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West Beirut Movie Facts

West Beirut is a well known Lebanese Movie directed by Ziad Doueiri. Here are some facts about the movie. You can watch it on Netflix! ❤️

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The Half Of it review

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The Half of it (7.5/10)

“I always thought that there was one way to love.
One right way! But, there are more. So many more than i knew.”

I do not know what to tell you because despite what I say (or write) I know that your superficial mind can not comprehend the amount of beauty that constitutes the heart and soul of this simple film. A film titled THE HALF OF IT.

I won’t deny its imperfections nor state the opposite. But I can not ignore the fact that this film subtly made his way into my heart and made me fall head over heels with its authentic storytelling techniques and sublime performances.

The way the story unraveled ever so smoothly and in complete harmony with all the other elements of this film was really beautiful. The slow pacing and the quite and calm atmosphere that was generated was, no other than, hypnotic and addictive.

The Half of It explored many major topics such as homosexuality, religion, race, love and philosophy, amongst many more, in a way that is considered somehow discrete yet totally realistic and fresh.

Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer and alexxis Lemire did a remarkable job with their performances. Their acting screams authenticity and innocence. I am truly impressed!

I guess what I am trying to say after all is that this film might not be anyone’s first choice, nor second for that matter, but once you decide to give it a chance, i am sure it will manage to captivate you from the early beginning and take you on a ride full of subtle emotions and innocent secrets.

I highly recommend it.

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Joker Review

Joker Review

Joker (9/10)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

This shit is real life. there are so very few times when cinema managed to transcend all physical/virtual barriers and created s perfectly immersive and gut punching experience that literally had the power to transform minds and souls. Joker is one of those rare cinematic experiences.

I am traumatized by its sheer realness and darkness. For once, I am speechless. I am afraid I cannot truly find the right words to describe what I have just witnessed. I am personally touched, both psychological and emotionally.

You need to take into consideration that this is not your average anti-hero kind of stories, nor is your average film, for that matter. Joker is an accurate portrayal of a system called society, a society filled with fear, cruelty and injustice and its lethal consequences on mankind. Deep down, its an exploration of a man’s troubled mind in a sick society.

It Is absolutely creepy, disturbing, raw and dark. It will slowly, but surely, start to take its toll on you and trust you will no be the same person as before. Life literally will not be the same.

I do not want to write a big review and talk infinitely because no matter what I write, I know I can never do it justice. In a nutshell, this film requires to be seen and felt. It is emotionally and psychologically demanding and exhausting.

The character study of the JOKER is one of the best I have seen this entire year. It is scarily accurate, detail-oriented and simply intense. And Joaquin Phoenix just, definitively, gave us the performance of his career. This man, I swear there is something entirely wrong with him. With such a performance, you must be, realistically insane, because no man with his right mind, can ever do what Joaquin just did.

Everything else from cinematography, to the editing, to the colors, to the atmosphere, to the soundtracks is a work of pure art. Everything was infused with an overdose of darkness, depth and intrigue.

I gladly admit, that for once, I am mind-blown. And I know that my review did not do this film justice, but I am literally out of words.

Thank you Todd Philipps!!!

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Knives Out Review

Knives Out Review

Knives Out (8.5/10)

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

Knives out is probably one of my favorite movies of the year. This admiration is mainly because of these reasons:

1-    The story: it was pretty clear, from the very beginning, that this film has one juicy and ambiguous story that will leave you in a complete state of lass and confusion. From minute one till the very last, the level of complexity kept on building up until it reached a point where everything exploded into one big elaborate mess that I am sure no one saw it coming. Well no one but “one”.

 

Despite being created in 2019, Knives Out’s story follow the very known who-done-it/detective story formula that always manages to capture the audience’s attention and keep us invested till the very last second. This formula helped in creating an immersive story that moviegoers will find absolutely fascinating and rather exciting.

 

2-    The characters: for starters, this film has a big number of characters. But this was not a problem as, on the contrary, it was really cool. All the characters, leads, and the secondary characters were written with a dash of mystery, intelligence, and humor. Each one managed to shine on its own, with his/her unique characteristics and personality.

 

3-    The acting: this is seriously the best part. As everyone knows, this film has a huge A-list cast starting from Mr Bond himself (Daniel Craig) to The Umbrella Academy’ Jaeden Lieberher. And everyone was seriously in his element. It is actually really fun seeing these veterans all coming together, being all serious yet not taking themselves seriously.

 

Ana De Armas, I am impressed. I literally was not expecting her to be this fascinating and this convincing. I LOVED HER PERFORMANCE.

 

Chris Evans as “the bad guy”, who thought he had it in him? Nevertheless, his performance was spot on.

 

Daniel Craig, well nothing but perfection was delivered from this English star.

 

Toni Collette. Jamie Lee Curtis, Katherine Langford and everyone else were really amazing and delivered really strong and convincing performances.

 

I really loved how each performer managed to interpret his/her character in a unique and clever way.

 

4-    The cinematography, the camerawork, the frames each told a story of its own. It was pretty clear that a lot of good work was put into this.

5-    The atmosphere: as previously mentioned, from the beginning, everyone involved in this work, managed to create a very tight and charged atmosphere and its intensity just kept on doubling and tripling and quadrupling until the last moment.

Ohh and guess what? I do not know if I already mentioned this, but this film is absolutely hilarious while still being super serious.

Believe it or not but Knives Out might just be one of this year’s biggest surprises because it is definitely one of the best.

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6 Underground Review

6 Underground Review

6 Underground (7.5/10)

Six individuals from all around the globe, each the very best at what they do, have been chosen not only for their skill, but for a unique desire to delete their pasts to change the future.

What an adrenaline rush this film turned out to be.

Story: well I cannot exactly say that this film’s story was sentimental or emotional because after all it was purely action and adventure. But it did contain tiny fractions of romance (mixed with murders, assassinations and blood) and that was more than enough for me. The story also tackled some interesting and eye-opening subjects ranging from terrorism to mass killing to dictatorship to the meaning of the life and death itself.

Characters: first of all, we were provided with just enough backstory for each and every character to help us understand more about the storyline’s direction and the character’s motives. But if you are expecting to see some deep, complicated or your-average-next-door kind of characters, well do not. These characters are skillful killing machines with just enough heart and emotions to be called humans.

Acting: the acting was by far one the best aspects about this highly energetic film. First, we have the exceptional Ryan Reynolds with his famous Deadpool-like humor. We also have Adria Arjona and Ben Hardy whom both absolutely killed it! But, for me, only Melanie Laurent (previously known for NOW YOU SEE ME) managed to absolutely dominate the screen. Her charisma and alpha-like acting techniques made her stand out and absolutely nail each one of her scenes.

Choreography: I seriously cannot stress this enough!! Whoever choreographed this film’s action sequences seriously deserves a worldwide recognition. Absolutely perfect. Absolutely mind-blowing. Absolutely heart pumping.

Cinematography: the camerawork was pure perfection! Each scene and each frame managed to tell a visual story that transcended the barriers of the film’s original story and create a whole new one.

Soundtrack: sonic orgasms!! The soundtracks blended perfectly with the whole atmosphere of the film and helped in maintaining a constant flow of energy, fun, and excitement.

6 Underground, surprisingly, turned out to be one of the best action films of the year. I highly recommend it.

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Horse Girl Review

Horse Girl Review

Horse Girl (7.5/10)

Sarah, a socially isolated arts and crafts store employee, finds herself more content in the company of horses and supernatural crime shows than people. But when a series of strangely surreal dreams upend the simplicity of her waking life, Sarah struggles to distinguish her visions from reality.

The story written and performed by Allison Brie, is in fact inspired tremendously by her own family’s psychological history. More specifically, her mother’s (whom was clinically depressed) and her grandmother’s (whom was a paranoid schizophrenic).

The correlation between Brie’s own history and Sarah’s (the main protagonist) own downfall into the depth of confusion and psychological thrills, was something really interesting to witness.

The way director Baena and writer Brie portrayed mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, paranoia, psychosis… as well as many different topics such as reality, obscurity, death, time… in a really scale like manner is something admirable because this light and innocent movie (or what I believed it to be) abruptly transformed into a psychological mayhem that will leave you questioning everything.

I guess what I am trying to say is that the intensity of this story and what makes it so convincing are derived from its subliminal metaphors and hidden messages.

The story’s third act/climax was simply poetic. It is something out of this world, both figuratively and metaphorically.

Sarah, Horse Girl protagonist and leading lady’s gradual development from an average looking young lady into a psychotic fanatic was really well studied and implemented. This journey I witnessed felt so real and sincere that I would gladly go through it another time.

Allison Brie’s incarnation into Sarah was phenomenal. The amount of emotions and depth she has put into her performance was spectacular. I was extremely satisfied.

Moreover, the score that went along with the story and the cinematography created an unsettling vibe that will captivate all spectators.

My only criticism is that the title is a little bit misleading. It holds a lot of meanings but at first it can be tricky.

Horse Girl, a movie to be admired! Totally recommend it.

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Vivarium Review

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Vivarium (8.5/10)

Hoping to find the perfect place to live, a couple travel to a suburban neighborhood in which all the houses look identical. But when they try to leave the labyrinth-like development, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started.

Talk about creepy! Vivarium is an imaginative thriller that leaves everything to the spectator’s imagination and own interpretations. The plot is extremely multi-dimensional and actually raise a handful of unanswered questions that depicts philosophical and socio-psychological issues.

The beauty of Vivarium is that each spectator can interpret it in his own way, based on his own experience with the movie, his emotions and his imagination. For example, I found it to be an unsettling take on modern-day slavery also known as CHILDCARE. But that is only a fraction of a large story at hand.

To continue, each character was written perfectly and was created with a sole purpose of achieving a certain goal. In other words, each character played a major role in Vivarium’s storyline and was necessary for the sake of understanding the story and the movie as a whole cinematic experience.

These characters were masterfully portrayed by Imogen Poots, Jessy Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke and Senan Jennings. On one hand, Imogen and Jessy’s performances were absolutely perfect. One of their best to be honest. On the other hand, Eanna and Senan’s performances were surprisingly extremely haunting and disturbing. They left me totally speechless.’

Moreover, the cinematography and the imagery (including CGI), the color palette and the entire set were perfectly crafted and made.

And last but not least, the sound effects!! Man, oh man, the sound effects on this film totally created a creepy and a compelling atmosphere that will captivate any spectator, a fan or not!

Vivarium is definitely of the best hidden thrillers out there. Totally recommend it!

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The Other Lamb Review

The other lamn review

The Other Lamb (8/10)

For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah has known. Along with a band of similarly cloistered young women she lives seemingly unstuck in time, cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune presided over by a man called Shepherd, a controlling, messiah-like figure with a frightening dark side. But when her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence–including her allegiance to the increasingly dangerous Shepherd. Awash in images of primal, dreamlike dread, this provocative fable is a haunting vision of adolescent awakening and revolt.

 

The Other Lamb is basically a twisted interpretation of modern feminism with a lot of similarities when compared to MidSommar!

With an occult story at heart, this unsettling motion picture tackled tons of interesting and provocative themes such as incest, religious and cultural oppression, sexual assault… The unorthodox and somehow disturbing storyline will slowly but surely get under your skin. It will leave you feeling totally uncomfortable, but this is the best thing about it.

With such a multilayered story, director Malgorzata Szumowska made sure to create meaningful characters. Diverse characters with deep psychological residue, hardship, and complexity!

These characters were flawlessly portrayed by some talented performers such as Raffey Cassidy and Michiel Huisman (Known for his role in Game of Thrones). Totally beautiful and sincere.

The intense storyline combined with the eerie vibe created a one of a kind disturbing atmosphere that totally suited the whole themes of The Other Lamb.

I also would like to mention that the cinematography and the camerawork were absolutely breathtaking and haunting!

My one and only criticism is that something felt missing! Like just one additional component and this film would have turned out perfect.

Nevertheless, The Other Lamb is a film not to be missed.

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And then we danced Review

And then we danced

And then we danced (8.5/10)

A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.

“And Then We Danced” is a brutally honest and devastating love story that speaks with a forbidden language filled with passion, lust and dreams!

The entire story is basically an ode to sexuality and self-acceptance amidst the dusty social regulations Neanderthal-like mentalities! The simplicity and the brutality of such a story only makes it more difficult not to be affected and carried away by one’s emotions and affections.

This film speaks with a language that is way more sophisticated than the average dialog! It is almost poetic, if think about it! A poem for love, honor, and dance!

But ‘And Then We Danced’ forte lies in its deep character study that personified the raw emotions one goes through when falling in love.
From start to finish, you could really feel and sympathize with each Character. You will feel a strange connection forcing you to love them and understand them!

Levan Gelbakhiani and Bachi Valishvili’s ‘naked’ and vulnerable performances were breathtakingly beautiful!

Honestly speaking, this film is a moving piece of art that screams authenticity and perfection. It will directly engulf you in a cloud of emotions and joy!

AND THEN WE DANCED is definitely a film not to be missed!

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Bombshell Review

Bombshell Review

Bombshell (9/10)

A revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

When you have Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, you can easily expect Bombshell-like performances that can immediately be described as some of the best performances we’ve witnessed this entire year!

Story: Bombshell’s storyline progressed so effortlessly and with a steady hypnotic-like pace that keeps you invested and hooked till literally the very last second!! Since this Film is based on a very well-known and scandalous true story, it was necessary to include all the facts and make sure not to leave anything out. And that was the case and it never felt overwhelming or too much!! Plus, the cause and message behind this film deserves to be heard and seen everywhere and by everyone!

Characters: Since all the characters are based on real human beings and real-life personalities, it was necessary to take each one’s own POV and recite it exactly at it is!! I don’t know how much this is correct, but I believe that Roach did a great job in translating these characters’ struggles into the big screen!!

Acting: okay I’m seriously impressed!!! Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly is outrageously phenomenal!!! Margot Robbie killed it!! Her emotional range and absolutely mind-blowing acting skills made her stand out and be the ultimate star of the film!! Nicole Kidman was also really good! I especially really liked Ashley Greene’s quick appearance!!

Makeup: hands down some of the best onscreen transformations I’ve seen in a really long time!! Theron’s transformation into Kelly is disturbingly spot on!! Just wow!!

There’s actually a lot and a lot of positive things I can say about this film but it’s better if you guys see it by yourself as soon as possible!!

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