All tagged Favorite Film

Roma (2018)

It’s been around 5 years since we heard from Alfonso Cuaron. His ambitious film Gravity back in 2013 had many people excited for what he was going to tackle next. Many including myself expected something as grand if not bigger than Gravity. He needed to top it off. He surprised us all by coming out with his most personal film yet. A film that shines in its simplicity. I heard a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding this film. I was looking forward to watching it and seeing what everyone was talking about. I sat down a couple of days ago and watched it. I was enamored by the films simplicity. It is the type of film that is made for me. Simple human stories with a lot of emotion and passion ingrained into the work. To my surprise, I felt a bit disconnected from the story and the characters. It is not like I did not understand or “get” what was intended. It’s just one of those things where it just doesn’t click with you. That isn’t to say the film is bad. On the contrary, it is a VERY good film. It just did not connect with me as much as I would have hoped. Maybe it is the hype surrounding this film and the reactions that people have had. I don’t know what it is. Anyway, I will not let that cloud my judgement because this is a film that needs to be praised.

Theeb (2014)

The poem at the beginning of the film holds such importance when it comes to the themes of the film. We notice that throughout the film, Theeb will go through the verses of the poem. What Theeb does to the challenges he faces is what the audience are curious about. This is the first time watching a Jordanian film. I have seen my fair share of Arabic films, but never something serious or passionate such as Theeb. I am glad I watched this film because of the complexity it holds within. Just as the poem says, it applies to this film, "He who swims the Red Sea cannot know it's true depth. And not just any man Theeb, can reach the seabed my son"

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

My first ever experience with Romanian films and a very positive one at that thankfully. A very unconventional film, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days follows a girl trying to help her roommate get an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania. The film tries to capture the full experience of the task at hand and manages to give the viewers a true roller coaster of emotions. Director Cristian Mungiu really managed to create an incredible story out of just one day. I am really happy I decided to watch this film because it gave me a new director to follow. Hopefully, I will watch his other films and see how they stack up. Now however, let me get into the review of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days.

Holy Motors (2012)

Well that was an interesting experience. I feel like that is the main word when it comes to Holy Motors, "experience". Because the film itself manages to engross you whether or not you are understanding what is going on or not. To be completely honest I did not know what I would get into when I went into this film, and I was still surprised by the end of it. Well I guess that's surrealism for you. Anyway, when I went into the film I was scared because although I love surrealism, there are certain types of films in the genre I cannot stand. For example, I love films like Mulholland Drive but I can't stand Eraserhead. I think the difference for me is that when surrealism gets way too extreme that you have to throw any hope of understanding the film, the movie then boils down to how effective the other elements are. If they do not deliver then you are left with this empty feeling. However, films such as Mulholland Drive or Synecdoche New York, allow for certain levels of interpretation even if you are not one to look deep into the meaning of the film. So the operative question is, where does Holy Motors place in the scale of surrealism. Thankfully, for me personally, it is on the good side, and here is why. 

Close Up (1990)

It's been a while since I watched an Iranian film, the last I remember was the acclaimed "A Separation" back in 2011. So I did not know how to get back into it or what to actually expect. I remember how Iranian movies would perfect the art of slow movies which revolve around people and emotions rather than events and action. That is exactly what I got when I was watching Close Up. The film is the definition of the word emotion and feeling. Because if you don't focus and really pay attention, this film would seem pointless and uneventful. Let me then get into my thoughts on the film and how I feel about it a week after watching it.