El Orfanato/The Orphanage

Song of the Day: Reminiscing by Ailee

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I was going through my very long list of movies that are still awaiting a review, and one caught my eye. The Orphanage, the 2007 film by J.A. Bayona. I remember leaving the cinema thoroughly entertained in a brilliantly, shudderingly, suspenseful manner.

Anyhow, I re-watched it this weekend for the purposes of this review, and maybe there is a correlation between age and fear: the older you get, the more susceptible to fear. Or maybe I am the exception here. It scared the living daylights out of me and I found myself screaming like a banshee in a house by myself.  Continue reading

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Les 400 Coups

Song of the Day: L’amour (Loungematic Mix) by Cafe Americaine

‘I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between.’ ~ François Truffaut.

img_13426If François Truffaut had never made another film, Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows), would have earned him an enduring place in film history. Its semi-autobiographical story of a lad who is unwanted by his parents, bored by school, and attracted to petty crime is told with an energetic blend of anarchy and rigour, the kind of unsentimental lyricism that was part of Truffaut’s trademark. Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Song of the Day: Love Like the Sun by Pal@Pop

the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-20111I was somewhat coerced into watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Christmas Day 2011, by friends who had neither read the book nor watched the 2009 Swedish movie of the same name of which this is a re-make.

It is highly unusual to see a re-make of a successful film a mere two years after it was released. The Swedish movie made its debut in 2009 and almost immediately became an international hit, winning eight foreign-language awards. Continue reading