Month: January 2014

Ania’s Movie List: For a Gloomy, Depressing Day

When it’s raining outside and your eyes are somehow following the weather.
When you’re feeling blue, underestimated, sad.
When you hurt. When something’s just not right.

Here’s a bunch of films to cheer you up.
Prepare to have your batteries charged!

  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • 3 Idiots (2009)
  • Arranged (2007)
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • About Time (2013)
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)
  • La tigre e la neve (2005)
  • Salaam Namaste (2005)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
  • Patch Adams (1998)

Any film you’d add to the list? If so, put the title in the comment!

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Okuribito (Departures)

Okuribito /Departures/ (2008)
departures
Japan – 130 min – drama
directed by Yōjirō Takita
written by Kundô Koyama

Ever wondered what happens to your body when you pass away?
Is there anyone to take care of it? To gently prepare your envelope for the next stage of the circle of life?

Answers to these burning questions have been included in a brilliant Japanese drama film.
The movie lets us look into mysterious, nearly enchanted world of morticians (jap. nōkansha). The performance of the ceremony resembles art. Considerate gestures, precisely following the astonishing scheme to make the deceased look beautiful, even, erm, alive – and it all in silence, with true respect, and… the family watching!

Although the issue may seem uneasy, to say the least, you’re not going to be disgusted or scared.
Instead, you’ll experience a story of love and learn to enjoy life as it is, perhaps cry a little or make a change.

This engaging masterpiece is truly worth the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film it was given in 2009.

My rate: 9/10

The Children

The Children (2008)
children
United Kingdom – 85 min.- thriller, horror, mystery
directed by Tom Shankland
written by Tom Shankland (screenplay) and Paul Andrew Williams (story)

If you’re not willing to have any offspring, you’re certainly not going to change your mind after watching this movie.

It was supposed to be an idyllic New Year Eve, two families celebrating together. The children suddenly get sick, one by one, and then – go out of their minds. The meaning of ‘playing’ for those kids is no longer the same. They want blood!

What I enjoyed in this movie is the novel idea of breaking the stereotype of a sweet innocent child and putting a knife in his hand, instead of a teddy bear.
Also, the mysterious atmosphere and electrifying plot twists totally go along with the story.

However, I felt irritated by the completely illogical actions of the adults; they were just stupid. What’s more, the parents didn’t really took much care about the coughing, vomiting little boys and girls.
No wonder they got so pissed.

My rate: 6/10

Gothika

Gothika (2003)
gothika
USA – 98 min – thriller, horror
directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
written by Sebastian Gutierrez

Storm in the evening/at night? Check.
Penitentiary full of mentals? Check.
Mysterious girl with wet hair and bruises? Check.
Paranormal activity? Check.
Blood and murder? Check.
Surprise and suspense? Check.

Plus Halle Berry, Robert Downey Junior and Penelopé Cruz.

What a pity!
Unfortunately, I spotted few mistakes in what seemed to be the perfect recipe for a horror.

Nevertheless, I recommend ‘Gothika’, especially for those of you, who are fond of excersising your mind while watching scary films with quite intriguing story. Perhaps, unlike me, you’ll figure out who, why and how until they are revealed.

Not exactly the most terrifying horror I’ve seen, but definitely worth watching.

My rate: 6,5/10

Hello.

I started this blog out of my passion for good movies.

Just like everybody else, I enjoy  electrifying plot twists, authentic, memorable dialogues, vivid characters  and originality of the story.

Masterpieces of cinematography, films that open your mind or  simply amuse and fill in your leisure, finally – those staying with you forever, bringing back heart-warming memories or causing goosebumps – too many of them stay unrevealed to most people.

That’s why I decided to share with you my opinions on the movies I’d watched.

For your convenience (and my strange need to do categorize things) I’m going to tag each movie and make lists according to genre, mood, purpose etc. (Hope I can make it work the way I imagine…).

Ready, steady, watch!

NOTE: I’m no qualified expert nor did I graduate from any art/movie-related major. This blog is purely subjective, based on my own opinions and impressions.