“Amreeka”, The Movie Everyone Should See

22 01 2010

In a very strange coincidence, involving Wikipedia and Rotten Tomatoes, I had the pleasure to learn about this movie.

“Amreeka” is an Arabic movie following the story of a Palestinian family emigrating to the U.S. in the hope of finding a new future, and maybe a new sense of home.

It’s a very lite film, not going deep in details, and not so shallow at the same time. There’s a nice balance in the story, making this film a must-see for every cinema fan.

The core of this film goes well beyond Arabs and Americans. The focus is shifted toward the human state of mind, the idea of a country, a nationality, and community. What is a country? What defines “home”? What are borders? Where would one find inner peace? Home or some place away from home?

Many different ideas, and one perspective, a perspective that you’ll never know about in Hollywood or European cinema. It’s this one perspective that makes this film so interesting and so important to watch, because we don’t usually get to see anything from that perspective in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

After seeing this movie, I had a strange feeling inside that I couldn’t really describe, nor express. It was something new, but very refreshing at the same time. And I’m so glad I had a new chance to experience Arab cinema once again. It was a pleasure, and it certainly opened my appetite for more…

Director “Cherien Dabis” makes one hell of a debut film that is indeed worthy of being watched and thought about for a very long time.

The poster of the movie "Amreeka"

"Amreeka" Poster

Links:

Official Website

Amreeka at the IMDB

“Amreeka” at Rotten Tomatoes





“The Bucket List”, Majestic!

28 10 2008

It’s always hard to write about good movies, because I always fear that anything I say would pollute them, or maybe, distort their beautiful image.

Anyway, there’s actually lots of things to say about this movie, mostly in a positive way. Let’s just cut to the chase and describe it as one of the really meaningful creations in the world of cinema. Even though the movie isn’t perfect on the cinematic side of things, but the story and the acting are just gorgeous! The dialogue is a work of art. There are some mishaps here and there that, sometimes, would detract from the immersion, but as soon as you hear a few more lines, you’d surely forget all about them.

So, for a great story, and great performances by the amazing Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, this movie puts the J in majestic, in every sense possible. ‘nough said, now go out there and give it a try…





Dogville..

31 08 2008

……………..

I’m sitting right now, wanting to write something to let it out. Longing to find the right words that would make me feel good again…

I feel like I was hit with a brick on the head. Dogville is one of those movies that reminded me of who I truly am, of how life is like, and how the whole human kind is like..

I’m startled right now, so I just can’t say anything of value about this movie, I just can’t.. You just have to watch it by yourself. I barely survived the length of this movie, or should I say, this wake-up call.. Not because the movie is a failure, but because the movie is a strikingly wonderful success..

Dogville is a torture, and yet it is the cure. Dogville is the cinematic art of being a human.

Dogville lives inside each and every single human being, it’s not a work of fiction, it only shows the truth. The whole naked selfish truth.

Anyway, I prefer not to speak about it any more than I already have. Suffice it to say that this film has undoubtedly been the greatest cinematic experience that I have ever had in my life so far!

Strongly recommended to everyone who appreciates a valuable cinematic experience, that offers a naked peek at the very core of human values, and the human’s -somewhat- disgusting way of life.





“Jumper”, Cool But…

29 06 2008

So, finally I managed to watch the Jumper movie, and overall, I found it to be an average sci-fi blockbuster with a great concept, but poor execution.

I liked the idea of ‘jumpers vs. paladins’, but they didn’t have it fully exploited, even though the concept is very unique and flexible.

The end is disappointing, there’s no cliff-hangers or happy endings, but the movie ends right where it started. Nothing had changed!

Overall, it was entertaining and cool to watch, great visual effects, and gorgeous shooting locations, but that’s it. There’s nothing more to see here, so if you can’t stand the concept of blockbusters and super-heroes, you might want to skip this one.





“2 Days In Paris”, 2 Thumbs Up!

28 06 2008

One word: hilarious!

2 Days In Paris is an indie movie, a French-German co-production, written and directed by Julie Delpy. Starred by Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg.

The movie is great, really. The story is simple and short. It’s the story of a couple  staying in Paris for only 2 days before they get back to their residence in New York. One of them (Marion) is a French photographer living in New York, and the other (Jack) is an American interior designer.

I won’t get into details, you can find more details in the Wikipedia article.

But the movie is a success, it’s funny, it’s convincing. The dialog is a masterpiece, even though there are very long stretches of conversations, but you won’t get bored, simply because the acting and the script makes them look very convincing, and not like outside of this world scripts seen in most blockbuster Hollywood movies.

I don’t know what else to say, I’m not a movie critic, but I was laughing so hard for the whole duration of this film, and I loved it. Even though the story is about those 2 persons, but the movie overall shows you a glimpse of the Parisian life in general, and that’s what makes it so unique, and interesting to watch. The movie is about the lives of real French people living in a real-world, where everything is possible, they’re not heroes, none of them have perfect personalities, they’re real people with real-life goofs.

You can sense the Parisian atmosphere in the background, the movie makes a beautiful, realistic aura that captivates you from start to end. If it was to me, I’d say the main star in this film is the city of Paris, and the French way of life. And that’s why I recommend this film to everyone in love with indie movies and looking for a change..





The Golden Compass

2 06 2008

I saw it last week. Nothing special about it except for some ‘very’ special graphic effects.

The story is somewhat boring and predictable. Yes, it is a fictitious world, but nonetheless, it’s built up on other stories of the same kind. It’s no match for “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy.

So, all in all, I wouldn’t recommend it.





August Rush

13 05 2008

Just finished watching the “August Rush” movie, and couldn’t help but to shed some tears. Even though I knew the movie isn’t a masterpiece from the first 30 mins. or so. But the music is so touching that you can’t just sit and not be moved. The story is somewhat casual, a ‘fairy tale’ kinda story. Nothing new or out of the ordinary. But when coupled with the amazing soundtrack, it WILL surely force an emotional reaction now and then, no matter how much you try to avoid it.

So, for 80% music, 20% story, the movie is a success, and I don’t regret buying it.