johnvigers: Sombre and at times rather disturbing, this was not an easy film to watch. It took an age to get going and for some while it`s gloomy, somewhat menaci approach was rather unappealing. By the end proceedings were a little more engaging-the interesting use of a pumpkin for example and the parachute cord swing. The boy towards the end did once smile, but this vision of post-disaster renewal wasn`t especially rewarding.
johnvigers: n unrelentingly bleak portrail of the harsh life led by inmates at a reform institution. Pollo, the main character, tries to make sense of his harsh cicumstances-but though he retains hope of escape,this 13year old experiences little encouragement and struggles to survive. The one sympathetic guard finds she cannot in the end do much to help. Told with occasionally confusing flashbacks this was a depressing movie.
johnvigers: Two brothers fend for themselves whilst their dad Sui (James Lee) works making manikins until late. As mandarin speakers they find life in their Malay school testing. Befriended by a girl,who plays a fishy trick on them, they adopt a pup and this leads to further adventures and problems. Though proceedings are slow at times, the children are appealing in their roles. After dad removes the pup, he starts to realise the boys need him to be there more for them. Director Liew Seng Tat has given an interesting slant on ordinary life.
Querô Year: 2007 Country: Brazil Genre: Drama Review: Querô is an orphan teenager, living alone near the docks in Santos, Brazil. Her mother, a prostitute, died when he was a baby, and he was raised in the bordello where she worked. He also doesn't know who his father is. Believing he rules his own destiny, he refuses to compromise with anyone else, the corrupt policemen always chasing him, the oppressive discipline in the juvenile institution Febem, or the drug dealers who try to lure him. But this independence has a price. - IMDb
Fort Apache Year: 2013 Country: USA Genre: Short / Action / Adventure / Drama Review: In 1940s America, a precocious young boy struggles to escape small town life. On the eve of his eleventh birthday he must choose between leaving home or following his brother down a path of violence and destruction in this coming of age story. - IMDb
The Strong Man Year: 1926 Country: USA Genre: Comedy Review: A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance. After the war, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical "strong man", Zandow the Great (Arthur Thalasso). While in America, he searches for Mary Brown... and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place. - IMDb
Wings Year: 1927 Country: USA Genre: Drama / Romance / War / Action Review: Two young men fall in love with the same same girl. After the US enters WWI, both join the Air Corps and become aces. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship. - IMDb