johnvigers: An enchanting film carried, in noble fashion, by Asa Butterfield, whose performance outshines that of most of the adult players. The scenes of bustle at the station are well done, however the two occasions where he is about to be mown down on the tracks didn`t work for me-a speeding train seems to be approaching the terminus at impossible velocity! The overall effect of the movie is excellent and the conclusion well done.
anyone77: ''Hail Hazana!,'' made in Spain in 1978, when the memory of the Franco dictatorship was still fresh, may be taken as a parable of the country's political transformation. We are in a Roman Catholic boys' school, where each day begins with the neatly turned-out lads, in orderly columns, singing their anthem: ''Beloved School, Second Home.'' No graffiti mar the walls, and the head of the school maintains surveillance through binoculars from an upstairs window.
But rebellion is afoot, incited by ideologically and sexually repressive measures. Discontent is expressed at first in small incidents - a broken window, a fire. The school director, a priest who fancies himself a master of adolescent psychology, quarrels with his prefect, a tough disciplinarian, over how to handle matters, and the boys take advantage of the disarray to mount a full-fledged rebellion. The revolutionary cry ''Arriba Hazana!'' refers to Manuel Azana, a president of the pre-Franco Republic, about whom the students know nothing except that ''he must be terrific, the way the priests hate him.''
The movie's director, Jose Maria Gutierrez, who also collaborated on the screenplay, builds convincingly to the rebellion, shrewdly exploring the divisions among the students as well as the faculty. Fernando Fernan Gomez as the prefect and Hector Alterio as the head of the school never become outright villains; however benighted their outlook and actions, they truly care for the souls of their charges and are distressed and confused by the uprising. The students are by turns mischievous, frightened, daring and slightly cracked, as they commit small nuisances that smack of sacrilege and work themselves up to demands for sex education and a role in running things. They build a mass movement against compulsory mass.
The movie is especially sharp in its recognition of how readily rebels may resort to demagogy; in a mild way, a couple of the student leaders come to resemble the tyrants they are combating. Unfortunately, Mr. Gutierrez's edifying anti-authoritarianism turns his movie soft. An up-to-date sort of priest (he wears mufti and smokes) takes over, makes reasonable concessions and gives the boys a say in their school's operations. The last fifteen minutes become a civics lesson in democracy - much too rosy, but perhaps just what was needed for the Spain of the time. HAIL HAZANA was based on the novel ''El Infierno y la Brisa'' by Jose Maria Vaz de Soto.
GwenKillerby: A perfectly standard youth film, yet, it's so well made and the cast is acting so well, it's evolves to something special. Nice to see it is not zu feige to address lesbian love with 15 year old actresses, their age at the time of shooting.
oliver_twist: a great movie, yes. it's somehow promoting the Ketogenic Diet which is worthy of promoting. This is about a simple, happy family who suddenly is challenged by fate. The youngest son is starting to have seizures and receives not-so-sure & painful anti-epileptic treatments. Well, we can't blame the doctors, just doing their job.
Eorin shinbu Year: 2004 Country: South Korea Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance Review: The only thing sixteen year-old Seo Bo-Eun's grandfather wants is to see her wed, even going as far as to fake a fatal illness to get his way. He arranges her marriage to twenty-something Park Sang-Min, the grandson of a family friend. Keeping their marriage a secret from all but a select few, the newlyweds try to live their separate lives as normally as possible, but it becomes far more complicated than they ever imagined... - IMDb
Santa Claws Year: 2014 Country: USA Genre: Family / Fantasy Review: Santa is allergic to cats, so he has a policy against delivering them as gifts, but little Tommy has been SO good, and all he wants is one small kitty. Santa says OK, but instead of one, the whole litter climbs into the sack. When Santa has a major allergic reaction, the kittens have to take over and deliver the presents on time. - IMDb
TMP Panyee FC Year: 2011 Country: Thailand Genre: Short / Drama / Sport Review: In the small fishing village of Koh Panyee in Southern Thailand resides one of the most successful football youth teams. Produced as part of an advertising campaign, the Thai Military Bank introduce this dramatized documentary which looks at the roots of football in a village built on stilts with almost no space at all. Inspired after watching the 1986 World Cup on television, the local children build a floating wooden pitch with open sides and the occasional exposed nail and honed their skills on the wet wood with bare feet; however their first real challenge came when they went to the mainland for their first tournament. - IMDb
Ártún Year: 2014 Country: Iceland Denmark Genre: Short / Drama Review: A boy from a small town has never kissed a girl. One day he and his friends decide to go to the 'big city' to see if they have more luck there. In the city, the boys get much more than they bargained for. - IMDb
Eliot Year: 2013 Country: Belgium Genre: Short / Drama Review: A young man, Eliot, comes back in his childhood district with the aim of preparing a movie for the Film School's admission exams. He meets up with Florence, a girl he hasn't seen for years. Together they recall the days when Eliot lived to the full thanks only to the super 8 camera his understanding father had offered him, sweeping along in his cinematographic adventures his best friend Maxime, who is wholly different from him and so lively, as well as Florence, whom he secretly had fallen for. The discord will soon lead to competition between the two boys until the day Eliot gets humiliated and changes his film roles in order to gain Florence's favors. But nothing runs as expected... - IMDb
Independencia Year: 2009 Country: France Philippines Germany Netherlands Genre: Drama Review: Mimicking early silent films, Independencia creates a lush metaphor that plays with cinematic illusions and the cultural and mythical history of the Philippines. - IMDb
The Unbroken Year: 2012 Country: USA Genre: Thriller Review: Sarah Campbell has to start her life over again after a messy divorce leaves her broken, lost, and alone for the first time in years. Having to live in a dumpy apartment complex with some interesting people is the least of her worries when strange things begin to happen in her new home including visions of a little boy in the mirrors. Passing them off as her "crazy imagination", things intensify when Sarah starts to have nightmares about being murdered and tossed into a shallow grave by a "shadowy figure". As her nightmares become more vivid, so do her encounters with the ghostly child who begins terrorize her and cause "accidents" wherever she goes. After a visit to a local "psychic/Paranormal expert", Sarah is told that she must help the ghost complete his unfinished business so he can cross to the other side. Through an encounter with her charming next door neighbor, Sarah realizes her neighbor is the "shadowy figure" that she has been dreaming about...and that he murdered the little boy. Now knowing what she has to do, Sarah along with her friend Tommy set out to prove that Mr. Middlebrooks is not the perfect neighbor he seems to be. - IMDb
7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul Year: 2013 Country: South Korea Genre: Comedy / Drama Review: Successful Ryoo Seung-yong comes back as a fool Yong-gu for his daughter! Outsiders not allowed! In room number 7 of the prison where all kinds of criminals are gathered, comes Yong-gu, a father with the sense of a 6 year-old and his 7 year-old daughter Ye-seung. The mission of these criminals in room number 7 is to protect these two who can never stay apart for a single moment. Will they succeed? - IMDb
The Sparrows (TV series 2014–) Year: 2014 Country: USA Genre: Family Review: Following the death of his wife, a man moves home with his estranged father to try to build a new life for his two children. - IMDb