Wow. Simply wow. There is no other way to articulate the feeling you get after watching 12 Angry Men, perhaps the zenith of Sidney Lumet's remarkably talented directorial career, even more amazing considering this was his debut feature. It's just one of those rare golden gems of a film that gets everything, literally everything, absolutely right. Script, direction, performances, tone, setting, story, the lot. It's perfect. It's exciting. It's gripping. It's meaningful. It's moving. And it may be close to…
As a vision of a future society, if you can call it that, Children Of Men should rightly scare the shit out of you. Could this really happen? That is the reason this science fiction film from Alfonso Cuaron is so powerful, with all the genetic anomalies and pollution of the planet surely this issue is only a matter of time.
A film so full of despair from the off, some of this is a desperate watch. Set in the…
Beautifully composed, shot, and told, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is well deserving of its reputation as one of the best Westerns ever made. An epic story of lawlessness, vengeance, and the women and men conquering the untamed American west, Leone's film is meditative and gritty, sweeping and violent. It compels with its carefully composed aesthetic, archetypal-yet-specifically drawn characters, and grand themes.
Steeped in dirt, sweat, and stubble, Leone's film is made up of narrative threads…
Joel & Ethan Coen's film begins with a preface that declares everything that happens in Fargo is a true story, and only the names of those involved have been changed. That's not strictly true, as it turns out; the Coen's infact constructed their well known, highly regarded black comedy crime picture from a variety of different true stories of murders & violent acts instead of one specific chain of events, as they describe 'because the audience are more willing to allow things…
An ostensibly bleak almost nihilistic air invades the space around the French Resistance as depicted by Melville. He was a member of the covert movement himself so perhaps better positioned than anyone to tell its story. Any notion of romance or satisfaction gained from their activities is not on show here. Melville tells it as an almost futile battle, like scaling a wall that just keeps on growing taller.
Life for these people seemed to exist for passing the baton…
That's what we are—sheep.
At least that's how Charlie Chaplin saw us.
“There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part."
Now that's Mario Savo's take on the war machine (or the military–industrial complex), and as the speech continues he makes his message more apparent. But if we for just a second take this piece of it at face value, it…
Now that was an emotional cinematic experience I'll never forget.
I've known for months that this a film 12 years in the making, but it's not something that sinks in until you see it. And saying it 'sinks in' doesn't do the film justice - there's moments throughout the film where it's subtleties and interactions throughout Mason's life begin to really hit you. I see no other way to discuss this film than to ramble and speak freely on all…
A dynamic blend of kinetic direction, relentless action & energetic performances, Assault on Precinct 13 is a severely underrated action thriller that grabs the viewers' attention from its opening moments & never lets go until the very end. Written, directed, edited & scored by John Carpenter, it is one of the finest works of his career & arguably the most transparent reflection of this director's filmmaking style.
Set in a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles, Assault on Precinct 13 covers a series…
The early days of science-fiction filmmaking came at a time when the world was on a precipice of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, following the second of two global World Wars that almost destroyed modern civilisation and beyond the looming spectre of a 'Cold War' that many in 1951, the year Robert Wise's cautionary parable The Day the Earth Stood Still arrived in picture houses, feared could easily spill into a third global conflict no one may survive. That palpable sense…
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Suggest a Film and I’ll Watch It Within a Week – Round II #4
I can't see ya, but I know you're here. I can feel it.
- Peter Falk
It's not often that a film leaves me feeling indecisive in regards to what I think of it. I'm sitting here feeling quite confused, I'm really not sure what to say. I could mention the brilliant cinematography by Henri Alekan, or the simplistic yet poetic script from…
The opening sequence of Drive is absolutely stunning. The beautifully stylish cinematography, the very cool soundtrack, Ryan Gosling’s subtly as the Driver and Wending’s perfect direction all come together wonderfully. As soon as tension built up due to the overhead shots of nocturnal Los Angeles, the flawless pacing and the Chromatics “Tick of the Clock”; Drive put a dumb smile on my face and guaranteed me I was in for a spellbinding experience.
Drive is modern cinema done right. It…
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Director: Dean DeBlois
Screenwriter: Dean DeBlois
Based on How to Train Your Dragon, a series of children’s books by Cressida Cowell
Voice Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Whig & Kit Harington
Runtime: 102 min // Certificate: PG
Set five years after the events of the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is, much like its central characters, far…