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Toy Story 4 (2019)
the end we deserve
This movie came at the right time of my life. like woody in toy story 4 I felt senseless, I lost my sense of purpose, and what used to give my existence meaning one day seems to be drained or I have outgrown it. Yet I was clinging to that routine and life. without it, my reality would be a complete void. That's what woody is dealing with, all his life he found meaning through making Randy happy, the last one who cherished him. But, now he's owned by Bonnie things don't seem to go well, as he ends up unused in the closet. So he tries to force a scenario where he makes her happy not for the sake of "making her happy" but for the feeling of fulfillment, even indirectly by protecting sparky. However, he ends up realizing that life changes and chapters go by. and like any other toy story film, this one is also an epopé about moving on, not the same way as the third where the moving on represented growing up. here the moving forward is accepting the unknown, embracing the changes of wind and trusting your guts. it's an existential tale disguised as a kid's story. and god, how touching, relatable, emotional and funny it was! For me, it's the best toy story film and the end we truly deserved.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
A masterpiece, a beautiful work of art and a deep existential story!
I was stunned by this movie. Mainly because it came at an accurate and critical point in my life and also because I saw myself in Luke's character, his existential calamity and struggle to find his path. Cool Hand Luke also caught me because of its portrayal of the strong bonds between men, it's also a beautiful showcase of masculinity with luke as the unsettled rebel, Courageous, perseverant, cool and stoic.... etc representing the man model, however, it's these patterns that lead to his end. Yet, masculinity and men bonds aren't the main subjects of this film. The storyline of Luke is one of a tortured and free man brawling with this freedom and struggling to give meaning to his bleak life. Luke self-destructive behavior leads him to this work- camp/prison where he was supposed to get his mind right and comply with rules and standards. however, this place makes him more resilient to find his own way in life, trying to escape as he realizes he can't fit in with these ideals. Even if at some point we see him regretting not starting a home and settling down. It was stirring, as he turned to god and tried belief as his last resort in one of the most classical and best scenes of cinema, in my opinion. All this to end up to the realization that he was on his own. Add to it Paul Newman nailed his role, he gave his complex character this enthralling charisma and infectious witt but most importantly he triumphed at portraying the light and smiley despair of luke. A film for the ages, it truly resonated in me for all the right reasons.
What a great surprise!
I was really sceptic about this film at first but after watching it I I'm really surprised! This was actually really really good everything about it is about it is innovative and the story I thought it was childish is really complex and deep. The animation of this film is unlike anything you've ever seen unlike Pixar that tends to focus on realism this one is surreal and isn't afraid of it's animation status, it takes advantage of it. The colors, the comic theme the excellent soundtrack all is mesmerizing. Yet that's not all the rapport between our characters is very humain and heartfelt especially the Spidermen, despite it been animated you feel the depth of the bond they formed more particularly the one between miles and peter parker with there father son, big young bothers Dynamic that's can't but make you aw. Plus i guess i have a thing for peter parker too hihi. In general this was a surprise a hell of a good one!!
The Tree of Life (2011)
One of the most stuning ellipses in the history of cinema
I guess Terrance Malick is a true genius. First knowing this movie's longitude and epilepsy I can understand why some might say it's boring, but people saying that nothing happens in it are absurd, Life isn't nothing.
First I was personally touched by the complex relation of jack and his dad, to some extent I truly identified with him and to my surprise, my childhood memories started popping up, and as they did I recaptured them the same way Terrance did with Jack, like small cuts out of context, with no storyline, just random scenes from the past charged with feelings. and Terrance really caught this abstract phenomenon and this aesthetic of remembering and perfectly translated it to the screen. I love how this film is a movie to feel, every scene and memory is full with emotions and almost empty of dialogue. for example you feel jack's wondering about God, wanting to fix his rapport with his dad, his jealousy towards his brother, but he never says them. And as I said the tree of life is a movie about life and that weird scene about dinosaurs was the key to understand it as it settles its philosophy to the surface. the film treats our minuscule presence in the universe, the meaningless of existence compared to huge space and the billions of years that preceded us yet it injects warmth in this cold thesis by settling on the beauty and the fulfillment of the little things in life. it also questions god and our nature by asking if we're the fruit of grace created to his image or just animals shaped by nature. On a smaller scheme, inside the family, the father represents the nature and the mother the grace and it attests how these two concepts generally live in harmony despite the conflict. Another thing I would like to highlight about this philosophical film is how beautiful and technical it is, Emmanuel Lubezki did a tremendous job, thanks to the close shots the film was really intimate, and rather been a spectator you're projected inside this family. The whole thing is a great achievement and it adds to Terrance legend, a modern age Classic.
Le grand bain (2018)
I was skeptic about this film, but it proved me totally wrong. It's really powerful and emotive, a beautiful story about a group of man each failing his life in his own way and trying to reclaim their manhood through Synchronized swimming. it might sound absurd said like this but it's really good a perfect reflexion of the crisis of masculinity of our time, add to it it's a perfectly funny and comical film.
A deep and beautiful study, writing and portrayl of charachters.
My feelings and relationship with Woody Allen's movies are like the ocean tides, it comes and goes and most of the times it takes me time to digest it fully, it's like getting to know a person for the long term. Manhattan is no exception and what's nice about it is its personal and intimate slant towards the characters, it perfectly zooms into their psyche and temperament to the point where the spectator is extended to the story as he finds himself apprehending these characters, their insecurities, goodness, and qualities the same way he knows his family and close friends, but here it only takes him one hour and a half to get into their spirit. The film is also a take on the complexity of human relationships and ou fear of happiness. for example, every character keeps finding himself a justification to avoid the confrontation happiness and settling with the image they have of it for fear of getting hurt like Isaac who keeps using Tracey age as an argument to avoid commitment with her and yale using his marriage as an excuse to prevent himself from consuming his love for Marry....it's also a portrayal of how chaotic and immature adult life can be juxtaposing it with the maturity of its youngest character Tracey, a mirror of our turbulent and uncontrolled lives, and the way we disregard the happiness sitting right next to us. That's what good cinema is about; letting you see the bigger picture and detach from your universe, all this narrated and showcased in a border poetic black and white New-york, which is its most complete and definite dress.
I reallly cried in front of this film!
I've been planning to watch this movie since a while now. I was really hyped about it and I wasn't disappointed. This film is the equivalent of a ten tonne track hitting you in the chest, I can't remember the last time I was this touched and related to a film, to the point my eyes teared. It's a beautiful rendition of the struggle and the difficult conditions a marginalized part of society lives in and how this hard conditions and indifference towards this people results in a snowball effect and closed circle of violence and suffering, with this struggle mainly seen through the eyes of zain, a 12 years old kid. This kid is a revelation, he has it in him, it was so real it felt like a documentary. it's a tour de force that will grow your empathy and your understanding and it's very relevant. It's everything we need in this hard times and that's the beauty of cinema
The Grinch (2018)
As much as I love animation, the Grinch and doctor Seuss this film wasn't it and it's far from the quality of similar films like Horton Hears a Who! or The Lorax. the animation was on top but the whole movie felt very linear and narrow even in its 1.30h short length the story was unnecessarily stretched to reach that. I wish they went creative with the story and offered new rather than playing it safe with a shot relief that doesn't much the 1hour build up. even if it's hard for me to say this film was boring and needlessly.
Le ballon rouge (1956)
this was a treat !!
Le Ballon rouge in French. I kind of was mesmerized by this movie; I still can't believe it was out in 1956! t was far ahead of its time; the camera works the originality of the idea the effects.it reminded of a Paris I love a romantic city that looked like a master's painting a city that was the scene of a beautiful friendship between a cute little boy and his balloon; this film has it all it's funny; enthralling and heartbreaking and even with no texts it recounts a lot; visually it's a feast; the aesthetics the romanticized city the colors and balloons are all charming add to it the performance of the little kid is quite impressive. it's with no doubt one of the greatest films ever made.
Boy Erased (2018)
I can't remember the last time a movie touched me as much as Boy Erased, it really reminded me of all of the angst, energy, opportunities and time someone wastes fighting himself and who he is while living with such burdens and secrets; it's a real deep movie; a movie that brought so much feelings to the surface. it's a poignant film about love belief, family and being yourself. It's a perfect depiction of how far people can go to impose their dogma on everyone just because they don't apply to their standards and all these forselfish reasons and fear disguised as "worrying" or "it's for your own good" like with Jared and his father. it's really tear-jerking. The acting was really a highlight Lucas hedges was mesmerizing and Nicole Kidman & Russell Crow are true legends. For example, the interactions between Nicole and her son are heartfelt and melt my heart; kind of loved the chemistry they had and loved the way she stood for her and staying with her beliefs. I will definitely give it a second shot and am proud to say one of my fav of all times .
Beautiful Boy (2018)
This film was such a slap in the face, in a good way. it's ardent and immersive to the absolute. I adored the way the director decided to shoot this tense and cathartic story in a non linear & chaotic way that channels the turbulences a drug addict lives including the torments their families go through; starting with flashbacks, then going back to present moment and suddenly going far into memory to the point you lose the notion of now and you can't decipher the reminisces from the present which makes you as disorientated and lost as our characters and that's very smart and efficient. This film is also a heartwarming memoir about drug addiction all without romanticizing or layering it out, it's as hard and raw as the real life to the point you'll project in the characters even without apprehending what they're going through; another interesting point about this movie is the performance of our star-studded cast, the performances took it to a whole other level timothy, for example, was so convincing and involved in the role giving his character "nick" a whole other dimension and Steve Carell who was the main star of the movie in my opinion (sorry timy) was really moving and stirring. And the film is also a great testament about family and the deepness of the father-son relationship and the strength of such a bond; a theme that is rarely portrayed in cinema. this film is a real tour de force touching to the core i was really hyped abut it and i wasn't desapointed. what a nice way to start a year
Ahlat Agaci (2018)
This is my last movie of the year and I guess I left the best for last. some people may complain about its length but I think it was necessary, as each scene was imminent to convey its full meaning. This film is amazing on so many levels and I hope I would do it justice in my limited humble review. First I fell in love with it because I was reminded of my childhood, my days in our native village, the family ties, the panorama etc... everything about this film screamed my past; and I identified to the character of Sinan; a man with so many fantasies, dreams and deep visions, a martyr of his upbringings, life situation, his village and family an intelligent tale about facing life, finding his meaning after college and dealing with a family he sees as an obstacles rather than a support. this movie is in its way a literary artifact that needs deep study and interpretation. another thing that passioned me about this film is its interpretation of Father son Relationships, the significance of someone and happiness in the middle of existence void in a conservative restrained society, it tackles it through the lenses of literature, perception, fate, and religion. AIso; I admire the ending with the two supposed conclusions, you either throw yourself in the pit and dig with no resolution or just end it once for all; living the choice for us to choose the reality and the hallucination between this two. Second, this film is a cinematic delight I don't know how to articulate it or frame it but the filming and the direction are outstanding; it's a visual treat transporting and touching you can put it on mute and still enjoy the hell out of it. really a great way to end a beautiful year full of great movies.
The Beguiled (2017)
could've been more
Even with the star-studded cast and the talented director, the film fails to reach its full potential; The Beguiled is a feminist film to its core; about a group of independent strong women of different ages surviving alone in the middle of troubled times, and everything was going fine until a disturbance came; a man! and here the trouble started as they go against each other; competing for this man who only sees them as weak prays, so they pay for their kindness and endure the violence of this visitor.however they end up realizing that the guy is the devil splitting and turning them against each other.so they decide to deal with him. I love how the religion is juxtaposed to Collin Ferrell as he represents the temptation in this pure house, and Nicole Kidman performance was mesmerizing as she stole the light from the rest of the crew however the film succumbs to its flows and poor writing in my opinion and this kept it from reaching its full potential.
Zimna wojna (2018)
This film is a Beauty
What a beautiful film; it should win an Oscar just for the cinematography. give it to anyone who has no idea when it came out and they will tell you it was made in the '50s! A brilliant film, it doesn't fail to immerse you in the story and the universe beyond the 4:3 format; it's equitably paced and very well acted. a passioned love story in the middle of the cold war, filled with drama, craving, and lust; add to it its film noir feel plus it's a Time travel and a perfect depiction and reproduction of that era. Yet the most impressive thing about this movie is its perfectionism and the immense focus on every detail even the small ones from the design, the music, the set, clothes, the framing etc ......this film is excellence .
Perfect but not for everyone
No matter what someone tells you, women are always on their own".. this line sums up the whole movie; a beautiful movie about women; normal, not so successful or special and yet strong and independent women. this movie is full of beauty whenever it comes to filming techniques or the characters and if you think it's boring or meaningless I won't really tell you anything except, watch it and use your mind because it's not the kind of movie that offers itself to you easily it's not that banal or shallow, it needs some reflexion. but if your goal in watching movies is to put your mind on off mode then this movie isn't for you.
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
A revolutionary film
Phenomenal is the work that Peter Jackson did n this film, world war 1 like never seen, all thanks to the monumental work of restitution, restoration of old pélicules filmed during that era on the audio and video level. This docu-film projects you into this war and its credulity; through the common soldier perspective. It succeeds in depicting the brutality of war and humanity of the soldiers who were mostly very young men who bore and endured the decisions of their leaders. yet it's full of beauty seen through the deep bonds and connections these men created, the stoicism of these men in the face of danger and the humanity in the middle of all this cruelty and savagery. For me, the image of the soldiers with a big smile, having fun, laughing, fooling and enjoying each other and looking happy even in the hardest moments knowing that it can be the last time they feel such is deep and very touching and it makes you wonder what's the true purpose of life? and it gives you hope in humanity.
This Documentary reminded me why i fell in love with this band
I saw the A head full of dream documentary today, and I really loved it. first like most of you here this band meant a lot for me growing up and still does. So watching this movie reminded me why I fell in love with this band; their down to earth attitude, their growth as human beings, the bond that unites them, and their music that preaches positivity and pushes you to be a better person. and an hour forty of Chris goofing around is pure joy.
The Cakemaker (2017)
Great movie about grief and love with an atypical storytelling
This was a nice experience, a nice movie that tackles grief and lamentation, packed with a complex story. the First hour of the movie didn't really get me in; I was wondering what's pushing a guy such as Thomas to keep seeing this Oren(a closeted guy) who doesn't really care about him ( it's not a call ma by your name type of romance), and you wonder why he's so touched by his death even more than his wife..... and the hour pass by and you get these flashbacks of Thomas with Oren with this scene where they're both on the table and Oren was reading a prayer while Thomas was staring at him like a kid starring at a candy store, or when Oren shows him the picture of his son, however, the scene that made all the dots connect and made me understand this character and feel the bond he had with Oren is when the wife tells Thomas the decision Oren was going to take before his death, and you realize what Oren was going to risk and leave behind for Thomas then all those flashbacks made sense and I was heartbroken and still am I really shed a tear. it's an atypical way to tell a story, which makes its impact is very deep and beautiful. great heartwarming and heartbreaking film at the same time
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
This film was a hell of a good existential moral trip, with mushrooms as snacks
From Atlanta to sorry to bother you What's with lakeith stanfield and playing genius man with an existential crisis??
I love when movies make me think and drawn me in an intellectual debate with myself. This movie is a perfect représentation and the perfect réflexion of our time. It's a réflexion on morales vs money, happiness, class struggle, racism, corporate world and art done in the most amazing, mind-blowing, artsy wtf style. Boots Riley directing and writing is very unique and it really pumps some fresh blood his vision and representation of how the system works, today's society, and its tendency to easily get used to things instead of changing it with true action. It's full with wit, drama and dark+light humor and it's perfectly directed! Plus remember this lakeith stanfield is going far very very very far.
Paddington 2 (2017)
The kind of movie that will make you remember your childhood with a big smile on your face!
All Sally Hawkins greatest performances include her slaying it under water!
I wasn't expecting to enjoy a "kids movie" this much! It's a beautiful film the kind that magically reconnects you to the simplicity, nativity, and blithesomeness of childhood, as a kid I used to imagine the world to be like the one Paddington lives in and watching the movie made me reconnect to my younger self and recalled the snug and the warmth induced by such an idealistic perception like Paddington's..and even if it's a kids movie it's full of political and social layers that reflect our times such as discrimination and propoganda and add to it the film is a visual masterpiece with its Wes Anderson and marry Poppins feel. the cinematography and the color grading are definitely Oscar worthy..feels good to fall on a be surprised by such a movie from time to time
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I don't get it! sorry.
This movie was an experience full of adrenaline rush! for the sake of all the great fights, all our heroes stuck under the same roof. However even if it was fun and pretty much enjoyable I didn't really get into it and the problem here is the fact I am not that into the Marvel universe and this movie felt like a sequel to every standalone Marvel film that came out last year so I felt like I was missing on something, and couldn't fully connect to the story it was like starting to harry potters saga with the 4th movie, you'll enjoy the action but you won't feel passion and compassion to the characters. and this is the case with every Marvel movie I've seen so far.
Plaire, aimer et courir vite (2018)
This movie really made me feel great and calm, it's cute beautiful and heart-wrenching. first, the direction, Aesthetic, and production are very elegant it feels nostalgic and greeting and the non-linear, original way the story is told is very captivating. a charming story about two totally different men and their not so love at first sight romance. a perfect portrayal of gay men lives in the french 90, clandestine sex, aids, and loneliness tackled with a warming and funny manner it's truly the kind of movie that puts butterflies in your stomach, the production, the direction the story and the acting everything is top. it's very touching, funny, heartbreaking and it made me miss Paris & want to go there. I had a wonderful time this film made me want to live again; to explore and love; the romance between Jacques and Arthur as unconventional as it is was pleasing plus Pierre Deladonchamps was very touching and faultless in his role. one of the best movies I saw this year
A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
I enjoyed this movie as a boxer and a s amovie lover
Some of the scenes of this movie made me feel a high sensation of anxiety and fear, and I love when a movie makes me feel this sensation either it's happiness, anguish or sadness. and the idea of this movie being a true story made the feelings 10x stronger. it's Grey, chaotic and doleful as we go through the struggle of this wretched guy struggling with his addiction and prison to finding a way out through boxing. the movie is very well done the camera is so close to our character's face, making us react deeply on their emotions and feelings and feel a sincere sympathy for them. I loved the human connections billy had in the film as they've put warmth on a cold blue film, for example how Billy found support from the trans boy fame and how the little guy next to whom he slept defended him against the other criminals and saved him when he tried to suicide, or when that kid came to visit him, I loved this sense of danger I felt each time he crossed path with his previous cell mates and how he connected with the other boxers in prison. One other thing I liked about this film is the silence and the lake of dialogue, since our character doesn't speak much and if he did it was only to ask for drugs or cigarettes and the rest of little talking is untranslated Thai discussions however it's a good point considering that the movie relays on body language and character's faces and reactions to transmit deep emotional feelings. I really enjoyed it as movie lover and a boxer
Lean on Pete (2017)
Young idealism vs adults realism
This movie took a dark turner quickly, wasn't really expecting that, I was waiting for a family kind of adventurism coming of age movie, however, it's still a stirring and heartful movie. Lean on Pete is a film that tackles the world through the idealism of a boy and the realism of the adults around him with the horse representing the perception of things from each side as Charlie gets quickly attached to it and adults trying to get rid of it, I love how it represented hope and shelter for a kid with an uncertain future. as a whole, it's a very touching film even if I can reproach him the slow pace and rhythm
Set It Up (2018)
I love Skitchy Romcoms and sketchy jokes!
As a whole, it's quite enjoyable, it certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel and the story isn't very innovative neither but it has some kind of freshness that distinguishes it from the cliches of the genre. It's mainly due to the astonishing writing and the R-Rated jokes which don't sound vulgar or cheap like in any Seth Rogan movie however they come out as charming and kitschy; same for the two protagonists, fresh talented and good looking with catchy characters and, I guess I have a crush on Glen Powell he's very goofy and clowny in a good way making for a great performance even gay Pete Davidson crushed it too lol. I don't really know what's about this movie that makes me feel cozy and loose but it does, it's a truly delightful film even if you didn't turn your mind off.