AFR is a project between friends who share a hobby of the seventh art. We share our comments about the films we watch.
Who are we?
- Nick “The creator” Miles: European, somewhat introverted, a lover of photography and psytrance. Nick had the original idea of the project and is in charge of recording and editing of our videos. @N_Andersen
- Will Pech: Mexican, amateur musician and diver. Will helps us decide which movies we will watch and is in charge of the animation and design of our videos. @wilberth_pech
- Abdiel Galindo: Experimental drummer and frustrated writer. Abo helps us with the proposition of the project throughout the internet and social networks. @AbdielGalindo
All three of us have currently independent projects that keep us busy, but we try to meet up at least once a week to talk about AFR or to spend time as friends.
Amateur Film Reviews is a new project and we still don’t know where it’s heading. But we hope that AFR becomes a place where we can share our opinion about how we experience the films and perhaps further along other people can join our group and share with us this experience…
A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng) is a 2005 South Korean R-rated action film written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, starring Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Kim Yeong-cheol, Hwang Jung-min and Kim Roi-ha. After refusing to kill his boss’s cheating girlfriend and escaping his own death, a gangster goes on a violent revenge path.
NO SPOILERS (Don’t watch the trailer!)
It’s a refreshingly realistic action film with outstanding performances by the whole cast. Co-star Kim Roi-ha shows a great character development throughout the film and is fun to watch. I admire the respect and discipline of Asian cultures such as in Korea, Japan and China. Kim Sunwoo (Lee Byung-hun) is a straight-faced enforcer loyal to all his boss’s orders. We don’t need to know about his personal life nor his background. We only see him on the job and this makes him look like the ultimate asset. Almost robotic. The star’s fighting skills and agility brings more to his gangster role and the fight choreography is good.
The film is beautiful and elegant without having to show excessive blood for one that has an air of Kill Bill. The music is wonderfully composed to each scene both calm and action, which when combined with the actors’ facial expressions and limiting words, delivers an amazing result. Most of the shooting is still which I enjoy much more than handheld shooting as it gives a higher professional touch. I must say that the production’s lighting is very pleasant. The story, the characters, the interactions, the music, the decisions and the consequences deliver a tasteful work of art, and the ending… Well you’ll have to watch it to find out for yourself.
This is my first Kim Jee-woon film and I loved it. A film speaks more to you through facial expressions and music than words could ever, and A Bittersweet Life does exactly this. I highly recommend not watching the trailer as it gives away much of the points of the plot.
Thanks for reading my review!
– Nick Andersen
Contact is a 1997 science fiction drama film directed by a great visual storyteller, Robert Zemeckis. It stars Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, William Fichtner, Tom Skerrit, James Woods, John Hurt, David Morse and Jena Malone. An incredible cast. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s 1985 novel of the same name. Carl and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. Jodie Foster plays the lead role of Dr. Ellie Arroway, a SETI scientist who discovers undeniable evidence of extraterrestrial life, and is chosen to make first contact.
NO SPOILERS (don’t watch the trailer!)
Todos somos Amateurs… “La vida es muy corta para poder ser algo más.”
La idea de ser un Amateur a revolucionado mi manera de pensar. Nadie llega a ser experto en nada, por eso debemos enamorarnos del proceso de aprender y conocer.
Caminando por La Quinta , me encontré con CIENTOS de artistas vendiendo su trabajo en la calle… Se veían todos súper buena onda (uno que otro manchado) y me dieron tantas ganas de acercarme a ellos y hacerles platica.
Yo no puedo dibujar nada, soy malísimo para las fotos y para ese tipo de arte, entonces pensé “¿De qué hablaré con ellos? ¡No tenemos nada en común!”
Llegue a casa arrepentido de no hablarles… Ellos estaban dispuestos, el que no estaba dispuesto era yo. Les pude haber preguntado algo como “¿Cuantas horas al día le dedicas a tu arte?” O “¿De donde llega tu inspiración?”. No actué como un Amateur.
Y en ese momento me di cuenta que un Amateur es alguien que está dispuesto a aprender y a entregarse a su arte. Está buscando lugares y personas que lo inspiren.
Ser un Amateur es un estilo de vida que todos debemos de tener… para lo que sea (cantar, tocar algún instrumento, bailar, actuar, escribir o hacer vlog…) Nunca pienses que alguien no te puede enseñar algo. Si tienes el corazón de un Amateur, en cualquier situación, vas a aprender algo.
Sin sueños frustrados,
Con la gran cantidad de éxitos taquilleros bíblicos en los cines estos últimos años como La Pasión de Cristo, El Príncipe de Egipto, Moisés: Dioses y Reyes, entre muchas otras, el debate entre precisión / imprecisión ha estado en pleno apogeo en los redes sociales.
Daddy’s Home is a 2015 comedy film directed by Sean Anders and written by Brian Burns, Anders, and John Morris. The film stars Will Ferrel, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini. Will Ferrel plays as Brad Whitaker, trying to get his stepchildren to like him and call him Dad but has his plans ruined when their biological father, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) returns. This is Ferrel’s and Wahlberg’s second collaboration since 2010 action-comedy The Other Guys. The trailer for Daddy’s Home looked good and seeing these two big stars working together again showed promise and possibly some 96 minutes worth of good entertainment. But sadly this wasn’t case. Not only was it not funny but it was lame. The chemistry between the two main protagonists was nonexistent and the whole air of the comedy felt forced with cheesy situations and weak jokes. All the stuff you see in the trailer are the good parts and that’s it! You are left waiting for character development that will never happen. Dusty’s character had you thinking he was a wild badass and there were moments you’d think he was about to prove that, but no such moment ever happened. The whole cast lacked energy except for two actors: Thomas Haden Church and Hannibal Buress. Those two had me genuinely laughing in each of their scenes. Basically, it was a total let down and would suggest everyone to stay away from this one. Don’t let your thoughts about Ferrel and Wahlberg be ruined by this terrible “comedy.”
The Revenant is a 2015 western epic film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu based loosely on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name. The film is inspired by the experiences of fur trapper and frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s, fought for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. This film is truly epic with some extraordinary perfomances by the cast, an outstanding directing by Iñárritu, breathtaking shots by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and a deep and beautiful music score by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. The level of effort and heart put into this project is tremendous and deserves all the types of film awards in existence.
Here are 16 remarkable facts about what is undoubtedly another masterpiece by the great Alejandro G. Iñárritu:
1. When development of The Revenant began way back in 2001, the main character was originally to be played by Samuel L. Jackson with Korean Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) as the director. The project was then taken over by director John Hillcoat (The Road) and actor Christian Bale. Then by Jean Francois Richet (Assault on Precinct 13). It wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that Iñárritu signed on to direct.
Continue reading Film Trivia: 16 Remarkable Facts about The Revenant
The Thirteenth Floor is a 1999 sci-fi crime thriller directed by Josef Rusnak and relatively based upon Daniel F. Galouye’s novel Simulacron-3, also published as Counterfeit World (1964). The film stars Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent D’Onofrio and Dennis Haysbert. Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important, but knowing someone is after him, he leaves a letter for his colleague, Douglas Hall, in the virtual reality his company has created. Fuller is murdered in the real world and his colleague is suspected. Douglas finds a bloody shirt in his bathroom and cannot recall what he did during the night Fuller was murdered, so he enters the simulation to find the letter but is confronted with the unexpected.
Continue reading #38 – The Thirteenth Floor – by Nick Andersen
Knight of Cups is a 2015 R-rated experimental film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto and Natalie Portman. Basically, it’s about a man (Bale) trying to find his place in the world going through the strange events happening around him. While successful in his career, he feels empty inside and surrounds himself with women and the Hollywood scene that become a temporary distraction from depressing family issues and his ongoing questioning existence. You know how you watch one video on YouTube and then another and so on in the Related Videos sidebar? That’s how I stumbled upon Knight of Cups. The trailer intrigued me with its many different unsteady shots and interesting imagery. The whole air of it told me that this was no ordinary film and that you’d have to pay close attention to it, to understand its deeper meaning, and that fascinated me and I challenged myself to watch the almost two-hour film with the hope of coming up with my own interpretation. Sadly no such thing happened.
Continue reading #37 – Knight of Cups – by Nick Andersen