Category Archives: Movies

You Were Never Really Here

Is there hope in such a violent world? It has to be in simple things, like the beauty of a sunny day. Good movie, but very violent. Even disturbing.

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman

90 minutes

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Hopscotch

It’s a delicious comedy about fighting the incompetent. Matthau is a field CIA agent who gets transferred to a desk job by his incompetent boss. As revenge, he starts writing his memories exposing how the security services really work and how the incompetent take wrong decisions for the despair of his boss. Glenda Jackson is wonderful as his girlfriend and accomplice.

Director: Ronald Neame
Cinematography: Arthur Ibbetson and Brian W. Roy
Cast: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom

104 minutes

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A Day with the Boys

It’s a short experimental movie (18′) made by character actor Clu Galager, one of the most surprising pieces I’ve watched recently. It’s visually beautiful and bold, shot by legendary cinematographer László Kovács. It shows the innocence of childhood together with the potential for human violence. It was the inspiration for George Washington.

Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Clu Gulager
Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs
Cast: Ricky Bender, Artie Conkling, William Elliott, Jack Grindle, John Gulager, Mike Hertel, James Kearce, John McCaffrey, Mark Spirtos, Craig Williams

18 minutes

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Trapped

Trapped-1pThe series is set in Seyðisfjörður in eastern Iceland. The protagonist Andri, the police chief, is the real one who is trapped in his past, present and future. Very good Nordic-style crime series. I’m looking forward very much for a second season.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Börkur Sigthorsson, Óskar Thor Axelsson
Starring Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Nina Dögg Filipusdottir

My rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

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House of Cards IV

House_of_Cards_season_4_promoThe first and second season were very good. The third started to exaggerate. The fourth is too much. We all know there are dirty politicians, but this seems too much. Even as fantasy.

Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly
United States, available on Netflix

13 episodes.

My rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

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La Grande Bellezza

The movie is really visually beautiful. It was a pleasure watching it. It shows that external beauty and being wealth don’t result in fulfillment. The beauty is somewhere else. Inside.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
Italy

142 minutes

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Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)

Argentinian black comedy with six short stories involving distressed people, nominated for the Oscar in 2015 (Best Foreign Language Film). It’s about hatred making people to act like crazy beasts.

Director: Damián Szifrón (as Damián Szifron)
Writer: Damián Szifrón (as Damián Szifron)
Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa

122 minutes.

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The Revenant

 The movie is visually very beautiful. Nature is wonderful and harsh, but men are worst. You need to be strong to survive both.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
156 minutes

 

 

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The Salt of the Earth

The world is so beautiful, but also so sad. One has to find happiness in small things. The movie is about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world, including Africa and Latin America.

Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Written by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

110 minutes (it seems longer, as it is a dense movie).

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