You can read the original review (in Romanian) here.
Trance (director: Danny Boyle, writers: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge) is not unlike a distorted Rubik cube: as soon as you’ve solved on of its sides you discover that the others are still unsolved and, maybe even worse, their colors are even more mingled. Following the same line of reasoning, Trance tends to reorganize each facet so that everything seems all too complicated up until the point when everything clicks, every side is correctly aligned and the cube is finally solved.
Or: I’ve already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.
There are three big reveals in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the alternate-timeline-reboot that warped onto the silver screen in 2009. One was a reveal I was not expecting (and that left my mouth agape), one was a disclosure that I was expecting (and that was still goosebumps-inducing) and one that was a wonderful piece of fan service (that’s also squeal inducing). I will try to keep the review as spoiler-free as possible.
Or: Speak to me, kid! Tell me your name so I can tell your mother!
It’s very hard to pull off a remake. Sure, one could argue that it might be very easy to do a remake, especially nowadays when Hollywood seems to have run out of ideas completely but to pull it off is a whole other ball game. Based on a statistic that I have just invented, an average of 0.01% of the remakes that come out are actually any good or at least not atrocious and not a complete waste of time. In this 0.01% I’m including Piranha 3D (for obvious reasons, yes?), Scorsese’s stylish Cape Fear, Carpenter’s superb The Thing, Freaky Friday (JLC and Lindsay Lohan, hello?), Little Shop of Horrors, Cronenberg’s body-raping The Fly, Herzog’s eerie Nosferatu, Philip Kaufman’s paranoid Invasion of the Body Snatchers and so on.
Yesterday was a very special day for the B-EST festival and for me as well. At 13:00 o’clock the 50th anniversary restored edition of Luchino Visconti’s magnificently opulent period drama, Il Gattopardo, was projected in all its awe-inspiring glory.
I’m back! Although I did plan to put off writing about the 5th day of the B-EST festival until tomorrow, I eventually decided against it as the piece for tomorrow will be probably quite big (there are four movies playing today).
As yesterday I have failed in providing the update for the 3rd day of the BucharEST International Film Festival due to other engagements and today I need to keep you updated on the 4th day of the festival, I’ve decided that it would be so much easier for everyone were I to do a single post with both of the days.