Another great Michael Shannon performance should come as no surprise as everything he touches lately seems to be interesting; however, his increasingly impressive ability can’t save The Iceman -- a misguided, cliched hitman film that careens tonally and doesn’t really justify its existence. It doesn’t work as thriller or as drama, serving as little more than a performance piece for its talented star.
Pros: Costner's decision to cast himself in a supporting role; the stunning cinematography; the climatic gunfight (smartly shot with mostly wide angles to lend a more realistic impression); the production design.
Cons: Costner's "Hollywoodized" and over-the-top direction; too many aphorisms; wooden and cheesy dialogue; Annette Bening's performance; the sweeping and distracting score.
Edgar Allen Poe once said that, without a traceable motive, anyone can commit murder with impunity. The Vanishing instantly made me think about this quote for quite a while. An excellent, methodical and expertly directed film that confidently refuses to be labeled as a one genre, George Suizer's cautionary tale about obsession and how far we'll go to find truth is an art house triumph. This dark, brilliant film has been much-talked about since its release in 1988, and for…
Few films are as sensational or infamous as A Clockwork Orange. It's impossible to sit through this film and not have a reaction -- whether it be shock, disgust or amazement. The savage tale of a brutal young droog and his subsequent "reformation" by the government is as shocking and thought-provoking as ever.
While the film's depictions of violence and sex are what it's most known for, A Clockwork Orange works on far deeper levels. The disturbing portrayal of youth…