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An Indie Memory Maze
Expected to see a physical action-packed sci-fi film but was in for an experiment gone wrong many times. I'm surprised to find out this was an indie film with a small budget because it definitely surpasses the other films within the same genre.
The plot was slow-paced at times and could have been definitely shorter but I still enjoyed figuring out what was really going on. It wasn't done in a disorienting way but instead they went with a whodunnit experience.
Bitva za Sevastopol (2015)
I'm not sure how to write a review of this film, so here it goes!
Shot during the annexation of Crimea, this film hits many different notes of propaganda, modern relevance and PTSD effects of war. A collaboration film between the Ukrainian and the Russian government in 2015, Battle for Sevastopol is a story about the Ukraine-Born Lady Death Lyudmila Pavlichenko during the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014. I think Pavlichenko was used as an excuse for the Russian government's efforts to invade Ukraine. We know how that went and now going back in time again to starting a new war. As far as I know, the Ukrainian government around and before 2014 was held by Russia in order to capture Ukraine slowly but of course, it sort of "failed". Now here we are with a full-scale war.
Plotwise, the importance of Pavlichenko was neglected throughout the film except for a few scenes where she's either shooting or training. I think the most striking scene is when she's carrying her boss in a minefield. I felt that scene in my bones and that was the most emotional part of this film. But I think her role being pushed back at times tells us a lot of things about who created this film and for what. Okean Elzy's song becomes the only truth in a propagandist film like this. It could've been so much more than such a "promotion of the USSR" and I think not many have realized when this film was released except a few, who knew what was going on. The world turned its back to Crimea when they were attacked and Ukraine was fighting for their freedoms. Having this film made during a time when Russia attempted to capture Ukraine once more tells so much about how the war in Ukraine started.
I must say looking at it from a 2022 perspective, the film has a lot to offer: distraction, manipulating history and exploiting a previous destructive war. I'd like to give this 3 stars not because I loved how "thoughtful" this move is but for the fact that this teaches modern history without realizing it. Or perhaps that one Ukrainian tried to insert what was happening into the movie and the Russian ones tried to collaborate with Ukraine to get this film made. And also giving 3 stars just for that strong powerful scene.
A coming of age film about self-discovery, relationships and political struggles
The film is not really only about teenagers self-discovering themselves together or isolated from each other, but also about the political situation that is lurking behind the scenes. Since 2014, Ukraine has been under the attack of dictator Russia which is why talking about this evil shadow is inevitable in a Ukrainian film. You might be surprised but even long before that, Ukraine has been under the invasion of Russia every few decades for centuries. As a result, Kateryna is determined to portray the effects of the previous Russian invasion through their school education. The medical and shooting training of these teenagers in high school becomes the precursor of Russia's war against Ukraine in 2022. Director utilizes a few documentary cameras and plot styles to let the audience into the story of Masha and her friends. In that way, this becomes a great example of a realistic indie film and a portrait of the Ukrainian youth.
Perfect Representation of LGBTQ+ Without the Obvious Cliches
I've been obsessed with the series on my other socials, so why not make it official with an official review. Heartstopper is a tale of two boys discovering their special sparks with each other while their friends go through their own identity journeys.
What is so special about this series is the positive perspective it takes on difficult subjects such as the portrayal of lgbtq+, mental health, and friendship. There is literally nothing negative, that we can pick because it transforms all the hardship into a positive ball, that the audience can play with. Charlie's friends are extremely supportive throughout and I found the cast as perfect as they can be because the entire time I was watching, I had the images of the graphic novel in my head. Being 27 years old now, I cannot remember such a lighthearted and realistic tv series about teenagers before and most of them ended up being exaggerated to the point that they did not make any sense.
Private Property (2022)
A modern 60s-80s Horror Film
Apparently, this is a remake of a 1960s film, which was controversial when it was released and was considered lost until 2016. It reminded me of a few other films such as Under the Silver Lake, Andrew Garfield's random stares are still vivid to this day.
It has definitely surpassed my expectation because I went in with the thought that, it was going to be another break into the house film and a dark comedy. The slowness of the plot pushes you to dissect everything and what everyone's motives are, so in the end, you're left with lingering thoughts throughout. Hence why the slow burn plot style was appropriate to slowly build up the twist everyone is waiting for. By deconstructing the main events, the director gives a new perspective on what the future entails for these characters.
A Rebellion Against Capitalism
From start to finish, every element in the movie are detailed so perfectly. The film focusses on how capitalist system forces the people to buy, waste, and spend everything they earn, which becomes a vicious cycle. However, Fern decides to take the role of an "outsider" and rejects this idea of obeying the system. As a "houseless" person, Fern only takes what she needs from this capitalist system and does not give back what she earns. In that way, "Nomadland" is a brilliant movie showing the viewers that there is a way out of this cycle, that ruins people's lives and forces them to be as wasteful as they can be.
Fate: The Winx Saga (2021)
Hard to watch
When Winx came out, I was quite young and of course like every other animation series it had its own problems but the good bits was enough to like it. Fate is so far from it with the bad acting and the plot was suffering the whole time. Bloom was maybe one of the worst characters, who had not even enough scenes to make her the main character. I sat through the entire series, which is why I am giving it 4 stars. Overall, the whole plot was divided into so many sub plots, which made it really hard to enjoy what was happening.
Down a Dark Hall (2018)
I'm not sure what I've just watched
When I saw the name of the stars acting, I thought "alright maybe it's a good dark movie". But I'm confused as to what had just happened and it was a bit of dark, as in hard to see dark, and the plot was a little simplified. The acting was not the best either but it was much better than most of the B movies. With this much big names, I thought it could have done better but the stars did their best to help the movie survive its very bad cinematographic failures and a plot gone wrong.
A Great War Movie
I've been meaning to watch it since it came out but never found the right moment: you know the struggle. It is one of the best war movies I've seen in the last couple of years. It represents the fear and shell-shock of soldiers and the cinematography helped their fears expose themselves to the audience. The sudden shift between the dark palate and the light colours gave me the feeling of being stuck on an island and a submarine. There was this sudden silence waiting for some sort of hope while the soldiers mission to stay alive gets harder. Even though I cannot relate to being a soldier to fighting for one's country in a war, I felt their struggles through this excellent film.
The Prom (2020)
For the most part, it has a "get together to fight" message and it's was quite entertaining as well. If you are expecting something extremely original and fun throughout, it might not be for you. It's basically about a gay teenager, who wants to join prom, but there are people against this decision. The only thing that bothered me slightly was how stiff Nicole Kidman was due to this role being the wrong decision for her. Maybe it was intentional but it was hard to watch the "zazz" scene. Other than that, the plot was predictable and enjoyable, it's perfect to watch on a night you want a feel-good movie.
Glass Houses (2020)
A cliche movie about family scandals in suburban community
I watched it just out of interest and well it was quite a waste of time. Even though it had a cliche topic, the film also shows a part of the prejudiced society. The fight between the babysitter Carrie and her neighbour Madeline was very immature and the acting was below average. Bree Turner did an okay job at playing a stereotypical rich suburban wife, who is ready to get rid of everyone to get what she wants. But other than that, the plot was full of cliches.
A Personal Authentic Masterpiece
I found it quite fascinating how the cinematography of Old Hollywood was represented in this movie. Fincher does a brilliant job at recreating Citizen Kane's significant film elements as well as the sounds of the 1940s. Fincher's obsession with detail is very apparent from the start. I will admit that my confusiong with som details left me distracted but still I watched it from the start until the end with the utmost attention.
The Favourite (2018)
Historically Inaccurate Yet A Brilliant Periodical
With all things considered regarding the background, the plotline and the relationships between these three strong women is a little off. However, Yorgos Lanthimos went beyond than his previous movies and nailed a cinematographically pleasing movie. I have been watching him for quiet a while now but that's not quite the reason why I like this movie.
I know the history a bit well but this is still a fictional movie which was not promoted as "historically correct". From its music to visuals, there is a dynamic and comic atmosphere.
Ensemble, c'est tout (2007)
Nostalgic French Film
I first saw this movie when I was in high school learning French. The actors did a pretty good job being sympathetic and stereotypical French characters (not bad). It had some flaws as every other movie but it came across as a homely movie which yu can rewatch and still enjoy. Audrey and Guillaume did not click at first as the right actors but they managed to turn it around at the end.
It is a nice modern French movie to watch at home!
Bold and Daring
I was very sceptical at first but the show is really raw. Normally, the subject of AIDS is not used in the movies/series that much and having a show that focuses on the experience of the "others" in the 80s is very inspiring.
Pose touches on a lot of issues and topics such as balls, rivalry, surviving, homosexuality and being accepted in a society where everyone judges you.