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I’m sorry but “The Conjuring” is Christian propaganda cloaked in shit. 

George Washington- David Gordon Green

They used to get around, walkin’ around, lookin’ at stuff. They used to try to find clues to all the mysteries and mistakes God had made. My friend George said that he was gonna live to be 100 years old. He said - He said that he was going to be the president of the United States. I wanted to see him lead a parade and wave a flag on the Fourth of July. He just wanted greatness. The grown-ups in my town, they were never kids like me and my friends. They had worked in wars and build machines. It was hard for them to find their peace. Don’t you know how that feels? I like to go to beautiful places where there’s waterfalls and empty fields. Just places that are nice and calm and quiet.”

A beautiful, poignant, and realistic film about a group of kids growing up in a depressed rural town in North Carolina. After a tragic mistake, the kids try to seek redemption.

A moving look at adolescence, “George Washington” is slow paced but incredibly powerful. The dialogue is eloquent, yet, realistic and we as the audience gain some wisdom from the narratives of the young protagonists. The adults in the film seem to be on the same level as the children. Like them, they are seeking redemption and purpose. You find yourself wondering whether it is the children who are have grown up too quickly into adolescence, or the adults who never have left it. We see the children develop as life’s challenges move beyond boyfriend/girlfriend troubles to the loss of innocence.

The film provides a window into one of the many forgotten towns across America where dilapidated buildings, piles of trash, and neglected furniture are juxtaposed with the nature that surrounds them. The cinematography is superb. 

"George Washington" is a work of cinematic art.

Film recommendations for the not so normal

Burnt Money (Argentina)

"They called them The Twins. They were always together."

Based on the true story of a bank robbery in Buenos Aires in 1965, “Burnt Money” is a surprisingly touching film. The so called action-thriller focuses on the three bank robbers and their exploits before, during, and after the robbery. Known as the “Twins” due to their inseparability, El Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and his troubled Spanish lover Angel (Eduardo Noriega) team up with womanizer Cuervo (Pablo Echarri) to pull off the infamous stunt. However, things go wrong not only in the heist, but also, in their relationships with each other.

 Although the film is set up like a gangster movie, it is, in reality, a film about love. The acting is incredible. You can feel the torment of love and passion between the “Twins”. Their relationship, although taboo at the time, is presented beautifully.

A must-see if you are a fan of Argentine film.

Film recommendations for the not so normal

The Method (Spain)

I learned long ago that you lose the battle on your own.”

Seven people are selected as applicants in a final round of interviews for a big corporation while, outside, anti-globalization protests ring through the streets. However, this is no simple interview situation, and the applicants must compete against each other in a series of psychological trials under the name of the “Gronholm Method”. And, when it turns out that one of them is actually an employee for the corporation, the game turns dirty.

This film is incredibly clever, suspenseful, and even funny at times. It was nominated for 5 Goyas.

Film recommendations for the not so normal

Cube- Vincenzo Natali (Canada)

No more talking. No more guessing. Don’t even think about nothing that’s not right in front of you. That’s the real challenge. You’ve gotta save yourselves from yourselves.”

"Cube" is a low-budget sci-fi mind-fuck. Filmed mostly with a handheld camera, the film presents a Kafkaesque scenario where seven strangers, all with very different personalities, wake up to find themselves trapped in deadly maze. They must each use their unique abilities to escape this cubic hell and avoid the lethal traps that lay around them. 

In case you were wondering what “Kafkaesque” means, a “Kafkaesque” scenario is marked by senseless, disorientating, and menacing complexity. And, “Cube” definitely pulls this off. The audience feels trapped in this gigantic cubic complex. As the protagonists move from cube to cube and discover the secrets to getting out, you can’t help but feel an impending sense of doom. 

The film is also an incredibly interesting character study. Each character is named after a Prison, eg Quentin, Kazan, Holloway etc. Additionally, each character’s personality matches the prison. The character of Quentin is an unorthodox and violent detective; this matches the brutality that the prison of San Quentin in known for. It’s fascinating to watch how these personalities not only aid, but also at the same time, hinder each other in their progress. Because, the Cube, like many prison systems around the world, is a seemingly inescapable prison. The characters are victims of the system as well as a part of it. 

Due to it’s low budget and some bad acting (not unbearable), “Cube” at first seems like simple sci-fi film. It’s only when you look deeper that you uncover all the genius and complexity that is worked into it. For this reason, it has a decent cult following.

This film will keep you entertained and your brain buzzing from beginning to end.  

Film recommendations for the not so normal

Does anyone know where I can watch “Brand Upon the Brain” online?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer- Tom Tykwer

"In the period of which we speak, there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. Naturally, the stench was foulest in Paris, for Paris was the largest city in Europe. And nowhere in Paris was that stench more profoundly repugnant than in the city’s fish-market. It was here then, on the most putrid spot in the whole kingdom, that Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was born on the 17th of July, 1738. It was his mothers fifth birth, she delivered them all here under her fish-stand, and all had been stillbirths or semi-stillbirths. And by evening the whole mess had been shoveled away with the fish-guts into the river. It would be much the same today, but then… Jean-Baptiste chose differently."

An absolute masterpiece from “Run Lola Run” director, Tom Tykwer. A period film set in 18th century France, it is as dirty, grimy, and grotesque as you could imagine the 18th century would have been. This ain’t no “Marie Antoinette”. It centers on Jean Baptiste-Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a young man growing up surrounded by death and decay whose incredibly astute sense of smell allows him to escape from his putrid world. After smelling the scent of a beautiful woman, Jean Baptiste-Grenouille decides that he must do whatever it takes to preserve this enchanting odor forever. And you guessed it, he starts murdering women and making perfume out of them.  Dustin Hoffman appears as the old perfume-maker who mentors Jean Baptiste and Alan Rickman plays the protective father of an exquisitely beautiful young woman. 

This movie captivated me from start to end. The cinematography is phenomenal. Tykwer is constantly playing with our olfactory senses and the  audience can almost smell the odors that Baptiste-Grenouille is exposed to because they are depicted in such detail. Ben Whishaw, a fairly unknown actor at the time, is extraordinarily creepy as the murderer of this story. Just a magnificent piece of cinema.

Film recommendations for the not so normal

Kinky Boots

"Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. Red. Red.  Red, Charlie boy. Red! Is the color of sex! Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles! Red is the color of sex and fear and danger and signs that say, Do. Not. Enter. All my favorite things in life"

Based on the true story about a Northamptom shoemaker, Charlie, who tries to save his father’s business by replacing the classic brogues with fetish footwear for transvestites. In order to do this, he enlists the help of drag queen Lola- a flamboyant and spirited personality. Together, the two innovate a new sexy line of footwear that moves far beyond boring old tradition.

This movie is hilarious with lovable characters and, of course, “Kinky Boots”. Chiwel Ejiofor does a brilliant job as the fabulous Lola and Joel Edgerton’s mild-mannered Charlie is an exceptional counterweight. The two look ridiculous together but they make for an engaging duo. See this one for nonstop fun and some nice tender moments as well. I heard the broadway musical is a hit! 

Film recommendations for the not so normal

Together (Sweden)

"You could say that we are like porridge. First we’re like small oat flakes - small, dry, fragile, alone. But then we’re cooked with the other oat flakes and become soft. We join so that one flake can’t be told apart from another. We’re almost dissolved. Together we become a big porridge that’s warm, tasty, and nutritious and yes, quite beautiful, too. So we are no longer small and isolated but we have become warm, soft, and joined together. Part of something bigger than ourselves. Sometimes life feels like an enormous porridge, don’t you think? Sorry, I’m standing around dreaming."

A satirical comedy about a group of socialist hippie dippies living together in a Swedish commune during the 1970s. Goran, the leader of the house, has his sweet cooperative life shaken when his sister and her two kids come to stay. While the parents are busy trying to live out their socialist dreams, the kids are named after Vietnam war references and left to play games such as “torture the Pinochet victim”. 

A heartwarming, hilarious, and very human film about a group of hippies whose fight is becoming obsolete in the modern world. Get prepared for laughter and tears.

Film recommendations for the not so normal