"We're not keeping you here, you're just staying."
Jeremy Saulnier, the director of Green Room, knows how to create tension. More importantly, he knows how to continue building it up without letting go. I loved his excellent previous film Blue Ruin (short review here: letterboxd.com/mmozuras/film/blue-ruin/). This movie is very similar in style and just as good.
While it's a thriller, action/violence are never emphasized and never feel forced. All the characters feel very human in their handling of the difficult…
"So fair and foul a day I have not seen."
Scotland is a beautiful country. I've visited it a couple years ago for two weeks and can attest for the breathtaking mountains, lochs and glens. It's not hard to make it look incredible on the big screen. But Justin Kurzel and Adam Arkapaw go beyond that. Not only the landscapes, but all frames are crafted to make Macbeth one of the most visually stunning movies of the year. Everlasting highlands…
"Oh what a day, what a lovely day!"
In preparation for Fury Road, I watched the three previous Mad Max movies for the first time. I found them interesting, with The Road Warrior being excellent. I thought I was prepared. But nothing could have prepared me for this George Miller desert gem.
Let me give you a taste: there's a flamethrower electric guitar player named Doof amidst all the action. Yes, seriously. It's freaking incredible.
The whole movie is basically…
"I will be fair, but firmly cruel."
The biggest Marvel movie to date. The pinnacle where all the superheroes meet. Alas, there's just too many of them. There's too much of everything in Age of Ultron. It's bursting at the seams, barely staying together. Truly, it's quite impressive that it doesn't burst.
I was bored during some of the action scenes, including the culmination. Felt like "been there, done that". There are nice moments here and there though. For example,…
"Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art."
Montage of Heck is competently made documentary. Nirvana's music is used as soundtrack, which makes it hard not to like. I even found myself silently singing along a couple of times. There are no big revelations, but the used footage is interesting and makes for a decent Cobain tribute. It's simple - if you like Nirvana, watch this. Otherwise, don't.
There's just one quibble that ruined my experience. After…
"It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning."
I start with a quote from the first movie for a reason. It's hard to believe there are now seven movies in this franchise. And it's even harder to believe how things have changed. Furious 7 is closer to a more bombastic Ocean's Eleven than to the first instalment.
The whole flick feels disjointed. It just moves from one big action set-piece to another. Giving just…