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Birdman might just be the most life affirming film I have ever seen. But in a very unorthodox fashion. It soars through many themes of relevance, self-worth, depression, criticism and how we objectify and subject lifes small details. It simmers nicely into a familiar pattern of devotion conquers all and how the connections we make in life are often surprising but rich in untouched humanity waiting to emote. Its a film about life itself seen through a washed up has…
As a movie enthusiast you always have to anticipate a Christopher Nolan film. His vision is always far-reaching and he seems to have a knack at making blockbuster material enriched and grounded in realistic themes. Some folk think he can not direct action scenes, some think he brings mawkishness and glibness to proceedings and some just think his films are frigid. Mr. Nolan has become one of the few studio-approved directors - along, for instance, the equally conscientious David Fincher…
Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.
Much of Stoker garners a supernatural tone, even dare i say it, a Lynchian feel at times. It is said to have subtexts surrounding adolescence and sexual awakening and although beautifully shot I really didn't 'get it'. It turns into some hokey, misguided homage to film noir type films and murder mysteries with De Palma-esque edges that frankly makes the film a bit of a boring mess come the final narrative twist.
Despite some interesting symbolism and ideas about how…