Irakal (English: The Victims) is a 1985 Malayalam psychological thriller film written and directed by K. G. George and produced by the then prominent actor Sukumaran.The film is an in-depth...
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Armchair O (us) wrote: For those of us who write about film - spurred for this critic by a passion for the medium that oozes from my very pores - Roger Ebert was our great mentor, a poetic grandfatherly figure who seemed to simplify the art of simply being honest. For 46 years, Ebert wrote about movies in a way that made us appreciate them. He spoke in plain English, devoid of the snootiness and bitterness that pushed us away from many of his contemporaries. He had a love of movies that couldn't be faked. Many of us came to know Ebert from his TV show "Siskel and Ebert" with fellow critic Gene Siskel. They were unflinchingly honest, scalding bad movies while praising the good ones. The great movies they carried on their shoulders. Their passion was infectious. They are the reason for the review that you are currently reading.Ebert would turn his love of film into a metaphor for life. As the documentary Life Itself opens, we hear Ebert explain that "For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy; it lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears. It helps us identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."Life Itself (available on iTunes and VOD) examines the life of the world's most famous critic for all its light and dark moments. This is not a sponge-cleaned prepackaged documentaries that glorifies Ebert as a product, but rather the bittersweet story of a kid who came from a small town in down-state Illinois, fell in love with journalism, developed a deep passion for the movies, and became famous by being lucky enough to talk about it on television. Somewhere in between he fought and won a battle over alcoholism; wrote the screenplay for a Russ Meyer movie; found a cure for his loneliness in his beloved wife Chazz (whom he met in AA), and won a Pulitzer Prize that he liked to lord over his television colleague Gene Siskel.Directed by Steve james (whose Hoop Dreams was one of Ebert's favorite films) the movie takes us through all the stages of Ebert's life, from his lonely childhood, to his college years, to his budding early days as a cub reporter, to his many years on television and through the battle with cancer that claimed his life last year. Much of the film is narrated in Roger's own words from passages from his memoir "Life Itself" and narrated by voice actor Stephen Stanton. The book was the work of a man who came to believe in full disclosure after the death of his co-host Gene Siskel in 1999. Ebert wasn't told about Siskel's illness for a long while and he was bitter about it. So, years later, when he became ill himself, he started a blog, from which he poured as much confessional as he could. He was part of the early development for this documentary, and he wanted nothing left out.Ebert's difficult final years aren't glossed over. Between the interviews, his wife Chazz documented his difficult battle with cancer that, in 2006, robbed him of his lower jaw and his ability to speak. There is a difficult moment in which we see Ebert in extreme discomfort as his nurse attempts to adjust a tube in his throat. All the while, the light in Roger's eyes still gleams, helped in no small part to his wife whose sunny disposition is not only infectious, but inspiring. James doesn't shy away his camera away from Ebert's disfigurement, his jaw which sling down. It's hard not to be aghast by it at first, but his positive outlook makes you comfortable with him.This was something Ebert was an expert in. Many of those of us who aspire to write about film gained out love of film from "Siskel and Ebert." I was no different, seated in front of my television set every Saturday at 3pm listening to two guys argue and then praise great movies. In 1998, I began a personal correspondence with Roger Ebert in which he championed my ambition to become a professional critic. He and Siskel made you want to get involved in wrapping yourself up in great movies. For Ebert, it was part of his personality. He was positive, compassionate and often poetic about life in general. Life Itself shows us all the reasons that Ebert is so beloved, and why his passing leaves such a hole. He simply loved life itself.
Carly G (br) wrote: I recognize the problems with the documentary--that the filmmaker somewhat forced her philosophies and bias onto her subject--but I think that adds to the film, seeing that it is in fact a documentary. The filmmaker and the subject getting frustrated with each other, that's reality, and that's what I look for in a documentary. The story was very transparent, and the filmmaker was willing to admit that she was wrong in some ways. The fact that the subject was skeptical throughout the movie gave it more value. I don't want a movie that is preaching to the choir, I want something that challenges my thoughts and my beliefs.
Traci B (de) wrote: I don't know what's creepier, the aliens, or Christopher Walken....
BJ B (es) wrote: The summary for this says "in its rush to document an emergent culture [it] ignores plot, acting, cinematography, and anything else that makes a movie watchable or worthwhile."I couldn't agree more. That said, as a cultural artifact of the early days of rap/hip-hop it's quite an interesting time capsule. Also includes before-the-were-famous scenes with Rick Rubin, the Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J. If you rocked the fat laces back in the day (like I did) you'll find it a fun nostalgia trip. It's just not a good movie.
Holly B (us) wrote: Such an adorable love/comedy.
Donald W (ru) wrote: This was the first movie Hollywood made about the Viet Nam War after John Wayne's "The Green Berets". It's set just before Johnson's reelection in 1964. It shows the problems the U.S. had in fighting the war. It's low budget and they tried to use the weapons, equipment and uniforms that were used in 1964. It's about the quality of a made for TV movie. Some of the extras didn't look very Vietnamese and their hair was too long and some had mustaches. I don't think there were very many soldiers with mustaches in 1964. It got an R rating due to the language and violence, no nudity. It is a war movie though. It's a pretty good movie. I first saw this movie in Stillwater, OK in what had been the old Aggie Theater but had been converted into a twin theater. When I got to the theater I ran into a couple of guys from my dorm floor. Turns out the one I thought was just some hippy dude about my age had actually been to Viet Nam and was an ex-Marine and was three years older than me. We all enjoyed the movie and then we went to a beer joint and talked for a while. The best line in the movie was "Nobody drives slow in this country."
THEdjpluto (gb) wrote: Couldn't even finish it. This movie is the very definition of ridiculous.
Steven S (mx) wrote: Inspired by Sergio Leone, it can end up being your favorite spaghetti western, hell, even your favorite western, even though it is half-joking. The action jokes, the scenes and of course the music are stunning.
Cameron J (ag) wrote: Great fun. A true classic.
Kenny S (nl) wrote: Its okay but you get lost in the plot - which is frankly all over the place. I like a more solid plot in my movies (for the most part).
Seychelle G (ru) wrote: Just another plant-based documentary highlighting the fact a diet high in animal protein causes disease and ill health in the body.
Alejandro R (kr) wrote: I've watched these movies so out of order that I frankly, am not keeping track so I'm not very connected to the storyline's flow. Despite that, I really enjoy each of these. I suppose that says something about the story of each film, that if I can watch them out of order and not really connect to the flow from one to the other, but nevertheless enjoy them for the different elements that make a great film, then it makes it worth it in the end, just by virtue of great storytelling and filmmaking.I suppose that's also why the writer is the wealthiest fiction writer of all time with a net worth of $2.5 Billion. She knows how to capture the imagination.
Umair A (fr) wrote: loved it! From begining to end!