To be honest, I was just a little weary to go into this movie. Wes Anderson's filmography is very hit or miss for me. My track record for his films are 3-3; enjoyed 3 of his films and wasn't a fan of the other 3 (not including his short films, which would then make me 4-4). I'm happy to say that not only is this a tie-breaking triumph, but easily Anderson's best film for me.
This could also quite possibly…
If any film Quentin Tarantino made came close to being better than Pulp Fiction and if any film by Tarantino actually might be better than Pulp Fiction, it's Django Unchained
A bold statement, I know, but Django really is that good. It might be QT's best so far. With films like Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Reservoir Dogs, those films alone make you go into this go in with super high expectations and when a director exceeds those expectations, that…
Imagine if Michael K. Williams played Django, with that same snarl he always gave on The Wire. Imagine everyone shouting "Django! He coming yo!"
I don't know why, but as great of a job Foxx did in the role, but I can imagine so many actors doing a better job.
Leo, Sam Jackson, and Waltz however, are too perfect to even imagine replacing.
On this rewatch, a few things came to mind...
In my earlier review, I defended Tarantino's use of "that word" because it made it feel authentic and Southerners said it a lot back then. Now, I realize he used it so often I wonder if he was aware there are other words in the dictionary. It doesn't hurt the film too much for me, but it's ridiculous how often he uses it.
On my first watch, there were so many…
I don't know what else to add to this movie. I've seen this a bunch of other times before (though this is the first I've seen this in years) and you all know how great it is by now so I'll just say this:
1. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz make for the best Ebony & Ivory type duo since Gibson/Glover from the Lethal Weapon franchise.
2. Samuel L. Jackson is the biggest show stealer; not just because he was almost…
And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to....
Smile damn you smile! Waltz won!!
And congrats to Tarantino for winning another Screenplay Oscar! I couldn't agree more when he said "This will go down as the writer's year man!" because this was an amazing year for scripts and the scripts are the reason 2012 is now my favorite year for film.
Everybody seems upset that Joaquin Phoenix didn't get an Oscar nomination--I myself think he should have got one--but I think we're all forgetting how he responded to his last Oscar nomination..."It's complete and utter bullshit and I don't want to be apart of it. I don't believe in it. It's a carrot, but its the worst tasting carrot I've had in my life." That's probably why he wasn't nominated this year. I agree with him, but it's kinda fucked up…
For as long as I can remember, films to me have been less about what the filmmaker is saying and more about how the filmmaker says it.
It's not what they say. It's how they say it. To me, no film proves my statement better than Her.
Now, it's easy to look at this film and say Spike Jonze created a commentary on how technology disconnects from other people and affects the way we communicate and interact with one another;…
According to Leo DiCaprio, this is the companion piece to his last couple films (Great Gatsby, Django Unchained) and creates a trilogy about American men of three different generations trying to gain and keep what they value as wealth, power, or both. I'm sure it'll be interesting to watch these three films in a row with that in mind, but on its own, Wolf of Wall Street is indeed a wolf high on ludes that has a biting commentary/satire on the American dream.
For a guy who has directed films like Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network, you'd think David Fincher would be showing signs of slowing down in his work when it comes to delivering films up to that kind of quality. Nope. Turns out he's still got a few classics left in him and his most recent sure to be classic of a film arrived in the form of Gone Girl.
Admittedly, I'm pretty late to the party on…