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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵) has a legendary status in Japan. This 1954 Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki starring my favourite actor Toshirō Mifune was the first film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy of historical adventures. The screenplay was an adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi which is loosely based on the life of the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. In the 50's was a real hit and it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1955). If you want the full story, I'll suggest to check the other two films in the trilogy : Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island.

It is a movie with a simple message but delivered in such a way that nothing is missing: from depth of contemplating moral dilemmas, to love, meaning of life, urge to explore, fighting (very realistic - no flying swordsmen here)... it is a real smorgasbord of subjects! The story starts following the battle of Sekigahara (1600 AD), where Takezo (Toshirō Mifune) and his friend Matahachi (Rentaro Mikuni) find themselves on the losing side. Instead of the grand victory and glory Takezo had anticipated, he finds himself a hunted fugitive... I won't be retelling the full story, but at the end film shows Takezo being granted his samurai name 'Musashi Miyamoto' leaving to search for enlightenment!

Superb acting with some minor editing glitches and very enjoyable directing of the best cinematography at the time! Traditional music won't win too many fans but for me worked well... Recommended for everyone with real interest in film history!

Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not many movies can have food as their main subject, and bad habits is all about food! Yes, there is rains too... that aren't enough to wash away the sins of overeating and under-eating... Well executed movie, precise, well-cast debut from director Simon Bross. A lot of irony with well balanced humour mixed with different attitudes toward indulgence and deprivation. Watch it...

Khao riak phom wa kwam rak (My Name Is Love)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Thai movie "My Name is Love" is a romantic drama for the "sweet tooth" film lovers. Director Wasin Pokpon picked up some young fresh sweet faces like Arak Amornsupasiri, Jazz Chuancheun, Khom Chuan Chuen and Thunyasupan Jirapreechanon, and made a film that has a taste like the ripe mango - full with rich sugary flavours!

Screenplay was the part which almost destroyed the film - chaotic story with underdeveloped characters, just stereotypical clichéd rom-com/drama from Thailand! They like it this way, but I didn't! If you are serious about the movies, and you are older than 16, please reconsider the desire to watch this film!

The Retrieval
The Retrieval (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Eska made this period drama in a fashion which was very heavy on the viewer. Well acted from Ashton Sanders as Will, Tishuan Scott as Nate, Keston John as Marcus and Bill Oberst Jr. as Burrell, the story wasn't deep enough to keep me involved and satisfied.

In 1864, as Civil war ravages the nation, but the slave-owners and traders, as well as bounty hunters keep working. The story follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang. He is a bite for runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South. But, the last mission is the most dangerous one. Our heroes go into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman. Things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run...

I really wanted this to be a lot better. It's definitely not a bad film, but it did test my patience few times. It was evenly paced but there was not much originality in it. Solid directing, shallow script and nice photography.

Laggies (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is an American romantic comedy released in the United Kingdom as Say When, and directed by Lynn Shelton. The director have explained that choosing the title "Laggies" was a complex decision because she had never heard of the term laggies before making the film. Screenwriter Andrea Seigel insisted it was a common term for adult slackers, but Shelton soon realized that no one except Seigel had heard of laggies before. The movie had solid directing and a little bit shaky written screenplay. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber, and Daniel Zovatto. They really didn't have any special performances and those average roles were executed standardly well, with no excitement or anything to be remembered.
Story is told around Megan (Keira Knightley), who is an aimless twenty-something. She is in a committed relationship with her high school sweetheart and is still close with her high school friends. The problem appears when, at her friend Allison's (Ellie Kemper) wedding, her boyfriend unexpectedly proposes marriage. At the same time she sees her father cheating on her mother, and shocked and confused, she leaves the wedding. Trying to buy some snacks on the way home, she meets a teenager Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her friends. After buying them alcohol, Megan plays with their skateboard, and joins them on their night out...
A film for DVD, you will notice good directing and Keira Knightley good performance. Everything else is unnoticeable.