"Did he just throw my cat out of the window?" - Deputy Kovacs
If there's one thing that The Grand Budapest Hotel cements, it’s the fact that no one makes movies quite like Wes Anderson. From the OCD symmetrical shooting style to the random occurrences in his unique worlds, there are no other cinematic experiences quite like Wes'. And with the confirmation of his consistency with 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom, it seems Wes' supporters have given him free-reign over his next…
"'The plot thickens', so they say. Why is that, by the way? Is it the Soup Metaphor?" - Gustave H.
Wes Anderson is the master of his domain. No one dares to make films like him. They know they will fail if they try. He balances fear and respect. The ultimate auteur.
Sure, there are undoubtedly better directors out there than him (I can think of another Anderson, actually...), but there are none like him. The unexpected dialogue tangents, the…
"The incidents that follow were described to me exactly as I present them here and in a wholly unexpected way. A number of years ago, while suffering from a mild case of 'Scribe's Fever', a form of neurasthenia common among the intelligentsia of that time, I decided to spend the month of August in the spa town of Nebelsbad below the Alpine Sudetenwaltz, and had taken up rooms in the Grand Budapest, a picturesque, elaborate, and once widely celebrated establishment.…
"While questing once in noble wood of gray, medieval pine,
I came upon a tomb, rain-slick'd, rubbed-cool,
Ethereal, its inscription long-vanished, yet still within its melancholy fissures-"
Can't work out whether I prefer Romantic Poetry: Volume 1 or Awesome Mix: Vol. 1.
"She's not just a computer." - Theodore Twombly
Of all the big questions Her asks, the question of the title might be the most pertinent: who is Her? Is it Theodore's next-door neighbour, the artistically-confused Amy? Is it Catherine, Theodore's estranged wife who loved him so much that she wanted to "fucking kill [him]"? Is it the anonymous 'Blind Date', who shoots Theodore down at one slight remark? Is it Samantha, the sentient AI with the husky voice enough to…
"Octopus and Scrabble?" - Desi Collings
David Fincher is the master of mixing artful film-making and utterly scummy trash. Fincher lets you wallow in beautiful housing and luxury furniture but metaphorically drags you through a bush, filled with heroin needles and broken beer bottles in Gone Girl, which delves into even deeper depths than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo could ever hope to achieve. Adapted as quickly as Gillian Flynn's source novel flew off the shelves in 2012, it's…
"Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige." - Mike Shiner
Putting together one particular bar scene and the fact that I have actually seen Lindsay Duncan in a bar in real life, I found it very difficult to legitimately review this.
Nonetheless, my full review is here at Cuckoo Review.
"Bye-bye...and fuck you."
A film that I love very dearly, and will happily give five stars to on a technical and personal level, yet there's some little niggle that I can't place that ultimately stops it from becoming a true favourite. I'm trying to find that niggle.
So, yeah, five stars for masking that niggle so well.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Do not go gentle into that good night;
Old age should burn and rave at close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - Dr Brand
It has nearly been a month since I watched Interstellar, and the compass of my opinion on it has not stopped moving since its third act slotted into place. Christopher Nolan's most ambitious film to date is the type of divisive movie that you even disagree with yourself on. You're constantly…