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Friday, July 18, 2014

Third Person (Paul Haggis)



Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.


Starring: Liam Neeson, Maria Bello, Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Loan Chabanol, Moran Atias


Why I loved this film: When I went to see this movie I had not heard much about it so I did not know what to expect.
To begin with, the atmospheric feel of the film is top notch. Whether it is the chic, extravagant life-style in Paris, the beautiful and not-so beautiful side of Rome or the busy streets in New York, every city is portrayed in a beautiful way.
The acting is amazing and I could not expect less from this cast! I also got to see a side of Mila Kunis that you do not usually see in her movies and it really surprised me.
Of course, with different intertwining stories, people will argue which one is the best of the bundle. However, I believe each story to be as important with plot twists that I did not see coming. Although, in my opinion, the story starring Adrien Brody was the funniest and it had actually the whole audience laughing out loud, which I did not expect from a drama.
Overall, it had a great cast, good writing and a fine balance between drama, romance and humour.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Words and Pictures (writer: Gerald Di Pego; director: Fred Schepisi)

A flamboyant English teacher and a new art teacher collide. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful: words or pictures.

Starring: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Valerie Tian, Navid Negahban, Bruce Davison, Amy Brenneman, Adam DiMarco, Josh Ssettuba, Janet Kidder, Christian Scheider

Why I loved this film: It is so great to have a movie you can actually watch without being bombarded by violence, sex and f-bombs. I loved it. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as artists each struggling with demons that have crippled (in Binoche's case, literally) their creative abilities, deliver wonderful performances, as does the entire cast. The script rolls along at just the right pace with a lot of cultural references such as the likes of Shakespeare, etc.
It was overall an inspirational movie worth seeing!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fading Gigolo (John Turturro)


Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way to make money and help his cash-strapped friend, Murray, who acts as his 'manager'.

Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara

My thoughts on this film: I have taken long to write about this movie because, even now, I am not sure how to feel about it.
To begin with, it is a little strange to see Woody Allen in a film that was not written by him, but on the other hand the Turturro/Allen duo works. It is probably the only part of the movie that actually works.
Vanessa Paradis is a good actress and has been proving so throughout her career but the story is just a strange one with an out-dated message: we all need love.
However, I was glad about the not-so-happy ending. I was a little sick and tired of the same old 'happy ever after'...
Overall, it is an entertaining movie, but that is all it is: entertaining.