The Manchurian Candidate is by no means the most radical film I have seen. Not even close, but I couldn't help but ask how it is that anyone could even think up a plot like this because it's unsettling in so many ways. The film's visual style does a lot to convey the inner workings of the story so it isn't just aesthetically pleasing. This is pretty good.
There's an obvious Cassavetes influence here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I like how the in your face approach to filming a character can amplify what they're doing and saying. The downside, though, is that the faults in the writing are amplified too, and there are quite few flaws in this one. Where the movie succeeds, it succeeds very well (that score) but where it underwhelms, it underwhelms hard too. An impressive effort.
"No hay banda!"
Everyone was so right about this. It's amazing. I'm just fresh off watching it and I don't know what I've just seen but I'm going to attempt to say some things about this experience (I'll try to be as coherent as one can be after watching a David Lynch movie).
In Mulholland Drive, David Lynch blurs the line between reality and fantasy. The thing is, as a member of the audience, all you can do is try…
One thing that one should note is that it's a little hard to define what fan service is in the context of Star Wars. The original Star Wars films were, themselves, an exercise in nostalgia. The Force Awakens, then, appropriately harkens back to these older films (which themselves have been engrained in pop culture for so long), and in doing so, nails the tone of what we know to be Star Wars.
That being said, The Force Awakens relies mostly…