Archive for November, 2014


Don Jon

Don_Jon_PosterLast night I watched Don Jon, another modern interpretation of Don Juan’s myth, the famous womanizer, which tackles modern issues.

Jon is a young man who has set clearly and happily his life in order. He has his job, his family, his don-jonfriends, goes to the gym and to church, he finds really hot ladies to have sex with and he is addicted to porn. He seems content, he is not entirely satisfied and in reality he wants what most of us want in life; another human being to feel close to.

I thought this film was kind of a study in human nature and social behaviour. We clearly see that Jon is troubled and we see him work towards his goal, to find what is missing from his life. Taken from a specific point of view it is quite interesting as it shows and analyses characters in a very fresh way. The characters are not particularly likeable, but they are quite realistic and they all show various aspects of today’s social behaviour; the sister that is always texting, the father that can’t really have a conversation, the mother that is obssessed with grandchildren, the girlfriend that little by little wants to change the boyfriend.

Although it might not be the perfect film for a girl’s night in, it is definitely worth watching.

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Interstellar_ALT_Artowrk“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light…”

Last night we watched Interstellar, the new imposing film by Christopher Nolan. interstellar_poster_0

In a dystopic future, earth has turned quite hostile towards the human race and plants get sick and die. Cooper, an engineer turned farmer, after Professor Brandt’s persuading to fight for the future of the human race (the professor prompts the explorers to “rage, rage against the dying of the light”) departs on a journey to the unknown. Through space, time, black holes, and different dimensions, he tries to discover a hospitable planet to save the human race and return to his beloved daughter.

Despite its long duration the film is really impressive. The photography is undeniably amazing as it has to enhance the imaginary worlds that Mr Nolan has imagined. The music, or lack of, is exceptional as it blends the scenes and makes them even more intense. The concept of time, its relativity, has always been of interest to me and the way it is handled here is really entrancing. Finally, once more, as with all films in space, I felt so small and freaked out with any new ventures of the protagonists as well as the realisation of how powerless and out of control we really are.

Without it becoming one of my favourite films (I think Inception is that), it is a film worth watching.

 

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August: Osage County

august osage county” ‘Life is very longT.S. Eliot” 

The film starts with these few words and a disappearance.

There is Beverly, an alcoholic, married to Violet who is addicted to pills. Beverly decides to hire an MERYL STREEP stars in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTYIndian girl to take care of things in the house, and then suddenly disappears. Because of this crisis, the whole family assembles in their house to support Violet and little by little we meet these characters who all have their cross to bear and almost every scene ends with a new secret revealed.

It wasn’t a fun film to watch but it sure was interesting. I’ll admit that if it hadn’t been for the actors that take part in it I wouldn’t have watched it. It is one of the difficult films to watch as we see these people who love each other really but are cruel to each other and are torn apart. There are mean words shared between sisters, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. It is quite a realistic film, but one has to be in a good mood to watch it.

 

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