I re-watched Mud tonight to see if it could live up to my previous viewing. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, it does add up but it actually improved. TPBTP had one of the greatest acts of the century but faltered after its first 40 minutes. Jeff Nichols’s Mud, however, doesn’t ever really falter at all – consistently great cinema.
What my re-watch showed me, was that it gets the little things right to amplify the big picture of…
All week, I have been preparing for Prisoners by watching films of David Fincher, Mystic River, and Hard Candy. But nothing can prepare you for Denis Villeneuve’s incredible Prisoners. It isn’t quite as good as similar films like Se7en, but it certainly is as (if not more) jaw dropping and intense as any other film.
The film starts out on Thanksgiving in a Pennsylvania city. It’s a cheerful moment. Keller’s [Hugh Jackman] son just shot his first deer, the family…