Michael Bay... The name alone just gets film snobs blood boiling. His big budget, machismo-soaked, FX-laden cartoons are notorious for their panache and their abhorrent storytelling. It's likely this film will get a shrug from the film students of the world and get passed over by those who go to the theaters seeking Transformers-like grandiosity, which is a damn shame, because Pain & Gain is a true gem.
I know, I know... It's shocking to read, and it's even more shocking…
Stunning. As the final reel spun to a close, I sat there, mouth agape, stunned. What did I just witness? What did I put myself through? This staggeringly beautiful, complex, textured, eloquent, abstract, and haunting film left me flabbergasted. Astonished, really.
Shane Carruth's first foray into filmmaking was the elaborate and nearly impenetrable Primer. A heady, thoughtful, cold, and incredibly calculated time travel film that left the viewer with many questions, and very little in the way of answers.
What a mind bender. I will have to watch this again to see it all through, but man oh man, I loved this film.
Half Memento, half genre film, half fever dream (yes, that's three halves, but it's that kind of movie)... Triangle is a constant thrill, filled with many memorable set pieces, and lots to think about afterward. It won't leave you confused, but it will leave you with itching to see it again.
An absolute joy.
A REAALLL HUMANN BEINGGGGGG AND A REAALLL HEROOO
Finally got a chance to watch this a second time (my wife's first time). There is a lot to love about this film, so lets just point out a few of them.
- The touching love story
This can't be understated. Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan pull off one of the best on-screen romances I've seen since Before Sunrise. Unlike the Linklater classic, very little is actually said. Instead, we are given…