With Night Moves Kelly Reichardt has now assured her place near the top of my list of favourite directors. She has a way about her films. Slow, but assured. Quiet, but powerful. Minimal, but engaging. Night Moves takes that familiar style, but adds hints of noir and even a bit of spy thriller to make a truly fantastic film on eco-terrorism.
This is the best I have seen Jesse Eisenberg. He is dark and determined here, in a way I…
With Night Moves Kelly Reichardt has solidified her place among my favorite American directors working today. A crossover in any sense of the word, this film is not only her most accessible in terms of story, but also her most significantly evolved work of art, a character study cum film noir that recontextualizes the genre's tropes into a claustrophobic masterpiece (with a welcome air of cynicism), that simultaneously observes and comments on the fine line between progressivism and anarchy. It's…
Mike Nichols, the multi-disciplined artist, passed away yesterday. When I read the news, I was amazed at how accomplished he was. Not only film, but stage and performance as well. He was one of the few who achieved the EGOT. Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In fact, he had more Tony’s than any other stage director. Although he helmed many memorable films, there is none more memorable to me than The Graduate.
I don’t know when I first saw it,…
"Not a soul."
I've always been a much bigger fan of build-ups than climaxes (I'm talking about movies, here), especially when it comes to thrillers, where I always feel this subconscious twinge of disappointment when the danger becomes real and the divorce from my own mostly un-thrilling reality becomes more marked. But here's a movie that's all build-up and no climax, with a denouement that's meant to be reassuring to Cruise's character but is actually even more sinister than what…
I'VE TRIED TO STEER CLEAR OF SPOILERS HERE BUT THERE MIGHT BE STUFF IN THERE COULD STILL BE REGARDED AS SUCH
It's....The Two Jakes!
The title of Enemy is, I think, not a reference to the traditional interpretation of the word but a reference to this definition:-
"a thing that harms or weakens something else."
I prefer this definition when it relates to this film. It is quite obvious that there is enough in the film that…
Beautifully shot and exceptionally acted, Enemy is a nightmare of a film for both its protagonists and its audience. Before I start to theorize like a moron, I have to say a few things without spoilers. Enemy showcases just how good an actor Gyllenhaal can be. The subtleties in his performance are extraordinary. In mostly wordless scenes he still manages to give each version of his characters an identity. Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon are both stunning as well, with…
I've let this film sit and stew on my mind all night and morning. I'm still not sure that I can properly write a review of the film. Not that the film is an extraordinarily complex piece of work with labyrinthine layers of text and subtext. Rather, simply put, that I am still speechless.
What an absolutely powerful and mesmerizing film. A film that caught me off guard from minute one and only tightened its grip…
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…