A great spanish-language thriller about a first-day prison guard who pretends to be a prisoner when a riot breaks out. The best thing about this are the two leads (head prisoner/newbie guard) who develop a more real relationship than the typical hero-villain scenario you would expect. The film does play a little melodramatic and the prison guard gains prisoner mentality a little too quickly but the movie is very entertaining and filled with tension start to finish.
This movie is typical Jarmusch who crafts a very different kind of vampire story and turns out it's very refreshing. The film looks beautiful between scenes of vacant Detroit and Tangiers. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are perfectly cast in the leads and are believable lovers who act more like junkie, burned out rock stars than vampires. This film has a very cool vibe, great soundtrack, and is in the running for best ending shot of the year.
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.