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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Un village presque parfait (Directed by Stéphane Meunier; Written by Djamel Bensalah, Josselyn Bossennec, Jérôme L'hotsky, and Ken Scott)

Saint-Loin-la-Mauderne is a small village that no one cares about, with no money or employment. They hope to bring back the factory, but there is a slight problem: insurance companies require a resident doctor. Led by their charismatic mayor, the villagers will do anything to convince a Parisian doctor that Saint-Loin-la-Mauderne is the best place in the world!

Starring: Didier Bourdon, Lorànt Deutsch, Lionnel Astier, Denis Podalydès, Elie Semoun, Carmen Maura, Annie Grégorio, Armelle, Pierre Ménès

Why I loved this film: I think French films are taking over our cinemas and this is yet another example of European movies becoming more enjoyable than the 'seen-it-all-before' Hollywood flicks. I guarantee you will be laughing throughout the entire film, even though there are no computer techniques, stunts or violence. It is only a hilarious movie that is fun to watch, and which revolves around a small village. It actually reminded me of my younger self and the summers I spent in my family's village.
A 'must watch' for the whole family!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Captive (Atom Egoyan)


Teenager Cassandra is taken and locked up unable to contact her family to let them know that she is still alive. Eight years later, her father, Matthew, is still being investigated by the police who are also trying to crack the bigger problem of crimes against children, Matthew's marriage has deteriorated and leads in the case are hard to come by. So much time has passed but so little has changed and it is going to be up to Matthew and Cassandra herself to repair the estranged family.

Starring: Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Aidan Shipley, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Peyton Kennedy

My thoughts on this film: It lets you know straight away what happens to the little girl and who the captor is. The entire movie is based on the parents working with what seem to be the best paedophile detectives ever assembled to look for their daughter. The film does this Pulp Fiction thing with the past and the present scenes flipping back and forth to tell the story, which I found a little disturbing - I like a story with a beginning, middle, and ending.
The movie was quite enjoyable throughout until the end. Suddenly, everything just seemed to naturally happen, and that is it! Movie done!
There was no build up or suspense to it at all. The rest of the movie was alright but the ending was very poor.
The acting was good, though. Nothing worth of an award, but the cast was good.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Humbling (Directed by: Barry Levinson; Written by: Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, and Philip Roth)

An aged and finished actor has his world turned upside down after he embarks on an affair with a lesbian.

Starring: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Billy Porter, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Li Jun Li, Derrick Arthur, Steve Rosen

My thoughts on this film: My first thought was to compare it with the currently Oscar-winner Birdman, since the plot seems to be going in the same direction: a washed-up actor who wants to salvage his career. However, this seems to be better written, with a better cast, and therefore better acting.
Having said all this, I would not go as far as calling it a comedy. A comedy should be aiming up and carrying on through the entire movie. This just feels like something you would watch to pass the time, with a few laughs now and then, bordering on 'pathetic' at times.
If you go and see it, expect to find something fun to watch but nothing extraordinary!