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  • Written by lezard on 19.11.2021

    Voices. Distant because they are far away but vividly alive. Unforgettable. Not the still lives, a play on words suggested by the title, but photos, screenshots coming back to life, from the past. Family photos, weddings, baptisms, funerals.

    Liverpool in the 40's and 50's. A family of workers, a violent father, a loving mother, friends.

    First feature-length film by Terence Davis, a great move and a great movie.
    Childhood, teen-age revisited, we have seen this dozens of times but the magic works here. Camera movements forward to get closer to regained time, a time that memory dismantled. Therefore chronology is « dismembered » too, but it's beside the point. The point is thoses faces, those warm lights inside the houses which cluster into an intimate and modest fresco.
    A nice feeling of déja-vu.
    Plus the voices that inhabit these lives which give them a rythm and makes them bearable, more than once. Songs are the « coup de maître » of the movie. These people sing, at the pub, at the church, on the train, at home, for ceremonies. These songs are their soul, their life, their strength. These songs are the books they can't write, the statues they can't sculpt., their work of art.
    It's deeply moving, deeply beautiful and sounds deeply true.

    They live, they get married, they beget children, they work, they die...and whatever happens, they sing.
    This movie is also a song in its own way.

  • Written by TheThing on 13.04.2021

    In this day and age, the term 'summer blockbuster' has become somewhat degrading. It implies mindless entertainment. Inception is a summer blockbuster but also a legitimate motion picture. It is a well thought out, inventive story which flirts with surrealism, expressionism, and post-modernism, and I suppose literally speaking, futurism too. Despite being convoluted, the story is rhythmic, but you do have to focus. This is not a film for the weak of mind.

    Christopher Nolan presents a future where man can control dreams. Cobb makes a living from stealing the dreams of others, but since being accused of killing his wife, he has fled the United States and in now in Japan. An executive gives Cobb the chance to return home free of charge if he does a job for him. The mission: assemble a crew and enter the mind of Robert Fisher Jr. (the son of a dying corporate emperor.) Cobb must put the idea in Jr.'s head to bring down his father's work. Needless to say, It is a very dangerous game, and if he screws up he could be stuck in a dream for who knows how long.

    To call Inception ambitious would be an understatement. It is so complex that one must wonder how this could be pulled off. In the course of two and a half hours, Inception takes us to a dream within a dream within a dream.

    However, this doesn't change the fact that this is a one-of-a-kind science fiction film that will have you both doubting reality and on the edge of your seat at the same time.

  • Written by TheThing on 13.04.2021

    Mostly remembered for its distinctive use of slo-mo style and physics-defying action, but what makes The Matrix really stand out, at least for me, is its extremely innovative exploration of some philosophical questions and ideas. These themes are discussed through the movie's layered story premise, but they are explored by The Wachowskis' directorial vision.

    There are many great Sci-Fi/Action movies that earned their place among the best of their kind because how profound the thoughts and how interesting theories they are explore, but this is not the case here. The Matrix is one of the best thought-provoking Sci-fi movies simply because of the direction. There is no doubt that the fact we get information bit by bit made the movie so intriguing, but the main reason this movie is so exciting is because how little it offers by showing us, not by telling us. And here is the best thing about The Wachowskis' direction, that it created a world that, for the lack of a better word, broke the limits and pushed the boundaries for its story. The result is what seems to be implausible and nonsensical, made all the sense in the world.

    It goes without saying that The Matrix has some of the most dazzling and imaginative action set-pieces ever put to film. Although, it's not the most thing I was impressed by, and therefore not what made me love this movie, I have to admit that the groundbreaking action in The Matrix is what made the movie timeless. As it's as creative as it's unprecedented. That's also due to the unlimited world that has been created by The Wachowskis' revolutionary vision. What we got is some of the most memorable scenes in cinema history that deserve every bit of the expression "often imitated, never duplicated".

    Surprisingly, the movie's wonderfulness doesn't stop at its philosophy or the exploration of it, neither stop at its breathtaking action. The movie also reutilized some of the clichés and tropes that are often found in action movies, and sometimes also in classic fantasy movies! And I can't describe how exceptionally clever they are utilized in the movie, particularly in the astonishing final act.

    There is no need to talk about the acting. For all the cast gave great hammy, yet charismatic performances that perfectly matches the movie's distinguish tone. Keanu Reeves played Neo, the role that was the turning point in his career. Both Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss have some of the most intense and emotional moments in the movie that showed some of their terrific acting abilities. Hugo Weaving portrayed one of the most popular villains in cinema, Agent Smith. The rest of the cast who played less important roles are very good, especially Marcus Chong as Tank.

    Another great thing about The Matrix, and one of the factors that made it stands the test of time, is the ageless special effects. The visual effects are utterly stunning. In large part because of how intelligent they are used not just because how stellar they look. The sound effects are equally brilliant and game-changing.

    More intelligent and creative than the vast majority of modern big-budget science fiction films, and more impressive and enjoyable than the vast majority of modern big-budget action films. The Matrix is an outstanding achievement in almost every aspect. And an immortal classic that deserves every bit of recognition it got.

  • Written by TheThing on 13.04.2021

    A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed and attacked by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They appeared to be trying to kill one of the dogs from the US base. Having dealt with the threat, the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.

    A horror classic. A well crafted story, directed by horror legend John Carpenter. He builds the plot well, meticulously setting the scene and ramping up the tension with good effect. The period where anyone could be infected / inhabited is particularly suspenseful.

    Excellent special effects, especially for 1982. Very gory, imaginative and realistic. Some of the images from the movie are quite iconic and will be familiar from pop culture, they've been reused so much.

    Solid performances all round. Kurt Russell is particularly good in the lead role, playing the quick-thinking action hero very well.

  • Written by Tourne on 31.01.2021

    Certainly one of the best movies directed by Mario Bava.
    The atmosphere is frightening. The photography is splendid (as usual for a Mario Bava's movie) and this movie contains some close-to-experimental scenes that deliver a weird but delicious feeling.

    Furthermore this movie is certainly an inspiration for many famous filmmakers. You may think of Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow), David Lynch (Twin Peaks), Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak) and even Federico Fellini (Toby Dammit) while watching this movie.

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