Random Thoughts

A Filmmakers Wet Dream: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso)
Year: 1988
Run Time: 2h 35 min
Language: Italian

Director: Guiseppe Tornatore
Cinematographer: Blasco Giurato
Editor: Mario Morra


I was honestly ecstatic when I realized we were watching this in my film narrative class. I have wanted to watch it for so long, I even have it somewhere on a hard drive I think, I have NO IDEA why I haven’t checked it out before!! It’s a SHAME!


A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist. – IMDB.com

The films follows Toto, a kid without a father who forms a relationship with the village’s projectionist Alfredo through their love for film. It follows Toto through life, love, leaving his home behind to become something more, and then getting back to remember the life he once lived.

This film shows how movies units people. Here, it unifies a whole village. It shows what you have to give up to pursue and live your dream. It shows you beautiful love. It is truly an amazing film that touched all of us film geeks in the audience because we felt so close to Toto.

The final scene is (a little bit to much and cheesy BUT!) emotionally beautiful ! I absolutely recommend this to anyone who loves making films, anyone who wants to follow their dream and does, and most people in general.




5/5 stars for sure!




2001: A Space Odyssey

Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Year: 1968 (had no idea!)
Run Time: 2:22h-2:41h (Depending on which version you watch)

Director: Stanley Kubrick (One of my favorites!)
Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth
Editor: Ray Lovejoy

This film has been on my list FOREVER! Finally, I saw it on the BIG SCREEN in my film narrative class a few weeks ago, and it was basically nothing like I expected. I expected aliens and weird shit. I mean, it was a lot of weird shit going on, but nothing as I had visioned. I’m happy I saw it in class, because i’m not sure I would’ve lasted through the first Part on my own!

It starts with monkeys.. lot’s of monkeys, and a black stone. Then it goes into space travels to the moon and Jupiter, and I learn that my former place of studying was 100% influenced by the interior design in Part 2 (see pictures). Then there’s the thing between humans and smart machines, which was interesting.

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Hotel in the Film.



My favorite part was the weird, WEIRD trippy travel near the end! I absolutely loved it, it was so beautiful. I think the cinematography and the audio design/ music is amazing, and is absolutely the best thing about this movie. I remember feeling so uneasy I almost had to leave whenever we only heard the breathing in the spacesuit… it was so claustrophobic and anxiety raising, pretty great.

Yes it’s so long (at least it feels long because everything is slowly paced), but in the end it’s all worth it, even if you don’t understand exactly what you watched because of the separate story lines in each part!


I’m not gonna give this a rating because i’m not sure yet how to feel about it yet, I think I have to watch it again, and write an actual review.. I’m just excited I finally saw it! It was a pretty great experience. It’s a MUST WATCH for any film enthusiast (specially in the working field) though… but I don’t think my mother would get through it.


What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?

Being a huge fan of horror films I have in recent years lost faith in this genre of film. Commercial horror films that is.

Some of my favorite films are the new-Hollywood horror films from around the 68 to early 80’s. Because this was the era after Motion Picture Production Code (film censorship laws), the filmmakers used their new freedom to create some of the most shocking (at the time) films. Of course i also enjoy Hitchcock, and a few 90’s films. Some of my fave horror films are for instance The Shining, The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense, and The Birds. Quadruple THE!

I believe it is hard to come up with an original idea these days, but still, how hard is it to make it scary? I mean, in a psychological way. The new horror films are only meant to scare you in the moment, and not after. These scares are made out of loud noises building up to moments that actually isn’t scary at all, if it wasn’t for these loud noises. It’s like the audience is frighten of the sudden loud noise, not the actual picture, character or situation in the film. Of course this is an amazing example of how important music and sound effects are in films, but i think it’s a cheap way of making a scary movie. It’s like there’s no thought put into it, as they only rely on these sudden noises. When I watched Sinister in the cinema for instance, I was so exhausted after the film because of the constant building-up-to-a-scare sounds and music. The actual “scare” that the sounds were building up to however, was just a few insects, or a lawnmower… LAWNMOWER! And what about Paranormal Activity? How many are they supposed to make! I know they make a lot of money on these films, and I find it sad that money controls this industry as much as it does. I admit i thought the first one was okey, idea wise. Not very scary, but I enjoyed the low-budget documentary Blair Witch-ish influence.. But that was many years ago! I’m tired of all these sequels and prequels and whatever. When I watched the last one in the cinema, I only got frightened because of all the 12 year old screaming around me. Another example is the films The Purge and You’re Next… I have only seen The Purge, because i don’t want to see You’re Next.. Why? Well, they look exactly the same!! People in masks, trying to get into your house, killing people… How exciting! I know the actual plot is different from each other, but it looks pretty much the same.. Only that the people in You’re Next would fit in the “What Does the Fox Say” video.


And of course, if it isn’t the loud noises they scare you with, it is the massive amount of blood, or grotesque killings that makes your stomach turn. It’s not about the story anymore, it is about the sounds and visuals. For instance, I find the two first Saw films to be very good. The last… million.. however, it seems like they only put in torture and blood just for the sake of it. The more the better! And i do understand that this appeal to their audience, the fans of Slasher films, but also having a story, would be highly appreciated. I’ve also seen that these torture/bloody scenes have moved out of the Slasher flicks and into normal horror, which means you can’t choose. I personally don’t have an issue with blood and torture scenes, I find it hilarious at times because it is so overly used.

I am not saying ALL new horror films are bad, but a lot of them are. One film I have found a bit scary in the last few years is Insidious though, so in between all the rocks, there are some gems! 😉 Other than that I favor the non-commercial international horror films at this time in history! Like for instance Ringu (JPN), Audition (JPN), and REC (Spain), and I actually find the Norwegian film Villmark to be pretty decent too.

So I mean, is this time the death of horror films? Are there no more original ideas, so we have to re-make all of them? Has the filmmakers and studios just become lazy and redundant? Or do they really just give us what we, the audience, want?

“What’s your favorite Scary Move?”

The next Paranormal Activity perhaps! No thanks!

– CinaMonster –

Films I look forward to in 2014

Tonight is the Golden Globe, and therefore I have chosen to list some of the films I am looking forward to see this year!

I have picked a few films from the 2014 list of films found on movieinsider.com and form VG.no. Some of these films may not look the best or get the best reviews, but I am still excited to see them all. 🙂 Sadly there is few international (non-US), and indie films on these list, so I think I will have to make another list for that later. Also, I didn’t get to read about all the films on the list, so there may be a few more i’ll wanna see… so the list may get updated when I have time!

P.S Other movie suggestions are highly appreciated! 😀

Films I’m REALLY looking forward to see:

  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • The Anchorman 2
  • American Hustle
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Nymphomaniac
  • Rio 2
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 22 Jump Street
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again
  • Dallas Buyers Club

Other films:

  • Exodus
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Her
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Pompeii
  • 300: Rise of An Empire
  • Noah
  • Godzilla
  • Maleficent
  • Neighbors
  • Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
  • Hercules: The Thracian Wars
  • The Expandables 3
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Interview
  • Fury
  • Big Eyes

For the complete list visit on movieinsider.com:


– CinaMonster-


What’s Eating Shia LaBeouf?

Yesterday I saw an article about Shia LaBeouf retiring in a Norwegian online Newspaper (Dagbladet).
I love Shia, so I found it a bit sad that this recent plagiarism war (also been written about in this newspaper earlier) he’s in has gotten this far. Then again, after reading around a bit, I am not sure if this tweet is really him “retiring” or just another paraphrased tweet copying Justin Bieber’s “retirement” not so very long ago.

As much as I understand why there is so much hate around him for this plagiarism issue, I also think it is ridiculous that this has gotten so much PR, and that the media is analyzing his every word! I’m sure if you look long enough, and dig far enough you’ll find that every idea has been inspired and seeded by some other persons idea. To be 100% original these days is extremely hard. We see it in music, film and everywhere else. Only because Shia didn’t mention this guys name in his film, he’s done something wrong. He was only 2 words away from not getting sued. Maybe just one phone call. Which was a rookie mistake.

So what is plagiarism?

(from google)
plagiarism (pleɪdʒərɪz(ə)m), noun
  1. the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. 
I agree that he should’ve credited Daniel Clowes in his film.
And any other author he has copied bits from, or been inspired by in his other works, it wouldn’t take that much time to do.
Of course he should have, i’m aware of the copyright laws.
But he didn’t. Get over it.
Now everyone knows.. so what’s the big deal. Just let it go.
Why sue Shia when this guy has gotten so much PR from this incident, he should be happy. I’m sure even more people will buy his graphic novels now.

I also find it hilarious that people keep getting annoyed over his “stolen” apologies on twitter. Obviously he does it on purpose. Maybe I just have a temper, like he seems to have, but who wouldn’t if they knew people were watching and analyzing every step they took. It’s stupid that people care so much about a copied sentence, obviously put there to annoy, which also makes it a reason to do it.

But Shia isn’t the first one to plagiarize, is he?
Just the idea of ownership. How much longer can it last, when nearly every idea has been used.

Imagine if everyone would get angry for everything that was “stolen” from them. How about films. How many films copy ideas from each other? How many times have we seen clips almost identical to, for instance, scenes from The Shining. And stories, and characters and songs, and photos. Also, I wonder if every comedy sketch gets permission to make a parody of a film, scene, song or whatever (Of course if they pay enough money.)? They may of course credit the original most of the time, but not always. How many songs use the same chord progression? Anyone?
And can you sue the U.S (and others of course) from taking numerous film ideas (and usually destroying them) from other countries? I guess not, cause they pay for the rights. How about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg getting sued because he “stole” a social networking idea, it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t so successful. It’s all about the money and fame, but we all know that.
How about photos. Visualize a paparazzi who takes all these secret pictures of celebrities, even when they don’t want to. Don’t you own yourself? No the paparazzi does.. at least the picture, of YOU. So just sue everyone who takes a picture and publish it without your permission!

You can’t copyright an idea.

I once wrote a song that sounded exactly like a song from The Offsprings. I’d never heard the song before and I didn’t know that it was almost identical until years later. If I was famous, someone would’ve picked that up long ago and gossiped until it reached The Offsprings and I may’ve gotten sued too! Luckily, i’m not famous.

Point is, original ideas don’t grow on trees. Sometimes you may believe you have an awesome, never-ever-though-off-before idea, but then it turns out.. it’s not. But if you are able to inspire a person enough for him wanting to make a film out of your idea/story, try to be a little bit happy about it. Now you’ve got your credit, stop whining. And you’ll probably get some money too for it, so stop whining.

Oh yeah, and I read another blog post about Shia, plagiarism and that he wouldn’t make it in college.
Funny, cause yeah you can’t plagiarize in your essays in college, but you are aloud to paraphrase and use quotes. In fact you sort of have to. We are taught to use others ideas, and set them up against each other. We are taught that these are the correct theories, and if you think otherwise, leave these thoughts out of the essay, cause personal interpretations are not well for you grade, because you’re just a student with not enough knowledge to have your own say. So I think he would do pretty well in college if he remembered to write a bibliography and use quotation marks.

My point is:
Yes! Shia did wrong by not accredit this man, but!
Why blow up such a tiny thing, and why keep pushing it.
We all know he copied Clowes novel and others by now.
Give him a break. Most of you critics, he’s never even spoken off.

I’ve learned that if someone really annoys you, why spend time on them, just ignore them. They won’t find it amusing anymore to irritate you. So if you don’t like Shia, ignore him instead of writing mean, pointless comments, and analyzing his every word.

It’s like if you feed the bird in the winter, it will keep coming back. If you then stop, it’ll die of starvation.
In other words.. just don’t give him attention if you want his “stolen” tweets to die of the lack of recognition.
I’m still amazed these news have reached the cold north.

So my last words are:

and watch Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac when it comes out! 😀

– CinaMonster-

P.S. Sorry about the digressions. This is just my thoughts.