One step ahead (2013)

onestepaheadDocumentaries is not my favorite species of film. One has to drag me seeing one of them, as it happened this time. Well, I was glad I saw this one for numerous reasons.

  • The fact that in real life, there are people who can win over a rotten political establishment. It is not fiction, it is reality!!!
  • The fact that people at the age of Yiannis Boutaris, a winemaker, who did so many things in his life, have the desire and the energy to offer so much more for the common good

are two things that really stand-out to impress the spectator, especially if he/she knows what goes on in Greece.

From the artistic point of view, it was impressive the way the past was interwoven with the future, the presentation of the main character and the presentation of the mechanisms of politics.

This is a really enjoyable documentary that despite its length (126 min) is watched without getting one tired. It is a film that really feels we are going ‘one step ahead‘.

My rating: 09/10

 

Gloria (2013)

GloriaGloria: growing old regarding the body but growing wiser and stronger regarding the soul. The way to deal with life, to understand what is important and what is not, to deal with loneliness, problematic relationships and discover the strength we all have within us. A hymn to life despite its hardships. It makes one think that the song Gloria was written for this role (which of course is not the case!). An amazing performance by Paulina García.

My rating: 08/10

 

My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)

MySweetPeperlandBringing together the characteristics of a western brought i,n today’s time, a and a romantic story, ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’ presents with a fresh look, stories that have been told before. A realistic, optimistic (yes, they are not contradictory attributes) with suspense film, using the sound of the hang musical instrument that you will really enjoy (at least I did!).

My rating: 08/10

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

GoreVidal-TheUnitedStatesOfAmnesia“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” is a documentary that really opens your appetite to learn more about Gore Vidal, his work, United States, its history through his novels, his point of view for religion.

It displays an impressive personality in a non-tiring fashion. It is particularly interesting,  if one likes to know a different point of view about almost every aspect of life.

My rating: 08/10

Don Jon (2013)

NoDonJont bad for a first film of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Not bad at all. Apart from its really funny moments, the true merit of the film lies in its . sincerity about the way men see their love life, the way they “rate” women, what they expect from them (which is totally unrealistic), what women expect from them (totally unrealistic too), the expectations of parents regarding their kids (them being equally immature, if not more than them!).

Provided you are willing to hear some truths (OK, you may ignore them too!), this is a film where you are going to have a lot of fun. It is rare these days 🙂

My rating: 08/10 (for its kind)