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It is so great to see a dystopian science fiction/action film that doesn't feel tired, cliche, or dumbed down..."Snowpiercer" is a smart sci-fi actioner that is creative and unique that still has good effects and photography. It is so rare for so many of these elements to come together these days that it feels so fresh, despite the fact that there are so many dystopian movies these days. This movie is great, a lot of fun, and cool to boot. Definitely recommended for those who want a bit mire thought in their action films, and still plenty of entertainment for those who don't care. Well crafted film.
David's father Woody is a grumpy old alcoholic who is easily confused and believes that a phony sweepstakes letter is legit and that he has to get to Lincoln, Nebraska and claim his $1 million. David, his brother, and his mother try to stop his several attempts to walk to Nebraska from Montana, but David finally realizes the only way to stop him is to take him there...and the two take a trip. They stop off in Woody's hometown, see some family and old friends...and almost everyone wants a piece of the money woody hasn't actually won. The film is really well directed by Alexander Payne, with wonderful performances from Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and June Squibb, who pretty much steals the movie. I love the black and white photography. The movie felt in someways similar to David Lynch's "The Straight Story", which followed a different cranky old man on a quest for something simple. Though this was more about a prize that was nonexistent and that was more about a strange way to make a journey. I loved this about as much as I loved that...great films that felt unique and crazy, but really well photographed and with a strong characters and emotional core.
Frank Darabont directs his third Stephen King adaptation. This time, however, instead of a prison drama it is in King's more familiar horror territory. Darabont proves to be just as skillful here, making a tense and scary monster movie in which the way people react to fear is explored...leading to one hell of an ending. If you want an intelligent horror film that delivers...you most likely will not be disappointed.
In the mood of the season, I decided to watch this Thanksgiving family dramedy. It is an average movie directed by Jodie Foster and starring Holly Hunter, Dylan McDermont and Robert Downey, Jr. It isn't particularly special in anyway, but if you just want to reflect on Thanksgiving with a movie (chances are you don't or there would be more films centered around the holiday), then this will do the trick.
I liked "Interstellar," but it is admittedly flawed. I like any science fiction movie that tries to do something other than big laser fights. This feels much more in the vain of "2001" than "Star Wars," and that is exciting, because it is a big epic science fiction thinker with surreal ideas...and science fiction that tries to play with surreal ideas and attempt, at least a little, to utilize real and projected science are practically extinct at this point. So I like this in principle, and I like Nolan's films in general. Where the film has issues comes in at the point Matt Damon turns out to not be such a good guy, and we have to sit through a fight scene which leads to a space chase and an explosion. It feels forced into a film in which everything that preceded it, and pretty much everything that followed it were about mankind reaching out into the great beyond of space and the future. That felt like action shoehorned in, that really just bloated an already long film into something longer in duration than it needed to be. I would've liked a film about a guy who lies about a planet's life sustaining ability just to be rescued, but it felt out of place in this. Overall, though, I enjoyed this film with it's unique and far out ideas and great visual look.