Thoughts about “LA LA LAND” (2016)

  When we were growing up, music was an important differential factor. “What are you listening?” was a question everybody asked and based on the answer given by the person you talked to, decision was made if someone is worthy of friendship or, if fate was inclined that way, something more. Sometime during that period,…

Few words about Academy Awards.

Gathering in the Dolby Theatre is over. 88th Oscar Award Ceremony is done and dealt with, famous people ran over the red carpet, dresses and tuxedos were photographed, somebody even said a few words worth hearing, when it started. Race for the Golden Statue was over and we finally learned who has won and who…

“45 years” (2015.) – Emotional journey through life.

45th marriage anniversary is due in a few days. Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is preparing the festivities and her husband Geoff (Tom Courtney) is finding an interesting article in the newspapers. The article will stir the past and uncover some long kept secrets. In the midst of the preparations, the couple will have to dig…

Are the “Tangerines” (2014) worth fighting for?

aka “Mandariinid” (original title) For a clever man every war is lost in advance. Powerful proverb is easily forgotten once the guns start their endless song. “Tangerines” is a movie about the futility of war and the individuals often lost in ideologies. As the quoted proverb implies – there is nothing to gain by fighting over…

Animal impulses of the “Wild Tales” (2014)

aka “Relatos Salvajes” Humans are animals. Mammals to be exact. Sometimes in life we are pushed to the edge. There are impulses we can’t control. Sometimes we are gliding on the razor blade with only inches between us and the final cut. Rated R of course, as all final cuts should be. “Wild Tales” are…

“Virunga” (2014) caught gorillas in crossfire.

I adored Africa since I was a kid. I was fascinated by “Tarzan” and “Daktari” and all that open space in which everything was possible. I was kid of the nineties and I grew up romanticizing lions and tigers, antelopes and zebras. I loved “King Kong” and Cheeta and I dreamed of having a little…

Poetic reconciliation in “Wild” (2014)

Every week I read the NYT book list, and most of the last year “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed was there. I must admit, I wasn’t interested in reading it. A woman alone on the PCT looking for redemption didn’t seem as a relevant book to me. Then, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon got the nomination…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 8: Fight of the Titans starts tonight!

We still have a few hours left until the Awards ceremony. Most important categories are still left to review, and everything will be decided tonight. I left “foreign movie”, “documentary” and “featured animation” as the categories I will write about after the ceremony because I didn’t manage to watch them all. However, most important categories…

OSCARS ’15: CHAPTER 7: BEST LEADING ACTRESS

  After yesterday’s text about supporting actresses today I wrote about the leading ones. All performances in this category are great and this is the first of all the chapters were my choice will be entirely different than most predictions. Julianne Moore is favorite if you look at predictions today, but for me her performance…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 6: SUPPORTING ACTRESS CATEGORY

Another chapter about acting categories of upcoming “Oscars” will introduce ladies to the show. Some of them have already won the award and are considered legends and some are new faces among the nominees. Whoever wins the “Oscar” in this category will be interesting winner, but I have my list of favorites which will be…