RSS feed for Matt Conti
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 2014

    Watched 27 Jun, 2015

    Really like this film when it's more specifically about not just culture clash but class clash too. For whatever language barrier Kumiko has with the Americans she meets, they more specifically seem to sympathize with her poverty stricken situation than her fellow Japanese citizens who are eager to see her as different and give her the cold shoulder (the obvious exception of the Japanese library guard who helps her even though he knows it's wrong). It's no surprise that she…

  • Dope

    Dope 2015

    Watched 25 Jun, 2015 3

    This is Sundancecore to the extreme (and I'd name it the Sundancecore movie of the year if only for the fact that I haven't seen Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl yet). It's tailor made to that faux indie festival crowd with its <strike>likable</strike> relatable nerd protagonist (and his archetypal friends who seem to have no life outside of their friendship to the protagonist), lowkey but quick moving coming of age plot, and adherence to Sundance cliches that would make…

  • Lava

    Lava 2015

    Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    This short is kind of fucked up.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    There's a lot going around about how Inside Out wrecked the "feels" of various people. It's a shorthand of saying that the film visited upon emotionally cathartic themes that resonated on a deeper level to them. This is something I absolutely understand, and to some degree empathize with. It's a film that finds the core of why we love movies that makes us feel something, and does that through abstraction of those emotions.

    But am I the only person who…

  • Approaching the Elephant

    Approaching the Elephant 2014

    Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Political theory in motion. Wilder has a great future in documentaries, as she's able to capture the essence of this school with such vivid attention to detail it feels at once objective and yet impressionistic. There's a chaotic editing to the way the kids argue in the school meetings, almost giving you the same stress headache the adults are probably feeling. Yet Wilder's observation is undoubtedly clear. There's no way you can tell which side Wilder comes down on when…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2015

    Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    Baumbach at his most tolerable? Perhaps it's because the film is so lightweight and funny (and not in that typical Baumbach humor kind of way) that it's actually enjoyable to sit through so long as you're not listening to anything this film is actually trying to say. There isn't much to this movie but the characters are, for once, likable and not obnoxious (instead of obnoxious and uninteresting). Everyone in here is good (Naomi Watts is great, and I finally…

  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted 2015

    Watched 17 Jun, 2015

    Beyond the awful sex shaming this entails, this is just a pretty obnoxious and quite frankly boring documentary. It follows far too few subjects to ever get a wider look at the amateur porn industry*, and it's way too tame, and never asks the questions it should be asking, going for an only skin deep portrait.

    * So I actually live in Miami, and I've met and even known quite a few people who work in porn down here. There…

  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler 2014

    Watched 17 Jun, 2015 3

    Good lord. I don't even know where to start with this.

    Easily the most tonally erratic film I've ever seen. It's a comedy one minute, a drama the next, a thriller and then briefly a horror movie at one point. It's all over the place.

    Some of the stuff that this film tries to pass off as humor is really uncomfortable. The protagonist almost rapes a woman but the only reason he stops is because he can't take off his…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    Watched 16 Jun, 2015 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    There's a scene in Django Unchained where Django aims his rifle from a hilltop at a farmer, who is his next intended target on his bounty hunting tour with his teacher/friend Dr. Schultz. The farmer just so happens to have a young son working with him in the field, a scene of pleasant domesticity. Django hesitates, noting his sympathy for not wanting to shoot a father in front of his son. Schultz understands Django's…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    Watched 14 Jun, 2015 2

    This is the last time I listen to you folks when you tell me a Matthew Vaughn adaptation of a Mark Millar comic is "good".

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011

    Rewatched 13 Jun, 2015

    Truly a cultural phenomenon in the sense that it became vastly popular in ways no one really understands. Imitators have come and gone but none have the lasting power this series has.

    It's even weirder when one thinks that these books/movies were never really more than just okay. But hell, even I find my eye getting misty at the larger allegory that this film's epilogue holds, tacky as it is. Kids are gonna grow up and maybe move past it,…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    Watched 11 Jun, 2015 9

    Let's get this out of the way:

    1. Colin Trevorrow has absolutely no sense of visual wit or style. How he landed this job after Safety Not Guaranteed is beyond me. As far as this film is concerned visually, anyone could have directed it. Trevorrow has a few attempts here at pulling off a Spielberg face, and they SUUUUUUUUUUCK.

    2. This film is sadistic in a way the previous films weren't. It takes way too much pleasure in the dinosaur…