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.
The Passion of the Christ Year: 2004 Country: USA Genre: Drama Review: A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas. The crowd chooses to have Barrabas set free. Thus, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd--assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. There, more corporal cruelty takes place as Jesus is nailed to the cross--suffering, he hangs there, left to die. Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. He then beseeches God. At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns. - IMDb
Luisa Sanfelice (TV) Year: 2004 Country: Italy France Genre: Drama / Romance Review: Set at the close of the 18th century, the fictionalized love story based on real characters centers on a Naples aristocrat and her romance with a fellow rebel during a bid to overthrow the monarchy and establish a Neapolitan Republic. - IMDb
Après l'amour Year: 1992 Country: France Portugal Genre: Drama / Romance Review: Lola is an independent woman, a professional writer with 2 men on a string. Both men are married with children. When the men, and Lola, face having to make choices, Lola's comfortable life becomes less appealing. - IMDb
Anni felici Year: 2013 Country: Italy France Genre: Drama Review: A narcissistic artist finds his self-satisfied world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his previously devoted wife's extra-marital inclinations. - IMDb
For Members Only Year: 1960 Country: UK Genre: Drama Review: A somewhat prudish young lady inherits a nudist camp. She wants to shut it down, but is persuaded by its members to give the place a look before she takes any action. She agrees, and while touring the camp finds herself attracted to one of the patrons. The trouble is, so does another young woman at the camp. Complications ensue. - IMDb
The Smurfs 2 Year: 2013 Country: USA Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy Review: The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? - IMDb
The Magic Ferret Year: 2013 Country: Canada Genre: Short / Comedy / Drama / Family Review: Sam is a six-year-old orphan with a pet ferret named Booger. Sam is as cute as a button, but he just can't seem to find a family who wants him. When the newest prospective parents come to visit, Sam decides to impress them with a few magic tricks. He becomes "The Great Sambini" with Booger as his assistant. When his most amazing trick flops, Sam is deflated but not defeated, and with Booger's help he conjures up a different kind of magic. - IMDb
Everywhen Year: 2013 Country: Norway Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller Review: Everywhen is when everything happens at the same time. In the year of 2077 a large count of the worlds population, 3 billion, suddenly disappears. Did they all go to a parallel reality? A 17 year old boy forces himself back from this reality, to try to save his 6 year old brother. - IMDb