Unlike my Birdman review, where I opted not to get into thematic interpretation, I really want to dig into this film. Spoiler alert will be issued before I really get into it.
Chaos is order yet undeciphered.
My hat goes off to both director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The work they do here is majestic and spellbinding. The level of technique on display is master class. What they've created is a film that doesn't…
While it's not Spielberg's first film, it's his first theatrical one and you can feel it. There's a lot of that burning first-timer passion behind every scene, every shot. Sometimes it can hurt a film, but not this one. Just as soon as you think the film's going to run out of steam, something new and fresh livens up the screen. It's a good story, but his direction (and amazing cinematography) makes it special.
Part of Noir-November
“I don’t know how this ends, but I’d like it to.”
Revenge. Dish. Cold. You know the drill. The wronged person orchestrating a vengeful plot, biding her time until just the right moment to unleash it. A flurry of poetic justice, stylishly rendered, vindicating our hero (while perhaps corrupting her). Rube Goldberg-ian machinations and infernal patience underlie the avenging angel’s scheme; the only open question is at what cost does she unleash her righteous fury.
This is a must own on Blu. Seriously, Grooveman loaned it to me, and I ain't giving it back. It's cheap to, like only 12 bucks Canadian, and it has to be imported from the US of A. I just checked, and it is 9.29 on Amazon.com. Seriously, buy it now. Are you in the UK, you can get for 6 pounds. You need a region free player, but hey, I am telling you, it is worth it. I checked…
Let me tell you about my all-time favorite movie.
How did it all start? I was on leave from the army and probably was above average interested in such matters and characters as the film describes. Still I sat down at the movie theatre not expecting anything and therefore quite relaxed. Suddenly the film had lasted for one and a half hours and it was time for intermission (those were the days)! It is pointless to mention that I could…
Well that was spectacular.
Philip Kaufman rightly keeps Tom Wolfe's satirical bent intact, creating a witty, powerful sometimes transcendent tug of war between dreams and machinery. The seven astronauts were given an extraordinary opportunity, but the also had to deal with the shackling construct of expectations, politics, personal setbacks, etc. This struggle is exemplified by Chuck Yeager, made into the John Wayne of the sky by Sam Shephard's singular swagger. He was left out of the NASA program, proving that…
There's so many moving parts to Birdman that it's tough to capture all of them in a single, coherent rant.
I loved this movie. That is the bottom line for me. It sits firmly amongst the best films I've seen this year and it is simply a captivating and rewarding experience. I have never seen any of the director's previous films but now I may have to rectify that. Birdman was that good.
The biggest element…
More than just being a cheeky coincidence for my own yearly ritual, Rituals caught my eye during research for two reasons:
1) It was described as being the Canadian Deliverance
2) It was also described as being a perpetually underrated horror film
While I was drawn to more the latter, it should be noted that while not strictly a horror film in of itself, Deliverance certainly made people, men in particular, more wary of camping trips in a way not…
With The Hired Hand, Peter Fonda created a masterpiece, not confined strictly to the western genre though, this can be appreciated by any lover of film. The Hired Hand is high art, and Fonda had excellent help in Vilmos Szigmond (DoP) and Frank Mazzola (editor) in creating a mesmerizingly beautiful movie, from the opening sequenses to the end credits. Freeze frames, slow motion, colour changes, smooth transitions, hypnotic soundtrack and on top of that the most relaxed version of Warren…
This going to seem like a weird place to write what I am going to write, but it has been something I have been thinking a fair bit about recently, and revisiting the first two Daniel Craig Bond films, as well as watching The Guest has got me thinking that it is time to formulate my thoughts, even if they are still in their infancy.
There has been a whole lot of discussion about women in film over the last…
A bizarre mix of home invasion/psychological thriller, lead by a complex and charismatic performance by Dan Stevens "The Guest" keeps you guessing in one of the nicer surprises of the year.
Keeping the tension more than palpable till the inevitable (if slightly excessive) unraveling for the finale it is elevated a lot thanks to it's lead. Managing to keep David an enigmatic figure throughout Stevens (and his fine american accent) holds the film together in all aspects, interactions with the…