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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Friday, April 27, 2012

This must be the place (Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino)

A wealthy former rock star, now bored in his retirement, embarks on a quest to find his father's persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S.A. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only after his father's death that Cheyenne learns the true extent of his dad's humiliation in Auschwitz - an event he is determined to avenge. However, as he tracks down his target, Cheyenne must finally decide if it is redemption he seeks.

Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon

My thoughts on this film: Sean Penn was very well characterised and his acting was good, although I am not really a fan. The film also had a few funny moments and Cheyenne really reminded me of Ozzy Osborne. However, this movie was a little slow, some scene changes were too fast and seemed a bit out of place; The music kept on appearing out of nowhere and did not really seem to have a reason for being there, or maybe I just did not follow; At times, I almost fell asleep; I did not understand part of the story and, although I love movies about the Holocaust, this one did not seem to have a background to it, as if the writers just wanted the Holocaust in there for no particular reason, with no grounds for such decisions.

Quote: "Have you noticed how nobody works anymore and everybody does something artistic?"

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

R.I.P. Miguel Portas


Miguel Portas has passed away at the age of 53, after a long battle with lung cancer.
He was a Left Wing Portuguese politician and a member of the European Parliament.
Besides coming from a famous family, Miguel Portas was also known for speaking his mind and going straight to the point.
Another great one gone. RIP.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The best exotic Marigold Hotel (Ol Parker and Deborah Moggach)


In this film directed by John Madden, a group of British retirees decide to travel to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel, they arrive to find the place falling apart.



Starring: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Tena Desae, Ronald Pickup



Why I loved this film: To begin with, the jokes were so ridiculous and well included in the movie that I was actually laughing out loud most of the time. I also loved the fact that this is mostly about enjoying life to the last minute, no matter how old you are, and living to the fullest. It really made me think about the important things in life.

Quote throughout the film: "Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not the end."


Friday, April 13, 2012

Et maintenant on va où? (Nadine Labaki, Rodney Al Haddid, Thomas Bidegain, Jihad Hojeily, Sam Mounier)


A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Starring: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily, Julian Farhat, Ali Haidar, Kevin Abboud, Petra Saghbini

Why I loved this film: At first I thought the dancing and singing was a little ridiculous but I was soon over it. Nadine Labaki found a fun and funny way of passing the message that religious wars are stupid and we all should rather consider love, peace and tolerance. The movie transports you through many different emotions, feeling touched, happy and sad. While the first part had everyone laughing out loud, the following minutes had the audience reaching for their tissues. The end was a funny and touching surprise.
Overall I loved it, now I hope Nadine's message can reach the whole world.