ANOTHER EARTH (2011)

Though the technical work might look amateur-ish, the screenplay is out of this world. Endearing.

“The only way to save his sanity is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. He doesn’t hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And he spends the sailing through space in total bliss and peace.”

.. and then in an instant, I fell in love with this film.

SHAME (2011)

If you want to know how dedicated Fassbender is as an actor, watch the fascinating Fassy huge surprises in the first 7 mins of Shame *ahem*. Joke aside, despite of its obscene, full frontal x-rated display, Shame is a captivating emotional journey of afflictive dependency. Fassy really puts his finest attempt out there to convey the psychological agony, and the brother-sister conflicting relationship with Mulligan’s character in which I’d like to give her an applaud as well (not to mention her impressive singing voice), also a pat on the back for Steve McQueen for his ingenious direction.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)

“Paris in the morning is beautiful. Paris in the afternoon is charming. Paris in the evening is enchanting. But Paris after midnight is magic.”

Woody Allen knows exactly how to sell the melancholy side of Paris. I guarantee you’ll be loving Paris more just by seeing the very first minute of it. Midnight in Paris is a jewel of art & literature engraved with the sweetness of romance. It’ll make you want to slow dance in the rain to Sidney Bechet’s “Si Tu Vois Ma Mère“.

Midnight in Paris is, how you say it in French, absolument charmante.

THE DESCENDANTS (2011)

‎”Paradise can go fuck itself.”

The Descendants surprised me by its often comedic manner. The adapted screenplay is pretty much solid and well-written (loving the voice-over narration and the hysterical remarks!). However, The Descendants is a little bit overrated with all the awards hype. I do enjoy Clooney’s performance in this side of drama, but this is not one of his extraordinary achievements.

Nevertheless, The Descendants is still a very enjoyable long stroll on the beach.