Casino

casino-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Snatch

snatch-posterBritish crime comedy from 2000.
Starring: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Turkish, a promoter of unlicensed boxers, gets dragged deeper and deeper into the intrigues of the London underworld.

Reactions

This is kind of an old fashioned heist movie, only it starts with the big caper. It is the story of what comes after all the other big sting movies.

Turkish is the storyteller in the movie, and we follow him and his compadres in the London underworld for a week. There are plenty of misunderstandings, mix-ups, disputes and clashes through the whole week, and both his alleys and foes are crazy and eccentric oddballs, to put it mildly.

And that might be the heart of “Snatch”; the dramatis personae. They are all absurd and they have a variety of traits that defy reason. Put together they make up a circle of associates that are simply inconceivable.  There are blundering amateurs, Russian gangsters, unpredictable pikeys,  bent fight promoters and a general horde of hard men, each of them bearing a nickname as daft as a brush. They make the movie full of surprises and the unexpected. 

And I am happy to report that “Snatch” is a movie with tempo. The story is complicated with heaps of action, and it moves through the scenes with gusto and speed. A lovely change from some of the slower movies I have seen lately.

Contemplations

The acting in the movie is great, and that’s good, cause weak performances could not have pulled off all the strange character traits. The list of actors is impressive, and Jason Statham does a great job in the lead role as one of the few slightly more ordinary people in the movie. I think specially Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt succeeds in their performances of unusual roles.

The story is a complicated mess of entanglements and conflicting goals through this gallery of criminal men. Any retelling is superfluous and probably will not do the story justice regardless. Suffice to say; everyone wants the proceeds from the heist and no one is aware of all the other players. It is a delightful set of resulting high jinks.

The audio and visuals in “Snatch” is some of the most creative and appealing I have seen.  We see things through surveillance cameras, there is quick changes between angles in scenes, there is a kind of hurried montage, there is an old-style presentation of the characters (and their wonderful nicknames) and a masterly and strange filming of a fight that lets the viewer feel just how hung over one of the fighters is. And that is just a few of the unusual ways this story is presented.

Judgement

“Snatch” is memorable and funny and I liked it quite a bit. I would not mind watching it again.

Epilogue

I recommend “Snatch” to any adult for a great evening of entertainment.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Snatch” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

54 movies down. 311 to go.

If you want to get “Snatch” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Howl’s moving castle” (“Hauru no ugoku shiro”). Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Man on wire

man-on-wire-posterBritish documentary from 2008.
Starring: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Philippe Petit
Bechdel test: Not applicable

Exposition

Philippe Petit tight rope walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974.

Reactions

“Man on wire” builds up to one single event, the walk between the two towers, but in parallel story lines we are told the story of how the team prepared for the break in and preparations for that day, and their previous tight rope stunts. Each of the story lines contains interviews, reenactments and footage from the time. This all could easily have been a mess, but it comes together very well as a story. It even manages to build some tension, even though the highlight or climax of the story is clear from the beginning; Philippe walks between the two buildings.

It seems strange to do the Bechdel test on a documentary, so I have excluded them from my statistics and the test. If you want to read a little more about the Bechdel test and women in movies, check out my post on regulation of female behavior in movies.

Contemplations

The audio and visuals were quite typical of the genre, but the reenactments were nice in how if showed people with 70’s clothing, equipment and surroundings.

The interviews were quite honest and didn’t hide peoples negative sides. Nothing much was glossed over. (Or maybe there was more and what we saw was the tip of the iceberg.) Most of the people interviewed use quite flowery language to describe the events, which is refreshing and fun. They have also reflected a bit on what happened back then and can give some insights. They might be conflicting interpretations of behavior, but we all see and remember events slightly differently.

The story it self is that of a driven man who inspires the people around him to follow his dream.  He has a desire to walk between the two towers and works hard to achieve that. It shows that unique events are often the result of unique peoples hard work. The most remarkable about this group of people, is having this strange dream at all.

The tension in the story comes from the little details, and how everything had to go right. I still get a little chill from Philippe Petit’s description of how he at some point had to go from having his weight on the foot on the roof, to having his weight on the foot on the cable.

Judgement

I liked “Man on wire”. It was entertaining and inspirational. As one interviewee said about Philippe Petit “To him every day is a work of art”. Not a bad thought to have at times.

Epilogue

I would recommend “Man on wire” to anyone with a few hours to kill. It’s not bad and could be a little inspirational.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Man on wire” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

49 movies down. 316 to go.

If you want to get “Man on wire” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Song of the little road” (“Pather Panchali”). Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Once upon a time in America

once-upon-a-time-in-america-posterAmerican crime drama from 1984.
Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
Director: Sergio Leone
Writers: Harry Grey, Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone, Stuart Kaminsky
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Five boys grow up together as small time criminals in New York, and as adults during the prohibition they run a speakeasy. What will they do when prohibition ends? Many years later one of them reflects on their decisions.

Reactions

This movie tells it story in a combination of different flashbacks and parts mixed together.

One of the boys reflects on his past in the early 60’s, and tries to find out what happened 30 years earlier. What makes this part work much better than usual is that there is actual action in this part of the story as well. It is more than a setting for flashbacks.

Next we have the story of how these boys grew up together and became friends and criminals.

Finally we have the prohibition era speakeasy story where the boys have become young men and no longer live in poverty.

All these parts of the story mixed together and shifting between them several times could have been a bloody mess, but it actually works. Little confusion and a good way of presenting the parts of the story so that the climax or end of both the speakeasy story and the story from the 60’s comes near the end of the movie.

However, the very beginning was a bit too wandering in the story parts, and includes some opium fueled flashbacks and a phone ringing between times. That bit didn’t work for me, even if the imagery of the chiming phone can be quite easily defended. It was a little lacking in subtlety.

The same is true for the imagery of the main characters often looking at the world through holes, bars, photos and similar. Although, that is beautiful to watch.

Contemplations

The visuals in “Once upon a time in America” are stunning and a love letter to the story, the times when it takes place, and to New York. Sadly, this is one of the very few redeeming qualities of the movie. If the movie makers had made a series of still images of the pretty scenes and asked the viewers to make up their own story instead, I think that would have been a lot more interesting.

The background music in the movie was simply annoying, and had little to add. There were some themes that reoccurred at what was defining moments for the characters, I believe, but it was simply too annoying. It took away from the acting and action. Well, that was maybe not the worst that could happen.

The acting was far from stellar in many scenes. The actors are all well renowned, and I have seen them all give good performances in other movies, but they were all wooden and unconvincing at times. Both surprising and distracting.

I have so far not commented much on the dialogue of the movies I have seen, but in this instance I must. There words seemed unnatural and obvious in several conversations. Many lines were simply unnecessary.

The most damning quality of the movie though is the part women play in the lives of these boys and men. None of the women have a personality, although two of them have a few personality traits. All women exist only as sexual beings and objects of desire in the story. Worst of all though are the two rape scenes. One is horrible and pitiless with all the naked horror one would expect from rape. The other one, well there is no excuse. The woman likes it and the plot is picked out of the worst of porn movies. The woman ends up climaxing and dates the guy for a while. No excuse!

In addition to all the bad qualities of this movie, it just keeps going. It lasts for 3 hours and 49 minutes with an intermission when there is about an hour left. I really felt like there was no end to this boring and annoying tale of pointlessness.

Judgement

I hope I never have to watch this movie again, and I feel the people that have put it on a “best of list” owe me an apology.

Epilogue

I will never recommend “Once upon a time in America” to anyone. It is simply dreadful. In stead enjoy these still images from the movie and make up a nice story about them.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Once upon a time in America” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

36 movies down. 329 to go.

If you want to get “Once upon a time in America” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Annie Hall“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Scarface

scarface-posterAmerican crime drama from 1983.
Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Oliver Stone
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Tony Montana and Manny Ribera come to Miami from Cuba in the early 80’s and quickly starts to work for a drug lord. As they rise in the organization and becomes richer, they find that the drive that brought them to the top does them no favors once they are there.

Reactions

I have not seen “Scarface” before, but have heard much, and mostly it has been praised. I have also of course heard the infamous line “Say hello to my little friend”. I was surprised when I now finally saw it and found a much lower quality movie then expected.

There was, for instance, tight zooming in on Tony’s eyes when the character had some revelations or contemplations. Quite worthy of a soap opera. The whole movie gave a feel of being cheap and using the effects of other genres, like soap operas. Still, the movie did have more substance then the average daily produced TV drama.

Contemplations

The worst element of “Scarface” is the music. It was loud and annoying 80’s overly swelling and dramatic synth pop that blasted through many otherwise quite watchable scenes. It really put a strain on the senses, and in several scenes I quite forgot about the action and just sat there being annoyed by the audio.

The other production values were also somewhat lacking. However, given the story, some of these shortcomings can possibly be a way of telling this story that fits and maybe even underscores the raw emotions and anger that allows Manny and Tony to climb the ladder as drug dealers. If the storytelling devices used in the movie equals the unrefined and raw nature of the main characters, maybe that is a deliberate choice, rather then a cheap solution. That is giving the movie makers the benefit of the doubt, though.

The acting was good and specially Al Pacino, as Tony Montana, was great. Tony had a raw emotional and unrefined anger that made him a convincing drug dealer.

The story was a tale of “The more you have, the more you want”. It is well constructed but somewhat strangely told. As I am currently trying to take a little closer look at how scenes come together to tell the story of the movie, I think some odd choices were made. We do not follow the two men closely on their way up the ladder, rather we are presented with fragments of their lives. As if the movies makers are saying, this is what it was like on this rung of the ladder, then over to the next rung. Not a bad way of dividing the story into scenes.

Judgement

I didn’t really like the movie much. There were a few nice elements here and there, but I was mostly just bored. At least I can now say that I have seen it.

Epilogue

I would not recommend this movie. I don’t think it would entertain and the message it has, is well delivered many other places. (Although I can’t think of any right this moment. Isn’t that typical.)

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Scarface” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

34 movies down. 331 to go.

If you want to get “Scarface” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Psycho“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Witness for the prosecution

witness-for-the-prosecution-posterAmerican black and white crime drama from 1957.
Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Lawrence B. Marcus
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

A middle aged man is accused of murder and he hires the best lawyer available.  The lawyer will hopefully have the health to see the court case through to the end.

Reactions

This is a classical murder mystery and it is a good one, mostly due to the acting and the funny, strange and flawed characters.

I had never seen Marlene Dietrich in anything before, but as most others I have heard the many stories about her (some of them are on her wikipedia page). Her screen presence did not disappoint.  Her beauty was special and captivating, the personality of her character came across quite clearly and her renowned status as a WW2 entertainer is even put to use in a scene. I like the movie just because I got to see this legend in action.

Contemplations

The cinematography and sound was suitable for a mostly courtroom drama, and did not stand out overly much.

The actors all had both comedic timing and dramatic talent witch made the shifts between funny and more serious moments natural. However the comedy was based on stereotypes and simple gags that made it seem somewhat old fashioned. It was funny though. At least as long as I chose to overlook the more dated elements.

The story was good and somewhat less superficial then what I expect from Agatha Christie. But all the quirks and strangeness of her more famous detectives, such as Miss Marple and Poirot, were delightfully present. After reading a few of her books (I believe, sometime in my teens), it seemed that I knew what one of her crime stories would contain; detective called in or on vacation, either impossible crime or seemingly none or endless amount of suspects, or at least a “whodunit”, a few minor observations buried on page 259 (or there about) and finally, the detective gathers everyone and slowly, oh so slowly, reveals the murderer. Even though this is an Agatha Christie story, do not expect the typical structure or progression. This is a courtroom drama, and not a “roaming detective” story.

Judgement

I liked this movie. There were some of the small annoyances that I have come to expect from a movie from this era, but it was a few hours well spent.

Epilogue

I would recommend “Witness for the prosecution” to a friend, and no qualifiers or caveats needed, except standard age restrictions. (In this case children under 13 should probably not see the movie.)

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Witness for the prosecution” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

33 movies down. 332 to go.

If you want to get “Witness for the prosecution” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Scarface“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

The Sting

the-sting-posterAmerican crime comedy from 1973.
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: David S. Ward
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Johnny Hooker and Luther Coleman are con artists during the depression and when their mark turns out to work for the mob, the organization gets a cruel revenge on them. Johnny gets help from a legendary con artist called Henry Gondorff to get back at the mob boss.

Reactions

This is a fun and light movie with all the right twists and turns in the plot. The different cons have fun names like Spanish prisoner, the badger, Iraqi dinars and the glim-dropper. (Names not taken from the movie, but in the same style.)

I have seen “The sting” several times before, but it has been some time since I last saw it. I was a little worried that the storytelling would be dated and a bit slow, but it was fast paced enough for the failing attention span of a modern viewer.

Contemplations

The costumes, props and sets are important in this movie. They set a tone or a mood that together with a kind of colorful rendering of the pictures that make up the movie, makes it’s fast pace and anti heroes, fun. Regardless of some violence and people being conned, it becomes more of a distant fairy tale that allows the viewer to disregard negative consequences of the main characters actions.

Also, getting a glimpse into the world and knowledge of confidence artists, is tantalizing and appealed to my sense of adventure.

In the last few movies I have watched, something called establishing shots (I had to google that) has drawn my attention. In this movie, several of those shots showed the camera looking upwards, and followed a minor characters moving into the scene with the major characters. I have not come to a conclusion about what this could mean. More contemplations are needed.

The acting and story in “The sting” is great, and comes together well. All the actors fill their parts well, and I think it is an extra challenge to act a part that is acting in a confidence trick. Or put another way, to act a part that is an actor that is acting, and that being evident even if the role is good at acting, is impressive.

The story is not layered or give pause for much thought, but this kind of heist or sting story really doesn’t have to be. Not when it is well written, and this one is.

Judgement

I like this movie, and it was well worth my time. No complaints.

Epilogue

I recommend this movie to anyone closing in on adulthood. (Maybe 15 or above.) It is fun and enjoyable the whole way through.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “The sting” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

26 movies down. 339 to go.

If you want to get “The sting” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “The wizard of Oz“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

To kill a mockingbird

to-kill-a-mockingbird-posterAmerican crime drama from 1962.
Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
Director: Robert Mulligan
Writers: Harper Lee, Horton Foote
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

Six year old Scout and ten year old Jem live with their father who is defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. There are many strong feelings surrounding this crime and trial in their small southern village in 1936. The two children experience some of what is going on in the adult’s world.

Reactions

What a lovely look at childhood and a truly healthy reminder of many nice details of what I did as a child. Of course these children had other specific experiences than I did, but in general there were many reminders of  childhood activities.

I was initially apprehensive about a serious movie set in depression era US, but the movie focused on the children and their world. It was filled with the innocence and play of children, and I, as a viewer, was taken into their experience of the world. Very interesting and childlike, even if the subject matter was quite heavy and serious at times.

Contemplations

The acting was remarkable.  Specially Scout (Mary Badham) was good in her role. Mary Badham was nominated for an Oscar as best actress in a supporting role for her performance, but I felt Scout was the main character.  Regardless, she was a central character and did a wonderful job.

Usually when there is a storyteller in a movie, a voice that explains or expands on what is shown on screen, I think it is a cheap or lazy trick to get the story across. This time the voice of an older Scout explains some things that would not be evident to a child, or she foreshadows larger events. It is not used as an alternative to filming the actual story. So, in this case I did not mind the storyteller.

The story is maybe not the most original, but the way it is told, the way it is seen through the eyes of children, is quite remarkable. All the adult ways of explaining things with “the situation is nuanced” or “its complicated”, simply doesn’t work with children.  For them the world just is, and it is either something that should be changed or not. It is a great way of talking about racism. It isn’t complicated or nuanced, it just shouldn’t be.

Judgement

I really liked this movie, and as in a few other cases, I now want to read the book this movie was based on. If you want to get the book, here is “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee on Amazon, but I do think most libraries will have it. For me though, this book is so important I want to own a copy.

Epilogue

I think “To kill a mockingbird” is a great movie with an important message that would keep anyone entertained.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “To kill a mockingbird” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

25 movies down. 340 to go.

If you want to get “To kill a mockingbird” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “The sting“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

12 angry men

12-angry-men-posterAmerican crime drama from 1957.
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Reginald Rose
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

A young Asian man has stood trial for murder, and we follow the deliberations of the twelve jurors.

Reactions

“12 angry men” is a strong movie. I have not seen it before, and it made quite an impression.  It is a concept I have seen before. I remember an episode of “Veronica Mars” where jury deliberations that put a focus on attitude towards poor people was the whole of the episode. In “12 angry men” the jury deliberation put a focus on attitudes towards poor immigrants of Asian and Spanish decent.

I would have thought that the attitudes of racism and intolerance in this movie would have seemed outdated considering the movie is from 1957, but sadly, not so much. The makeup of the jury, only white men, was dated, and how these men dressed and expressed themselves was dated, but the views they expressed, could have been this year.

In other words, this is still an important movie to watch.

Contemplations

The audio and visuals are simple, and all they convey is the feeling of being in a jury room, which is what they are supposed to do. For me today, watching this movie, it seems like they are wearing period costumes and the set is constructed to convey olden times, but I guess this is simply how the world looked and what people wore.

The story and acting is great. The 12 men are convincing and some of them go on an emotional journey that was believable. The men may have been a little stereo typical, but it just underlined that these men could have been anyone. Through the movie the jurors are referred to by their numbers and we don’t learn their names, which also drives home this point.

Judgement

I don’t regret watching this movie, and it made me think about how little, at least some parts society, has moved along towards tolerance and removing racism.

As someone on twitter suggested, after watching “12 angry men”, I watched Amy Schumer’s spoof on the movie, and it was really good. It mirrors the movie very well, and puts a spotlight on what we think of women. Below is the first part of the 12 angry men judging Amy Schumer. The rest is really good, as well.

Epilogue

Everyone should watch this movie. It is an important story of how simple questions can bring out our inner racist attitudes.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “12 angry men” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

24 movies down. 341 to go.

If you want to get “12 angry men” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “To kill a mockingbird“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

La Haine

la-haine-posterFrench crime drama from 1995.
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Writers: Mathieu Kassovitz
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Three young men, Vinz, Hubert and Saïd, from the projects on the outskirts of Paris spends the first 24 hours after a violent riot trying to go about their daily life.

Reactions

This is a strong movie with an important message. It is made in black and white for some reason, maybe to lend a quality of sober documentary feel to the story, and I think it succeeds on that account.

Several times during the movie I started thinking about a book I read as a young student called “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire. A bit simplified the message of the book is that schools and teachers only appreciate the knowledge and skills of the children brought up on “fine culture” while children from poorer families have many skills and knows a lot, just not the right things. And as long as these skills and this knowledge of the poor are unappreciated at school, it will be difficult to create a society where social mobility and education for everyone is a reality. (Here is a link to “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” on amazon, if you are interested.)

In the movie a noticed several times how skilled and knowledgeable the young men in this community were, and still, none of them seemed employed or to have much education. If their abilities had been acknowledged during their school years, maybe some of them would have had a different life. This seemed especially apparent during a scene in an art gallery where the three main characters are met with strange modern art, while they routinely seemed to meet art of much higher quality in the projects. Only difference might be that the artist in the art gallery had gone to a school that had made him an artist in some “proper” way.

Contemplations

“La Haine” means hate in French and it shows how hate breads hate. The message is delivered well and I understood why these young men started to hate. The police in the movie are raw and brutal racists, and there are no other avenues open for Vinz, Hubert and Saïd, all they can do is hate the police. After the movie I see how hate is the only way for them.

The acting was great, especially the three young men played by Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui. The cinematography was very strong and the music was just the right kind for me. Many familiar old tracks and a few new ones, which made me enjoy the movie even more.

The story is important and illustrates a difficult part of today’s society. It is hard to face that this is real, maybe, but never the less, something we all should do on occasion. The movie offers no solutions, but only explains a phenomenon that not everyone knows well enough.

Judgement

I like this movie a lot, and it made a strong impression. I will most likely watch it again some day.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult viewer. It is not a lighthearted movie for an evening with popcorn, but something for a more exploratory and serious mood. It would be good if everyone understood the message in “La Haine”, and maybe everyone should watch it once. The story explains so well how the hate between police and some group of people can begin.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “La Haine” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

18 movies down. 347 to go.

If you want to get “La Haine” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Inception“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.