The best way I can describe Punch-Drunk Love is by calling it "beautifully stressful".
The choice of music, the visual contrasts, the lens flares, the pacing, and the acting made me feel very, very anxious. Not since I saw "Eraserhead" a year ago have I seen a films cinematography and soundscape, so perfectly embody the mental state of it's protagonist. It's almost impossible to describe just how much I was able to put myself in Barry's shoes. Paul Thomas Anderson…
In Rear Window the apparently simple setting in an apartment complex is developed into a world filled with intriguing and sometimes unsettling possibilities, and this apparently average neighborhood comes to life with a wealth of lavish visual detail and interesting minor characters.
Rear Window is the kind of film-making that (like many of Hitchcock's greatest movies) is very flattering to the viewer. The director assumes that his audience will pay close enough attention to appreciate the many subtleties with which…
There was a time when action scenes were not animated on computers, film characters didn't talk like bad stand-up comedians, and violence in an action film could be more than a few shooting scenes now and then. Refn manages to jump back in time and create a film with an original style, where the perfect soundtrack, LA shown in neon, not to mention the clothing of the main character (played by Ryan Gosling), immediately takes you to the 1980s stylistic…
| "Come on over. We got us a fight going on that's a good bit of fun." - Calvin Candie |
Django Unchaiind is ridiculously entertaining. Easy as that.
I love the many great buildups of tension, the perfectly timed and delicious moments of relief, mostly in the form of over-the-top-bloody shootouts. The cast is balls to the walls amazing, and it's impossible to single out anyone in particular. What a great final product.
Let's make a checklist: Awesome soundtrack?…