All posts by Tarek Fayoumi amateur film critic in Chicago!

I am someone who strives to become a professional critic. I watch and review many movies. I view the eyes of movies as something as an art form. I have followed many critics over the years, but once I was thirteen I knew writing film reviews was going to be my passion. I learned from watching multiple episodes of Ebert And Roeper in my teen years, and then in middle school I began writing film reviews for a newspaper club. I am also an avid fan of the arts of Chicago including Theatre, Comedy, and music. Films, however, are my primary focus.

Monuments Men Review by Tarek Fayoumi


Image

 

With all of the high expectations really high in December and then decreasing right as we find out a war film is being pushed back really caused “Monuments Men” to be a film that is complete boredom. Also it is a disappointment because it has many big names ranging from Clooney, Damon, Goodman, Murray, Blanchett and more. This film was basically designated to be a big movie to see on Christmas time but at that time or close to it, it got pushed back.

“Monuments Men” is about a bunch of soldiers who are gathered to rescue arts stolen by Nazi criminals and return them to their owners during World War 2. The gang is run by Stokes (Clooney) and he gathers up men that have some talent and art background to help him get the arts back. 

Only problem I was having with this movie, was the fact that it was not an epic war movie like “Saving Private Ryan” with amazing sound effects, it was a film where you felt like you were just watching a more boring version of “12 Angry Men.” The violence is very minimal and all made basically for laughs and their is lack of plot dialogue as well.

Overall, this is a film that was an extreme disappointment. I will not watch it again. I am upset honestly, because I wanted to see this movie badly, even with it getting pushed back. It was not improved being pushed back, it was ruined. One star.

Dallas Buyers Club Review by Tarek Fayoumi


Image

 

Matthew McConaughey may not look how he usually does in most films as he does in “Dallas Buyers Club.” What I mean is the big ladies man that is buff and catches any ladies attention right when he catches their eyes. However, he is a stud and is deep with his performance as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.” “Dallas Buyers Club” is prodigious. McConaughey is at his best. Also it stars best supporting actor Jared Leto (as Rayon) and Jennifer Garner. It is a film that deserves all of the awards it can win.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is the true story of Ron Woodroof, an electrician and hustler who has many bad habits. He parties frequently, drinks to the extent, takes a ridiculous amount of drugs, and engages in unprotected sex on several occasions. All of a sudden though, the consequences of how he is treating himself comes back to haunt him. He wakes up in a hospital and is told by his doctor Eve (Garner), that he has been diagnosed with AIDS. Therefore, he does not have much time to live.

Woodroof is in despair and is distraught and he is desperate to seek treatment to help him survive. He realizes there is a drug called AZT which can treat AIDS. However, the problem is the drug is not legal in the U.S. Woodroof does not care though, he goes over the limits to get what he needs. With the help of a hospital buddy named Rayon (Leto), they establish a business that Woodroof names “The Dallas Buyers Club” to help AID patients get the help they need including his own self.

This movie is one that I felt compelled by, I have seen many melodramas relating to health problems. Movies that range from “21 Grams,” “50/50,””Terms of Endearment,” and more. But I do not think I have seen a film as extraordinary about one character fighting for their own life compared to “Dallas Buyers Club.” Once you watch it, you just wonder how you can take part in helping anyone who is in these dramatic situations. It is thought-provoking and dramatic that you just feel you are part of the experience.

This is the fifth film directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. He works with some talented make up artists to make McConaughey look exactly like how one should look when they are suffering in this type of condition. He hired Melanie Deforrest as the key make-up artist for the production. She did the make-up for the most recent blockbuster film Oblivion. However, that was just a typical hollywood, Tom Cruise film. For her, this one was a bigger sensation, especially with her work she has done to make our characters look so devastating, yet brilliant. McConaughey is brilliant at being the redneck, sick man, Leto is terrific at being the other sick man. It is just so captivating that you’ll want to cry.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is a heavy film. However, it is one that is also important. Pay attention to the film and realize what is heartfelt about it. I have seen it twice now, and have was compelled both times by it. Four stars.