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Made by Michael Apted the great documentarian Gorrilas in the Mist is a depiction of conservationist Dian Fossey's odyssey in Congo where she bonds with primates and eventually dies there. The most remarkable elements of Gorillas in the Mist are the technical ones. The photography is spectacular, and Apted does something subtle and effective with it. In the beginning, he relies on wide shots to emphasize the strange, almost otherworldliness of the terrain. There's a memorable early scene in which Fossey and Sembagare are shown dwarfed by a sea of green flora. It's beautiful and awe-inspiring. As the story progresses, Apted increasingly relies on closer, more intimate and less intimidating shots. Once Fossey has become comfortable with her surroundings, the movie reflects this. It's the same way with the gorillas. Initially represented as alien creatures, they gradually become recognizable characters.
Peter Chelsom's Serendipity is a cute, adorable New York City romantic comedy which is an ode to the city and to the emotion of love. The main theme here perhaps is déjà vu- or fate, and the entire running time has the characters play around this theme. Both Cusack and Beckinsale are good and do the perfunctory job- look cute and act lovey-dovey. Jeremy Piven and Eugene Levy adds some wattage and comedy, but nothing is too funny or rib tickling. The real winner for me is the cinematography and this is one of the many films that will make you want to get on a plane and head to the big apple. If there is one drawback it is that for a romantic comedy the characters are barely with each other for the most part of running time. This might put some off, especially those who want their rom-coms to be simple and straightforward. Serendipity is a harmless excursion towards love- There's much to like here.
Although the original is a better film this sequel to the Terminator is a magnificent piece of filmmaking combining both- a great narrative and state of the art visual effects to tell a story which is based on speculation and yet manages to touch a chord. James Cameron's sequel sees some changes. The Terminator played by Arnold is a "good guy" here(T-800), sent back time from the future to save and assist the young John Connor from the clutches of an even more foe- the dangerous T-1000(played eerily by Robert Patrick). Terminator 2 has become such an important part of popular culture (thanks to its religious showing on every cable network everywhere on earth) that it seems strange to imagine someone who hasn't seen it, or knows the most famous scenes verbatim. Terminator 2 is what every sequel should be like. But then not everyone is James Cameron.