No Wonder

SPOILER ALERT!

Auggie, a fifth-grade boy, born with facial deformity, goes to public school for the 1st time, after being home schooled his entire life. He gets rejected and bullied at first, then he blends in and becomes accepted as the year passes. At the end he receives a standing ovation after being awarded an honorary medal at his graduation.

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The idea may be inspiring, but the movie is disappointing for me! Knowing that it is based on a children novel clarified things but as much as I loved Jacob Tremblay’s performance as Auggie, enjoyed Julia Roberts as his loving mother who paused her life to deal with his disease, raise him and educate him, and laughed nearly every time Owen Wilson appeared on screen, I still find the story weak.

In reality life is not that simple, bullies don’t get discovered that easily and they don’t regret their acts effortlessly!
Different people take more time to blend in and be accepted specially when nothing extraordinary is done from their side to earn acceptance. Yes Auggie is well raised, cute, warm hearted and very smart, but you need to know him in order to discover that, but his looks will prevent many from doing so given the fact that to some extent he wasn’t accepting himself.
Having black people to be the first to accept him (His teacher, Summer & Jason) is a projection to the fact that people who suffered rejection gets attracted to each other which is also idealistic to some extent!
His Sister Via’s life is also dreamy, she is a balanced teenager; she loves her brother so much, she is affected that her family’s universe rotates around Auggie but in a healthy amount ! She discovers that her best friends cut her off, minutes later she mets a guy who like her, gets enrolled in the theatre club. Her friend (the child of divorce, who blocks her because she felt jealous from her life) feels guilty and try to make things right so she drops from the leading role of a school play giving it to Via !! REALLY?!!!!!!!
and many other details that has been too perfect to be true; the indefectible school principal, the teacher who left wall street to pursue his dream teaching, the bully friends became Auggie’s allies in a fight instead of continuing to bully him after their friend left school because of him!

The message of the movie is important and clear, and if the target audience are young adults and children, just like the novel, then it may be to the point. But as an adult, the movie has no complexity and no depth, characters’s backstories are too artificial.

Wonder 2017 .    PG         113 min
Based on a Novel by RJ Palacio
Written by: Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne
Cast: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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Coco (2017)

Coco, Disney/Pixar’s 19th title is just Brilliant..

It tells the story of Miguel a 12 years old boy who loves music and dreams of being a musician. but unluckily born in a family that hates music. He gets cursed into the land of the dead, discovers the past of his ancestors, realize the importance of family and unleash the musician inside him.

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The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos. The story and the characters are well constructed, and there is a clear balance between irony, comedy and the deep emotional approach the movie carries. The journey Miguel took in the land of the dead offers a philosophical perception for life and death so not expected from an animation movie.

The backstory sequence at the beginning of the movie is genuinely creative, using the animated festive decorations to tell the story was very colorful and attractive. The Visuals continues throughout the movie to be very innovative; full of textures and just stunning. The land of death was introduced full of vivid details, that made my mind occupied for sometime after the movie trying to absorb the brilliant vision and the deep emotional dimension.

coco6Coco, the title character is Miguel’s great-grand mother, she barely appears on screen; the thing that raised the question of why is the movie named after her several times. I discovered in the last few minutes with my eyes full of tears and JUST LOVED IT.

The film’s score was composed by academy award winner Michael Giacchino, whom we will always remember for his brilliant work in UP (2009), However, personally I was expecting more from the music and this also applies to the songs specially “Un Poco Loco”, which marks the birth of the artist in Miguel, should have been more powerful. Though can never deny that “Remember me“ written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez; the main song of the movie which reprised several times though-out the run time is a master piece, and probably will be nominated for an Oscar.

– The movie is PG rated, and i think it is not suitable for children less than 8 years old.
– Dante: Miguel’s sidekick is sooooooooooooo cute. 😀
– It is definitely not a Zombies movie!!!!
– Miguel Rivera is Pixar’s first non-Caucasian human protagonist for a full-length Pixar animated feature film.
– “Coco” is preceded by a twenty-one minute animated short film entitled Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in the world wide theatrical release. (It was not screened where I watched it)
-It is the Best Animated Feature in 2017.

Larry Crowne Speech 217

Larry Crowne (2011) is a movie written and directed by Tom Hanks, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts about a middle age man who gets downsized from his job at big-box store, decides to get back to college and his life changes …

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– That leaves only Mr. Crowne and George Bernard Shaw.
= Uh, that’s “Geography Show”, remember?
– Right, the study of the Earth.
= Yes, study of the Earth, and there goes my opening remark.Thank you.
The equator is that imaginary line that separates the Earth into the northern and the southern hemisphere. And when you cross it for the first time it’s a very big deal if you are in the Navy, even if you’re a culinary specialist. The old guys make you dress up in goofy costumes and you have to sing these bawdy songs. And they play practical jokes on you. When I did it for the first time, years ago, a chief petty officer ordered me to stand watch until I saw the equator as we passed it, and I would recognize it by the big posts that were sunk into the ocean floor and spaced every 100 yards. And, obviously, I never hit my rack that night. Remember the old commercial for the Navy? “Join the Navy, see the world”? Well, it’s true. I did. I saw landmarks that were both manmade and the natural things. I saw deltas, I saw mountain ranges. I saw the Rock of Gibraltar. I saw Hong Kong. And I saw the southern sky, which has different stars than the northern sky does. In the Navy, I went around the world five times. I saw the aurora borealis. I had shore leave in Australia, couple of times. Quite memorable. And I saw the Great Lakes from the rail of a missile frigate while I was on the Great Lakes. I boiled and peeled and mashed and hashed an awful lot of potatoes. I saw pasta once a week. Spaghetti Wednesdays, when I was in charge of the galley. I learned a lot of geography in the Navy but I would never be able to communicate it to you with such ease unless I had taken a class like this. I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who once quipped, “A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition and art into pedantry. Hence a university education.” Sounds to me like George Bernard Shaw must have taken a college class maybe even Speech 217, the Art of Informal Remarks.
Ding-ding! Applause, please! Yeah!

القرد بيتكلم … 

Spoiler Alert 🚨

الفيلم مسُلى ماتضيقتش خالص و انا بتفرج عليه … وهو تالت حاجة اتفرج عليها للمخرج بيتر ميمي بعد فيلمه الاول “الهرم الرابع” و مسلسله الاول “الاب الروحي” و في مقارنة بين التلات اعمال “القرد بيتكلم” هو الافضل الحقيقة..

الحاجات اللي عجبتني في الفيلم:
-اداء بيومي فؤاد في دور وزير الداخلية كان مميز … و نظراً لان احداث الفيلم بتدور حول احتجاز رهـائن كنت بيفكرني بكمال الشناوي في “الارهاب و الكباب”.
– ال”production design” كان جديد و خصوصاً مشاهد السيرك و المكان اللي كانوا بيرتبوا في العملية و الملابس
– محمود الجندي كضيف شرف ظهوره بسطني.

بس ….
اه والله بس 😂😂 Continue reading

شيخ چاكسون

 رحلة بحث عن الهوية من خلال الصراع بين الماضي والحاضر .. شيخ سلفي شاب اهتز ايمانه بعد سماعه خبر وفاة مايكل چاكسون لتبدأ رحلته  في التصالح مع نفسه. اسلوب سرد الفيلم بال”flashbacks” شديد الذكاء جعل الرحلة بين ١٩٩١ و ٢٠٠٩ ممتعة، مع ايقاع بطئ يسمح بالتأمل في التفاصيل البصرية و التفكير في فلسفة الاحداث. و اخفاء اسم البطل حتى ما قبل النهاية بقليل اضافة عبقرية لمضمون الفيلم. النهايه عند مرحلة التصالح مع الماضي و ترك اختيارات المستقبل مفتوحة للمشاهد يحسب للفيلم.

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ماجد الكدواني تفوق على نفسه !! بالتأكيد واحد من افضل ما قدم في تاريخه
احمد الفيشاوي ..كان متمكن جداً من الشخصية وحسيت في عينيه بتطور الصراع طول احداث الفيلم..
احمد مالك .. كمان كام سنة مش هيبقى في في مصر ممثل زيه
سلمى ابو ضيف معجبتنيش ..
امينة خليل و دره و ياسمين رئيس و بسمة مساحة ادوارهن اصغر من ان يحكم على اداءهن وان كان وجودهن اضافة طبعاً.

احمد البشاري عمل صورة السينمائية عاديه.. لكنه نجح في الحفاظ على اختلاف مود الاضاءة بين الفترات الزمنية.

 عدم استخدام اغاني مايكل چاكسون انقص من الفيلم الكثير بالرغم من محاولات هاني عادل في التعويض عنها !!

الفيلم حلو و يستاهل يتشاف و من احلى الافلام العربي في ٢٠١٧ .. ولكن اعتقد ان صناع العمل وقعوا في خطأ ال”overselling” و نتيجة ده توقعاتي كانت اعلى بكتير ..

سيبقى “اسماء” هو احلى ما قدم عمرو سلامة.

لا اعتقد انه سيصل للترشيحات النهائية لجائزة احسن فيلم اجنبي في سباق الاوسكار.

In time…

In_TimeTime is usually defined as the indefinite continued progress of existence! It’s referred to as the unit of measuring life. Nevertheless time is very confusing, although you know for sure that a year is 365 days, one day is 24 hours, an hour is 60 minutes and a minute is 60 seconds, value of time and its perception differs according to the person and to the event occurring.. Time in fact is relative! Good times pass rapidly, and moments of sadness and grief feel like year..

Time flies, you may look back at a certain event and discover unbelievably that it happened 10 years ago. What I am sure of is that time is the most valuable thing human beings own and it is the last thing we care about!!!

‘In time’ is a Sci-fi movie taking place in 2169. People are genetically engineered to live 25 years after which a timer appears on their forearm with a one year count down, time can be transferred between people or into time capsules and it is the universal currency. When the count down ends, the person dies and thus the wealthy lives forever.

The movie discusses the struggle between poor and rich, but not in the ordinary way. A real struggle of existence. It shows how the poor people -with less time- do everything in a hurry, they run, they eat fast and try not to waste precious moments unlike the people with excessive time. It shows how rich appreciates their immortality and risks their lives less not to die by coincidence. The movie also reflects on how rich protects the time transfer in order to balance society and how poor deals with excessive time when granted.
Although the situation is very similar in reality – with money as the currency – but adding life itself to the equation makes everything clearer ! And as the events in the movie ascends, all your views about time and justice will shake! Simply because we have a timer too but it is hidden, and accordingly we struggle on less important things and miss other necessities, and we usually discover that when it is too late. We tend to waste precious moments for lame reasons or be unfair to others for illusions. The moral behind the movie is intense, personally i will watch it again soon for a deeper look.

The movie is interesting to watch, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried starring

Egypt and Oscars

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the Academy Awards handed out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is given to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
Every country is invited to submit what it considers its best film to the Academy. Only one film is accepted from each country. The designation of each country’s official submission has to be done by an organization, jury or committee composed of people from the film industry. 
English-subtitled copies of all submitted films are shipped to the Academy, where they are screened by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s), whose members select by secret ballot the five official nominations. Final voting for the winner is restricted to active and life Academy members who have attended exhibitions of all five nominated films.
The Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film’s director, but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. (Wikipedia-Oscars.org)

Lately, Egypt selected Sheikh Jackson (2017) directed by: Amr Salama, for this category. 
This is the 31st submission Egypts make to the academy awards. Non of the previous submissions made it to the final nominees list. Chahine’s Cairo station (1958) is considered the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.

The Submitted movies are:
Cairo Station (1958) باب الحديد
Directed by: Youssef Chahine

The Nightingale’s prayer
(1959) دعاء الكروان
Directed by: Henry Barakat

Teenagers
(1961) المراهقات
Directed by: Ahmed Diaaeldin

Oh Islam
(1961) واسلاماه  also released as Love and Faith
Directed by: Enrico Bomba and Andrew Marton

The Thief and the Dogs
 (1962) اللص و الكلاب  also released as Chased by dogs
Directed by: Kamal El Sheikh

Mother of the Bride
(1963) ام العروسة
Directed by: Atef Salem Continue reading