The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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The Stanford Prison Experiment is a 2015 American thriller film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and written by Tim Talbott. The film stars are Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Thirlby, and Nelsan Ellis. The plot tells the story of the Stanford prison experiment in which students play the role of a prisoner or a prison guard conducted at Stanford University under supervision of psychology professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971.

PLOT: Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducts a psychological experiment to test the hypothesis that the personality traits of prisoners and guards are the chief cause of abusive behavior between them. In the experiment, Zimbardo selects fifteen male students to participate in a 14-day prison simulation to take roles as prisoners or guards. They receive $15 per day. The experiment is conducted in a mock prison located in the basement of Jordan Hall, the university’s psychology department building. The students who are guards become abusive, as does Zimbardo himself, as they immerse themselves in their assigned roles. Two students who play the role of prisoners quit the experiment early due to psychological meltdowns, and, only after being chastised and roughly brought back to reality by his girlfriend, Christina Maslach, Zimbardo abruptly stops the entire experiment after only six days.

10/10

I watched this movie on my psychology class after the talk about professor Zimbardo’s experiment in real life. I think the movie is great and realistic.

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Friend Request (2016)

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Friend Request (German title: Unfriend) is a 2016 supernatural-psychological horror film directed by Simon Verhoeven. With a screenplay by Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch and Verhoeven, the film stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers and Shashawnee Hall.

PLOT: Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is one of the most popular students at her college and enjoys an active social life with many friends and family members. She is active on social networks and has over 800 friends on Facebook. She lives with three friends, Olivia (Brit Morgan), Isabel (Brooke Markham) and Gustavo (Sean Marquette). She is also close friends with Kobe (Connor Paolo) and is dating Tyler (William Moseley). Laura receives a friend request from a student at her campus, Marina. Seeing her talents in animation, she accepts the request and begins a friendship with the lonely girl. However she soon notices that Marina’s Facebook profile is plastered in bizarre and disturbing images and her obsessive behavior begins to make Laura feel uncomfortable. When Laura shares pictures of herself at her birthday dinner – to which Marina was not invited – Marina publicly and angrily confronts her at her college campus. During the quarrel, Laura accidentally pushes Marina and her hood falls off, revealing Marina’s hairless head, and she runs away. Marina tries to apologize to Laura who unfriends her on Facebook. Seeing her number of friends once again down to zero, she angrily closes her laptop. That night, Marina records her suicide with her webcam, which automatically uploads the footage to social media.

The next morning, Laura receives a message from Marina containing the video of her suicide. Later on, it is posted to her Facebook page. Laura is unable to remove the video, and her friend count drops. Left with no choice, she tries to delete her account, but an unknown error occurs. When Kobe and Laura investigate Marina’s Facebook page, they realize that the source code where it has been written in is not the normal code.

That night, Marina adds Gustavo as a friend and posts a distorted picture of his face. He is then terrorized by a spirit, while seeing things that were posted on Marina’s page. He is soon killed by a swarm of wasps. The spirit begins killing Laura’s friends one by one, posting videos of each friend’s death on Laura’s Facebook page. Unable to delete the videos or deactivate her account, Laura’s Facebook friend count continues to drop. Soon after, Laura finds that she is being stalked by Marina’s vengeful spirit, who promises to make her “lonely”.

Laura hunts down the place where Marina committed suicide in order to destroy the black mirror that turned Marina into an evil spirit. She and Kobe go to Marina’s house which was burnt down and attempt to look for her. While there, Kobe sees an ethereal entity come out of the basement, but is saved when Laura bumps into him. She tells him that Marina is not there, but he suggests that they look in the basement.

Marina is not found in the basement, but while searching, Kobe is separated from Laura. She finds him staring into a black mirror. When she turns him around and asks what’s wrong, he apologizes and says, ‘You can’t be lonely if you’re dead.’ He then stabs her, hoping to kill her in order to save himself and Tyler. However, Laura overpowers him and manages to escape. She then realizes through one of Marina’s posts that Marina committed suicide in one of the nearby factories.

Meanwhile, Tyler finds a deranged Kobe looking for Laura. After getting a call, he and Kobe head to the factories as well. Once getting to the factories Laura starts looking for Marina’s body. She receives a video call from her mother, who informs that she’s been seeing Marina too, and is last seen walking away with a knife in her hand. Laura, seeing everyone she’s loved being taken away, cries. Tyler soon finds her, only to get stabbed in the throat by Kobe. Laura escapes Kobe once again but reaches a dead end. However, before Kobe could kill Laura, Marina’s wasps start attacking Kobe, killing him.

Laura, feeling dazed, sees an apparition of a seven-year-old Marina. Marina leads Laura to her body and her laptop which transports Laura into one of Marina’s earlier posts. Laura is then attacked by Marina.

Some time has passed and there are a fresh batch of students. Laura is seen looking at some girls in the same way that Marina saw Laura and her friends. Laura then faces her computer (previously Marina’s computer), is shown to have zero friends, just like Marina before she met Laura. Then her new account – which shares the same dark and grotesque images as Marina’s old account – is revealed. She then faces the camera and her eyes turn from green to blue, revealing that Laura has been possessed by the spirit of Marina.

8/10

I really liked the movie, it kept me watching it the whole time. It is a bit scary so if you don’t like good horror movie don’t watch it.

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PLOT: Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin), a struggling 24-year-old writer in New York City, meets a 33-year-old French woman named Arielle Pierpoint (Bérénice Marlohe). After their second meeting, Arielle reveals that she is married to a diplomat, Valery (Lambert Wilson), and they have two young children. Arielle and Valery have an agreement that each is allowed to have extramarital affairs as long as they are confined to the hours between 5 and 7 p.m. on weeknights. Brian is perplexed at this information and tells Arielle that he cannot continue the relationship with her, believing it is an unethical affair. Arielle says that, should he change his mind, she will continue to smoke on Fridays at the same place they met.

After three weeks Brian decides to meet again with Arielle. She gives him a hotel key and in the evening at the hotel room they consummate their relationship. They begin to meet regularly at the same hotel room in the evenings. Valery, who is aware of Brian’s affair with Arielle, approaches him on the street and invites Brian to his house for dinner. At dinner, Brian meets Arielle and Valery’s children and is introduced to Valery’s lover, Jane (Olivia Thirlby). Arielle later meets Brian’s parents, Sam (Frank Langella) and Arlene (Glenn Close). Upon learning that Arielle is a married mother of two, Sam tells Brian that he disapproves of the relationship, while Arlene accepts that they love each other despite the circumstances. When Brian is invited to a New Yorker ceremony to receive an award for one of his short stories, he is joined by Arielle, Valery, Jane, and his parents. Jane tells Brian that her boss Galassi (Eric Stoltz), a publisher, has read his story and wants Brian to write a novel.

Brian meets Arielle at the hotel and asks her to marry him, giving her a ring. She rejects his proposal and tells him that their feelings have always been different due to their age difference. Brian insists that he is truly in love with her, and Arielle reluctantly accepts his proposal, telling him to meet her the next day at the hotel. Valery shows up at Brian’s apartment that night; he slaps Brian and expresses anger at Brian’s betrayal of the rules and boundaries of an open marriage. He then gives Brian a check for $250,000 for “expenses” and leaves. The next day, the hotel doorman gives Brian a letter from Arielle in which she explains that although she loves him deeply, she cannot leave her husband and children, and asks him not to contact her again.

Jane later ends her relationship with Valery because it feels like a betrayal of her friendship with Brian, and Brian’s first novel is published by Galassi. After some years, Brian is walking down the street with his wife, Kiva (Jocelyn DeBoer), and their baby son. They run into Arielle, Valery and their now-teenage children outside the Guggenheim. Valery asks about Jane, and Brian tells him that she is married with a son. Arielle shows Brian subtly that she still wears the ring he gave to her before they part again.

7/10

As I watched this movie it was great, till the end. I hate endings like this. Love that exists but can’t be done.

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The High Sun (2015)

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The High Sun (Croatian: Zvizdan) is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Dalibor Matanić. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival winning the Jury Prize. It is the first Croatian film to be screened at Cannes since the country’s independence in 1991. The film was selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

PLOT: The High Sun illuminates the three love stories set in three consecutive decades in the two neighboring Balkan villages burdened by a long history of inter-ethnic hatred. The film is about the fragility of it – and intensity – forbidden love. The first story takes place in 1991, romantic attraction is suppressed when love becomes a restricted luxury in an atmosphere of pre-war madness, confusion and fear. The second story takes place in 2001, the war is over, but for the lovers is impossible to turn their love in a lasting relationship: the scars of the war are still too fresh and it can not heal so easily. The third story takes place in 2011, when love can finally shoot up if the lovers manage to relieve the past. The evil and doubt not entirely disappeared from their lives and catharsis is not easy to achieve, but once again it is possible.

10/10

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ZG80 (2016)

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ZG80 is a Croatian movie about football fans on the most important game of that time Zagreb-Crvena Zvezda. Movie starts with arrival of Bad Blue Boys at Belgrade. As soon they arrive cheering group Delije from Belgrade start to make troubles for them. As the movie continues more funny momments happen. As one of the BBB entered the stadium and put Zagreb flag on the stadium during the game, police stops him and cuffs him with one of Delije’s guy when he tried to stop him. They eventualy escape from the police but remain cuffed to each other. They fought how to release but eventualy went to some Delije’s guy friend and he released them with a saw. On the other side, a small group got into a bordel, drank, but when they saw bill, they managed to get away. On every street Delije were passing, and they with caution would get away in small streets.

I suggest to watch this movie, to anyone that love football, and to see how was a Yugoslavian passion for it.

9/10

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Twice Born (2012)

Twice Born (Italian: Venuto al mondo) is a 2012 film directed by Sergio Castellitto. It is based on a novel by Margaret Mazzantini.
Oft-married Gemma visits Sarajevo with her only child, Pietro. The two of them had escaped the city sixteen years ago, just days after his birth during the Bosnian War. Diego, her second husband and Pietro’s father, remained behind and later died. As they travel with her wartime friend Gojco, she tries to repair her relationship with Pietro, asking her third husband (by phone) if she should tell Pietro that she did not give birth to him. Gemma is later stunned by the revelation that Pietro’s real mother, Aska, is still alive and married to Gojco. Aska reveals that, contrary to Gemma’s long held belief, Diego was not Pietro’s father, as she had been a sex slave to a garrison of the Serb Volunteer Guard. Gemma must face loss, the cost of war and the redemptive power of love.

Even though this movie has a lot of critics I find it interesting especially because the language and the actors.

8/10

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

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Blue Is the Warmest Color is a 2013 French coming-of-age romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.

PLOT:  Adèle is an introverted high-school student whose classmates gossip constantly about boys. While crossing the street one day, she passes by a woman with short blue hair and is instantly attracted. She dates a boy at her school for a short while and they have sex, but she is ultimately dissatisfied and breaks off their relationship. After having vivid fantasies about the woman she saw on the street and having one of her female friends behave flirtatiously towards her, she becomes troubled about her sexual identity. One friend, the openly gay Valentin, seems to understand her confusion and takes her to a gay dance bar. After some time, Adèle leaves and walks into a lesbian bar, where she experiences assertive advances from some of the women. The blue haired woman is also there and intervenes, claiming Adèle is her cousin to those pursuing Adèle. The woman is Emma, a graduating art student. They become friends and begin to spend more time with each other. Adèle’s friends suspect her of being a lesbian and ostracise her at school. Despite the backlash, she becomes very close to Emma. Their bond increases and before long, the two share a kiss at a picnic. They later have sex and begin a passionate relationship. Emma’s artsy family is very welcoming to the couple, but Adèle tells her conservative, working-class parents that Emma is just a tutor for philosophy class.

In the years that follow, the two women live with each other as lovers. Adèle finishes school and joins the teaching staff at a local elementary school, while Emma tries to move forward with her painting career. Adèle feels ill at ease among Emma’s intellectual friends and Emma belittles her teaching career, encouraging her to find fulfilment in writing. Adèle enjoys playing the stereotypical feminine role in their relationship but Emma becomes physically and emotionally distant. They gradually begin to realise how little they have in common. Emotional complexities manifest in the relationship and Adèle, in an impulsive moment of loneliness and confusion, sleeps with a male colleague.

Emma becomes aware of the brief fling and kicks Adèle out of their apartment, leaving Adèle heartbroken and alone. Time passes and although Adèle finds satisfaction in her job as a kindergarten teacher, an indescribable sadness begins to overwhelm her. The two eventually meet again in a restaurant. Adèle is still very deeply in love with Emma and despite the powerful connection that is clearly still there between them, Emma is now in a committed partnership with Lise, the pregnant woman at the party they threw a few years earlier, who now has a young daughter. It is implied that the two had known each other for years, and had become reacquainted during the party. Adèle is devastated, but holds it in. Emma admits that she does not feel sexually fulfilled but has accepted it as a part of her new phase in life. She reassures Adèle, though, that their relationship was special: “I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. All my lifelong.” The two part on amicable terms.

The film concludes with Adèle at Emma’s new art exhibition. Hanging on one wall is a nude painting that Emma once did of her during the sensual bloom of their life together. Though Emma acknowledges her, her attention is primarily on the gallery’s other guests and Lise. Adèle congratulates Emma on the success of her art and leaves after a brief conversation with a young man she met earlier in the film. He chases after her but heads in the wrong direction. Adèle walks away into an ambiguous future as a hang is played over the soundtrack and the film ends.

This movie is absolutely perfect except the end.

9/10

 

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