Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: Since I heard the rumors that Almodovar was making a new film, I was dying to see it! Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. I guessed the plot after the first 30 minutes of the film and that killed the rest for me. Without any doubt a good film but not a great film. As always in Almodovar's films, the cinematography is superb! Penelope is great as she normally is in spanish films. The rest of the actors.... really, really good!
Review: 3.0 Uchuvas Comment: .... no, I didn't like it... I was really waiting to see this film but I thought it was too flat. I liked the main actor's work thou. In the beginning of the film I thought it would be a tough story but ends up being a story with nothing attractive.
Review: 3.0 Uchuvas Comment: I'm still not sure why I didn't like this film much. The actors were not bad. The story was sad, heroic and good; but, there was something that didn't make me feel connected with the film. The only really good part was to see "Roger Federer" acting!! (just kidding... Fabian Hinrichs, second character in the film, must be his lost twin brother!!)
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: Again, the first time I watched this film I fell asleep!!! also the second time!! but I just totally loved it the third time when I managed to finish it! The actors are really good (most of them) and "Marvin", the robot, is superb!! (his voice is spot on!). I also liked a lot the effects! I'm just totally in love with British films! I pretty much enjoy most of them! I've heard the book is really good too; will need to check it out! BTW, I just realized is the same director of "Son of Rambow" a film I liked too!!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: I saw this film few years ago but I fell asleep. I liked the parts I remember so I rent it again but I fell asleep again! So, I decided to have a third go and try not to fall sleep. I finally managed and saw until the last scene! I liked it but it wasn't my cup of tea. Now I understand why I fall sleep every time! some scenes, where nothing happens, are endless! I feel that the film is a bit too long! They should put a note that reads: "Not recommended for tired people"
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: It needs to be said that this film is a documentary and the film it self was never made ("The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"). In the beginning the documentary was a bit boring but it turns out to be painful, sad and good. It was very sad to see how the Terry Gilliam's dream became a complete nightmare! What was really sad about the "disaster" is that most of the problems during the shooting were for weather and health conditions! Nobody can really predict that. I'm glad that at least the documentary was well known.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I started to see this film without even knowing that it was a British film. The films was amazing but it turns out to be a ... it never mind. It's a super nice film with great acting and super effects. I'm not sure about the ending... that was my disappointment.
Review: 2.5 Uchuvas Comment: It's a good story but suddenly in the last part of the film, everything happens in a hurry without showing too much about how or when. The actors did a terrible job despite being good (I've seen them some other times and they aren't that bad!!). The only thing I like was the sound track.
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: Without any doubt the cinematography of this film is 10/10; it's incredibly beautiful, but I have to say that it's the second time that I fall asleep trying to see the film. It's super slow and after the first 30 minutes I feel that nothing happens, just amazing photographs! Maybe I'll need to see it for 3rd time to make a better judgment and understand how has won so many awards.
Review: 2.5 Uchuvas Comment: This film has lots of awards. You have a go and judge your self. I thought it was boring. The story started interesting but turns out to be a boring film (to me). I think that the last 15 minutes were very poor.... very!
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: I was avoiding this film for so long that I can't believed I finally gave it a chance. In general, I try to avoid "love stories" with happy cheap endings; that's why I didn't want to see this film which in any case has a "cheap ending". I was happily surprise for a lot of reasons. The first one is that I should have seen it considering that it was a Jeunet film. Second the photography was amazing!! really really amazing! it's a pleasure just to see the film for this reason; and third, the actors, all of them, are just great! Have a go! don't put it aside as I did!!!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: Finally a Korean film that is not so weird and it's "easy" to digest... although is sooooo sad!!! The director made a fantastic work with the little super sweet girls!!! they look sooooo natural that's is hard to believe that they are acting!! It's a great film, with great little actors and a well built story. (thanks Claire by the way!)
So, here I am with the 1st LaUchuva film Festival!!!!
I really don't know how to make this selection; I just realized that I want to nominate more than 10 films!!! But, I will do this first year, is to select only 4 films with only one parameter: I just totally loooooved the film. (what a parameter, ah?!! oh well...)
So, the nominees for LaUchuva d'Or 2009 areeeeeeeeeeeeeee:
1. La Sconosciuta (The Unkwon woman), Italy, 2006, LaUchuva
2. 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days), Romania, 2007, LaUchuva
3. Lat den ratte kom in (Let the right one in), Sweeden,2008, LaUchuva 4. El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth), Mexico, 2009, LaUchuva
If you want to vote before the festival, feel free to do it here or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Harishchandra's Factory has not been released yet!! BUT the good great super nice thing about it is that one of the main characters (Vibhawari Deshpande) is the sister of my good great super nice friend Hrishi. BUT the real good great super nice thing about it is that the film was selected as the official entry from India for The Oscars!! Great Vibhawari! and good luck! For now we will have to wait to see it! (Also, avoiding any confusion like the one in Facebook ;) I want to clarify that this is not the official poster.... but in the mid time let's keep this one here!!)
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I was very lucky; I went to see this film and when it was finished the director was there for Q&A!! I always like when I have the chance to see someone from the film after watching it. I used to enjoy more when actors are invited but with time I started to appreciate more when the the director is the one in front of you (although I would reconsider this point if the one in front of me is Pitt!) Anyway, the film was good. It's a very simple subject with a great acting of the maids especially the main maid!! (some others of the crew were not as good). From q&a was nice to recognized the fact that the 3 secondaries maids are little parts of the main maid identity.
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: This film it's just great! I totally totally totally TOTALLY loved how the director converts such a subject in something totally credible! The film is so powerful (great acting btw) that it's difficult to keep remembering that, in fact, it just can't happen!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: First, I think this film is a US film no UK... but I will leave it as UK's. It's a film that won't change your life. Also, it's not a film to be remembered for it's cinematography or sound or acting. In fact this film should only have 3 Uchuvas BUT I always give a lot of credits when a story has a lot of design! It's not easy to make a script when everything has to be the truth... think about it! Also, I liked the fact of watching an easy and not trascendental film on a terrible raining day, Sunday, alone and with an empty stomach! Anyway, a nice relaxing film. (Also you have to consider the fact that I just totally loved Gervais)
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: As some of you know, I'm not a big fun of black and white films. However I loved this film not only for his great cinematography but for the beautiful way the documentary was developed. A South American film nominated to the Golden Palm (Cannes) with great great camera movements. The only "funny" thing was the narrator's script... it felts like reading a soap opera or a bad poetry.
Review: 3.0 Uchuvas Comment: I just have to say that whoever likes politics and/or it's familiar with British politicians, must see this film. I didn't like it as I didn't get most of the jokes BUT there were a lot of good laughs around, so, have a go!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I don't know what is better in this film: the super sad story, the great actress or the effects! One of the saddest films I've seen and also one of the toughest! After you've seen it you will need a couple of hours to recover.
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: I think is a bit low the number of Uchuvas but I really can't give more to a film that made me feel bored in the middle of it. I just kept thinking: "ok, move on.... what else are you going to show". The film become very repetitive at some point. The story is really good but a bit too long.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: Another great Tornatore's film. I loved they way he pictures Italy's towns and specially the way kids are educated (or were... not sure). The story is sad but also full of funny moments that make a good balance. The cinematography is really good. I need to keep an eye on his new film La porta del vento that hasn't been realized yet; I'm starting to become his fan.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I wish, I really wish I could say something about this film but if I do all the emotion for you will be gone. So just have a look. It's super great! The acting is superb! the photography amazing.
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: This was my first Ritchie's film and totally loved it! I keep watching it and still enjoy every part of it. Very similar to his master peace Snatch but still good enough to be a great one on it's own. I love mess films that ends some where! edition was superb!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I saw this film long long long ago and I liked it a lot. I recently saw it again and still liked it a lot especially after watching the horrible American version... which made me think, why! why they have to re-made films!! WHY!! especially WHY if the first one was soo good!... W H Y ! ! ? But anyway, this Amenabar film was superb, edition was super good, acting was good and the story kind of too crazy to be understood the first time (well, in my case!... although even the third time I saw it I thought: "what?!")
I had an idea of posting FF news and winners in the blog. I started doing it but suddenly I realized that:
1. There are more FF in the word than mosquitos in the air!
2. There are more unknown films than unknown clouds types.
3. If I wanted to post about the FF I had to dedicated more than:
a. 90% of my posting talking about them.
b. 80% of my time looking for info about them.
4. If I was reading so much about the FF I new which films are around and which ones I would like to see, which is not bad at all BUT:
1. I have to wait for months to see the films which make my expectations go higher and higher with time and:
a. I feel disappointed most of the time after having such a high expectations (case: Gomorra)
b. After reading so much about the film I knew everything (plot), which I don't like at all!
After realizing this, I felt sick and decided:
1. I won't post about FF in the blog.
2. I won't look for information in the web about the FF. I will only (and this is my advice) create a list of films that has been shown in IMPORTANT FF. Just keep them in mind to see them without reading too much about them.
I will create a post with my list... if you want to have a look...
In the mid time and because I don't post too many US films, I want to suggest this great film: "Away we go" ...Super nice!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: This is an amazing biography of this French painter that tbh I didn't know until yesterday. The film, some how, reminds me the the softness of the Scandinavian's films. It has a kind of cold cinematography giving all the power to the landscape and paintings (especially the ones in big format which after watching them in the big screen, makes you fell in love with her art!) The acting is superb! The sound, perfect! The photography very beautiful.
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: Here with my second Korean film in the blog. Against any prediction, this film was surprisedly soft and delicate (considering the idea I have of Korean cinematography). With almost any dialogue at all (apart of my friends' comments during the film asking who is that guy? whose house is this? "that part is important so pay attention!", or, "he doesn't talk in the whole film" ;) this film doesn't have any special photography or effects or acting; it's just a nice and soft story with a nice ending that is open for you to guess it; the nicest you get your guess the nicest the film is. Thanks Hrishi for hosting!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: I remember that when I went to the theatre to watch this film I had so many expectations! so many that I end up totally disappointed. I guess the story itself is so bloody sad that when you go to watch a film that you know it's deeply sad it doesn't make you feel that sad anymore unless it's a super great production which I think it's not the case here. Maybe I'm wrong but from my point of view this film it's no much that a general sad film with no much of interesting factors on it. The only thing that it was really good and I still remember after these years, was the sound when the main character is "talking" or thinking. Plus the eyes scenes are deadly strong!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I didn't know that this film was a true story until I finish with the film and look for more information about the whole thing. The film it self is beautiful but the story is just amazing.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: The only film I managed to watch from Tribeca film festival. It was well worth the queue under the rain. It's a beautiful film as soft and delicate as most of the Scandinavian films. The last ski scene has the most amazing photography. Also, the film have the sweetest death I've seen in films!!!
Review: 1.5 Uchuvas Comment: So, I had another go with this director and it was deeply dissapointed. Let's say that he got better with age! There is no way to compare either The Syrian Bride (2004) and Lemon Tree (2008)with this film! I will only say that during the film I took plenty of time to find and kill a mosquito flying around my room without stoping the film.
Review: 5.0 Uchuvas Comment: I wanted to finish my today's post with a happier film! If you like Kusturica films, this movie is a MUST in your list! It's, from my end, the funniest I've seen from him. Do not miss it!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: It's not my cup of tea but it's a worth watching film ONLY if you are in a mood to watch sad films. In my case, it didn't touch me that much, I really don't know why as the acting is really good. The story is super sad but what it's nice about it is how the strong emotions are well shown by the great acting.
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: What else tonight but talking about weddings, relationships, tears, reunion, beginnings and endings. This film has it all together. It has great acting but more than anything it's a film full of emotions. I remembered that it touched me very deeply, I even keep crying for some days after I saw it. Nice film, fully recommended.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: It's been a while since my last post and I'm glad I'm back with this beautiful film. I passed by a theater and saw a poster of an Israel film with an actress I knew so I just decided to have a go and see what was about. After I saw the film I realized that it's the same director of the other film I liked a lot: The Syrian Bride. What I like the most is the softness of the film with such a tough subject. It's very nice how the director mixed the complex political subject with complex relationships.
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: I was waiting for so long to see this film that I was a bit disappointed when I saw it as I had a lot of expectations, so maybe I'm a bit tough with the review... I even fall sleep a couple of times!!! and that never happens to me in a theater!!! no even while watching The Love in the times of Cholera! But anyway.... It has won some good awards and nominated several times, so have a look and judge your self.
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: Ok, so here I am with my first US film. It's a nice way to introduce Independence US's film with this one!. This film is still available at this web page if you want to watch it! It's an epic Indian story mixed with a 20's jazz singer's songs and three amazing Indonesian shadow puppets!!!. Add to that an amazing 2D animation and super humor! The shadow puppets, who narrate the story, are just super funny! The collage used in some parts of the film are really good! and the music it's really well mixed with the story. So, don't miss the opportunity to watch this film while it gets over the copy right issues that have had and it's finally realised on big screen. Even if you don't like musicals (like me), it's really worth watching!!
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: I think I have seen just too much holocaust films plus too much times this film to feel as much sympathetic as when I first saw it. Without any doubt it's a great production. The acting of Adrien Brody is really remarkable!; I was super impressed by the way he looses weight towards the end of the film!! (ask for his diet!!) However I think the screen play is a bit too much. I just didn't buy much the part where he is hidden all alone under that circumstances and for that period of time. It's very sad watching Holocaust films and this one is not the exception.
The only good thing about that night was: The little gathering, the Cranberry juice, the delicious brownies, the winners bet, the smiles, two awards (Winslet and Penn). The biggest disappointment... I don't even have to tell you which one was. The winners are listed in my previous postjust in case you didn't see the ceremony. Thanks to our hostess!
Review: 5.0Uchuvas Comment: Another long story about Che Guevara but not as long as the new production called "Che" (2008) that has to be split into two films as nobody was able to resist 4 long hours in a row watching a film.... Who can be seated for more than 3??!! even if the film is truly amazing! no way! but anyway we are here to talk about the beautiful production of the Motorcycles Diary... which is in two words: really amazing! The film has a lot of great things but what makes the whole film worth it is the super beautiful cinematography. You can add to that the great acting, the great screen play and the amazing music.
Review: 4.5 Uchuvas Comment: I saw this film a long ago. I don't remember the film in detail but I do remember that the story is very cleaver, the acting is really good and I loved the shots in the Forest.... very nice photographs!! This director has another great film, Nueve Reinas, but unfortunately hasn't done much recently.
HEY!!! We did it!!!! We reach the post 100!!!!!!!!!!!
EEEEEEHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS GREAT IDEA!!! It's been great fun having all your feedback through comments in the blog or by mail or in person!! I have found great voices around the subject and I enjoy it more and more every day! Keep sending info and making comments... I enjoy replying to the comments and talking and watching whatever films you tell me to see.
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To Celebrate our first 100 Post day, I'm going to post this great video which is not film related but... oh well.... we are in happy birthday so I'm allowed!! These people have great stuff! check their web page for more great videos!!!
What it's nice about checking the film festivals and awards, is that you collect a long list of films that you can check out at some point in your life; most of the time those films awarded or nominees are worth watching!. The South African Film and Television Awards 2009 (that were celebrated on Feb 07) have given 6 out of 7 of the most important awards to one and only one film: The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif. So, let's wait until it's release here to check it out!
I'll keep posting some awards and festivals butnot many as they are countless but I'll do it when feeling in festival's mood.
This time I'll post about Berlin Film Festival. The awards were annouced yesterday night. There is a list of great films to have a look. This year's most important award (The Golden Bear) was awarded to a Latin American film and director!! Well done! It is her second film and apparently it's really a great job (what else can you expect from someone with such a beautiful name!!)
Review: 4.0 Uchuvas Comment: It's not an easy film for the only fact that it's extremely slow; I was about to collapse half way of the film but manage to forget about the story and just enjoy the amazing cinematography. Most of the shoots of the film (if not all) were so beautiful! The use of color emphasis so beautifully the photo. There were million of scenes where it looks like a portrait! I remember especially one of them that reminds me Johannes Vermeer's paintings. It really amuse me how a film could make that! The other great point of the film is the movements of the camera... it moves horizontally several times during the film but soooooo slowly that lulls you!!! As I said, it's a beautiful film but be aware of the slowness of it! My sister will get sleep in the first minute of the film for sure!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: For now, this will be my last posting of the mini Almodovar's festival I did during the last month.
I think the story is a bit too much! to top the terrible performance of Cecilia Roth playing the main character, kills the film for me. She is really terrible! she over acts so much!... really really bad! Trying to forget about her (although being the main character is impossible to) I have to say that the cinematography is soo nice... Almodovar is great on this... just G R E A T and that's basically why I gave more than 3 Uchuvas! To finish this post I'll quote one special shoot that I think is the most beautiful shoot in the whole film: when Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is waiting for his son in front of a huge poster of a "famous" actress... really nice!
So here with some winners of BAFTA awards. I have to repeat that I totally disagreed with saying that Slumdog Millionaire is worth an award. The film is good, no doubt, but it isn't a film that worth so many awards!!
So, here the winners in red, my favorites in green and half half when agree:
The Curious case of Benjamin Button
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Man on a wire
Clint Eastwood for Changeling
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Ron Howard for Frost\Nixon
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
I've loved you so long
Burn After reading
Frank Langella in Frost\Nixon
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire
Sean Penn in Milk
Bradd Pitt in The curious case of Benjamin Button
Angelina Jolie for Changeling
Kristin Scott Thomas for I've loved you so long
Kate Winslet for The Reader
Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Brendan Gleeson for In Bruges
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Brad Pitt for Burn After reading
Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (No way!!!)
Amy Admas for Doubt
Freida Pinto for Slumdog Millionaire
Tild Swinton for Burn After Reading
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
Waltz with Bashir
BEST FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE (have only seen 3 so I can't say which one is better but definitely I've loved you so long is not the best one so far!)
The Baader Meinhof Complex
I've loved you so long
Waltz with Bashir
MAKE UP AND HAIR (I include this award as I think this film did an astonishing work)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button... The best make up I've seen in the big screen!!!
Review: 3.5 Uchuvas Comment: Another Kaurismaki typical film! The king of films about lonely and empty lives.
Two meaningless things that caught my attention were: I think there wasn't one single scene that didn't have a cigarette on! What a way to smoke!! and then, there were a lot of Tango songs in the film! The film starts with my beloved song from Carlos Gardel, Volver!!!! and then, another Gardel's masterpiece: el dia que me quieras and some other tango songs. After the film I was told how popular Tango was in Finland so I went to wikipedia and found this article about Finnish Tango that gave me an explanation as to why Gardel was part of the film's soundtrack. Apparently Tango in Finland is even more popular than in Argentina.
One last comment... if you want to see this film (and most, if not all, of Kaurismaki's films), make sure to be open mind to face a different style of movies.