I tried watching it yesterday. Turned it off after 40 minutes. Couldn't stand the standard DV-cameras with the odd angles and out-of-focus characters. It was a step below Spike Lee's Bamboozled. However, I was more in the mood today (also after seeing episode 11 of Twin Peaks), took out my notebook trying to figure out the different dimensions and I gave it another shot. "One shouldn't be judgmental towards a film like that," I said. And now I feel drenched.…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What a marvel. The poetic and majestic force of Antarctica portrayed in a documentary, beautifully restored by the BFI in 2011, about an expedition that are trying to get to the South Pole first. New intertitles with colors that match what we see on the screen and oozes out the right atmosphere. When we go from orange to blue intertitles, the film manages to make me feel cold, as soon as the expedition get to the big mass of ice.…
Skipped out on this one in the cinema and watched Everything, Everywhere, All at Once which was the right decision. It did everything much better. But now that the Doctor Strange sequel is on Disney+, we decided to check it out. Quite disappointing. It's so messy. Character motivations all over the place. Weak character development for America. Laughably bad cameos - compare it with what they did for Spider-Man: No way home where everyone had a purpose in the story, this one felt hollow. I enjoyed the horror tropes.
Seen it too many times, but this time it was mostly to see how a Nolan film would look like on a 70" 4K TV. Pretty, pretty nice!
If I were a screenwriter I would still fix these issues with the film
- Exposition dumps. Too many, especially in the first act
- Change up the family dynamics. The son gets lost in the mix. Maybe have Murph as a lonely child?
- Some of the weird flowing camera moves…
I started playing the drums when I was 8 (before that was when I was a toddler, banging on pots and pans). Now I'm 24.
"Whiplash" just captured everything. The feel of sitting behind the kit, getting yelled at by an instructor, how desperate you sometime feel, how fixated you are. This one hit home base for me. Other than several drum fills that don't match what you see on screen, you get a flawless film. The editing, the performances, the direction. All of this makes up for the obvious mistakes. Everything is so tight, so correct, with the perfect precision that a drummer should have.
During the aftermath of 22nd July of 2011, I mentioned to a AUF-member that someone will probably capitalize on the horrible event and make a feature length film about it. He promptly un-friended me on Facebook. While I know that the subject is hard, I know that based on movies like Elephant, Polytechnique and several others, someone would do exactly that with this tragedy. Sooner or later.
However, the way this movie turned out, does not feel like it's capitalizing…