quarta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2013

Rear Window

When photographer L.B. Jeffries finds himself stuck in a wheelchair in his apartment, he starts to watch his neighbors through his rear window. With time he gets to know their rotines better than themselves. The thing is, he might end up seeing more than he wished to.

Rear Window is my favorite Hitchcock movie. I love watching these people lives through their windows and getting to somehow know them. I love seeing Jeff getting obessed so involved with them that he creates this sort of relationship, giving them nicknames and knowing exactly what step they're going to take next.

Whenever I watch it I feel like Jeff myself, wanting to know more about them, wanting to see how they live their lives.

James Stewart is amazing beyond words, he's definitely one of my favorites. And Grace Kelly, well, she's Grace Kelly. They make such a good team on screen.

I also love how this is a thriller that keeps your attention and makes you tense without ever having to leave this man's apartment and having close to no action at all. It's incredible.

There's a Shia Labeouf movie called Paranoia that is basically a modern version of Rear Window. And by 'modern' I meant with a lot more action. I actually liked Paranoia quite a lot, but I still like Rear Window a lot better. Let's face it, Shia LaBeouf is not James Stewart. Plus, there's something about an old movie that is very charming and appealing. Not to mention the fact that Rear Window is a lot more classy and interesting, exactly for the fact it has no action and everything happens in pretty much one location.

Great movie.

segunda-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2013

2 Days in Paris

2 Days in Paris is about this couple who's in Paris for a couple of days (duh!) on a quick trip, but things may get a little weird when Marion keeps running into her ex-boyfriends every where they go. On top of that, her current boyfriend still has to deal with her crazy parents, not to metion with her herself.

I feel really bad to say this, because I actually like Julie Delpy, but I didn't like this one.

Too much dialog (dialogs that in my opinion didn't make any sense 70% of the time) it made me dizzy. And the fact that half of it was in english and the other half in french made my head spin, couldn't keep up.

I'm gonna be really honest and say that the only reason why I watched this was because Daniel Brühl was in it, if you look closely you'll see his name on the poster. They fooled me well. Here am I, watching this movie for over an hour and no sign of Daniel, at all. Turns out he appears in the last 5 minutes in a 10 seconds scene. I was so thrilled I wanted to cry, or punch someone (most likely punch someone).

The movie does get better after Daniel appears (yep, that's how good he is), I liked those last 5 minutes better than the whole movie. Probably because the whole situation is starting get resolved and so the dialogs made a lot more sense, I even kind of liked the last ones.

Not a movie I plan on watching again, specially because Marion annoyed the hell out of me (I tried to like her, but it was stronger than me).

I think their goal was to make a smart and funny movie with interesting dialogs, but I don't think they did it very well. Or maybe I'm just not smart enough to get it.

Don't really recommend, but we never know, you might enjoy it.

ps: It has a sequel named 2Days in New York with Julie and Chris Rock that I don't plan on watching.

sexta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2013

The Words

One of those movies that messes with you.

The Words tells the story of a writer struggling to get his first novel published. When things get harder than he imagined they would be, this amazing manuscript crosses his way. So now he has to make the decision that will forever change his life, and possibly steal someone else's, to publish this amazing book as his own, even though those are not his words.

Ever since I watched this, I can't stop thinking about it. It brings up some very interesting and deep questions. You find yourself imagining what would you do if it were you.

Essencially it is a movie about life and choices, and how those choices will affect/change your life and how you might be left to deal with them for as long as you live. It's about knowing the right thing to do and not doing it for the wrong reasons.

Bradley Cooper is really good in this, I had never seen him like that, specially in the scene when he tells the truth to his wife, amazing! But I have to say, Jeremy Irons and Ben Barnes owned the movie, their acting was so powerful and touching, they are the heart and soul of this movie, it's all about them. I love how Ben has close to no lines, but still, he's what moves the whole story, and he did it perfectly. I also love the fact that his and Jeremy's character is so massively important, yet we never even get to know his name. I think the fact that this character comes and goes without a name represents perfectly his part in the story, that was genius!

I love movies that makes you think about your own life and choices, this one most certainly does. What I found really interesting is that I kept imagining myself in the young/old man's shoes. I never, not even for moment, wondered what I would do in Rory's position. Probably because I have the answer very clear, and the reason why I have this answer is the fact that I identify a lot with the young/old man.

To me this movie, besides being about the choices we make, is also about the things that escape our control and how they too can change our lives forever. I mean the young/old man had no control over what happened to the story he wrote, his choices were about dealing with it after it have already been lost, about his wife, but not about the destiny of the book.

This one really made me think, definitely gonna watch it again.. Incredible, heartbreaking and as the poster it self says, a must-see.