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29 May 2012

City of God (2002)

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Crime, Drama 
Brazil
Language: Portuguese 
Colour, 130 Minutes


Verdict: City of God with its rocket-like pacing is one of the best cinematic achievements of the 21st century and has accessibility allowing many people to relate and love the film. With grand young performances, flawless editing and fantastically shot cinematography, the film stands among the all-time greats.

27 May 2012

My 10 Favourite Directors as of May 27th 2012

Well, a lot of time has passed and at this point I have explored hundreds of films. I have not once made a favourite directors list public as I have wanted to ensure it is a justified list. With directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock around, I wanted to wait a while to try and explore as many directors as possible. So here it is, my favourite directors and my three favourite films from them (in no order)

23 May 2012

Mary and Max (2009)

Directed and Written by: Adam Elliot
Genre: Animation, Drama
USA
Colour/B&W, 88 Minutes
Mary and Max tells the story of two very unlikely Pen Pal’s, with one being an 8 year-old Australian girl and the other a 44 year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome in New York. Through their lives, they write to one another about their lives and the differences and similarities they have.The film definitely excels with its narrative structure and excellent use of music and voice-over and it is quite a unique experience when we see the friendship and film develop. With thought-provoking content and bizarre visuals, it adds up for a unique experience.

22 May 2012

Dark Shadows (2012)

Directed by: Tim Burton
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
USA
Colour, 113 Minutes
After seeing the trailer, one thinks to themselves, “Well, this seems like an improvement to Tim Burton’s last venture Alice in Wonderland” and that it might be a fun-filled Gothic styled comedy. This is quite wrong. For most people, the film has been a disappointment (not that expectations were exceedingly high anyway), but the film’s zany narrative that is simply all over the place, making most of it boring and tedious. The visuals are fantastic, but the comedy is lacking when it tries and the plot definitely brings it down.

21 May 2012

Memento (2000)

Directed and Written by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Thriller, Drama
USA
B&W/Colour, 113 Minutes So, like many people, before giving criticism on the film I watched it a second time, and I absolutely love it! The plot follows a 'detective' trying to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. It seems simple, but he has short-term memory loss, and cannot create any new memories. Therefore, through the photographs, notes and tattoos of words on his body, he tries to track him down. What makes the film exciting is its narrative structure, which before even seeing the film you SHOULD be aware of.

19 May 2012

The Avengers (2012)

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon
Genre: Acion, Fantasy, Comedy
USA
Colour, 143 Minutes
Many reviewers and critics have gotten to this film to say what they think, and after a week I think so much shit has been flying across film fans and buffs I need to say something. What did I think? I thought the film was great, and definitely surprising for a comic book blockbuster. This definitely sets a standard for the future comic book movies, and while having plenty of mindless action that so many people love now, it does not get too lost in it all and takes time to show its characters humanity.

06 May 2012

The Hunger Games (2012)


Directed by: Gary Ross
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
USA
Colour, 142 Minutes
After all the hype, hate and conversation over this book adaptation, I finally decided to go watch it in the cinema. Although I expected a little bit more from the film’s glorious source matter of literature, the film definitely has great performances and well-constructed editing as well as a morally challenging plot involving kids slaughtering one another. The concept is golden for it shows the evil and inhumanity of what could be a pessimistic future for the sake of entertainment. The Hunger Games will please some, but others will find it a slow and boring story.

01 May 2012

April in Revue 2012

Well, this has certainly been a big month for cinema for me. I have watched more films within this month than I have in my lifetime I think. Even more so than last year's summer, which was insane. Well, I watched a variety of films in this month looking at directors such as Akira Kuroswa and Sergio Leone. I have not written many reviews outside the silent marathon, so I should get on board with a few soon. Many of the films I watche din this month that I watched were pretty long, includning Once Upon a Time in America, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), which is why it seems I have watched over 50 films this month. Well, I am not near that number but I still watched a lot. Here is April 2012 in revue.
 

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