"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…
You know how I only normally do one quote at the beginning of my reviews? Well, just to emphasise the genius of the dialogue, here’s four of the best lines from the four leads:
“Jesus Christ, Stephen, what is the point of having a n***er that speak German, if ya can’t wheel ‘em out when you have a German guest?!” – Calvin Candie
“Django! You uppity son of a-” - Stephen
“Our mutual friend has a flair for the dramatic.”…
DISCLAIMER: This review must be read in the voice of Monsieur Calvin J. Candie. It must be read in no other way. It will not work otherwise. Try to match his panache in his speech. And then you will get the full effect.
I am a seasoned movie-watcher, and I can confirm that there is a level above bright, above talented, above loyal that a movie can aspire to. Say, one movie that just pops up in 10,000. The 'exceptional…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For the 165 perfect minutes of Django Unchained, there are 165 perfect moments. Don't believe me? Well, allow me to prove you wrong...
1. The retro Columbia Pictures title.
2. That tune kick-in of Django.
3. The occasional whipping sound-effect in the titles.
4. The credit that reads “And with the friendly participation of Franco Nero”.
5. The first sight of that big, old, bouncy tooth.
"I spent my whole life here right here in Candyland, surrounded by black faces. And seeing them every day, day in day out, I only had one question. Why don't they kill us?" - Monsieur Calvin J. Candie
While it might not be Quentin Tarantino's true masterpiece, Django Unchained provides some of Tarantino's greatest works. While Inglorious Basterds was an intimidating ensemble where there were no true lead characters, Django provides five key players that all have their moment to…