and saw him been in love and passionated about things, but specially Elissa his lost love.

    That's What triggers Jep emotions. He relived the first kiss, his first sexual encounter and how his life is been dedicated to enjoy the superficial pleasures of life, the drugs, the lust, the alcohol and the luxury.

    The Great Beauty is surreal, is fantastic, is a pure joy a real movie buzz, he honored the great Federico Fellini with his iconic images, the religious symbols, but most importune how caricature characters travel from one extreme to the other, camouflaging their emotions using fancy clothes, fancy cars, erotic dance moves and elegant dinner parties with bishops and cardinals.

    The film travels to the underground lives of instant botox, the Costa Concordia, unusual gifted kids painters who drain their hate, but mostly The Great Beauty is about a man who wanders the city and his life.

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

    February 05, 2014

    Making biopics is a big challenge, in fact could be a curse if are not make properly.
    Director Justin Chadwick director of several TV series in the UK, was responsible of making Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom a film about the life of Nelson Mandela.

    Idris Elba play the iconic character who change the destiny of South Africa by changing the country with his ideas. The film follow Mandela from childhood, his first years as a lawyer, his first marriage, then his relationship with Winnie, his trouble maker times till his incarceration and concluding on his presidency.

    Mandela Long Walk to Freedom is looks like a TV film, of course it was well produced but probably do his director is hard to not compare the film to a made to TV movie biopic. Idris Elba is such a talented actor and deserve recognition. What annoys me is the make up add to to Mr Elba to make it look old. Is distracting and is not accurate. The screenplay by William Nicholson is strong but sometimes borderline of been corny,

    I believe that after a long career for Mr Chadwick making movies, the transition to Hollywood will help him to define his style and also will create a better look for his films instead of looking more TV movie that actual film movie.

  • Gloria

    Gloria (2014)

    February 05, 2014

    Who is Gloria?
    Gloria is a middle age woman, recently divorce, lonely by missing her son and daughter, by wanted to be alive again. Not by just going to clubs and dance with every guy on the room. "Gloria" wants to be loved again.

    Sebastián Leilo director of the film "Gloria" creates timeless story about a woman searching for what is missing for her. Pleasure, in the context of human beings the pleasure of been loved, been desire, been able to express yourself without judgment or dance with someone, enjoying good music. This kind of pleasures can been seen from the very beginning of the movie. Gloria singing in the car while she drives to work, then after hours heading to a club and dancing, meeting a older guy, here and there. That's when she meet Rodolfo a retired naval officer, who shows her at the very beginning pleasures that she wanted.

    From fine dinner, learning of how to play paintball, to good and intense sex. Gloria discover that Rodolfo is a total jerk who support his early thirty daughters as well his wife who was separated a year ago.

    The film presents a strong dilemma, been with someone or been alone. There is several vignettes in the film "Gloria" that semiotically represents Gloria demise and resurrection as a woman and human being. From facing a white peacock in a wedding, to accepting the presence of a bald cat who escape from his junky neighbor to a personal reflection after hearing the tune The Waters of March.

    On the other hand the movie Gloria is filled with small details in the scenes, things that make it unique, Gloria and Rodolfo before having sex they start removing corset as a ritual by peeling the ages that both characters are facing.

    Gloria is a very powerful film, with a slow pace, but with a fantastic actress Paulina Garcia.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

    February 05, 2014

    When Peter Jackson announced the making of the Hobbit I wasn't excited about the idea, at first make me feel that the prequel trend was continuing thanks to George Lucas revising Star Wars prequels. Now that I seen the second film I was right.

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug is the second installment of the book The Hobbit made by JRR Tolkien. The story on this movie continues the events that happened on the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This second film continues the quest of of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and a group of dwarves in their quest to reclaim Erebor. Throughout the movie the main characters are facing several obstacles as well life changing decisions in order to achieve the main goal.

    I have to say that this movie have several moment when is very entertaining. But Peter Jackson is making the terrible decision to doing this films so long. The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug can be very boring sometimes and less entertaining than its predecessors. Even with the help of well known characters or new ones (Legolas play by Orlando Bloom and Tauriel played by Evangeline Lily) the films feels flat and predictable. The adventure is just simple and continuously endless.

    Besides the great effort of amazing visual effects, sets and make up. The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug is another adventure film with no big twist.

  • Her

    Her (2013)

    January 21, 2014

    A guy sits by himself dictating a letter, sounds like a lover letter. It sounds personal, but at the same time seems to point out the impersonal that could be when this guy is trying to express his feelings by using a dictation software and then is reveal that is an anniversary letter. When the camera pulls back the audience discover a whole office that their solely business is to create this letters for someone.

    The guy dictating the letter is Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) a lonely and introvert guy, like anyone that you bump on the street. A guy who loves technology, use it for everything , it fills his wishes and desires, from a game alone at home to the traditional online porn. We can see easily that Theodore needs company, at the moment he is dealing with a dramatic divorce with Catherine (Rooney Mara). Like anyone in in this period of time, he needs to occupy his mind with something. Theodore decide to get the new OS operating system, the most intuitive of all, basically it adapt to the user and grow with it. That's when Samantha (Voice of Scarlett Johansson) appears. She gives Theodore company, entertain him and give him something special and unique to live.

    Spike Jonze (director) explore a surreal world when everyone who watch this movie will click. Computers metaphorically speaking rule our worlds and lives, give us solutions to our daily activities, but also make us dependable of the information, the pleasures, the entertainment, but sadly make us dumb.

    One of the most particulars characters on the film is Olivia Wilde as a blind date. Some friends of Theodore fix a date with this girl just to fill the emptiness of Phoenix character. Throughout the date scene you discover how many people can meet using a online dating site a girls as needy and desperate like this one, a girl with conditions but also with so much necessities. That's how you realize that in the world of technology people find in front of the computer screen, love, pleasure, lust, entertainment, fun, but also the discovery of psychological illness.

    Theodore and the rest of the characters shown their true skin when you see them interacting with their computers and the systems that sort of help our lives to make it "easy" but at the end of the day can destroy our ability to be just us, humans.

    If you recall computers in movies and the effect, you can see Hal from 2001, T800 and T1000 The Terminator The Replicants in Blade Runner, Tron you will see that most of the computers, devices and operating systems come to the humans as a total novelty, but then you discover how so much bad can do to you, physically and mentally

  • The Past

    The Past (2013)

    January 21, 2014

    A divorce is a very painful moment in your life and in fact a very experience that help you remember your past life. The confrontation of what's left behind is the main plot of the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi "The Past", the story takes place in France where Ahmad (Ali Mostafat) return from Theran to finish his divorce papers with soon to be ex-wife Marie (Bérenice Bejo) and also visit the daughters of Marie previous marriages. Ahmad discover that Marie is already in a new relationship with an Arab man name Samir who has a son whose wife is in coma.

    From the very begging Fahardi established very interesting film making elements in order explain his point on why the film is called "The Past" Ahmad arrived at the airport meeting Marie both seen divided by a soundproof glass, their expressions consist into a vivid metaphor of was left, dissolved emotions, good and bad memories but perhaps the glass represents inability to communicate which results into a divorce, Ahmad and Marie arrived at the car in the airport parking totally wet from a unexpected rain, you see the last sparkle of that relationship, you see their faces as a reflection picking the pieces of what's left.

    Later Ahmad and Marie drive to pick up Lucie at the school, the daughter of Marie in a previous marriage, which have problems with Marie, because she disapproved Samir relationship with her mother. Again, Fahardi use the glass metaphor with Ahmad and cop who is asking him to move the car while he parked on a unauthorized section, the conversation is presented mute as hidden message, is Ahmad ability to offer solutions, by avoiding conflicts or perhaps find ways around.

    That's how you finally discover in just two scenes how the main characters are going to play in this complex film. The story is revealed like a cop drama, where every revelation is painful but necessary for the conclusion.

    Asghar Farhadi create another powerful story about difficult characters who still love their Arab roots, are dealing with new territories and new relationships.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    January 08, 2014

    When I first read that "The Wolf of Wall Street" I was wondering how difficult and complicated will be to make this movie. From the length of the story to the cast and the esthetics behind the film.

    After watching the film, which cause me a headache after I finished the long 3 hours I will say that this movie should be called: Gordon Gekko's Wall Street on Steroids. The story of Wolf of Wall Street, tell the story of Jordan Belfort a stockbroker who started woking in the business in 1987. During a stock crisis he lost his job and started working on a Long Island boiler room which deals with penny stocks. His pitching style earn him a fortune, after meeting Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) they decide to open a their own firm. The story continues with the rise of Jordan's company, the lifestyle that goes from expensive prostitutes and drugs. Overall the film is intense, you can see Marty signature all over the place, from his typical filmmaking, Thelma Schoonmaker editing style and rhythm.

    Unfortunately the problem of the movie is tell the tale in 3 hours, you can see how was cut and understand the lack of information in some characters as well the plot. Some nudity was necessary to show the excess of the stock brokers lifestyle, but to show the debauchery happening there you can use smarter tools.
    The Wolf of Wall Street tried embrace the luxury, the excess and the pleasure of that lifestyle. Jordan Belfort and their team of con artist are heroes, their funny and they not representing any evil. But at the end of the day, they stole people money for their own pleasure. None is punished, comparing to Goodfellas, the last one, show you the good and the bad of been against the law.

    Di Caprio is amazing and earn his reward as experienced actor, Jonah Hill is great, Matthew McConaughey is really good besides his limited screen time. I love Rob Reiner performance.

    Overall the film is entertaining

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

    January 07, 2014

    Music in film is a true joy to watch. Stories of music bands, singers, composers or just creators of music, explore memorable moment when a tune came to life and the challenge pressing the dream of been famous. From Alan Parker "The Commitment", Olvier Stone "The Doors" Steve Kloves "The Fabulous Baker Boys and Luis Valdez "La Bamba" films that explore music artits and their life most of the time tell the tale from the beginning to the end, sometimes tragic, sometimes ironic and even unusual.

    For Joel and Ethan Coen and their film "Inside Llewyn Davis" this is not an exception. The movie takes place in a folk scene in NY during 1961 and presents the life of Llewyn Davis in a week of calamities, successful encounters, unwanted babies, missing cats and cold road trips.
    "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a musical film as it best, you enjoy every part of it, in a way reminds me the importance that Alan Parker gave to "The Commitments" music performances are important to the story, it helps to connect the audience with the artist itself. It allows you to feels the music, and find meaning to their lyrics where the singer came from and where is going. Perhaps is an expression of freedom but also the struggle of been a true spirit in the music scene of 1961. Oscar Issac is great, Carey Mulligan is stunning.
    This is a movie for music fans.

  • Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

    January 07, 2014

    I'm always share fascination to movie about the making of a movie. Films like The Player, White Hunter Black Heart, Boogie Nights, Ed Wood and 8 1/2 explore the nature of a director, a producer or the actors during the production of a movie. Alternate stories of human suffering, personal approval, murder and turbulent pass represents this films and their characters.

    In Saving Mr Banks Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers writer for the famous book Mary Poppins, and tells her story of her trip to Hollywood to start the production of this famous Julie Andrews movie. Mrs Travers is trudging finically and her only solution is to sell the rights of Mary Poppins book to make the film via Disney Studios. She met Walt Disney play by Tom Hanks and the team behind the film Richard and Rober Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak) and Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford)

    Mrs Travers have a very difficult relationship with the team, she question everything on the film, from costume and set design, the use of singing on the movie and also the plot and how Banks senior play on the movie. The pre-production becomes an entire cathartic experience for Mrs Travers, bringing childhood memories make the audience understand that Mary Poppins is based on her life experience, her father alcoholism and how her aunt help the family to bring back their feet.

    The film is sentimental and fun to watch, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are great, Paul Giamatti is my favorite on the movie. Is great to see a little bit of how the song were made and the involvement of Walt Disney into the production of Mary Poppins

  • Philomena

    Philomena (2013)

    January 07, 2014

    Four years ago actor and writer Steve Coogan, made a TV show called the trip. The plot was a about a restaurant tour on the north of England. Coogan seems to be interest in a human exploration during a trip, could be like the American called: road trip, but mostly comedic.

    In the movie "Philomena" by director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters) brought Coogan to do another kind of trip.

    Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love, Iris) plays Philomena Lee a woman who 50 years ago gave birth to a baby in Ireland, but because she wasn't married she is forced to give him up for adoption. Philomena's daughter introduce to Journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) after she met him in a party while she works as a waitress. She tell Philomena story and ask Martin to help her to find her lost son. Martin comes from been fired from BBC after an scandal.

    The film into a soul searching experience that happens to be a road trip that start in England, passing from Ireland and ends in Washington, DC. Philomena a very religious person who was confined to a convent where she lived there a pregnant woman. Her beliefs go beyond her ability to understand that some members of the church can be bad persons and disappearance from her son. While Martin not believe in the church or religion, he believe in his work and his ability to find information and clues. His life just focusing on bring his reputation back at an cost. Philomena story is the way to achieve a good reputation.

    Both performances are great Dench and Coogan are great together. The film is really well directed and adapted from the book.

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