Who doesn’t love a film based in a European country? I know I do. Rome, the city of romance, history, and art is portrayed in almost two hours. The film revolves around the life of four families. It starts off with an American tourist that lost her way in the city of Rome, and a resident helps her to find her way back eventually. The film takes off from there. A lot of things bugged me while watching this films; it has a lot of flaws script-wise for instance. It is not Woody Allen’s best, but it’s very pleasing to watch.
Documentary: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
Director: Alison Klayman
Starring: Ai Weiwei, Changwei Gu, Tehching Hsieh, and a lot of more artists.
Summary: This documentary shows Ai Weiwei’s social activism, his viewsand art, and how the latter influenced the Chinese people and government. It includes some glimpses of his most controversial documentaries, and the story behind each one.
This is an anticipated 2012 documentary of mine. Hands down, It is literally one of the bests that I’ve ever seen. I was full of emotions whilst watching it. The documentary starts with Ai Weiwei’s home studio and his views on the 2008 Bejing Olympics, and ends with his release in 2011. Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential and inspiring figures of our time without a doubt. This is a must watch for all.
I totally forgot about this blog. I created it for a purpose; and that didn’t last for long. I have a problem with committing to something. That’s bad. I hate commitments. I don’t like that about me at all. I love films. I will always do. Yes, I’m gonna continue what I’ve begun. Reviewing films in a simple way, and share my love and words with you all.
Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes or Tsumiki no ie (2008)
Director: Kunio Katô
Summary: An old man lives in a town that has become submerged in water.
This animated short film won an Oscar in 2009. It reminded me a little of Pixar’s “Up”, but it’s way better and more original. Its animation style tends to be more European. It is very different from the traditional Japanese way that we’re used to. The animation is wrapped with earthy colors and the sound is so melodic and sweet. Definitely a masterpiece of short films.
Film: Kawamu wo Suberu Kaze (2011)
Director: Hiroshi Kawamata
Summary: A 33-year old woman comes back to her small town with her son after living some quite time abroad.
This anime has a very lighthearted storyline. It’s a very simple one, yet it has some hidden messages. It’s one of the rarest that looks into a woman’s life in a very painful and beautiful way. The art and sound aren’t extraordinary, but they’re subtle and fitting. They created a calming atmosphere until the very end.
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.
Director: Episode 1 (Koji Morimoto) Episode 2 (Tensai Okamura) Episode 3 (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Summary: Three episodes that are based on three different short stories by the works of Katsuhiro Otomo (the guy behind Akira). I liked all three, but the first one is definitely my favorite. The cinematography and the music is spectacular especially in the first one.
This film has been haunting me since the day I saw it. I had a feeling that I didn’t give it what it deserved. Hence, I watched it again. A lot of scenes became nostalgic and I knew that those scenes will be carried on with me for a long time. You have to keep in mind that the three episodes are not related to each other at all. The first one is one of the best animations that I have ever seen in my entire life! The cinematography kept me breathless. The story is very intriguing and unique. The second episode has a lot of dark humor. It’s the least appealing to me comparing to the other two when it comes to the story. The third one is very strange; in a good way though. It has a lot of symbolism and some references to Orwell’s 1984. Believe it or not, the last one is made with only one shot. Which was one of its kind.