German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder directs the made-for-TV melodrama Pioneers in Ingolstadt, based on the play by Marieluise Fleisser. The film opens as a parade of soldiers are marching through a town square singing patriotic songs. Alma (Irm Hermann) and Berta (Hanna Schygulla) are watching them and musing about their ideas on men and relationships. The soldiers (often referred to as pioneers) have been given the task of building a bridge in the town. Alma seems to understand that the soldiers only want her for short sexual encounters, so she's prepared to live her life accordingly. Meanwhile, romantic Berta falls in love with self-centered soldier Karl (Harry Baer), who all but tells her to get lost. The soldiers get drunk and beat up a random passerby. The women grow to hate Alma for her acceptance of life as a sex object. Naïve Berta is ultimately humiliated.
Lorelei W (ru) wrote: A group of four friends reunites for a weekend and are joined by a stranger that no one quite knows how to react to, though they all learn that there may be more to a person than what's apparent beneath the surface. Johnny Sequoyah may be the youngest among the cast, but her performance stands out as one of the best as Amy Smart's precocious daughter who befriends Will McCormack's eccentric character. The cinematography is spot-on and you won't believe how beautiful Idaho can be. Among Ravens is a quietly powerful film that stays with you long after you walk out of the theater.
David S (au) wrote: Although the slow pace can be off-putting, there's a deeper investigation about miracles in this open-minded film. Both reverent and skeptical, the story deals with both the commercialization of a holy site and the consequences of what could be a miracle.
Sophie C (us) wrote: Dception. Le preview m'avait pourtant motiv, le film ne m'a du moins pas pat.
Jessica L (fr) wrote: One of the last films I saw at the 2008 SFIAAFF, its an entertaining Korean gangland movie with one small twist--environment, we're talking about the underbelly of NYC versus the streets of Seoul and with that is the culture change from purely Korean to the offshoot Korean American experience. The cast and director gave some commentary after the film and... I feel the film was as John Cho put it, a look at the fetishism of Korean culture from a Korean American. I think this would be a fun rent, but would warn not to read too deeply into the film; the message is simple of this genre: corruption is easy. I don't feel it furthers the creative boundaries or exposure of Asian American cinema though it did explore in great detail Korean brotherly piety and the concept of the room salon... Mm, I do think this had some great casting since... let's face it, two of the most familiar household Korean American actors are in this film, the baby-faced John Cho and Battlestar Galactica superstar Grace Park. I think they're both really talented but didn't shine as much as they could have with West 32nd.I think this is also a "watch for Jun Kim" film, thought he was convincingly freaky as a frustrated melodramatic slightly insane street thug trying to work his way up in the underworld... love the ghetto mustache. Makes the badass hotness that much more titillating.The group of adolescent wannabe gang-bangers were hiiiilarious; watch for the slapstick humor.All in all, entertaining film from Kang but it should've pushed the envelope further.
Noname (kr) wrote: A drama movie more then action. Some US agents goes to middle east to investigate and try to find terrorists/bomb attackers. Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner did a decent job in this fair movie altho i had wanted too see more action.
Avid C (mx) wrote: Runaway Jury is not well known by the general public, but a gem nonetheless.The good. Engrossing story with nice twists to the plot. Great suspense with a slow developing intrigue. Imaginative and smart scenario. The main characters have a lot of depth. Solid photography, camera work, editing, and score.The actors. John Cusack and Rachel Weisz both are just right as the young intelligent and dedicated puppeteers. Gene Hackman once again plays a despicable persona and manages not to over do it making the result very believable. Dustin Hoffman plays brilliantly the lawyer with a social conscience, one of his best, if very simple, role. Playing secondary characters, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, and Bruce Davison have given us very commendable performance.The bad. One or two minor logical flaws, but that's it.The ugly. Nothing.The result. A surprisingly entertaining legal battle. For everyone.
jeroen v (mx) wrote: what a bunch of worn out cliches! And the holes in the script, i can drive a hummer through those! Jennifer Aniston delivers another crap performance. When is she finally going to do something with her considerable talent? What a waste of quality actors!
Ian C (kr) wrote: This was great to look at and visually it is spectacular but I found the story to drag and fairly wank.
bill s (fr) wrote: Five uneasy pieces this is
Tommaso C (kr) wrote: Il primo tempo un concentrato di tutti i clich delle commedie e degli horror anni '80: i ragazzetti da highschool, i dialoghi scritti da un bambino delle elementari e l'atmosfera di plastica, il tutto condito da momenti di "NON SONO PAZZO!". Arriva la seconda parte e boom, mindfuck all'ennesima potenza. Il film si sconvolge e diventa la fiera del grottesco che porta avanti questa allegoria fortemente critica. 10 e lode agli effetti speciali, disgustosissimi e perfettamente amalgamati. 10 e lode all'effetto-shock, c' roba psicologicamente molto morbosa. 10 e lode alle pernacchie del padre, umorismo di bassissima lega che non si pu non apprezzare, lol.In definitiva un bel filmetto che probabilmente avrebbe giovato di un'atmosfera un po' meno cazzona.
Stephanie L (jp) wrote: This movie is horrible for far too many reasons but that's why I love it. My fave part is when Chilly grabs the blonde chick by the hips and says "Lock it, lock it, lock it..." it's the pinnacle of ridiculous. There are so many great one-liners in this movie.
Miguel A (fr) wrote: Biopic centrado na protagonista do mais clebre filme porno de sempre esfora-se por ser um drama srio, mas v essa ambio arruinada por uma srie incrvel de maus penteados e pela aparncia de telefilme. Com excepo de Amanda Seyfried, no principal papel, o casting parece feito de propsito para afundar quem decidiu participar neste filme. No h pacincia para filmes em que a Sharon Stone aparece maquilhada com uma panqueca sobre o rosto.