The story of a married man who daydreams about being with other women and finds his will and morals tested after he’s visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend. A film by and with Chris Rock, also starring Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, as his wife, Steve Buscemi and Edward Herrmann. I didn’t accept much when I watched this movie, but it’s pretty funny! The end was a little disappointing though, but still hilarious.
“You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it’s your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You’re probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you’re gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.”
A fantastic film by Catherine Corsini, with great performances from all the actors. Suzanne (Kristin Scott-Thomas) is a well to do middle-aged, married woman (with her doctor husband, Samuel, Yvan Attal) and mother of two teenagers in the south of France. Bored of her idle bourgeois lifestyle, she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist as her husband agrees to fix up a consulting room for her in their backyard. Once Suzanne meets the man hired to do the building, Ivan (Sergi Lopez), they develop a mutual attraction which leads to a torrid affair, which Suzanne decides to sacrifice everything else for. She soon confesses of the affair to Samuel, wanting a divorce. Samuel refuses - he wants her to come back to him, using whatever means possible in his disposal.
A film by Wes Craven, that was a mega success in the 80s starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. The power of this movie lies in the fact that this kids get killed while asleep, and sleep cannot be avoided. In so many other horror movies, the victims are nothing more than vapid cattle wandering dumbly up the slaughterhouse chute and calling out: “Is anyone there?” as they go up. They purposefully get themselves into stupid and dangerous situations and therefore we feel no real pity for them when they are eviscerated. However, in “A Nightmare On Elm Street” all the characters have to do to endanger themselves, is to go to sleep.
The teenagers of Springfield, Illinois - On Elm Street- are having nightmares. Tina and her best friend Nancy learn that they’re dreaming about the same creature, a hideously burned man in a dirty red and green sweater who bears an odd weapon; a glove with razor fingers. When Tina is brutally murdered in her bed one night, suspicion falls upon her volatile boyfriend Rod, who was the only other person in the room with Tina when she died. But Rod swears he didn’t do it, and tells Nancy that he too has been suffering from terrible nightmares in which a knife- fingered man is trying to kill him. Nancy begins to suspect that something evil is happening within their dreams, and that perhaps the boogeyman is real. When Rod turns up dead in his jail cell, Nancy is convinced that a ghostly killer is stalking them in their sleep. Nancy must think quickly, as Freddy tries to pick off his victims one by one.
A film with and by Mathieu Amalric about burlesque shows - with aging and decadent women, selling old-fashioned shows, in anonymous theaters of anonymous French towns. The dialogue which includes English spoken around the 5 American performers and French for the rest of the characters is realistic and witty. Their daily routine is sad, the contrast between the excess of their shows and the nothingness of their real lives sounds depressing.
They are taken on tour around an absent France by Joachim, a former TV producer, who abandoned by everyone, now makes a living by finding a suitable theater for their performances, in a way using them in order to come back to Paris as the successful man he’ll never be. All these women feel alive only when on stage, where they can play the game of seduction and forget the sadness looming over their lives, with no family, no relationships, no roots. Joachim’s character is a living failure, to the point that those women become his only family, more than his own children. With great music and beautiful dancers, who actually are dancer so their performances are great as well.
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. A movie directed by Rob Reiner, based on the novel “The Body” by Stephen King, the film takes its title from the Ben E. King song of the same name, which plays over the end credits. Starring young Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman, also Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss and Casey Siemaszko.
It’s 1959, the young Gordie (Wil Wheaton) is a quiet, bookish boy with a penchant for telling stories and writing. He is rejected by his father, following the death of his football-star older brother Denny (John Cusack) in a Jeep accident. Denny paid Gordie much more attention than his parents did. Gordie spends his time with three friends: Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) who is from a family of criminals and alcoholics and is usually stereotyped accordingly, even though he does not conform to the perceptions and stigmas attached to his family; Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) who is eccentric and physically scarred after his mentally unstable father held his ear to a stove; and Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell) who is overweight and timid and often picked on. Together they decide to find a friend…
(Sound and Woody Allen monologue begin)
White credits dissolve in and out on black screen. No sound.
FADE OUT: credits
Abrupt medium close-up of Alvy Singer doing a comedy monologue. He
wearing a crumbled sports jacket and tieless shirt; the background is stark.
There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly
women are at a Catskills mountain
resort, and one of 'em says: "Boy, the
food at this place is really terrible."
The other one says, "Yeah, I know, and
such ... small portions." Well, that's
essentially how I feel about life. Full
of loneliness and misery and suffering
and unhappiness, and it's all over much
too quickly. The-the other important
joke for me is one that's, uh, usually
attributed to Groucho Marx, but I think
it appears originally in Freud's wit and
its relation to the unconscious. And it
goes like this-I'm paraphrasing: Uh ...
I guess most of you have seen this film, or at least some clips of it. It’s hilarious and definitely one of the best movies Will Ferrell has ever made. The Roxbury Guys, Steve and Doug Butabi, want to get into the best club in town, and also hope to open their own club. Vivica, a gold-digging supermodel, and her friend Cambi try to work the Roxbury Guys for their money, only to find out the pair is broke. Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell work wonderfully together and provide non-stop laughter and many catch phrases - for people of all ages. (There’s also a very funny SNL skit with Jim Carrey, but he was not in the film!)
A unusual movie that deals with fear and paranoia. The family man of few words wrestles with apocalyptic dreams and visions of a strange, possibly supernatural storm, responding to them as best he can as both literal warnings and possible signs of mental illness. The actors did a great job, and the film is beautifully shot, set in a rural community, we have plenty of lovely wide shots of the land- and sky-scape.
Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, is a father and husband, he’s starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family’s life.
Directed by Stefan C. Schaefer, starring Ken Duken as the German businessman and Nicole Beharie, who plays the African-American girl he falls in love with after one day, and Laith Nakli as funny cab driver/sidekick.
On a one-day business trip to New York, a young German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he’s never experienced before.
Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal story about Hamlet’s plight to avenge his father’s murder in New York City; directed by Michael Almereyda starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora, Sam Shepard, Julia Stiles, Bill Murray and Liev Schreiber.
New York, 2000. A specter in the guise of the newly-dead CEO of Denmark Corporation appears to Hamlet, tells of murder most foul, demands revenge, and identifies the killer as Claudius, the new head of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle and now step-father. Hamlet must determine if the ghost is truly his father, and if Claudius did the deed. To buy time, Hamlet feigns madness; to catch his uncle’s conscience, he invites him to watch a film he’s made that shows a tale of murder. Finally convinced of Claudius’s guilt, Hamlet must avenge his father. Claudius now knows Hamlet is a threat and even uses Ophelia, Hamlet’s love, in his own plots against the young man. Murder will out?
A film adaption from J.R. Salamanca’s novel, directed Robert Rossen starring Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg, who plays Lilith. The story is of a young war veteran who returns home and seeks a job at the local mental institute. There he gets too involved with several of the patients and learns much about their past, which reflects the tragedy in his own life involving his mother. One of the best movies that deals with insanity in an honest and true way, not only avoiding the cliché’ but completely reversing it and debunking the stereotype. Robert Rossen is a great director, one of the most under-appreciated ones. Wonderful supporting cast from Kim Hunter and Peter Fonda as well as a brilliant cameo by Gene Hackman.
A mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man with an equally obscure past is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, their relationship deepens and intensifies, and the differences between them begin to blur, leading to a shocking, but oddly logical conclusion.
A German film also known as “The Albanian” or “Shqiptari”, about a handsome but poor Albanian villager Arben (the appealing Nik Xhelilaj, who looks set for a big international career) who wants to marry Etleva, daughter of a neighboring clan, but her father has promised her to another man who is offering a 10,000 Euros bride price. When it turns out Etleva is carrying Arben’s child, the pressure is on for him to come up with the dowry before the baby is born, and before her brothers take revenge for the dishonor he has brought their family. Fleeing to Berlin without papers, experience or knowledge of the language, Arben soon learns the ways of survival. Beautiful, interesting film directed by Johannes Naber with a great lead actor, Nik.
I hope most of you have seen this already, if not, give it a try. At New York’s Central Park Zoo four animals, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited - on a ship en route to Africa. And there they learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild. Hilarious animated comedy film, that’s not only fun for kids. I liked all the different characters, the penguins are funny sidekicks, but King Julien is one of my personal favorites in this film. A wonderful thing about it is the references to other movies like “The Planet of the Apes” and “American Beauty”. Very obvious references I might add. This also means that the filmmakers are aware that a growing number of gross comes from adult audiences as well, and you then have to assume that the story is written for them as well. With the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter.
Creaking with metaphors, it is a lovely story to watch, with a knockout cast. We see different women from different generations, who tell about their lives in flashbacks - their love lives. In center of the film is Finn, played by Winona Ryder, who is not sure if she wants to marry her boyfriend. She visits her grandmother and all her friends, who are making a Quilt for her. Each woman brings her own perspective to the nature of love, from Anna (who signs off on men completely after a bad experience) to her daughter Marianne (who cannot settle on just one man). Some of the women have been cheated on, some have done the cheating, while others just let love die. In spite of the pains that the women have suffered in the name of love, the movie does not in any way bash love or marriage. A really nice film with many great moments.
Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master’s thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course.