"1001 movies you must see before you die" - Must I? Let's see. "Woman with a movie camera" on Tumblr.
"1001 movies you must see before you die" - Must I? Let's see. "Woman with a movie camera" on Tumblr.
"Lately I mentioned that Scorsese (or his films, should I say ) rather pisses me off. Well, Kundun is the best possible way for him to redeem himself in my eyes. I don't feel like explaining the experience of this film with words too much, but I just have to mention how Melissa Mathison uses the good old narrative trick of starting with character's childhood and then jumping forward in time preciously and meaningfully. Many films use this trick and many of these films have no basis for its usage, rendering it superfluous and unutilized, but this film isn't one of those." My review of "Kundun" is up on the blog!
As a friend of mine said: "After this film, 99% of holocaust-themed pictures will seem like obsolete theatrical garbage." - My review of "Son of Saul" is up on the blog!
"The biggest plus for me is how grounded everybody was, nobody was overacting or trying to create "drama". This results in the film feeling really modern and timeless. I mean, look at Clifton Webb for example, the way his performance morphs ever so slightly, almost inconspicuously and internally into a masterpiece gorgeous to behold is simply stunnig, and that could be said about all five of the main actors, more or less. Judith Anderson, for example, appears only for a couple of scenes, but she manages to leave a great impression indeed." My review of "Laura" is up on the blog!
"Of all the films by Wes Anderson I understand this one the least, and that's after repeted viewings during a period of many years." My review of "Rushmore" is up on the blog!
"I had to fight the film's fidgety style all the way through, but its message softened my heart in the end. I would say this film has to be (morally ) about five-thousand-times better than The Wolf of Wall Street, and yet/because of that almost nobody cares about it now and definitely nobody will care about it in a couple of years, while Leonardo will receive praise indefinitely, and golly gosh, that pisses me off so much." My review of "The Big Short" is up on the blog!
"Okay, I'm going to say it: All this film's missing to basically be Full Metal Jacket (my personal war favourite ) is Surfin' Bird and Vincent D'Onofrio. (And fifty seven years of film-making advancement, but I consider that a minor detail. )" My review of "All Quiet on the Western Front" is up on my blog!
"With each new viewing the film becomes less and less engaging. A few more rounds and I guess I'll think it's a stupid flick. (And I feel the need to add that it's simply depressing that the storyline of "the Ultimatum" is just a mosaic of essential plot points from both previous films and doesn't bring almost anything new to the mix. The core example of this is when Bourne causes a car crash to get rid of "the terminator" chasing him, confronts him at gunpoint and then decides to spare him in order to be more human himself - that's exactly the same freaking thing that happened in "the Supremacy", except that Karl Urban is replaced by Edgar Ramirez in the part of the pretty psycho-killer. That's pure impertinence to recycle a scene like this, to use old emotions instead of evoking new ones. As far as screenwriting goes, this is unforgivable. )" My review of "The Bourne Ultimatum" is up on the blog!
"One of those film where I'm watching it and something just doesn't sit well with me, and I'm wondering what it is, because some parts I like a lot, like really like. And then I read somewhere on the internet that Gus van Sant was interested in directing it, a real gay with real experiences with films about people wandering about in nature, being silent and/or mumbling to themselves, and right after that I imagine how gorgeously would this nature and these people and their silence and speaking and inexpressible feelings look under van Sant's direction, and right after that I understand what didn't sit well with me, it was Ang Lee and his dull style." My review of "Brokeback Mountain" is up on the blog!
"I am left speechless after a long time again. Most of all I got stuck with a feeling of how beautiful Cassavetes makes these beings look, and feel free to imagine anything you want under this description. And/but it is unfinished." My review of "Shadows" is up on the blog!
"Lately, I started to say that it's not fair to say that I hate musicals straight away without giving it a try first, and, well, maybe it's time for me to start saying that I hate musicals straight away again. It is a rare feat for one film to make me want to hit everybody involved, including some of my very favourite actors, with a brick." My review of "Les Misérables" is up on the blog.
"I have such contradictory opinions about this film I can't recollect any other to match it right now. It is the embodiment, the ultimate homage and also an unfortunate forshadowing of all the blockbuster plagues that stop me from taking this branch of entertainment cinema seriously: it distorts history and its facts, it romanticizes misfortune and catastrophy, it wants to be the biggest of them all, the run-time is never-ending, it's a criticism of capitalism by the ultimate capitalists, and probably a load of other stuff I can't remember right now." My review of "Titanic" is up on the blog.
"Is it just me dreaming or is this film splendid, marvellous, brilliant in every possible way? And I'm totally in love with how Peter Weller moves in the costume." My review of RoboCop is up on the blog!
"What I fully don't understand is the way this film rejects reality. I unconsciously kept imagining him fighting the war, killing people, living through hell, and then he comes to Paris and paints street still life? But maybe that's the thing that justifies the whole charade? All those artificial smiles. Oh my, I did not expect this kind of existential deliberation because of a film like this." My review of "An American in Paris" is up on the blog!
"I very much appreciate the immaculate and precise combination of probably the most cynical and the most naive stuff american creators can risk putting in a film "for children". Despite WALL-E being that kind of protagonist who is so nice that he's almost boring, one has to admire his ability to inspire and gently point the humans and robots alike towards self-awareness and self-realization."
"Okay, so I keep re-watching "Inglorious Basterds" in hopes of finding out if I like the film or not. And the one that makes it so hard for me to decide is no other than Mr. director himself, because he balances every great thing about the film with two anti-great. He came up with his very own template for making films and now he just keeps filling and re-filling it and he will do so until the hell freezes over, I suppose."
"Why on Earth is Hitchcock dubbed the master of suspence and not the master of humour? I've been under the attack by some very cheeky ideas about how this film would turn out if some members of "Monty Python" could help out a bit. I can't imagine anything else than pure gold. After all, it does have, even now, a scene of rabbits from the hat stoicly watching a magician fight a wanna-be detective!" My review of "The Lady Vanishes" is up on the blog!
"Although I was a bit sceptical/unaware at the very beginning, the first few minutes made me speechless and I spent rest of the film in a state of unconditional admiration all the way to the end." My review of "Blancanieves" is up on the blog!
"My heart. ♥ As a dark goth teenager I despised this musical because it was about love, whereas now, as an intelectually rampant twenty-something I love it because it's about love! And besides that I become more and more obsessed with postmodern compositions of all the things into one frenzied carnival." My review of "Moulin Rouge!" is up on the blog!
"I'll admit straight away that I divided my attention between the film and cross-stitching, but I still don't think that it was entirely my fault that "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia" strongly felt like watching several different films on several different TV chanels being changed randomly. " My review is up on the blog!
"I'm not sure if it was Jean Vigo's intention but "Zero For Conduct" today mainly works as an initiation experience making you want to rebel and create and not necessarily as a fully-fledged work of film." My review of "Zero For Conduct" is up on the blog!
"I went to see the film with a boulder-sized migraine and it still managed to make me laugh out loud like crazy. I guess the less real the "Wes-world" is, the more amused/engaged am I." My review of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is up on the blog!
"It's save to say I was pretty excited to see all my favourite characters come to life and endure the ultimate world-saving, self-discovering adventure. It's also possible (probable; certain ) that watching this exact film over and over and over again is what developed my everlasting passion for cinema." My review of "FOTR" is up on the blog!
"It is a rather frenzied tornado of uncoordinated ideas, or at least that's my impression. Allusions of silent slapstick comedy, and especially Chaplin's "Modern Times", are strong and omnipresent. I've always wanted to use the word "allusion" in a sentence, so I hope I've done it properly." My review of "Sleeper" is up on the blog!
"If a magical golden fish ever gave me three wishes, one of them would be for Luis Buñuel to rise from his grave, familiarize himself with the current state of cinema (and the world ) and make one more film. I have completely forgotten how sharp this is." My review of "The Age Of Gold" is up on the blog!
"Aries. That's Mick. No matter how strong the urge, resist any temptation to go into battle this month. Otherwise, you run the risk of not only being on the wrong side but possibly in the wrong war." My review of "If..." is up on the blog!
"I don't like it when a film makes a voiceover its alpha and omega this way. Voiceover should offer a new, twisted and contrasting layer, and not be film's only layer." My review of "Fight Club" is up on the blog!
"There must be someone who constantly wishes to kill oneself sitting inside Clint Mansell's head. I have no idea who sits inside Darren Aronofsky's head. And I think I'm partially in love with the one talking from inside the bleached head of Mickey Rourke. And I would be much happier if the whole film was only about him walking from place to place instead of this syd-fieldian story with periodical comings and goings of manufactured plot points." My review of "The Wrestler" is up on the blog.
"Is this overembellished and unextraordinary combination of childish humour and "brutal" violence really the film that had everyone on their asses with their mouths open last year? Why would a collective of american film critics subject everyone to this film before they die? Of all the comic book adaptations and sci-fi films and a-lot-of-dialogue comedies in the world, why this one, god damn it?" My review of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is up on the blog.
-"I'd rather die on my feet than ride on your horse." My review of "The Eagle" is up on the blog!
"I have a suspicion that almost every essential film of the New Hollywood movement gives me absolutely nothing. Taxi Driver is just another nail in the coffin, confirming my words. I learned about it in film school, I read how this is ground-breaking and that is raw and everything is career-defining and all, but when I'm watching it, I just don't see what is it about and what is going on, plain and simple, I don't see it." My review of "Taxi Driver" is up on the blog!
"Moore probably has good intentions, but I'm not sure about the direction of the road he's paving with them. A lot of the situations look like they could have been handled differently... and mostly more smartly. The thing that hasn't changed during the years I had to think about this film is that I still consider the couple of sentences Marilyn says to be the intellectual (and most likely argumentational ) peak of the film, and since he didn't even got to say that much, that paints a pretty accurate picture of the film's depth." My review of "Bowling For Columbine" is up on the blog!
"When this film ended, I wiped the single tear and went to make myself some food. After "Hawking" with Cumberbatch, I went to buy myself "A Brief history of time"." My review of "The Theory Of Everything" is up on the blog!
"From my present-day point of view (knowing that actors are almost always more attractive than an "average" person and in the past it was double the truth ) it is still unfathomable why would anyone keep telling the aristocratic-and-upright-looking Laurence Olivier that he is a filthy and crooked creature. I thing he represents the thing I would call a total miscast." My review of "Wuthering Heights" is up on the blog!
"I'm crying in awe about the bunch of side characters shaping the final form of this film. Wounded Jamie, monologuing Watie, and proudly tall Ten Bears are my clear favourites, for said reasons. Josey himself complicates it a bit for me - he's an unusual combination of Clint's famous man with no name and a regular bloke from any character driven character film. Unlike with the man with no name, we know his origin, his background, his circumstances, but he still manages (and mainly off camera ) to develop quasi supernatural abilities and magnetism of someone who doesn't have to abide by the same laws as regular people who drink the same water and fight the same fights as he is." My review of "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is up on the blog!
"Given the fact that this film inspired several generations of people to adorn their walls with posters of pissed off Al Pacino, I expected "Scarface" to actually deliver some merit to this rebellious identification. And I cried bitter tears. Tony Montana is a complete idiot/inerudite with zero dimension or any redeeming qualities and the film formally follows his lead." My review of "Scarface" is up on the blog.
"Seven years ago I wrote that I don't get this film. Today I feel terribly mean, because all the characters seem just stupid to me and they don't make me feel anything." My review of "Requiem for a dream" (or lack thereof ) is up on the blog.