I Heart Huckabees

Soul-searching, meaningless and time-wasting pseudism from a soul-searching, meaningless and pseudy director. If the message of this film is to brand all those who offer alternatives to organised religion as posers and nutcases, then it should do it with more honesty. It is hard for me to convey to you, dear reader, the extent of the sheer pointless waste of money this film represents. The plot does not exist, the characters are so unbelievable that they simply never materialise as individuals. Whatever the message of the distracted director may be, the result is a cowardly and intellectually bankrupt justification for this trite and tiresome exposure of his own vanity and inability to present, discuss and expand potentially interesting issues. I would have given it a 1/10 rating had it not been for Dustin Hoffman's presence, but even that was so limp I cannot manage more than 2/10. Watch it if your head is empty - or alternatively, pour water in your ears - you will end up more enlightened.

The Air I Breathe

This film breathes new meaning into the phrase "Everything happens for a reason." The premise is that life can be divided by four emotions: love, happiness, please, and sorrow. And that one cannot experience one w/out experiencing the other three, IE. one cannot truly appreciate love unless they have felt sorrow. It makes for a truly inspiring tale. All these people's lives are smashed together for a divine purpose, a higher power guiding us. Though that higher power is never named, so the film is not biased toward any God. I'm willing to forgive the sometimes flip floppy narrative b/c of the fantastic amount of talent found in the cast. Lead w/ precision by Gellar. Although she does not appear until 40 minutes in, the former Buffy actress commands the screen and is the driving force of the story. Whitaker is also fantastic, and even though he is only given a little more than 20 minutes of screen time, his presence is felt throughout. Although many argue this story struggles to find its inner 'Crash'ness, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I liked it better, maybe just for the fact the we are given a happy ending, a tool that is surprisingly ("There Will Be Blood") and sometimes infuriatingly ("No Country For Old Men") no longer utilized in what critics and film fests deem "extraordinary achievement." Had it been backed by Miramax, I can't help but wonder what it may have become.

Alice in Wonderland

I am a big fan of the Alice in Wonderland since my childhood. I love the books, the cartoons, the toys- basically everything about Alice. I had been waiting for this film since his first announcement in 2008, so it was natural that I expected a lot from Tim Burton and the remaining crew, after the wonderful Sweeney Todd and the insuperable Big Fish, which for me is the best Tim Burton work so far.

"There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter." The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp)

More than appreciating Tim Burton's visually stunning sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, I couldn't stop thinking how perfectly Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter: The infamous character is clearly disturbed but a good heart dedicated to stopping the bad heart, big-headed Red Queen, played with relish by Helena Bonham Carter. Depp is one actor who could do six impossible things before breakfast.

I know there are many reasons I liked this film. So you should watch it...

Garden State

"You're freaking out, aren't you? You're totally freaking out. You're like running for the door."

Garden State is one of the most thought provoking movies I have seen in a long time. The Movie had a strong plot but simple and there was a few good laughs mixed with some sad and emotional moments the movie is a mixture of comedy, drama and romance, and with clever directing, camera angles, style over substance, and honest acting from even the actors in small roles, with real life situations and stereotypes the youth of today.

The acting in The movie Garden state was believable and not over done you could relate to the characters Sam (Natalie Portman), Andrew Largerman (Zach Braff) the characters played good parts and it was realistic acting, the acting made you feel as though that they weren't acting.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited is a good film with both comedy and drama, a mix I very well like. The Darjeeling limited is a story of 3 brothers and there journey across India in search of spirituality and there mother.

Wes Anderson has a unique way of telling this story through original ideas and new structure, both of which should be praised. This makes for an interesting story which contains both humor and drama. The comedy isn't over the top and allows for some touching dramatic moments throughout the story. As the story moves past the comedy and into the drama and emotional theme the audience is given a glimpse of the deeper more dramatic part of the film. There are glimpses of personal feelings that show a much deeper and human side to the comical characters.

IF& An Education

Independent Film Festival (IF) is Turkey’s first and only festival dedicated to independent cinema.

Every February, it hosts some 70,000 film buffs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world. Dedicated to investigating directions cinema is taking, the festival is based around thematic sections, which change every year.

Today I have watched "An Education" in this festival, what can I say  this film wasn't superb. The acting, screenplay, cinematography, the plot and pacing of the story, all of them was normal.

The movie explored the degree to which people will rationalize their actions based on perceived material interests.

Let's talk about the story, Carey Mulligan, who plays 16 year old student Jenny, in 1961 London. She develops an unlikely affair with an older man, David, played by Peter Saarsgard. While the affair seems hard to believe, David charms Jenny and her family, overcoming their doubts about his intentions. He seems, by all accounts, a wealthy and successful businessman, and Jenny's father, played excellently by Alfred Molina, believes that his daughter would be well provided for, negating the need to pay for college.

There is much more to the story, but suffice it to say, things are not what they seem. The film goes into a lot of detail on Jenny's school, her relationship with her family, teachers, David's business partner, and her dilemma between her personal aspirations of attending college at Oxford or the "good life" with her wealthy and dashing boyfriend.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Supringly good, funny and original. Guy kills himself and awakes in the grey dilapidated world of the suicides, where everything is just like earth but a little worse, after learning of his girlfriend's suicide he sets out on a cross country mission to find her. I didn't like the end, but up till that point it was one of most enjoyable things I had seen all year. Tom Waits appears in the film as a major character, and provides some of the soundtrack.

Waking Life

Waking Life is a truly unique bit of filmmaking - more or less an animated, non-linear, organic dream state. There have been a handful of films throughout time that could actually transcend the screen as you watched them. What I mean to say is, to witness something that is more than just film, more than just a story with a theme and characters. Waking Life is one of these special films; it is a series of powerful ideas placed into a beautifully painted package.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Forget about gender arguments, gays, lesbians..whatever. It's a great movie, end of story. This is one of the most inventive, well directed and acted, beautifully crafted pieces of film you will ever seen. If you're into wonderful rock music from the 70's, glam and punk rock and actually a good story with lots of depth to boot, don't miss the chance to check out this movie. Hat's off to John Cameron Mitchell and the amazing work of Stephen Trask on the music.