It’s complicated (2009)

There was a friend that told me when I was a teenager that “things are simple”. It did nit feel right at that time. It still does not.

It’s complicated“, a film by Nancy Meyers, with an (once more) amazing Meryl Streep is real, funny, honest about people, how they feel, what they say, what they don’t and how they try to live their lives. There are moments where things are not that good, but hey, nobody’s perfect!

It is a movie you enjoy and have a good time for two hours.

My rating: 06 / 10

Points in time …

Watching movies is such a fun. Then you meet with people and you exchange ideas about them, what you liked, what you did not, what was impressive, why this or the other thing was filmed this way… Thus the initiative to start this blog.

Suddenly I realized that since the time I started it, I was watching less and less movies. It felt like an obligation to write down my point of view for the film I saw. Writing things down, needs much more time and thought than just having a talk with a friend for it.So, at the end, it has become a stopper. A stopper for me not to see so many films as I used to do. Not having so much fun. Because the real goal – for me – is to get immersed into that wonderful world….This blog is a side effect of that need.

So, not all the movies I see will get in here. We have too many obligations in our lives to impose in our selves yet another one. I do at least 🙂

So, if you like to visit and comment, that will be great. As it always is 🙂 But since this is a small community blog, I enjoy more talking to all of you reading it than writing in it!

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

If you are looking for the true story of “Alice in Wonderland”, luckily enough, you will not find it! I say luckily because this was not one of my favorite books when I was a kid and definitely prefer the script of Linda Woolverton (over the book of Lewis Carroll) on which the great tale maker, Tim Burton, made this film.

So, it is another story that has a lot to say about some very unusual characters as well some that one may find … in our world! It is a very good movie, one you’ll watch very pleasantly and have a good time.

My rating: 07/10

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker is a movie with a rhythm that really pins you down on your seat. Intense, realistic, cruel, humane (as much a film about war can be) and strange at times. Mark Boal, with his 2nd script after the “In the Valley of Elah” managed to get his Oscar for the script with this movie.

So, it is a film worth seeing for sure. Was it however so good, to accomplish such a breakthrough and have Kathryn Bigelow as the first woman director that won an Oscar? Meaning, weren’t in the past (even the recent one) other women directors that made great movies? Or was the time ripe for such a breakthrough? Why do I think that neither of the two cases are the real reason? Here is a list of movies that could stand equally next to this one:

and possibly some others that I have seeing (what seems like) ages ago:

Also, if I were an American, especially if I had friends and/or relatives in Iraq, this film would have to say more than it does now. One excellent point in the movie is the revelation of the real motives behind the heroism of the main character, Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner).

My rating: 07/10

Kathryn Bigelow

shutter island (2010)

What you get with Shutter Island is an excellent film based on an excellent story. Martin Scorsese made a movie with a rhythm that holds its audience from the start to the end. There is at times a blur line separating dream from reality and a thread of questions and answers which runs through the whole film.

It is also one of the few films where the director puts the tag line of the play at the end instead of the beginning: “This institution makes you wonder what is better: to live like a monster or die like a good man?”

My rating: 09/10