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The Post
The Post (2018)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While not the finest effort Steven Spielberg has directed especially when compared to the brilliance of 'Bridge of Spies' and 'Lincoln'. Though since it's the awards season, 'The Post' is an ideal film to catch this summer due to the engrossing adult drama it brings to the table of 'compelling 20th Century period films'. Eloquently brought to life with such vibrancy in a top form production, 'The Post' tells the tale of a shocking discovery that through it's compelling chain of events brings about the controversial nature of the then political landscape of America in the early 70s. In a way a film like this was made to put some political relevance to America's current state of politics; whether it comes to controversial ties, rigged elections and other uncovered dirty deeds that a well respected newspaper has to take as a big risk when taking the bold risk in publishing. Spielberg is once again in top form, able to bring the setting and drama to life, aided by a fantastic ensemble cast led by both Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. If political disaster doesn't pose a risk to us now, then 'The Post' will shed some light to viewers on how it can happen when the facts are put out there, it's up to the desperate need for the press to expose these matters to the public eye. Overall, the film is utterly compelling and executed in top form to show how scandals can be exposed, especially within the most pivotal moments in modern history.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
17 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Martin McDonagh's third film once again offers viewers a unique setting for a quirky, yet incredibly heartfelt story that fits perfectly within the overall work of it's outstanding cast and crew. Off the bat, it's easy to say within the subtext this film is outrageously hilarious to say the very least, even with a colourful cast of characters and sophisticated plotting that makes up for such intelligent viewing. The story itself is a reflection on secluded settings within the USA where the justice system has failed or is failing due to the decline of a town's own system and ordinary people who are so incredibly flawed, despite their sad lives being somewhat of a laugh, it's also disheartening and thoughtful where better chance could come to people who really deserve them. While the film is recommended purely for it's play on it's characterization and plotting within a story that's more thoughtfully played out with such a hugely impressive sense of humour. The underlining themes are what draws viewers more deeply towards this film, it also proves McDonagh to be one of the most talented and unique writer/directors working in this day and age, it's only a godsend when he's finally able to bring out a film that'll be enjoyed by both cinema fans and causal viewers alike.

Coco (2017)
21 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ah... Pixar You've done it again. This magically, magnificent, marvelous and masterfully animated film directed by Toy Story 3's Lee Unkrich is not only an outstanding visually authentic and unique in style, it's also deeply affectionate and endearing when examining it's cultural contextual nature and hugely impactful themes focusing on life, death and the meaning of family relationship's. Not once did I feel this film was going off the rails of it's outstanding plotting, bringing in all the goods a great story needs set within an authentic world full of imaginative ideas and laws, much like it's outstanding musical score and song lyrics being a great sub-text for the film. I adored the film and can't recommend it highly enough to even both children and adults who'll equally cry during the most moving and intimate moments of the film. Overall, laugh, cry, smile and enjoy this outstanding achievement Pixar has created being another one of their greatest ever animated films ever made especially within the ever growing and innovative realm of compute generated 3D animation that shows the world Pixar are still the greatest pioneers of it's medium, both animation and conceptually story-wise beyond any belief.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
34 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If 'The Force Awakens' was the worthy follow-up the franchise needed from where the Original Trilogy left off. Then 'The Last Jedi' is the most worthy follow-up/direct continuation this new trilogy needed. Writer/Director; Rian Johnson, has crafted an incredibly intense and cathartic Space Opera epic, even if this being the longest Star Wars film ever made than don't be alarmed by the pacing as Johnson has kept everything in tact. It's clear, this franchise isn't just about large scale space battles, lasers, light and dark, but really; an intelligent blockbuster with high stakes drama brought up to an all new higher level able to carry the weight and drama of it's characters from the very beginning to the very end. Even while the film tends to focus so much on varying plot threads, it is most certainly worth every minute as this film takes so many bold moves within the encompassing nature of it's plot, it's heart-pounding to not get caught up in the moments of extreme intensity, either scary or deeply moving. Even from the outset, I'm going to say that what's being said is either being taken too seriously from not getting what one wants or speculates or is just a misshapen upon case of not understanding it enough. Instead, see this film for what it is, how it's honors it's past legacies and has all the goods in both drama and large scale action. Further, it's insane to think what more could I recommend to see this film on the big screen, not only will fans be satisfied with it's level of unpredictability, it sets up what's to come in concluding an old and new generations.

In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)
40 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Every now and then, I keep wondering when a Japanese Anime film will not only be worthy of an Oscar nomination, but also a definite 'win'. 'This Corner of the World' just happens to be another one of those films which despite the character designs and animation looking and feeling a lot like a studio Ghibli film, it actually isn't and has the immense opportunity to give both Disney and Pixar a run for their money when comes the awards season for animated films. Firstly, it's a fast paced biographic film centered on the life of a young woman enduring the customs of pre-war and post-war Japan, looking back at some settings within Hiroshima and Kure where it's all but completely changed since these lifestyles and events occurred, once being thriving and bustling eventually turns to desperation within a short time during the war before earning a long term recovery when it's all past. This film boasts a truly vibrant and fluid animation to go with it's authentic setting and beautifully drawn characters, places and abstract compositions, mostly involving the main character's creative side central to her development. I couldn't help but be fully invested in this masterfully crafted and composed animated feature, as every single detail about it's frames, plotting, animation and overall story were overall top of the class. A 'Masterpiece' even from the initial get go and general information.