Coming from the back-to-back success of Boogie Nights & Magnolia, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson brings his sweeping cinematic vision to the genre of rom-com with his odd but original take which stars Adam Sandler in the lead role. And with that casting decision alone, the expectations went so low that it allowed this auteur the creative freedom he needed to film it as he pleases without the burden of dealing with previous films' reputations.
Punch-Drunk Love tells the story of Barry…
The murder confession is only the beginning in this exciting South Korean chiller thriller. Oldboy-esque rain. Shattered glass borrowed from Mase. Uber-spooky surgical mask. When trying to stop a serial killer, throw a mop bucket at his ass. Spider-Man leap. Killers alway look more menacing in a top hat. Rihanna's umbrella (Ella ella eh eh eh). Bus chicken. Scars make you look more badass. Killer smirk. X-ray proof. Smokin' bullet. Murder book. Hand spit. Long piss. Wine glass whistle. Vengeance…
So apparently, this is my 200th review. Thanks for everyone that reads these things, It means a lot! Also, I just found out that I have crossed the "1000 followers" mark, so thank you for following and reading my ramblings!
Singin' in the Rain is undoubtedly one of the finest musicals that I have seen. Full of immaculate song and dance numbers, pitch-perfect satirical elements, and vibrant direction; the film becomes a beautiful and colorful concoction of mesmerizing…
Two words keep popping up whenever I'm trying to form my opinion on this film.
I've never been a huge fan of the Apes franchise, but Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasant surprise with a clever script and some great visuals. And even though this sequel is a weaker film, it is still a cut above most big budget blockbusters.
Even though Dawn has no real human characters, it manages to…
Spawn as Bone a recently released con who knows how to throw a punch. Kimbo the Bimbo. Piss chat. Bathroom beatdown. Redd Foxx's cousin. Real motherfuckers don't wear hair curlers. Hammerman? Kareem Said after Oz. Rufio the Lost Boy. Lights out motherfucker. Cock conversation. Everyone loves Wang Chung. Friendly puppy dogs. Fighting like a Haywire girl. Michael Jai White is one of the most underrated fighters in cinema. Extreme Tai Chi. Wasted ganja. Ho' chasin'. Motherfuckets? Blast from the past.…
I have limited knowledge of the comic Guardians of the Galaxy, but as a huge fan of the Silver Surfer I am more than familiar with the universe they reside in. So I have no fanboy attachment to this film or its characters whatsoever.
So having said that, fucking hell this was fun.
Gunn's film is overflowing with an anarchic energy that suited me to a T. Like I said, I can't really comment on how faithful his film is…
"Nature has an order, a power to restore balance. I believe he is that power."
I greatly enjoyed the new Godzilla when I first saw it in the theater, but after coming home and reading reviews I found some criticisms with which I agreed and my enthusiasm for the film retroactively faded. It's easy to overestimate a film based on theatrical screenings in ideal conditions, and I assumed that I just enjoyed the movie because it was a fun time…
You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!
- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
Full Metal Jacket is a film of two halves, the first being a psychological study of the degrading and tough régime of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the second an intense yet somewhat satirical look at the Vietnam war. A common criticism of the film is that the second act fails to live up to the first, indeed, I also find that the subtle power of…
Cinematic, dark, inviting, mysterious, and simply amazing; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another slam-dunk by the master director David Fincher.
I've never read the books or seen the Swedish film adaptations, but I was instantly brought into this slow-burn mystery of corruption and family secrets. The direction by David Fincher is top-notch (as usual), with the typical dreadful look being both distressing and vibrant, often within the same shots. Jeff Cronenweth, the cinematographer on this film, brings an…
A thrilling classic that more than lives up to its name! Taut, suspenseful plot that's wickedly delicious!
Packed with powerhouse performances by Véra Clouzot, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse!
Christina Delassalle (Véra Clouzot) may have something to hide but her see-through nightie reveals all!
Your viewing pleasure would be greatly enhanced if you avoid summaries, reviews and trailers!
I discovered Alice hadn't seen this, and considering mystery-thriller is her favorite genre combination, watching it was basically a foregone conclusion. I didn't take notes, so there won't be any in-depth analysis today; suffice it to say that this is one of my all-time favorite movies because of (1) its great characters played by great actors, (2) its portrayal of the violent underside of the law, and (3) its illustration of the name of the father. I do…
An authentic portrayal of childhood, a heartwarming rendition of friendship & a pleasant shot of nostalgia, Stand by Me is an elegantly crafted coming-of-age drama that today ranks amongst the finest examples of its genre, and deservingly so. Packed with sincere performances from its young but terrific cast, this film's real strength lies in the right balance it finds in each of its filmmaking aspects & the manner in which it captures the moments that memories are made of.
Based on a…
"Money and women: the reasons for make most mistakes in life. Looks like you've mixed up both."
And the Oscar for best end-credits sequence goes to... Wait, Best Picture? Like, for the whole year? I mean, it was good, and I understand Speed Racer never had a chance at the award, but this is the year that gave us WALL-E and Synecdoche, New York, surely they're more impressive than—they weren't even nominated? Come on people, get it together!
Deep Red (also known as Profondo Rosso or The Hatchet Murders) is an Italian giallo film, directed by Dario Argento whose only other film that I've seen is Suspiria. And although Suspiria left me slightly underwhelmed on an overall scale, it nonetheless helped me get more familiar with the director's filmmaking style & visual flair. And thanks to that added familiarity, Deep Red was easy to accept for what it is & I had a wonderful time watching it.
The film opens…
I'm not sure if I've ever loved Guy Pearce more in a film, and that's coming from someone who owes the onset of his love for cinema to Christopher Nolan's Memento. Robert Pattinson has made a complete career transformation, moving away from the likes of the Harry Potter & Twilight films, and working instead with directors like Michod and Cronenberg (both very talented Davids indeed ;D). I never thought that I'd be saying this, but Edward Cullen is beginning to impress…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!…
What appears on the surface to be a simple tale proves to be a rich tale about the complexities of the human condition!
An arrogant self centered young man just out of medical school becomes even more selfish and obtuse when he ends up at a poor mans clinic when he thought he would be a dr. for the shoguns!
He learns many lessons from Red Beard the head physician of the clinic and more importantly from the patients themselves!…