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.

Independent Movie Reviews…Non-Educated Delinquents Review by Tarek Fayoumi


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Written and directed by Peter Mullan “Non Educated Delinquents” is a film that shows the elements of the causes to make children make harsh decisions. The film details how a boy John McGill (played by Conor McCarron) is just sweet and quiet as a little boy but his behavior changes as the years go by. His life consists of gangs, violence, negative parents, and bullying teachers, and all of this builds up to make sweet McGill turn to wanting to be more like a thug.

 Of course the film is an adaptation of the events that occurred in Mullan’s life. However, Mullan’s life was insane and he was losing it and he even admitted that he was in a gang and really hated his abusive father. The scary thing though is watching this movie, and imagining this director living this lifestyle, it is just extraordinary with how well he sets the film and has the depressing moments fall.

In the Opening, John McGill goes to a private school, where respect is what is accepted. The teachers are abusive, neglectful, and not everyone gets by positively. From this, I guess maybe it is trying to say that hitting students in school causes them to have a more negative attitude than a positive attitude.

There is no parallel order of how the schooling works. It is basically just a harsh school. However, John has got problems with his father. Every time at night, his father taunts at him and his mother to do as they are told and John puts up with it for at least like five or ten years (not specified). All of a sudden, he explodes on his father and starts hitting his head with a frying pan. I got to say I am appalled that the character would have the guts to do that. 

Later, McGill meets some new gang members. He starts drinking, fighting, and making people want to go after him. It all leads to suspense and craziness where even McGill gets kicked out of school, his parents kick him out of his house, and he ties knives to his hands and is ready to take risks into his own hands.

To be honest this movie is one I struggle to watch more than once. I own it but I won it at a raffle at a film festival with two other films. I guess my reward was having the guts to watch more dark films.

 

The Squid and The Whale Review By Tarek Fayoumi


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Who is it to blame for the Berkman’s tragic lifestyle? That question may make viewers wonder why the divorced parents in “The Squid and The Whale” are just causing more heartbreaking facts and theories about their lives which only leads their two sons to divide and conquer between both the mom and the dad. Is Frank jealous of Joan’s success of being a writer? Is Frank not that motivated to write more sensational novels? Did anyone have an affair? Or could it be because of both of the parent’s having weird habits?

Now this is a film that is just realistic. Noah Baumbach wrote and directed this film and brings his childhood experiences of his life with him and his brother dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn, New York. As the divorce starts to happen, Baumbach details the boys immature behavior and disrespectful attitude towards the parents they despise. And the way that the parents seem distracted–just they do not care, as long as they are away from each other the happier they are. 

The parents are played by Jeff Daniels (as Bernard) and Laura Linney (as Joan). Both writers and professors in Brooklyn New York with two boys Frank (Owen Kline) and Walt (Jesse Eisenberg). Frank expresses an interest for being a tennis pro and Walt has a passion for guitar. In the opening, the parents do things with their kids and hangout but Baumbach has the characters dialogue lack to give the sense that something is not right. Than later on in the film there is a huge argument. After the argument there is a talk about the parents getting divorced. Within like eight or ten minutes into the film it goes from somewhat mediocre family to the hard to overcome divorced family.

All divorces have jealously involved, events from the past and the present allow both of the parents to see themselves as a couple that was not meant for each other. Bernard is a talented writer but jealous of how his ex-wife Joan turned out to be more successful than he was. Also he feels like her affairs in the past play a big part in their divorce (however the affair is not really defined).

“The Squid and the Whale” goes between conversation to conversation between both parents and their children as if trying to put together a puzzle to find reasons to hate one another. From Frank’s point of view, he feels his mother is not responsible at all for the divorce and that his father is just stuck-up jealous but he believes his father has a right to be jealous. Walt on the other hand sees that for him, it is best to hate his mom. He believes everything is true that is said from his father. That his mom is a liar and a cheater and that she does not deserve respect from him. Both the boys hate a variety of aspects only geared on one parent. They think being hurtful to the one they hate is the way to solve problems.

I wonder how in the process of the film that Wes Anderson was involved. Originally Anderson was set to direct it and Baumbach was suppose to produce it, but they rotated the positions. Baumbach being the director and Anderson as the producer. Anderson felt Baumbach should direct it since the story is all based off of Baumbach’sl life. I wonder though how Anderson could have directed it. Maybe a film where all of the descriptions are listed, their actions, and which parent they choose. That would be something interesting to watch but it would be more in the comedy sense than the dramatic sense. Therefore, Baumbach was the right choice to direct this honest and true drama. Four stars.

Anchorman 2 R-rated Edition review by Tarek Fayoumi


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One edit from one that was not so good the first time is the creation of a film that actually left me laughing so hard the second time. The premise is the same as well as the scenes, however the scenes have so much more quirky dialogue added that was not in the original version of “Anchorman 2.” Many sequels are just the same, and at first I felt with the regular PG-13 edition of “Anchorman 2” was just the same repeat of the first one. Many sequels are always end up being a bust: Many advertisements, many moments in the advertisements that are over-advertised and makes it look funny, then when it is actually in theaters, people realize the film normally sucks. That was how the original version was but with the r-release being rated R it was a whole different experience that was just pure funny.

“Anchorman 2” brings all the crew back together. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrel), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Champ Kind (David Koechner). The time period is the 1970’s and those years are behind Burgundy. Him and his gang are ready to take the New York twenty-four hours news channel by storm. There is a lot of competition, however Burgundy must do what he can to try to not to mess up like he has from time to time.

This film was one that I was glad I gave a second chance with. I am a huge fan of movies and shows relating to the news field. “Anchorman 2” in the R-rated edition, makes it feel more like a first viewing if viewers have seen the original PG-13 edition back in December and was not happy with it. Little do viewers know that the best part about this version of it, is there is 763 new jokes and they are all spread out and now any moment you will laugh so hard your lungs will hurt.

An element from the film I only felt a bit not happy with was really to be honest in this edition language was not bad but basically the subjects being talked about were raunchy. So in some cases it felt like it was the PG-13 edition just with gearing on more graphic subjects. I just felt it was trying so hard to try and be family-oriented.

Overall, it is a joy to watch. The characters styles of acting and their humor makes one to be equal as hysterical.