Alexander Payne has done it again! Payne has directed one of the absolute best films of 2013 and of the entire decade with Nebraska. The cinematography of the film is absolutely superb with the help of the black and white color pallet and lighting. Payne's actual direction with each one of his actors is incredibly well done, feeling as if the actors themselves are real people is what Payne excels at, which is the highest honor i can give. The story is self is wildly original and superbly told through Payne's masterful direction and Bob Nelson's smart script. Every actor in the film is on the top of their game, delivering hilarity and melancholic moments when the script calls for it. Two actors in particular June Squibb and especially Bruce Dern are remarkable. Squibb's comedic moments are delivered similarly how to George C Scott would which of course is a compliment and Bruce Dern's aging melancholy is delivered perfectly through his performance! The score for the film actually accompanies the film very well as Woody and his son travel across the country side. Alexander Payne's Nebraska is one of the best films of the year!
Philomena is the most charming and heartfelt film of 2013. The comedic elements of the film work incredibly well with Steve Coogan and Judi Dench's British wit. Steve Coogan delivered his comedic moments masterfully, keeping it subdued yet hilarious. His dramatic moments were equally as we'll delivered. Judi Dench became philomena, she was absolutely astounding in every aspect of her performance. Dench will certainly get nominations across the board for her charming and heart felt performance. Philomena is one of the best films of the year.
Suffocation will occur during the first half of the film for the laughs come at you swiftly, one after another making it ridiculously hard to breath in the process! However, you will quickly breath fine after that first half for the quality quickly drops after that first half unfortunately. Jonah Hill and Chaning Tatum are perfectly casted and are what make this high school comedy work so well, for their on screen presence and chemistry makes these two feel as if they have been friends for years. 21 Jump Street is definitely worth a watch if you are into suffocating from lack of air by laughter!
One of the best adapted Stephen King novels to film, filled with terrific suspense and horror. Kathy Bates is legendary in the film from how psychotic and melevelent she is, while still somewhat lovable as Annie. The film works because of the horrific intimacy Kathy Bates shares with the injured James Caan, a great suspense horror film.