slice of life

Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors (2014)

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USA – 97 min – comedy

Written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien

Directed by Nicholas Stoller

 

As the average life expectancy increased with the advances in medicine and technology that is supposed to make us live longer, healthier and better, the moment to finally break up with your childhood and take responsibility of yourself also has moved in the time. There are quite lots of movies about 30- or so years-old teenagers (or, should I say, babies?) that refuse to fly out of their family nests and start a true adult existence.

Yet there’s another story. A married couple of about the mentioned age tries to find balance between taking care of their baby girl (gosh, what a cutie! >.<) and keeping up with their friends a.k.a. proving they didn’t become boring. Duh. Surprisingly (or not, if you’ve seen the trailer or read the descritpion somewhere), a fraternity moves in to the nearby house . This can only mean one. Parties. Wild, noisy parties.

The parents try to act cool asking the new neighbours to keep down the music. Aaand… you saw it coming, nights were not silent. This means war, in which our characters can redefine themselves and learn who are they now and what makes them happy.

Now that’s a modern story of growing up!

Movie’s funny, not ‘Naked Gun’- funny, but still amusing. And truly astonishing at a few moments.

My rate: 7,5/10

P.S. Seems like a whole lot of words in brackets. Hope that isn’t the sign of my style of writing getting older and mature.

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)