Two new movies. Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhall(sp). Good but not great. Interesting and a bit creepy. He’s convincing in role.
In looking for new Russian film, Leviafan(Leviathan) which gets 8.1 on imdb, found about another Russian film, “Come and See”. Devastating film , done in 1984( under Soviet approval) about the Nazi’s in Belarus in WWII. Quite the film. Not so slick, polished, but powerful and effective. Almost seemed real, not a movie. 3.25 hours long. Really a must see, not that it’s great, but illuminating. Without spoiling it, I had zero knowledge of the Nazi campaign in Belarus. Awful. Not gory, but harrowing. Shocking. An important film. Simple. One scene, where a couple is wading through a swamp to get to an island and safety and looking to find family there, yet they know theyve been killed. It’s amazing, in denial but hoping, as this is the place people go to flee. Quite a scene, as they struggle through neck deep mud in futile attempt to find loved ones.
I find that foreign films, in many cases, deal with the human condition, with much good v evil. Whether a true story like this or Burning Bush, post Prague Spring, they show real events, and how people respond/cope when faced with evil. Then, with fiction, like The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, or Headhunters, or the series Forbrydelsen, crime stories, good v evil once again, but lighter than non-fiction, but they still show human reactions and responses when faced with adversity or crimes. With American films, I just see too many special effect type movies, or superhero or weirdo type movies. Not all bad, but don’t seem to have the soul, the heart, the pain, the human emotions on full display. American movies like Fargo or the other Coen bros. movie, No Country For Old Men, fit the bill, but not enough of these. BTW, the series Fargo quite good. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman(Bilbo Baggins in Smaug, Watson to Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock) star. 10 episodes. Great.