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Movie Review: The Chef (Comme un Chef) …Light as a Souffle, Sweet as a petit four

As my mother never fully agreed on me getting into a chef school, any food or chef-related movie always gets my full attention as it help me lives my fantasy as a chef somehow. The chef is a light and yet enjoyable french comedy, albeit slightly predictable in its storyline.

The chef tells a story about an over-idealist but genius young chef Jacky Bonnot (Michael Youn) who can’t seem to keep his job because of his idealism about food.  Forced to get a job by his pregnant girlfriend, he took a job as a painter which led him to meet his idol, famous classic French chef, Alexander Lagarde (Jean Reno). The story would then revolve around both of these two chefs, Bonnot and his problem with his girlfriend, and Continue reading “Movie Review: The Chef (Comme un Chef) …Light as a Souffle, Sweet as a petit four”

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Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island…uhhh, more like a journey to the ridiculous island..

A sequel to “Journey to the center of the earth”, this film is also based on another Jules Verne’s book, this time being The Mysterious Islands. It is no Oscar-worthy, but certainly bearable and can do no harm as a family-movie, although it seems to be more of a kid’s movie i guess?

As a 21 years-young , (with an old soul) i found this film to be a bit silly and dull. It doesn’t have enough comedic sense that could potentially save the whole film. And i certainly believe that it would be more interesting if the movie were directed towards a comedy-adventure genre, because to be honest, it wasn’t that great of an adventure movie. And that’s kind of strange remembering Dwayne Johnson (The Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan) and Luis Guzman (How to make it in America) were starring. The only reason i watched this movie till the end was probably because i didn’t wanna part so fast the ever super cute and charming Mr Josh Hutcherson, and yes – i might be biased here,..but- Hutcherson did become the most believable actor in this movie compare to others who seems to act strangely ,although we could definitely blame that on the CGI-fest throughout the movie.

Another flaw that i noticed was the scene-change which i thought was a little choppy, making the scenes to be a little bit disconnected.

Roumor has it, there’ll be a third sequel based on Verne’s From The Earth To The Moon, let’s hope that it could be as good as the first one rather than this one !

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Melancholia : Depression at the End of the World

Melancholia is a beautifully made film wrapped in a subtle but powerful drama along with a hint of scifi vibe. I loved how the Director and Producer Lars von Triers created such an extraordinary piece of work that has such a bold atmosphere ,it draws you in right away. Of course it was helped by the great performance of its cast such as TV actor Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch) and English actress Charlotte Gainsbourg who is the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg. But the award for the best actress should go to Kristen Dunst who probably delivered her best acting performance in this film.

Melancholia is worth watching for various reasons. The story-line itself is captivating as it tries to project the supposed psychological reaction towards the end of the world which i guess could also be a metaphor of how you deal with various problems in life. Gainsbourg’s character represents those who deal with pressure, in this case, the end of the world, with such a panic and denial. While Dunst’s character represents the opposites, as she was calm and apathetic.

Since the beginning of the movie , we are provided by tranquil pictures and beautiful settings. The music ,characterized by its sorrowful melody, sets the tone for the rest of the movie,

Even so, the movie itself is not without flaws. It is such a lengthy movies. The pace is slow, and it stops way too long in certain scenes which I supposed was intended for the audience to capture and soak emotions profoundly. And it was fine for me.

By the end of the film, I have to say I was wowed by the strength of the last scenes. It was such a powerful and dramatic ending that it made me gasp. This film left me with a sadness, depressions , and a slight of fright that haunted me for, honestly, quite a while. And yes, this film will give you a melancholy….or melancholia (not sure which one is the right noun). I supposed this film is not for everyone. But it certainly gives you an unforgettable experience that makes you want to live your lives as if tomorrow never comes.

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Ladri di Biciclette : Bicycles and Struggles

As a part of the ever-fun film study class, few days ago i had to watch and review an Italian neo-realist movie called Ladri di Biciclette. I watched a lot of French and Spanish movies before, but never Italian, so it was truly my first experience ever of watching Italian movie. so, i thought i would share my 2 pennies to you guys.

By showing this movie, our lector was trying to introduce us to the neo-realist movement in film industry that emerged right after the end of WWII. Italian neo-realist movies itself mostly highlight the poor socio-economic conditions especially in relations towards employment sector. That severe condition in Italy was pretty much the background setting of this movie, Ladri di Biciclette.

Ladri di Biciclette tells a story of a working class man named Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), a devoted husband and a proud father, who is trying to find his missing bicycle that was stolen on his first day of work. Along his journey to find his bicycle, he was accompanied by his son Bruno.

As a part of neo-realist movement, this movie really Continue reading “Ladri di Biciclette : Bicycles and Struggles”