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Rosie is a strong social drama about a family in crisis. Despite an eerie and desperate life situation, the protagonist tries to keep the family together. They have become homeless. Mother, father and four children. It's tough to see how tough this is and how they strive to get out of a hopeless situation. The film is engaging and touching. The casting is great too. This is probably why I, the viewer, also ask questions about what they could have done differently, to avoid the crisis. The questions I wonder are, for example, what did they do in the months before they became homeless? Is it the pride that makes them not try to find a solution through their own network? Family and friends are present, but not really involved in helping out. Is there a lack of insight into how difficult and hopeless things really are? Is the solution really (as the protagonists) not to be honest with others around them, when in a life crisis? Hard to answer, but in this movie, the family stands so alone and is so lost. It hurts to witness. Something else that makes this film stand out is the story that poverty, like being homeless, also affects people we don't naturally think of as being in this category. That way the film challenges us. I liked it very much, but should have seen more of the solutions, rather than just the hopelessness.
I prefer the version with Joan Hickson
As a big supporter of Miss Marple's cinematography, Julia Mckenzie is absolutely good in the role of this famous novel character. But in this movie, it doesn't work. It's not McKenzie's fault, or the other cast. The mistake is, in my opinion, that the director has changed too much. The transition from novel to film has not been successful. Among other things, an important character has been removed and a new one has been entered. This is annoying, and makes the story lose some of the dynamics. Agatha Christie spent a lot of time developing her novel characters, and everyone plays a major role in solving the crimes. Another major change is the sequence of actions happening. This is at the expense of both excitement and the viewer's ability to guess who the killer is. Finally, I would like to point out that Joan Hickson's fantastic performance in this filmization makes it difficult to follow it up. But it would have helped if they had been more faithful to the novel when they made it.
This series is really different than anything else I've seen. And totally shocking. The story takes place in a financial environment, where we get to know the four main characters. They are totally devoid of moral scruples, and provide themselves mercilessly with what they want. Other people around them become objects they abuse in every way. I think it's the only TV series I've engaged in, where I can't find any sympathetic traits with the main characters, but still I just want to see more, more more.
I had not read the book the movie is based on in advance. And I'm happy for it. What I liked most about this drama was the unpredictability of the characters. As the other user reviews have pointed out, this is about friendship, race, social class and interpersonal relationships. All of this is portrayed both believable and interesting. But the best part is still all the secrets these people have, dark secrets they carry and that they partially live out. The film is divided, around the main characters, but everything is merged together in a way that the whole is taken care of. Definitely worth a couple of hours in front of the TV.
Les crevettes pailletées (2019)
Funny and entertaining
Not the most innovative movie. But it works fine. Quite fun, feel-good, cool music, some very good moments, and some that pulls down. What draws down is that it is quite cliché filled with how we gays should look and behave. Most of the characters fill these perceptions of gays, but I shouldn't grumble about that. If you liked The Birdcage and In & Out, you'll probably like this one too.
And Then We Danced (2019)
One of the best this year
If you want a different, warm, gripping and engaging drama - this is the movie! This heartwarming story from Georgia is a charmbomb. Incredibly well filmed with the storytelling taking place in Tiblisi. We follow a young man's encounter with his first love, in unfamiliar surroundings (at least for me). Great performances by these young actors make it both poignant and believable. I think the protagonist of the film clearly manages to show the challenges of being gay, in an environment that is clearly not ready for it. The film's message of what love and sorrow does to us is universal, but the place and surroundings this takes place in this film, lift it up and make it a special and touching experience in the cinema. Thanks to the Oslo Fusion Film Festival setting up this one, I hope it gets wide release worldwide. A warm recommendation from me.
The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
Turkeytime - a complete waste of time
THe hills have eyes was an ok slash/horro picture. Both versions. This follow up is a complete mess with a group military running around in the hills and absolutely nothing make any sense. One of the worst movies I have seen. Rent the original once more instead.
Creepy and surprising
A good horrormovie is seldom these days. Most of the stuff that comes out, are not worth your time or money. This movie is an absolute exception. Yes, I know it is not perfect, unlogical and at times a bit confusing. But the plot is good. The actors are also up to the challenge, and I enjoyed it.
The horror is here all along, with many creepy scenes. The film has some good surprises too that will keep you on the alert. If you are going to see it, please avoid spoilers. This is a film you should see without knowing too much about it. Looking forward to the next one from this director.
Lost in the city
This movie is categorized as a thriller. After watching it, it is first and foremost a social drama. It is about serious mental disorders, loneliness and alienation from living in a big city. Next, it becomes a thriller by the protagonist's deeds.
Definitely a quiet and sordid movie. Tragic outcome of being lost in a big city without anyone caring or getting involved in any way.
Reign of Fire (2002)
Too few dragons ...and they are absent most of the movie anyway
A waste of talents like Gerard Butler and especially Christian Bale
Pet Sematary (2019)
This movie is an ok horror movie. Like many horror movies, it has some logical flaws. But if you can ignore them, you just have to pick up the popcorn. But as a remake, it has nothing new compared to the original movie. At the same time, there are far between new original, effective and exciting horror films. Surely it is tempting to do remakes instead? Personally, I also think John Lithgow gives the film a needed boost, in the role he plays.
The Perfection (2018)
Forget the low score!
Imdb is fantastic, so much good information about movies. I read many user reviews. But I do not understand that this film has received such a low score. This one is so different, well played, surprising, exciting and at the same time disturbing. It works on many levels. No, forget those who do not like this thriller, and spend time watching it.
Amazing Grace (2018)
Stunning documantery about one of the best singers ever
This music documentary met all my expectations. I'm a big Aretha Franklin fan, and the film gives a unique insight into why she consolidated her position as one of the greatest soul and gospel singers ever. The film also gives a good insight into an era, early 70's and how a live recording was conducted. The film shows not only how great a singer she was, but also how professional and talented she was in completing projects she set out to do. That said, the movie is not for everyone. Gospel followers and faithful soul fans will like this here, others will not. Will we ever get to see and experience a singer like her? Probably not.
Alias Grace (2017)
You must get yourself Netflix! Friends and colleagues have been saying this to me for years. But since I'm mostly into film, Neflix has not been relevant. Before now where I try the offer for a month. And for a choice I choose as the first mini-series. Wow! This captivating, engaging as well as exciting drama made me sit through the night to watch all 6 episodes. I couldn't turn it off! Here they've got it all: the cinematography is amazing, the cast couldn't be better, the dialogue and storytelling builds up and draws you in to see this exciting drama that I think is some of the best I've seen on TV since Sopranos or 6 feet below. But it's probably not for everyone. This requires that you pay close attention. If you do, you will experience being engaged and experiencing a quality drama of the rare. Just to recommend to anyone who enjoys good movie and tv.
The Woman in Black (2012)
This movie is very medium, with the exception of Dan Radcliffe who plays the lead role. He makes the most of playing the grief-stricken lawyer who takes on the task of figuring out supernatural events related to a house. The film certainly has great horror experiences, but here's nothing we haven't seen before. The action is also very predictable, with the exception of the somewhat surprising ending. But I like to see more of Dan in such movies, but he has to face some bigger challenges than this one.
Too slow for the films own good
Well! The horror films have been given a new boost for films like Us, Get Out and A Quit Place to name three good candidates. As several point out here in the reviews, this also stands out. But I'm not as excited as many here are. The movie is very slow at first, and it takes time to get to know the main characters too, even though they are good actors. After a while, the hideousness builds up. But it takes too long, and when it first happens, the film also loses some of its character. I mean, horror movies should constantly make us afraid and feel the discomfort that may or may not happen. It's the whole point of the horror movies, and this one lacks much of it. But it certainly stands out. But the end was not to my liking, too obvious.
Dark and demanding
I am a great fan of Mike Leigh and think all his films are both sophisticated and insightful. This one too. But unlike many other of his films, this is more demanding. And dark. This film also gives insight into those who fall outside society. Everyday people struggling and who he manages to provide insight into.
This film is more demanding in that the protagonist exploits other weak and has a woman's view that is heavy to look at. Here, there are both sexual assaults and mental stresses we are witnessing, but Leigh always manages to bring this about in a realistic way. Leigh is good at giving the characters credibility, and the brilliant actors make it a great experience to see this movie as well. This film is a counterweight to so much else and anyone who appreciates great film art should give it a shot.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
I guess most things have been written about this fantastic movie. I just wanted to share some thoughts after seeing it again the other night. This is one of those films that problably will stand the test of time for all time. It is not dated in any way. I think it never will be. The message of true friendship will always make this movie worth seeing for generations to come. Why don't they make them like this anymore?
What Keeps You Alive (2018)
A lost opportunity
A young lesbian couple go on nice hut trip. The cottage is deserted on an island, and we quickly understand that events have happened earlier. A horror that eventually slips into a thriller. I understand the frustration of other viewers. What first and foremost frustrated me with this is that it has a great potential. But the script is not good enough. As a horror, this had worked, but the director obviously wants something more than just scaring us. The action, on the other hand, is too thin and incoherent that we understand the protagonist's actions, and also the relationship between the two main roles. There is something missing. This had worked better as a pure scare. But to go so far as to call this movie bad, I will not do. Just don't expect a great movie experience, bring out the popcorn.
Journal 64 (2018)
Don't worry, they still pull it off
Finally a new reunion with Carl Mørch and Assad with a new crime mystery, the fourth in the series and so far the last one that is planned. It's a shame if there aren't any more, because again this is awesome crime; exciting, unpredictable and raw. Unlike the previous films, the action here is more comprehensive with more elements than what is first assumed. The film manages to balance this well. Still, I think this is a small minus. The previous films were all about a particular event, which they investigated. Here, there are both conspiracy theories and more comprehensive, than the more linear predecessors. Nevertheless, this holds plenty. Contrary to all that goes on television of crime series and movies, Journal 64 is liberatingly different and much more exciting and therefore interesting for anyone who loves good crime.
Vera: Blind Spot (2019)
Still a thrill
Vera is back for its ninth series. Wow! I am one who have been waiting patiently.
And I am glad to report that the quality of this first one episode in the new serie, are very good. Intense, a good plot, thrilling, and Brenda delivers once again at he hardworking Vera, who gets all the pieces togheter, once again.
As the previous seasons, this episode is all about the crime, nothing about Vera, and her private life (as the earlier seasons), but that is ok, it works anyhow. I also enjoy the rest of the cast, the belong together now. As a team they are strong, and as a viewer we enjoy how everybody has a place in Veras world. I just hope they keep on the good work, for many years to come.
Just great - I really love this film
Meryl Streep. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Viola Davis. Yes, the casting is strong. Still, Doubt has not become either Streep's or Hoffman's best and most famous films. Far from it. In my opinion, it has not received the recognition it deserves. I think this is a great movie, very strong story and not least with this A-team that portrays a nun and a priest who really measures forces against each other. In a story of yes, doubt, but also rumors, assumptions, power and roles. The film takes place at a Catholic primary school, where the nun is the principal, and the priest her superior. The film does not have many effects, and most scenes take place at school. Still, it do not a theater touch, but has progress and ability to play the doubt over us who are watching. We also take the position of what is unfolding, and this is engaging. This is a top drama, of the best quality in terms of both the actors (including Viola Davis) and the somewhat appalling act. For movie lovers!
Le grand bain (2018)
Great about friendships among grown up men
Friendship among men is an unusual theme in film. There are dozens of movies about women, and especially comedies. Therefore, this French film becomes a wonderful insight into men of adulthood and how a companionship develops. The film is fun, charming and engaging, but never nostalgic. Although the film is primarily a feel-good movie, it is also a serious undertone of where men's challenges in adulthood. As well as how it is for men when the role expectations they have not followed up, whether by unemployment, family problems or poorly paid jobs. But here it is primarily about how to do something about the situation and the cohesion between them. A great story and movie, this one.
Yes, this works!
This movie is a very successful sequel. Jamie Lee Curtis is still the main character, but they have successfully included new roles. There are so many bad horror movies at the moment, I think. Therefore, this was an uphill. The film's greatest strength is the first half, where also those who have not seen the original get an introduction to what has happened before. The story further becomes somewhat more predictable, but is certainly good enough. This movie is for anyone who loves horror and horror movies, and with badguys who are really BAD.
The Cave (2005)
How come they manage to make it so bad?
No horror - the monsters are very rare indeed LOL
How do they manage to make a horrofilm with absolutely nothing interesting in it? I wonder. And Lena Headey in this mess too. (This review is based on the first 41 minutes before I switched it off - a waste of time) Stay away.