Aurora (Criti Puiu) **1/2 - This is a rather divisive film. Some people call it bullshit, others calling it brilliant. I can see the argument for both. I have not seen the director's previous film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (I still plan to see it). This one's an interesting one if not totally successful. This is about a man who goes crazy, buys a gun and kills a few people for reasons that are unclear though one can extrapolate a few. The film is pretty much a very slow burn with very little pay-off so it was tough to get through but it has some good moments
Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders) **1/2 - First things first, this is DEFINITELY better than the other Snow White movie this year Mirror, Mirror.
This version gives a darker, more feminist take on the Grimm Brothers
fairy tale. On the positive side, there are some really cool visuals and
effects and Charlize Theron is a pretty awesome Evil Queen. She
humanizes her and makes her scary. On the debit side, I'm sorry but
Kristen Stewart is a rather poor Snow White. I don't know if I'm being
fair to her performance or my views are colored by my distaste for
Stewart's celebrity and public persona but I simply cannot buy her as
this beautiful, inspirational, radiant, strong and pure-hearted
character she's supposed to be playing. Add to that the rather abrupt,
disappointing climax and an attempt to throw in a Twilight-esque
love triangle in there, this qualifies as a disappointment. Which is
too bad because it could've been a really awesome movie with just a
recast and one script tweak.