Actual IMs sent while watching this movie:
7:35 PM omg what is this?! his beard is drawn on with a PEN
7:36 PM do I need to be high to understand this??
7:37 PM sean connery has a BRAID
7:54 PM why is sean connery wearing red nappies?
8:09 PM i love how in the future noone wears a bra
8:12 PM and now Charlotte Rampling is giving a lecture on what causes erections
8:18 PM the vortex men are…
A good performance by Cate Blanchett, as you've probably heard. I always find Alec Baldwin slightly unnerving. I'm not sure why. He doesn't seem real, somehow.
The many flashback sequences are handled in a slightly unconventional way, which I found jarring until I settled into the style.
Other than that, this is a pretty straight- forward retelling of A Streetcar Named Desire, with a few Woody Allen flourishes, including one or two awkward ad-libs that should have been re-shot.
If you enjoy the spectacle of beautiful, vapid socialites becoming mentally unhinged, watching this film is classier than many of your other options.
A staggering work of genius from the Coen brothers. Every image, every frame and every word is crafted to perfection. On the surface, this is a gloriously tense thriller with nods to films like The Terminator, but if you dig a little, there's a subliminal allegory in every moment.
You can enjoy it without thinking about it, and the beautiful land- and sound-scapes are hauntingly beautiful. Javier Bardem is breathtaking as the cold-as-ice, bat-shit-insane killer. Tommy Lee Jones' small-town lawman…
This is one of those films that I would have called "boring" when I was an ignorant youth. Now that I'm an enlightened intellectual (finally!) I can assure you that this is a really well crafted drama with four absolutely flawless performances.
Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman in particular are sublime, but all of the main cast really put their hearts into their roles.
The characters are magnificently written and directed as metaphorical instruments in a fugue, with their…
Sharp, honest, portrayal of the experiences of Linda Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried is excellent, as is Peter Sarsgaard playing her revolting husband Chuck.
Adam Brody as Harry Reems is a terrible casting, it's like Seth Cohen travelled back to the '70's. He has potential to play the character, but the nerd-boy demeanour lets the portrayal down (see the scene where Harry meets Hugh Hefner).
Some people seem to struggle with accepting the film as it's not "sex positive", but remember the…
The Lego Movie is probably the best unabashed, 100-minute toy commercial anyone is ever likely to see. It certainly helps that the toy on offer has a long history of superior quality, and that the imagination- and creativity-focused brand values the film is designed to bolster are essentially unassailable. But it still could have been a disaster in the wrong hands, especially given the cloying, self-acknowledged cliché at the center of it: You are special. Believe in yourself. And the…
I don't remember the last 2 hour cardio workout I had, but that was one just now. This film defines stress. It's an incredible story, well dramatised, with unstoppable pace and all the more potent knowing that several key roles on the ground were played by the people themselves.
United 93 captures the confusion, and inability to act, from the ground as events unfold while the first mystery is still being unravelled. I wouldn't describe the film as subtle, but…
I'm determined to try to appreciate HFR for its merits, and fight what I perceive to be my learned prejudice against video-looking footage. I didn't see the first installment in HFR, but I managed it for the second, and this review must make mention of it.
HFR is disconcerting. I faught my prejudice for the whole film. Group shots and cutaways looked the worst; to me they felt like badly dressed pickups. There's surely a lot for directors to learn…
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.…