I watched it again. It's perfect, but I had to mention that I absolutely loved the little image ripples throughout the whole thing. Like Jake Gyllenhaal's kid brushing his teeth and swallowing the toothpaste, and then later Gyllenhaal spitting his toothpaste into the sink and getting his first call from the Zodiac. Not sure what it means, but I thought it was pretty cool.
"I've jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing."
I had forgotten how much more one can enjoy a comedy when watching it with a large group of friends. In this case, I watched it with my brothers who were in town visiting and hadn't seen it, so I recommended it to them. I honestly enjoyed it more the second time around as their laughter was contagious. They absolutely loved…
Love is Strange is a poignant and sensitive portrayal of a recently married middle aged gay couple post married life and the troubles they experience when one is fired for being gay. The movie is very slow, it allows the pathos to soak into the viewer scene by scene. The movie ultimately feels about human relationships and how we engage with each other. Though the coming of age subplot with the nephew rings a little false with me, the romance…
Just stick to the evidence.
Absolutely ALL of the drama in Fincher's films (at least his new oeuvre of digital cinema) derives from characters learning information. The tension rarely is brought about from anything other than puzzle pieces slowly clicking together. Every single frame of ZODIAC only emphasizes this already true fact, with glossy, consistent quality throughout it's far too short running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Likely one of the best viewings of the year, for me.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
♫ Leeeaning on the everlaaaasting arrrms. ♫
First time I've watched Night of the Hunter.
This film is what you called messed up. For a 1955 movie... I mean audiences must have reacted like this was Seven back in the day.
Charles Laughton. I only know him from his excellent performance in Witness for the Prosecution. Well he made this movie, too. And this film only. DAMN that's a shame! Because if he turned out another 10 movies as good…
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
The film for which Michael Moore earned Academy anointment, Bowling for Columbine begins as an analysis of the factors that led to the tragic 1999 high school massacre in the titular town before expanding outward to explore the nature of America’s gun culture and the nation’s frightening level of violent crimes in comparison to others, particularly Canada. Moore is a skilled debater, gradually constructing a tightly-woven argument that brings some very relevant and important points…
Michael Moore's savagely funny indictment of an American Way that has become totally lost. Bowling for Columbine gets to the root of the problem fast; namely the institutionalised paranoia evident in the US, a country which through its policies, its media and its establishments like the NRA not only pushes the mythical values of bravery, freedom and prosperity, but links it to gun ownership, whilst ignoring the key issues of poverty and abandonment in the towns and states that have…
"Don't you think it is a little dangerous to hand out guns at a bank"
Roger Moore has quite a reputation in the film business and along side with Werner Herzog he is the most known Documentary-Filmmaker although there is no doubt that more as had more commercial success and his movies went to a much bigger audience. But the fact is that i had not yet seen any movie from this guy that has a bigger name…
Ex Machina is at its surface a superficial genre film with some clever dialogue. Even though it lingers on that surface a tad too often, making cleverness become pedantic sometimes, there is still a layer of angst and social commentary buried beneath the rubble that is both strong and necessary.
Let's start at the surface. The premise is everything I love about a good science fiction story. Garland's take on the Turing test is absolutely fantastic. The setting and characters…
Alex Garland's debut is pretty brilliant from start to finish. Ex Machina has a premise we've seen before, and as its presented here, it is exceedingly simple, so much so that the trailer did not entice me. But after seeing it, I have to say, this is one of the best, most thought-provoking pieces of sci-fi in quite some time.
Garland's writing is concise and meaningful. His direction is slick and patient and the production design is eye-catching and gorgeously…
Why I watched this one? The word of mouth that his was one of the worst movies ever made....so I wanted to see just how bad the movie really was.
What is this one about? Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Johnny Depp races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
My thoughts on this one? Ok....this was better than…