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Russian director Andrey Zvyaginstev's film, The Return, was the story of a father who returned to his family after an unexplained absence of 12 years and took his 2 teenage sons Andrei and Ivan, on a fishing trip. This film won the grand prize at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for so many awards that year, due that film was a beauty and real about the complex bonds between a father and his 2 sons and the need to discover themselves. Director Zvyaginstev left much unexplained and let the viewer think for themselves. Andrei seek for his father's approval but Ivan was rebellious, convinced that they have been kidnapped by a gangster. It was clear that the boys needed their father but were scared by his tough love. From a cinematographic viewpoint, the film displayed a marvelous script, good acting, a talented directing and a beautiful cinematography.
Im July was the 3rd movie I saw from this Turkish German director,Fatih Akin. I must say the two other ones was bit depressing but Im July was fresh, funny and had some really delightful moments..The story was believable. Girl saw boy, boy saw girl, the girl had feelings for the boy, but the boy played hardball. So the girl looked for a way to show her love for him. Their whole journey through so many different countries and passing beside so many different people and cultures was really interesting.It was charming, with some fun twists, a great soundtrack, and terrific supporting characters. Made you forget some cliche and predictable moments.
I consider that everything that was good in the original Men In Black was done better in Men In Black 3, which was quite a surprise, since third films in a franchise mostly are the weakest. Now, I've never been the biggest MIB fan; I enjoyed the first movie for what it was: a flawed, but entertaining sci-fi comedy. The second one I did not hate it but it failed to live up to the first one. And now the third one and in my opinion the best of the MIB's. It had it flaws, like the whole time travel plot, it had its fun moments, but it was a bit too awkward. The first twenty minutes of the film seemed too similar of what made the second film a flop. But after Tommy Lee Jone's Agent K was erased from time, then the film really started to build up. First of all, the villain Boris was really good. He had some good liners and a couple of cool fight scenes with the heroes. Josh Brolin was awesome as young Agent K. His control and grumpy attitude suite the character perfectly and he was really fun to watch playing off with Will Smith. Men in Black 3 was a typical, solid blockbuster action film. It had an entertaining plot, good performances, amazing effects and some funny dialog as well.
Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier's film,Oslo, August 31st, followed recovering heroin drug addict Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) as he left his rehab facility for the first time as he was trying to find a place in the society and a reason to keep on living. It was a familiar storyline that was far more captivating than one might expect.As Anders was being 10 months clean, he was allowed to go to town for a job interview and he decided to use this opportunity to visit old friends and relatives which in a way ends up making it much worse for him. As the world passed him by, so did the elegant camera-work focusing on the things around him more than the character himself. A brilliant move from the director, which really showed Anders being so vulnerable, dealing with the issue, once an addict always an addict..The film ended with an incredibly scene showing Anders putting a needle into his arm. The camera barely captured it leaving you wondering if he had injected the drug or not. When he lied over his bed it became a real mystery whether he was under the influence or just emotionally affected by this critical moment in his life.It was wonderfully acted and directed, showing a quiet portrait of a tortured soul. It was not easy to watch, but surely an impressive film that stood out on its own.
I always liked Roman Polanski films, they had the potential to be great, such as the Pianist ChinaTown, RoseMary's baby and The Ghost writer. So when Carnage came out last year, as one of the funniest films it made me curious to watch it. I have to say it took me 2 weeks to finish this film, because I could not watch it more then 10 minutes, so much it bored me..It was basically an one and a half hour discussion between two couples whose sons got into a fight.John C. Reilly was okay, his views, the things he said, his character, and his performance were probably the only good thing to hilarious Carnage had to offer.Christoph Waltz's character, Alan, was so annoying that it made me want to slap the hell out him. Kate Winslet was nauseous and drunk the entire film and Jodie Foster's old face and veiny neck will probably haunt your dreams after seeing this.It came off as more of a contest between two married couples that wanted to point out their flaws of their marriage rather than the problem itself. Carnage was not entertaining at all.Boring !!!!