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THE BLING RING

23 Sep

The Bling Ring

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

The Bling Ring is a 2013 film directed by Sofia Coppola brings to the screen the famous case of teenagers who stole celebrities mansions in 2010. The real life stories are as they are, not much to add to the record.

The film doesn’t have great content at first sight, however it insist on the life we ​​have and the one we want to have, on adolescence and the role models young people have, in this case: celebrities who certainly didn’t come out well, in a little veiled way the film criticizes the excessive lifestyle of the stars who apparently don’t have houses if not modern imitations of Egyptian tombs.

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This particular case is more tolerable as documentary than as film.

There aren’t great spots to highlight, possibly locations and filters, but there isn’t anything spectacular to highlight and if there is, is really hard to identify.

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Performances are very natural, Emma Watson is on track to erase the stigma of Hermione Granger. To emphasize the interpretation of Israel Broussard relatively new talent, his spontaneous performance may surprise to viewers.

Zerorojo doesn’t recommend it! It’s somewhat slow and repetitive, though: if you want to see how misplaced are certain sections of humanity, the modern youth sad concerns, give a fleeting glance into the home of a celebrity or see that in many cases the education that you give to your children is useless, this might be your choice.

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COSMOPOLIS

31 Jul

Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis is a 2012 film directed by David Cronenberg and based on the eponymous 2003 novel written by Don DeLillo. Recounts a day in the life of Eric Packer a billionaire businessman who decides to drive across town to go for a haircut, in the middle of his trip he has encounters with various characters that bring transcendent or inconsequential messages to him. At the end of the day Erick will have to face his destiny.

Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis

The story may not be the most appropriate for a film because it’s slow, with the conditions of the book (the character is 80% of the time in a vehicle) actions are not necessarily essential and the dialog has a vital plane, perhaps for the same reason it’s not considered a very astute move to do an adaptation of this book in particular.

Juliette Binoche Cosmopolis

The performances are good: Robert Pattinson assumes challenges that throw him away from the commercial figure that launched him to fame and certainly choosing a role of this magnitude Pattinson takes the risk of losing a considerable number of fans, but also changes the category of the same. Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche have a short but fruitful intervention. The performances are quite theatrical, the slow pace and momentous of the dialogs and actions do not match with the ones used in cinema.

Paul Giamatti Cosmopolis

The photography is remarkable, the range of colors is very defined: the warm and cold filters are strong, you can perceived a contrast that defines the image through an exaltation of the black. Very pleasant.

It’s complex recommend this film, obviously isn’t for all audiences, although it mades ​​ society micro-portraits that gives it an interesting semantic, slowness and lack of actions can go against it. The unpredictable end is a point on its behalf and certain cyberpunk elements make it rare and striking. In short, if you like more action less dialogue this is not your movie, but if you want to see something unusual and different this may be an option to consider.

Zerorojo leaves the evaluation of this film to spectators criterion.

I’M SO EXCITED (LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS)

25 Jul

Los Amantes Pasajeros

I’m So Excited is a 2013 Spanish film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Shows several stories of the crew of an international flight, how they relate and a series of circumstances that arise during the flight.

The film plot is fantastic, the viewer remains attentive and entertained, the scripts are funny and spontaneous, sometimes…very spontaneous. It’s a film about nothing and everything at the same time and it shines by its exaggerated situations and good sense of humor.

 Los Amantes Pasajeros Javier Cámara

Totally remarkable everything related to the visuals: Although the story suggests with some details that develops at the present time, all elapses in a retro atmosphere that is reflected on locations, costumes and makeup, the compositions are beautiful with a high aesthetic sense that in fusion with warm and colorful photography emits acid and summer vibrations.

 Los Amantes Pasajeros Cecilia Roth

The cast is top notch, Almodóvar knows his actors: Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Blanca Suarez to name a few. Cruz and Banderas unfortunately, they appear few and Cámara takes his role ‘till ultimate consequences … something interesting to watch.

Homosexuality is a theme in the film, explicit and openly, relationships of this nature within the film leave too few to the imagination, excellent performances: convincing and very real, the comedy in the movie depends largely on this subject.

 Blanca Suárez Los Amantes Pasajeros

Zerorojo completly recommends it! Fresh air for movie lovers from anywhere in the world! As always Almodóvar shines and leaves nothing out of place. Excellent work and pride for Spanish cinema.

TESIS SOBRE UN HOMICIDIO/ THESIS ON A HOMICIDE

11 Jul

Tesis Sobre Un Homicidio

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

 

The Argentinian Hernan Goldfrid directs this 2013 production a thriller with psychological suspense. The film tells the story of Roberto Bermúdez an eminent lawyer and post graduate professor in his town, when a murder takes place near the university, Bermúdez starts an investigation parallel to the authorities. To be fair is not worth explain more, synopses especially about thrillers can become spoilers with just one misplaced word.

 Ricardo Darin Tesis Sobre Un Homicidio

The story is about research, about follow clues and evidence therefore is not something that we haven’t seen before, but it’s entertaining as this genre lends itself to accommodate different situations that aren’t necessarily similar. The plot is well articulated, however unsuccessfully tries to make use of resources already seen in American films especially those having to do with the flashback and is not as masterful as the plot required it.

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Ricardo Darin stars this film, this is not new: it seems that all commercial films of this country are starred by Darin … apparently there are no more actors in Argentina, despite this there is no objection to his interpretation as always is genuine and nice, totally mistake of the writers who intend to engage even for seconds a man of 56 years as he with a 26 year girl as Calu Rivero, what a mistake. Rivero offers a flat performance, but it’s most likely to be a script error than an error from the actress, her character is in mourning and the plot takes place in a time of 8 to 9 weeks you can’t perceive a real pain. The antagonist is Alberto Ammann, excellent performance: he hides, goes deep and maintain his mysterious profile, checkmated the characters in the story and so to viewers.

 Alberto Ammann Tesis Sobre un Homicidio

Is a little controversial the use of 2D format for this particular argument …it really doesn’t require it, if all the effort to produce this dimension had invested in improving some aspects of the story would have been more commendable. Controversial, yes, because we are full of technology and effects movies that blatantly disregard the argument which is what ultimately determines if the movie is good or not. For Tesis Sobre Un Homicidio was completely unnecessary and cause already had a good if not excellent photography by Rolo Pulpeiro.

 

Readers don’t get confused, Zerorojo recommends with tranquillity this movie! Palpable progress of Argentinian cinema and Latin American cinema is a production that has nothing to envy to the giants of the industry. Can’t say more…is necessary to avoid spoilers to the maximum, but it can be said that primary objective is acomplished: to entertain.

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR

2 Jul

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Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

This is a  2013 film directed by the young Canadian Zack Bernbaum. The film tells the story of Adam Kundle an advertising company CEO that after an unconsciousness episode wakes up and his only way to communicate is through commercial phrases.

Is an original story, isn’t common, however lacks of solidity: the argument has empty spaces, some events are in the air, in addition to this an anomalous situation as Adam’s is mixed with a very common story as Karen’s (a mother that still doesn’t know how to control her teenage daughter) and this makes the plot lose strength and significance.

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The film stars Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey and Callum Blue, Greenwood is in charge to make the plot interesting, in his role impersonates someone in a state of consciousness that acts irrationally, in short a very crazy sane person. To summarize the performances are nice, nothing that forces you to say they are stunning.

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor is a film that could do much more with its argument: could be funny, had a deeper character, in other words could get much more out of its argument. For that reason Zerorojo doesn’t recommends it, is not a bad movie but leaves an unsatisfactory emptiness on the viewer.

THE CALL

26 Jun

The Call movie

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

 

The Call is a 2013 thriller directed by Brad Anderson known for his work in The Machinist and the television series Fringe. The film shows a moment in the life of Jordan Turner an operator of the 911 line that faces one of the biggest challenges of her career, that’s all, can’t say more…this synopsis is not going to become a spoiler.

The story is good, well-structured and very entertaining, has peak moments of emotion, it’s of those movies where the viewer feels the need to tell the characters what they should do. Another interesting point is to see how it works a 911 call center, people call but never imagine all the machinery that moves on after dialing the saviors numbers, at the same time shows a reality on the callers and the issues that motivate them to do so.

 Halle Berry

Halle Berry has the main role, thumbs up for her interpretation of Jordan Turner: another role that consolidates her position as a master to transmit any type of emotion, from joy to absolute despair, excellent. Abigail Breslin shines as well with her performance, if you stop to think about it after seeing the film shouldn’t have been a bed of roses perform the role of Casey Welson due the character circumstances.

The photography is good, isn’t shocking but very pleasant, to highlight several panoramic views of the city.

 Abigail Breslin

Zerorojo recommends it! Especially because it’s very entertaining, keeps the audience attentive and the end isn’t predictable. It’s not a story that will go down to posterity, but offers a good time of entertainment. The Call a good mix of action, drama and suspense. Not suitable for people who are looking to find the meaning of life in a movie.

STOKER

17 Jun

Stoker Movie 2013

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

The Korean Chan Wook Park directs this psychological thriller from 2013, Wook is known in the West for his film Oldboy. The film tells the story of India Stoker a teenager that on her birthday number 18 loses her father in an automobile accident, and with this she has to be cared by her mother, during the funeral arrives Charlie Stoker the uncle of India who she never knew because he was always traveling around the world, Charlie decides to stay a season to accompany his niece and sister in law during their grief, in this time desires and secrets of the family will come to light and  this will change their lives forever.

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This is a splendid story, more than good is different, this makes it very valuable for a viewer tired of seeing the same plots over and over again. The suspense and dark psychology line of the script is marchless ‘cause is real suspense, this not depends on a silence followed by an horrendous face that jumps to the screen…is the legitimate suspense where is not predictable what would happen.

The cast is forceful: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Kidman surprised again with a role that allows us to foresee  the  misgivings and frustrations with life, added to that faces a reawakening that allows the character to view the situations with clarity, excellent interpretation. Mia Wasikowska embodies perfectly the mystery personality, however this is an actress who starts to be under suspicion: the roles she choose are always verging on the freaky, it would be ideal to see her performing a normal person to vary. Goode shines with his multifaceted interpretation of Charlie Stoker: is seductive, warm and cold, peaceful and violent, in other words a convincing performance worthy of remembering.

Matthew Goode Nicole Kidman Mia Wasikowska Stoker

Photography and art direction of Stoker have a 10! The colors are in total harmony with the history, many scene compositions seem works of art; the costumes and locations are accurate and loaded with symbolism, some critics haven’t done wrong comparing it with Hitchcock movies.

Highly recommended the soundtrack by Clint Mansell: diverse and categorical.

Mia Wasikowska Stoker

Zerorojo recommends it! Has too many good points to be ignored! Who enjoys the thrillers will find it original, who enjoys photography will find a particular magic difficult to ignore and even music has charm, but before all that this is not the same movie as always and that gives it tons of added value!