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Birdman (2014)
20 months ago via Flixster

"BirdMan" talks about the "art of performance"; weather is in theatre, movies or life, seen as entertainment all the way, where audience in the likes of "the other" determines the success of our achievements. As shallow as this may sounds it is what propels our energy and commitment to perform and to be truthful to our selves.

Michael Keaton in the character of Riggan is a former movie star celebrity who tries to re-launch his dying-fame career as an actor through the "spot light" of theater.
According to the critics of Broadway, the stage is a world that doesn't belong to him; a lucky made movie star that has no "Classical" preparation or stage experience.

Thanks to the previous successful movie franchise 'BirdMan' had no problems getting his foot through the door of Broadway, however the fictional character of the "Birdman" has made him the shadow of himself.

In a modern world, where "dreaming" and expressing is oppressed by the power of finances, and social and personal relations are lubricated with failures and false promises, success and determination is the cure to all.
Guided by strong commitment can he finally find that lost "self" and "global" recognition and prove wrong the rest of the world?

This movie excels in acting skills.
The re-enacting all good and bad acting through a melee of emotions from 1 to 100 and 100 to 1 in split seconds, gives us the thrill of a rollercoaster ride. Edgy and beautifully crafted, this 2hours one-long-take film is pure entertainment.

Recommendation: Watch "Opening Night" (1977) by John Cassavetes.

Badlands (1974)
2 years ago via Flixster

'Bandlands' is based on Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, who in 1958 embarked on a murder spree in the South Dakota badlands

An heartily and still innocent 15 year old teen girl Holly (Sissy Spacek in her debut) somehow falls in love with Kit (Martin Sheen) a 25 years old boy, who sees in her the perfect accomplice to freedom, pulling the trigger to anyone standing between them without shame.

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, the movie explores the burning desire of a couple of youngster wanting to live a life away from the worldliness .
Kit is a garbage man living a quiete life with an unstable routine job, he wares cowboy boots and jacket jeans, a rebel with a James Dean's look as he often state, who's more concerned about his look than his crimes.

The movie begins with Kit picking an choosing garbage from the dirty streets without wasting time trading the good staff he finds around or eating left over fruits and rummaging in the litters analysing the individuals behind them.
He is a searcher, of young age, that acts out of instinct rather than experience resulting in the loss of his job. He meets Holly a young teenager who spends her time studying and skipping the rope while waiting for her dad to come home from work.
She looks innocent and almost unconsciously careless about the consequences she is going up against through the actions she takes during the movie also determined by pure instinct.

The killing begins when her father opposes to their love. Kit is 10 years older and a street boy with not a real prospective that could secure her daughter well being.
So in the attempt to flee away with Holly, Kit shots her father dead in front of a passive Holly; from then on killing anyone who stands between them. Holly is an unassertive character that never pulls the trigger but also never opposes. She is shut down from materialism and opinions. She is free of judgment "I feel the world is far away".

The world we ought to aspire to or to comply to.

The movie uses the characters to express a sense of malcontent in humanity and especially the young generations that are unwillingly and unconsciously forced to follow the mass, to know how to live, where it seems that pulling the trigger for your country seems more accepted than killing for freedom of Love.

They are focused to care for each other which is portrayed without morbidity the exact contrary of how they relate with the 'others' where the relations ends in an almost innocent and cruel act of killing without any remorse or doubts.

Of course "The gun" is just a metaphor to what is right or wrong of power and beliefs.

For what would you pull the trigger for ? Or drive out of the road to get over the mountain ? What's your objective ? Would you risk it all knowing it's against human laws ? Would you still keep cool ? Live wild and full for a short while or close your self behind a huge house with golden doors and a maid.
Can we keep pure in a dirty world?

'Badlands' marks Malick's directorial debut

2046 (2005)
2 years ago via Flixster

If you are in Love or in doubt of what Love is and how it becomes to be, or how it destroys or transform its self then this movie is great to peel some of its layers.

The movie begins with journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) who is forced to leave his home and the love of his life Su Li-Zhen to find fortune in merging Hong Kong of the 60s.
In Hong Kong Chow Mo-wan dates different women, immersing him self in different stories dotted with money, literature and power play.
A way maybe to forget or replace the love he has lost, but of course there are consequences and feelings to face.
One of his women is a fictional-android that lives on a futuristic Train, where people who are on board travel to 2046 to recapture their lost memories.

Who loves who? and how is love defined?

The film is the third chapter of an unconsummated affair that began with 'Days of Being Wild' (1990) and continued with 'In the Mood for Love' (2000).

Kar Wai Wong creates another stylish movie with unique camera work, with each frame compelling and cinematically poetic; DOP Christopher Doyle is the cause of such beautiful images with the use of existing light sources vivid colours and neon lights. A pleasure for the eyes.
As in his films the story's arc is in pieces and in non-chronological order which makes it compelling but at times stretches to boredom.
Non the less, we would re-watch it.

Enter the Dragon
2 years ago via Flixster

Bruce Lee movies are an asset for martial arts' lovers.
This time his deadly mission is to take up a fight tournament and crack the forbidden island of Han!

The movie mixes action and espionage, making it like a sort of Roger Moore's 007 agent movie but non the less "Enter the Dragon" is a Bruce Lee's classic and by many recognize as the definitive martial arts movie of all time.

For sure, without a doubt the choreography of the last scene, the final fight in the mirror room, is worthy of exhibiting the most original cinematography in cinema history.
Despite its 41 years of age, the haunting soundtrack and the power of Bruce Lee's WHOA!!! Make this movie unforgettable.

"Enter the Dragon," is a joint American-Chinese production, intended to be Bruce Lee's introduction to Western audiences, but he tragically died just weeks before the film's American release.

Star Trek Into Darkness
2 years ago via Flixster

The new franchise is not too bad...and the new 'Star Trek into Darkness' does not fail to entertain and to thrill new audience.
It is a great adventure movie, with a memorable opening and a memorable villain...the infamous KHAN!!!
In a way, this is a remake of many Star Trek movies. For those who know the original movie series will definitely see how J.J. Abrams pays homage to some unforgettable dialogues of the previews original series by remaking literally upside down those timeless moments.

Even though all the characters are well known and clichéd from the original saga, the film is very absorbing interspersed with light-fun moments.
It is a new generation franchise that aims to a more action and CGI spectacle, rather than the thoughtful and nuanced way that the Original series woven into its philosophical and sociological commentary.

That said, the new 'Star Trek into Darkness' adventure is fun to watch..unless you really hate lens flares