In the fall of 2012, my grandmother passed away. It had been a long battle with lung cancer, pneumonia, arthritis, and the effects of old age. The last interaction I had with her was on the day I got cast for my school's fall play, The Laramie Project. When I went into the hospice room, she was pretty out of it. She barely knew where she was and whom she was with. I sat down next to her bed, grabbed…
"When was the last time you touched someone?"
Whilst speaking to the perception mankind has on beauty and concepts alien to those that which we've become accustomed to, Under the Skin permeates one's comfort zone within mere seconds. The film immediately sets a tone of discomfort and unease, maintaining a pulsating tension throughout the majority of its runtime. If for nothing else, Under the Skin should be the complete solidification of Jonathan Glazer's talents behind the camera. No matter how…
Zero Dark Thirty is not a film that treats its audience with delicacy. The film is cold and calculated, like the characters, featuring unflinching looks at the torture of detainees and terrorist attacks all building up to the climax, which is one of the most intense sequences in any film I've seen in quite a while. Powerful and emotional, Zero Dark Thirty is the best film of 2012, but it is not my favorite.
A grimly beautiful vision of the future, or lack thereof, presented with artistic brilliance from visionary director Alfonso Cuaron. Though bleak, Children of Men liberates viewers by instilling hope in the characters. As a viewer, watching these characters try to survive is emotionally riveting. A masterpiece.