Valter brani Sarajevo (English: Walter Defends Sarajevo, German: Walter verteidigt Sarajewo) is a Yugoslav partisan drama film that takes place during World War. Walter Defends Sarajevo takes place in Sarajevo, Bosnia against the German withdrawal from Yugoslavia towards the end of World War II in 1944. The Nazis are desperate to have their tank divisions in Greece diverted to shore up the defence of Germany. In order to get the tank divisions safely back, they need fuel, and Sarajevo is an important refuelling post. Utmost secrecy is required as interference with the fuel supplies in Sarajevo will endanger the whole of the German war effort. There is one problem however: a partisan resistance leader named Walter, who is so shadowy that not even his own people know anything about him, including what he looks like, gets in their way.
Alan P (ca) wrote: This film presents three futurist-themed stories, which either directly or indirectly hint at apocalyptic overtones.The first story (called Brave New World) is a simple zombie-pocalypse, brought on by some kind of mutant food poisoning. As this one dude turns into a zombie, he's also searching for the girl of his dreams. Plenty of gnarly violence and partying ensues.Unarguably, the most worthwhile story will be the middle one (entitled Heavenly Creature), in which a robot at a Buddhist temple attains enlightenment, and everybody tries to figure out what to do with him (or it, depending on perspectives). While this story seems to move the slowest, it's most interesting for its philosophical implications, especially in regards to Buddhism; the story does a fine job of underscoring the key Buddhist themes of materialism, perspectives, and cycles of life. Even if you don't care for all that, the film will spark some good brain activity with the simple moral notion of whether or not it's wise to terminate a spiritual robot.The final story (Happy Birthday) is easily the most absurd: a little girl breaks her daddy's 8-ball, and orders a new one online. The 8-ball appears two years later...as a meteor traveling at hypervelocity. The end of the world ensues.Each story offers a little of something: a little bit of quirky humor, a little bit of heart, a little bit of style, and even a little food for thought. Even though Heavenly Creature will stand out as the strongest work of science fiction, coming close to approaching Isaac Asimov levels of greatness, Brave New World is an entertaining thing to watch, and one can't help but to appreciate how straight Happy Birthday plays out. This might be one of the best (and maybe coming close to strangest) anthology of short films I've seen since the Tokyo! anthology.Despite some stylistic excess in Brave New World, each film is crafted with superbly stylish photography and editing. Acting and writing are impeccable all around. The films use just enough sets, props, costumes, and special effects to tell their stories, and is quite effective.If you're a fan of Korean cinema, science fiction, or end-of-the-world stories, then I do recommend giving this film a try. As a fan of all three, I found it quite enthralling.4.5/5 (Entertainment: Very Good | Stories: Good | Film: Very Good)
Harry W (kr) wrote: Though the first Never Back Down (2008) was a truly abysmal film, with Michael Jai White taking the title of director on the sequel I knew it had to be worth checking out.Never Back Down was a relentlessly generic high school story which used every cliche in the book and shamelessly stole from The Karate Kid (1984). I very much expected Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown to do the same thing, and this is a prophecy it certainly fulfilled. However, it did a better job this time around.In essence, Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown is just a less cringe-worthy equivalent of its predecessor. Neither film is particularly transcendent or original, but Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown manages to do much the same thing without being as awkward as an experience. Given that the film is not just a sequel to a very poor film but a direct-to-DVD release, the standard of expectation is much lower. However, the film still doesn't make any great shakes as a movie. The film maintains a thin premise but takes a different approach with its characters, opting to pile them onto the story rather than focusing on any individuals. This means that the experience is far more scattered than its predecessor. It's less melodramatic, but it's difficult to establish who the real protagonist of the film is. Every character gets their own obligatory story full of cheap sentimentality and predictable plot dynamics, and with the addition of a scattered focus there just ends up being no reason to care about any of them. The only one who is interesting in any way is Case Walker as the martial arts master of the film, but even then he has to face the brunt of a thin script and play second fiddle to a series of far less interesting figures. The story makes no formidable attempt to be creative in any way, and though this is to be expected the fact that the premise is such a heavy retread of its predecessor is just poor. And more than 100 minutes of this with a slow pace and predictably sub-par dialogue makes it a challenge to engage with. One big problem with Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown is the fact that there is no conflict in the story. The entire film centers around building up to the titular Beatdown, an underground fighting event which pits a group of characters together in battle. Up until this point there is exceedingly minimal actual fighting in the film, meaning that the action quotient ends up being minimal. The entire reason audiences would be watching a film like this is for the action scenes, so the fact that they take a backseat to generic plotting is really just poor form. It's obvious this has been put in place to extend the film to feature length, but given the sheer abundance of characters it would honestly do the pacing a huge favour just to cut several prominent figures out of the story. The film just drags on for way too long, and given that the standard for martial arts choreography in the film is average at best there is really no satisfactory payoff in the end. The final action scene is too brief and underwhelming to even be all that memorable. Essentially, the entire film just meanders along an annoying path between cheap drama and sporadic mediocre action and is ultimately satisfying on no sufficient level.However, I will give praise to the directorial effort of Michael Jai White. With far better directorial sense than Jeff Wadlow, the man manages to craft a superior sequel in his debut. This is because he knows martial arts, and even if he has to work with a tight budget and thin script, you can still see enough to realize that the man has potential. His eye for action proves itself amid the few fight scenes in the film because the choreography is captured with steady cinematography which is gentle with its editing and effective with its addition of slow motion. Though the choreography is not transcendant, it's at least convincing and is more coherent than in its predecessor. The director is naturally able to capture it with a sense of imagery that implies greater potential in later productions. The film is no real achievement, but it suggests that perhaps Michael Jai White is capable of it. And given his genuine expertise as a martial artist, he is certainly befitting to be helming the film. His performance in the feature is also one of the few consistently good parts of the film. While he hasn't always been the greatest performer in bigger budget films such as Spawn (1997) or Universal Soldier (1999), he brings a strong supporting effort to Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown simply because his role requires him to pass on his wisdom regarding martial arts to the audience. In the scene where he discusses the best mentaility to fight in, we get the epitome of the man's wisdom. The entire film we see a strong sense of restraint in his character which makes him seem all the more human, and during this one scene he really passes some strong knowledge on to audiences with a genuine belief behind it. Amid a generic script is one moment which really highlights Michael Jai White's insightful understanding of the fighter's mind, and his genuine understanding of it all is clearly so inherent that it's hard to deny. Michael Jai White directs himself to a strong supporting performance withou a self-indulgent obsession that makes him the constant center of attention, rather earning it with genuine charisma and understanding. And fans of Never Back Down should be happy to see Even Peters make a return so that the film is a direct sequel rather than a random spin-off. He may not have any particularly special relevance to the story, but his comic energy doesn't seem as forced this time and his lighthearted nature is more enjoyable than the forced drama of the other characters.Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown benefits from Michael Jai White's direction, but its recycled plot, generic stock characters and minimal amount of action add up to another unsatisfactory entry into the series.
D Curtis C (br) wrote: hardly even a christmas movie but 2 stars for christina milian hot
Juli R (it) wrote: This is a quiet charming movie with Emily Blunt. Kristin Scott Thomas is a bonus.
jason a (ca) wrote: I remember when I was young loving disney channel original movies and eating cool ranch doritos doing so. This movie good but not there best.
Ethan A (ca) wrote: This bizarre tragi-comedy should fail on every level, but it doesn't, proving just how masterful the Coen Brothers really are at crafting a story. A Serious Man raises to the heights of some of their best work, being equally thought provoking and ridiculous, with a stellar performance from Michael Stuhlbarg.
Elin J (br) wrote: kinda nice-looking & evilDeadish but i didnt really get it.
raechel g (ag) wrote: The Irish know how to do horror. I was pleasantly surprised when i pulled this up on my instant play on netflix. It pays homage to zombie films before it, which I love.
(us) wrote: Words can't describe how broken and uninsteresting this movie can be. A total disrespect to its source material and to makind, while we're at it. Stay away from it as far as possible, for as long as you can.
Cooper H (es) wrote: Mystic River draws you in with a great trio of Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Rollins as they all get involved with the death of Penn's daughter. The plot is interesting and constantly changing, and the leaves the characters will more questions than answers.
Aaron M (fr) wrote: Excellent chronicle of a film that was NOT made.
bob j (mx) wrote: Ice Cube wastes his likability in a stoner comedy that wouldn't even work if you were high.
Nibbles B (it) wrote: A Good Kids/Family Movie!
Torion O (jp) wrote: Amazingly ups Italian quirks for comedy gold. Funny stuff.
Paul J (fr) wrote: This is one of the more sophisticated video nasties - it makes all the rest seem very trashy. The acting is decent (especially the Priest), the story solid and the horror quite terrifying. In fact, the film is extremely creepy. There are one or two images that would most definitely have traumatized me as a child. Siblings be warned: you may not look at your sister quite the same way again. There's also one helluva nasty dog. Why was it banned? Perhaps it was the power drill jammed into the dog's skull. Or else the little girl smashing a rock repeatedly into her sister's face. Enough said.
Alan W (ca) wrote: This is a funny movie
David R (de) wrote: Delightful comedy that most gentlemen will find a place in the heart for. One of my faves to watch when my lady is away.
Daniel W (us) wrote: We had good fun figuring out the twists and turns of the plot as it went along - and I predicted them all correctly! - so I quite enjoyed this one. Good soundtrack too.