Hearts of Darkness: Their Finest Review

For the most part, “Their Finest,” which takes place at ‘40 London, is a friendly film in an unfriendly time and place. Pay attention and be careful: good people are not exempt from the world’s horrors (we just sadly saw that a day ago, also in England [a big condolence to the victims’ relatives in Manchester {to the responsible: stop the bullshit, read a book instead or masturbate or something}]). The film itself starts with a woman, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), dodging an explosion in the midst of a tumultuous England Blitz. We see dead bodies with open eyes, pairs of legs coming out of ruins. Catrin goes to her crooked apartment and we se her struggle out loud economically along her artist boyfriend Ellis (Jack Huston), who paints cityscapes as fucked up as their surroundings. Yet the new film by the “An Education” (still his best) director Lone Scherfig is actually romantic and gently funny with a nice dirty joke here and there.


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Oh Sweet Adriana! I Knew Her Well

Hopelessly stupid men like me consider a particular kind of women gorgeous geniuses. I am not sure if there’s a word to categorize them. In Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well (1965) the protagonist quintessentially exemplifies one of these ladies. One might consider her a femme fatale character but she is not. Femme fatales most of the time have bad intentions or are trying to get away with murder unrealistically. Adriana, the Italian protagonist, lives day by day and that is how this film if unfolded, in a series of days in her life.

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Fun Times at Madrid’s Precinct: The Executioner Review

Luis Garcia Berlanga’s The Executioner (1963) deals with the personal issues of an undertaker in his young adult life, as he becomes the brand new executioner in Madrid. How does he get the job? He marries the daughter (Emma Penella) of the long-time executioner, Amadeo (Jose Isbert). The marriage comes out of nowhere when the young man is caught making love with the daughter and he uses the excuse of marriage to excuse himself as a decent man. We are not sure if they actually love each other or if they are together because no one one’s willing to marry the daughter of an executioner as well as no one will bother marrying an insecure undertaker. He gets her pregnant.

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Silence or: The Bitter Tears of Father Rodrigues

The latest and long passion Martin Scorsese project, Silence, adheres to his work as the third religious film he’s made (the others being The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun (some might start calling this a trilogy)). The film, gorgeously shot completely on 35mm and adapted from Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, takes us on a ride with both priests Sebastiao Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver) in the quest for the lost father Ferrara (Liam Neeson).

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