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Amour (2012)
4 years ago via Flixster

Love; a simple title perhaps, but a word not to be taken lightly in the context of this powerful film. Here 'Love' is trying, testing, touching, devastating and all-encompassing and the viewer feels the power of it through the disintegration and break-down of what was likley the beautiful marriage of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) to the unflinching love that is pushed to its limit as the husband watches his wife wither away. Haneke directs with an astute detachment, keeping the frame static and stripping out the score, therefore never letting us be overwhelmed by melodrama but instead forcing the viewer to adopt a respect for the honesty at play. The performances of the leads are indeed worthy of acclaim and recognition, as is Haneke's expert touch in drawing such truthful and emotional resonance from such simple material. This film is an important work from a truly gifted Auteur.

The Chaser (Chugyeogja)
4 years ago via Flixster

This slick and stylised Serial Killer piece from debut Director Na Hong-jin is no easy ride. It focuses heavily on the ineptitude of the law, It revels in the bleak and the grim and pulls no punches in it's downright dank and dirty tone. The film follows a well-worn path in Korean Cinema that really offers nothing new, but what it does it does with a flair that is only enhanced in the Directors follow-up 'The Yellow Sea'. There are moments of comedy peppered throughout, which offers slight respite as the film delves deeper in to the mire, and despite some minor flaws and contrivances 'The Chaser' inevitably succeeds within it's genre trappings without necessarily rising above them. Well worth the journey, just dont expect to sleep easy...

Solaris (1976)
4 years ago via Flixster

''The patient will be rewarded..." could be an apt tagline for this slow-burn unravelling sci-fi epic that dares to you to meditate and move beyond the normal realm of the film-watching experience. Think Kubrick's ''2001: A Space Odyssey'', crossed with Malick's ''Tree of Life'' with dashes of Jones' ''Moon'' and you will be on the path to a form of enlightement and getting into the headspace of this majestic piece of work. The underlying themes of loss and mortality permeate every frame, from the mournful and meditative existensial moments on earth to the mysterious, haunting and hallucinatory tone that dictates the space station section of the film. The cinematography is jaw-dropping and the narrative continually fascinating and immersive, whilst all the performances are quietly introspective and driven by a sombre mood. Roger Ebert's comment on the film sums up the experience; 'There was so much to think about afterward, and so much that remained in my memory'...

Sinister (2012)
4 years ago via Flixster

Although the premise is interesting enough, the film relies too much on it's genre trappings and tropes to be truly effective. There is a genuine note of dread to the proceedings and Ethan Hawke almost sells it, but the film ultimately becomes lost in it's own nonsense and absurdity. Think of a mish-mash of ''The Shining'', ''Paranormal Activity'' and ''The Orphanage'', then go and re-watch those good films and avoid this...

Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo)
4 years ago via Flixster

An exquisitely rendered wartime portrayal of lost innocence, that through it's visual poetry and textures creates a humanistic tale that is at times as sweet as it is devastating. Through Tarkovsky's lens, a memorable and haunting vision is realised.