What an experience this was! An enjoyable comedy that uses its talent very well and has a subtle (Well, for a McKay/ Ferrell collabortion) about a tribulate time in history as women joined the news force. Once the laughs get going there will be no sign of stoping for a break, even if some of the jokes don't work quite as well as one would hope. A little over glorified, but worth at least one viewing.
With a well written script, strong performances, creative stop motion animations, and the same whimsy that has defined his career, Anderson's Life Aquatic is a treat to his fans and even be seen as an entry level film for those who wish to see more of his films. You can always expect two things going into an Anderson film: deadpan performances and gorgeous cinematography. In this film, the later works better than the prior. Early in the film and in key moments that require some more emotional weight are acted in the style of dead pan, losing some of the emotional power the scenes might have otherwise had. Never the less, by the end of the film you are pulled into the excitement of the finale and care for the characters to see how it will end. A fine film that is just shy of greatness.
A chiller of the finest degree, with a startlingly haunting performance from its criminally under discussed Luisa Williams. Loktev's vision is a minimalist approach to the narrative of a suicide bomber, so devote in her faith or perhaps so mental sick that she is willing to destroy herself and others. An incredibly taunt and naturalistic film that will leave you on the edge of your sit through most of the run time.
The film is a real piece of work, and I mean that in the best way possible. Ferrara camera portrays a man who has fallen into the abyss with such passion that it becomes the whole reason this film is discussed. The narrative is muddled and unfocused, much like the psychosis of the nameless protagonist, played with passionate intensity by the ever great Keitel. It works for the aesthetic it wants, but perhaps is too content to in that aesthetic to remember that it also has what seems like a tacked on mystery that either detracts from the experience or you get wrapped up in this subplot and hate the long shots of Keitel living at the bottom of the abyss. By no means a bad movie, but a critically flawed one.