#81: Jane Eyre (2011)

“The 2012 Movie challenge . To watch at least 150 movies during this year.”
Movie #81 – 30 April 2012
Jane Eyre (UK – 2011) Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Apple TV

The new “Jane Eyre” by Cary Fukunaga does not differ that much from the famous movie directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1996. Then there was the talented and magnetic Charlotte Gainsbourg, now there is the as capable Mia Wasikowska. The truth is that the story of Jane Eyre is so beautiful and charming that only maybe a ‘no talent’ director like Michael Bay would make a mess of it up and ruin it. In the case of the Fukunaga version the winning elements of this exciting and passionate love story do remain intact. Watching this film is like reading one of those books you find hard to put down and keeps you nailed to the pages from the beginning until the end. Jane Eyre is a heroine you want to care about. Her sufferings, her dignity, her intelligence, her capacity for a love so total – and so brave – make her a character who “sticks” to the heart of those who read or watch her.
If you have always wanted to watch a beautiful classic from an era that does not exist anymore (and never will), you must watch “Jane Eyre”. It will not disappoint you. Do I have to remind you about how great Mr. Fassbender and Jamie Bell are in this movie too? I thought so…

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The Week of a Movie Sucker #16

Movie/TV things I bought this week.

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– That Cold Day in the Park (1969) DVD
– Sanshō Dayū (1954) Blu-ray
– Lifeboat (1944) Blu-ray
– Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Blu-ray
– Lifeboat (1944) Blu-ray Steelbook
– Eight Is Enough (1977) DVD


#80: Apollo 18 (2011)

“The 2012 Movie challenge . To watch at least 150 movies during this year.”
Movie #89 – 26 April 2012
Apollo 18 (USA – 2011) Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego
Blu-ray

Unoriginal (full of cliches). At times boring. Not scary (not even the nasty creatures). No psychological suspense built between the characters. But, despite all that, I didn’t dislike it as much as other people did. 90 minutes of mindless entertainment. Just what I needed.

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#79: Las Acacias (2011)

“The 2012 Movie challenge . To watch at least 150 movies during this year.”
Movie #79 – 23 April 2012
Las Acacias (Argentina – 2011) Directed by Pablo Giorgelli
Blu-ray

Presented at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Las Acacias is an extraordinary example of a pure and simple movie that manages to tell a story of a long journey by truck of two strangers without being boring. It even manages to convey poetry just through a handful of images: a yawn and a baby sneeze. Las Acacias is a little jewel, a tender film, intimate and precious. A movie of few words and strong emotions, full of gestures, glances, expressions developed in the cockpit of a truck. It grows and engages the viewer slowly slowly with each passing minute. A must see!

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Unfinished Business | Repo Man (1984)

Sometimes, very rarely, I watch a movie and then, after a few minutes, my brain switches off and refuses to concentrate on the images running in front of my eyes. I am watching but nothing else happens inside. Eyes and brain did it again last night. I had to press the stop button because I could not follow, enjoy, get involved or care about the movie.

The movie was, the recently promoted to ‘cult classic’, Repo Man (1984) by Alex Cox.

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I watched 50 minutes of something that was too clumsy and frivolous to be called “artistic”, too simple and easy to be “experimental”, too rambling and anarchic to be “commercial”. I think Alex Cox (the Director) wrote/made this movie in the same way a drunk would speak of philosophy: falling into nonsense, constantly coming off the track without reaching the point or doing something interesting and logical. Sorry but I did not get it at all. I found myself thinking about everything but the movie. Picked up the iPad a few times to tweet or read anything that could take me away from the boredom of Repo Man.
The movie had moments, atmospheres and situations that did not seem to have any purpose.
Was there any plot?
No.
I had to switch off.
Despite all the above, I am willing to give the movie another chance. The Blu-ray is there, staring at me, by the television. Will try it again one day soon. Anybody else experienced the same when watching Repo Man?

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The Week Of A Movie Sucker #15

Things I bought this week.

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– A Day in the Death Of Joe Egg (1970) DVD
– Music On Film | Purple Rain (2012) Book


#78: Snowtown (2011)

“The 2012 Movie challenge . To watch at least 150 movies during this year.”
Movie #78 – 18 April 2012
Snowtown (Australia – 2011) Directed by Justin Kurzel
Blu-ray

Far from the usual thriller, Snowtown is a clever reconstruction of how a psychopath is able to manipulate and control the lives of other people making them all his accomplices. Besides the great originality of the script, the movie shines especially for the stylistic choices, the way is shot and edited. The Director mixes intelligently, and with great sensitivity, visual documentary style with suffocating close-ups, combined with a pulsating soundtrack..
Although the film suffers from moments of confusion and some scenes can appear a bit forced, the end result is absolutely convincing. A film that remains with you for a long time.

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