What We Do in the Shadows is a rather fun experience, it takes an old twist on a tired genre (vampires) and turns it into a mockumentary. The script and idea is very clever, there isn't much of a plot per say, more so story lines and who exactly these three vampires are. The acting is spot on, everyone nails the documentary style to a tee and it feels one hundred percent believable as you watch it. The humor is…
Maybe the most impressive thing about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is just how entertaining it is for the entire run time.
Only Tarantino can make a film with these characters, and subject matter and tie it all together to create a near flawless film.
Django Unchained is a fun, astonishing, jaw dropping look into Americas past atrocities in a light most directors would never even tackle.
My opinion hasn't changed in the slightest on my first rewatch, as I love it now as I did in the cinema 2 plus years ago.
"She locked away a secret deep inside herself. Something she once knew to be true, but chose to forget."
Inception is hard to talk about at this point because it was such a phenomenon when it was released that so many things (both good and bad) have already been said about it. It's not only hard to justify the existence of yet another review of the film because the chance that I'm going to say something new at this point…
After watching something super obscure to start off this month, I decided to watch a popular foreign film ever since it came out in 2010. This was back in the time before people started to tire of the found footage genre, but this seems to be one of the higher rated ones out of that subgenre, which seems to be populated with total dreck.
The plot is that three…
Rewatch Reflections: It's probably been more than two decades ago since I first saw Steven Spielberg's debut film on television (or was it Vhs?). Just like then, I'm captivated by the sheer narrative simplicity of DUEL (1971) and the supreme confidence displayed in its technical execution. From that opening 'car camera' POV shot of the Valiant rolling out of a typical suburban garage onto the road - the nightmare encounter with an anonymous, hulking gasoline truck soon to begin -…
Zack Snyder likes a spectacle. Sucker Punch and 300 both had visually impressive set pieces and cutting edge technology to enhance what appeared on screen. The overuse of CGI (some of it awful I may add) is the accusation most often lambasted towards Snyder's work and unfortunately the crux of my complaints again here along with the performance of Henry Cavill.
Man Of Steel is much better than Superman Returns. That's not a very controversial statement as Bryan Singer made…
Entirely dependant on Juliane Moore's impressive performance, Still Alice is an average film that ultimately says few about its subject. Shame, because there are geniunely affecting moments (one of the co-directors suffers from ASL, so he has expericience with the destructive nature of certain diseases and it shows, because there are moments ridden with emotion). Kristen Stewart proves to be a great actress (the Internet can shut the fuck up now). But I have major issues with the film.
It's not a groundbreaking film by any standards. Sarah Polley has described the subject before in the excellent Away From Her. Nor is it a career defining performance by Julianne Moore. Like she needs that. But it's her fifth Academy nomination, and I think they really should give her the Oscar for this performance. She never fails to put her whole self into every role, this time no different, and she really is convincing here.
Good performance also by Kristen…
Alzheimer's is such a shitty disease! An absolute asshole of a disease that takes something from it's sufferers many of us take for granite. It takes away what makes you...you! All the memories good and bad begin to fade, you forget who even your closest loved ones are, and become a shell of your former self until you die. I'd take the pain and crippling effects of just about any other disease over that bullshit. In Still Alice we see…
Still Alice is a depressing film of a life lost right before your eyes.
Alzheimers disease has to be one of the worst things that can ever happen to a person.
And what you get on screen is Julianne Moore giving a impeccable portrayal of that life lost.
Without over acting the situation Moore pulled me down this dreary road with her with no exit.
As moving as Moore's performance the film as a whole isn't up to par with…
Hi, Alice. I'm you. And I have something very important to say to you.
-Dr. Alice Howland
Julianne Moore gives a performance worthy of all the attention it is getting as Dr. Alice Howland, a linguistic professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. It's a performance that should get her an Oscar nomination as it elevates a film that is mediocre (at best) on it's own.
I know! I'm an ass for not seeing what everyone else sees in this…
I have been lucky enough to not have to deal with Alzheimer's disease on a personal level in my life. From my perspective of merely knowing people by association who have and continue to suffer from the illness, the word heartbreaking doesn't even do it justice. I hear stories being told about a person who discovered they had early onset Alzheimer's, and someone says "That's so heartbreaking." and then the topic changes and everyone moves on, but I cannot shake…