Movies

The Intouchables

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So before I departed for a study abroad trip in Paris (!), I wanted to publish one more post. This week’s post is about a French movie that I saw a few days ago that really moved me. The film is called “The Intouchables” and it’s about the relationship between a quadriplegic and his caregiver. Based off the true story of Phillipe Pozzo Di Borgo, a wealthy Frenchman paralyzed from the neck down after a paragliding trip went awry, and his caretaker, Abdel Sellou, a former convict who was living on the streets, this movie shows how a deep friendship can grow from even the most surprising of people. The film has won numerous international awards, been nominated for a Golden Globe, and is also the second biggest box office hit in France.

Abdel-and-PhillippeWhat I liked about the movie was that it was just so…human. Actor Omar Sy, who plays Sellou, portrays a tough guy with an inquisitive, though not necessarily “soft”, side. There is a playfulness with Sellou, whether it be pouring hot water on Di Borgo’s groin to hiring masseuses to massage Di Borgo’s earlobes (the only places where he can feel pleasure), that’s so unexpected that you cannot help but to smile. Sellou stands out from the other more-qualified caretakers because he sees Di Borgo, played by Francois Cluzet, as a man who only has a slight inconvenience, and so Sellou offers him very little pity. Instead, he helps Di Borgo recover from his depression by realizing the finer things of life, even at age 42. My only suggestion would have been to illustrate the troubles of Sellou’s personal life a bit more, to show the struggle that he really had managing his family trouble while tending to his paralyzed boss.

Overall, it’s a truly heartwarming movie, that I highly recommend watching. Both actors have incredible chemistry with each other. Here’s the trailer:

This marks my last post for a while before I go to Paris. But I’ll be back to posting in December! Thanks again for reading and please comment below!

Movies

The Great Dictator

B&W Sure Beats S&M

MV5BMTQyNTgyNTQ3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzgyMDYyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR10,0,214,317_So I had originally written this on my Tumblr page about a year ago after watching the 1940s hit movie, “The Great Dictator”, but it still applies for today:

Wait. Before you judge this post by its title, READ IT.

The other day I saw a Charlie Chaplin movie from 1940 called “The Great Dictator”. It was a comedic, black and white film about a Jewish barber in the Ghetto who accidentally gets mistaken for Adolf Hitler. Surely enough, Chaplin plays a double role, and as Ronald Weasley says, Chaplin is “bloody brilliant” in portraying the innocence of a barber living in such dreadful times as well as in hilariously “humanizing” Hitler (alliteration!), all in little over two hours.

Now I’m no film critic or anything but I do enjoy watching cinema because they show existence outside reality. And I find great actors to be well…great, because of how good they can mimic and sell the lives of the people they act as. Does that make sense? But many of today’s movies are plagued by the same horrible themes that are bringing down the music industry: sex, drugs, violence, glamour and money. And after a while, movies feel like a blur and there doesn’t seem much motivation to watch anything anymore.

This isn’t a rant on cinema today or anything but instead it’s a newly-discovered appreciation for simple art and simple direction with motion pictures. Instead of the glossy yet epic green-screen effects or the crude but still hysterical punchlines found in today’s “best” movies like “Transformers” or “The Hangover”, respectively, “The Great Dictator” was simply just a simple (wordplay!) and amusing watch. And I enjoyed the fact that I was still able to laugh at Chaplin’s clean humor as he stuffs himself upside down in a barrel in hopes of hiding from the Nazis, even though everyone can see his legs stick up in the air. Or when, as Hitler, he yanks off a Nazi colonel’s medals from his uniform in anger and continues to unbutton and unzip his uniform, leaving the petrified colonel in only his checkered underpants. It wasn’t gay, and it saddens me that I thought people may think that when they read my sentence. I BLAME THE MOVIES! It was a great movie to watch, I recommend it to anyone who just wants to lose themselves to an earlier, uncomplicated, yet tumultuous nevertheless, world where people can confuse a barber with one of history’s greatest characters, all because of a little upper-lip hair! Not to mention that Chaplin’s speech at the end of the movie is probably one of the best of all time! Here’s the trailer:

Thoughts? Leave them below, I’d love to hear them!

Movies

Knocked Up

Knocked Up has everything I like in a comedy: really funny social commentary jokes and that kind of everyday heartfelt warmth. I’m definitely not a film critic but I like how they started out showing how both Allison’s (Katherine Heigl) and Ben’s (Seth Rogen) lives are so different, but how one night can connect them forever. It’s a little cheesy at times, but I still really like it. Watch it if you havent had the chance to yet!