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April 23, 2011

The King's Speech

Director - Tom Hooper

Genre - Biography/Drama

Colin Firth finally finds a meaty role he can chew on and boy, did he take a big bite! He gave it his all and we feel his win at the Oscar was truly deserving. Based on the real story of King George VI who hires a speech therapist in a last ditch attempt to cure him of his speech impediment, this picture owes its success not only to Tom Hooper's understated yet controlled direction (Hooper took home Best Director) but also Firth's spectacularly regal performance. Geoffrey Rush provided solid support of course, but it is Firth whom your heart goes out to when as the king his clumsy stammers threaten to make a mockery of his reign. It is also Firth's King George that we root for when he tries to overcome what for commoners may be a trivial obstacle, but could mean the end of the monarchy for him. Faced with such an enormous undertaking, he is further tested when Britain faces imminent war. It is easy to make light of a person's stutter as it is to overlook this deceptively unassuming film. Thankfully, the Academy had fittingly bestowed upon it a Best Picture win, ensuring its rightful place on the throne.


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April 14, 2011

Cannes 2011 Competition Line Up

The Skin I Live In (Spain) - Pedro Almodovar
L'Apollonide (France) - Bertrand Bonello
Footnote (Israel) - Joseph Cedar
Pater (France) - Alain Cavalier
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey) - Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Hanezu no Tsuki (Japan) - Naomi Kawase
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium) - Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Le Havre (Finland) - Aki Kaurismäki
Sleeping Beauty (Australia) - Julie Leigh
Tree of Life (US) - Terrence Malick
Polisse (France) - Maïwen
The Source (Romania) - Radu Mihaileanu
We Have a Pope (Italy) - Nanni Moretti
Ishimei (Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) (Japan) - Takashi Miike
Michael (Austria) - Markus Schleinzer
We Need to Talk About Kevin (UK) - Lynne Ramsey
Melancholia (Denmark) - Lars von Trier
This Must Be the Place (Italy) - Paolo Sorrentino
Drive (US) - Nicolas Winding Refn

Source: Twitch Film

April 9, 2011

Beware of a Holy Whore

Director - Reiner Werner Fassbinder

Genre - Comedy/Drama

Totally uncommercial and filmed like a parody or put-down of people who make movies, this Fassbinder picture is quite unpalatable for those not into cinema. We don't claim to possess great knowledge in cinema mind you, but for us this is quite an interesting, behind the scenes look at a set of pretentious filmmakers self-imploding, as it were. Everyone here seems to be suffering for art, wearing their hearts on their sleeves and spouting inanity throughout. They're also always posing and posturing, as if they're acting for two sets of cameras. One for the story, and one which is filming the story within the story. We can't even begin to describe why we would like something like this. Suffice to say, this is something that begs to be felt, not analyzed over. It speaks to the dark humor in us, the fun of discovering what asses these pompous actors are. Fassbinder literally puts all of them in the worst light possible. Ha!


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April 1, 2011

Wings of Desire

Director - Wim Wenders

Genre - Fantasy/Drama/Romance

Angels could have lent their hands in the making of this film as it is absolutely heaven-sent. A work of art to be savored for years and years to come. Wim Wenders the German auteur directed this so lovingly, so full of care that it shows in every reel, its impact on the landscape of cinema permanently etched in black and white. As the picture opens, we are offered an intrusive, voyeuristic look into the lives of random city folks going about their daily routines, all through the lens of the gently sweeping camera. This then reveals itself to be the eyes of two angels who are studying the mortals, absorbing whatever knowledge they can gather from constant observation. The angels are feeling listless as they want to participate fully in the actual task of being humans. They want to eat, play, make love, experience pain, happiness and dejection just as we do. And just like that, the story takes flight. You can say our undying love for cinema is cultivated and sustained on motion pictures like 'Wings of Desire'. It represents all the possibilities of cinema, going way and beyond being merely for entertainment. This is a soul-stirring, life-affirming experience.


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