Hideo Gosha's directorial debut is just as integrally beautiful as his other films. As you might expect with Gosha, Three Outlaw Samurai is gorgeously shot, brilliantly choreographed, and its story beautifully told. The score might not be up to snuff with his other films, but it still does add to the many amazing subtleties of the film. The story is simple and direct but it still manages to feel complex. Gosha displays his keen ability to mix intricate storytelling with intense sword battles to satisfy the chanbara fan and the arthouse fan inside of everyone. Just like Hideo Gosha's other films, Three Outlaw Samurai is simply magical.
Everything about Come Drink With Me (including the fight scenes) is even more awkward and dated than the films of the 70s that it inspired. There's no doubt that this film deserves respect for its influence but it may be difficult for most to appreciate. There are still a few fantastic moments but overall, Come Drink With Me is mostly difficult for modern audiences to enjoy.
An absolutely pure blend of comedy and horror, What We Do in the Shadows is a unique gem that finds comedy in the reality of a fantastical underworld hidden under the noses of unknowing New Zealand. The result is an endlessly entertaining band of characters getting into deliciously absurd situations and a good dirty ol' time that you hope never ends.
Whiplash is an intense visceral musical mammoth of a film that captivates and enthralls. The only thing more fascinating than the incredible music is the outstanding performances by J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.
White God and its director achieves something amazing by giving its canine characters real depth and personality. These dogs have feelings, thoughts, dreams, and intense emotion, and the director manages to bring it out without making them talk. White God is a film that hits on all points, blending horror, comedy, drama, and countless other elements. The concept of the film can delve into ridiculous at times, but it mostly comes off as an over-the-top quirk of the film. All in all, White God is a spectacular film that manages to touch all your buttons in the most delightful way.
Here we see an atypical rise-and-fall biopic that offers a true glimpse into a legend's legacy. With some captivating visuals and curiously jarring editing, the film creates a fascinating and playful sense of imagery. Andre Benjamin's on-screen interpretation is also quite impressive.
Ex Machina is an extremely engaging sci-fi romp that is stimulating visually as it is mentally. With fascinating characters and an intriguing sense of humor, Alex Garland's directorial debut is impressive, though admittedly not as remarkable as his collaborations with Danny Boyle.
Tusk is an effective horror-comedy by being wholly horrifying and disturbing while simultaneously being ridiculous and absurd. The result is a strange yet intriguing mess of a black comedy that dares you to stop watching, yet you can't bring yourself to do so. The film is at least worth seeing for the terrific performances by Michael Parks, Johnny Depp, and Justin Long.
Begin Again feels like a sort of spiritual partner to Once (one of Carney's other films). They are both stories of how music enriches people's lives and brings them together, but also shows that happy endings are never how you expect them to be. Beautifully shot and sung, Begin Again is a magical feast for the senses.
Like a twisted success story, Nightcrawler is a brilliant character study that is beautifully brought to life by Jake Gyllenhaal's frighteningly real performance that reaches out and grabs you by the collar.
The third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy definitely delivers in measures of epically epic epicity and mouth-gaping scale and effects. But for reasons I can't put my finger on, the film falls flat and I found myself leaving the theatre slightly disappointed. But only slightly.
With the absolutely most horrifically-bad acting you can imagine, Troll 2 is perhaps one of the dumbest movies you'll ever see. The stupidity dances between hilarious and excruciating throughout the film but it's only a bit more of the former. But the best bits are well-worth the ride.
Interstellar is everything you expect from a Nolan film: mind-blowing concepts, stunning visual effects, captivating music (kudos to Hans Zimmer), and brilliant writing. What is most noteworthy of the film is the unprecedented cinematic depictions of certain astrophysical concepts such as black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts.
Stupid, dumb, moronic,and also pretty fucking silly. Thankskilling is about as terribly-fun as it sounds. The horrendously painful acting and absurdity does reach dangerous levels of cringe and may have you slapping your palm against your face several times but overall it's well worth the watch.