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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
2h11 worth watching. I personally felt a bit uncomfortable because of some scenes. The story is interesting. It's a calm movie. I enjoyed watching it.
King Skate (2018)
A movie every skateboarder should watch
It's extremely interesting, this punk skate documentary shows a story that not many people know, you'll be surprised when you see how skateboarding was important for them. It's a must see for all skateboarders.
An answer to a morale problem.
The movie evokes a fundamental ethic question which is: Should we be able to change reality, our past, our feelings and parts of our conscience? The answer given here is that deep feelings like love cannot be erased, or any part of conscience itself. We should not try and change our past or destroy memories. We see in this film how Joel hurts himself and that at some point during the procedure he regrets making this choice. Even in the end when it's all "erased", Joel and Clementine end up finding each other and falling in love in a very odd and unusual way. We could say that they both "tricked the system" while being in Joel's brain. And that's why they ended up finding each other. But Howard's case with Mary is confirming once again that love cannot be erased from a person's soul; Mary has an odd crush on her boss after she suffered the same program.
It is also possible and logical to believe the movie is saying love can be pure, and once that kind of love is found it is eternal. Because in Joel's conscience we find out that not only he made a wrong choice that he regrets, but that Clementine doesn't want him to forget her too. They both regret it. Joel dives in his conscience while being "asleep" and there he understands he truly loves Clementine, and she does too. At the very end of the movie, when they both understand and see what each has done to himself and the other, the two lovers end up laughing. In the final shot, we see them playing together on the snowy cost of Montauq; they end up being together, no matter all that happened.
So this film says that love, or any feeling is not erasable, or maybe that real love exists and that it's there, in a person's absolute pure conscience and it's there forever.
It's a magnificent movie, if you have the references.
The movie can be divided in 3 parts. The downfall of Rick Dalton's career as an actor, his journey in Italy and his return in LA. In those three parts Cliff Booth stays with him. On the other side we have Sharon Tate, who is in LA in February stays there and gets pregnant, in August, when the two men return with Rick's new wife she is in LA without her husband and with Jay and two other friends.
The movie's title is very well chosen. Fictional stories begin with once upon a time... , they take on the story of characters, their downfalls, their problems. "In Hollywood" can be translated into Tarantino's love to Hollywood in the 60's; it is a reason why there are so many references to classic movies, actors directors etc.
If you waited for the characters to meet, you waited a long time, it is only in the last scene when Sharon Tate talks to Rick. The movie is basically showing you this: Rick's career, his friend/stuntman who's supporting him and Sharon Tate's 6 months living in Hollywood. If you're familiar with the Manson murder and Tate's death you'd expect that the 4 hippies would go to Polanski's house and kill her like it really happened. There was a twist in the movie where the hippies didn't kill anybody and attacked Rick, Cliff and Francesca instead. So it's not like reality, it's a fiction( Once upon a time...).
I've read other reviews where they complain that nothing happens, there is no drama and that the movie is just a love letter to Hollywood. it happens, only, it's not between the three characters, here's an explanation: Rick Dalton is struggling with his carrier he has difficulties of his own, those difficulties aren't related to Cliff or Sharon, it could be called individual drama. On the other hand Cliff is having his adventure with the hippies, again not related in any way with the other two characters. And then there's Sharon Tate who's having a perfect Hollywood life, you'd think that she's there because she'll get killed in the end. No such things happens. Sharon Tate, Jay and Roman Polanski are just a reference to the Manson murder.
To understand the movie, one must know the context. First: The western years, actors having a hard career, caught in business tricks. Then the hippie movements in the USA and the Vietnam war and last the Manson murder. Each character has its drama in one of those contexts: Rick with being the one with the hard career downfall, Cliff meeting the group of hippies in Spahn's Ranch and Sharon Living on Cielo st, in her case nothing happened, there was a twist in the story.
So, in conclusion the three characters are allegories of what Hollywood was in the late 60s. you shouldn't have expected any drama between the three characters. It's a magnificent movie if you have the references.