Tag Archives: Love

OPEN ROAD

5 Jun

Open Road 2012 MOVIE

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

Open Road is a 2012 film, directed by Brazilian Marcio Garcia, also known by his work as an actor, producer and director in his country. It tells the story of Angie, a young artist that goes by the roads of the United States without take roots in any place, in her nomadic life she meets David a police officer who gives her his friendship and a reason to reconsider her wandering life, the problem is that Angie has been looking for someone for a long time and doesn’t want to stick to anything or anyone untill she finds it.

Is unusual an story, is not current find stories of women who are wandering alone in the world, yet still with its aura of mystery the plot is resolved excessively easy in a rose-coloured way, is too rose.

Performances are not high quality…the characters are very flat, they lack emotion, discussions are very normal, nothing that induces a reflection. Leaves much to be desired the role of Andy Garcia is too cliche, in the other hand, Camilla Belle confuses be reserved with be flat and expressionless, this error makes her role less attractive.

An interesting aspect of the film is its photography: not only has a good composition and locations also makes a beautiful use of natural colors and spontaneous lighting, is not easy to preceive the use of filters. We cannot say the same of the soundtrack, a viewer is expecting to hear music that remembers or evokes the road, the typical American folk music not these so harrowing ballads that do not generate an atmosphere consistent with the situation but very appropriate to sing in the shower.

Zerorojo does not rule out this movie because it has a good image and it worths to take a look! But the story there is not recommended, you can’t wait anything beyond a melodrama full of clichés! It’s pure drama. at your consideration!

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I GIVE IT A YEAR

30 May

I Give It A Year

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

I Give It A Year is a British romantic comedy directed by Dan Mazer writer who collaborated in the preparation of characters such as Ali G and Borat. It tells the story of Nat and Josh a couple that in full crush phase decides to marry, when the beauty of engagement blurs, the couple begins to wonder if they made the right decision when they said I Do in the altar.

 I Give It A Year

This is a very light story, that is to say: no tears, despite the fact that is very difficult to deal with the presented situation in real life,  the film aim to lightening problems with humorous situations and some wacky dialogs. Definitely It is not the best British romantic comedy in the market, in some opportunities the dialogs are fairly loose, especially those who seek to make you laugh.

 I-Give-It-a-Year-Simon-Baker-and-Anna-Faris

The performances don’t exceed any expectation, curiously isn’t due the cast (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker) the story is too poor for great performances, natural actors could do it and you never notice any difference.

The most redeeming feature of the film is its message, it can make some viewers question themselves: am I ready to get married? Or, am I ready to get married with my current partner? …

Zerorojo doesn’t recommend it! There’s still a belief that we can see better movies, better British comedies.

SEE GIRL RUN

7 May

See Girl Run

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

Nate Meyer directs this film of 2012. It tells the story of Emmie a woman tired of the routine of her marriage of five years who decides to return to her hometown to reunite with her high school boyfriend, however the trip will bring revelations that will make her reconsider her path.

 See Girl Run Robin Tunney

While the general history brings a beautiful message, the filmmakers could save a lot of money by making it as a short film. In the eagerness to fill space develops the more absurd situations: a woman makes an entire trip to see her former boyfriend and she hides from him the entire film, a man who seeks to live painting frogs and the worst thing of all is that his dad gives him money to pursue his “great” dream. Seriously, what kind of plot is that? The dialogs are insubstantial…honestly leaves too few to remember. Unbearably slow.

 Robin Tunney See Girl Run

See Girl Run is starring by Robin Tunney and Adam Scott, as in the previous entry of Zerorojo (Not Fade Away), it may be said that the performances are not bad…the story is not the best and because of that doesn’t generate any interest: good actors doing their best to convert the film into something acceptable.

 Adam Scott See Girl Run

The photography doesn’t impact at any level and doesn’t take good advantage of the locations.

The soundtrack is not consistent with the scenes, is not in accordance to the situations.

The idea is not to destroy a film, the idea is that the filmmakers come into a certain degree of awareness about the viewers time: a movie costs money and effort and for the same reason it is worth thinking very well in the acceptance of the final product.

Unless you are going through a crisis in your marriage Zerorojo not recommend it! A good message wasted in a bad plot…sad but true!

LIBERAL ARTS

26 Apr

Liberal Arts

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

Liberal Arts is a 2012 film written, directed and starred by Josh Radnor also known for writing and starring Happythankyoumoreplease a film of 2010 where Radnor made his debut as director. Liberal Arts narrates an episode in the life of Jesse Fisher a school counselor overwhelmed by the daily life of New York, in the middle of the tedium his dearest professor of the university call to inviting him to his retirement party this makes Jesse evokes his university times and see the adult life as an absurd routine in which there is no freedom to live, in the middle of his trip Jesse meets Zibby a 19-year-old girl who shows him a fresh view of the world and enters quickly in his heart, the problem is that Jesse is 35 years old.

 Josh Radnor Elizabeth Olsen Liberal Arts

The story is laudable especially cause it’s possible and realistic, anyone can go through that stage in which recall the youth makes rethinking the adulthood, in other words is a story which many people can be identified with. The script is good enough: it has lucidity moments and flat moments.

 Elizabeth Olsen Josh Radnor Liberal Arts

The criticism point of the film is in its performances and not because these are bad, the matter lies in the fact that Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen are too type-casted, there’s not much difference between this roles and the characters of their latest films, when it comes to act is not enough to have charisma versatility is also very necessary. Supporting actors give a fresh air to the story Richard Jenkins makes us live the anguish of retirement, Elizabeth Reaser interprets a short rol but beautiful and peaceful, despite his brief appearance Zach Efron achieved an interesting, essential and fun presence inside the frame.

Zac Efron Liberal Arts

It would be interesting  that in his coming projects Radnor tries to create stories that don’t focus on him as was the case of Happythankyoumoreplease and now of Liberal Arts, is necessary to let the plot breathe and allow the participation and contributions of others. This doesn’t mean his works haven’t been interesting and worthwhile.

Zerorojo recommends it! is a film in which young people and adults may be interested, however, those who are in their thirties may find higher affinities with the story.

UPSIDE DOWN

17 Apr

Upside Down Movie

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

In 2012 the Argentine director Juan Diego Solanas directed Upside Down a French-Canadian project of science fiction with the participation of British and American actors: An entire case of globalization. This is a love story in a fictional context that narrates the events that Adam must pass through to be with Eden, the woman he loves, the difficulty lies in the fact that Eden and Adam live in two parallel planets with a reverse gravitational force which do not allow them to go from one planet to another without burning in flames after three hours of visit.

The story is quite original, and the creation of the planets and the social tensions between them is innovative in more than one sense, however, the love story is not resolved in a completely satisfactory way, or, in other words is solved very easily,  but it doesn’t matter: all the love stories tend to be very similar, what makes them transcend are the scenarios and circumstances, and in this case, these scenarios and circumstances are true exponents of a enormous creativity.

 Kirsten Dunst Jim Sturgess Upside Down

Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess have the leading roles, there is not much to say: both are first quality actors, project an intense chemistry and make us believe in their characters, in the love and tenacity of them. The supporting actors have a purpose that is far from being the “puppets” of the protagonists, here they are responsible for establishing a social condition, of exalting the tedium that the oppression produces, to show the human struggles…they are certainly moving.

 Upside Down Jim Sturgess 8

The Upside Down crucial points are its photography and visual effects, these factors make it suitable for all audiences: the creation of the worlds brings us closer to science fiction, fantasy and even a little to the cyberpunk. Each scene has a fascinating and notoriously worked composition, the gravity handling is impeccable, each effect is striking. The photography is just beautiful: there is a symbolism through beautiful colors and filters that express individual and collective feelings. The art direction is difficult to obviate thanks to eternally memorable scenarios and the design of vivid locations, everything is worked until the last consequences, in short, this is a visual high  impact film.

 Upside Down Jim Sturgess

By the aforementioned Zerorojo recommends it! It’s an entertaining, original and well-worked film, an excelent piece of art.

 

GINGER AND ROSA

15 Apr

Ginger And Rosa Elle Fanning Alice Englert

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

Sally Potter known for works as The Man Who Cried and Rage directed in 2012 the drama Ginger and Rosa. Since they were born Ginger and Rosa are inseparable, they explore the world together and decide how they want to be based on the behavioral patterns of the adults that surround them, when they get older the girls begin to have different concerns: Rosa seeks the eternal and true love and Ginger is concerned about the world situation and the ongoing threat posed by the nuclear weapons to the continuity of life, this disparity of interests is responsible to cause a rift between the friends that do not seem to get a meeting point in their ideals.

 Ginger And Rosa @ Elle Fanning Alice Englert

Although the concerns expressed in the story are important and far-reaching, the story itself is simple and understandable. What matters to us in life?, what ideals are capable of separating us?, Why worths fighting for something when we can lose a friendship and even something of morality?, These and other more are some of the topics that touches this film, sometimes is slow you can also  consider it a little repetitive, explains a lot an idea that does not require further clarification and with this leaves alone some topics of the plot. However it’s interesting: the history places us in a time when the social anxieties were very different to the current.

The strong point (almost hypnotic) of this film is the genuine Elle Fanning: spectacular performance, the plot waste her talent, she is Ginger in flesh and bone, with her tribulations, joys and disappointments. Really, is a very shocking actress at her young age. Alice Englert in the role of Rosa is convincing but, cause of the script, she doesn’t shine. Alessandro Nivola is another primary character but at the same time, as it happens with Englert, only seem to be there to give life to the role of Fanning, to establish her situation, they are good characters but somewhat underutilized.

 Elle Fanning Ginger And Rosa

A totally remarkable point is the photography, excellent composition and art direction, a worth seeing job. The color contrasts are beautiful, there are unforgettable panoramics and selected locations.

 Alessandro Nivola Ginger And Rosa

Ginger & Rosa won several awards including the Virtuoso Award for Elle Fanning at the Santa Barbara International Film, Best Actress to Elle Fanning at the Valladolid International Film Festival and the Just Potter Film Award for Sally in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Zerorojo recommends it to those who enjoy the drama! It’s a film with several outstanding elements and with a good cast.

SHANGHAI CALLING

10 Apr

Shanghai Calling

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

The American director Daniel Hsia writes and directs the romantic comedy Shanghai Calling, is the first feature film of Hsia who so far had directed short films and written for american television programs such as Psych and Four Kings. The film tells the story of Sam an ambitious lawyer who works for a north american law firm and that is about to become a partner, however, when he’s just a step away from his long-awaited promotion, his bosses decide send him to Shanghai to deal with a multimillionaire patent case ensuring that he’s the most indicated to do it by his chinese ancestry. The reluctant Sam must travel to Shanghai where he discovers the reality of americans as immigrants and other situations that may change his way of seeing life.

Shanghai Calling is a light comedy, has no transcendental content, but is quite nice, the story is unusual for a romantic comedy and is easy to accept it. The film shows a rare plot: the immigration of americans with the plus that the immigrant is actually a native-foreign. Another highlight point within the story goes by account of cultural clashes and the confusion given by the presumptions over the stereotypes present in some cultures. It’s a very fresh story, part of it goes in the visual aids such as drawings and oversized frames of imagination that obviously cooperates in providing good humor.

Shanghai Calling Daniel Henney

The film has a beautiful photography: shows several points of a Shanghai that shines behind the lens and that seeks to maintain the city as another actor leaving out the tourist squib sensation, in this aspect it should be noted the use of filters as a differentiating marker within the plot: cold tones when Sam is in his work and warm when his out of it. Armando Salas is in charge of the cinematographic aspects of this film.

Shanghai Calling  Eliza Coupe Daniel Henney

When we speak of acting we can’t tell that here are high impact performances, but, in general are good and for a light story are very nice: Daniel Henney is not afraid of be a protagonist, he does quite well his role and knows how to give the turn to the nature of his character in a convincing manner. Eliza Coupe is not profiled as a lead figure, she needs to be more emotive, although is evident that she had prepared her role. Local cast as Zhu Zhu and Geng Le brings life to the story and as support actors are essential for the performance of the protagonists.

Shanghai Calling Zhu Zhi Geng Le

In 2012 Shanghai Calling won the award for Best Writer in the Shanghai International Film Festival and the award for Best New Director/Outstanding First Feature in Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, also Daniel Henney won Outstanding Achievement in Acting in Newport Beach Film Festival.

Zerorojo recommends it! is a gentle, humorous and entertaining film. It is not tacky, and, in spite of being so light it can provide a message, as well as the poet Jean de La Fontaine expressed: “A person oftens meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it “.