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K: "EVEREST" 2015

    Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
                                   My Rating: ☆☆☆☆

  Everest is one of the most beautiful films I've seen this year. There's not a single shot in that movie one couldn't frame and put up above the fireplace. The sound is amazing and the acting is top notch. But it's very poorly written. I mean, seriously. This is supposedly one of the most tragic events in the recorded human history, the second most deadly incident on mt. Everest. But when the tragedy actually happens, you aren't really moved by it because you don't care about the characters. I mean there are flashbacks of happy family times, pregnant wife, a man who climbs to make children proud, like.. all of this should make you feel really really sad, when someone dies, but it just doesn't work because the audience never gets close to the characters. Since the story is about one tragic event after another, the focus should be on the characters because otherwise we really don't care if anyone falls or freezes to death. With little-to-nothing backstories and superficial dialogues, one just does not care.
    (Spoiler alert) Perhaps one of the most sympathetic characters is Yasuko Namba, a japanese female climber, who has already conquered 6 of the 7 highest mountains of the world. But once the tragedy hits her and she dies, she's completely unmentioned, unnoticed and ..that's it. And also, what's up with Jake Gyllenhaal's character? Supposedly he's one of the main characters, but whenever he gets any screen time (which is not a lot) everything he does or says, makes you yell "WHY????" (he can still get it though, 10/10). Ughh...Anyway, as far as the story goes, everything is somewhat decent until the second half of the movie. From then on, it's just a slow is-he-going-to-die-yes-he-is-going-to-die-wait-maybe-oh-no-he-is-dying. AND you know what really grinds my gears? The phone calls between Rob and his preggerz wife, Jan. I understand that Rob gave up, but I would have expected his wife to push him a bit harder. (Spoilers end)
  That aside, "Everest" gave me an adrenaline rush. The shots and the sound together are so powerful, that one would never doubt why anyone would want to climb that dangerous, often deadly mountain. The cast is amazing (though mostly wasted) with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, JOHN HAWKES and the amazing ladies such as Robin Wright, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson. Sadly, the script doesn't do them any justice but oh well. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's so worth it to see "Everest" in 3D. It's probably the first time it really adds to the movie. IMAX is even better, I can imagine.
     "Why are you climbing mount Everest?" - "Because it's there"

"It follows" 2015

What else does one need to know? Go support the indie-horror gem of the decade in your local cinemas. It's a fucking masterpiece!!!

K: "Gone Girl" 2014

Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
                        My Rating: ☆☆

Wow. Just wow. It’s hard to remember the last time I felt like that after a movie. “Gone girl” was abso-fucking-lutely amazing.
The story follows Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), who in the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, discovers his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) to be missing. With under police investigation and media attention, Nick falls under suspicion and the storyline gets more fucked up with every scene. “Gone girl” is a movie I’d categorise in pretty much every genre. It’s thrilling and intense crime movie, with occasional scenes that are so funny, the whole movie theatre laugh’s, only to experience mind-blowing horror in the next scene.
  Writing about “Gone Girl” without spoiling the movie is extremely hard. We’re talking about a film so full of plot twists and turns, that the scenes were pretty much built up so that an intense scene would follow a peaceful scene and then again an intense scene, so the viewer could catch ones breath.  Or at least that's what I did. I had to collect myself every now and then, because I was so overwhelmed. I stared at the screen in awe and forgot how to breathe normally. “Gone Girl” gives you clues and hints of what the possible outcome of the story is all throughout the movie, but crushes them all after every other scene. Still, the viewer always has something to hold on to, even though one knows, that truth is probably something completely different.
   David Fincher has somehow made us question the most sacred union on planet earth- marriage. He makes it seem like an everlasting contest between lovers, where both try their hardest to outdo one another. Like that’s all there is to marriage, becoming so good at being married, that your other half just can’t criticise you. Fincher took the idea so far, that you probably feel disgusted with yourself, when the thought “who is my significant other r e a l l y?” crosses your mind after or during the movie. And the fact that he did that, is what makes it so amazing. Fincher has mastered portraying cold hearted characters who audience is drawn to (Se7en, Zodiac), but this time it’s fucking phenomenal. Major kudos to Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I would have never expected either one of them to deliver with such perfection.
   The movie has two big blocks, which are separated with the biggest twist in the story. It comes along roughly and hour into the movie. From that moment on, everything changes and the movie switches from slow, creepy, romantic memoirs and confusion to fast-paced, still creepy, psychological thriller. 
  Another thing I find extremely satisfying when it comes to G.G, is the accidental feminism part of the movie. There has been awhile since a movie with such a strong female characters saw daylight.  First of all, the book, Gone Girl, which the movie is based on, is written by an amazing writer, Gillian Flynn. Pike nails the part with such grace and perfection that it leaves you wonder, why the hell aren't they making more movies like that. Why women are (most of the times) portrayed as victims, sidekicks, eyecandys. When is "Wonder Woman" coming out? And "Black Widow" movie? Or any movie, where there are cool kickass girls. Oh well..
   G.G proves that you can't trust what you see. Or hear. Or even think. Everything's relative and changing all the time, but when it comes to G.G, I'm telling you, you can try but you won't be able to keep up. This movie is wild from the (creepy as hell!!!) opening scene to the closing titles.
    “Gone girl” hooks you up so hard, that even though it’s been a week since I first saw G.G, I’m still puzzled and amazed. What was that? Out of body experience, that’s what. 

 Oh and Fincher, gongrats on your tenth feature film! 

"Dope" 2015

Written and Directed by Rick Famuyiwa.

Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Forest Whitaker, Keith Stanfield, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, Chanel Iman & Rick Fox
"Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin"

I'm so so so so so excited for this one. Crazy cast, crazy. Can't wait to see Tony Revolori, introduced in "Grand Budapest Hotel", in something so different, A$AP Rocky and Tyga as actors? Known for "Workaholics", comedian Blake Anderson, prodigy Zoë Kravitz, who has another movie coming up this year, "Roxxy'n'Vincent" (which, by the way, has Kid Cudi in it, awesome), Forest Whitaker as a narrator (!!!!!!), Chanel Iman.. I'm beyond excited. First screening would be in Sundance festival, so I guess it would be a while until it hits the cinemas or online-streaming. The trailer was uploaded from Childish Gambino aka one of my favorite actor/comedian/rappers youtube account, but I failed to find out what does he got to do with the movie. Looking forward to it though.

L: "I Origins" (2014)

Written and directed by: Mike Cahill
Starring: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergés-Frisbey
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

My Rating:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

When Mike Cahill and Brit Marling first worked together to make the stunning movie that is Another Earth, my mind was blown. So obviously, when I heard that they were going to make another movie together, I couldn't keep myself from getting excited. Then the trailer came out and it was wonderful. And then a little bit after that Black Nights Film Festival hit Tallinn and this film was in the schedule. So I finally got to see I Origins.
Now it took me quite a long time to gather myself and finally write about it because, sadly, I Origins just wasn't a very good movie. 
Don't get me wrong - there are moments in the movie that are truly extraordinary but these moments are rare and hidden away in a pile of unnecessary information and story lines. The narrative is so all over the place the story can't even keep up with itself. It's hard to get into details without spoiling the movie but what annoys me the most is that the basic idea behind the story is actually really interesting and could've been quite innovative if it done, well… well.
 Apart from Astrid Bergés-Frisbey (whom I really wasn't that amazed by but I think that has more to do with her character than the actress) I can't really say anything bad about the acting. (How could I if you've got Brit Marling in the movie?) Nor do I have any bad words for the soundtrack. (I'm still listening to it.) And even with the directing I had no problems with. 
I think what made this movie seem to be lacking something is ironically the fact that the script had too much in it. Also (but this is a matter of personal taste) I was not fond of the shaky cam - I realise it was probably meant to give off a sort of realistic and raw vibe but in my case, it just didn't let me concentrate as much on the movie itself. But, if nothing else, I Origins is visually stunning. That's just… it.
Oh well, I guess I'll just go back to watching Another Earth again.
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