The Night Porter (1974).

April 27, 2017

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IMDb: After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

 

I find it so tricky to justify my love for certain arthouse films since most of them have really controversial and disconcerting premises to begin with.

Take this film as an example. An exploration of love, obsession, madness, and all the greys in between, this film tells the dark and twisted love affair, of which started during the Nazi regime —- she, a young and emaciated captive and he, a cold-blooded concentration camp officer. Talk about We Found Love In A Hopeless Place by Rihanna realness.

The idea of it is no doubt revolting, sickening and could highly ruffle the feathers of many. And that’s exactly why I’m so impressed by how director Liliana Cavani turned something horrific into something weirdly beautiful and moving. The narrative is so nuanced and textured that I couldn’t help but sympathize with this doomed love. With  the flashbacks inserted so seamlessly, the film never loses its mystery as well as the intrigue that’s looming in every scene.

Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde’s performances are heavy with inspiring gravitas. Both are equally mesmerizing. It’s not always that I get interested with male actors but Bogarde made me want to see more of his work.

There are also supporting characters you really need to see just because of their stunning performances. Amedeo Amodio’s ballet scene is mystifying. The Countess Stein, regal and one of the most interesting femme fatales on films.

Alfio Contini’s cinematography is gorgeous. There was an abundance of beautiful  shots, all with an air of quiet despair. Sigh….please excuse me for sounding like I breathe art but that’s what i felt watching it.

The color palette, mostly consisting of absinthe greens, muted blues, deep blood reds and stark cold whites, go very well with the chilling and disturbing circumstance of the story.

Script is exceptional. An example: Upon being told that their love affair is a romantic story, Bogarde’s Max counters the Countess Stein, “No, it’s not a romantic story….It’s a biblical story.” Dead.

I think this is sublime and it’s one of the most touching, most emotionally moving tragic love story I’ve ever seen. Well, I mean, it could rank 2nd after my all-time favorite love story: Komugi x Meruem from HxH. Omg don’t judge.

I really loved this film, I’m obsessed with it and it’s now one of my favorites.

 

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The Fate of the Furious (2017).

April 27, 2017

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IMDb: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

 

This is my first time to watch a Fast and Furious film and I had absolute crazy fun watching it in the cinema with the parents. They are HUGE fans of this movie franchise, especially my dad. So watching the movie with them means hearing over-the-top reactions and side comments to explosions, action sequences and women in skimpy clothes lol.

Funny parents aside, what made me totally warm up to this movie is that it has an impressive solid plot for an action flick that’s already on its 8th installment.

The cast chemistry was a delight. The characters were super likable and funny and an absolute hoot. Tyrese Gibson was hilarious and his “Number 11” lines would make my theater roar with laughter. And good lorrrdd, can somebody give Jason Statham his own spin-off movie for his character in Spy (2015)? This man is THE KING OF COMEDIC TIMING! My life will have the sunshine it has been missing before if that happens. Thank you.

Dom’s motivation for going rogue was shaped real well. Charlize Theron’s high-tech evil ice queen really seeps through your bones. The emotional pay-off at the end was sweet and enough, and although (***spoiler alert do not read any further wow you’re still here fault’s on you) Theron’s character escapes, at least that secures her spot in the next series. I’m definitely not complaining. 🙂

 

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Georgy Girl (1966).

April 26, 2017

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IMDb: A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father’s middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

 

No one is really likable in this story. The lead character is a ludicrous woman-child who has this penchant for sticking with horrible people. One redeeming quality though is her devotion to a baby that’s been rejected by its own mother.

The male love interest is an asshole and her female flatmate an insufferable cold-hearted mean bitch. Harsh much? Watch the movie. Calling her a bitch is actually already polite.

There’s also the father character who pimps his daughter to his old rich employer, who in turn pursues Georgy relentlessly and is able to convince the poor girl to be his mistress through his own scheming ways.

No character is really worth rooting for but because of the zesty performances of its actors, i was left intrigued to know the ending. Holy Mary Mother of God, Charlotte Rampling is so beautiful. I am so obsessed with her face!

Anyhoo, if you take this story as just a presentation of how it’s like during the 1960s swinging London, the baby-boomers and the common mores at that time, then this is a fair commentary to that.

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The Exception Trailer #1 (2017).

April 25, 2017

IMDb: A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

 

deuscoloured Jai Courtney!!!! 🍑🍑🍑

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle | Official Trailer.

April 25, 2017

IMDb: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

 

yassssss baby Bond!!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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