I didn't find this out until recently, but Paweł Pawlikowski is responsible for some of the oddest TV memories of my youth. That docu-drama about Charlie Chaplin's corpse being kidnapped? Pawlikowski. That documentary about a taxi driver who claims to be a descendant of Dostoyevsky? Pawlikowski. That film about Serbian epic poetry that also formed a sly backdoor condemnation of Radovan Karadžić, broadcast on the exact same day that the US accused Karadžić of war crimes? Pawlikowski. I didn't understand…
A dull, boring film that reminds me of The Wolf of Wall Street, except I felt no sympathy for any of the characters, as it was their own fault they got into the mess that each of them ended up in, including the nice characters. I felt the film couldn't really expand and grow much, with it being kept in one room practically for the majority of the film and so let it down quite a bit. Where the film…
-Seen at BFI LFF 2014
Equal parts stunning and disgusting, this 3 hour Russian film set on another planet in their medieval period features so much body fluids, dead animals, mud, rain and corpses that on paper it sounds impenetrable.
However, the film is very fast paced and captivating, after 50 watches you would still notice something new. The costume design and location is incredible.
I consider this a unique experience.
St. Vincent shines sporadically, follows a formula that has been done before, has some uneven shifts in editing (thank you Harvey Scissorhands), and doesn't always earn its heartfelt moments. Having said that, the film is also really enjoyable simply because Bill Murray is at the centre of it. A new character has been added to the classic Murray showcase.
I love Bill Murray; he's an actor who can instantly grab my attention and hold onto it. I don't think he…
You know the saying: "A blind man does not fear snakes."
I loved the first Tale of Zatôichi and thought this huge series was off to one hell of a start. I had no idea how well the second film would play off of it. It's not just the second film in a series but a direct sequel that builds on what's already been established by adding to it's past, present and future of Zatôichi's mythos... and just making…
Talk about a film far ahead of it's time. This was a fun and entertaining romantic comedy with a full cast of great characters, a fantastic script, and two powerful leads in Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. The only other time I've watched Hepburn was in The African Queen, so it was refreshing to see her here with so much more life and radiance.
Cary Grant is the self-financed Johnny Case who, while on the first vacation he's ever taken,…
If Rupert Pupkin was The King of Comedy, then Lou Bloom is the King of TV News. He is the Nightcrawler of the title in Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, and like Pupkin he is a slightly creepy but thoroughly fascinating character creation, brought to life by the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal.
Bloom is an enterprising Californian thief, one that demonstrates signs of (perhaps) autism or at least severe social awkwardness and a lack of moral boundaries. Left to fend for himself…
The wealth of knowledge vampires must amass after thousands of years is fully realized in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. Even though most vampire films have explored the longevity of the immortal, we very rarely see them reminisce about Nikola Tesla, the Spanish inquisition or Charlie Feathers' music. They adapt, survive, evolve, dance, read, make music, and most importantly - they love.
Adam is a wistful poet, secluded in his decrepit house in Detroit where he spends most of…
Pi is a rather brilliant debut for Darren Aronofsky. It is a low budget, black and white film that deals with a mathematician named Max, played by Sean Gullette, who slowly becomes obsessed with finding out the nature of the universe. Max believes that the answers he is looking for can be found by studying the stock market but the problem is that it has taken over his life and driven him rather mad.
It is clear that math has…
The Young Lions doesn't hold the reputation which several similar World War II films maintain, but it deserves an equally prestigious stature based on how it depicts very relevant yet under-discussed issues. For instance, art and history textbooks alike tend to color the Germans as villainous scoundrels during the war. You'd expect more modern perspectives to shine a light on the fact that numerous Germans had no choice but to comply with the order from their superiors. Given how understated…
It took me a while to collect myself after watching Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural. I'm not even sure if I'm in a rational state of mind yet, but that's normal.
I understand why people like this movie (at least I'm trying to). It has a really great, moody, haunting and atmospheric vibe. There's a fairy tale theme laced with ambiguity and the character of Lemora is captivatingly creepy. The thought of a vampire queen living in the…
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I love horror movies but every now and then I'll come across a film that got rave reviews and it just doesn't click with me. It happens most often with modern horror films. Here we are at that point once again with my latest attempt at watching one from the new wave of extreme French horror.