Murder on the Orient Express

Movies, Drama

Murder on the Orient Express

No Comments 24 March 2018

I do not fully remember whether I saw an earlier version of Murder on the Orient Express as a child. There seem to be traces of an old lady on a train traveling for days in my memory. Kenneth Brannah’s film imagines the Agatha Christie story very differently from the images I find the remote corners of my memory. Since I am quite fond of excellent detectives, I enjoyed this remake of Murder on the Orient. When the detective finally solves the murder mystery, I was stunned. The story is excellent and I highly recommend this film if you like detective stories

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Once were Warriors

Movies, Drama

Once were Warriors

No Comments 18 February 2018

This film from New Zealand is quite heavy because of the domestic violence it portrays. But if you willing to stomach some disturbing scenes, it does a wonderful job of portraying the socio-economic conditions of Maori families in New Zealand. If you want to see a film about New Zealand that it a bit easier on the psyche, I recommend the wonderful Whale Rider or last year’s spectacular Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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I am Heath Ledger

Movies, Documentary

I am Heath Ledger

No Comments 3 February 2018

When Heath Ledger died at age 28, I was deeply sad. Very rarely has the death of someone who I did not even personally know affected me so deeply. The talent of Ledger was so extraordinary. When the news of his death traveled around the world, I felt we all had been cheated of a lifetime of spectacular performances that was still was lying ahead for Ledger.

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Shine

Movies, Documentary, Drama

Shine

No Comments 23 January 2018

For those of us who like classical music, Shine is a real treat. The film chronicles the life of the piano child prodigy David Helfgott.

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Muriel’s Wedding

Movies, Comedy

Muriel’s Wedding

No Comments 25 December 2017

I recently saw an interview with Björn Ulvaeus, the key creative force behind the songs of ABBA. He described how the makers of the film Muriel’s Wedding pursued him for a long time to get the license to use ABBA songs in the film. This piqued my interest to see the comedy made in the 1990s. The film is fun. It is different. It is also a good social commentary. Muriel dreams about her wedding. But she is a girl nobody likes in high school. What gets her through this challenging period are ABBA songs. And eventually she does marry but in a very unexpected way.

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Allied

Movies, Drama

Allied

No Comments 23 December 2017

Allied starts out similar to Casablanca. Same time (World War II), same place, comparable ambience. A male British agent, Max (Brad Pitt) and a French female agent Marianne (Marion Cotillard) are instructed to kill the German ambassador. The mission is very dangerous. They give themselves a 40% chance they will come out of it alive.

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Whiplash

Movies, Drama

Whiplash

No Comments 22 October 2017

Whiplash preceded LALA Land in the creative collaboration between the writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. An aspiring drummer meets a hard driving foul-mouthed teacher at the best music school in the USA. You feel like getting lashed for most of film.

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