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Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

15 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An exciting thriller which seems stripped to the core, but is so subtle that finding few layers in it is not a surprise. Directed and written by Jeremy Saulnier, who is the cinematographer as well, this film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight section... no surprise that it won the FIPRESCI Prize! The production was founded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, which called "the perfect example of what crowdfunding can accomplish." Macon Blair can say proudly that made this film almost perfect! I never heard of him before, but I know that we will have chance to see this guy again, very soon. The weight of the movie was on his shoulders and he carried it perfectly!

The dramatic story of Dwight (Macon Blair), a beach homeless guy, living out of his car and scavenging through trash cans and dumpsters for food and money very quickly started unravelling dragging the audience like a tide wave. Dwight was carefully informed by police woman that Wade Cleland, the man who murdered his parents, is soon to be released from prison. Dwight finds himself t the front of the main gate of the prison and watches as Wade is released. Dwight confronts Wade in a nearby club's toilet and, after a brief fight, fatally stabs him in the temple... is everything over, or it is just a beginning?

Grim, chilling, dramatic and very smart, this thriller should be a treat for everybody who loves a good movie. I hope you are that person!

Bad Words

Bad Words

23 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This unusual black comedy directed by Jason Bateman and written by Andrew Dodge marked Bateman's directorial debut. Just imagine that he stars as a middle-aged eighth grade dropout who enters the National Quill Spelling Bee. Of course, with a story like this, managed to make The Black List in 2011... Luckily for me, It was funny - however, it could be much funnier... the movie also stars Allison Janney, Rachael Harris, Philip Baker Hall, and Kathryn Hahn, and they were all pretty standard!

The story of Guy Trilby (Bateman), was a little mystery... because Guy participates in Spelling Bee competitions for unknown reasons! He is very angry and by finding a loophole in the competition rules, he attends a regional spelling bee, and progresses to the national competition after confrontations with both the parents of children and the spelling bee hosts. Of course, he is not alone and he is always accompanied by his reporter (Hahn), a lady as weird as he is - a relatively unknown journalist hoping to make an online life story out of his participation in the bee. On the flight to the national spelling bee, he meets a boy Chaitanya Chopra (Chand). Chaitanya attempts to befriend Guy several times, but Guy resist, using foul language...

Around 2011, Jason Bateman's agent sent him screenplays for possible directorial work. He was determined and he said to his agent, 'Please don't wait for me to have an opening in my acting schedule to pursue the directing stuff. Understand that I'm only acting to create the kind of relevance or capital necessary to get a directing job. It's really the only reason I've been acting for the last 20 years of this career.' I am glad he got this screenplay. It was a perfectly written for his directing and even acting style, I have to admit. Fresh, unusual, sometimes too direct, but never boring or dragging its feet...

Backyard Ashes

Backyard Ashes

1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Finally, a film that recognises the place that produced Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Geoff Lawson, Cameron Mooney, Wayne Carey, the Mortimer brothers, Steve Elkington, Scobie Breasley and Nathan Sharpe - Wagga Wagga, where the crows fly backwards for no reason! Directed by Mark Grentell and written by Peter Cox, this is just a typical easy going working class Aussie comedy. Backyard Ashes, according to its own director, is not the best movie ever made, but it's certainly the best movie ever made in Wagga Wagga, and the funniest! And it had a budget of only A$300,000, most of which came from individuals and businesses in this small town. But, this movie is so Australian that viewers from other countries will have difficulties following it... maybe some of the British viewers could be excepted, and they would understand it.

The story is actually all about mateship and backyard cricket, a game so well adapted for Australian conditions it's a wonder it took so long to see its comic potential. Our hero, Dougie Waters (Andrew S. Gilbert) always takes the game seriously, and his backyard pitch is mowed and rolled before each game! Of course, there is no point having a game without a beer and a BBQ, and Dougie's barbecue is turbocharged. But soon, everything changes with a new neighbour moving in, who happens to be the new factory boss - Edward Lords (Felix Williamson). The bitter sporting rivalry between England and Australia is now spread to backyard cricket. Dougie's team is a cosmopolitan bunch, representing the new Australia: Bin from the sub-continent (Waseem Khan), Taka from Japan (Shingo Usami) and Shep (Jamie Way), the token Kiwi, and Spock (Damian Callinan), the stand-up comedian of the group.

If you like Australia, or if you are missing it, check this one out! It is another story about small event that mean a lot to those taking part. It is a little bit rough around the edges, but it has its charm and joy, and a lingering sense of the things that matter to Australians!

Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This documentary directed by first-time director Frank Pavich will tell you a story of the greatest film never made! In 88 minutes you will explore Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s. A real artist with a vision, Jodorowsky was well ahead of its time, and now, nearly 40 years later, here is an attempt to re-create that vision in our imaginations, through an outstanding documentary of one of the film history's more entertaining "what if" stories.

In 1974, this remarkable director almost singlehandedly invented the midnight-movie phenomenon with "El Topo," and Jodorowsky had scored a second hit with his massive head trip, "The Holy Mountain," prompting producer Michel Seydoux to encourage whatever project the director might want to do next. And he decided that to be Dune! The music was supposed to be done by Pink Floyd and Magma, artists H. R. Giger. Chris Foss and Jean Giraud for set and character design, Dan O'Bannon for special effects, and Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Amanda Lear, David Carradine and Mick Jagger for the cast! Amazing even just reading about it!
Sadly, in 1976 there were already $2 million spent in pre-production out of the $9.5 million budget ! Studios were reluctant to accept a film which will be over 14-hours. The project ultimately stalled for financial reasons, simply because the studios didn't like the director! He was more of a guru than director, and searched for spiritual warriors to fight the battle for the real valuable films! The film rights lapsed until 1982, when they were purchased by Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis, who eventually released the 1984 film Dune, directed by David Lynch. Jodorowsky's statement was that the film was terrible!

Please, check this documentary even if you are not a fan of this type of films! Entertaining, refreshing, with attitude,,, makes a perfect tribute for overblown epic as a legendary lost masterpiece.



2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I know that there will be a lot of people who will say that this movie is not a masterpiece... and I would like to ask them why? Has anyone before seen a movie about such a complex subject made so well? Has anyone before used the video game feel and amazing music combined with stimulating intellectual questions through lot of action so well that the audience at the end wasn't sure that that wasn't a dream? Maybe you have other candidates for a master piece, but this movie can be called that if you ask me. Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film superbly and we become a part of the Dom Cobb's (Leonardo DiCaprio) life. We move through life and dreams following all the weaknesses and strenghts of everyone involved... and from the reaction at the end in the theatre - most of people loved it! Me too!

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