When Lars von Trier channels his experience with depression through filmmaking, the result is an astonishingly surreal beauty. Slowly falling horses and colliding planets, stars and ravens, snow and ashes. Like slowly moving surreal paintings right before your eyes, resonating with a kind of melancholy that is both achingly beautiful and suffocating.Melancholia
is an art house fantasy drama about the impending apocalypse: a planet called Melancholia will hit the Earth in five days' time and we watch how the clinically depressed Justine (Kirsten Dunst), and her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), come to terms with the imminent End.
The movie, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Fest, is...(READ MORE)
A story about loser spies. It's 1965 and three young Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) agents go on a mission to capture a Nazi war criminal, the famous "Surgeon of Birkenau," who conducted horrific experiments on Jews during World War II. Yes, Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain), David Petzer ( Sam Worthington ), and Stephan (Marton Csokas ) are physically skilled agents, but they lack the intelligence to perform a fairly simple mission, which is further complicated by their unspoken love triangle.
Fastforward to1997 and old and retired Rachel (Helen Mirren), Stephan (Tom Willkinson), and David (Ciarán Hinds) are national heroes despite being loser spies. But suddenly...(READ MORE)
A young woman named Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from a cult commune in the Catskills and seeks shelter in the vacation house of her estranged sister (Sarah Paulson) and her brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy). Then we watch as she gradually loses her mind. Mundane activities trigger memories of her two years' stay in the mountains with the cult that engages in "free love" and violence, with a dangerously charismatic leader (John Hawkes) who sings them beautiful country music at day, rapes them girls at night, and feeds them disturbingly twisted philosophies in between. Martha never tells any of this to her worried sister... (READ MORE)
Critically acclaimed mostly because of the performance of the surreal- alien-looking Tilda Swinton for her complex role as a mother of an evil son, We Need to Talk About Kevin
has also won the approval of Lionel Shriver, the author who penned the novel of the same title: "Stunning...a brilliant adaptation of my novel!"We Need to Talk About Kevin
is the chillingly disturbing story of Kevin, a teenager who went on a killing spree in his local high school. The story is delivered to us in a non-linear narrative through the perspective of Kevin's mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton)....(READ MORE)
Terrence Malick's controversial and poetic film The Tree of Life
has caused an extremely polarized response from moviegoers: either they loathed it or have fallen in love with it. But with its strong audience impact, already the film has succeeded. Not to mention that it won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The Tree of Life
is essentially an experimental film, a non-linear drama speculating about the meaning and 'evolution' of life-- from the visions, perspectives, and theories of a small suburban family in 1950s Texas, specifically by the mother (Jessica Chastain), the father (Brad Pitt), and the eldest of their three sons, Jack.
When the father and the mother received news of the death of one of their sons, they are shocked with grief. And thus we begin to be bombarded with their ... (READ MORE
In this third installment, the chipmunks are still their mischievous selves, led by Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), wreaking havoc onboard a vacation cruise ship, to the utter frustration of Dave (Jason Lee), their human dad. Their antics have caused the six chipmunks to actually land on a deserted exotic island. And thus, we follow the adventures of the super adorable trio of talking chipmunks: Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, along with their female counterparts, the Chipettes, while they are ‘chipwrecked’ on an island, waiting for Dave to rescue them. But Dave is also on the island, looking for his “kids,” along with the bitter Ian (David Cross), the former executive of a recording studio who had a history with Dave and the now world-famous chipmunks. Alvin and the Chipmunks 3:
Chipwrecked, directed by Mike Mitchell
, is light and actually funny, with references to familiar movies and TV shows, like Survivor
and Lost...(READ MORE)