Drama & Action

Jiro dreams of Sushi

Beautiful, though-provoking and engaging are some of the adjectives that I can think off best to describe this documentary. Its about the relentless pursuit of one man in his quest for excellence. Jiro Ono has been a sushi chef since he was 9 years old after being abandoned by his father. This is all he has ever done and known in life. In Japan there is a word, Shokunin,” meaning “artisan or “craftsman”. It stands for the Japanese philosophy of being perfect at your particular craft. Shokunin spend their lifetime in trying to achieve absolute perfection in whatever craft they choose and Jiro seems in every fiber of his being to embody this spirit.

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Y tu mama tambien

Y tu mama tambien is the Mexican version of a classic American road movie. This is a movie where two (usually young) people go on a road trip and come out on the other end having discovered something about themselves through their experiences. This however offers a little twist on the genre, as Its about an impulsive sexual journey that two teenagers (don’t worry, they are 18 years old) take with an attractive older woman.

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Entre les murs

This movie is loosely Based on the novel “Entre les Murs” by French writer François Bégaudeau and his own experiences working as a teacher in an multi-ethnic inner-city school in Paris's socially-deprived 20th arrondissement. The book was a success in France and soon followed interest to adapt this novel into a movie. He worked together with screenwriter Robin Campillo and director Laurent Cantet to do this. Cantet wanted to make this film as realistic as possible and avoid any of the standard cliches and show a realistic and gritty portrait of a real inner-city school and the struggles of the teachers there. You can clearly see in this movie how big the culture clash in a classroom in the averige multi-ethnic Parisian school is, which makes for an interesting look at how teachers are having to deal with the most difficult circumstances on a day to day basis while teaching in these schools.

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Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass manages that and subverts the comic-book superhero genre in a big way. I love movies that try and redefine a particular genre and this is definitely one of these movies. Based on an actual comic-book by Marvel, Kick-ass takes a bit of a different approach to the typical Hollywood adaptation version of a comic-book superhero movie than the regular movies it turns out.

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Rabbit-proof fence

This is a movie detailing a dark part of the Australian history. Between 1910 and 1970 the Australian government had a policy of forcefully removing aboriginal half-cast children (a child whose parents are of different races) from their parents and they would be taken to institutions across Australia. This was part of the Ausralian government’s idea of assimilation of the native population. The children where seperated from their parents and taken to settlements where they tried to get them to be assimilate and let their black part die out. These generations of children where called, the stolen generation.

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Monsoon Wedding

As much as I have a problem with the typical Hollywood movie, I have exactly the same issue with Bollywood movies and the over the top unrealistic movies they produce. This Indian movie from director Mira Nair however, couldn’t be more removed from the Typical Bollywood movie. Its gritty and shows a piece real life. I believe that she had exactly this in mind when making this movie. Her work consitst a lot of her kicking against the traditional views and this film is no different. Of course it still has the singing and dance elements that make a movie so distinctive Indian, but not every five minutes and totally out of context. And we would never want them to cut out that part out totally too.

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Blackbook

Robocop, Basic instinct, Starship troopers. Some of the biggest grossing Hollywood films of the last two decades. Who does not know these movies? They all are the work of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. However he started out in Holland as an indie-director, directing influentual films there such as Soldier of Orange and Turkish Delight. This making him one of the most important Dutch filmmakers at the time. Blackbook (zwartboek) is his return to Dutch cinema after all those years in Hollywood.

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City of God

This is probably one of the most iconic movies to have ever come out of brazil, and its easy to see its popularity. The character development is some of the best I’ve ever seen in a movie and its even more of a major feat that the director has pulled this off succesfully--since most of the people in this film where not even professional actors at the time of filming. They where mostly residents of the City of God itself, where most of this movie was shot.

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