7. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Can definitely see how this movie came out of a play. Really good cast, except I kind of think Alan Arkin isn’t a very good actor when he needs to be serious. But Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon are good. A-.
6. Valhalla Rising (2009)
Didn’t expect how minimalist this would be, but it was still intriguing nonetheless. Particularly liked the boat sequence, and the rest was filmed really interestingly as well. Religiooooooooooooooooooon. B+.
4. Les Miserables (2012), 5. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Had already seen Les Mis, saw it again now that I knew the music and words and stuff. Good musical in itself, the acting is great, only the directing is a little off sometimes with the excessive close ups. B. As for Zero Dark Thirty, great movie, and everybody who accuses it of being pro-torture is IGNORANT. A-.
3. Blue Valentine (2010)
Already seen this, but introduced it to someone else. Still remains one of the best films in recent memory. Really looking forward to The Place Beyond the Pines. A
2. Days of Heaven (1978)
The film is absolutely gorgeous, which is easily its strongest point. Every shot is beautifully crafted, and I particularly liked the omnipresence of the mansion. However, the plot and emotion of the film were somewhat stilted, but after reading things online I’m being convinced to rethink it. I feel this is one of those I’ll appreciate the more I think about it. A-
1. Take This Waltz (2012)
Decided I’m gonna try and start blogging again with the new year. Gonna give movies letter grades too. Starting off with this ond. Definitely an underrated film, should have gotten more attention. Acting was real good, some really interesting scenes, although it sometimes looked as if it was set in a dream or something, with the way it was lit and shot. The ending could have been handled better as well. B
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An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.
The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image.
BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.
The once-dignified portrait now resembles “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic,” he says.