No central character.
No defined purpose for side characters.
No three acts.
No internal references.
No political polemical voice.
One of the best films ever made.
Glossing over the Coen's filmography confirms my immediate sentiment after finishing Inside Llewyn Davis. I have never been moved by one of their films. That is not what they do. They craft tales that shy the beaten path, fill them with semi-human characters and embrace the style they are working in wholeheartedly.
Inside Llewyn Davis has all the hallmarks of a Coen film. With one trump up its sleeve causing me to allow this film to grip me, shake me…
Blazingly original, darkly disturbing, downright shocking, extremely grim, relentlessly brutal, insanely powerful & emotionally devastating, David Fincher's breakthrough feature is an intensely haunting masterpiece which today is widely & rightly counted amongst the greatest thrillers ever made, and is also notable for marking the commencement of an impressive career that continues to get stronger with every new Fincher film.
Taking place over the course of a week, the story of Se7en concerns two homicide detectives; the soon-to-retire William Somerset & the newly transferred…
Keanu Reeves as John Wick, a grieving widower who finds comfort in a sweet puppy dog named Daisy. The comfort is short lived when a gang of thugs makes the worst mistake of their lives. The mistake? They killed the wrong badass motherfucker's dog. That critical error wakes up the sleeping killing machine inside of John Wick and he goes all Point Break Speed Matrix on the Russian Mafia and everyone else that's in his way in this action packed…
It's Contra if you used the 30 Lives Code or Call of Duty if you played a game of Team Deathmatch, but it's not a video game it's a big-budget Sci-Fi action flick directed by Doug Liman and starring Mr. Couch Jumper himself Tom Cruise and even though it's pretty much LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, LIVE, DIE, it might just be one…
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“I can handle myself.” “Yeah, I noticed.”
Fifty-seven years. That is how long she had been in stasis. Her crew, her friends killed by that...that thing. The Nostromo detonated, the stowaway alien blasted into hyperspace. And then hypersleep. For fifty-seven long years, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her tabby cat, Jonesy, had been floating through space in suspended animation. They might have floated forever had a salvage crew not stumbled across them. Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) says…
It's Heisenberg without his Blue Sky and Kick-Ass without his silly costume in Gareth Edwards's tale of King Kong's best friend Godzilla. Spooky cave. Where's Godzilla hiding at? The music screams Godzilla, but I don't see Godzilla anywhere. Who's smarter? Walter White, Joe Brody, or Bryan Cranston? I think Aaron Taylor-Johnson is on Roids. The way Elizabeth Olsen giggles. Holy Fuck! Joe & Ford Brody are wearing "let's make some meth" masks. Who the fuck names their kid Ford? Action figures…
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“I think you two have never come to terms with the way it really does work between you.”
Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons) are brilliant but disturbed, that much is certain. Even as young boys, they showed an understandable fascination with the female reproductive anatomy coupled with a disturbing lack of human emotion. Better to be fish, they theorized—that way they could reproduce without interpersonal contact. Their view of the female body as a laboratory specimen…
Highly underrated film by John Carpenter just oozing with politically subversive biting satire that is even more relevant today then it was back in the 80's!
Roddy Piper's fight with Keith David's was quite a delicious little spectacle!
The film and score were so hip it had a swagger!
Last Word: I'm giving you a choice.. either put on "They Live" or start eatin' that trash can! ;-)
Recommended by Mick Culleton via my list "Movie Request Hotline"
Great Flick Mick! Thank You very much for recommending it!
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Roger Ebert, the patron saint of many a film lover, was well known for being fundamentally inclined against a certain stripe of horror film. Not against horror of the classical or psychological variety—The Bride of Frankenstein, Psycho, and Rosemary’s Baby were not objects of his disdain. Not even, necessarily, against modern or graphic horror—his Great Movies series included films such as Se7en, Alien, and The Shining. But many horror films faced an uphill battle with…
The badass Burbank Karate Club goes to battle against sadistic cannibal monks who enjoy naked women for all the wrong reasons, Samurai Zombies who are handy with a sword and kinda quickish on their feet, pirates in desperate need of a fashion makeover, and a gang of thugs led by Adolph Hitler's love child in probably the most awesomely awesome film ever. Cigarette smoke rings. Tit weight. Ho' punch. Very well groomed short mullets. I wish I was a member…
There are no fucking aliens in Interstellar.
That’s not a spoiler. You'd sooner find an explicit sex scene in a Yasujiro Ozu film than an alien in one by Christopher Nolan.
...and so begins my SPOILER-FREE 2,000-word review of Nolan's latest, which you can read here: www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/theatrical-reviews/interstellar-28347
Part Six of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Memento is one of Nolan's most gripping works, a puzzle-box neo-noir of intimate and tragic beauty, all tied in with a narrative that is told uniquely and effectively. Completely dropping any sign of a linear story or framework, the film goes off the rails in the finest way possible, culminating in a film that is funny, powerful, saddening, and wonderfully cinematic.
Guy Pierce is at his finest here, playing…
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“Remain calm. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
She was unwell.
For two days she had been running a fever and her throat had been sore. Tonsillitis, her mother said. Whatever that was. Daddy was gone to get medicine to make her feel better. This did not excite her—if she had learned anything in her seven years, it was that the cure was frequently worse than the problem, at least where taste was concerned. Mostly she was worried…
The stop-motion animation tale of a boy named Eggs who's raised by a group of trolls who enjoy dressing up in boxes. Creepy as no other laugh. Sewers are a fantastic place to hide. Just ask the Ninja Turtles. Dead teddy. Awful teeth. Mr. Pickles? Troll kick. The Boxtrolls's home reminds me of Fraggle Rock. Tarzan thump. Seesaw fun. Baby Boxtrolls look kinda weird. Vinyl record players ain't no joke. Dodge bug. The Exterminators are sorta like the Bootleg Ghostbusters.…
As far as horror filmmaking goes, Scott Derrickson's feature film debut is a welcome addition to the genre as it is genuinely effective to quite an extent. But considering that it's a courtroom drama as well where the battle between science & religion is being fought out, it is in that field where the real problem lies as instead of taking an unbiased approach, it chooses a far too one-sided road that might not please many.
Loosely based on the real-life…
From the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister marks director Scott Derrickson's second stint with the genre of horror & is an impressive improvement over his debut chiller. It might not have reached the dizzying heights of the genre masterpieces when it comes to storytelling aspects but it nonetheless accomplishes its goal of scaring the audience in a pretty impressive manner.
Opening with an 8mm footage of a family being killed by an unseen figure, Sinister concerns a true-crime…
Considering the film is about a couple (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) whom are unwilling participants in a snuff film you would think it would be filled with mass quantities of blood and gore.. but that's not the case here. The film uses them rather sparingly in fact.
The film is more of a psychological thriller and prefers to rattle your nerves and senses through built up suspense and terror!
Final Word: Tension was so thick you could slice it with a knife!