Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
The very question pops up every time when we see a masterpiece: Can movie-making gets more subtle than this?
1- From the very first frame of his latest movie Taxi, Jafar Panahi alerts the audience that he is willing to go deep under the skin of a society: A still life font window of a cab in a long master shot, stopped behind the red light of crossroad in Tehran of Taleghani Avenue & Valiasr Street, waiting and waiting for the the countdown to the green light. Why he chose such a long shot in such a place to start his movie? Does he trying to convey any meaning with this names? That is left for the interpretation, But as an Iranian i can`t stop my imagination from flying; In one hand, there is Taleghani which was one of the founding fathers of Iranian Islamic Revolution, A clergy who is now conceived if it was not for his early death right after the revolution, his modern interpretation of Islam could have ruled the spirit of the governing body of the country after the revolution. A father figure who has often seen smoking his cigarettes in those nostalgic black and white photographs of the revolution. On the other, there is Valiasr, a religious epithet to the 12th *beep* Imam who is believed by most Iranian religious people to be the messiah and absent from us; The word itself means “The Warden of Era”. Personally, i respect both of these figures believers and has nothing to do with their own beliefs, but ironically enough, that shot gives me the impression that he is contemplating on the dilemma. Is he asking about the turn of history?
more to come… ” – Babak Geranfar
“ How can i put it? Okey, here it goes;
To be a Women`s Filmmaker is the most sublime fame every director can wish for.It is hard enough you can only name a few auteurs from the history of cinema to emblem it; Ozu, Fassbinder, Sirk and the contemporary Arnaud Desplechin to name a few. But Todd Haynes took all the great features of this masters and pulled them together to portray women in a new high, to own this fame.
He now reigns the genre of melodrama. From “Far From Heaven” to “Mildred Pierce” to “Carol” he has shown the classic mastery of this often scrutinized genre. His routes might even go back to before 50s, to 30s and 40s; to Von Sternberg and his “Blonde Venus”, King Vidor and “Stella Dallas”, to Micheal Kurtiz and his “Mildred Pierce”, to Irving Rapper and his “Now, Voyager”, to Yonggang Wu and his “Goddess”, and maybe even to “Nora” in Ibsen`s “Dollhouse”.
How he can manage to do that in 2015 I don`t know, But I do know that Carol now stands beyond the cliches such as Tear-jerker/Lesbian Melodrama. It is an ode to love. A love as such every man can also desperately demand from another person in the fairy tales, A love for Love. A Love per se. Am i getting too emotional or turning to a cry-baby? I don`t know. But I do know that when Rooney Mara`s smiles at the final scene beyond that table, it was me who would have wanted to jump into the screen and say yes. What a Movie! ” – Babak Geranfar
The Assassin (2015)
“ Eloge de l’amour
Wuxia is a very respected genre in mainstream Asian cinema, It even went as big as Hollywood with “Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger”, “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”. But when an artist such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien touch it with his minimalistic approach you have to be ready to be shocked.
“The Assassin” is glamorous without any mega-picture setting, thrilling without any swordplay on ropes, operatic without any chorus and romantic without any catchy music. It is a piece of art presented as one-woman-opera elegantly played by Shu Qi, and as an eloge-de-l`amour touchingly narrated by Hou`s sublime visual style. ” – Babak Geranfar
Hard to Be a God (2013)
The movie madness is beyond anything has ever happened in the cinema, and Aleksi German`s 15 years marathon (which his son finished posthumously) is a new thing which needs a term to be coined for it: like Retro-Sci-Fi,or Ahistorical-Drama or, Seriously-what-the-f-is-wrong-with-you.
In one word i`m speechless… although i can only think about one word: Masterpiece ” – Babak Geranfar
Since this masterpiece is redefining the borders between “Film” and “Animation” and blurring the lines which were pretty obvious before, there was another conclusion for me to stick into: If this is an animation the title “Movie Every body is wrong about” definitely goes to “Inside Out” this year. ” – Babak Geranfar
Knight of Cups (2015)
“ They Say you have to be a Believer to Like Malick`s work, and i am one. Although as a big fan i cannot express my joy about how sublime his ecstatic style of filmmaking is in “Knight of Cups”. At least not in this little box. This movie needs a huge review, and i`m just taking a bow.
Begin… ” – Babak Geranfar
Bridge of Spies (2015)
It is the little delight of the year. ” – Babak Geranfar
Winter on Fire (2015 Documentary)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
The Revenant (2015)