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Intimacy (2001)
poor and no great shakes
7 October 2011
This movie is not good at all. Apart from the explicit sex scenes, which seemed to be the first ones to be screened in the UK, I do not see what's new about this movie.

A man and a woman sharing their bodies for pleasure only. Sex-based communication and that's it. So, what else?

Kerry's acting is fine enough though. A couple of scenes in foggy weather are interesting to watch. However, the man getting obsessed about her without being able to ask her a thing instead... it's just pathetic.

If a movie needed to show explicit sex scenes without being in the category of "pornographic film" in the UK, then I don't get it why to write such a very simple plot with anything extraordinary in this. I think it's just a waste of time watching this film!
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Fitzcarraldo (1982)
10/10
definitely a masterpiece
6 October 2011
I was not even born and Fitzcarraldo already existed. I watched it some years ago and it actually took me time to realize this film was older than me then!

It's not only a matter of time or age here, Fitzcarraldo is a movie you must watch... the simple truth. It's a bit long though but the story that Hertzog tells here is of a man, an actual man who dreams and who creates his own dreams to also make them come through.

Imagination, engineering, hands of collaboration, excellent music and great visionary sense of humor make of Fitzcarraldo a film you'd never fail to remember.

Every time somebody gives me to understand that something is just impossible to happen or to make it work I just think of Fitzcarraldo and I happen to see those people as just... basic people, not able to distinguish between Fitzcarraldo and, just plain reality.

Quite an amazing and superb film.
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8/10
enigmatic woman, none like Tata
5 October 2011
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A very good Russian movie about Tata, an enigmatic and sensitive woman who's aware of her health will be deteriorating. The first part of this film is like Tata, full of innovative sparkling scenes and catchy eroticism. She meets Misha and Oleg, two young professionals and also good friends of each other. Tata is the main star of the sky, her personality and authenticity are both somewhat rare. Misha falls in love of Tata, inescapably. The second part of this film shows the decay of some of the fresh and new-born emotions of the beginning. Love, fear, passion, friendship, incessant need of freedom and devotion are some of the ingredients live together in this film. Tata cannot stay in one place for any reason, she's a gorgeous and smart woman who finds somebody who loves her but at the same time she unfairly cannot find the moment to remain in her happiness longer. A very memorable film highly recommended.
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for those coffee + adventure lovers
4 October 2011
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This is an amazing film, actually a cool documentary film about an American girl (Amy F) of Italian ancestry who travels with her camera to Italy in search of the perfect cup of cappuccino.

In in his own country: United States she visits local coffee shops that sell good coffee and she interviews the owners about how their business is going overall. Also, what about if they actually are concerned about the quality and process of the coffee beans in order to provide the customers or, why not coffee geeks, a good cup of coffee.

She inevitable talks about Starbucks coffee and tries to interview the owners of this super big "coffee shop" aka coffee corporation.

In Italy she visits places as Lavazza and interviews locals there. It's so interesting how skillful are some of the Italian baristas there and how normal is for Italians to actually drink good coffee, not the rubbish one, in general.

Amy captures so well the idea of the title of this film among other things, like traveling, adventure, commitment, globalization and, fun.
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7/10
life, relationships and plot points
4 October 2011
Interesting film that shows turning points of relationships and life itself as compared with plot points of stories and movies.

In particular, the never-ending relationship between Mads and Marie is made known. Mads is a script writer, he had plenty of dates before settling down with Marie. After a wee while of being with Marie he realizes he's not happy with his current life. They break up and then Mads' search for who knows what starts.

Mads with many girlfriends after breaking up with Marie is presented again. Ups and downs in his life and in his writing he both encounters.

This Danish film is an entertaining picture of life and characters who pass through different stages at their lives. They probably without noticing the curves depicted by their lives are exactly those plots film makers want to find and screen for others.
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Morgen (2010)
7/10
naive immigrant
3 October 2011
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This film is very interesting for someone is not familiar with old and current immigration laws' fluctuations and amendments in Eastern Europe. The film describes so well how a naive immigrant apparently from Turkey or Bulgaria (in the movie he's referred as "gypsy" later on his name is presumably known) eagerly wants or just needs to head to Germany. He even keeps Deutsche marks rather than Euros in a plastic bag plus local phone numbers there in Germany. This German wish, need or dream seems to keep him alive during his eventual trip without visa across Romania, Hungary, etc.. This guy finds a Romanian man (Nelu) who reacts as actually human being rather than such an immigrant-hunter when he sees the "gypsy" asking for something. Nelu then tries to understand the foreign language of this strange guy he finds by the river while fishing. Overall, the posture of some of the Romanian border patrol agents are also randomly tolerant towards the people crossing their border... either there're still not strong regulations or, in that Romania it is just about the start of a strict migratory law or, the town where this "gypsy" guy is found is just too small that no one really cares about being so strict. Something strikes me about this movie is how naive and actually very fine the people mostly are. Although Nelu uses the money the gypsy gave him, Nelu using it for his own benefit doesn't seem to exploit or to be rude with this new man in Nelu's farm. The gypsy guy happens to be hard-working man, keeping that German wish he's got as a hope, the reason to be diligent and helpful with those are being supportive with them. He follows instructions even though he doesn't understand the language. He only needs to go to Germany somehow; I'm not sure he knows there're borders between his start point to his dreamy final destination, that you may need visas and stuff to touch the country he dreams of... did he know? didn't he know? was he by chance one of those truly naive guys needed to do something without the intention of breaking the law on purpose?
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Cría Cuervos (1976)
8/10
a timeless film
1 October 2011
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One of the risks of recommending this amazing film to your friends is that you might look totally wacky and/or slightly creepy for them. However, if they're good friends they will just think you've got simply the best taste on Earth and, you care about the good films. In any case, this film is just a treasure and yes, this film was shot during Franco's times but it could be filmed now and still would have gotten the same structure and an atmosphere of weirdness, excellence, tragedy, suffering, mysticism, innocence, lust and mystery you breath while watching "Cria Cuervos". Ana is just a terrific character; sometimes you don't know it's a kid, a creature, a woman. You end up realizing it's just a kid has been living stories that do not correspond to her short age. Ana's relationship with her mom is a mixture of intense love, intelligence and somehow creepy love. It's just exquisite the combination of feelings and anti-feelings the director draws for his characters. Ana plays with her dolls because-she-is-a-kid but at the same time she keeps poison just in case though she knows why she keeps it. You see her innocent face but it's also a face of decision and character, of a woman that it's still a kid. The main song of this classic movie is "Por Que Te Vas" and it becomes pretty much a hymn rather than just a song, especially when it's played for the last scene... you can't no love this scene and its music! "Cria Cuervos" is just marvelous and, undoubtedly a unique piece of art.
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6/10
hidden emotions and cholera
1 October 2011
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The photography and music of this film are both fantastic. The performance of Naomi Watts as Mrs Fane is really good. One of the shots I liked more about her were those where she's suffering from constant boredom.. it's somehow funny and authentic. Mr Fane is a total jerk for most of the film, punishing Kitty constantly and hiding his emotions as a master he's on that. This film should assist those unable to express themselves to practice the habit of communication, seriously! Kitty apparently yet not sexually satisfied in the beginning, she did let herself to find the satisfaction she needed, and she said sorry when she thought she had to say it. However, Mr Fane no longer talks about what he's actually thinking about; I think that's a mistake because as Kitty says, we're humans and, if you have a wife and a problem about her, should solve the problem with (not around) her at least. Anyway, I didn't get it why Mrs Fane didn't get the cholera while she was next to her husband while he was sick, did Dr Fane finally decide to inoculate her? It seems that cholera either picks randomly a victim or, I totally missed that part of Kitty's inoculation, or she's got such a superb immune system?

This film covers rural China and I'm not sure the real rural China looks like that but I think that's all about the time the movie was shot or was meant to be shot anyways. Overall, the Chinese characters are well represented though a little bit stereotyped some of them. The personal guardian for Kitty was very much fun to watch no matter what.

The moral of this film should be that you don't wait until it's too late to say "forgive me". It's a lame two people lose the opportunity to stay together in fine terms for longer. The cholera is around them and was not enough to be a sign for those to forget little things and concentrate on what it matters. Too much time spent in showing anger at one person and this one desperately needing to be forgiven, wanting to put the past in the past. Overall, this film is one I recommend for everybody to watch.
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6/10
past ready to be shared
30 September 2011
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This film tells us about the confrontation with the past of two different characters. I really like this part because Faunia (Nicole Kidman) has a soul living with a bundle of very tragic episodes needing to be shared about her life. It's not only about Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins)'s secret here. Coleman indeed realizes has 'two bloods' in a time when realizing that involved intolerance and lack of respect; so he stays away of it even this decision involves his own family. On the other hand, Faunia realizes her new family environment is negative for her and she decides to stay away from this but she gets involved in an abusive relationship later on, so again she's being chased from what she's escaping from. Coleman, many years later, sees himself being accused of what he didn't confront many years earlier, probably just a coincidence, probably just something else. Thus, those two characters met each other and I think that's the most positive way had to go for them. They had stories to tell and eventually, you need someone to share your stuff no matter how tragic is your story... perhaps you find someone that not only can listen to you but also, give you love and... as a plus, he's got a secret for you.
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Vitus (2006)
8/10
Lovely Vitus
29 September 2011
Perhaps you heard about geniuses before and imagined the typical stereotype of a "genius", like probably Einstein, Newton or some smart dude of our times. But whatever you might have had in mind, Vitus will make you think how cool is to be in charge of your intelligence and skills. No matter what your age is, no matter how super smart you are, you still can be cool without losing your touch. I love Vitus and Bruno Ganz makes also a terrific role and a couple of key scenes with him are just amazing. I specially like the fact about this movie that once you realize you are different and you try to hide it, still your own scent will come up sudden, unexpectedly. That makes you unique and should encourage you to direct what you want to achieve in life taking advantage of your own resources. Vitus shows you it's fine to have no clue about what to do. The question is, do you really don't know what to do? Not sure how many Vitus are in the world anyways but definitely this movie is one of my favorites to be re-watched.
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Come Undone (2010)
6/10
"what exactly did you have in mind, Silvio"? :-)
29 September 2011
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This is a film I enjoyed watching it because even the awkward situations are well done. I didn't feel uncomfortable with any of the sex scenes even though the film poster could make people outside the cinema think this film would only be about the main image of the poster. I liked the fact Anna is more like a guy, she seems to be sexually practical and she even starts the touching with Domenico whereas the latter seems to be like a kid, waiting for orders of what to do next. He also seems not being afraid of his feelings for Anna and expresses what he feels; he's also the first one to say "I Love You" for example; which shows this character not as the typical jerk who enjoyed the time with the girl and then no matter he got attached to her or not, he (or she) just leaves. However, I think this film, rather than a standard film should be categorized as documentary film, enjoyable BTW or something. I didn't see such a strong connection of events leading to something specific in the whole movie. It's love affair, love, dilemma? but, what else? I don't see clearly what's the story to be told. I say documentary film because it describes so well how Anna and Domenico deal with passion and love. We learned a lot about those two concepts after watching "Come Undone" but I'm not sure we saw a story being told? Overall, I enjoyed whatever Silvio Soldini wanted to share with us though I'd die to ask him "what exactly did you have in mind, Silvio"?
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