Sunday, November 25, 2012

Salesman Pete and the amazing stone from outer space (2010)

Pete is a nice and clumsy salesman. But he's also a deadly super secret agent with a microprocessor implanted into his brain by some mad scientists from the government ! He has to secretly stop a bunch of bad guys who stole a magic stone that can change anything into seafood!

Salesman Pete from Salesman Pete on Vimeo.

Monday, November 19, 2012

De rouille et d'os aka Rust and bone (2012)

Stephanie is an attractive woman working at the aquarium as a whale trainer. Ali is a tough man who takes away his child from Belgium and arrives in Adibes to live with his sister and her husdband. Stephanie will meet Ali at a nightclub and the fate will do the job. They will disappear and meet again after Stephanie's tragical incident where she is going to loose both her feet. She is desperate and feels alone. Ali at the other side participates at illegal fight matches on the streets in order to gain some money and raise his son. But he is egoist, unlovable and unable to do it properly. Stephanie is going to touch his secret heart and he is going to make her feel as a human being again. She is the sensitive feeling, he is the raw power. A strong alchemy grows up and makes their souls melt in. A magnificent experience of dramatic cinema with Cotillard & Schoenaerts excellent performances at the first roles. A stunning nomination for 2012 Palme d'Or prize of Cannes Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Love of future (2009)

Can a robot feel loneliness? Its attitude may remind to us our cold behavior as humans sometimes. The award wining short film about a love from the future. It was the winner of Shoot it 2009 mobile film festival and special guest presentation in Sessif 2011 festival.

Love Of Future from Nika Lominadze on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stake land (2010)

At first I thought it could be another zombie film you know. But then I realized it was about vampires. Directed in a boring style that I couldn't stop moaning though. A lot of cliches, I think I will start writing scripts because sometimes I know exactly what is going to happen at the next sequence. Forgive my disappointment but I just say 'Enough is enough'. So this story is about a youngster, Martin, whose family is being eaten by a creature of the night. Hopefully for him, Mister is there to save his ass, excuse my language. Then he learns Martin how to protect himself and kill them after. The men try to reach 'New Eden', a place where vamps do not exist. They meet people, they travel together, people are getting killed, they continue alone. They also have to fight some crazy Christian clan bastards as well. But all these, are looking familiar to me. Anyway, the cast is good, the acting is fine but the direction and the soundtrack really got my nerves because a film like this needs more fun and less dramatic thoughts. But you can try it and think about that yourself.

Portal: No escape (2011)

This was the second short film for Daniel Trachtenberg, that have been made last year. A fantastic short film about a woman who is enclosed into a prison cell. We know nothing about her, the reason she is there except she starts thinking of escape. Until one day she discovers a secret weapon that will help her find her way out. Or not?

Bunohan (2011)

Three different personalities are part of the same family. Each one has to follow the path that fate has chosen for him. Sometimes the lives of people are caught in the web of other people's stories though. This is somehow the story starts as Adil aka Bunga leaves a death match as his best friend Muski organizes their runaway. Deng, the organiser of the match hires Ilham, a violent assassin to finish off Adil. The last one ignores that Adil is his lost brother. Adil escapes in Bunohan, his birthplace and finds out the truth about his origins. His father wants to give him some land but Adil denies everything. At the opposite side, Bakar the third brother wants this land to sell it at any cost. Even if this means the collapse of their family. A metaphysical story about betrayal between members of a family. An interesting gem from Malaysia that was its official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elling (2001)

How difficult is to create a new friendship or to continue some? Elling is a sensitive man who has been living alone with his mother until the age of 40 something. When she dies, he is sent to a state institution. He will meet there another weirdo, Kjell, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin. After spending sometime in there, they are being released and ordered to stay together at an apartment in Oslo. Together they will face the difficulties to be part of the society again. Elling has to find the courage to confront his fear of meeting new people and support Kjell on his passion about women. But the symbiosis for these two is sometimes difficult and leads them to funny situations. A touching film about the lost innocence from Norway that was nominated for Oscar.

Monkey shines (1988)

Allan is a strong and handsome athlete that becomes paraplegic after a tragic accident. He loses everything as he can't move anything except from his head's muscles. His girlfriend leaves him for the doctor who saved him and this makes him furious. But as a cripple he is now, he can do nothing until his best mate Geoffrey brings him Ella, a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. Geoffrey who works as a biologist researching human intelligence, has an illegal way to experiment on monkeys and he doesn't tell Allan that Ella was a part of his last project. When Ella starts acting strange, Geff carries back Ella to Melanie, an expert monkey trainer in order to make the suffered animal to behave. But Ella has different plans. Romero directs in a different style than zombies and we applause. Another sharp gem from the master of horror from Pittsburgh.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ill Manors (2012)

A film about our times. Indeed. Young people trying to survive a living hell. Some are real children of the ghetto as Aaron, a foster young man who along with his energetic and violent friend, Ed, are doing illegal business in the hood. Kirby is the old boss, a drug dealer who spent half of his life in prison and now works for his ex-assistant, Chris, a ruthless gang chief. Katya is another victim of the system, an immigrant who has been forced to work as a prostitute and escaped from the Russian mafia to find a better future for her life and her newborn child. But her nightmare is still on her trails. Michelle is another junkie prostitute, lost in the universe of drugs. All these damaged characters are connecting in a story of blood, greed, pain and rage. A strong experience from the other side of civilization, the one who keeps us vigil and ready. Because every action has a reaction and people from specific environments are just following the path that someone has chosen for them. But hope is still here.

Cesare deve morire aka Caesar must die (2012)

Taviani brothers direct an alternative project, far away from the mainstream cinema. They find some prisoners for serious crimes as homicide, organized crime and drug trafficking at an Italian jail and help them understand more about art. Together they prepare a special public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar. Most of the participants are finding a small opportunity on this project to forget their own problems and try to give their best in order to have a successful workshop. It is an interesting idea fulfilled with human feelings as people from different backgrounds who led them to the underworld, understand the meaning of the art and the work of a great classical author, as Shakespeare was. This film won the 2012 Golden Berlin Bear winner. Salvatore Striano's performance as Bruto is just brilliant and this man actually started working as an actor after his release.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Calvin is a young novelist, famous enough but also a very lonely person. He visits often his shrink in order to find back his lost inspiration. Everyone thinks that Calvin is a genius except himself and his brother who tries to support him. Calvin has dreams last nights, always with the same person who appears there, a beautiful red hair girl, Ruby, who finally inspires him to start his new novel with her as the main character. But one day, as he wakes up, he finds out that Ruby became a real person in his life with funny consequences. So his entire universe comes upside down and this will help him understand his own ego as well. This is a great fantasy film with a stunning scenario and very good performances, from the directors of  'Miss Little Sunshine'. A romantic tale about the unexpected call of love that can happens anytime.