Jul. 31st, 2009

norwegianwood: Polaroid (Stock-Polaroid)


Title:
My Neighbour Totoro
Original Title: Tonari No Totoro (JP)
Year: 1988
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Seen on: 27 July 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
 
 
My thoughts: This film is now my favourite Studio ghibli film ever. Apart from the fact that it's absolutely amazing how Miyazaki was able to hand-draw everything in such a perfect, detailed way at the time, everything about this animation film was amazing. The soundtrack is super sweet, the characters are so unusual and each of them has such a great personality, and the story itself is amazing. It is a children's story, but it drags adults into it even more. Totoro himself is presented in such an original way, and I love the way he makes such massive verses and shouts so much. At the same time, i love that the cat-bus seems almost evil, and that there's always a doubt whether everything is really happening or is just a dream. Things happen and then everyting goes back to normal, and in the end everything just fits in a perfect, magical way. I could watch this film over and over again. <3
norwegianwood: (Stock-GirlButterfly)


Title:
Public Enemies
Year: 2009
Directed by: Michael Mann
Seen on: 30 July 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
 
My thoughts: It's very different to find a film of this kind which is actually original and interesting and not predictable at all. This film really made it, and the fact that it was a true story added to it even more. It's a long film but it always keeps you interested. I loved the soundtrack, the characters (Well, Johnny Depp owned his character completely) and the accents. It's not characters that are made to be liked, but they all add up to the final picture of it, and this film actually lives you with something. It's violent, funny at times, moving at others, and doesn't have only one central theme. It leaves you sort of unsatisfyed at the end, but at the same time it's the perfect ending, and the audience is aware of it.

Quotes:

John Dillinger: I like baseball, movies, good clothes, whiskey, fast cars... and you. What else you need to know?

John Dillinger: [from trailer] There is absolutely nothing I want to do in Indiana.

Melvin Purvis: What keeps you awake nights, Mr. Dillinger?
John Dillinger: Coffee.

John Dillinger: We don't work with people we don't know. And you don't work when your desperate. Walter Dietrich. Remember that?
John 'Red' Hamilton: Walter forgot. When your desperate, that's when you got no choice.
 
norwegianwood: (Japan-SakuraCat)


Title:
War Horse
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Read on: 30/07/09
Rating: ★★★★★

My thoughts: This book was incredibly moving and absolutely unique in his genre. It's the first book I've read that is seen from the point of view of a horse, and it's completely believable and 'realistic' even if it's obviously an impossible situation, as a horse can't write or speak. I loved the relationships that so many different people have with this animal, how they feel the need to talk to him and to protect him, and how in the end they are all very similar to each other (it's set in the time of war) even if they have to fight each other. It makes you think of the reasons behind the start of a war, of the different attitudes to it as seen from the point of view of someone who is powerful but also has been dragged into the situation unwillingly. It's a story of friendship, trust, love, search. It's extremely moving and the characters seem to take life in front of us. The ending is just brilliant, as the only two really good characters of the books, who are also enemies, are somehow unconventionally joined together by a common point, and admit their weaknesses by showing their real nature to each other. It's absolutely perfect and the writing is simple but extremely honest and powerful.

Quotes: "He talked to himself because he felt that he was the only one who understood himself or would ever listen to what he was saying".

"You see, my friend, I want my Emilie to live on in people;s hearts. I shall die soon, in a few years, no more; and then no one will remember my Emilie as she was. I have no other family left alive to remember her. She will be just a name on a gravestone that no one will read. I want you to tell your friends at home about my Emilie. Otherwise it will be as if she has never even lived".

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