World Cinema

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What is world cinema?

World cinema is more than just cinema outside of Hollywood. In my outlook, it is cinema that very nicely manages to exhibit (and celebrate) separate cultures, which can at once be unique and hold similarities. With the help of cinema, because of great storytelling, a light gets shed upon a particular nation and its people, as well; cinema of that kind educates you about a really great country with the help of a story that does not feel remote or farfetched. That is why, provided that the film is good, world cinema should always be valued and enjoyed.

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The Greatest Films Of The ’70s

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Disco dancing – that is what the seventies was all about in Hollywood

The seventies can be singularly characterized as that era where eccentricity and a desire for positive change collided to create an atmosphere of both angst and the need to respect the right to freedom of speech. Films in Hollywood of the time were no different either, as they sort of bend over to accommodate the increasing change of atmosphere from previous eras and reflect more of what Hollywood always excellently does – portray the state of the world at that point in time.

The most endearing quality about the ’70s to me has always been its portrayal of happy atmospheres, even when there is a ridiculous amount of dancing involved, but the fact that the seventies also symbolize struggles a lot means that the greatest of Hollywood films needed to reflect a certain sense of diversity in tastes. My favorite movies from that particular era:

  1. Grease
  2. Saturday Night Fever
  3. The Candidate
  4. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  5. Annie Hall
  6. The Aristocats
  7. The Muppet Movie
  8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  9. Carrie
  10. The Beguiled

Pretty Woman

‘Pretty Woman’ = when love happens in an unlikely (and magical) fashion

Pretty Woman has the most unconventional romantic story in the world: a rich businessman ends up falling in love with a prostitute. It sounds like the most impossible of all realities. But the couple of days the two people – Edward and Vivian, spend with each other really makes sure that love happens; I have always felt that Vivian’s exuberant personality played a big role in that because in spite of what Vivian does to earn a living, she still seems like the perfect catch to Edward.

La La Land

The beauty of ‘La La Land’ lies in its challenging storyline

I will forever remember La La Land for its plot: a young pianist (down on his luck) called Sebastian falls really madly in love with a labouring actress called Mia. The Oscar-nominated film is truly worth celebrating because it puts the spotlight on that type of romantic relationship, where compromises are sometimes necessary to feel totally complete in love.

Literally, Right Before Aaron

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Capsule Review

Cast: Justin Long, Cobie Smulders and Ryan Hensen
Genre: Comedy
Rating: 6/10

A movie with a heart: Literally, Right Before Aaron is one man’s sorry adventures in dealing with his ex-girlfriend’s prospective wedding – true, that sounds utterly obnoxious but what’s a man suffering from heartbreak to do. In the film, Aaron is Allison’s groom and Allison has invited her ex-boyfriend, Adam, who she dated right before Aaron, to her wedding. After that, Adam spends most of his time trying to work through his memories of the romantic past he had with Allison but it doesn’t ease Adam’s pain: no tennis-playing with Aaron, even though Adam is rubbish at the game and no drunk-dancing on the big day helps him in any way whatsoever. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where Adam is going with all of this because he definitely steers clear of breaking Aaron and Allison up – this makes the film an annoying one-person monologue, which just drags on for what seems like indefinitely, and makes you really root for the wedding to take off and for Adam to grow up just a little bit.