RSS feed for Doug

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Interview with the Vampire

    Interview with the Vampire

    ★★

    Not sure where to begin with this one because it is so tonally inconsistent. It does not seem to know what it wants to be, satire, horror, comedy, melodrama, thriller, romance. Amalgamating these genres is so poorly executed in Interview with the Vampire that it is difficult to assess how to approach interpreting it.

    But the real problem is the story. Was this intended to begin a franchise? Just who is the protagonist? What was actually achieved by the conclusion…

  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★★

    This is well worn narrative territory and you can predict every story beat within 5 minutes of opening. But damn if I wasn't entertained throughout. Sure, it's predictable and the songs go a little too long and some of the emotive dialogue misses the mark. While all true personal reactions, it doesn't change the fact that I dislike musicals and still found myself pleasantly surprised by The Greatest Showman.

    A quick word on the apparent polarisation of this films protagonist.…

Popular reviews

More
  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★

    What begins as a deeply engaging adventure between a desperate Pattinson and his disabled brother into ethics of crime, generational poverty and mental disability transpires into an inconsistent domino of happen-chances which almost entirely ignores the themes and tone of the opening 20 minutes. Favouring instead a sequential mishmash of decisions made by the protagonist and his newfound accomplices which I guess equates to 'crime doesn't pay' and 'stay in school'?

    What eventuates fails to properly address the central thesis…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    Captivating in its fleeting simplicity of romantically disoriented protagonists, Lost in Translation explores a view of life and love so often ignored on film in a tender but challenging way.

    Both lead actors are astonishing in the depth of their portrayals. Neither is ever given to emotional outbursts on either end of the spectrum, but communicate so much with so little and thus connecting with the audience and themes much more powerfully.

    Japan and the hotel and the external characters…