Similar to its non-descriptive title, "Survivor" is an overly bland film. It has a fairly strong cast and the plot itself (outside of its weirdly patriotic ending) works at a fast enough pace to keep the viewer entertained...but rarely engaged. There was a lot of potential to be a hard hitting thriller, but this is easily McTiege's safest film stylistically speaking and it rarely reaches the potential it could have hit.
It's not a terrible movie, in fact, Pierce Brosnan…
It has been years since I've seen Halloween II. Not out of a hatred for the movie or anything, it just never was a film I loved enough to come back to again and again. However, I forgot how effective it is at being a slasher. By '81 the slasher craze was already reaching a fever pitch so it's only logical that this film would be more violent and less atmospheric. It makes for a film that doesn't resonate quite as well as the first, but one that's a blast to watch - even if there are some decent sized plot holes and conveniences.
Fincher, you mad genius bastard! Only he could take a film like this and make into a riveting, roller coaster emotional thriller that has even the most intelligent of movie goer leaning whatever which way he wants them to go. It's intoxicating in its subtlety, brimming with impressive performances, and challenging in its delivery. Bravo, good sir.
Since Pixar decided to completely abandon creativity with their last two films, I was skeptical about Inside Out. However, this is easily one of my favorites that the studio has released and one of their most ambitious, unique, and creative films of their highly regarded catalog. It's both outrageously fun and horrendously sad (a key component to the theme of the film). I'm glad to see the studio producing films like this again. It comes highly recommended.