Very likable British-French-American comedy-drama written and directed… MoreVery likable British-French-American comedy-drama written and directed by Israel Horovitz in his feature directorial début. He had previously directed 3 Weeks After Paradise, a 51-minute testimonial from 2002 about his family's experiences following the September 11, 2001, and events surrounding the New York's World Trade Center. I am not sure what to say about that one, and what category belongs to - maybe a corporate "documentary" order!? Back to this one in which we have some of the best cast I could imagine starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Dominique Pinon. I really think that the acting alone deserves this movie to receive positive review.
Mathias is a washed out New Yorker, who after three divorces is penniless. After his estranged father's death he inherited an apartment in Paris and he wants to sell it quickly and start a new life back in US. Arriving in Paris, he discovers a refined old woman, Mathilde, living in the apartment with her daughter, Chloé.
Our hero quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" - an old French system for buying and selling apartments - and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies. Disappointment quickly grows when he finds out that he, in addition to that, has to pay the old lady a life annuity of 2400 a month. He contemplates his next step, stuck in Paris, paying rent to the old lady with his father's gold watch...
Insignificant director with tolerable script in enchanting environment and excellent acting - this pretty much summarize the whole movie.
I wanted to see this 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th… MoreI wanted to see this 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th grade basketball season of Pete Maravich because I really appreciated his father Press Maravich - in real life. This was just a sugar coated version made with low budget, and probably as a result we got bad acting, bad editing, bad dialogues in a film which presents his early beginnings and the origin of the "Pistol" nickname.
The events were set in Clemson, SC, where the elder Maravich served as head coach for Clemson Tigers men's basketball. The story was told in such a fashion like it's intended as a bed time story - to make you fall asleep quickly! I found out that most of the time the only positive reviews are coming from Christian film clubs! The film is regarded as a family film - I will say for families who have no life!
There are some good advices and life coaching lines in it, but everything was presented the worst possible way! Skip it!
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is described as black… MoreBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is described as black comedy... I never felt that way! It was a real drama, co-written, produced, and directed the best possible way by Alejandro González Ińárritu. Impressive cast includes Michael Keaton with Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
The story of a faded Hollywood actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) famous for playing the superhero Birdman in blockbuster movies decades earlier, who is struggling to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story, was developed very smoothly. Riggan keep hearing the voice of Birdman, who criticizes him and torments him. Riggan imagines that has capabilities of performing feats of levitation and telekinesis.
Birdman received critical acclaim and I agree with every positive review ever for this movie. It was named one of the best films of 2014 by organizations including the AFI and the National Board of Review. It was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards at the 72nd ceremony, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Score and won for Best Screenplay. Keaton won Best Actor, while Norton and Stone were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively at both the Golden Globe Awards and the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the cast is also nominated for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Of course I saw it as soon as possible... and here in China is not in cinemas, yet!
Impressive layered story, outstanding acting, enchanting photography, excellent directing... not easy to find all those things into a single movie... but here you can easily recognise them all!
Light hearted Irish comedy directed and written by Lance Daly will… MoreLight hearted Irish comedy directed and written by Lance Daly will make you laugh but sometimes it scratches the surface and makes you think deeper. Decent performances by the cast didn't require too much effort, and Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt and Eva Birthistle obviously had fun doing it.
Straight forward story about a family which just lost a fortune and is searching around the streets (or rather tips) of Dublin. The importance of the money in today's family relationship is shown as it is - plain and simple. The tensions, the tragic and the funny elements are included in the chase of the money forgetting the people who become just accessories instead of the main subjects of life!
If you like to find out what can happen when unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) decide to find a lost fortune in a race against time, try this one.
Stylish and odd fantasy comes out of the directorial début of Michael… MoreStylish and odd fantasy comes out of the directorial début of Michael Bartlett, who also wrote the script about an unspoken tragedy. It reflects not just on the couple involved, a classical music critic and his wife, but on the house they live in, too. It is confusing story at the moments, a twisting turning fever dream full of lush and colourful treasures with nightmarish imagery.
This ghostly fable about people who are trapped in both an idyllic dream and a horrifying nightmare, is very artistically articulated, but it is lacking a lot on an emotional level.. It is very cool film for most people from the audience, but for me was too cold. Cast includes Lindsey Haun (TRUE BLOOD), Blake Berris (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), and RJ MITTE (BREAKING BAD) in his first feature film role. Not bad at all!
If you want to see something different in a haunted house setting... check it out.