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

The Company You Keep (2012)

TheCompanyYouKeep_There are numerous things I liked in “The Company You Keep“. Left my thoughts mature for a couple of days before posting this one. It is obviously a film with a political flavor. Apart from that, however, the characters, their beliefs, their emotions are very well presented. Acting is superb and the story is well-developed (based on a book). One must have a lot of guts to shoot such a film now days, even if it is Robert Redford  …

My rating: 09/10

Capital (2012)

 le-capital-poster-01Costas Gavras makes another brilliant film about the workings of our society. The Capital is about the way money controls our world and how it must multiply itself at the expense of people and States. A clever script which outlines the way ambitious people are used by the system and no matter how clever they are, no matter how much they understand about the games played around them, they have no choice, but to serve what they may hate the most. The debate between uncle and nephew during the family gathering, the talk at the end of the film between the banker and the book-author and the closing scene are the essence of the film: a distill of what we face now days. A must see.

My rating: 09/10

 

Lincoln (2012)

Image Linkoln will become a classic film for numerous reasons which are more or less obvious. An advantageous subject provided by the life of Abraham Linkoln, the war, the competing politics, the different characters involved etc.provides an excellent material upon to build such a movie. Steven Spielberg with  Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Tommy Lee Jones provide a rewarding spectacle.

Focusing on the story told in the film, one can only admire a character like Abraham Lincoln and the efforts to pass the 13th amendment. In fact, one might wish for his country to have such leaders that look beyond their narrow political interest and struggle for the future to come.

My rating: 08/10

The Ides of March (2011)

 Politics. Makes one wonder if there is something more dirty than this. The Ides of March is a story about the dirty tricks played, the hopes that most of us have about a person that may make a change, how things are not what they appear to be. The Ides of March as a title has more than one meaning. It is the 15th of March when an election in the film will take place. It also relates to the treason of Julius Caesar as in the film there are a series of treasons, both of people and ideals.

A story well conceived and presented with a fast pace that leaves enough time to be fully understood.

My rating: 07/10

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