It doesn’t really take a genius to identify two defining aspects of Noah Baumbach’s filmmaking career. He has been consistently drawing from autobiographical experiences, the most prominent, direct and discussed ad nauseam example of which would be his parents’ divorce in The Squid And The Whale. Though, it has to be noted that within the landscape of these inspirations he has repeatedly revisited the theme of a family (or a relationship) in crisis in Margot At The Wedding, While We’re…
True Romance 1993
Besides the film’s obvious overall quality, there are at least three major reasons why anyone trying to understand and contextualize Quentin Tarantino’s work should take a good look at True Romance.
First of all, one has to consider how much of a milestone in Tarantino’s career this film was. Even though it was released in 1993, a year after his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, it was his first ever script and at the same time the most autobiographical of all…
The Final Destination 2009
If you ever lament the fact many horror franchises go off the rails after a few sequels or end up wacky and boisterous as a result of trying to remain just a bit fresh while abandoning their nature, I suggest you watch a few of the sequels to Final Destination. They are all the same. They don't do anything risky or intriguing. And it gets old quicker than you think. So, by the time you get to watch the fourth…
Rye Lane 2023
While Rye Lane could easily function as a stage play, it uses its cinematic format to bolster visually its densely talky manifold. Thus, it crafts an idiosyncratic rom-com aimed to endear at people who are probably too cool for school to fall for anything remotely familiar.
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The Road 2009
Every single idiot hoping for a zombie apocalypse 'because it will be so cool' should be assigned to have a sit-down with "The road". Brutal, gritty, dull and depressingly sad, this film is probably the closest to what would actually happen in the event of shit hitting the proverbial fan. (Edit: though it has nothing to do with zombies, but a planet dying in a mysterious but straightforward fashion). It's never an easy watch and it does kick you in the stomach more than once, but it is simply a masterpiece.
The simplest way I can describe Ruben Östlund's Play is to call it a manipulative cinematic experiment aimed exclusively at infuriating the viewer. And, boy, does it work...
For the nearly two hours it takes to watch this film I persisted in a suspended state of being both irate and mesmerised at the same time. Therefore, as much as I would really love to, I can't say I enjoyed watching this film. But that's a good thing. I think Play…