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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014 6

    I've thought on this one a while, and honestly…what am I missing?

    Under the Skin seems a perfect fit for my cinema adoration. Glazer’s Kubrick-esque direction gives this dramatic sci-fi thriller an anomalous separation from the majority of films to hit theatres in the past couple of years. Plus… ScarJo… But what does it all mean? What did I take away from such a seemingly complex work of abstraction and mosaic depiction?

    Nothing.

    Am I suggesting that nothing is to…

  • Stoker 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2014 10

    He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.

    When it comes to storytelling, there are very few directors who innately possess all the qualities to create an impeccable film. There needs to be beauty, flow, connection, unity, but most importantly…interest. What content - what theme, mood or anecdote - is going to make an audience sit down for 2 hours and do nothing but stare at the screen they sit…

  • Room 237 2012

    Watched 31 Mar, 2014 2

    Ugh...

    Three separate occasions I've sat down and tried to watch Room 237, yet I can never get past the first 20 minutes. I absolutely love The Shining, but I just can't seem to watch a film about these estranged and utterly aggravating people talk about it. I just can't.

  • Flesh + Blood 1985

    ★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    Written for Film History & Criticism Since 1945

    Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers and story tellers alike have had the ability to express an extensive range of anecdotes to a broad audience. Be it as early as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, or more recently as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, filmmakers share and express their own ideologies through celluloid and present their personal creed within the work they have created. What is most imposing about cinema is the ability…

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★★ Watched 14 Mar, 2014 2

    Sigh

    I really wanted to enjoy All is Lost more than I did. Really. Either way, here we go…

    Firstly, I’ll start by saying that as a film, it was a disappointment. Not for what it was, but for what it could have been. The idea of survival at sea, or survival anywhere for that matter, has been done countless times before; the depiction of a lone protagonist, playing a game of endurance against the elements; a mind game against…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2014 10

    After a long wait, I finally got the chance to sit down and watch a film that’s been on my watch-list for a while now. Although this first viewing was met with eager anticipation, I was also wary at the possibility of it ending in disdain. That being said, I went in with an open mind, and that really helped.

    Blue is the Warmest Color is a mixture of beautiful pacing and captivating performances. Both Léa Seydoux and especially Adèle…

  • Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2014

    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 5/5

    I had a few issues with this one.

    First, with its short 7 minute run-time, the film never really explores anything the audience can take away from it. Even The Voorman Problem which was another nominee (having a 13 minute run-time) managed to pull off a well rounded story and leave the audience thinking. Here, I got neither.

    My second issue is the overly simplistic delivery, cinematography, directing and acting. This is something I…

  • Just Before Losing Everything 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2014

    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 4/5

    Simple story, well presented, and my favourite part: not overly dramatic. Just before Losing Everything is a fantastic example of suspense with no drama. Not only that, but the film depicts such real circumstances that it's easy to get lost in it all. With some shorts, it's common to get caught up in the idea of fantasy and fiction. Instead, Xavier Legrand keeps this film down to earth, and in turn, creates a very strong and powerful short film.

    Very well done.

  • That Wasn't Me 2012

    ½ Watched 01 Mar, 2014 11

    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 3/5

    Repulsive, completely gratuitous and utterly infuriating.

    How the fuck did this get nominated?

    There was no care AT ALL. Everything was so formulaic. The film pretended to create this sympathy for the characters that was never really there because even the filmmakers didn't have it. An annoyingly stupid war film that tries to explore the idea of children in war, and unjustified violence.

    Of course the female character was only written in so she could get raped. Of course.

    Fuck this film. Fuck it.

    Never has a short film pissed me off this much.

  • The Voorman Problem 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2014 1

    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 2/5

    On to my favourite nominated live action of this year, Mark Gill's, The Voorman Problem. Based around a prisoner who believes himself to be a god, this 13 minute short displays the perfect example of a well rounded and fantastically executed story.

    Firstly, The Voorman Problem wasn't overly ambitious, and in turn, focused only on a few scenes which never needed to be elaborated on. Instead, the audience was left to form their own…

  • Helium 2013

    ★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2014

    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 1/5

    Although Helium was well executed, it's visual style could not make up for the fact that Anders Walter's bit off a bit more than he could chew. The story was as well presented as it could have been, especially in the time-frame of a short film, however, the more complicated the subject, the harder it is to make the film feel whole.

    Helium ended up being one of the most ambitious projects of all the live action nominees, and although that's admirable in itself, it also ended up being its downfall.

  • To the Wonder 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Feb, 2014 23

    You shall love, whether you like it or not.

    There is a light. A flame. A flame that attracts. We can look at this light, admire it, treasure it, but is this attraction blinding us? The inevitability that this flame will soon burn out. Soon the light that illuminates us, that attracts us, will be gone. Once it is, can it ever be re-ignited? Maybe a new flame will take its place. The foundation of this flame, of this old…