I thought this film was quite well known, but it took some effort to see it.
Pi is the short name for an Indian boy who, on his search for God, joins several religions. He was raised a Hindu, found Christ and later Allah, much to the chagrin of his rationalistic father.
His father owns a zoo. Then he decides to sell his zoo and emigrate to Canada. The family sets sail on a ship that also transports some of the animals that are to be sold in the USA. After a shipwreck, Pi gets stuck on a lifeboat together with a tiger.
The “Life of Pi” is told by Pi to a writer. The film has wonderful imaginary, quirky humour and a surrealistic atmosphere. It reminds me a bit of “Big Fish“.
Jake is a young man who lives in New York and makes his living as a designer. In the summer he goes to his parents to help them with their trailer park, conduct local politics and organise a music and arts festival. When the permit for a festival in a neighbouring village is withdrawn, Jake figures that he might be able to make some money for his parents when he puts that festival under his own flag. He does not realise the scale of that “Woodstock festival”, not even when an old schoolmate (the organiser) comes flying in with a helicopter. Soon it becomes clear that this will not be a festival for 5.000 people like Jake expected.
“Taking Woodstock” shows the amount of money that went around in the festival, the slyness and professionalism of the organisers, but mostly the impact on the small town when half a million hippies start to gather in and around the festival area. Almost nothing about the music, nor of the festival itself, but all about the direct surroundings with Jake’s parents realising the goldmine, the neighbours forseeing the problems and weird characters trying to help Jake or themselves. “Taking Woodstock” is a very amusing film with a different look on the most famous chapter of music history.
It seems that everybody who sees this movie, likes it. I didn’t, not really. “Crouching Tiger” is a Chinese movie with martial arts and “Matrix-like-filming” (read “flying fighters”). Personally I get a bit tired of people walking against walls and ceilings, but especially when they start flying from roof to roof, it gets a bit too much for me. Conclusion: a family film about Chinese fighters looking for a magical sword.
I am much more curious about the upcoming film “Iron Monkey” which seems to be “Crouching Tiger” in a serious version.