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Ernest et Celestine
If you’re an animation enthusiast or you have kids this film is marvellous! Ernest & Celestine has been circulating the realms of animation since 2012(!) it is really lovely that an award as prestigious as the Academy Awards recognised this underdog, which is huge credit for a first time team. Based on Children’s books, Ernest et Celstine evolves around an unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear. As well as an endearing storyline, when people talk about visual storytelling, this film falls under that category with its seemingly ‘unfinished’ water-coloured look and frankly quaint Parisian charm. Do not be put off because it is a subtitled film; much like Studio Ghibli Films this has an amazing English dub cast. ERGO NO SUBTITLES NEEDED. Despite being nominated for an Academy Award (which is considered the biggest accolade within todays film industry), it is still a noteworthy grumble that BAFTA really should extend their animated horizons.
Ernest & Celestine was featured in the 2012 Festival De Cannes as part of the directors’ fortnight and part of the Toronto International Film Festival Kid’s programme and again at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival! It was then selected for the grand competition at the 2013 world festival of animated film (Animafest Zagreb). Clearly this films reputation preceded it when it was suggested for the Academy Awards. It’s not just the endearing storyline or the beautiful, seemingly hand crafted with love animation but the fact that this was a first feature from the team that created it! It’s a first in the sense that this is the first time the three directors have worked together, but separately each director has worked on animations previously (2 of which have worked on “A Town Called Panic”; the craziest film you will ever watch) and both La Parti Productions, Les Armateurs and Maybe Movies have produced before.
Set in a world where mice live underground stealing teeth from the bears that inhabit the surface. From a young age (seen through the eyes of Celestine) the mice are taught that a mouse’s teeth are their most important assets and without them a mouse is useless. However if a bear the bear catches them it will surely eat them and a friendship with a bear is simply out of the question, though little Celestine begs to differ. On a routine mission to find teeth on the surface Celestine gets a carried away painting bears and is seen! As she tries to escape she becomes stuck in a bin and is forced to sit tight. Along comes Ernest; a grumpy, penniless bear who has woken from hibernation on a mission to find food, he raids a nearby bin when he wonders in to town, when who does he try to eat? Celestine! In a reminiscent Studio Ghibli way Celestine avoids being eaten. Celestine informing Ernest where he can find food pays the price of her not being eaten. Celestine returns to the underground mouse city and to the dentist office to cash in her one bear tooth she collected. Unhappy with Celestine’s disappointing hall the dentist reinforces to Celestine why mice need bears teeth to survive and why bears are evil and banishes Celestine until she returns with 50 bear teeth! After being caught eating the whole sweet shop store Ernest finds himself arrested, however Celestine gets him out of his pickle providing he helps her, which he agrees to. Celestine returns to the mouse city with well over 50 bear teeth as Ernest helped her steal all the teeth from the local bear dentist. Celestine’s victory is short lived after it is discovered that she hid her accomplice within the city. Both Ernest & Celestine become outlaws on the run wanted by mouse police as well as bear police, teaching lessons as well as learning them.
This film really is beautiful if not for the wonderful children’s story but for the intricate animation style. The whole thing has an unfinished look about which, paired with the fact that it’s done with watercolours, really does give it a classic feel with it’s own unique charm. Small things through-out point to a Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli influence; certain facial expressions, the beautiful background and still shots, the messages and values of the story, even elements of the story & characters. The story, the characters and the animation style paired with the wonderful Parisian score gives the impression that like the US have Disney and Japan have Studio Ghibli, France may have stuck gold with the Ernest et Celestine team. It is noteworthy that for those of you who aren’t so keen on subtitles and to reach as wide of an audience as possible the is an all star English dub cast with the likes of Forest Whitaker and Paul Giamti doing voices, so everyone can enjoy this chef-d’oeuvre! 
— 1 week ago
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Before Midnight (2013)

Jesse: I am giving you my whole life, okay? I got nothing larger to give.


Before Midnight (2013)

Jesse: I am giving you my whole life, okay? I got nothing larger to give.

— 2 weeks ago with 1350 notes
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Review: Star Trek into Darkness
When JJ Abrams managed what many thought impossible and created a Star Trek film that appealed to the masses and was successful enough to warrant a sequel it naturally led to questions of will he be able to make a sequel that is as good as the first. The answer to that question is a huge yes and gives you confidence that Star Wars is in good hands. However if you weren’t won over by Star Trek it’s unlikely that Into Darkness will win you over.
Abrams has created an action film that is as good as (if not better than) the first film and was definitely one of the better films of summer 2013. Clearly the success of the first film has allowed the film makers to up the budget and it shows on the screen, the special effects completely creating a world of the future ranging from a futuristic London to deep space that holds up when being shown in IMAX. It’s easy with a sequel to try and either just go for the bigger equals better approach or just rehash the first film but Abrams instead focuses in on the characters and how they interact together rather than just throwing in more explosions or special effects.  The best part of the film is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch hamming it up and bringing a real sense of danger as renegade Star Fleet officer John Harrison as a villain who you feel could go toe to toe with Kirk and possibly even beat him. Abrams excels at little character moments and all of the main characters are given a ‘moment’ and an opportunity to shine and it is this that elevates Into Darkness above some of the other action film of last summer, by populating the film with characters that people enjoy and giving them something to actually do elevates the film above some of its competitors. Above all else though Into Darkness retains a sense of fun that the original series didn’t have meaning that you leave the cinema wanting to find out where the USS Enterprise will go next.
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Review: Before Midnight
It would be wrong to look at Before Midnight without consideration towards Before Sunrise and Sunset. This trilogy, from the first film to the last, has literally matured and sophisticated as the central characters have, as they’ve got older.
SPOILERS We first meet Jesse (Ethen Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise as the pair begins talking on a train in Vienna in their late teens/early twenties. Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train and the two walk around the city until Sunrise. After an instant connection they decide to meet in exactly six months but refuse to exchange contact details as they would ‘fizzle out’ and never meet again. In Before Sunset Jesse is on a book tour as an established writer in Paris with a best seller that appears to be based on a familiar story of two people spontaneously wandering a city together agreeing to meet again in the future. When who should walk in, but Celine! Jesse has a flight to catch so the duo make the most of their time and escape to wander a city again in deep conversation. It transpires the Jesse did return to meet Celine after the initial 6 months but her Grandmother, whom we already know she was very close to fell ill and prevented Celine from going. As the evening wears on it transpires that Jesse is unhappily married with a son, who he adores. Celine is still single and later she reveals that until she read Jesse’s book she hadn’t realized that it has been her feelings towards Jesse that have left her single. After a heated discussion of what ifs Jesse drops Celine back to her apartment, she sings him song and it ends with her: ‘Baby, you’re going to miss your plane’ and him: ‘I Know’. This is a good time to point out that you really can’t have any of these films without the other but this was the most feel-good one out of the three.
In Before Midnight we re-group with the couple 9 years on from Paris so 18 years from when they first met. Jesse is dropping his son at a Greek airport, it’s obvious from their exchange that Jesse is sad to see Hank go and that Hank’s mum has a very clear and deep resentment towards Jesse. Hank gets on his plane and Jesse goes back to his car where Celine is waiting for him with their twin daughters. Conversation is exchanged in the car and Jesse explains that he wants to be a more consistent part in Hank’s life now he’s heading into High School. Unimpressed by this, Celine and Jesse spat over this as well as Celine’s latest career decision. They share a meal with friends and although romance is there, there are also some obvious underlying issues. Their friends have paid for them to have the night in a hotel room while they look after the kids, reluctant the pair make their way to the hotel room which involved a long picturesque walk through Greek ruins while the couple do what they do best and exchange conversation. We discover that the pair are not married contrary to what they’ve lead their children to believe. Once they arrive back at their hotel room what starts of as a sexy relaxed evening turns into all out war. They argue about everything kids, work, ex-wife, and affairs until Celine says she doesn’t know if she loves him anymore.
If you weren’t aware already these films are very much based on heavy exchanges of conversation seemingly inspired by a deep connection, which basically means these films are all very talky. It’s therefore understandable that with this film in particular it was nominated for best original screenplay. The best films you will ever watch are ones that are so real, you are equally surprised as you are impressed that they are scripted. This is one of those films; all three of them are but this one in particular purely because when Jesse and Celine break out into verbal warfare every single response is so realistic and filled with raw emotion. There is one criticism of the script/storyline. Throughout the film the couple constantly bicker, which seems appropriate under the assumption that this is what happens in marriage; naturally after spending so many years with someone, you may not argue so much but bickering is a fairly regular occurrence. The criticism is throughout the film from the bickering at the start in the car ride back from the airport, to the comments made at dinner to when battle commences in the hotel room- Celine seems crazy. Nearly everything they bicker and argue about she exacerbates; rather than respond rationally or even understandably when Jesse says one thing she interprets as something completely different.
A good example of this is when Jesse explains that he wants to be a more consistent part in Hank’s life which she immediately interprets as him saying he wants to move to Chicago which she is outraged about (despite him having to move to Paris to be with her). Then before they’ve finalized the dispute she says ‘we’re going to break-up’, ‘this is how people break-up’. This is not a fundamental comment on women as throughout all three films Celine is portrayed as passionately erratic. However it does appear that there is some sort of subliminal comment that this passionate eraticality is a whimsical part of Celine’s gender. Maybe as a woman, this seems like a self-conscious interpretation but if there are comments on gender here, in light of Celine, Jesse comes across as laid back (possibly too laid-back which is one of Celine’s main criticisms). Therefore out of the two Celine totally overshadows Jesse on the crazy scale by miles which really comes across that it’s not just about character but this is a portrayal of an age old primary argument that occurs between men & women so it’s impossible to not question Celine’s portrayal as a comment on women. Low and behold there are more men behind the writing team than women however, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy were contributors to the writing process and who knows the characters better than the people who play them? So maybe there is some truth behind this obvious criticism of females, but you don’t have to agree with it or be happy about it.
That is my only criticism of this film. The first film is very talky and dialogue heavy, the second films is the most feel-good one that has a steady conversation pace, then the third is split into four. The car journey which is okay- bickering, the meal which is really nice as it’s a whole group of different people from different walks of life telling their stories of love and relationships. Part three is the walk to the hotel, which is exactly like the scenes of wandering around European cities in the first and second and then part four being the finale. Like it’s two predecessors, Before Midnight ends on a cliffhanger. The entire trilogy is well worth a watch and in turn this is one that shouldn’t be missed. Plus if you’re seeking sun this year Before Midnight is set in beautifully sunny & scenic Greece!
— 3 weeks ago
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"But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. All my life long.” - Blue is the warmest color (2013) - The Best of the Oscars & BAFTAs

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pucherrrhandsup asked: Bonjour! I noticed you're quite unsure whether the sex scenes from La Vie d'Adele were shot at the beginning of the shoot. You're partially right and partially wrong they shot 1 sex scene (the wet-dream scene) where Adele dreamt of Emma just by bumping into her on the street even after spending the whole day with Thomas. It was technically the 1st scene they shot together. However all of the sex scenes following that one was shot much later. I'm sure you've seen the DP_30@TIFF video on youtube?


Thank you for the info! I haven’t seen the video on youtube- I’ll be sure to look it up! :)

— 3 weeks ago