I’ve fallen behind on my film reviews. To me they’re the hardest to write because it requires so much time and effort to explain the way I feel about a certain film and I never want to write less than what I feel. When a post usually takes me few hours to write, a film post usually takes few days. However, that should not be a reason to stop recommending movies based on what I’ve seen. Below find a list of four you should try your hardest to rent, buy or stream. I tried to write a short review of the movies. I might do this more often or I might go back to writing a detailed review once I have the time. I would love it if you tell me if you were happy with these mini reviews so I’ll know more about how to proceed. Thank you!
Lost in Translation is one of my favorites and not only because it’s one of the best portrays of Tokyo. Well, maybe that has a lot to do with it. I do think that, sometimes, to find yourself you have to travel across the world. Ask anyone that travels to somewhere foreign, away from the familiarity of their world and they’ll all agree with that to some extent. It may have to do with the fact that you can’t really turn to anyone else which forces you to have a conversation with yourself and in turn enables you to learn more about yourself without the influence of outside opinions. That may not be what Lost is about but I thought I’d throw it out there. Tokyo acts as a beautiful inspiring backdrop to a film about two strangers that find themselves teaching the other about what it is that makes them happy. It also has a really wonderful soundtrack. Above all, I think Lost has provided an excellent guide to tour Tokyo. I cannot imagine the staggering number of visits New York Bar at the Park Hyatt had and still has based on it’s use in Lost.
I’m a huge fan of women who kick butt and that’s why I love Jackie Brown. Jackie is not the “I’m going to save the world” kind of kick butt but “I’m going to try and get away with this extremely crazy plan” kind of kick butt. Pam Grier is perfect for the role as the tired of her mediocre life as a flight attendant. That’s why she gets in a lot of trouble and risks a whole lot of gun shots to see if she can score a win. This is Tarantino‘s follow up to Pulp Fiction so expect the same kind of heart pumping action, twists in characters’ motives and a language that your mom would not be comfortable hearing.
More than I’d like to experience, I’ve seen many films about the Arab world that over romanticize or exaggerates the life of people of the Middle East. Not The Yacoubian Building! Most notably the most expensive Arabic film ever made, possibly due to the fact that it was produced by an American company, Yacoubian will give the best available portrayal of Cairo in 2006. The movie dabbles with topics that are rarely (maybe never before) discussed in Egyptian cinema: corruption, religion, homosexuality, fundamentalism, sex and politics. If you’ve ever wondered about how awful or how wonderful life in Cairo is, then this is the movie for you. It touches several classes of the community so you’re not stuck on one person’s point of view. It also has an extremely talented cast.
By no means I’m a fan of Scarlett Johansson. She just happens to be in another movie that I liked a lot. Match Point also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Emily Mortimer and directed by the loved (or hated) Woody Allen. I actually don’t think the trailer gives away one of the best parts of the movie which I loved so feel free to watch the trailer and expect it to be even better when you watch the movie. If you’re a fan of Crime and Punishment then you’ll see a resemblance between the book and the movie. Jonathan’s character is a retired pro-tennis player who stumbles upon the good rich life via marriage to a wealthy bride. That would have been great for him but Scarlett shows up and makes his life a little bit more complicated. Not sure if it’s love or lust but it’s dangerous and it leads to unwanted fortunes for both Jonathan and Scarlett’s characters.
There you have it! Did you enjoy this format? Do you prefer longer reviews? Do tell!