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Whiplash seems to be making a major splash among audiences, and pulling it self forward into a likely best picture winner. Considering director's Damien Chazelles greatest work before this is writing the screenplay for The Last Exorcism Part II, it's rather impressive how well this movie is doing. In all technical aspects this film is great. Credited for film editing, Tom Cross did phenomenal in this department. Cinematography by Sharon Meir, flashy when it needs to be (musical scenes) while elegant during the simpler scenes (Dates, dinners). In all the production departments this film is exactly where it needs to be. My issue really lies with the characters of the movie. While this is strongly against the narrative, I find both the student (Andrew) and professor (Fletcher) predictable and one dimensional. While Chazelle tries to portray them as insane and impulsive, I find everything they do over the course of the film match what I'd expect from the character from the first impression. And I do understand what Chazzelle shows about Andrew and Fletcher in the intense finale scene, I just felt both their motives were always obvious. And this is to no fault of Miles Teller or J.K. Simmons who acted their hearts out. This film makes drumming more intense than I ever imagined, it also has some strong dramatic scenes. But, I see a strong craving for depth in this film, I just don't see the depth.
Filth somewhat feels like the cop version of the 1993 film, Naked. The film follows dirty cop James McAvoy who's trying to get a promotion in his company, during this period he's "solving" a murder & a prank call case all while trying to get laid and sabotaging his co-workers. There's an early scene where he's evaluating all the coworkers and their chances at getting the promotion, his group involved an inexperienced rookie, a dimwit, a metro sexual, a junkie, a man whore, ect. This is one of the early moments where you can see the common theme of repression. James McAvoy does a great job as detective Bruce Robertson, and shows how all these aspects apply to him. This theme later comes back about his wife, which I found rather under whelming. I predicted this twist before we even knew who McAvoy was, perhaps my familiarity with this sort of reveal through Polanski's film The Tenant gave it away.
The film is a comedy, and it has great dark and filthy humor. The c*ck comparison scene had my dying. While the humor is black the background story is even darker. While Bruce's trips look like something from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, they do reveal some dark truths about him. Led by McAvoy's tremendous acting this is a worth while film, compared to the other Welsh adaptions I've seen I'd rank it under Acid House but above Trainspotting. Dark, funny, and surreal.
This early Woody Allen film is adapted from Dr. David Rueben's book "EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK". It's divided into 7 questions (and answers), which start weak but definitely get better.
1. Do Aphrodisiacs Work? Set back in Shakesperian days, this one asks if potions (medieval roofies) work. Kind of. The skit is pretty cheesy and tries hard. Does have a fitting score though.
2. What Is Sodomy? Maybe the most personal to the original author Dr. Ruben, this ones about a love triangle between Armenian Borat, a Doctor, and a goat. The humor doesn't really get any better here.
3. Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm? Definitely caught the Fellini homage in this one, but once again the humor just doesn't do it for me yet. This scene is well made, and actually could be decent as a feature European drama, but weak for a comedy.
4. Are Transvestites Homosexuals? The first section where I began laughing, and I did not stop after. The answer is No, just socially inept.
5. What Are Sex Perverts? By far the most creative and my personal favorite. Set in a 1950s game show, this skit is really well made and funny. The part with the Rabbi was absolutely hilarious.
6. Are the Findings of Doctors and Clinics Who Do Sexual Research and Experiments Accurate? Most famous scene, perhaps an homage to The Blob (not sure as I haven't seen it). But it's about a giant tit (size X) created by Freud meets Frankenstein causing havoc in a town.
7. What Happens During Ejaculation? Good ending, taught me a lot about the anatomy of a man. Thanks Dr.Allen
Peter Weir's, The Last Wave is filled with spiritual symbolism to demonstrate the tension between Australia's white man and the Aboriginal people. The film has a really chilly feeling, especially in the house. With a very eerie score and the feeling/reality of constantly being watched, much of the film can be unsettling with out a lot happening. The mystery actually has a lot of the same feel as Blue Velvet.
It's hard for me to say to much that's deep, because honestly I didn't really like it. Many scenes felt way to over extended, mainly the end scene in the tribal sacred site. I did see some biblical symbolism, mainly the scene where it appears that it's raining frogs outside, reminded me of Moses. While the film might make the Aboriginal people appear as some voo-doo multi-prophet worshipers, the majority in reality are Christian or have no religious affiliation. I understand that the film is shown a select few who still believe in sacristy and aboriginal spirituality, but this isn't consistent with reality.