Monthly Archives: September 2013

“Before Midnight” by Richard Linklater (2013)

A third to the trilogy with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Probably this is the last one, but who knows?
Woody Allenesque – in the sense that there is tons of talking and dialogue on life, literature, sex and relativity.
Some say this is the best one, but I think each one of them got made in different times and therefore none of them can get better than the other. Each of the three (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, now Before Midnight) shows two same characters, who are somehow different as one would be within two decades.
The fascinating story of two lovers, who met on a train, is carried on. Now they have kids, and still lead more or less disturbing disputes about time travelling, time, the magic of machoism and feminism.
As before – this is a peaceful atmosphere, great cinematography, close-ups and great melancholic entertainment.

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Black Mirror – Charlie Brooker’s TV series

Both seasons consisted each of 3 episodes.
The lowest common denominator in each episode seems to be Twitter.
Other than that, every single one story is as different from the other as possible.

The drama centers around moral dilemmas, the power of mass media, the omnipresent will for control over individual, for knowledge of what is going on behind closed doors and – even – inside one’s head.

Sometimes the setting is next door, current timing, sometimes it is in a near future, and sometimes a scary distant future.

Twitter is not the only thing borrowed from NOW. There is also the concept of mass audience depicted on the extreme level of herd instincts which although well known to us – the way it is presented should wake everyone in terror. If that is the future of television and mass entertainment, I would like to step back and move into the woods. And never get out.

Amazing, incredible visionary set of tales on humans, human nature and the future of civilisation. Disturbing, scary at times, but I honestly hope these are the worst case scenarios and they will never come to being.

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The Look of Love by Michael Winterbottom (2013)

A mockumentary. With Steve Coogan as the King of Soho (which was the working title for this movie) – the rich and famous Paul Raymond.
Aside from the plot – the film is a crafty reconstruction of an era that has gone into the history. The interiors, the costumes deserve recognition. It is a well made trip into the 1970’s London and its surroundings. What stays with you for a little longer than that is the voice and face of Paul Raymond’s daughter singing “The Look of Love” – a well known jazz standard which in her interpretation is nostalgic and simply sad.
Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton are two lovely partners of Coogans in this atmospheric picture.

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