All tagged True Story

Dunkirk (2017)

I am really conflicted about this film. Even as I am writing this sentence, I don't really know how this review will go or what score I will give this film. Nevertheless, I feel like I am obliged to write the review now since the film is still fresh in my mind. I still remember my experience watching this film in the theater, because it is unlike anything else I have gone through while watching a summer film. For example, when I went into The Grand Budapest Hotel, I knew what I was getting into. When going into Dunkirk, I did not know what to expect. I had not seen the trailers or read anything on the event that took place at Dunkirk. The only thing I knew was that it was directed by Christopher Nolan. So I went in expected a very complicated story structure that Nolan is known for. However, after 30 minutes of watching Dunkirk I realized that the film did not have a traditional story structure, and did not actually have any sort of character focus, the film focused on the audiovisual aspect of the war rather than the people. So, this decision by Nolan will obviously alienate a huge portion of people who wanted to watch a character driven story or certain people who do not care for the audiovisual side of cinema. Hopefully, I will try to dissect this film and look at it from every angle. 

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.