review

아저씨 (Ajeossi/The Man from Nowhere), (2010)

Finally got around to see this! I love asian cinema because they push boundaries (visually and thematically) not often seen in western films, and this one did not disappoint.

Korean title: 아저씨 Ajeossi
English title: The Man from Nowhere
Runtime: 1h 59 mins
Country: South Korea
Year: 2010

Director: Jeong-Beom Lee
Cinematographer: Tae-Yoon Lee
Editor: Sang-Beom Kim

Cast: Bin Won, Sae-Ron Kim

Synopsis:
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (imbd.com)

Thoughts:
From the opening scene I found the characters compelling. The kid, So-Mi (Sae-Ron), is so cute, and fast we learn about her family situation and want her to get all the good in the world. While Tae-Sik (Bin-Won) is a mysterious dark (and handsome) character! The story follows their friendship and how Tae-Sik ends up hunting high and low to find the kidnapped So-Mi.

Usually I don’t like it when the main character just walks through the film without any challenges, I don’t know why this was different? Maybe because so much was at stake, and you never know what’s going to happen in an Asian film. You never doubt that Tae-Sik will lose the fights he’s in, he’s so raw. I think I accept this because of his backstory and sudden connection to the kids also because his fighting is pretty GENIUS! On many levels.

Last knife fight was pretty awesome. The P.O.V camera/editing made it super intensive, and i would love to try this technique in the future myself.

I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to people who like action, and doesn’t mind blood, brutal fights (knife, guns, beautiful martial art) and gruesome images of cut up victims. This film makes you feel, it gets you emotional, even some funny moments, and definitely… ACTIOON! 😀 Compared to many new action films, I love that this is action with reason, not just to show off all the guns and blablablahZzzZzz.. It is compelling all the way through, and I can’t wait to see it again soon enough!

So many twists!
So much heartbreak!
So much action!
I loved it!

Now go watch it (it can easily be found online for free)!

 

Rating: 4.5/6 .. but so close to a 5!

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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

CINEMA PARADISO

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!

Synopsis:

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

Thoughts:
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.

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5/5 stars for sure!

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Cine-Review: Frozen

Title: Frozen
Year: 2013
By: Disney

Synopsis:
Princess Elsa has a secret power of controlling snow and ice. By an accident she hurts her sister Anna when she is young and is banned from using her powers again. Years later, after living in solitude, she is going to be crowned as Queen, but is annoyed by her sisters irrational attitude and end up freezing the whole town of Arendale. Else is mad and scared and runs up to the mountain so she won’t hurt anyone ever again. The film follows Ana on her trip to find her sister and get her to defrost their town.

Review:
I didn’t go into the movie theatre expecting much of this. Yes, it could be as good as Tangled, but after reading some reviews i doubted it. What made me happy was that Disney still holds on to their traditions of musical elements in their animated films. This film may not hold classics like heard in Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, but I found it heartwarming and fun to re-live these childhood memories of Disney films and songs. Some of the songs are also a bit long and weird to be honest.
Since I am from the North, what i enjoyed most in this film was the influences it has from Scandinavian-, in particular Norwegian culture! The music, the names, the scenery resembles my culture, and it makes me a bit proud that Disney has chosen to portray this in one of their films.
All in all, the film is entertaining, and has it’s fun moments. Especially the Snowman Olaf and the reindeer Sven makes the film very enjoyable! The songs however, are a bit long and out of place at times, but the overall impression is quite good.

So if you are into Disney, and musicals… this is the film for you!

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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Short Review

Cast: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges
Director: Grant Heslov

So it was Sunday night and i felt like watching an Ewan McGregor film i hadn’t seen, and ended up with this film: The Men Who Stare at Goats. I remember trying to watch it with a friend right after it came out, but it wasn’t much of interest to my friend, so we switched to something else.
Anyway, I didn’t have much expectation for this film as a “laughing-out” comedy, as what i’d seen before didn’t strike to me as being my type of humor. The plot revolves around a reporter, Bob, who meets a former member of the U.S. Army’s New Earth Army. From there on they go on a mission together in Iraq, where Bob learns more about the psychic, Jedi warriors in the Army. I must say, the Star Wars references in this film is a bit awkward, and the story is a bit boring and hard to follow at times. There are of course some joy able moments in the film, Clooney’s character for instance comes off as an entertaining madman. But unless you really love the actors in this film (there are many good ones), and like a bit of dry humor, you won’t be able to enjoy it much.

Rating: 4/6

Trailer:

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This is the End (2013)

Short-Short-Review:

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Set Rogen
Cast: James Franco Jonah Hill, Set Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson.

This domesday comedy revolves around a party at James Franco’s house where several celebrities are faced with an apocalypse. it has some fun moments, and if you like the actors in it and are familiar with their work, you will like the film. However, the film is filled with manly a bit childish jokes, that may not appeal to all. All in all, it is entertaining if you want a break from your everyday life.

Rating: 3/6

Trailer:

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