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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton, 2009, Australia, 101 min. ) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆
(grim, harsh and uncomfortable with some everlasting love)

Plot: When two aboriginal teenagers try to flee their stuffy village, life elsewhere turns out to be not much better.


Cast: The main male character had almost no lines, but he managed to deliver a nice performance.


Visuals: We’re spared the obvious Outback shots and for that I’m grateful, kinda refreshing..


Conclusion: It’s a very dark place to be in, this world of Samson and Delilah. But there’s ska to alleviate some glumness and there’s this unconditional love between the two teenagers that shines through it all.
It’s easy to criticize the movie for being too focused on all the bad things happening to the aboriginals instead of the recent more positive developments, but my reaction would be something like: fuck off, you guilt-ridden, politically correct wanker. It still is necessary to show their plight as long as it takes decades to admit to and reckon with things like The Stolen Generations.

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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Autumn Adagio (Inoue Tsuki, 2009, Japan, 70 min. )

Date: Jan 30, 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(Sweet, soft and sad..)

Plot: A catholic nun gets confused around the age of forty about her emotions and sexuality, as a result of her encounters with three very different men.


Cast: Solid cast, lead actress Rei Shibakusa really made you identify with the internal struggles.


Visuals: Autumn as a theme, so lots of shots of golden tree leaves in parks, etc. For most parts a very sober use of visuals.


Conclusion: Nice movie, kept me entertained and interested in the story development. Sometimes funny and sad at the same time.

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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola, 2009, USA, Italy, Spain, Argentina, 127 min. ) imdb link

Date: Jan 29, 2010

Rating: ★★★★★
(Mister Coppola does it again..)

Plot: an 18 yr-old runs away from home to join his long lost brother, who’s living in Argentina. The reunion does not go well.

Cast: like I read somewhere, the main character’s a carbon copy of a young DiCaprio but that isn’t a problem; he’s a talented and interesting presence. Tetro actor Vincent Gallo also gives a strong performance and I’m officially in love with Maribel Verd ;)


Visuals: WOW WOW! WOW!!
Black and White photography has never looked this good in many many years! It’s a lot of visual eyecandy with strong almost classic imagery mixed with some sanitized absurdisms.


Conclusion: go see this film in a theater; your 50inch screen still isn’t big enough to truly enjoy this cinematic experience! The story’s reasonably straightforward, sometimes clichd but it kept on going nicely.
Did Coppola make a great movie? Hellyeah!!

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Written By: frenchy on January 30, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: The Eighteen Who Stirred up a Storm (Yoshida Kiju, 1963, Japan, 108 min. ) imdb link

Date: Jan 29, 2010

Rating: ★★★★★
(Just an incredibly simple and beautiful movie experience.. )

Plot: 18 young and rowdy men from 60s Osaka arrive at a wharf as cheap
labor forces. They’re outsiders in a small community and that leads to some confrontations.

Cast: Decent cast, decent performances.

Visuals: Beautiful black and white imagery from the 60s. A lot of classic shots and use of lighting, for example the bedroom scene after the Horrible Deed with the lamp swinging back and forth.

Conclusion: I loved it: story was kinda predictable but entertaining, the visuals were strong and functional – I guess just the whole retro-while-not-being-retro thing worked very well, it’s a joy to behold!

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Written By: frenchy on January 29, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: El Calambre (Matías Meyer, 2009, Mexico, France, 92 min. ) imdb link

Date: Jan 28, 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(Not sure if any message was meant to be communicated.. )

Plot: Julien, a young French comedian, disembarks in Chacahua, a fishing community in Mexico’s pacific coast. He meets Pablo, a local fisherman who will guide him towards spiritual healing..

Cast: The local cast was nice.

Visuals: Oh man, opening scene: low-light, low-quality shot of the main character arriving at the village late in the evening. You can’t see a lot, mostly grainy. A lot of the following evening/night shots were of the same quality and I was forgiving because I thought it was due to limited resources, etc.
Then, suddenly, we get a crystal clear night scene: the grainy stuff was just the director’s choice of presenting the shot. Argh! Crappy.

Conclusion: If you hadn’t read the plot description, you’d be wondering about the plot for almost the whole movie; not a good sign. The main character’s torment was sometimes very intense and well portrayed; a couple of other scenes were also very well done, especially the mud bath scene where both main characters were strong and entertaining in their performance.
But, uhm.. Just skip the artistic grainy stuff, please?

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