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Nada +, a review by Danae Cassandra

Where We Are:  Cuba

What We Watched:

Nada +Overview:
Carla, a postal worker in Havana, fulfills her romantic longings by opening letters and rewriting them into passionate prose before sending them out again to their intended recipients. After her co-worker Cesar catches her, Carla turns her amorous talents on him.

Beautifully filmed in black and white with accents of brilliant color, Cuba's 2003 Oscar entry combines visual humor, poetry, satire of Cuban bureaucracy and a lighthearted love story.

My Thoughts:
A lovely and fun movie, Nada+ has been compared by others to the French film .  I can see the comparison - both feature imaginative young women who alleviate the loneliness of their lives by helping others anonymously - and though is by far the better film, Nada+ was also a good watch.  The two films came out the same year, so I don't think it can be said that one was influenced by the other. 

Nada+ makes the most of its low budget with clever camera shots and techniques.  Most of the film is black-and-white, but strategic bursts of color enhance the film - to me it seemed like the b&w emphasized the ordinariness of life, while the color enhanced the little things that brought the characters pleasure and a break from tedium.  The camera moves into unique shots, such as a first-person shot when Carla is called into the boss's office - giving that moment the feel of dread one gets in such a moment.  There are also tiny bits of animation and animation-style shots that give the film a unique look.

Carla is suitably neurotic, as one might expect from someone who steals letters and rewrites them, but she's also very likable and sympathetic.  If Cesar seemed flat at first, the entire film is from Carla's perspective and in the beginning she doesn't know him.  He's the handsome co-worker she's always noticed but never spoken to.  The boss and her underling were very over-the-top in performance and character, but it suits the style of filming and worked well here (and they reminded me of the principal in Casi Casi). 

It was good movie and I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys independent films.

Overall: 3.5/5

(From Around the World in 86 Movies on February 12th, 2012)

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Eve of Destruction, a review by KinkyCyborg

Title:Eve of Destruction
Year: 1991
Director: Duncan Gibbins
Rating: R
Length: 100 Min.
Video: Pan & Scan 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

"An original, provocative thriller." - Los Angeles Times

She's beautiful indestructible... and unstoppable! Renee Soutendijk is "sexy and lethal" (Boxoffice) as Eve VIII, a sophisticated and deadly android run amok in this heart-pounding sci-fi thriller. "Genuine suspense and a terrific finale" (The Hollywood Reporter) set this action-adventure apart and above the genre... this is one Eve you just can't miss!

Created in the image of her inventor, Eve VIII is the flawless culmination of years of research, or is she? When an unexpected mishap during testing sends her into a sudden, irreversible rampage, Eve begins stalking and killing anything she perceives as a threat. And now it's up to terrorism expert Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines) to find and deactivate her before she realizes her ultimate capability - nuclear annihilation!

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(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on August 25th, 2010)

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon, a review by Tom

07. The Demon Hand (2008-02-25)
Writer: Josh Friedman (Created By), Toni Graphia (Writer), James Cameron (Original Characters By), Gale Anne Hurd (Original Characters By)
Director: Charles Beeson
Cast: Lena Headey (Sarah Connor), Thomas Dekker (John Connor), Summer Glau (Cameron), Richard T. Jones (Agent James Ellison), Mark Ivanir (Dmitri Shipkov), Angela Gots (Maria), Traber Burns (Chief of Staff), Brian Austin Green (Derek Reese), Bruce Davison (Dr. Peter Silberman), Mark Bloom (FBI Evidence Clerk), Ron Butler (Social Worker), Alex Veadov (Russian Man)

I like it when they are referencing events of the movies. I think Derek is a good addition to the cast.

But I don't think it was a good choice to have Cameron ballet dancing. Only because the actress is a ballet dancer doesn't mean you have to incorporate it into the story.


(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon on January 27th, 2009)