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Michael Jackson: Jam
(1992)

Wow! Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. What else can you ask?
This music video is absolutely amazing! Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. What else can you ask? Great song, great moves, Jordan flying and great dancers. Michael Jordan teaches MJ to play basketball, and MJ teaches Michael Jordan the moonwalk. Absolutely stunning, cute, brilliant, and cool. A real gem. 10/10

Like Mike
(2002)

This film is great! C'mon, it's a film for kids! Great for all the family and compulsory for all basketball fans
I was in shock to see the low rate of this film on IMDB. This film is great! C'mon, it's a film for kids! My children (12, 10 and 5 years old) really love it. There is no shooting, no violence, no guns and no blood, that's why the rate is so low. It's a great feel-good film. Honest, beautiful and cool. Great for all the family and compulsory for all basketball fans. 10/10

Another Woman
(1988)

A masterpiece. Beautiful, poetic, and Bergmanesque. Another gem by Woody Allen.
Another Woman is an exquisite drama written and directed by the genius Woody Allen. The cast is superb (with the exception of Farrow -since she started her ugly vengeful crusade against Woody I cannot watch her on screen, sorry). The writing is amazing, the cinematography is stunning and the music is melancholic and beautiful. Gena Rowlands' performance is absolutely breathtaking.

One of the best dramas ever written. Another gem by Woody Allen. Woody's the best. 10/10.

Crisis in Six Scenes
(2016)

Funny, cool, and entertaining. Woody & Elaine May. What else can you ask?
I love Crisis in Six Scenes. It's packed with brilliant jokes ("That's James Dean") and I love that it is situated in the 60s. Woody is great as always and Elaine May is hilarious. One of the BEST series that there is today out there. Woody's the best!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
(2018)

Too beautiful and too poetic for this era of stupid superheroes films
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a beautiful and poetic film. The music and the costumes are really amazing, and the story praises love, courage, memories and strength. The visuals are absolutely stunning. I read that many people trashed the film. I'm not surprised. This film is too beautiful and too poetic for this era of stupid superheroes films. If you like poetry, music, and dance, go see this film. Take somebody you love, eat some popcorn and enjoy. PS: The film is scary for little children. Go with your kids if they are 10-12 years old or older.

Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen
(2016)

Beautiful, erotic, sad, and poetic
I've always been in love with Egon Schiele's work. He's probably my favourite painter. So, I was a bit skeptical about this film. But I loved it! The cinematography is beautiful, the performances are great (especially Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, and Valerie Pachner), and the music is sublime. Egon produced in his short life around 300 canvases and around 2,000 water colours and drawings. And they are all amazing. I would have preferred a bit more about the paintings and less of the women, but overall, it's a wonderful film. Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen is a beautiful, erotic, sad, and poetic film. A real gem. 10/10

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
(2010)

Funny, cool and philosophical. Another gem by the genius Woody Allen
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is another gem by the genius Woody Allen. The script is great and very funny, the casting is spectacular and the music is great, as always. A funny plot packed with jokes and philosophy (love, life and death). Woody's films make life better. Thank you, Woody!

Sounds from a Town I Love
(2001)

A super cool homage to NY by the genius Woody Allen
Sounds from a Town I Love is an homage to New York by the genius Woody Allen. 3 minutes of funny lines and a superb cast: Tony Roberts, Marshall Brickman, Hazelle Goodman, Bebe Neuwirth, Celia Weston and more. No explosions or superheroes needed. Simple. funny, poetic, cool and amazing. Like all the art by Woody Allen.

To Rome with Love
(2012)

Another Woody Allen gem. A fresh and funny film, packed with jokes, beautiful long shots, great writing and a wonderful cast. 10/10
Jerry (Woody Allen): "Don't analyze me, Phyllis, okay? You know, many have tried and all have failed. My brain doesn't fit the usual id-ego-superego model!"

Phyllis (Judy Davis): "No, you have the only brain with three ids."

Yesterday I watched with my kids To Rome With Love, by the genius Woody Allen, for the 100th time. Such a great movie! Hilarious, amusing, and cool: full of jokes and funny moments.

Woody manages (as always) to tell his story with humour, deep, jokes and more. This time he tells 4 stories, all amusing and imaginative.

I love that Woody is in the movie, accompanied by the great and beautiful Judy Davis. When they first appear, in the plane, we already get Woody's philosophical humour. He says to Judy: "I can't unclench when there's turbulence. You know, I am an atheist."

My favorite character is Leopoldo Pisanello, played brilliantly by the hilarious Roberto Benigni. We laugh every second that he's in the movie. The Italian actors Alessandro Tiberi (Antonio, Milly's husband), Alessandra Mastronardi (Milly), Antonio Albanese (the famous actor Luca Salta), and Riccardo Scamarcio (the hotel burglar) are all hilarious. The legendary Ornella Muti appears 10 seconds in the film.

Fabio Armiliato is a very well-known opera tenor singer who plays the role of Giancarlo beautifully and sings amazing (in the shower). Armiliato has had leading roles and sung in the most prestigious opera houses of the world (Metropolitan Opera House of New York, La Scala in Milan, and L'Opéra de Paris).

Alec Baldwin is great as always. Jesse Eisenberg plays to the perfection the role of a shy and confused young man. Penélope Cruz is wonderful and beautiful as always. Alison Pill (Hayley)'s performance is very fresh, and Flavio Parenti (who is Michelangelo, Hayley's fiancé) is great in his role as an angry ultra left-wing young man. Monica Nappo plays amazingly Pisanello's humble wife.

Since Page and Gerwig opportunistically stabbed Woody right after the world saw Dylan Farrow's crocodile's tears in January 2018 (she's been trying to destroy Woody with her prefabricated story for ages), I can't stand watching them onscreen. Their treason, hypocrisy and opportunism will be always remembered (unlike their acting). Nevertheless, the lines that Woody wrote for them are really good.

The cinematography of the film is really beautiful. Cinematographer Darius Khondji (born in Iran but majored in Film at New York University) worked previously with Woody in Anything Else (2003) and Midnight in Paris (2011) and would go on working with Woody in two other films: Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and the masterpiece Irrational Man (2015). Other great works of Khondji include Delicatessen (1991), La cité des enfants perdus (1995), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and Amour (2012). He also worked as a cinematographer in many videos of Madonna.

To Rome With Love is rated in IMDB "restricted". I really don't know why. Maybe because Penélope plays a prostitute? Well, as we all know in the States it's OK to watch movies with thousands of bombs, guns, and killers, but love and sex are more dangerous and always restricted. Funny country...

To Rome With Love is another Woody Allen gem. A fresh and funny film, packed with jokes, beautiful long shots, great writing and a wonderful cast. 10/10

The worst: that Page and Gerwig contaminate the film (two ungrateful hypocrites who opportunistically stabbed Woody) .

The best: all the funny moments, Woody, the great Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, and the cinematography.

We love you, Woody!

Irrational Man
(2015)

Irrational Man. Wow. Such a movie. An absolutely brilliant film. A delightful masterpiece. 10 / 10
Abe (Joaquin Phoenix): "Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom".

Irrational Man. Wow. Such a movie. A delight for anyone who loves philosophy, especially existentialist philosophy, my favorite!

The beginning of the movie is amazing. You can only hear a car and, right after the opening credits, Ramsey Lewis' amazing funky jazz. The first word, pronounced by Joaquin Phoenix, is "Kant". Woody Allen seems to have made Irrational Man for philosophy lovers: Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, Dostoevsky, and Hannah Arendt's thesis dance in this film. Anxiety, despair, the meaning of our existence, choice, morality, suicide, and murder are the film's main themes.

Joaquin Phoenix's performance is stunning. Really brilliant. Phoenix gained 33 pounds for the role of Abe, a controversial philosophy professor, anguished, depressed and a nihilist who talks to his students about how cruel and frustrating human existence is. Phoenix appears like a man made of blood and flesh, vulnerable and tormented, who prefers to live philosophy than to talk about.

I must admit that I am not a big fan of Emma Stone. I find all her performances basically the same. Nevertheless, her performance in Irrational Man is convincing thanks to Woody's amazing writing. Still, she could have bothered herself and take some piano lessons if she was going to play the role of a piano student. Oh, well, those young divas...

The other woman is Rita, performed by Parker Posey, an awesome actress. Her performance is fresh, elegant and very real.

Ethan Phillips (who played the nasty IRS agent Gorsky in the 90's comedy Green Card) has a small role in the movie and plays Jill's father. I read some negative reviews about Jamie Blackey's performance, who plays Jill's boyfriend, Roy, but truthfully I think that he plays his role to perfection (a simple guy in love, plain and zero exciting).

Irrational Man has a bit of Match Point and a lot of Cassandra's Dream, being at the same time original, genuine, and surprising. The end is unpredictable and has a taste of Hitchcock. Woody had already used Crime and Punishment in Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. Ramsey Lewis (who, I must admit, I didn't know -I have already bought several CDs of his) accompanies us with his amazing funky jazz during all the film. Woody's taste in music is definitely the best.

The Adair University (fictitious), where Abe taught before, is the same University that honours Harry Block in Deconstructing Harry and where Sondra Pransky studied journalism in Scoop (how funny).

Irrational Man is the last movie produced by Jack Rollins (Woody's producer for over 45 years). Rollins died in 2015, age 100.

Abe brings to the extreme the first principle of existentialism: human beings are what we make of ourselves ("l'homme n'est rien d'autre que ce qu'il se fait", argues Sartre in L'existentialisme est un humanisme). Man is what he decides to be, in complete freedom. Sartre argues that we don't have freedom, but that we are freedom. Our freedom can never be renounced. Even if we decide not to be free, we are deciding in complete freedom not to be free. That's what reflects Sartre's explosive sentence "l'homme est condamné à être libre"(1). We are free and we are completely responsible of what and who we are. There is no God. We are alone in the Universe. We are the solely owners of our own existence and the only responsible ones for our own choices.

Sartrean existentialism is a philosophy of freedom and action. To think about doing something, to hope, to wish, does not count at all for Sartre. Only to act has real value, and Abe knows it. If we wish for somebody to be dead, the only coherent action is murder. But what about morality? Well, are all men worth living? Really cruel people are parasites, are they not? Wouldn't the world be a better place with less parasites?

When Abe decides to kill the corrupted judge, his life makes sense again. He starts enjoying life: he has big breakfasts (not only back coffee), is able to make love again, writes poetry again, and feels strong and alive. Suicide is not an option for Abe any more. His life has meaning. His murder plans are what give meaning to his existence.

Man is a being in search for meaning. That was brilliantly said by Viktor Frankl in 1946 in his heartbreaking book Man's Search for Meaning (originally written in German and untitled ...trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen. Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager). Frankl's thesis is a yes to life with capital letters. His message: an unconditional faith in the meaning of existence: "meaning is available under any conditions, even the worst conceivable ones"(2). Life has always meaning, until the end ("life has a meaning to the last breath"(3) and it's our duty to look for this meaning. Our main task is to have to give a meaning to our own existence.

Frankl argues that a person who has found the meaning of his life is able to give his life for that meaning, and a person who has not found the meaning of his life can easily commit suicide. At the beginning of the film, Abe suffers from existential vacuum and does not mind at all to die when he demonstrates to his students how to play the Russian roulette. But when he starts planning the murder and finds a meaning for his existence, he rejects suicide and embraces life.

Frankl argues that life has always meaning. Sartre, on the contrary, argues that nothing has real meaning: everything is absurd (like Camus). We are alone, without God and without excuses, and we have to carry courageously the emptiness of our human existence.

Frankl defines man as freedom, responsibility and meaning. Sartre defines man as freedom, responsibility and anguish. In the first half of Irrational Man, Abe follows Sartre, and, afterwards, follows Frankl. Frankl's thesis is less dark than Sartre's. Nevertheless, I have always found an answer (even if a hard and depressing one) in Sartre's philosophy, and, for what I've read, I think that Woody too.

In an interview from 2010, Woody was asked about his vision on life, and said: "I have a very grim pessimistic view of it. I always had. Since I was a little boy. It hasn't gotten worse with age or anything. I do feel that it's a grim, painful, nightmarish, meaningless experience and that the only way you can be happy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself (...) One must have one's illusions to live. If you look at life too honestly life does become unbearable because it is a pretty grim enterprise"(4). I agree completely. I think that neither life nor death have real meaning, so we have to create, love and grow as much as we can in order to not to succumb to despair.

Irrational Man is an absolutely brilliant film. A delightful masterpiece. 10 / 10

The best: the huge dosis of existential philosophy, Joaquin Phoenix's stunning performance, Parker Posey, and Ramsey Lewis' funky jazz.

The worst: Emma Stone's perfectly combed hair.

Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, August 16, 2018

NOTES

1. Sartre, Jean-Paul. L'existentialisme est un humanisme, p. 39

2. Frankl, Viktor E. The Unheard Cry for Meaning, p. 41

3. Frankl, Viktor E. "Introduction", The Doctor and the Soul, p. xix

4. Allen, Woody. Press conference You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Cannes, May 2010

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Frankl, Viktor E. ... trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen. Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager. München: Kösel, 2014 (2009), pp. 7-191

Frankl, Viktor E. Man's Search for Meaning (trad. Ilse Lasch). Boston: Beacon, 2006, pp. ix-165

Frankl, Viktor E. The Doctor and the Soul. From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy (trad. Richard y Clara Winston). New York: Vintage Books, 1986, pp. ix-318

Frankl, Viktor E. The Unheard Cry for Meaning. New York: Touchstone, 1978, pp. 13-191

Frankl, Viktor E. TV interview, Toronto, 1972. THE WILL TO MEANING.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. L'être et le néant. Essai d'ontologie phénoménologique. France: Gallimard, 2010 (1943), pp. 11-676

Sartre, Jean-Paul. L'existentialisme est un humanisme. France: Gallimard, 2003 (1945), pp. 9- 109

Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
(1971)

A hilarious "documentary" by the genius Woody Allen packed with funny jokes!
I just discovered this short film by Woody Allen! It is hilarious. It is a "documentary" by the genius Woody Allen packed with funny jokes! This was never released due to political fear. Such a pity. It's impossible to find it on DVD, but it's possible to watch it online. The film is from 1971, right after Bananas, and the style is very similar to the one of Bananas (1971) and Take the Money and Run (1969). Another gem by Woody Allen that will make you laugh and have a good time. Thanks, Woody. You make life better! 10 / 10

Don't Drink the Water
(1994)

Hilarious, cool, and brilliant / Another gem by the genius Woody Allen
Don't Drink the Water is a super funny, cool, and brilliant film by the genius Woody Allen. My kids and I love it! We've watched it like 100 times! The music is amazing, the plot is great, the writing is, as always, amazing, and the casting is spectacular: Woody, Julie Kavner, Michael J. Fox, Dom DeLuise (who is HILARIOUS), and Mayim Bialik. A super cool movie about the Cold War. If you didn't see it yet, watch it ASAP. A real gem not very well known by the amazing Woody Allen.

The Karate Kid
(2010)

Fun, tender and super cool! Jaden is Kung Fu Kid!
Jaden Smith is awesome in his role of Dre! Don't listen to the haters. This is a very cool movie for all the family. Jaden Smith is super cool and the film is super entertaining.

We are huge fans of the original Karate Kid, and this remake is really cool, fresh and fun. My kids love it. We have watched it like 10 times.

The worst: This film should be called The Kung Fu Kid, because it's about Kung Fu, not Karate.

The best: All the rest: Jaden Smith, the tournament, the story, Jackie Chan, the girl, the violin piece. Watch it, cheer up and enjoy!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
(2018)

Fun, suspense, good writing, great music, stunning effects and lots of fun! Ideal por teenagers!
I went yesterday to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with my 10 year old son (my 12 year old daughter prefers to watch Woody Allen films than dinousaur movies and my 4 year old daughter loves cinema but nothing scary). My son and I had such a GREAT time! The movie is GREAT and LOTS of FUN! The writing is good, the director is great, the music is amazing, the casting is super cool (all of it), the special effects are stunning and the pop-corn were super tasty. There are some surprises and new tastes in this one.

I asked my son which rating this movie deserves and he told me: a 10!

This is a film for having a good time, holding hands (it's a bit scary, yes, but fun), relaxing, and enjoying your pop-corn. Don't expect a Bergman, Truffaut, or Woody Allen movie. This is just for having fun. So, stop whining and criticizicing, have a good time, take somebody you love and go and see it. Greetings from Madrid / Antonia Tejeda Barros

It's Complicated
(2009)

Hilarious, cute, and wise. And STUNNING performances!
This film is so funny! My kids and I have seen it many times and have laughed a lot. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin's performances are stunning! Alec is hilarious. Every scene he is in you will be laughing. Meryl Streep, what can I say: she is AMAZING: the best actress of all times. The film is funny, clever, cute, and wise!

Maybe "It's complicated" will appeal more to people over 40. People who have formed a family and have lived the difficulties and joy of marriage. The music of the film is great. The chemistry is sparkling. And the performances can't get better.

10/10

Enjoy, don't be such a grouch (I read very insulting reviews here), make some popcorn and be ready to enjoy and think about marriage, family, love, relationships, age, sex, and dreams.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
(2018)

Have in mind that the VAST MAJORITY of the reviewers over here are MEN! / Relax, eat your popcorn and enjoy!
I was surprised to see that this film had only a 7. Then I realized that the vast majority of IMDB reviewers for this film are MEN. See for yourself: There are 28,878 reviewers so far: 18,721 are MEN and ONLY 1,853 are WOMEN. And people either love it (they give it a 8, 9 or 10) or hate it (they give it a 1, 2 or 3). Come on! How can anybody give a 1 to this film? Just have these two details in mind.

I went to see 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' with my 9 year old son and we both had a great time. It's not Bergman, Truffaut or Woody Allen. We all know that. But go and see it. You're going to enjoy a lot: the music is amazing, the story is good, the special effects are spectacular, and the casting is cool. Relax, enjoy your popcorn, don't be such a grouch and have a great time!

By the way, I LOVED 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. I thought it was great. A bit darker, super cool, deep and fun (I just say this because I read a lot of ugly criticism trashing it, when it's an EXCELLENT movie).

Wonder Wheel
(2017)

Wonderful: amazing performances, nostalgic music, and brilliant cinematography
Ginny (Kate Winslet): "When it comes to love we all turn out to be our own worst enemy"

Woody Allen is such a genius! At age 82 he continues giving us art, art, and art. His films continue being brilliant, and making us think, feel, smile, and cry. And that's something for which I will always be thankful to him.

Wonder Wheel is just another jewel of his. The music is beautiful and nostalgic, and the cinematography (Vittorio Storaro: the 3 Oscar-winner cinematographer of Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor -who previously worked with Woody Allen in Café Society) is absolutely brilliant: super long shots, 50-ish colors, big close ups, and a very special light. The story of the film and the feelings of the characters are really well written, and Kate Winslet's and Jim Belushi's performances are absolutely amazing. With a taste of Radio Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Match Point, Wonder Wheel appears like a jewel in the middle of this cinema age of superhero millionaire productions full of espectacular special effects but empty.

Wonder Wheel is a drama. Nevertheless, there is also a bit of humor inside the catastrophe (that refine humor that Woody Allen knows to tell so well): the son, the fires, the post-session with the psychiatrist...

I was very surprised that neither Kate Winslet nor Jim Belushi got a Golden Globe nomination for their stunning performances, and that Vittorio Storaro and Woody Allen hardly got any nomination. Oh, well, all these awards are really stupid... Let's see if the Oscars will be more fair, although I really doubt it...

Go see Wonder Wheel today and enjoy this cute masterpiece!

The best: Woody's writing, the cinematography, the music, Kate Winslet's and Jim Belushi's stunning performances, the Caroline and Ginny blue light scene, and the phone call scene.

The worst: nothing.

10/10

The Shape of Water
(2017)

The Shape of Water. The Shape of Violence?
Sex and violence really sell, don't they? A bit of porn, lots and lots of violence and you have a multi Academy Award nomination movie!

I went to see yesterday The Shape of Water and I was highly disappointed. While the music, the cinematography and the performances are amazing, the love story is really not convincing and a bit creepy, and the unnecessary sex scenes (masturbation and coitus) and, specially, the monstruos violence killed all the poetry of the movie. In the same way that I don't think a director needs to show the actors shitting, pissing or picking their noses I find graphic sex a very poor choice for a director to illustrate a point. But, more than that, I find violence onscreen really disturbing and I think that such a high degree of violence is a very poor tool for a director. An exception to that would probably be Tarantino, who uses violence in such a crude way that it ends out being funny (nevertheless, Tarantino's violence is sometimes too much for me, even when he uses it for something great, like killing Nazis). I think that there are greater cinematic ways of showing violence than graphic torture, flying fingers, and litres of blood. If you don't agree with me, go and see Doctor Zhivago: you will be amazed by the power of the scene where the Imperial Army is massacring the people next to the Winter Palace and all you can see is the horrifying face of Doctor Zhivago, who, from a safe window, watches men, women, and children being slaughtered by the Imperial Army. Now, that's art. The rest is only good special effects and a big lack of imagination. The same goes for sex. There are many ways of showing the act of love with sensuality, strength, and poetry, but Guillermo del Toro chose here graphic sex. Why? I guess it sells better.

Frankly, I don't get the hype around this film. 13 Academy Award nominations? Come on! Guillermo del Toro looks like a really nice guy, and I actually hate to write negative reviews. If I spend a bit of time in writing this negative review it's because, as with La La Land (an annoying and cheesy torture filled with cliches), I'm amazed at how bad or not so good Hollywood movies can get such a hype, while other movies, like Woody Allen's masterpieces, get shut out and don't get any important nominations (yes, I am a huge fan of Woody: I love his art, his philosophy and his genius, and I'm very angry at this wave of hypocrisy, opportunism and lies around him that mixes false accusations from two crazy and resentful women with the most beautiful art).

The characters of The Shape of Water are all either black or white, there are no greys here: the bad ones are really bad and the good ones are really good. Well, life isn't neither black nor white. It's full of greys. While the performances are all amazing: Sally Hawkins is great, Octavia Spencer is amazing as always, Richard Jenkins is really good too and Michael Shannon is stunning (he really steals the movie and, surprisingly, didn't get any Golden Globe or Academy Award nomination), the souls of the characters are painted only in one color, and that's very Hollywood-ish and commercial.

Also, I wonder, for which age is The Shape of Water? You would first think that a fantasy movie is suitable for children, but this one is not. Or, you would think that a love story with so much violence and a bit of porn is suitable for adults, but then, why put this stupid fish-creature? I'm used to seeing lots of fantasy and children movies with my kids (ages 11, 9 and 4, so, imagine: I've seen them all: since The Dark Cristal from 1982 until the last superhero movie). But this movie, for who is it?

I understand why this movie can arrive to people, especially people who feel very lonely. I feel a great deal of empathy for all the people who feel alone in the world and seek love and company wherever they can, but I think that the black and white characters and the huge degree of violence kill the depth of this movie. Maybe the majority of the people of today are so used to see violence (on TV and on the internet) that they don't even notice it any more. I am very sensible to violence and it disturbs me a lot when I see it (here at home we don't have a TV for many many years, so I really don't know what's going on with TV violence these days -we only choose what we want to watch and watch it with our cinema projector). I understand that there are movies where violence is necessary (for instance, if you watch a movie about the Holocaust it may contain some graphic violence) but what really bothers me, artistically speaking, is superfluos violence: violence for selling, for entertaining a bit more and keep the audience amused. That kind of violence is repulsive.

I don't like to put a qualification for a movie. I always found it pretentious of us, the audience and the reviewers, to qualify the huge work of a director with a number (I'm aware of the fact that to create art is difficult and to criticize is easy). But this time, since there is such a hype around this film, I feel obliged to qualify this movie. So, 1 point for the music (Alexandre Desplat), 1 point for the cinematography (Dan Laustsen), 1 point for Michael Shannon, 1 point for Sally Hawkins, 1 point for the amazing Octavia Spencer, and 1 point for Richard Jenkins. 6/10

If you want to listen to good music, be amazed by a beautiful cinematography, see Sally Hawkins's sexual part, enjoy your popcorn while a fish-creature is being tortured in a brutal way, blood is running, and a cats loses her heads, go and see The Shape of Water.

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
(2017)

Fun, great, deep, intriguing & cool!
What are all these negative reviews? Come on! The Last Jedi is great! Fun, deep & cool! The story behind Rey and Kylo Ren is super intriguing (the best of the movie), Luke Skywalker is back, the casting is great, the whole artistic production is absolutely amazing and the music is brilliant and wonderful, as always. Go see it today, relax, don't be such a grouch and enjoy! 10/10

Wonder Wheel
(2017)

Wonderful: amazing performances, nostalgic music, and brilliant cinematography
Ginny (Kate Winslet): "When it comes to love we all turn out to be our own worst enemy"

Woody Allen is such a genius! At age 82 he continues giving us art, art, and art. His films continue being brilliant, and making us think, feel, smile, and cry. And that's something for which I will always be thankful to him.

Wonder Wheel is just another jewel of his. The music is beautiful and nostalgic, and the cinematography (Vittorio Storaro: the 3 Oscar-winner cinematographer of Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor -who previously worked with Woody Allen in Café Society) is absolutely brilliant: super long shots, 50-ish colors, big close ups, and a very special light. The story of the film and the feelings of the characters are really well written, and Kate Winslet's and Jim Belushi's performances are absolutely amazing. With a taste of Radio Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Match Point, Wonder Wheel appears like a jewel in the middle of this cinema age of superhero millionaire productions full of espectacular special effects but empty.

Wonder Wheel is a drama. Nevertheless, there is also a bit of humor inside the catastrophe (that refine humor that Woody Allen knows to tell so well): the son, the fires, the post-session with the psychiatrist...

I was very surprised that neither Kate Winslet nor Jim Belushi got a Golden Globe nomination for their stunning performances, and that Vittorio Storaro and Woody Allen hardly got any nomination. Oh, well, all these awards are really stupid... Let's see if the Oscars will be more fair, although I really doubt it...

Go see Wonder Wheel today and enjoy this cute masterpiece!

The best: Woody's writing, the cinematography, the music, Kate Winslet's and Jim Belushi's stunning performances, the Caroline and Ginny blue light scene, and the phone call scene.

The worst: nothing.

10/10

Horrid Henry: The Movie
(2011)

My kids love it! Fun, fun & fun!
What are all these negative reviews? Come on! This is a movie for children. My kids (11, 9 & 4) really love it, and they are big fans of the Horrid Henry books. This is not supposed to be Bergman, Truffaut or Scorsese. It is a fun family movie. That's it. I was sad to see all the negative reviews, so I gave it a 10. Cheer up, relax, don't be so critical and enjoy the movie! Greetings from Madrid / Antonia

Es war einmal in Deutschland...
(2017)

Brilliant, funny, sad & moving. A post-war tale set in Germany and not made by Germany (the country that produced the Holocaust)
Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Once upon in Germany, not Bye Bye Germany) is a brilliant movie set in Germany in 1946, right after all the atrocities that Germany committed. I really think that Germany forgot really fast the Holocaust and its gas chambers, and now the country is considered a modern and Eco-friendly country, but let's not forget that 75 years ago the whole country supported happily the humiliation and deportation of millions of people, the mass killings, and the gassing of men, women, and children (for the guilt and responsibility of the German common people in the Holocaust please read Yehuda Bauer's "Rethinking the Holocaust"). For that, I never understood why there are hardly any films about the Holocaust made in Germany, when, considering the magnitude of the tragedy, Germany should be doing 1 movie a day about the Holocaust (until reaching the 11 million). The really good German-speaking films critical movies about the Holocaust are actually not German: Die Fälscher (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007) is Austrian, Berlin'36 (Kaspar Heidelbach, 2009) is also Austrian, and the director of Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Sam Garbarski) was born in Germany but he is actually Belgian.

Es war einmal in Deutschland … is a funny, sad, and moving film that will make you laugh and cry. I don't think that here in Spain (I live in Madrid) the public really got the movie. If you don't know what a "Kapo" was, or what was happening at "the ramp" in Auschwitz (the majority of the Spanish public hardy know anything about the Holocaust) or what "Lechaim" means, you are going to miss some good points about the movie and some very good Jewish black humour.

The music of the film (composed by Renaud Garcia-Fons) is really beautiful. The cinematography (Virginie Saint-Martin), too.

The cast is absolutely AMAZING. Everybody is shining. Moritz Bleibtreu (Knockin' on Heaven's Door)'s performance is superb. And Anatole Taubman, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir (Schindler's List), Antje Traue (Woman in Gold) are amazing too.

Go and see this movie today! You will learn some new things about the Holocaust, the biggest crime against Humanity. 10/10

Die Fälscher
(2007)

The biggest con operation of the entire history: Operation Bernhard & the horror of the small concentration camps
Atze (Veit Stübner): "Warum ist Gott nicht in Auschwitz? Der kam nicht durch die Selektion!"

Die Fälscher is one of my favorite movies about the Holocaust. It's an Austrian film where the Nazi pigs bark in German (not English) and the victims speak, cry and pray in German, Russian, and Hebrew (not English). I can't stand the Holocaust movies where the Nazis speak English with a German accent, no matter how good the movie is. That goes for Schindler's List and many others (the only exception is probably The Pianist, an excellent film that if it were in Polish and German would be a real masterpiece).

In Die Fälscher one can really breath the brutality of the small Nazi concentration camps (there are no extermination camps shown here). Viktor Frankl wrote that in the ordinary small concentration camps most of the extermination took place. In Die Fälscher we see a Nazi pig kicking to death a prisoner in Buchenwald and we see how little life was worth in Sachsenhausen (you could be shot any time and for no reason). The elegant and cultivated German Nazis could kill and torture as much as they felt like.

The film focuses on the biggest con operation of the entire history: Operation Bernhard. Operation Bernhard managed to counterfeit more than 134 million British pounds and some American dollars. Created in 1942 by the Nazi Germans and developed in Sachsenhausen's Blocks 18 and 19 by 142 Jewish prisoners who were forced to forge millions, Operation Bernhard could have given a dramatic turn to the war. The Nazis counterfeited not only British pounds and American dollars, but also many passports, identity cards, birth and marriage certificates, other official documents, and stamps. The Nazis were not only cruel and monstrous (we know that they loved to gas men, women, and children, and that they enjoyed massacring people and burning babies alive), but they were also great thieves (they stole many Aryan-looking Polish children – after having killed their parents, of course–) and they were also the greatest common criminals: they organized the biggest con operation of all times (but, luckily, too late). The Nazi Germans possessed all of the disgusting and lowest attributes that a human can have: racism, violence, cruelty, and dishonesty. And all that beautiful pack came from one of the most cultivated countries of the entire world. The Germans, with their amazing philosophy, their amazing poetry, their amazing music and their amazing art produced the most horrific monstrosity of human history: the Holocaust.

Die Fälscher is loosely based on the memoirs of Adolf Burger, originally written in Czech (Komando padělatelů) and first published in 1983. The translation into English was published only 26 years later (in 2009) under the title The Devil's Workshop: A Memoir of the Nazi Counterfeiting Operation (I didn't read the book, but I just ordered it). Burger was a Jewish Slovak typographer and Holocaust survivor born in 1917. He was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau together with his wife when he was 25 years old, in 1942. At that time he was making fake baptism certificates to save Jews. In Auschwitz-Birkenau he was tattooed with the number 64401. His wife perished in Auschwitz that year. He survived 18 months in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was then transferred to Sachsenhausen (April 1944) to work in Operation Bernhard. In 1945 he was transferred to the Ebensee concentration camp (a camp within the Mauthausen network) until its liberation by the US Army on May 6, 1945 (that isn't shown in the movie). Burger died 10 months ago in Prague, age 99 (yes, 99!), in December 2016.

The casting of the film is superb. Karl Markovics (who portrays Sorowitsch, a character based on the real Salomon Smolianoff, an Ukrainian Jewish professional counterfeiter who died in Brazil at age 76) gives an outstanding performance. I really love this actor. He's amazing. August Diehl (the famous SS whom Fassbender blew his balls off in Inglourious Basterds) plays the real Burger. He appears super thin and his performance is stunning. Sebastian Urzendowsky plays Kolya, a young Russian painter also involved in Operation Bernhard. His performance is breathtaking (Urzendowsky gave an impressive performance too in the German film Berlin'36). Devid Striesow plays the Nazi Herzog, to my taste a too nice and soft character. Herzog is based on the real Bernhard Krüger, a murderous SS who led Operation Bernhard (the operation was named after him). As the vast majority of German and Austrian murderers, Krüger got off scot-free (after a brief period of detention) and died peacefully in Germany at age 84. Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter (Dolores Chaplin) makes a small appearance in the film.

The tango music of the film (written by Marius Ruhland) is truly amazing. The details of the film are really painful and really well made: the apple, the bloody hands, the second hand clothing, the touching of the clean bed sheets, the reaction of Kolya at the beginning of the shower, the huge humiliation in the toilet, the walking-corps after the liberation of Sachsenhausen

Around 134 million counterfeit British pounds were produced at Sachsenhausen. In 1945 Operation Bernhard moved to Mauthausen. In 1959 some of the boxes with counterfeit British pounds were discovered at the bottom of Lake Toplitz (in the Austrian Alps), and in 2000 the same company who discovered the Titanic pull out from the lake many boxes with counterfeit British pounds and some counterfeit American dollars.

Die Fälscher won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language (Austria). After it won the Oscar, Burger said that he felt happy because now more people would see the movie and will know that the Nazis were not just murderers but also common criminals.

The worst: some small factual errors.

The best: everything else.

Lore
(2012)

A Neo-Nazi racist garbage
Oh, Germany suffered so much in the war!!! Poor blond German Nazi children, running in the woods without food... The movie shows the "suffering" of the poor Germans who, after killing 11 million of innocent men, women, and children (6,000,000 Jews, including 1,500,000 children!) and after having seen the photos of the extermination camps still loved Nazism and hold their hatred towards Jews. Pathetic.

The character of the protagonist made me almost puke. A Nazi teenager. Racist and so ugly inside. Despicable.

I don't know how this movie got even released. The director should be trial for Holocaust denial. The last words of the Nazi grandmother say it all: "Your parents didn't do anything wrong". Right: nobody in Germany did anything wrong but the chimenees of Auschwitz worked without stopping.

A garbage film. Despicable. Never forget the victims and never forget who committed the crimes. Peace.

Kongens nei
(2016)

Good direction & amazing acting. Disappointing choices & cowardice
The King's Choice is a very good movie, but I didn't like the director's message. The film wants us to feel that the King of Norway made a brave decision by not negotiating and cooperating with the Germans in 1940 (which was brave) but "forgets" that the king flew the country afterwards. The film depicts a royal family hesitating during 2 hours.

Norway refused to collaborate with the Germans in 1940, but did collaborate with the Germans in 1942, when 772 Jews were deported to extermination & concentration camps (mostly to Auschwitz) with the collaboration of the Norwegian police. It's true that the Anti-Semitism was not very strong in Norway (like in Denmark and Sweden), but still 772 Jews (men, women & children) were deported. 772 Jews is more than 1/3 of the Jewish population in Norway: there were 2,173 Jews in Norway before 1942.

After the King Haakon VII refused to negotiate with the Germans, he and his son left Norway (they went to England) and the royal family flew to the States. What's brave about a king leaving his country and his people after the Germans have invade it? I felt that the message that the director wants to give was not right.

The casting of the movie is amazing, and the performances of Karl Markovics (an amazing Austrian actor who was the hero in the amazing movie The Fälscher) and Jesper Christensen (who portrays the hesitating King Haakon VII) are impeccable. I loved the fact that everybody speaks their own language (the movie is in Norwegian and German, with a bit of Swedish, Danish and English), not like the fake movies about the Holocaust were everybody (Germans, Polish and others) speak English. Greetings from Madrid / Antonia

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