Month: March 2014

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962)
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USA – 84 min – horror, thriller, mystery
Directed by Herk Harvey
Written by John Clifford

Ah, those good, old horror movies!
Few special effects, great amount of anxiety and fear.

A car with a group of girls inside falls to river. The only survivor of the accident, a young woman, tries to leave behind the tragedy. However, strange, horrifying occurences begin to happen. Sudden moments of separation from sounds and surrounding people, a man resembling zombie, a deserted amusement park.

The movie scares you even though there isn’t any blood. Tension is so intensive, it makes you yearn for something to happen at last!
We don’t know if what the woman sees is real or just her mind is playing with her (and us – viewers). Moreover, the spooky incidents seem disturbingly real, so real, a viewer starts to think, it could as well occur in his own life!

The brightest feature of ‘Carnival of Souls’ is its incredibly eerie atmosphere, strengthened by black-and-white picture and creepy music (with intimidating sounds of organ).
Spooky, spooky, spooky!

My rate: 8/10

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A Serious Man (2009)

A Serious Man (2009)
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USA – 106 min – drama, comedy, slice of life
Directed and written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Work. Students. Home. Children. Wife. Brother. RESPONSIBILITY.

Larry Gopnik sure is a serious man. He leads a proper life (in the 60’s), being fair and square, conscientious and single-minded. Long story in short, he meets both society’s and religious expectations.
Despite this, people won’t stop demand more and more from him, straining a point in a way you wouldn’t expect.

On one hand, it’s extremely sad to watch a good, good man’s life getting so complicated. On the other, well, the ridiculous amount of Larry’s problems in contrast to his kind personality, with addition of overdrawn, memorable characters creates quite a ludicrous world, giving you more than just a few laughs.

This fine piece of cinematography by the Coen Brothers is not another drama comedy. It provides an intelligent and funny criticism of: religion – not adjusted to modern people’s concerns, society – calling for being an honest, honorable human, who cannot actually deal with the unfair and the egoistic.
How bitter, yet how true.

My rate: 8.

International Women’s Day: A woman’s strength.

Dear girls, chicks, maidens, ladies – best wishes!
As 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day, I would like to commemorate it by making a list of movies centered on so-called ‘softer sex’. Paradoxically, I focused on one of the greatest qualities of a woman – strength. While this trait is often associated with men and the power of their muscles, the feminine kind has been gifted with the unbelievable power of mind and heart.

Unfortunately, there are many regions of the world, countries, villages or even invidual houses where women and girls struggle with difficulties, violence and discrimination, not to mention extremely savage ritual of female genital mutilation.
My intention is to draw attention to these serious problems happening in many places, perhaps even in your neighbourhood, and to honor and support the suffering ones.

And now back to the movies. Some of these stories are based on true events. All of them raise awareness of various matters. In every film listed below there is at least brave female who has a courage to make a choice, make a change, take the law into her hands.

Enjoy!

Die Frau des Schläfers (2010)
Arranged (2007)
Desert Flower (2009)
Et maintenant, on va où? (2011)
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Brick Lane (2007)
The Hunger Games 1&2 (2012, 2013)