To Nowhere Film Review

To Nowhere directed by Pamela Nassour Film Review

Bringing into being another planet formed by astonishing landscapes, mysterious caves, and high mountains to get carried away to a world of the virgin territory of pure skin.

Ila Haythou, directed by Pamela Nassour, is a visually and sonically stimulating short film that perfectly describes its source material.

To Nowhere has the capability to transport its viewers into a purely satisfying universe occupied with delicate body movements and erotic intimations.

Alongside these wonderful visuals, this short film was perfectly narrated by fawzi Yammine and Salma El Hage. Their expressive vocal abilities and their undeniably charismatic tone were nothing less than addictive and hypnotic!

Truly speaking, Ila Haythou transcended its genre’s limitations and created an immersive experience that is bound to enchant you!!

I highly recommend it!

The “Before” Trilogy Film Review

By Dima Saqfalhait

I must confess I resisted watching this trilogy for some time. For some reason, when people get hyped about a romantic film I instantly get the assumption that it must be filled with love clichés. And who would want clichés about love? They are good until a certain age maybe, before the realization that all sorts of magic are fleeting sinks in. Well the three films, directed by Richard Linklater, trace just that, the evolvement of love and our perception of it across 14 years in the lives of Jesse, an American writer, and Celine, a French student then an environment activist. We meet them when they are 23 in Before Sunrise (1995), then at the age of 32 in Before Sunset (2004), and at the age of 42 in Before Midnight (2013). 

“Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but we are just passing through.” Before Midnight

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With the absence of a traditional plotline in each of the three films, I think it is best to treat the trilogy as a one long film. Jesse and Celine meet for the first time on a train in Europe. Jesse is on his way to Vienna to fly back to the USA after spending a few weeks in Europe by himself following a harsh breakup, while Celine is on her way to Paris where she studies at the Sorbonne.

“After that breakup, I just wanna be a ghost, completely anonymous.”

Jesse, Before Sunrise

They instantly click (as people do in romantic films), and Jesse manages to convince Celine to get off the train in Vienna to spend the evening roaming the city with him before he is bound to travel back to America the next morning. This is how the story begins, two people meet and part only to meet again (then possibly part again?). 

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Photo 1: Before Sunrise

What I enjoyed most about these films is the dialogue. Jesse and Celine discuss everything in life: love, feminism, technology, ambition, past relationships, childhood memories, media and the list goes on and on. The conversations are so relevant that you can remember yourself having one similar conversation or another with your friends. Not expecting to meet each other again in the first (and perhaps second) film(s), they get very honest in sharing their life stories and views about life in general. 

Celine, the passionate activist says some memorable phrases about feminism like: 

“Feminism is made by males so they can ask the females to free their bodies.” Before Sunrise

“Most women who achieve anything in life, the first time you hear about them, they’re in their 50’s, because it was so hard for them to get any recognition before then. They struggle for 30 years or they raise kids and were stranded at home before they could finally do what they want. Actually, you know what? It’s kind of freeing. We don’t have to spend our lives comparing ourselves to Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Tolstoy…” Before Midnight

“I always feel this pressure of being a strong and independent icon of womanhood, and without making it look my whole life is revolving around some guy. But loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” Before Sunrise

And (while expressing her opinion about Americans): 

“Each time I wear black, or like, lose my temper, or say anything about anything, you know, they always go, “Oh it’s so French. It’s so cute.” Ugh! I hate that!”

But perhaps the most memorable phrases are (unsurprisingly) the ones about love:

“When you talked earlier about after a few years how a couple would begin to hate each other by anticipating their reactions or getting tired of their mannerisms-I think it would be the opposite for me. I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone-the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I’m really in love.” Before Sunrise

“Even being alone–it’s better than being with a lover and feeling lonely.” Before Sunset

“I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.” Before Sunset

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Photo 2: Before Sunset

I am afraid I will spoil the films for you if I go into details about what happens later in the films.

What I enjoyed most about the films through is that they almost resemble a documentary on love, in the sense that they sound and look so real.  

The facts that the films are compromised mainly of long takes with a script co-written by the actors (in the 2nd and 3rd sequels), and are filmed in real locations, with the same actors across 27 years, contribute to giving the impression that we are eavesdropping to a real conversation between a real couple. You rarely take sides in an argument for example as both points of view always feel plausible (particularly in the last film). 

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Photo 3: Before Midnight

My impression about it being a sleezy romantic film perhaps was dissipated following the second film. I would watch the films again as I was too focused on the script that I did not notice anything else. For now I leave you with more quotes that I enjoyed but could not strategically situate in my review:

“You realize that most of the people that you meet are trying to get somewhere better, trying to make a little bit more cash, trying to get a little more respect, have more people admire them, you know…it’s just exhausting!” Before Sunset

“There are so many things I want to do, but I end up doing not much.” Before Sunset

“I’m designed to feel slightly dissatisfied!” Before Sunset

For more film quotations and recommendations, you can follow Dima Saqfalhait’s Instagram account @cine.words

The Umbrella Academy has returned once again for a new showdown of epic proportions jam-packed with mesmerizing visuals and extravagant yet deadly events!

This second season, which is composed of 10 addictive episodes, narrates a story that is divided into several sub-stories ever so smoothly while at the same time gravitating around one epic epicenter. This time, the show knew how to stay fixated on its core subject and lure the viewer into submission from the very first minutes of the first episode.

Netflix jumped right into action this time sparing nothing! Trust me when I say that every component that made the first season a success was amplified and taken to a whole new level of magnificence and wonder.

The story, for instance, took more of a political point of view, tackling various themes of empowerment, inequality and subjugation in a really cutthroat and straightforward manner! It was still embellished in a sheer layer of sarcasm and black humor, but it feels like this time the show’s creators were delivering an important message to the viewers and they made sure it was delivered, one way or the other!

Moreover, I am glad we got to witness a more evolved character development in this second installment regarding pretty much all of the key characters. Each one of them was reciting a story of its own and adding something genuine onto the storyline’s progression.

When you combine these diverse characters with the multiple themes of the show, it becomes hard to disregard the sentimental effect that this union produces. An effect that was both necessary and crucial for the sake of the story.

Ellen page was somehow the glue which held all the pieces together. Her performance as the deranged and lost Vanya was spellbindingly hypnotic! David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan and the rest of Hargreeves clan also managed to deliver terrific performances! And can someone please give Aidan Gallagher an acting award already?! This kid is literal perfection!!

But arguably, the best aspect about The Umbrella Academy S02 is definitely the eye-popping visuals which were clearly more advanced and detailed-oriented than they were back in S01. Some scenes were breathtakingly haunting and beautiful!!!

If you are still wondering whether you should watch this show or not, consider this as a hint that you absolutely should. I highly recommend it!

After a romantic summer together, Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year.

Director: Vince Marcello
Distributed by: Netflix
Written by: Vince Marcello

Produced by: Ed Glauser, Andrew Cole-Bulgin, Vince Marcello, Michele Weisler

OuterEye by Hanaa Ojeil

Watch OuterEye – Hors D’oeil by Hanaa Ojeil

OuterEye is possibly one of the most exhilarating and stimulating experiences that I have witnessed lately. It has an eccentric and goth-like feeling that corresponds so well with its brilliant and enchanting story.
HORS D’OEIL, directed by Hanna Ojeil, follows the story of Emma, a young girl imprisoned in a strange establishment, and is subject to research and experimentation. One night, while she is sleeping, her left eye is taken away. When she wakes up, Emma, destabilized and confused, is determined to leave in search of what has been stolen from her.
The almost non-existent dialog was abundant with figurative interpretations and vivid metaphors. The beauty of this short film is that it can be interpreted infinitely, and it possesses a universal language that surpasses its own limitations and restrictions!!
Nour Yazbeck’s communicative body language and facial expressions narrated a story full of despair and suffering. And Walid Feghaly’s strict yet caring performance was hauntingly beautiful!!
Hors D’Oeil, with its diverse set of themes explored and countless interpretations has the ability to hypnotize its audience and oblige them to take part in a 19 minutes life changing adventure! I highly recommend it!

Watch OuterEye

Synopsis:

Emma, a young girl imprisoned in a strange establishment, is subject to research and experimentation.
One night, while she is sleeping, her left eye is taken away.
When she wakes up, Emma, destabilized and confused, is determined to leave in search of what has been stolen from her.

After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her new urges in the face of eternal damnation.
Yes, God, Yes is without a doubt a unique insight on the silliness of blind belief and religion in a truly humorous manner.
In my opinion, the script was slightly provocative but at the same time completely accurate and representative. Like I believe that this film truthfully embodied the point of view of religion concerning sexuality and more particularly female sexuality and sexual intercourse and the consequences of such acts that are vastly frowned upon and condemned.
If anything, I believe that such a story is tremendously needed because it does not only reveal the stupendous absurdities of religious ideologies, but it is correspondingly very influential for young kids growing up searching for validation and acceptance.
Natalia Dyer immaculately embodied her character and confidently distinguished herself from her cast mates with her unique wits and “virtuous” innocence. Alisha Boe also delivered a really convincing performance.
Yes, God, Yes presented an undoubtedly peculiar vibe that will leave you feeling cringed out yet completely pleased and amused! I highly recommend it!

إن عظمة الإبداع في الفن السابع تحمل في طياتها جنونا سينمائيا فريدا من نوعه…جنون إبداع بكل تفاصيله السحرية…بكل معالمه وخباياه وإمتيازاته…إبداع يلخص السينما بكل جمالها وسحرها وعالمها الخاص الذي لا يشبه أي عوالم أخرى, عالم لا مثيل له…إبداع يضاعف حبك للسينما ويزيد شغفك الجنوني بها. أتكلم عن إبداع فيلم “حياة ديفيد غيل”, هذا الفيلم الرائع الذي شكل بصمة لا تمحى في تاريخ السينما وسطر نفسه كأحد أهم وأعظم أفلام الألفية إن لم يكن أعظمها لكن يؤسفني القول بأنه منسي ولا أحد يتكلم عنه أو يذكره مما يثبت لنا بأن ليس كل فيلم مشهور هو بالضرورة فيلم رائع فهناك الكثير من الأفلام الجميلة والتي أعادت أمجاد السينما الحقيقية وقت عرضها ولم تنل النجاح التي تستحقه في حين أن هناك أفلام حققت نجاحا ساحقا في دور العرض وشهرة واسعة ولم تكن على المتسوى الفني المطلوب.

“أنا لست ديفيد غيل…أنا قاتل ومغتصب على بعد أربعة إيام من إعدامه…”.

شاهدت هذا الفيلم لأول مرة منذ مدة طويلة وتبعته بعد ذلك مشاهدات عديدة له مرات أخرى, فيلم مبهر بكل تفاصيله وقد يكاد يكون أكثر فيلم أعدت مشاهدته في حياتي وفي كل مرة أكتشف فيه عنصرا جديدا لم أكن أراه وأميزه في مشاهداتي السابقة له ولعل كثرة مشاهدتي لهذا الفيلم جعلتني أدرك أن الفيلم العظيم لا يمل منه حتى لو شاهدته أكثر من عشرين مرة وهذا ما ينطبق تماما على هذا الفيلم الخالد والراسخ في أرشيف الأفلام وفي مكتبة السينما العالمية. فيلم “The Life of David Gale” من نوعية الأفلام التي تحمل بعدا إنسانيا واقعيا ، فالمخرج “آلان باركر” تناول في الفيلم قضية خطيرة من القضايا الملحة التي يدور بشأنها الكثير من الجدل في أنحاء متفرقة من العالم ، وهي قضية عقوبة الموت أو الحكم بالاعدام على مرتكبي بعض الجرائم ، التي تنقسم الآراء بشأنها بين مؤيد ومعارض والتي أنشئت من أجلها الكثير من الجمعيات والتنظيمات التي تدعمها أو تعمل للقضاء عليها.

– يركز الفيلم على هذه القضية من خلال قصة حياة “ديفيد غايل” (كيفن سبايسي) بروفيسور الفلسفة الذي يعمل مع صديقته في الجامعة “كونستانس هاراواي” (لورا ليني) من أجل معارضة عقوبة الموت باذلين أقصى ما يمكنهما في سبيل منع إعدام المذنبين .. لتبدأ القصة عندما يصل لمقر الصحيفة طلب لعمل مقابلة صحفية مع المدان “ديفيد” في جريمة قتل هزت وأثارت الرأي العام ، فالضحية هي “كونستانس” زميلته ، كان الطلب محدد .. الصحفية “بيتسي” (كايت وينسلت) هي من ستقوم به ، وبمقابل نصف مليون دولار .. المقابلة هي الأولى والأخيرة ل”ديفيد” ومقسمة على ثلاثة أيام .. مباشرة قبل تنفيذ الحكم عليه.

وفي إطار كفاحها من أجل هذه القضية ، يأخذنا الفيلم إلى إستعراض تفاصيل حياة “ديفيد” لنرى كيف يجد نفسه فجأة وقد خسر كل شيء في حياته ، ثم يرجع بنا لنرى بعضا من جوانب حياة “كونستانس” لنراها وهي تفقد كل شيء أيضا ولكن بطريقة مختلفة عن “ديفيد” ، ولكنهما يشتركان في طريق نهايتهما الغير المتوقعة لتنكشف المفاجئة الكبرى وينتهي الفيلم نهاية صادمة وبالنسبة لي من أكثر النهايات الصادمة في تاريخ الأفلام, نهاية تتسبب لكل المشاهدين بالضياع والذهول للحظات معدودة من جهة كما تجعلهم يغرقون في إختبار حاد الذكاء من جهة اخرى وهنا لا بد أن نشير إلى إيقاع الفيلم السريع والرائع الذي لا يسقط سهوا بتاتا بل يظل متسارعا طوال الحكاية بشكل دقيق وإحترافي حتى نصل إلى الذروة القاتلة التي تكشف لنا عن كل شئ مستور وتفك اللغز الغامض. قصة خطيرة وسيناريو أخطر…سينارية جنوني بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى, حبكة مرعبة وأحداث في غاية الروعة والإتقان والتشويق وعلى كل الراغبين في إحتراف مهنة كتابة السيناريو عليكم أن تشاهدوا هذه التحفة السينمائية العظيمة فساعتين ونصف من هذا الفيلم كفيلة لوحدها أن تعلمكم عن جدارة وإستحقاق أساسيات كتابة السيناريو وتركيب القصة وخلق حبكة مشوقة وشخصيات من لحم ودم تتعاطف معهم لبرهة ثم تكرههم ثم تعود مجددا وتحبهم ! قضية خطيرة وشديدة الأهمية, معلومات وتفاصيل مكثفة داخل القصة أضافت للفيلم الكثير وأبرزت قضيته نحو مسار آخر من الإبداع السينمائي والتقني, ممثلون بارعون ومتألقون وتقمصوا أدوارهم على أكمل وجه لا أجد بينهم أي ممثل يمكن أن أطلق على أدائه أنه “جيد” فقط خصوصا الموهوبة والرائعة “كايت وينسلت” والتي قدمت أحد أفضل وأجمل أدوارها في هذا الفيلم والممثل “كيفن سبايسي” صاحب موهبة نادرة وإستثنائية أبدع وحلق عاليا بأدائه البارع بعدما قدم أداءا في غاية الجمال في تحفته الأخرى “الجمال الأميريكي” للمخرج سام مندس.

لا أحد سيشاهد “حياة ديفيد غيل” ليرى مجرد فيلما عاديا يمر مرور الكرام, بل رائعة فنية نادرة الصنع والخلق والإبداع, هذا أحد أكثر الأفلام التي تعرضت للظلم ولم تحظ بشهرة كافية رغم جودتها وذلك بسبب مهاجمة النقاد له بكثافة كبيرة لأسباب حتى الآن لم ولن أفهمها وأستوعب مبرراتها !

La Double Vie de Véronique Film Review

La double vie de Véronique is an honestly brutal exposition about Life, Death and Intuition that speaks with a prohibited language filled with nuanced sentiments and subtle yet extremely expressive body movements!!
The movie serves as an exposé on two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don’t know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.
La double Vie de Véronique (also known as The Double Life of Véronique) story’s major forte is definitely in the way it managed to convey certain types of repressed emotions in a really elusive and gentle way! The film is enormously multifaceted treating various subjects and themes simultaneously such as identity, self-expression, Love and most importantly the true meaning of perception!
Such an intricate story requires the presence of some deeply and undeniably profound characters that have the aptitude to accurately fascinate the audience! Coincidentally, this was the situation! La Double Vie de Véronique’s many-sided and tremendously complex personas succeeded in producing a spellbinding ambiance which left me entirely hooked from the very beginning.
These fascinating characters were meticulously represented by a group of actors like no other! Irène Jacob’s award-worthy act is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve seen during my entire life. I was both stupefied and mesmerized by her sheer talent and charisma.
Truthfully speaking, La Double Vie de Véronique is an exquisite cinematic experience that oozes magic and perceptiveness! I highly recommend it!!

Netflix The Kissing Booth 2 by Vince Marcello Film Review

Noah, Elle and Lee are back with the rest of “The Kissing Booth” clan for a spectacular sequel that’s destined to make your day. Or night!

In this sequel, high school senior Elle juggles a long-distance relationship with her dreamy boyfriend Noah, college applications, and a new friendship with a handsome classmate that could change everything.

There’s something dreamlike about “The Kissing Booth” that makes you want to fall in love. It’s story has that special ability of leaving viewers wanting more and feeling better about themselves.

You see, Netflix and Director Vince Marcello have a really special recipe between their hands and they’re masterfully making the best out of it!! They took the elements which made the first part a success, amplified them and created an even more engaging and heartwarming sequel that I am sure will please all fans!!

As you may have guessed it by now, the story is really well thought of and multi-layered. Although this film is technically a rom-com, Netflix still made sure to insert some really inspiring and symbolic life lessons. It’s almost poetic and cute if you think about it!

The characters, this time, were a lot more diverse and honest. There was like this harmony between them all that I believe really made us, or me. connect more with them and sympathize with their ordeals and troubles!!

I know I’ve said this before and I will say it again, Joey King and Jacob Elordi are seriously a match made in Netflix heaven. Like I can’t really describe this electrifying chemistry that they have when they are both together on screen. Their individual charisma and their onscreen presence are simply hypnotic!!!

Taylor Zakhar Perez and Joel Courtney were great and delivered amazing performances as well!!

Like seriously, I had really high hopes for this sequel and trust me when I say that it LITERALLY exceeded all my expectations. I instantly fell in love with its super cozy and laid back atmosphere!!

Don’t overthink, just click the play button and watch it immediately!!!

Tom Hanks is a Forrest Gump Film Review by Sam The Critic.

Forrest, a man with low IQ, recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historical events. All he wants now is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.
Release date: October, 1994
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Box office: 678.2 million USD
Featured song: Forrest Gump

Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, MORE

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