Must Watch List of The Week!

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Must Watch Lists
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This is the list YOU should follow, where latest films are not bogged down by silly trailers and downright dubious marketing techniques.

Each film on this list has been watched, calculated and processed by a film snob’s brain. Your disagreeable comments are welcome.

This list is the truth. I do not pity poor cinema.

  • The Tree Of Life
The Tree of Life is seen by many as an overt expedition into surrealism and experimental cinema. Written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Brad Pitt and and Sean Penn, this film is too heady for some. If you’re in the mood for something different, give The Tree of Life a go. This film does not sit well with everyone, but for some, it is a life changing experience. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and has garnered critical acclaim for its’ experimental approach to cinema. Even if the film does not agree with you, it is on this list due to its’ controversial subject matter, surrealist approach and non linear narrative.
  • Rise of the Planet of The Apes
This film breathes new life into the Planet of the Apes franchise. It is universally acclaimed by critics and currently holds an 82% FRESH rating on It stars the spectacular James Franco, Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and John Lithgow and is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Sundance Film Festival Debut of The Escapist). The fresh approach to the already drought ridden story has given this popular franchise a chance to breathe again.
  • The Eagle
It sounds like good casting, Channing Tatum (Dear John) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot). The film feels properly executed and big budget. It ticks all the right boxes, but it somehow lacks two very special factors, acting ability and plot. Avoid this film at all costs, save your money and rather rent/buy the colourful Rio.
  • Hereafter
Hereafter’s problems are few and far between, but the problems found are so gigantically irking that the film completely falls flat. Clint Eastwood directing, Matt Damon starring, this three story interweaving basket of melodrama tries too hard to be something it’s not. It reeks of dramatics, poorly executed narrative and the off putting acting by Matt Damon. This film is not terrible, but it is not spectacular either. The narrative is slow, syrupy and seeps into the different sub-plots without any real impact. The opening act of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is quite disturbing. 

Do you agree with our lists? Only two this week being a must-see as most of the films currently on the DVD/Cinema circuit are not the best of the best. 

  1. Mone says:

    ah ek wil so graag the tree of life sien! Apparently is die cinematography amazing!

  2. rpalland says:

    Ja, Tree Of Life is supposedly baie baie awesome! Ek dink dit moet net bietjie swaar wees…

  3. Tree of Life is a little like a 2 hour insurance add. Lots of images of childhood and no real structure to it. It did look lovely though I’d have to say, I was a bit bored!

    • rpalland says:

      Hahaha! One of the funniest things I have heard all day! I have heard some INTERESTING reviews about the film. It’s a love it or hate it film. Many people walked out supposedly half way through the movie? Boredom, I think. I saw on your blog you said it is the most disappointing film of the year. I have heard that from many other people too. 🙂 Thanks for the comment! I am a fan of your blog!

  4. I’m quite a fan of Terrence Mallick, so it was very disappointing. I love a Thin red line and Bad Lands and a few others. A few left the cinema when I saw it also…

  5. rpalland says:

    Yes, I love Terrence Mallick as a director! I loved Thin Red Line also. I think he over thought the film too much and he did what David Lynch does, only not as well. Lynch achieves a perfect harmony of non-linear plot and symbolism, I heard Malick tried some of the Lynchian aspects and he did not pull it off too well….

    Oh well, hopefully the film will be infamous for the symbolism instead of the pretentious quality of it!

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