#24 Famous Doppelgangers

I’ve seen lots of famous doppelgangers but why doesn’t anyone talk about Keira&Winona and Tim&Tom? Katy&Zooey were obviously separated at birth, but I just had to show the world that, sometimes, I literally don’t know if I’m seeing Keira or Winona, Tom or Tim!!! (These are the most unsettling for me, eventually I’ll add more in time.) Tell me more of who you think could be twins!

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Tim Robbins

Tom Hanks

Winona Ryder

Keira Knightley

#23 Top 10 Movies with a Message of Consciousness

Check out these Top 10 Movies that defy the perception of our own reality! I’ve only seen half of them, but I’m looking forward to see the rest, I love this kind of movies.

#22 High Fidelity

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High Fidelity

Year: 2000

Director: Stephen Frears

Screenplay: D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Jhon Cusack and Scott Rosenberg (from the novel by Nick Hornby)

First of all (I hate starting with this phrase) I want to say I didn’t know this was based on a book, so obviously, I haven’t read it. I imagine the book is written in the first person because Rob – the main character – is constantly talking to us (to he camera), telling us his feelings, what’s happening, etc.

High Fidelity is a movie about relationships and our search for the perfect relationship, the perfect person, about expectations, fantasies, heartbreaks and all the sh*t load of things we go through our lives along with other people. Rob is the center of this story, a guy in his early thirties who’s trying to figure out why in the world does he always end up being dumped by his girlfriends. He owns a records’ store and likes to make “top 5 lists” of everything, from music – which is his passion – to girls, more specifically, breakups. With his two employees, they makes a trio of music geeks.

I’ll try to be brief for a change. He decides to meet with his previous girlfriends to find out the reason why they left him. 5 girls, and he gets different conclusions along the way. In the meantime he meets another woman, a singer, which is an amazing thing for him, but neither he or she are ready for a commitment, so it’s a short thing – a one night stand basically. It’s not even that much of a deal: in the scene where they are saying goodbye in the morning, as soon as she turns around, he starts talking about his “real” problems: her most recent breakup.

Besides the awesome cast and soundtrack, the movie itself got my attention the first time i saw it, not only because of these factors, but also because I relate to those people, we all do I guess, in some way or another. In my opinion, the world turns around money and love, nothing more, nothing less. The root of all issues are one of those two things, or both. But that would make another post… We see how Rob relates to those different girls and how he evolves and gets to his conclusions, being the final one the decision to propose to his now-reunited-girlfriend, although she doesn’t even want to marry and he knows it. His decision resumes the movie I think: as he explains, he’s tired of the fantasies, of running away at the most little “problem” (in fact, this isn’t just his problem… we all have our little flaws and his no-girlfriend did it as well), of messing things up because of other girls, even if it’s just a temporary thing, a meaningless thing. So he decides to propose, to end all that and have some stability with a woman he truly loves and likes to be with.

So yeah, it’s a pretty long movie but you can see it without even yawning or checking if it’s almost over. I liked everything about this one, from the picture to the music, the story – it has many references of things I like, plus: that’s how I found Stiff Little Fingers – the cast… I don’t know how to categorize it, though: I wouldn’t call it a drama, for me drama = tears. And I didn’t cry or felt like it. It has some funny things, but it’s not a comedy. It’s not a love story either I guess, it’s more a breakups’ story… I don’t know, it mixes all of the above, and music. Good music.

#20 Moonrise Kingdom

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Moonrise Kingdom

Tear: 2012

Director: Wes Anderson

Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

I just saw one of the cutest films, the love story of two young kids who decide to run away and even get married! But I found Moonrise Kingdom more than that. Despite being a “running-away-love-story” set in 1965, this film approached the issues of being young and misunderstood in the kid’s perspective. Suzy and Sam are both “complicated” kids: Suzy is the oldest of 4 and the only girl, whose mother is having an affair with the village policeman, Captain Sharp (well, at least they meet to smoke and there’s something going on between them for sure), and is married to a depressed guy who does not satisfy her and is aware of that fact. Despite living in a big and beautiful house, they’re not that happy, mom and dad don’t even sleep in the same bed! All her brothers are quite young, so Suzy passes a lot of her time reading books and listening to music (on her little brother’s turntable). She’s also a girl that “goes berserk” sometimes, which causes her some not-so-good situations. Sam is an orphan with emotional problems at age 12, whose foster parents claim they cannot have him anymore because “it wouldn’t be fair for everyone” (???). He’s also the most unpopular boy at the campsite…

Sam is at a scouts’ campsite and the movie begins with his escape. The reason is because he met Suzy sometime earlier and the two immediately felt something for each other, so they eventually decide to run away together. Time passes and when Sam runs away, Suzy also leaves home with some of her most precious belongings: her binoculars (that she always carry with her, calling them her “superpower” because it makes her see things more closely), her kitty, some books and the turntable. Later when Suzy’s dad is told, by she might be at some friend’s house, he replies she hasn’t got any. So we have to outsiders here who fell for each other and decide to leave everything behind, even if it has consequences for those around them and putting everyone looking for them.

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I found this movie very touching, despite the funny parts. Sam is treated like… well, not as a person for sure. Because his actual foster parents don’t want him anymore, he runs the risk of being put in electroshock treatment at some Juvenile Refuge. This is something that is still done today, but besides that, many people (not only children) are treated (in terms of medical care) without taking into account the person’s background, consent, opinion or feelings. Luckily for Sam, Captain Sharp has a golden heart and decides he wants to keep the boy, avoiding his horrible fate. Therefore, Suzy is able to continue to see her husband (they have a more or less an official marriage). Suzy thinks her mother does not understand her and she herself does not understand what’s wrong in wanting to be with the person you love. All the commotion is because Sam is known to be an orphan with emotional problems, so part of the adults want him just… away. Anyway, the two are very closed within themselves, as, I think, all teens are. And that can be very dramatic, as I think I already said in earlier posts.

Another touching scene is when the rest of the boys at the campsite, instead of ostracizing their comrade, decide to help him in his escape (his second escape I mean, Sam and Suzy are caught in the woods, and eventually return home: Suzy to her parents’ and Sam to Captain Sharp’s). So the crew decides to “rescue” Sam from Captain Sharp’s house in the middle of the night, with Suzy with them! Everyone sail on canoes to the other side of the sore, where there’s another campsite in which is one of the boy’s cousin, who would help Sam and Suzy escape from the island, never to be seen again. In the meantime, there’s a storm cooking up in the skies, so we get a little tension: are the kids going to survive this escape all by themselves in the middle of that epic storm? In the meantime, everyone is worried and trying to find, first just Sam and Suzy, the the whole team, which leads to some situations…ImageAnother interesting thing I saw in this film was the innocence of two young people, discovering each other and themselves, who are not even ashamed, because after all, they were both alike and in the middle of nowhere, in a little stoned beach, to which they decide to call Moonrise Kingdom. As they are camping there, the two dance, hold hands, hug and kiss. They decide to try the french kiss and Suzy tells Sam he can touch her breasts. So yes, the two are exploring each other and the scene is so innocent because they are so open with each other, they are so true. Eventually they are caught, as I said, and the image of the two is (in my opinion, I know I’m often too emotional…) so touching: two little birds in their underwear, hugging each other inside the tent, which is blown by the big bad wolf, Suzy’s father, who’s angry and frustrated at the same time, with all the rest of the people watching! They just want to be together!!! But Sam and Suzy don’t seem to belong to one another: Suzy is very pretty and Sam is still very “dorky” (I know I use this expression a lot… but look at him!!). Sometimes people even get impressed that Suzy is “his girl”. Well, maybe if she was a “normal” girl who doesn’t stab people with scissors, she would be with a “normal” boy, but the two are just fine the way they are. They only met once – when they first met – so when they reunite again, it shows a bit of crudeness. Despite Sam taking her flowers and everything, the two treat each other almost professionally, planning the escape with a map and making an inventory of their belongings! I guess that they get more and more sure they want to be with each other as their adventure progresses.

One thing I noticed was that, both kids are also super serious throughout the entire movie! They talk very seriously and act very seriously, that’s why the movie sometimes reminded me of other films (like the Bride of Chucky for instants, although it has nothing to do with it!!!) It shows especially in the second escape, when the two decide to get married, seem two young adults instead of two 12 year olds! Later, in a scene when they are about to jump together into the rain, in a possible suicide, Sam tells Suzy that if they die, he’s thankful for her having married him, so they are sure they want to be together, as friends more than lovers, this shows they are thankful for having found a friend like themselves. More: they often say things very fast, meaning they don’t say it directly, but end up saying them anyway. Like in the clip above, “I love you but you don’t know what you’re talking about” – there, no pause next to the “I love you”. And the she only responds to that part: it’s the only scene where they say they love each other to each other. There are other scenes when the two talk like this, the important part is always there, but it’s said like if it has the same importance as the rest of the sentence.

So this is it, this is what I have to say about this movie. It’s an adventurous love story between two kids who don’t fit so well, it’s funny, it’s touching, it’s cute. And the shots are almost like reading a comic book, i liked that a lot. What do you think?

#19 Cypher

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Cypher

Year: 2002

Director: Vicenzo Natali

Screenplay: Brian King

“Cypher” is one of my favorite movies from a very cool Director, Vicenzo Natali. You probably know him from Cube (the first), Splice or Neuromancer. He’s one of my favorite Directors, I’l soon write something about another of his movies: “Nothing”, which I found very creative! I’ve seen “Cypher” a million times and this last time I though to myself: “Man, I wish I could feel the same sensation I felt the first time I saw this! I now know everything that’s going to happen, I need more movies that can give me that feeling of astonishment!” Yet, I watch the movie every now and then, it’s one of those movies that makes me feel good, don’t ask me why, I can’t explain it, but there are some movies I see quite often because I feel I need to. I even might see the same movie like 3 or 4 days in a row… It might sound crazy, but it’s true.

Anyway, another thing I wanted to try here was talking about the movies without spoiling them, but I find it very hard. On one hand, I want to comment the scenes, the concept, the characters, wtv. On the other hand, I want to make people see the movies I talk about and think about them, so how am I suppose to comment a movie without talking about its’ scenes?

Anyway, “Cypher” is a movie that will make you look at the screen with your eyes wide open. The story is relatively simple, if you pay attention – it’s one of those movies you just can’t miss 5 seconds or you won’t get what’s next. It’s a thing within a thing, within a thing! And you’ll be like: “AAAWWWW!! No WAY!! What The Hell!!”

Let’s spoil: it’s about a man, this guy Morgan Sullivan, who’s being hired by a company, Digicorp, to be a spy. But in reality, this company is brainwashing their “spies” so that they infiltrate another company, Sunway Systems and steal data from them. Morgan Sullivan is intercepted by a woman, Rita Foster, who helps him to stop the brainwashing and arrive to Sunway Systems as Morgan Sullivan, not as Jack Thursby, the identity Digicorp was trying to instill in him.  Sunway Systems’ boss asks Morgan to continue acting as Jack Thursby and give corrupted data to Digicorp. Both enterprises dispose their workers after they complete the tasks they were given. Rita Foster eventually tells Morgan he is, in reality, a man contracted by her own boss, Sebastian Rooks, to infiltrate the vault of Sunway Systems to retrieve an important piece of information. He manages to enter the Vault, steal the data, and escape with Rita, with the promise that Sebastian would not get rid of him like Digicorp or Sunway Systems. Once at Sebastian’s house, or at least one o them, since the man likes to move a lot, Morgan finds out he is not Morgan after all, neither is he Jack: he IS Sebastian Rooks!

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What amazes me is how his subconscious mind was telling him all along! As Morgan Sullivan, he was kind of dorky, his glasses, his hairstyle, his actions, his attitude, his passiveness… As the movie goes on and he makes his transformation into Jack Thursby – the name Digicorp gave him to use in the false conferences he was suppose to record – his appearance also changes. When he’s given that name, he immediately asks: “What’s he like? What’s his personality?”, to what Finster, the head of Digicorp, replies something like “Whatever you want him to be” (I don’t recall the exact words). So Morgan starts acting like a new man, the complete opposite of what he is: he starts smoking, although without any difficulty, any cough, starts drinking, scotch on the rocks, something he never did! He drops his glasses and stops using that hair, unbuttons the first buttons of his shirts… well, he starts being (so much) less stiff. And he doesn’t understand why, he just feels that’s who he REALLY is. In the end, when he finally finds out he’s Sebastian Rooks (a man never seen by anyone, a very, very secret man, who would be killed if anyone knew him, only one person knows his identity: his lover, Rita Foster) he realizes it by looking at the room he’s standing on: golf clubs, his favorite brand of cigarettes, scotch… and finally, a picture of him and Rita. That’s another think I love about the movie: his love and interest for her is never forgotten, even when he’s Morgan/Jack! When he meets the disguised Rita, he flirts with her and tries to approach her. It was all a plan created by him – Sebastian – to infiltrate that Vault!! Sebastian knew he was going to meet Rita in the process, who was going to help him get that important data! He knew he was going to forget who he was and become Morgan, he knew it all!! And in the end, there’s no exception: those who saw his face get killed! And what was the important data? Rita Foster’s file from Sunway Systems: she too was a pawn for that company, and Sebastian destroys it by throwing it into the ocean, making Sunway Systems free of Rita’s files, so that she won’t be “disposed”. So I guess, in the end, this is just an awesome love story!

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Another thing it made me think about is how easy it is for one to control another’s mind… It only takes some steps to be followed. And how are we certain we ourselves are not controlled? Are we the product of someone’s agenda? Are we certain of who we are?

I always recommend this film to everyone who asks me for new stuff to watch, for it isn’t a very known one and it’s totally  worth it! Just now I was able to see a flaw: some of the special effects can be seen as computer generated, but I only noticed it now, after watching it all those times before! I guess I was so absorbed by the whole story I didn’t even notice those details! I won’t describe more scenes here, you just have to see it, one in particular – my favorite – is very creepy, but I already told the story, so these are just (awesome) details, although important too.

I’m glad to know this movie, it was much easier for me to write about this one, I love it! How about you?

#18 Hanna

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Hanna

Year: 2011

Director: Joe Wright

Screenplay: Seth Lochhead and David Farr

Hanna is a young girl who lives in the northern forests with her father, Erick, a guy who teaches and trains her since she was 2 years old. Hanna is capable of hunting, fighting and killing better than any person alive. But she has never had any contact with the civilized world or modern technology. Her knowledge comes from books and she seems a bit cold blooded, but who wouldn’t be, having no contact with other people? Well, it’s more than that… However, Hanna likes fantasy too, she often reads the Grimm’s Fairy Tales and wonders how does music feel like.

The whole movie can be described as an action fairly tale with violence and blood. The main character is a girl and the villain (the witch, as she calls her) is a CIA agent who wants her dead. We enter Hanna’s life in a moment where she decides she’s ready to leave the forest and go kill the witch: Marissa Wiegler. Her father prepared Hanna for this moment her whole life and advises her, asking her if she’s sure, for once she leaves that place, Marissa won’t stop until she, or Marissa herself, is dead. The plan is for Hanna to kill Marissa and then meet her father in Berlin. In order to go unnoticed, Hanna has memorized a fake life to tell to whoever she encounters: a school, a town, friends, an address, even a dog.

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So the moment has come and her father presents her with a device that will announce their location once its button is pressed. Hanna presses it and the two make their preparations for Erik’s escape and Hanna’s capture. Eventually the soldiers arrive, at night, and enter the hut. Hanna kills two of them and let the others come take her, acting as if it wasn’t her who killed them (implying her father did it, as they planned). Hanna is taken to an underground facility and put in a room full of cameras. A doctor is asking her some questions but she asks to see Marissa Wiegler. Marissa and other CIA members are observing Hanna through those cameras and Marissa decides to send in a double, for she knows what Hanna is capable of, although she gets even more surprised when Hanna kills her double and all the other members who were sent to tranquilize her with a shot! FY that is a great scene!!

We see something’s about to happen when Hanna clings to Marissa’s double. From that moment on we see How Hanna is able to escape through tunnels and passages, with the stolen gun form one of the guards, hiding from all the soldiers and killing whoever crosses her path directly, or telling them – without a single word – to let her go. The music was, in my opinion, very well chosen for completes the scenes without being corny. It’s not the “normal action movie music” I guess, it’s really awesome combined with all of the film concept: the 15 year old cold-blooded girl with an abnormal DNA who likes the Grimm’s fairytales, despite being trained her whole life to kill, she also desires to know music and magic. Another thing that’s pretty cool are the fight scenes, especially the underground facility and the subway ones. (Btw, on this last one, Erik realizes Marissa’s not dead yet.) I didn’t see any exaggeration (at least for an ex-CIA agent and a girl who trained her entire life to kill), but then again, I don’t know much about fighting…

She manages to get to the surface, realizing she’s in the middle of nowhere. She the finds a family to whom she follows, first without them knowing, but then accompanying them freely, as they actually like her. She becomes friends with with the couple’s daughter,Sophie. In the meantime, Marissa’s on the run too, trying to find Hanna. She asks the help of a friend, Isaacs, another ex-CIA member and an eccentric man with a passion for freaks, to find the girl, but not to kill her. She also goes visit Hanna’s grandmother (who Hanna never met, for she had lives her whole life in the woods), ending up killing her. In this scene, Hanna’s granny tells Marissa that if she was a mother, she would understand what it’s like to lose a daughter (Marissa was the one responsible for Johanna’s – Hanna’s mom – death, but couldn’t kill Erik or the girl, for they ran into the forest, never to be seen again), to what she replies she’d made some choices. The entire movie I got the sensation there was something between Marissa and Erik, and even when we realize what’s going on, I kept thinking there was something more between the two. Anyway,  Marissa finds some tapes Johanna sent to her mother, where she tells all about her pregnancy, and listens to them, until Erik finds her and tries to kill her. In the meantime Hanna flees, after another fight, this time with Isaacs and his boys, and manages to find the address where she agreed to meet her father: a fairytale-like house that belongs a friend of Erik’s, Knepfler, a magician. Marissa managed to track Hanna after questioning Sophie’s family, whom she captured, so, once in Knepfler’s house, the two new friends hear someone outside who’s not Erik, and Knepfler tells Hanna to run as he stays behind, ending up being killed. However, before she manages to escape the house without being noticed, she listens to Marissa talking on the phone so 1. she gets surprised for Marissa being alive, and 2. she finds out Erik is not her biological father.

Hanna finds her grandmother’s house and her blood on the floor, and suddenly Erik appears, so she confronts him about him not being her real father and about her “abnormal DNA” (for she had found and stolen her file back in the underground facility, and saw her information there). Erik finally tells her (and us for that matter) the whole thing: Hanna was born in a facility and was part of a project that genetically enhanced human embryos so they would become stronger human beings, with less sense of compassion or affection, basically, a new breed of people created to be soldiers. The project was canceled by Marissa Wiegler and everything (meaning everyone) was eliminated… except Hanna, who Erik was able to save. At this moment, Marissa and Isaacs arrive and Erik tells Hanna to run while he distracted them, ending up being killed, not before killing Isaacs.

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Hanna manages to go back to the “fairytale house”, just to find a dead Knepfler… Marissa appears and now we have the princess confronting the witch! Hanna runs, but Marissa follows her. We see Marissa coming out of a giant’s wolf mouth (I don’t think it’s necessary to go further on the meaning of the wolf here, Marissa is the “bad guy”, period) with her gun in her hand, facing Hanna. Hanna tells her she wants to stop and doesn’t want to hurt anyone anymore, walking away from Marissa, who says she just wants to talk. As Hanna is leaving her, Marissa shoots her, at the same time as Hanna turns around (upon realizing Marissa’s intention) and throws an arrow at her. They both fall, but both stand up again. In the end, Hanna ends up killing Marissa, who lies on the floor with the arrow through her body, with the gun. This scene is identical to the opening sequence, where we see Hanna hunting a deer with an arrow but ends up shooting it with a gun because, as she also said to Marissa, she missed the heart. After all, Hanna was trained to “hunt” Marissa, while being hunted by her at the same time, so it was kill or be killed.

My question is: why Erik wants Hanna to kill Marissa? I guess it’s just because he fell for Johanna and her baby and the only way to stop Marissa was by killing her, either by his hands or Hanna’s. Anyway, Hanna is a girl who doesn’t want to kill despite being engineered to do so. She feels there’s something wrong and  confirms it with the files she steels. Deep inside, she’s still an ordinary girl just with few modifications.