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US release date: August 3

All over the world, some people cheat their spouses, others are trying to cheat. Some learns to sell sex, the other learns to not give in to sex. Some is learning to fall in love, the other is learning to not give in to love; while some girls struck by a sudden mood to mingle with total strangers. All intertwined in an improbable Inarritu-Arriaga-style storyline.

My Rating: 5/10

2012 Man Booker Prize: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

‘Tell her Harold Fry is on his way. All she has to do is wait. Because I am going to save her, you see. I will keep walking and she must keep living. Will you say that?’
The voice said she would. Was there anything else? Did he know visiting hours, for instance? Parking restrictions?
He insisted, ‘I’m not in a car. I want her to live.’
‘I’m sorry. Did you say something about your car?’
‘I’m coming by foot. From South Devon all the way up to Berwick-upon-Tweed.’
The voice gave an exasperated sigh. ‘It’s a terrible line. What are you doing?’
‘I’m walking,’ he shouted.
‘I see,’ said the voice slowly, as if the woman had picked up a pen and was jotting this down. ‘Walking. I’ll tell her. Should I say anything else?’
‘I’m setting off right now. As long as I walk, she must live. Please tell her this time I won’t let her down.’

A 65-year old not so happy retiree embarking on the biggest spontaneous adventure of his entire quiet and not so happy life.
It’s like Straight Story, without the John Deere tractor. Or Emilio Estevez’s The Way, with English towns and countryside replacing Camino de Santiago. A modern-day geriatric ‘there and back again’ mixed with Forest Gump; with lots and lots of flashbacks and remembrances. With lots of painful memories and secrets. Extraordinary for Harold Fry, but not exactly that unlikely for us.
It is a simple and melancholic story that has been told again and again by many writers in many different ways. But it will charm you. You’ll find yourself tagged along in Harold’s journey, wanting to know what exactly his secrets are–tugged neatly near the ending, as expected–although they’re not at all surprising or that hard to guess. It’s not about discovering some great mysteries. It’s about important things we have always known. But, like Harold Fry, we just have to be reminded and find it once again.

Terraferma (2011)

2012 Bastia Italian Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Prize.
2012 Golden Globes Italy – Winner Best Supporting Actor.
2012 Istanbul International Film Festival – Winner Human Rights in Cinema.
2012 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Winners Special Mention, Best Score.
2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival – Winner Bridging the Borders Award.
2011 Venice Film Festival – Winners Pasinetti Award Best Film, Special Jury Prize, UNICEF Award.
2011 Capri Awards – Winners Exploit Award, Movie of the Year Award, Peace Award.

Three years after his father’s death, young Filippo, his impossibly-hot mother, and grandfather, must face tough life choices: stay as poor fishermen in their litter riddled tiny Sicilian island, cater to summer townsfolk tourists, or try finding a better life somewhere else. And just as they try to make up their minds, another big unexpected thing turn up in the form of illegal, surprisingly Italiano-speaking, Ethiopian refugees.
But this film doesn’t delve much into their not so simple dilemmas. Everything just went by as afterthoughts. And before you know it, without debates or even a simple discussion, everything are somehow already decided.

My Rating: 5/10

Sacrifice (2010)

US release date: July 27

The only thing that separates patience and stupidity is the ultimate result of your shaky, meticulous, plan. If it works, you’re a champ. If it fails, then you’re just a moronic complete loser who sacrifice everything for nothing. Revenge best served cold? This isn’t just cold, it’s FREEZING.

My Rating: 6/10

‘The Dark Knight Rises’: An Over-Occupied Script, Nolan’s Bane

US release date: July 20

I’m one of the few people in this planet who didn’t enjoy The Dark Knight that much (is this makes me a one-percenter?). It was okay, but if I wanted to see semi-boring car chases and some cannon-fodder retarded SWATs fighting masked bandits, I wouldn’t try watching a Batman movie, or in that case, a Chris Nolan movie. It was a let down from the very promising start in Batman Begins.
So how should Nolan end his trilogy, safely, without tripping on his own shoe laces?
Obviously, it’s a very hard job.
Even harder with so many storylines he’s trying to tell. On one hand the Occupy-heavy metaphor, on another the street battles-stupid cops-clever bad guys formula that have won so many viewers.
With an overburdened script, 2 hour and 45 minute runtime is guaranteed won’t be enough. Eventually, Nolan Brothers have to speed up. And when that happens… things start turning up without much explanations, people start kissing each other without many reasons, injuries–very bad injuries–start healing in 84 days, plot twists become too predictable, the whole Gotham P.D. literally parading like Fourth of July into traps, and all characters become nothing more than story devices.
It’s an unnecessary flaw, because if only the Nolans had found just a little courage to stop trying so hard to satisfy everyone, and focusing on a few good, very good few, parts of their screenplay, it would be an incredible movie indeed.
But no need to worry. They do deliver what everybody wants: A good end. Right?
So there you have it. It might not be a movie-of -the-year. It might not be very entertaining, especially if you are not too much into the Batman-lore. But you really don’t want to miss the film’s epilogue. It is awesome. Especially if you are a big Batman fan.
Ready for another reboot? Let’s hope the next rebooting team have better sense of design. The Tumbler is ugly enough, but that Bat-flying-thingy? Ugh.

My Rating: 6/10

P.O.D.: ‘Murdered Love’

US release date: July 10

Tracklist:
01. Eyez (feat. Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed)
02. Murdered Love (feat. Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm)
03. Higher
04. Lost Forever
05. West Coast Rock Steady (feat. Sen Dog of Cypress Hill)
06. Beautiful
07. Babylon the Murderer
08. On Fire
09. Bad Boy
10. Panic & Run
11. I Am

My favorite tune: I Am

Opens quite weakly with some mediocre collaborative songs, P.O.D. finally founds their footing on the reggae blended Babylon the Murderer, and punches forward with the (literally) RATM-echoing On Fire and I Am. This isn’t their best but at least it’s worth hearing.

My Rating: 6/10