dimecres, 4 de maig de 2011

Films I watched in 2010 (III)

And here's the last part of the films I watched in 2010 (finally!). Enjoy!


Die Welle (Dennis Gansel)

Synopsis... Rainer Wenger (Jürgen Vogel) wants to teach the Anarchy seminar for his high-school students during cultural week because he's an anarchist himself, but he gets the Totalitarism seminar instead. In order not to make the seminar boring, he makes an experiment: his students will have to act as if they were living under a totalitary regime, a dictatorship, for a whole week.

Opinion... The starting point is very interesting: after Nazism, society would have learned that totalitarism is not the best option, and people would be mature enough not to let similar events happen. But whoever said that history repeats itself was right, and the kids get a bit too happy about the experiment to a point that even the teacher, Rainer, can't keep control of it and tradegy is unavoidable.

I haven't read the book this movie is based off, but I think that the plot sometimes focuses on the individual kids' problems (be it love, family, academics...) too supperficially at some points. Also, the camera movements make you feel like you're watching a videoclip in some scenes (the rave scene, for example). But the message is what really matters with this film, and I think it manages to reach the viewer.

Wall-E (Andrew Stanton)

Synopsis...Wall-E is a robot in charge of piling up cubes of trash, and also the only inhabitant of the Earth 700 years from today. The planet's population has been forced to live in a spaceship because the levels of pollution are too high to make life possible. One day, Wall-E and his friend, the cockroach, are paid a visit from EVE, whose mission is to find a sign that Earth is inhabitable once again.

Opinion... I most sincerely believe that Pixar is a synonim for magic nowadays, and Wall-E proves it. It might not seem like a very attractive film when they tell you that there are almost no dialogues, and that the story takes place in a deserted Earth. However, words are not necessary, because through Wall-E's and Eve's expressions, gestures and actions the spectators can perfectly understand what's going on. Plus Wall-E is adorable. An animated masterpiece.

Life of Brian (Terry Jones)

Synopsis... Brian of Nazareth is born on the same night and in the same place as Jesus Christ, and will have a parallel adult life. But people are strange in 1st century Galilee, not so different from today.

Opinion... I had already watched Life of Brian before, and I did so again because I decided to analyse the cultural aspects that appear in the film. Therefore, I watched it like ten times per week, which I must say is not really healthy. Monty Python's humour is peculiar, absurd and great, the film is a parodical criticism to Judeo-cristianism, the church as an institution, the ancient Romans, and even present-day politics, cooked altogether with stereotypes, puns, cultural references and humour of all sorts. It's a must-see, though, a classic among parodies, which has in turn been parodied and served as inspiration for other comedians.

RENT (Chris Columbus)

Synopsis... A group of friends live a bohemian lifestyle in NYC at the beginning of the 1990's and have to deal with problems such as not being to live off their dream careers, AIDS and not being able to pay the rent. Add some love and singing to that and you've got the musical RENT!

Opinion... One of my favorite musicals so far. Based off the plot from Puccini's La Bohème, we meet a group of bohemians who try to survive in a world that wants to crush them. The songs are very catchy and enjoyable, there is romance of all sorts (both straight and homo) and drama. Although some songs are cut from the original musical and it's not as "tough", it's still a very enjoyable musical or "rock-opera". And no matter how many times I watch it, I never can stop crying from the second half of the second act until the end.

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