I love movies, just like I love most other art forms such as music, writing and costume. But I'm always really picky. I am quick to criticise, for good or bad, and I can quickly spot what elements work and don't work. I have a strange knack for that. I believe that there are two major types of films out there: art films, and entertainment films.
Entertainment films are what I think of as the cliche Hollywood drivel genre films where you already know the ending, the content is tame, and it is jammed full of crowd pleasers and special effects but don't really say anything meaningful.
Art films demonstrate craft, there is much thought into them, unique twists, and rather than being a cheap escape from reality, they speak about the human condition.
And it is these art films that I love.
It was better than I thought it would be, so that's really good. I read the novel when I was in High School and it was quite loyal to it, from what I can remember. The characterisation was on the mark, and the movie was quite funny in places.
An excellent movie! The narrative structure is incredibly unique and leads us along wondering and wondering - not unlike that of Nolan's later work "The Prestige". Rather than revealing plot linearly, everything is taken backwards, and so the previous scene holds much significance in how we view what we see with the introducing of details. I think thiis film offers a great insight into how much we base so much of our identity and perception upon memory.
One of the best movies I have seen all year. I was very, very impressed. It has many cringe moments - so not one you would see lightly, but it is masterfully crafted and very well done. The first half or so of the film is presented like a documentary, so we are invited to engage with it more as an audience, and become involved with the context and with the character. Jackson has developed his knack of convincingly presenting fiction as reality further from his early mockumentary "Forgotten Silver". In all, the developed ideas in the film, and the way it was done is amazing- and I'm not just saying that because I am a fan of Peter Jackson's recent work and am also a Kiwi. Well worth the watch, if you're into movies that challenge you.