A Western of intense brutality, Martin Koolhoven’s “Brimstone” is an old-school epic divided into four distinct chapters: Revelation, Exodus, Genesis and Retribution, complete with a stirring score from Tom Holkenborg. And in accordance with the genre, “Brimstone” is chiefly concerned with the nature of revenge - both its justification and effect upon innocent lives. Moreover, Koolhoven also addresses historical issues surrounding Christianity – flagellation and preaching which conveys a message of eternal, fiery damnation, for those who do not repent.…
As a potent depiction of grief, “Manchester By The Sea” will forever reign as a stunningly raw piece of filmmaking. Its emotional power is never forced, yet always occurs naturally.
And despite the opportunities that Kenneth Lonergan is given to manipulate the audience’s emotions through an emotive score or blatant indications as to how a character feels (through a throng of clichéd 'breaking point' moments), many of the film’s most powerful sequences are accompanied by a truly deafening silence. Revelations are shared (verbally) and looks are exchanged. But thankfully, the performances and the dialogue are left alone, to work their magic. And that, they do.
First impressions: J.J's chances of generating cinematic eminence have been sabotaged by his own dedication to nostalgia and fan service. A shamelessly repackaged "Episode IV" it may be, yet "FA" is an often thrilling, emotional and action-packed ride.
Plus, can BB-8 and Poe Dameron please have their own seperate film franchise together? #2015'sRocket&Groot.