Τετάρτη, 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Being John Malkovich


 A puppeteer on the verge of a personality crisis takes a job as a filing clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor, and digs out an entry point into the mind of the actor John Malkovich. The discovery will soon be economically exploited, offering more and more people the rejuvenating experience of "brain contact" and a strong dose of mental liberation at the same time. However, things get out of hand in no time and instead of just a psychedelic, surrealistic comedy we get an in-depth commentary on the insticts, needs and borders of the human mind, the constant will to be different or even someone else and the human predisposition to behave despotically or even play God when such a chance is given. Talented director Spike Jonze embraces perfectly the eccentric script of the enigmatic writer Charlie Kaufman and is fully supported by his well timed and balanced cast (John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich) in this bizarre, mind-bending film. 

Σάββατο, 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Bullit


When a Mob witness is murdered on Lt Frank Bullitt's watch, he defiantly hides the facts and the body to give himself time to find the killers, which brings him into direct conflict with an ambitious and corrupt politician. Rubber-burning set piece director Robert Yates was hired by Steve Mcqueen for this atmospheric film, giving us one of the most famous and elaborate car-chasing scenes of the 60s. The unusual plot form and unexpected ending which leaves the viewer to connect some dots of the storyline himself, differentiate this movie from the typical "who's the killer" cop drama, while McQueen's fabled laconic cool somehow seeps into the fibres of the film itself. That means that the film has a still and silent flow which makes the action and violence occurances jarring and shocking just like they should.