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Out of a large group of young piano players aspiring to reach the finals and get a top spot in the International Chopin Piano Competition, we follow a handful of contestants from all over the world as they practice, relax, play on stage, and deal with the myriad of emotions this three-week event brings.

To me, the interactions between Hao Rao and this teacher were truly fascinating. They form a sharp contrast to the relationship between 17-year-old Eva Gevorgyan and her teacher; it is hard to not empathize with the former, who has to endure lots of criticism and visibly struggles with the pressure to perform.

Although personally I would have preferred a bit more structure, especially in the first half hour or so, I really liked this documentary. And even though we don't see or hear much of the actual performances on stage, there is plenty of beautiful, timeless Chopin music to enjoy.
3 months ago
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We take their children, we take their freedom, we take their lives, sending them healthy and whole to a slaughterhouse to come out as package pieces on the other side, and we tell ourselves that somehow along the way something humane and ethical happened.


Dominion shows us, with vast amounts of footage from farms, slaughterhouses, animal testing facilities and other places, how humans exploit, confine, abuse and kill animals to make a profit. The makers could have singled out a few people who abuse animals on camera. By not doing so - and instead showing tons of examples of abuse with various animals at various locations - they make it clear that these are not isolated cases.

We see how pigs are being confined in tiny metal cages. We see how chicks fall down from an assembly line into a mincer. We see how ducks collapse under their own body weight, unable to swim because there is no water. We see how minks go crazy in their wire cages. All because there's a profit to be made. Because humans continue to buy the end products.

Dominion is not an easy watch, but it is a must-watch.
1 year 5 months ago
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Tillotama Shome delivers a great performance in this lovely romantic drama about a servant from the countryside and a rich man from Mumbai, with several social issues becoming more and more apparent as the film progresses.
2 years 1 month ago
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Wonderfully schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptation; approach with great expectations. It's truly a well-made film - it starts off with a very original first half (which I obviously enjoyed) and buries you under a nice and warm blanket of sentimentality in the final half hour, increasing by each minute. By then my tears made it so that I could hardly see the screen anymore. In between, I was torn apart between trying not to take my eyes off the movie and reaching for the tissue box. Again: wonderfully sentimental.
3 years 4 months ago
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This movie was an absolute pain to sit through. Way too much intellectual talk and weird nonsense.
3 years 8 months ago
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Blog post: Time Out’s 101 Best Action Movies Ever Made
Title of new list: Time Out's 100 Best Action Movies
Actual number of list items: 102

Nonetheless, I'm happy to see a new action list made official.
3 years 8 months ago
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Not a good movie, but I had fun. Rob Schneider deserves an Oscar.
5 years 2 months ago
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Poor crabs! :'(
5 years 9 months ago
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I love the ending.
8 years 2 months ago
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What would this Disney flick be without Reese?
8 years 4 months ago
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9 years ago
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Everybody was desperately trying to act cool, except Samuel L. He doesn't have to try.
9 years 3 months ago
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A perfect ending.
9 years 4 months ago
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Also known as Beautiful Girl.
9 years 4 months ago
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A charming movie. Too bad spoiler
9 years 8 months ago
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Underrated gangster flick with John Malkovich in top form. Barry Pepper is a great choice for the lead role.
10 years ago
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I wanted to punch Mary in the face so badly.
10 years 1 month ago
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The first half hour was simply brilliant. Overall a good and original movie.
10 years 2 months ago
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Seven Steven Seagal movies, I'm so happy!
10 years 5 months ago
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It baffles me how a movie like this can get so many dislikes. Nice story, funny moments, likeable characters... and Adam Sandler!
10 years 7 months ago
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Sacha: "I like Nicholas, all right?"
Nick: "No, it's not all right." [Pauses.] "It's aaaiiight!"
10 years 11 months ago
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Nice feelgood movie, but a somewhat plain soundtrack. One of the greatest moments was spoiler
11 years ago
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Daniel Day-Lewis' hats were cool.
11 years 3 months ago
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I totally agree with Sammy. I just watched this for the third or forth time and I couldn't stop laughing at the bloopers.
11 years 4 months ago
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Pretty good movie, although a tad cliché from time to time. I also had to remind myself that the children were 14-15 years old; most actors were considerably older.
11 years 5 months ago

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