Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)
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The timing of the script seemed off. It starts off well but where the movie ends doesn't feel like it's paced right. The second part of the story is a bit thin, too. It looks brilliant, and the performances are good, but the movie only ok.
I think the choice of only looking at a couple of years of Robinson's life was the right one. His is a big story, likely too much for one movie. It's cinematically lush and the characters are played bigger than life. Which I think is apropos as that's exactly the scope of Robinson's accomplishments.
Loaded with information and lots of surprises that'll make your brain flip over. I think the fuel alternates are mostly a stop-gap though, so those parts of the story are cool but fleeting. Electric engines will take over, and relatively soon. But we should be aware of the people and techniques used to keep the public in the dark and on oil. There's good stuff here.
It argues convincingly for sustainability. I'm not sure you could watch this and not think that tuna is doomed without immediate action.
I'm a huge food doc fan, so this may have suffered from my breadth of viewing history. It had huge buzz when released. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the story of this family. I want to go and eat at both restaurants!!
It was okay...I guess...mostly forgettable though.
I was glad for this documentary. There was lots in there that backed up many things I already thought or learned. Nuclear isn't the boogie man that it's purported to be. It's far from perfect. But the fastest way off of coal & oil is through nuclear. Even with disaster, it still cause way less harm than fossil fuels. I'm going to have to watch this one again. I'm fascinated with the topic.
I'm a fan of Jean-Marc Vallee. He told this story very well. It could easily be silly or lame or flat. But, it's not at all. It's sad and uplifting. Witherspoon nails the role. I heard good things and those people were right.
Blomkamp is certainly defining his visual style. The production design is great. There is a lot of good action, however, it probably would have been a good idea to sacrifice some of that for better character development.
The old school reviews are mixed, at best. The critiques of some copycat filmmaking do look legit, however, it's well-done. And shot-styles are lifted all the time. It doesn't bother me generally, unless there's too much lifting. This one gets close to that line. The performances are pretty good. The story of Jung is fascinating and fairly well told.
It's kind of a typical comedy script. The kind that I think should have died away a long time ago, so this isn't something I usually go for. However, since my expectations were low and the cast did a pretty good job, I found myself fairly entertained. I don't need to see it again, but I laughed.
It's so chilling and bizarre how the subjects recall their stories. Sometimes so matter of fact and cold and nightmarish. The way the filmmaker got them to open up was ingenious. You can really see the wheels turning as some of them come to grips to the war crimes they've committed. And all of it juxtaposed with the modern day madness of their world.
Kind of old school & straight-forward in it's doc-making but it is fascinating to see all the history of such a small region.
The Stones get too much play, but I suppose that helps them sell the movie. The rest is pretty great. Rick Hall is a fascinating character, and I loved listening to The Swampers talk about the split. They still seem nervous about it!
Watching Snowden's paces are quite something to watch. It was important to see that he does this out of moral choice and not something else, like a personal vengeance. Also, the little tidbits he drops off-hand are scary alone, like how and VoiP phone can be hot-mic'd. The courage shown by the journalists is only scratched on its surface, but Greenwald & Poitras are impressive.
I really liked it, even though it was a bit tough to watch at an outdoor screening. Lots of cool ideas were being explored. I'll have to watch it again at some point to get the full flavour of the bean.
Really enjoyed it. I love political dramas. And it seems like the story has held up to scrutiny. Cranston is killer. Maybe the best performance of the year.
It was gritty and thrilling and tense! And Denis Villeneuve has more for life! Well, he already had me for life, but still. Benicio Del Toro should have gotten some Oscar love for Best Supporting.
Great filmmaking from Spielberg, again. It's authentic and artistic. Only a couple dramatic add-ons (the stolen overcoat, shot-out house windows), and that's fine. Both Spielberg and Hanks like their war stories, which is great for us as they're good at it.
I've seen quite a few docs on the 2008 collapse, so I've got the basics down. However, I didn't know much about these guys. It's frighteningly fascinating because I don't think anyone fixed the problems. It can happen again, and soon. Anyways, the filmmaking is different and energetic. Bravo to Adam McKay. He took a somewhat known story and made it interesting and accessible to everyone, and it's entertaining.