20 “Disturbing” Films You Should Think Twice Before Watching

In no particular order:

1) Sleepers (1996)

2) The Last House on the Left (2009)

3) Funny Games U.S. (2007)

4) Audition (1999)

5) The Experiment (2010)

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The Academy Awards 2012 Injustices

The nominees who should-have-been at the 84th Academy Awards:

1) Michael Fassbender for Best Actor in ‘Shame’

“The man behind the year’s big ‘Ooooh-matron’ moments, Michael Fassbender was extremely unlucky not to pick up an Oscar nomination for Shame. His performance as Brandon Sullivan, a character whose fractured sexual psyche leads him into some of the most intense movie moments since, well, Hunger, was the kind that normally has the Academy in raptures (see also: Midnight Cowboy and Last Tango In Paris). Sadly not this time. Possibly he’s too young for the Academy, which has a terrible record when it comes to awarding lead actors under 40, or possibly he hasn’t quite broken through in the US yet. Still, if he keeps producing work of this standard, and maybe keeps at least some of his clothes on next time so the male voters don’t get an inferiority complex, he should take home the prize in the near future.”

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The Academy Award Nominees 2012: Best Picture & Actor/Actress in a Leading Role

The “Best Picture” nominees:

1. The Artist                    

2. The Descendants

3. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close  

4. The Help

5. Hugo

6. Midnight in Paris

7. Moneyball

8. The Tree of Life

9. War Horse

I predict ‘The Artist’ to win the Academy Award in the “Best Picture” category this year. The least likely “Best Picture” winners are clearly “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and ‘Moneyball’.

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“Carnage” Review

Carnage (2011)

Directed by Roman Polanski and based on a hit play ‘The God of Carnage’ by Yasmina Reza, ‘Carnage’ is a drama-comedy about two couples who gather in an apartment to discuss and settle their sons’ playground brawl. Although the cast is great in this film, and the film has its funny moments, ‘Carnage’ still suffers from some major flaws, and one of them is the inability to capture the precise humour and wit of the theatrical play.

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“Antichrist” Review

Antichrist (2009)

Coming from Danish director Lars Von Trier (‘Dancer in the Dark’ (2000), ‘Dogville’ (2003)), this controversial film promises to be anything but an easy ride. Hailed in Denmark a masterpiece overnight, ‘Antichrist’ became a bloody ‘conundrum’ abroad. The film follows a guilt-driven/grief-ridden couple (He & She) as they retreat into a cabin in the woods, trying hard to combat both their grief in relation to their lost child and their inexplicable fears. As they face each other and their surrounding environment deep in the woods, they soon realise that their retreat is far from being therapeutic.

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“Harry Potter” Films

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It could be argued that the first two Harry Potter movies directed by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone” (1990)) were the best ones in the series in many ways: they were the most faithful to J.K. Rowling’s original stories; the casting choices could not have been any better there; and the movies had very logical and structured narratives. All these things were barely touched upon in the later Harry Potter films.

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“The Painted Veil” Review

The Painted Veil (2006)

 ‘Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,
And it but mimic all we would believe
With colours idly spread…’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
 

**SPOILER ALERT**

The Painted Veil’ is a moving romantic drama set in China in 1925, and based on W. Somerset Maugham’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. This is a truly timeless story about the values of love, marriage, fidelity, understanding, etc., while also exploring a clash of cultures, to name just a few dominant themes. Directed by John Curran, this film is, arguably, the triumph of a book-to-film adaptation.

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