Thursday, September 20, 2012

A farewell to getting high

                And so it came to an end. After eight seasons (it started back in 2005) "Weeds" concluded its run. I won't try to make some kind of review of the whole series here for it would be impossible. There are more than a hundred episodes and some of them I watched so long ago I can't even remember them. I just wanted to bid this series farewell with a few words.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All is fair in love and war


                Lebanon, 1940. The country is part of the Levant states controlled by French. Since the France has fallen in Hitler's hands and started collaborating with the Axis, the newly formed so called Vichy government came into power in the France and in the Levant as well. The Axis sent the delegation consisting of German and Italian soldiers to monitor the disarming of French forces. But there are also Gestapo officials, who aren't on good terms with the army, present and French rebels led by General Charles de Gaulle are hiding nearby. Of course, those areas are populated by a lot of Arabs and Jews also and, while the Jews are forced to keep low profile, the Arabs conspire against them. As if the situation isn't complicated enough, a rich and famous American woman comes to Beirut to help smuggle a Jewish professor to Palestine. In the midst of all that stands amoral, shady and selfish character by the name of Marcel Labrume.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Love is all you need


                What would you do if the world was to end in three weeks? Who would you spend your last days with? Those are the questions asked by "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World", a new romantic movie starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell. As the asteroid approaches the Earth and the world as we know it approaches its end Dodge (Carell) meets his neighbour Penny (Knightley) and goes on a road trip with her. During the trip they will meet some unusual characters, get to know themselves and each other and of course, fall in love. Pretty much standard road trip, at least in movies. Except it shouldn't be.

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Eternal Woody


                Woody Allen's latest movie, "To Rome With Love", continues his tour around Europe (London, Barcelona, Paris) bringing us to the capital of Italy, The Eternal City. It's envisioned as a collage of four separate stories taking place in Rome. The themes which the stories explore are classical Woody. Love, fame, culture, sex, art, fear of death, insecurity and lots more. The problem is, although nearly every Allen's movie tells the same (or similar) story, they're not all equally good. And this one isn't one of his better works.