Zurrie has written 3 reviews for films during 2015.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Having seen this twice now, I continue to be both haunted and disappointed by it. The Revenant is such an elemental work, one of the most staggering depictions of raw nature and human condition ever put on film, in the context of the dirt and grit and cold of the time period as experienced by these people in their taiga locale.

    We know Emmanuel Lubezki is an all-time great cinematographer, and he conjures yet another memorable and impossibly difficult tableau…

  • A Borrowed Life

    A Borrowed Life

    ★★★★★

    One of the most perfect and impacting films of all time. It manages to magically be unflamboyant and enthralling, loose and yet dense, simple and richly detailed at the same time.

    It's amazing how Nien-Jen Wu has used a similar style of other filmmakers he worked with, Hsiao-hsien Hou and Edward Yang, and perhaps surpassed them on his first try. Nien-Jen uses long takes for the most part, but a shot never sits on the screen longer than it needs…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★★

    Comedy is tragedy + time, right? We're now over 7 years out from the apex of the American financial crisis, which spiraled outward across the world, and yet what has really changed? People are still making millions/billions off the suffering of others, corporate control reigns supreme, fraud is common and remains largely unknown, wealth continues to be ever more concentrated in the grasp of a few, and the remainder of the populace are treated as proverbial rats and made to…