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…

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…

Beautiful story about “Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)

There are few directors whose films I wait with excitement. One of them is Wes Anderson. I don’t know where exactly that fascination started, but ever since “Rushmore” to “Moonrise Kingdom” which I consider as a masterpiece, I was filled with excitement every time Wes announced his new movie. Hollywood always like wit and charm…

Who is exactly vulture in “Nightcrawler” (2014)?

  He crawls into the night on his sadistic belly, he sneaks into your private and most intimate moments and he feeds on your fears. He will steal from you everything you want to hide. When your last thoughts pass before you in that final moment before your guts are spilled on the asphalt of…

Slices of life in “Boyhood” (2014.)

“The cinema is an invention without a future.” Attributed to Louis Lumière, 1895. Cinema is evolving. That’s a fact and there is no need to look for stronger proof of that than “Boyhood”. Inventor of cinema was wrong when he thought that cinema is one-night wonder, that people will soon have enough of moving pictures…

THEY TOOK (TOO MANY) DIFFERENT PATHS “INTO THE WOODS” (2014.)

  They definitely took too many different paths, and changed too many moods when they were making “Into the woods”. Musical, fairy-tale and drama (that last part was completely unnecessary) with great cast started well and in the first half of the film I thought that all that criticism was undeserved. Film made me laugh,…

“Birdman” or Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance (2014.)

  I grew up on “Batman” played by Michael Keaton as my first (big screen) encounter with the character was film made by Tim Burton (1989.) Career of Michael Keaton after “Batman Returns” in 1992 was mostly focused on lending voice for cartoon characters and, until the “Robocop” reboot, the only role worth of mention…

You are not still during “Still Alice” (2014.)

“Still Alice” is an Alzheimer story and Julianne Moore is huge favorite for winning the Oscar in the Female Lead Actress category for the role. That was all I knew about the movie before the beginning. After the movie ended that sentence was still the most important thing to say about everything I’ve seen. Julianne…