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Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice (2015)
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After seeing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film I still can't really tell you what it's about...and I don't think its main character Doc could either. The film's atmosphere is the smoky haze of the 70's and we follow a character who is constantly stoned. PTA knows how to make a film and one with a specific vision, beating on his own drum this film definitely isn't for everyone. I'm a massive fan of his and even I can say this really isn't for me. Don't get me wrong it's a good movie and very well made. Fantastic performances from the whole cast with Joaquin Phoenix knocking it out of the park and Josh Brolin being an absolute blast. The score and soundtrack are enjoyable and Robert Elswit's cinematography is great though not as cinematic as their pervious collaborations. In terms of narrative the film is both dense and all over the place, being very confusing. But I don't think the plot is really the point of the film, it just captures the essence of the time and quite well. It can be funny, thrilling and engaging but also hard to get a grasp of.

Ida
Ida (2014)
22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Ida is a beautifully filmed story that also comments on its country and people at a very specific time. Gorgeously filmed in black and white with stunning 4:3 compositions. Well acted and written, it is a nice film about finding ones roots and self. It didn't blow me away like it seems to have done with most people and I'm sure there's a bit a of a cultural disconnect.

Leviathan
Leviathan (2014)
22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Leviathan is a hard film; bleak, unapologetic, no sense of hope just unavoidable dread. Very much like the book of Job the film follows one simple man whose life goes down hill except this time there's no hope of it ever going up. A comment on the State of Russia and also inspired by the story of Marvin Heemeyer I definitely think is is a well made and told film but it isn't one I can at all enjoy. There are many hard films that I can enjoy as pieces of filmmaking and I was in no way bored while watching this film but I didn't end up loving this film nor did I get that involved in it as a viewer. It's well acted, beautifully shot but in the end I found it a rather vacant experience. I'm sure quite a bit of this is because I have no understanding of the state of Russia so there's definitely a lot of disconnect.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Unfortunately I've only had access to Them which is the combination of both Him and Her so I am yet to have the full Rigby experience. But as far as Them goes it is fantastically acted by its two leads; Mcavoy and Chastain play broken beautifully and tragically. The film is well made with lovely cinematography and a good score but for some reason it didn't connect with. I found it cold and distant; the script leaves a lot unexplained which could be because this is the combination of two films but even then it show enough for all this heartache to be a worthwhile viewing experience. Its intentions are good, performances fantastic but either the script or direction stopped it from being emotionally involving.

The Gambler
The Gambler (2014)
22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The latest film from Rupert Wyatt isn't bad but kind of pointless. A remake that doesn't do much to add to a well worn story but does feature strong performances from its cast with John Goodman being the MVP of the film, absolutely nailing it. Well shot though the soundtrack is a tad distracting, Rupert Wyatt knows how to add energy to a film but the script fails to say or do anything really interesting. Don't get me wrong the dialogue is great but the story is rather dull and undercooked. Well made and not a waste of time but not really something you need to seek out.