Defense of the Realm
After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.
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Lee M (it) wrote: In parts charming, nuanced and internal, Lou is a film for contemplative viewing. It lacks the dynamics or scale of grand Cinema but the journey of the key characters has a melancholy sweetness
Eyal D (kr) wrote: An Israeli drama with satirical undertones, THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is an allegorical exploration of one uncompromising man's attempt at embracing humanity through a series of events that sends him off to an unnamed Eastern Bloc country, but really Romania, to appease the family of a foreign worker killed by a suicide bomber. THRM observantly combines comedy and pathos to achieve its somewhat successful final results. Director Riklis who specializes in probing studies of contrasting cultures at odds mostly built around borders (LEMON TREE & THE SYRIAN BRIDE) here raises the bar by taking his central character on a reluctantly self-fulfilling mission to a foreign land.
Kenneth D (jp) wrote: I cried for the first time in years when they revealed the fates of the 13 abductees. Scarily moving.As for the movie itself, I think it played up the tensions and pulled at your emotions too often, and at inappropriate times. For example, the steady drum beat used to make you more anxious right before the unavailing of a new fact.Also, one thing that was NOT addressed at all, was about halfway through the movie, when the Japanese girl said "My friend said 60 years ago Japan did the same thing (Abducted innocent Koreans)." It was just left there as the girl started crying, the people nor the film makers commented on this.
Annie Y (gb) wrote: a very good taking film
Walter M (gb) wrote: [font=Century Gothic]"Black Girl" is an incisive allegory from Ousmane Sembene about the relationship between France and Senegal, made shortly after Senegal's gaining its independence. Diouana(Mbissine Therese Diop), like many others in Dakar, is unemployed and looking for work. Luckily enough, she finds work as a nursery maid for a French couple(Anne-Marie Jelinek & Robert Fontaine) who have three young children. At the beginning of her employment, Diouana brings them a native mask as a gift. When they move back to France, they bring along Diouana but they mislead her as to what her responsibilities will be, leaving her to feel exploited and trapped inside an apartment all day long as she is separated both from the vibrant France she imagines and the support system she left behind in Senegal. To add to this, she suffers the condescension and lack of respect from the other French people she encounters as she serves them at the dinner table.[/font]
Dominic S (kr) wrote: Yes I agree that this is one of Hollywood's classics, as well as one of Judy's best roles. It's a real happy go lucky type of musical that has the values that were present in real life at the time of this film's filming.This film is a classic but still has that corny ending.Meet Me in St. Louis, I give you a 90%.
V Ellis W (us) wrote: Predictably trite story done in service of the continued mental enslavement of an entire race of people who will continue to eat it up with a spoon.
Torion O (br) wrote: It's okay, I guess. The thing I enjoyed most was noticing the number of actors I recognized, which doesn't say a lot for the story's ability to hold your attention. Come to think of it, it almost seemed like the movie was purposely distracting from the story with its visuals, quirks, and digressions, which, I guess, is fair enough because the kids don't have that strong of a presence as the other actors to guide the movie. One forced plot point that aggravated me was the necessity to keep the toy shop owner's background unknown, because it led to unrealistic and forced character moments. Speaking of forced, holy crap did the kid actor's face seem to be struggling to stay in character.
Anna B (ag) wrote: Of course, what was progressive then is now mundane, but its mundanity is kind of what makes it progressive even today; no histrionics or forced drama, just people loving who they love, and mourning when that love is taken away and then moving on with their lives. It's very rare in fiction (with good reason; only the surest of hands can make it work) so it's nice to see it happen every so often.
Art S (jp) wrote: Easily my favorite British gangster film, driven by a powerhouse performance by Bob Hoskins and an amazing propulsive score by Francis Monkman. Hoskins is the leader of a "corporation" that is seeking to bring the Olympics to London (in 1988) and do a multimillion development of the docklands area. On Good Friday, he meets with his potential American business partner (played by Alphaville's Eddie Constantine) to seal the deal. However, all hell breaks loose, as bombs explode and Hoskins' associates are murdered. He is being done over and he doesn't know by whom -- the movie unfolds as a good mystery should, only gradually revealing the brutal truth. The score, the editing, and the intermittent violence help to ratchet up the tension which shows in the emotional performances by Hoskins and his moll Helen Mirren. Highly recommended.
Matthew H (br) wrote: My favorite of the trilogy and the best and moving conclusion of the best trilogy since Star Wars.
Marilee A (gb) wrote: Movies like this are why I love Old Movies, Excellent Story Well Portrayed, that Warms your Heart & Drains your Tears
Leo K (ru) wrote: This is really just a drama about a really smart guy in an old-world bureaucracy and the trials and tribulations he faces. The connecting theme simply being math, but not particularly well defined or explained.