This week’s installment is really the fortnightly watch as I didn’t make a post last week. Over the last two week’s I saw four new releases included the highly acclaimed The Avengers, the very cultural Trishna and the great Aussie film Wish You Were Here. However the best of the lot was definitely french film Café de Flore.
Only one older movie with 2003 film Basic which was recommended to me in the new Recommend a film segment.
The Avengers (2012) – This was as awesome as it was hyped up to be. Starring heaps of Marvel characters including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and more (Scarlett Johansson, Tom Huddleston, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, the list goes on!), this movie combined action, entertainment and humour all into one. Director Joss Whedon does a great job of combining the best traits of all the characters together for one mammoth entertainment fest. While I liked it, I probably wouldn’t see it multiple times which it seems a lot are. B+
Trishna (2012) – Frieda Pinto (best known for her work in Slumdog Millionaire) is great in this emotional story of her relationship with Jay (Riz Ahmed). Set in India, things are going well between the two in a great love story that starts to turn sour. It gets really deep and if you are after a happy ending this probably isn’t recommended for you! I quite enjoyed it, especially for it’s realism. B-
Wish You Were Here (2012) - <<< Read my review here! A great first feature film for Director Kieran Darcy-Smith. Also has a chilling ‘real’ feel to it. B+
Café de Flore (2011/12) – This is clearly my pick of the week, if not month and year to date. I haven’t been this emotional for a movie for a long time, and I’m not even sure what did it for me. It’s hard to even begin to explain this movie as it’s more the way it is shown then it’s plot. It reminded me a lot of Tree of Life although I did not really enjoy that, this on the other hand I loved and will definitely be rewatching and reviewing soon. The RottenTomatoes description: “Two stories of love and responsibility separated by four decades have a common link in this drama from writer and director Jean-Marc Vallee. In 2011, Antoine (Kevin Parent) has a life most people would envy — he’s a successful club DJ living in Montreal with an international following, he has a beautiful girlfriend Rose (Evelyne Brochu), and is raising two healthy daughters. However, Rose is not Antoine’s first love, and he’s still infatuated with his ex-wife Carole (Helene Florent)”. A must see. A-
Basic (2003) – John Travolta is gripping in this ultra complex movie also starring Samuel L Jackson. The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to work out what happened in this thriller. It was probably too complex but I actually enjoyed trying to work out what was going on and the twists are prominent. B-
Safe and Dark Shadows come out this week which I will be seeing, and I also have a large list of films recommended in the new segment to get through!