Posts Tagged ‘Elephant’

New Adventures. Finally.

Montag, November 18th, 2013

It’s been ages since I’ve written anything in this little corner of the internet that is entirely mine. Not because my life hasn’t been interesting or filled with the brim of new situations, but mostly because I am lazy and also unsure how much even the most dedicated reader (okay, the second most dedicated reader, my mum does not count) would get out of reading about me working a regular job, slowly advancing there, and generally not doing much with my life. But all that is about to change! Or at least for a little while. For it is time for another awesome trip to a slightly more exotic corner of the world!

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Finding Forrester – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juni 9th, 2010


Despite his interest in literature and considerable writing talent, African-American teenager Jamal living in the Bronx defines himself through basketball. But when his test scores reveal his talents and he is accepted in a prestigious Manhattan, while also meeting the titular writer William Forrester, a reclusive after the success of his first book modelled after J.D. Salinger, his life changes decidedly. Despite the cookie-cutter plot and expected twists, the film is nevertheless well made and well acted, a touching human drama about friendship, talent and envy. It’s not the most original film ever made, but it’s good enough to watch.

Random Observations:

Finding Forrester at the IMDb

The plot of the film is eerily similar to Gus van Sant’s earlier (and much better) film Good Will Hunting. Van Sant seems to acknowledge that fact himself by giving Matt Damon a cameo role.

Gus van Sant latest film was the biopic Milk, another one in a string of very strong, if not entirely original, films. In my opinion, however, he is strongest when making true indie films like Elephant.

The title role is a very unusual turn for Sean Connery, who straddles the fine line between brilliant acting and complete silliness.

It’s been over nine years since I last saw the film – and I remembered practically nothing from it, including that F. Murray Abraham was born to play villainous and envious roles.

Elephant – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, November 10th, 2009


Elephant explores the phenomenon of the high school shooting by telling the story of a regular high school with regular students for a few days. This glimpse into their lives makes the final scenes, when the senseless killing commences, all the more harrowing. The film is paced very slowly, with long takes and a quiet look at the life, yet still feels a little bit too hasty, especially when cutting from one storyline to another, to me. Add to that the fact that the non-chronological timeline is a bit confusing at first and you have the two reasons the film doesn’t succeed completely, but apart from that it is an interesting, unprejudiced and non-judgemental take on the subject that has become so common after Columbine.

Random Observations:

Elephant at the IMDb

All the actors in the film are amateurs, with much of the dialogue improvised. The film also uses their real names.

If you compare this to Gus Van Sant’s latest film, Milk, you can perfectly see the difference between “mainstream art films” and true “indie art films”. Which is not supposed to mean that one or the other is better, just that they are very different.