Zero Dark Thirty-the movie that leaves the audience deep in reflection

Not often I get to see the movie which leaves such a lasting impression on people that they get up from their seats at the end of the film in absolute silence, occasionally muttering single words like ‘amazing’, ‘incredible’ and then going back into deep thought-Zero Dark Thirty is that type of a movie.

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Last week my plan was to go and see Les Miserables but having watched the trailer, I decided that I will wait until it comes out on DVD and made a quick decision to book the tickets for Zero Dark Thirty, having seen Django Unchained ( Christoph Waltz & Leonardo DiCapriogive extraordinarily powerful performances, blowing you out of your socks-forgive the pun-with their humour, intelligence and unrivaled artistic skill, delivering sharp Tarantino lines ) the week before, I had a definite upper hand on the movie selection.

Zero Dark Thirty was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, an American award winning director. It tells the story of the painstaking efforts to find Osama Bin Laden. This movie could have been a soppy patriotic vehicle, instead it is a poignant, meaningful story of a CIA agent called Maya and many people whose work bears impact on the security and safety of people around the world. The movie is an honest look at how events unfolded and I left the theatre with a distinct feeling of tremendous respect and empathy for the professionals whose daily work makes our world a safer and better place. At the expense of their personal life and security, those people tirelessly and expertly piece the parts of the puzzle together, in order to solve the problem of the ever expanding terrorism networks.

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Kathryn Bigelow made a movie that is honest and respectful, she assembled and directed a wonderfully complimentary to each others efforts cast (Edgar Ramirez, read more

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows-it’s a triumh!

A movie is always a creative collaboration of many talented people, all of which put their talents out, hoping that their joint efforts will create something special.

I loved the first Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and was really anticipating the secondSherlock Homes movie, called Sherlock Holmes: a game of shadows that opened in the UK on the 16th of December, but at the same time I was a little apprehensive too-you know when you set up a high bar, the follow up is always trickier, as it does have to live up to your expectations and more often than not you get a tad disappointed.

The first 20 or 25 minutes I was slightly shifting in my seat at the new Everyman cinema in Maida Vale (the site where it is was empty for a long time and I can’t begin to describe how beautifully thought out the venue is, from the entrance, to the staircase, covered in old movie posters, to the bar/lounge area that is low lit but extremely cosy, whether you go there with a girlfriend or on a date) but then the pace picked up and I ended up being so engrossed in the plot that I held my breath at times. To be honest, I think the second instalment is a little bit more of a boy’s movie ( remember Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels ?), as there is lots of action, fights, guns but it gets balanced by great visuals effects, lots of humour and fantastic cast of actors-the formidable, one of a kind, getting even better with age, like wine, Robert Downey Jnr, very British in the best sense of the word Jude Law, cool Stephen Fry-he just appears on the screen and you feel almost instant comfort of sorts, Noomi Rapace who plays her first big role after the incredible success of the Stieg Larson trilogy and playing Lisbeth Salander (the movies were so good I honestly don’t know why they had to go and produce a Hollywood version) and Jared Harris who creates such an artfully psychotic version of Holmes’s arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty that with just a flicker of his eye or a gesture you feel apprehensive and scary goosebumps start racing all over your body……

Mr. Ritchie is very distinct in his directorial efforts but this movie goes even further, lifting the lid on his talent even more and showcasing a team of people who are very comfortable in each other’s company thus allowing them to create truly memorable and genuinely real characters who grip you into the whirlpool of action ( as does the music composed by the formidable

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows-it’s a triumh!

A movie is always a creative collaboration of many talented people, all of which put their talents out, hoping that their joint efforts will create something special.

I loved the first Sherlock Holmes movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and was really anticipating the secondSherlock Homes movie, called Sherlock Holmes: a game of shadows that opened in the UK on the 16th of December, but at the same time I was a little apprehensive too-you know when you set up a high bar, the follow up is always trickier, as it does have to live up to your expectations and more often than not you get a tad disappointed.

The first 20 or 25 minutes I was slightly shifting in my seat at the new Everyman cinema in Maida Vale (the site where it is was empty for a long time and I can’t begin to describe how beautifully thought out the venue is, from the entrance, to the staircase, covered in old movie posters, to the bar/lounge area that is low lit but extremely cosy, whether you go there with a girlfriend or on a date) but then the pace picked up and I ended up being so engrossed in the plot that I held my breath at times. To be honest, I think the second instalment is a little bit more of a boy’s movie ( remember Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels ?), as there is lots of action, fights, guns but it gets balanced by great visuals effects, lots of humour and fantastic cast of actors-the formidable, one of a kind, getting even better with age, like wine, Robert Downey Jnr, very British in the best sense of the word Jude Law, cool Stephen Fry-he just appears on the screen and you feel almost instant comfort of sorts, Noomi Rapace who plays her first big role after the incredible success of the Stieg Larson trilogy and playing Lisbeth Salander (the movies were so good I honestly don’t know why they had to go and produce a Hollywood version) and Jared Harris who creates such an artfully psychotic version of Holmes’s arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty that with just a flicker of his eye or a gesture you feel apprehensive and scary goosebumps start racing all over your body……

Mr. Ritchie is very distinct in his directorial efforts but this movie goes even further, lifting the lid on his talent even more and showcasing a team of people who are very comfortable in each other’s company thus allowing them to create truly memorable and genuinely real characters who grip you into the whirlpool of action ( as does the music composed by the formidable

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Julie & Julia

J&J2Movies are such a pleasure, they take you away from reality and give you the time to enjoy the moment pf peace, laughter or reflection.

If I am honest, then I will admit to preferring European and Russian cinema to American, most of the time, as the stories run deeper, emotions are heightened and cinematography is so much more colourful but then you get a movie like ‘Julie & Julia’ and you sit back and savour it, like you favourite dessert.

The film came out a little while back but it’s only now that I managed to watch it-sometimes you are lucky to have the time to watch the film that you want as soon as it comes out and sometimes the time runs away from you and it can be months before you get to sit down and watch it.

Meryl Streep is always superb but she takes on the role of the American cooking doyenne Julia Childs with such gusto and such skill-the scene with shopping of the onion deserves an Oscar on its own merit. Stanley Tucci, as her diplomat husband is both funny and romantic and Amy Adams, as the frustrated New York bureaucrat Julia Powell, who takes a year of her life to cook every single of Julia’s recipes from the ‘Mastering the Art of French cooking’  (and write a blog about it) is very endearing.

I would recommend this movie for when you are feeling a bit down or tired, with a bowl of popcorn and I promise you, you will feel happier and more invigorated, before you go to sleep, which hopefully will be restful.

Downey Jr + Ritchie = fantastic Mr. Holmes

Sherlock HolmesWhen I was a teenager and living in Moscow, one of my favourite movies was a Russian version of Sherlock Holmes, with Vasylyi Livanov as the formidable detective and Vitalyi Solomin as the faithfull side-kick Dr. Watson. When I heard that Guy Ritchie made a film about the famous detective it aroused my curiosity, even though I found Layer Cake (so many guys I know love it, not least because Sienna Miller is in it…) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were too violent for my liking.

The fact that Robert Downey Jr was fronting this project made me want to see this film twice as much, because, as far as I am concerned, he is so versatile as an actor, he can play anyone, blowing you away every single time with his talent and charisma. His Sherlock Holmes is handsome, smart and damn sexy, and while Jude Law does nothing for me, he plays Dr. Watson well. The film is shot beautifully and it keeps the pace, while you sit on the edge of your seat (or sofa) with bated breath, wondering what twist will come next. All I can say is that I hope there will be a sequel or pre-quell.