Sunday, January 23, 2011

Movie Reviews: Part 4

 1. Garage
  • This movie was an accidental discovery in our Stavanger library – an Irish movie in English language. 
  • The film tells the story of a lonely petrol station attendant and how he slowly begins to come out of his shell. 
  • Josie – the character has been well etched and portrayed by the main protagonist. At times you feel sorry for him for the state he is in and then when he attempts to get more social and discover his innermost feeling to bond with humans, he is misunderstood. 
  • Class locales and good cinematography. If you like watching “Different Cinema”, this one is a must watch. This movie has been selected and won a lot of international movie awards. 
2. The Cement Garden
  • This is a British movie with an unusual story, based on a novel by Ian McEwan. 
  • A family of four kids and their parents is living its own life in a neglected part of countryside UK, where in a sudden turn of events the father and then the mother die. 
  • Unable to cope up with the same and understand themselves or the right thing to do, the kids bury their mother at the basement of their house inside an iron closet. 
  • The elder kids begin to discover something forbidden at the very end and the movie draws to a close with the lights of police surrounding the house. 
  • An unusual watch and though it won’t scare you to death – this storyline ain’t one for the fainthearted. 
3. Fargo
  • This movie is not totally inspired by a true life incident, but inspired by many. 
  • Based in the US, the main protagonist is married to the daughter of a wealthy person. He hates his f-i-l is so rich and that he himself is a failure and has to work under him in a car dealer shop. 
  • He hatches a plan to kidnap his own wife through some thugs and ask for ransom from his f-i-l. 
  • The plan begins to go wrong due to some unwanted murders the thugs commit, which raises the suspicion on a smart lady cop, who is pregnant. She has played an amazing role in the movie. 
  • Finally everything goes wrong, lot of murders and killing happen and in the end the protagonist is caught. 
  • A must recommend for a Friday night! 
4. 13 Tzameti
  • A French movie by a Georgian film maker, totally shot in Black and white (though it was made in 2004-05), which makes this movie very classy to watch. Saw this by reading the English subtitles throughout. 
  • A destitute immigrant worker steals an envelope containing instructions for a mysterious job that could pay out a fortune. Following the instructions, the young man unwittingly becomes trapped in a dark and dangerous situation. 
  • The film somehow passes the message “all the begins wrongly, ends wrongly”, per my readings. 
  • Apparently this movie is also being made in Hollywood, by the same director. 
5. Déficit
  • Déficit is a 2007 Mexican feature film with subtitles in English.
  • It talks about the current state of affairs in Mexico, where the affluent people can afford the world of comforts, best of schools – Harvard Business schools and have servants to do all the work.
  • It exploits the class barriers in Mexico and how the youth are split between doing well in career, enjoying life and its pleasures by partying, binge drinking and having drugs.
  • It makes you realize the caste barriers seen in India are in some way reflected in Mexico in between classes. 
  • A good movie to watch! 
6. The Laramie Project
  • This film is a true life story which talks about the hate crimes in America especially in the countryside of Wyoming. 
  • It tells the story of the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. It premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. 
  • The film is based on 200-300 interviews taken from people in Laramie following the aftermath of Matt’s murder.
  • Amazing movie to watch.

No comments: