Sion Sono's Love Exposure is an epic in its own right. Clocking in at nearly 4 hours it is an emotional case study of a young teenage boy. It covers so much ground even in its first twenty minutes that I thought there was no way it was going to continue to have a progressive plot.
Defying all odds, Love Exposure manages to constantly propel the story forward into bold new places. It is a romantic movie, a comedy movie,…
Although The Huntsman Winter's War has a strong cast and talented effects team behind it, there is almost no substance to anything in it. The story is bland and uninspired even though it tried to be meaningful. All the "beats" of a story can be plainly seen, but it felt like it was just going through the motions. The Huntsman Winter's Warleft me with disappointment because it seemed to fail to even to genuine at any point. It is a jumbled mess of hollow characters that don't accomplish much.
David Lynch's The Elephant Man is a frightening and harsh look at the world. John Merrick is a disfigured man who is subjected to the heinous acts of the people around him. David Lynch creates an opening sequence that primes the audience into this film's tone. It can be loud, disturbing, and confusing all at once, yet Lynch follows through with some of the most touching cinematic sequences I have ever seen.
The scene where Anne Bancroft talks to John…
Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich is a wonderfully creative story that succeeds through its world-building and original ideas. Charlie Kaufman once again proves that his ideas are strange, yet relatable in this weird and unconventional film.
Being John Malkovich is confident in its own skin, and presents the audience with multiple impossibilities that aren't necessarily questioned by its own characters. This adds a blend of comedy to this quirky world, and it has made me question elevator rides ever since…
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Spike Jonze's Adaptation is a journey through Charlie Kaufman's process for writing a specific screenplay. He wants it to be a film where nothing happens, and where no lessons are learned. If it isn't "Hollywoodized" then Kaufman believes it can turn into a good film because it could represent true life.
Nicolas Cage not only plays Charlie Kaufman, but also his fictional twin brother. These characters look exactly the same, yet the film is able to distinguish both characters because…
Legend is a kinetic adventure about two gangster brothers in London. Legend is a true story about Reggie and Ronnie Kray who built a reputation for themselves in the crime business.
Tom Hardy plays both brothers, and once again knocked it out of the park with his performance. Both characters have their own mannerisms and speaking style that constantly kept me entertained.
It's violent when it needs to be, emotional at the right times, and just crazy enough to be…
Youth is a film that's about reminiscing the past and figuring out the important things to live for later in life. There are many emotional payoffs that were never really setup or earned. Michael Caine's character often has somber monologues that ultimately mean nothing.
The film rarely lingers on a shot for longer than three seconds. It's strange to see such a slow movie edited to be so fast. Many inconsequential characters are given solo scenes that aren't relevant to…
The House Is Black is a short documentary about a leper colony. It highlights a couple different patients and the treatments they get prescribed.
This film manages to create an insightful view into these people's lives through cross cutting montages over a dramatic classroom scene. It puts health in perspective for its viewers, and showcases conflict within people's appearances and how they learn to be themselves.
Other than white subtitles over a bright black and white film, the filmmaking is effective and proficient. If you're interested in a little look into a leper colony, this short film should do the trick.
Austism In Love is a straightforward documentary. It brings insight to the world of dating for people on the autism spectrum, something I don't think I have thought about before.
It's charming at times, yet it also turns a bit dark. There's some parts that can be hard to watch. It deals with the struggle of not only falling in love, but understanding who you are.
This isn't particularly well shot, or an emotional roller coaster, but rather an insight…
Only Yesterday is a film for children. Actually, probably for adults. It's for both, at different times in their lives.
It's nostalgic and romantic in all the right places. Sometimes characters are introduced then forgotten about just like in real life. I completely believe in this story and its characters. I was drawn in and seduced by its storytelling. I never thought I could relate so much to a young girl.
Somehow, if I could explain my love life in…
A gem that I wish I saw earlier in life. Starman is full of wonder and love while showing a stern and violent side of humanity. It's a sort of screwball comedy from outer space, and I loved every minute of it.
Carpenter injects charm with a slew of memorable lines that had me quoting the movie before it even finished. It's my new favorite Jeff Bridges role, and I adored his performance.
Starman is brazen and stunning; with a…