Great action, great cast, and great use of music too bad the story was dull. Soderbergh knows how to shoot action, but the guy is also a great writer, and I wish he would mix the two. Maybe if he would spend more than a month developing, shooting, and editing films he could settle down and do one great film once in awhile. He doesn't make bad films, but he doesn't great ones either, they are all rush jobs. This film was a lot of fun at times, but I guess I got greedy and wanted more.
First off I am not a big fan of Godard. I think Godard is really talented and groundbreaking,especially with the style and visuals of his films. What he does that bothers me is he is too political, too preachy and relies on shocking the audience too much, and that is what's wrong with Weekend. The story never really makes any sense, people are being raped and murdered everywhere and their is no explanation. There is an amazing tracking shot of a car slowly weaving through traffic as chaos reigns all around, really this scene should be shown in all film school. Sadly there is another scene where a garbage man rants about politics in America for 10 minutes, it's dated and a waste of time. I thought there was no story or direction, just moments, some good, some bad. I know it's a surrealist film,but it is dated and is kinda a mess. Overall not a film I would revisit, but glad I watched some of it.
Drive is a fun and stylish film, but I didn't love it like many of my friends and critics have. This is my fault because I would have liked it more with no expectations, but when I hear "Oscar worthy" or" Best film of the year" I better see something really original and powerful. It reminded me a bit of 80's Michael Mann, but that was mainly because of the films font, music, and Ryan Gosling's character. Gosling is a quintessential Michael Mann antagonist quiet, tough, and quick to action if pushed. I was more reminded of early Tarantino and Indie action films of the mid 90's that always encompassed a great cast, style, and sharp dialogue. I wouldn't put Drive in the same category of greatness as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, but more like True Romance and better than Tarantino rip offs like 2 Days In the Valley. The cast was good, but besides Gosling the only stand out was Albert Brooks. Every scene with Brooks is captivating and I wanted more scenes like the one between him and Gosling at the restaurant. I really enjoyed the look and pace of the film, but I was also just relieved to see an action film without 100 cuts per minute or shaky cam.I will look forward to Nicolas Refn's future projects because he has great sense of pacing and knows how to shoot an action film correctly. I feel a stronger script would help him immensely and he could add substance to his already established style. Overall I enjoyed Drive, but I felt the film was a little too simple and really lacked originality. I think the film comes off as fresh and unconventional because of all the shit Hollywood has been throwing at us the last 15 years and basically we all long for films of the 80's.
Beautifully shot and well acted mini series on Carlos The Jackal and terrorism in the 70's. Their are two versions of this film,the 2.5 hour and 5 hour versions. DO NOT WATCH THE 2 HOUR VERSION! It is a waste of time and will leave you empty. I loved the way this film looks,very authentic and defiantly has a 70's feel to the cinematography. Edgar Ramirez is amazing as Carlos, and I look forward to his future work. *Plot Spoilers*The first part of the film is about Carlo's rise in the 70's from protester to extreme and feared terrorist. The second half Carlos becomes a dying breed in the cause dying 80's as all of his compatriots either die,go to jail or just settle. I watched this film over three weekends (1 part per weekend) and I believe that was a mistake. Their are too many characters and the plot moves very fast and you can get confused if you watch it in long intervals. I thought the series ended with a whimper,but overall I liked the aggressive effort and I really think it could have been longer. Very enjoyable and again Edger Ramirez gives one of the best performances of 2010.
An interesting and hard to make film. I'm not a big fan of Danny Boyle,but this could be his best film since Trainspotting. His type of filmmaking really works with this subject matter and it looks fantastic and the sound design is top notch. Franco caries the film because he has to and he did deserve the Oscar nom,just not Oscar hosting. The movie is enjoyable,but it doesn't really have any re-watchability at all and I took away a star because of that. The ending was very powerful visually and emotionally and it's what makes the film really work. Overall I enjoyed the movie, but it really hurts it that I may not see it again for another 10 years.
Two things make this movie work Acting and a new way to approach the life of a crime family. The acting is phenomenal on all parts,with Mendelsohn, Weaver,Edgerton, and Pearce as standouts. Mendelsohn pulls off the tough guy act without being physically menacing,just mentally. I like that the story takes place on the down slide of this crime family and the fact we don't have to see the "one last job". It's about a family at the end of their rope and how their lifestyle has finally caught up with them. I don't know how much re-watch ability the film has, but I'm looking forward to see what David Michod does next.
Very good doc about a "Man On The Street" fashion photographer for more than 40 years. What makes this film so enjoyable is the likability of Bill Cunningham. He has a great personality,knowledge for his field, and has high morals in an industry that is lacking. Everyone who is anyone in the fashion industry seems enamored of Bill and they really value his opinion. What is interesting about this film is you spend all this time with Bill and by the end you realize you really don't know him and I don't think anybody does. He lives to work and because of this he doesn't seem to have any real connection with other humans, but it doesn't make him unlikable in any way. This doc is a lot of fun and at times very moving, even if you don't care about fashion,photography, or New York you will have a good time.
This doc is good because Fran Lebowitz is entertaing and it has a nice mix of archival footage. It's very New York City centric, and doesn't have much of a Scorsese stamp on it, but it doesn't matter.I think it was missing a more personal side of Ms.Lebowitz and I wanted more about her past and how she got to be the person she is now. The archival footage is great, it's a mixture of great music and great minds. It makes you want to live in a time when people were celebrities because of their intelligence and not for public drunkenness or sex tapes.
Interesting subject matter and good acting, but not very enjoyable overall. It's about a Father and Daughter(Barrymore and Shearer) as free souls who never worry about the consequences of their actions. It's pretty racy at times, especially for a MGM film, he's a drunk and she's promiscuous. The film runs a little long and it seems like it works better in play form. Good cast and Gable shines in every scene as a bad guy(rare), but also too melodramatic and by the end I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters.
A very ho-hum film. It's not a bad movie,but I also didn't think it was great. I did like Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes and it had a few great moments. I think what hurt the film for me was my affection for the TV series Justified. Justified deals with the same subject matter and type of people, but with wittier dialogue and more complex characters. I was a little bored for the first 45 minutes or so and then riveted for 20 minutes between Ree getting beat up and Teardrop stepping in. Overall I doubt I will watch the whole film again and that does hurt it.
Loads of fun and a good film, but something is missing to make this a great film. I don't question Glen Ford's toughness, but he doesn't carry the same bad ass swagger that he has in 3:10 to Yuma. I was more enthralled by the bad guys in this picture than the good guys, but that because Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame make this film. They both chew up scenery and when they are together on screen it's plain greatness. The story is basically about a cop(Glenn Ford) who gets in too deep in a suicide case and pisses off the wrong people. The bad guys push Ford too far and he becomes a rouge cop bent on revenge. It's enjoyable and a must see, but I didn't care for Ford's character as much as the supporting villains and that hurts this film overall.
I was really torn after I saw this film, and it took me some time to decide if I liked it or not. I knew I enjoyed it, but wasn't sure how much, and I weighed the pros and cons over the next few days. I came to the conclusion that any film that creeps in my head several days after a viewing is a good thing, so overtime it grew on me. I am not a huge Darren Aronofsky fan, I do respect him as a director, but his style can be his Achilles heel at times. His stamp is what makes him a fan boy favorite, but I think it's a little immature. Like Brian De Palma, he is all style with little substance and a little too much film school mentality. Aronofsky's style is the only thing I didn't like about Black Swan. At times the film making is too chaotic and subtly is thrown out the window. Too much shaky cam, too many cheap jump out and scare you horror tricks, and too many tattoos of black wings on Mila Kunis's back. Aronofsky is great with actors and storytelling, but a tripod and letting the audience use their imagination a little more could have made this a great film. What really won me over was how great the performances were. Natalie Portman is amazing as a up and coming ballerina toppling under the pressures of stardom. The other standout is Vincent Cassel as a ballet impresario who will do anything to get a top performance from his dancers. Cassel and Portman have a great dynamic, and it was my favorite part of the movie. Their relationship reminded me of a exotic version of The Red Shoes (1948), and I was captivated when they were on screen together. Kunis was convincing as the rival dancer and Barbara Hershey was great as her creepy looking domineering mother. Overall I enjoyed a film about a girl who must get off so she can be successful, but I wish Aronofsky would have held back and be more conservative like he was with The Wrestler.
David O. Russell may be bat shit crazy, but who cares, the guy hasn't made a bad film yet. Russell earned years ago the right that no matter what he directs I will see it. I had the same reaction to The Fighter trailer I had with the Three Kings trailer, horrible. I see Russell's name at the end of the trailer and that makes me see the film, and like Three Kings, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the film. The Fighter is nothing ground breaking, if fact it's a typical boxing film that really doesn't have a lot of originality. It didn't matter, I really got into the characters, the story kept my interest, and in the end I enjoyed myself. Russell's craziness always seems to get the best out of his actors(I think Wahlbergs best performance to date is I Heart Huckabees).Wahlberg and Amy Adams are good, but this film belongs to Melissa Leo, Christian Bale and the Eklund sisters. Leo and Bale are shoe-ins for the Oscar this year and they both deserve it, your eyes focus on them in every scene. Even though the story is typical I thought it was original that Micky needs Dicky to ultimately succeed. Overall Dicky and the family are not only anchors to Micky's career, but if used right give him the confidence and coaching he needs to win. I am a sucker for boxing films, but it occurred to me after watching this film that 80% of all boxing films are about white boxers. Besides Ali I couldn't think of a great film about black boxers. Very entertaing film and I hope one day a film shows up of O.Russell and Bale having a shouting match while making this movie.
It always takes several viewings for me to appreciate a Coen Brothers film, but this one was just a delight the first time. Great cast, well written, and Roger Deakins photography is astounding ( I love when he does westerns)! I was wondering if Jeff Bridges voice would get on my nerves when I first watched the trailer, but he character is so real and charismatic that he deserves the Oscar nod. Hailee Steinfeld was amazing and holds her own against the Hollywood heavies and really carries this film. Matt Damon's Dandy Ranger and Josh Brolin's Mongo-Like criminal are just hilarious and both have proven whatever film they do they don't disappoint. The viewer, like Mattie Ross, is introduced to all these colorful individuals, and with the exception of Rooster Cogburn, no one lives up to their reputation. It's a great character study and all of the side characters,especially Barry Pepper, were fascinating. The film is realistic and has a wonderful pace and I thought the epilogue was well done and accurately portrayed how Mattie would end up in later life.