DIFF 2014: My Scorecard

After a wonderful week of celebrating cinema at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival, it is time for MATM to disclose this edition’s scorecard! Below you will find the ratings of all the films I attended as I look forward to next year’s edition already!

 

بعد أسبوع رائع احتفلت فيه دبي بعالم السينما في مهرجانها السينمائي الدولي الحادي عشر، حان الوقت للكشف عن تقييمات أفلام هذه النسخة من المهرجان! أدناه سوف تجدون كامل التقييمات للأفلام التي حضرتها هذه السنة و أبقى متطلعاً لحضور نسخة العام المقبل بفارغ الصبر

 

Birdman (United States of America)
MATM RATING:
Birdman Movie Poster

Cairo Time (Egypt)

بتوقيت القاهرة من مصر

MATM RATING:

Cairo Time Movie Poster بتوقيت القاهرة

Dearest (China)

MATM RATING:

Dearest Movie Poster Qin AI De

Dolphins (United Arab Emirates)

دلافين من الامارات العربية المتحدة

MATM RATING:

Dolphins Movie Poster

Force Majeure (Sweden)

MATM RATING:

Force Majeure Turist Movie Poster

Foxcatcher (United States of America)

MATM RATING:

Foxcatcher Movie Poster

Mommy (Canada)

MATM RATING:

Mommy Movie Poster

A Most Violent Year (United States of America)

MATM RATING:

A Most Violent Year Movie Poster

The Imitation Game (United Kingdom)

MATM RATING:

Imitation Game Movie Poster

The Sleeping Tree (Kingdom of Bahrain)

الشجرة النائمة من مملكة البحرين

MATM RATING:

The Sleeping Tree Movie Poster الشجرة النائمة

The Water Diviner (Australia)

MATM RATING:

The Water Diviner Movie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIFF 2014: My Watchlist

It is finally that time of the year again. The week in which my love for movies goes to the extreme as I am washed away in a sea of magnificent, memorable, and brilliant films, courtesy of my hometown’s global festival, the Dubai International Film Festival.This year packs yet another great combination of movies that I cannot wait to watch and review right here on Moe At The Movies! So, without further ado, below is my schedule for the 11th Dubai International Film Festival!

 

لقد حان الوقت مرة أخرى لمعايشة أفضل أسبوع في السنة. الأسبوع الذي يأخذ عشقي للأفلام إلى أقصى الحدود و يجرفني في بحر من الأفلام الرائعة و التي لا تنسى. إنه المهرجان السينمائي لمسقط رأسي، مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي

هذا العام يعدنا بمجموعة مميزة و جديدة من الأفلام التي أطوق لمشاهدتها و الكتابة عنها هنا في موقع مو و الأفلام! وفيما يلي جدولي لمهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي الحادي عشر

 

Birdman (United States of America)

Birdman Movie Poster

Cairo Time (Egypt)

بتوقيت القاهرة من مصر

Cairo Time Movie Poster بتوقيت القاهرة

Dearest (China)

Dearest Movie Poster Qin AI De

Dolphins (United Arab Emirates)

دلافين من الامارات العربية المتحدة

Dolphins Movie Poster

Force Majeure (Sweden)

Force Majeure Turist Movie Poster

Foxcatcher (United States of America)

Foxcatcher Movie Poster

Mommy (Canada)

Mommy Movie Poster

A Most Violent Year (United States of America)

A Most Violent Year Movie Poster

Samba (France)

Samba Movie Poster

The Imitation Game (United Kingdom)

Imitation Game Movie Poster

Into The Woods (United States of America)

Into The Woods Movie Poster

The Sleeping Tree (Kingdom of Bahrain)

الشجرة النائمة من مملكة البحرين

The Sleeping Tree Movie Poster الشجرة النائمة

The Water Diviner (Australia)

The Water Diviner Movie Poster

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Wild Tales Movie Poster

 

 

 

Interstellar (2014): A mini-review

Interstellar Movie Poster

 

 

Review

 

 

Ever since The Dark Knight Rises elegantly tied up his landmark Batman trilogy almost three years ago, there was a lot of excitement and intrigue surrounding Christopher Nolan's next project, Interstellar. Well, after watching it a few days ago, it is safe to say that this is yet another winner from one of cinema's modern maestros. With a truly star-studded cast, a complex-yet-gripping screenplay, and simply majestic direction, Interstellar is not only one of 2014's best films, but one of the greatest films ever made.

One of Interstellar's winning factors is its wonderful cast. Lead by Matthew McConaughey, an actor in the midst of a terrific run of roles both on film and television, the motion picture is filled with characters who come to life immediately and connect powerfully with the audience, thanks to the actors. McConaughey's character, Cooper, is a complex man who is growing ever restless with the world, pushing himself to explore the wilderness that is outer space. An urge for exploration that takes him through what can only be described as one of cinema's most thought-provoking and mesmerizing journeys. Other excellent roles in the film that deserve mention include those of Anne Hathaway (Brand); Jessica Chastain (Murph); Michael Caine (Professor Brand); Mackenzie Foy (Young Murph); and one more superb casting decision that I hope will entertain viewers with their well-timed presence as much as they did me.

The film's strongest asset, though, is without question its director Christopher Nolan. Working with a script co-written by his brother Jonathan Nolan, Christopher is able to concoct a science-fiction motion picture that builds on all the classics that came before it. Indeed, Nolan not only builds on them but creates a unique vision that honors those films whilst keeping his directorial style intact. Interstellar is also blessed with multiple well-shot scenes that are awe-inspiring and utterly breathtaking, mainly thanks to Nolan and his cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema.

Ultimately, it is Interstellar's sheer love for adventure and exploration that drives it forward and keeps viewers mesmerized during its nearly three-hour runtime. Director Christopher Nolan once again cements his position as one of cinema's grandest visionaries with a motion picture that is unlike anything we have seen. It does share a lot with previous classics, particularly Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but is brave enough to go further and give us all the chance to stare into space with all its majesty and wonder about its many mysteries. And because of that, Interstellar will continue to be relevant and cherished by all film lovers for decades to come. A magnificent cinematic triumph.

 

MATM Rating | تقدير مو و الأفلام

 

 

Director | المخرج

 

Christopher Nolan / كريستوفر نولان

 

Trailer | إعلان الفيلم

 

 

Outstanding performances | الأدوار المميزة

 

Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) / ماثيو ماكوناهي في دور كوبر

 

Runtime | مدة الفيلم

 

2 hours and 49 minutes / ساعتين و تسعة و أربعون دقيقة

 

Rating | تصنيف الفيلم

 

PG-13 / ليس لمن دون سن الثالثة عشر

 

Genres | نوعية الفيلم

 

Adventure / Science-Fiction | مغامرة / خيال علمي

 

Stills | لقطات الفيلم

 

Interstellar Movie Still 1
Interstellar Movie Still 2
Interstellar Movie Still 3
Interstellar Movie Still 4
Interstellar Movie Still 5
Interstellar Movie Still 6

 

Cinema in Pictures: Marilyn Monroe / السينما في صور: مارلين مونرو

 

Marilyn Monroe films her iconic scene from the film The Seven Year Itch (1955) / مارلين مونرو أثناء تصوير أشهر مشهد لها في فيلم "هرشة السنة السابعة" من انتاج سنة 1955

Marilyn Monroe films her iconic scene from the film The Seven Year Itch (1955) / مارلين مونرو أثناء تصوير أشهر مشهد لها في فيلم “هرشة السنة السابعة” من انتاج سنة 1955

 

 

Movie Marathon: Christopher Nolan (7 Films)

 

Marathon’s Films:

 

 

 

Christopher Nolan‘s Notable Films:

 

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight Movie Poster

 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster

 Inception (2010)

Inception

 Memento (2000)

 Memento

Top 10 Courtroom Dramas / أفضل 10 أفلام دراما المحاكم

 

1.12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men Movie Poster

 

2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 
To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster

 

 

3. Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

Kramer vs Kramer Movie poster

4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc Movie Poster

 

5.In the Name of the Father (1993)

In the Name of the Father Movie Poster

 

6. A Few Good Men (1992)

A Few Good Men Movie Poster

7. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

Judgement at Nuremberg Movie Poster

 

8. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Witness for the Prosecution movie poster

 

9. The Verdict (1982)

The Verdict Movie Poster

 

10. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder movie poster

 

Cinema in Pictures: E.T. / السينما في صور: إي تي

 

Carl Rambaldi E.T. Steven Spielberg

E.T. helps his creator Carl Rambaldi / المخلوق إي تي يقابل مخترعه كارل رامبالدي

 

 

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): A Guilty Pleasure

 

 

Synopsis:

 

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Robin Williams's eccentric, energetic, and magnetic performance. Sally Field's warm and effective role. The extraordinary make-up of Mrs. Doubtfire. The soundtrack. The slapstick comedy routines. Playful and joyful direction by Chris Columbus.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Chris Columbus

 

Cast:

 

  • Robin Williams (as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire)
  • Sally Field (as Miranda Hillard)
  • Pierce Brosnan (as Stu)
  • Harvey Fierstein (as Frank)
  • Polly Holliday (as Gloria)
  • Lisa Jakub (as Lydia Hillard)
  • Matthew Lawrence (as Chris Hillard)
  • Mara Wilson (as Natalie Hillard)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 5 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Drama

 

Stills:

 

 

Cinema in Pictures: The Dark Knight | السينما في صور: فارس الظلام

 

Christopher Nolan Hearh Ledger Gary Oldman The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger - in full Joker attire - discusses a scene with director Christopher Nolan and actor Gary Oldman on the set of The Dark Knight (2008) | هيث ليدجر - في كامل ملابس 'الجوكر' - يتبادل النقاش مع المخرج كريستوفر نولان والممثل غاري أولدمان أثناء تصوير مشهد من فيلم فارس الظلام، من انتاج سنة 2008

 

 

Geri’s Game (1997): A Notable Short Film | لعبة جيري (1997): فيلم قصير مميز

 

 

The Short Film | الفيلم القصير

 

 

Redeeming Qualities | الخصائص المبتكرة

 

Deftly smart and beautiful animation. Creative use of limited elements. Funny and memorable moments. Presents a complex theme through a simple storyline.

 

رسوم متحركة جميلة و ذكية. استخدام مبدع لعناصر محدودة. يحتوي على لحظات مضحكة لا تنسى. يقدم موضوعاً معقداً من خلال قصة بسيطة

 

Director | المخرج

 

Jan Pinkava / يان بينكافا

 

Runtime | مدة العرض

 

4 minutes / أربعة دقائق

 

Genres | نوعية الفيلم

 

Animation / رسوم متحركة