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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Four Lions, Vratné lahve, Monsters

Four Lions (2010)

This is low-budget black comedy and a clever satire about four Muslims in Great Britain who want to participate with the terrorists. It is funny, unpredictable, a bit annoying sometimes and a bit sad. I don’t have much more to add than it was an original movie and I haven’t seen anything like this before.

My rating: 7,5/10

Vratné lahve / Empties (2007)

Czech movie with the same director, Jan Sverák, who did “Akumulator 1”, a sci-fi comedy I really enjoyed. This movie is about the old man Josef Tkaloun who quits his job as a teacher, and begins working in a bottle recycling station at a grocery store. Though he lives with his wife, he thinks of new and younger women everyday.
This is quite a family friendly movie, a movie I could for example recommend to my mother who doesn’t like movies with cursing, sex or violence. The reason why I enjoyed it was because of many small things; the funny dialogs, the great characters and the great surprising ending.

My rating: 7,5/10

Monsters (2010)

The main story is about a US journalist (Scoot McNairy) who agrees to escort a tourist (Whitney Able) through an alien infected Mexico to the border of US.
When I watched this I was thinking about movies like District 9, Jurassic Park and maybe a dash of Lost in Translation.
I guess there are a lot of people who will get disappointed after watching this, hoping there would be more creatures as the title might suggest. It didn’t bother me. In fact, I think I would have enjoyed it without any scenes with the monsters. The story around these two fine actors was great enough. Man, Whitney Able is sexy in this. Also; good soundtrack, nice cinematography and great atmospheres.

My rating: 8/10

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