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Fallen Fruit

POMOFallen Fruit(2024) 

magyar A film első fele a főhőst fiatalkori tapogatózásában mutatja be - friss szakítás után, nincs kedve dolgozni, fogalma sincs a jövőről. És ugyanúgy tapogatózva, sablonos párbeszédekkel, diákfilmes paraméterekkel és egy WTF narratív melléfogással kissé unalmas (két vadidegen srác egy pillanatra megpillantja egymást egy arra járó autó ablakán keresztül, majd pár órával később esemeseznek). De a közeledő hurrikánnal a mindennapjainak profilozásába szülei is belépnek, a korábbi karakterek értelmesebb kontúrokat adnak magányának okaihoz, és a Fallen Fruit film egy Miamiban élő fiatalember őszinte portréjává válik, amely találóan fejezi ki ennek az egzotikus városnak az első wao hatását, de színlelt otthonossággal. [Miami FF]

Resident Orca

POMOResident Orca(2024) 

magyar A dokumentumfilm azzal a ténnyel sokkol, hogy az amerikai hatóságok milyen körülmények között engedik meg manapság bárkinek is, hogy állatot tartson fogságban, ráadásul évtizedek óta a nyilvánosan ismert kardszárnyú delfint a miami SeaQuariumban. Mintha nem léteznének törvények az állatkínzás ellen, vagy senki nem ellenőrizne azokat. A film az őslakos amerikai indiánok egy csoportját követi nyomon, akik a kiszabadításán fáradoznak. Elmagyarázzák a kardszárnyú delfinhez fűződő spirituális kapcsolatot, és annak fontosságát, hogy visszakerüljön otthoni vizekbe, ahol 50 év után is találkozhat az anyjával. Ne számítson itt érzelmekre és történtre, mint a Tanítóm, a polip című filmnél, a Resident Orca egy tiszta "tévés" dokumentumfilm, a témával foglalkozó emberekkel készített interjúkkal. Erőssége abban a kérdésben rejlik, hogy vajon sikerül-e a delfint kiszabadítani, és a történet váratlan kimenetelében. [Miami FF]

Thelma

POMOThelma(2024) 

magyar Stop! Or My Grandma Will Shoot! Aranyos "akció" vígjáték szívvel és egy kiváló June Squibb-el. Csodálatra méltó alakítás a 94 éves színésznőtől, rengeteg humoros gesztussal, de érzékeny drámai pillanatokkal is. Családtagjai és gonosztevő karakterek sablonos, de funkcionálisan megírt összjátéka, meglepően kiválasztott főszereplővel. Személy szerint az idősekről szóló vígjátékok közül én inkább a szarkasztikusabb, kulturálisan személyesebb európaiakat kedvelem, mint például az Ember, akit Ovénak hívnak című film. [Miami FF]

Fallen Fruit

POMOFallen Fruit(2024) 

angol The first half of Fallen Fruit presents the protagonist in his youthful fumbling as he comes out of a breakup, with no desire to work and no idea what the future holds. The film itself is slightly boring and just as fumbling, with feeble dialogue, the parameters of a student film and one WTF narrative misstep (two complete strangers catch a brief glimpse of each other through the window of a passing car and then text each other a few hours later). As a hurricane approaches, however, the protagonist’s parents join in the presentation of his day-to-day life, characters seen earlier in the film add more meaningful contours to the causes of his loneliness, and Fallen Fruit turns out to be an honest portrait of a young man living in Miami, a city whose exotic identity is aptly expressed with the wow effect that it initially provides, which conceals its darker, less hospitable side. [Miami Film Festival]

Thelma

POMOThelma(2024) 

angol Stop! Or My Grandma Will Shoot! An endearing “action” comedy with a heart and an excellent June Squibb. The 94-year-old actress turns in an admirable performance as she combines a variety of humorous gestures with sensitive dramatic moments. The interplay between the characters comprising her family and the bad guys is formulaic yet effectively written, with a surprising choice cast in the role of the main villain. When it comes to comedies about the elderly, however, I personally prefer more sarcastic, culturally distinctive European films, such as A Man Called Ove. [Miami Film Festival]

Resident Orca

POMOResident Orca(2024) 

angol This documentary is shocking in its depiction of the conditions in which American authorities allow anyone to keep an animal in captivity, including Lolita, a well-known killer whale held for decades at the Miami SeaQuarium. It’s as if there are no laws against animal cruelty, or no one is enforcing them. The film follows a group of Native Americans from the orca’s territory of origin as they strive to secure her freedom. They explain their spiritual connection to the killer whale and the importance of returning her to her native waters, where she can still encounter her mother again after fifty years. Don’t expect a story like My Octopus Teacher and the emotions that it evoked, as Resident Orca is purely a television-style documentary featuring interviews with people involved in the issue. Its power lies in the question of whether the orca will be freed and in the unexpected outcome of the story. [Miami Film Festival]

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

NinadeLDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams(2007) 

angol Disney Princess Enchanted Tales was supposed to be the title of a new direct-to-video series of fairy tales with Disney princesses. However, the pilot project was released during internal changes at Disney studios, so we never got to see the announced stories with Cinderella, Belle, or Mulan. Only this miniature with Aurora and Jasmine remained. I can certainly not say that all animated Disney sequels were great, but in retrospect, I wouldn't even claim that the internal reshuffling at the studios was beneficial in any way. Some controversial projects were canceled, but now we are inundated with live-action remakes and preschool series, so it more or less comes out the same. Keys to the Kingdom is a clever play on the topic of what Aurora had to deal with during her reign. It is sweet, funny, and the songs are enjoyable. More Than a Peacock Princess, on the other hand, shows the classic situation in Agrabah, Jasmine is bored with princess duties and therefore gets a new job... at the local school. Again, a funny and charming miniature.

Fallout

JeoffreyFallout(2024) 

angol Tell me which Fallout you like, and I'll tell you if you'll like this series! It's pretty straightforward. If you're a die-hard fan of the classic Fallout 1 and 2, and everything after that felt like a betrayal of the brand, an inexplicable genre shift, and a mishandling of the post-apocalyptic world, then this series bearing the Bethesda logo in each episode's intro might not be for you. It's likely to trigger some serious PTSD, reminding you of the demise of your beloved childhood... Now, if you're into Fallout 3, 4, or even Fallout 76 (remember when those folks were rarer than vault dwellers on the surface?), then you've struck gold. This series is a treasure trove with a million nods to your favorite games. Whether it's a dog named Dogmeat (though he made an appearance in the earlier games too), a character with the surname Howard, or familiar locations like the Red Rocket gas station and Super Duper Mart, you'll feel right at home. Even fans of Fallout New Vegas get their cowboy fix, with management and corporations as the main antagonists. But what if you haven't played any Fallout games? Well, if you have a soft spot for post-apocalyptic themes, you're likely to enjoy this series too. It's got atmosphere, a unique charisma distinct from, say, The Last of Us. It's gritty, occasionally bizarre, and sometimes cynically funny. The story is intriguing, though it takes a bit to unravel all its twists and turns. The characters are quite likable, though you might need some time to warm up to a few of them. So let's break it down - die-hard fans of Fallout 1 and 2, you might want to step aside and let it pass, maybe one star at most. Fans of Fallout 3, 4, and 76, step right up with your 5 stars. New Vegas fans might lean towards a 3 or 4-star rating. If you're new to the Fallout universe, you could end up anywhere, but with interest in the topic, it's a solid 4 stars. And for those who've seen and played it all (well, except for Fallout 76 in my case), it's a respectable 7.5/10. IT JUST WORKS!   Tell me, what Fallout do you like and I will tell you if you will like this series! It's damn simple, if you like the video game Fallout 1 and 2 and everything that came after was just pure evil, feeding on the brand, incomprehensible change of genre and presentation of the post-apocalyptic world, then you will definitely not like this series, each episode already in the intro has the Bethesda logo, it will evoke PTSD in you, it will simply remind you of the death of your beloved childhood... If you like Fallout 3 and 4, or even Fallout 76 (there were times when these people were even more endangered species than the vault dwellers on the surface), then you have just found a gem with a million references to your favorite games, whether it's a dog named Dogmeat (although he also appears in the first games), a character with the surname Howard, or maybe every location that seems damn familiar to you (gas station Red Rocket, Super Duper Mart...) and individual factions, that you'll know like the back of your hand. And what about fans of Fallout New Vegas? There are also some cowboys here, the main enemy is management and corporation, yeah even for them it will be a decent spectacle. Alright, but what if I haven't played any Fallout games? If you have a weakness for post-apocalyptic themes, then you should probably like the series as well. It has atmosphere, it has its own unique charisma, which is different from, for example, The Last of Us, it's bloody, occasionally bizarre, sometimes cynically funny, the story is also interesting, although it takes a while for it to fully unfold and show all its twists and turns, there are quite likable characters, although you may, like me, have to find your way with some of them for a while... So let's summarize - die-hard fans of Fallout 1+2 please step aside and give to waste!, at most one star. Fans of Fallout 3+4+76 please step forward and pull out 5*. Fans of New Vegas closer to the latter and 3* or 4*. Those of you who haven't seen anything, you can end up anywhere, but if you are interested in the topic, it will be 4*. And those who have seen everything, played everything (well, in my case except for Fallout 76) and know everything can give 7.5/10. IT JUST WORKS!

Anthracite - Tu ne peux faire confiance à personne

NecrotongueAnthracite - Tu ne peux faire confiance à personne(2024) 

angol I'm at a crossroads after this third episode. Was it genuinely better than the last one, or have I just started to acclimate to the absurdity? Let's be honest: this series is not exactly a masterclass in coherence. Rocks and cliffs seem to switch places, the pseudo-investigations leave me scratching my head, and I can't shake off that unsettling feeling that maybe we should all steer clear of mountains, especially after seeing this. / Lesson learned: Optimists have a good chance of dying happily.

Anthracite - Levia Borelis

NecrotongueAnthracite - Levia Borelis(2024) 

angol The massive dose of illogical chaos in this episode is starting to really mess with my head. So much so that I decided to give this episode three stars. Whatever the reason, I'm suddenly invested in how this wild ride is going to unfold. / Lesson learned: The Lada Niva - a vehicle fit for every terrain.

Anthracite - Le 13e disciple

NecrotongueAnthracite - Le 13e disciple(2024) 

angol Alright, now we're in truly bizarre territory. The French creators decided to sacrifice logic for the sake of... Well, I wish I could tell you. Crime? Thriller? Mystery? It's like they threw all these genres into a blender and hoped for the best. Conspiracy? Sure, in the sense of wild conspiracy theories. Psychedelic? Absolutely, it feels like someone dropped a tab of acid into the script. Overall, it was a weirdly unpleasant experience, but hey, at least Netflix could teach us about true values again. / Lesson learned: Only the French could turn a streak of coal dust into a symbol of purity..

Az utolsó királyság - Episode 3

NecrotongueAz utolsó királyság - Episode 3(2022) 

angol Finally, some much-needed action fitting for those dark times. You'd think I'd be one satisfied viewer, but that would require the writers to have a basic grasp of tactics (strategic thinking seems too much to ask). I'm left scratching my head about what the Romans were planning to build on the site of fictional York. Modern-day York, perhaps? Judging by the kilometers of stone drains under a single fortified courtyard, it wouldn't surprise me. Plus, there were way too many tearful scenes for my liking, considering the times.

Anthracite - Les Flammes brûlent encore

NecrotongueAnthracite - Les Flammes brûlent encore(2024) 

angol Oh boy, what have I gotten myself into this time? Last time, I bit the bullet and endured Furies, a French creation that tested my patience. Now, it seems I've stumbled upon a series from a completely different realm, yet strangely familiar in its logic gaps. From what I've written so far, it's evident the plot didn't quite win me over, and the main duo failed to capture my interest. Well, after just one episode, it's crystal clear that I'm not the target audience for this. / Lesson learned: When underwater, it's best to keep quiet and avoid screaming.

Alfahímek - Season 2

NecrotongueAlfahímek - Season 2(2024) 

angol The creators handled the trending topics with absolute excellence, making me laugh out loud. Once again, I found myself thoroughly entertained by their comedic take on political correctness, male chauvinism, feminism, homophobia, gender, social networks, and many other issues. If there's a third season, count me in. / Lesson learned: The world is a strange place, full of strange beings.

Alfahímek - Amikor egyszer mind együtt vagyunk

NecrotongueAlfahímek - Amikor egyszer mind együtt vagyunk(2024) 

angol I thoroughly enjoyed Ibiza, even though this time around I didn't get to see the Russian oligarch — but this lack was more than made up for by thrifty Esther, Pedro the diver, and an engaging game of truth. / Lesson learned: If you decide to end your life, do it decisively.

Alfahímek - Mit jelent nőnek lenni?

NecrotongueAlfahímek - Mit jelent nőnek lenni?(2024) 

angol The ninth episode wasn't half bad, but the creators have proven time and again that they can do so much better. Sure, I had a good time throughout, but I felt like something was missing. Perhaps they have already spoiled me too much, but I couldn't help but think a little extra humor would have spiced things up. / Lesson learned: People are really weird.

Alfahímek - Hetero vagyok

NecrotongueAlfahímek - Hetero vagyok(2024) 

angol If I was craving more humor in the last episode, the creators delivered it in spades with the eighth episode. It's a real shame there aren't more series like this. / Lesson learned: More often than not, we're our own worst enemies.

Alfahímek - A testvériség

NecrotongueAlfahímek - A testvériség(2024) 

angol I couldn't help but feel like I was holding out for a bit more humor, which this episode failed to deliver. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but it just didn't have that same intensity. Lesson learned: The truth can be a tough pill to swallow.

Deadpool 2

EvilPhoEniXDeadpool 2(2018) 

angol Deadpool directed by the guy who killed a dog in John Wick is back, and it's the ultimate smash, earning the title of best film of the year so far (only Mission Impossible 6, Sicario and Jurassic World have a chance to beat it). Avengers: Infinity War was admittedly more fateful and darker after the second viewing, but I was slightly bored in the first half, since there aren't that many jokes and action in the space of two and a half hours. In contrast, Deadpool 2 is an uncompromising ride like a motherfucker from start to finish, where black, sarcastic, racist humor alternates with sickeningly brutal action that made my balls shrivel. Josh Brolin as Cable gets another medal (I hope this guy will only get cast as a villain), the pop culture references are all over the place like in Ready Player One, the action is more brutal than any exploitation film, the humour is funnier than any comedy, and the pace is faster than a TGV train. I myself don't know what other movie would have so many genre ingredients combined and that to me makes it a true film nerd orgasm (I was blown away by the similarly minded Kingsman last time). People who appreciate story over humour, action and violence won't be so happy. The handshake scene is one of the best Marvel has ever had. The whole theater applauded. PS: Domino is a Lucky Pussy! 11/10.

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