1. Risttuules 7/10
2. Bashu, gharibeye koochak 5/10
3. Kajaki 4/10
4. Why Shoot the Teacher? 3/10
This film is like watching a playthrough of the Oregon Trail except that it takes place on another continent, in another time, and the reason why they're traveling is different. Honestly, the comparison wasn't in my mind until I saw the word "dysentery" appear in the subtitle while I was watching the film. I got teary eyed at the end
My main complaint about the film is the pacing. Sometimes it seems too fast and sometimes it seems too slow. Besides the mixed pacing, it's a great film that I love!
An average (not bad, but not magnificent) film about a boy with a not so great life. I only have it ranked second not because of how much I enjoyed the film, but because of how much I disliked watching the two films I ranked below it.
When you're watching a film...waiting for a guy to die so the story can progress...but it turns out that the guy being injured is the story and the film ends when he's rescued...ugh. Would have been a better film if the characters were actually likable. So much random cursing while talking on the radio (I don't have a problem with cursing while a person does unofficial stuff). The guy cutting the injured person off (when the injured person was telling him what to say to his wife if he's die). If the movie was trying to get me to hate the crew, then congrats, but seeing as the film used a sad song at the end credits of the film makes me think I was supposed to feel sympathy for the crew and love them (something the film failed to make me feel).
Why Shoot the Teacher?:
When watching a bad movie based off a book that you haven't read, it's sometimes hard to know who should get the blame for the horribleness of the film. The film came off as pretentious and fake. So many unnecessary, out-of-place weird quickly spoken lines by one scene(/minor) characters as if those lines were maybe in the book but I don't know (as I haven't read the book) so I don't know who to hate more for the production of this film. This film was directed like a poorly made horror film but without the gore and nudity. When I looked at the director, Silvio Narizzano, I wasn't surprised that it was someone who has directed a horror movie before. This is the fourth movie of his that I've seen. I loved Georgy Girl (1966) and apparently thought that the other two films of his I saw [Fanatic (1965) and Las flores del vicio (1979)] were decent at best but they're forgettable to me. Strange that he directed a Canadian film when all the other films of his that I've seen have been European films.