Normally, I don't add a film to my Letterboxd unless I have fully watched it but I am making an exception for Project Almanac to stand on my soapbox for a PSA.
Friday night, I went to see the film because I had passes and it only worked with films not in new release of a time frame so I thought why not? I'll give it a shot. The theater was one of the smallest in the multiplex so there…
Up until this point in time I could have been hit by a bus and never fully seen Citizen Kane.
I know most young cinephiles will complain that it is long, overrated, boring, etc. and it can sort of drag but goddammit it's a masterpiece and deserves the overhype that it gets. I can't say there will never be anything like this film again because the amount of influence in style, cinematography, direction, acting, and effect on the studio system has probably effected every filmmaker since it's release.
Alexander Payne is the master of good, quirky family drama without dialing up the quirk. This movie wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for but I am a definite sucker for Father-Son drama, black & white cinematography, and movies about small towns. All the acting is superb especially Bruce Dern and June Squibb who are never affectionate but feel so real as an old couple. Actually the whole family feels extremely real and that's what I loved most about. Even Will…
One of my most anticipated of 2014 turns out to be one of the best of the year for me. Some people will go into watching this expecting something straightforward or a standard thriller. This film is definitely more of a complex, psychological film that is creepy and engulfing to watch. Jake Gyllenhaal nails the dual roles, the camerawork and score are all moody and add to the atmosphere. I wish the film was longer and explained some things but Holy Shit, did my heart stop at that ending. Wow.