Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Innocent but Insightful Clay Animation "Mary and Max" Describes Distant, Unlikely, and Emotional Friendship

Mary and Max

I know it might seem silly but to be honest I’ve watched “Mary and Max” twice around this week and it keeps me sobbing. LOL. I mean, I never watched a clay animation so rich with insights from two innocent characters whose names belong to the film’s title—Mary and Max—while at the same time describes loneliness so powerful due to their unique point of view about life. This is the kind of film you should watch when you’re alone (or lonely), and it will invite you into an emotional up-and-down ride with both laughs and tears.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon" Resembles Rom-Com Beyond Weak 'Porn-Addiction' Topic

Don Jon

Why should a film about porn addiction shows a lot of footage from real porn videos? The first ten minutes of “Don Jon”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut, is half porn for both real porn clips inserted and many of his half naked body (and while he showed so many of his bare chest, we won’t see any of Scarlett Johansson’s bare breasts, LOL). Dynamic, interesting, young, but weakly written, “Don Jon” is too proud of being a study of a porn addict.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Coen Brothers' Comedy about Baby-Kidnapping, "Raising Arizona", is Light and So Much Fun

Raising Arizona

This post is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen".

Like you might have wondered, the word Arizona in the title refers to two things: the baby’s name and one of the US states. And, yes, in “Raising Arizona”, the duo auteurs are playing with babies. This is a comedy that—I can say—guarantees that you’re gonna laughing, even if there are (always) subtle philosophical messages in it. It is light, if not foolish, comedy that you can enjoy without having too much of a thinking.