Category: Cinema Around the World

Heneral Luna is an Inept Historical Drama

Overview: A short-tempered Filipino general tries to rally the Philippine Revolutionary Army to unite in facing the threat of the American army during the Philippine-American War. Quantum Films; 2015; Rated R; 118 mins Imitation: I really want for there to be a Filipino film that I enjoy, but for some reason Filipino cinema hasn’t clicked for me in the same way it has for my friends or family. Most likely it’s because I feel that these films haven’t found a sense of identity, nor have they matched the depth reached by our Filipino literature. To say there is an issue with...

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45 Years Is As Charming As It Is Devastating

Overview: Kate and Geoff have a week to go until their party, celebrating their 45th anniversary. The childless couple live comfortably in a small Norfolk town, until shattering news arrives for Geoff – his ex-girlfriend’s body has been found, 50 years after she slipped into an Alpine crevasse. Writer-Director Andrew Haigh brings us a fascinating study of marriage, memory, and time that is as charming as it is devastating. Artificial Eye; 2015; NR; 95 minutes. Double Act: While it was adapted from a short story by David Constantine, there’s only a passing resemblance to the original material. Haigh has developed...

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SIFF Roundup

The Seattle International Film Festival wrapped up its 25 days of sharing 450 movies from across the world on June 7th. As a first time SIFF attendee, I gathered all the movies I viewed during this time for a quick roundup. My absolute favorites are: Liza, the Fox-Fairy The Dark Horse Circle Racing Extinction The Primary Instinct Guidance 7 Chinese Brothers | Bob Byington | Grade: B- Undriven and stuck, Larry finds himself going from one unfortunate event to event to another. An unorthodox take that showcasing the quiet and erosive side alcoholism Schwartzman adds to his acting arsenal...

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The Dead Lands

Overview: The son of a slain chieftain seeks vengeance following the slaughter of his tribe. General Film Corporation; 2014; Rated R; 107 minutes. The Warriors: A period of peace is disrupted after a neighboring warrior, Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) commits a night of red death, annihilating everyone except a few women and Hongi (James Rolleston), who fell unconscious in the surrounding forest. Lacking the experience of a warrior, Hongi heeds the advice of his deceased grandmother and seeks the Monster of the Dead Lands. The ferocity of Maori warriors is often seen embodied in some respect by the All...

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Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Overview: The independently minded Bathsheba Everdene, heiress to her late uncle’s agrarian estate and farm in rural England, pursues three disparate lovers in an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. BBC Films; 2015; Rated PG-13; 119 minutes. She Loves Me: In director Thomas Vinterberg’s cinematic retelling of Thomas Hardy’s English novel of the late nineteenth century, Victorian mores and social values are largely cast aside in the service of what is an unequivocal romantic comedy. In Vinterberg’s film, Hardy’s narrative is, more or less, reduced to a nearly two hour-long soap opera. Bathsheba Everdene, played with impeccable melancholy by...

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The Decent One

Overview: Archive footage accompanies the correspondence and memoirs of Heinrich Himmler, chief architect of the Holocaust. Kino Lorber; 2014 (Germany); unrated; 94 minutes. Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer: Cinema accepts that the psychology of killing is fascinating subject matter. Countless documentary filmmakers (most recently Joshua Oppenheimer in The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence) have attempted to get inside the minds of genocide perpetrators. Others, such as Claude Lanzmann (Shoah, The Last Of The Unjust) strive for straight, first-person testimonies. Vanessa Lapa’s The Decent One finds itself somewhere between the two. The extracts from Himmler’s...

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The Non-Existence of Foreign Superhero Cinema

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we have very little access or exposure here in America to foreign “mainstream” films, with the exception perhaps of Asian horror or action movies, and the rare few European romantic and slapstick comedies hiding in the nooks and crannies of Netflix. So, it’s hard to know with certainty whether there are many foreign superhero movies to be found, but I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t. Even a simple Google search using those terms yielded few results. I think it all boils down to this: our domestic box...

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Flights of Fancy

Overview: 23-year-old Simon deals with first love while his father Hans, a brilliant architect, relapses into paranoid, schizophrenic behaviors that make Simon’s home feel like a tenuous, toxic insane asylum. 2014. 90 minutes. Roxy Film / Movienet Film (Germany). Screened at: Kino! Festival of German Films 2015 in NYC, on April 16th. Meh-lodrama: From the very opening of the film, it seems like what we’re going to get from Flights of Fancy (original title: Hirngespinster) is a sometimes sweet and sentimental, sometimes emotional and difficult to watch family drama. The film was, at times, difficult to watch, but not because of its...

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Who Am I – No System Is Safe

Overview: A young, mostly meek computer whiz named Benjamin (Tom Schilling) joins an ambitious group of amateur hackers who struggle to go above and beyond their usual pranks to be taken seriously both within the Darknet as well as in the real world…until things get dangerously out of hand in both realms. 2014; Sony Pictures Releasing (Germany); Screened at: Kino! Festival of German Films 2015 in NYC, on April 13th; 105 minutes. “Foreign Mainstream”: Who Am I is an engaging, fast-paced thriller about cybercrime in modern-day Germany. It’s a twisty and tautly told story — non-linear, highly-stylized and therefore totally enthralling —...

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Mommy

Overview: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. 2014; Roadside Attractions; Rated R; 138 Minutes. Winning: I won tickets to see this movie, which is good for two reasons. One was that I never win anything, and two is that if I had paid to see this movie I would have slit my own throat. Mommy is the story of Die, a widow with a hyperactive delinquent delinquent son, Steve. The movie is all about their fraught relationship and how they seem to constantly have...

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Overview: A young woman living in Japan finds her solace in the form of the Coen Brothers film Fargo within a battered VHS she discovers under a soggy rock in a cave. Amplify; 2015; Unrated; 105 minutes “This is a True Story”: The Zellner Brothers channel their inner Coen Brothers in this quiet but earnest depiction of the strive for individuality. The film is subtle, and despite being sometimes masked with quirkiness, also very bleak. It’s ostensibly about a girl looking for the treasure from Fargo, but it really isn’t about that at all. It’s about escapism from traditional destinies and searching with...

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Good Bye Lenin!

Overview: In October of 1989 in East Berlin, a matriarch and socialist-party loyalist has a heart attack and falls into a coma. One month later, the Berlin Wall falls, and she sleeps as the nation she knew and loved changes completely. When she unexpectedly wakes up in 1990, her devoted, beloved son Alex (Daniel Brühl) is determined to recreate communist East Berlin for his mother, for fear that the shock of finding out the truth would kill her. Germany, 2003. 121 minutes. X-Filme Creative Pool/Sony Pictures Classics. History Lesson: First and foremost, I firmly believe that this movie transcends personal...

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7 Pacifica Movies to Bring You to the Islands

Kia, Ora, and Aloha. Tropical fantasies of the dreamy islands are used as a backdrop in countless Hollywood films from Cast Away to Blue Lagoon to Paradise, Hawaiian Style. I wanted this list to achieve two things: be easily accessible and cultivate exposure. First, unless you knew about these movies beforehand, simply stumbling upon the titles listed below is unlikely. Second, what we often fail to recognize as an audience are the native peoples of the islands, and how Hollywood gleans over their existence. It is with hope that we can find the true spirit of the islands and more accurate representation in cinema. Princess...

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These Final Hours

Overview: With just hours left before the end of the world, James, a troubled and indecisive man, must determine how to spend the time he has left. 2013; Roadshow Films; Unrated; 87 minutes. Full Disclosure: I know that people are getting tired of the apocalyptic subgenre, and I get it. Okay, I don’t completely get it. I love apocalyptic films. If a movie’s about the world ending, I’m in. Even bad apocalyptic films are fun for me. But I do understand being tired of seeing recycled premises, even if they’re originally interesting ones. Hell, I’m so tired of superhero...

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Our Favourite Performances From Irish Actors

On March 17th it’s St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. With the huge contribution Ireland is making to the silver screen, here at Audiences Everywhere we’ve decided to honour the day by sharing some of our favourite movie performances from Irish actors and actresses. Ryan MacLean’s choices Michael Fassbender in Shame (2011) Michael Fassbender’s work in 2011’s Shame as a man suffering from an uncontrollable sex addiction is one of the most sympathetic and bold performances that any actor has delivered in years. Fassbender plays the role of Brandon with a frightening intensity and temperament,...

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