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The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius

Silent movie, in black&white. With text boards to highlight essential bits of dialogue. So annoying! I couldn’t lip-read and a silent movie is such an enormous effort one has to make to focus on the plot and imagine the dialogue! For it is a full blown silent movie. With the exaggerated acting and gesture, with theatrical miming, with so much unexplained. And yet, the schema is magnified and in the majority of cases the following plot points are easily preempted and obvious. The film depicts an idyllic world, where money is only a topic when it suits the plot and in general no serious issues are touched upon.

I believe the crew had an incredible amount of fun making the film. It is made in full (as close as possible) in the genre, only the music is added to the soundtrack rather than played by the orchestra in the cinema!

Interesting experiment. I felt that had they done the same in colour – a lot would be gained. The costumes, the props were a great effort and a lot is lost in b&w technique.

It is not a must though. There are other films in the cinemas these days that may be more worth watching. It’s good, but not brilliant in my humble opinion.

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Somewhere by Sofia Coppola

It’s an eye-opener. How insanely bored a celebrity can get. How fantastic it is to have a fresh look at things from the perspective of an 11-year old girl (fabulous Elle Fanning).

Stephen Dorff in his role as Johnny Marco is blase, nonchalant and unable to see any depth in the life around him. Constantly driving around LA in his black Ferrari, having a beer, partying, watching personal twin-pole-dancers visiting him in his Chateau Marmont room no.59…

His young daughter seems to be putting him back in place, rooting him back in reality. Dorff is incredibly attractive and it comes as no surprise that so many women fall to his feet to be able to spend the night at his place. At some point, however, Johnny begins to realise that there are other things in life than a stunning twentysomething blonde in his bedroom…

Golden Lion in Venice in 2010 went to Sofia Coppola for this one. It’s a quiet film, might not be fully appreciated though by those unaware of the Californian film industry reality.

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