Bud, just chill. I'm a walking shitstorm.
Director Yun Jong-bin wears his influences on his sleeve both in the storytelling and visual style in this South Korean period action film. You can spot some Kurosawa, a little Cheh and even some Leone and Tarantino.
This doesn't create a visual or narrative mess though, instead the film manages to create it's own unique style by borrowing from so many sources, from the profanity, humor, violence, drama and beautiful visuals.
Aim for the vest.
Jon Watts started directing shorts almost 15 years ago before moving on to television, but it's the last 5 years (less even) that has seen his career takeoff. He made a fake trailer called Clown in 2010 with a producer credit going to Eli Roth as a joke. That got Roth's attention which lead him to produce the actual film Clown with Watts directing.
That exposure then lead to Cop Car, which then led to…
He's an amateur. Not worth worrying about.
Chen Kuan-tai stars as Qiu Lian-huan, a small time gangster with his own gang that has a tendency to rub the bigger bosses the wrong way due to his cockiness. Things really get violent when he decides he wants the girlfriend of the big boss's son and he decides to let everyone know about by crashing through their front door with his motorcycle.
Chen is a charismatic bad ass with his…
Snaps is the name of the game.
This isn't a retrospective on Wet Hot American Summer, but actual behind the scenes footage and interviews conducted while the film was being made. What's so fun about it is the ridiculous amount of talent involved and the fact it was before almost everyone involved had become big movie and TV stars.
It's basically them goofing off. Amy Poehler is especially cute in this devoid of ego.
The films that they want to make now, there films that I don't want to make and the films I DO want to make, they don't want to make.
It's nothing revolutionary, but it is a wonderful tribute and chronological look at the career of one of the most influential American directors in cinema.
I was home. What happened? What the hell happened?
An incredible film! The production is just amazing. From the big set pieces featuring the USS San Pablo in various huge ports, to small sets like a fist fight outside a cheap apartment. The details are incredible, the lighting artful, the shots perfectly framed.
Robert Wise seemingly makes a statement on the Vietnam war by way of the Chinese Civil War. It takes on colonialism and racism in subtle…
I didn't even care that Paul Williams was there anymore.
Having just watched Phantom of the Paradise for the first time a few days ago, when I spotted this documentary on NetFlix I had two reactions: "Hell yes! This is perfect timing!" and "Paul Williams is still alive?!" So I guess the title of the documentary is perfect, unlike the documentary itself.
There's no need to analyze anything as to why this is awful, it's all because of…
Let's play a game...
Facebook, Skype and YouTube get together to kill off five unlikeable teens. Twitter had the common sense to stay out of it.
The entire film takes place on Blaire's (Shelley Hennig) laptop screen, a novel idea, but one that was done before just last year by TimeCrimes director Nacho Vigalondo along with Elijah Wood and pornstar Sasha Grey in the overly ambitious Open Windows. Since neither were huge hits I'm hoping we're sparred this turning…
You can keep Jesus Christ. That was Neil Diamond... truly the "King of the Jews".
Hardly my first experience with Steve Coogan, but it's my first exposure to Alan Partridge and it was brilliant. Considering that the character has been around for 20 years, the film is surprisingly easily accessible.
There's quite a few funny performances in the film, including Colm Meaney who is always great to see, but it's Coogan's film all the way. Having just rewatched…
You know, there's a lesson here, which is never try to make life or death decisions when you're feeling suicidal.
-Senator Jay Billington Bulworth
The sad thing about this film is that 17 years later you could remake it scene for scene and keep all the same jokes because the political landscape of the United States has changed so little. You'd just have to update a few dated references and maybe ease up on the stereotypes a bit.