Jackie Brown: subdued, humane, layered, wildly entertaining, powerful and fully Tarantino all at once. Tarantino hasn't exactly shown all of this since - a tragedy if you think about it long enough - so who would've thought it was possible? It is though, and it's rather great. He puts his fingerprints over everything in the Elmore Leonard source material worked from, but writes real on-screen people with real convictions and strengths to match them, in a gripping and engaging story…
I got a lot of grief when this opened from Spider-Man fans for giving it a 2.5 star review.
I was WAY too generous.
Garfield and Stone do have legitimate chemistry. They're terrific together. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN does not make me excited for the sequel, but it does make me wish these two would star in an old school Tracy and Hepburn-style romantic comedy. That would be very interesting.
Y'know what's NOT interesting? This movie. It's ugly, sloppy, dumb, and slow,…
Film #13 of Project 90
”Who killed the president?”
For 200 minutes Oliver Stone takes us into an extremely perplexing and maddeningly mind-boggling labyrinth of lies, facts, theories, betrayals, conspiracies, doubts, flashbacks and flashbacks in flashbacks only because he wants to put us right in front of the frightening monstrous question which is lying at the center of the maze: Who pulled the trigger on November 22, 1963? Cinematically JFK comes very close to the definition of the perfect movie,…
There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you in the thickness of the black atmosphere.
Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars post…
Ghost Rider channels his inner Elvis in this trippy David Lynch tale of an outlaw and his girl who share a wild, forbidden, and erotic love. Locked up. Naked Laura Dern. Motel fucking. Brett after his ride on the Nostromo. Urinal chit-chat. Extreme-dirty-dancing. Snakeskin jackets will get you laid. A post-fuck smoke. Erotic touching. Fuck you parole! Fuckin' Santos. A payphone. Shit and tits. Silver dollars. The best housemaids ever. A tasty cock. Jazzy Jazz. Mr. fuckin' Reindeer. A bOner.…
I don't get it.
I don't get it.
At least give it a rating.
But I don't get it.
Was it good?
Would you recommend it?
I don't know.
How does that work?
I don't know.
Just give it 2 1/2 or something.
Because it's good.
Then what's the issue?
I don't know.
For fuck's sake.
I don't understand it. It confused me.
Just your plebian mind.
I'll keep this short (I love how I say it as if all of my reviews are incredibly in-depth and lengthy) since I feel like I'll be passing out from exhaustion at any moment, but finally got around to watching this. I've been looking forward to seeing the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis ever since I first heard about it, which is usually how it is for me whenever they have a new film coming out. But this is definitely…
Sadly, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is far from amazing. It's a bit of a mess in all honesty. I was actually quite bored during the majority of it. This movie really lacks a sense of direction.
Clocking in at just under 2 and a half hours, TASM2 fails to have any sort of character development or plot focus. You're almost confused a fair amount of the time because of how unclear the plot is. It just jumps from place to…
Jack, Wendy, and Danny spending the winter at the Overlook Hotel. The interview. Fuckin' Tony. Cabin fuckin' Fever. Blood. Closing day. High elevation. Cannibals. Darts. Twins. The Gold Room. Fuckin' Dick. Danny loves Ketchup. TANG. The Shine. Fuck you Room 237! Power fuckin' Wheels. A typewriter. Wall ball. Mini-maze. Jack the Grouch. Jack's sweater. High-tech audio equipment. O-VER. The way Danny closes his eyes. Mickey Mouse. Awesome fuckin' carpet. Losing your fuckin' mind. Jack's fuckin' eyes. Jack's fuckin' laugh. Lloyd's…
The Bay will have an itty-bitty bit more Blood in it after a psycho fuckin' killer terrorizes some unsuspecting fuckers in Mario Bava's granddaddy of Slasher films. Rollin' in a wheelchair. The Noose of You're Fucked. Killers sure do love black gloves. Ha! Ha! Ha! Motherfucker! Pillow-talk. High-def binoculars. The Exterminator. A disco. Tarot cards never lie. EYE see YOU! A birthday-suit swim. Floating cadaver. Hook, Hack, Die. Semi-erotic simulated fornication. Slice, Dice, Bye-Bye Face. The last time you will…
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is to old British crime comedies like The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ladykillers what Tarantino's first two films were to gangster flicks and anti-uniform rebellion of The French New Wave. Guy Ritchie's film is absurdist screwball/crime revisionism of the most stylized, attitude-flaunting, unconventional and assured, with a dash of The Marx Brothers and Keystone Kops thrown in for good measure.
Ritchie's sense of narrative in his script and editing cuts is bold. He…
First off, here's a link to my second,
more in depth but spoiler heavy review: letterboxd.com/elihayes/film/under-the-skin-2013/1/
And I thought Mysterious Object at Noon was experimental.
And I thought Heart of Glass was strange.
And I thought Inland Empire was scary.
I'm not going to bother putting my thoughts into paragraphs or trying to transition between sentences because 1) I'm still pretty out of touch with my surroundings from the experience of watching this film, and 2) I feel like, when…
Film #93 of Make me watch your favourite.
After having seen three of Joon-ho Bong's films now I can safely say that I like his style a lot and that I consider this one to be his best film.
Memories of Murder is a very intriguing police procedural that is not only captivating from start to finish, it's also made with great dedication to the based on real life events story, the setting…
It's difficult to articulate the skin-crawling, bone-chilling and spine-tingling aura of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy. In the full 90 minutes, we cross and recross the emotional spectrum all the while mesmerised by the films surreal tone and eeriness. Mystifying to all upon first inspection, the film was never intended for lethargic audiences. It was intended for the analytical and inquisitive who constantly and passionately congregate the clues in an attempt to solve the bamboozling riddle. I, myself, may not have unlocked…
Probably the most fun I've ever had watching a horror film! Peter Jackson's Braindead (also known as Dead Alive) is extremely gory, cheesy and campy and I loved it. While it works really well as a macabre comedy, there is a great amount of disturbing moments that will please any fans of the genre. Similarly to Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness, Braindead is full of memorable quotes, being much more depraved and funny in my opinion. The performances can be…
I have picked this DVD up on many trips to my local library...but I had always put it back. After reading Letterboxd's Gustav's excellent review I finally decided to not only pick it up the dvd but to bring it home and watch finally watch it.
Gomorrah follows 5 different stories that are connected to the modern day Italy crime families. The movie is a brutal look at the crime world. For the people that complain that Hollywood makes gangsters…
*THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW*
To be honest, I don't think that I have ever gone to see a movie in theatres twice before... not even some of my other favorite films. But after I went to go see Under the Skin last night, I knew that I had to see it again, and I knew that it had to happen immediately. So I went.
I can now safely say that I think this is one of the…
Truly, truly great comedy doesn't just have the ability to make almost everyone who watches or listens to it laugh, but it also has the ability to make them laugh in different ways.
Or at different aspects of it. When I watch Blazing Saddles, what always makes me laugh most of all is the turn of phrase that so many of the characters have here. It's absolutely marvellous. A really good, original turn of phrase is something that I have…