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Quick Review Part IV

 …AND GOD CREATES WOMAN(1956)

I wish I was born in the world war II era. Not because so I can get enlisted to the last great war of mankind. Its because so I can grow up and worshiping Brigette Bardot as sex symbol. John Lennon worship her. Bob Dylan wrote his first song as some kind of tribute for her. I meant, there’s no single current actresses today who had a raw naughty sexual magnetism with charismatic bubble like Bardot. Not even freakin close.

Well, even though the script is too generic, empty and somewhat downgrading woman, but I was enjoying the hell out of this movie. Even with that stupid and worst choreograph fighting scene ever, and the overall feeling that sensing this movie is like 90 minutes pimping of Bardot in a cheap entertainment, the movie is a classic indeed. Of course its not on par with the likes of real classic like, Citizen Kane, Seventh Seal, and so on, but still, …And God Create woman is a must-see movie for everyone(especially guys) who want to know what it is about Brigette Bardot and how hot is she? And join the club with the likes of me who hunts her naked playboy photoshoot in 1974 after watching this movie.

6.5/10

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MURMUR OF THE HEART Or  Le souffle au coeur(1971) 

 

 I don’t really know about what 15 year olds kid at France back in 1971 was like, but I find the depiction is a bit too unrealistic and mature. A 15 years old punk from wealthy family, love Dizzy Gillespie, talks about politics, in to The story of “O”, know how to play along with a pedophile priest, and really dig the way how to treat a woman? Its a bit much.  But still, I love this coming of age movie. The scene moving naturally and slowly developed. The real star of this movie is Lea Massari, the woman who play the main character’s mom, charming, beautiful, confusing and very amusing. Her incest sensual scene with her son its not awkward at all. An unforgettable movie. 8.5/10

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LAS ACACIAS(2011) 

For an Argentinian movie with only 80 minutes run(including all the credit scene), and tell us a very simplistic story about how a regular truck driver befriended a woman and her child which he required to take on a journey from Paraguay to Buenos Aires by his boss, Las Acacias is not boring at all. Las Acacias need you to be patient and let the subtlety overtaken you, because it really is very simple. Its like watching somebody painted their apartment wall with a blank white colors, and weirdly, i found myself liking it. This is the type of movie where nothing happens, and you still feel engrossed by it.

7.5/10

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DEEP END(1970)

 15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike does his best to sabotage the relationship, to the extent of stalking both her and her fiancé. Mike becomes increasingly desperate to have Susan for himself, with very tragic results and a freaking good ending for a movie. Its basically another great coming of age movie. Kinda like Malena, but more Indie. Feels like Murmur of the Heart, but more hip, slum, and colorful. And Good gawd Jane Asher is hot. I barely breath when she takes her clothes off for a classic full frontal nude scene, even though the camera is shot in a far away angle. The only complaint that i had is the character progression is too fast for a movie with 90 minutes run. A very underrated movie that needs a bigger audience.

8.5/10

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MARIA FULL OF GRACE(2004)

Some people think that movie is disturbing. I don’t really get it, what’s so disturbing. Some people think that the movie is beautiful. Are you kidding me? What’ so beautiful when you have to watched a movie where an innocent and beautiful woman being exploited by being a drug mule just to get money and reaching the so called heaven called AMERICA? Its fucking depressing. I love the movie overall, but I  hate that cliche ending. Not because that I hate America, but because it really make sense and Its sad when we realize that the only way for maria to get out from her trouble is by being a illegal immigrant in a country where she even doesn’t understand the speaking language. Catalina Sandino Moreno performance is a gem. Watching her acted is like watching some genuine documentary about drug mule. I live in the 3rd world country like Maria, but still the film made me feel very fortunate for what I have.

7.5/10

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 OCEAN HEAVEN(2010)

If ten years ago, some jackass told me that I will crying my ass off at Jet Li’s movie, I would’ve called that guy idiot and stupid. Off course, Jet Li isn’t a bad actor. In terms of acting capability he’s  in the same league as Jackie Chan, Statham, Arnie, Donnie Yen, or Dolph Lundgren. He’s not a robot, but not humane enough to be considered as a serious actor. Then Ocean Heaven came along. Its a story of a dying father making the impossible to give his son the possibility of independence before the cancer take his life. And good gawd, Jet Li convincingly played the character of that poor father very well in this tear jerking simply tale of determination and love. And good gawd I hate the ending when abruptly the filmmaker went Pixar.  Still I do cried in the middle of the movie, and considered this is a Jet Li’s movie, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Solid movie ruined by the ending. 7.5/10

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Quick Review : Part III

The Descendants(2011) 

Decent, but not special, touchy and pretty logical movie. Clooney is a hit and miss for me.  Love his work at From Dusk till Dawn, the Perfect Storm and Solaris, but other than that, BLAH. The Descendants did nothing for me other than just simple plain movie. I doubt the movie will be much memorable if the setting, music, and atmosphere wasn’t in Hawaii or Hawaii-esque. The ending is brilliant by the way. Neither sad or happy and teach us, human, that no matter how bad things is going around us, there’s always a bright side out of it.

7/10

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  Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol(2011)

Surprisingly good and effective. There’s something annoying but interesting came out from Tom Cruise every time his face shows up. I’m laughing at the screen when “A TOM CRUISE PRODUCTION” shows up. Cool gadget. Cool opening scene. Powerful Paula Patton. Simon Pegg as a comic relief is irritating. Flaws logic(how could there’s  no single person/guest make some kind of report to the security when Tom Cruise climbing that tallest building in the world? He didn’t climb wall, he climb glasses! With other guest inside of it. Because its the tallest building in the planet! get the logic?). Splendid action scene. Oh, and I watched this after the Raid, surprisingly again, i found this flick is better than The Raid.  Money says everything right?

8/10.

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The Divide(2011)

Filled with plot holes, characters potrayed as an idiot and illogical decision. Very bleak, uncomfortable, dirty and disturbing atmosphere. Makes me somehow questioning human conscience. I went in with no expectation, and the movie really flabbergasted me in terms of where it was ended and predictability. The science fiction genre is ended in about 50 minutes, and replaced by thriller with a little drop of torture porn. Love it.

7.5/10

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Survival Style 5+(2005) 

Original. Daring. Surreal.  Bizzare. Fun. Insane. Why? I won’t spoil the story but let me just tell you the main characters in this movie. A gang of thieves with very homo erotic members, a British professional assassin whom always asked somebody “what is your function of your life”, a middle age guy whose being hypnotized to act like a bird, an immortal girl who always trying to killed and to be killed by her husband. is that enough?

8/10

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 Carnage(2011)

Roman Polanski weakest movie ironically is the most star studded one. Filled with heavy weight of acting like Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz, Carnage is failed to connect with me. Its too pretentious and in the same place, simple. Its like, Roman trying too hard to make a  heavy but not too heavy comedy, but he failed. The plot  is too shallow and blah for me to take it serious. Its like watching some random group uninterestingly complaining and whining about their life, but this time they cost us.  Well, what can I say. It is a Carnage.

5.5/10

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The Ghost and the Darkness(1996) 

I always loved a monster/hunt movies no matter how bad/stupid the movie is.  Well, to tell you the truth, The Ghost and the Darkness is far from Bad and Stupid. It tells us a very convincingly and realistic take on Tsavo Man eater. The real case where 2 lions devouring a lot of humans in Tsavo(obviously). Michael Douglas is always interesting to watch. The Lion is cool. But Val Kilmer. Hmm, what can I say. Even the Lion is acting better than him. Other than Kilmer miscast, the production value from this flick is good and enjoyable enough as your Saturday night movies with a popcorn. Do not put your expectation high by the way.

7/10

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Quick Review : Part II

Cop Land(1997) 

Roger Ebert once says, Stallone is the Next Marlon Brando. Even though I never give a fuck about whatever that damn fat ass aid ever since he disrespecting video games, that guy is right. Giving the right condition, Stallone is a one damn fine actor. Cop Land is his greatest work and achievement as a serious actor. But what Hollywood do to him after this? They turned his back on him until 2008 where he’ playing Rocky Balboa for the sixth time! Even in a star studded cast full of heavyweight like De Niro, Keitel and Liotta, Stallone manage to stand tall and shakes the heaven. Solid, flawless, and fragile in a good convincing way. Try to compared Cop Land to the other best of its genre, like Mystic River or LA Confidential, you’ll find that this movie is still that damn good, probably better. 8/10

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 This is Spinal Tap (1984)

I was born in 1984, and that makes me feel awesome because I was born in the same year when one of the most funniest movie of all time coming out.  That’s a perfect sentence to describe about how much I fucking love This is Spinal Tap. Fans of classic rock, wherever the hell you are , whatever shit you’re snorting right now, find this movie! From the damn absurb and perverted lyrics, to the hilarious scene involving Stonehenge and alien eggs, this is the access to the backstage of rock and roll life that we always wanted! Oh, and June Chadwick is hot as hell! 8/10.

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The Proposition(2005) 

Violent. Barbaric. Bloody. Magnificent. Those four words describe The Proposition entirely. On-screen rivals between the quiet but deadly Guy Pearce and the brutal but personal Danny Houston is amazing to watch. This is not the typical clean cut western. The Proposition is gruesome and nasty, exceedingly and essential. I didn’t really love it in the first viewing, but after I take back the seat and put more controllable adrenalin into my mind as I watch it, The Proposition knock off the 2007’s version of 3:10 to Yuma from the number 5 spot in the list of my favorite western movie of all time. 8.5/10.

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The Grey(2012)

The first thing that I need to get off my chest from The Grey is the beautiful of its Cinematography. Cold crystal, brutal and stunning. On par with other snowy titles like Cliffhanger, the first part from the Descent, or A Lonely Place to Die. The movie itself is decent, but sometimes feels too pretentious. The filmmaker trying too hard to make a violent survival poetic movie involving Wolf. Full of illogical choice of stupidity. Liam Neeson is awesome like usual. The ending is respectable but too subtle. Passable, just don’t think of it as a perfect realistic movie when you watch it. 6.5/10.

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 Fish Tank(2009)

I dig the use of a lot Fuck and Cunt words in this movie. It seems very appropriate with tones and themes that came along with Fish Tank, a not so-small movie that full with humanity. This movie is so unpredictable to read and guess because all the characters in it is very real and smooth acted. Especially the two main cast, Michael Fassbender, and newcomer(in 2009) Mia Jarvis. The Director is smart in using and combining honest sexual encounter, gritty hand held camera, powerful character, and harsh language into one package. Its hard to find its fault. Some people might think that fish tank is just another broken family movie, but trust me, fish tank is everything but that. 8.5/10

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Quick Review : Part I

Beautiful(2010)

A beautiful aching complex tragic story. Full of metaphors that I still don’t get very well. What the hell is this? An odyssey? A Dream? or  just an Idea? Very hard to watch because of the burden that lies in Javier Bardem’s character is felt so real, heavy and bleak.  The movie themes are posed as questions in regards to religion, human, and death. Surprisingly, there’s a few of haunting strange scenes involving ghost and spirit in this heavy drama. I love the gritty cosmopolitan and urban touch that laying all over the movies. Definitely better than 21 Grams and Babel, but more hard to swallow. Javier Bardem best work! 8/10.

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  The Help(2011)

Powerful, powerful performance by Octavia Spencer and that crazy Jessica Chastain. Without those two, The Help would be a soulless movie about how a white girl help black people freeing themselves, which is actually still feels like it. Kinda sweet and heartwarming, but still feels like a chick flick. Totally overrated. The Ending is very Hollywood-ish and dumbed down.  Emma stone is hot though. An Oscar worthy in overall? My ass! Just buy the fucking book. 5/10.

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50/50(2011)

I might think that the cancer drama is about worn out by now, but boy, i Love this movie. Seth Rogen basically playing himself as an annoying jerk and  the calming presence that Joseph Gordon Levitt always have is perfectly captured.  Obviously, somebody’s fight against cancer is not a comic laughable material, but 50/50 manages to take the subject with dignity, class and some a few satire dark comedy here and there.  One of the best in 2011. 8/10!

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 Meek’s Cutoff(2010) 

Michelle Williams officially convinced me that she is a serious actress after Meek’s Cutoff. No, her work in that overrated Brokeback Mountain and Blue valentine doesn’t impress me at all.  Now, even though that Movie poster above will give you a false alarm about what Meek’s cutoff is all about, in its soul, Meek’s cutoff is still a damn fine western movie. And perhaps It is the only movie that I remembered ever watching makes me screaming loudly, “WHAT THE FUCK!”, when the credits rolls in. But in a good awesome way. Realistic and dusty. 8/10!

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Immortals(2011)

Fucking shitty CRAP. One of the worst thing that ever grace my screen since Twilight. What the fuck Mickey Rourke??? 1/10!

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 Harakiri(1962)

Another Masaki Kobayashi’s masterpiece. Way better and powerful than Kwaidan. The cinematography is gritty and crisp, the sets is wonderful and realistic, and of course, all the actors are spectacular. This is the type of movie that goes beyond the word great. A perfect movie to captured character studies and samurai life. A perfect movie to captured how revenge is eating you alive. And a perfect provoking movie even though for me as a viewer is very hard to decide which story, if any, tells the truth. Honor, Love, Loyalty, Lies, Revenged, politic, action, this movie tell us everything about all those damn things. 10/10!

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 Fat Girl(2001) 

I want to say I Like Fat girl, but im still unsure. I Want to say, I hate this movie, but its so hard to hate this realistic,  truthful and shocking movie. But one thing for sure, Catherine Breillat is one damn fined filmmaker. She makes film that are meant to divide us. Whether you shout “Blasphemy!Heretic!” or “Genius!!” it points to her effectiveness. Seriously,  this is not an ordinary movie, where  the quite realistic nudity, sex scenes  and violence are not for meant to be fun. 7.5/10!

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