RSS feed for Max

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★½

    "Know how they get to Carnegie Hall? Practice." Quentin Tarantino has certainly practiced for this film. In some ways it appears more serious than his others, and then the drawn out scenes peel up and there is the master himself, laughing in your face with gore and unpredictability. The dark mind of Tarantino truly works in mysterious ways, forgetting the hook that films are supposed to have in the first five minutes of runtime and deciding to do an entire…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★½

    Classic Coen comedy. Very stylized in the period homage grading and cinematography that has been stereotype from "Singin' in the Rain" to "Trumbo" to "La La Land".

    Although lacking in true story as much Coen films do, the premise acts as a great investigation into the characters and happenings in a day-the-life approach to 40s Hollywood.

    The amount of characters outweighs the film's worth, as the Coen's can only use each brilliantly conceived and acted player once or twice and…

Popular reviews

More
  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★½

    A fictional expansion of the themes of his debut, "Badlands", Malick again returns to nature and the romantic struggle in lower class America. The visual style is stunningly natural and painter-like, echoing the realism of the the painters at that time after the late 1800s.

    The plot is moved at a [literally] fiery pace with the seasons of the crop and monumental character shifts happening in a matter of beautiful season changes or un-important occurrences.

    Although some of the plot…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    One of the best experimental films to date. Shane Carruth gives an even greater performance than his high-profile scientist role in his directorial debut "Primer". His soundtrack gives the surreal yet beautiful visually driven story an otherworldly feeling. The plot and relationships are unfolded in your mind, somehow prompted by the voiceless images on the screen. It seems to follow the principles of silent film, with the little amount of dialogue included.

    Even though the story and point of the film will remain lost without careful contemplation and understanding, anyone can enjoy the beauty of every aspect to this chilling mystery and beautiful love story.