Man of Steel (2013)

ManOfSteel_Well, it is nice that in “Man of Steel“, there are several deviations from the well-known story that make the film interesting. It is not just the effects which are expected to be better than the previous releases (and indeed they are). It’s a Superman version which is enjoyable, impressive, rewarding.

My rating: 08/10 (for its kind)

Muddy River (Doro no kawa) (1981)

The “Muddy River” of Kohei Oguri belongs to the class of realistic films that analyzes numerous aspects of the human life like a surgeon does with a patient. The memories of a war, the daily
struggle for a not so much rewarding life, the innocense of children, friendship, kindness and desperation in a film which is a masterpiece and should not be missed.

My rating : 09/10

Barbara (2012)

Barbara: humanity and kindness trying to survive under harsh conditions.

My rating: 08/10


The Help

 It is hard for a person in another country to understand the impact of a social environment and events to the life of people living elsewhere. Even specific words and phrases may bear an entirely different meaning. Specifically, in a scene of the film, a philanthropic dance takes place, in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s. The organizer of the dance, refers to ‘The Help‘, to denote the African-American maids working in the white households of the people participating to the dance.

It never ceases to surprise me how prejudice, ignorance and social infrastructure may dominate over reason, kindness and humanity. The film from director Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett who wrote the screenplay and the book it was based on is really amazing.

Acting and direction transfer the spectator in a place and time where kindness and cruelty, brightness and stupidity, hope and fear, go hand in hand.

This is a film you should NOT miss.

My rating: 10/10