Director: Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is yet another triumph in the career of Werner Herzog, the world’s preeminent documentarian. Like one of his previous films (and my favorite of his) Encounters at the End of the World, Happy People invites those with a bit of curiosity to meditate about what is truly important of our time on this planet and reflect upon the happy simplicity of lives spent in far away lands most of us will never see.
After an unexpected yet necessary break, I am back at my blogging duties with a review I promised to deliver more than a month ago. Enjoy!
July was a good and busy month. I’ve been preparing to run the Chicago Marathon this coming October, and running has now taken a significant chunk of my time, especially as the date gets closer and closer. Despite a hectic couple of weeks at work, I was finally able to dedicate a little bit more time to this blog of mine, and watch a few more films than I have recently. In lieu of my “best 2014 films of the first half of the year”, I offer my thoughts on the best films of ANY YEAR that I have managed to watch since January.
Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle), Léa Seydoux (Emma)
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
We believe Adèle’s emotions because they are spoken through her eyes. She may not say much, and she may keep a lot to herself, but her big hazel eyes are as expressive as the painterly strokes in a Monet canvas. Adèle is a young teenager full of life and creativity. She enjoys a good book and she believes in love, not necessarily in the cute tale of the couple that lives happily ever after, but in the passionate, mad, irrational and uncontrollable kind of love that has led to wars, murders and impressive heroics throughout human history.
It’s been just over a month since my last post on this blog of mine. Though my attempt was to continue to keep it flowing with new reviews and monthly round-ups, there was this mammoth-size event looming on the horizon: the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Continued from last post.
Below a list of short reviews of films, books and videogames watched, read or played in the last couple of months. Due to unexpected delays, I had to add films that I’ve watched in May. Hopefully I can catch up by next month.
AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) [4/5]
Probably the wildest and funniest film by director David O. Russell up to this point. Find my full review here.
After a forced long hiatus, I’m back at blogging about some of my favorite things. In an effort to make this blog more representative of my interests, my monthly round-ups will now include short reviews of books read and videogames played (even if not completed) in addition to my usual run-down of films.
Below, the first part of a set of short reviews on anything I have had the pleasure to watch in the previous months.
Until I watched Her, I was not really sure why I liked the films directed by Spike Jonze. When you watch them all together, looking at the evolving career of an artist, it becomes obvious that this a film maker interested in stories that speak about heartache, alienation, social awkwardness and the power of imagination and creativity. More importantly, Jonze’s films tend to be more substantive on larger metaphorical themes that are open to interpretation, and less focused on the specifics of a particular story. In other words, the story is a vehicle through which to express or hint at certain emotions and ideas.
It is hard not to be fan of the work of Quentin Tarantino when you watch his very bold first entry into the history of film: the violent, crude, confident and testosterone-filled Reservoir Dogs from 1992.