Sci-fi ain't dead, as proven again by Alex Garland. Shame this was dumped onto Netflix internationally because it's one of those films that would have truly benefited from being on the big screen. A visually arresting and unique, often times dark, cerebral experience that will leave you dwelling on its themes long after it's over.
A believable and smartly made film, with effective editing to provide a great drama and tension to the narrative. Miles Teller announces himself as a competent lead, and while JK Simmons is no stranger to the 'angry superior' character, that doesn't make it any less of an intimidating, strong performance.
My personal favourite film from 2014 so far.
A splendid coming-of-age tale about a young witch, Kiki (accompanied by her cute and whimsical cat Jiji), who has to leave home in search of independence. As charming as Ghibli can be, I feel they've reached the pinnacle with this one. It always amazes me the fact Ghibli can take such simple characters, a simple setting and a simple premise and bring them to life so effortlessly. But they never compromise on providing a positive message to the viewers (in this films case, the importance of maturing and pushing on through adversity). One of Miyazaki's finest, if not the.