Sicario, not unlike its translation into "hitman", revolves around the act of stealth and the aura of tension it creates. Denis Villeneuve, teaming up again with master DP Roger Deakins, conjures up images of supreme darkness, but the true accomplishment comes not from horror within the now but from the foreboding blare of escalating dread.
It's nothing less than a sublime concoction, but one that decays as soon as familiarity is presented. With Deakins' soul-searing cinematography, Johann Johannsson's heart-exploding…
Part of Hoop-Tober 2015
“I’m one.” “One what? One year or one day?” “One.”
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” It is perhaps the best-known statement by Ludwig Wittgenstein, famed twentieth-century linguistics philosopher. And as with most of Wittgenstein’s statements, it has an opacity that renders it at once vaguely meaningful and vaguely meaningless. A string of words put together just so can be rich and evocative, regardless of its clarity. “If a lion could…
• Drive is Nicolas Winding Refn’s magnum opus where arthouse meets action in the most thrilling, stylish and brutal way
• Albert Brooks is as chilling as he’s ever been as crime boss Bernie Rose (he even shaved his eyebrows for this damn role!)
• There is some of the old ultraviolence as Alex and his droogs would say, which is presented in a truly raw and realistic manner
• The music is another one of the highlights, combining…
A masterpiece of unrelenting terror, nail-biting suspense & persistently looming paranoia, John Carpenter's The Thing is one of the greatest films of its genre(s) that presents its esteemed filmmaker at the apex of his talents for the remarkable simplicity with which Carpenter succeeds in infusing the storyline with a chilling sense of dread, tension & uncertainty right from its opening moments and then effortlessly sustaining those vital horror elements throughout the film's runtime is no mere achievement in itself.
Set in Antarctica,…
"This may be too much for a blunt instrument to understand, but arrogance and self awareness seldom go hand-in-hand."
For me, this is the one. After my long journey through the Bond franchise, I can finally say with certainty that this is my favorite James Bond movie.
Casino Royale is the movie that makes James Bond into a character. Previously he had always been a cipher for a certain brand of masculinity, and that's valuable in its own way, but…