The first 20 minutes of A Matter of Life and Death has me awestruck. What a beautiful idea that a WWII pilot be missed by heaven and fall in love with his extra time. The film stays intriguing for the most part until the main character's court date with Heaven in which it is to be decided if he should get a free pass to stay alive. At this point the film turns into a strange commentary that seems to…
"Where does this celebrity live?"
"Let's rob them"
*The celebrity is robbed*
*Wash, rinse, repeat*
What a vapid film. I got the vibe throughout The Bling Ring that Coppola was purposefully having her characters speak in indefinites (such as, "and I was like, whatever, y'know?) as well as creating a film that was only surface level glamour (much like her characters). However, I think she might have done too well at this, creating a film wholly unenjoyable to watch. A solid 5/6 of the film is exactly the above stated formula. The Bling Ring seems to be a misstep for Ms. Coppola.
Oldboy is an awesome awesome movie. I watched a version with some of the worst English dubbing I've ever heard and was still completely sucked into the story and the characters. Absolutely see this movie (in Korean with English subtitles if you can). It will entertain you while giving you food for thought for days to come.