03 August, 2014

A Lonely Place to Die (2011)


"A Lonely Place to Die" opens with a beautifully lensed rock-climbing scene with some fucking breathtaking landscape photography (from a low-budget of $4M).  Even being shot on a Red One Camera, the Scottish Highlands look gorgeous.  And the opening scene is a real nail-biter.  Alison (Melissa George) and Ed (Ed Speleers) prepare a leg of the climb with Rob (Alec Newman) waiting ahead.  Distracted, Ed falls when Rob draws the rope.  They eventually save Ed from dangling off a cliff and continue on their journey.  Cut to the opening credits playing over ballad “The Burning of Achindoun” while the camera features the Highlands in all of their long-shot natural glory.

On their way to camp, Alison informs Ed that “complacency is a killer out here,” meaning he needs to pay more attention on their next ascent.  They meet up with Jenny (Kate Magowan) and Alex (Gary Sweeney) and settle for a bit at a chateau.  Alison has a nightmarish flashback to the accident while taking a bath.  Later, the group plays cards.  The next day, on their way to a climb, they discover an air pipe sticking out of the ground.  After digging, they find little Serbian girl Anna (Holly Boyd) buried alive in a small confined space.  Rob decides to take Alison to scale a dangerous face in order to get help as quickly as possible.  He instructs the others to take a longer trail to the closest village.  During the climb down, a stranger cuts Rob’s rope mid-climb and he plummets to his death.  A minor avalanche also causes Alison to fall, but branches and a river landing save her.

She has a nightmare about waking up in the confined area they found the girl.  Two hunters (Douglas Russell, Alan Steele) watch the hiking group.  The two kidnappers Mr. Kidd (Sean Harris) and Mr. McRae (Stephen McCole) stumble across and murder the hunters, absconding with their weapons.  Andy (Eamonn Walker) drives Darko (Karel Roden) and Chris (Paul Anderson) to meet with the kidnappers.  The climbing team find Alison across a loud river and they experience trouble communicating.  The kidnappers start picking off the climbers.  Jenny is the first to go and she inadvertently drags Anna down with her into the river.  Alison receives a minor hit, knocking her into the water, but she manages to save Anna in the process.  They lose each other, but are reunited again when Ed grabs Anna to escape the kidnappers.  They also meet up with Alex, who chooses to run off with a decoy doll bundled up to look like Anna (where they found this doll is beyond me).  They shoot him like an animal.  As Alex slowly dies, Mr. Kidd enjoys his suffering for fooling them.  “Do you feel that?  That’s the price of your nobility.  It hurts, doesn’t it?”

Alison and Ed scale a small face with Anna.  Ed figures out that she is probably in the middle of a ransom situation.  Andy coaches Darko on how to conduct himself during the negotiations with Mr. Kidd.  When Darko expresses his doubts about receiving proper backup, Chris gets cheeky and chimes in, “We’re English, Darko.  We leave friendly fire to the Yanks."  During carnival (of all things) in the small town of Dingwall (?), Alison and Ed find a local police station.  But, there aren’t any officers available to help them, because they’re all on patrol at the festival.  Darko sits down with Mr. Kidd and refuses to pay until he sees Anna.  Mr. Kidd goes on to explain a botched kidnapping that occurred, because the parents tried to outsmart him.  The threatening scene is unnecessary for the characters, but the back-and-fourth bluffing between the two gentlemen buys Mr. McRae time to find Anna.

Ed convinces Alison to leave, because the officer doesn’t appear to be of much help, but the authority insists the pair must leave the girl in his custody.  Mr. McRae shoots the officer dead from outside the building and the electricity goes out.  The group escapes into the revelry and loudness of the fireworks.  A backup officer has been killed.  Mr. McRae emerges wearing a pig mask and shoots Ed, as well as another officer.  The females disperse and Mr. McRae continues to kill people, including innocent festival goers.  Andy finds the dying Ed and leaves him a gun to protect himself.  Alison and Anna find a house owner (Jamie Edgell) willing to let them in to his home.  Unfortunately, Alison doesn’t lock the door to even buy them a little time.  Mr. McRae shoots the man and takes off his piggy mask.  The house begins to burn.  After a few scuffles, Alison kills Mr. McRae and helps Anna escape from an upstairs window.  Fireman save the injured Alison.  Apparently, Mr. Kidd makes off with the money, though we never see how things ended with Darko.  Andy crashes through Mr. Kidd’s vehicle and beats the living shit out of him.  Darko observes Alison being wheeled off to the hospital with Anna at her side and a police officer (Gillian MacGregor) in attendance.

Darko and Andy meet with some Serbs, one of which is Anna’s father Mr. Rakovic (Mathew Zajac).  Mr. Kidd is brought to his feet and ordered to die.  Mr. Rakovic informs Andy that he wired a payment to his account.  The Serbs begin to bury Mr. Kidd.  Roll End Credits.

Alec Newman
Ed Speleers
Melissa George

Director: Julian Gilbey

30 July, 2014

A Separation ()

فیلم زیبای جدایی نادر از سیمین

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites ()

In 586 B.C., exiled Israelites write down stories of Judah.

À ma soeur! (2001)

Fat Girl

À ma soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family.

Catherine Breillat
Catherine Breillat
Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo

Aashiqui.in (2014)

Cyrus (Ishaan Manhaas) is a college swim champ who has difficulty in setting his future. He aspires to becoming a writer, but as his father (Kamal Malik) wishes him to take his swimming skills to a national level, Cyrus hides his aspirations so as not disappoint his dad. Though popular in college, he feels out of place and seeks someone who can really understand him.

When a child, April (Ankita Shrivastava) lived an idyllic lifestyle with her widowed restaurant-owner father (Amit Dhamija). He remarries Mona (Sharmila Joshi), who herself has two daughters, Saniya (Shubhi Ahuja) and Taniya (Priti Gandwani). Soon after the marriage, April's father passes away, and her stepmother and step sisters begin to treat her like a servant. Years later, and even while burdened by domestic duties, April manages to attend college and keep a part-time job to earn pocket money. Her only confidant is her childhood friend Raj (Dheeraj Miglani).

Cyrus and April meet anonymously online, becoming close without revealing their real-world identities. When they finally decide for a real-world meeting, April is able to discover Cyrus' true identity beforehand, but he does not know hers. Feeling that he is too good for her, April avoids committing to a meeting. Cyr

Ishaan Manhaas

Director: Shankhadeep

Der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges 1914 ()

Die Dokumentation zeigt den Zusammenhang zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen 1914 - 1918 und 1939 - 1945.
Vier Wochen nach der Ermordung des Thronfolgers Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand in Sarajewo am 28. Juni 1914 erklärte Österreich-Ungarn Serbien den Krieg.
Die Doku zeigt, wie sich dieses Geschichtsereignis bald auf ganz Europa auswirkte und die Menschen über das Kriegsende hinaus prägte.
Unter den Soldaten an der Westfront waren damals auch Adolf Hitler und der britische Leutnant Bernard Montgomery.
30 Jahre später sollten sie sich erneut gegenüberstehen.
In nachkolorierten Bildern werden die unbeschwerlichen Wochen des Sommers 1914 vor dem Kriegsausbruch bis zum winterlichen Jahreswechsel 1914/15 veranschaulicht.
Dazwischen der deutsche Angriff über Belgien nach Frankreich mit dem Beginn der Schlacht an der Marne und der Kriegsausbruch im Osten zwischen Deutschland und Russland.

27 July, 2014

One Night In Bhopal ()

On December 3 1984, more than 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, immediately killing at least 3,800 people and causing significant morbidity and premature death for many thousands more. The company involved in what became the worst industrial accident in history immediately tried to dissociate itself from legal responsibility. Eventually it reached a settlement with the Indian Government through mediation of that country's Supreme Court and accepted moral responsibility. It paid $470 million in compensation, a relatively small amount of based on significant underestimations of the long-term health consequences of exposure and the number of people exposed. The disaster indicated a need for enforceable international standards for environmental safety, preventative strategies to avoid similar accidents and industrial disaster preparedness.

Since the disaster, India has experienced rapid industrialization. While some positive changes in government policy and behavior of a few industries have taken place, major threats to the environment from rapid and poorly regulated industrial growth remain. Widespread environmental degradation with significant adverse human health consequences continues to occur throughout India.

01 July, 2014

The Package (2012)

A courier for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters.

Steve Austin
Dolph Lundgren
Eric Keenleyside

Director: Jesse V. Johnson

Ai no korîda (1976)


The Realm of the Senses
The Empire of the Senses

Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.

Tatsuya Fuji
Eiko Matsuda
Aoi Nakajima

Director: Nagisa Ôshima

01 June, 2014

The Rocket (2013)


A boy, who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him, causes his family and two of his new friends through Laos to find a new home away from them. After a calamity-filled adventure through a land scarred by war, he goes to prove that he's not bad luck by building a giant rocket to enter into the most exciting, yet dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

Sitthiphon Disamoe
Loungnam Kaosainam
Thep Phongam
Bunsri Yindi
Sumrit Warin

Director: Kim Mordaunt 

22 March, 2014

Dhukuti ()

Bhagi bhagi najau ()

Director: Madan Ghimire

Rhythm ()

Wilson Rai

Berojgar Rastrako ()

Kagbeni (2008)