Sliding this one right up to the 5/5. The A+. The serious competitor for #1 of the year against "Boyhood."
In a cinematic climate of boring remakes, boring reboots, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (a sign of the apocalypse), the future of cinema is looking bleak. That being said, throughout the year, some truly marvelous films have been sent to us to remind us why we go to the movies. "Boyhood" reminded us how beautiful and cinematic the most seemingly…
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…
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.