Lets just put my cards on the table I wasn't enamored with this film as I was back in the day when this film first came out! I suppose my ongoing evolution as a cinephile has upped the ante by way of expectations and ever developing tastes!
Back then it was easier to satiate me with a few light sabre battles with a dude with horns protuding from his head and a brief Yoda cameo! Now not so much! I…
I don't say this lightly but The Hunt is one of the most powerful films of this past decade. Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg's latest unflinching drama, The Hunt, is a devastatingly look at a horribly real scenario that turns Lucas, a kind and loving man played beautifully by Mads Mikkelsen who is wrongly accused of pedophilia by one of his students at the Nursery in which works. And it explores how the community goes after him in the most…
Oh, that's why it's called A History of Violence. Before today I thought the film is about violent events spanning over a period of time, you know, a history of violence? Violence's history? Nevermind, I'm dumb.
The film? It's violent alright. Didn't know you can fuck up a person's face this bad with only your bare hands. Ed Harris is the boss. Aragorn is the boss's boss. (Everyone in the film seems to call him Tom. Yeah right, you're not…
An adventurous cerebral romp brought to us by director Ron Howard that makes the transition from implausible to plausible so very convincing!
A fabulous all-star cast featuring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany whom just happened to elevate the film with their extraordinary performances which translated into great success at the box office!
Sadly there was a modern day form of censorship and the film was banned in various countries due…
Buster Keaton's The General is in my opinion the greatest film the silent era ever saw. Rarely do films ever pack such raw energy and vibrance into them yet The General does it effortlessly. At this point I have seen every Buster Keaton film and this is without doubt his best while also being his most famous. Most film enthusiasts have at least heard of it and most have seen it (I…
Based on the best selling novel of the same name, Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher, one of Hollywood's most highly regarded directed with a brilliant however at times wobbly track record that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in two different time frames. The character of Nick (Affleck) who on his fifth wedding anniversary, reports that his wife, Amy (Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick slowly sees the…
Xavier Dolan is a freaking genius! Mommy is unlike anything I've seen before and a groundbreaking achievement in the history of cinema. The movie is shown in 1:1 aspect ratio almost in its entirety but the director likes to break the fourth wall at times and he does it in a very innovative manner. This is used as an artifact to reinforce different emotions that our main characters go through and intimately interact with the viewer. The music tracks can…
Part Four of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Inherent Vice
MASSIVE SPOILERS HERE!
There Will Be Blood.
How can one describe such a film? Vibrant, exceptional, terrifying, comic, potent, and layered beyond belief; Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece is both a mesmerizing character study as well as a commentary on the dying age of the ‘old west’. In my eyes, every scene, performance and shot is utter perfection on every level. However, in spite of all that brilliance, the…
Decades Project: 3/3 of the 30's
"There are more police on the street tonight than whores."
Fritz Lang's M is about a child murderer, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), and by the end of the film he's the least evil part of it. Instead of a simple suspense thriller, Lang gives us a complex critique of society and its reaction to what it doesn't understand. Daring would be a massive understatement.
Beginnings are important. The opening moments of M involve a…
Taking a break from Dystopian December and Buddy the Elf, I watched David Fincher’s latest crime mystery Gone Girl today. And what a pleasant surprise it was! There are a few things that were bad or could have been done better. That is, it featured a lot of awful product placements (how long can you hold a branded cup of coffee during a crime-scene investigation or, worse, “put down that [insert brand of a certain beer] and come join us”).…
Ron Howard delivered one heck of an engrossing thriller! Fast paced non stop satisfACTION! The foreboding sense of impending doom became real all too fast when several cardinals are kidnapped and their life expectancy goes from very good to nada-ville in just a matter of hours!
If that's not enough throw in a deadly disaster of epic proportions that has you fidgeting, fussing and hoping the eveready bunny comes through and saves the day!
Spoiler Alert -->> Eveready Bunny demanded…
Part Five of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Inherent Vice
A maddening, roaming, witty, wandering, and fascinating work of disillusion and social deconstruction; Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye is also a striking and vibrant neo-noir that cleverly subverts and wrecks expectations. Elliot Gould's performance is simply the cool of cool, and the tortured landscape that he flows through is both entrancing and sharply edged. Altman's direction is as smooth as butter, and his eye for the meandering and…
THANKS A LOT NORTH KOREA. Now I likely literally HAVE to pirate this movie just to actually watch it at all.
Edit: I want to pay for this movie, even if it ends up not being any good. Throw it on PayPal or something. Free speech/will cannot keep dying because of hackers/terrorists that have far more expansive fantasies than they do a grip on the Eng(r)ish language. I understand why this had to end in this manner, but Sony and the theater gave terrorism the win and that is extremely awful and should be unacceptable.
When I popped this on I had no knowledge of the premise nor the runtime (4 hours 10 minutes)! Both turned out to be quite surprising! The film covers a wide variety of themes but if I were to narrow down the field it is a film about injustice and guilt! One of our characters will experience spiritual transcendence while another will transcend straight to hell!
Admittedly I nearly turned this off twice I was extremely annoyed by the failed…
Only God Forgives is a painting. Paintings don't move. Paintings don't talk. Paintings exhibit colours. Red. Pink. Blue. Gold. Yellow. Refn used warm colours to create serenity, then used serenity to contrast violence; soothing music to contrast gore.
Refn doesn't just stumble his way through a film like some directors do, he's professional and he knows what he wants before the script was even written. In any given moment, colours uniformly fill the entire scene, Cliff Martinez's foreboding score plays…
"I wish I didn't know you."
It's easy to dismiss Edge of Tomorrow and classify it as another summer blockbuster full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It features Tom Cruise in what seems to be a generic, noisy and VFX driven pop corn action adventure and its stunning similarities to video games provide critics with enough material to attack the film, its concept, purpose and story. But beneath its seemingly predictable surface Doug Liman's intelligently written and expertly edited…
"There’s a piano in the street."
The shell is an intimidating thing. It’s kept me encased in my own little world for so long – too long. I have no tools and have only managed to scrape away bits and pieces of the walls with my fingers. There are a few holes that I can stick my arms through but no holes big enough for me to poke my head out and see into the…
I'll start out by saying the exact same thing I said when reviewing The Desolation of Smaug, if you didn't like the other films, don't watch this one. It'll be torture as Jackson approaches his material the exact same way as he does in the other films.
I happen to love the first two parts. I am completely in tune with Jackson's vision of Middle Earth and absolutely love and cherish the time he has allowed me to spend there.…