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* The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (USA) 122 min.
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Režija: Werner Herzog
Scenario: William Finkelstein
Fotografija: Peter Zeitlinger
Montaža: Joe Bini
Muzika: Mark Isham
Uloge: Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Fairuza Balk…
“Werner Herzog’s edgy noir fed off Nicolas Cage’s flywheel intensity in a portrait of a cokehead cop out of control in post-Katrina New Orleans. He starts out bad and, driven by a painful back and pain meds, goes crazy and gets away with it because of the badge. Herzog paints the storied city in dark shadows and a notable lack of glamour, and when he involves Cage in a stare-down with an iguana it somehow needs no explanation. I predict they’ll work together again. They probably got along at least as well as Herzog and Klaus Kinski.”
* Crazy Heart (USA) 111 min.
Režija: Scott Cooper
Scenario: Scott Cooper
Fotografija: Barry Markowitz
Montaža: John Axelrad
Muzika: Stephen Bruton / T-Bone Burnett
Uloge: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell…
“This year’s late-opening sleeper, built on a probable Oscar-winning performance by Jeff Bridges. He plays a nearly-forgotten C&W singer, touring nasty dives and smoky honky-tonks for a few dollars and change. He had hit songs, but alcoholism eroded him. Maggie Gyllenhaal is inspired as the woman who cares for him but doubts his newfound sobriety–and no, this isn’t a cornball story about romantic redemption. After the screening a critic said: “This year’s “The Wrestler.” That sounded about right. Astonishing debut by Scott Cooper.”
* An Education (UK) 95 min.
Režija: Lone Scherfig
Scenario: Nick Hornby
Fotografija: John de Borman
Montaža: Barney Pilling
Muzika: Paul Englishby
Uloge: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson…
“A star is born with Carey Mulligan’s performance as a 16-year-old schoolgirl who is flattered and romanced, along with her protective parents, by an attractive, mysterious man in his mid-30s (Peter Sarsgaard). He’s sophisticated, she’s not; she sees him as a way out of London suburbia and into the circles she dreams of entering. He’s not a molester but an opportunist and role-player, and Lone Scherfig’s film is wise about what people want in a relationship and what they get. Faithfully adapted by Nick Hornby from the memoirs of the well-known British journalist Lynn Barber.”
* The Hurt Locker (USA) 131 min.
The Hurt Locker
Režija: Kathryn Bigelow
Scenario: Mark Boal
Fotografija: Barry Ackroyd
Montaža: Chris Innis / Bob Murawski
Muzika: Marco Beltrami / Buck Sanders
Uloge: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse…
“…”War is a drug,” the opening title informs us, and in one of the best war movies ever, Jeremy Renner plays an expert member of an elite bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Somewhat guarded by a protective suit, he handles delicate mechanisms designed to outwit him. It’s like chess. He’s very good at his job, but is that what drives him to put his life on the line hundreds of times? Not pro-war, not anti-war, not about the war in Iraq, but about the minds of dedicated combat soldiers. Directed flawlessly by Kathryn Bigelow; as one critic’s group after another honored it in their year-end awards, it became a sure thing for picture, actor and director nominations.”
* Inglourious Basterds (USA / Germany) 153 min.
Režija: Quentin Tarantino
Scenario: Quentin Tarantino
Fotografija: Robert Richardson
Montaža: Sally Menke
Uloge: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger…
“Quentin Tarantino is a natural and joyous filmmaker who feeds off his own tory story that fearlessly rewrites history. It finally comes down to a conflict between a fatuous Nazi monster (Chrisophe Waltz) and a fearless French Jewish heroine (Mélanie Laurent), with Brad Pitt as a knife wielding American commando leader. You have to hand him this: it’s one World War Two movie where we don’t know the ending. Waltz won best actor at Cannes 2009, has swept the critic’s awards, is a shoo-in as best supporting actor.”
* Knowing (USA / UK) 121 min.
Režija: Alex Proyas
Scenario: Juliet Snowden / Stiles White
Fotografija: Simon Duggan
Montaža: Richard Learoyd
Muzika: Marco Beltrami
Uloge: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne…
“Among the best of science fiction films–frightening, suspenseful, intelligent, and, when it needs to be, rather awesome. In its very different way it’s comparable to the great “Dark City,” by the same director, Alex Proyas. That film was about the hidden nature of the world men think they inhabit, and so is this one. I loved the film’s extravagance of energy, and the hard-charging Nicolas Cage performance (so different from his work in “Bad Lieutenant.”) “
* Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (USA) 110 min.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Režija: Lee Daniels
Scenario: Geoffrey Fletcher
Fotografija: Andrew Dunn
Montaža: Joe Klotz
Muzika: Mario Grigorov
Uloge: Gabby Sidibe, Mo’nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey…
“The heart-rending story of an overweight, abused young teenager and the support she finds from a teacher and a social worker, who both glimpse her potential. Harrowing, depressing, and yet uplifting, as director Lee Daniels uses her fantasies to show the dreams inside. What a sure and brave lead performance by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, and what a powerful one by Mo’Nique, as her heartless mother. She, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton and Sherri Shepherd are all but unrecognizable as they disappear into key supporting roles.”
* A Serious Man (USA / UK / France) 105 min.
A Serious Man
Režija: Ethan / Joel Coen
Scenario: Ethan / Joel Coen
Fotografija: Roger Deakins
Montaža: Roderick Jaynes
Muzika: Carter Burwell
Uloge: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed…
“Another great film the Coen Brothers, returning to their homeland of the Minneapolis suburbs to tell the story of a modern-day Job who strives to be a good man, a “serious man,” and finds everything–but everything–going wrong. Michael Stuhlbarg gives a virtuoso lead performance as the suffering man, who earnestly tries to do the right thing. Fred Melamed is inspired as his best friend, who, he discovers, is having an affair with his wife. The friend tries to console him; he is grief and grief counselor at once.”
* Up in the Air (USA) 109 min.
Up in the Air
Režija: Jason Reitman
Scenario: Jason Reitman / Sheldon Turner
Fotografija: Eric Steelberg
Montaža: Dana E. Glauberman
Muzika: Rolfe Kent
Uloge: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman…
“George Clooney plays a man for the first decade of this uncertain century. “Where do you live?” he’s asked while seated in a first class airplane seat. “Here.” He wants no home, no wife, no family, and says he is happy. His job is depriving others of theirs; he’s a Termination Facilitator. He fires people for a living. Vera Farmiga plays his friendly fellow road warrior who sleeps with him on the road. Anna Kendrick is the sincere young college grad whose first job is terminating others. The third wonderful film by Jason Reitman, after “Thank You for Smoking” and “Juno.” “
* Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (Austria / Germany / France / Italia) 144 min.
Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Režija: Michael Haneke
Scenario: Michael Haneke
Fotografija: Christian Berger (black/white)
Montaža: Monika Willi
Uloge: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi…
“The subterranean and labyrinthine secret history of a German village in the years before World War One. A mysterious series of deaths descends like a vengeance. Michael Haneke’s elegant b&w photography etches the rural community in striking portraits of sinister normality. We become familiar with the important villagers, we follow their stories, we comprehend everything hat happens — but something else is happening, something unspoken, kept secret from them, among them, and from us. Infinitely tantalizing.”