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Shaonian de ni (2019)
Better Days for Better People
This film made me want to watch Falling Angels, but I'm not sure if that was the initial goal.
A story about bullying, which transforms into a Romeo and Juliet-like love story that takes your attention and smashes it onto the screen. With it's capturing story about a young student and a small-time punk, discovering eachother at their worst and blossoming to their best before hitting rock bottom again, it really has the essence of a true modern love poem written by the likes of Leonard Cohen. It will make you cry, even if you are the most heartless person in the world, and it will shake your perception of two people falling for eachother.
Have you ever thought of going to prison for the person most important to you, sacrificing your whole life for them? Well. Xiao Bei did, and he did it with no remorse. Remorse comes as a consequence to actions, whether they're well or ill-intentioned.
The cinematography of this movie is bliss, with the editing giving a great view on the emotion and world that is teenage Chongqing.
By far my favorite for the Best International Feature, which is sadly it's only nomination.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020)
The Godfather Part 2 of Comedies
Coming out 13 years after the first part, the Subsequent Moviefilm is a change from it's predecesor. While still keeping it's comedy and mockumentary feel, it does so in a much smaller state, giving more attention to the dromedy aspect of the movie.
It is great direct social commentary on many things, from the pandemic to anti-Semitism, but it doesn't shy away from comedic timing, even in it's most serious times. The breakout star Maria Bakalova and the return of Sacha Baron Cohen brings us a father-daughter duo with a chemistry never seen before. The rest of the "cast" brings us many different characters, from the plastic surgeon who admitted he would sexually assault a young woman to the babysitter who cared for Tutar enough to convince her to seek her own individuality.
Being nominated for two Oscars and already winning a plethora of awards shows how much you can accomplish with great and impactful comedy, given the fact that this is Ms. Bakalova's first major role and Mr. Cohen's second movie of the past year, with both being nominated (the latter x2).
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Arguably one of the greatest games ever made
In 2010. when the game came out, a lot of players experienced gamebreaking bugs and glitches that were really annoying. Considering it was made in 18 months, the game was pretty good. The developers kept making patches that would eventually fix most of the bugs, but to this day, bugs do occur in every Fallout game, there's even a bug section on the wiki. What wasn't made in those 18 months, came later in the form of DLCs: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Lonesome Road, Old World Blues. Each one is more entertaining then the last, introducing new elements of the game and stories never heard of before. The overall story of New Vegas is one of the best stories ever written, having comedy, tragedy, romance, action, and many more. Every character has a story behind them, each being more impressive than the other. Unlike in the other Fallout games, you aren't a figurative demigod, you are a person that is imperfect in their own way, that has an altruistic feel, deciding who they trust, and who they don't trust, who to support, and who to not support. I started playing this game in 2015. thinking it was going to be just a normal open world game. But, it was more than that. Even five years after my first try, I still discover new things that are little things the creators implemented during their 18 short months of development. The gameplay is in the middle of things, it's much better than of Fallout 3, but not so much better than Fallout 4. One of my favourite gameplay elements is the Karma and Reputation systems. Karma determines how good as a person you are. Gaining Karma can be done by helping people or killing bad guys, while losing it can be done by helping bad guys and stealing from people. Reputation determines how you treat a certain faction. For example, I am disgusted by what the Legion does, so I have a Vilified reputation with them, because I like to see their red football jerseys through my sniper scope. But the most interesting thing in the game is the pacifism. Unlike Fallout 4, where almost all your choices are to murder people, in New Vegas, you can avoid that through conversation, intimidation and bribery. The whole game can be beaten by not hurting a soul. Seriously, you can talk your way out of a boss fight if you play the game correctly. In other words, since New Vegas, it has only gone downhill with the inclusion of the Creation Club and microtransactions. Going back to the day where everyone made a game because they loved to is really good, and playing this game sure shows so. I would recommend this game to everyone, not just adults, but younger people too, because this game can teach them a lot of things other than how to use a weapon.