Saturday, July 18, 2015

Salamat Omar. And Faten.

In my mind Omar Sharif is always linked with Faten Hamama, his 1950s leading lady. I reminisce about the movies they made together and others Omar made in Egypt at The Film Experience.

Check it out let me know what you think.

Omar and faten in 1961's River of Love

Thursday, July 16, 2015

First Half 0f 2015 in Movies - Surprises & Disappointments

Some movies give you more, some less.


Infinitely Polar Bear

The reviews I read were midling at best. And the idea of Mark Ruffalo being all crazy and lovable while Zoe Saldana is trying to emote was not appealing. Surprised on both counrs. That Ruffalo is warm and grounded is nothing new but he adds a reckless childlishness to his physical performance that makes him appealling without falling into the cliche of playing "crazy". And Saldana finally looks as relaxed on screen as she is sashaying on the red carpet. This might be her best performance to date. And director Maya Forbes' love for her family shines through in how tenderly she handles this semi autobiographical story.


I thought another static art movie I cannot do. However the minute it stared I was lost in the suptuous visuals. The screen was overflowing with gorgeous color. I could not look away. The plot may be obtuse but it worked. I can't describe but watch and let it wash over you. It's exhilarating.


Mad Max Fury Road

Mad Max or ONE LONG LOUD HEADACHE. I undestand what some find exciting about it. And yes the visuals are stunning, so are the stunts and effects. Plus how can I not endorse the strong feminist message at its center. However I left with a headache, it was relentless with no payoff. Only intermittent enjoyment here. And Charlise Theron remains a limited actress. She had one emotion, anger. Two if I'm generous, the other being disgust.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Avoid at all costs.Cloying, simplistic and lame.

What are some of your surprises and disappointments so far?