2 years bogging •^• 5 + 1 mainstream films worth it

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Well 2 years passed since I started this adventure on the world wide web. I thought of doing a recap thingie, but this will do

These are 5 mainstream films (blockbusters or not, that’s a different surname) which revolve around people and their characters. I see no point in summarise them, I’ll rather mumble a bit about… stuff

I must be honest and say I have a favourite, not because I think it’s better, but because it touched me the most and that is the scale I would normally use on everything, including deserts, je je je


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That said, Nebraska is our good Alexander Payne’s latest film (Sideways, The descendants). It is superior workmanship from all POVs. Gorgeous B&W, perfectly paced and edited, beautifully framed (as in “reality beautiful”), fantastic performances, specially Bruce Dern and June Squibb. Truly best old fashioned – and here is all good about all fashion – storytelling… and damn funny too.

As Woody, the protagonist, my father was an alcoholic and pretty stubborn too… and, also as in the film, over his final dusk we got to do and share some stuff (little adventures) together, have fun and know each other a bit. That’s what I will keep as the memory of him =)

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Then we’ve got Her by Spike Jonze. This guy is the best thing that has come out of pop culture and with Her he has achieved the master degree. Joaquin Phoenix is phenomenal, no surprise here as he had been for quite a while now, so intimate and fragile yet powerfully alive and funny at the same time. Even the Scarlet broad (or rather her voice) is perfectly casted. But this film is all good, not to be confused with easy. Superb soundtrack, completely interwoven with the story and their characters; a music video from/for gods. The care for details, framing and colour palette is overwhelming and you’ve got Olivia Wilde’s eyes and this Rooney Mara chick I’m in love with { horn horn}

About the story… you just go and see the fucking movie and cry like a baby and laugh and live (through) it

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Watching Robert Redford (mind bending 78 years old) dealing with the unknowable and fighting for his life for an hour an a half in the most creamy of silences while keeping (it) his cool is somethin’ absolutely delicious; you know, like mixing sour, very hot and sweet motherfucking ecstatic unknown food in your organism. Previously, Margin Call, now J.C Chandor’s All Is Lost   

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The Coen bros transformed into evil little demons have fun tormenting from the Inside Llewyn Davis, a beautiful looser. They go as far as completely forget, consigning to oblivion, all other characters… that truly become secondaries from the story and Llewyn, also end up giving them a caricaturesque feel like. It’s so strange how such adverse circumstances make us care and finally fall in love for this man and his sad eyes. Oscar Isaac (Baliboo) is truly magnificent as Llewyn, watch for this guy. The OST of this film is just too good not to be acknowledged and praised, even more being Isaac himself the composer and singer of the songs; if you’re are a musician (or a new yorker) you’ve got to see this flick baby!!! Not Coen’s best but a must see tribute to a 50/60’s NY and folk music and its performers

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Over Dallas Buyers Club you’ll find a tour de force by skinny Matthew McConaughey (he’s really a talented crazy fellow, just watch his part and burring DiCaprio’s in Scorsese’s abominable The Wolf of Wall Street, then same in Tropic Thunder, The Lincoln LawyerBernieKiller Joe, Mud or Magic Mike to reference some of his lasts) and most surprising a stellar performance by Jared Leto who dresses the skin of unforgettable Rayon. Sadly we have also  to endure the dull queen Jennifer Gardner – please if any god is listening, can you take her and Ben Affleck and their descendant (just in case) to other galaxy far far away from Earth, and while you’re at it take Terence Malick too, in the name of all humans’ soul health, thank you. HIV but above all the struggle within human relationing and becoming a better being, that’s all about DBC

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Last but not least we got ourselves into The Past, or like the french like to say Le Passé. This is the coherent continuation of Asghar Farhadi’s masterpiece Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation). I still have to dig deeper in his filmography, but it’s clear to me that this fellow’s style is like a contemporary Cassavetes… but without the humour subtleties…Well, now that I really think about it, it has nothing to do with monsieur C.
Whereas A Separation happens in Iran (I really want to visit the cradle of Parsi civilisation), Le Passé does so in Paris’ suburbs and that makes some difference. It’s by no means a pleasant film. Tension, unresolved issues and misunderstandings bring best and most of the times worst in his characters (just like in “real life”, I guess). But there is no moral judgement, it is you, it will always be you who put together the story, and create or loose the ties between its protagonists. In that sense it’s intelligently raw and brilliantly told (drove). That and mighty fearsome Bérénice Bejo (The Artist); you can tell this WOMAN has Southamerica in her blood, wow!

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Well that’s it. I don’t hope you found this mess of any help but I do wish I managed to be confusing enough that you now go and see some of these mainstream pieces of art and… enjoy

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