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JFC Movie Review: Biutiful

Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

To we moviegoers, “plotless” is usually a four-letter word. But though we’re less than two months into the new year, the better pictures I’ve viewed so far haven’t necessarily been about having a plot as much as being a gritty testament to the human spirit. Biutiful joins Another Year and The Way Back in such company.

These days, movies are of such quality that there is less attention given to the plot and premise and the emphasis is more on music and romance, but biutiful is an exception in this regard as it has highlighted societal problems like racism in a commendable manner and all actors have done a wonderful job in portraying their characters. We can only hope that it would come out sooner than later on cyberflix tv and allow the larger audience to enjoy it. Now, let’s get back to the review of this film.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Biutiful is told from the perspective of Uxbal (Javier Bardem), a hound-faced low-level criminal living in a racially-mixed Barcelona slum, and who has quite a few issues on his plate. He’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer – which has him regularly urinating blood – and is separated from his bipolar wife (Maricel Alvarez), who, to add insult to injury, is shacking up with his brother. While Uxbal cares for his two young children in less than stellar conditions, he tries to do likewise to a group of undocumented Chinese sweatshop workers harbored inside a warehouse, who make knockoff handbags that are sold by African street vendors. And then there’s the regular forking over of hush money to the police on the side.

All this with the unshakable shadow of death constantly looming overhead like a cloud, ready to douse any last feelings of happiness during his final days.

Receiving a Best Actor Oscar nomination – which, unfortunately, he won’t win – for his magnificent performance, Bardem makes his character sympathetic without being heavy-handed, that it often overshadows his shady dealings. Lest we forget, Uxbal is no angel by any means. But it doesn’t matter at all, due to the effortless grace in which he portrays the disheveled protagonist who realizes that being a do-gooder in a bad world is pretty much impossible. Compare that to the other new release, The Mechanic, in which we were given a standard Good Guy in which any semblance of emotional investment was nonexistent.

The consequences of Uxbal’s efforts are often disastrous. This eventually comes to a head in an astonishing scene where you will immediately realize what has happened but it won’t lessen its impact. It’s that powerful that exercising restraint in describing it in depth is proving most tenuous.

Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography illustrates the tension of the characters; besides the typical shaky handhelds during heated dialogue exchanges, we also feel a character’s sense of panic as he rapidly paces back and forth. When Uxbal and his estranged wife fight at home over custody of their young son, we watch from a distance alongside his distressed ten-year-old sister. He also treats the bleak Barcelona urban landscape like another actor, capturing its persistently foreboding mood without the aid of a dominant score, especially during a breathtaking segment of a lengthy foot chase in which the African hustlers unsuccessfully attempt to evade arrest by pursuing police officers. Prieto often dishes up reminders that this definitely isn’t your touristy Barcelona; for instance, the camera lingers on a nondescript homeless man sleeping in an alley outside Uxbal’s apartment building.

As Uxbal plods through the nighttime neon jungle, bizarre tinnitus-like sounds combine with blurs of fluorescent light as his disease slowly continues to erode his senses, while a nightclub is completely swathed in a sea of psychedelic aquamarine light, complete with strippers sporting prosthetic breasts on their backsides.

Not only is the film overlong at two and a half hours, but Inarritu often makes the mistake of shifting the spotlight from Uxbal to other supporting characters, such as a homosexual relationship between a Chinese sweatshop overseer and his partner, which felt added in the name of shock value. There’s also a brief subplot involving a kind-hearted Senegalese woman, Ige (Diaryatou Daff), whose hustler son is facing deportation; she later serves as a nanny for Uxbal’s children for extra cash. Biutiful is completely Bardem’s film that I didn’t want it to be shared with anybody else.

If it feels like I’ve dwelt on Bardem a little too much in this review, I apologize. Such is his indelibility that without his presence, Biutiful would still be a formidable crime drama, but you still sense that something would be missing. Despite my nitpicking, it stands as a testament to Inarritu’s crisp direction – here aided by fellow Latin film heavyweights Alfonso Cuaròn and Guillermo del Toro – that he lays out his entire deck without fooling us with any false glamour all too prevalent in this genre. No fancy suits, no expensive cars, mind-numbing shootouts or cheap one-liners. Just the ugly final chapter in the life of an unexceptional man mired in an ugly trade in his ugly everyday surroundings. And what a biutiful tale it is.

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Analysis of American History X

American History X is a powerful movie in any right made more powerful by choices that director Tony Kaye made for the movie. Kaye takes the reader from a range of emotions from hate and disgust to genuine hope for Derek and his family. He also makes us understand how racism and prejudice are taught on a daily basis by seemingly harmless comments. Then, this emotion can become twisted when someone becomes vengeful over the circumstances of his life. The basic plot of a white supremist who ends up turning his life around although too late for his little brother is made even more powerful by choices in music, cinematography effects, and writing.

The music choices are particularly powerful and lend themselves to the theme of the movie. The very first song called American History X is rather a haunting hymnal-type song and opens up the movie with an ominous scene of a beach and the tide ebbing and falling. Most of the music is of a classical, hymnal type without lyrics. This makes the dramatic scenes all the more dramatic. The songs either make a triumphant statement on the spirit and lift one’s spirits just by hearing the music or they emphasize the extreme danger of the thinking involved. For example, the song called “The Right Questions” is very dramatic and lifting as to show that Derek and Danny are learning to ask the right questions and not follow Cameron unflinchingly. They are learning how to question what they are told and think for themselves. “We Are Not Enemies” is such a beautiful and powerful song. It makes a person feel strong just listening to it. And the ending called “Benedictus” could move someone to tears by listening and fits well since it symbolizes Danny’s tragic and meaningless death. The only song with lyrics in the whole movie is the white supremist, piece of trash song that is playing while Derek’s ex-friend is driving down the road. This song is full of absolutely hateful epithets and allows the viewer to see the extreme violence and hateful nature of this entire way of life.

The effects of cinematography are particularly powerful as well. The most powerful effect of the movie is the telling of various parts in alternating black and white with color sections. The movie begins with the murder that sends Derek to jail. As the movie goes on, the viewer is then told the rest of the story about how he got to that point through the flashback technique with all scenes in black and white. Derek is, at that point, a white supremist, and his view of the world is very narrow. When the movie flashes back to what Derek experiences in prison and how he changes as result of this experience, the scenes are in color. Derek literally transforms before the viewer’s eyes and begins to look at life from a less “black and white perspective.” His viewpoint opens up and he realizes that the very narrow way that he lived was wrong. Nothing is as simple as it first appeared. People are not bad or good based on color. He realizes that life is about content, not color, and he can no longer abide by his old beliefs. The beginning and ending of the movie are also made more powerful by shots of the beach with the tide rising and falling as life does. These shots show that life goes on no matter what and the actions that are taken are unable to be taken back.

The last factor that makes this movie fantastic is the costuming or in some cases the lack of costuming has been solved all by megashare9 custom scene dresses that eventually saved the pack-up of shoot. The crudeness and coarseness of the characters is shown by all the scenes where men don’t wear shirts and their tattoos are prominent. In the scene where Derek kills the black man, he is in nothing but boxers and his swastika tattoo is prominent. Later, as the movie turns to color, the viewer sees the swastika less and less. In one scene, Derek looks in the mirror after a shower and takes his hand and puts it over the tattoo to give us our first glimpse of what he might look like as a “normal” person. Then, the viewer sees him in street clothes rather than the “goth” look of the other white supremacist. The slide that Derek’s family takes after the death of his father is also shown in the way the family dresses and appears. This is crucial because after his father dies, he is much more susceptible to the views of the group of white supremacist. The contrast between the “average” family and Derek’s family is clearly shown through dress.

By the use of music, effects of cinematography, and costuming, the main ideas of American History X are powerfully underscored. Tony Kaye makes some powerful choices in this movie to show how someone’s mind becomes so warped with hatred as to become prey to the white supremist groups out there. Amazingly, Kaye takes Derek who has committed this deplorable act, and the viewer ends up likening him and rooting for him. The movie ends by showing the viewer what a useless emotion hate is.

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Most Popular Puns And Jokes Of 2020

It isn’t even the end of January, and some puns and jokes have been making the buzz all over the internet. We will share with you popular puns and jokes of the year 2020.

What is a pun?

This is a poetic device in English literature, which is a play of words that is intended towards creating humorous expressions. It can be in the form of intentional ridicule or mimicry with the aim of arousing the feeling of the audience in a comic way. They are figuratively expressed as jokes or idiomatic expressions and have the ability to make someone laugh. 

Puns and jokes can be in the form of songs, parodies, movie clips, comedy, and shows etc. geared towards cracking the ribs. Enough of the long talk as we get into the year 2020 puns and jokes.

  1. I would lose weight for my new year’s resolution – but in life, I hate losing.
  2. I told my wife to embrace her mistakes – and here she is hugging me.
  3. Why was 6 afraid of 9 on a new year’s eve? Because 9, 8, 7 (Nine ate Seven).
  4. What did the little champagne bottle call his father? Pop.
  5. All that glitters is – probably part of my outfit.
  6. Light travels much faster than sound; that’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  7. I have a couple of jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work.
  8. How do you make holy water? You boil the hell out of it.
  9. My resolution was to read more – so I put the subtitles on my TV.
  10. What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe.

Let us know what you think about these puns and feel free to add yours.

 

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123movies: Movies And More

If you’re on the lookout for means in order for you to watch the movie of your choice, and if you wish to save on cash at the same time, given that going to the theatre would most definitely entail shelling out a few bucks, or if you don’t want to go outside and would just want to watch movies at the comfort of your very own home, then one of the sites which allow you to do all this is 123 movies.123moviesThe internet nowadays with faster speeds allow for streaming of larger files, such as movies. While downloading through torrent is one popular means of getting movies for free, if you want to save on physical memory, your next greatest option would definitely be to make use of a browser-based movie hosting site, and this is exactly what 123movies is. The following are the features of this site:

Watch Movies Anytime in HD

123movies gives you a wide array of movies you can watch online, which you could select based on either genre or country. These movies could be streamed in full HD, and you can watch as many movies as you want, all for free! 

Stay Updated With News

Not only is 123movies a great site for watching movies, it also keeps you updated on the latest happenings in the music and movie industry through their news page! Through this part of the site, you are also given reviews and recommendations for movies, as well as feature articles to leave you informed.123movies

Free Music

Not only does 123movies give you free movies, you could also listen to your favourite tracks as well! Their catalogue is regularly updated, hence giving you up-to-date music whenever, wherever!

Request a Movie of your Choice

This feature is available for registered users, allowing you to ask for the movie you want to watch for free.

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Stay Updated With Your Latest Series

If you have a favorite serial but you have lately managed to miss some of the episodes because you are short on time there is no need to be disappointed. You can now catch the latest episodes of your favorite serials online whenever you want. There are a number of streaming apps that enable you to watch series online and even movies at any given point in time without any interruptions. With this website you do not even need to register in order for you to watch TV movies or serials. While some people choose to record the serials on the television and watch it later, they are restricted to watching this serial in your home and since most people do not have a lot of time in hand they end up deleting the serials without even watching them because they forget about it. online-watching-stuffYou can even access the serials on your smartphone which gives you the liberty to watch it whenever you have spare time. You can watch it while you are travelling to and from work and you can keep yourself updated on the latest happenings on the serials that you love the most.online-watching-stuffThe website also provides you with some amazing movies that you can watch every now and then. The movies are free to access and the best part about this link is there are multiple movies that you can choose to watch. Apart from the latest movies that you can watch, the website also provides you with some of the old movies that you can enjoy. No other website platform allows you to watch movies that are not very new or popular. Every person has their own choice and while some people like certain movies more than the other it is difficult to find those movies anywhere because they aren’t as popular as some of the other movies.

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Benefits Of Watching Movies

Physical, emotional, psychologically, and social well-being is important to the life of any human being. But not many would believe it upon hearing that movies can offer most of such life rudiments. Here are some of the added benefits to expect from movies.free movies online

Movie watching Pros

  1. Better Readiness for life

Watching movies especially horror movies can take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and reaction. While perceived as negative to some movie watchers, this roller coaster experience helps by providing you with the readiness of real life experience and eventualities such as: death of a loved one, birth of your first child, marriage and so on and so forth.   It also helps you to be alert and keener on what goes around you. The latter point is important especially in the terror prevalent world that we all live in.

  1. Helps in Catharsis

The adrenaline rush created by watching action movies helps the brain to secret chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals have a catharsis effect by helping the body relieving stress and anxiety.

  1. Enhances Family and Relationship Bonds

Perhaps because of the nature of work these days you have not been able to spend time with your kids, spouse or loved one. Taking time to watch a movie at the theatre may help to reignite the strong family bond that you have with each other. It will give you a good laugh and create a free environment to talk with your family and display the less serious side of you.

  1. Increases Intelligence

In Steve Johnson’s book “ Everything Bad is Good for You” complex movies and series such as Lost and Battle star Galactica help children, as well as adults to think harder and thus become smarter as they make it difficult to understand what is happening.free movies online

Conclusion

Thanks to the increased use of the internet and android phones across the world, you can now watch movies online.

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Here’s Why Deep House Music Can Liven Up Your Party

If you are keen on playing some of the best music at your party it is best to play some deep house music to keep the party alive. Deep house is a subgenre of house music which has become increasingly popular in recent times. While there are a number of different music genres that you can pick to play at your party, this is one of the most loved genres that is sure to impress your guests and keep them hooked on to the dance floor for a long time.

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One of the main elements to the success of any party is the kind of music that is played. While people spend a lot of time and money on picking the right food, drinks and décor for a party, they often tend to ignore the music that will be played. It is very important to play music that your guests love so they enjoy themselves.

Deep house is house music that has been revamped. It has a techno, electric and jazz beat to it that makes it more peppy and desirable. The music is addictive and once this music plays, people can’t stop themselves from shaking a leg on the dance floor. This is one of the best things that you could want at a party.

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Parties are usually in evening affairs and most people who attend parties are tired from a hectic day at work. If you want them to lighten up their mood and feel energized instantly, playing the right music is essential. Since house music is the most loved genre when it comes to music, it is the safest option that you can go in for. Playing popular deep house tracks means keeping the party alive and keeping people on their feet no matter how tired they are.

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Bluetooth Earbuds

We are heading into the end of the year 2016 and there have been a few new products that deserve recognition, some reputed companies have gone and designed some state-of-the-art Bluetooth ear buds; there are nineteen wireless blue tooth ear buds or headphones that will make you happy, read more to find out about them. Get rid of another set of wires in your life by upgrading to a new pair of blue tooth earbuds that won’t break the bank. Plus, now that new Iphone7 has been launched recently the Bluetooth ear buds are the best as it is designed perfectly for the users – they are light, supremely comfortable, and great- looking, thanks to their metal construction. Users can tweak their sonic experience with this handy and beautiful device. It’s expensive but worth buying.There are many varieties to choose from these blue tooth ear buds. The user can choose according to their budget and comfort.

The ROAM ROPES: kanoa-wireless-earbuds

They are a bold new bluetooth ear buds designed to be worn like a necklace. Their sound quality is very good having high- end audio drivers and a proprietary EQ engine. It allows users to experience the sound according to their requirements via the smartphone app.ROAM are also involved with an organisation ‘Stand up tp Cancer’ to which it donates 100$ for every pair of earbuds they sell. So, essentially you’ll be supporting a great cause if you decide to buy them. It is available in three colors and the price is around $199.

The NuForce BE6i:beats-powerbeats2-wireless-2

These Bluetooth ear buds are an interesting pick. It has top-notch sound quality and a great battery life. The earbuds magnetically attach to each other, allowing users to not to worry about losing them while they are not jamming. There are two colors to pick from, gold and grey.

The Rowkin Mini:

The Rowkin Mini is undoubtedly one of the finest piece of tech available in the market for Bluetooth ear buds. The biggest highlight of the Rowkin mini isits size; the Rowkin mini is so small that it’s almost invisible when worn on the ear. Another neat feature of the Rowkin mini is its portable charging case. The charger is quite compact and can easily be carried along, on the go. The charger is magnetic which allows for a delightful charging process. You just bring the ear buds near the charger and they automatically get attached due to the magnetic attraction.

The sound quality is not amazing but is worth its price. It totally caters to the target audience who want utility, that is to pick up calls hand-free, rather than the audio performance. The rowkin mini fits the bill if you want something cool and flashy. The Rowkin mini is available for the price of 59.99$, and they are available in a wide range of colors.

If you want to grab your own pair be sure to read more about them on the internet to stay updated with the latest Bluetooth earbuds in the market.

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Features Of Good Dj Headphones

Headphones should be capable of producing sounds accurately. Along with it, they should also be really comfortable to be worn for long times. For a DJ, it is essential that there headphones contains all the features which makes them capable of playing good tracks on DJ and organize them well for audience to enjoy. Some of the features which are a must in good DJ headphones include the following;

Let’s you use them on one ear

One of the basic ways in which a DJ uses the headphone is, plugging the monitor speaker in one ear and then listening incoming track in the other. Hence, if you are not able to comfortably place the headphones on one ear, then they are surely not the right piece for you to pick.

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Comfortable round your neck

DJs are not always willing to carry the headphones all the time on their head. They usually cue there tracks, and wipe it off from their ears to place it around the neck. So, if in case the headphone around your neck irritates you or does not suits you, then there is no point purchasing it.

Coiled cable

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When in case of leisure headphones coiled cables looks inappropriate, it is a must for good DJ headphones. The basic reason behind this is, you spend most of your time in front of the gear but at times you would have to move to places distant from it. With the help of long coiled cables you would be appropriately do so and do things which are important while you are playing tracks for listeners.

Colored sound

Being a DJ I am sure you would not be interested in having an audiophile sound, instead you would need something that facilitates easy beat matching. Thus, punchy bass or clear bids are more important than to have a headphone which produces sophisticated sounds. So, keep in mind this essential feature in headphone before finalizing the purchase.

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Get Fun In Water

In this hot and humid climate, it is very difficult to fight with the high temperature. Therefore, in order to survive, people look for different options that can provide some relief from this weather. Many people tend to have a swimming pool inside their homes for having some cool time in this hot weather. But, even if you don’t have a swimming pool inside your home, you can go to public places where swimming is allowed. There are many elements that are made in context to enjoy the pool time.

One such element that can provide you with the maximum comfort while you are in a swimming pool is the pool raft. It is basically made up of materials that can float in water. Therefore, there is no risk of sinking into the water. Pool rafts are basically designed to provide comfort while swimming or relaxing in the pool. The benefits of having a pool raft are –

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  • You can lie down on the raft like you do on the bed and relax.
  • You can also sit on the raft and enjoy a drink in the pool.
  • If you are in a pool party then, rafts can be very helpful for accommodating the people.
  • Generally, rafts are used for relaxing in the pool or taking sunbathe in the pool.

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Being in the water can be a fun and you can do a lot more than just swimming. Moreover, if there is a pool raft available then you can have the best water fun while you are in the swimming pool. The Swimming pool can be an asset in this type of weather when the sun is right over your head and the temperature is rising every day. So, in order to get some relief, enjoy the pool time.