Breathless. A film that changed the face of cinema completely.
Breathless. A masterwork from a master director.
Breathless. The way I was after watching it.
Jean-Luc Godard is truly a God of cinema. When he busted onto the screen with 1960's Breathless, he not only changed the way people looked at film,, he changed the way the were made. Frantic jump cuts, and decisive dead-on dialogue galore, Breathless rolls along with ease. At times it can be so innocent and at others it can be blistering and forceful. But it never over cooks anything.
Is it the best screenplay ever? No. Best directed movie ever? No. And it only 90 minutes you may ask well, what makes it so good? Well honestly, I can't say. There's something about this short little gem that just had me hooked instantly and I dunno what it is. Nevertheless, it was one of the most rewarding movies I've ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on. Watch this movie. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you might just be Breathless...
For years I put off watching Blade Runner. Why? I'm not to sure, but it was not a smart play on my part. Blade Runner is without a doubt one of the best sci-fi films of all time and a personal favorite. And not being a huge fan of Ridely Scott, that's saying a lot.
Eerie, dark, harrowing. Those are just a few words to describe it. Directed with ease and written with pretentious elegance, Blade Runner is a masterpiece. The vision is of a dark future and Scott did an absolute wonderful job of showing this.
Sci-fi's are not my favorite genre of movies, and they normally have to be above and beyond to make their way into my favorites list, but Blade Runner did so with ease. Harrison Ford also give a good performance, as does the rest of the ensemble (who were relatively unknown at the time).
I'm not sure what my favorite thing about Blade Runner is. Because it's one of the only Sci-Fi/noir films? Because the action and pacing is simply stunning? Because the directing is utterly fantastic? I can hardly choose for myself. But I can say this much. Blade Runner is great. One of the best of the eighties and one of the best of all time. Watching this once is definitely not enough. And not seeing this at all is a mistake. Highly recommended.
Calling this film amazing would be an understatement. Casablanca, one of the most well directed and acted and probably best written film of all-time, is a genuine masterpiece. It's sad that this kind of played second fiddle to Citizen Kane (a film I thought to be just okay).
How many movies have this many quotes, this much praise, and have withstood all of hollywoods glitz and glamor (and "oh I only watch new movies with special effects)? Not many, I can tell you that. In part it's because of Michael Curtiz's pure craftsmanship of the camera, but mainly it's the script. It's no wonder why Casablanca is hailed as the best written movie of all time.
It's hard to put into words how great a classic such as this is. I've written this review 4 times and this is the one I'm happy with. It's not an easy task to shout praise for one of the most praised movie ever, but here is my attempt. Casablanca is stunning. It's elegant and precisely paced. Its drawn out with an eloquent view, and anyone who's eyes see this piece of work will not be disappointed. There, I said it. "Here's looking at you, kid", indeed.
Quentin Tarantino certainly has a gift for gab. If his everyday speech is as eloquent as what he writes, than this guy could probably talk way out of a death sentence. And Jackie Brown is no exception.
"AK-47. When you absolutely, positively have to kill every motherfucker in the room...accept no substitutes" is one of the many memorable quotes scattered around throughout the movie. Jackie Brown is definitely Tarantino's talky movie, and I think it's his best as far as dialogue. Every character has a lot to say (except maybe Louis), and man oh man, do they say it well.
The plot is also amazing. Giving a throwback, and a great one if I may, to the 'blaxploitation' genre from the 70's.
The directing is vastly improved here, too. The time-warping centered around the drop-off is genius. Leave it to the "master of chronology" to somehow insert some kind of way to play with time. And 'father-time' really does it well.
The acting is really good also. Robert Forester is probably the stand-out here. His character is played so real and down-to-earth, you sometimes have to slap yourself to make sure you're not watching an actual person and not a written character. But sadly, I don't find the characters to be quite as memorable in Jackie Brown. They were good, don't get me wrong, but, I struggled to find a character near as intriguing as Jules, Mia Wallace, or Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs.
On the other hand, it does contain some of the best laughs of Quentin's catalog. Robert De Niro's character, Louis, dishes out at least a chuckle or three every time he is on screen. And I almost could not stop laughing when Bridget Fonda's character was taunting him at the Mall. His reactions were priceless every time.
So, while not as memorable as Pulp Fiction, or as raw as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown has some of QT's best directing yet, and some of the best speaking roles he's ever written.