Sunday, February 15, 2009

By far the best film I've seen in the last 12 months!


in bruges.jpg

This little big film absolutely threw me for six.

I'm not a fan of Colin "see-how-good-I-look-when-I-brood" Farrell. And with very few exceptions from Hitchcock and Kitano, crime thrillers usually thrill me about as much as a plate of boiled fish.

But right from the word "Go", this small story, set in the small Belgian town of Bruge, shook me to my foundation.

As a writer of screenplays, I marvelled at the deftness with which Martin McDonagh roused every human emotion possible to make me sympathise with, believe it or not, three MURDERERS, making me laugh and cry with each character, all the way, right until the very end.

Not since Almodovar's "Talk To Her" and Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" did I sit back after watching a film and thought, "Damn, I wish I had written that script!"

I rank this head and shoulders above all other films I've seen this year and most of last year, including, yes, the much lauded "Slumdogs".

51 comments:

ary said...

cant wait to see..shall u go with me? hehehe

yasmin said...

dah tengok lah, yang, kalau tak i don't mind watching it with you.

;-)

Anonymous said...

dah tengok "departures" dari jepun?

Kris Law said...

First of all, HAPPY VALENTINE to Puan Yasmin. How many roses you received, tee hee.... here's one virtual for you: ( *->- )

I love this picture too. Good recommendation! It's a brit production, u know....

fadYGbaek said...

slumdog always be my fav

yasmin said...

never heard of "departures". any good?

ZARA 札拉 [사랑해~] said...

Salam.

Good recommendations Kak Min..

BTW, will u be in Singapore for next Muallaf session?

Ajami Hashim said...

takmau tonton GENG: Pengembaraan Bermula?

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

I only thought about chocolate when I talk about belgium. Owh and it's funny politics :P

never about it's films.

But now I definitely do.

should thank you I guess ;)

Endoru said...

It was a bit slow but I guess that is what that gives it the reality. "Departures" is a movie shown lately here in Japan. It is nominated for the Oscars. Didn't manage to watch it but I believe it is a good movie.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/

Anonymous said...

Have you seen 'The boy in the striped Pyjamas'? I just watched it today. It has the same theme as 'Tan hong ming in love' - humanity.

MM

yasmin said...

i nak tengok, ajami, tapi belum sempat lagi.

Wira Budiman said...

thanks for the review. :)

yasmin said...

qaisy, it's a british film set in belgium.

Anonymous said...

how come you dont like slumdog?

RasTa

yasmin said...

who says i didn't like slumdogs? i enjoyed slumdogs. but i LOVED in bruges.

yasmin said...

wira !!! sayang, are you back in the country?

Wira Budiman said...

ms yasmin!!! sowwy.. i'm still away.. if only there's a way for me to watch talentime here..

btw, recently i met a very helpful, humble old man (mr revi pillai, a malaysian who works in london). he's a fan of your films. he said, the beautiful shots of paddy fields in mukhsin really made him miss malaysia, and he couldn't stop talking about how beautiful malaysia looks from your eyes! ok ok enough with the puji2an. :P

Wira Budiman said...

*through your eyes

kamal said...

oh that's why my friends had been raving about this flicks

eh wira sayang!! we all rindu sama you la (no homo).

and of course, I ♥ Yasmin Ahmad.

Kah Mun said...

Hi Kak Yasmin,

I hope you don’t mind but my comment has got nothing to do with the movie In Bruges, but I really wanted to leave you a note to express my gratitude and happiness with my recent re-encounter with Sepet again! (cos i dunno of any other ways to reach you :) )


Four years ago, I first watched the movie Sepet and it has been a movie that has always had my heart ever since.


I’m currently furthering my studies in the US as an undergrad. How and why i suddenly stumbled across the movie again 3 nights ago, i don’t exactly know, but i was ecstatic to be watching sepet again sans proper television & graphics on youtube in my bed.


Being so far away; u reminded me so much of home- through the culture so intrinsically and authentically Malaysian reflected by the cast in the movie. Most importantly, you reminded me of my first love, my high school sweetheart whom i watched this movie with.


Four years on and miles away from home; you totally brought me back to the living room of my house 4 years ago. Everything else that was physically around me was singled out at that moment as i was watching sepet again on my laptop. It’s like i was whisked away to a realm where i was surreally reliving the moments once again, feeling every emotion evoked when i first watched it with my very first sayang.


The experience was very special and unforgettable for me as the both of us were watching the movie together yet physically, we were miles apart from each other. As with most high school romances, we’ve had so many objections from our parents and though we lived not too far from each other; it was very much like a long-distance relationship as opportunities to meet up were rare.


I remember being really excited watching the advertisements and trailers playing on tv and made it a point to catch the movie. Thus on the day it premiered on Astro, we watched it together only to be separated by the physical distance that kept us apart. It was a particularly fond and intimate memory i still keep with me bcos though we weren’t beside each other on that day, we were watching the movie together on the phone throughout the movie.


From us comparing/debating our opinions on the parts, laughing our hearts out at the antics and the comedic element so familiar to us Malaysians, to him comforting my broken heart over the phone as i watched the finale unfold before my eyes; we were essentially together in every sense of the word. That intertwined with the intrinsic delicate detailing of the movie made it an experience that i can only describe as mind-blowingly beautiful.


So i’d like to take this opportunity to applaud and thank you; for giving us such a beautiful piece of artwork to savour and embrace for ourselves in every sense of it.


I just really want you to know that your work is much appreciated by so many of us out here. This is to many more great “little” movies (as you so humbly put it :) ) that will etch profound memories in the hearts of the many who watch them!

God bless, Kak Yasmin!


p.s. Sorry for the lengthiness! I just really felt the urge to express everything :)



Lotsa love,
Kah Mun

http://chooseahappyending.blogspot.com/

Malaywood said...

i am glad, infact, so glad that you liked slumdog.

as Ive said earlier, when I watched slumdog, it remind me of you.

Real, genuine storyline.

p/s : lets home slumdog or the reader grab the oscar.

x

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

hehe...
yes, of course it's british.


now I want to watch it even more!

:P

yasmin said...

kah mun, please try and catch "talentime" when it comes out on march 26th. i've a feeling you might identify with that one too.

Wira Budiman said...
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Muhafis said...

i try to see it.. after having enjoy my supernatural season 4.. =)

Kurt Kuden said...

ye la.. read many good reviews about Bruges.. actually i m not a fanboy of collin farrel (eventho he won the best actor title in golden globe).. and i still think that ralph fiennes is better .. surely gonna check this out.. thanks for sharing Yasmin..

Kurt Kuden said...

oh ya.. n i m very sure that bruges n slumdog are in different league.. hehe.. cannot compare kottttttt

wahdi said...

Kalau komen camni, jap lagi gak gi tgk! hehe

Syimi said...

**Colin "see-how-good-I-look-when-I-brood" Farrell**

I soo agree with that statement. I just cant stand to watch him so I might sit this one out. I'm dying to see Kate Winslet's The Reader but dunno when..or how..

Tgkla Revolutionary Road. Big fan of Leo and Kate..so i might be biased.

Slumdog?? tskk..dun wanna expect much, i'll watch it when people finally stopped talking about it..not fond of hypes, it usually leads to dissapointment..

-adios amigos!-

xo said...

Hmm, I couldnt make it past the first 20 minutes of the movie no thanks to Colin Farrell's mumbling coupled with his Irish accent. Wish I had subtitles while watching this ;)

Did you watch Happy Go Lucky? Definitely not in the running for best script, but what a rush of contentment at the end (for me, at least).

Can't wait for the general release of Talentime.
Wish I could watch Muallaf somewhere tho. Perhaps a local film club, private screening, whatever?

*cosmic freak* said...

I've heard about it and when Colin Farrel was nominated for his role in In Brudges, I interested cos I think he does look good when he broods. haha.

I am still in love with Vicky Christina Barcelona. Cos I am adoring Penelope Cruz. She is Almodovar's fav tho. Hehe. Exceptionally sensual in this one. Haish.

quiyah said...

as for me,

the curious case of benjamin button,

touched my heart to its deepest

(T.T)

yasmin said...

in vicky christina barcelona, scarlett johanssen was outclassed by penelope cruz.

*cosmic freak* said...

scarlett is woody's favourite.

as much as I love her. penelope win hands down. she rocks my socks. personally. yes. i'm that shallow. how can she still be hot but comot at the same time in volver? and still ... *sigh*. endless debate on her .... beauty.

god, now i sound super shallow.

Jamie in Chicago said...

Best little picture I have seen this year is Tan Hong Ming in Love. But then, I am rather behind...and you are right about Penelope Cruz.

Kah Mun said...

i'd love to! but i'll still be here in the us.. lookin fwd to catch it whn im back in kl during my summer break. all the best for the premier!

e1d said...

hi all & kak min..

I've seen this film called "GENG: Pengembaraan Bermula" last week. It was so good even for someone like me who set a very high expectation on every movie that I see. The movie has surpassed my expectation and I even gave it 10/10 Star rating on my blog.. :)

To make my story short(sorry.. i'm not a very good storyteller.. :P). For the past few days, I've been chatting on the movie official website - http://www.gengthemovie.com/. The other chatters(the movie fans) and I met someone who's using "Guest" and "Web" as their nickname. He condemns the movie very-very negatively.

While all of the chatters praying for the movie to be success and able to collect RM10 mil(the movie producer target), that "Guest" and "Web" constantly reply back with a very negative comments. While the other chatters said that they're very enjoy the movie, that "Guest" and "Web" guy said that the storyline is too usual, predictable, and cannot be developed more.

My point is, when we're supposed to support a good movie that can make us proud as Malaysian, why there's still Malaysian(I supposed) who's "DENGKI" with fellow Malaysian's success?

Suka hati producer filem tu la nak target berapa juta collection pun kan? Ini tak, that "Guest" and "Web" guy always replied negatively as if he's someone from the industry who's DENGKI with the success of the "GENG: Pengembaraan Bermula" film.

I don't know why we have that kind of person in our country. He said that the movie storyline is too usual, predictable, and cannot be developed more. For God's sake! That film target group range is from kids to adult. If the director make the film hard to understand and unpredictable, how the hell that the kids gonna understand it?

hmm.. I know you agreed with me, right Kak Min? :P

But started from last night, we decided not to layan he/she anymore. I read from somewhere that we're not supposed to argue with idiots, because they will bring us down to their level and defeat us with their experience.

Thats all.. Thanks for reading this long comments.

For Kak Min, please don't stop making good movies, we always need and support good movies from you.

P/S: Some producers/directors mercilessly rob our RM8/9/10/11 ringgit by showing us a crappy movies. Aren't they feel guilty???

chico said...

downloaded it since 2 months ago and havent watched it...
i shall watch it tonight then!!

apis said...

wah.. what took you so long to discover this great film?? i watched it ages ago...
for me, slumdog is just overrated..
btw, cant wait for talentime and when will on earth muallaf will be shown in malaysia cinema?

Anonymous said...

Kak min...I watched the film already!!!And you were right!!the best movie for 2008!!!Witty and intelligent!That's all i can say.Gald you like it too.:)-L

ary said...

kak min..jual mahal ek..orang ajak pegi tgk..huhuhu..dah tgk..tgk lagi....

baby tan said...

i agree. i watched it thinking it'd be a good "intro" to Bruges as my family and i were about holiday there, and was totally blown away by the movie itself. i recall being a similar experience with "fight club": where the movie v. much exceeded expectations (as based on the trailer i had watched i had expected "fight club" to be a mere action movie).

as an aside, just wondering if you could help me out with a pretty trivial question, kak min, just whenever you have a second. i live in the UK, and during my last annual trip back to malaysia, couldn't find Mukhsin in Speedy or any of the typical (legit - and ok, i admit - Ah Loong type) VCD/DVD vendors. do you know if a credible place where it's available online? hkflix.com? also, out of curiosity, is a Muallaf dvd/vcd in the pipeline anytime soon? thanks!

if you're ever around manchester and free, do give a buzz.

rgds,

andrew

(i suppose you needn't publish my comment as it's taken more the shape of an email; thanks)

SpyGame said...

im looking forward to more of your recommended movies .... watched Habla con ella and totally agreed with you. I would like you to watch a romanian movie called 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ..

SpyGame said...

a friend of mine said that the oscar awards given to slumdogs was a conspiracy / strategy by hollywood to penetrate the indian market. what do u think on that?

kennhyn said...

bruges seems like a nice place but Ray seems to hate that place, I can imagine my self drinking beer at that city all day long.

I think I love the part where Harry chasing Ray half way, then out of no where he pull out the map to look for his way... that I didn't expect, nice recommend, although the beginning is a bit boring, but nice ending.

mubaraq ahmad said...

am still confused with the big win Slumdog enjoyed!

mubaraq ahmad said...

watched in bruges, not my cup of tea...

Guru said...

Favorite line, "You can't give horse tranquilizer to a midget!" Script sounds more Mamet than Tarantino. You might also like "House of Games" and "The Spanish Prisoner". Mamet writes scripts like a debt-ridden poker player cheating at cards.

yasmin said...

i think it sounds more victoria wood than either mamet or tarantino, no?

Anonymous said...

A'kum Kak Yasmin,

You may already knew about this piece 'Only Human' --
http://www.avclub.com/articles/only-human,3908/

Flipping through the channels, I stayed watching it through the end. Funny, very funny, entertaining, and brilliant (taken into account of the real stuff that's going on in our world today)

-anak dagang-