Archive for October 18th, 2007

October 18, 2007

>Nothing like two great films and a good one


Ratatouille (2007) – Ever since Spirited Away, an animated film hasn’t surprised me for the best. This is not only a great animation, but a great movie as well. Remy is a little rat with a natural talent for cooking. Something unexpected happens and he sees himself in Paris: now the impossible dream of becoming a chef in an important parisian restaurant might become true. The plot may sound bizarre, but that’s cinema fantasy and in animation everything is possible these days. And besides, the story makes you think. Is it better to stay on the safe side, to accept what everyone else says you should be, even if that means to choose a mediocre way of life or to break the boundaries and follow your deepest dream? Brilliantly directed and with one of the most (if not the most) unforgettable scene of the current film year. After nearly 10 months, finally a movie overcomes Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on the top of my 2007’s fav list. A movie which lead character is a rat. Who would say so? Watch some scenes and comments on them here.

Tropa de Elite (2007) – When it comes to art (and cinema seen as an art form here), artists should talk about what they understand, about their own surroundings, their own reality. The mirror, which is the film camera, should reflect the social and cultural reality of their home country. Of course, art goes beyond that, but i suppose it’s really hard to make a mistake by choosing this path. Take german cinema, for example. How they’re obsessed about their own political history in so many aspects, and how this theme resulted in so many great contemporary films. Sophie Scholl, GoodBye Lenin!, Nowhere in Africa, The Downfall and The Lives of Others, just to mention some of them. Based on this thought, i’d say the best brazilian films ever made were those which the filmmakers focused on what is the most controversial aspects of my country. Central Station had an universal appeal, but it used misery in its cruel form as a background. I suppose many of you have seen City of God by this time, so i’m gonna drop any further discussions on it. Some has said Elite Squad is the new City of God. But if Fernando Meirelles came back to the past in order to explain why Rio de Janeiro is facing a civil war these days, this new film uses today’s civil war as a background of endless violance, through the eyes of a working cop. Once again, there’s no easy answers. Is this ever going to have any answers at all?

Sicko (2007) – Oh, Michael Moore. In the future, we’ll be able to show your documentaries as an efficient summarizing of the Bush era. Or perhaps, not? By this point, many of us already know that not everything you show in your films are 100% true, but who cares. It’s true enough in its essence and i totally support you on your ideas! Sometimes i don’t know if you’re really defending a cause, trying to open the eyes of your fellow americans or you’re just fond of teasing everyone around you. Perhaps, all of these? I love your sarcasm and how you exaggerate many things to prove your point of view. Like, saying USA’s health care places 37th right above Slovenia while showing how great the hospitals in Cuba are. But guess what, i read somewhere that Fidel’s island was right under Slovenia. Nevermind, i still love your style. Only you to make me horrified by showing the lives of those who actually have a health insurance, but after endless diseases became bankrupted, and in between, you are still capable of making me laugh. Only you to get a boat and a group of 09/11 uninsured rescuers all the way to Guantanamo Bay, the only place in US where people (oh, you mean the prisioners?) have universal health care coverage. And what a Michael Moore moment: you holding a loud siren asking for them to receive your passengers and nevertheless, to cure them for free! Once again, that’s that chubby guy with a cap showing us the ugly side of his own country. How he loves to slap the so-called american dream on its face. In the meanwhile, Lucifer doesn’t give a damn…