Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Movie Time again ;)

I must have fallen in love with movies.
Today, I've watched complete 3 movies. Malcolm X, if only and the Italian Harem scuare.

"Malcolm X" was the silliest of all. I won't object that at the end, I kind of felt it. Though, the direction was kind of strange, up to dull may be. The background music was awful. Even the story wasn't complete, especially for how Muslims were presented there. I was so on a rage and pissed off!
At least any proper director should fetch the integrity of his presented content. And that's exactly what I loved in Harem Scuare.

The 2nd movie in a row was "If only".
Few months ago, I felt a bit curious to watch that one after reading my friend's "Ana w afkary"'s review published in El destoor news paper. He seemed a bit enthusiastic about the story, and probably after I've watched it tonight, thinks he is right. Its all about Ian who dreamt of losing his girlfriend in an accident, and woke up the next morning to find the every tiny detail of his dream is coming true; Sometimes not in order, other times with a twist. But at the end there was the belief, it was the last day for his girl friend on earth, so how can he make it for her. The story goes on this way, till the end of the day when Ian himself dies!..

The story leaves you thinking. "What if you’ve been in his place? Whom you’d regret not telling something? How can you make it from them starting from now?".. yes, its always what is left now that matters, not what we may expect.
I loved the story, loved the acting though the production was very poor and the background music sucks, since it wasn’t a company’s production. I mean it wasn’t fox or universal or even paramount; but only someone was hit by the story, warmed up, then viola, its there in a beautiful movie like this one. Which I think, if it has been cared for much more, it might have had better publicity world wide.

The 3rd and the last one ba2a was 7ekaya! The Italian-Turkish "harem Scuare"
Remember my post about “La finestra di fronte”, so it’s the same director Ozpetec and tell you he is brilliant!
The story itself is different. In fact its one story narrated within the real story for 2 ladies met at a train station. One is leaving and the other is returning. The old was telling her story in the Sultan’s Harem, and her secret forbidden love with the Nigro servant.
I particularly liked this one for 2 reasons, and can risk watching it for the 2nd time despite all the nudity through out the movie because of:
1. I know I don’t like turkey that much. But history connects us all the way. Stories and stories have been told about the Ottoman Empire, and now its was the 1st time to delve into the secret life of the Sultan, and live between his wives. I never imagined how they taught the ladies how to act as one, not just in the outer manner but in the secret lives as well. That was incredibly amazing for me..
2. I wonder why there was that somebody on my mind all through the movie. I’ve been remembering him as if its his story. Its not personal I’m sure of that. But there was something hypnotizing me to continue watching, observing what can be his following step.
The symbolism in the whole thing is amazing as well. The direction is over amazing. I was seriously in one of the Harems. Ooh!.. I loved it!

Now, my advise. Forget about Malcolm X, it’s a fail. Go for “If Only”, if only you want to feel the passion for someone before you lose him/her. And if you have a strong heart, just go for “Harem Scaure”, and looks like I’ll go now –myself- for all the other movies by Ozpetec. That man looks as if he got something to say.


I wonder now, what will be the next on the list ;)



PS: Forgive me this time but No links, since I'm on dial up, and it feels sucks...

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7 Comments:

Blogger minesweeper76 said...

Malcolm X wasn't that bad I guess. I'm not a big fan of docu-drams in general, but I enjoyed watching it. Spike Lee (the director) has his ups and downs, but I think that was still one of his best movies. And about the way muslims were presented in the movie, unfortunately it's very authentic for that period and that faction.

I'll try to find Harem Suaré and watch it. But 3 movies in one day?? I thought the mid-year vacation was over :)

2/14/2007 02:41:00 AM  
Blogger Nesrina said...

Very strange, I really liked Malcom X movie :S

2/14/2007 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

@minesweeper
Look, I didn't feel malcolm X. I like documenteries myself. However this one got something i couldn't fully understand. It was OK, but not my best after all.
After you find Harem Scuare, tell me what you think ;)


@Nesrine:
:) m3lish,, ana zo2i 3'areb shewaya in most cases :S

2/14/2007 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Ayman El-Sherbiny said...

When i heard about Malcolm X, I thought it will be one of those rare perfect movies, but i was shocked when i watched it because of the many mistakes about Muslims and Islam in it. The director showed little good things about Islam, and on the other hand many bad things. In general, from my point of view, this film disseminate bad image about Islam and Muslims.

2/14/2007 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Ayman El-Sherbiny said...

I forgot to stress on the many mistakes about Islam and Muslims in this movie. the writer and the director of the film should have read a little bit about Islam before making it.

2/14/2007 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Engy said...

OPS, I was reading about "If only" and got exited to download it to see how it ends up then "....till the end of the day when Ian himself dies!"
7ara2ty el film ya blue:)

But I still can watch "harem Scuare":)

2/14/2007 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger مصرى said...

hi blue i dunno but i liked malcom x the movie and historically what's in it is correct about the islam nation and Elijah Muhammad but malcom x tried to change that

the part i didn't like is the part about the trip to egypt

but the movie is good as a whole

2/15/2007 12:26:00 AM  

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