In a Spiral State
In the city of Los Angeles, millions of lives intersect everyday, but each individual is still isolated from the whole. A number of strange incidents occur to four men and four women, just as their own lives begin to spiral out of control. Surrounded by con artists, frauds, drug addicts, and homeless people, a story starts to form in a screenwriter's head. Little does he know, his characters seem to have come to life as well. Things takes a surprise turn, as these LA residents find themselves locked into a mystery together. While relating to quantum mechanics, our own spiral galaxy, and the struggle of human existence, an urban love story grows out of the vine of disconnection.
- Stars:Julie Fine, Ofri Fuchs, Adam Meir, Lizzy Strain, Mae Moreno, Casey Wickson, Bianca Allaine Barnett, Jed Rowen, Don Purnell, Eric Fleming, Ken Cravens, Gidget Gein, Messy Stench, Elissa Dowling, Lyla Sullivan,
- Director:Ramzi Abed,
- Writer:Ramzi Abed
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(jp) wrote: Too much flashbacks effects but good very indie film.
(gb) wrote: Do people like Kay Anderson really exist in America? Forget South Central L.A. Forget the South Side of Chicago. The scariest place in America is Orem, Utah! Great documentary!
(ru) wrote: Life is a story. This phrase is taken literally in the 2006 film Stranger Than Fiction. Harold Crick, played by the generally comedic Will Ferrell, is a meticulous IRS agent who wakes one morning and realizes that there is a voice in his head narrating his everyday life. Director Marc Forster pairs Ferrell with other stars, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson, to give life to this drama comedy. Set in what appears to be a major city in America, Stranger Than Fiction takes you on a journey of self discovery, a quest of uncertainty, and an exploration of love. Harold Crick is an average, boring IRS agent who lives a very calculated life, meticulous down to the 76 strokes of his toothbrush every morning. It is during one of these brushstrokes that his life changes at the sound of an anonymous woman's voice narrating his routine. Harold's carefully controlled life is turned upside down by the presence of the voice only he can hear. To change his fate, he seeks the assistance of a literature professor. When the professor hears that the voice said, "Little did he know...would result in his imminent death" he knows that Harold is not crazy and could not be narrating his own life. The two attempt to seek out which novel he may be a part of and who the voice might be. Meanwhile, Harold begins a new life: that of one who knows of their impending doom but wants to live fully before then. He develops new hobbies, a new love interest, and begins a new life of adventure while that ever lingering thought of his death remains in the forefront of his mind. The visual effects in this movie were well used to elaborate on the calculated character of Harold Crick. The 3D animated information graphics shown during the opening sequence of this film were highly impressive. From the numbers showing how many brushstrokes Harold was at, to the calculated display of the different stages of tying a single windsor knot shown as Harold ties his tie. Each one shows thoughtful and creative design meant to captivate the audience and make them feel as if they are watching a computer animated life. This technique also allows the audience to see the control Harold's watch has on his life and how that all may change if something were to happen to it. The background music was well used in this movie to set the tone for each scene and the characters personalities. In the beginning, as Harold's routine is being typed out onto the screen, there is monotonous music playing in the background to emphasis the computed life of Harold Crick. This background music drastically changes when Harold enters Ana Pascal's cafe. Harold goes there with the intention of auditing her, yet Ana refuses and playing in the background is rebellious punk music. Punk music seems to have a common theme of 'sticking it to the man' and in the scene Ana is sticking it to the IRS agent. The music is artfully used to create mood and reveal different aspects of Ana and Harold's characters. Over all, I thought the film worked well as a drama but may have been lacking in the comedy department. Dramas are meant to keep you in suspense till the very end and rely on the development of a realistic character. I found Harold Crick to be a relatable realistic human and he definitely developed from his mundane self to a more adventurous version. As a comedy it did not do as well because of its poor attempt at witty humour and gambling with someone's life is never amusing. As a drama I would give it thunderous applause, but not quite a standing ovation. As a comedy I would give it a soft golf clap. Potential viewers would be people that enjoy a drama with a comedic flare and who are okay with a little predictability.
(ca) wrote: Ja, snn helt grei film man bare tilfeldigvis ser p tv. Jamie Foxx fr alt det jvlig irriterende oppstyret rundt'n. Smartig, gissel/ran-opplegg med litt action.
(gb) wrote: Watch it for some good laughs!!!!.....dont look for logic and you will enjoy this one for sure.....Govinda and anupam kher rock in this movie....sanjay also does his part well.....kader khan also excels!!!Must Watch!
(ca) wrote: This is a great suspense thriller movie that is shot with style. I would say movies like 8mm and Vacancy have borrowed elements from Mute Witness. I have seen a similar movie though but I can't remember the name of it - it also has a sub-plot that the victim witnesses a murder but then it turns out she was wrong. But then the plot twist turns out she was right all along. These are the kinds of gems I like.
(ca) wrote: Hal Hartley's best film (in my opinion) and my 2nd favorite comedy of all time. So many elements are spot-on that it's hard to pinpoint what makes it so great: the deadpan writing and acting, Hartley's guitar-driven score, or the iconic "Kool Thing" dance scene. Simplistic in nature, brilliant in execution.
(nl) wrote: A bit of a final hurrah before the Carry On films started to decline into the 1970s. The films had long been associated with seaside comic postcard humour so it's something of a surprise that it took until this point in the series for them to actually set one at a seaside resort.Fircombe is a struggling South Coast resort where it's always raining and there's little for the holiday makers to do. To try and boost the local economy councillor Sid James suggests they hold a beauty contest which he would be only too happy to organise. The mayor agrees but the news is less well received by Sid's girlfriend, hotel owner Joan Sims, and fellow councillor June Whitfield. As a bevy of young girls descend on the resort Whitfield organises a women's-lib style action group determined to sabotage the event - and various comedy japes ensue.As with any Carry On film this is light on plot and heavy on innuendo and slapstick. What raises these films above others of the type are the cast of genuine comic genii character actors that they pull together. Unfortunately it's around this time that some of the original group of cast members began to drop out of the series so we have no Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey or Hattie Jaques which is what really stops it being worth a five star rating as despite these omissions the jokes are genuinely funny and the comedy light and entertaining. Yes, it can hardly be said to be striking many blows for women's lib, despite the fact that it's the female characters that are generally the more intelligent and get one over their more doltish male compatriots, but these films were a product of their time and owe more to music hall than high brow theatre!The usual Carry On comic elements are all on display, knockabout chases, men dressed as women, mistaken identity, and lots of innuendo all leading up to a climactic slapstick set piece but it's none the worse for that. It never did Shakespeare's comedies any harm now did it?
(jp) wrote: I remember seeing this ages ago but i don't remember really what it was like at all
(ru) wrote: Classic Shirley Temple.
(ca) wrote: Having always been my favourite Jean-Claude Van Damme action vehicle, it was time to watch Bloodsport and see if it still held up years later.I was young when I first watched Bloodsport, and I remember thinking it was the greates martial arts movie I had ever seen. It was also the first time I had ever seen a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie who still holds up today as my second favourite action star of all time. But I don't feel that I can say Bloodsport still hits my all time favourites list any more. Of course, this is partially because the gimmicks wear off after watching Bloodsport four times when the film is such a low budget guilty pleasureBased on the alleged true story of Frank Dux, Bloodsport is not a film which really pretends that it has much of a story. The tale surrounds the Kumite, an illegal underground fighting tournament where there are no holds barred. Any attempts to put plot points in are essentially just action and sports movie tropes passed off as being part of the Frank Dux's alleged life experience. How much of the story is true is ambiguous and finding out the truth is clearly going to be a challenge as many of his claims have been reputed over the years, as well as the fact that the underground nature of the kumite makes it a challenge to look into. Either way, the film makes its statement as a low-budgen 1980's martial arts film more than anything, and with its cheesy script and predictable plot points it certainly adheres to everything one should expect from a movie released under the Cannon Films label. However, the one good thing about the story which stands out is the fact that as a film about the kumite which is about bringing together fighting styles from all over the world, the diverse collection of fighting style depicted in Bloodsport give it a lot of credibility and creativity in the action. But as anyone can tell you, a $1.5 million martial arts film does not succeed on the credibility of its screenplay. The success of Bloodsport rests solely on the value of its action. Since the action is all about close combat martial arts fights with actors bringing in different styles from all over the world, there is creativity afoot. There are a few moments where the choreography is a little stiff or the editing may have poor continuity, but most of the time there is a lot of of powerfully versatile techniques thrown in there by a strongly dedicated cast. It is all captured with strong cinematography which shows the spectacle of two men fighting from a distance or the power of their techniques up close with editing that puts the occasional spin of slow motion on it all to emphasize their strength. The slow motion can be a little much at times, but it does emphasize some amazing moves which is what really matters. There is plenty of action in the film, and it has an occasional touch of blood to it without being excessive as well as a little deadpan comedy in sporadic moments. The fight scenes in Bloodsport are awesome, and it proves the potential for how much one can do on a low budget when they will push the physical capabilities of martial artists.The technical values of Bloodsport are pretty good for such a low budget film. The cinematography always manages to capture the Asian landscape of the film very nicely with smooth movements, while the musical score adds a gentle sense of atmosphere to the film in terms of its 80's feeling and Hong Kong location. The musical score in Bloodsport is notable awesome mainly because it has a distinctive song called "Fight to Survive" which plays during the montage scene of the film. Anyone knows that a good 80's sports movie comes with a solid montage song, and the fact that Bloodsport boasts one is awesome.And though the acting in Bloodsport is certainly not revolutionary, the cast certainly bring their own assets to the experience.The focus in Bloodsport all rests around the performance of Jean-Claude Van Damme as it is his first leading role in a film, and within few seconds of being on screen, Jean-Claude Van Damme immediately exercises a clear foreshadowing of everything else to come in his performance. He displays a very thick Belgian accent which means he struggles to articulate all his words clearly, and this proves consistent over the course of the film as his charisma is fairly laughable at times. However, more importantly he is seen displaying magnificent fighting skills. His first technique to show off his his amazingly flexible ability to deliver high kicks against a speedball, and this is just the first of many tricks he has up his sleeve. As the film progresses, his talents become all the more clear as he fights with simulated blindness and delivers his iconic helicopter kicks with fighting passion. Bloodsport is also notable for some unintentionally hilarious moments where Frank Dux freaks out as a reaction to being temporarily blinded by a salt pill or when he lands his techniques with firm power and screams as a response. These scenes bring out the most intense facial expressions in Jean-Claude Van Damme, and they are a hilarious touch. Essentially, the story of Frank Dux will forever remain a mystery as its facts and fiction are difficult to discover, but Jean-Claude Van Damme's breakthrough effort as a martial artist on the film clearly pays tribute to the man incredibly well.It's also nice to see Donald Gibb in Bloodsport since the man has a legacy for playing Frederick W. "The Ogre" Palowaski in the 80's cult classic comedy Revenge of the Nerds, making him an actor distinct of that timeframe. Donald Gibb makes himself a welcome presence in Bloodsport by embodying the goofy American stereotype. He is heavyset, cocky and unable to escape the clutches of his alcoholism. Thanks to this, he is the one character who barely has a serious role in the story even though he does stand to serve as part of the motivation for the protagonist to succeed. His persona is easygoing and funny, lightening the mood of the experience and making it more fun. He also puts a good punch into the fight scenes, even though his techniques are a basic form of drunk boxing more than anything. He packs a good punch when bashing up his enemies and is clearly able to have fun with the role since he shares a friendly chemistry with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Donald Gibb does a great job bringing a lighthearted comic touch to Bloodsport with a distinctively 80's nature about him, and he plays an archetype so heavily in the best sense of the word.Bolo Yeung is also a nice touch. Though he is given little characterization, he plays antagonist Chong Li very well. Like Jean-Claude Van Damme he has some comic over the top moments when he makes intense facial expressions and whenever he speaks his accent seems to come and go with no consistency, but his performance rests on the solid fighting skills that he brings to the film. Though he is a sadistic character, Chong Li proves to be a very competent and confident martial artist who rarely lets his anger get in the way of his fighting style. Bolo Yeung conveys this through minimal changes in facial expression and a tenacious ability to throw kicks and punches at everyone that steps in his way. His sadism is strong and he really throws a mean punch when called upon to fight. And I'll admit that I will always remember his delivery of the line "You break my record, now I break you. Like I break your friend." as being one of the most notable lines in the film. Bolo Yeung proves to make a solid effort in Bloodsport, particularly when matched up against the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme.Leah Ayres has nothing to hide behind in Bloodsport because she doesn't fight and she isn't use for sex appeal, and that leaves her with the burden of having to actually act. Unfortunately, she is not up to the challenge. Rooted in a thoroughly generic archetype, Leah Ayres has little to do in the role from the start. But as it is, she is just genuinely not that good as an actress. She is melodramatic and whiny, and the film editing even faults her because during the many scenes where she has to react to something the editing cuts to a second before she is supposed to and so the result is that her acting comes off as delayed. Leah Ayres has no real purpose in Bloodsport since she isn't compelling or charismatic.There are many other strong fighters taking on supporting roles in Bloodsport as well, and the fact that Michel Qissi is one of them is cool. Also, considering that 1988 was the same year that Forrest Whitaker delivered a breakthrough performance in Bird and that now he holds an Academy Award for Best Actor, it is cool to see him so early on.So Bloodsport has all the conventional issues of a low-budget 80's martial arts movie, but with strong action choreography and a powerful breakthrough from Jean-Claude Van Damme and his jump kicks, there is a lot of fun to be had.
(gb) wrote: The status quo remains intact for this sequel, a little more gore and little less fun but Scream, Blacula, Scream should please fans of the first.
(jp) wrote: I think a lot of the reviews of this movie were made by people who are under the age of 40 or have recently watched it. In order to review a movie of this nature you need to understand the quality of movies made in the 80s and their style. Some regard Citizen Kane the greatest of all time, I don't because I was not from that film period. Taps is a fine example of some of Penn & Cruise's early work coupled with some late great work of Scott and maybe Hutton's best work ever. This movie deserves a lot better rating than 67% approval by the audience.