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A party. An incident. And its interpretation. A film about teenagers , about apparences and about truth. Well crafted, good performances, well constructed story, offering the right twist for not be the too easy story about black and white.
A girl running across a wood. All elements are familiar. And the simplicity of story, the high minimalism in this case are just admirable. A film about appearences and the cold truth.
Holy Moses (2018)
A comedy. About faith, miracles, a cow , a gas station, North Ireland monastery and nowhere in America. Beautiful story about strange facts , Amanda Seyfried in a delicate - touching role. The white, the confession and the loneliness of a young man, front to a dead cow , a burning bush and the words of a priest. So, splendid work with powerful message in the skin of comedy.
Carnival Row (2019)
what you expect ?
It is perceived as a political manifesto. About migration, cruel empire, clash of civilisations and competitor against GoT. It is defined as too superficial or dramatic or poetic or brutal. And it is it ! But it is real unfair to ignore the good acting, the seductive story, the beautiful mix of dark romance, crime and the interesting use of music as a sort of voice of atmosphere. It is just impressive, scene by scene, episode by episode. And gives to Orlando Bloom to do a more than interesting and complex demonstration of his talent. In fact, its basic virtue is to give what you expect from it.
Auditions for a young actor. The realism is the basic virtue. Like the cliches and the tension and the performance as cage and the mannerism and, off course, the end as a sort of punch. A short film about a struggle. And its pieces. Good performance, interesting story.
Waar de pelikaan landt (2015)
I love it
A legend. Said by a young , blond dreamer in the middle of gosipps of his friends. A bronze pelican flies over Gand. A beautiful young Greek woman. And the end of evening . As beginning of really. Poetic, seductive and giving the flavor of a sort of golden age , delicate romance and brilliant demonstration of the force of dream. So, just lovely.
Date from Hell (2018)
Night. A young couple. An abandoned house. A not reasonable joke . The killer. And the broke of apparences. A well crafted dark comedy using, in inspired manner, familiar cliches and giving the fair story, performances and cinematography.
Shoot for the Moon (2014)
An astronaut. His destination. Solution for be what he dreams be. And insucces. A lovely film about dreams. And tenacity. Inspired humor. And seductive story. Enough for a beautiful short parable about what is real important.
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
It is a surprising , perfect puzzle. All is familiar. And you feel that more than you know. The build up is incredible, the mix of western, policier, horror and adventure, war and Tarantino, conspiracy theory, few drops of Scorsese and few crumbs of romance are almost incredible. A film admirable crafted. And that - from impecable story to the acting are ingredients defining it as real special.
The Hun (2018)
Mac Donald story
It is one of the most intense war films. The story of Private MacDonald in the shell of a legend. A well crafted short film, beautiful in each detail, bitter and poetic, giving the chance to the lead actor to do a magnificent job.
The Collector (2004)
It is a film of its viewer. It can be pathetic, poetic, beautiful, touching, moving or boring. But the truth behind it can not be ignored. A war film about memories and about a notebook preserving flowers as crumbs of peace. A sniper. A young comrade admiring him. A circle of grass and a prey of its seduction force. A death and a duty or legacy. A film, in essence, about... gardens. And about the sacrifice deserving each of them.
Between the Lies (2016)
A british SOE agent, with precise mission in the occupied France. A wounded Nazi soldier. The help . And the long way together. Not great but nice film about war , relations between enemies, few drops of humor, few spoons of tension and a story reminding crumbs from many similar films.
Sen Anlat Karadeniz (2018)
Well crafted is the fair definition for the first season. The care for details. The beautiful storytelling. The splendid cinematography. The wise use of ordinary social problem- the abuse against woman- , in the right terms. Romance and thrill and tension and lovely landscapes and the expected story. Sure, this is the first season. The second is not bad or good but it seems be created as duty for the expectation of the public. It can be defined as modest but the effort of actors for save the fragile story is admirable. The only problem - like a fairy tale, the words after its end are too much.
It Chapter Two (2019)
more than second part
It represents more than "the second part". Or just a good horror. Because it propose a continuu challenge to the viewer. Stories in perfect frames. Admirable performances and scenes with the virtue to seem so...familiar. It is not the expected "It" II. But a long trip across interesting questions defining yourself. And not the last, the cameo of Stephen King represents the reasonable gift for the terrible run scene by scene of the mind and sensibility. For me, the second joy was to accept than Bill Skarsgard is, obvious, real and real great.
Two brothers and a comrade in a foxhole on Russian front. Alone. Front to Soviet soldiers coming from near forest. After many films about WWII, "Moschaisk" seems say not more. But its basic virtue is to give the perspective from the other side. To propose realistic picture of war. To suggest the right way to see the war as a profound personal problem, as veil of deep loneliness, as desperate gestures. Sure, the cinematography and the story and the performances are more than good but significant remains the message.
Schwarz Weiss (2015)
Two comrades in an isolated foxhole of WW II. Talk, a watch, a sort of postman. And the night, changing everything. A realistic portrait of war and the metamorphosis imposed by it. And admirable photography as ingredient of a bitter story. A war episode. Representing, in essence, its clear and honest definition.
Bez slov (2010)
A simple war story. In a forest - two soldiers . A wonded Soviet soldier. A German one. Few minutes of silent help one for other, from a piece of bread to cigare . And a short execution at the first sounds of steps. Beautiful cinematography, minimalist tools, convincing - touching story, good performances - gestures, the eyes and ordinary objects. And, off course, the forest. Short, a gem.
Black Sheep (2018)
a story. too familiar
It is not the testimony who you expect. It is not the story with moralistic end. It represents only a honest and not comfortable portrait of racism, care of a mother and the price, the real price of acceptance. And, more important, it is not the story of a black child told at older age but a portrait of early years in which the new home, after a tragedy near your family or the hostility of new neighbours is painful familiar for many. A not easy film, using, for a clear and direct message, the sacrifice of artistic virtues of documentary. The story of Cornelius Walker.
What About Shelley (2017)
just good short film
Surprising can be a reasonable word for define it. Or just well crafted. Because it gives all - from humor to emotion, tension, delicate situation in the right terms and realistic coming - out and its result. A film, a real good one, about friendship and need of the other, about vulnerability and work of admirable actors and example of beautiful story . So, just good.
Blast Beat (2015)
A film about family. More specific, about the crisis changing everything. About the step between long term teenager and adult. Nice, seductive, amusing and well using pieces defining brotherhood, image of mother and the gesture of revenge and reaction, the wise one , against it.
Die Stropers (2018)
A powerful film. For performances and cinematography, first. A religious story. It is not an evidence, only the feeling across entire film. A surprising force of acting of the two young lead actors. The photography, the Afrikaans itself, the bitter atmosphere, the game of appearences as solid virtues. The only problem, maybe the story who is more a sketch for give to the viewer the chance to define the moments, to put together the reactions of characters or to judge.
The Art of Getting By (2011)
Freddie Highmore. He is the basic motif for see the movie. The second - Emma Roberts performance. Not the last - Rita Wilson and the story- between romance, life lessons, dream becoming reality and soft invitation to define yourself. That kind of story with the basic virtue - its deep honesty. One of delicate - precise indie film. Absolutely lovely , first for its bitterness.
Sword of Vengeance (2015)
too high ambition
The basic problem - what you expect ?. You know the recipe and the ingredients. You know the basic lines of story and the characters. And you know that nothing is real high or memorable. The basic problem of this film- the desire to be more than gives its possibilities. The recipe is clear and nothing surprising can be. History as pretext, dark landscapes, dark hero, fights and fights, few drops of love story. Seems enough. But the desire to say all seems the not very inspired option.
Lazarus Taxon (2008)
Reminding "Stalker". It is the first virtue. Second - the language. Not the last- the cinematography. A father. His dying daughter. The place for save her, after a long travel. The isolated island. The enigmatic helper. The bizarre cure and its significance. It is difficult to define it , because it can be reduced to atmosphere- inspired cinematography. Well crafted, reductible only at images.
It is more than romance. But, looking for a definition, "romance" sounds acceptable. A Kurdish man. A deaf woman. A refuse and a seagull as "prey". And a day on the beach , using a notebook as "translater". Inspired - delicate end. Short, a real gem.