Sleeping Beauty (2011)

2011 Hamptons International Film Festival – Winner Special Recognition Award.

US release date: December 2

Lucy is a hardworking young student with an ultra busy 24/7 professional schedules. Now she gets heavier workload when she joins an exclusive escort service who caters odd-themed, awkward, boring-looking dinner parties, and one on one ‘touch and feel only’ sessions to some old weird rich clients. I don’t know about those strange geeky geezers, but surely nobody would blame them if they want to move on to Eyes Wide Shut or even run straight to Salo for more lively and (extremely) engaging experience.

My Rating: 5/10

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11/22/63 – Stephen King

11/22/63

I stared at the cash. “Money comes back. It stays, no matter how many times you use the rabbit-hole.” We’d been over this point, but I was still trying to get it through my head.
“Yeah, although it’s still back there, too—complete reset, remember?”
“Isn’t that a paradox?”
He looked at me, haggard, patience wearing thin. “I don’t know. Asking questions that don’t have answers is a waste of time, and I don’t have much.”
“Sorry, sorry. What else have you got in there?”
“Not much. But the beauty of it is that you don’t need much. It was a very different time, Jake. You can read about it in the history books, but you can’t really understand it until you’ve lived there for awhile.”

If someone, say a friend, told us to jump down a hole. Do we jump? In a very extreme case, if one dying friend told us to jump down a time portal to safe JFK, would we do it? Jake Epping did, with just a little bit, if not much at all, considerations. Almost without a second thought.
The next thing we know, Jake founds himself in the similar old King’s world where a school teacher searches and stalks the antagonist; like another school teacher named Johnny Smith in his If you could go back in time to 1932 and kill Hitler, would you? moment. In the old dreary Derry,  meeting up again with their young residents Beverly Marsh and Richie Tozier of the legendary Losers Club. And from there the plot slowly evolves, Lee Harvey Oswald and the whole JFK business are pushed to the backseat and it all becomes some kind of a reverse Time Traveller’s Wife. Different time but all familiar King’s story for us, as usual.

2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions: ‘The Silent House’

A thriller that depends very heavily on two things: the supposed 78 minutes ‘continuous’ shot to bring out some sense of creepiness this kind of movie needed so much, and a plot twist; with also two possible results: either you’ll be entertained, or feel cheated.

My Rating: 3/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Bullhead – Belgium
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
– Brazil
The Colors of the Mountain
– Colombia
Pina – Germany
Attenberg
– Greece
The Turin Horse
– Hungary
Abu, Son of Adam
– India
Happy, Happy
– Norway
Montevideo: Taste of a Dream
– Serbia
The Front Line
– South Korea
Beyond
– Sweden

Also my review on 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Film finalists here.

2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions: ‘Montevideo: Taste of a Dream’

2011 Moscow International Film Festival – Winner Audience Award.

Is it true that football is always about politics, brawling men, handsome playboys in expensive cars, sexy slutty girlfriends, and the money talks? Even some eighty years ago back in 1930? And now, thanks to this movie, many people in the world will also believe that a kid indeed knew everything about soccer and life, juggling raw eggs was that easy, the first Yugoslavian national team was coached by a looney, and nice Serbian village girl always wore fancy red dresses.

My Rating: 4/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Bullhead – Belgium
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
– Brazil
The Colors of the Mountain
– Colombia
Pina – Germany
Attenberg
– Greece
The Turin Horse
– Hungary
Abu, Son of Adam
– India
Happy, Happy
– Norway
The Front Line
– South Korea
Beyond
– Sweden

Also my review on 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Film finalists here.

A Dangerous Method

US release date: November 23

A.K.A Carl Jung In Love With His Unstable Masochistic Patient. These psychology legends, or rather the scriptwriters, make analyzing people and analyzing each other look as lightly as football commentating. Kiera Knightley clearly eyeing Oscars in this role, with a very awry result.

My Rating: 5/10

Rihanna: ‘Talk That Talk’

Release date: November 21

Tracklist:
01. You Da One
02. Where Have You Been
03. We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
04. Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z)
05. Cockiness (Love It)
06. Birthday Cake
07. We All Want Love
08. Drunk On Love
09. Roc Me Out
10. Watch n’ Learn
11. Farewell

My favorite tune: Talk That Talk

Rihanna sticks to her “E-E-E” and “A-A-A” routine in a bunch of songs that are so generic they could have been easily belong to any female dance-pop singer in the business. Don’t worry Miss Ri, you’re good, but if we really must point fingers, it all would be on your lazy songwriters and those even lazier sex-selling music directors.

My Rating: 4/10