Recently I watch many films in this holiday. Some are wasted. Some are surprisingly awesome. I notice two films that left me a long good impression. Accidentally, both are French. The first one is Elle S’Appelait Sarah a.k.a Her Name was Sarah a.k.a Sarah’s Key (Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2010). The next is Untouchable a.k.a The Intouchables (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011). I’ll try to review and discuss both one by one.
I believe that everyone has some favorite films of their own. Sometimes it’s not about the best film which won Oscar or Golden Globe, either a box office one. Maybe it’s just an ordinary simple film which is very special personally. It makes us keep watching several times but it feels like we aren’t bored at all.
The main story, some scene, the acting, the score, or other unexplained reasons which make us keep re-watching them continuously.
Yeah, some films always inspire us..and they stay with us forever and ever…
Here are my Top 10 personal films,,
Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012)
Prepare to witness a watchable solid thriller from the most acclaimed director this year, Ben Affleck’s Argo. Despite of getting Oscar’s snub for best director, Affleck who so far has brought Golden Globe, BAFTA, and DGA home still has a big opportunity to get his highest honor back through best picture in this month. However, to be honest, I’m not so sure that Academy has such a big heart to admit it since all other events are in Argo’s side. Who knows? Let’s see. (Can’t wait!)
Based on the declassified true story (the tagline says) from the book “The Master of Disguise” by Tony Mendez, it follows an incident during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. The American embassy there was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries. They took several Americans as hostages. Fortunately, six of them were success to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador. It’s the CIA now who had an obligation to get them out of the country. CIA then hired an exfiltration expert, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), who finally had a real, weird, genius, and brave idea: to create a fake movie in Iran. It’s not an ordinary fake movie after all, it’s a Hollywood fake movie! So, how can a fake movie get them out of Iran?
1. Hope Springs (2012)
Director: David Frankel
Writer: Vanessa Taylor
Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, & Steve Carell
Since I watched the trailer a couple months ago, I found myself become interesting, considering what Frankel and Streep had done with The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Moreover, beside Streep and Lee Jones, Steve Carell joins in it too. How couldn’t it be a promising comedy? I would laugh out loud just like when I saw TDWP. That’s what I thought.
1. The Impossible (2012)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay) & María Belón (story)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland
Based on a real event of Tsunami disaster in Thailand year 2004, this film tells us about a regular British family who spent the holiday there when the deadliest incident happened. I don’t know how accuracy this is, but I must say this is quite impressive and emotional. The description of refugee camp is almost real. Their acting is touching enough, especially for Naomi Watts
Maybe for the real survivors, this is a gem. But for me, some aspect is lack to explore.
“Lucas, look at this place. They’re so busy here. You’ve got to do something. Help people. You can do that.” ~ Maria (to his son, Lucas)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012)
When it comes to Tarantino’s perspective, I feel enthusiastic easily so much. Having some wild imagination and genius idea then followed with great execution in writing and acting is what I love from all of his film. I’m sure I’ll really enjoy his latest work, Django Unchained, no matter what it is all about and how long the duration is. I’ve fallen in love with his unusual unique directorial style since Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).
After waiting one year since the first poster’s published, I finally fulfilled my deepest desire two days ago. I saw it with full of focus. No interruption. I let my ears, eyes, and brain digest and enjoy some extended conversation and brutal scene in this film. So, the result is…………..
Let’s just begin!
Two years before the Civil War in Western (well, Tarantino preferred to call it as a “southern” due to the reality of films setting in America’s deep south), there is a former black slave named Django (Jamie Foxx). One lucky day, he’s released by a quirky dentist who turns a bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in order to help him find and recognize three outlaw Brittle brothers. Then, they become partner as bounty hunter team. As a reward, Schultz promises Django to find and rescue his beautiful-German speaking-wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a ruthless, brutal, and harsh Mississippi plantation owner, Calvin Candle (Leonardo Dicaprio). Read the rest of this entry
“Is she more important to you than Sol?”
“I was there when she was being abused but I haven’t done anything. If I let go of her hand now, I don’t think I can be a good father to Sol, either”
“….watching them grow so well, it makes me think that we should not fight to change the world itself but to stop it from changing us that we really are….”
Dogani a.k.a Silenced a.ka The Crucible (Dong-hyuk Hwang, 2011)
Those unforgettable dialogues really make me speechless. I can’t describe any longer how precious those are. You can hear that on one of the best South Korea film I’ve ever seen so far. Adapted from a novel by Jee-young Cong (published in 2009) which based a real story that occurred on a special school for deaf and mute children at Mujin in 2005, it’s not easy to see, but I guess it’s a must see. It’s been a week, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. So, I just write it, try to express what I feel about it. Read the rest of this entry
Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
I’m not a big fan of James Bond film actually, but I’m a big fan of Sam Mendes’. First time that Bond film is directed by an Academy Award Winner director (American Beauty, 1999). I have some expectation that in Mendes’ cold hand, Bond film won’t only emphasize a spectacular action anymore, but also a strong plot, just like his previous masterpieces (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, & Revolutionary Road). That will be a one complete package. I think I’m pretty sure that he has that capability. But still, this is a Bond film, a prestigious action film.
Kahaani a.k.a Story (Sujoy Ghosh, 2012)
Bollywood cinema nowadays gets so much better in every genre. This is one of the rare examples, Kahaani. I can say that Kahaani is best original solid thriller film in 2012 so far. I mean a real original.
In searching of his lost husband, Arnab Bagchi, a seven-month pregnant woman, Vidya Bagchi goes to Kolkata from London. It has been two weeks since his last call. So, she decides to come to Kolkata by herself for searching him. During her hunt, she gets the help of a local policeman Satyoki Sinha (Rana). It’s not easy for them to find him. Everyone they ask always denies having ever met her husband.
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
Two times Academy Award nominee, Wes Anderson, finally comes back after his first hilarious animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, in almost three years ago. Now, he presents a new motion picture that will make you totally awe, smile, or even laugh. If you are a huge fan of him, I bet you won’t miss it, just like me.
Though this has big ensemble and high quality cast, as all his films, such as Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances Mcdormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman (unfortunately, no more Owen Wilson), it’s not about their story now. At this chance, Anderson wants to tell us about how sweet and innocent a childhood is.
This is my second update of my film record.
If you still don’t have any idea about what film record is, you could read my previous article here.
I’ve added many films here which are new films I watch recently and old film I watched but I forgot to write it down on my previous film record.
My criteria is still same. I hope this is gonna be a good recommendation for you who look for a high quality film to watch.
W ciemności a.k.a In Darkness (Agnieszka Holland, 2011)
First, I wanna say that it’s not really easy to see this film. I felt disturbing and uncomfortable, but trust me, it’s worth watching. Based on Robert Marshall’s book “In the Sewers of Lvov”, it tells about a terrific true story of a brave man who tries to save a dozen of Jews by hiding them in sewer of Lvov town during the Nazi’s occupation in Poland.
( , 2012)
Finally, I watched Mr. Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, my most anticipated film in 2012, yesterday at the cinema. What an amazing experience!! One of best film I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely beyond our imagination. This one is a phenomenal achievement for a kind of . Of course, I had an extremely high expectation and it was delivered. Well, I got more actually.