56 – Life Is Beautiful (1997)

You wouldn't away with this now a days.You'd be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

You wouldn’t away with this now a days.You’d be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

Life Is Beautiful is a bit of a misleading title for this film.After watching the last last 30 minutes i think a more apt title would be Life Is Shit. I’ve never seen this film before but i bought a copy on DVD for my parents once because it was popular at the time and had gotten a few awards.For anyone who doesn’t know the plot,it’s about a family who gets shipped off to a concentration camp by the Nazis./sounds sad right?The main character,the dad,is called Guido and he is a Jew. His wife is an Italian and they have a young son too that is also shipped off to the camp.The mother pleads to go with her family.Guido is a charming upbeat guy who seems to live in a fantasy,there’s something very whimsical about him.And it’s with his up beat attitude and constant games he’s playing that the whole concentration camp thing doesn’t really effect you on a personal level.Even his final moments i felt distanced from the whole thing.The film came out in 1997 but the whole feel and look of it makes it seem like it’s from the eighties.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES

209 – Roman Holiday (1953)

meanwhile at the local glory hole

meanwhile at the local glory hole

Good film.Basic rom/com stuff that’s been done time and time again rehashed redone and spat out again.But this is one of the early ones that manages to get it spot on.Story goes;a young princess sneaks out of the palace place and meets Gregory Peck and does all the normal stuff she wouldn’t be allowed to do.He plans to sell pics and a story of all this stuff but falls for her in the end and has a change of heart.The ending wasn’t what i expected but then i remembered the title of the film and see it was better this way.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO