Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies (2007) Japan

It should have been a art product but still a nice one.



Drama | Thriller

Original title:
Mari To Koinu No Monogatari (Japanese)


Review:
     'The Adventures of Yellow Dog' meets 'My Neighbor Totoro'. There's a reason to say that. This movie is very much similar movie to 'The Adventures of Yellow Dog'. The place where the movie shot was kinda reminds the village with trees and paddy fields from the movie 'My Neighbor Totoro'. The brother-sister combo as well resembling two sisters. If you liked these two titles you would love 'A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies' for sure.

     Definitely it is an inspiring movie. But many scenes were not realistic especially rescue operation stuffs looks clearly a fake with amateur stunts. Just like seeing a commercial movie where story had caliber to deliver a fine product. I think they missed as opportunity to make this movie as an wonderful drama. For a story like this it would have been slow in pace to development required artistic presentation. But character emotions had a strong hold on the important scenes. Yes it is a tearjerker movie with lots of commercial elements.

     The little girl and the dog's performances were excellent and in few parts grandfather role as well. There were sufficient humours to make us laugh in few portions. As they say it was based on real events but a fiction story. The story follows as a family with two kids and a father and a grandfather who live in a village next to a big city which divided by a river. These kids find a puppy which comes across from nowhere on their way to go and play in a place called moon. With a struggle they finally get a permission to raise the dog. The days go on, after a few years the village get hit by a major natural disaster which disconnects from the outside world. The rest of the story tells how the people who were trapped get escaped from the tragedy.

     [Spoiler alert] I was a little disappointed for the product's final output and I could not resist by  mentioning it. This movie traveled in one direction, sometime that did not make any sense. Like, this story had no surprises, that's fine, okay, but it only had a happy ending as expected. On two occasions they had a chance to make a deep emotions by eliminating characters from the story like the movies 'Hachiko' 'Red Dog' and 'Star Watching Dog'. You know sentiments easily attract family and women audience so they have missed to create such magical touch. [Spoiler alert]

     There's two reasons why you must see the movie. If you are a animal or dog movie fan you should go for it. And of course if you like emotional stories that mean a tearjerker movie fan then it the right movie to choose.



Similar movies:
The Adventures of Yellow Dog, Eight Below, Star Watching Dog, My Neighbor Totoro, Red Dog


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Mari to koinu no monogatari (2007) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Paradise: Hope (2013) Austria

Hopefully a fine conclusion of the trilogy.



Drama

Original title:
Paradies: Hoffnung (German)


Review:
     The third and final movie of the 'Paradise' trilogy which sets in the summer holiday. Just like the previous two movies this one happens to the parallel timeline but in different locations with different theme and people. The movie which unfolds the story of 'Hope' of a teen girl and her summer vacation at weight loss camp. She was left there by her aunt and before that by her mother in her aunt's house. So all the three movies were interconnected by the characters from one family. And this, the last movie of the trilogy briefs the teenagers issues especially the fat ones and their perspective.

     The 13 year old Melanie was sent to the weight loss camp in her summer holiday as per the agreement from her mother. As she joins the others from the camp her innocence seemed to be gone. Unexpectedly she undergoes her first love experience and expects to lose her virginity. On the other side of the story, the friends hangout and partying at late night puts further trouble to her relationship with whom she considered her boyfriend.
 
     This final episode of the trilogy portrayed from a girl's angle which definitely stands as the title promised. The director again did not hesitate to give his new and experimental approach to the problems faced by the people in the contemporary world. His bold attempt is what gave us the three spectacular movies which deals on the different contents and characters. Definitely such movies are not made to make money. But to show the people from different parts of the world about the direction of travelling new culture over the old. These movies are not for entertainment, if you are aware what you watching and what's the purpose of it then you won't be a disappoint much. Like I said three movies, three different locations, three different people and for three different audiences (unless you are a movie buff who watch all the three).


Similar movies:
Paradise: Love, Paradise: Faith


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Paradise: Hope (2013) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Friday, December 27, 2013

Paradise: Faith (2012) Austria

A tale of finding faith



Drama

Original title:
Paradies: Glaube (German)


Review:
     The second movie of the 'Paradise' trilogy which sets in the summer holiday. Like I said in my previous review all the three stories happen in the same timeline in different locations with different themes and people. This movie which unfolds the story of 'Faith' of a woman in her 50s. And her devotion and affection towards Christ. Be ready to to see drama on a serious subject within a few dark humorous.

     Anna Maria is a nurse in a private hospital. In her summer vacation she begins to do a missionary work as spreading the religious awareness to the people of Austria. Some of her friends' support it by joining the prayer she orange in her home and sometime she goes door to door to every house in her neighborhood. As planned the expedition runs smoothly until her long gone husband return home which shook her. Her real faithful will be tested when he begins to interfere into her work.

     It was quite a nice second movie of the trilogy. It mainly speaks about the honest dedication of a religious stuffs. Sometime clash between another religious showed in the movie was very much true. The director's approach in this second movie was very much artistic. But in scenes where he showed about sex hunger like outdoor orgy and masturbation were totally not understandable. You know, unlike the first movie 'Paradise: Love' I thought it will be exactly opposite and a pure spiritual content story. The director had a different opinion in his mind and mixed with multiple sub-contents. In the end, the ends of both the movies were not much distinct but the audience will be divided especially adult and spiritual theme fans.



Similar movies:
Paradise: Love, Paradise: Hope


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Paradise: Faith (2012) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paradise: Love (2012) Austria

A tale of finding love in paradise.



Adult | Drama

Original title:
Paradies: Liebe (German)


Review:
     The first movie of the 'Paradise' trilogy. All the three stories happen in the same time in different locations with different themes. But the protagonists from all the three were a family like two sisters and a daughter. So this movie which unfolds the story of 'Love' of a woman who is mother to a 13 year old. And her journey afar seeking men who make love. Kinda never heard about men called 'sugar mamas' so for me this movie was totally afresh.

     It chronicles the story of a 50 year old Austrian women Teresa who travels to Kenya seeking sexual pleasure. As she arrived her destination to a seaside resort she begin to explore like what most of the European women come there to seek. She finds her man but as they all are prostitute do they find her an attractive as she's a fat woman from the north. She tumble into a confusion state but sooner she things she got her perfect one. Does it long lost or she slip it away as usual for her typical reasons is the remaining.

     The movie had a strong nude scene all over but not sexual intercourse like reality. If there are no beautiful and young women and men that mean it is not belong to an adult movie. Sex is still a sex with any age men and women so I consider it is an adult movie which suits only for selected audience to view. When it comes to the story it was completely different than most of the movie that belongs to male prostitution theme. Much appreciable for the director for his unique approach to tell on the social issues.



Similar movies:
Paradise: Hope, Paradise Faith


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Paradise: Love (2012) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In This World (2002) United Kingdom

What's your future plan when your country is a war zone?



Adventure | Drama

Tagline:
"The journey to freedom has no border."


Review:
     Based on the true story of two young Afghan refugees and their journey towards a best place on the earth for their better future. This, documentary style adventure-drama of a British movie about illegal migrants from various refugee camps from middle-east chronicles as theirs lifetime voyage begins. From the director of Angelina Jolie starer 'A Mighty Heart', once more time he portrayed the people of middle-east who wants to escape from their poverty. He managed to extract the best from the non-professional actors and made it a one of a best movie of all time about illegal human migration.

     Jamal and Enayat are two Afghan refugees from the camp located on the Pakistan border. The Enayat's father decides to send him to London from his war torn country. Jamal joins him as their voyage to modern world commence. During their journey they have to cross many countries between two continents to reach their destination. They meet other people like them who traveling different directions seeking a fresh life to begin. With all the hurdles would they reach their destination or not is the remaining tale to explode.

     We have heard many stories like this but this movie gives you a real experience with almost the realistic images in front of you. The only minus point which I hated in the movie was a particular scene from opening where a cow is slaughtered cruelly. Since I saw this movie I could not erase those images from my mind. It was very cruel, so it is not suitable for kids and adults who love animals. But the rest of the movie is indubitable. Like the French movie 'Welcome' about a boy who want to cross the English channel, this movie briefs longest journey within 90 minutes with a fine pace. This is a good example movie about after effects of war where innocents only suffer more than between two fighters.



Similar movies:
A Mighty Heart, The Way Back, Welcome, A Time for Drunken Horse


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

In This World (2002) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Friday, December 20, 2013

Frances Ha (2013) Hollywood

Watch it as you are and transform into Frances.



Comedy | Drama

Review: 
     It was my personal favourite of the year. I just can't show how much I loved this movie but will try my best in this review to explain. It was just like the movie 'The Pursuit of Happiness' where it describes a person's struggle over professional as well the relationship with a best friend. I don't know why this movie was in black and white but very seductive, like women from Charles Chaplin movies. The expressions are 'the killer' if you are a man who fall easily for struggling women. 'Ruby Sparks' is my one of the year's favourite which was written by the lead female of the movie and the same goes to 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'. I know it is out of topic but I was saying the lead actress from this movie who played Frances wrote this. All these were women oriented subjects which rendered the movies from a distinct angle.

     France is a cute and sarcastic woman in her late 20s lives with a best friend Sophie in New York city. She is not talented but as a professional dancer she earns enough to lead a happy life. Once she and her boyfriend breakup, Sophie too throws an another bomb as she decides to move out to live with her boyfriend. One after another her battle to survive in the city for rich remains hopeless. But pursue for her dream never ends as she wanted to be a fine choreographer. For all these she must hold back her downs of her life and aim only up to self discover the meaning of the life. Did she successful or not is what the movie steadily chronicles her efforts.

     The character Frances will be remembered for a long time, especially by me. I just did not only had a fondness on that character but it completely transformed me as one. In fact I felt the movie deeply into me that I regretted for unable to give my support to Frances. I came to know that I am in love with Frances in the scene where she runs on the streets of Chinatown. I think it is the best scene of the movie, very adorable. You must watch the movie till the last frame before the end credits roll up to know the meaning of this strange title. It was a silly reason to have names like this for a movie but completely cool and refreshing. It is not a thought provoking or an art movie but believe me it is definitely a must see movie of the year.



Similar movies:
Pursuit of Happiness, The Artist, Being Flynn, Where did God left his Shoe


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Frances Ha (2012) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cold Eyes (2013) South Korea

It is a game of spying and slipping away.



Action | Crime

Original title:
Gam-si-ja-deul (Korean)


Also known as: 
Surveillance


Review:
      You can call it remake or inspired but this movie resembles Simon Yam's 'Eye in the sky' and a little bit of 'Infernal Affairs'. And that confirms when Simon himself appears as a cameo at the end. This Korean movie was very stylishly made especially the character appearances. An exciting pace with high tech electronic devices implements to spy the criminals gives a very modern look on detectives.

      The movie begins with a twist at opening itself like some interview to hire somebody. Its a surveillance theme where a team of Korean intelligence works together to take down a group of bank robbers. Piglet is a given pet name to a newly recruited officer for the special crime unite. Her impressive observation talent puts her straight into a major spying case. Soon she gets her first field assignment to track the movements of one of the heist member. The thrilling story of 'Cold Eyes' tells how Piglet and her team led by Lee jointly acts to get the ruthless thieves.

      This movie portrayed only between the two groups and nothing else like the rest of the world is blind. Between these two, the thieves and cops, it is demonstrated like a cat-mouse game. It was a good entertaining movie one can enjoy it thoroughly. If you have already seen 'Eye in the sky' or not, no matter this movie is still looking good on its own so you will have a good time. There were no hardcore stunts in the movie except a couple of quick sequences. After all it is a spying theme which fulfills its purpose in a stylish manner.



Similar movies:
Going by the Book, Eye in the Sky, Infernal Affairs, Headhunters, Flash Point, Kill Zone


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Cold Eyes (2013) on IMDb


  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece