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КиноMORE #10

Я слишком часто стала пропадать…
Но все же вот она я с порцией коротких отзывов на фильмы, что я недавно посмотрела!

Последний богатырь (2017) 

Что сказать? Не впечатлил. Хоть многие говорили, что вышла хорошая для отечественного кино фэнтези сказка, я осталась разочарованной. Фильм довольно простенький, ничего особенного он мне не преподнес. На середине я даже заскучала, так что пересматривать его точно не буду.

Величайший шоумен (2018)

Со всей моей любовью к мюзиклам, я просто не могла пропустить этот фильм! Еще до премьеры я влюбилась в саундтреки, поэтому очень надеялась, что и сам фильм мне понравится. В итоге я просто влюбилась! Хью Джеман как всегда просто восхитителен, обожаю его голос. Но тут и Зендая с Заком Эфроном удивили. Я даже не осознавала, как сильно соскучилась по пению Эфрона и его ролям в нормальных фильмах (а не тупых пошлых комедиях, в которых он снимался в последнее время). Фильм чудесен от начала и до конца, он определено вошел в список любимых мюзиклов и положил начало списку лучших фильмов 2018 года.

Эспен в королевстве троллей (2017)

Каким-то образом наткнулась на этот Норвежский фэнтези-фильм. Думаю, если я прошла мимо него, то ничего бы не потеряла. Довольно типичная сказка о трех братьях, которые отправились спасать принцессу от горного тролля. Из плюсов красивые норвежские пейзажи и музыка. В остальном же ничего особенного.

мама! (2017)

Смотреть этот фильм в 2 часа ночи, возможно, было ошибкой, потому что после него у меня буквально разболелась голова. Когда я слышала, что этот фильм не для всех, то сомневалась стоит ли мне его смотреть, но теперь я абсолютно не жалею о потраченном времени. И да, этот фильм определенно понравится не всем, потому что это не развлекательное кино, здесь надо думать.

Форма воды (2018)

Удивительно, как я собиралась писать этот пост только, чтобы не забыть о “Форме воды”, и что в итоге? Спустя пару часов вспоминаю, что о нем-то я и не написала.
Сам фильм вызвал у меня смешанные впечатления. Если бы ни Гильермо дель Торо, я бы вообще вряд ли узнала о нем и решила посмотреть. Хоть он не понравился мне так же как, например, “Лабиринт Фавна”, все равно я осталась довольна просмотром. Чего только стоит цветовая гамма и музыка! Хотя вот раскрытия самого “чудовища” как персонажа мне не хватило. Гораздо интереснее было наблюдать за персонажами людьми, чем за чудовищем и самой любовной линией. Но концовка мне понравилась, думаю, другого было бы глупо ожидать.

Top 10 Movie Soundtracks/Scores of 2017

I cannot stop raving about how great of a year 2017 was in film. So in addition to my Top 15 Best Movies of 2017 list (which you can already find on the blog), I’ve made a separate list on the best soundtracks and music scores of 2017, since there were some banging tunes in movies in 2017!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Loving Vincent, Dunkirk, Free Fire, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, A Ghost Story, Beauty and the Beast, All the Money in the World, Lady Bird

10) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Daniel Pemberton adds just the right amount of grit in his vigorous bass score, that tonally fits very nicely to Guy Ritchie gangster-filing style. Yes, ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ is far from a perfect film, but the score proudly stands its ground.

9) Raw – I’ve endlessly praised this French feature about cannibalism, and I will keep on praising it, and that includes the music score by Jim Williams, which juxtaposes all the various themes that predominately appear within the movie, and rather than going the usual horror film route of relying on the overabundance of drones and synths, the score opts for more of an acoustic route, sometimes showing the lighter and other times the darker elements of the story in a very natural flow.

8) War for the Planet of the Apes – A truly emotionally devastating piece of music that excels in giving us the audience the idea of hope and promise, and Michael Giacchino was the only right composer for this epic finale in the new Apes trilogy. Apes, together, STRONG!!

7) The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat doesn’t make bad scores. He either makes great ones, or just simply good ones. But because its Desplat, you cannot help but feel disappointed if he just does good. For example, with ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ he took inspiration from John Williams’ classic ‘Jurassic Park’ score to create an imaginative and good accompaniment to that film, but it wasn’t his best work. Not by a longshot. With ‘The Shape of Water’ however, he gets back on his high horse with again another proper unique original score which fit so well with the film, making you imagine in your head images of water and its endless movements through different patterns. A true work of a genius.

6) Call Me by Your Name – There’s so much to love in this film of love. And its choice of songs is one of those things. Considering its North Italian setting, there’s room for a lot of European classics, but the soundtrack also gifts us with some new Sufjan Stevens originals for the more memorable scenes of the love affair between Oliver and Elio.

5) Thor: Ragnarok – It’s one of MCU’s main issues in all their films, how all their scores sound generic, relying constantly on similar beats to recreate the action sequences in their movies. But ‘Thor Ragnarok’ shows that the Marvel execs are beginning to realise the issues within their films, by bringing on composer Mark Mothersbaugh, who splatters colourful 80’s beep-bops whilst managing to stay suitably epic and energetic for the events of the movie. I have never listened so much to a Marvel’s score on Spotify until now!

4) A Cure for Wellness – Using the keys of the piano to the beautiful and suave themes for the world that director Gore Verbinski has created, Benjamin Wallfisch is a composer who proves to have his own unique sound and style, adding vocal sections to the interludes of the violin, giving a much more deeper meaning for each of the film’s scenes. This is one of those scores where the cliched phrase ‘getting under your skin’ can actually be used quite accurately.

3) Baby Driver“Retarded means slow, was he slow?” Director Edgar Wright has always been an expert of his kind in choosing the right songs and music for his films. He’s like a smaller scale Quentin Tarantino, and that’s not a bad thing to be. But with ‘Baby Driver’ especially, the movie that basically is based and relies upon its soundtrack, Wright has hit a new benchmark. He’s taken to the kings and queens of rock, soul, pop, disco and indie to bring one of THE soundtracks of the year! And also the way each song is incorporated into the films plot is a thing of its own to marvel!

2) Blade Runner 2049 – So these top 2 choices are technically both the best music elements of their respective films this year, this one being the best music score, the next one being the best soundtrack. And yes, the score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch for ‘Blade Runner 2049′ is mesmerizingly (and surprisingly) calming, using elements of Vangelis’ score from the original ‘Blade Runner’ whilst managing to be a bold product of its own, and for sure will be given its own iconic status in time. But even in general, not just the score, but the overall use of sound in ‘Blade Runner 2049′ is something else!

1) The Greatest Showman – This Hugh Jackman passion project had a lot of issues, from the rushed historically-inaccurate plot to lack of any kind of conflict, but one think about this musical feature was truly fantastic, and that was the superb original songs by the songwriters behind one of my favourite films of all time ‘La La Land’. From reaching the crescendos of the choruses to the voice of the conductor booming through the crowd and you are amazed at all the various emotions that are thrown within the mixture of all the songs. My personal favourites in the soundtrack include ‘Never Enough’, the powerful ballad that lives through you, touching every single heart of the person listening; to then the jollier ‘The Other Side’ (the most classically musical out of the bunch), when it’s a riff between Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in a bar debating their deal over the circus, and its fast-paced beat and the powerful voices of the cast end up in one of the more memorable performances within the whole film. But the whole soundtrack is fantastic, and its so good that it manages to justify a lot of the weaker elements of the film. This will be the soundtrack I’ll remember from 2017 the most!

seeing Beauty and the Beast in hyper-realistic CGI has forced me to re-evaluate the entire concept of the movie. Like the whole “talking furniture” thing was adorable & COOL in animated-form, but in reality it’s like a fuckin horror movie. You’re trapped in a place where cups have EYES and literally anything could’ve been an ex-person. That spoon you just licked clean? A person. That chair you’ve been sitting on? Practically someone’s LAP. That toilet in your bathroom? Oh-ho-hooo bOY DO I HAVE SOME NEWS FOR YOU.  

You know what I want?
I want in the Justice League movie for Diana to see the Robin suit in the Batcave, ask about it and have Bruce walk away silently.
I want later in the movie for her to say, “I’ve lost friends in wars before.” And I want Bruce to respond, in the most pained voice, “but have you ever lost a son?”
I want Alfred talking about it with her, telling her what happened.
I want acknowledgement of Jason Todd’s death as Robin in the Justice League movie.

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“Um… reflecting on what I just read… I like what it says about indifference. Well, when you’re a kid, you think that you’ll always be… protected, and cared for. Then, one day, you realise that’s not true. You wake up suddenly not caring about lives outside your own. Nothing going on outside your front door matters anymore. You separate yourself from anything that might matter to you. Neighbours, family, your friends… But when you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker. They start to come for you, and you don’t even know they’re getting closer until it’s too late. So they attack you before you find the truth about what’s happening. If any of you opened your eyes, if you really cared, you would see what we’re going through. I guess… indifference is a part of growing up. Becoming an adult isn’t about being able to vote, or being able to drink or drive. Becoming an adult, according to the Holy Scripture of Derry, is learning not to give a SHIT!”