22/08 Blu-Ray Watches Part 1: Big critical reception for this, so my expectations were slightly higher:
- Paterson is poetic in itself as much as it is about poetry. I found this to be an extremely captivating story. We observe a week in the middle of a man's life, a bus driver who utilises the medium of poetry to express him emotions. It's a story about the harsh lows and superlative highs that each day brings and how the smallest of details can change one's perception on a certain view. Paterson, in which Adam Driver gives one heck of an understated performance, is a quiet guy. He keeps himself to himself and just bumbles along life in a routinely fashion. But there are several idiosyncrasies and symbolic traits that make him a fascinating character. He rarely expresses his feelings, and yet when he writes his poetry he is undeniably in love with his monochrome obsessed partner. Her admiration for black and white compliments his mundane life. However, in contrast her life is constantly changing and he is having to adapt to this. There's an underlying melancholic tone throughout the narrative. He knows, deep down, that he is just existing...he isn't living. But his poetry will be his legacy and will make people, perhaps in the future, remember him. Just like any other famous poet in history. I found this to be such a delight! Granted, this will not be for everyone. The pace is slow and the film is focussed on the subtext rather than what's actually happening on screen. For me, this was brilliant. Director Jim Jarmusch did a fine job, plenty on inventive and clean camera shots whether it will be shadows or reflections. Loved the on-screen text of each poem as Paterson reads them out to us, a nice visual touch. There was one thing I just couldn't grasp, and that was with the amount of twins! Why? There must be some meaning behind this that I'm missing. Maybe ever since his wife Laura dreamt about them, he unintentionally and subconsciously is focussing on twins? I don't know, but that's the beauty of the film. So many little details and idiosyncrasies that will have different meanings for different viewers.
Paterson = 8/10
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the latest film by Luc Besson, and is based on a long running series of graphic novels. These novels have influenced many film makers including George Lucas when he was making Star Wars.
This story is about when a dark force threatens Alpha, a huge metropolis full of hundreds of species from a thousand planets. Special Ops agents Valerian and Laureline must rush to identify the evil and safeguard Alpha and the rest of the universe.
So lets start off with what i liked, the CGi and visuals in this are fantastic, the world is vast, fun and full of different creatures and colours. I really see so much untapped potential for where this series can go in the future but for now we have this. We also get some fun action scenes but definitely not enough of them.
So segue into the bad, not enough action, the story is all over place, the run time is way too long with not enough "good" material. The chemistry between the cast is almost non existent, and some of the acting can be weak at times.
The cast is decent overall but either wernt given much to work with, or just didnt pull it off. I really liked Cara Delevigne i thought she really pulled this off. Dane Dehaan is 50/50 and does his best impression of Keanu Reeves for some reason. You also have Clive Owen, Rihanna, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer and a fun little cameo with Ethan Hawke.
I have always liked Luc Besson, his directing in this is ok at best, this feels like he tried to relive his magic from The Fifth Element and only half pulls it off.
Did i enjoy this? Ya, it was a decent time at the movies with some fun moments but its far too long and outstays its welcome rather quickly. Its worth a watch but isnt great.
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It is not the #critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the #arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
|به انتخاب منتقدان|
ده فیلم برتر جری لوییس به انتخاب منتقدان نیویورک تایمز :
۱. پروفسور دیوانه (اThe Nutty Professor)١٩٦٣، که در ایران با نام "نابغه" هم شناخته میشود و به انتخاب بنیاد فیلم آمریکا در فهرست صد فیلم برتر کمدی قراردارد.
۲. خدمتکار (The Bellboy)۱۹۶٠
۳. دست نشانده (The Stooge)١٩٥٢، در كنار دین مارتین .
۴. هنرپیشه ها و مدلها (Artists and Models)١٩٥٥، با دین مارتین و شرلی مک لین.
۵. کشتی را ترک نکن (Don't Give Up the Ship)١٩٥٥، که در ایران با عنوانِ "کشتی رو به باد نده" هم شناخته میشود.
۶. سیندرفلا (Cinderfella)١٩٦٠.
۷. شیفتهٔ زنها (The Ladies Man)۱۹۶۱.
۸. خدمتکار نامرتب ( The Disorderly Orderly)١٩٦٤، كه در ایران با نام "بینظم منظم" هم شناخته میشود.
۹. سلطان کمدی ( The King of Comedy)١٩٨٣، کارگردان مارتین اسکورسیزی، همراه با رابرت دنیرو كه به انتخاب بسیاری از منتقدان، این فیلم یکی از آثار خوب اسكورسيزى است .
۱۰. استخوان های خنده دار (Funny Bones)١٩٥٥.
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22/08 Blu-Ray Watches Part 2: Werewolves, gore and a hint of British humour...what could go wrong?:
- An American Werewolf in London is a tonally inconsistent horror classic. The blurb says, and I quote: "One of the most gripping horror films of all time...with a touch of humour". The only thing gripping about this was the porn film that was shown near the end...I wanted to know what happened next!! Anyway, this 'classic' is about two American guys travelling around the North of England where they get attacked by a creature. One of them then slowly becomes an American werewolf...in London. I wasn't engaged at all. Sorry, but there was nothing compelling here. We went from a horror flick, to an investigative crime story, to a dark comedy and then back round again. None of it mixed well in my opinion, they all contrasted each other too much for me to be invested in the story. Any scares that were built up were diminished by our main character running around naked asking a boy to approach a bush...it was a different time back then ladies and gentlemen. Then these humorous scenes were instantly forgotten as soon as the narrative started to become frightening again. Maybe I just didn't get it, or just call me old fashioned. What I can appreciate though are the technical aspects. The make-up and prosthetic work was outstanding, particularly the famous transformation scene which blew my mind (and this is a first time watch). Ground-breaking back in 1981. I liked John Landis' camera techniques, particularly the werewolf point of view chase scenes. It felt fresh and genuinely created some tension. David Naughton gave an incredibly charismatic performance, although the romance between him and Jenny Agutter was horrendously forced. Oh, and the ending was completely abrupt which, unfortunately for the film, cemented by thoughts perfectly. I will admit, I was entertained and could probably see myself watching it again but the constant tonal shifts did not work for me.
An American Werewolf in London = 6/10
Comanchería (David Mackenzie, 2016). I con esta terminamos la serie de minicriticas de las nominadas a Mejor Película en los últimos Oscars.
Dos hermanos, después de la muerte de su madre, deciden atracar diferentes sucursales del mismo banco para conseguir el dinero necesario para salvar el rancho familiar de Texas.
Western modernizado pero con una trama bastante floja, falta de intriga y bastante previsible. La fotografía, pese a ser bastante novedosa y arriesgada, con mucho movimiento de cámara, no acompaña bien al género y además los re-encuadres son algo bruscos y pueden molestar los golpes de cámara que eso provoca. En mi opinión es que es una película correcta pero nada más, no tiene el nivel suficiente como para aparecer entre las nominadas al Oscar.
"..I'll take you to mom no matter what.." - Train to Busan (2017)
⚫Dir: Sang-ho Yeon
⚫Yoo Gong, Su-an Kim, Dong-seok Ma, Yu-mi Jung
◽Sinopsis: Sok-woo viaja con su hija, Soo-ahn, en el tren de alta velocidad KTX que va desde Seúl hasta Busan. El trayecto empieza sin problemas, pero pronto una chica muestra síntomas extraños y pierde el control. Cuando los viajeros del tren son conscientes de que tienen ante ellos un virus y que la joven es una infectada, intentarán sobrevivir con todas sus fuerzas a la infección y así salvar sus vidas.
🔹Crítica: Película coreana, una de las mejores peliculas de zombies que he visto en toda mi vida. Es claustrofobica, visceral, asfixiante y emotiva. Es una pelicula con una fotografía, planos y encuadres muy cuidados, que la hacen distinta al resto de películas del género. Todos los actores lo hacen realmente bien. Y hay uno que es simplemente épico, sabreis cual es. Una pelicula que se te pasa volando porque no para, tiene un ritmo perfecto. Usa clichés típicos de estas cintas pero les da un giro que hacen que funcionen y hasta te llevas una sorpresa. Unos infectados terrorificos y salvajes que te mantienen en el borde del asiento durante toda la película. Lo que más temo en peliculas de este tipo es el final, pero este hizo que se me saltaran las lagrimas, realmente emotivo. Esto es lo que Guerra Mundial Z quiso ser y no fue, esta pelicula con un presupuesto y un espacio más reducido demuestra que vale más el talento que el dinero con el que cuenta una cinta. Recomendadisima de las mayores sorpresas que me he llevado este año. Un 10 en cuanto a cine de infectados/zombies.