Ridley Scott is a name that has become synonymous with inconsistency. He's made classics such as Alien and Gladiator, and duds such as Robin Hood and Exodus: Gods and Kings. This is mainly attributed to the fact that while Ridley Scott knows the medium of film astutely, and all of his films look good visually and carry themselves well to onscreen visuals, he does not always pick the best screenplays, and he has a habit of…
Sicario owes much inspiration to Cormac McCarthy-style storytelling. There are several scenes showcasing the same kind of nihilism and hopeless despair that films like No Country For Old Men and The Counselor have depicted on screen. Unfortunately, those two films are better at delivering these themes than this one because of one main thing: the fact that the master of hopelessness and despair wrote them. While Sicario is a moderately good attempt at placing this kind…
There are few words to describe The Cabin in the Woods other than the greatest of adjectives: phenomenal, innovative, and inspiring come to mind. This works not just as a horror movie, but as a comedy, drama, and even a philosophical expression of art. It also does this without offending or desecrating the legacy of any of these genres. This movie is a glorious combination of everything that there is to be loved about horror movies, and even more. It is an exceptional film, and the best horror movie I've ever seen.
Vertigo is many things unique to cinema: it's a noir in reverse, it's a critique on the extreme masculinity of Hollywood pictures at the time, and most poignantly, it is a film chronicling the downward spiral of emotional and romantic obsession that can not only dismantle relationships, but also ruin peoples' sanity and even threaten lives. The depth to which the film explores this last main theme does not become apparent until the absolute end, as…