Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (1/15/12 - 1/21/11)

A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) **** - Wow. What an intense, devastating drama. A husband and his wife separate. But an incident involving a miscarriage of a pregnant female caretaker of the husband's father opens up a whole new can of worms. This is one of the reasons why I love cinema. This is an eye-opening look into what goes on in Iranian society. This story can only be told in Iran yet its humanity is universal. The cast is amazing. I also absolutely love the fact that you really sympathize with all the characters involved, which makes this film all the more heartbreaking. It is one of the best films of the year.

Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga) ***1/2 - I haven't read the Charlotte Bronte book it's based on but I've found out that it's actually a Gothic novel with supernatural/spooky undertones. This film adaptation actually brings out some of that. So in that way, the film kind of reminds of Twilight, however, this story has a far more well-written, stronger female character. And that character is brought to life beautifully by Mia Wasikowska, who's well on her way to becoming a major actress. (And supported by a great supporting cast too). Speaking of that, the young director of this film, Cary Fukunaga is also likewise on his way to becoming a major director. Despite being a period romance, the film is totally absorbing and never feels stuffy, this is all due to his direction. A solid piece of work.

Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) *** - This is yet another modernized adaptations of one of Shakespeare's plays and this is one of his more obscure ones. For good reason, it isn't quite as great as Hamlet or Romeo & Juliet or Macbeth but it's still an interesting, compelling story anyway. As for the film adaptation, Ralph Fiennes acquits himself well both as a lead actor and first-time director with the help of a great supporting cast. It's very good but far from great.

15 comments:

Adam said...

Never seen any of these

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Hey man, Ralph Fiennes ain't no small-time actor! He directed this one, eh?

I'll be sure to check out Coriolanus, definitely. Hell, the Shakespeare geek in me wouldn't feel normal if I didn't!

The other two soooound famiiiiliaaaar, especially the name Cary Fukunaga. Meh, still somethin' to check out~!

Thanks for the info, m'man!

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

A Separation sounds really good, I'll have to check it out. Any recommendations on how to find it?

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Legally, i mean.

aamedor said...

My wife is a high school English teacher and Jane Eyre is classic lit. She loves this book and Ralph Fiennes aka "he who must not be named."

The Angry Lurker said...

Coriolanus is the one I'd like to see especially with the modern setting....

YeamieWaffles said...

A Separation sounds great man, I love stuff like that, I'm going to have to check it out.

Mark said...

A Seperation sounds really good. Those are the elements of great story telling, and that's something that seems to be overlooked in movies these days.

Bersercules said...

That last one looks very interseting! thanks for posting about these movies!

My 2 Pesos said...

I have never watched any of these movies.

MRanthrope said...

I've heard a lot of great things about A Separation. Gotta see this one ASAP.

lmaoitsjesus said...

Never heard of any of these.

DWei said...

I saw a play of Jane Eyre once. It was a high school production though so keep in mind how good the quality must have been. :P

Banacek said...

Coriolanus. It's just fun to say.

R.gers said...

I always wanted to read Jane Eyre, being classic and all that.