Last Days, irks!

A guy walks through the forest, swims from one bank to another, lights a fire, mumbles, then goes to his home, wanders around, changes to some women’s dress, takes a shot gun and again wanders around. This is the first 20 minutes of the film. No dialogues, no background score, nothing. After that some meaningless dialogues, I mean absolutely meaningless. After 40 minutes, I pressed stop on my DVD player remote, pulled out the CD, put it back in netflix cover and sealed it.

Nuts!!!

If this is how  Kurt Cobain’s last days were, no wonder he killed himself. I guess Gus Van Sant wanted to show exactly how boring and lonely Kurt Cobain’s last days were but you just cannot watch it as movie. No. No.

Max Payne

One of the games I just loved playing.

The poor man’s Brad Pitt

21 grams

That’s what I like to call Benicio Del Toro. He has always reminded me of Brad Pitt; a less polished, more intense version of him. Intense, that would probably be the best way to describe him in a word. I’ve never seen Benicio disappoint. He’s been fantastic in all his roles – be it in The Usual Suspects, Traffic, or 21 grams. Wow, 21 grams. As a Christian who recently reformed his ways, Benicio was stellar in 21 grams, to say the least. In the scene after the freak accident, he brings such sorrow, remorse and shock to the moment, it’s unbelievable. In Traffic, Benicio plays a Mexican cop with a golden heart, and endears the audience to him without any sugary scenes, but just his sincere goodness.

I can’t forget Franky Four Fingers, can I? A testament to Benicio’s felicity, he’s awesome as the diamond thief with a gambling problem in Guy Ritchie’s hilarious Snatch. He’s done many brooding, complex roles that suit his persona, but it would be really cool to watch him in a romantic comedy or something. I’m sure he’d be every bit as good in Hugh Grant territory.

Benicio as Che in Guerrilla

Benicio plays the legendary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s next two movies in succession, in Spanish – The Argentine and Guerrilla. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play Che, as it’s almost certain he’s going be brilliant. And it would be interesting to contrast him to Gael Garcia Bernal’s(who deserves a tribute post himself) Che in The Motorcycle Diaries. Keep going, Benicio.

Sunshine

I like Danny Boyle. He did a great job with Trainspotting, which was humorous while being an uncomprimising story about addiction. I specifically remember the scene where Ewan McGregor is on the bed, dealing with withdrawal hallucinations, when he starts imagining his dead baby crawling on the room’s walls. Scary as hell. He again stood out in 28 days later, which wasn’t a great movie overall, but had style and was scary for sure. I liked it.

What I was coming to is, I picked Sunshine just because it was a Danny Boyle film. And it has everything that I was looking for in it – stylish, modern film making, with a great atmosphere to it, and as always, scary in its own way. And yet, it isn’t a great film, just like 28 days later isn’t. It is pseudo, or rather quasi sci-fi, the kind which has some plausibility to it. And for something in that genre, Sunshine has a few faults that cannot be easily ignored. I don’t want to go into the details of the plot, but for a crew of astronauts on a mission to save the world, this bunch seemed juvenile and unprofessional. And there are a few more things which we could talk about once you’ve seen the movie. So go watch it, and we’ll catch up.

Un long dimanche de fiançailles

A Very Long Engagement is a movie only the French can make.

A story of Mathilde, played sweetly by Audrey Tautou, Un long.. is beautiful. With a love story as lush as its stunning cinematography, it has the innocent romance of Amelie, and the hard-hitting war honesty of Saving Private Ryan, making it a deeply emotional and touching saga.

The saturated, poetic images of Un long.. were so beautiful, they added a whole dimension of emotional depth to the story. Definitely a testament to the power of images, and their central role in cinema. If you just want a good story, go read a book. What makes a movie what it is, is what the camera does for it, and in Un long dimanche de fiançailles, the visuals speak a thousand words.

Coming to think of it, this is what separates a great filmmaker from the average one. Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Iñárritu, and Mani Ratnam, to name a few. All of them masters of the moving image, all of them unique in their visual style.

Movie Previews: ‘Reservation Road’, ‘Right At Your Door’..

I can always tell a good movie from a bad one from its trailer, eventhough most people think all trailers look good. For instance, I have a strong feeling ‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ is gonna suck in hell, which will most probably turn out to be true.

OK back to this post! Terry George, director of the terrific ‘Hotel Rwanda’, directs a very impressive cast including Academy Award winners Joacquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, and Mira Sorvino, in ‘Reservation Road’. Based on the novel of the same title, by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road is a drama about revenge and redemption, revolving around an accident. I know that sounds familiar, but the trailer looks like this might turn out to be good. It also stars Mark Ruffalo, who I think is a good actor who hasn’t been noticed. Check out the trailer here.

Right At Your Door’s trailer promises an original thriller, and looks great. Seems to give a new twist to the usual virus outbreak movie. Check it out here.

Finally, there’s this movie called ‘The Last Winter’, which doesn’t look too promising to me. But I’m still gonna mention it, cos it has one of the best reviews a horror movie can get.. one critic called it ‘Scary as F–K’.. haha! Here’s the trailer.