Coming of age in Iceland seems tough as hell. Excellent teen actors, but the film tries too hard to be brutal and full of misery, with no real sense of direction.
Well worth watching, but I expected more, since I really liked "Heartstone".
Harsh words, but while "The Wrestler" by Aronofsky is real, "The Iron Claw" felt fake.
The tragedies that follow this wrestling family are truly a curse. The story is so good, but the film lets most of it go to waste. There's no chemistry, no energy, no power, no feelings. "The Wrestler" has all of that.
When the actors are not convincing (Zac Efron is especially stiff), the sound is lame and the editing at times is really bad (for…
A fresh Canadian mixture of courtroom drama and tech thriller, which moves in its own way. I'm impressed by Pascal Plante, who allows the film to progress slowly, with long takes and good acting (even though the Clementine character kind of ruined the realism for me).
The lust for morbidity is there in the courtroom, with the reporters, people wanting to see the gruesomeness, but it's also there with me as a voyeur watching the film. The absence of violence…
Wtf is this shit?! I thought this was supposed to be a well made movie with completely outstanding action scenes?
Look at the scene at 37:36 (right after Akira climbs the stairs stabbing the fat guy). It looks so lame, so slow and so overly choreographed. Also, all shooters suck and can't aim and kill even at close range. Kenau Reeves moves like a 90 year old (look at the scene at 38:37-39:37). It's so bad that the fake wrestling…
Film #13 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.
Like my friend Claudio said, "Kalak" puts focus on the least interesting parts. We've already seen stories dealing with compulsive cheating disorder, and that becomes a bit zzz... Paedophilia and drug abuse is shown, but rarely, and thus never dealt with (maybe that's the message?). Yes, we've seen those movies as well, but when a great film maker like Isabella Eklöf is in charge, I expect something more hard hitting than cheating.
Besides that, I have a soft spot for Danish films. They're almost always well crafted and feature good actors.
If you - like me - expected to see Dario Argento at work at this hotel, coming up with a new movie, think again. This is total talking heads, and that's good enough.
In fact, they should have skipped the hotel parts altogether. They are just a waste of time. This doc needs a Part Two which dives deeper.
Film #12 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.
Everything seemed right for me when reading about this film. I was eager to rate this very high, but I couldn't get into it. There are moments of desperation, anguish and grief that speak to me, but overall this was too slow and uninteresting... I need a rewatch.