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A Gentle Revelation
If you are expecting dramatic violence, loud thrilling music and slowed down close up shots then you're in the wrong place.
The surreal beauty of this movie lies in how gently the story unfolds. It takes us by the hand and shows us around the dunes of Timbuktu and the life in that desert. However, it does not shy away from showing the regressive opression of the Islamic fundamentalists who have taken up to policing the place. They are so determinded to impose their morals that they scout the place at night spying even for musical sounds.
The brutality of their "punishments" is raw but even that is shown in a less aggressive manner I suppose. It's like saying "it ain't personal, this is just the law" as they carry out extremely violent inhumane tasks. However, small acts highlight how even they are just humans albeit not like "us". There's a scene when a convict climbs on a jeep to be driven to his spot of exectuion and one of the ISIS police gives his hand to help him up.
I am not at all supporting any of these mad men and their hopes of heavenly virgins. However, we often seem to forget that these people are indeed just men and we humans are capable of extreme monstrosity. This movie just reminds us of this.
Extremely beautifully shot, directed and acted. Give this movie a try. I think most of us will like this one.
El hoyo (2019)
Trying to be allegorical but not so well made and fails at it
There seem to be multiple movies coming out with the aim of highlighting the plight of people in the downward "platforms" of society (snowpiercer, parasite). They just created a concept of platform prisons (instead of compartments of a train in snowpiercer) to drive home the point. Beyond this, there is absolutely nothing communicated via this movie.
It tries to be a psychological thriller and kind of fails at it. This concept would have made a good short film if it's well made. But this, just seems pretentious with copious amount of senseless gore.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
A funny, historically not so accurate adventure..!
I just started watching it on a lazy weekend and the first scene was a group of medieval people cheering a jousting match singing "We will rock you". I was hooked (trust me it was funnier to watch).
I love watching good movies and never thought this would work. But somehow it hilariously does. From the 70's &80's music to Chaucer's monologues, Ledger's acting, modern pop culture references and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
This was such a fun watch as YOU KNOW that nothing bad is going to happen (Kind of like the princess bride). It had relatable struggles and themes of love, friendship, family and overcoming adversities life throws at us.
Keep an open mind and don't take it too seriously..!
Strokes of Genius (2018)
Watch it even you haven't watched a single tennis match ever..!
I will start by saying that i've never really watched a tennis match before or remember being excited about tennis. I just saw someone recommend this online and thought I'd give it a try.
This documentary is well made - well written so as to give the viewer an idea of the magnitude of this match. Well narrated by the people themselves involved in the events. It also provides an alternating summary of the sports life of Nadal and Federer which makes us empathize and understand them both. It also makes us appreciate how they've evolved to be great players.
Nadal VS Federer - "Federer is an artist who knows how to fight, Nadal is a fighter who knows how to be an artist." The new vs the old, the energetic vs the elegant, clay champion vs grass court champion, Federer was right handed & Rafael a leftie - it really was a war of the opposites.
The sportsmanship between the both is heartwarming, their dedication to the inspiring and their respect for each other truly making them great people. I still can't figure out how this was made to be so entertaining, informative and beautiful.