Just when you think Disney is gonna have some balls, they play it safe and go take the easy way out. There's no need to make Maleficent sappy. What's next? A telenovela that apologizes for Catalina's Creel behavior. Angelina Jolie has fun with the very limited screenplay. She's the only reason to see the movie. But it's sad to see when things are getting great, her character becomes almost pathetic. Sad.
The second volume of Von Trier's study on sex addiction is meatier, alas more graphic, but better acted and with a darker sense of humor. It has the best moments from his own "Antichrist" and "Dogville", and its a statement on sex liberation and feminism. If he has been accused of being a misogynist, he makes up for it with this opus on the freedom of women (in all senses). Now bring the Von Trier five hours cut!
Sorry to disappoint you: Nymphomaniac is not pornographic. Not only it's tame at times, it's not even graphic. Lars Von Trier first chapter of Nymphomaniac is a heavily dialogue driven psychotherapy about the different meanings of sex and it's parallels to music, art, literature and art. It's a movie about freedom and the conflicts of an emotional crippled girl. This first chapter there's little of Charlotte Gainsbourg, and she acts merely as narrator of her own youth portrayed by another actress. With fine humor, great cinematography and a knockout performance by Uma Thurman the movie leaves you hungry for chapter 2.
Cute movie for pre teen girls with some heavily Broadway-inspired tunes. There's nothing surprising here and a very gratuitous and unfunny "pet" named Olaf. Disney pretends to make us feel they have changed the mentality of the princesses but at the end it's the same story all over again. Kudos for the amazing reindeer and the anti prince, they save the movie.
Filmed in English in Mexico City's Zocalo, this bizarre thriller is Jodorowsky's most accessible film (!), in which the caricaturesque meets the grotesque. It's as the filmmaker has remade Robert Bloch's Psycho seen through a Lynchian filter. With a spectacular score mixed with rancheras and mambos, Felliniesque characters, and an irresistible almost incestual relationship played to perfection by Blanca Guerra and Jodorowsky's sons at different ages. The younger Fenix is now the musician Adanowsky.