Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on the most impressive movies we have watched in these past few months.
We use the following “rough” method for the rating.
*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent
**** (4 stars) great
***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended
IAN FLEMING 2016 with Dominic Cooper
It wasn’t a proper movie, but a mini fiction of two episodes, a biopic on the life of the mister Ian Fleming, the author of all stories that generated the 20-more movies of James Bond that aired on the Italian TV in early September.
He actually created the character of James Bond.
Mister Fleming hasn’t had a quiet life: he was a sort of spy for real, during the World War II, he contributed to create the today CIA, he contributed to decode “Enigma”, the cryptic system used by the Nazis to communicate. He was a brave man, even in love affairs, he led a life similar to the Bond’s one. I expected someone like Ernest Hemingway, because I read Fleming wrote the James Bond’s venture tales in Jamaica (Hemingway was in Cuba).
This delicious two-parts- movie told all of the life of the mister Fleming with a little fiction, some sex scenes were explicit. There was not so much blood or violence, but much action and venture.
It was interesting, funny. It was a thrill just like whenever I watch any of the 007 Bond movies !!
**** 4 stars out of 5
THE LGIHT OF YOUR EYES with Marguerite Yourcé, France, 2014
From a real fact: we are in the 1920s, in France, and the protagonist is a young girl affected by a severe neuro-disease that led her to be blind and to be deaf, since her birth. Her family wasn’t rich and they could not feed her or educate her normally, like any other child, not to mention her particular condition.
One day they bring the girl to a Catholic institute where a nun finally, after a long time, manages to take some little cares for her, because the young girl, untrusting anyone, let the nun approach to her, gradually.
This story turned into a movie is a poignant story and I have to admit that few tears rolled down on my cheeks. It recalled me a classic film of the French director Francois Truffaut, titled “L’Enfant sauvage”, that at school, when I was about 12-13 years old, our teachers forced us to watch!! The Truffaut movie shares few similarities, although the “Wild Boy of Alveyron” was abandoned in the jungle during his childhood and he was brought up by the apes; both these unfortunate children share “animal approach” towards anything human beings.
In the end, you come supporting the girl and her nun/tutor. Once she is turned into a human, so to speak, then she has to face the discrimination in real life.
*** 3 stars out of 5
THE INTERNATIONAL – (USA/Germany – 2009) with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts
It was an amazing spy story and some portions of it were shot in Italy, too, although in the credits it is not acknowledged.
I found actor Clive Owen half a way between Nicholas Cage and Aaron Eikherart, two of my fave actors off the new generation.
The story is very simple and maybe not so original: An agent of Interpol has to find the murderer of a co-worker: papers, visits, travels in other counties to get the clues, but the other colleagues of the same agency and other spy agencies make their best to put the man in difficulties. With wrong information or fake information, or corrupting the media to say another version of the truth. ….
The story is very simple: I think the best points on it were the suspense à la Hitchcock, the action, the 2.0 technology that recalled me also “Mission impossible”.
Glad to point out that there was not much violence, no obscene language and finally the right share of blood.
This was maybe a spy “B movie”, a little underrated, but it deserves to be watched more than one time.
**** 4 stars out of 5
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