Average User Score: 8.3Jan 4, 2016Room is the story of a mom (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay). Brie plays a single mom living in a small room and struggling to raiseRoom is the story of a mom (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay). Brie plays a single mom living in a small room and struggling to raise the kid. Their room is cramped and old, she has a hard time putting food on the table, and they cannot afford candles for the the kid's birthday cake.
As the movie progresses, more complex and difficult aspects of their lives is presented to the audience. The kid has never left the room and TV is her only outlet to the outside world, which he does not believe in.
The movie ultimately turns into a story about facing reality and accepting its harsh consequences. It becomes about opening your mind to new things even if they are inconvenient and hard to accept, even if they go against your intuition and believes.
As the kid is struggling to accept the outside world, the mom does whatever she can to keep him safe and happy. But the mom starts to doubt her decisions and actions, too. She realizes that she was not necessarily the best mom and she could have done things differently. This time the kid protects the mom and keeps her happy.
Director Lenny Abrahamson knows how to display the full range of emotions. "Room", as well as his previous work, gives you hope, disparity, joy, sadness, and everything in between.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jan 4, 2016"The Duke of Burgundy" is a movie about dynamics of sex between Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her maid, Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna). But I"The Duke of Burgundy" is a movie about dynamics of sex between Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her maid, Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna). But I would like to read more into it and think it is also a movie about guilt.
The setting, characters, and order of events in the movie does not resemble anything in real life. The is no sense of time, there are no men around at all, and people have unusual professions. This all indicates that the the story is happening inside someones head.
From the opening scene we see that Cynthia is cruel to her maid. She punishes the made with pithy excuses. At one point in the movie, we see her opening a big coffin-like box in the woods to find the maid's skeleton in it. It appears that Cynthia's cruelty killed the maid.
Rest of the movie shows how Cynthia is coping with her guilt. She goes through a mental gymnastic to convince herself she is not guilty. She imagines what she could have done differently. She deceives herself into thinking that she was in love with the maid and did everything to prove her love. In her distorted narration of the events, her cruelty to the maid was not punishment, it was sexual favors.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.4Dec 6, 2015I guess I am not a Paul Thomas Anderson guy. His movies never attracted me and trust me, I tried very hard. I am sorry PT Anderson, I love youI guess I am not a Paul Thomas Anderson guy. His movies never attracted me and trust me, I tried very hard. I am sorry PT Anderson, I love you but somehow your movies are not for me.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Dec 6, 2015Let's be honest. Everybody at one point in hist life wants to be that smart boy in the bar who teaches a lesson to that **** prick who isLet's be honest. Everybody at one point in hist life wants to be that smart boy in the bar who teaches a lesson to that **** prick who is picking on his friend.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 6, 2015It was fun to watch but I had two problems with it. It very obviously tricks the viewers into resenting the restaurant owner and it is theIt was fun to watch but I had two problems with it. It very obviously tricks the viewers into resenting the restaurant owner and it is the same old cliche story that we have seen over and over: "follow your dreams and they will come true"… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Dec 6, 2015This is a great movie about friendship. It is a sad movie but it is not manipulative at all. It cuts through many layers that makes us humansThis is a great movie about friendship. It is a sad movie but it is not manipulative at all. It cuts through many layers that makes us humans without glorifying us or shaming us. It just show how we, humans, are.… Expand
Average User Score: tbdDec 6, 2015This is the perfect type of movie for me. An indie movie with great story, great performances, and great cinematography. I cannot ask forThis is the perfect type of movie for me. An indie movie with great story, great performances, and great cinematography. I cannot ask for more. I cannot wait to see what Alex R. Johnson does next.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Jan 4, 2015Ida is the story of a young girl living in a convent who is about to take her vows to become a nun. But she needs to visit her only relative,Ida is the story of a young girl living in a convent who is about to take her vows to become a nun. But she needs to visit her only relative, her aunt, before devoting herself to life-long chastity and poverty. When she goes to visit her aunt, she realizes that her childhood story is much deeper and elaborate than what she has been told. Her one day visit to her aunt soon turns into a long journey to discover her past and to reconcile with it. Ida's mom is not alive anymore but Ida resembles her in appearance and acts, which makes Ida's aunt takes Ida's love into her heart immediately.
In one scene they are looking at old family pictures. Her aunt is telling her that her Mom once made a fancy stained glass for the cows to make them happy. Next day when they go see the glass, she adds, “That's Roza, fancy stained glass next to cow **** That is in essence Ida's life (or at least how her aunt sees it). Ida is a precious marvel surrounded in a terrible world. Her heart is strong and big but preoccupy with religious dogmas that does not let her enjoy her life.
Ida never been anywhere, but she knows more than everybody else about life. Her aunt is “tenacious” but Ida is the one who handles difficult situations and makes the tough decisions. Ida looks naive but she talks, decides and acts wisely and firmly. You may or may not agree with her (I totally disagree with her) nonetheless you cannot help but to approve her decisions. She does not talk much but when she does, she hunts you. One of the key dialogues in the movie is this one:
Boy: Ever been to the seaside?
Ida: I haven't been anywhere.
Boy: Come along then... You'll listen to us play, we will walk on the beach.
Ida: And then?
Boy: Then we will buy a dog, get married, have children, get a house.
Ida: And then?
Boy: [long silence]
She shakes your core values with her simple short questions (E.g. “And then?”). It seems she does not know anything about life–she is a nun after all who grow up in an isolated convent in a village and hasn't been anywhere else–but unlike everyone else, she knows what she wants to do with her life. Everyone else is just part of a herd following the shepherd blindly. She is the “fancy glass”, everyone else is the “cow ****”.
Everyone in this movie is depicted as a human, no more, no less. They all have strengths and they all crumble from time to time. Even the darkest characters in the movie still have a white spot left on their slate. Ida's aunt is a well-known “tenacious” prosecutor but sometimes she is clueless and desperate. The farmer's son is devoid of emotions and empathy but he shows mercy to Ida. Ida is a nun but she seeks carnal pleasure.
Director Pawel Pawlikowski does something in 82 minutes that others directors need 3 hours to do. His camera does not move much except in the last scene because in this scene Ida is the center of the universe, she is the one that is carrying the world. She is walking on a road, the camera is facing her. It does not show where she is going because Ida is confident about what is going to happen next, it vaguely shows where she has been. She does not turn to look back because for Ida the past belongs to the past.
The cinematography in this movie is exceptional. Every single frame in the movie is shot so artfully that it has the potential to feature on a magazine cover. All the shots from the character faces, all the catch lights in their eyes, the composition and the light vindicate to a cinematographer with absolute mastery. One of my favorites scenes in the movies is a shot a of a man digging a grave. The lights, the shadows, the dirt texture, and his facial expression all are phenomenally captured in this shot.
Ida is a must see movie for anyone who loves photography and cinematography, or for anyone who wants to contemplate on life and what we are supposed to do in it, or for anyone who wants to explore the angelic and evil capacities of humans.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jan 2, 2015Just a movie to convince us that we should forgive Armstrong even though he used performance enhancement drugs and lied about it over and overJust a movie to convince us that we should forgive Armstrong even though he used performance enhancement drugs and lied about it over and over and over. If you want to get a glimpse of arrogance, watch Armstrong in this documentary.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Dec 30, 2014In the Avengers, all famous superheroes team up to save humans. The film has action, humor and a story but all of them are superficial andIn the Avengers, all famous superheroes team up to save humans. The film has action, humor and a story but all of them are superficial and underdeveloped. The Avengers aims at catering all kind of audience (those who love superheroes, or actions, or comedies) but delivers a mixture that is none.
The idea of superheroes never settled well with me. The idea that we, people, are helpless and need superheroes to save and protect us is a troubling idea to say the best about it.
I really don't understand all the hype around this movie. 2 hours of your time is worth more than the laughter you get from seeing Hulk smashing Loki to the floor a few times (and that's the only good thing in the movie).… Expand