Thursday, September 30, 2010

True Grit (2010 Trailer)



Director: Coen Brothers
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
Release: December 2010


This is a remake of 1969 film with the same name which starred John Wayne. From the Coen Brothers whom I consider as one of the best in the business with an incredible array of talent, I am really looking forward for this movie.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Edukators (2004)




Director: Hans Weingartner
Writer: Katharina HeldHans Weingartner
Language: German


The film stars Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Goodbye Lenin) along with Julia Jentsch and 
Stipe Erceg  as three anti-capitalists living in Berlin. Circumstances forces them to kidnap businessman Hardenber (Burghart Klaußner) and the film revolves around all four of them hiding in a remote cabin and the relationship between the four characters and the political ideologies. The film is beautifully shot and is a really enjoyable watch. The film is supposed to be remade set in US by director Brad Anderson (Machinist, Transsiberian).


Rating: 4/5

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Talk to Her (2002) (Hable Con Ella)






Director: Pedro Almodovar
Writer: Pedro Almodovar
Language: Spanish

The film tells the story about the friendship developed by two while caring for their girlfriends who are in coma. The film stars Javier Camara (Benigno) and Darío Grandinetti (Marco). You could tell how is it gonna end as the film goes on but its still great with the atmosphere it builds. The scene in which we are shown the bull fighter prepare for the fight and the dance concert are just great. Didn't think the film was as great as Bad Education though.

Rating: 3.5/5

Bitter Moon (1992)

Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Gerard Brach, John Brownjohn, Roman Polanski
Language: English, French


The film is set in a Mediterranean cruise ship to Istanbul where a couple Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) meet a wheel chaired writer Oscar (Peter Coyote) and his sexy wife Mimi (Emanuelle Seigner). Story unfolds as Oscar narrates his past regarding how he met Mimi in a bus, fell in love by giving her a helping hand and how their relationship progressed to horrible ways. As the film progresses the complexities of the relationships between the two couples come to the fore ending tragically. I thought the ending was a bit of a cop-out but otherwise the film is really engrossing. I suspect on second viewing the film won't be as good.


Rating: 3.5/5 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ghost Busters (1984)




Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Language: English


Ghost Busters is a comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, father of Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the air, Thank you for smoking). Its about a group of Ghost Busters who starts up a company that deals with Ghosts after getting ousted from the university. Bill Murray stars in this film along with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.  Bill Murray is great as usual but the I thought the film hasn't aged well.


Rating: 2.5/5

Bad Education (2004) (La mala educación)


Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer:

Pedro Almodóvar






Language:

Spanish

This is the first film I have seen did by the highly acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar. The film stars hugely talented actor Gael García Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros, Y Tu Mamá También), Fele Martinez & Daniel Giménez Cacho.
                                  
The story is told in non-linear manner film starting in 1980s where two childhood friends meet after a long time with Ignacio/Juan (Gael Garcia) presenting a story to film director, Enrique (Martinez). The story unfolds as Enrique reads the story through a series of flashbacks and also through scenes from Enrique's own movie (Adaptation of the story). We are shown school days (1960s) of Ignacio & Enrique through flashback and child abuse Ignacio suffers from the Padre Manolo (Cacho). We are shown Ignacio blackmailing the priest later own dressed as a transsexual through the scenes from the film within the film. Though initially a bit confusing, the three plot sections pieces together nicely as the film progresses. The film mainly centers around the homosexual relationship between the three main characters and climaxes with the fate of the real Ignacio.


Rating: 4/5
Please watch the film in its original language if you are intending to watch it.